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  • Camellia Top PDF Pattern Now Free in all sizes

    Sewing Avenue
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Exciting News As promised I am very pleased to announce that the awesome Camellia Top PDF pattern is ready for you all to download in sizes US 4-20, UK 8-24 and EU 34-52. This is the link to the pattern store page where you will find the Camellia Top in three different size ranges. Choose the one you need, fill in your email address and you will be able to get your FREE copy downloaded instantly. The smallest pattern in sizes US 4-10, has been available for a month now and has been very popular with many hundreds of happy sewing enthusiasts downloading the pattern to use. Now that all the…
  • Sweetgum Dogwood Ruffle Handbags

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    Erika Jurney
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:47 am
    Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Time for a Link Party!

    Today's Creative Blog
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It’s time for Link Party Palooza! But first I wanted to share a few guides I’ve written for ebay! Just click on the image to read more. There’s an Appliance for That is full of quirky appliances that you just have to have! These guides have been fun to write and I think you’ll be entertained […] 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…
  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Decorative storage boxes
    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…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 8 update

    Keeping it Real
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    Here I am for the weekly update on my 2015 goal: to have a cleaner, leaner house by the end of the year. Posting these updates helps and keeps me in track. Every weekend (and on weekdays too, when I have time) I try to tackle a different area of my house. I started with books (not near finished yet) but since then I have found lots of other areas in need. I have donated a lot of things, upcycled others, but there is still much work to be done.This week I tackled the bathroom cabinets (two out of three, at least, since the one in the master bathroom has not been touched yet).They weren't…
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    Tim Holtz

  • 12 tags of 2015 – march…

    tim holtz
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    one of my favorite things about creating is the ability to escape the here and now.  it takes your imagination to a place where you are free to explore, imagine, and discover.  this month i wanted to create a tag to encourage your creative mind to wander and play.  whether it’s trying new combinations of Continue Reading
  • good friends = good times…

    tim holtz
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    i love it when good friends come to visit.  it’s not too often we’re home, let alone without a crazy list of deadlines to get finished, but this weekend we made time.  our friends joy and chelle took a road trip from california to spend the weekend with us.  with only 3 short days which Continue Reading
  • a week at ranger…

    tim holtz
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    you would think after 12 years of working for ranger that a visit to the company headquarters in new jersey wouldn’t seem exciting, but it honestly it’s like a visit to the  ”wonka” of creativity.  the factory was buzzing with machines working away and the hard working crew at ranger making, labeling, packing, and shipping Continue Reading
  • valentine blogworthy links…

    tim holtz
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
    valentine’s day is this weekend and it’s never too late to create something special for that someone special.  check out these creative projects we’ve found on the web designed by various talented artists.  we are always searching blogs, twitter, facebook, instagram, and pinterest for inspiring projects you create using my products all year long, so Continue Reading
  • new distress: abandoned coral

    tim holtz
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    well today is the first friday of the month which means it’s time to announce the newest color joining ranger’s distress palette… introducing: abandoned coral this vibrant fusion of pink and orange is the perfect compliment to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker.  check out the video Continue Reading
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  • The Bizarre Working Boombox Creations Of Tom Sachs

    Andrew Salomone
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Infamous art world prankster and DIYer Tom Sachs' new exhibition of homemade boomboxes sounds pretty good!Read more on MAKE
  • Maker Pro News: Pebble and Battlebots Are Back, Launch Pad Starts Up

    Jon Christian
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    “There are many robots under development that are intelligent but can’t do anything” — Yaskawa Electric chairman Junji Tsuda From the editors of Make:, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of Makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and […]Read more on MAKE
  • Iron Man, Optimus Prime, and More Become Tiffany Glass Lamp Legends

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
      I’ve seen some incredible fan art in my day, but I really lit up when I spotted these amazing stained glass lamps by Michael McLane. He uses the Tiffany Glass Technique to create these three dimensional glowing heads. I just love to see these age old traditional hand crafts […]Read more on MAKE
  • Raspberry Pi-Powered BMO Brings Adventure Time To Life

    Caleb Kraft
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    So many Adventure Time fans wish that they could have their own personal BMO, a quirky living game system from the show. If you’re not yet familiar, watch the video below, it will give you a quick taste of BMO’s role. Obviously based on the GameBoy, BMO is the digital friend […]Read more on MAKE
  • Step into Light and Sound in Interactive Synesthesia Experience

    Ian Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    "Blue-Yellow-Red" is a transmedia installation created by Nashville, Tennessee, interdisciplinary artist and transmedia performer, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger. The exhibit was created for the Frist Center as part its 2014 Kandinsky exhibit.Read more on MAKE
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  • links: food

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Mandarinquat, Limequat, and Centennialquat | Go Mighty. I have recently become enamored of the mandarinquats being sold at a local market. Hack Together a DIY Cold Smoker Gun for Less than $20 at Science Fare. I feel like I’ve linked to this before and if so please forgive me. Melissa Clark’s Braised Beans with Bacon and Wine – The Wednesday Chef. Via Orangette. A bottle of wine, a pot of ragu « Tea & Cookies. I have had this experience with the annual block party that Tea talks about here. Seattle can be weird and isolating if you let it so bravo to Tea for disrupting…
  • 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…
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  • You Rock My World

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Hello Friends! When I saw these girl stamps from Angie Blom, I was super excited to pick some up. They remind me of the good ol’ days of Fashion Plates. Of course, I love the confidence from this guitar playing girl. I played a bit with some green hair, I mean why not, right? some dimension and those resin stars that have been waiting to accent something for oh so long. happy. not super fancy but just enough to spread some joy. There will be many more of these girls on cards, I colored a whole bunch that my mom says look like copic selfies. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you…
  • Thank You

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Hello Friends! I finally had a chance to make some cards the other day :) I got this stamp set from a friend and could not wait to paint/color up this telephone. :) I really love to color with copics and watercolors, it is so relaxing. It reminds me of the old days with coloring books and crayons. I also realized how much I LOVE working in digital media because my color choices and opacity control is infinite. But it was still fun to play. This card is a somewhat of a hodge podge because I started layering and then realized that my issues with cream patterns would not go on a white card base.
  • 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…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Margaret Bloom's second book, Making Peg Dolls & More

    Hillary Lang
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's no secret that I've become a smitten kitten with Margaret Bloom's book on creating peg doll people. Making Peg Dolls, opened my eyes to a whole new world of cute and has kept Phoebe and I busy since Christmas. Margaret's is one of those perfect books where I am completely happy making the projects exactly as they appear in the book. Her use wool felt along with the painted pegs is brilliant. The toys are adorable, not fussy, warm, the perfect play things. Every project I've tried has turned out so well and just could not be cuter. Her designs are also wonderful…
  • felt doll pincushion

    Hillary Lang
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    I've been making so much behind the scenes. I hate things I can't share. I'm doing a few blog tour dealios so those will pop up eventually. And I made a new design for Land of Nod. Top secret I guess. Because I'm like super spy Sydney in Alias (my new binge watch). But I made this yesterday all for myself. I'm still obsessed with peg dolls. So much so that I was compelled to make a stuffed toy version of a peg doll. I thought wouldn't she make the cutest pincushion and she does! And Phoebe has taken her over. She made little pin earrings and a crown for her. Very…
  • 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. 
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • bits, pieces and patience

    patricia zapata
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    I'm the type of crazy person that stays up until crazy hours of the night (err... morning) to make something like this. All I have to say is I'm so glad I married someone that really gets me.This is an edited version of the hummingbird from my Spring Paper Quilt. The making of the bird was part cutting machine and part handmade. I cut the large pieces with the machine and all the 'feather's by hand. Adding all the hand cut pieces took much longer than I expected but it was something I'd been wanting to try for a while. A good movie kept me company. I have a habit, when I have a…
  • spring paper quilt

    patricia zapata
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    I really don't have any right to complain (no snow here but a lot of rainy/gray days) but I'm so over the cold and ready for Spring. A little designing and paper quilt making got me distracted for a few days.Believe it or not one of the hardest parts of this project was picking the colors. These designs can go in so many directions—pinks and greens, blues and lime greens, neutrals (like taupe and brown or even black—not very spring-like but very appropriate for a sophisticated feel). I had all sorts of color trios in my hands until I finally decided to go with this turquoise and red…
  • just checking in

    patricia zapata
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Have you ever had several books on your night table and you tackle all of them bits at a time? That's where I'm at with some of my projects. My work space is a complete disaster zone.I've been chipping away at getting files together for different collections and sketching and experimenting with other styles and ideas. I started another Instagram account solely for my sketching (@pzexplorations) and the boxes above are the result of an idea that came to fruition while watching the Grammy's (which weren't completely holding my attention anyway). I'm still waiting for sample from Spoonflower so…
  • 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!
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    Make and Takes

  • Make Your Own Homemade Bubble Bath

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    My girls are always begging to have a bubble bath, begging! But every time we use commercial bubble bath from the store, it irritates their skin. Not good, especially with a child who has eczema. So I’ve been making our own homemade bubble bath and we haven’t had any skin irritation, yay! With only 3 ingredients, this is the easiest bubble bath recipe to make! You’ll be splashin’ around in no time! NOTE: this recipe will give you nice big bubbles to start, but they don’t last as long as store-bought. But you can rest assured that these are better for your…
  • Rainbow Marker Coffee Filter Experiment

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    We’re using coffee filters and markers to make amazing tie-dye rainbow colors! Markers, coffee filters, and water – that simple! It’s such a fun color experiment with kids, my girls were going gaga for it! Now we have all sorts of beautiful colored coffee filters to craft with! I first found this idea over at Buggy and Bunny and their Chromatography Color Experiment. We had to try it… but we put our own spin on it – rainbow style! Although honestly, as much fun as these rainbow markers are for the color, Buggy and Bunny uses black and brown and they…
  • Exploring Our 5 Senses: Touch

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
    Making Textured Finger Paints My girls haven’t finger painted in years, and even they couldn’t resist trying out these textured finger paints. Adding simple household items like flour, rice, and oats to washable paint creates interesting textures to touch and explore. Whether you paint with one finger, or smear the paint with your whole hand, it’s great, messy fun! Supplies for Textured Finger Paints washable tempera paint or finger paint small bowls, plates, muffin tin, etc. spoons and/or brushes paper textured mix-ins, such as rice, oats, sugar, salt, flour, dried herbs,…
  • How to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    We’ve been loving our reed diffuser jars that are filling our house with all the good smells! I’ve placed these fragrant air fresheners around the house to help keep it smelling fresh and fragrant! We chose to add lavender essential oil drops for our jars as this scent is our family’s absolute favorite aroma! It’s so calming and soothing, especially during night. Supplies for DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils: Carrier oil: 1-2 inches safflower oil – this is your carrier oil, almond oil or baby oil can be used as well Essential oil: 15-20 drops essential…
  • Arugula Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    This salad has been one of my favorites to make this winter. It’s fresh, filling, and has so much great flavor. Add some cheese, nuts, and a bacon vinaigrette and you’re set for lunch! I’ve loved arugula for a long time adding it to pastas, but it’s great as a salad base as well. It has a peppery flavor to it that gives it added spice and texture. It’s fairly small in size so no need to chop it smaller to make it bite-sized. And it has a beautiful green color that just screams FRESH! Recipe Arugula Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette yields 2 servings 3 cups arugula…
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  • model building

    amy k.
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I found this is super cool site, Studio Shed, when I was doing some fantasy research designing a music studio for Pete. They have this wonderful custom shed builder option that is addictive. I showed the girls, and they loved it too. I didn't even occur to me to try to print out each elevation until recently. The print-outs are perfect for quick model building. Each girl designed a shed,  then we printed out each view, glued the print-outs to cardstock, and then cut them out again. To assemble, we just taped them up. (Printing onto cardstock directly would have been better) Then the…
  • star wars and my girls

    amy k.
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    My girls have not seen any of the Star Wars films. I saw the first trilogy uncountable times growing up. We saw the first movie 3 times in the theater. I was 5. My brother was 6 1/2. These movies were a big deal in our family and remained a big deal for pretty much, ever. I wasn't a die hard fan, but the stories and characters and culture around it all was in my life and brain growing up. I don't really remember not knowing about it. Pete liked them too, of course, and we both went through a range of emotions and confusion when we were in our 20s and the second waves of films came…
  • small needlework: flower-type things

    amy k.
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    I got all weird a few weeks ago about this Japanese craft book, Embroidery pattern & brooch Small flower embroidery that I bought and had trouble sleeping for a few days. I got this out of my system by stitching this. It's my own pattern but heavily influenced by some of the designs in this book, all of which are just amazing. I have yet to find brooch forms. I have some on order from a local shop, but they are not in my hands yet, so this went into a small 3" hoop and is hanging on the wall. I'd like to do a few 2" and 1" pieces next. I used linen to stitch…
  • this fancy pizza comes with scissors

    amy k.
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I got out of the house and had dinner at Roman Candle Baking Co. with a dear friend this week. They serve delicious flat bread (I call it pizza) with interesting toppings and lovely salads—the best part is the flat bread (pizza) is delivered to the large communal table on a plank of wood with scissors. Huge scissors. The cutting is oddly exciting. The scissors work surprisingly well. We took turns. The desserts are also delicious. This is the almond cake. This photo was actually from the first time I was there, 4 days before. Often, Pete and I just drive to SE Division, park, and eat where…
  • "I don't actually see anything, but whatever."

    amy k.
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This is what the 10-year old said when I told her I wanted to take a photo. We got the slides focused after some messing around. We just got these slides—we had some prepared ones, but not many, and have made our own (with mixed success) but they wanted more, so I got this box of prepared slides and am pretty happy with it and so are they. Links and things: We are going to try this retro painted flower tutorial over at The Postman's Knock. We are moving onto a mystery theme and I found these writing tips for writing your own mystery story. There are a lot of creative writing ideas on…
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  • changing colors

    julie thompson
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    OK, that's a lot of pictures so I'll keep the words short... I'm slowly taking the color off our walls and making my house a little more calm (color-wise at least) I switched out the bright sunflower yellow for a pretty grey (dolphin fin) in the kitchen.   Grey doesn't mean colorless.  All shades of green are all mixed with pale yellow and gold. I still want to add simple curtain tops and art work.  But I'll get there.  Tudor houses don't have to be dark and serious and it's ok to paint the woodwork. I was taking these pictures yesterday while everyone…
  • 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…
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  • more art made at art retreat ps #3
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I mentioned before that I took very limited art supplies to our little Art Retreat #3 in Palm Springs. Just some art journals and sketchbooks. It felt good to limit my supplies and spend less time sorting through them to find want I wanted, and less time going from one idea to the other vs. just relaxing and really enjoying one. Okay, I consider art journaling and sketching to be different, so make that two.  After we were finished driving around taking pictures like these: Thanks Carol for this photo of me behind the Palm Springs sign. When I was a little girl I loved Henry Wadsworth…
  • have wait, will sketch
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There was a wait to be seated at breakfast since it was Modernism Week out in Palm Springs last weekend. No problemo...have wait, will sketch. We were on an Art Retreat after all.   Waiting for the meal once seated is a good time to sketch too. Our waitress saw what we were up to and was kind enough to give us a warning before our food came out.  Carol and Mary Ann shared their sketches from breakfast on their blogs too. I don't know why I felt the need to label the blind contours above, it's so obvious who they are, bahahaha.  Speaking of labeling, it may or may not…
  • field trip • moorten botanical garden
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:56 pm
    While in Palm Springs, we popped into the Moorten Botanical Garden, a privately owned arboretum on the Moortens' residence estate. It's also called Desertland; a living museum of desert plants and crystals, rocks and fossils, established in 1938. The Moorten's promise you'll see rare plants not commonly seen elsewhere; "Over 3,000 plant varieties!" It did not disappoint.  I was instantly taken with the obvious decades upon decades of growth on these slow growing plants. To walk along the paths, it is clear that you are enjoying more than one person's life…
  • hello!
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I'm back from a fun getaway to Palm Springs with the Moss sisters Mary Ann and Carol, and our 3rd annual Art Retreat.  Every time I go to Palm Springs, I appreciate it more, and I love to try to capture new photos of  things making me happy while there.  Just driving around provides plenty of photo opportunities.  Of course, walking around does too.  The colors and color combinations, the unusual sights... And then there's the reason we're there; hanging out and making art at the top of the list. We've rented a new house each time, and this…
  • and then, and then, and then...
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    First of all, thank you!!!! Thank you for all the quilt love on the last post. I love that I can count on readers to understand where I'm coming from on whatever creative journey I embark on. I so appreciate that. We all just want to be understood, right? If you even knew how few people in my real (physical vs. cyber) life could care about my current obsessions or explorations, you'd know I meant it! ;) So thank you, to all that took a minute to comment here or on my IG or Facebook or wherever, and to those that didn't have a minute, but cheer on creativity regardless, you too;…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Featured Shop: Des Enfantillages

    Genevieve Lugaz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Photo by Natacha CastonguayWe are Christian and Genevieve, the designers behind Des Enfantillages. In addition to creating objects for children, we are also parents. We live and work in Montreal, and we love our city. Ever since I was very little, my mother instilled in me a curiosity to learn and the desire to touch everything. She taught me the pleasures of creating something with my own two hands, and the lesson that it’s okay to be wrong and laugh at failed attempts. Today, I still love the challenge that designing and making implies. Christian and I are graphic designers by…
  • Modern Furniture to Know Now: Foreply

    Valerie Rains
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Photo by Ben MarkeyEvery day our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. In our Fresh Shops series, we spotlight new and noteworthy sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales. One of the things that makes the Etsy community so interesting is the wide range of experience makers bring to their shops. We are happy to be a home for skilled artisans who’ve spent decades in the studio honing their craft; relative newbies whose passion for making has only just been set aglow; and creative professionals who use the site to test…
  • 10 Podcasts to Help Your Business Thrive

    Beth Anne Schwamberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Photo by The PairabirdsAs Etsy shop owners, our days consist of designing, creating, marketing and shipping. With all the tasks required to run and grow a handmade business, pausing to learn new strategies can feel impossible. Where can you find the time? Podcasts are a powerful tool for Etsy sellers who want to get ahead — on a tight schedule. Podcasts work well for an on-the-go lifestyle and you can absorb business advice or inspiration for free while you work. As a busy mother of four, Etsy shop owner Keri Bass listens to podcasts to fuel her creativity while she sews placemats and…
  • Featured Shop: Moonshine Supplies

    Alecia Kringen
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    Photo by Moonshine SuppliesHey beautiful Etsy people! I’m Alecia Kringen, a metalsmith and rockhound from the Bay Area. I own Moonshine Supplies, and I am absolutely in love with stones, crystals and bones. I’ve been on the hunt for as long as I can remember, stopping at every rock shop I see while traveling or moving to a new place. My love for stones led me to start making jewelry and selling my work on Etsy in 2010. After many years of ordering materials online for my own work, I realized that I was often disappointed by what I received – many of the stones were either…
  • 4 Top Tips for Selling Clothing on Etsy

    Audrey Manning
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    Photo by Zoe Miyori FujiiFashion on Etsy comes in many forms, spanning the range from eco-friendly loungewear to bold runway-worthy looks. Whether looking for fashion-forward pieces or everyday staples, buyers flock to Etsy for special shopping experiences defined by unique items and a personal touch. As such, Etsy’s people-centered marketplace provides a fertile testing ground for artists to take creative chances, and learn through valuable customer interactions. Etsy is an ideal place for burgeoning clothing designers to experiment freely while building their fashion brands, but there…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Location Is Everything - A Soap Challenge About Your Locale

    Joanna Schmidt
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    You people never cease to amaze me with the beauty you create.  Some of the entries were downright amazing but I can only name one winner and one runner up.  Over the years, I have found more joy than you know, seeing your soap creations and what you take from the soap or photo challenges I have offered you.  It brings me such happiness when you stop for a few moments in the madness of your lives and really think of the challenge.  I know down deep, you know you can take on each challenge, because you will try new things and learn new things (scary things) through self…
  • 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. …
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    Geek Crafts

  • A Very QWERTY Birthday

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 pm
    My boyfriend’s birthday is this weekend, and I’m getting him a new smartphone(!) which has been quite the ordeal.  And apparently while I have been transfixed on trying to select and purchase the perfect gift on the sly, my shiftiness has become evident to my boyfriend, who smugly mentioned this afternoon that he “knew” I was throwing him a surprise party this weekend.  While this revelation was quite distant from reality, I acted like he’d caught me (to throw him off my smartphone scent)…but now I have to throw him a party, too.  So since everything…
  • Plushy DIY Roundup!

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    This week on Spoonflower, the contest involves original designs for mythical creature plushies, and when I saw Gila’s UniPug design I knew I had to share it on Geek Crafts.  You can purchase your own DIY UniPug Plushy Pattern on a variety of fabrics (I recommend Spoonflower’s new Minky fabric for this one because it’s super soft and cuddly, like the ever elusive UniPug himself) in Cross The Lime’s Spoonflower shop.  The design fits on a fat quarter and costs about $17 with shipping. If you’re more of a cat person, you might enjoy making your very own Grumpy…
  • I’ll Be in My Bunk with Jayne

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    In honor of Adam Baldwin’s birthday on Friday (February 27th), I wanted to share something beyond the iconic hat he wore as Jayne Cobb in “Firefly.” We’ve shared a number of different variations of the Jayne Cobb hat over the years, such as a Doctor Who version, a scarf version, a cupcake version, and a lip balm cozy version. Today I bring you the plushie version – as in, sitting atop a cute Jayne Cobb chibi plush, as created by Cristina, aka ViciousPretty. Cristina shared her creation over on DeviantArt, where she also has an extensive gallery of other adorable…
  • A Felt R2-D2 Handbag

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Moscow, Russia-based Lyuba and Max of Krukrustudio have created a fantastic felt Star Wars handbag that looks just like the cute astromech droid, R2-D2. Made of fine quality wool felt and decorated with prints and embroidery, this bag is designed with attention to details. The bag is padded and keeps it’s shape well, with a removable adjustable strap, and an inner pocket. Dimensions: full height: 17″ “effective” height (body height): 12″ diameter: 7.5″ It is available to purchase online from their studio or from their Etsy shop, for $185 plus shipping.
  • Transforming Cinderella Dress

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Belinda Christie has created the ultimate in Cinderella costumes: one that transforms from Cinderella’s poor, tattered dress into her ball gown. Other than this magical Cinderella get-up, Belinda recently also won the “Best Sci-Fi/Movie/Animation Cosplay” category at a convention in Salt Lake City. She was dressed as Merida from “Brave.” Transforming Cinderella dress video
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    house on hill road

  • The gateway block

    Erin | house on hill road
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    I went up to the studio yesterday morning for the first time since I returned home. The first thing I did was vacuum. Right before I left for Quilt Con, I had a choice: make lanyards or vacuum. There really wasn't a contest because sewing (almost) always wins. Looking around, clean floor and all, I couldn't figure out just where to start, what to work on. Although I felt like sewing, I wasn't sure what I wanted to sew. Directionless, I went back downstairs to wait for a FedEx package that required a signature, telling myself that I would never hear the doorbell on the third…
  • Postcard from my kitchen table

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    I left last Wednesday morning for QuiltCon and was back this morning at 2:30 a.m. Six extra hours of airport time had me very thankful that I packed some handwork from my Alison Glass applique class in my carry on. I started the day with one plus appliqued and finished with only 1.5 left to go. I have a lot to say about this (wool! over-dyes!), but I don't think I can string the words together right now. The whole weekend was great and fun and inspiring and overwhelming and exhausting and filled with friends (new and old) and lots of things to think about and creative exercises to try…
  • Jane's Artist Trading Cards

    Erin | house on hill road
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    Cleaning out the kitchen last night, I stumbled across these artist trading cards that Jane painted last October. Using her own photos as reference, she used watercolors to render small snapshots of a trip that she and Fatty took to San Francisco over her fall break.  I find them completely charming and delightful - I think I will have them framed as a little memento for her. And I just love, love, love that she always finds a way to express herself creatively. She inspires me to continue my own painting practice and now I am itching to get to the studio later today. (Friday is painting…
  • Pillow Refresh

    Erin | house on hill road
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    I spent the better part of this past week's sewing time making new pillow covers for this little window seat nook on our front stair landing. It's been on my mental to-do list for the better part of a year and I have looked at home dec fabric from time to time with this project in mind. I wasn't sure how I was going to combine the soft blues and greens that I love with the yellow in our stained glass until I saw that bird fabric. The colors are just what I wanted, the aqua and teal, soft green and the gold and bonus points for raspberry! I had the cushion recovered by my…
  • 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…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Featured Shop: Des Enfantillages

    Genevieve Lugaz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Photo by Natacha CastonguayWe are Christian and Genevieve, the designers behind Des Enfantillages. In addition to creating objects for children, we are also parents. We live and work in Montreal, and we love our city. Ever since I was very little, my mother instilled in me a curiosity to learn and the desire to touch everything. She taught me the pleasures of creating something with my own two hands, and the lesson that it’s okay to be wrong and laugh at failed attempts. Today, I still love the challenge that designing and making implies. Christian and I are graphic designers by…
  • Modern Furniture to Know Now: Foreply

