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  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    Paper and Stitch
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This morning, I’m starting on a few fall projects and a couple of Halloween DIYs, to share in the coming weeks. How is it already time to start thinking about Halloween?! This year is flying by.  But before I grab my scissors and get to work, I have 7 DIYs for you to try this weekend… 1. make these DIY faux granite rings from Fall for DIY 2. the best blueberry popsicles recipe (it involves colorful stripes) 3. an awesome emoji balloon DIY from Studio DIY 4. how to create a messy fishtail braid from Once Wed 5. DIY shredded distressed denim from I Spy DIY 6. make a DIY bar…
  • Greenwood Lake

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

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    claudine hellmuth
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Yoopa Parents Magazine September issue featured my popcorn stand printable kit in an article about outdoor movie parties for kids! Planning a movie themed party? You can download and make your own printable popcorn stand kit right here from my shop! 
  • Giveaway in Progress

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    I'm popping in to let you know about a giveaway that's in the works. Gina from has been posting new projects made from my Lottie Da collection all week, including a fantastic little beret made from theses leftover quilt-block pieces (below). In conjunction with her blog series, Gina is giving away a Lottie Da camera-strap cover, two Heather Bailey embroidery patterns and a collection of stationery. The Camp Clem giveaway closes this coming Sunday (9/14/14) at the end of the day, so stop by soon to enter at There are several posts in her Lottie Da series,…
  • week in review…

    Tim Holtz
    tim holtz
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Tim:  Distress Spray Stain Winners! Tammy: A Pocket Full of Posies Art Banner Vicki: A Fall Journey Mini Book Mou: Fall Layout with Dies Jan: Give Thanks Continue Reading
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  • my popcorn favor box kits are in Yoopa Parents Magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Yoopa Parents Magazine September issue featured my popcorn stand printable kit in an article about outdoor movie parties for kids! Planning a movie themed party? You can download and make your own printable popcorn stand kit right here from my shop! 
  • printmaking unleashed book giveaway!

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

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    I'm popping in to let you know about a giveaway that's in the works. Gina from has been posting new projects made from my Lottie Da collection all week, including a fantastic little beret made from theses leftover quilt-block pieces (below). In conjunction with her blog series, Gina is giving away a Lottie Da camera-strap cover, two Heather Bailey embroidery patterns and a collection of stationery. The Camp Clem giveaway closes this coming Sunday (9/14/14) at the end of the day, so stop by soon to enter at There are several posts in her Lottie Da series,…
  • Heather Bailey Interview with Modern Sewciety

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

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

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

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

  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Tim:  Distress Spray Stain Winners! Tammy: A Pocket Full of Posies Art Banner Vicki: A Fall Journey Mini Book Mou: Fall Layout with Dies Jan: Give Thanks Continue Reading
  • give thanks card…

    tim holtz
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    media team jan hobbins layers the rich warm colors of fall to create this thankful card.  incorporating stamps, dies, and imagery is jan’s specialty when it comes to creative layering with inks and paints.  i’m sure you’ll agree when you see just how she does it…t!m Hi everyone, today I’m sharing an autumn inspired card Continue Reading
  • a fall journey mini book…

    tim holtz
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    when i think cute and clever ideas, media team vicki boutin’s projects come to mind.  vicki’s ability to combine colorful elements with classic text and a splash of color make her style so much fun.  i think you too will be inspired by the first tutorial from this 2-part series…t!m Hey friends!  I don’t know Continue Reading
  • distress spray stain winners…

    tim holtz
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    thanks to all of you who have shared in the excitement of the new distress spray stains this weekend!  we appreciate your comments on the blog, tweets, and shares and likes on facebook.  i know many of you have been asking for a sprayable distress ink for a while now, and we’ve finally listened by Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Paula Cheney: Summer Adventure Journal Jan Hobbins:  Autumn Leaves Home Decor Mou Saha: September Days are Here Aida Haron: Documented Burlap Panel Tim Holtz: New Continue Reading
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  • Cemetech’s Wooden TI-82

    Andrew Salomone
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The guys at Cemetech brought a handsome TI-82 with a homemade wooden case to World Maker Faire this year.Read more on MAKE
  • Jacob LaRocca’s 100% Duct Tape Serenity

