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  • Palm Springs Gingerbread House

    Craft Stew
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Description: You don’t need to wait till December to make this amazing gingerbread house. I think it would be a wonderful project for any time of the year. Craft Link: Palm Springs Gingerbread House Read More: Holiday Crafting or Home
  • Butter Frosting

    Bread & With It
    Laurel Blow
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Keeping it real" with a butter frosting! It's been a quick and easy get-r-done sort of month. All you need is a simple butter frosting to get going on a perfect cake. Whether you are decorating or just quickly frosting this recipe is trusted, tried and true! Michael and I are still plugging away at weight loss. I know it doesn't look like it... especially since my blog brings a bit of transparency to our food habits. EEP! Ok you've got me. We did have a few sweets. It was Emma's birthday and we celebrated. It has become a three-post-celebration! Each of the recipes that went…
  • Craft South {a soulemama sponsor}

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    Greetings from Craft South! We launched Craft South Summer 2014 as pop-up shops, one-day workshops, kids workshops, and weekend workshops in a temporary studio. We were joined & taught by lovely designers like Amy Butler, Liesl Gibson, Natalie Chanin, Heather...
  • Knotted Openwork Stitch Pattern

    Knitting Stitch Patterns
    Knitting Unlimited
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 3 sts and 4-row repeat.Row 1: Purl all sts.Row 2: K2, * yo, k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: Purl all sts.Row 4: K1, * k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo
  • a printed pic

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

  • 12 tags of 2015 – february…

    tim holtz
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    i hope your year is off to a great start. thanks to all of you who are participating in the the 12 tags this year. it’s been great seeing all of the creative versatility you are sharing, and i hope the commitment continues throughout the year. the month of february is all about about the Continue Reading
  • next stop – germany…

    tim holtz
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 pm
    we’re on our way to germany to attend the paperworld show.  i will be demoing for three days for three of our international distributors: Vaessen, Notions Marketing, and Personal Impressions.  i’m looking forward to sharing the latest products and techniques with the attendees.  this is such a cool show to attend and it’s always filled with Continue Reading
  • new stampers anonymous winners…

    tim holtz
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    thanks for posting your comments – it was wonderful to read the kind words about LaDorna, the sizzix booth, and Mr. Stampers Anonymous.  thanks also for sharing your favorite new stampers anonymous stamps and stencils.  if you see your name (and your comment) congrats you are the winners of a new stamp set and layering Continue Reading
  • CHA2015 – sizzix alterations & stampers anonymous…

    tim holtz
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    it’s been a fun week sharing all of the goings on from the CHA2015 show.  today i’m sharing highlights from the sizzix and stampers anonymous booths.  as you know a great deal of time and creativity goes into getting ready for a show like this.  the sizzix booth was filled to the brim with inspiration and Continue Reading
  • new idea-ology winners…

    tim holtz
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    thanks for posting your comments and sharing what new idea-ology products you’re most excited about – i agree it’s difficult to choose.  if you see your name (and your comment) congrats you are the winners of a select assortment of the new idea-ology products. please email with your shipping info and we’ll get your Continue Reading
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  • Journey To The Edge Of Space: Take The Global Space Balloon Challenge

    Alasdair Allan
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Registration for this year's Global Space Balloon Challenge has just opened. Do you have what it takes to send a payload into near-space using a high-altitude balloon? Read more on MAKE
  • From Pantry To Paint: DIY Watercolors For The Family

    Haley Pierson-Cox
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Looking for an awesome family-friendly weekend project? If you’ve got creative kids who love painting, surprise them with an afternoon of color-filled DIY fun! Make your own set of homemade watercolor paints using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen with this easy-to-follow tutorial from Amy Vowles on […]Read more on MAKE
  • Masterpiece Of Soldering: You Won’t Believe This Handmade Electronic Clock

    Jeremy Cook
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The collection of components that you see above is actually a clock, masterfully constructed by Gislain Benoit, who has been working with electronics for as long as he can remember. According to the description, this clock not only displays the time, but all of the components you would see in […]Read more on MAKE
  • Manual Log Splitter

    Gareth Branwyn
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    A simple wood splitting machine that lets gravity do all of the hard work.Read more on MAKE
  • For Those About To Rocksmith: Hack A Custom Cable

    Jeremy Cook
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rocksmith, if you haven’t heard of it, is a video game that helps you learn to play the guitar, or bass guitar in “GearWalker’s” case. Think Guitar Hero, except with an actual guitar. Although this is quite an interesting concept (and in some ways makes more sense than ‘Hero), it requires […]Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • Bring Your Own Book, a new literary game

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Friends of mine have created a new game called Bring Your Own Book, the game of borrowed phrases. They debuted the game at PAX South this past weekend and currently have a Kickstarter up (and they’ve already made the goal, yaaaay!). I was lucky enough to get to play the game in a beta version and it was really fun. Go have a look!
  • links: food

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers | Serious Eats : Recipes. Adding to my list of things to make. winter hibernation cooking | Ask MetaFilter. 13 Food World Predictions for 2015 From Andrew Knowlton – Bon Appétit. Bookmarked for the Mae Rose Cocktail recipe. Behind the Bar: Leela Cyd’s Grapefruit Spritz | Design*Sponge. Why are Some Croissants Straight, and Others Curved? | The Everywhereist. France has laws about this, laws! Giant Creamy White Beans with Kale – Genius Recipes. This continues to be one of my favorite bean recipes from 101 Cookbooks. Via Bean Month at Ciao Samin.
  • Marcella Hazan’s easy tomato sauce

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The other day I found myself caught between being hungry and lazy. (You know how to know when you’ve become an adult? When you no longer have foodstuffs that don’t require thirty minutes of cooking and other ingredients to make them edible. That’s how.) We had almost nothing to eat in our house but I just couldn’t get myself to put on pants that were respectable enough to go to the grocery store. And then (!), accompanied by rays of sunlight and angelic music, I found a jar of homemade tomato sauce in the back of my freezer. Suddenly (or with ten-ish minutes of effort)…
  • links: misc

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What’s the best chip+PIN card I can get right now for a trip to Europe? | Ask MetaFilter. I was addicted to Serial, now what?! by Third Coast – ThingLink. Scent sucker revisited | dooce®. “It kind of smells beachy? Like you spent all day at a beach, but not a lame touristy beach, maybe like some secret cove where Daniel Craig would take Rachel Weisz and then later he’d shower before dinner and put on a crinkly button-down shirt and this is how he would smell.” By Sarah Brown. The Renovated Cinerama Deserves the Hype | Slog. (Ed note: the Cinerama is a movie theater…
  • links: misc holiday related edition

    23 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    Winter Punch Recipe – 101 Cookbooks. Citrus, fresh ginger, gin and rosemary. Yum. How candy canes are made by hand. at Kottke. Gluing a gingersnap cottage (like a nerd), at Instructables. Directions on how to make your own sugar glue gun inserts. Watch the Building of the Most Complicated Gingerbread House Ever | FWx. From the people behind Modernist Cuisine. Holiday Music 2014 | The Amber Show. How to Make Christmas Tree Napkin Fold – DIY & Crafts – Handimania. Via Swissmiss. Why Tory MP is the father of all Bernards – Telegraph. Screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love…
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  • MFT Love You Card

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

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Hello Friends! I have been having a weird time with my scheduling since the boys went back to school this week.  During winter break I could run whenever I got the urge and take pictures at will. Now that they are back in school, I’m struggling to remember when I should do what to get it all done. I find it’s bedtime and I haven’t had a chance to run or take a picture with my big camera. Silly me, thinking I COULD actually get it all done. duh. This first picture is with the 5D and the other three are iPhone 6+ pictures. SO anyway, here’s what has been going on around…
  • P365

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Hello Friends! Here are a few more P365 to share. We have new bovine neighbors across the street and this year, like last, we have escape artists in the bunch. Meet #calfHoudini January 7 | Solitary These are some of my most used stamps for my business packaging. January 8 | My Gear I have been wanting a better way to store/display all my earrings and yesterday I found this cute rack on sale at Versona for less than $8. I made longer faceted earrings on the top row. I’ll have some for sale later this month. I’m smitten by the rack and by the earrings. January 9 | Multi-faceted…
  • So, you want a personalized stamp?

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Hello Friends! I have always loved personalized items. Always. I can remember the crushing defeat of looking through rows of bicycle license plates hoping against all hope that there would be a JOSCIE plate. Maybe it’ll be right here, sigh, no. The defeat of not-so-common-first-names or oddly-spelled names is one I have fought my entire life. I can remember my mom ordering stationery with my name on it when I was younger, it was such a thrill to see my own name on every sheet of paper! This is part of the reason I love creating personalized stamps. The other reason is because I’m…
  • Back to reality

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Hello Friends! Today was a tough day. Even though we went to sleep at normal bedtime, it sure was difficult to get out of the bed, especially since this morning was “the coldest day of the season!” Thankfully, we all got up, got dressed, had our breakfasts, packed lunches and got to the car and dropped the boys off at school with no trauma. You may already know, I have a weakness for collecting things. Especially things that come in multiple colors. Nail polish, converse, scarves, earrings, necklaces, lipsticks… I could go on and on. I was completely inspired by this prompt.
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Birch Fabric's organic fleece

    Hillary Lang
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This stuff is just lovely! I bought it because I was curious and so glad I did because I love it. So soft and not too stretchy, beautiful color. I'm going to use it in Phoebe's Teagan White quilt but I want more. This stuff would make the most wonderful stuffed toys. I need all these colors.
  • pompom forest

    Hillary Lang
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The pom pom garland from the Winter decorations bin didn't quite make it up this year. Instead it's been piled up on my buffet to be a pom pom forest. That's cute too. It's sorta making me batty because I'd envisioned this post holiday, sleek minimalist new year's thing going on in my house after the Christmas bins went to the attic. But that never really works with Phoebe around. Things are only interesting to her if they are in the middle of the living room/dining room. And at least they are cheerful which is nice. I'm working on all sorts of…
  • easy v. difficult

    Hillary Lang
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Some projects are difficult. Project Life is really hard for me. The one bazillion decisions involved... picking photos, placement, embellishment, journaling, etc. I can't tackle it if anyone else is in the house, if I have any errands or interruptions, nothing. I need big empty chunks of time because it's so challenging for me. Painting peg people on the other hand, way too easy. Especially since I still haven't cleaned them up from Christmas. They're right here on the dining room table with all the paint and the felt and the floss. It's out of my control. 
  • catherine's wheel scarf

    Hillary Lang
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Zero degrees + inches of snow + a new cold = day spent on couch crocheting myself this scarf. Ready for the subzero temps! from my stash of sheepish yarn and this stitch, catherine's wheel
  • more peg peeps

    Hillary Lang
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Oscar was feeling left out so I made him this fellow. Then he went back to his video games.  And I made this gal inspired by this tourist scarf I've hanging in my craft room.
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • 3D paper embroidery revisited

    patricia zapata
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Have you ever had an idea or a project just nagging at you and just wanting to come out? This is one of those projects. It's a like a little tap, tap, tap that my brain makes every now and then. This is not new. I've shown it a couple of other times in the past two years (yes, that's how long it's been). This time it will be different because I want to take it further. For now this is my latest iteration and more will be coming — where you get to join in the fun.Part of me always feels a little guilty about just using black and white because in my creative world color is "everything". Part…
  • valentine's day flashback

    patricia zapata
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! Make has posted a flashback (circa 2011!) project I designed for them. It's a matchbook card/wall art piece that includes easy to follow instructions and a downloadable PDF. Check it out here!Typically I don't like revisiting old work but this is a rare project that I still like very much. Enjoy!
  • joy collection - svgs and printables

    patricia zapata
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The first collection of the year is called Joy. It includes SVG cutting files and printables in two colorways — yellow and red.I wanted to create a group of patterns and shapes that would coordinate all the way through different product lines. This collection is included in my Society6 products as I showed you the other day and will be coming soon in the manner of fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower (still waiting for samples).My ideas for the printables (8 letter-sized sheets of each pattern):- To wrap small gifts- Make envelope liners- To make cards and hangtags- To decorate…
  • 2015 starts with joy!

    patricia zapata
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Happy new year everyone! Don't you just love the feeling of a brand new year?When I started to think about what I want to accomplish in 2015 I was working on this new collection. I decided to name it Joy because it was inspired by one of my favorite flowers—the Gerbera daisies. Daisies have always seemed like such cheerful flowers to me. I started sketching them out and whittled down the flowers and leaves to the simplest of forms. I like this part of working because dancing around that line of simple or too simple has always interested me. It feels like a challenging game of sorts (welcome…
  • 2014 - a look back!

    patricia zapata
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    This is my 8th year making a mosaic at the end of the year. I like putting them together because it reminds me of what I've done and how far I've come.I experimented and stretched my illustration abilities much more this year. I think that's what stands out the most to me from the past 12 months. A good part of that was because I took Lilla Roger's Marking Art That Sells classes. I learned so much and did work that I never expected to be doing. A Little Hut suffered because I didn't work on projects as consistently as I should, but I feel that in the long run, this year of exploring, will…
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    Make and Takes

  • 21 Sprinkle Treats You’ll LOVE

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Sprinkles make everything taste better! Am I right?? They are colorful, mini, and make me smile. You’re going to LOVE these 21 sprinkles treats! Go get a container of the most colorful sprinkles you can find and try making some of these fun and delicious treats! 1. Hot Chocolate with Sprinkles: Put some color in your cup of hot cocoa with some rainbow sprinkles! 2. Ice Cream Sandwich Donuts: Combine donuts and ice cream to make these fun ice cream sandwich donuts from Studio DIY! Add sprinkles to complete the donut look! 3. Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes: Surprise someone in your family…
  • Painting with Cotton Balls

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    We’re painting with cotton balls for a chilly wintry scene! Make snowflakes, clouds, even a sweet little snowman with the texture of a cotton ball. Kids will love to create with this new painting tool! Add some puffy paint to your picture to make your snowman really pop out! I’m sharing these Cotton Ball Winter Paintings over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Painting with Cotton Balls appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Pink Peppermint Play Dough

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    I love to make homemade play dough. I’ve been doing it with my kids for years. It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive. Plus, I know what ingredients are going into it, all the better for my kids to be playing with. But the one thing my kids don’t like about homemade play dough is the smell. It has a baked flour-type smell that isn’t the best. So I’ve been adding essential oils to the mix and it’s made all the difference. My kids have way more fun playing, using up all those senses, with the sweet smelling dough. Or in this case, peppermint smelling dough! You…
  • Frozen Yogurt Fruit Dots

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Our family loves good ol’ vanilla yogurt. But to jazz it up a little, I thought I’d add a little bit of fresh fruit at the top and freeze them, turning this little snack into frozen yogurt fruit dots! This idea came from One Good Thing By Jillee, who’s made these frozen yogurt dots before, as well as Super Healthy Kids and their ice cube tray method. But we’re adding some fresh fruit to the top of our dots to make them the perfect frozen yogurt bites, yum! Pop these in the freezer for an hour or two and they are ready for an easy healthy snack! I love them just as…
  • Valentine’s Day Tree With Clay Hearts

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    After Christmas, I promised my son that we would make some clay hearts, similar to the stars and bells that we have made in the past for the Christmas Tree. And then I thought, why not go all the way and make a Valentine’s Day Tree? The best part is the clay is made from regular household ingredients! Supplies for Valentine’s Day Tree With Clay Hearts: Homemade clay (directions below) Rolling Pin Heart shaped cookie cutters Stamps Glitter – we used red and holographic glitter Piercing tool, like a paintbrush or chopstick Baker’s twine Dried branches and a vase or…
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    angry chicken

  • art class— Pierre Mondrian

    amy k.
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    We are studying the 1930s right now and the The Great Depression. For art, we were looking at artwork made from The Art of the New Deal, and I thought it would be interesting to show them a completely different art movement that was taking place somewhere else in the world at the same time. So we made some Pierre Mondrian inspired pieces. This idea came from the book mentioned in this post. We decided to draw light pencil lines first establishing the verticals and horizontals. We used acrylic paint on bristol paper We debated how to achieve the black lines—using black tape, black paint, or…
  • books I have read very recently (except one)

    amy k.
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    I was able to get quite a bit of reading in right after the holidays and got sucked into a self-imposed project. I wanted to finally read these memoirs I have been interested in over the years. (#1-5) I also thought it would be fun to read them all together, which made them more interesting to me, and also challenged my ability to keep them straight because there is some cross-over professionally. Books #6-8 are unrelated (sort of) and tacked on here and there. I usually read fiction, so reading 6 non-fiction books in a couple of weeks was pretty fun. I love our local library, where almost…
  • Downton Abbey peg dolls

    amy k.
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out. I got this idea to make maids from after seeing Lydia tie little aprons on her mushroom girl peg dolls. Then I thought, I need a butler, and then, you know—Downton Abbey. I want to make a cook next, and then maybe some ladies of the house. I love Downton Abbey, but I have not even finished season 2. I will someday. I am always way behind the curve with movies/shows, and then always hear spoilers. But then I forget what I heard. My short term memory loss is great for this reason To make these, I painted the bodies black first and then used…
  • valentine's day magnets

    amy k.
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    We really love air-dry clay. We made these hearts using small cookie cutters, let them dry, and then painted them and glued magnets on the back. They can break if you handle them too soon. I usually help them dry faster by putting them in a low oven for a few hours during the day. The letters are from this great cookie set (here's the set, but I can't find the kit online anymore, sadly.) Unrelated: I found these great printable sheets for simple science projects/experiements you can do at home over at bill nye's website.    
  • fish tacos from the oregon coast

    amy k.
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    LOS Fish Taco: Grilled local catch, chili-garlic marinade, fennel slaw, avocado salsa verde, rice cake. These fish tacos were from Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport, Oregon. They were absolutely delicious. They were also better than normal because I ate them alone.  Fish tacos are not date food, they really are messy. They also get cold so fast, I sort of scarf them. I can't really linger and chat while eating fish tacos. This place is so small and so popular eating alone at the bar was the way to go, otherwise I would have had a long wait. These were made with rock fish. Everything…
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    jane's apron

  • an affair to remember

    julie thompson
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If life can be a metaphor, then the year my sisters and I have been through is like a hurricane; a hurricane with only the smallest of calm.  We all helped our mom move from her home and into the cutest house ever.  It was perfect and cheerful in every way.  But it was so, so very brief.  The details are too sad and too hard to share but, within a few weeks, our mom could no longer longer stay in her new home.  I am pretty sure that I will always be shaking my head about how quickly everything happened.  We were so quickly back with the same Sisters and nurses that had cared…
  • a printed pic

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Thank you to everyone that left comments on my last post.   The names randomly chosen for a free spot in my upcoming workshop are: Anita Tillman  - Suzanne Derickson  -  Diane Ackers   (I added an extra for good luck ;)  Thank you to everyone that has signed up for the workshop. I am really looking forward to sharing art time with you.    For everyone that has signed up, I am currently working on the classroom site and will send out the workshop links soon.   Today is the last day for the early registration price.  The workshop…
  • 31 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Registration is now open  ~ here ~ Thank you for your comments and for sharing about my upcoming workshop.  I will announce the names drawn on Monday, January 5th.  You still have time to leave a comment and enter.   
  • 23 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
     A Brand NEW Online Workshop   I will be giving away two spots in this course.  Share about my new online workshop on any social media site, then leave a comment on this post letting me know you did and you will be entered into the drawing.   I will announce the names drawn on January 5th, 2015.   more info here   above are just a few new pieces i've been working on.   If you are looking for prints... I am so pleased with the quality of the prints from inprnt.  I will be posting more and more prints as time goes by. …
  • 30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
      I am so thrilled...   I finally have a website!   I have tried a few times in the past to create a website of my very own, but I have multiple excuses for why it never happened, this time I was determined. I will be blogging there from now on, but still stopping by here now and again, too. My latest post about my trip to California can be found there.  
  • 29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The more years I gain on this life of mine the more I realize how very important it is to experience things. All kinds of things, things that make you feel elated, and things that make you scared, things that make you sit in your car in the driveway crying, things that make you feel stupid and small, things that make you feel important, and things that make you want more.  Traveling alone is one way to experience all these things and so much more. Traveling with people you love, traveling to meet people you adore,  and traveling to meet people you’ve never met makes it all that…
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  • spoiled, happily
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    I met friends Amy and Jenny for dinner and a movie last week for a belated celebration of my late December birthday. We've done it for a few years now, and always have fun eating, catching up, and seeing whatever movie might be out at the time. This year we saw the movie Big Eyes (the link takes you to a video of director Tim Burton and stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz discussing making the movie). We all gave it a thumbs up. My very favorite part was after the movie was over, there is a photo of the real Margaret Keane, well into her 80's, with the actress portraying…
  • saturday round up
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Happy Saturday!  Heather gifted me with some of her home made vanilla and oranges from her trees, and they were both so pretty and happy making this morning I couldn't resist snapping some pics. I felt a new appreciation for digital photography, the permission slip that goes along with it to take pictures of anything that strikes your fancy, nothing wasted (like money) if it doesn't turn out. I like taking photos of everyday ordinary things in my life and love having this space here on the blog to post them. (And as always, appreciate your stopping by so I have someone to share…
  • around here
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    It was a lovely long weekend here, which meant that my daughter was able to come home for a visit (hooray!). She brought a great gift with her...a puzzle from Liberty Puzzles! She and I are puzzle lovers, and these puzzles are awesome! Look at all the whimsy so fun.  It's a high quality wooden puzzle with charm for days. We are totally hooked and already looking through their website looking for a special puzzle for next Christmas. Being obsessive puzzlers that we are, we made short work of it: Our friend introduced us to a puzzler rule: very few and very quick looks at…
  • new projects for the new year
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Hello! Well, I've been trying to write this post in progress for days. Now that I sit down to finish it, I understand why it's taking so long; it's wordy with lots of thoughts and links and photos too. Here goes!  Shortly after the new year, I shared on Instagram that I'm doing a year long daily creative project this year. Well, actally, 2: a page a day in one book and a pattern a day in another. I loved watching Jennifer Orkin Lewis do her year long daily creative last year which she shared every day on her IG. She's started a new project this year, and writes about…
  • a little birthday party
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    On Thursday I made a little treck up to Mary Ann's neck of the woods to celebrate her birthday. I forgot how nice it is to celebrate someone's birthday on the actual day, it so rarely happens much of the time. (that's her darling car sketch above)  I'm very glad she liked her presents. We share a love of Nathalie Lete's art in all forms. Here it is on a children's watercolor paint set.  As always, we started with a garden tour.  Then next, a house tour of changes and new things since my last visit. Love this sweet toaster cover Mary Ann made…
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  • Talisman

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

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

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

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

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

    Jillian Fellers
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Photo by Jillian FellersMy name is Jillian Fellers, and I’m a bridal gown designer. I work from my home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I live with my husband and our two energetic sons. I’ve always had a love for fashion. Growing up, the glamor of old Hollywood had a special hold over me; I loved watching old movies and still do to this day. I studied fashion design in college, and after I earned my degree, I opened a small studio to work one-on-one with clients. This led me to design for several brides, which is when I developed my love for bridal. I took time off after…
  • Quit Your Day Job: Thief&Bandit

    Julie Schneider
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Photo by Meghan Tansey WhittonIn July 2012, Amie Cunningham packed up her family and her thriving screenprinted clothing companies, Thief&Bandit and Thief&Bandit Kids, and moved from Virginia to Canada. The idea of starting over in a new city was daunting, but for Amie, who was expecting her second child, the perks of Canadian citizenship and the close proximity to her parents beckoned. The move marked another exciting shift for her business: Her husband, Johnston Foster, joined Thief&Bandit as a full-time screenprinter, and the duo built a print shop in a garage next to their…
  • How to Ace Valentine’s Day (Let Etsy’s Love Experts Help)

    Karen Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Photo by EtsyWhether you’re looking for a treasure to celebrate the love of a lifetime or the perfect note asking for a first date, Etsy’s love experts can hit the target truer than Cupid’s arrows. Intimate, original, and profoundly personal, these talented artists will express your heartfelt emotions in unique and unforgettable ways. Choose paper and ink, paint, or thread, and Etsy makers will work secretly on your behalf to deliver a gift that just might make your intended swoon. The best part? You still get to take all the credit. So pucker up and get ready for the sweetest…
  • Featured Shop: Pure Pixie

    Pure Pixie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Photo by Pure PixieMy name is Armelle. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories for kids and their moms, and my line is called Pure Pixie. After 12 years in the San Francisco area, my family and I just moved to a small village in western France. We live in a house built using eco-friendly materials that is (partly) powered by the sun. We’ve been dreaming about owning a house like this for a long time, and we are so excited that our dream has come true. I learned to sew as a kid from my mom and my grandma, both of whom are professional seamstresses. We used to make clothing from…
  • Learn to Weave

    Clare McGibbon
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo by Romain LaurentEditor’s Note: Today, we’re bringing back one of our most popular posts of 2014 – this simple, beautiful tutorial for weaving beginners by Clare McGibbon. Don’t forget to share your finished weavings on Instagram – @etsy, #etsydiy. Enjoy! My mother is a weaver, so the apartment I lived in as a kid had a loom that took up half of our living room. Growing up, I loved sitting on the ground and watching the loom’s pedals going up and down, with the sound of the shuttle moving back and forth as she worked. Since then, I have often dreamed about…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Location Location Location!