    Valerie Rains
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Photo by Ben MarkeyEvery day our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. In our Fresh Shops series, we spotlight new and noteworthy sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales. One of the things that makes the Etsy community so interesting is the wide range of experience makers bring to their shops. We are happy to be a home for skilled artisans who’ve spent decades in the studio honing their craft; relative newbies whose passion for making has only just been set aglow; and creative professionals who use the site to test…
  • 10 Podcasts to Help Your Business Thrive

    Beth Anne Schwamberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Photo by The PairabirdsAs Etsy shop owners, our days consist of designing, creating, marketing and shipping. With all the tasks required to run and grow a handmade business, pausing to learn new strategies can feel impossible. Where can you find the time? Podcasts are a powerful tool for Etsy sellers who want to get ahead — on a tight schedule. Podcasts work well for an on-the-go lifestyle and you can absorb business advice or inspiration for free while you work. As a busy mother of four, Etsy shop owner Keri Bass listens to podcasts to fuel her creativity while she sews placemats and…
  • Featured Shop: Moonshine Supplies

    Alecia Kringen
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    Photo by Moonshine SuppliesHey beautiful Etsy people! I’m Alecia Kringen, a metalsmith and rockhound from the Bay Area. I own Moonshine Supplies, and I am absolutely in love with stones, crystals and bones. I’ve been on the hunt for as long as I can remember, stopping at every rock shop I see while traveling or moving to a new place. My love for stones led me to start making jewelry and selling my work on Etsy in 2010. After many years of ordering materials online for my own work, I realized that I was often disappointed by what I received – many of the stones were either…
  • 4 Top Tips for Selling Clothing on Etsy

    Audrey Manning
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    Photo by Zoe Miyori FujiiFashion on Etsy comes in many forms, spanning the range from eco-friendly loungewear to bold runway-worthy looks. Whether looking for fashion-forward pieces or everyday staples, buyers flock to Etsy for special shopping experiences defined by unique items and a personal touch. As such, Etsy’s people-centered marketplace provides a fertile testing ground for artists to take creative chances, and learn through valuable customer interactions. Etsy is an ideal place for burgeoning clothing designers to experiment freely while building their fashion brands, but there…
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  • Inspirational Interior Home Design

    Erma Iriana
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    what's nice regarding finding these kinds of cookbooks online is that it's fast and simple. you ought to have access to an infinite range of online retailers as well as bookstores,that have cookbooks accessible purchasable. additionally to visiting online retailers that you simply already recognize of,you'll be able to perform a typical net search. once playacting a typical net search,you will wish to perform your search with phrases like “outdoor reference work,” or “picnic reference work.” In keeping with exploitation the net,you ought to additionally recognize that you simply will…
  • Kumpulan Contoh Surat Lamaran Kerja Terbaik Keren

    Erma Iriana
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    USS Forrestal,wherever he began missions flying A Skyhawks. By ,the USS Forrestal was deployed as a part of Operation Rolling Thunder throughout the Vietnam. He flew many attack missions over Asian nation while not serious incident,and he was promoted to commissioned naval officer. On July ,,however,he was virtually killed in action once a rocket affected his jet as he was launching from the deck. McCain managed to flee the burning jet seconds before the jet's bombs detonated from the flames,and also Surat Lamaran Kerja the detonation sprayed McCain's legs and chest with shell. He was lucky…
  • Daftar Nama Bayi Perempuan Islami Terbaik di Indonesia

    Erma Iriana
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Americans tune into watch a NASCAR race on tv or quit of their thanks to attend a live race event. In fact, the on top of mentioned reasons area unit simply many of the various why the game has increased in quality. One factor is as expected, it doesn’t matter why fans tune into races, as long as they are doing. that's the rationale why NASCAR is understood because the quickest growing sport, in terms of recognition and fan base. NASCAR Merchandise: five Reasons Why you must pass Are Nama Bayi Perempuan Islami you a devotee of NASCAR racing? If you're, does one presently own any items of…
  • Kumpulan Kata Kata Bijak Mutiara Paling Gehol

    Erma Iriana
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Crystal Cove State Park adds additional reason to go to or come back to Newport Beach. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Picture million dollar yachts, kayaks, electrical boats and different watercrafts sailplaning through the Newport Harbor and you've got the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade options dazzling vacation lights that illumine the bay, superb the nearly one million guests that crowd Newport Beach and Newport Harbor. From December eighteen twenty two, there ar quite two hundred vessels participating during this vacation celebration. Several of these vessels are…
  • Cara Membuat Email Yahoo Lengkap Banget

    Erma Iriana
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    If that was all business travel entailed, that may be challenge enough. however to hold off a winning business trip, you've got to have confidence your personal wants, medical wants and everything you may need. the flexibility to travel lightweight on a business trip is actually a refined talent that takes into consideration the ordeal you may bear at the field, the potential for lost baggage and what you actually do would like once you get to your destination. Many Cara Membuat Email travelers have a firm ethic concerning not checking luggage. The result's you see virtually a laughable…
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? It was a good one at our house. Nothing too exciting, just the daily satisfying kind of stuff. (I love that stuff!) Next week will be busier — we have two birthdays coming up, plus a baptism. And it’s time to think about Easter plans as well, because it happens really early in April this year, and I know it’s going to catch me off guard if I wait till the end of the month. (Been there, done that.) If you need some inspiration, I put a whole bunch of Spring & Easter projects in the sidebar. I’m…
  • Which Box Do You Mark?

    Design Mom
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    By Gabrielle. Portraits by Martin Schoeller for National Geographic. Last year, I was at the Mom 2.0 conference, and Karen Walrond (you might know her as Chookooloonks), and I had a discussion about how she felt about the term “black”. She said she prefers it, because she’s not from Africa and doesn’t identify as an African-American. She would be fine being called Caribbean-American because she grew up in Trinidad, but Caribbean-American doesn’t seem to be a common usage term. I was thinking of that conversation as I filled out a survey from our school district…
  • Design Mom Book: Cover Design

    Design Mom
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    By Gabrielle. Photos by me and Sarah Hebenstreit. As promised, here’s a post about how the cover design came to be for the Design Mom Book. (Did I mention you can pre-order it now?) It started with an email. My editor, Lia Ronnen, sent me a this stock photo — black hands in a pattern — and wondered what I thought about it for a cover idea. It was so striking! I loved it immediately. I had known I wanted a cover photo that did not show an interior space, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use instead. The hand pattern idea was perfect! It was graphically interesting, made sense…
  • Living With Kids: Caryn Schafer

    Design Mom
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Choosing to downsize from a large home in the suburbs to a much tinier space is probably not as difficult to handle when the much tinier space is in huge by anyone’s standards New York City! I think it would be the best kind of challenge, right? Keeping only what you love, organizing vertically by use, and ruthlessly overthinking every purchase. And the minute you feel a bit claustrophobic, Central Park is one block away. Marvelous. I love this peek into Caryn’s small space and big thoughts. I’ve read it three times, and I find something new with each read. I hope you do,…
  • Haiti Partners’ Language Hangouts

    Design Mom
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    By Gabrielle. Video by Ralph Blair. Last month, you may remember that Ben Blair and Ralph went to Haiti to help with the launch of Haiti Partners’ Language Hangouts, and to capture footage for an announcement video. Well, I’m delighted to share the video with you today! The program is officially launched, and Haiti Partners is ready to sign up anyone who’d like to volunteer a half hour of their time to video-chat in English. The basic program is that you sign up to speak with someone for 1/2 hour per week for eight weeks. You’ll chat with the same person each time, so…
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  • another year passes

    Alicia Alferman
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    More than anything now, even more than my own birthday, I mark another year by the passing of their birthdays. In January they turned fourteen and ten. Really?! Both double digits. One of them is about to get his learner's permit. To drive. A CAR. What?!It's flying by. They all said it would, and it really is.
  • 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…
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    Happy Zombie

  • It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!, originally uploaded by Happy Zombie. Just enter soupweather20 in the discount code field when you’re checking out. My entire shop is on sale, so shop big!
  • Put some pants on!

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I recently found out about a do-something-good quilt making event for the new NICU at Providence Portland Medical Center through my guild (the Portland Modern Quilt Guild), so on the fly I wanted to jump into action and make a quilt. Problem was I didn’t know what to make. So I came up with a simple plan and whipped up an itty bitty quilt. I wanted my quilt to be meaningful and full of effort, but I also wanted it to be quick as well. Seems like every time there’s a do-something-good quilt making opportunity there’s not a whole lot of time involved, so I thought I’d…
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  • March 1

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Hello March! And welcome (and welcome back) to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... Crafting Connections We are obsessed with creativity! We eat, breathe, and talk about it a lot, and over the years we’ve found that we’re not alone...
  • Barn Owl Primitives {a soulemama sponsor}

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    Greetings from Barn Owl Primitives! While I never imagined my passion for crafting would blossom into a real business, I am so thankful for this amazing journey we’re on, and still can’t quite believe how far we’ve come. I started...
  • {this moment}

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:53 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...
  • a warm and wintry day

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    Yesterday, the sun appeared, the wind quieted down and the temperature reached an amazing thirty degrees fahrenheit. Thirty degrees! We took full advantage - the big kids and Papa hitting the slopes, while the two little ones and I spent...
  • one day of play

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:34 am
    Lots of you have been asking for indoor screen free activity ideas of late. I get it. This can be such a challenging time of year. My kids spend a lot of time outside - skiing, sledding, building forts, visiting...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • And I saw a lot of seaweed

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Today was a very good day. I woke up early, and I was lying in my bed, unable to go back to sleep because of these huge black birds that call out to each other in a way that’s as effective as any alarm.  They start to shrill out to each other just before sunrise, announcing to their whole world that another day is starting, and as the sky just started to lighten, I realized that I had an opportunity. An opportunity to see the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea, and to take a picture so that I could post it, and it would then seem to all of you that I am the sort of person who gets up for…
  • Things are looking up

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    When I was in school, I had an art teacher remind me that sometimes, the trick to finding out how something was interesting was to change your perspective. “Look around” she said. “Squat down. Lie on the floor. Look up. Find another way to look at things.”  While I hardly need a way to make this trip interesting for me, I was thinking yesterday about a way to make it interesting for you, and I remembered the advice.  I was walking down the street here, and stopped to consider what was under my feet.  Two seconds later it was something else, then something…
  • I won’t say it’s cold

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Safely arrived in Mexico – only to find that it’s a bit chilly – which is to say that instead of the -20 at home, it’s 23 here. Not quite warm enough for swimming, and there’s a terrific wind. Still, at the risk of being sandblasted, my mum and I stood on the beach and drank our tea, and looked North. Both to see if better weather is blowing down, and because no matter how nippy we are here, we’re just going to be glad we’re not there. It’s a good day for knitting.
  • Ins and Outs

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Boy, are things every moving fast around here. I got home from Madrona Monday night (Well, technically it was Tuesday in the small hours) and hit the ground running. Yesterday was Sam and Lou’s birthday, her 21 and him 3, and a good time was had by all, I think. Sam had her favourite dinner with the whole family there, and I’ll have to see my little guy when I get back. Get back? Yup. I’m out the door again. This time for what has become my traditional winter trip with my Mum. It’s Mexico for us again, and today I’m dumping sweaters and scarves out of my…
  • Never Say Die

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    This is a quickie, since I’m just changing planes in Vancouver before flying to Seattle, for the annual textile party that is Madrona.  (By the way, if you’re around, I’m signing books Friday after class, and if you bring yours, I’ll sign them. I don’t think there will be any for sale, so bring yours, or a bookplate, or something. I’ll sign anything. Almost. I have a few standards yet.) I can’t wait to get there. I’ve been doing Madrona for years and have a soft spot for the event that’s hard to explain, but I’ll tell you about it…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Coming Soon

    Heidi Kenney
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Coming mid-March to my shop, a pattern for a bunch of bugs! Over 20 different little guys to stitch. I’ve been having a blast working on these in the evening. As you might have guessed my “cute bugs with faces” phase is still going strong.
  • Around the studio

    Heidi Kenney
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just a peek at the little things I surround myself with while I work. I got the tooth cup on Fab, the bear biscuit came in a kawaii box, the apple head guy I got in NYC, the picnic box I got on Modes4u, the peanut stickers I found at Fivebelow years ago, and the books were all various thrift purchases.
  • Bento Box

    Heidi Kenney
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I made a fabric bento box, using my bento box fabric. I used a pattern from the book Stash Happy: Patchwork by Cynthia Shaffer. Lark books had posted the project for free online here. I made a few changes to the pattern by lengthening the handles and not adding a patchwork flap. I am planning to use it to store bento supplies. I tried it out with some of my washi tape, markers, and little wrapped candy, it holds quite a bit more then I expected. I think it would make such a cute gift for someone filled with your favorite asian candies like Pocky, Matcha Kit Kat , or my favorite Konpeito…
  • DIY Flower Girl cross stitch

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy cross stitch design that I made. I’ve been wanting to do some cross stitching in the evenings when Tom is home and we are watching a movie, so I made this little design because I am excited about Spring. I’ve ordered all my garden seeds, and printed out my planting schedule. Now it’s just about waiting. I stitched up my girl on 32 count linen (over 2) but you can stitch her on 16 count aida cloth if you prefer. Finished she measures about 5×5.5 inches. Please remember this pattern is for personal use only. Flower Garden…
  • February’s Plush Of The Month Club

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    February’s Plush Of The Month Club boxes came with a box of three plush valentines chocolates, two hand cut valentines and some little red tootsie rolls. The month of January involved a lot of sewing, 450 little chocolates in total. I watched the whole series of Gilmore Girls during the month as I cut, sewed, stuffed, hand sewed, added faces, and packaged these babies up. But I loved how they turned out and seemed to get a great response. I just finished up March’s plush and as always cannot wait until I can share! You can find more info on my club here.
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    Betz White

  • QuiltCon 2015: My Austin Adventure!

    Betz White
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    I returned home from Austin late Monday and I’m still settling in. Quiltcon was an amazing, exciting, organized, super fun event that I can highly recommend. My head is spinning with inspiration and ideas…who wants to unpack and do laundry? Not me. I had the honor of teaching 2 classes of lovely women. We made the Sweet Life Pillow from my book Present Perfect. The best part for me is meeting new people and getting to work with them in real life (I know, right?) as opposed to the virtual online world that I live in most of the time.   Here’s most of my Saturday class and…
  • Gone fishin’

    Betz White
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    I’m heading for Austin this week! I’ll be teaching my felt appliquéd Sweet Life Pillow from my book Present Perfect at QuiltCon. The photo above is an extra class example that I made of a bright orange goldfish framed by some vintage bed linens. This reverse appliqué technique that uses felt, so it doesn’t fray. I’ll be sharing this design as an extra bonus to class participants. Follow me on Instagram for mini updates while I’m away! And if you’re at QuiltCon, say HI! You're reading Gone fishin’, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing…
  • Craftsy’s Sweetest Valentines Sale

    Betz White
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    I fell in love with felted wool the very first time I shrunk a sweater.  I discovered it’s amazing texture, softness and versatility. And we have been together ever since!   Fall in love with your craft all over again. Treat yourself to up to 50% off ALL classes at Craftsy from 2/12-16 2015, HERE! Happy Valentines Day! You're reading Craftsy’s Sweetest Valentines Sale, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online Google+ | Twitter
  • Ruffled Cashmere Scarf Tutorial

    Betz White
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Four long years ago I sold a collection of cashmere scarves in my Etsy shop that I made from super soft repurposed cashmere sweaters. They were fun to make and very popular! I’ve always intended to write up a tutorial so you can make one of your very own.  Recently my dear friend Jan posted her scarf on Instagram and it motivated me to create this easy how-to!     There are two versions of this scarf. A curly one, like the black/charcoal and blue/green scarves, above. They have a lettuce edge that make them super frilly.     For a softer ruffle effect, you can…
  • 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…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Pick of the Week for METROPOLIS and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Happy Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by David Lymburn, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of METROPOLIS. 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: REFLECTION 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 /…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Michael Golden

    Andy Yates
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Michael Golden is part of an elite class to emerge out of comics Bronze Age(1970-85), along with other legends like Mike Zeck, Frank Miller, and John Byrne. He worked briefly at DC in the late 70’s, before making a name for himself over at Marvel with his dynamic, detailed drawing style on the miniature superhero team, The Micronauts. Golden would go onto create one of the most popular Uncanny X-Men characters, Rogue, with writer Chris Claremont, and enjoyed critical success with his work on The ‘Nam(a war comic written & edited by Vietnam War veterans Doug Murray &…
  • The Month of Love weekly art challenge

    Jeanine Henderson
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post by Jeanine The Month of Love is a weekly art challenge started by illustrator Kristina Carroll. Every week in February, there’s a new challenge related to the subject of “Love”. Participating artists respond by creating a new piece and posting throughout the week. There’s an impressive roster of core artists, but the challenges are also open to anyone who wants to submit a piece by posting to Tumblr with the hashtag #monthoflove. The month is coming to an end and there’s some fabulous work up on the site, including the three images below, by Kristina Carroll, Lee…
  • Embarking on The Adventure of a Creative Career

    Kate Leonard
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Armed with your sword ( pencil) and shield (sketchbook) there maybe many of you who are soon to leave school education to venture forth into the big wide world. Although like a hero with your map and compass in hand, you now need to start to plot the path you want to take in life and especially if you want to pursue a creative career. It’s a tough decision to make but there are lots of options out there for you if you’re driven and passionate enough to want to be creative. You could be an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist, fashion designer, pattern…
  • METROPOLIS by Chris Sharples

    Thomas James
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Submitted by Chris Sharples for the Illustration Friday topic METROPOLIS. More art inspiration!METROPOLIS by Anna RaffSLEEP by Mark BoardmanNEFARIOUS by Matthew DaleyNOISE by Otto SteiningerNEFARIOUS by Jon StuartNOISE by Melanie ElfertJAGGED by ACIDNOISE by Ernest BrooksTOY by Matthew ClevelandINVENTION by Patrick GirouardTOY by Jeremy EdelblutINVENTION by Sayantan Halder
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  • Lumberjack 4

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Now this one has the Statue of Liberty on his chest. And Mt. Rushmore on his arm. He has a vintage or maybe even antique Eagle button for his belt buckle.
  • lumberjack 3

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    He has orange hair with a curl in front. And a cherub on his chest.
  • Lumberjack 2

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    He has American eagle tats on his arms and chest. This last one shows the texture in the trouser fabric- it is black with little threads of red and white.
  • and now for some lumberjacks

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I was sorely tempted to give him a snow shovel and a scarf instead of an axe but that wouldn’t mean much to anyone outside of Boston these days! Cherub on his chest!
  • Winter Baby 2

    21 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    This is a sleepy little one. I wanted to show you this pic so you could compare it to this one, before all the snow. Although the step that the pug is next to isn’t even showing at the bottom of this photo!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Hello March

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
        Yesterday down at the Northport pier. A cold walk. Warmer dreams.   We imagined  the glacier might be receding. Not. This morning, a weather alert and another winter storm to hit this afternoon and last until tomorrow.  The icy kind.  Power loss  alert from the electric company.   March arrives as a lion. I like lions.  The wild side of a cat. March is a month of change.  A full spectrum of lion patches  are forming  from stray scraps of self. You never really know what March will usher in. I love March for…
  • Three in one

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
  • Just another three

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    I'm still at it. See you in March. March!
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    Judy Wise

  • Permission

    Judy Wise
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I did it. Averaged one 12x12" painting a day from my last post until today.Something inside me has clicked.I have permission.I dont have to like every one.YOU dont have to like every one.I'm just going to keep going.Searching.I've never felt more excited.
  • 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. 
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup is perfect for a cold Autumn day.
  • Mouse Turd Cocktail

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Found mouse poop in half of my cupboards. Please kill me before the bugs and vermin do. My utensil drawers shave poop in them, which at first I thought was chocolate sprinkles. Luckily, I did not taste one to find out. So, I’m doing what I always do: Don’t get mad, get drunk. (Someone put that on a t-shirt.) CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES!
  • Light Up Rug

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This is without a doubt the most popular tutorial on my blog Crafty Queens, maybe you have seen it around the web too! I was inspired by a picture on Pinterest. It was a rug made of bulky yarn, crocheted around a lights cords. I loved this idea, but couldn't find the source of the image! That's when I decided to make a tutorial myself, it couldn't be that hard, right? Read on to find out how to make this!
  • Beauty, Style, Fashion

    Carissa R.
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello everyone! Today's post isn't a tutorial. But it is also related to inner and outer beauty. Inner and outer beauty are important in their own ways. Here is a poem I wrote, relating to fashion and style. Hence, I decided to use my own clothes, accessories, bags, socks and basically, what I had in my closet to make this video. The video was harder than what I had originally thought. From the arranging, choosing the clothes by the material or color, packing them and all! I know this is a short video but it took me longer to film and edit than what I had expected. I took a few days to do it…
  • Safety Pin Necklace

    Vera V.
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact: all this necklace need is a cord, a bead and a bunch of safety pins.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Paddington Bear party favor bags

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Remember those Annie party favor bags that I made for my niece and her friends when they saw the new movie in the theater? Well, a friend of mine was so enamored with them that she wanted something similar for her boys when they went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. No problem, I said! These bags are easy to make, thanks to our new Paddington Bear Favor Bags printable, available on Etsy. Just print out the template onto white cardstock and grab some scissors, double-sided tape (or a glue stick), and some ordinary brown paper lunch sacks. Cut out all the pieces of the template: hat, face,…
  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom DIY art

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I was creating a new Disney Pin Trading board and I wanted to add a piece of art work to the middle to break up the large cork surface and to just look cool! I decided to go with the iconic Cinderella’s castle, and came up with fun technique. This is a super easy, custom art tutorial. First, I printed a silhouette of the castle, but you could easily use any other silhouette you like. I wanted mine to be about 12 inches wide at the base, so I scaled it up with my printer, choosing the “poster style” settings so that it would print on multiple pages. Then I taped the pieces…
  • 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
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    whip up

  • NINE!

    Kasia Z
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Can you believe it – Whipup is NINE years old! Hiphiphooraybirthday!! So for the month of February 2015, if you pop into the shop here at or at Action-Pack you can get 25% off on Action Pack purchases by entering the coupon code: NINE2015 I had a little stroll down memory lane this morning, visiting the first posts back in 2006 – Wednesday 1 February 2006. There were twelve posts on that date and a community of contributing Whipsters. Why don’t you settle down with a cuppa and some cake if you have some handy and pop back in time for a lovely crafty reunion. I got…
  • It’s a wrap

    Kasia Z
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s Christmas Eve. We’re down at the beach visiting my Mum who lives at Tootgarook. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south of where we live in Melbourne. The quirky tree ornament greeting us at her front door is made from coat hangers covered in tinsel. Yes, she’s my mum and all that crazy packaging-repurposing and scrap-hoarding crafty goodness has come down to me through her genes. Just as well she keeps all that stuff – we haven’t wrapped the presents yet so Mum’s stash will have a good going over before the end of the day. I feel quite…
  • Archive diving – happy holidays!

    Kasia Z
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It’s soooo close now. Christmas. I’ve barely time left to clean up the house – actually I don’t have time for that, I’d rather be making stuff… I’ve been archive diving. There’s so much treasure down there it’s sometimes hard to remember to come for air and a cuppa. After making lots of tassels and turning them into angels, I thought I’d go for a dip into the deep bottomless (surely) pool of the Whipup ‘holiday’ category and find some more dangly crafts to make and share with you – while there’s still time.
  • Hanging around

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

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

  • @Home This Weekend: Lamp Transformation

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    This weekend, make the old new again. AmyLynn98 took an outdated brass lamp, and gave it new life with a couple coats of paint and a brand-new shade. It’s a cost effective way to enhance your decor!
  • Book Review: Handmade for Baby

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Creative thoughts from Craftster Guest Blogger MareMare… Book Review: Handmade for Baby Handmade for Baby: 25 Keepsakes to Create with Love by Charlotte Rivers and Emily Gregory, is full of fun projects to inspire you to create something for a baby in your life or maybe your next charity project. Many of the projects include […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Warm Those Piggies!

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Raise your hand if you have cold little piggies right now? I know I am not the only one with cold feet! This winter is brutal but I refuse to let it get the best of me. I decided to head into the Craftster vault and grab an oldie but a goodie. Lydia the Strange […]
  • Which Came First?