    Andrew Salomone
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Massachusetts-based community craft studio Artisan's Asylum are showing off this internet-famous duct tape model of Serenity from Firefly today at World Maker Faire.Read more on MAKE
  • Create Custom Light Sculptures with BlinkyTiles

    David Scheltema
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Each tile holds several digital LEDs, which have onboard controllers and are individually addressable allowing for customizable lighting effects.Read more on MAKE
  • World Maker Faire 2014: Day 1 in Pictures

    Jason Babler
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A beautiful day at World Maker Faire, at the New York Hall of Science. Neon dancers, cardboard raptors, and toy car racing: it all makes sense at a Maker Faire. Here are a few of our favorite photographs from day one!   Filed under: GeneralRead more on MAKE
  • A Maker Faire Collaboration

    David Scheltema
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Amr Saleh of 1Sheeld and Vasilis Georgitzikis of codebender met when they were assigned booths next to each other.Read more on MAKE
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  • links: misc

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    “What would happen if a whale suddenly appeared in the sky and then plunged down into a South American town.” at the Ninth Letter Arts & Literary Journal. Via The Morning News. No mention of a bowl of petunias. Bone Records – Mighty Girl. Oh wow, people in the Soviet Union listened to banned music made using records created from repurposed the vinyl in old x-rays. Damn, Gina, It’s never not a good time to read Wikipedia’s Bog Bodies at Damn, Gina. We saw a few of these at National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Go and read about how they were found and try not to…
  • links: the home

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Cool Tools – UpLift Electric Sit-Stand Desk Base. I need to start standing while I work as well, enough with my swivel chair. Little Green Notebook: Making a Wall Mural. Great big color mural here and the source, Wizard Prints. How To Use IKEA Trones Storage Boxes in Every Room of the House | Apartment Therapy. We use three of these as recycling bins and they are great – large enough to hold a gallon size container or a newspaper, shallow enough to fit in our limited space and they disappear on the wall. How to Make Gold Leaf Wall Art | Brit + Co.
  • links: food

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

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Hello Friends! I got an email from my sweet friend Amy inviting me to participate in a modified blog hop called the Creative Blog Hop that takes place on Mondays. First I’ll share a little about me and then I’ll share two of my sweet creative friends! 1. What am I working on now? I have never really been one big on themes but my work is certainly reflecting my life. My latest flair packs have been fitness inspired and farm animals. My latest stamp designs are Southern Sayings and Stamp Designs I created for teacher gifts for Jordan’s teachers! 2. How does my work differ from…
  • Running Addict

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

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

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

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

    Hillary Lang
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Do you follow me there? I wish when I was posting there I could press share to typepad. Willow's friend is done but in an odd outfit. Can't decide on the skirt. Love the acorns but don't know that it's working. They're from a vintage embroidered baby dress that I've been holding onto for years and years.  So video plans... I don't think I could ever do a video of entire hair making or doll making but for sure little snippets that don't need any editing. First I have to figure out what to buy to hold my iphone in the…
  • projects today

    Hillary Lang
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    I am making a friend for Willow and a kitty friend for the two of them, Katie Kitty pattern from my book. Then I'm going to take this pile of fabric and make it into a flying geese quilt for them using this quilt from Anthropologie as inspiration. Done! It's noon. I'm sure I can finish that up by time kids get home from school. haha. I was also goofing around with making a video of myself working on these toys. So far I have me narrating stuffing a doll arm. Thrilling stuff. Is there anything people would actually want to see video of? Not fancy produced how to videos but just…
  • evening

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

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

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

  • fall paper quilt

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

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

    patricia zapata
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Wow. I just checked to make sure that was right. It's been almost 6 months since my last post here and a year since I posted any new products in my shop. It was a crazy busy end of school year, long summer (with a nice break to visit Colombia!) and then starting off the school year again with a freshman in high school and a new middle schooler. Phew.  I didn't forget about the blog or the shop, but after quietly making it past my eight (8!!) year anniversary in May I thought I would call it quits. I was THIS close to deleting every single post here (I'm still tempted by the need to just…
  • exploring - 1/365