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    This month's challenge is about your individual location in the world.  When I was making soap at Absolute Soap, we were asked by a local magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, to create a bar of soap that represented Palm Beach, Florida, for their 60th Anniversary glossy magazine edition.  We gave it a lot of thought.  Palm Beach is known for some of the most expensive real estate in the country, Worth Avenue is Palm Beach's version of Hollywood's Rodeo Drive, there were cute narrow side streets with historical and tiny houses and then massive grand mansions with separate entrances…
  • More Than Meets The Eye Soap Challenge Winner

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I try never judge my insides with other people's outsides.  Meaning: never compare how you feel on the inside to what others LOOK like they feel on the outside.A few days ago, a friend of mine from college killed himself.  He just couldn't take the pain anymore. "He was in a black place for a long time... for years", our mutual friend told me.  I can't help but think that Facebook and other social media had something to do with multiplying the inner turmoil when he already suffered from the abyss of depression.  Social media spits out mini mouthfuls of people's lives that…
  • More Than Meets The Eye

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

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

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

  • Rocking Ride-In Spaceship

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Steve of Steve’s Wooden Toys of New Zealand, posted this Rocking Ride-In X-Wing Fighter on Deviant Art. The little R2-D2 in the back is removable so he can accompany the pilot to the swamps of wooden Degobah. The rocker is made of solid wood: pine, native macrocarpa and rimu. It measures 1150 mm (45 inches) long, 1200 mm (47 inches) wide, 650 mm (25.5 inches) tall, and the seating area is 280 mm (9 inches) wide. The wings can also be unbolted to allow for ease of intergalactic travel in the back of a medium sized car.
  • Guardians of Geekdoms

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Hello All! I’m sure most of you have seen Guardians of the Galaxy by now (and if you haven’t, why?? Go, go! I’ll wait.). Baby Groot is undoubtedly one of the cutest things to hit the big screen, and I joined the masses in trying to create my own version of him for a friend’s Christmas gift. Since I couldn’t find any plushie versions, I decided to make my own, and documented the process so I could make a Baby Groot tutorial! There’s only one baby Groot that I believe is cuter than mine: Featured on FashionablyGeek, Reddit user S7ar-lord’s wife made this…
  • Geeky Free Printable Valentines

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    It’s never too early to get started on those Valentines, and I’ve found some great ones for Star Wars and Doctor Who fans. The first series of valentines are designs from Alecia at AleciaDawn Photography.  She’s got seven separate designs, all of them epic, and all of them perfect for kids and adults (and anyone in between).  All you have to do is download and print them out on some card stock. The second series I found while exploring the wilds of the intarwebz are valentines from Heidi Schulz and her blog Frantically Simple.  These exploit my ultimate weakness, Doctor…
  • Star Wars Craft: Crochet Twi’lek Hat

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    CostumeWrangler recently shared a round-up of Geeky Winter Hat patterns – here’s another one you might want to get to hookin': Sara Jean’s crochet Twi’lek Hat from Star Wars. Sara Jean designed the hat to look like Aayla Secura, a Twi’lek Jedi Knight seen largely in Star Wars comics and the Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The hat pattern looks like it’s pretty quick to stitch up, and averages 4 out of 5 stars on Ravelry. Pretty impressive, considering Sara Jean was 12 when she wrote the pattern! Might…
  • A Selection of Timey Wimey Gifty Goodness

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Even though Christmas is over, there’s been a glut of really cool Doctor Who-inspired gifts all over the internet. They’re too cool to pass up, so here’s a quick rundown of some of the best ones I’ve seen. First up, the homemade TARDIS bookshelf. There’s an entire photo album online at Imgur, showing details like the hidden compartments. It was built by the poster’s boyfriend for Christmas. Next up, a TARDIS quilt, also courtesy of Imgur! If you check out the online album of this, you’ll see the poster, jgcox00’s new timey “wifey”…
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  • Inventory (of sorts)

    Erin | house on hill road
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    If you follow me on Instagram, maybe you saw a photo of my honest craft room earlier this week? A hot mess, for sure. I've been busy cutting and sewing and have not put a single thing away since the beginning of December. As I started to clean up, I noticed that the pile of quilts in progress contains more than I realized. I even woke up in the middle of the night and realized that I forgot about the Proverbial Quilt and another mystery block of the month I have going! It's a little out of control. 1. Foxtails quilt. This is from one of the kits I bought on Craftsy in 2014. I…
  • The Modern Sewciety Podcast

    Erin | house on hill road
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    When Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety asked if I would be a guest on her podcast, of course I said yes. I have been listening to the podcast since the beginning and love, love, love it! I often have it playing while I am sewing and find myself trying to join the conversations so it was so much fun chatting with Stephanie about quilting and blogging and more. I hope you'll pop over and listen to our conversation.  Amber Johnson from Gigi's Thimble is also a guest on this episode, talking about her new book, Vintage Vibe. Have a great weekend!
  • Cutting Room

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Here we are, 15 days into the new year, and I have yet to sew a single, solitary stitch. Strange, I admit. Ok, I have done a bit of needlepoint and a little knitting. I have also been cutting fabric. Lots and lots of fabric. Three quilts worth of fabric. They will be the first quilts I sew this year and will make up the majority of my charity quilting for 2015. Last year, while I was head down working on the book that is not to be, I did manage to complete two quilts that I donated to our school/church carnival. Both of those quilts were completed tops and the fact that the tops were ready…
  • Mary Graceland: A quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    At the beginning of December, having decided not to go through with my book, I found myself freed up from commitments and decided to make a few Christmas gifts. I don't know about you, but I find that as I get older, it is very hard to come up with gifts for my parents that they want let alone something that they need. I can almost always find something for my mom, Mary Grace, but this year I didn't have anything that I was excited about giving her. So, as these things happen, she moved to the top of my handmade gift list and I knew that only one thing would do: a quilt. While I had…
  • Looking back and stepping gently in to the new year

    Erin | house on hill road
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Well, hi there. Happy New Year. I hung up my new calendar on Friday, just one day into the new year. We traveled home from Colorado on New Year's Day, arriving a little weary, but gratefully, at nine p.m. I have spent the last few days getting the house in order, doing copious loads of laundry, reacquainting myself with my kitchen (including a deep clean of the refrigerator) and settling in to the new year. Right now, the girls are upstairs getting ready for their second day back at school while Fatty is dressing for a day at work. I'm on my second cup of coffee and have a running…
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  • Featured Shop: Jillian Fellers

    Jillian Fellers
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Photo by Jillian FellersMy name is Jillian Fellers, and I’m a bridal gown designer. I work from my home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I live with my husband and our two energetic sons. I’ve always had a love for fashion. Growing up, the glamor of old Hollywood had a special hold over me; I loved watching old movies and still do to this day. I studied fashion design in college, and after I earned my degree, I opened a small studio to work one-on-one with clients. This led me to design for several brides, which is when I developed my love for bridal. I took time off after…
  • Quit Your Day Job: Thief&Bandit

    Julie Schneider
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Photo by Meghan Tansey WhittonIn July 2012, Amie Cunningham packed up her family and her thriving screenprinted clothing companies, Thief&Bandit and Thief&Bandit Kids, and moved from Virginia to Canada. The idea of starting over in a new city was daunting, but for Amie, who was expecting her second child, the perks of Canadian citizenship and the close proximity to her parents beckoned. The move marked another exciting shift for her business: Her husband, Johnston Foster, joined Thief&Bandit as a full-time screenprinter, and the duo built a print shop in a garage next to their…
  • How to Ace Valentine’s Day (Let Etsy’s Love Experts Help)

    Karen Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Photo by EtsyWhether you’re looking for a treasure to celebrate the love of a lifetime or the perfect note asking for a first date, Etsy’s love experts can hit the target truer than Cupid’s arrows. Intimate, original, and profoundly personal, these talented artists will express your heartfelt emotions in unique and unforgettable ways. Choose paper and ink, paint, or thread, and Etsy makers will work secretly on your behalf to deliver a gift that just might make your intended swoon. The best part? You still get to take all the credit. So pucker up and get ready for the sweetest…
  • Featured Shop: Pure Pixie

    Pure Pixie
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Photo by Pure PixieMy name is Armelle. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories for kids and their moms, and my line is called Pure Pixie. After 12 years in the San Francisco area, my family and I just moved to a small village in western France. We live in a house built using eco-friendly materials that is (partly) powered by the sun. We’ve been dreaming about owning a house like this for a long time, and we are so excited that our dream has come true. I learned to sew as a kid from my mom and my grandma, both of whom are professional seamstresses. We used to make clothing from…
  • Learn to Weave

    Clare McGibbon
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo by Romain LaurentEditor’s Note: Today, we’re bringing back one of our most popular posts of 2014 – this simple, beautiful tutorial for weaving beginners by Clare McGibbon. Don’t forget to share your finished weavings on Instagram – @etsy, #etsydiy. Enjoy! My mother is a weaver, so the apartment I lived in as a kid had a loom that took up half of our living room. Growing up, I loved sitting on the ground and watching the loom’s pedals going up and down, with the sound of the shuttle moving back and forth as she worked. Since then, I have often dreamed about…
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle Hello, Friends. How was your week? And how are YOU? I loved being back at my desk this week, with no travel on the immediate calendar for me or Ben Blair or any of our kids. I definitely feel like I’ve been in recovery mode since Sunday — January offered up some particularly crazy weeks! I find that all I’m craving this weekend is some extra sleep and a few hours to make some headway on my inbox. Sounds glamorous, right? Hah! How about you? Anything fun on your weekend schedule? Let me know so I can live vicariously through you! I’ve got a decent to-do list to…
  • The Treehouse: The Girls’ Bedroom

    Design Mom
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. Would you like to see my daughters’ bedroom? If yes, this is the post for you. I have tons of photos and lots of details to share. This room came together slowly. There was lots of sketching of floor plans, moving of walls, trying furniture in different configurations, and pondering about closet space. We eventually took it down to a 14.5′ x 22.5′ blank canvas and created from there. But all the work and patience paid off. The room is terrific! The girls love it. It meets their needs easily and it looks fabulous as well.
  • Growing A Family: Congratulations, Zelda!

    Design Mom
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Do you remember Meg? How could we forget? Hers was one of my most popular, most interesting tours I’ve shared, mostly because it was this close to being the tour that never was! See, Meg and her husband Zach didn’t even want kids. And when they did add one to their mix, they did so in such a wonderfully open and honest way that their story still sits somewhere in my head, filed under A Well-Lived Life. Well, there’s a been a change in their family, and Zelda is getting a sibling! Hooray! But there’s so much more to the story – and so much more to learn from this sweet…
  • Baby Cravings

    Design Mom
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. I realize the title of this post implies otherwise, but I’m not pregnant. I promise. And I have zero plans to have another baby. I really, truly feel like our little family is complete. So what’s with all the baby cravings I’ve been having lately? I see babies and have to stop myself from picking them up without permission. I see pregnant friends and my hand instinctively goes to my belly to acknowledge my own (non-existent) pregnancy. I find myself listening in on conversations about the latest baby gear and making mental notes for future…
  • DIY: Flavored Sugar Valentines

    Amy Christie
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos & styling by Amy Christie. Hey Sugar! Here’s something to sweeten your day. As you know, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’m trying to share a few projects while you still have time to make use of them. : ) This one is a good one! Flavored sugar recipes are popping up everywhere and since they are so simple to make, I thought they would make sweet gifts for neighbors and friends (pun intended). Sugars infused with flavors help elevate the taste of the recipes they are added to. I’m not kidding about how easy these flavored…
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  • my gift from Brian

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

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

    Alicia Alferman
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The holidays have come and gone. It was a lovely break. The down side of spending every other year in St. Louis at Christmastime is that we can't keep any solid traditions of our own. That's the only twinge of regret I ever feel. But all the uninterrupted time with the family on that side more than makes up for it! Seeing these kids with their cousins makes us all very happy. They get along so well. They just might get along better because they only see each other a few times a year. Who knows? All I know is they really had a blast.And I guess they behaved because Santa…
  • parenting now

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

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

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    Greetings from Craft South! We launched Craft South Summer 2014 as pop-up shops, one-day workshops, kids workshops, and weekend workshops in a temporary studio. We were joined & taught by lovely designers like Amy Butler, Liesl Gibson, Natalie Chanin, Heather...
  • February 1

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    Hello February! And welcome (and welcome back) to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... Barn Owl Primitives Home of Typography Word Art ~ Barn Owl Primitives artfully designs and hand paints meaningful and inspiring word art signs. Each piece is...
  • Soulful Escape to Bali {a soulemama sponsor}

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Greetings from Soulful Escape to Bali! Soulful Escape to Bali is a retreat dreamed up and hosted by Em Falconbridge and Nicole Lawrence - two creative friends with a love for nature, making things with their hands, and Bali! Our...
  • {this moment}

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
  • blizzard quilting

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    I spent a good part of our storm time quilting. I thought I'd just get started and stop when we lost power. But we never did, and so I kept quilting, diving into Ezra's quilt. You might remember I finished...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Good night, John Boy

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    It wasn’t going to work. She could see that now, as she looked at the shrinking ball of yarn beside her – and compared them to the number of stitches left to cast off.  Her hands almost shook as she squeezed it again, trying to estimate how much yarn was left.   The trouble had started two days before. The knitter was making a shawl out of handspun.  She’d found the pattern on Ravelry, sitting there, paging through the results of her search, getting up from time to time to pat the skein drying on the radiator by the back door.  There were lots of good options, I mean,…
  • Process- time lapse

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Have I mentioned to you (maybe not, because I still can’t quite believe it myself) that this year I’ve expanded my commitment to the Bike Rally? Maybe because I have trouble saying no, or maybe because I really, truly think that they’re changing the world a little bit, I agreed to be on the Steering Committee for the thing. It’s been a pleasure so far (if you like hard work, which apparently I do) but this last few days it’s taking more time than I thought. (This has a lot to do with my almost criminal inability to work a complex spreadsheet, and I’d rather…
  • Eleven

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Dear Blog, For Christmas last year, Ken gave me a very nice bottle of whiskey, appropriately called “Writer’s Tears”. I’ve been waiting for what seemed like an appropriate time to open it, and I just did. I’ve poured myself a tiny celebratory dram, and am sitting down to write to you.  I have done this (sitting down to write to you, not the whiskey part) thousands of times over the last eleven years. The very first time was January 23rd, 2004. Ken, in a move I still think was self-defence, gave me this blog as a present.  (I suspected then, and still do now,…
  • Spinning, two kinds, not three

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Earlier this week, I bought myself something I’ve wanted for a little while. A cycle trainer. It’s not what you think, by “trainer” I don’t mean someone who yells at you about how fast you’re going and tells you to do another 5km, but a frame that holds the back wheel of my bike and turns it into a stationary cycle. I set it up in the kitchen and it sits there, with my bike stuck in it,  and I mean this in every way possible, it is a huge pain in the arse.  (Do you like the way I made it sound like setting it up was no big deal? In reality it was hours,…
  • Product VS Process

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Yesterday, as I was finishing Sam’s hat (after reclaiming mine) I was thinking that I hadn’t enjoyed knitting it all that much. I didn’t dislike it (how could you not like knitting?) but it wasn’t the ten buckets of fun that knitting usually is – especially when you’re making something someone will love and wants badly. Sam does, indeed love her new hat, and wore it out this morning, cozy against the windy cold.  (Pattern: Wurm, Yarn: Eco+ in Dark Purple - I think. Needle 3.5 and 4.5mm. Knit as written, except for only doing 8 repeats. We like our Wurms a…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Valentines past

    Heidi Kenney
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Since I am still not certain what sort of valentines might be crafted up for this year, I thought I’d share a few from previous years… -Free paint by number valentines -DIY Playing card valentines -Vintage style Valentine candy boxes -DIY Morse Code messages of love necklaces
  • January’s Plush Of The Month Club

    Heidi Kenney
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    For January’s club boxes I was thinking about “time”, about changing to a new year, father time, and maybe even the phrase “father Timex” crossed my mind. I decided to make plush watches that could really snap around a wrist, or even be displayed on one of those plastic watch displays. Each box came with some candy, and a paper cuckoo clock to put together (in keeping with the whole time theme) It was so cute to see all the photos popping up on instagram with kids & adults sporting their plush watch friends. I just finished wrapping all the February POMs in…
  • Letterboxing 2015

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    This weekend we decided it was warm enough to finally go letterboxing. I know I’ve posted about it in the past, but for anyone unfamiliar Letterboxing is growing hobby that combines elements of hiking, treasure hunting and creative expression into an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues that are posted on the Internet, and then record their discovery in their personal journal with the help of a rubber stamp that’s part of the letterbox. In addition, letterboxers have their own personal stamps which they use to stamp…
  • Fabric & Yarn

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    A few days ago when I drove Kurtis to the bus station in Harrisburg I decided to make a few stops to break up the drive home. Harrisburg is only about an hour from us, but I knew the PA Fabric Outlet was on my way home and this time I actually had enough time to make a stop there. Its technically right outside of Harrisburg in Lemoyne PA, but very easy to find. Its a cool old factory building and besides discontinued quilting fabric they have so many buttons, trims, and specialty fabrics to choose from. Then a bit closer to home I stopped in at The Mannings for some yarn. This is a yarn,…
  • Pizza Party Fabric

    Heidi Kenney
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Pizza party fabric is up over on Spoonflower, and I might possibly make a few more colors. I thought the gray colors really made the pizza stand out nicely though.
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    Betz White

  • 5 Tips for Finding Beautiful Wool Fabrics

    Betz White
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    What’s not to love about wool? It’s a natural fiber that’s warm and cozy and easy to sew with. (Photo courtesy of Kristin Nicholas!) Earlier this month I launched my newest sewing pattern, the Field Study Fold-over Tote made up in a gorgeous wool plaid fabric. Of course you can make the bag in a variety of materials, but why not try wool for a change?     Great wool fabrics are not always easy to find, unless you know where to look. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your quest for the perfect wool fabric for your next bag, coat,  pillow, or…
  • Upcycling Cashmere Sweaters

    Betz White
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This weekend I was decluttering my studio closet and came upon my stash of cashmere sweaters. I’ve been collecting (hoarding) them for years. Whenever I see them at thrift stores I buy them if I like the color, no matter what the size or style, although the bigger the better! You can never have too much cashmere, can you? Over the years I’ve made and sold various types of cashmere scarves made from sweaters in my etsy shop. And my cashmere bunny tutorial continues to receive a huge amount of hits, despite being 8 years old. As I looked at my bin full of super soft sweater…
  • The Field Study Tote: Tester Bags

    Betz White
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Yesterday I shared with you my new bag pattern, The Field Study Tote! Today I’m showing off the great bags made by the women that test sewed the pattern for me. I love my testers! They are always full of suggestions and catch little mistakes that can happen when I’m writing out the steps. They did a great job and, as always, I love seeing their fabric choices.   Angie F of Daisysaid used a wool blend plaid and solid. It looks so cozy!   Pamela of Sovanisa made her Field Study Tote in a graphic striped canvas with a faux suede accent. I love the combination.  …
  • The Field Study Tote: New Pattern!

    Betz White
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Here is it, the first new Betz White Sewing Pattern of 2015!   The Field Study Fold-over Tote adapts to your needs. This versatile bag features a zippered top closure with handles that fold down, allowing you to carry your essentials with ease. There’s a back pocket with a magnetic snap closure for easy access. Inside there’s a zippered pocket and a padded slip pocket sized to fit a tablet. As needed, the Field Study Bag expands to a tote with a removable shoulder strap, ready to handle whatever your day brings. The finished measurements are 17” H x 16” W x 2” D.  …
  • 2014 in Review

    Betz White
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of fun, family and relaxation. As usual, I like to start off the year with a look back at the one before. I kicked off 2014 with a brand new updated website! I still love how it looks and works and it’s been so nice to have a new organized home here on the interwebs. There are still little things to do and add to make it *perfect* but just like a real home, those things will get done in bits and pieces when time affords it. I also improved my bookkeeping process, which has always been a struggle. I will probably spend a good chunk of time…
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    Illustration Friday

  • How to be more creative everyday.

    Kate Leonard
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    As inspired and creatively enthusiastic as we are, there are times when we can’t be as fully creative as we want to be. Whether you’re a creative pro taking a break after long hours at the drawing board, working a day job during the day or you’ve got to take time away from your creative life because of school. These things happened and we have to prioritize other things over our creativity. However have you found when the pencils, paint brushes, graphics tablet or camera are put down, we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves. We’re creatively restless and…
  • Pick of the Week for PASSION and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Anna Marie Farmer, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PASSION. 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: JAGGED Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc. Step…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Dan Brereton

    Andy Yates
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Dan Brereton broke into the comics scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s with books like The Black Terror from Eclipse, and The Psycho from DC Comics. His distinct painted art style stood out among the other comics being published at that time. In 1995 Brereton introduced his creator-owned series The Nocturnals to the world. The Nocturnals is a pulp style horror series about a bunch of supernatural crime fighters, starring a cast of colorful characters like Doc Horror, his daughter Evening AKA Halloween Girl, Firelion(a revived victim of spontaneous human combustion), and many, many…
  • Sonia Kretschmar’s Old Modern Styling

    Andrea Innocent
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Sonia is a Melbourne based illustrator whose work features on book covers, editorial and now homewares. Sonia works in traditional and digital media and is also an animator, her sense of colour and pattern, juxtaposed with the characters in her work that seem to come from another time, makes her work unique. She also loves sloths! You can see lots more of her work here : Filed under: New Illustration
  • Hand lettering Artist :: Linzie Hunter

    Jeanine Henderson
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Posted by Jeanine UK based artist Linzie Hunter’s typographic illustrations are so fun to look at! Her bright and playful work often has a vintage flair, and she mixes unique type styles with color and pattern to create whimsical pieces from often complicated, text-heavy content. Linzie’s started 2015 with a very cool personal project—she’s been accepting new years resolution submissions from folks around the internet and illustrating one per day throughout the month of January. The full series can bee seen on her website, Twitter, and Instagram. Linzie’s…
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  • bright black pug

    1 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    All the snow is apparently inspiring me to use some really bright colors! He has a VERY bright yellow scarf, wool/angora blend which means soft and fuzzy. You can’t see his curly little tail- a problem when photographing black. And, hanging out with a friend. We are expecting another snow storm tomorrow and I will be putting these into my Etsy shop then.
  • boy pug

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    And here is #4 pug- a boy in plaid. He has some bright red felt buttons. He doesn’t want to go out in the snow! I am teaching Tiny Worlds Pin Cushions this weekend (Jan 31 and Feb 1) in Cambridge and Owls (Feb 15) in 2 weeks. There is still room in both classes if you are interested!
  • pug girl- more red and green

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    My favorite color combination. She has a red cashmere kerchief and a Fair Isle sweater with green felt buttons. Little curly tail.
  • Pastel pug girl

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Another pug, this one is soft colors and also soft textures! She is all soft cashmere and wool/angora blend! Curly tail- And yes, we got snow- lots and lots and lots of snow. I took her photo in the same place as the polka dot pug, just to give you an idea. The snow makes me thankful that I work at home and don’t have to worry about the messes it causes- no parking, slow traffic, slippery roads. I can just appreciate how pretty it looks for now.
  • popping polka-dot pug

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    I suddenly just needed to make something with polka dots! And tonight we are getting a blizzard so there will be a lot of white backgrounds for a while!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Into February

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Not Waiting. Just Looking For Warm. Finding some. Gathering. Celebrating that. Celebrating holding.
  • The magic birth of pots

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    As the man landed in Turkey, there was a bit more fresh snow here.  But then some sun and a bit of melting. My impression  was the vessels  were being born of white.   But then noticing they might seem to be appearing or disappearing, I began to consider birth  from both sides.  At which point I said "either one". I bumped into basket self while stitching away today on WhiteNess.  Again I couldn't decide if I was becoming more. Or less.  I marked the spot with nine. Looks like January's cloth is moving into…
  • Looking back at January

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Some Januarys are cold.  This one was more like February.  I found this photo of Mom and the Old Sea.  Taken one super warm January not so long ago.  I like to remember her like this. I know she was thinking of Dad.  Dad died the January before. Her hair was as white as the crest of the waves. Like the clouds if there had been any. And I am caught in the white of winter.  White and not so white. Which is the way it happens. And caught in how we honor days. January was deeper this year.  There was cold that moved through me in a different way. There…
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    Judy Wise

  • Doing What I Do

    Judy Wise
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    I'm reading and painting. I started with Gerhard Richter's "The Daily Practice of Painting". It's the perfect book if you need permission to trust your gut. I keep looking for the absolute answers in regards to what is good, how I can improve. Gerhard will strip all that away. He has so many opinions about art and painters that by the end of the book I was ready to throw out all theory and just paint. Whew! I needed that. Thank you, Gerhard.I have less than 2 weeks before returning to Oaxaca. In that time I vow to paint every day. I'll post them here. Every painting is a brave experiment.
  • Lisa Pressman and Elise Wagner Workshop