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    It’s the age old question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Heck, I don’t know. All I know is that I found some awesome chickens this week. I love these lifelike stuffed chickens that thisbirdsabsurd posted recently. They inspired me to take a look around and see what other chickens were lurking out […]
  • Meatless Monday: Country French Potato Leek Soup

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    BRRRRR! Is winter over yet? I can’t believe how many of us are under a deep freeze. Someone needs to tell Mother Nature to play nice! While your little tootsies may be freezing, there is no need to have the rest of your body shake from the cold. Purly McGarterpants has the perfect cure for […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • February Monthly Recap

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    The poppies in this painting by Edward Detmold are so luxurious, don't you think? The perfect image to celebrate deep and abiding love in February with an eye toward the approaching spring. (It is coming, right?)We had a lot of marvelous entries this month focusing the deep color, the poppy form and even the moth/butterflies. Let's see what you created...Just click the picture above to start. Best viewed in full screen mode.Art Bead Scene - February 2015 by Slidely SlideshowIf that doesn't work, please try this link:…
  • Inside the Studio with Humblebeads

    Heather Powers
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Alice of Alice Dreaming is this week's winner of a surprise bead bundle from Claire Lockwood of Something to do Beads. Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio...2015 has been crazy for me, I've been going from deadline to deadline, event to event. In between, I've been in my studio…
  • Art Bead Palette :: JoyMunshower

    Brandi Hussey
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Periwinkle Reticulated OctopusI've had Joy Munshower's Etsy shop bookmarked for ages, and I had to share at least one of her pieces for the sheer artistry. Isn't that lampwork bead exquisite? The details are just incredible, and when I realize it's glass - I'm blown away, how about you?These are one of those beads that I'd probably never use, but collect and frame instead. Talk about a little piece of art!To see more, stop by Joy's shop.
  • Perfect Pairings :: SJ Designs + Tanya McGuire

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
     I love the soft simplicity of this design. The way that Miss Sarajo purposely placed the lampwork poppy off-center... the framing effect of the textured brass washer... the playful butterflies dangling down. This one is a real winner!I also love that Miss Sarajo was extra inspired and shows two other pieces of jewelry perfect for this month's inspiration!Featured Designer :: SJ DesignsFeatured Bead Artist :: Tanya McGuire P.S. Hurry... the deadline to get your creations into the Pinterest boards for inclusion in the recap post scheduled for Saturday, February 28th is... this TOMORROW!
  • Book Review: Free Form Peyote Stitch Book Roundup

    Mary Harding
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    With the publication of Karen Williams' new book Explorations in Free Form Peyote Beading, I am excited to see that freeform peyote stitch is getting on people's radar.  It is wonderful that  more and more folks are taking up beading with seed beads. To me, freeform peyote, is the ultimate fun and the greatest design generator of all the seed beading techniques out there.  So I am very excited about this new volume in  freeform peyote beading because it is going to make this beading format available to many more people.   For years there was a dearth of information on…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    28 Feb 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! {2/28}

    27 Feb 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

  • Creative Customization For Every Room

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We are absolutely thrilled to have Maria from Dainty and Decadent here to share her creative ideas for decorating her new living room! When we first moved into our new home a couple of weeks ago, I vowed to decorate each room slowly so that I didn’t make any impulse purchase just to have a room decorated. Does anyone else do that? I literally am the type of person that needs to have every fork and towel in its place. I knew I wanted the living room to be one of the first rooms I had done since it’s the room people would see the most but I could not for the life of me decide what…
  • Nursery Trends for 2015

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Earlier this year we announced our birth announcement 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. When Building Blocks by Pottery Barn Kids featured their 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year we thought it would be fun to take a few of those nursery trends and pair them with the perfect Tiny Prints birth announcement. Get cozy with soft pale shades. Your little one’s nursery will look like it floated in from a cloud…
  • Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration Board

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This baby nursery is pretty and romantic in shades of soft pink, gray, and white. With a crystal chandelier, and vintage inspired accents, this is the perfect feminine nursery for your little princess. Featured Tiny Prints Birth Announcement: Our Little Love Image Sources: Nursery | Chandelier | Mirror | Chair a See more Tiny Prints InspirationSpring is almost here!Big ImpressionsMaternity Photography Ideas
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Slow Cooker Taco Chili

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:27 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. With all the chilly weather many of you are having, this Slow Cooker Taco Chili may be just the ticket to warm you up! Slow Cooker Taco Chili – Slow Cooker Sunday! It’s been unseasonably dry and sunny here in the Portland area, we don’t even know what to think. Many spring bulbs are in […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog…
  • Time for a Link Party!

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It’s time for Link Party Palooza! But first I wanted to share a few guides I’ve written for ebay! Just click on the image to read more. There’s an Appliance for That is full of quirky appliances that you just have to have! These guides have been fun to write and I think you’ll be entertained […] 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…
  • Car Ideas for Teens

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It happened. My baby…. my only son…. my only child… turned 16! And he’s driving!!! He doesn’t have his license yet, he’s still logging his 50+ hours of drive time before taking his test. Wasn’t I just researching the do’s and don’ts of car seat safety to protect my precious little cargo and making sure […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Homemade Chicken Broth

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Nothing is more valuable this time of year than Homemade Chicken Broth! Winter is the time for homemade soups, especially Chicken soup.  Homemade Chicken Broth from Scratch I was driving home and listening to NPR and caught the tail end of a chef talking about foods we love when we have a cold. Of course she brought […] 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…
  • Party Pantry for Party Supplies

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. This isn’t your typical Party Pantry that’s filled with handy food items you may need at a moments notice, this is a Party Pantry for Party Supplies!   With a teen boy living in the house, I’ve learned to have a variety of paper supplies on hand. Great for planning teen parties and it keeps my […] 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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  • Pre-spring sorting

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    ...lots of fabrics dyed and undyed around here -so this week everything in the shop is just 5 €...
  • Numbers I've written...

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    ...never meaning to end...Well, not exactly.I did end it - after one year:a "daily life in numbers" project, for whichI've been writing down, on stained paper rectangles,date, time of first entry, temperature, money spent,money earned etc. -lefthanded, to make it less book-keeping.Sewn together with red thread, it's about 25long strips...
  • A few things...

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    ...are new in the shop.
  • Still more...

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    ...and more old textiles too,just unpacked...
  • 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)
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    Try Handmade

  • For the Record

    Rebecca Hadfield
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    As a child of the 80s, my formative years were spent watching John Hughes movies, crimping my hair and hanging [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Sweetgum Dogwood Ruffle Handbags

    Erika Jurney
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:47 am
    Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • To market, to market.

    Rebecca Hadfield
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    [hRebecca] A locavore at heart, I absolutely love going to the Farmers Market in the summer. First, there’s the anticipation [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Snow-Inspired Art

    Amy L.
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
    Winter Holiday Postcard Set from Nella Designs The snow hasn’t started falling yet on our local mountains, but I know [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

    Ellie Thouret
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    It’s October, which means only one thing in Manchester – the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is coming! During 22-24 [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • 2015 ACC Baltimore Round-Up

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    You may have heard me talking about doing a show last weekend in Baltimore. Here’s how it all went. First, set-up was pretty easy. Our hotel was right next to the convention center (all be it on the far side … Continue reading →
  • By Any Other Name…

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Sometimes the names of my pieces come to me immediately, other times I have to work to find the right title. Ways I Name My Art Untitled or Collar VII – I have in the past done the cop-out name … Continue reading →
  • Waiting for Inspiration

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    At any given time, there are unfinished pieces that are sitting around the studio. So are currently being worked on, some are just taking a short break, and others have been sitting there foreeeeevvvvvvveeeeeer. Since I’ve been working feverishly on … Continue reading →
  • Ack! Trying to Finish My New Booth Set-up!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    I’ve been working super hard to get my new booth set-up ready. I designed tables and display stands that complement the shapes in my work and I’ve got new lighting and display stands as well. At this point I just … Continue reading →
  • SBC VII: Participant Round-Up

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Another year and another Super Bowl Challenge is over. I will keep doing these challenges until I no longer want to make bowls, but I love it when other artists take up the gauntlet and join me. This is another … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers


    28 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    I went to the Asian Civilian Museum yesterday for a talk. I joined them last year for the first time on a talk on Laos and I was hooked. They would hold a free talk on the last Friday evening of every month. And it would be held by a researcher or author or academic in that particular subject of interest. There are usually about 60-80 people attending the talks. They are mostly elders and

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I remember listening to this last year when I was conceptualising a chain of businesses. Yes, how odd isn't it. I was trying to find examples of adaptation and The Knife's version is the hip and cool brother whilst Jose Gonzalez's version is the grown up, been there, done that wiser brother. No one really took me seriously but I will be sure to use these examples very soon.

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:49 pm

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:58 pm
    I want to write this post on some of the ways I am saving as well as I have used to save. I have stayed in different cities and different economies, and the problems are always different. Inflation is not a norm when our salaries do not increase at the same time. I wonder how we will all survive in the future if we do not learn how to curb our spendings a little. I owe some of my assets to
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    Decorating your Home

  • 8 Simple Traditional Garden Design Ideas

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    Do you have your own garden at home? Well, gardens are wondrous spaces in the property that it is such a shame that many choose to overlook them. If you want to meet and enjoy nature, there is already that area just outside of your residence, don’t you think? You can just rest and relax comfortably with the fresh air and beautiful view. But then again, many people don’t realise the importance of such expanse. Hence, do not be like them! You can turn your simple yard into one of style and class with these ideas (albeit traditional): 1. Greenery Groundwork is an essential first. To bring…
  • DIY Vs. Hiring an Interior Design Expert [Infographic]

    6 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    Do-it-yourself projects have become easier to handle because Internet blogs (including ours) have become reliable resources for many homeowners. However, DIY projects often fail because some homeowners lack the knowledge working with different materials. An interior designer understands spatial layouts and he or she knows how to envision a full picture. Meanwhile, a DIY homeowner knows what he or she exactly wants, but they lack the experience to focus their ideas quickly, which makes DIY interior designing a time consuming effort. All these and more on this infographic.
  • Harmful Plants for Pets

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Planning to have your lawn or outdoor space landscaped with shrubs and trees? The local landscapers in clapham will automatically ask you if you have pets in your home before letting you choose the plants that you want to have in your garden. This is because there are plants and shrubs that may prove to be harmful to your pets.  To get you acquainted, here are some of the plants that can harm your pet dog: Lilies. Lilies are both toxic to your pet dogs and cats as well. When domestic pet ingests any of the variants of lilies like calla lily, lily of the valley, amaryllis, palm and peace…
  • Goal: Clean Bathroom in Less than 30 Minutes

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Got some guest arriving in an hour, but your bathroom is a mess? There’s a quicker way to do things. In fact, you can clean your bathroom in less than 30 minutes. Before you start, breathe and relax. Clear your mind and don’t rush. Instead, think of all the tools and cleaning equipment that you will need in accomplishing this chore. Assemble all the cleaning materials that you will need. In this instance, you will only need the basic ones – gloves, all-purpose bathroom cleaner, sponge, trash bag, disinfectant, broom, map, toilet cleaner, toilet brush and scrubbers. Put them all together…
  • All Quick Tips in Cleaning the Kitchen

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Though cleaning the house is one of the regular chores that you do at home, you wanted to accomplish things in record time. If only there is a way to make things as clean as possible without spending too much time in cleaning them, you would, won’t you? Here are some quick tips on cleaning the kitchen: Cleaning the Grease of the Oven. You spend so much time in cleaning the oven. Why shouldn’t you? It’s where you bake cakes and cookies for your love ones. Of course you want it clean.  The part that need the most cleaning are the greasy oven door, burned spills on the bottom of the oven…
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  • Let's bring this back and get straight to the point

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Dear Kelly,There's a pun in that title...We are bad bloggers. Bad, bad bloggers. But I as I was browsing through our posts yesterday (2012 was the last one - yikes!), I was much worse than you. You were a damn good blogger and I, well, I sucked.So here I am to revive our little blog with a necklace I made this past weekend for the oldest daughter of one of my bestest friends, Chrissi. She and I have been friends for ten years now, when #2 and I moved into the same neighborhood she lived in with her ex and aforementioned oldest daughter, Leah. Sam was five and Leah was three. Chrissi's son…
  • Postcardy Fun

    28 May 2012 | 5:38 pm
    Dear Shayne,I actually made these post cards several months ago but then... I just couldn't bring myself to mail them then because I loved them so much!I've now admired them for awhile now, so I think it's time to set them free. Right?Ok! Who wants a postcard? If there's anyone reading this, leave a comment with some way to get in touch with you -- email, blog, etc. Heck, if you don't mind your address out in public, go ahead and put that in the comments if you want! You can also email me your info: onetomatotwo [at] gmail [dot] com. And I'll send you a postcard!It was super fun to make all…
  • Squirrelly Embroidery Cuteness

    27 May 2012 | 5:12 pm
    Dear Shayne,This Instagram photo does not do this embroidery justice. And this embroidery doesn't do the original drawing justice! But it's still pretty darned cute:A friend of mine illustrates the most adorable creatures you have ever seen. Seriously. (I also stitched a penguin -- need to grab a photo of that.) When I first saw her illustrations, I said, "Must. Embroider!" Finally got around to it this month.She needs to find a better stitcher than me to make her some samples and sell these designs. Pronto. Cause they are super CUTE!love,kelly
  • Cross-stitch: Finally Framed

    24 May 2012 | 7:58 pm
    Dear Shayne,As I was packing up the house, I came across two cross-stitched pieces that I had yet to frame (this skull and this letter B). Since I was already so busy I could not see straight, I decided to add to my over-full list and frame them! (Of course.)Added to this little blackwork piece (miraculously already framed!) and here they all are:We had an art show at work and I entered these pieces -- deadlines are a good motivator for finishing projects, right?Meanwhile, another artist in the show fell hard for the skull, so I will probably be making another one. I think the trick to…
  • I am knitting! (And posting about it!)

    23 May 2012 | 4:37 pm
    Dear Shayne,As you know, I have just moved across the country (we're going to have to address this blog name at some point, but let's dwell on that later). I don't know why I didn't see it coming, but this activity took waaaay more out of me than I thought it would.Of course, the first thing to go was blogging. And the second? Crafting. But this week... I knitted!I'm working on a wool blanket and it's hot in Michigan, but what the heck. I'm knitting! And... I'll be ready for winter!!love,kellyPS - I hate the new Blogger interface with a white-hot burning rage. Were we talking at some point…
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Feb 28, decreasing

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    I am knitting a hat and the pattern calls for K9, k2tog, repeat knit even K8 k2tog, repeat knit even etc etc I missed a knit even row : ( I knitted:
  • Feb 28, Mrs.

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    I like the look of stockinette stitch but, whilst making a scarf, it has rolled at the edges. I do not mind knitting a second scarf to attach to the back
  • Feb 28, Can I use a different length circular needle than called for?

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I am new to knitting. If a pattern calls for a U.S. size 8 (5mm) 16 circular needle, can I use a size US size 8 (5mm) 29 circular needle? Do I have
  • 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
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    Very Shannon
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It's time for this month's Making Ourselves! Our new monthly series focused on finding and creating more time to nurture and prioritize ourselves, our passions, hobbies & health. Be sure to follow along on social media & tag your own pics with #makingourselves!When starting to write + plan the new series "Making Ourselves" for the blog I quickly realized how long it has really and truly been since I had prioritized some of my other hobbies and passions in life. I decided that it was time to carve out some special moments each week to allow myself a few indulgences.Now the hobbies that…

    Very Shannon
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The FREE Bucket Basket Tote Sewing Pattern is here!!! I'm addicted to totes, baskets, project bags & more! Pretty much if I can put my latest knitting project in it and bring it around with me I'm addicted to it. I can never have enough. One of my favorite things to store my wip's in and misc yarn is my African Basket.I was lucky enough to pick up my basket from Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop last spring and I adore it. I've been on the hunt since then for the same style but in a shopping tote size. Well I finally got tired of looking around to buy with no success that I decided to design…

    Very Shannon
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    I'm so happy to announce that Jane Richmond and I will be at Stitches West this year in Santa Clara, CA! We can't wait!You can find all the information for this exciting event on their website HERE. We'll be doing some book signings there as well as enjoying this awesome event! I can't wait to do some yarn shopping and get to meet up with both new and old friends! I'll be sure to share pics with you when I'm back and I'll be posting on instagram during our trip as well (you can find me HERE). Usually this time of year Jane and I are heading to Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle but the location…

    Very Shannon
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Valentine's day is coming up and it's time for our annual Valentine's Sweetheart Dress Sale! I've spent time over the last few months to update my Sweetheart Dress Pattern to match our current branding and aesthetic. Since it came out a few years ago it definitely didn't match any of our current pattern styling etc. so it's gotten a much needed face lift.The pattern itself and instructions have remained the same. All that's been updated is the styling, layout and the inclusion of both inches and centimeters for measurements in the pattern. So don't worry if you have the old version. All…

    Very Shannon
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Who's in the mood to win some new fabric? Birch Fabrics has a colorful fun new line out called Serengeti in poplin and knit! Designed by Jay-Cyn Designs this collection of prints featuring animals, geometrics & more is so lively! I adore the color palette and can easily see this line of poplin and knits working into so many projects! Can't you just see those elephant or giraffe prints in a cute pair of pj's or leggings for the wee ones? Heck I'd want a pair too!All Birch Fabrics are 100% Organic Cotton too! I've been a long time fan of Birch Fabrics and can vouch for the excellent…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy weekend and farewell February! We wrapped up the last week of the month in the most gorgeous way: We gushed about our California-based EAD vendor, Jessica D’Onofrio Photography and featured a moody and romantic styled shoot that is bursting with beautiful blooms and the most gorgeous gowns! We hope your week was filled with lovely and we’ll see you back here in March! {Image by Lauren Balingit via Once Wed} A few of our favorites from the week: 27 Oscar beauty looks to borrow for your big day. Obsessed with these DIY semi-precious stone soaps. A tutorial on how to make…
  • Foodie Engagement Session

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Josh and Jennie are self proclaimed “foodies” who love to cook and dream of someday owning their own restaurant. Their relaxed at-home engagement session, captured by Jenny McCann and styled by Meggie Francisco Events, combines their love of cooking with a chic and sophisticated feel. These two met as children when Jennie befriended his sister and reconnected many years later through mutual friends. Naturally, Josh proposed to Jennie at Seattle restaurant Six Seven. These two are looking forward to their May wedding, with its subtle James Bond nuances and modern vibe! Photography…
  • Sophisticated Peach + Mint Wedding

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    We love a sweet Southern wedding and Caitlin and Cisco’s Charleston soiree is a stunner! With the backdrop of Kiawah Island’s The River Course, their classic wedding features a tented ceremony (guests picked a seat, not a side!) and a gorgeous reception in the ballroom. A Charleston Bride designed the day, and created glorious centerpieces of roses, hydrangea, and greenery set atop farmhouse tables. We adore the fresh peach and mint color palette and the pretty hand-painted table numbers. Caitlin’s maids are decked out in beaded mint Adrianna Papell gowns, a…
  • Jessica D’Onofrio Photography

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pardon us while we gush a bit about the exquisite talent that is Jessica of Jessica D’Onofrio Photography. Jessica’s images are full of light and love and the way she captures emotion is pure and natural. Every photographer has a specific style all their own, and we’d describe Jessica’s as feminine and timeless. There’s a sweet simplicity in her fine art photography that captures romance in an authentic way. Jessica is based in Southern California, but travels wherever your wedding takes her! Visit her website, blog, and vendor portfolio to see more of her…
  • Moody Romance Wedding Inspiration

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This gorgeous styled shoot from Amore Events and Reverie Supply is pure, unabashed romance. Inspired by the new Gothic line by Claire Pettibone, the theme is “Moody Romance” and does it ever deliver! Beginning with a boudoir session in a floaty Gossamer robe and ending in shimmering frosty-blue confection from Claire Pettibone, this styled shoot is perfect inspiration for the glamorous, daring bride. Set against the rolling green hills of Keswick Hall, a tabletop full of deep purple blooms and dramatic anemones from Wild Green Yonder and handmade silver chargers from Arte Italica…
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  • Polyform Products

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    From humble beginnings more than 50 years ago to widespread popularity in the new millennium, Sculpey oven-bake clays from Polyform Products Company have become one of the most desirable craft clays on the market today.
  • American Quilter's Society

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    AQS provides a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quiltmaking, quilt design, self-expression, and quilt collection. We do this by giving access to books, magazines, live events, contests, quilting workshops, online communities, email newsletters, contests, catalogs, and more.
  • Uchida of America

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    We at Marvy Uchida are dedicated to developing and a wide range of branded fabric markers, calligraphy pens, and the famous Decocolor paint markers, Decocolor acrylic markers, Craft Punch brand, Le Pen, Marvy Matchable color markers and other arts and craft related tools.
  • Sizzix

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Sizzix, a craft division of Ellison, empowers crafters to fully express themselves with a family of shape-cutting and embossing machines to create fun, quick and easy cards, scrapbook pages, fashion, jewelry, home decor and more!
  • Red Heart Yarn

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Red Heart(R) is one of the most trusted brands in yarn. Celebrating our 75th Birthday in 2011, more people have chosen to make American heirlooms using Red Heart yarn than any other yarn.
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  • 8 Craft Room Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As a very creative person, I have trouble keeping my life organized. I tend to lose focus or bounce from one project to the next and what’s left? A giant mess of scraps and half done projects. Story of my life. However, I’m hoping to change my ways slowly but surely by learning how to organize crafts effectively so that I can actually get things done. Half done projects drive me crazy and so does disorganization. I just need to sit down and spend time organizing everything once and for all. I browsed around for the best organization tips out there and found so many great ideas!
  • 7 Lucky Horseshoe Crafts

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    You don’t have to have a western themed home to embrace the horseshoe. Horseshoes are now almost a staple in modern and rustic decor. There are some really talented Etsy sellers that have mastered the art of crafting with horseshoes and I envy them most days! I only have horseshoes from my horseback riding days and finding them at the barn. I also have some vintage horseshoes from my grandfather when he worked on a farm in Wisconsin as a boy. I treasure those horseshoes and I don’t think i could alter them in any way. However, I do plan to look for some horseshoes at antique shops…
  • 7 Free Crochet Afghan Patterns in Pastel Colors That Will Surprise You

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I don’t know about you, but when I think of pastel colors, I think of baby blankets. But I’ve been realizing that pastel colors are not just for babies these days as I see pastels working their way into home decor, clothing, and more. We are all embracing pastel color palettes here at FaveCrafts and we rounded up the best pastel crochet afghan patterns that we could find to start us off. You might be pleasantly surprised at what we found – I know I was! Pastel colors all grown up…who would have thought? I can’t think of a better way to brighten up a home than to…
  • Link Love: DIY Thank You Cards

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    When it comes to writing thank you notes, I am, admittedly, not the best at it. Right now i’m in the midst of writing thank you notes for my wedding gifts and according to the wedding gods somewhere, my notes are technically already “late.” Oh well, they are getting done…slowly, but surely. I thought I was doing so good when I finished 54 of them only to realize that I have about 50 more left to do. However, the one thing that is enjoyable about this whole process is the fact that I’m writing on homemade thank you cards. My mother-in-law made me a set of…
  • 12 Easy DIY Projects That Will Restore Your Faith in Crafting

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I’ve been in a bit of a Pinterest slump lately. I’ll find a project I like while scrolling through pins only to realize that I either 1.) Can’t find the actual tutorial. 2.) Don’t have the necessary tools or supplies on hand or 3.) I’m simply not skilled in that XYZ area of crafting. It’s been quite frustrating to go from being inspired to being completely bummed about the idea of crafting. That’s why I’m so glad that our new free eBook is called 12 Easy DIY Projects. And rightly so. Covering almost every area of crafting, these free tutorials…
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    Merriment Design

  • How to Make a Headboard Slipcover with No-Sew Piping – easy and temporary bedroom change

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you want to hide a dated headboard or just freshen your bedroom, making a DIY headboard slipcover transforms your bedroom without the commitment and cost. I made this ‘how to make a headboard slipcover’ tutorial for DIY Network. I wanted to make a plaid flannel headboard slipcover to temporarily make our city bedroom feel like a cozy winter cabin retreat. These last two winters in Chicago have been brutal! My instructions will show you how to make your own tailored, polished headboard slipcover. And the best part? It’s easily removable so I can slip it back off when…
  • 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.
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Put a Bird on It

    Mari Richards
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    My daughter is now old enough that she can fill our bird feeders on her own – which means the birds are finally getting fed at our house (because I always forget!). Yesterday the birds were so excited for food they were flitting around the trees while she poured out the seed. Then we got out her bird book and tried to identify them – it’s harder than you’d think! Luckily, these bird DIYs don’t need to be identified. We can simply enjoy their bright colors and great materials. I’m suddenly itching to go thrifting so we can find some glass globes for the bird feeder DIY! And, I’m…
  • It’s All One Big Juggling Act

    Deborah Beau
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    You know what I’ve discovered? Two-week school breaks are actually quite tiring when you have three kids! Always bending over backwards trying to keep everyone occupied and juggling my personal life with my home business. Sound familiar? Well, as I’m not one to complain, I guess the only way to beat the stress in any situation is to roll up your sleeves, stay strong, and put on a brave smile! “Be a clown, be a clown, all the world loves a clown…” The circus is obviously a popular theme in the kids’ design world. It’s a classic, “foolproof” topic that never fails to…
  • How To Make Chinese Paper Lanterns In 4 Easy Steps

    Rachel Faucett
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    If you asked my kids what I did over the holidays they would all bust into laughter and shout “she made paper lanterns for weeks!” It’s true. I did. I just loved how quickly they came together and how beautiful they looked hung all around my house. I get on kicks like we crafters so often do and decided to share it with you. Oh that rhymed! Follow along as we continue our new Make-Along series with FolkArt Handmade Charlotte stencils. What You Need FolkArt Home Decor Chalk FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Bohemian stencils Colored construction paper Fiskars rotary paper trimmer  Plaid…
  • A Clever DIY Matching Game To Teach Your Child Shapes

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Everyone knows that early learning is best accomplished when little hands are kept busy. Here’s a simple and colorful cardboard craft to give your child a head start on learning their shapes and colors. Let’s get started! What You Need Printable geometric shapes template (download here) Colored construction paper Cardboard Scissors Craft knife Multi-purpose glue Step 1 Print and cut out the shapes from the templates above. One group = one color, so cut shapes of the same group out of the same color construction paper. Then use the template to cut the same shapes out of your…
  • Super Cute Mini Beach Bungalow Gift Wrap

    Rachel Faucett
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    My mind is already on Spring Break! Warm weather melts the winter blues into bright puddles of pinks, yellows, and oranges. We’re headed out of town in March and I’m getting a jump start on planning my all-important road trip treats. I always like to give my kiddos tiny gifts to unwrap for the long car ride. What could be better than a gift that looks like the cool shady spot we’ll be calling home for the next week? DIY Beach Hut Gift Wrap is as quick and easy as wrapping a traditional present. You can practically hear Bob Marley softly playing No Woman, No Cry and taste a…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • My Perfect Little Helper

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is one of Chaz’s favorite things to do while helping, checking everything, that is in every box that is delivered.
  • Fleece Small Dog Coat pdf Pattern

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

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I made these beautiful Lighted Tissue Paper Roses for the tables of my mom’s 80th birthday party.  The instructions are for a large rose, but I also, made some smaller ones too.  Like me on Facebook Birthday Party post. The download for the instructions for the roses is below all the pictures. Download Tissue Paper Lighted Rose
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    Aileen's Musings

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Here's  a couple of valentine's I made our grandsonsI used the Sizzix Owl Die. Instead of the wings it punched out, I used aluminium tape stuck to card stock.  I then free hand cut a heart then cut the heart in half for each of the wings.I cut a plain black owl for the back and glued the pieces front and back to a box ofconversation hearts.
  • Mixed Media Postcards

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Here's a few postcards I created for a swap.
  • Awesome Modesto Mixed Media art workshop!