    patricia zapata
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I've never considered myself an illustrator but I find myself driven in that direction more and more. I feel the need of exploring this further than what I've been doing so far. I want to try different styles, mediums or anything else that may be new to me. By making this public I'm forcing myself to do something I've been wanting to do for a while and never seem to make the time for it. This is going to be a daily project and I will draw whatever comes to mind in whatever medium I happen to choose. It may be a small sketch or it may be something more elaborate. I'm sort of a perfectionist so…
  • made in paper

    patricia zapata
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    I'm very happy to share that a couple of my projects can be found in the latest issue of Made in Paper! This is the 4th issue of the magazine and I think this is my favorite so far. It's full of a lot of paper goodness, inspiration and easy to make projects.The Apple Newsstand iPad edition is available today (you can order and see a preview here). It's available in the UK starting today and in about 4 weeks it should be in the US at Borders, Booksamillion and JoAnn's. Thank you to Made in Paper for letting me join in the fun!
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  • Outer Space Watercolor Bookmarks

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    With the weather cooling a bit, it’s time to snuggle up with a blanket and a good book! But you’ll need a trusty bookmark to go with to hold your place. So we’re crafting Outer Space Bookmarks with crayons and watercolor to give them an out-of-this-world look! For today’s spacey craft, it was inspired by the children’s book series of Ricky Ricotta’s Might Robot by Dav Pilkey! My son has read most of the Ricky Ricotta’s books and loves them! And now Lucy is on her way through the series. Each book is a new adventure throughout the galaxy! Ricky…
  • My First Origami Kit for Kids

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    My son loves origami, especially Star Wars Origami. So it was fun to help my girls learn origami with this darling kit. I was sent this kit to test out and it’s a big hit at my house. My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern and Tuttle Publishing. It’s the perfect starter kit for those wanting to learn. There are cute animals to make, complete with paper sheets and stickers to embellish! Check it out if you too have first time origami learners! The post My First Origami Kit for Kids appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Flying Feather Fish Kids Craft

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Hi, Lucy here again. I’m going to teach you how to make a feather fishy. It’s a really great way to help your kids find something fun and feathery to do. Supplies for Feather Fish: feather googly eye glue 1. First, grab the glue and put it on the spot on the feather where you want to place the eye. 2. Next, you place the eye on the glue. 3. Wait for it to dry. And while you’re waiting, you can take another feather and start tickling around! Now you’re done and ready to play with your feather fishy friends! The post Flying Feather Fish Kids Craft appeared first on Make…
  • Handprint Pumpkin Keepsake

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    My little October baby is closing in on his first birthday. I have no idea how that is possible, but it makes me want to capture all the memories I can of his little 11-month-old self. So, here is Henry’s first craft – a bright orange pumpkin with a baby handprint leaf. I know I will love displaying this keepsake every autumn! Supplies for a Handprint Pumpkin Keepsake: Heavy paper – 2 sheets Orange fabric or paper White glue or Mod Podge Foam brushes Washable green paint Cut a pumpkin shape from orange fabric or paper. I used fabric, which adds a fun texture to the artwork.
  • Arrr, Matey! Crochet a Pirate Patch

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    We love a good Arrrrrrrr around our house! Especially coming up on September 19th, as it’s National Talk Like a Pirate day! Yes, there’s a day for that, me hearty! I’ve come up with a super quick and easy crochet pirate patch you can whip up and wear for pirate day! These are too much fun to crochet, you’ll be making them for all the kids (and adults) in the neighborhood! Then you’ll be ready to dress up and start singing Yo, Ho, It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me! Supplies for Crochet Pirate Eye Patch: yarn crochet hook size I scissors 1. Make a slip knot…
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    angry chicken

  • some photos from santa fe, nm

    amy k.
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Double Take Museum of International Folk Art Banderlier National Monument The solo trip to Santa Fe was amazing. I will post more photos and write about all the inspiring sights, funny experiences, and wonderful food soon—but right now I'm going to unpack and take a vacation from my vacation. Thanks for all the tips!
  • Unconventional & Unexpected

    amy k.
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
      A review copy of a book I was sent recently completely knocked my socks off—Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe This is a beautiful book. Big, heavy, and thick, showcasing amazing quilts and fascinating essays by various quilt and textile historians, makers, and museum curators. There are essays by Natalie Chanin, Denyse Schmidt, Kaffe Fassett, to name a few. Janneken Smucker writes an interesting piece about the myths of the history of quilt making, challenging the commonly held belief that quilts were always made of…
  • pretty packages