    Judy Wise
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    I had the good fortune this past week to attend a 4 day workshop with 2 accompished artists; Lisa Pressman and Elise Wagner. Jersey Girls.We started off with mark making and monotype.Each student had a unique way of doing the exercises.After working awhile in black and white we added color.Here Lisa demonstrates her painting approach. She paints fast and loose as she lays down the initial layers of cold wax and pigment sticks. In the evenings part of the group would meet to continue the painting exploration over food and adult beverages. I had such great class mates; it really…
  • The Blues

    Judy Wise
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    I'm still in the dye pot. My sink is blue, my gloves are blue, my drop cloths are blue, my finger tips are blue. And needle-poked. What's amazing is that blue has never been my color before now.So many of you wrote to me that you loved reading about my trip to Bali.That you hoped I would return there and teach a dyeing class. That we should all go back together and have a big Indigo Adventure.So I invited my textile savvy colleague Sue Stover to join me along with the extraordinary tour planners Kathie Vezzani and Michel Fletcher to make this happen. If you've been on one of…
  • Indigo Dreams

    Judy Wise
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    It's been a blue Christmas.Very blue.Indigo blue.Stitching.Banding. Pinning.Tyeing. Binding.Dipping and waiting and rinsing and dripping.In the cool of winter; a challenge since the dye has to be kept rather warm.I warn you. It's addictive.Table runners. Napkins. Clothing. So many ideas!Did not like my new electric tjanting tool. The sharp point catches on the fabric. Next time I won't use it.No. I don't think I'm even half done yet. This just has to run its course.Stay cozy. 
  • Pattern, Textile and Obsession

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

  • Crochet Rocket Raccoon

    Carol S.
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy to go along with the potted baby Groot doll.
  • Candy Cane Crunch Fudge Bars

    Gina W.
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    I love the holidays and even more I love the treats that help make this time of year a true celebration! With the help of some handy Wilton baking products I made a delicious fudge and peppermint treat that is great for gifting or enjoying. The Wilton candy bar molds, made of silicone, provide the messages of jolly, sweet, happy and more directly into your sweet treat-literally! Wrap them in a Wilton clear treat bag, tie with a ribbon and they are ready for gifting. Just be sure to keep one for yourself!
  • Candy Cane Oreo Balls

    Gina W.
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    I had the pleasure of living in Utah for a while and was introduced to many new recipes and one of my families favorite were Oreo Balls. Fudgy and chocolatey these are decadent bites that hit the chocolate craving spot! Keep them in your freezer and they make great quick gifts or treats for the kids. Put them on sticks and they are a hit at every party. Using the Wilton candy melts, lollipop sticks and treat bags these come together fast!
  • Cookie Cutter Candies

    1 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Cute easy holiday shaped candies made from candy melts and cookie cutters
  • Triangle Nail Art

    Nails by KC
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    Geometric nails are super easy to achieve. For this look, I have chosen to do two layers of randomly placed triangles.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Annie movie party favor bags

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    When they were kids, my sister and one of her best childhood friends used to watch the movie Annie over and over. And over! They must have watched it a hundred times. So they were pretty excited to hear about the new Annie movie being released this year. Since they both have daughters now that are the age they were back then, they decided to get together and take the girls to see the new movie. They’re going next weekend, and I wanted to make them something special to commemorate the occasion. Jo and I made super adorable treat bags that look like Annie’s signature red dress.
  • Instagram Neon Photo Blocks

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I wanted to take a minute to share a project idea from artist Mark Montano. He used the Instagram photos from his phone to decorate fun and colorful wooden blocks! Photo and project by Mark Montano. Our 1.5″ wooden blocks would be perfect for this project. I think it would be so fun to share these photo blocks with friends and family. And what a great way to remember a special event or trip! For the complete how-to, watch Mark’s video tutorial. If you liked this, check out these similar projects: Instagram mini canvases Display Instagram photos with a refurbished frame Mason jar…
  • Frozen glitter ornaments

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    I wanted to share some Frozen glitter ornaments that Mini Me and I created last night using the same techniques I described in my recent Harry Potter glitter ornament tutorial. Adding the Frozen images is super easy with our printable circles featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf on Etsy. You can use them to make your ornaments, or even use them as cupcake picks! If you liked this, check out these similar projects: Harry Potter glitter ornaments Disney Frozen Advent calendar Ribbon pine cone shaped ornaments Reindeer cork ornaments Pottery Barn Santa Christmas glitter canvas knock-off
  • Harry Potter glitter ornaments

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

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

  • Craft Challenge #107 Announced – Bottle It Up

    1 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Craft Challenge #107 – Bottle It Up, has been announced! Your challenge this month is to transform a bottle of any shape, size or material, into something new! Entries are due March 2 – 9, 2015. Read all of the challenge details here.
  • Spotlight on: Knitting, Patterns Included

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Yarn is such a versatile craft supply. It is used with various tools to create most anything your imagination can well, imagine. Knitting is probably one of the more well known craft techniques that uses yarn. In knitting you take two long needles, looms by hand or machine and form beautiful patterns with the yarn. […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Removable Fabric Wallpaper

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    This weekend, liven up a bit of a hallway or kitchen by using fabric to create as an accent wall. schnerby found a fun fish print, and mixed up some wheatpaste to adhere it to the wall over the door in her hallway, and also in her kitchen. The best part? If you get tired […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Candy, Anyone?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Love is in the air! It is that time of year to shower the one you admire with smooches and gifts. There is no need to go out and spend a fortune on a box of candy that will be gone in a matter of minutes, Jenxx has created an easy tutorial for Conversation Heart […]
  • Crafty Kitchen

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    It’s fun to incorporate crafty items throughout your house. Infusing your crafts in each room helps make a house a home. This week, I’m featuring some items you might find in a crafty kitchen. You’d probably never guess that this beautiful hand-painted kitchen island by coloringmyworld is actually a reconstructed changing table! What a great […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • January Monthly Challenge Recap

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Fresh, vibrant and full of life. That is what I think of when I see this poster for the January Challenge. I also think of a future that is bright and filled with awesome things to discover. A fitting start to our new year and new creative paths.Just click the picture above to start! Art Bead Scene January 2015 Recap by Slidely SlideshowIf that doesn't work, try this link: turn! Click the InLinz Link-up below to add your blog post to the hop! Please add your exact URL to the blog hop for the January 2015 Art Bead Scene Monthly…
  • Inside the Studio with Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to Karen L.You have won a pair of Lustre, Frosted, Opal handwoven beads from Rebecca of SongbeadsPlease send Rebecca an email with your…
  • Snow Day! + Free Day + Hearts

    Ema Kilroy
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Woohoo! I felt like a kid. I got the word on Monday afternoon that work was canceled for Tuesday. It's a snow day! Immediately my brain got to spinning about ALL the things I could create with my free snow day.Unfortunately I forgot about all the snow I would have to shovel. lol. It turns out that this snow storm, dubbed Blizzard 2015 by the local media, is going down in the history books. My little town was the jackpot town for this storm. Seriously! Up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States my little town went down in history as having the highest snow total. When all was said…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Divya + Jyothi

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
     The bright and varied palette of colors in this month's challenge rev me up! And that is what attracted me to this necklace by Divya N of Jewels of Sayuri. The round shapes, the long tassel, the glowing purple orb... all evoke the playfulness and sense of movement in this challenge painting. The beads are from an artist in India named Jyothi. You can read an interview that Divya did with her on her blog.Featured Designer :: Divya of Jewels of Sayuri  Featured Bead Artist :: Jyothi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just a friendly reminder... We have a slightly new…
  • Tutorial Tuesday - Spring Birds Earrings

    Claire Lockwood
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    At this time of year, I weary a little of claims that Spring is just around the corner. Perhaps it's my dour perspective, but to my mind, Spring is far from just around the corner. It doesn't seem at all near! Still, there's no reason not to get ahead and make some Spring-y designs and that's what we have here.The ceramic birds that I've used are from Blueberribeads, as you may well know. The wooden barrels are from Pyamtuning Crafts. Aside from your art beads, you'll need: three 20cm lengths of 4ply waxed linen in shades of green (I've used mint, sage and olive); four 4cm lengths of 1mm…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's that time again ~ I'm featuring my top ten crafts to make this week from last weeks Handmade Project linky party.  Whoohoo!  I just love a linky party where I meet new creative women.  So, here are my top 10 favorite crafts, parties, recipes, free files, and DIY tutorials from Tip Me Tuesday!  I hope you're inspired to make something fabulous this week as well. These are just the 10 tutorials that I had time to highlight right now, you'll see many more featured on Tip Junkie, Tip Me Tuesday newsletter, AND promoted through [...]keep reading
  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {1/31}

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ready to start a Craft Room Count Down with Tip Junkie!?!   Debuting in 2014, we've rolled out some new themes to better promote creative women, and we are continuing in 2015!  {{yep, that's YOU}}   Craft Room Count Down? Every Saturday here on Tip Junkie I'll be giving you a list of ideas that I'm just dying to feature here on Tip Junkie.  I'm giving you a heads up in advance ~ so I can feature YOU!  {{cheezy grin}} Here's How to Add Your Project to a Craft Room on Tip Junkie.   Yep, I [...]keep reading
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Be My Valentine Party Ideas

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    We are pleased to have the Happy Wish Company with us again today. Using our Valentine’s Day party invitation as their inspiration, they have created this fun and inviting party that will fill your little one’s hearts with love. Roses are red, violets are blue, we LOVE our “Be My Valentine” party and hope you do too! Classic red, white and pink with accents of turquoise and brown craft give this special soiree an old-fashioned, vintage feel. The adorable bunting is carried from the Tiny Prints “Party Bunting” invitation to the dessert table pennant banner. A charming and…
  • Gone Glamping Party at Alt Summit

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    We had a wonderful time at Alt Summit this year and we adored meeting each and every one of you. One of the highlights from the conference was our Gone Glamping party that we sponsored on Friday night styled by the lovely Alix Adams from A Ruffled Life. Here are some gorgeous photos by the talented Sarah Deragon from Portraits to the People that she shot before our party started. And then our guests arrived! Photographed by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit. And we can’t forget all the wonderful images we saw on Instagram using our hashtag #CampTinyPrints. Thank you so much for attending our…
  • Pottery Barn Kids Birth Announcement Collection for Tiny Prints

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re excited to announce a collection of stylish stationery designed by Pottery Barn Kids. Each birth announcement card perfectly expresses Pottery Barn Kids’ signature style and is made truly spectacular with Tiny Prints’ premium paper. Here are a few of our favorites below. Click here to see the entire collection. a See more Tiny Prints InspirationPottery Barn Kids Holiday Collection for Tiny PrintsVera Bradley Collection at Tiny PrintsPOPSUGAR Curated Collection for Tiny Prints
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Lil’ Smokies

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. I’m posting Slow Cooker Sunday a bit early because I know some of you will want this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday! These Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Lil’ Smokies are a must for game day food! My 5 minute blender salsa, my easy Slow Cooker Queso, Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs, my Meat & Cheese Sliders or my easy […] 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…
  • Game Day Food – Link Party Palooza

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Living in Washington state, all we’re hearing about is the Seahawks, the Super Bowl and what kind of spread people are serving! It’s all about Game Day Food for the Sunday game! I’m serving my 5 Minute Blender Salsa, Slow Cooker Queso along with my easy guacamole. All easy to make and all super yummy! I […] 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…
  • Valentine Table Runner

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. I’m not big into decorating for Valentines Day. It’s not that I don’t love Valentines Day, it’s just that my son’s birthday is the day after, so we tend to get caught up in that. But I do like to have a couple of subtle ways that reflect the holiday, so I made this really quick […] 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…
  • Dog Treat Recipes

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Remember way back when, when I shared my Homemade Dog Treats recipe? My girl, Maybelline still loves them. I haven’t made them in a while and probably should whip up a batch. She’s so smart……she’s picking out the recipes that look good to her now……she’s reading Shaggy Dog Eats! Dog Treat Recipes   When TCB first […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how…
  • 5 Minute Blender Salsa Recipe

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. I used to make this 5 Minute Blender Salsa Recipe all the time and had completely forgotten about it until thumbing through a few old recipes. Honestly, I don’t know why I spaced this recipe out, because it beats any store bought or restaurant salsa, HANDS DOWN!  I have also shared my delicious recipe for […] 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…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *REVIEW* Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Lab

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

    Kelsey Norwood
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    I am still knitting like crazy. It’s such a great winter pasttime, I’m totally loving it AND all my favorite new patterns, especially this Lucy hat. The shop is called Fiddlestyx Studios and she makes this hat up in “girl” colors but I loved it for a boy hat with all the texture and randomness. […]
  • Knitted Diamond Weave Hat Pattern

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

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

    Kelsey Norwood
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Colder weather always makes me want to pull out my yarn, hooks, and needles. I go on the hunt almost every fall for new favorite hat patterns. I found 14 this season that I love and wanted to share with all of you! Here’s what we have from the top: Green Snake – KNIT – […]
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    house wren studio

  • january

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    "There is an endless net of threads throughoutthe universe. The horizontal threads are in space.The vertical threads are in time (...)"(Rig Veda, borrowed here)
  • Sunday snapshots

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
  • Double useful threads

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    I took pity with the thread ends from my weavingexperiments - and used them to stitch a fragementwith a red patch.It has a batting of silk mawata "hanky": a bitwobbly, but soft and nice and well worth tryingagain...It's in the shop, together with a few more things.
  • Over the first thread, under the second, over...

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    That's my new pocket loom.I bought it here.There´s a 56-step PDF-manual available for it,and I'd be lost without it...Quite a challenging little devise, withbig addiction potential...Patch Number 4: still battling with the edges...
  • Fresh fabrics

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Just updated the shop...Friday: not much left already -thank you! - there will be moresoon...
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    Try Handmade

  • Sheer Black Briefcase

    Erika Jurney
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    $135 by Apipi. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Gift Guide For Carney Lovers

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Do you know someone who’s favorite book is Like Water For Elephants by Sara Guen? Have they read Geek Love [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Interview with Manny Neuzil of Mannybeads

    Erika Jurney
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    What is your craft / art / creative endeavor? I am a jewelry designer and creator with a passion for [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Pink and black is coming back

    Erika Jurney
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Handspun hand painted yarn, $24 from Moonlightbaker. Button bracelet, $21 from Mom O Matic. Ponytail holders, $4.50 from Gazzu. Necklace, [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Twilight and Filigree

    Erika Jurney
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    bio: Through bookbinding, costume and puppet making, and more recently, bag and accessory making, I have grown a strong attachment [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • SBC VII: It All Came Together

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Yes, I know that technically tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, the traditional day for my Super Bowl Challenge. But I finished this year’s bowl early and I’m trying to keep up with my “Post Every 4 Days” goal, so you … Continue reading →
  • Kinda Sketchy

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    As you may or may not realize, I don’t always work from sketches, but usually out of an idea I keep in my head. I’ll do little doodles with notes to help me remember what my original idea is. My … Continue reading →
  • Hot Buttered Rum for Cold Blustery Days

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    So apparently this weekend is supposed to filled with snow and sleet and other cold, wet winter offerings. It’s a perfect time to snuggle up with some hot buttered rum. Personally, I make mine with Kraken black rum, but any … Continue reading →
  • SBC VII – It Begins

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Yes, SBC VII doesn’t officially take place until February 1st, but I’ve started already. I will not go into overtime this year! I got the idea to do a sort of pixelated bowl this year that will have many layers. … Continue reading →
  • Deck the Walls

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    New year and two new wall pieces to show for it already! I say already, but one of them was actually started in 2013, but needed to time for the idea to grow to fruition. The other I had the … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers

  • HAPPINESS 010215

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm

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    31 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    I went to a talk yesterday. This volunteer organisation tries to preserve the food heritage in Singapore which is very commendable. I am very intrigued by the topics discussed during the talk, esepcially the topic on wartime food in Singapore. The recipes are creative and surprising, esepcially that of tapioca rice which is milling the root into rice shapes with a ricer, and

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
  • HAPPINESS 280114

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Jan 12, Double Knitting Question

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I'm doing double knit with one color (one strand of yarn) slipping every other stitch, how can I keep the sides open so it will be like two pieces layered
  • Jan 12, excess left over wool

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I have been given my grandmothers wool collection since she passed. Most of it is acrylic 8 ply wools and I have a pattern for some house booties that
  • Jan 12, Symbols

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Example: if in a knitting row you have the following. p2,{k1, yo} 4 times, k1 3 times, If you can help me, Thank you Theresa YOUR ANSWER? And your
  • Jan 12, Knitting an Afghan

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I'm knitting an Afghan the instruction state as rows 1-12:knit across. Row 13 (right side): knit across. Would you explain to me what they mean in row
  • Jan 12, Pattern Confusion

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    With 120 stitches on my needle, I'm instructed to PO (8), P2TOG,P4) 17 times P2TOG, PO (8) and the. I should have 102 stitches on my needle. Help! YOUR
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    Very Shannon
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    This year is all about changes and the search for BALANCE.I find that sitting down at the start of each year and writing out some of my thoughts, goals, dreams etc for the upcoming year helps me to solidify my plans, keep me motivated in achieving them and also connecting with all of you."Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it." Those of you who are longtime readers know that I have always struggled with the elusive "balance". Balancing full time work hours and being a stay at home mom with a busy husband has always been hard. I've managed it (just barely) for almost 7…

    Very Shannon
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    I've been doe dreaming....I'm completely and utterly in love with the insanely talented Carolyn Friedlander's newest fabric collection "Doe" (read more on her blog here) for Robert Kaufman. As soon as I saw sneak peeks of this line I knew I had to have it! Very rarely do I ever splurge and order FQ's of an entire line of fabric. But this was a special treat for me. It wasn't easy to get either. This line sold out fast!I've been spending the last few days sitting here just staring at all of it. I'm so inspired by the organic simplicity of the patterns and how they just speak to my

    Very Shannon
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    I've been drooling over my copy of Pam Allen of Quince & Co.'s latest book HOME since I first got my hands on a copy.I knew when I first saw the lookbook that HOME had to be mine. I am a huge fan of Pam Allen's design aesthetic and work. Throw that in with Quince & Co. yarns and you've got me head over heels in love. It's pretty much a given that I love everything Quince & Co., but this latest collection really had me smitten. HOME features 18 knittable projects to keep you comfy! And boy do they do! I can't even pick my fave! I seriously would love to make each…

    Very Shannon
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    One of my favorite go-to handmade gifts are coasters. Everyone loves a pretty coaster. I think they can brighten up a table or a room and bring a smile to your face when reaching for your drink. And when you think how many times a day we use a coaster and pick up and put down a drink that equates to a lot of smiles. The more people smile, the more the world is a happier place. Smiling is healthy and feels good. Just like sewing.The best thing about making handmade coasters is the freedom. It’s a no pressure, no stress kind of project that is great for using scraps and bits of your…

    Very Shannon
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Nice and Knit DK in colorways (left to right) Harpoon, Oyster, Lobster Pot, Dockside. Blue shown in middle pic is Canal.It's a new year and it's time to update & organize our online stashes ladies!Every start of a new year I try to go through my stash, clean it up and properly record everything on Ravelry. I try really hard each year to be pretty minimal with my stash. I usually only purchase new yarn and fabric when I have certain projects & new designs already allotted for them. I don't have a lot of space to store my yarn and fabric so being minimal is key. I also tend to get…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Friday and farewell January! It has truly been a beautiful start to the year and we are excited to see what pretty February brings. We hope you have a fabulous Super Bowl weekend and we will see you back here next month! {Images by Erich McVey via Wedding Sparrow} A few of our favorites from the week: Super Bowl recipes you’ll actually want to eat. Make lunch easy this year with salads in jars. This DIY dotted wall clock is too cute for words. Obsessed with these DIY Mark Jacobs-inspired pretzel earrings. How to find your life’s purpose in 9 minutes. 7 free tools for…
  • Classic Memphis Garden Wedding

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It doesn’t get more beautiful than an enchanting garden setting, classic wedding details, and gorgeous photography, and Amanda and John’s wedding has each in spades! The elegant Annesdale Mansion and its lush grounds was the backdrop for their Memphis garden soiree. The stately mansion provided inspiration for the decor by Angela Mazanti Designs, which featured lush greenery and pretty pastel hydrangea. Amanda is positively regal in a lace Anne Barge gown and Untamed Petals veil, highlighted by loose chic waves by Janice Allen. We adore each beautiful image from Ashley…
  • Elegant Pittsburgh Ballroom Wedding

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Alexi and Stephen’s Pittsburgh wedding is all about pure timeless romance. After a ceremony at the gorgeous All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, guests moved to the historical The Pennsylvanian for a stunning reception designed by Rania Harris. Mt. Lebanon Floral brought the outdoors in with gorgeous greenery, elements of moss, and textured florals in shades of green and coral. Alexi and her bridesmaids wore  Monique Lhuillier gowns from Ann Gregory For The Bride, the bridesmaids dresses in the palest of blush perfectly offset by bouquets of deep pink and paired with lace ribbon…
  • Win a Honeymoon to Martinique

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    On the hunt for your perfect honeymoon locale? Looking for a place that is part island paradise and part eclectic European flair? Look no further than the gorgeous island of Martinique. Just a few short hours from Miami, nestled in the Eastern Caribbean sea, Martinique is a perfect honeymoon destination for the couple looking for Caribbean paradise with a twist. A region of France, Martinique’s culinary scene is unparalleled in the Caribbean, with island-inspired continental cuisine at every turn. We were recently able to visit Martinique and spend several days taking in the beauty of…
  • Organic + Modern San Diego Wedding

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tammi and Dave’s wedding at the modern L’Auberge Del Mar is the epitome of sophistication. The couple let the seaside backdrop set the stage and kept their attire and decor soft and romantic. Tammi is exquisite in a floaty Sarah Seven gown, while her maids donned white chiffon frocks of their choosing. The gossamer gowns allowed the lush, organic florals from Isari Flower Studio to bring a touch of color, with each bouquet its own unique and whimsical creation. Earthy elements such as a rustic wedding arbor, herbs nestled in the centerpieces and peppermint soap favors…
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  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • Chevron Shape Tape

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    If you want to spruce up your living space without spending a fortune on redecorating, give Shape Tape a try. This line of painter's tape features a repeating chevron pattern. Apart from the fact that it's a cinch to use, one of the best aspects of Shape Tape is its PaintBlock technology. This absorbent polymer reacts with the water in paint to form a barrier, sealing the edges of the tape and keeping the paint from bleeding. Shape Tape holds firm during painting and peels off easily when the job is done. Give your space a simple and inexpensive makeover with Shape Tape.
  • 15 Spring Craft Ideas For Everyone

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    Gather up the family and start deciding which of these spring craft ideas you want to work on first. In this collection of 15 Spring Craft Ideas for Everyone, you'll find everything from easy kids crafts to more complicated crochet wreath patterns. The spring decorating ideas in this handy collection will help you shake off those lingering winter blues and get in the spirit of this special season. Add a pretty homemade wreath to your front door, make a faux flower bouquet or create your own Easter chick - it's completely up to you. The pretty colors and easy-to-find craft supplies will make…
  • 17 Ideas for Decorating on a Budget: Craft Room

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    If your craft room is a complete disaster area and you'd like to reorganize and redecorate, check out these 17 ideas for decorating on a budget. Craft room organization ideas don't have to be difficult to create and you don't need expensive supplies. The craft room storage ideas, wall art and more make it easy to get organized and clean up your space. Who knows, you might even have fun sprucing up your space. Overhaul your craft room (or craft corner!) with these DIY decorating and organizing ideas. You'll be surprised at how much more creative you can be once you get your work space…
  • Craft Room in a Jar

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    Create your own Craft Room in a Jar and discover why Mason jar crafts are so popular. This is a quick and easy project that you can make for yourself or give to your craftiest friend. This is a great gift idea and will surely make an impression on someone you love. Be sure to fill your creation with your favorite craft supplies such as paper clips, glue dots and buttons. Best of all, this genius craft is perfect for frugal DIY lovers. Mason jar craft ideas allow you to save up old glass jars you might otherwise discard and reuse them for something amazing. Even if you don't have room for a…
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  • Link Love: Woodland Crafts

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Today I set out on a mission to find woodland crafts that were not just for Christmas. I realized that I , and many of you, love the rustic and woodland look and I hate to limit these crafts to just winter (or even fall with Thanksgiving table decor). So, I found these nine craft projects that fit the bill. These cute craft ideas are great for kids and adults depending on level of expertise. I first started searching for just animals, but I discovered that toadstools are now one of my favorite things. Plus, it gives some of these craft projects that warm “spring” feeling to them.
  • Trend Alert: Elephant Craft Projects for All Ages

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    There’s a trend that has been popping up all over the place and it’s about time we write about it! Elephants! I’ve seen them on scarves, wall art, t-shirts, dining ware and more. We are all aware of the fox trend, the owls, and the increasingly popular hedgehog. But elephants took me by surprise – in a good way. It’s time for these gentle giants take the spotlight in design. That’s why I’ve rounded up just about every elephant themed craft project we have. You’re welcome! Crochet Elephants These elephants are perfect for kids and adults alike.
  • Link Love: The DIY Dreamcatcher

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Channel your inner bohemian because dreamcatchers are back. Or they never left. Either way, these whimsical and lovely pieces have taken the spotlight in home decor and now you can learn to make your own. “What are dream catchers?” you ask? Well, according to Google, the dreamcatcher meaning is: “a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by American Indians.” When I was a kid, I always thought of dreamcatchers as…
  • Creating Connections at the CHA Blogger Networking Event