    9 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Sublime Roaming Art Partie's Heart Nouveau Steampunk Workshopwas a great success!Here's just a few pictures ourstudent's created!
  • 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 ;-)
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Denim Circles Quilt

    Debbie Ivey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello, it’s Debbie from Sewing with Rascal again. I am happy to share another recipe, this time for a Denim Circles quilt.   I love the look of a blue jean quilt but am not fond of the weight blue jeans add, they are quite heavy and stiff.  When I saw the new Moda denim in a lighter cotton weight, I knew I just had to use it in a denim quilt.  Oh what a difference, it is soft and warm but not heavy. Another nice feature about this quilt is that it’s a “quilt as you go” project, meaning once the circles are sewn together the quilt will be finished completely…
  • Chevron With a Twist Quilt

    Karen L. Miller
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Greetings Moda Bake Shop readers – it’s Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co and Karen’s Quilt’s, Crows and Cardinals blog here to share  “Chevron with a Twist”. This unique little quilt can be made from a single layer cake and a bit of yardage.  Keep it scrappy, skip the applique, and you can put it together in a weekend. Alternatively, add the applique accents (the Twist!) and you’ll create a unique and decorative wall quilt for all to admire. We’ll use half square triangles to make the chevrons and learn how to make the neatest faux ruched…
  • Windmill Dance Quilt

    Kelly Smith
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello, I am Kelly from Live. Love. Create. This is my second time as a Moda Bake Shop chef and I am thrilled to be back. My project is a paper pieced quilt block, but for those who have not tried paper piecing, it is a simpler block to start with. My finished quilt measures 60 inches x 72 inches, so it is a generous sized throw. Some tips I have before you begin are the following: I found a lot of helpful videos on YouTube just by searching for “paper pieced quilt block” Watch a few of them first before attempting paper piecing for the first time Make a practice block before…
  • Snuggly Hugs and Kisses Quilt

    Emily Thompson
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Valentine’s Day month! This is a good project to practice accurate 1/4″ seams and half square triangles (HST) and the result is perfect for some V Day cuddling.  Make a few blocks for a wall hanging, like I did above, or make a lot of blocks for a quilt to snuggle under! Fat quarter bundle with 7 or more pink and red fat quarters 3 yds background, sashing & border fabric – Moda Bella Solids in Snow 5 yds backing fabric 1 yd binding fabric, cut into (8) 2.50″ strips   Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″   1)  You’ll need a healthy…
  • Simple Wishes Quilt

    Stephanie Palmer
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello!  I’m Stephanie from Late Night Quilter, and I’m excited to share with you this easy, ombre, heart quilt that’s perfect for any little girl. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy this quilt that measures 51.5″ x 55″.  Let’s face it, girls like pink and hearts, no matter what month it is.   My 7-year-old daughter Sophie and I designed, sewed and quilted this project together.  It was the first time she’s ever sat down at the sewing machine by herself. She helped piece and press the hearts, and she is over the moon that…
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    How Does She

  • HOW TO: Natural Eyebrow Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    This week were going to talk about eyebrows! They can make a big difference in your appearance and if done correctly will really draw attention and frame your beautiful eyes! Eyebrows are the bee’s knees right now and there are so many different opinions on how you should fill them in. The way that I do it isn’t necessarily the same way that everyone else is going to want to do it. I fill mine in naturally just to add a little more definition to the face without going too dramatic. My best word of advice for anyone watching this that doesn’t like the way I do it would be to look up…
  • The one question you should NEVER ask again!

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
      Not gonna lie…last month was a hard month.  Hard as a thousand root canals.  Harder than my first legit job as a rotten potato sorter in sub-zero weather inhaling dirt and putrid potato smells. But first, let me back up. In mid-November we brought home a new baby boy.  We spent the holidays loving on him, and even though we had bags under our eyes from sleepless nights, it was so sweet.  Then January hit and the glittery curtain we were hiding behind crashed down.  The reality that we now had four kids ages 5 and under hit like a Three Stooges slap to the face. Four kids…
  • Need a lantern in a hurry? Check this out!

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ever caught unprepared when the power goes out or while camping? Jared’s latest DIY trick is the perfect solution! Check it out, you just might find it handy too!
  • Lemon Coconut Muffins

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Good Morning! It’s Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie and I’m so happy to be back to share a delicious spring inspired recipe! I’m so happy Spring is just around the corner! I love all the seasons but Spring is my favorite… I love to see all the beautiful daffodils, tulips, and iris bloom one right after the other. I also love to enjoy a nice weekend brunch out in the sunshine on the back deck… it just makes me so happy. Lemon Coconut Muffins are the perfect brunch recipe! Served up with some hard boiled eggs and a tall glass of OJ~ MMMmmmm. Lemon Coconut Muffins…
  • HOW TO: Rope Braid

    Kylee Mortensen
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    Hi there! Do you ever wonder how people do the twisty braids in their kids’s hair? I know that I ALWAYS did, I finally figured out how to do the braid and make it stay nice and tight so I thought it would be a good idea to make a tutorial for those of you who don’t know how to do it as well! I hope that you enjoy this easy hairstyle that is perfect for those bad hair days and second day hair, and absolutely adorable on little girls hair! Hope you like it! Thanks guys!  
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Weekend Reads — The Artful Year

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I recently listed The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul as one of my favorite things. It is chock full of inspiring crafts, recipes, and activities to do with kids to help you celebrate the seasons and make the most out of your time […]
  • Date Night In

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Netflix Streaming makes it super easy to set up a date night at home with so many movie choices ready to play instantly! With just a few simple steps, you can set up a special date night to enjoy some quality time together as a couple. Added bonus – you won’t even need to hire […]
  • Dollar Store Boredom Busters!

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    These boredom busters for kids are simple to set up and are perfect if you are looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained while indoors. Since most of the materials can be found at a local dollar store, they are super affordable too! You may even be able to sneak in a little learning […]
  • Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    These Chinese New Year crafts and activities are simple to set up and fun to do together with the kids! My kids (ages 6 and 10) share a fascination with China, so these activities were a big hit with them! Who knows? These festive crafts may even bring you a bit of good luck! Chinese Character […]
  • Last Minute Valentine Ideas for Kids

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    These last minute Valentine ideas for kids are simple and easy to put together, but they are BIG on love! I love to use things we already have on-hand like wrapping paper, felt, heart cookie cutters, and brown paper bags to make fun Valentine activities for us to enjoy together. Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Knitting Bucket List Challenge: Argyle Socks

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    I have another Knitting Bucket List Challenge coming your way, and it is courtesy of Amy on Facebook. Her response to the question of what she wanted to knit someday was simple: "Argyle socks." An understandable request given how iconic argyle socks are, especially in the world of knitting.
  • Throwback: Looking Back at Knitting Charities - the Linus Project

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Believe it or not, has been in existence since 2006! During this time we have featured so many knitting charities. Sometimes these charities are featured once and then not again, although they may be referred to again in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter.
  • Practical, Fanciful, Fun: Free Knitting Patterns for Children's Mittens

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    This is the second in our series of free knitting patterns for children; let's talk mittens. I love making mittens. Mittens are so warm and practical. For children who love to play outside in the chilly months of autumn and winter, they are absolutely essential. Especially if it's snowing and snowmen, snow forts, snow angels, and snowball fights are called for!
  • Knitting Neighbors Together Helps the Homeless of Baltimore through Charity Knitting

    15 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Knitting Neighbors Together came together when Baltimore's Diana Chia participated in a homeless count. The many homeless people sleeping outside, struggling against the bitter cold, touched her heart.
  • Knitting Bucket List Item: Sweater Coat

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Our second Knitting Bucket List Challenge comes from Heidi. On Facebook she posted: "I want a full-length sweater coat. I haven't knitted it yet because I haven't found a pattern for one in plus size. Real plus size. Not this size 12 is a 3X nonsense."
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  • DIY Droopy Chain Necklace

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    This week I’ll be walking you through how to make a necklace with some drooping chains hanging down. This is an intermediate level project because part of the necklace will be fabricated by hammering the metal and drilling into it. You’ll need:Thick wireneedle nose plierschain6 matching jumprings and one lobster claspa hammerbench blocka filemarkercenter punchdremel tool Cut the wire to 6 inches. Bend the wire to make a gentle curve. You don’t have to be super precise just yet. Hammer the heck out of the wire to flatten it out. Every once in a while you need to reshape the…
  • Self Portrait Project Update! #1

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Here are the portraits I did for this week! (Well, the last 5 days, since I started last Thursday…)
  • Self Portrait 2.19.15

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A while ago I started a “self-portrait-a-day-for-a-year” project and I never finished it. I don’t even think I hit 100! I think I didn’t set enough ground rules for myself, so I just gave up on it. I decided I wanted to start again, but this time with some rules I actually have to stick to. The Rules: must be at least 8×8 inches any medium must work from a photo or mirror 1 hour time limit So really, it’s not that many rules. It’s enough to give me some guidance but also not too many where I feel constricted. Here’s the one for today, 2.19.15:…
  • DIY Nail Decals

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    This week I’ll be showing you all how to make your own custom nail decals. I know this isn’t a super unique tutorial, but I figured I’d still make it because it’s something that I enjoy doing, and maybe someone will learn something new from my tutorial. You never know, someone might stumble upon this post and it’s the first time they’ve seen this technique! Or they could be like me and before doing a specific technique, they research the crap out of it, looking at multiple tutorials so they can pick and choose which techniques to use to fit their needs.
  • DIY Valentine Heart Boxes

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    Today I’m going to show you how to make a cute heart shaped box that would be perfect for Valentine’s day! You can fill them with love notes, jewelry, chocolates, or any thing else that will make your Valentine feel loved. Supplies~ Click HERE for the template! Spray the template with spray adhesive and stick to your foam core board. The template is two pages. On the second page trim it up a bit, up to the dotted line- this makes it easier to line it up with the first page. Using a sharp xacto knife, cut out the pieces. On the dotted lines you’re going to only cut through…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Tutorial: Bath Time Soap Animals

    Terrie Burton
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    I got the inspiration for this craft watching Shark Tank. The creators were looking for investors. They now sell for $14.95 and work about the same way as the ones I created. Project estimate: Stuffed aquatic animal, $1 1 kids sock, on hand or $1 Needle & thread, on hand 1/4 inch Velcro, on hand or $1 and up Soap, on hand or $1 Buttons, on hand Total:  $1 and up Remove all tags from animal and one of the kids socks. Cut the sock just below the heel, as shown in the picture. Turn over the edge into the sock and sew it, using the stitch below, on half of the top. Pin the sock to the…
  • Haul Video: Rhonda’s Latest Trip to Dollar Tree

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    In case you haven't guesses yet, I am a Dollar Tree junkie - my local store is in my neighborhood, so I usually stop several times a week. It's not uncommon for me to make 6 or even 7 trips there in a week. Some days I walk out with just two or three things, and other times I leave with multiple bags loaded full of goodies. I recently had one of the latter type of trips - check out all of the great things I found!
  • 10 Pretty Garlands to Add Color to Your Life

    Becky Striepe
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who says that garlands are just for parties? We have garland up in the foyer at our house year-round, and the other day my husband asked me if I'd like to make some more garland to hang in our kitchen. Garland and bunting are so great at bringing color into a room and covering a big space. Great for budget decorating, when you don't have the time to make a lot of art pieces or money to buy them. Whip up some garland, and you're all good. 1. Macrame Yarn Garland - Rachel at A Beautiful Mess made this pretty garland. It has me wanting to try my hand at macrame! 2. Heart Garland - Rhonda says…
  • Tutorial: DIY Tinted Lip Balm

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Need to moisturize your lips but also want a touch of color? Turn regular lip balm into tinted lip balm! Check out how easy it is to DIY it in any shade you want using stuff from the dollar store. Your lips will feel great and look great, all for just a couple bucks. Watch the how-to video below, or keep scrolling for written directions. Project estimate: Lip balm, $1 Lipstick, $1 Total: $2 Roll the lip balm all the way out of the tube and use a knife to cut it off into a microwavable container. Roll out a little bit of lipstick and cut off a chunk to add to the lip balm. The more lipstick…
  • Tutorial: Personalized Superhero Drinking Glasses

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sharpie mugs are all the rage, but I've heard so many stories about the ink smearing off that I decided to avoid that Pinterest trend.  Instead, I decided to try glass paint markers instead.  I used them to turn my son into a superhero, and make him a personalized drinking glass.  This was such a fun, easy project that I can't wait to make more! Project estimate: Drinking glass,  $1 Glass paint markers, $3 each Total:  $4 and up Step one:  Print the selected image out.  I used to add the superhero effects to a picture of my son.  Trim the paper and tape the image inside…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Kitty Cats and Yoga – Fun Purring with Free Patterns!

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    My latest fabric collection, Purr-fect Balance with Quilting Treasures, featuring kitties in cute yoga poses, is now in fabric stores. I want to share some free quilt and sewing patterns that I designed with this collection, a quilt, tote bag, and a yoga mat bag.  You can view the fabrics in … Continue reading
  • Quilt Some Happy Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate whether you are Irish or not! The color green is everywhere as are lucky shamrocks. You can sew and quilt this “Irish Spring” quilt with a shamrock pieced block to use for St. Patrick’s Day or all year. This quilt is … Continue reading
  • 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
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Cómo pintar un mueble con pintura Chalk a la tiza

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Bueno , pues ya era hora de explicar un poquito cómo se puede pintar un mueble y cambiarlo de aspecto completamente, usando la famosa pintura a la tiza, o “pintura chalk”. Hoy, os voy a explicar paso a paso y despacito como podéis usar estas maravillosas pinturas, para cambiar vuestros muebles, de forma sencilla y en casita En mi caso, se trata de un mueble muy viejo, en concreto es de mi abuelo, y curiosamente me ha acompañado siempre, desde que me marché de casa de mis padres, así que le tengo bastante cariño. Pero claro, pedía un cambio radical a grito pelao. Y que mejor…
  • Lápiz con topper, regalo sencillo para celebraciones

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Ya va llegando el buen tiempo y con el se aproximan ya todo tipo de celebraciones, comuniones, bautizos, cumples, etc.. Y llega el momento de decidir que regalito vamos a hacer a los invitados, así que hoy os doy una idea fácil y sencilla para hacer unos divertidos lápices con toppers para regalar por ejemplo, en una comunión, o un cumpleaños!!. Vamos a ello. Materiales para hacer lápices con toppers, regalo para celebraciones (Clic en los enlaces para comprar materiales) Pintura a la tiza (Fleur paint) Unos lápices Papel de scrapbooking Troqueles de diferentes formas Cinta decorativa…
  • Pintar paredes y muebles en casa

    13 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Pintar paredes y muebles en casa para decorar y dar un toque especial a nuestro hogar esta de moda. Porque un toque de color nunca es una mala opción. Con una bonita pared de un amarillo chillón puedes dar un toque revitalizante a cualquier habitación de una casa. Con pintura chalk puedes convertir un viejo mueble en una pieza central de la decoración de tu casa. A veces solo hace falta imaginación, osadía y una buena mano de pintura ¿te atreves? A pintar algún rincón de tu casa de amarillo… A apostar por dar el toque de color con un mural o un cuadro bonito… A decorar…
  • Nuestro Regalo de San Valentín, unos alicates para tus crafts.

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:15 am
    Si si, como lo lees!! Desde hoy 11 de febrero de 2015 hasta el 14 de Febrero de 2015, con cada pedido de la web, te enviaremos totalmente gratis unos alicates para tus crafts. Monísimos de la muerte, eso si , no se puede elegir modelo, pero serán súper prácticos para tus manualidades! Y es que en Mummy Crafts, estamos enamoradas de todos vosotros, y queremos demostraros nuestro Amor regalándoos algo práctico y con lo que tengáis que pasar mucho tiempo, y nosotros, los crafters, pasamos muuucho tiempo con alicates verdad? Pues eso, que paséis un buen día del amor, sea como sea!!
  • Haz tu cuello de lana para el frío, patrón para tricotar.

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Bueno, pues como tenemos un frío aún impresionante, hemos decidido diseñar este cuello para combatir el temporal! Es un cuello súper abrigado, con lana gordita y muy suavecita. Se trabaja con agujas del número 15 y en la tienda puedes encontrar hasta 7 combinaciones diferentes de colores. Materiales para hacer un cuello de lana * 1 ovillo de lana Easy Loop de Schanmayr (200gr) *Agujas de tricot del número 15 *Abalorios Patrón para hacer un cuello de lana: 1.- Montar 20 puntos en la aguja, esta medida nos dará el alto de nuestro cuello, para este caso, calcula unos 33 cm de alto aprox.
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Afternoon Tea: Tea and Scones

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Simon the Pieman Tearoom, Rye, Sussex, England Traditionally, the English pause their day around 4:00 or 5:00 for afternoon tea. This photo shows one of my favorite tearooms. This snack varies regionally; afternoon tea may be as simple as a cup of tea and a biscuit (cookie) to a more elaborate “cream tea”. Cream tea includes scones, jam and clotted cream. Dainty sandwiches, biscuits or cake may also be served. Most people only have cream tea as a special treat, rather than an every day occasion. And a delicious treat it is! Photo Credit: Cucumber sandwiches…
  • 10 Insights About Optimism and Creating a Business

    Vanessa Anstee
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    There have been many times in my journey to being a business owner where well-intending loved ones have suggested I might be better to return to a lucrative but soul sucking day job. I’ve learnt to listen to how my body feels when they suggest that move because the one thing I now know is that my mind will play thinking tricks on me but my body will never lie.  I know that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach is not excitement. It is actually dread! I have in the past accompanied it with a familiar fear based story that perhaps they’re right and I might actually not be enough to…
  • Finding Moments of Peace in Every Day

    Amanda Rose
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re all busy. I totally get that. We have families to tend to, businesses to run, jobs to go to, dinner plans to make, workouts to perform, laundry to do, zzz’s to catch…you get my drift. It’s exhausting just to read that list, am I right? But there’s one to-do item we often forget, and it’s the most important one. We often forget to take care of ourselves. Especially as women, I think, we’re always concerned with how to get everything done for everyone else. And if there’s time left over, we’ll take care of ourselves. But the problem…
  • Links I’m Loving: No 16

    Amanda Rose
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    This photo is from my Cake Batter Hot Chocolate recipe earlier this week, and really, a dose of colorful sprinkles is just what I need on this gray day!   For all you East Coasters out there who are completely sick and tired of the snow, clouds, and freezing temperatures, I feel your pain. On one hand, I don’t want to leave my warm, cozy home to go anywhere, but on the other hand, I’m going stir crazy sitting in here! If you plan to stay curled up in your cozy pajamas all weekend, I really don’t blame you one bit. And I’ve found some fun Spring inspiration and…
  • Kvetch or Create?

    Barbara Rutherford
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Attention, my fellow creatives!!  How would you like to: have more time to create? create the things you REALLY want to flow from your soul? establish a space where ideas are born and nurtured? connect with other humans in a positive, effective way? Sound good?  Then…..QUITCHERBELLYACHIN’!!!!!! Complaining, or the act of verbally expressing dissatisfaction, can be toxic to our bodies, minds, and souls. A robust gripe session can make our pulse and blood pressure soar to unhealthy levels.  Studies have concluded that our brains can actually be damaged from either complaining or…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • The Corner of Whimsy and Wishes

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Photo Source :: Lucy's Flickr Stream  There is a part of me, no matter how nonsensical it may be, that believes in fantasy, because in that corner of my brain there is no poverty or pestilence, there is no hatred or bigotry, there is no war and terrorism. At this corner of whimsy and wishes the world is a beautiful and peaceful place. In that world the best in each of us surfaces and we are surrounded by empathy, beauty and love. It doesn't matter how old I become, there will always be a place for fantasy in my days. I will wake up each morning and put on my rose colored glasses... not to…
  • A Child's Dream Give-Away :: Felt Wee Folk Kit

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Coupon: Use the code WEEFOLK to save 10% (excludes wool felt) through 3/7/2015 A Child's Dream is excited to announce the arrival of Salley Mavor's new book, "Felt Wee Folk New Adventures." Get everything you need to make these adorable bendy dolls at A Child's Dream. Stock up on wool felt, wooden beads, cotton pipe cleaners, real acorn caps, embroidery floss, and craft glue. A Child's Dream has also added Silken Ribbons and Sheep's Silk Wool Embroidery Thread to the shop, as they are recommended supplies used in "Felt Wee Folk New Adventures." Sponsor: A Child's Dream Give-Away Date:…
  • Clay Bird Totem :: Part 2 :: Finishing Birds

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
    This is Part 2 of the Clay Bird Totem. You can find Part 1 :: Sculpting the Birds HERE. As I mentioned in Part 1, the hardest part of making these birds is to patiently wait for them to dry complete. Okay, I'm not saying you have to be patient, but do wait until they are completely dried. I had to wait about a week. I started painting one too early and after the paint dried it peeled off.  When the birds and bead are thoroughly dry, you can use extra fine sandpaper to remove any unwanted markings. Make sure to dust them off completely before you begin painting. I slipped the birds on paint…
  • Clay Bird Totem :: Part 1 :: Sculpting Birds

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    A while ago I had seen this sculpture online. You can see the original HERE.  I wasn't able to buy it, so I wondered if it was something I could make myself. I haven't used clay since I was in school which was about... hmmm... well, suffice to say it was a long time ago. But as I've aged... or, as I prefer to think of it... have become more sage like, I find I'm more willing to try many things, throwing caution to the wind! Because I do not have a kiln for firing clay, at least not yet, I bought some air dry clay. I've noticed that it doesn't appear to be as hard as clay that is fired,…
  • Birthday Cake Coloring Page

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    Whether you are 1 or 91, when it comes to celebrating a birthday, it doesn't seem complete without a yummy cake and a candle to blow out. So, make a wish and blow! I hope all your birthday wishes come true! This Birthday Cake coloring page is based on our Birthday Cake Applique. The Birthday Cake Coloring Page can be found HERE. The Birthday Cake Applique can be found HERE. The February Applique Collection can be found HERE. The Coloring Page Gallery can be found HERE.  Index: Applique Block PatternsColoring PagesValentine's DayCopyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-present. All…
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  • Week 7 Verizon Move More Challenge

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge I’m not going to lie, this winter has been tough for me because I don’t enjoy cold or snow. My street is still snow covered, but at least most neighbors clear the sidewalk so I can walk around and back a few time. And that snow is much better than these temperatures, although if you wake up at 4:45am sometimes that is the warmest part of the day. The hard part is wearing enough clothing to cover up on the way out of the gym. Two friends recommended that I put the Fitbit on my shoe…
  • Week 5: Verizon Move More Challenge