    amy k.
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It's new book season already and I was so excited to receive a review copy of Sally J Shim's new book, Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects. Sally and I have been friends for a long time now (I wish you still lived here, Sally!) and she is a really wonderful person who loves life, travel, food, and design. And she has a great sense of humor. As a designer she has a keen eye and a sophisticated minimal style and this book captures all that perfectly. This book is so HAPPY. It makes me smile looking through it. The girls ripped it out of my hands when it came. These are…
  • sunriver, oregon

    amy k.
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    We had a lovely time in Sunriver, Oregon recently. There were no swan encounters. We saw one, but she was not aggressive with us. There was lots of bike riding, swimming, and canoeing. We like to go after school has started—it much quieter at the pool and on the ike trails. There is this magic quality to the light during early September. It's not quite fall but not summer either. Delia started knitting hand warmers while we were there. Super easy, no pattern. I will show it soon. She knit a swatch long enough to fit around her wrist, counted the stitches then knit a flat piece with a…
  • fish tacos in Bend, Oregon

    amy k.
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    These blackened cod fish tacos were from the Sunriver Brewing Company. They were very good, a bit soupy, but that's often the case with fish tacos, it's not a complaint. They offered these with flour/corn blended tortillas, just corn, or no tortillas, which I thought was funny. A fish taco without a taco shell. I went for the corn. From the menu: "pan seared blackened cod, shredded cabbage, chipotle aioli, pico de gallo." I was really hungry when I ate these which means they were delicious. It was just Pete and I and we talked about the Murakami books we are both reading…
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  • this crazy north county life

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

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

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

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

    julie thompson
    29 May 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In the weeks before my dad died, he talked several times about how everyone was waiting for him in the yard.  It is no surprise to any of us that my dad's version of heaven was a beautiful green lawn.   I feel incredibly thankful that my mom, my three sisters, and I were with my dad on his last day.  In true Irish form, we laughed as much as we cried. My dad died peacefully at dusk on a beautiful Earth Day. The Sisters that had cared for my dad all gathered around his bed and sang Salve Regina.  It was selfless and tear-filled and beautiful.   My oldest sister Mary performed random…
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    Misty Mawn

  • settling in

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Here I am, wide awake in the middle of the night, in the bedroom I grew up in, thinking about how in the heck I can dust the months of neglect off my blog.I have a hunch it's gonna take more than a little dusting to bring this baby back to life... but hey, here I am.  It's a start?  Physically I am in my old room, but mentally I am not really sure where I am right now.  I find myself stuck somewhere between where I used to be, who I used to be, where I am, who I want to be, and where I want to be.   There have been a lot of recent changes that have me feeling a…
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    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
  • 13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm

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

    13 May 2013 | 3:09 pm
    "I've been things and seen places." - Mae West "True happiness comes from the joys of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."  - Antoine de Saint - Exupery "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."  - Maya Angelou dear reader, you came back...  thank you & hello again!  As always,  life continues to move at a speed that at times I feel I can barely keep up with, but I continue to earnestly try... or at least pretend.  ;)   Since my last…
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  • paintings in progress (still)
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I'm trying to finish up a new batch of paintings over here. My goal would be to get them finished, listed, and shipped by the end of this week, but I'm not sure if it's a reasonable one...everything seems to take a lot longer than I think it will, and life often interrupts the best of plans, so we'll see. Of course, those that read the blog will be the first to know.   Most of these are the same that were shown in progress previously here and here.  Some have changed quite a lot, some not much, and a couple new ones have been added to the mix.  I'm…
  • italy travel journal 1
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Getting so excited for teaching in Italy this month! As part of our class prep, Amy and I got together to make "sample" travel journals, to provide examples and possible ideas to the students before they make their own, and for our travels around Italy before and after class. The week of class we'll be making travel journals alongside the students from the same materials in their kits.  For this journal, I used some of the marbled paper I made earlier this year on the cover.  When looking through my papers and ephemera, I came across this old advertisement card and…
  • stitch along
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hello again! Since my last post was about stitching, I thought it the perfect time to blog about more stitching... Last year I was invited to participate in Stitch Along, a recent crafting book published by Lark Crafts. I received my contributor's copy and think it's a great book for those that want to start stitching, or long for some simple stitching projects. There are 10 other stitching artists, and each stitcher's assignment was to choose an embroidery motif, and then create 3 projects using those stitches. Right away, Jenny, the author, suggested I do "doodles" as…
  • stitching at French General
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Hello there! Hope those of you that celebrate Labor Day had a good one! It was a fun filled whirlwind over here.  My biggest activity this weekend was teaching at French General. I didn't realize that it was Labor Day weekend when scheduling my Happy Day embroidery sample class, and was so happy to find that even though it was a long weekend, there were lots of stitchers still in town. We had a really nice group of friends old and new, and spent our Saturday stitching away. I wish I would remember to take photos, but once I arrive to set up it seems that the hours fly by without a…
  • same paintings a couple days later
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I thought it'd be fun to share the same paintings having been worked on when I can over the last couple of days. Some have changed quite a bit, some not so much. Some for the better, some, not so much. It's all good, all part of the process. The before (last post) and now, below. The one on the right has changed most of the two.  A closer look at the one on right above: This group of three hasn't seen too much change. And frankly, I prefer the way they were before better than the way they are now, below, too washed out: The one above, on left, had some big attention, as you…
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    Geek Crafts