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    For the past three years at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show in Anaheim, CA, Prime Publishing has been hosting a hot-ticket event: the annual Blogger Networking Event. Not only do we supply free food and drinks at this event, but also an opportunity for bloggers and companies to meet each other, as well. At such a huge trade show like CHA, it’s often hard for bloggers and companies to connect on a personal level. This event offers bloggers the opportunity to not only meet with company representatives, but also preview new products and discover exclusive details…
  • What We Saw at CHA 2015: Craft Trends Report

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We had a great time at CHA 2015!  The showroom floor was buzzing with plenty of great new products and trends.  Here are a few of the trends that we think will be taking the craft world by storm in 2015. String Art We saw this craft at several booths this year! String art is super popular for home decor and we just love this trendy look. You can try your hand at string art wall decor with our Vibrant String Art tutorial. Be sure to check out Cosmo Cricket and see their kits as well. Wooden crafts We had fun making these owls with Handmade Charlotte and you can too! We saw a lot of wooden…
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    Merriment Design

  • Sewing Machines for Beginner Sewers

    Kathy Beymer
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    I’ve gotten a couple emails lately asking me about my sewing machine and what sewing machine I recommend, so here’s some advice for beginning sewers. The quick answer? You don’t have to spend a lot, and honestly you really shouldn’t! My machine is a basic model Brother XR-65 with a quilting table that cost less than $100. Nothing too fancy, it’s really a basic beginner’s model but it gets the job done on pretty much any basic sewing project out there. There are newer models out there now and I recommend that new sewers start with a basic beginner’s model…
  • Kid-Friendly Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos – Copycat Antique Taco recipe

    Kathy Beymer
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a pork carnitas taco recipe that’s not only kid-friendly but also foodie-friendly. Our Chicago home is within walking distance to Antique Taco, the home of amazing tacos and salads set in a throwback antique restaurant. I just love this place so much. We’ve eaten at Antique Taco so often that I thought I could try to pull off some tacos at home during the week when there’s not enough time to go out. There’s nothing like the real thing, of course, but this is a pretty great substitute. To make the pork I altered this pork carnitas recipe from Damn Delicious…
  • Personalizable Party Decor from Minted

    Kathy Beymer
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I want to share the 80th birthday party decorations with you that I got from Minted. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t make any decorations for my mom’s 80th Birthday Open House and I gotta tell you, it was so nice! Sometimes it’s better to buy than make, you know? And Minted has super high-quality, richly printed party decorations so I knew that the birthday girl would love it. We held the open house at my mom’s church Fellowship Room and I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s not a pretty venue. Try your best to look past the concrete walls and sketchy lighting!
  • Wine Wedding Gift with DIY Monogrammed Wine Tags

    Kathy Beymer
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I made these DIY monogrammed wine tags for a wine-themed wedding gift for our downstairs newlywed neighbors. We gave them three bottles of wine: one to open on their 1st wedding anniversary, one to open on their 5th annivesary, and one to cellar until their 10th. And you can download my free wine tag file below to make your own gift. Normally, I am strictly a registry girl but my neighbors literally had a full registry already, all my fault for waiting too long. I mean, one of the only things left was a turkey flavor injector at Williams-Sonoma. Flavor injector?!? Ack! Time to get creative.
  • Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable template}

    Kathy Beymer
    27 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This New Year’s Eve Party Hat free printable template for 2015 was inspired by my clock-obsessed toddler, Elise. By request, I updated last year’s printable hat to update it to 2015 — and it’s a little bit larger too. And by Elise’s request there’s a new pink version. Choose from purple, pink and blue printable 2015 New Year’s hats with a countdown clock, stars, and “Happy New Year” in the Lavanderia font from the Lost Type Co-op (via howaboutorange). It’s based on Elise’s free printable pink monkey birthday party hat. Cut out…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • DIY Moon Lamp

    Natalie Kramer
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Our family loves stargazing! While packing away Christmas lights, I had the bright idea of reusing them to make a moon lamp for our kids’ room. All you need is an empty cereal box, a string of LED Christmas lights, and little bit of paint, and you have the perfect craft for astronomy lovers big and small. What You Need One piece of cardboard Empty cereal box LED string lights (approx. 20 bulbs) Large plate (11″ circle) Acrylic paint (black, yellow) Painters tape Black tape 4 wooden blocks Craft knife Reamer Scissors Ruler Stapler Craft glue Low heat glue gun Picture of your…
  • Six Simple Ways To Say I Love You

    Deborah Beau
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    Hey, can I let you in on a secret? It’s a biggie, so here goes – for the very first time, my nine-year old son is head over heels in love! My heart gets all a-flutter when I see him wave goodbye to his sweetheart at the school gates. They’re in the same class, hold hands on outings, and exchange letters and presents on the weekend. Boy, this is getting serious! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and Miles is planning on sending a gift to his new lady. Both of them like art, so I’ve suggested making something for the special day. Despite his enthusiasm and desire to impress, he’ll…
  • Printable Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

    Mari Richards
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    It’s the season of love! And time to remind all of our favorite people just how special they are. I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to craft up some ways to do just that – versus heading to the stationery aisle at the store. Finding unique Valentines – especially Valentines for school – can be a rough road. Luckily online printables make that job a little bit easier. Plus, once you’ve downloaded and printed, the crafting process is pretty simple too! There are so many of these on Pinterest, but I’ve pulled out some favorites that I think are unique, fun to…
  • Make Your Own Drinking Straw Art

    Mari Richards
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    There are days when I want to pull out all of my beautiful raw materials and make something amazing, artistic, and wondrous. Then there are the days when we’re all running late, and yet we promised ourselves crafty time, and I have no idea what to do. Enter the humble drinking straw! Straw projects are all the rage right now – thanks in part to the big resurgence of Himmeli mobiles. I’ve included one here if you haven’t had a chance to make one yet (like me, who bought the perfect straws over a year ago and they still sit, waiting for their dramatic debut). But there are other smaller…
  • Scribble Art Sugar Cookies

    Sarah Kieffer
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:17 am
    The holidays are behind us and the longest part of winter is now before us. Often the days are so cold here that getting outdoors to play is just not possible. We therefore have to get creative in the small spaces we have available. I stumbled across edible icing markers last week and realized they would make an amazing afternoon project. My kids had a blast making cookies, then going to town drawing all over them! Any good sugar cookie and icing recipe will work here – use your favorite! I used this Holiday Cookie Recipe from Cooks Illustrated. The glaze needs to be completely dry…
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    Aileen's Musings

  • Heart Nouveau Steampunk Workshop

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    I'm very excited to say that our new workshopsold out fast!If your interested in local (Modesto, Calif area)art workshops email us to be put on our email listor visit our blog HERE.
  • Eye Candy-Postcards

    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here's some eye candy to look at...just a few of the postcards I created for an art and craft show back in the fall...just a tad slow in getting them uploaded ;-)
  • Happy New Year!

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
  • Art Party Fun!

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    We had such a great Art Party Workshop Saturday! Great food and coffee cocktails!Fun time creating!and the end result is the best part of allseeing how everyone puts their ownwonderful twist ontheir own masterpiece :-)If your interested in attending one of Sublime's Art Partiesor would like to host your own private art partyCheck out the blog:  Like our facebook page to stay up to date
  • A Little Eye Candy...

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Home is Where The Heart IsI'm enamoured with  kitschy vintage campersthat a lot of women are fixing up and takingGlamping.  In honor of, wishing I had oneof my very own, I decided to do some camper art instead :-)I've created a few more Chunkyville houses to go with my other ones HERE.And last but not least is myfinished chalkboard globe.I've had a strong desire to altera world globe for awhile nowI have several I've picked up at garage sales, so I finally justplunged in and spray painted theglobe with spray gesso and then a couple of coats of chalkboard…
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Tips and Tricks: Seam Allowances

    Oda May
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ever have a project with an awkward seam allowance? Maybe my simple tip can help you save time and get that project done! This past week I’ve been working on a version of the {Layer Player Quilt by Barb Johnson}. I love this quilt because you can jump right into sewing without doing any cutting or prep work (besides pairing up contrasting layer cakes). But this quilt calls for a 1½” seam allowance (in addition to the standard ¼”) and it was taking me a lot of time to mark those seam allowances. Then, light bulb moment. I got out my washi tape and a sewing gauge. I just…
  • Teething Scarf

    Lisa Calle
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hi! Lisa Calle of Vintage Modern Quilts here today with an easy tutorial for a drool scarf – perfect for teething babies! Terrycloth, flannel, or jersey knit all make great lining fabrics for this project. I used an old onesie for mine. 1 layer cake square 10″ square of jersey or lightweight terry cloth 1″ piece of Velcro (or preferred closure method like snaps) Print out the templates in the Printer Friendly file at the end of this post. Trace the templates onto the fabric as indicated. Be sure to transfer all marks indicated on the templates. Match up the right sides of…
  • Flashback Friday: Four Squared Quilt

    Oda May
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Who doesn’t love a simple project that sews up in a weekend? Chef Polly Monica of Aunt Polly’s Porch brings us today’s Flashback Friday recipe. Polly’s sweet and sassy Four Squared Quilt pairs a jelly roll + charm pack + and a bit of yardage for a generous lap sized quilt. Substitute 3 of the printed jelly roll strips for white ones and give the quilt a whole new pop. Fabric shown is Basic Grey’s latest offering – Fresh Cut. See the original recipe {here} to make your own Four Squared Quilt.
  • Ladder Theory Quilt

    Crystal Hendrix
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello Fellow Quilter! It’s Crystal Hendrix from Hendrixville! It’s feels good to be back again creating and quilting! I have a colorful and bright quilt today using V and Co. new line, Color Theory. I love these colors and how they bring to mind a happy spring day one these cold winter days! I have a nice easy  quilt for beginners and even though it is a large lap size quilt, it can easily be altered to make any size of quilt you would like by just adding more blocks. 1 Color Theory Jelly Roll 1 /2 yard each of (6 total) : Mesh Pink (10836 12), Mesh Lime (10836 13), Mesh Teal…
  • Mini Charm Bench Pillow

    Julianne Walther
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A fun bench pillow made from a mini charm pack and 1 yard of fabric. One pack of mini charms OR one charm pack, quartered ½ yard for background fabric ½ yard for pillow backing fabric One 14” x 28” pillow form Cutting Directions: From background fabric: 3 strips 1 ½” wide and 28 ½” long 2 strips 2” wide and 28 ½” long 2 strips 2 ½” by the width of fabric. Sub-cut these into 40 1 ½” x 2 ½” pieces From pillow backing fabric: One piece 14 ½” x 28 ½” Sew a 2 ½” x 1 ½” rectangle to one side of 36 mini charms. Press seams towards the charms. Step 1 for Mini…
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    How Does She

  • Jared Shows us How To Mount a Power Strip

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Ever need to mount something super awkward?  I think we’ve all been there!  Jared’s latest video tip is brilliant and can be applied in lots of ways! Enjoy!  
  • German Pancakes With Buttermilk Syrup – in under 30 minutes!

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Years ago, a friend and I were talking breakfast food, and she mentioned that German pancakes were a favorite tradition in her family. German pancakes? I had never heard of them, but her description of a fluffy, piping hot from the oven, filled with protein pancake topped with homemade buttermilk syrup had my mouth watering. I immediately had to try it – and what happily surprised me was how FAST this dish came together! It went from mixing ingredients, to dishing it up at the table in LESS than 30 minutes. Perfection! Another wonderful surprise was how filling it was. This fed my…
  • Top Five Makeup Brushes for Busy Moms!

    Kylee Mortensen
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
      Hey guys! Today we are going to talk about my top five makeup brushes for us busy moms! I have received makeup brushes as Christmas and birthday presents and to be honest I don’t use half of them! On a daily basis I use my good ‘ol fingers and a few brushes (and sponges) to create a very pretty fresh faced look in ten minutes or less! I hope that you guys find this video helpful, let me know what else you would like to see! Find some of the items mentioned in the tutorial! Click for a direct link: Beauty Blender Blush Brush Eye Shadow Brush Angled Brush Large Powder Brush
  • 5 Creative Ways to Use Protein Powder

    Darleen Meier
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    With the holidays past us, clean eating has been on my mind.  I am eager to lose some weight before spring comes and before my coat that have been hiding my extra pounds is put away.  So, I’ve had no sugar all this month, eating veggies everyday and been drinking TONS of water.  I feel great!  Since I run and workout on a regular basis, I like to incorporate protein powder in my diet.  It helps me set the day to eating right, and I always stay full for a few hours after I have protein powder. I prefer THIS brand. Usually in the morning I like to have a protein shake filled with…
  • SpIcE it up…8 dating techniques

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Perfect for Valentine’s Day Our LOVE experts (remember this post) are back to share some insight into DATING! You know those couples that OOZE love?  Not the cheesy get a room ones, the ones you want to be around because they are always happy and  full of energy.   That is Chris and Ali.  Added bonus: pretty much everything that comes out of their mouths makes you laugh, yet sincerity is among their top attributes. Not liking them is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE.  I am so excited they accepted the invitation to share more romantic insight with us to help us all stay in love!  Take it…
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    idea chic

  • XOXO Envelope with Love Note Heart Card – pack of 4 – IdeaChic

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Valentines Day Heart Puzzle Greeting Card by ideachic on Etsy

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Mountain Theme Wedding Invitations Made in Colorado – IdeaChic

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Idea Chic designs and makes save-the-dates to wedding invitations and full paper needs that fit the theme of a Colorado destination wedding at an affordable price. Read more: Filed under: Idea Chic
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    15 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    http://www.ideachic.netFiled under: Idea Chic
  • Valentine Slider Gift Box

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Printed with four different designs: Arrows, hearts, XOXO and Love, these adorable boxes are perfect to fill with your favorite Valentine candy, treats or a small gift. Four boxes are included with each set. The reverse side of the box is printed with a “To:” and a heart to address individually.  The slider boxes are 3.16″ long by 1.75 by .75″ high. The boxes arrive package in a cellophane sleeve. Filed under: Idea Chic
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Netflix Streaming During a Blizzard

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Can’t decide what to watch on Netflix streaming during a blizzard? Snow storms and movies go so well together. What better time to get cozy and have a family movie day? Here are some of our favorite Winter or Snow-themed family friendly flicks to watch instantly on Netflix streaming. Don’t forget the popcorn, pillows, and blankets! […]
  • Top Secret Valentine Writing Center!

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    This Top Secret Valentine Writing Center was a huge hit with my kids (ages 6 and 10)! They spent an entire afternoon coding, writing, and trading Valentine messages back and forth. Special thanks to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative Valentine activity post and supplying us with lots of crafty goodies. […]
  • DIY Cupid’s Cookie Shop!

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    This sweet little pretend Cupid’s Cookie Shop was so simple to set up, and kept the kids happily entertained for a long time during a recent snow day when they had off from school. I love how something as simple as a few sheets of felt and bits from the dollar store can make them […]
  • Valentine Craft for Kids

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    This Valentine craft for kids would be great to do as a party activity! Here’s how to make Cupid Cottages from paper bags, recycled newspaper, Valentine stickers, and some leftover crafty bits you may already have on-hand. These would look great as a table centerpiece or on display in your home! My kids had so […]
  • Polar Animals Sensory Bin

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    This polar animals sensory bin was one of my kids’ favorite activities during a recent day off from school due to icy weather. We did not get any snow, so we made our own. Then we added some small toy animals for plenty of imaginative Winter playtime fun! This was so quick and easy to […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Part Two of Men Who Knit: Men Still Knit Today

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Note: this is Part Two of a two-part article series, Men Who Knit. In Part One, we looked at how men drove the knitting boom centuries ago and were its primary (if not sole) practitioners. Now in Part Two, we'll check in on present-day men who knit, both "regular Joes" and more famous men.
  • Knitting Charity Knitting Rays of Hope: Offering Hope through Hats

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Knitting Rays of Hope is a knitting charity that began in California in 2012. The idea sprung from a woman named Pali when accompanying her sister-in-law to a chemotherapy treatment. There she realized that the hospital did not have many chemo caps.
  • Knitting Bucket List Item: Afghans with Cables

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:52 pm
    A short time ago, I published an article about our knitting bucket lists. It occurred to me then that it might be rather fun to start a series of articles that would offer up free patterns relating to those bucket list items. Then, those of you who have these items on your knitting bucket list might just be a little more likely to give one a try.
  • An Interview with Joy Coetzee, Founder of the Ruth Mailbag Group

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Last week, I introduced you to the Ruth Mailbag Group. Today, I'd like to give you the opportunity to learn a little more about the group's origins and its conitinuing needs.
  • Part One of Men Who Knit: a History of Men and Knitting

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Note: this is Part One of a two-part article series Men Who Knit. First we'll look at the history of men's knitting; then we'll hear about both 'regular Joes" and famed men who enjoy knitting. It seems almost to be knitting's dirty little secret: men like to knit.
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  • DIY Simple High Heel Shoe Repair

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Look at this face. Meet Hobbes, the destroyer of shoes. Actually, I should give him a little credit because he has only ruined one pair of shoes, however they happened to be one of my most favorite pairs.Thankfully he didn’t do too much damage to them, so instead of throwing them away I decided to try to fix them. In this tutorial I’m basically just explaining what I did for this specific pair of shoes so hopefully this tutorial can be helpful if anyone else has similar damage to some shoes. Keep reading for a quick video summary~ Supplies.First, I had to finish what Hobbes…
  • DIY Felt Cat Cave

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    A little while ago I was browsing the internet and I happened upon these neat, sculptural felt cat “caves” and I thought they were really interesting and I immediately wanted to make one myself. I’ve never done this technique before – wet felting with loose wool roving – I’ve only ever done knit things and then felting them in the washing machine… so this was an interesting experience. This video is sort of a tutorial, but more of a “watch me make this and I talk you through what I did.” Because of this, there are probably mistakes in…
  • DIY Paper-cut Light Box

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    I recently saw some awesome artwork by these artists Hari and Deepti and I was very inspired to create some of my own. I threw together three tutorials; one is advanced, one is intermediate and one is easy. Check out the video below, or continue on after the “read more” tag, to figure out how to make your own! Keep reading for a video summary! A quick note about the lights I used in these light boxes. These things are great; you can cut them to size and they’re self adhesive. Perfect for any project requiring a little bit of lighting. If you want to buy some for your own…
  • DIY Noren Curtains

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    I live in a shotgun style home, where we have no hallways and it’s  basically just series of rooms, back to back. Some shotgun homes have doors to separate the rooms, but some, like mine, only have doorways. No doors. I’ve grown accustomed to the openness of being able to see basically all of the rooms if you look through a doorway, but I did also somewhat miss having a bit of separation between each room. My solution to this was to whip up a few sheer noren curtains. So of course, I’m going to be sharing with you this easy sewing project! Keep reading for a photo summary…
  • DIY Faux Deer Head

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    First off I gotta say… Happy New Years! Welcome to 2015! Alright, back to this weeks project. I’ve always wanted to put up a faux mounted animal head in our house, but I could never find something that would work/was in the price range I wanted. I ended up giving up on finding the faux animal head and I made the flower curtain to go in that spot in my living room. Well, of course not soon after I ended up finding the perfect head. Or almost perfect. Workable. I found a paper mache deer bust and it was on sale, yes! One of the antlers was broken off, but it was a super easy fix and…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Tutoral: Faux Wall Sconce

    Terrie Burton
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Love the look of a fancy wall sconce, but don't think you have the decor budget to get one?  This again!  This lovely "faux" sconce can be used to hold seasonal silk branches or with a built in shelf, a night light with battery operated candles.  Or any other lightweight items you can fit into it! Project estimate: Foam core board, on hand or $1 Poster board, on hand or $1 Rope or cord, on hand or $1 and up Battery operated tea lights, on hand or $1 Tissue paper, on hand Rhinestones, on hand or $1 and up Tape, on hand Hot glue, on hand White glue, on hand Paint, on hand or $1 and up…
  • How to Find $1 Craft Supplies on eBay

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Until recently, I had no idea you could find $1 craft supplies on eBay, but since I started Crafty Bobcat in a Box (where I pay $1 a day to get a random craft package sent to me), I have learned that there are many craft supplies to be found that cost $1 -- or less! Craft supplies from beads and jewelry findings, to buttons and paper crafting materials. Find out my secrets for finding cheap craft supplies on eBay in my article: [how to find $1 craft supplies on eBay]
  • Video: Valentine Haul from Dollar General

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    While my go-to dollar store is definitely Dollar Tree, I still like to stop by the other dollar stores in my area at least once per holiday/season and see what they have on the shelf. I recently stopped by Dollar General and while my haul there was modest, the things that I did find were pretty awesome! Watch the video to see what I found and hear my ideas for some of the items, or keep scrolling to see my haul in photos. Valentine Raffia Ribbon Valentine Ring Pops Heart Chalkboard Stickers Valentine's Day Paper Plates Cute Paper Napkins Mason Jars with Striped Lids What are the best things…
  • 10 Sock Crafts for Lonely Socks

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you ever end up with a single sock that's lost its mate? Somehow this happens to me all the time. Where do they go? I hope they are making new sock friends, wherever they are. My mom always called the lonely socks that come out of the dryer "socks without partners," and when I was a kid they ended up in our dress up box or as sock puppets for mom's class. Here are more 10 fun sock crafts for your own socks without partners. 1. Make an Elsa Doll - Delight the Frozen-obsessed kid in your life with a homemade Elsa doll! 2. Coffee or Beer Cozy - I'm always the most bummed when my lost sock is…
  • Make a Stamped Football Table Cover

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Need easy, inexpensive decor for your Superbowl party?  Jessica from Mad in Crafts made this stamped football table cover using stuff you can find at the dollar store.  And when the party is over, you just crumble it up and throw it away - now that is post-party cleanup that I can handle!  Watch the video below to see how it's made, or click through to Jessica's blog to read more about it.  [how to make a stamped football table cover] Project estimate: Kraft paper, on hand or $1 Craft foam, on hand or $1 Cardboard, on hand Glue, on hand Paint, on hand or $1 and up Total:  Free and up!
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Links I’m Loving No. 14

    Amanda Rose
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you have fun weekend plans ahead. Can you believe the first month of 2015 is already over? I feel like the time is flying by already this year! As usual, there is so much goodness floating around the web this week! It’s always hard to narrow down my choices to share with you, but these are some of the ideas and inspirational posts I was loving this week! This Mushroom, Egg, Ricotta, and Arugula pizza. This post on stopping the comparison game. These lessons on beer, just in time for Super Bowl. This DIY arrow and heart hair pin. These Sweet Potato…
  • Gluten-Free Garden Cheddar Quiche

    Amanda Rose
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to mealtime, there’s nothing I love more than a meal that is easy (read: doesn’t have 87 ingredients or 93 steps to make) and loaded with good-for-you foods. That’s one of the reasons I love making quiches. Once you have the basics down of creating a quiche, you can really do absolutely anything you want with it! The great thing about this garden quiche is that you can replace the spinach and/or peppers with other veggies you may have lying around that need to be used up. Get creative with it! Consider using kale, chard, tomatoes, or onions (or add them to…
  • 13 Easy (and Free!) Ways to Lift Your Spirits Today

    Amanda Rose
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s face it. Some days you just need to lift your spirits for no other reason than the day is…mundane. There’s nothing wrong with how your day is going, but it’s just a matter of going through the motions. Those days are perfect opportunities to do small gestures to lift your spirits and take the day from mundane to amazing! Here are some of my favorite was to lift my spirits: Call an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Spending even just a few minutes catching up with an old friend will instantly enhance your mood. Even just hearing their…
  • A Quick Tour of Ghent

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our second stop on our week-long exploration of Belgium and Amsterdam this summer (first stop here and here) was the Belgian city of Ghent. We only spent part of a day here, but were still able to hit the highlights. Being the pickers that we are, we were super excited to peruse this flea market around Sint Jacobskerk. Next we walked towards the old city center. Here’s the belfry of Ghent, the tallest belfry in Belgium and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of my favorite photos of our whole trip! Sint-Niklaaskerk, a landmark from the 13th century. We decided to take a tour…
  • Links I’m Loving No. 13

    Amanda Rose
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    It’s Friday! I hope you have wonderful plans for your weekend, whether they be lounging around at home, going on an impromptu road trip, or being crafty! If you’re looking for something to do, below are some fun things I found around the web this week. I just may have to try out those stuffed dates and pick up one of the must-read design books! THESE reasons to think beyond your job description. Read it. These stuffed dates that look absolutely amazing. These must-reads for designers. How to use a reference image to personalize your art. These breakups for a healthier, happier…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Casey's Wood Give-Away :: Jan 2015