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Are you still with me or at least moving on your own? Have you found yourself parking at the far end of the grocery store parking lot so you can snag a little more movement? Do you take a lap around the cul-de-sac before fetching your trash cans or getting the mail? Do you circle cubicle land before heading to the breakroom or restroom? Do you make multiple trips and up and down the stairs doing laundry? Or is that just me trying to keep up with my friends on Fitbit who seem to work at…
  • Great Parks Giveaway

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:29 pm
    One of my favorite things about the area I live is that I have access to so many Great Parks of Hamilton County. Really, that’s the URL of our park system, how clever?! This park system has my new favorite non-traditional, outdoor workout of parcours and footgolf! There are so many more activities to check out at Great Parks and I look forward to giving lawn bowling, stand-up paddleboarding, and and maybe hydrobikes a try this summer! If you’re interested in checking out Great Parks, I’m giving away annual motor permits to Great Parks of Hamilton County and all you have to…
  • 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…
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    Craft Stew

  • 12 Crafty Ways To Recycle A Globe

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Old globes are frequently available at yard sales, thrift shops and flea markets for very reasonable prices. If you come across one, snatch it up quick, because there are tons of things you can do with it.1. Use A Globe As A Canvas 2. Turn A Globe Into A Fruit Bowl 3. Style Globes As Home Accessories 4. Paint A Neighborhood Globe 5. Make A Globe Into A Centerpiece  6. Wire A Globe Chandelier 7. Craft A DIY Globe Light Fixture Cover 8. Create Your Own Chalkboard 9. Make A DIY Globe Clock 10. Wire A Globe Pendant Light 11. Upcycle A Globe Lamp 12. Recycle A Globe Wall Clock Read More: Recycled…
  • DIY Vintage Children’s Book Note Books

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Description: This is a great project for people new to bookbinding. It’s super simple and the results are a lot of fun. Craft Link: DIY Vintage Children’s Book Note Books Read More: Bookbinding or Home
  • Faux Fur Wrap

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Description: I know it’s late in the season for this project, but it’s so cute I can’t resist. Craft Link: Faux Fur Wrap Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Jeweled Heels

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Description: Glue tiny jewels onto a pair shoes to make this luscious fashion accessory. Craft Link: DIY Jeweled Heels Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Maxi Skirt (and Dress)

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    Description: This project is a lot easier than it looks! Craft Link: DIY Maxi Skirt (and Dress) Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    The weather has been pretty chilly here (it even snowed a couple of times this week), so I’m kind of excited to just spend the weekend inside, bundled up. With a DIY or two, of course. What about you? Here are 7 DIY projects you might want to try this weekend… 1. DIY geometric bookends I made for Curbly 2. toasted marshmallow waffle sandwiches (yum!) 3. semi precious stone soaps project from Fall for DIY 4. nameplate napkins DIY (and other fabric related projects) 5. DIY color blocked leather keychains from The Crafted Life 6. how to make a ‘naked cake ‘ from…
  • I’ll See You in Houston

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Houston! I’m coming for ya… I’m so excited to announce that I will be hosting a DIY home decor workshop in Houston next month, with my good friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. The two of us will be teaching attendees how to make 5 different home decor items (just like the ones in these photos) that you’ll take home at the end of the workshop. DIYs include: how to make a retro wall clock, a DIY pendant light (from scratch – how to wire / assemble, etc), patterned linens, cool stone coasters, and a geometric planter. All project supplies needed to create these 5…
  • 3 DIY Ways to Dress Up Plain Textiles You Already Have in Your House

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    After a little experimenting this week, I am completely convinced that I can transform nearly anything in my house that involves fabric, using just two supplies. Yep, two! So what are those two supplies, you may ask? Pastel dye sticks and fabric pens. That’s all you need. In partnership with Pentel of America, I’ve transformed 3 fabric household items (cloth napkins, a decorative pillow case, and a lampshade) using Pentel Arts Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks and a special Gel Roller for Fabric… All three project ideas are super easy and (bonus) won’t take long to make.
  • 5 Minute DIY to Try: Nail Polish Necklace Idea

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    I’m prepping for a shoot this morning, that involves me being just about up to my eyeballs in popsicles. Are you getting weird visual from that? Because I am. But popsicles aside, I wanted to pop in and share a necklace tutorial that I just created for Momtastic. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Brittni, you just posted a necklace DIY last week silly. And that is very true. BUT this one is different from the last AND, as I mentioned in that post, I am pretty obsessed with this particular kind of jewelry. So… I feel like it’s warranted. Fingers crossed that you…
  • 8 Things to Make with Blood Oranges

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    I stayed up too late last night watching the Oscars (anybody else?), but I’m up bright and early with some drool-worthy recipes that involve one of my favorite citrus flavors: blood oranges. So pucker up! Here are 8 things to make with blood oranges… 1. blood orange popsicle recipe 2. blood orange donuts recipe from The Little Epicurean 3. salted caramel drizzle with blood orange cake 4. blood orange lassi from Kiran Tarun   5. blood orange and coconut marshmallows from Bon Appetit 6. blood orange and rosemary sparkling water from A Couple of Cooks 7. candied blood…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Vintage-Inspired Lavender Wedding Cone

    Jessica Christman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Give your guests a cute cone and they’ll fill the air with the sweet smell of lavender as you and your love embark on a journey that will last the rest of your lives. Click here for the how-to and... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging

    Jessica Christman
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Perfect for holding all sorts of goodies, treats and small gifts, these paper cone packages are simple and quick to make, easy to fill and ideal for that last minute gift. 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 Gold Strings Lights

    Jessica Christman
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Turn your Christmas twinkle lights into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob

    Jessica Christman
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    This Celtic knot fob is simple, quick and perfect for a single key or even a small set. 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 Tangle-Free Power Cords

    Jessica Christman
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    No longer will you have to spend hours untangling cords as long as you learn how to... Make tangle-free headphones with embroidery floss. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Where Women Create: Inspired Barn

    Cathe Holden
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    It’s been a whirlwind first year in my completed barn studio. Since January 2014 I’ve held one to two craft workshops a month. I’ve spent many days crafting and blogging with much more efficiency and joy now that all my materials and supplies are organized and accessible. I have enjoyed hour upon hour of shopping for bins, cans, boxes, and various other unique containers to house my crafty goods, an exercise I enjoy every bit as much as crafting. I adore vintage pieces and especially those with early advertising typography and graphics, so the hunt become my entertainment many evenings-…
  • 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.
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  • WiReD Boutique – Beautiful Handmade Jewelry

    Guest Author
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    Today we have a guest post from Pam Millershaski who tells us all about the handmade jewelry she creates for her store WiReD Boutique. WiReD Boutique came about because I really wanted to do something cool for you that I happened to love too!  It all started in January of 2013, when I opened my jewelry shop on Etsy.  I had previously opened a cross-stitch shop ( on Etsy the previous fall so I knew I’d enjoy that venue.  I quickly fell in love with all aspects of creating unique and wearable, handcrafted jewelry from dominoes and scrabble tiles, and the small…
  • Social Media & Newsletter Training For Your Creative Business

    Alison Wood
    14 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Do you want to get better results from your social media efforts? Would you like someone to review your profiles to make sure you are heading in the right direction and then follow an online course to get the very best out of social media you can? Would you like to learn how to set up and run a mailing list and newsletter so that you get your handmade items in front of more people? If so, then read on for a very special offer I am making this Valentine’s weekend. The offer includes: *   Access to my Social Media Marketing Bootcamp *   Access to my Rock Your Newsletter Course *   A…
  • Giveaway Time – Rock Art Craft Book

    Alison Wood
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Have you seen all the beautiful designs that people are painting on to rocks and pebbles? I have seen many around Facebook lately and they are simply stunning. That’s why I was so excited when I saw a recent publication from Search Press. ‘Rock Art‘ by Denise Scicluna (Amazon UK/USA) is a guide to all sorts of techniques for painting onto stones. It’s a lot of fun for both adults and children and I am going to be trying out some of the designs. Want To Win a Copy? I have one copy of the book to give away. Before you enter please pop over and read the  T&Cs for…
  • Vegging Out Valentines Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    These cute little valentines are the perfect way to send something a little different to friends and family this February. Get as creative as you can with the sayings on the back and the recipient will be tickled! Materials you will need: heart cookie cutter(s) watercolor paper fancy patterned paper (wrapping paper will do) paints & a paintbrush scissors a pencil glue stick a pen for writing a message, adding details, etc. Step 1 Lightly trace around a heart shaped cookie cutter with a pencil. Step 2 Decide on which veggies you’d like to paint before you begin. I chose to paint pea…
  • 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,…
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  • St. Patricks Mint Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy March! St. Patricks Day reminds me of green and mint recipes!  I’ve got mint on my mind, the girls scouts are delivering their cookies and mint is signature of St. Patricks day! You can’t go wrong with a good mint brownie, or mint treat!  Here are a few that caught my eye from Made by you Monday! If you love a minty shake try my copycat shamrock shake recipe! St. Patricks Mint Recipes Rainbow Mint Truffles Mint Chocolate Fudge Thin Mint Chocolate Donuts This recipe isn’t mint but is perfect for St. Patricks Day! White Chocolate Rainbow Bars The post St. Patricks…
  • Bunny Hugs Easter Craft

    Guest Poster
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hi everyone.  I’m Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline and I’m here today to share a fun kids craft that will be perfect for Easter. I was at a craft store recently and found these small water bottles and immediately thought that they could be used for something crafty.  I wasn’t exactly sure what but I bought them anyway and left them next to my desk where I stared at them (again and again and again) and had some ideas but nothing I was totally happy with.  Then, while I was getting ready to go to sleep the other night it finally came to me.  Bunnies! So I came up with…
  • 30 Minutes or Less: Italian Dinner Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Looking for a quick and easy meal?  These instant italian dinner recipes will have a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes or less! These meals are also great to teach teens to cook, having a few recipes that are simple and quick from start to finish is a skill every kids should know! You will love having them be able to prepare dinner in a pinch! 30 Minutes or Less:  Italian Dinner Recipes Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe 30 Minute Cheesy Pasta Bake Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chicken Penne Pasta 30 minute Fettuccine Alfredo One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage French Bread Pizza One Skillet Baked…
  • Coloring Page for St Patrick’s Day

    Cindy Hopper
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who’s looking over a four leaf clover? This coloring page for St Patrick’s Day is perfect for the little ones. It is easy to search out the fourth leaf clovers. It makes for a fun St Patrick’s Day activity. Older kids might like this more detailed St Patrick’s Day coloring page. How do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? How about making some green candied popcorn recipe or a delicious  shamrock shake!  Kids will have some fun making  blarney stones!   Print your free coloring page for St Patrick’s Day To print this free coloring page first download St…
  • St Patrick’s Day Coloring Page

    Cindy Hopper
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    This festive St Patrick’s Day coloring page should cause a giggle! My daughter loves to color and this coloring page is a bit more fun than the standard coloring book! It has a little twist on the traditional Irish blessing. For more St. Patricks fun try my green candied popcorn recipe or make your own shamrock shake!  Kids will always have some fun making your own blarney stones! To print this free coloring page first download St Patrick’s Day Coloring Page. Print in black and white on plain copy paper. Get set color!   The post St Patrick’s Day Coloring Page appeared…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Fuel up people!

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    I am a coffee addict. How about you? What fuels your creativity? Related PostsArt Journal Peek: Impossible to see the future is Art Journal Peek: Lurking monster with sharp teeth Inspiring Quotes: I want a big giant life
  • Awesome Supplies | Go Create Gouache

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    I got a kit of gouache paint tubes from a friend. It’s my first try with gouaches since school, and it’s always fun to explore new paints. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but my watercolors are not in tubes, and the goaches are more dense and not as opaque. My palette, as always on a fancy plastic lid. You get little variations in performance and colors from what you are used to, when you get to experiment with new paints. You get a reminder of how important play is! For us creatives play is an important activity! And with new paints you should embrace the opportunity to just…
  • Valentines Day Love List

    14 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    I love creating art, craft, text, books – you name it. Here is a list of other things that is on my love list right now. Because, you know… love is in the air. I love …having friends that care about a single girl and that gives me gifts & cards for Valentines …having creative projects to look forward to and that exicites me …the camera on my iphone, and playing with creative filters in photo apps …my new glasses and how they make me feel pretty .. Kind commenting here, on instagram and my Facebook page about what I share and create – it makes me…
  • Art Journal Peek: Valentine Heart Doodles

    10 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer It’s Valentine week, I’m sure you noticed. Isn’t it awesome? As usual I dive into the heart theme without hesitation. It’s my favorite symbolic holiday, even though I do not care much about the actual day itself. I am a sucker for romance and love, but what is a single girl to do? Doodle hearts, and dream on! Right? The above heart rows started a while back at my friend’s house. I tried out all my red and pink…
  • Right Snow

    8 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. Lee Iacocca There is snow covering the ground and the dangerous icy patches, right now. I took my camera out for snow watching. My walk was a chilly one where I was happiest when I came home and could warm up under a blanket. My nose started to run in the wind. The snow makes everything shiny. The ice makes it difficult to walk. The ducks in the canal are hungry, waiting for by-passers to feed them. Colors are gone, the landscape tucked in white. I love the shifting seasons. The constant…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • Beautiful Spring Nest Candy DIsh Made From 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Make this beautiful Spring nest candy dish/saucer for practically nothing! Click on the following YouTube link to see the full tutorial: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers, Approximately 3 inches across from outer edge to outer edge. I found mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I used American Satin paint in "Cottonball") Tiny Faux Flower Blossoms (Dollar Store
  • Beautiful and Easy Candle Holder Using 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    This craft is so inexpensive and EASY to put together! This would make a lovely hostess gift or as a decoration for your patio. Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make this: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers that measure approximately 3 inches from outer edge to outer edge. I purchased mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I
  • DIY~Adorable Vintage Looking Candy Jar Made With Dollar Tree Items!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
      These candy jars are absolutely adorable and they have a vintage look to them! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed SMALLEST Globe Vase (Dollar Tree) Be sure the top is NOT fluted. Candle Stick (Dollar Tree) Heart Embellishments (Dollar Tree) TWO Clay Saucers (Approximately 3 inches from
  • DIY~Adorable Sugar Heart Pendant Necklaces For Valentine's Day Or Mother's Day!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
        These little sugar heart pendant necklaces are so easy and inexpensive to make AND you don't need to have any jewelry making experience! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed: STIFF White Felt Ultra Fine Glitter (I used Martha Stewart's glitter in Crystal Mint) Ultra Fine Glitter (I used
  • DIY~Gorgeous Faux Tea Light For Token Christmas Gift or Party Favor!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Make these stunning faux tea light candles for Christmas! Give as party favors or as a token Christmas gift just to let someone know you are thinking of them. Please click on the following link to see my EASY full YouTube tutorial: Materials Needed Recollections Adhesive Gold Bling Sheet (Found at Michael's in the Scrapbooking Section) Recollections Adhesive
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  • $20,000+ In Etsy Sales In Only 5 Months – Long List of Do’s and Don’ts

    Melinda Martin
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the spirit of what Etsy is all about - sharing and community - I thought I would write about customer service and what I have learnt since I started selling on Etsy 3 years ago. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • From The Corporate World to Being Your Own Boss – Interview With Amber of Red Tile Studio

    Timothy Adam
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    It's allowed us to create what we love and share that with a huge audience. I can't imagine not being my own boss. The creative freedom is refreshing and makes you appreciate all the opportunities that come your way. There's really nothing better than doing what you love. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Your Blog Post Promotion Checklist

    Timothy Adam
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    If you are looking to get some exposure for your blog post after you have written it, here a great infographic from DivvyHQ that explains it all. You Blog Post Promotion Checklist Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • The Art Of Pinning Your Etsy Shop

    Timothy Adam
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    In this article I will teach you how to go beyond JUST pinning your Etsy items. Following these steps will increase your Pinterst reach and help you grow your daily traffic. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • The Road to 1000 – MB Paper Design

    Timothy Adam
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    You need to adapt to the times. Etsy makes changes, you need to go with the flow and constantly be wanting and willing to learn. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Working Mechanical Loom Made with Lego!

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    This is spectacular and it really works! Lego Small Mechanical Loom By Nico71 This incredible project is from Nico71, who generously offers a very detailed explanation of how he built his working loom AND he even has 96 page instruction booklet for the very low price of €5. Source: Hat tips: Knitting Relay and the San Diego Creative Knitter’s Guild Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Happy Pancake Day!

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Crochet pancakes made by SkyMagenta! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Fun & Funky Felted Placemats – get the pattern!

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    I’m really digging on these fun and funky placemats designed by Claire Fairall. You can get the pattern via Ravelry and Claire says that all the instructions are included, even how to wet felt using your washing machine. Thanks for the submission Claire! I think I’ll have to make a set of these myself! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: The Knitting Witch’s Marvel Tribute featuring Hulk and Iron Man

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Thanks for the submission Denise Salway, aka ‘The Knitting Witch’. Rating: 10.0/10 (13 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • 15 packs of string gummies later … we have an edible scarf!

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    via: Rocket News 24: Using only a pair of chopsticks and 18.9 meters (62 feet) of gummy string, one intrepid Twitter user from Japan managed to knit herself an edible scarf. The evidence and entire creation process coming at you after the jump!
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Kool-Aid Lip Gloss Recipe

    Wendy at
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    This Kool-Aid Lip Gloss Recipe is such a fun and quick idea. Bit of nostalgia to have Kool-Aid cherry flavored lips! Free printable labels are included for your gift-giving pleasure. Added to Free Soap-Making Recipes You might also like: Make Your Own Wrinkle Releaser Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath DIY Pumpkin Soap DIY Shower Steamers Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type
  • 100+ Free Flower Crochet Patterns

    Wendy at
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    Even though we’re still in a deep chill, I know spring is coming! To celebrate, I’m featuring our collection of 100+ Free Flower Crochet Patterns. Is there anything more cheerful than a happy little flower? You might also like: Gratitude Flower Crocheting Pattern Cheerful Flower Power Valance Crochet Pattern Chrysanthemum Dishcloth Crochet Pattern Daisy Daisy Free Crochet Earrings Pattern Mollie Flower Crochet Pattern
  • Felted Fox Bag Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Isn’t this Felted Fox Bag Free Crochet Pattern just gorgeous? Remember to use wool yarn to get it to felt up like that! Added to 150 Free Bag and Tote Crochet Patterns You might also like: Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern Pencil Case Crochet Pattern Crochet Sock Monkey Shoulder Bag Crochet Pattern Jute Star Stitch Tote Crochet Pattern Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial
  • Craft Bag Free Sewing Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    Here’s the perfect bag for your projects! This Craft Bag Free Sewing Pattern is packed with pockets and is a quick little pattern. Love it! Added to 200+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns You might also like: Zipper Top Tote Free Bag Pattern Plenty of Pockets Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bags Tutorial Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns
  • St. Patrick’s Day Scrappy Shamrock Tutorial

    Wendy at
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Green is my favorite color so I’m sure I have enough in my scrap bins to make this St. Patrick’s Day Scrappy Shamrock Tutorial. I bet I have enough green scraps to make a scrap shamrock garland! Added to St. Patrick’s Day Crafts You might also like: DIY Giant Shamrock Streamers 50 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Recipes Lucky Shamrocks and a Leprechaun Trap Free Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts Snowman Mug Rug Tutorial
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Mad Scientist workshop

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    A few years ago, I took an awesome workshop with John Brickels, a Vermont-based ceramic artist. It was his Mad Scientist Workshop and it started at 3:00 a.m. Yes, you read that right. We were working in clay in the middle of the night. That’s what mad scientists do. We also wore lab coats while we worked. I loved it! Clay is a bit out of my comfort zone – the goal was to make clay robots. John made it really easy to get to work. He prepared large clay tubes for us to use and had lots of templates for cutting out gears and nuts. Being me, I decided to make a bookworm bot. I used…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Today I worked on another custom order baby book. This one is a photo album and has heavier weight pages. The cover of the album is covered in green bookcloth and each folio of pages is wrapped in a brightly colored paper. This is not only decorative, but it also serves to add space between the pages for the addition of photos. The album was bound in a double needle coptic stitch, which allows the pages to lay flat when the book is opened. I used six different colors of waxed linen thread for the binding, to add more punches of color. I have some more work to do to complete the book –…
  • Book Arts at Haystack 2015

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has a bookbinding offering during its fifth summer session from August 16 – 28, 2015 – Paper Engineering: Making Pop-Ups and Sculptural Books with Carol Barton. Five Luminous Towers, A Book to be Read in the Dark Home Dreams The workshop seems fantastic, as you can see in the description below: Discover the magic of the sculptural book through explorations of three-dimensional and pop-up forms. Participants will learn a variety of pop-up structures, beginning with simple cut-and-fold pop-ups and progressing through a series of more complex…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Today I worked on a custom baby journal. I love custom orders! It was bound using a double needle coptic stitch with waxed linen thread. This type of binding creates a braided effect on the spine. The cover paper is a handmade paper by Richard Langdell. It has wildflower petals in it – it’s quite elegant. Babies seem to be really popular this time of year. I have another custom baby book that I’m working on, that one being a photo album. Stay tuned to see the progress of that one!
  • Book Arts Improv: Grand prize winner

    2 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Welcome to the grand prize drawing of the Book Arts Improv! Just in case you’ve forgotten what the prize is, it’s a set of books that includes one each of the four books created during the Improv: Craft Show Love Affair Godzilla, Extreme Couponer James Bond’s Bad Day Fabruary Book Arts Improv 2015 books And now…the envelope, please: Congrats to Marcia! Again! Marcia won week #2, so she already has one of the books in the collection. As I mentioned before, if the grand prize winner has already won one of the books earlier in the month, then I’ll send the remaining…
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  • Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is! Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy…
  • 5 to Make: Mid-Weight Sweaters

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Mid-weight sweaters knit at 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch are the Goldilocks of garments: they don’t take too long to make and you can wear them two or three seasons a year. Here are a 5 sweaters that you’ll enjoy making with DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge, or Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino – and that you’ll enjoy wearing too! BOYFRIEND Pattern: Boyfriend by Lori Versaci, Versaci Knits. Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch Construction: Individual pieces are knit and seamed…
  • Valentine’s Day on South Street West

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    South Street West is a fantastic place to shop and dine for Valentine’s Day. Check out what’s happening! (Click the image for a larger version.) PS. Our special is in-store only. Stop in!
  • Chesterfield

    6 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy! Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping. Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout. Size: 46-inch chest Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a…
  • 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.
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Little Girl’s Lacy Crochet Cardigan

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    For my son’s Space-Themed Birthday party, I’ve already shared the activities and games, food and the moon cake. Now I’ll wrap it up with some of the smaller details, such as the invitations and loot bags. Space Party Invitations For the invitations, I took a photo from the NASA website (all their photos are available free for personal or commercial use), and played around with adding some text. I used the NASA font from Fontzone for the headline text. It was difficult to read, so I didn’t use it for all the text. When I showed my son, he said it was awesome. That’s all I could ask…
  • How to make a 3D Moon Cake with Astronaut

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:43 pm
    I’ve shared the party games and food for my son’s Space-Themed Birthday Party. Now it’s time for my favourite part – the Moon cake. I originally planned to make a rocket cake, or make the solar system on a sheet, but when I saw this moon cake on Pinterest, I just had to make it. The original cake was half the moon. I had to make a full moon, since I always have to make things as difficult as possible! I made a fondant astronaut for the top of the cake, and a little flag with my son’s face on it (just for a bit of silliness!). Here’s how I made the moon cake: Read the full article…
  • Space-Themed Birthday Party Food

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Last week, I shared the games we played for my son’s space-themed birthday party. Today, I’m going to share the space-themed birthday party food. Planets and Space Sugar Cookies I’m always looking for an excuse to make sugar cookies and practice my cookie decorating techniques (which still needs a LOT of practice!). When I started planning the party, I was looking for space cookie cutters, and came across the Patchwork Cutters Space Set (affiliate link). It’s a cake decorating/fondant cutter set, rather than cookie cutters, but it inspired me to give fondant-covered cookies a go. This…
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    Craft Gossip

  • What Is Your Favorite Stain Removing Secret?

    Larissa Coleman
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you have a hard time getting some of those set in stains out of your laundry?  If you have young children at home, teenagers who play sports, or maybe even a husband with a demanding job, then you need … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Fringe trimmed tank top

    Anne Weaver
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    Tutorial: Fringe trimmed tank top Alida from Alida Makes shares a tutorial at The Sewing Rabbit showing how you can make this fun fringe tank top.  I love the movement that fringe gives to a garment!  By adding just the … Read More...
  • New Product: Magic Stamp

    Heather Holbrook
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Do you have something with texture that you think would make a great stamp? Well there’s a cool tool just for that! It’s called the  Magic Stamp and it’s a large foam block that you heat up and soften … Read More...
  • Lion and Lamb for March

    Sherri Osborn
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you heard the old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?” Where I live, that is usually true… Although sometimes March not only comes in like a lion, it also goes out like … Read More...
  • Top 10 Posts for Week Ending Feb 28th

    Francine Clouden
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    10. Free Library Card Pocket 9. From Scrapbook Page to Card 8. How to get through a scrapbooking slump 7. Inspiration Saturdays Week 1   6. Ways to Create Depth of Field   5. Ten Ways to Scrapbook Valentine’s Day… Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Baked Mushrooms- a Light and Easy Side Dish

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    The hubby and I have been on a mission to add more veggies and less carb/bread products to our diet.  To keep it interesting I've been experimenting with new ways to cook and serve our favorites.  (I've still not made cauliflower "mashed potatoes" yet, but I'll be testing that soon- we just keep eating the cauliflower before I have a chance to make it.  I wonder if I can fool the kids with mashed cauliflower?)One of my favorite veggies is mushrooms.  I especially love portobellos and the common button mushroom.  Raw, sauteed, grilled or baked.  They're yummy…
  • No Sew Rainbow Tote Tutorial

    Jamie Sanders
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Do you ever see something online or at the store that even though it's ridiculously cute, you can't bring yourself to buy it?  Because in your mind, you're thinking to yourself, "I could totally make that!"Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this... (Because I think this ALL THE TIME!)I was on the Gymboree website recently and saw this adorable Rainbow Tote Bag.  I really wanted it for my missy, but as I looked at it more, I realized I had every material needed to make our own version of the tote bag.  (And yes, even though I didn't buy the bag I did…
  • Inspiration Monday #85 plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    Hello Friends!! We are SO excited to have you joining us for another awesome week ofbaking, DIY's, crafts, tips and all around creative goodness!Here are some of our favorite links from last week:.Hostess Pick:How to Sew Sequin Trim from Sews and BowsClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Baked Cheese and Black Bean Quesadillas

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Thank you to Cans Get You Cooking for Sponsoring this post! It's 5:30 and everybody's hungry!  It's been a rough week: work, everyone is suffering from allergies and colds, 2 hours of daily homework with kids who don't want to do homework and now it's time to make dinner... Nights like these, we've got two choices.  Take out or one of my "in a pinch/I don't want to cook" dinner recipes.  The problem with take out is, we have to wait for Dad (because he picks it up and sometimes comes home too late) and it is not alway the healthiest choice.  (Because…
  • Simple Double Crochet Cowl Scarf w/ Double Crochet Video Tutorial

    Jamie Sanders
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Do you remember my "fruity pebble" Infinity Scarf from last year?  I can't tell you how much I love that scarf!  The colors are gorgeous and I've been wearing it all winter long since it matches practically everything I own!I still had at least 3/4 of a skein left of this Rainbow Bright yarn, so over the holidays, I crocheted a matching cowl scarf (Instagram pic) for my missy.  (We are quite the pair!)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
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  • The cure for an ugly page...

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Here's the cure for an ugly page. Paint something BIG and BOLD over it. I had an ugly was half done, part of it was torn off because it had stuck to the facing page. So I just grabbed a brush and painted a big and bold face over it. Voila, easy peasy and done. Remember done is better than perfect!
  • You have to make.

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    This page came to be when I was feeling like I couldn't remember how to make art any more. Do you ever feel like that? I think the cure for that feeling is to make. Make something. Anything. It doesn't have to be good, it just has to be made. Once you start moving your hands, good things will happen. But *nothing* will happen if you don't make. Release yourself from the need to have all of your art be good, and just make.
  • Sharing a little peek from the retreat...

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:52 am
    One of the goodies that artists received at the Back2Back retreat is an exclusive stamp set with images designed by me and Dyan! Here are a few pages using the images and the techniques I taught. These techniques will be in my new 2015 class called "Random by Design."
  • Painting....

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I've been painting a bit and making journal pages for the Back2Back retreat this weekend, and for my classes at Whim So Doodle. Excited because I'll be debuting my all new 2015 workshops! (I know there are still spots open at WSD, their link is down a post or two below). Products used: Dylusions Journal, Dina Wakley Media gesso, brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.
  • I'm doing a webinar next week....

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    to promote my new videos and of course my books Art Journal Courage and Art Journal Freedom. You can find all the info here! We'll show a demo and then open it up for questions.  
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  • Too Cool for Spool Mug Rugs

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Learn how to quilt adorable free mug rug patterns or a small wall quilt when you sew up these Too Cool for Spool Mug Rugs. This adorable free quilting pattern use the paper-piecing technique and is going to make a great accessory for you home. You love sewing and quilting so why not sew it out loud? Mug rug patterns are a great way to use up scraps and add a touch of homey decor. If you have a sew-loving friend, consider making this mug rug pattern for them as a gift.
  • Pocketed Round DIY Makeup Bag

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a bag that is perfect for organizing and storing your makeup. Whether you are looking for bags and purses to carry your makeup with you or want a great DIY bag for travel, this Pocketed Round DIY Makeup Bag is going to do a stellar job of showing you how to sew bags that double up as storage. It' is an extra stylish and glammed-up way to store all of your beauty products. Don't miss out on this feminine and fab how to make a bag tutorial.
  • One Hour Baby Blanket Pattern

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Sewing patterns for beginners do not have to be so simple they are boring. Learn how to make a baby blanket with the One Hour Baby Blanket Pattern. In just under one hour, you can create a DIY baby shower gift that will just keep on giving. New babies are some of the cuddliest, so make sure that cuddle is warm with this cuddly idea. Sewn out of just under one and a half yards of two coordinating fabrics, this free baby blanket pattern is easy to match to any nursery or baby shower theme.
  • Toddler Flannel DIY Nightgown

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Sew up this classic toddler flannel nightgown for you little one. This pattern sews up quickly with elastic neckline and bottom ruffles. This free sewing pattern for kids shows you how to make pajamas that are as cute as they are comfy. Make this pattern for kids in snuggly warm flannel for cold weather or make it in something lighter if you live somewhere warm.
  • How to Make Leggings for Kids

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    Here is a fun all-year ruffle skirt DIY leggings that your little one will enjoy jumping and twirling in. Use an old pair of leggings or use the free pattern provided to make these pretty bottoms to sew for your toddler.
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  • Romantic Lace Candle Holder

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    This craft shows you how to make a romantic dinner votive candle holder for dinner or wedding table setting.
  • How can I use Wood Pallets in the Home

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Wood pallets may look like cheap and ugly wood at a glance, but they are actually very useful. In fact, their rustic and weathered look makes them more appealing. For adult DIYers, it is like unleashing their imagination using Lego pieces. With a little bit of creativity, effort and skill, anyone can upcycle timber pallets into something useful at home.
  • Hand-felted Cobweb Scarf

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    This tutorial will show you how to make a felted cobweb scarf. It is suitable for beginner wet felters to advanced, as the finished scarf can be embellished to add extra glitz.
  • Quit Smoking Idea: Inspirational Quote Jar

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a jar of inspirational quotes for someone who is trying to quite smoking. We created ours to look like cigarettes so that the reader could open a quote instead of a smoke.
  • Valentine’s Bling Votive

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    This Valentine's day craft shows you how to make a romantic dinner votive candle holder for your Valentine's day dinner or table setting.
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  • My Crushed Can Planters In Hendes Verden

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Happy to have my Crushed Can Planters featured in the creative Danish magazine, Hendes Verden. The Feb. issue of Hendes Verden. You can see my original tutorial here.
  • Two-Way Rescue

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is Leo. He needed a home — we needed his beautiful, soft, playful presence in our lives. Not sure who saved who. Grief is a tricky thing – it makes you want to pull back from the world, but I’ve found it’s best to do the exact opposite and get out of your own head; reach out to help others. This has been the most effective approach to healing for me. I feel better about humanity and myself when I know that I am putting out positive energy, changing someone’s day for the better, even just making someone smile — it all assists in the endorphin…
  • My Way Back

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’ve never known how much personal information I should post about myself on here. Family Chic is essentially a craft blog – never really sure where to draw the boundary line when it comes to my private life. Several weeks ago, I shared some news with you about the death of my brother. I thought I could mention it, share my perspective on how to manage after someone you love has been killed, and then move back into presenting my usual crafting ideas. Now, I see that’s not possible. It’s painfully difficult to create happy and fun projects when your heart is fully…
  • A Better Pharmacy Experience & TARGET HEALTHFUL™ App (& enter for a chance to win a $25 Target e-Gift Card!)

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Please visit for restrictions and see your pharmacist for details. #sponsored Switching our prescriptions to Target Pharmacy couldn’t have been easier or more convenient for our entire family. Since we’ve made the change, we’ve been able to take advantage of a bunch of really helpful Target Pharmacy services and features like their Target Pharmacy Rewards Program, $4 Generic Prescriptions, Vaccinations, pet prescriptions and more. And, here’s one more convenient…
  • Paper Bag Wreath (& Chalkboard)

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

  • Animated Classic Children's Books On Netflix Streaming

    21 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    What have you been streaming on Netflix this month? Psych, Friends, and Malcolm In The Middle keep me smiling while I'm working and I've got the 27th of this month marked for the new season of House of Cards! I was doing some exploring in the kids category and found some real gems that I wanted to share with you. Maybe you already know about these? There's a whole series from Scholastic called Storybook Treasures that are animated classic children's books! Amusing Animals includes Click Clack Moo and Is Your Mama A Llama  Tall Tales has The Snowy Day and Trashy TownGood…
  • Adorable Baby Rattle DIY

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Johanna Rundel has a tutorial for these cute baby rattles that would be the perfect gift for a new baby or even a toddler.  The post is in German, use Google Translate if needed. 
  • Easy Dream Catcher DIY

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Little kids will love choosing different beads, yarn and other elements for this easy dream catcher inspired craft at Little Hip Squeaks.
  • Paper Doll Bunting

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    This cute paper doll bunting is found at Teawagon Tales. Just make a simple doll shape and then have fun picking out fun papers for the clothing and creating a variety of expressions.  
  • Fingerprint Comics Drawing Activity

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Take fingerprint drawings to a new level with this fingerprint comic strip idea at Fireflies and Mud Pies. This is such a great idea for playdates or quiet afternoons.
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  • Vintage Floral Home Dec Fabric

    Michelle (
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Vintage Floral Home Dec Fabric available at Whimsie Dots
  • Pink & Black Patchwork Coasters

    Michelle (
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 pm
    More big patchwork coasters... 2015 10 2015 11
  • Favorite Fabrics - Vintage Blue Floral

    Michelle (
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Vintage fabric available at Inspiria
  • Window Tin Destash

    Michelle (
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    2 Ounce Round Window Tins These window lid tins are excellent for storing all the bits of ephemera floating around your sewing room.  4 Ounce Square Window Tins Use them for tape, ribbon/twine, scraps of paper or fabric. 8 Ounce Square Window Tins These 8 ounce tins are good for ribbons, bobbins, spools of thread, beads, big buttons. 2 Ounce Round Window Tins The window lids make it easy to see what you've got, but still have it contained and out of the way!
  • Sample Sale - Mending Kits (Sold)

    Michelle (
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
    Today three two one Mending Kits are looking for new homes.  These were all made while writing the pattern.  They are $20 each and the price includes US shipping.  They are available to ship to US mailing addresses.  Order them using the Buy Now buttons below.  If you'd like more than one, feel free.  You'll just need to order each individually.  Thanks!  This one is made from a Japanese floral fabric from QH Textiles. - - Sold Out - - _   _   _   _   _   _ This one is made from a print called Sweet Garden by FabriQuilt.  It's one of the first ones I made, so the…
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Quaker Seasons

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Quaker Seasons by My Big Toe Designs is available from “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven.” Stitch count is 137W x 236H. Pattern model was stitched on 32 count Antique Ivory Belfast Linen using Weeks Dye Works threads.
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: The Covered Bridge

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    The Covered Bridge (Bucilla Heirloom Collection) Old covered bridges aren’t something we see in too many places anymore, a few small towns and parks might have them but we’ve moved on to sturdier construction and longer lasting materials. When you come across one they sure are fascinating to look at, definitely memorable at least. These new heirloom kits from Bucilla feature heirloom quality art, color chart, pre-sorted floss tied with ribbon, premium 28-count evenweave fabric, two color coded floss separators, multilingual instructions, and an acetate storage sleeve.
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Plight of Fancy

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Plight of Fancy from Long Dog Samplers is available at I’ve been craving a big sampler to work on so I started a wishlist for patterns. This one caught my eye today because of all the bright happy colors. Though, I confess if I stitched this sampler I would leave the alphabet rows off and either repeat one of the existing rows or add a personalized row instead. Alphabets on samplers just aren’t my thing. We’re snowed in here, which really doesn’t take much in Virginia, but just looking at this pattern made me feel a little bit warmer. Stitch count is 235…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Spring Eggs

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Today’s pattern pick is a twofer. We had been discussing the Mill Hill Owlets that came out and how we’d like to see some new decorated egg designs instead. Well, here they are Daffodil Egg Tulip Egg The Spring themed eggs from years past featured more “Easter-themed” things, which is fine and makes sense, but I have to say I’m really happy to see flowers on this year’s designs. Spring, renewal, flowers, growth. I love Spring, except for the allergies and the sneezing LOL Looking closer at these two eggs, I realized they’re entirely beaded. Usually…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Spring Quakers

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    We could use a little Spring right now… it is cold out there. This pattern and the thread pack are both available from Stitch count is 170w x 270h The model was stitched on 28 count Picture This Plus Valor Cashel with the beautiful Valdani floss, which is a collection of 3-strand floss balls from Rosewood Manor (you can see the thread balls in the corner of the picture here) The pattern booklet also includes 10 bonus designs, one of which is an alphabet, to help you create a custom sampler unique to you.
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Making Braids with Varied Strand Materials

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    One of the more popular categories on this website is braiding and knotting. I know a lot of readers love making braids, and I realized I had never covered the topic of making the same braids you already know, but with different kinds of materials. In this case, I’m making braids with strands of two different weights (the same as I used in the fringe making tutorial.) A simple 5 or 10 strand braid takes on a really great asymmetrical feel when you make it this way. Supplies: - two different weights of string, yarn, thread, or cord for braiding – this is #2 and #18 nylon - pins -…
  • Custom Fringe

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    As you make more things and develop more specific creative visions, it becomes very easy to imagine projects that require supplies that you simply can’t find anywhere. In my case, I wanted long fringe, more than a foot long. It’s not impossible to find, but it isn’t easy either. And when you do find it, the colors are limited and the price is high, especially as compared to the quality of the materials. It’s not the seller’s fault, specialty items come with a higher markup for good reason. But that doesn’t mean I have to buy it. It was time to figure out…
  • Orchid Terrariums

    Carly DeGraeve
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Orchids stay beautiful and green year round. Making orchid terrariums in glass jars is a lovely way to display these plants in an easy to move and care for way. Supplies: Orchid Plants Sphagnum Moss Small rocks Glass Jars or Terrarium Jars large enough to fit the orchids Funnel Scissors Optional but helpful: Plastic dropcloth to work on top of Gather your plant, jar, rocks, and sphagnum moss. Begin building this terrarium in a similar way to building the succulent terrariums.Rinse the small rocks in water to remove dust and debris. Place a layer or rocks in the bottom of the glass jars. Add…
  • Succulent Terrariums

    Carly DeGraeve
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    If you like having plants around but don’t live where you can have a garden, indoor plants are a great alternative.Decorative glass jars are great for succulent terrariums that you can place on windowsills or desks for a bit of nature inside.Succulents like the Hens and Chicks (proper name Sempervivum) are very easy to plant. Supplies: Succulent Plants – you can have a variety to mix together or just one Glass jars with lids or terrarium jars Small rocks Funnel Scissors Potting Soil (if there isn’t enough in the containers of the plants you purchased) Optional but very…
  • 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…
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  • Peek-a-boo Penis Pound Cake (Happy Valentine’s Day?)

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I have to admit I’m not that into Valentine’s Day besides, you know, the part about chocolate. But Pinterest is way into Valentine’s Day, as evidenced thusly: Image from That’s some pretty cool shit, even if you’re not into Valentine’s Day, right? Also, the blog post claims it’s super easy, even though it involves baking not one, but two cakes. So I gamely set to work on my first cake. Notice how it’s still light outside in the above picture. You’ll need that information later. I mixed my ingredients (and may have…
  • Chocolate (Anatomical) Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to make these heart cookies I’ve seen all over Pinterest: Aren’t they cute? Image from First of all because what a cute idea, right? You take the traditional Christmas peanut butter blossom with a Hershey kiss and instead use those Dove heart-shaped chocolates– Brill. Also, this is a Betty Crocker recipe with mix that you use instead of peanut butter. Score one for not having to scrape peanut butter out from under my fingernails for 3 days after making these cookies. (You’re…
  • The Blackened Chicken Tenders That Almost Ended My Marriage

    6 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    There must come a time in every marriage when you scream at each other while preparing dinner. This doesn’t happen to my husband and me too much because, honestly, we don’t cook that much. But when it does, it usually involves very hot oil. Let me back up and say that anything with “blackened” in the title should make me run the other way. Someone, somewhere has figured out how to make things blackened properly. It is not me. So, because I am stupid and a glutton for punishment, I decided to try blackened chicken tenders. I love that these are the Pinterest version. At…
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  • Sparkling Easter Bunny Footprints

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This year, there will be no question whether or not the Easter Bunny has arrived yet. When he does, he'll leave a trail of Sparkling Easter Bunny Footprints. These adorable, magical crafts for Easter for kids definitely bring extra fun to the holiday. These Easter crafts for kids are budget friendly and extremely easy to make. Even if you don't celebrate Easter, these shimmering footprints would make an adorable addition to a garden or walkway.
  • Darling Cheap Chicks

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Turn trash into treasure with toilet paper roll crafts like the Darling Cheap Chicks. This Easter craft for kids is so precious that your house may turn into a bird's nest, but that's okay because these chickadees are cheap and easy to make. Kids will have fun crafting these cute Easter decorations that also make great toys. The little birdies will fly into your heart and remind you of the joy that Easter brings. These chick crafts cost practically nothing to make, so your little ones can make as many as they'd like!ractically nothing to make, so your little ones can make as many as they'd…
  • Carolina, 30 Minute Crafts

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    When I'm not sitting behind a sewing machine, laptop, or table covered with craft supplies, I'm running after 2 young boys or tackling laundry mountain. I craft because I love to create. I scrapbook because I want to create memories that last. I sew because I love fabric, and nothing is as cozy as snuggling under a handmade quilt on a cool evening.
  • 15 Minute Bunny Bags

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Do your kids need a place to stash their Easter treats? These 15 Minute Bunny Bags are an easy and quick fabric craft that is just too cute. You and your kids can make this Easter bunny project together. They will love stuffing the Easter bags with yummy goodies. The Easter bunny's long ears keep the bag's candies stored inside for your children. You could even make this fun Easter craft in secret to surprise your kids on Easter morning!
  • 10 Minute Paper Eggs

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    These 10 Minute Paper Eggs are perfect for toddlers who don't want to spend all day on one Easter craft. The quick and easy paper craft is super fun and your child will enjoy creating brightly colored eggs. The simplicity of this Easter egg craft makes it budget-friendly and great for large groups of young children. Good as a classroom project, these paper Easter eggs can be easily hung on a wall or from a ceiling as festive Easter decorations.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Polwarth – the rising star of 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    While the Blue Face Leicester wools (ecru BFL, Superwash BFL, BFL/silk) and, of course, Merino wool (in 21.5 and 19 micron) continue to be in the top ten performers for the ecru fiber division, Falkland wool top, Polwarth wool top, and Corriedale cross wool have had a significant gain in interest in 2014.With the growing interest and popularity of Polwarth wool and our Polwarth silk (85/15) blends, we decided to create a more luxurious Polwarth blend.  Toward the end of October 2014 we introduced a new product, 60% Polwarth wool and 40% tussah silk. This silk rich fiber blend is a luxury to…
  • Pattern redo: Shawl to Cowl

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    A few weeks ago, we talked about pattern redos on the blog. Here I will talk about a super simple fix to a shawl or scarf that just doesn’t sit right.I recently finished a pattern for this beautiful shawl with our Tahoe yarn. Although I don’t usually wear shawls, the pattern was so intriguing; I couldn’t’ resist. I thought I could wear it as a scarf! It would have worked as scarf… if I didn’t move…Almost instantaneously upon my moving, the shawl ends would start inching their way out of the scarf mode, and I was constantly fusing and rearranging it. So my beautiful shawl was put…
  • 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…
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  • Indian Puzzle Mini Quilt

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

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

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

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

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Once you have your design laid out on paper, it needs to be transferred to the block of soapstone. I am assuming that you are doing a relatively flat piece. More complex pieces are beyond the scope of this overview. … Continue reading →
  • Casting Metal: Soapstone Molds Part 1

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of the things that I specialize in, in my shop, is cast metal. I cast pewter, bronze, white bronze, and sterling silver into an assortment of pieces of jewelry and dress accessories. Customers often ask me questions about casting, … Continue reading →
  • The Care and Feeding of Your Metal Jewelry & Accessories

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    What sort of finish do you like on your jewelry? And once you have chosen it, do you know how to take care of it? Whether we are talking about a historical piece, or a modern piece, the way that … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 174 - Doilies

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Mar 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  DoiliesHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter…
  • Anything Goes Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Mar 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:38Timestamp: 2015-03-01 02:24:27 UTC  #38 Louise Davidson  Congratulations, Louise.  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 Doilies challenge.
  • Wedding/Celebration Stationery by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, It's Julie here today. With the Wedding Season fast approaching I thought it would be nice to share some Invitations with you today, that could easily be adapted for any other celebration/occasion. Here is a close up photograph of my Wedding Invitation. In the aligning up of the dies Sandy shows how to do this in a Tutorial HERE, so I won't go into details. My words were stamped using Archival Ink and a little Stickles was added for sparkle, along with some gems. I attached my ribbon using extra strong tape tucking in the edges before matting onto my card. My Evening…
  • Happy Thoughts Card by Corina Finley

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello....Happy thoughts coming your way....from me to you!Corina here with you today, to share my Spring inspired card!The vibrant floral pattern paper, sentiment word paper and white cardstock was the starting point. I die cut these papers with the French Flair Stacker die set.I then added the Polynesian Sails Oval Doily on top of the French Flair Stacker. I stamped my sentiment on a white Coved Rectangle Stacker die cut and matted it on a Scalloped Coved Rectangle Stacker die cut. I then placed it in the center but slipped it under the left side of the Polynesian Sails…
  • Layered Doily Dies with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Happy Thursday crafty friends!  It's Rhonda here today to host the blog for you. My project today is a square card."Hello" (5x5 card)I love the pretty layers of our doily dies and how they add such a delicate touch to your project. Here I'm showcasing a few of our newer dies, the Royal Scandinavian Doily and the Florence Filigree Doily. The steps that I used to create this card are:To start I used a 5x5 card base in white card stock. Next I added the square scalloped layer.This was followed by the Royal Scandinavian Doily in light pink card stock. Then I added the Florence…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • Lifewhack: How to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

    Jeanette Nyberg
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Yes, doing anything social in public prompts me to have to write about my experiences, but not actual experiences. I always imagine the funniest-case-scenarios when I’m in any situation and it’s really hard for me to keep from bursting out laughing at terribly inappropriate times. The cool thing about volunteering in a kindergarten classroom is that you’re hanging out with 5 and 6 year olds, and they are funny by nature. And exhausting. Boy howdy, those little dorks never stop. I’ve never been in a young kid classroom where the teacher didn’t seem half mentally…
  • Simple as Pie Scribble Creatures

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes (usually) the easy projects are the best. Grab yourself a marker and some paper and get ready to have a creative half hour. Or a half hour of quiet as your kids have a half hour of creativity. Step one: Scribble. Step two: Make creatures. Boom. Pow. Scribble Creatures. Now that you’re all excited about easy drawing games, here is a drawing games for kids post, that is, of course, not just for kids. More Great Stuff For You >>>Grid Drawing With Kids: Portraits5 Easy Art Projects: Inky Chalky DrawingsDrawing Games for KidsDrawing With Kids: Abstract Shadow DrawingsCatalog Paper…
  • Cool Coloring Sheets Made on the Sprout

    Jeanette Nyberg
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thank you to HP for sponsoring this post! I have coloring sheets for you! I’ve been wanting to make coloring sheets forever, and I didn’t know how, really, apart from just drawing them, but I wanted to be able to start from a point that wasn’t a blank piece of paper. While I was messing around with the HP Sprout, I discovered that you could trace around any image right on the mat, and then delete the image to leave your outline. Again, this opened up an overwhelming set of possibilities in my head- you could trace around images of your kids’ faces, the produce you…
  • 11 More Funny Tweets

    Jeanette Nyberg
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s time for us all to roll on the floor laughing our respective asses off. I can’t believe how happy Twitter makes me on a daily basis, and here are some gems of hilarious tweets that I have found so that you can leave all your woes behind for a few minutes.   It’s me your dream girl eating a full meal at the stoplight — a wandering ghost (@pale_teen) February 18, 2015 [lies on a tanning bed wearing a onesie] Aw hell yeah — Jazmasta (@jazmasta) January 17, 2015 it’s going to be weird when beards become unpopular and Portland just becomes a sea of soft chins.
  • Make a Font Out of Your Handwriting, WHAT???