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Sponsor: Casey's Wood Products Give-Away Date: Saturday January 31, 8am EST – Monday February 2, 2015, 8am EST Number of Winners: 1 Prize: $25 Gift Card + free shipping in the contiguous USA (international readers are welcome to play too) How to Enter: Visit Casey's Wood and take a look around then come back and leave a comment HERE (in this post) letting us know what are some of your favorite items. Optional Additional Entry: For a second chance to win, LIKE Casey's Wood on Facebook then come back here and leave a second comment letting us know that you did. If you already LIKE Casey's…
  • Post-Its :: January 30, 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Banner Images (left to right): FAIRY WINGS TUTORIAL :: Source: Antique LilacGARDEN PARTY QUILT :: Source Jane Brocket,COAT PATTERN :: Source Cynthia Treen Studio POST-ITS is a weekly feature on Wee Folk Art where we share some of our favorite posts from the week taken directly from our Wee Folk Art's Facebook page. We encourage you to share some of your favorite finds from the week. It might be something you've seen on the web or something you've blogged about or something you just added to your shop. Just tell us a little bit about your find and share a link in your comment. FAIRY WINGS…
  • Winter Tree Coloring Page

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Winter Trees by George Szirtes Aren’t you cold and won’t you freeze, With branches bare, you winter trees? You’ve thrown away your summer shift, Your autumn gold has come adrift. Dearie me, you winter trees, What strange behaviour, if you please! In summer you could wear much less, But come the winter – you undress! Our Winter Tree Coloring Page is based on our Winter Tree Applique Block The Winter Tree Coloring Page can be found HERE. The Winter Tree Applique Block can be found HERE. The January Applique Collection can be found HERE. The Coloring Page Gallery can be found HERE. …
  • Frozen Fruit Ring Feeders

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    This is an easy and fun project to do with the kids. In our Winter Wonderland unit we encourage feeding the birds and include several different bird feeder crafts in the activities. This Frozen Fruit Ring Feeder, can add a festive flair to your bird feeder area or just add some lovely color to your backyard in the middle of the winter. Materials: Bundt pan, or jello ring mold Colorful fruit Bird Seed Thick String or ribbon For this project we used some strawberries and cherries that were starting to turn bad. This is normally fruit that we would add to our compost bin. Partially fill the…
  • Little Spruce Organics January Give-Away :: $50 Gift Cards

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations VT Patty. Please contact me within three days to claim your prize. SAVE 15% off of your order through January 31, 2015 with coupon code: WEEFOLK15. So many lovely items!  It's Permalink Submitted by VT Patty (not verified) on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 22:41 So many lovely items!  It's hard to choose, but I think I would older play clips.  Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Sponsor: Little Spruce Organics Nature's finest gifts for you and your baby Give-Away Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8am EST – Monday, January 26, 2015, 8am EST Number of…
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  • Week 3: Verizon Move More Challenge

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge It’s week three of the Verizon Move More Challenge and I’m thrilled and encouraged by all your responses of what you planned to do to add more activity to your day! Did you do it? Are you walking, biking, hiking, running, playing around indoors, Zumba, and more? Let me know in the comments. As for me, if Fitbit and I had to declare our relationship on Facebook it would read It’s Complicated. The idea is to MOVE MORE and I want to, but I was focused on steps because Fitbit…
  • Verizon Move More Challenge

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I’m very excited to kick off 2015 by partnering with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge. This challenge runs from January 5 to March 31, 2015 and open to all my friends in OH, PA, WV, KY, MI, IN, ND, SD, MN, IA, NE, IL and WI who are interested in adding more activity in their lives, no matter your fitness level. While I hope participants receives short- and long-term health benefits, I know it is encouraging to have a tangible incentive. That’s why I’m REALLY excited that those participating by leaving a comment on my blog posts will be…
  • Custom Physiques | Northern Cincinnati

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

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

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

  • Easy DIY Metallic Salt and Pepper Shakers

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Description:  Use contact paper to cover these cheap salt and pepper shakers. Craft Link: Easy DIY Metallic Salt and Pepper Shakers Read More: Home Decor or Home
  • DIY No Sew Bandana Embellished Shirt

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    Description:  Detailed instructions on how to use a bandana to make a great looking shirt. Craft Link: DIY No Sew Bandana Embellished Shirt  Read More: Sewing or Home
  • How To Make A Postage Stamp Quilt

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:21 am
    Description: Very detailed instructions for making this quilt. Craft Link: How To Make A Postage Stamp Quilt Read More: Quilting or Home
  • DIY Studded Pants Cuffs

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Description: You’ll need pliers to attach the studs to the pants. Craft Link: DIY Studded Pants Cuffs Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Palm Springs Gingerbread House

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Description: You don’t need to wait till December to make this amazing gingerbread house. I think it would be a wonderful project for any time of the year. Craft Link: Palm Springs Gingerbread House Read More: Holiday Crafting or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Pattern Play: Colorful Note Card Printables for Valentine’s Day

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    I love getting cards in the mail, from my friends especially because they always pick out the best cards. So this year, for Valentine’s Day, I’m hoping to return the favor. There are roughly two weeks left before V-Day rolls around (even less than that for Galentine’s Day which is on the 13th – you know that if you watch Parks and Rec). So, I’m crossing my fingers that I can get some V-Day snail mail out to my friends on time (for once). To help me get the V-Day cards rolling ASAP, I’ve partnered with Avery to create some V-Day printables that I can use…
  • How to Throw a Colorful DIY Galentine’s Day Party + Giveaway

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    We’re getting dangerously close to February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. AND that also means that Galentine’s Day is almost here too! I’ve never thrown a G Day party before, but have always wanted to because my friends are kind of awesome…So to celebrate those friends this year, I put together a Galentine’s Day party shoot. The whole shindig is in partnership with Seven Daughters wine and is complete with easy DIY ideas for throwing a party of your own. Bonus! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of today’s post, where…
  • Quick and Easy DIY to Try: Leafy Heart Cut Outs for Valentines Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week, I was working on some last minute styling ideas for this post and ended up breaking apart a stem of variegated kale (you can get it al the grocery store, but I happen to pick mine up from a flower market) and cutting out shapes from each leaf. Instead of incorporating it into the finished project as a decoration, I thought I’d break it down into it’s own project instead. In the 2015 survey, 73% of you said that you want more quick, super easy DIY ideas. So consider this one of them. I’m sure you can tell from the photos that these kale hearts are SUPER easy to…
  • Piece of Cake: (Super Easy) Salted Dulce de Leche Drizzle for Cakes, Cookies, and Coffee

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Because everything sweet also needs a little something salty, today I’m kicking off the week with a recipe for salted dulce de leche. It tastes a whole lot like salted caramel sauce…only dulce de leche is about 100 times easier to make. If you can open a can and use a slow cooker, you can make this sister sauce to salted caramel. This recipe actually kicks off a new series of posts that I’ve teamed up with Linda Jednaszewski to create. Linda works behind the scenes with me on Paper & Stitch, mainly with craft production and now recipe development as well. She is an…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    This weekend I am planning to spend an inappropriate amount of time laying on the couch and watching movies. This week was a doozie, so if you have any Apple TV or Netflix suggestions, let me know. That said, I’m pretty sure that I can still get a DIY or two in there….you know…from the couch. :) So, I rounded up some weekend DIYs to try. #3 is a must, if you ask me. 1. blood orange popsicles recipe 2. hand lettered DIY dip dyed stationery 3. marble moon phase wall hanging project from Almost Makes Perfect 4. strawberry cream cake recipe from Pretty Simple Sweet 5. make…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Pencil Arrow Valentines

    Jessica Christman
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Celebrate love with an adorable, pencil valentine! 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! }}
  • Watercolor Relief Message Tags

    Jessica Christman
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Send your loved ones a sweet message of love this Valentine's Day and a secret surprise as well with these relief message tags. 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 Hanging Heart Decoration

    Jessica Christman
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    This Valentine's Day DIY makes the perfect decoration for any party or event. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make Mini Paper Flag Pick

    Jessica Christman
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    There are countless ways you can use this fun and easy DIY. 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 Rustic Log Slice Chalk Clipboard

    Jessica Christman
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    This adorable DIY makes the perfect display for a fun print or sweet message. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Vintage Hardware Catalog Art Stickers & Labels

    Cathe Holden
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    A few years before my dear Pop passed away, he gave me this enormous 1940 hardware catalog. He knew me better than most when it came to vintage goods and my appreciation for such a fantastic resource. Hardware companies back in the day would supply most all household, agriculture, and lifestyle goods making for hundreds and hundreds of great illustrations.I have loved looking through it many times over the years and finally got around to scanning, cleaning up, and laying out some of my favorite line-art products to share with you. And who better to team up with for freebies than the fabulous…
  • Tim Holtz 2015 CHA Booth Project Assemblage

    Cathe Holden
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    I had such fun designing an assemblage display piece for Tim Holtz’s 2015 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) booth using current and all new for ’15 Tim Holtz products, many from his idea-ology line. I was unable to make the 2015 CHA show last weekend and see Tim’s amazing booth, so I’m grateful to Noell Hyman of Paperclipping to get a peek inside it and to see more of his fabulous new products and techniques in her video. (Watch for my piece at minute 7:15!) As a focal point for my project, I created a faux pocket-frame daguerreotype. To make that I started with the gorgeous Tim…
  • Vintage Ephemera iPhone 6 Case via Shutterfly

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

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

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

  • Art of Crafts Interview: LISU Wedding & Handmade Jewellery

    Alison Wood
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    For today’s interview please welcome Susan from LISU Wedding and Handmade Jewellery who is going to tell us more about the background to her business and how she find inspiration for her beautiful designs. 1. Welcome Susan. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? Hi my name is Susan Hagen and I am based in Dumbarton, Scotland. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your creative business. I am a self taught jewellery maker and make jewellery by hand. I make jewellery for Weddings,…
  • Half Price Sale on All Jewelry in My Etsy Store Plus Free Shipping

    Alison Wood
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    I am currently have a sale in my Etsy store – all jewelry is half price and there is also free worldwide shipping. Come and grab yourself a very pretty bargain Below is just a selection head over to the store for the full range.
  • Help Your Creative Business to Thrive

    Alison Wood
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    First of all I would just like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and I hope 2015 is a great one for you. As we turn the corner into the new year I wanted to reach out to those of you with a handmade or creative business. I know that isn’t going to be everyone so if you don’t have a creative business, or have no intention of starting one, I give you permission to head off now for a nice cup of tea and maybe a cheeky biscuit….or two For the rest of you I just wanted to mention my sister website Cartwheels Across The Sky where I offer support and…
  • What Do You Want to See More of On Art of Crafts? Giveaway Prize!

    Alison Wood
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    ** This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner is Linda Rumsey. Congrats Linda and many thanks to all those you commented – your feedback is much appreciated ** Well we are drawing to the end of a busy year and I hope you have enjoyed what we featured on the blog during 2014. I have lots of things planned for the new year, including giveaways, features, interviews and tutorials. However, I also wanted to throw it open to see if there is anything you would like to see featured? Are there any particular crafts you would like covered or more of any topic, such as papercrafts, sewing,…
  • Winners in the 12 Days of Christmas Craft Book Giveaway

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

  • Candy Bar Printable Wrappers

    blooming homestead
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Looking for a last minute or easy Valentine gift?  These candy bar printable wrappers are so easy to dress up chocolate1 Everyone will love them.  Warm up Valentine’s Day with a hot cocoa printable!   Don’t miss these amazing Valentines. I have teamed up with some of the most creative bloggers to share the cutest Valentines imaginable. Each day you will be amazed with their cleverness! Don’t miss a day! Hope to see you tomorrow. Welcome Blooming Homestead, Hello Friends! I am so excited to be here at Skip to My Lou today to share these adorable Valentines Candy Bar Wrapper…
  • Hot Chocolate Valentines with Printables

    amy is the party
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hot Chocolate Valentines are such a fun way to warm up this Valentine’s Day! Everyone will love them.  For a gender neutral valentine try these bugs and kisses valentines!  If you are looking for loads of ideas before to check out these amazing Valentines. I have teamed up with some of the most creative bloggers to share the cutest Valentines imaginable. Each day you will be amazed with their cleverness! Don’t miss a day! Hope to see you tomorrow. Welcome Amy, Hello! I’m Amy from amy is the party, back again this year with another Valentine printable. This year, I decided to…
  • Bugs and Kisses Valentine Printables

    pitter and glink
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bugs and Kisses Valentine Printables make the perfect Valentine for any little boy or bug loving girl!  If you want to gift a sweet treat these Sweet Valentine Printables make them extra special.  If you are looking for loads of ideas before to check out these amazing Valentines. I have teamed up with some of the most creative bloggers to share the cutest Valentines imaginable. Each day you will be amazed with their cleverness! Don’t miss a day! Hope to see you tomorrow. Welcome Bethany!  Hey, y’all!  I’m Bethany from Pitter and Glink, and I’m so excited to be here…
  • Sweet Valentine Printable Tag

    crafted by lindy
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This Sweet Valentine Printable is perfect for giving sweet treat for anyone!  Plus You can really wow your friends with the most Amazing Valentine door, can you believe it was made with a valentine printable?  If you are looking for loads of ideas before to check out these amazing Valentines. I have teamed up with some of the most creative bloggers to share the cutest Valentines imaginable. Each day you will be amazed with their cleverness! Don’t miss a day! Hope to see you tomorrow. Welcome Lindy Hello! My name is Lindy from the blog Crafted by Lindy and I’m thrilled to be…
  • Sunflower Lollipop Printable

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Celebrate Kansas Day with a sunflower printable lollipop! January 29th is Kansas Day. Each year we try to think of something fun to do to celebrate the great state of Kansas! We have made edible sunflower cupcake toppers, sunflower cupcakes, fondant sunflower cupcake toppers and made a Twinkie sunflower cake. We don’t just celebrate with edible goodness… check out my crochet sunflower and sunflower wool pins! Download the sunflower printable. Print in color on white cardstock and cut out. Sunflower Lollipop Printable Poke a hole in the center of the flower and put in a…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Dear Photo Diary | January Creativity

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time. Shawn Achor Mom sewed many of these kitties a while back, and they’re tiny! I decorated this one on my own. Pink scarf, cute nose and baby blue bead button eyes. Painted pages in very old book. Will be torn out and used for collages. Also, bird watching. The Blue Tit and his family are all over the food I provide outside my window. Sneak peak of art…
  • The Story of Pink published + giveaway

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Thanks for your kind words on my last post my dear friends. There is a lot more than January-blah going on inside my head, but I will talk about that in another post, another time. The block might even have something to do with the fact that I picked writing as my one little word this year. The word that will guide me to the thing I really want to do right now, or hinder me? It will be a challenge, but now it’s chosen and I’m going with it. I’ll report back to you how it feels in a month or so. Anyways. Writing… I was just reminded of a text that I actually did write…
  • Fab Quote | Alice in Wonderland

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. Lewis Carroll The words are not an actual Carroll quote, it’s essentially a paraphrase of an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Chapter 6 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get…
  • Blue Watercolor Mandala

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities — for success, for happiness, for really living — are waiting. Martha Nussbaum After I made some swatches with my new White Nights Watercolors, on loose paper and in my art journal, I decided to do a test painting. A square one, just for fun. I decided on blue, and started in the middle of the paper… …and then I let it grow from there into something I have no idea where it came from. It just happened, as is true with a lot of things in life. A blue watercolor mandala. It grew more complex and time consuming than…
  • A Love Message

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I found this as I was going through the folders on my computer. I didn’t post it with the other pink or blue-green altered vintage postcards, those that I sent out to the swappers on my list. This postcard was part of the series, but made especially for someone I love very much, of course. It’s a message of love, to share with the special people in my life. I ♥ the feeling. And I think it’s important to say it out loud too, sometimes. To share your heart. To write it out and send it. To spread the message. To dare to feel it. xoxo Related PostsDIY Painted Postcards A…
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  • The Road to 1000 – Red Daisy Art Designs

    Timothy Adam
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    . We put our first bracelets in a store located in our neighborhood, East Nashville called Eclectic Nashville. This was a fantastic small retail space that showcased local and Regional artists. At the time, we were thrilled that our Etsy shop had introduced us to a retail opportunity. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Simply Danish – Mid Century Modern Etsy Finds

    Timothy Adam
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Simply Danish - Mid Century Modern Etsy Finds. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Tools to Organize Your Creative Business

    Timothy Adam
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    There are a million things to keep track of when you are running a creative business. From inventory tracking to social media planning, this list should cover what you need. Oh and a little fox as a bonus! Find us on Facebook: Handmadeology Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Great inspiration for an Etsy home studio / Office!

    Timothy Adam
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    ‘Home Study / Office inspiration ‘ by suus802 Reclaimed Scaffolding Board … inspiritdeco $795 Vintage Industrial Lamp, ora… DelicateRetro $99 Wood Desk Organizer / Wood C… KROMMdesign $35 Winston Churchill Quote Offi… CrossbowPrinta… $3.5 Work Hard, Be... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Etsy Success Tips from Rebecca Kneale of Sew Happy Girls

    Jason Malinak
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Stories like this are fuel for my passion to see Etsy sellers thrive! Rebecca was in a difficult place and went to work with her strong desires. Her business evolved until it found a niche. She’s not complacent either – she’s looking for ways to grow and improve her business and her dreams keep... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Free Valentine’s Day Crafts

    Wendy at
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Hearts, flowers, and chocolate! What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? While the days are cold and dreary, I hang garlands of hearts and make paper roses. Here’s a collection of Free Valentine’s Day Crafts to decorate and celebrate those you love. You might also like: Pocket Full of Love Pillow Tute Easy Crochet Valentine’s Day Basket Pattern DIY Crystal Valentine Hearts Hearts in Love Free Quilt Pattern From the Heart Bunting Crochet Pattern
  • Pocket Full of Love Pillow Tute

    Wendy at
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Sew this Pocket Full of Love Pillow Tute and you’ll have a sweet little place to stash love notes and Valentines. Added to Valentine’s Day Crafts You might also like: Gathered Heart Pillow Sewing Tutorial Valentine Heart Door Wreaths Free Valentine’s Day Crafts Easy Crochet Valentine’s Day Basket Pattern DIY Crystal Valentine Hearts
  • Snowbird Hat Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    This adorable Snowbird Hat Crochet Pattern has it all – ear-flaps, a tie, and a pom-pom! Really, it’s just the ultimate for winter weather. Added to 400+ Free Crochet Hat Patterns You might also like: Lego Head Earflap Hat – Free Crochet Pattern Crochet Santa Beard Hat Pattern Harlequin Cowl Hoodie Crocheting Pattern Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern Blooming Strawberry Baby Hat and Booties Free Crochet Pattern
  • Easy Crochet Valentine’s Day Basket Pattern

    Wendy at
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Such a cutie! I think I can find room for this Easy Crochet Valentine’s Day Basket somewhere! I’m sure  it would be even better filled with Valentine’s Day chocolate kisses… Added to 100+ Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Patterns You might also like: From the Heart Bunting Crochet Pattern Crocheted Valentine Hearts Pattern Giant Heart Crochet Pillow Pattern Valentine Heart Cactus Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Free Valentine’s Day Crafts
  • Recycled Christmas Card House Ornaments

    Wendy at
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Still have Christmas cards laying around? I love to keep them for a long while, too. Let’s make Recycled Christmas Card House Ornaments with them! They look like tiny gazebos, don’t they? Added to Christmas Ornaments and Recycled Crafts. You might also like: 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial Glittering Musical Ornament Tutorial Felt Owl Christmas Ornaments Tutorial Lots of Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Book Arts Improv Book #4: Fabruary

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Just to remind you, here are the themes I was working with this week… An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!! Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine It was funny how this week’s Improv book came together. The wheels started when I learned about Teddy Bear, the porcupine who predicts Super Bowl winners. Yep, he’s a real thing. Then I found out that World Nutella Day is in February. That’s when it hit me…the Super Bowl is also in February. I did some more research…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    At this time, I’m a bit stumped for a storyline for this week’s Improv book. I’m not too worried because it’s still early in the week. I decided to start off by carving a rubber stamp of a porcupine. This was a fun stamp to work on, although it had a lot of fine detail. Quills are hard! In the images below you can see how the stamp progressed through the carving process. Here’s the final stamp. I’m pretty proud of this one. I’m not sure how (or if) I’ll use it in the final book, but it’s a start. I’m debating whether or not to make a…
  • Book Arts Improv: Week #4 Themes

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Many thanks to everyone who entered the final week of this year’s Book Arts Improv! Here’s this week’s winning entry… …number 1! Congrats to Velma! This week’s themes are as follows: An embarrassing way to die: spoonful of nutella stuck in your mouth World’s worst message from a fortune cookie: HA!!!!! Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… porcupine The Book Arts Improv grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday, February 2nd – the prize is a set of books that includes one of each of the four books created during the Improv. Everyone who…
  • Book Arts Improv: Call #4

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to the final week of the 5th Annual Book Arts Improv! In case you’re new here, in a nutshell, the Improv is a four-week stretch of improvisational bookmaking. Depending on the content and complexity of the book, an edition of three or more will be created each week. Here’s the last call for suggestions: An embarrassing way to die World’s worst message from a fortune cookie Fill in the blank: A ______ walks into a bar… To participate in the Improv, just comment on this post with a response for each of the three categories listed above. I’d like to keep…
  • Book Arts Improv Book #3: James Bond’s Bad Day

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    As I mentioned earlier in the week, I found myself quickly drawn to a few ideas when thinking about this week’s Improv themes. However, things didn’t really click for me until this morning. It was the martinis that did it. I became obsessed with why you never see James Bond in a bad mood. Sure, he gets in tight situations, but he’s always on his game. It bugged me and it had to change. So, here are the themes I was working with this week… An Irish drinking song: The Moonshiner Something that’s comforting: our Tatra Mt. Sheepdog, Dolina Famous last words: “I should…
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  • Stephen & Steven Wrap Up

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Thank you to everyone who came to meet and take a class with Stephen West and StevenBe last weekend. I had a fantastic time and I hope you did too! I loved seeing and trying on their designs. So inspiring! For photos of their visit here and at other shops on the tour, check out their Facebook page.
  • This Weekend with the Steph(v)ens

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    There’s a lot happening tonight through Saturday, so just a few announcements and reminders. 1. The shop will be closed all day Friday and will open at 2pm on Saturday. 2. If you registered for Modular Magic and/or New Perspectives on Knitting, please review the materials list so you have everything you need. 3. If you’d like to meet Stephen & Steven and see the dozens of samples they’ll have, you’re welcome to join us tonight from 6 to 7:30pm and/or Saturday, from 2 to 3:30pm. These are both free events. Feel free to call us at 215-893-9939 if you have any…
  • Gallery Hat

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Gallery hat has a long ribbed brim for extra warmth over your ears and a slightly slouchy top for a soft, casual look. It’s knit with just 1 skein of our Studio yarn that’s 100% American made! Studio yarn, from left: cadmium, easel, landscape, skylight, watercolor, and sketchbook. We used Watercolor, a bright medium blue, but all of the colors will make a terrific hat. Pick your favorite shade and follow the pattern below! GALLERY HAT SIZE One size, will fit 18-22 inch head circumference. YARN Loop Studio (100% superwash merino wool; 100g / 350 yds): 1 skein, shown in…
  • Kate Oates’ FOR YOU Knitalong

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    We’re in love with Kate Oates’ new Lovebirds Cowl! With pairs of birds and little hearts, it’s an interesting knit and a warm and whimsical cowl. The pattern’s available for pre-order now through the end of January at a special price. You can also join Kate and other knitters in a knitalong that starts February 1. For the Lovebirds Cowl, Kate used 2 colors of our Studio yarn. With that you can knit either size – a shorter cowl that sits close to the neck or a longer infinity scarf. Kate used smock and cadmium for the cowl (on left), and india ink and skylight for…
  • Eco Duo Hat

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Cascade Eco Duo yarn is one of the softest in the shop. Baby alpaca – that’s the fiber from an alpaca’s first shearing – and merino wool are combined in undyed, naturally occurring shades for a worsted weight yarn that is an absolute joy to knit. The yarn transitions through the different shades in each skein for a striping effect. I went for the black, grey, and natural of the color zebra for my hat, but honestly, I love each colorway; shown below from left to right: zebra, storm, vanilla, koala, and chicory. This hat is a basic watch cap that’ll fit most…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Queen of Hearts Dress

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I originally shared this Queen of Hearts Dress Tutorial as I’m Feelin’ Crafty for Sew Ready To Play. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s time to share it here too. I love how this dress turned out, and seeing my daughter in red for a change! I’ve had so much fun in past years with Sew Ready to Play, and always had a clear idea what I wanted to make. This time around, I was all out of inspiration. I’ve lost my sew-jo lately, and couldn’t even think of a game that inspired me. So I procrastinated. And procrastinated. Then finally inspiration hit.
  • Craft Goals for 2015

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    We’re more than halfway through January, and I still haven’t set any goals for the year. No wonder I never get anything done! I’ve got a few areas that I want to spend time on this year. I want to sew more clothes for myself, and sort out my fit issues to sew clothes I love. I’ve signed up to a few Craftsy classes for sewing for myself. I really want to dive in and get through them! We’ve lived in our house for over 2 years now, and there’s still lots of areas where I want to put my own stamp on it. To turn our house into a home. So I guess you’d call that goal home decorating!
  • Stylish Crochet Hat Patterns for Women

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    I’ve had short hair for a while now, but I’m still getting used to it! Some mornings my hair is just crazy and a squirt of water isn’t enough to get it under control. I’m running late for school drop-off, and don’t want to be the Mum with bed-head. I can’t just throw it in a ponytail! What am I supposed to do? A hat! I could just put on a hat. But in the middle of winter, I’d look crazier turning up to school with a sun-hat in the rain. It doesn’t get that cold here for beanies – I need something stylish. Create the illusion that I’m the classy, stylish lady with the…
  • A new way of thinking about housework

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I was reading the book Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup from the blog of the same name, and I had a dawning moment! The book is about the 12 secrets of the good life, and weaves Ruth’s personal story into how she’s found the path to contentment (and it wasn’t a smooth road). I was struck by Secret #10: A clean house is a happy house. Do I treat my role as homemaker the right way? As I was reading, I realised I don’t treat my role as housekeeper with any pride or respect. I do the housework begrudgingly, only doing it because I have to. Putting in the minimum amount of effort…
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    Craft Gossip

  • One hour triangle quilt – yes way!

    Scarlett Burroughs
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The quickest way to grab a quilter’s attention is promise they can make a baby quilt in one hour from start to finish. No way. That’s impossible you say for a triangle quilt. Well, Kate of See Kate Sew, claims otherwise. Get her secret on … Read More...
  • Rice Krispies Treat Kisses

    Carolyn Bickford
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Here is a sweet treat without the chocolate. Create your own Kisses from Rice Krispie treats. Plus, Stephanie was kind enough to include some Valentine’s Day print outs for you to use. What a cute treat for a classroom party … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Tall leather tote

    Anne Weaver
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Tutorial: Tall leather tote Sew4Home shares a tutorial for making this tall leather (or faux leather tote.  Theirs is made from a metallic faux leather that they’ve embellished with rows of decorative ribbons.  It’s fully lined, with pockets on the inside … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Add a slit to a seam with a clean finish

    Anne Weaver
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    Tutorial: Add a slit to a seam with a clean finish Many garments feature a slit at the bottom of a seam, whether it’s a side slit on a pair of pants or shirt hem, or a slit at the … Read More...
  • Pennies and Rhinestones

    Shellie Wilson
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have seen lots of penny rings over the years but not one so blinged before. I love the use of rhinestones to take this everyday ring into evening attire. I think this ring could be a “good-luck” ring for … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Inspiration Monday #82 plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party, hope you are enjoying your Super Bowl Sunday!We had over 800 projects link up last week, that is truly amazing!Thank you so much for taking the time to be here, we are inspired by you every week.This weeks features were chosen by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate...Gold Heart Pillow by Crafting in the RainClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Lemon Cheesecake Pie

    Jamie Sanders
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Rather than a cake this year, I made my hubby a couple of pies for his birthday.  The first was a chocolate cream pie (which is one of his favorites) and this fabulous Lemon Cheesecake Pie.   Ok, so the Lemon Cheesecake was really for me, but it was so yummy!  Cheesecake is my ultimate favorite dessert and this one was sweet, lemony and creamy, with just a tiny bit of tartness- yum!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Heart Appliqued Leggings (No-Sew)

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    My Missy had ripped a hole in one of the knees of her denim colored leggings.  Rather than toss them out, why not add a little heart applique to patch the rip?  It's a perfectly sweet addition to the leggings for Valentine's day, but really, hearts are cute any time of the year!  Best of all this project takes very little time and is no-sew!  Aren't they cute?  And so easy to make!To make these Heart Appliques, you need:Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Easy Treats for Lunchtime Snacks from Snack Pack

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Thanks to Snack Pack for sponsoring this post and providing us with the yummy snacks!With the new year in full swing, our family is pretty much back on track with everything. School's in session, everybody's back to work, and the family is on a "healthy eating plan." (Ok, so hubby and I are on a diet- shhh...)The hubby and I are cutting back on sugar and carbs, so right now I don't want to be preparing family size portions of yummy snacks for the kids.  Are you in the same boat or maybe you're just looking for a quick and easy snacks for lunch boxes or after school…
  • Easy Felt Clutch: Beginner Sewing Project

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    My daughter recently had a birthday and her main present was a new sewing machine!  I actually bought the machine in early December.  It was killing me to not give it to her, but I'm glad I bought it when I did since this particular machine is now sold out everywhere!  (According to Amazon, it will be back in stock soon.)She was so excited to start sewing.  We pretty much spent the first day practicing the stitches, sewing straight lines, using pins and following the marks I made.  By day 2 she was ready to make something.  I'd bought a coordinating pack of felt squares for her…
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  • Finally put a brush to paper today...

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Since I've just been trying to tread water and keep afloat (metaphorically), I haven't put a brush to paper (for myself) in ages. Today while I was working on a Ranger blog assignment (will link you up to that next month), I was waiting for some gesso to dry. I never sit and wait for paint, so I turned to my journal and roughed out this face. I love patchy layers, brushstrokes that show the hand of the artist. It's just how I love to make my art. Felt good to paint for myself, even if only for a moment. Did you make art today?
  • Whew...where I'll be in February, and some other catch-up.

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Well, what a whirlwind! These last few weeks I've been in survival mode. We're moved into the new house and are definitely NOT settled in completely, but I know that will come with time. Our old house is still for sale (praying, praying, praying it sells soon). Things with my son's health are a bit better, but we're still having some challenges. I am grateful we're moving in the right direction, though. He is feeling and looking better. Thankful for daily improvements! Just got back from a great weekend of teaching at Scrapbook N Memories in Harrisonville, Missouri. I…
  • Presenting to you the Ranger Designer Challenge

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Each year, Ranger takes a product (or product line) and invites top-notch designers to create with it. The idea is to show the versatility of a line, that in different hands the same materials can look markedly different. This year, the focus was Dina Wakley Media paints, stencils, and stamps. I got to hand-select a "dream team" of sorts. I wish I could have had more artists participate...but alas, they limited me to 23. So, without further ado, I present the wonderful artwork from this year's Ranger Designer Challenge! I wish I had brought my good camera so I could get better…
  • Popping in to say....

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    that I had a great time at CHA. I am working on a post with all of the Designer Challenge pieces (they are AMAZING), so that should go live later this week. Click here for the awesome May Flaum's review of my stuff. Click here for a video by ScrapTime of my new stuff!
  • Can you spot all the new Dina Wakley Media in this piece?

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:52 pm
    I used new masks, stamps, fun. Masks: Organic Shapes. Stamps: Woodcuts, Positive Women. New Paint: Black.
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  • Emily Thompson

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Emily is an adventure-seeking wife and mom. She and her family live in Hong Kong where she sews up a storm from their tiny apartment. Sewing is a fabulous creative outlet for this mom of two boys (who sometimes drive her crazy, but who she always adores). Her blog is full of sewing ideas for kids, women, and the home. She shares many free patterns and tons of tutorials for just about everything sewing related. When she's not sewing or blogging, Emily enjoys having spending time with friends, running, reading, camping, swimming, and hiking with her family.
  • Lisa and Sarah of A Spoonful of Sugar

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    We are a mother and daughter team from Perth, Australia, who love all things crafty. We spend our time sewing, baking, and dabbling in a wide range of crafts. We love to share our latest projects and offer many free tutorials.
  • Daniela from On the Cutting Floor

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Hi, I'm Daniela and I blog at On the Cutting Floor. I love to express my creativity by making clothing patterns that are feminine, modern, and practical. I love the excitement of sharing my patterns and seeing other people's projects coming to life. When I am not sewing, I enjoy spending time with my little Owen.
  • Beverly McCullough

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    I started sewing and crafting over 25 years ago, and it has always been a love of mine. I have learned new things and I am constantly challenged and inspired by my readers and the other great blogs out there.
  • Camelot Fabrics

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Formerly known as Camelot Cottons Eugene Textiles, our new name Camelot Fabrics encompasses much more of what we do as an eclectic fabric company! Our customers know that we provide more than just 100% cotton prints, and now our name reflects that! With new projects, collections, printed fabrications, artists, licenses more. Its sure to excite any crafter, quilter or sewer!
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    Art Platter

  • Make your own Jute earrings!

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Here is a simple tutorial to make your own pair of light weight jute earrings. Rhinestone embellishments and jute sheets have been used in the project which are simple enough for even kids to use! How to make jute earrings: Step 1: Take two jute sheets in the colors you These jute sheets are of … … Continue reading →The post Make your own Jute earrings! appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Pongal card with rhinestones and beads

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:17 am
    It is Pongal day and here is a card made primarily of rhinestones for all of you!! This card has been made using yellow card stock, rhinestones, flat back pearls, bead ball chain and glue. Hope you have fun with your family and friends this Pongal! Closer look of the handmade Pongal card: The card … … Continue reading →The post Pongal card with rhinestones and beads appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Handmade new year card – Simple!

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Here is a pretty and colorful new year card you could make quickly with just a few embellishments and card stock to give your dear ones this new year. This card could be done by kids as well during these holidays. Closer look at the new year card: The base of this handmade card is … … Continue reading →The post Handmade new year card – Simple! appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Dew drop Christmas trees DIY – Kids craft

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    With Christmas just a few days away, here is a craft project for kids. The trees are made using construction paper, plastic dew drops and a few star sequins. These Christmas trees would make pretty decor pieces for your table. How to make dew drop Christmas trees: Step 1: Take a sheet of construction paper … … Continue reading →The post Dew drop Christmas trees DIY – Kids craft appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Gerbera inspired quilled studs – DIY

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    A beautiful Gerbera had bloomed in our garden. Looking at the flower made me try doing these pretty pair of earrings inspired by the pattern of Gerbera flowers… Let us head to the tutorial on Gerbera inspired quilled studs. How to make quilled earrings: These earrings are made using orange, red and brown quilled strips … … Continue reading →The post Gerbera inspired quilled studs – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • 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…
  • DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

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

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

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a dream catcher with a love theme. This dream-catcher uses Rose Quartz crystal chips used for bringing love into one's life.
  • Heart Knit Pillow

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This pillow with heart was inspired by the keyboard shortcut for a heart,
  • Valentine’s Day Stick Art

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This Valentine's Day craft shows you how to make a decorative wall art frame.
  • Heart of Ribbon Burlap Pillow

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Use some burlap and ribbon to create this Valentine's themed pillow!
  • Sharpie Valentine’s Day Mug

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    This Valentine's Day tutorial shows you how to make a themed Coffee Cup and Saucer.
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Playing Card Valentines

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    I think these playing card Valentines over at My Paper Crane are great for kids who find typical Valentines a little too sweet and cute. There's even a free printable for the faces if you like. 
  • Tissue Paper Heart Valentine Craft

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    I love this tissue paper heart Valentine craft at Fun At Home With Kids!
  • How To Make Fruit Roll Ups

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Willowday shows you how easy it is to make fruit roll ups at home.
  • Glittery Heart Sun Catcher Craft

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Salt dough forms the base for these glittery heart sun catchers at Homegrown Friends and the kaleidoscope centers are made from melted beads. Such a pretty Valentine ornament, gift, or party favor.
  • Cute Paper Clown Ornaments

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Creature Comforts shares how to make these sweet paper clown ornaments that can be hung individually or together to make a garland or mobile. They can even be slightly modified to make cake toppers too!
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  • Venice Grocery Bag

    Michelle (
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Here's another Grocery Bag in a print that has been kicking around my stash for at least 3-years!  Maybe my subconscious tells me to hoard these until the fabric is OOP (out of print)?  This is the medium size from the pattern, and the finished bag is for sale in my etsy shop should you need to make it yours.  The fabric is a print called Venice from the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection for David Textiles.  The black and white polka dot print is probably Dottie from Moda, and the lining is a black and white stripe with a touch of sepia from Quilting Treasures. 
  • Long Pouch

    Michelle (
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    It's been a while since I've sewn one of these, but here is a clutch I made with a sweet Michael Miller print called Elvira. The pouch part is made from a brown and cream polka dot print of mysterious origins.  The FQ I picked up didn't happen to have the selvedge section with the manufacturing info.     The button is 1.5".  I'm going to make more buttons very soon!  At the beginning of the year I started setting up a separate shop exclusively for the buttons, but now I see that another shop is folly on my part.  I have enough going on already and will add more…
  • Hexagon Paper Piecing Templates

    Michelle (
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    A few weeks ago I needed some 1/2" hexagon paper pieces, but didn't want to run out to the fabric store.  Sometimes they don't have all the sizes in stock, which made me feel even less motivated to make the drive.  But I still wanted those paper pieces, and I started thinking about how they could easily be printed at home if I took the time to make some printable sheets.  So I sat down and made a document with 1/2" hexagons shapes, and since these are fun to paper piece in any size, I thought I might as well make pages for them in a bunch of sizes!   Print the…
  • Made - Sweet Garden Clutch

    Michelle (
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Yesterday afternoon I had some time to sew, so I made this clutch.  This was made with these pattern pieces, and pocket #1 from this document.  It has patchwork lining: I'm getting down to mostly scraps of the fabrics I usually use for lining, so not only is it fun to have patchwork lining, it's keeping me out of the fabric store for a few more days! 
  • French Orange Plastic Buttons

    Michelle (
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    French Orange Plastic Buttons available at Big City Buttons
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Almost Halfway on My Token of Love

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I’ve made a nice amount of progress stitching My Token of Love this month, I’m almost at the halfway point. I’ve been taking 30 – 60 minutes in the mornings during the week after everyone leaves to just sit by myself, enjoy some hot coffee, and stitch before I fire up the computer and start working. I’ve had a lot of folks ask about the threads I’m using on this project ~ DMC variegated thread (#115 garnet) Thanks for checking out my stitching progress. I’d love to see what you’re working on as well, please leave a comment below so I can check…
  • Trying to Love Mill Hill’s Owlets

    4 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Finn Owlets (2015) Mill Hill Kit MH16-5106Mill Hill released some new Spring designs for the 2015 line up, including a series of little owlets still in their eggshells. I love Mill Hill kits and I love owls, but I’m not sure if I love these little owlets or not. I like them, but I’m not sure I love them. The turquoise guy pictured here at left is definitely my favorite of the six. (Finn Owlet) I get it, Spring, renewal, easter, pastely colors, etc… but I’m having a hard time loving the owls in the eggs. I guess maybe I just want to see wings and feathers and majestic…
  • January’s Big Fluffy Snowball

    3 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    [pattern available on Craftsy] Click here to open Craftsy in a new window Pattern size: 98 x 98 stitches 2 colors floss, your choice Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
  • A Little Gridding Goes A Long Way

    3 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (like back in 2013), I guest blogged a few times over here about my adventures in stitching.  Then, in Summer of 2013, I started a Masters of Arts degree in teaching and most of my spare time for blogging and stitching in general went down the tubes.  I am happy to say that I completed my degree in five semesters and walked across the stage with my velvet hood back on December 13.  A week later, my teaching certificate showed up.  But, since it’s mid-year and teaching jobs are in short supply, I am back to being a stay-at-home-mom with some…
  • Loretta’s Annual Report of Stitching for 2014

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    At the end of the year I like to look over what I finished, what I started, what I wanted to do versus what I actually did. This year I had some slumps, I had some finishes, and I made some progress. Not as much as I would have liked, but then again I’d always prefer more stitching time over less. Last year I only had two small finishes, so this year is a bit of an improvement in that regard. Finishes… [Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy] Joker & Harley in Love and two ornaments that I still need to get pictures of… Progress Made…. My Token of…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Endless Loop Beaded Necklace

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Historically, knotting between each bead was the standard for pearl necklaces. It ensures that even if your necklace breaks, you’ll only lose one or two beads, not all of them. The knots between also make for a necklace that drapes well and moves freely. Without the knots gravity pulls the beads together tightly, and the resulting necklace can seem kind of rigid and weird. Another massive benefit to this method is that it’s easy to make a necklace that’s an endless loop, no clasp required. There are a whole lot of people in this world with varying degrees of metal…
  • Grafting Knitting

    Carly DeGraeve
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Grafting knitting onto another piece of knitting is a nearly seamless way to add features like pockets or collars. And, the technique is very easy. Supplies: Knitting Project Crochet Thread Tapestry Needle Sewing or Knitting Pins In the example project, I’m attaching a pocket to the front of a cardigan in progress. The front of the cardigan is complete. The pocket was knitted with a provisional cast on to hold the first row or stitches open. The last row of knitting was transferred onto crochet thread using a tapestry needle. Use pins (sewing or knitting) to set the pieces you are…
  • I-Cord Edge Finish

    Carly DeGraeve
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    The I-Cord edge finish leaves a clean simple finish to the edge of a knitting project. To create an i-cord edge finish, you need to pick up stitches along the edge of what you are going to finish. In my case, I’m finishing the edge of a pocket. After you have picked up stitches along the edge you are finishing, make 3 stitches. Knit 2 of the added stitches. Slip a stitch knitwise to your right needle. (Place the right needle into the loop as you would knit it, slip it from left needle to right needle without knitting the stitch.) Knit the next stitch. Pass the slipped stitch over the…
  • Picking Up Stitches

    Carly DeGraeve
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    When knitting, some projects benefit from the technique of picking up stitches to add pieces like pockets or collars. The technique is quite easy and leaves a clean seamless look. Supplies: Knitting Project Yarn Crochet Hook In the photo above, I have already picked up a few stitches. To add a row of stitches to the edge of a piece already knitted, a crochet hook is sent from the front to the back of the knitting just inside the edge stitch. Send the crochet hook through the knitting and use the crochet hook to bring a look of yarn to the front side of the knitting. Place the loop onto a…
  • Sewing Darts in Sheer Fabric

    Carly DeGraeve
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Many very pretty fabrics are light weight or sheer. Sewing darts in sheer fabric requires a few easy but specific techniques to ensure the sheer fabrics look great on the finished garment. The following project shows you how to sew beautiful darts with sheer fabric and lining but the technique can easily be carried over to more situations. Supplies: Sheer Fabric like lace or chiffon Lining Fabric Sewing Pattern or Project Sewing Machine (or hand sewing supplies) Thread Chalk Sewing Pins The sheer fabric and lining should both be cut to the same size and shape. Transfer the dart markings to…
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  • #DeflateGate Super Bowl Egg Football Cupcake Thingies

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you live under a rock and/or don’t read The Skimm, today is Super Bowl Sunday. In honor of the occasion, I wanted to make a delicious themed treat, and Pinterest tells me that the only way to do this is to make a foodstuff that looks like a football. I scrolled through endless pages of football shaped snacks, and finally landed on these beauties. Football cupcakes in real egg shells! What? Image from Now I read this post and the accompanying one where the blogger tells you how to do regular old run-of-the-mill not football-shaped cupcakes in egg shells, and let me…
  • Half-Assed Pinterest Recipe Reviews

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    It’s not that I haven’t been testing things lately, it’s just that nothing has failed spectacularly. So here’s my round-up of recipes I’ve tried lately that have failed with a “meh” or semi-succeeded. Go ahead. Try ‘em out. A Half-Fail (Split Vote): Shakshuka Ok, Imma be honest. I decided to make this one because it meant I wouldn’t have to go grocery shopping. Shakshuka: a middle-eastern dish that your family may or may not like. (Just sayin.) Image from Economies of Kale I have never in my life heard of shakshuka before, but thanks to a…
  • GMA Recap and CraftFail Book Giveaway

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:49 pm
    So, in case you’re not tired of my dumb face, you can check out my second appearance on Good Morning America here: (If you can’t see the video, click here.) (If you missed my first 30 seconds, you can read about that in my last blog post.) Fun, right? And you got to see Heather from CraftFail featured prominently, too! (More on that later.) I’m going to answer some of your frequently asked questions, because I wanna and because being on a morning news show for like 30 seconds (twice) is a weird experience that I bet not too many of you have had. 1. Did you do your own hair…
  • GMA Rainbow Cake Segment AND on TV Again Friday!

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    This morning was my Good Morning America segment! If you missed it (like just about everyone in my local area did because North Carolina was covering “winter weather” by following a school bus around with a camera and reporting that “nothing has happened yet”), here ya go: (If you can’t see the video, click here.) Know what the cool thing is? I think they must have liked me because they invited me to come back Friday! I don’t have details, but I imagine it will be in around the same time slot (8:30-9) and I’ll post a clip again if there ends up being…
  • Faily Rainbow Cakes and Good Morning America (!!!)

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Before today’s regularly scheduled post, please allow me to freak out for a second because I am going to be on Good Morning America! Yes, faithful Pintestes, you can see me on the small screen on Wednesday morning, being the spokesperson for Pinterest failers across the globe. I am super duper excited. [Disclaimer: I just found out about it today and will not have time to lose forty pounds or buy new clothes or get my hairs did before Wednesday at the buttcrack of dawn, so judge leniently, please.] I don’t know what time the segment will be, or I’d tell you. Guess…
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  • Paper Shamrock Chain

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    If you're looking for a simple way to decorate for St. Patrick's Day, you're in luck. The Paper Shamrock Chain is an easy paper craft for kids to make that looks great anywhere you hang it up. You can use up your paper scraps with this adorable DIY garland, so you won't have to spend much to make this decorative craft. You'll even learn how to make a shamrock that stands up on its own with this awesome St. Patrick's Day craft idea!
  • St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Craft

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Teach toddlers about the colors of the rainbow with this St. Patrick's Day craft for kids. This adorable pipe cleaner craft is a quick and easy art project that little ones will love. The St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Craft is a very budget-friendly art project idea for St. Patrick's Day, since you'll only need a few inexpensive materials. Turn your St. Patricks Day Rainbow Craft into a 3D homemade card, or simply use it to decorate for the holiday.
  • Lucky Mason Jar Luminaries

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Decorating for St. Paddy's Day has never been so cute! Lucky Mason Jar Luminaries are fun St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids to make to add a little extra green to your home decor. These Mason jar crafts are surprisingly simple to make, and kids can easily put their own spin on the shamrock design. Even if you don't add a candle to these little lanterns, they will look just as cute. Place these decorative crafts anywhere in the house, and your family will be feeling lucky in no time.
  • St. Patrick's Day Window Clings

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    St. Patrick's Day Window Clings are fun decorative crafts for kids on the luckiest day of the year. These kids St. Patrick's Day crafts can be made from puffy craft paint, then used and reused as St. Patrick's Day decorations for windows in the house, in the car, and at the end of the rainbow!
  • Whimsical Leprechaun Peg Dolls

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The best St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids involve leprechauns, and these Whimsical Leprechaun Peg Dolls are just too cute to miss! Kids should be able to create these little friends with ease, and they can customize their faces in any way they like. Use these peg dolls as a charming decoration for St. Paddy's Day, or use them to create entertaining stories with your children. You can even hide a few of these leprechaun crafts in the garden for a little extra St. Patrick's Day fun.
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  • How to Make Valentine’s Day Pop Up Cards

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Valentine’s Day Pop Up cards – they’re easier to make than they look! Don’t forget, if you cant find the sequel to a video, click on the YouTube icon under the video to take you to the video producer’s channel. ▶ Mother's Day, Valentine' s Day Love Pop Up Card Tutorial : I love U […] The post How to Make Valentine’s Day Pop Up Cards appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Baby Surprise Jacket Lookalike Knitting Pattern

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    DROPS jacket in garter st in ”Fabel” and pants in rib in ”Alpaca”. ~ DROPS Design. The post Baby Surprise Jacket Lookalike Knitting Pattern appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Cell Phone Cover Video Pattern

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    A Crochet Cell Phone Cover or Tablet Cover – More and more of us are needing these! Learn how to crochet a cover for your cell phone/ mobile phone or tablet with this easy to follow video tutorial. Learn How to Crochet Easy Cell Phone Tablet Case Cover Holder iPhone iPod Samsung Smartphone – YouTube. The post Cell Phone Cover Video Pattern appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • How to Make a Ragdoll – 10 Part Video Tutorial.