    Jeanette Nyberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    One day Christian casually showed me this set of black magnets with white words on them that he had for the drawers of his big metal tool chest. I immediately exploded into a cacophony of questions, and although I was simultaneously wondering if I was being annoying, I couldn’t stop, “Did you make these? Where’d you get them? Did you make them? How’d you make these? Did you write them out? It’s your handwriting! What the hell!” After my head exploded, I found out that he had made a font from his handwriting. Do you see now why I lost my poise and dignity?
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    So glad I got out while the weather was still spring-like last week! Man it changes fast here.  Now it feels more like January again.Life is moving quickly- my husband just accepted a good job offer and now we can start hunting for a new house!  Hooray!  I'm sooooooo ready for those changes!
  • A Look at my Sketchbook

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
     My brain is overflowing with painting ideas.  Good thing I captured some of them in my sketchbook over the last few months.  If I don't record them, they leave me and may or may not return.One sunny afternoon I got the urge to get outdoors and sketch some landscape.  It's all still brown here but it was beautiful and warm and I was reminded of why I love to create outdoors!  It restores my soul and gives me peace.What's your favorite way to spend time outdoors? Me displaying my awesome ability to photograph myself and draw at the same time-haha!  not…
  • Photos of the Week

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    My last living grandparent passed away last week. Sad, yes, but also a relief for one who suffered as long as my grandmother did.  Our trip to Southern Utah for the funeral was short, but sweet.  Full of family and a little sight seeing in between.As sad as I was for my grandmother's passing, I found it strange that there is something I mourn every month that, for me, is even sadder than that.  Not being able to have more children.  I mourn for the life that never got to be.  I go through that grief month after month and it never gets easier.  I always have some…
  • Photos of the Week

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    It's that time of year again............time to come up with some new things to shape into hearts and photograph.  This year I went the more natural route.  I even went to the trouble of cutting heart shapes out of poinsettia leaves by folding them in half and going at them with scissors- like cutting out paper hearts. I've gotta try that with bigger leaves sometime. Fun stuff!Have a wonderful, loving Valentine's Day!
  • Teal Butterfly Painting

    5 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The unusually warm weather here has gotten me all ready for spring.........and it's only the beginning of February.I'm in the mood for painting butterflies!For Sale here:Blue and Teal Butterfly 8x10
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Gaming Socks

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    That knitting break was short lived.  A few months ago Omama brought back some sock yarn from Austria. Another beautiful skein from lana grossa. To my dismay the outer strands of the yarn had been cut by something so I kept having to break the yarn and start over again, but the results are oddly beautiful. I love how the blue color change happened between the 1x1 rib on the cuff and the stockinette leg. I'm hoping that I remember how I did this when I start the second sock. About that knitting break. I thought it would be much longer, but a funny thing happened this weekend. The family…
  • What Knitting

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    For the first time in many years I don't have an active knitting project. I started a pair of socks, but ruined the caston edge and haven't touched it since. Something strange has happened. I dug out some old cross stitch.      I know. Right?   Crazy. Even I can't believe it, but I've had this old cool Miribilia cross stitch from all the way back in 1999. I don't know what's possessed me. But even as I type this it's kind of kicking me back into knitting. Maybe I'll dig out another UFO to finish. There's a cardigan that needs a sleeve. For now tho, there's a fairy that…
  • 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.
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    Serger Pepper

  • 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection

    Mamma Nene
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Let me introduce you to the biggest collections of serger // overlockers resources from all around the web. I often find myself google-ing for new serger techniques, cute serger projects and the best time-saving serger tips, so I thought I could save you some time, collecting here my favorite serger resources: only the best of […] The post 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • OneCardigan for One Thimble: my gift to you!

    Mamma Nene
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Now it's your turn! Do you like to sew? Do you like to read sewing articles? Are you willing to support Indie Designers from all over the world? Take your One Thimble 6 copy now, or buy one copy of my OneCardigan PDF sewing pattern! You'll be amazed, I promise! Still not convinced? Let me give you a incentive: Buy your copy of the OneCardigan using the button below and I will send you another one of my patterns... for FREE! Yes... And you choose which one! Now, this is a REAL BARGAIN... two, for the price of one! But be quick! it's expiring this sunday, March, 1st! The post OneCardigan for…
  • Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly!

    Mamma Nene
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Step-by-step instructions to perfectly clean your serger (and your sewing machine too). There's nothing like a dust-free serger/sewing machine to start a new (and hassle-free) sewing project! I'm sharing with you all my best tips. The post Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Pattern testing: #carryeverywhereshoppingbag by

    Mamma Nene
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    You may know that I truly enjoy a good sewing project if it has some (or all) of these features: it has to be practical, something I (or the final user) will use it must be frugal, using fabric I already have in hand (ask hubby if I have enough…) or better refashion a pre-loved […] The post Pattern testing: #carryeverywhereshoppingbag by appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • OneThimble 6 + OneCardigan release

    Mamma Nene
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    The post OneThimble 6 + OneCardigan release appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Diy Or Buy.

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ah, the age old question every crafter must themselves when they want something they think they can make, should I diy or buy?Here's a few that caught my eye this week.1. Diy Watercolour Tableware from Fall for Diy or buy this Oval Platter in Navy Watercolour or Aqua Ring Dish from Suite One Studio.2. Diy Imprinted Ceramic Bowls from The Lovely Drawer or buy this Old Havana Cereal Bowl from Anthropologie.3. Diy Agate Coasters from Fabric Paper Glue or buy these purple and blue Agate Coasters from West Elm.Any favourites? I definitely fancy having a go at…
  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Diy 3-D Origami Wall Art.

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    (Dive Deep print from Elise Joy, the camera print is Fresco wallpaper from Homebase and the picture ledge from Ikea.)It's been a quite few months since I last had a go at making something from something I've pinned. In fact it was way back in September when I made these mini notebooks from shipping tags. As soon as this Diy Origami Wall Display on Design Sponge I knew it was something I wanted to have a go at.This wasn't a quick project. It ended up taking about 4 days from start to finish including drying time and a practice run using printer paper that I shared here. Each…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    1. Eating Mr Pretzels cinnamon sugar coated pretzels.2. Making 3-D origami wall art.3. Lighting candles in my Himalayan rock salt candle holder.
  • Simple Diy Gift Box.

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    I've been playing around with my Martha Stewart score board again. It's a little bit addictive. I love knowing with a few scores, snips and a couple of blobs of glue I can make any size box that I want.I saw this easy gift box over on Damask Love and really liked the idea of having a simple go-to gift box I could make quickly when needed. This box ended up being a bit more complicated than the one that originally inspired it but I still think it's relatively simple to make. From start to finish including cutting out all the pieces it took around 20 minutes.I made my simple diy gift box out of…
  • Valentine's Day Printables.

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    With Valentine's Day just a few days away I thought I'd share some of my favourite (and free) Valentine's printables from around the web.1.  Bright and colourful printable Valentine's Day gift wrap from Sarah Hearts over on Lovely Indeed.2. Printable love note postcards from The Lovely Drawer to tell that special someone all the reasons you love them.3. Spread the love with these printable calligraphy valentines from Coco & Mingo for Lovely Indeed.4. Perfect match printable matchbox complete with dipped Pocky stick matches from Design is Yay.5. Planning a party? Try these…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Make a Floral Garland Card Holder (with ProFlowers)

    14 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    In continuing with our Valentine's Day post, I had a last minute idea to create a simple, floral garland to hang on the wall, on which I would attach any cards I receive.  This is another fairly easy DIY that you can do with a dozen or two roses and any other greenery you have on hand.  Wedding season is almost upon us, and this wall hanger display could be a great addition to any wedding decor.  You could also create this after a wedding or formal event with the flowers from your event; that way you could hold on to them just a little bit longer!  We were ecstatic to…
  • How to Make a Floral Garland Centerpiece (with ProFlowers)

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you all have a very sweet and fun-filled holiday.  This week we had the opportunity to work with ProFlowers, an online flower retailer that sells a lot of different floral arrangements, perfect for Valentine's Day, a wedding or any other formal or special event.  I really liked that while I could order pre-made arrangements, I also had the option of just ordering bulks of fresh flowers.  And upon receiving all these lovely boxes at my front door, I knew I wanted to make a centerpiece simple enough that if you're short on time, could be pretty…
  • Valentine's Day Dessert Kabobs

    7 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Love is in the air (and so is all this powdered sugar that's been flinging around)!  I think one of the best things about Valentine's Day are the desserts you eat after the meal.  The chocolate-covered strawberries, the chocolate candies in all types of flavors, the sweet drinks- so if you're hosting a simple get-together this year, be sure to make these easy Valentine's Day dessert kabobs.  I love kabobs, because they're super simple: you just slide your favorite foods on a stick.  They're quick to grab and eat and you can have a full tray on your food table for all your…
  • 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…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • Spring Burlap Table Runner

    Carmen Whitehead
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to give your home decor something fresh and lovely.  I’ve had an obsession with burlap lately and I’m really incorporating it into my Spring Home Decor.  Today I’m sharing with you a simple project that is now sewing and you can do in less than an hour. Materials:  Americana Home Decor Chalky Finish Paint in New Life, Refreshing, Legacy and Rouge color   Canvas Corp Table Runner   1 yard of lace trim of your choice   American Decor Stencils in Jacobean Floral, Finch, Vintage Butterfly and Tropical Flower Tools:…
  • Find Yourself in Art Journaling

    Irit Shalom
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hello my dear crafty friends! My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer who is very thrilled to be a part of Bella Crafts Creative Team. This is my first post here in Bella BLOG and I hope my English third language is  pretty good. Anyway, this is a full photo step by step tutorial and a very self expressing one. This is just my second time doing art journal pages and my very first art journaling tutorial, but I think it’s just the same as doing Mixed Media canvas tutorial I am pretty much familiar. So here we go: Instructions: 1. Mix a 3-4 acrylics over a very thick white…
  • Spring Flowers Card

    Larissa Pittman
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Good morning friends. I don’t know about you but I am ready to put the cold weather behind me and start planting some flowers and adding color to my yard. Since this has been on my mind I decided to pull out some of my flower theme stamps. I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the flowers all over the front of the card using black ink. I then colored them with my Copic markers. I used one of my favorite color combos: Pink, Yellow and Orange. For the pink flower I used Copic markers: RV02, RV04, 5V06 For the Yellow flower I used Y02, Y08, Y28 For orange flower I used YR04, YR08,…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire – Week 11: Button Ball

    Lisa Fulmer
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Happy Monday! Sorry I was AWOL last week – did ya miss me? I had to tend to some family business…but I’m back and ready to get my craft on! Decorate something like a jar, a box or a pillow using at least 25 tiny little things from your stash, like buttons, charms, beads, flowers or rhinestones. Not long ago, I went through all my buttons and separated them by color into little jars. I discovered I had a ton of black buttons in various styles and sizes. So that’s the stash I went to for this prompt. After a short scroll through “button crafts” on Pinterest, I spotted some…
  • Boho Turquoise Cross Necklace

    Lisa Jimenez
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Making a stunning piece of jewelry does not need to be complicated. In this tutorial I will show how incorporating pre-made components with other items, will give you a beautiful design. Next time you are at your favorite craft store’s bead section, take another look at these slider beads, they are full of design possibilities. Another alternative is to use a vintage button or cluster earring in place of the slider bead. Materials: • Trinity Brass Grand Victorian Cross Pendant ~Brass Ox • Pre-made 2 Hole Bead Slider ~ Turquoise • 15” Beaded Link Chain ~To coordinate with Bead Slider…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Vintage Ribbon and Chain Wrap Bracelet

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am so happy, thrilled, elated and so many other synonyms of absolutely excited to have the crazy talented and incredibly sweet Bev from Flamingo Toes here today. If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful lady, you should become so. I am always so inspired by her innovative and gorgeous creations and today’s project is […]
  • Ruffle Ribbon Flower, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday! It is sometimes said that “diamonds are a girls best friend,” but I think it is also just as fitting to say that ruffles are a girls best friend…wouldn’t you agree? Maybe they aren’t your best friend, but I bet your little sweetheart would say that she is sure fond of […]
  • Ribbon Crown Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A princess wardrobe is never complete without a royal crown sitting proudly atop their precious little head? Today, Cherie is sharing a gorgeous Ribbon Crown that is perfect for your highness and for completing her royal wardrobe. This crown is embellished with lovely gems and pretty glittery ribbon. Create this fun royal accessory for your […]
  • Easy Lace Bows and Headbands

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Whenever I hear the word lace, my thoughts immediately head to vintage. I also picture gorgeous gowns worn by fancy ladies or lovely brides walking down the aisle. However, vintage gowns and wedding dresses are not even close to being the only way to wear and display the beauty of lace. In fact, today I […]
  • Adjustable Strap Bow Tie Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    So many times, our posts are all about fun and frilly hair accessories for the little girls in our lives. Which means that unfortunately our poor little fellas sometimes may feel a little bit left out…but not today! Today Cherie is sharing a fun project just for those little fellas that is so cute and […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • DIY Cute as a Button Shamrock

    Sherri Osborn
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    You can make one or more of these fun button shamrocks to decorate your home, classroom, or self for St. Patrick’s Day. While I glued magnets to the back of the clothespin stem, you can glue a dowel to the…Read more →
  • Paper Mache Cat in the Hat

    Sherri Osborn
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    When I was trying to come up with a project in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (celebrated on March 2nd), my first thought went to one of my favorite Seuss books, The Cat In The Hat. Once I decided on…Read more →
  • 30 Cat in the Hat Crafts and Treats

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The story of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is a classic. Was it one of your favorite? I will admit, as a kid, I did not like that cat at all and I remembered getting worried about…Read more →
  • How to Make a Handprint Cherry Tree

    Sherri Osborn
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learn how to make a picture of a cherry tree by tracing your forearm and fingers. You can make small cherries using your fingertips, or make cherry blossoms by using tiny pieces of tissue paper that are wadded up. This…Read more →
  • 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 →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Recessed Between Stud Bookshelf

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    If babies are so tiny, why do they come with/need so many things?! Our nursery is a smaller room, so when planning out our space we did not have the option to fit many pieces of furniture in there. When we discovered that there wasn’t enough floor space for a bookshelf to house all of the fabulous books I had envisioned for our little one, my mind went into solution mode. In the nursery, the closet door opens out into the room, rendering the wall that the door opens against almost useless. This was the perfect spot to create a recessed bookshelf. After all, if you don’t have the floor…
  • Burlap Wreath, Take Two

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Way, way back Grace showed you how she made her easy Burlap Bubble Wreath. I too have made a burlap wreath, but mine is quite different than hers. I wanted it to look something like this wreath here, but I must have been a bad student and not followed the directions quite right. That’s okay though, because I actually like how mine turned out!          What you need: Burlap—mine was from Wreath- I found that the one with compressed hay worked best—leave the plastic wrapping on! Ruler Scissor Pins- at least 100   Step 1:…
  • 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…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Isn't it great when different craft products in your stash go together, almost as though you had plannned it?Card Recipe:Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18 Diet Set , Tonic Studios Birds on a Branch, Birdhouse Die, Layering Rectangles and Layering Circles, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Hunkydory, Stardream Pearlescent CardEmbellishments: mulberry flowers, May Arts ribbonAs you will have noticed, I do like a lot of layers on my card!  For this card, I wanted to use a Hunkydory card toppers and cardstock set that I had in my…
  • Swirly Whirlies Owl Family Card

    7 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    I just love owls, so I couldn't resist this wonderful Swirly Whirlies Owl Family stamp, it is just too cute, especially when paired with some lovely First Edition paper and kraft cardstock.Card Recipe:Stamp: Swirly Whirlies Owl Family (Little Claire), Happy Circular Sentiments (LOTV)Colouring Mediums: Memento Cocoa Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen, PromarkersPaper and Card: First Edition Spring Feast, Kraft CardTools: Spellbinders Labels 8 Diet Set and Vintage Lace Accents, Tonic Studios Layering Squares and Layering…
  • Extending Square Dies to Cut Rectangles

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    This is a useful tutorial on how to get more out of your Square Dies by extending them to cut rectangles.With this method, you can extend the length or the width, but not both!At the end of the project, you will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions.You will need some:Square dies (eg Tonic Layering Squares)Die cutting machine (eg Grand Calibur)CardstockStep 1Measure the outer edge of your square die.  In my example (excuse the slight blurriness of the first photo), my outer edge measures 9.8cm and I know that this cuts a 9.3x9.3cm square.  I know need to cut a piece of card…
  • Buttons Galore!

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    It's my little niece's first birthday soon and I wanted to share with you a Button Initial Name Picture that I've made for her new bedroom using an inexpensive photoframe and lots of buttons!Project Recipe:Paper and Card: Textured, DCWV, VellumTools: Tonic Studios Layering Butterflies and Scallop Layering Squares, Grand Calibur, Silhouette CameoEmbellishments: buttons, flatback pearls and crystalsApologies for the quality of the images, photographing glass without glare is very difficult. Anyway, here's the close up of LUCIA's name.  To make this, I cut out Lucia's…
  • Pillow Box Owl Step-by-Step Tutorial

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a step-by-step photo tutorial for how to create a cute pillow box owl using the Tonic Studio Dies.  At the bottom of this blogpost, you will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions.Step 1 - Die Cut your CardstockFirst of all, you will need the following dies (all by Tonic Studios, shown in picture above left)smallest layering circle diesmallest layering scallop circle diesecond smallest layering circle diesmallest love arches die (the heart)pillow box dieYou will also need the following pieces of card stock:Brown textured cardstock cut to 9.5cm x 20.5cm, 2 pieces of…
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    Blog - Adrianne's Sketchblog

  • Oh summer, where art thou?

    Adrianne Herold
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Reasons I love cactus and succulents:  1) you hardly have to water them.....
  • Adrianne Herold
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    wow. i have horrible handwriting..
  • The Legend of Poro

    Adrianne Herold
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    My little poro. I love him. 
  • Annnnd we're off!

    Adrianne Herold
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    So for my first post, I'll just start off with a babble.I used to have a blog a while ago. It was lifestyle blog that included recipes, fashion, and photography. So I've been using Squarespace for quite sometime. I'm actually pretty exciting about all of us doing this. It's an interesting way for all of us to connect and move with each other through the class. I like to see what others are thinking and coming up with. I hope everyone else has fun with this and goodluck! (btw, first post will always be difficult. That's one thing I've learned over the years.)-Adrianne.
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  • Best Homemade Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    This is the best Milk Chocolate Icing ever!  It’s rich, creamy, smooth, and deee-licious!! Come see what the key ingredient is! This makes the perfect icing for cakes, cupcakes or chocolate dips. It’s super easy to make and it’s sure to be a hit at any party. Want to know the secret ingredient?  It’s the […] The post Best Homemade Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Orange Buttermilk Creamsicle Cookie Mix Pancakes Breakfast or Dessert

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    These Orange Creamsicle Pancakes are like an orange creamsicle cookie in a pancake.  They make a delicious breakfast treat. Are they breakfast or dessert? You can have them for both! And if you like your pancakes for dinner have them for dinner, too! With these creamsicle pancakes you are getting a twofer. You get the […] The post Orange Buttermilk Creamsicle Cookie Mix Pancakes Breakfast or Dessert appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • How To Make Rooster Mason Jars Gift and Craft Kitchen Ideas

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Turn a Mason Jar or any jar into a Rooster jar.  My kitchen is done in Roosters and I am always adding new Rooster decorations to it.  I love the colors red, black, and yellow and how I have incorporated those colors in my kitchen. This tutorial is super easy and will show you how […] The post How To Make Rooster Mason Jars Gift and Craft Kitchen Ideas appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • How To Spoil Cats Target Litter Genie & Fancy Feast Offer

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    “This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Litter Genie® and Fancy Feast®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Catparents”. If you have cats then you know no craft project is complete without the kitty, right? I call my cats my craft kitties because when I’m […] The post How To Spoil Cats Target Litter Genie & Fancy Feast Offer appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Recycled Suitcases DIY Furniture and Storage Ideas

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I think old suitcases are so fun to decorate and recycle into something else.  I found several that I love and that gave me some great ideas for when I find some old suitcases.  I’m sure you will love them, too!  Enjoy!  (To PIN this post please use the photo above.) To PIN a suitcase […] The post Recycled Suitcases DIY Furniture and Storage Ideas appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • No clutter in 2015: week 8 update

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    Here I am for the weekly update on my 2015 goal: to have a cleaner, leaner house by the end of the year. Posting these updates helps and keeps me in track. Every weekend (and on weekdays too, when I have time) I try to tackle a different area of my house. I started with books (not near finished yet) but since then I have found lots of other areas in need. I have donated a lot of things, upcycled others, but there is still much work to be done.This week I tackled the bathroom cabinets (two out of three, at least, since the one in the master bathroom has not been touched yet).They weren't…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 25/February

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    A reminder of all the pretty things out there...
  • Cupcake topper necklaces

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Yesterday when I posted my DIY stationery gift set I showed you that I had included a simple necklace:It was something made in the spur of the moment and I never gave it much thought until my daughter saw it and said she wanted one too. Then I thought: why not? She loves "jewelry", so I might as well make her some inexpensive necklaces that no one will miss if she loses or damages and that can be easily replaced any way. And what is the easiest way to achieve this? Cupcake toppers, of course! They already come in the right size and if you check Pinterest there are hundreds of free…
  • DIY Stationery Gift Set

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    This story starts with a project going wrong. On Saturday morning I had a little free time and I decided to make a Hello Kitty notebook cover (check the tutorial here). I had the actual notebook made some time last year but then something else got in the way and I lost track of it. I found it while going through the desk drawers on my decluttering endeavours.I even took a picture of all my supplies neatly gathered.And then I suddenly realised that I had made a mistake and one of the felt pieces was smaller than the other. And I didn't have at home enough felt in the same color to cut a new…
  • Reuse & upcycle: pillowcase from...other pillowcases

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:06 am
    As you've probably have heard before, I'm decluttering my house. Some weeks ago I went through my daughter's closet and found several small pillowcases from when she was a toddler.None of the pillowcases fit any of the pillows we have in our house now, but the fabrics were cute, packed with memories and I clearly wasn't ready to part with them. But I'm committed to decluttering, so I had to find a solution: a new, larger pillowcase made with a mix of all the fabrics.This was my first attempt at something remotely quilt-looking, and while I like the outcome (even if some of the squares are not…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Knitting & Crochet – Learning About Yarns

    Zurainny Ismail
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Leftovers to sew and tidy :D There are so many wonderful brands, textures and colours of yarns readily available online nowadays that it’s a great mystery to me how I have been able to resist the urge to get some new yarns for myself for more or less 2 years, until about 2 weeks ago, when I finally ended my abstinence because ……. My Nona yarns are almost all used up to make crochet hexagons. Later, I will crochet just a few more and continue sewing them together to make a bigger this: I estimate that this will be about 3′ x 4′ when finished Surfing For New…
  • Knitted Handphone Case

    Zurainny Ismail
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Knitted Handphone Case I can’t believe that nearly 1 month has passed since my last post.  And now we are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year!  Isn’t it incredible? Probably due to the extreme and unpredictable weather, many around Kota Kinabalu, including my family, have been unwell – fever, coughing, sore-throat and flu. Thankfully, the worst has passed and now, I can start posting again. I knitted the above hp cover while nursing my kids a few weeks ago.  The pattern was accidental, and didn’t plan to turn my practice piece into a handphone…
  • 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’…
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    Woo Hoo Cuties

  • How to prepare, organize a succesful vintage party (1)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I’d love to share my ideas with you, after all we organized one for 44 people, family and friends, young and old. Setting of the party and dressing up! If the setting is already really vintage, it saves you decoration work! I did foresee vintage serviettes, for every meal different ones, as a tiny extra detail. To avoid danger with candles I put little tea lights in small pots filled with coffee beans, they give a nice scent and no danger for fire! The fact that people have to dress up in this theme of immense possibilities, doesn’t make it too expensive for people or too difficult to…
  • Vintage anniversary party in an old French Château in Normandy

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A year ahead we started planning, I wanted of course, to imbue vintage charm in this party project. There is something intrinsically popular, seductively attractive, about the old 1900s. So we started preparing the retro invitations, hand making these was so much fun! We wanted our party to be inspired by glamorous vintage icons of years gone by, a vintage dress code, that paid homage to the high fashion style of the old days. And our guests took elegance and class to a whole new level, with their outfits, they gave the party the right “vibe”. Our venue of choice for our unique vintage…
  • Recipe freebie: Yummy chocolate paste

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I was spoiled with this recipe, years ago in France, visiting my good friend Yvonne. Imagine getting up for breakfast and this fresh homemade chocolate paste awaits you… I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized she made it early in the morning, just for our breakfast. She was ever so friendly to give me her recipe and since then I am now the perfect host, spoiling my friends with this super treat! Ready? It’s ever so easy! You’ll need: 250g simple white sugar 1 egg 150gr of excellent chocolate half a cup of milk 250gr of butter Start by adding a beaten egg to 250gr of sugar (use…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (5): Stitching straight!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Ready for your first (boring honestly, but ever so necessary) stitching exercise? Sewing itself is not the most time consuming, the preparing is! Take your time to put everything ready (think about cooking, isn’t it easy when you just have to grab the thing you need and all ingredients are ready). Part one: “Stitch straight” exercise Draw or print a page with straight vertical lines (yes paper!). For this exercise your bobbin is empty and you don’t need to use any thread, the idea is to stitch straight, the needle will just put holes in your paper, visualizing for you whether you…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (4)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Let’s first talk about the most basic thing: your stitching machine, how to use it and then we’ll start some easy exercises: stitching straight. I know you want to start straight off, with your first quilt, but let’s do first things first, I told you, it is a very basic course from scratch. Before you even go close to your machine: those of you with long hair, put it together, you don’t want your hair to be caught, in between needle and fabric… believe me! Let’s have a look at our main tool: What is what exactly? Needle plate: Will protect the inside of your machine, but more…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • Frost Heaves or A Peacock Jewel Scarf