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

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Quilting Videos Jelly Roll Race! A Quilt Top in Less Than an Hour! 12345... 1920next » TitleJelly Roll Race! A Quilt Top in Less Than an Hour! Runtime13:26 TitleRag Quilt Project | Beverly's How-To Runtime8:38 TitleThe Self Binding Baby Quilt (Receiving Blanket) Runtime12:38 TitleMake a Baby Quilt - Part 1 - Fabric Selection & Assembly […] The post Quilting Videos Assorted appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
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    Ashland Bay

  • 2014 Superstar: The Lovely Lotus - 60% Superwash merino/20% Yak down/20% Cultivated Silk

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

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ashland Bay will be closed the following days: December 24th, 25th, 26th closedDecember 31 closing at 3:00pmJanuary 1st and 2nd closed Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
  • Get started early on your holiday shopping list with Ashland Bay’s Silk Hankie Scarf giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Fabulous DIY Heart Shirt Tutorials

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Now that it’s February it’s officially the season for LOVE. That means it’s time for DIY some Valentine’s Day Projects!!…
  • Little Black Dress Date Night Look

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    The Little Black Dress is both classic and timeless, so when I was asked to take part in DailyLooks Little…
  • EASY DIY Boot Socks {Tutorial}

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Boot Socks….the perfect layering piece for adding warmth and style. I have become slightly obsessed with the Boot Sock trend.…
  • How to Rock Your Rain Boots

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:51 am
    I have been wanting a pair of Hunter Rain Boots for awhile now, so I finally broke down and bought…
  • Riley's 2nd Christmas

    26 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas that was full of joy, laughter and lots of love!! This was…
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 170 - Add a Flourish

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Anything Goes 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 is Add a FlourishHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only…
  • Anything Goes Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    What amazing entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Anything Goes challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:20Timestamp: 2015-02-01 01:47:39 UTC  #20 Hussena Congratulations, Hussena.  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 Add a Flourish challenge.
  • Shabby Butterflies by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Crafty Friends,  Its Julie here today. I'm sharing with you a Shabby Style card with some mixed media on it. It is approximately 5 3/4 inches square in size.Here is the start of the layers on my card. I cut a square of patterned paper and then placed my Dutch Daisy Border die on with some low tack tape to cut. I used my Distress Tool around the edges and added a couple of scraps of paper which I inked at the edges.I then applied some Texture Paste through a strip of Sequin Waste to act as a Stencil. Once dry I added a little Distress ink to coordinate with the paper.I used the large…
  • Good Idea Card by Corina Finley

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello & Happy Friday!Corina here with you today, to share with you a card background that I created using Watercolour paper, Distress Inks and a Cheery Lynn Design Embossing Plate.I absolutely love to create texture and depth on my cards.  This is a technique that I had fun doing and there are so many possibilities. Try a variety of Cheery Lynn Embossing Plates with different colour combinations -the skies the limit!I used the mini Distress inks for the convenience of the smaller pad. I could apply the inks directly to small sections of the Old Brick Embossing plate.I then spritzed…
  • Hugs & Kisses and a Fond Farewell

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi friends.  Bonnie here again from Make Time to Craft.  This is my last post as guest designer for January and it's time to say good-bye.  It was terrific stopping in to share some projects with you this month.  I just love working with Cheery Lynn Designs dies. I started with a 5-1/2" brown square card base for this card topped with a medium pink, light pink and brown layer - each just a little smaller than the previous one.  I love layers!  Each of my smaller squares were created with the inner die from the Royal Scandinavian Doily.  I cut…
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    Grow Creative

  • Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guess What?!It's Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!I had no idea that such a day existed until I was asked by Patience Brewster to share a special post honoring this day and my favorite!To be honest, just about everyday is an "art day" for me.  I think about, create, and enjoy it constantly.  I can't imagine a world without some form of art! It gives the world so much light and joy.So go admire some art today- or make some, if you are so inclined!(Here's a little inspiration from some of my recently discovered artists if you need help)Patience Brewster ornaments and…
  • Color Block Watercolor Bookmarks

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Some new bookmarks, inspired by a color block painting I discovered on Etsy.That painting was done in acrylic and I thought it would be a challenge to try to re-create the same effect with watercolors ... I was right!  Very challenging indeed!Not the same, but still fun, don't you think?
  • Watercolor Heart Balloons

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    I've been working on some Valentine's Day inspired art..............I love these framed, but I'm thinking these would look good as cards too- what do you think?
  • California Cactus Watercolors

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    Do you like cactus? I used to think I didn't.  Then I went to a cactus garden in California and I was in love.  There are many more kinds of cactus than I ever dreamed there could be and so many of them look like they could be some kind of underwater plant.  That garden transported me to another world!So, ya, I had to paint some of them..........The little one is for sale HERE.
  • Tropical Leaves Watercolor

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    This is a partly fictional painting.  The lines and shapes are based on an actual sketch of mine from years ago- I just made up the colors to make it more interesting.  Doesn't it make you think of something tropical?P.S. I'm super excited about my new watercolor brushes I got for Christmas!  I haven't had new brushes for something like 10 years!  
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  • Create Crochet Patterns Challenge Week 1 (part 2)

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sketching a Design Using Shapes and Freehand Drawing @momwithahook Crochet Notes #crochet Sketching out a design is fairly simple even for those without drawing skills. Crochet like drawing is simply a collection of shapes. Read Part 1: Inspiration What shapes can you use? Create Crochet Pattern Challenge – design with shapes week 1 @momwithahook Rectangles become scarves, sleeves or blankets Circles become coasters, doilies, or bases Squares become purses, pillows or storage containers Spheres are heads, balls, or eyes Cylinders become…
  • Create Crochet Patterns Challenge Week 1 (part 1)

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Inspiration and Sketching Your Design crochet squirrel @momwithahook I remember the first time I wrote down a crochet pattern. It was a little squirrel with googly eyes and pipe cleaner arms. I was so proud. When I look back at that pattern I get a little lost as the instructions were a bit confusing. What made sense to me at the time does not now. I enjoy listening to Stacey Trock’s “Crochet Chat” podcast (no longer active) because I always learn something new about crochet, yarn, or business. I joined the #createcrochetpatterns challenge. #crochetClick To Tweet In…
  • Thank You from Momwithahook

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Thank You for Sharing thank you from @momwithahook | Over 1,000 copies of Create Crochet Patterns were given away during the free download event on Kindle. Thank you for sharing with your crochet friends. What’s Next?  Create Crochet Patterns Challenge starts February 2015 Participate by visiting the blog each week. A new lesson will be featured each Sunday. You can sign up for Crochet Business Ezine and get updates in your inbox each Sunday. Crochet Business Blog is Going Under the Knife …Figuratively speaking that is. I’ll be re-branding this blog as…
  • Create Crochet Patterns Free on Kindle

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Update: 1/25/2015  Create Crochet Patterns Free on Kindle The Create Crochet Patterns eBook on Amazon will be available for Free January 26 – 29th. You can get it (affiliate link). You can get the Kindle app for your computer, iphone, or android device. The Challenge starts February 2015 – Grab the book, join the group, and get that pattern down on paper. (or on your desktop) I just sent out an email that listed all the Gifts of December. I’m sorry I was late on getting this out to you. You can find all the gifts Here:  NOTE: The Hooking for Cash: 10…
  • Hashtag Hero: Crochet Hashtags

    Rebecca Dent
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Daily Nugget – Tips and News You Need Crochet Hashtags Are They Worth It? How would you like to increase your social media impressions by 23% or Have 95% of your landing page visitors scroll down to “read more”? Impossible? This piece by Social Media Examiner shows how Travelocity did just that with their IWannaGo campaign. What hashtags can you use to encourage your audience to participate with you? Here’s a Few I follow on Instagram: #mollymakes, #stylecraft, #crochetmoodblanket, #lovetocrochet and #crochetconcupiscene. p.s. If you show your crochet on instagram tag…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • The Knit Luck Guide to Interchangeable Knitting Needles - Knitters Pride Marblz

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Once again it's time to review a set of interchangeable knitting needles. It's been a while, but Knitter's Pride recently came out with the Marblz set and we were curious how it stands up to other sets. Knitters Pride produces full sets of interchangeable knitting needles at an affordable price point in the $60 to $100 range. From bamboo to carbon fiber Knitters Pride has used just about every type of material available for knitting needles and now they're out with the new acrylic Marblz that we are reviewing today. The Marblz are a new set of interchangeable knitting needle tips with…
  • Finished Object - Chevron Blanket

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Chevron Baby Blanket is finished. All ends are woven in. The blanket decorating my bedroom's comfy chair. I'm having some serious second thoughts about giving it away. It looks so good brightening that dark corner of my bedroom. I'm wondering if I have enough time to make another one to give away. The picture at left are the final two colors. I think I had two more rows left at the point, just about to bind off. That was last Sunday. I had all the ends woven in by the time that Downton Abbey finished. Nice way to finish out January. Makes room for another project: reviewing the Knitters…
  • Chevron Knitting Continues

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    The Chevron blanket continues, somehow in between community meetings and op ed writing and kindergartin researching. 2015 is busy. For years I've been trying to use this platform to talk about knitting and how it can better your life and it can for a time, but then you have to move on to other things. Completely unexpectedly community activism has caught my heart. Pretty soon I'm going to be one of those people regularly attending city hall meetings, knitting in the back row.  Political Knitters. We need more of those these days.
  • More Blanket Please

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Be careful what you wish for.  A few months ago I started a Facebook Group for renters in my town. There's a serious housing shortage where I live and there's nothing stopping landlords from raising rents as high or as often as they like. To my total surprise, people have been joining this group and turning up at our meetings! It's kind of a heavy thing, hearing the stories from these people, hearing of families having to sqeeze four people in a one bedroom unit and still not being able to afford the rents as they rise every year. The only thing we have to fight against it is a…
  • Starting Early

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There's only a few more hours left in the New Year and as is the fashion I'm trying to reset myself to have a fresh start. Lucky for me, I finished a few knitting projects in the last week and it's already has me looking forward and feeling accomplished. So I cast something on, forgetting even to take photos of the finished Textured Shawl (I'll get to it I promise). One thing ends, another thing begins. One year ends, another year begins. I was looking for simple, graphically striking blankets to knit and came across this ridiculously simple gem: The Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot.
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Around Here: January.

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Loving all the healthy recipes in the latest Jamie Magazine, especially the fruit topped breakfast rice pudding.Listening to Mark Ronson, Uptown Special on repeat.Reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.Falling in love with brightly coloured thread.Thinking this notebook might be too nice to ever use.Crafting with felt.And itching to have a go at painting one of these.
  • Valentine's Day Origami Hearts - Three Ways.

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Today I've got a great Valentine's Day craft project for you, origami hearts three different ways. To make them all you need is a couple of pieces of paper and a little patience. Although I don't think any of them are particularly hard the last one is a little tricky so I've put them in the order of difficulty. I think the purple origami heart is the perfect place to start if you're a beginner.One: Simple Origami Heart.1. Take your origami paper and and fold it in half to form a triangle. Open it out and fold it half again the other way. You should now have divided your paper up into four…
  • 6 Favourite Valentine's Day Diy's.

    12 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Just a few favourite Valentine's Day diy's from around the web.Jelly heart cupid's arrow valentine cupcake toppers from Oh Happy Day.A giant gold heart pinata from Studio Diy.Gorgeous hand lettered wrapping paper from A Subtle Revelry.Pretty in pink crepe paper ombre roses from Lia GriffithSimple donut valentines complete with a donut themed pun from Damask Love.And diy concrete love heart necklaces from Fall For Diy.
  • Diy Mini Milk Carton Gift Boxes.

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Hi everyone, today I'm going to show you how to make these really cute Diy Mini Milk Carton Gift Boxes. As I mentioned previously I got a Martha Stewart score board for Christmas and have been busy crafting up a storm of mini boxes ever since.The board has grooves you can score every 1/8 inch making it perfect for making cards, envelopes or notebooks. If you do a lot of paper crafting and don't already have one of these I can highly recommend it. It makes scoring crisp, precise lines a breeze. I know it would've made making these diy scrapbook paper envelopes and this perfect bound…
  • Hello 2015.

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I love this time of year. I love the cold, still January mornings. I love the promise of possibility that a new year brings. I love the magic light and the peace and quiet. I love that I get to start a new diary and fill it full of my plans for the next year. Most of all I love that I get to make new things and share them here on the blog. I'm looking forward to it already :)Here's what's been happening around here so far in 2015.Enjoying the last of the Christmas lights.Pretty ice blue frost on the car windscreen.Figuring out how to make tiny milk carton gift boxes using the Martha Stewart…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Love Yourself! DIY Bath Salt Gifts

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    It's February! And that means it's time for chocolate presented in tempting heart-shaped boxes, "awww"-invoking greeting cards, and teddy bears the size of Mt. Rushmore everywhere you go. And while all these things are quite lovely indeed, they are not the true essence of St. Valentine's holiday. Yes, it's all about love, but it's truly about empowering yourself with love. The best way to do this is to first love yourself and then to inspire others to do the same. So this holiday, instead of obsessing over the perfect date or starting an online dating profile because you don't have the…
  • Make a Woodblock Candle Centerpiece

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Happy New Year crafters!  Yes, the holidays have come and gone, and I'm sure you've finally boxed and stored all of your Christmas crafts, but don't worry- every new year brings an abundance of fresh, new DIY inspiration, starting with this candle holder centerpiece made from a piece of scrap wood.  Well, not so scrap.  I found this cutting board at my local thrift store for $2.00.  With a few candles, I was able to turn it into a modern, yet rustic table centerpiece used in my holiday decor.  This romantic, tapered candle holder was not only perfect for Christmas, it…
  • Gorgeous Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Holidays

    24 Dec 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Brown paper packages tied up with string...wrapping pretty gifts is one of our favorite things!Check out these last minute packages we decorated and nestled nicely under our Christmas tree! Decorate your brown paper gifts with modern elements like baker's twine and patterned washi tape.  Trace the recipient's name with an X-acto knife to make an unconventional gift tag.  Add some jingle bells and an oversized ribbon for an adorable girl's gift. Use pink card stock and a white gel pen for the gift tag. Add some fuzzy pom poms  and some glittering rhinestones to…
  • Make Your Own Sequin Tees!

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Ladies, let's make some stunning sequin tees! All you'll need is a plain tee and a few supplies to get started with this simple 30-minute craft. This was such a fun process, from choosing our sequins to chatting while we crafted. It's an exciting party activity for your girlfriends and trust us, you'll enjoy all the compliments you'll receive when you wear it. So let's get started! SUPPLIES:  Plain t-shirt or sweatshirt Stretch and thin sequin trim (sold by the yard)  Scissors Permanent Fabric Glue Needle & Thread* White or Black gel pen Ruler *Match your thread to the color of…
  • Fa La Luxe: DIY Favor Trays for your Holiday Party

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

  • 5 Fabulous Jewelry Ideas

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For today’s post we are going to open up the archives of our magazine, Bella Crafts Quarterly, to bring you five fabulous jewelry projects all in one place.  In the two and a half years since we began publishing the magazine, we have been extremely fortunate to have some of the craft industry’s top designers create projects for you, our readers, to enjoy viewing and hopefully recreating in your own homes and studios. Here are 5 Fabulous Jewelry Projects with the links to the issues that they can be found in. 1.  Bloom Metal Stamped Necklace by Margot Potter- Spring Issue 2014 2. Winter…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire – Week 8: Modern Stripes

    Lisa Fulmer
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Happy Monday! Last week we had some fun shooting photos outdoors and using tree branches for inspiration. This week we’re staying indoors and doing a little reorganizing in our closets…but I still seem to have trees on the brain. Open your closet doors and arrange your hanging shirts, tops and dresses in whatever order you like – by color, pattern, texture, season. Take a picture and crop a long narrow strip across the width of the shot and see what kind of linear pattern you get. I wear a lot of black, so my own closet is glaringly void of color. I decided to look at my…
  • CHA Mega Show 2015

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Lisa Rojas, Ann Butler & Theresa Cifali Owners of Bella Crafts Publishing The Craft and Hobby Association hosts a huge show every year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Manufacturers from around the world come to the show to exhibit the latest and greatest their companies have to offer in a variety of craft products.  Other attendees of the show include Retailers, Designers, Professional Crafters, Bloggers and Press. Bella Crafts Publishing Display Table at CHA We were very excited to attend this year because as the owners and publishers of Bella Crafts Publishing™, we…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire – Week 7: Treetop Mosaic

    Lisa Fulmer
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last week we talked about taking photos with our heads down to find inspiration on the ground. This week, let’s tilt our heads back and look for interesting ideas up in the sky. Take a walk with your head back and eyes pointing up – shoot the spaces between tree branches, clouds, rooftops, treetops and chimney stacks. These are some photos I’ve taken while looking up at different trees at various times of the year: Seasonal shots give us loads of ideas for creating crafts with flowers, leaves and other organic elements. Nature is also our best tool for color inspiration. But I was…
  • Faux Quilted Bud Vase

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    While publishers of Bella Crafts Quarterly are all traveling home from the Craft and Hobby Association’s Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, we would like to offer you a special treat for today’s post. Our guest today is professional designer, Beth Watson.  Beth is one of the design team members for Ann Butler Designs and she is using products from Ann Butler Designs to create this very fun and funky faux quilted bud vase.  For full instructions on creating this project, check out this link And if you’d like to see more…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Valentine’s Day Stacked Korker Hair Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I can’t get enough of big, full bows that just happen to be absolutely adorable too! I just love them and today’s hair bow is just perfect for the holiday of love and accessorizing little Valentine’s Day outfits! Grab your favorite ribbon and join Mary as she shows how to make these fabulous Stacked Korker […]
  • How To Make An Envelope Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you remember a time when you received a sweet love note from your crush, loved one or possibly a secret admirer? Cute and simple little notes that totally made your day and put that pretty smile on your face is the inspiration behind today’s absolutely adorable and very festive video tutorial. Today, is all […]
  • DIY Ruffle Bum Onesie

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you have a sweet little bundle of joy in your life that needs a super cute onesie that happens to have a super ruffly bum? I just love cute little onesies with a ruffled bum…don’t you? Terra from Mama Says Sew is sharing a fun DIY Ruffle Bum Onesie today that is not only […]
  • Valentine’s Day Luncheon Decor, Blogger Competition no.3

    The Ribbon Retreat
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s day 3 of our first ever Blogger Competition and today’s competitor is bringing one more incredible project to this super fun and friendly competition. Janica from JaniJo is pulling out all the stops and sharing a super fun and very creative Valentine’s Day Luncheon decorations with decor galore in ribbon and bows and so […]
  • Ribbon and Gem Heart Decor

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of my favorite holidays to decorate for is Valentine’s Day. I love all of the pink and reds that are flowing from the stores and the glittery hearts that are EVERYWHERE! The colors, the hearts, the glitter….all some of my favorites and all get me so excited for this fun holiday I LOVE to […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • 20 Presidents’ Day Crafts and Activities

    Sherri Osborn
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What better way to teach kids about Presidents’ Day and about American Presidents than by trying some of these Presidents’ Day crafts and activities?! Perhaps the best thing about teaching kids about Presidents’ Day is that you might learn something…Read more →
  • My Personalized Collar

    Sherri Osborn
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sorry if you came to this page looking for directions about how to make a personalized collar for your pet. The collar I am referring to in this post is called a Malibu Collar and it is for me —…Read more →
  • Be My Sweet{heart} Treat and Printable

    Sherri Osborn
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    While I was gathering links for my 30 Edible Valentine Ideas for Kids round-up, I got inspired to come up with a little something of my own. This might not be as cute or as fancy of some of the…Read more →
  • 8 Silly Animals Printable Valentines

    Sherri Osborn
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not all Valentine’s Day cards have to be pink and frilly and full of heart images, some can be silly and sweet — like these silly animal printable Valentines. Both boys and girls will have a lot of fun making…Read more →
  • 20 Ideas for Groundhog Day Fun for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I was a child, I remember looking forward to Groundhog’s Day, but I was never 100% sure why! One thing I do know though is if we would have made some of these fun crafts or tasty recipes when…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Ikea Hack: Armoire Storage Upgrade, Part Two

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Awhile ago I shared with you how we took an IKEA clothing armoire and added shelving to customize it to our storage needs. We last left off with our armoire ready to be primed and painted. As this is a large piece of furniture, we used a paint sprayer for the very first time. Before we started, we had to construct a painting lair in our garage. We taped plastic drop cloths from the ceiling to the ground, making as big a square as our garage space would allow. We used the massive cardboard box that the armoire came in as temporary flooring and hoisted the armoire up onto a dolly so it could be…
  • Big Plans for My Big Girl

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    After three years of house hunting, we have finally found our forever home! We purchased a foreclosure via online auction (more on that later). We are excited/ready to fix things up and decorate. There are lots of things on our to-do list, but the number one item is to get L’s room ready to make the transition easier for her. The new room is much larger than L’s nursery with a large bay window and ample closet space. For L’s big girl room, I want to keep the paint color (1) neutral so the room can grow with her. I love the warm pink undertone of the taupe color. And how sweet is the…
  • a few of my Favorite Things Party

    4 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Brown paper packages tied up with string; these are a few of my favorite things [party]!” This year marks the 3rd year of my hometown besties’ Favorite Things Party. In its fledgling year, our gal, Gayle, suggested this party, and it was such a fun time that we declared it to be an annual/quarterly event (we haven’t gotten to the quarterly stages, but we always talk of it).  Before, I get ahead of myself, I better explain the deets on a Favorite Things Party. Or better yet, I will let the coordinator, Gayle, explain it: “This is sort of a spin on a…
  • DIY Framed Holiday Card Display

    30 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    There are a lot of things that/whom I love, but today’s post I am going to focus on just a few of the million: Holiday/Christmas cards, a bargain, and jute twine. When these three powers (things) combined, here comes Captain Planet DIY Frame Holiday Card Display.  December is the month for mail correspondence, and if you don’t remember, I looovvvve some good ole fashioned correspondence.  I love all the beautiful pictures of my friends and their families, the fonts, the designs, etc. I just love it, and it is always nice to get something personal in the mail besides…
  • Yarn Christmas Trees

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

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    These Valentine Tin Cans are simple and gorgeous! They will make beautiful table centerpieces and perfect gifts for family and friends! I have been saving every can, jar, and bottle I have opened over the past year.  I hate to admit it but my craft closet is so full I can barley shut the door. […] The post Valentine Tin Cans with Burlap appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Valentine Treat Bags with Matching Mason Jars

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    These Valentine Treat Bags with matching Mason jars are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  They are so fun to decorate! Fill them with Valentine treats and give them to teachers, family, and friends! They will love the bag and the jar, because you made it! After you make the bag don’t stop there!  Make a Mason […] The post Valentine Treat Bags with Matching Mason Jars appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • How To Clean A Garbage Disposal

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    With just a few things in your kitchen you probably already have, you can get your garbage disposal smelling fresh and squeaky clean!  SUPPLIES Ice cubes Baking soda Lemon Extract and lemon STEP 1:  Grind 5-6 ice cubes in the garbage disposal to get rid of any food build  up. STEP 2:  Pour in 1/2 […] The post How To Clean A Garbage Disposal appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Cricut Digital Art PLUS Free Coupon Codes

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    (sponsored post) Do you have a Cricut?  I found some really cute digital art they have available on their website and some FREE Coupon Codes for you to use! (CLICK PHOTO!) Here are the FREE COUPON CODES! Be sure to take note of the beginning and ending dates! Enjoy! Title: Free shipping on all orders $25+ […] The post Cricut Digital Art PLUS Free Coupon Codes appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Placemat with Plastic Baggies Sewn Into A Roll up Organizer

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Roll-up Organizers are perfect to have on hand! They serve many uses to keep yourself organized, then just toss them in your purse or suitcase! I am so excited to share with you my larger Roll-up version using large plastic baggies. It’s perfect for carrying things like papers, magazines, kids coloring books and crayons or other […] The post Placemat with Plastic Baggies Sewn Into A Roll up Organizer appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Valentine's Sewing Cards for Kids - free printable

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    Remember the Summer Sewing Cards I posted last year? My kids love sewing cards and it's a fun way for them to spend those lazy weekend afternoons, while developing some fine motor skills and concentration (and allowing mom to do some crafting of her own).Recently I reprinted the summer sewing cards for them and then I thought maybe I should make a winter set. But weeks passed and suddenly I had a brilliant idea: why not make some Valentine's sewing cards?Well, here  they are, a brand new set of sewing cards, all Valentine's inspiredIf you want to use the cards, just download the file…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 4 update

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is the last week of the month and to be honest I expected to see more results, but unfortunately when I look at my house I still see a lot of clutter.We sold two more books, but it is a slow process. I'm thinking donation my be a faster way to just get rid of them. I thew away two more bags of VHS tapes (I hope there is a way to recycle them!) but I still have more around that I plan to go though next weekend.And I found a box full of floppy disks. Seriously? There must be over 200 floppys in there and I have no idea what they have stored. None of our laptops reads floppy disks anymore,…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 28/January

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    An evening at the beach - part 1Last Sunday we went to a birthday party for one of my son's classmates and afterwards took a walk down the breach. Not many people around, just a few strolling in the sand like us, a lone surfer (not that you had a lot of waves in the low tide) and a couple of fishermen.               Although it's fairly close to home, we'd never been here before. It's a strip of sand at the edge of the southern side of the Tagus, the exact point where the river meets the ocean. When you look north, you can see Lisbon…
  • Knitted Hats & Scarf...Doll Sized

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    My daughter is a very concerned "mother" to all her dolls. Whenever she receives a new one, the first thing she needs is to find a bed for the doll to sleep in.Recently, because we've been having a very cold winter, she has been worried that her dolls don't have enough clothes and accessories to keep them warm. Since I've also been trying to get back into the habit of knitting, I searched my craft closet for some year leftovers and offered to make the dolls some winter hats.The hats are very simple to make, just a piece of straight knitting, sewn at the sides and the top (pulling towards the…
  • Flower Felt Notebook Cover

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Today I bring you a very easy project: the flower felt notebook cover.It comes together pretty quickly and it is the perfect handmade gift for girls. It was not something I had planned for this past weekend, but my son brought home an invitation for the birthday party of one of the girls in his class (turning seven) on Friday and I was not in the mood to go shopping. The party was on Sunday right after lunch and I managed to make the notebook cover on Saturday afternoon, in between several loads of laundry and some much needed vacuuming.Inside there is a small notebook and a matching pen. The…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Crafting Resolutions in 2015

    Zurainny Ismail
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Yesterday, 5.1.15, my youngest son turned 6.  Ahhh… how time flies…. He used to be this small: When he was 1 year-old and sitting on my Crochet Table Cloth Now, I can’t get him to sit on it without first answering his many questions.  Come to think about it, I started this blog when he was 1 year old, after he has mastered the art of walking and running.  How he loves to run, even to this day!  Having older siblings really helped – they have inspired and motivated me to start this blog.  Couldn’t have maintained this sort-of ‘crafting journal’…
  • Stitching Bamboo Again

    Zurainny Ismail
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    This is Bamboo, the adorable panda from the Party Paws Family.  I got the chart from Cross Stitch Crazy July 2012 (Issue 165). Meet Bamboo I stitched him on a blue 8-ct Aida sometime in April 2013, but then I have neglected him for more than a year (misplaced and forgotten).  In case you’re intrigued to know why I chose that particular fabric, which means using lots and lots of floss, click here. My Bamboo used to be in this hoop, which is really too small for comfort (please don’t mind the loose threads that mark the grid, I like to pull them off :D): Bamboo In Small Hoop/Frame…
  • Another IHSW Update

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

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

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

  • Vintage kitchenware utensil: 19th Century Bully Beef Can Opener

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    One of the oldest models of can openers from England’s “bully beef”, this lovely Victorian cast iron can opener, from the 1860’s, in the shape of a bull’s head, produced up to the mid 1930’s, was originally made of cast iron and often painted red. The bull’s tail curls round, to form a handle. It is really a must for any kitchenalia collector. In a time of less reliance on tinned food, a can opener has become a piece of unnoticed and under appreciated item in the kitchen, the object shown in my main picture though, has now become a collectable kitchenware item. Whether…
  • Vintage antique poetry book: “Gems” from Herrick

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Imagine wandering around a “vide grenier”, a boot sale in an old tiny village in the South of France. Your friend comes up to you and says: “ Look what I’ve found” and she shows you this tiny red book, filled with the most beautiful images and poems from days gone by. That’s how I got by this gem last summer! Old, smells like old too and worn and read, that’s for sure! Even signed by the romantic giver of this old book: “ Kay”. Beautiful images are glued inside the book, showing times gone by. Sentiment, deep feelings and thrilling pathos, his poems reflect. Graceful…
  • Meet the bird who’s not afraid: the European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I couldn’t believe it, when my husband came in today with these beautiful pictures, as we’re now sure he’s here to stay: the inquisitive and intelligent robin, featured in British and northwestern French folklore, many poems and fables. The Welsh know him as “Bron Rhyddun” who scorched his breast whilst trying to quench the flames of hell. Where Shakespeare teaches them to sing in King Henry Fourth, Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, marries him to a wren. Having an English husband who claims “his” (Britain’s) National Bird, the honored guest of so many gardens in England, is…
  • Antique vintage “metre-stick”

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Maybe it’s because I’m and a teacher and a seamstress, that I love this object so much. In the old days, nuns used actual yard sticks to spank the bottoms of naughty children. This object on the other hand, was only meant for measuring fabric, straight lines and the position of hemlines. Not a week goes by or I still use this favourite object of mine. Meter sticks are 1 meter (about 1 yard) long, where metric rulers, are generally 15 cm (6 inches) and 30 cm (12 inches) long. Where is the time, where people used the human body to measure, using the foot or the mile. The mile derives from…
  • Free basic tutorial: Sew on that button

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    Ask people nowadays and they have to look up a tutorial on the net, to sew a button on! Buy new clothes, don’t pull the thread or your button is on the floor. As it’s done with a machine, no way you can save yourself, once pulling the thread. Let’s be honest it’s nature, you have to pull it! So let’s try to find a solution for all of us: those who like to sew it on by hand, those who like to use a helping device and of course those who just use their sewing machine to sew a button on. So you’ve lost a button and want to sew one back on. Take your item of clothing and put the…
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  • Warm Wool for a Cold Winter

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

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

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

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

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

    Alice Seidel
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Have you been to your local LYS lately? I used to have (and probably still do, somewhere) a magnetic sign for my car that read, “K2tog.”  Just one of those enigmatic knitting symbols that we see in pattern books all the time. Almost mysterious to those who have no idea what it means. Those are two of knitting’s most popular terms. There are many more abbreviations; some of which we see all the time and some of which we hardly ever use or need. I thought I would be snowed in by about 30+ inches by this time; but the “blizzard of 2015″ passed us by.  I talked all…
  • Knitting Musings For Monday

    Alice Seidel
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    So here we are at the almost end of January, and we here in New Jersey are awaiting a “doozey” of a snowstorm. Or so all the weather pundits tell us in their morning forecast ramblings. No one dislikes size-able snowfalls more than me; the wind and blowing snow and the fact that you have no place to put your foot down once you’re out there just appalls me! Winter just keeps on coming. Seems storms like these push thoughts of knitting right out of head! Little snowfalls are pretty and, like their summer counterparts of gentle showers, they can be dealt with. Unlike these big…
  • Kids Knit! Simple Steps To Nifty Projects

    Alice Seidel
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Knitting books abound. It seems one or two new ones are published every week. While I enjoy poking through the newest books for adult knitters, it’s also fun to see what authors are writing for future generations of knitters, too. Because I believe that the best things in life are hand-made. Seems they come straight from the heart. Do you have a Brownie or Girl Scout in your house? One of the badges they can pick up is knitting, and this book, Kids Knit!: Simple Steps to Nifty Projects, is just perfect for teaching one, or a group of children, all about this beautiful craft. In fact,…
  • Four Most-Asked Knitting Forum Questions

    Alice Seidel
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I remember when I first learned to knit. My girlfriend Marlene and I bought little how-to knitting books from our local five-and-ten-cent store (what’s that, you say?) and armed with some simple yarn and knitting needles tried to make our yarn look just like the pictures in the book. That little book cost just 35 cents (!) and we read the instructions over and over and over again, and then, in our own time, played with the yarn, let the needles feel “normal” in our hands and slowly, very slowly, we began to knit one stitch after another to the end of the row. Sound a lot…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Why We Love Pressing Tools (And You Should Too!)

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As a highschooler, I had a penchant for the button down shirt. It was 2001 and I had a rock solid obsession with JCrew. My closet was filled with preppy tailored tops that I just loved wearing. Back then, wrinkle free wovens were less ubiquitous than they are today. So that meant that I had to iron every button down shirt I owned approximately once per week. My mother, the lovely woman who taught me to sew at age 7, also taught me to press garments like a pro. She knows her way around an ironing board, having sewn most of her life. She taught me the correct temperature and steam setting to…
  • Meet the Maker: Sadie Fox

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I can say with 100% certainty that the last year of my life has been enriched beyond belief by the sewing enthusiasts I’ve met. There’s a automatic connection that’s established between two people who share a passion. A fair amount of groundwork has been laid, and you can jump right into meaty conversations. My life is filled with hundreds of interesting people, men, women and children that I can listen to for hours. And these types of people abound in the sewing world, I've found, more than anywhere else. So we’re starting a new series to feature these passionate sewists. We want to…
  • Five Tips for Perfect Pleats

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Today’s tutorial covers a standby sewing technique, one that you’ll use over and over again. Like darts, or gathers, pleats provide a neat way to tuck extra fabric away. If you’re a brand new sewist and have been sticking to straight, simple seams, pleats are a great next step in your sewing journey. If you’re an intermediate or advanced sewist you’ve likely sewn more pleats than you can count. Today I’m showing you my five favorite tips for picture perfect pleats, every time. Pleats are one of the most common sewing features found on garments today. In fact, we have nearly twenty…
  • How We Wear It: Capitol Hill by Straight Stitch Designs

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    During the winter months, I lounge a lot. Short, wintry days just feel better spent snuggled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and comfortable clothing. You can generally find me lounging in a few different clothing items: raglan tees and joggers or knit dresses. This winter I've been all about the Out and About Dress and the Ballet Dress, with a pair of Sew Simple Leggings layered underneath. There's something about a knit dress that is just so incredibly cozy, but still feels put together. Knit dresses sew up in a snap and are easy to fit most body types. Knit dresses are the epitome of…
  • Top Five Workout Sewing Patterns for 2015

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In 2015, I decided to set a few less lofty resolutions than I normally would. Maybe I’m learning from the unfulfilled-aspiration heartache or maybe I’m being more realistic. Life is busy and unpredictable, and I’m building in a bit of room for that. I’m factoring in some time to repair and relax. Because I don’t really need to learn to knit or cook gourmet meals or make fifteen new friends. I’m okay with that. But, I’m definitely not giving up my fitness goals. I need exercise to feel human, to stay sane amidst an overwhelming schedule. My apartment complex houses a fully…
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  • Five Great Books for Kids Who Love to Laugh

    Sarah White
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    I don’t know if there’s a better way to engage kids in reading than getting them to laugh. The girl loves all kinds of books, but some of her favorites are the ones that are really funny. The other night before bed she said she “needed to laugh,” which got me thinking about our go-to books for guaranteed grins. Here are some of our favorite books/series to put a smile on a kid’s (and a grown up’s) face. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein The one she picked when she needed a laugh was Interrupting Chicken, the tale of a rooster who’s just trying…
  • A Month of #projectsimplify

    Sarah White
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    I’m finding it incredibly hard to believe that January is almost over, but being almost a month into this year’s One Little Word it seemed like time for a check in. My word is simplify (and my hashtag for the year is #projectsimplify, because everything’s more legit if it has a hashtag), and a big part of that for me is organization and decluttering. I started the year with some little but important projects, like clearing out the food storage container area in the kitchen, clearing off my bedside table and generally cleaning up the bedroom. I liberated a whole shelf!
  • How to Buy Gifts for New Parents that Don’t Suck

    Sarah White
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    It seems like we’re going through another baby boom in my world. Several people I know have either just had or are about to have babies, which is wonderful. As a knitter, it’s not too difficult for me to come up with gifts for new little ones. (Heck, I wrote a whole book about knitting for babies and am still giving away the samples.) But I know other people have a lot of trouble deciding what to get new parents to celebrate their new arrival. So as both a mom and a gift giver, I thought I’d offer some dos, don’ts and suggestions to make shopping for a small human a…
  • Let Go of Expectations with Make Bad Art

    Sarah White
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I have often said — in my head at least, if not out loud — that I think creativity is the thing that makes people human. We all have a desire to make things, to use or imaginations, to control our worlds in ways that (at least most) animals can’t. Whether being creative means making up stories, making quilts, cooking dinner, altering clothes or something else entirely, it’s essential to have some kind of creative outlet to live life fully. But at the same time a lot of people don’t consider themselves creative. They’ll say “oh, I’m not…
  • Two-Color Pom-Pom DIY

    Sarah White
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    I spend a lot of time with yarn, because it’s my job. When the January DIY Challenge from Adventures in Making was announced as being yarn, I was kind of excited but also didn’t know what to do because I didn’t want to just knit something. I didn’t really want to crochet something, either, though I am suddenly thinking about crocheted hearts. I started to think about pom-poms, because they’re fun, quick, easy, colorful and cheerful. I thought about trying to make heart-shaped pom-poms, but while I love the look of them they involve a lot of yarn waste. So how…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Sharpie Sheep Buttons

    Sarah Zimmerman
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Transform plain white buttons into a flock of cute sheep! Using the button holes as eyes, draw a sheep head with a fine tip sharpie. Color in the background or leave it plain. A simple craft that is easy enough for kids and adults. Use as embellishments on your crochet and other craft projects. Make them into magnets, pins, and more!
  • Crock Pot French Onion Soup

    Sarah Zimmerman
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    I'm starting to feel like a gourmet chef over here. I swear this Crock Pot French Onion Soup and the Sweet Potato Soup I posted last week are to die for! And did I mention that they are easy to make in the slow cooker and both are low-cal. A win-win! For all of you who are stuck in the snow, this is such a warm, comforting soup. I hope you give it a try!Ingredients:- 3 onions sliced- 3 cloves garlic, minced- 6 cups of beef broth- 3 Tablespoons butter- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour- 1 Tablespoon Worsectershire sauce- 1 teaspoon sugar- 1/4 teaspoon pepperToppings:Sliced French BreadSlices of…
  • Quick and Easy Chunky Crochet V-Stitch Afghan (Leslie's Lapghan)

    Sarah Zimmerman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    I reached out to my Facebook community the other day and to tell you about a new mommy friend, Leslie, who is about to fight a rare brain tumor for the second time :( She goes in for surgery in about a week and I wasn't sure if I had enough time to pull off an afghan but you guys came to my rescue and suggested a lapghan! This chunky v-stitch crochet blanket worked up extremely quickly. It took me about a weekend to complete but keep in mind that I have 3 kids so if I was able to give it my full attention I am sure I could have completed it within a day. I based my lapghan off of THIS PATTERN…
  • Mason Jar Mug Crisco Candles with Crochet Cozy

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Did you know that you can easily make low-cost, odorless, and long burning candles with Crisco shortening?! No melting and burning of wax to contend with and you probably already have the ingredients on hand! I found the most adorable mini Mason Jar Mugs at Bed Bath and Beyond and of course this project wouldn't be complete without the addition of cute little crochet mug cozy! The perfect gift in a jar!Materials:- Small Glass Mason Jar Mugs (or any glass container with work). Please note that the crochet mug cozy only fits THESE mini mason jar spice mugs.- Crisco Vegetable Shortening (or…
  • Crochet Citrus Fruit Slices and Valentines Printable

    Sarah Zimmerman
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Play food, magnets, key chains, ornaments, pins, and so much more! These easy Crochet Citrus Fruit Slices can be used in so many ways and they also make a cute non-candy Valentine. I've made an orange, lemon, and lime but you could easily add apple and watermelon to the collection. The pattern is virtually the same as my Crochet Apple Slice Keychain but I will repost the pattern and new tutorial below. Of course I am providing the free printable as well!Materials:- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Teracotta, Mustard, Fern, and White.- Size H crochet hook- Tapestry…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Knotted Openwork Stitch Pattern

    Knitting Unlimited
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 3 sts and 4-row repeat.Row 1: Purl all sts.Row 2: K2, * yo, k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: Purl all sts.Row 4: K1, * k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo
  • Ridged Feather Stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 11sts  and 4-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: Knit.Row 2: Purl.Row 3: * (P2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (p2tog)twice; repeat from * to end.Row 4: Purl.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo | Purl 2 sts together: P2tog
  • Flowers in a Row

    Knitting Unlimited
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Flower stitch- Put yarn to back of work, slip as if to purl next 5 sts to RH needle dropping extra wraps. (Put yarn to front of work, slip them back to LH needle. Put yarn to back of work, slip again to LH needle) twice.Knitted in a multiple of 6 sts + 1.Flower Edging.Row 1 - Wrong side: Knit 1, * (knit the next stitch wrapping the yarn 3 times around the needle) 5 times, knit 1; repeat from * to end.Row 2 - Right side: Purl 1, * flower stitch, purl 1; repeat from * to end.Row 3 - Wrong side: Knit all sts.PATTERNKnit 8 rows (or 10 rows) stockinette stitch (knit the RS row, purl the WS…
  • Scotch Faggoting Cable

    Knitting Unlimited
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 12 sts +8 and 12-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: P2, * k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 2: K2, * p2, yo, p2tog, k2; repeat from * to end.Rows 3- 4: Repeat Rows 1 - 2.Row 5: P2, * C4F, p2, k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to last 6sts, C4F, p2.Row 6: As row 2.Rows 7 - 10:  Repeat  Rows 1 - 2 twice more.Row 11: P2, * k2, yo, skk, p2, C4F, p2; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k2, yo, ssk, p2.Row 12: As row 2.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo | Purl 2 sts together: P2tog | Slip slip knit: Ssk.Cable 4 front: C4F - Slip next 2 sts…
  • Broken Diagonal Rib Stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 6 sts and 12-row repeat.Row 1: * K4, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 2: * K2, p4; repeat from * to end.Row 3: As row 1.Row 4: As row 2.Row 5: K2, * p2, k4; repeat from * last 4 sts, p2, k2.Row 6: P2, * k2. p4; repeat from * last 4 sts, k2, p2.Row 7: As row 5.Row 8: As row 6.Row 9: * P2, K4; repeat from * to end.Row 10: * P4, K2; repeat from * to end.Row 11: As row 9.Row 12: As row 10.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P
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    Thesis of Me

  • Folding and cutting

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
  • Standing sequins 2

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In this sample I combined a few techniques that I have been playing around with. I explored standing sequins and got creative with the idea of stuffing.I think this technique could be interesting for a big, structured skirt with a tight, sheer bodice or more practically for a light jacket. Texture is so much fun!
  • Standing sequins

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Happy New Year!I have been enjoying my break from school and catching up on plenty of rest and Youtube. One of my favorite channels is the Chanel channel. They have fantastic videos where they film the Chanel artisans making the couture collections among many others.I was inspired one of the videos to experiment with standing sequins. The 3-d effect is beautiful and it almost looks like the sequins are growing towards you.You can find the video here: technique requires hand beading, so I took to my embroidery hoop to do a little abstract…
  • Origami elephant

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

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

  • Butter Frosting

    Laurel Blow
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Keeping it real" with a butter frosting! It's been a quick and easy get-r-done sort of month. All you need is a simple butter frosting to get going on a perfect cake. Whether you are decorating or just quickly frosting this recipe is trusted, tried and true! Michael and I are still plugging away at weight loss. I know it doesn't look like it... especially since my blog brings a bit of transparency to our food habits. EEP! Ok you've got me. We did have a few sweets. It was Emma's birthday and we celebrated. It has become a three-post-celebration! Each of the recipes that went…
  • Kit Kat Cake

    Laurel Blow
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Oh yes, it happened. The Kit Kat Cake with m&m's made its way to my kitchen. I felt terrible making it. All that candy... These cakes started on Pinterest, and recently I've seen them in local grocery stores. It wouldn't have been my first pick just because I really don't like my kids eating... all that candy, but I'll admit that it made a pretty cool presentation. The kids were very impressed! I also made the cake from scratch, but all that candy probably canceled out all of my hard work! Can you tell I'm not very excited about all the candy? I guess it's a sure sign that I've grown up.
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    Laurel Blow
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are six of us in the Blow family. Five of which I make a cake for, each year, on their birthday. I don't think I've missed one yet. You might me wondering why don't I make cake for the sixth one. The sixth one is me! I'm not in a habit of making my cake for my birthday, however... this one bowl chocolate cake is pretty simple that I can probably get the kids to whip it up for me this year (with the help of Mr. Blow). I love chocolate and all things chocolate! If someone tells you they don't like chocolate... stop being friends with them. You don't need that kind of negativity in…
  • Vanilla Cake Pops

    Laurel Blow
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Amazing works of art exploding the markets today are the glorious cake pops! I've seen these brilliant inventions everywhere. Cake pops entice the child inside of me by combining the lollipop and cake into one treat. You are able to get as creative, gourmet or simple as you want with each of your designs. The world is your cake pop! Every year when Christmas and New Years comes to an end and we feel like we've just recovered from the holidays, up pops Emma's Birthday. She turned 12 this year. It's hard to believe that 12 years have flown on by! The first moment I laid…
  • 2014 December Income Report

    Laurel Blow
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hi! I'm so glad to be back here with you after a nice long Winter Break. I was worried that my break would have a huge impact on pageviews and income. I was partly right. There was an impact, but I wouldn't say it was huge. There will probably be a dip in January as well. Despite all of that, I'm looking forward to getting back into the groove and pushing Bread & With It to its highest potential! December Traffic – 8,411 pageviews Google Analytics Despite my break, there was still a decent amount of traffic coming in. It was encouraging to know that the website was…
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    DIY Candy

  • DIY Valentine Sweatshirt

    Special Guest
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    The Pretty Life Girls here to show you a simple DIY project for one of my favorite holidays for getting crafty: Valentines Day! Hooray! It’s coming quick so I made myself the perfect festive sweatshirt to get ready for love day, and I’m going to show you how to make one too. Here’s...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesPaper Heart OrnamentsSimple Heart DIY Wall DecalsCute and Easy Personalized Pencil Toppers 
  • Cute and Easy Personalized Pencil Toppers

    Special Guest
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    How adorable are these personalized pencil toppers? They’re bright and cheery, perfect for sending special messages and encouraging kids to write and draw. They would also make great non-candy options for Valentine’s day gifts! Instead of giving classmates candy, whip up a bunch of these to pass...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesPaper Heart OrnamentsSimple Heart DIY Wall DecalsDIY Tote from a Tea Towel 
  • Paper Heart Ornaments

    Special Guest
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    I love simple and bright holiday decorations. And after making my holiday card ornaments, I knew exactly what I wanted to make this Valentine’s Day! Hang them up in clusters or add a single one to a doorknob, however you use your paper heart ornaments, they’re bound to make your heart...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesSimple Heart DIY Wall DecalsNew Year’s Party Horn Photo Booth PropsYou Color My World Free Printable Valentines 
  • You Color My World Free Printable Valentines

    Special Guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    I love Valentine’s Day! It’s a day to give out cute little gifts and show everyone just how much you love them. So, don’t mind me if I pull out a little cheese and share this cute non-candy free printable valentines card I made up. My girls really love to color, so I figured a...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEasy Valentine’s Day Gift – You’ve Made the Mark(er) PrintableSimple Heart DIY Wall DecalsGet Motivated: Free Printables and Inspirational Wallpapers 
  • Yarn Stick DIY Wall Hanging

    Special Guest
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Our new place has a lot of bare walls begging for some attention. I like to mix things up and avoid putting something framed on each and every wall so I came up with this DIY wall hanging idea for a change of pace. If you like these types of project, swing by my blog, Brave New Home, for other...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesMake a Simple Felt Ball GarlandPaper Heart OrnamentsSimple Heart DIY Wall Decals 
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • Tissue paper watercolor mugs

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Honestly, I haven’t had a chance to use the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge yet. I know, *gasp!* I have several projects planned, and they are on the list to accomplish in the near future! Despite my slacking, I realize that I do have tissue paper – and I do have a mug – so I could...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesCreate your own pop art family portraitsDecoupage cube DIY photo holderEasy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day 
  • Host a Home Bowl for the kids: football centerpiece and chocolate dip!

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and projects are 100% mine. I grew up with four brothers – and we all played sports. My sport of choice was soccer, as well as two of my brothers . . . but the other two played football! You can imagine that I was exposed to several games,...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHost a Home Bowl: confetti vases and cheese dip!5 tips for conquering craft room clutter in the new year!IZON WiFi camera for family protection and pet monitoring! 
  • Create a whimsical DIY lampshade with cut paper

    Hammer Like a Girl
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m a little obsessed with decorating lampshades over here at Hammer Like A Girl. I see a blank white shade and think “hmmm . . . how can I spice that up?” It’s like a little canvas that lights up. This is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesNew Year’s resolution – preserve kids artwork!Mod Podge the chicken coop – or how to keep the hens happy!DIY votives: vintage candle holders made from glasses 
  • Host a Home Bowl: confetti vases and cheese dip!

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and projects are 100% mine. My neighbors are ENORMOUS football fans. It doesn’t matter which one of them you talk to . . . they love it. College or professional. Probably even high school! I previously shared a post about hosting a ...Read the rest here . . . »       Related Stories5 tips for conquering craft room clutter in the new year!Host a Home Bowl: football cookies and utensil containers!IZON WiFi camera for family protection and pet monitoring! 
  • Easy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Hi! It is Shannon from Madigan Made here to share with you a super easy DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea. This DIY heart frame would make a great, non-candy Valentine gift to give to a parent or grandparent. It is a simple decoupage project and is easy enough for a kid or beginner crafter to...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDecoupage cube DIY photo holderValentine decor: DIY Ikat frame.Easy fall frame with Cut it Out frames 
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    Kiddy Crafty

  • Super Bowl crafts for kids

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Im in the UK here so Super Bowl to our little family is new but the last few years it has really started to come over here. Its being shown late tonight for us so it got me thinking of Super Bowl crafts that can be made during the days run up to keep your […] The post Super Bowl crafts for kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 50 Childrens Valentines food makes

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    50+ Valentines Craft and Food Ideas for Kids   50 Valentine food makes and crafts for your little ones this year. Crafts and Decor Chocolate Covered Paper Strawberries :: Aldberry Hill Burlap and heart wreath :: Wait til your father gets home Pom Pom Centerpiece :: Architecture of a Mom Yarn wrapped letters :: Living in France […] The post 50 Childrens Valentines food makes appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Valentines kids games, keep them entertained

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Here are some valentines kids game ideas for your little ones this year. Minute to Win it Valentine’s edition at Sassy Sites Valentine Matching Game at I Heart Nap Time Valentine Eraser Sort at Mine for the Making Valentine’s Printable BINGO at Crazy Little Projects Heart Hopscotch at Toddler Approved Steal My Heart at Spoonful […] The post Valentines kids games, keep them entertained appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 50 cute Valentine food makes for kids

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    How about making some of these in the run up to Valentines day? Some of these are too cute to eat though! 50 Valentine food makes       – Heart shaped macaron with raspberry/ strawberry from Mad Baker – Marshmallow for hot cocoa from The Decorate Cookie Love love love love this idea! – […] The post 50 cute Valentine food makes for kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Great British Sewing Bee toddlers can sew!

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    This is a post dedicated to the Great British Sewing Bee, if you have already watched it you will know what i mean!  If not read here, you can see the first episode and others on the BBC from here. Its a sewing competition where ladies or men compete through a series of challenges to […] The post Great British Sewing Bee toddlers can sew! appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
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