    Alice Seidel
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Frost Heaves or a Peacock Jewel Scarf, which one are you?   Ten years ago my husband and I were New England innkeepers. We had a beautiful inn in Jaffrey, NH. Built in 1853 it even came with it’s own built-in “ghost”, if you will. You can read all about that here. We were tucked into the southwest corner of New Hampshire; a place known for its certifiable New England look. Long country roads in between tiny town “centers”; it puts me in mind of skeins of yarn which get away from you and leave long trails all around the room. One of the roads which snaked its…
  • Yarn Substitutions in The Chinese New Year

    Alice Seidel
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
     Yarn Substitutions in the Chinese New Year can be a scream! But before I get to that, let me mention that the Chinese New Year did just commence earlier this month and is the Year of the Goat. Which brings to mind the ending scene of “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie and his family end up in a Chinese restaurant when their holiday turkey is devoured by the neighboring dogs. I remember a long time ago, my mother would always shop in the stores in Elizabeth, NJ. THAT was the place to go! These were the days, mind you, before shopping malls. Downtowns were only open on certain…
  • Cowl of Many Colors in The White Winter

    Alice Seidel
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    A Cowl of Many Colors is something we all need. Well! Seems as if Winter is here to stay. We’ve had record-breaking lows and about 5″ of snow fell Monday night into Tuesday. I remember because my daughter-in-law Lisa was traveling back from Orlando, FL to Newark, (she’s a flight attendant) and her scheduled flight had been cancelled and she was catching the last plane back to NJ that night, “dead-heading” as she puts it. Snow was supposed to start before midnight and I was hoping it would hold off for her ride down the lovely Garden State Parkway. For the most…
  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Knitting – Review

    Alice Seidel
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Knitting – a review for you! Once in a while I think back to those days, a long time ago, when I was just learning how to knit. In the VERY beginning, I think I stuck with practice squares; just going over the knit and purl stitches again and again until they felt normal in my hands. Knitting, like any other craft, takes T-I-M-E. If only I had a DVD like this one! The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Knitting by Nici Beason. When I was very young, my grandmother tried teaching me how to crochet. I loved watching her create her squares and…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Spring Collection Blog Tour Roundup

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      It hasn’t felt like two weeks have passed since we launched the 2015 Spring Collection. It seems like just earlier this week we were unveiling the full and mini pattern bundles, and kicking off the blog tour. I can say with certainty that it’s been my favorite two weeks this year…maybe ever. Your enthusiasm around these five patterns makes us totally giddy.   Haven't grabbed your pattern bundle yet? You’ve got exactly three weeks until spring officially starts. We suggest you gather your fabrics, get your sewing…
  • How to Make and Sew with Piping

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Piping is the new pom pom fringe. I’m sure of it. There’s something about this simple trim that adds such a look of sophistication to handmade clutches, dresses and pants. Plus, piping lets you use contrasting fabrics while keeping your garments looking professional. Piping can be scary for new sewists. But it's not! Today we’re taking an in-depth look at piping and the options for sewing with it.     What is Piping? Piping is a trim used in the seams of a garment, pillow, clutch or other item. It’s often used in a contrasting color to make the trim…
  • How to Sew a Slouchy Seafarer

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      For every collection we launch I spend hours upon hours pouring over which patterns to include. There are several elements I like to see in each grouping of patterns that I hope appeal to most garment sewists. One thing I always try to incorporate are a few versatile knit sewing patterns.   For the 2015 Spring Collection, I knew the Seafarer Top would be a great addition to every sewist’s spring wardrobe. It’s a basic tee with dolman sleeves and the option to band the sleeves or the waist. This sewing pattern has endless possibilities. Plus, it’s super…
  • Introducing the 2015 Spring Collection

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Over the last few weeks Steve and I have been challenged to capacity. Our latest endeavor challenged my sewing abilities with silk chiffon and fly zippers. Our hands ached as I edited photos and he coded new page layouts late, late into the night. And the bags underneath my eyes grew darker as each night I got less and less sleep. But, damn, are we proud.   It’s February. Next month is officially spring, folks. Flowers are budding, trees are blooming. And what’s the state of your handmade wardrobe? We're willing to bet it’s still planted firmly in…
  • Selfish Sewing Week: Spring 2015

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Over the last year, we've learned that the cocktail of a person’s sewing preferences varies widely. Maybe you only sew women’s garments. Or maybe you dabble in a bit of garment sewing and also quilting, enjoying the change of pace from project to project. What we do know is that often you get roped into doing a lot of sewing that isn’t always for you.   The point is you’re busy, juggling responsibilities like a pro. You are doing it and doing it damn well. So we think you deserve an entire week to sew whatever the heck you…
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  • Get a House Full of Color Inspiration from Kristin Nicholas

    Sarah White
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    For being a knitter, crafter, designer and someone who just wrote a book about color knitting for cryin’ out loud, my house is not at all colorful. We moved in almost exactly four years ago and every single room is still beige. I know painting is not the only way to get color into a room, and while I do want to paint a little now (like, maybe a wall in my office) I’m more inspired to fill my rooms with colorful crafts thanks to Kristin Nicholas‘ lovely book Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space with Color. Kristin is a knitter, crocheter,…
  • Frugal Family Linky February 26

    Sarah White
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    I’ve decided February may be the cruelest month, or at least the craziest month. I think we all forget that it’s shorter and try to cram in the same amount of stuff. Throw in snow days and sniffly kids and the ceiling repair happening in my kitchen as I write this (it’s a long story) and I am feeling like this month just did not go according to plan at all. The good news is next week, next month is a new challenge to face, and a new chance to make things better and stay on track with what we want out of life. And completely rethinking what lives on my kitchen counters. Since…
  • Make a Quick Tooth Fairy Pillow to Hang on a Door

    Sarah White
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The girl has a loose tooth. It escalated from being a kind of wiggly tooth to a super-wiggly, may-come-out-at-any-time tooth basically yesterday. I think we’ve still got a few days before it will fall out, but you never know, so I decided I needed to be prepared. I whipped up this little tooth fairy pillow out of some felt and a ribbon I had lying around my office. You could use regular fabric if you’d rather, though you’ll have to take a little more care sewing it than I did. Or try denim or fleece. This is also a project that could be completely no sew if you wanted, but I…
  • Burn It With Fire

    Sarah White
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Last weekend was our fifth #tcoyos retreat, which is unbelievable and amazing and awesome and I don’t know what I would do without it. There are always a lot of great moments in our weekends away from the world, focusing on whatever it is we most want to focus on, but I think my favorite thing we did this time was a burning ritual. That makes it sound both more fancy and more woo-woo than it was. We wrote down things on pieces of paper. Things we needed to move past, feelings we wanted to step away from, whatever we needed to rid ourselves of. And then we burned them. One by one we went…
  • Review: The Year of the Sheep

    Sarah White
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The Chinese new year has begun, and while there’s some debate as to whether this is the Year of the Sheep or the Goat (or even the Ram), as a knitter I’m going with the sheep. Oliver Chin went with the sheep, too, in his book we just happened to find at the library this week, The Year of the Sheep: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. The book is one of a series of 12 (10 have been released so far) picture books featuring little stories about all the animals represented in the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Sheep tells the story of Sydney, a little lamb who wants to explore more of the…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Crochet Vinyl Decal GIVEAWAY!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    When I come across a neat product (especially when it's crochet related) I have to share it with you! I stumbled upon a fabulous Etsy shop called TheCreativeAdult, run by the talented Jessie Parker. She offers a wide variety of custom vinyl decals including a series of crochet themed decals perfect for your car windows, laptops, cellphones, glasses, cups, coolers, and so much more! You can put them on just about any smooth surface.Peace, Love, CrochetI fell in love with the "Peace, Love, Crochet" decal right away and then thought it would be perfect if it was customized for my blog... you…
  • Crochet Chunky Baby Chick Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Spring is around the corner and so is Easter which makes it a perfect time to make this chunky baby chick hat! The super bulky yarn and large crochet hook makes it a quick crochet project.Materials:- Chunky or Bulky yarn. I used Loops & Threads Zoomba Super Bulky yarn in Lightening yellow.- Size I/9. I actually used a size K hook in the one pictured because that is all I could find at the moment the inspiration for this hat hit ;) But I recommend using an I/9 for a tighter stitch and more exact sizes.- Worsted weight yarn in orange and white.- Size G hook for the eyes/beak.- 2 small black…
  • Painted Wooden Owl Bowls

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    I was reorganizing my craft closet and came across these cute little wooden bowls that I got years ago from Snuggly Monkey on Etsy. They are the perfect size to hold stitch markers, small buttons, and other little craft necessities. After a quick paint job - owls of course -  I put one on my bedside table and two on my desk. You can find the same bowls HERE or the Amazon link below. Michaels and Jo-Anns both have wooden craft sections that I'm sure would have something similar as well. Please note that finished bowls are not dishwasher safe nor are they safe for eating out…
  • Crochet Race Car "Playnket" (Play Mat and Blanket)

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    I know a little boy who isn't feeling so well and is in need of some cheering up this week. That is when the idea of the "Playnket" hit me! It's a crochet play mat and lovey blanket all in one! Snuggle with it or lay it flat on the floor and race the cars on the track. Perfect for sick days on the couch but also a soft activity toy that is a great size to take on the go! Of course you could alway double, triple, or quadruple the pattern to make an even larger blanket. The one I made measures about 23 inches long by 19 inches wide. The small size works up extremely quickly making it an easy…
  • Crock Pot Sriracha Chicken

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    Sriracha sauce has become a staple in most homes, including ours! I swear my husband puts it on everything. Even if you don't like a lot of spice in your food, don't worry. The Sriracha sauce has such a great flavor that it really takes this chicken to the next level without overpowering it or burning your tongue. Plus if you really need to, you can easily dull the spice by adding mayo or greek yogurt before eating.Ingredients:- 1/2 cup Sriracha Sauce- 1/2 cup honey- 1 lime- 2lbs chicken breastsDirections:1. Cut up chicken breasts into cubes and put in the bottom of the crock pot.2. In…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Stockinette Stitch with a Ribbed Twist

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 3 stitches  and a 4-row repeat.Row 1 (RS): * Knit 2 sts together but do not slip from needle, then knit the first stich again, and slip both stitches from needle together, knit 1; repeat from * to end.Row 2: Purl all sts.Row 3: * Knit 1, knit 2 sts together but do not slip from needle, then knit the first stich again, and slip both stitches from needle together,; repeat from * to end.Row 4: Purl all sts.
  • Fisherman's Rib aka Shaker Rib

    Knitting Unlimited
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Note: Given the elasticity of brioche, you should cast on and bind off very looselyKnit version.Cast on an even number of sts.Set-up Row: Knit all sts.Pattern Row: * K1, K1b; repeat from * to end.Repeat Pattern Row until you have reached your desired length.Purl version.Cast on an even number of sts.Set-up Row: Purl all sts.Pattern Row: * P1, P1b; repeat from * to end.Repeat Pattern Row until you have reached your desired length.Abbreviations:- K, P: Knit, purl.- K1b: Knit 1 in the row below.Insert needle through center of st 1 row below next st and knit, slipping st above off needle at same…
  • 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…
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    Thesis of Me

  • House of Mirrors

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I am working on an embellishment collection right now called Circus. I began thinking about other similar experiences to the circus and one that inspires me is the Fun House.I think the best part is the room with all the mirrors in a Fun House. I developed a smocking, beaded sample from this inspiration. Above is the final piece and below you can see the process. I really like how it came out!
  • Youthful Pearls

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    POP up POP art! The sixties are fun!I tried out this sample to experiment with pearls. Pearls often come off as classic and elegant but adding a touch of color can keep them youthful!Nadia
  • 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…
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    Bread & With It

  • Homemade Butter

    Laurel Blow
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I wasn't ready for this post, because I didn't even think it was going to make its way to Bread & With It. I thought making homemade butter would be really difficult. Boy was I wrong! Homemade butter is delicious, easy and just plain cool to make! Deborah at the Stinky Kitchen wrote an article back in December, how to make raw butter. I shared her article on the Bread & With It Facebook page. Along with the "share", I mentioned that Emma and I were excited to make our own homemade butter, and here I am in February finally sharing it with you! After going through the…
  • Homemade Muffins

    Laurel Blow
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Holy, hectic, homemade muffins Batman! It happened. I didn't think there would be any time to make these babies, but I'm so glad I was able to! We all have busy schedules, but this one is like "Holy cow! Stop the car, or I'm going to jump out!" busy. I think we've just about peaked our ability to pack everything in scale. I'm starting to realize that this lifestyle is very common with families that home-school. It's a busy life, but as a family we've never been so happy. Really. When the kids were in public school, Michael was at work and I was either working or going to school. We were…
  • Cooking Times For Cupcakes

    Laurel Blow
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you found a really wonderful cake recipe that makes your taste buds sing? Now you can turn your cake recipe into a cupcake recipe whenever you want to, with one simple trick! I'm not going to drag this out and make you wait for it. The trick to adjusting the cooking times for cupcakes is to just fill your cupcake liners half-full and reducing the recipe time by one-half. Yes, it's that easy! I discovered how to alter the cooking times for cupcakes in one of my cookbooks, and I'm incredibly excited about it now. This opens up so many opportunities now! Basically I can make any of my…
  • Filling a Pastry Bag: 1 Easy Trick

    Laurel Blow
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This quick trick makes piping chocolate or frosting so much easier! Filling a pastry bag always results in a mess and such a hassle! I can't begin to share how many times I've thrown in the towel (sometimes literally), because of the mess these pastry bags can make. Nothing irritates me more than a huge mess when I'm doing detailed projects. Once the outer-side of your pastry bag gets messy it's all down hill from there. Most people, when they first begin working with pastry bags, they try scooping their frosting into the bag with a spoon (I really wish I had a game show buzzer…
  • Lego Mini-fig Recycled Crayons

    Leila Winiecki
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Valentines day comes at the time of year when our family has just settled down from the holidays, birthdays, travel, our anniversary and beginning school again. It's not the most convenient of times, to say the least. Valentine's day seems so commercialized that I can barely make myself buy things knowing it will end up being thrown away or eaten in a fury of sugar-induced excitement. This is where I buckle down and get creative by making Lego Mini-fig recycled crayons. I'm sure you also have a box of dirty broken crayons somewhere, that no one even colors with…
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    DIY Candy

  • St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes

    Special Guest
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    Who loves a good joke here and there? Especially when it’s a super corny, St. Patrick’s Day one? Meee! I’m Vanessa Brady from Tried & True and I’m back to share these fun St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes with you. Whether your kids have direct roots to Ireland or...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesWoodland Animal Valentine TagsMake a Valentine’s Day Wreath – 20 Great Ideas!Vintage Valentine Wreath in 15 Minutes! 
  • Patterned DIY Frames with Mod Podge

    Special Guest
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Hi everyone! This is Sam from The Pretty Life Girls, here to share with you a simple project to change up some of those old picture frames you have around your house. These DIY frames were so fun and easy to make, and they add the best little pop of color to my house. What you need: Picture...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHow to Transfer Kids Art Onto CanvasEasy Tissue Paper DIY Wall ArtHow to Make Wine Cork Stamps 
  • How to Transfer Kids Art Onto Canvas

    Special Guest
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Hi guys!  Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share an easy and inexpensive way to both preserve and display your kids’ art. I focus on home design and DIYing home decor. Projects like these are some of my favorite because not only are you creating a new piece of art to display but...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEasy Tissue Paper DIY Wall ArtReupholster a chair with colorful denimDIY Rug: 12 Options for Covering Your Floors 
  • 10 Tasty Margarita Recipes

    22 Feb 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Did you know that February 22nd is National Margarita Day? I didn’t find out until just recently, but I’m happy to celebrate! There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a margarita. Or after a long day of work. Or with friends. Or just because! I prefer mine on the rocks,...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesBaked Chocolate Pudding Cups RecipeCookie Exchange Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Pudding CookiesCreamy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe 
  • DIY Cake Stand – 10 Festive Ideas

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    I never understood why people had cake stands – until my friend had a party recently, and she had a gorgeous display . . . with a cake stand and beautiful, delicious cake right in the middle. It was then that I got it! A cake stand can be the central focal point of your celebration, so it...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHow to Make Wine Cork StampsKilim-Inspired Painted BasketMake a Valentine’s Day Wreath – 20 Great Ideas! 
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • Make notecards with Mod Podge and glitter

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hello, Mod Podge fans! It’s Linda here, from burlap+blue, and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing another tutorial with you all! I don’t know about you all, but I love creating (and sending and receiving!) handmade notecards. But can you believe that I’ve never once used...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDecoupage cube DIY photo holderDecoupage with vintage fabric – DIY coastersEasy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day 
  • Decoupage with vintage fabric – DIY coasters

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hi there! It’s Shannon from Madigan Made again. I think I’ve shared this with you before, but I have a THING for vintage floral fabrics. I can’t help it. Every time I’m in a thrift store or antique shop, I head right for the scarves, linens and handkerchiefs. I love it when I find a...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEasy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s DayDIY scrapbook paper serving tray: nautical upcycleDIY papier mache bowls 
  • DIY papier mache bowls

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I seriously love making bowls with Mod Podge. It’s fun, and easy – if you are a decoupage beginner, bowls are a good place to start! I’ve seen a variety of Podgey bowls over the course of time, but I really love this version by Chelsea. I found this project and pinned it before I...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY scrapbook paper serving tray: nautical upcycleCreate a whimsical DIY lampshade with cut paperHow to make a dreamlight 
  • How to make a dreamlight

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Years ago I had a friend named Kirie. She lived on the edge of the Olympic Mountains in a cabin, right on the Hood Canal. She had such a cool piece of property, with a ladder that went directly into the water. And one night, one particularly warm summer night, some friends and I decided to go...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHow to make comic book lettersDIY scrapbook paper serving tray: nautical upcycleEasy kids craft: tissue paper heart frame 
  • How to make comic book letters

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Decoupage projects made with comic books are some of the most popular on this blog – and I think for good reason. They are totally nerd-a-licious! You can use MDF letters in the size and font of your choice . . . if you want to go larger than a page, simply patchwork the comics together. This...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY glitter ampersand artworkMake your own cardboard tube framesCreate your own pop art family portraits 
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    Imagine Oddly

  • Lasers and Bracers

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Video games are a huge influence today and one of the m […] The post Lasers and Bracers appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • When All You Have To Go On Is a Picture

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Cosplay is enjoying a wonderful time in the sun (finall […] The post When All You Have To Go On Is a Picture appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • New World Technique to an Old World Craft

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Pattern.  All Makers use them. From the new Foam Sm […] The post New World Technique to an Old World Craft appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • Trial and Error

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    The female form. Curvy, soft, and frustrating as all ge […] The post Trial and Error appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • Choosing the Right Leather

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Leather is wonderfully versatile.  It can be made into […] The post Choosing the Right Leather appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
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    Kiddy Crafty

  • St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for kids

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for Kids So to continue with the St Davids Day theme here are some Welsh crafts that you can get involved in with your little ones ready for the day. Beautiful daffodil pinwheels See full instructions at nuturestore.  St Davids day Card See full instructions here. Daffodil Magnet Here’s a […] The post St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • St Davids Day Crafts Welsh Cakes

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    St Davids Day Well its St Davids Day tomorrow here in sunny Wales and Wales are also playing against France in rugby this afternoon, do you need any more Welsh in your weekend! St Davids Day (patron Saint of Wales) is celebrated on the 1st of March each year and we always get involved in making […] The post St Davids Day Crafts Welsh Cakes appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Make your own baby board books

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Make your own Baby Board Books Ive seen baby soft books for babies to play with and touch, crinkly pages, smiley faces but ive come across this idea on no time for flashcards which you can make yourself using your own photos so you can teach your little ones about emotions. I love this idea, […] The post Make your own baby board books appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 10 Sensory Craft projects for Kids

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Ive been looking for some sensory crafts that we can try with my little one. We have already tried the cloud dough that i posted earlier here and although it was messy it did open a new world of fun that both me and her could enjoy. So im eager to try more and here […] The post 10 Sensory Craft projects for Kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 15 Craft Hacks for kids

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    I love the craft hack lists, really i could read them all day long, here is one i found over at kids activities blog. 15 Craft hacks for kids, i really like the sponge idea for the paint instead of brushes. Create an Art Desk.  Use the drawer for all the supplies. Save your Starbucks […] The post 15 Craft Hacks for kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • New York, New York, It's a Wonderful Pop Up Card

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This is a wonderful New York skyline pop up card by Popupology. I opened their pdf in CorelDraw and added color to the buildings in several shades of grey. The grey gives the buildings more depth, I think, although you can't really see it in the photo. I printed the card, then cut and scored it with my Silhouette Cameo using registration marks. This design would be easy to hand cut,
  • Valentine Tea Light Lantern

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    A little present for your Valentine, an open top tea light lantern with hearts. The hearts are a modification of the lowercase "o" from a dingbat font called SexyRexy-Smitten.   Assembly is the same as for the daisy tea light lantern. Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio. Files download for free; pay what you wish for
  • Paper Globe of Slide Together Hearts

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I ran across an intriguing globe made of slotted triangles on CutOutFoldUp, a sort of ditrigonal icosidodecahedron.  I thought it would be interesting to see what it would look like with heart shapes rather than triangles.  This is what I came up with.  The perfect polyhedron valentine "card" for a math lover? If you use 5 different colors it is possible to construct a model in which no
  • Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I've had this trifold pop up card sitting on the back burner for a long, long time.  It just wasn't going anywhere! This was as far as I had gotten with it, years ago.    I dragged it out last week and started messing about with it to make a print-and-cut, but I finally abandoned that. It's boring, the colors are off, and I don't like that the white from the back of the card shows on the
  • Conversation Heart Accordion Flip Card

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The devil is in the details of this conversation heart accordion card.  It's all about the embellishments! How to make a valentine accordion flip card  Download file set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
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    Sewing Avenue

  • Camellia Top PDF Pattern Now Free in all sizes

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Exciting News As promised I am very pleased to announce that the awesome Camellia Top PDF pattern is ready for you all to download in sizes US 4-20, UK 8-24 and EU 34-52. This is the link to the pattern store page where you will find the Camellia Top in three different size ranges. Choose the one you need, fill in your email address and you will be able to get your FREE copy downloaded instantly. The smallest pattern in sizes US 4-10, has been available for a month now and has been very popular with many hundreds of happy sewing enthusiasts downloading the pattern to use. Now that all the…
  • Floral Fabric Designs

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Do you plan your fashion sewing projects season by season? My floral fabric stash As you know I love taking inspiration from the catwalk shows and designer’s latest looks. One of the key influences that I have noticed for this spring is definitely florals. Big bold prints along side tiny, fussy small ones. Both light on dark and pale on light backgrounds. I am excited about using all of the different styles in various sewing  projects. I’ve pinned some of my favourite floral inspiration pictures to share with you. They include designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de…
  • Sleeveless Shift Dress – End of the winter sewing

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    I have started a facebook group called sewing avenue and I would like to invite everyone to join me there where we can share fashion tips and photos. Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front Hello and welcome to my blog Sometimes the simplest garments are the ones which you reach for time and again. Dallia Shift Dress This navy blue sleeveless shift dress is from my Dallia Shift Dress pattern. I just know I will wear it over and over. I have modified it a bit by getting rid of the back centre seam in this version. If the dress had sleeves I think that it would need a back opening, either a button…
  • Dallia Shift Dress

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Hello and welcome to my blog Easy shift dress   Please leave any comments below. Also subscribe to the newsletter and follow me on google+, facebook, twitter and bloglovin to keep in touch.   Dallia Shift Dress Front View So iconic and every woman’s best friend but how did it all start, how did it come about? A quick google search for the shift dress will bring up so many choice options. You can have them with long, short or no sleeves, collars or no collars, round, ‘V’ or square neckline and in virtually any length and colour you choose. This is a classic and timeless…
  • Red Bodycon Dress

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Hello and welcome to my sewing blog How about a bit of scuba diving? I get very excited by innovation in fabric technology. It is moving very rapidly, especially in the field of sports wear and practical outerwear clothing manufacture. One of these relatively new fabrics which has made its way through the production process and is now both available to the home sewist and cheap enough to be affordable is Scuba. Red Bodycon Dress – Valentine’s Red A couple of weeks ago I took myself out on the first fabric shopping spree of 2015, and one of the fabrics I was very excited to find…
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