  • A Magic-al Proposal

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    How’s this for a meaningful – and dare I say magical? – proposal? Lindsey Loree, whom I found via Female Geek Bloggers on G+, crafted this custom Magic: The Gathering card to propose to her boyfriend during a gaming session. She blogged about the whole experience, from deviously learning to play Magic better so it wouldn’t be weird that she asked him to play with her, on through the process for crafting the card, to the actual game-proposal. Magical, indeed! Any other geeky proposal stories out there? Links of Interest: Lindsay’s MTG Proposal card More Magic: The…
  • I Need This in My Living Room

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Crazyfoalrus of Australia is a Whovian we should all aspire to be…he turned his living room into the TARDIS control room! Crazyfoalrus did all the lighting and electrical himself, built the whole console and painted the floor. His living room was already hexagonal shaped room, he owned all the timber, and he worked at a factory with a lot of spare parts to be dumped which were used for the controls. It took him a year to finish. Check out his Deviant Art gallery for more images from his redesigned living room.
  • Pattern: Bat’leth Scarf

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    If you looked at that title and shook your head, you need more crafty Klingon’s in your life.  Over at The Giving Flower a design for a Bat’leth scarf is up for any enterprising knitter. As the designer describes:  “Feeling a bit agressive? Need to let your inner Klingon free? Then this is just the scarf for you. It can be used in battle or just worn around your neck to keep you or your favorite Klingon warrior warm. With the silk and merino content and the holes formed by the grips, it flows gently around any Klingon or non-Klingon neck and won‘t get too warm. It also…
  • Find Geeky Fabrics at Spoonflower

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s a company/site that allows you to create print-on-demand fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap. Which makes it a geekcrafter’s dream, both for designers and general crafty folk. You can upload your own designs to print on fabric and such, or browse the thousands of patterns created by others. There are a bounty of categories, including Geek, and pretty much every fandom you can think of is represented, including Doctor Who (see also Whovian), Star Trek, Firefly, Sherlock, and Hobbit. I’m personally eyeing this swirly Doctor Who fabric by…
  • Knitted Princess Peach

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Chek101 is a member of Craftster and she just posted a Princess Peach she knitted for her granddaughter. Her Princess Peach stands 19 inches tall, and is truly one of a kind, because chek101 wrote the pattern for this toy herself.
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    house on hill road

  • Stash Play

    Erin | house on hill road
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    It's no secret that I love to play with fabric. Pulling different prints from my stash and mixing them together is very relaxing for me, but I don't do it often enough. And sometimes I do get caught up because I have too many choices. (Addicted to fabric, I admit!) At the moment, I am also working very steadily on my new book and you know what they say about all work and no play! For a change of pace and a little fun, I decided to challenge myself to pull 10 to 15 fabrics in a cohesive color palette in five minutes. Five minutes! This is what I came up with.... Left to right,…
  • Tidal Lace Blog Hop and Giveaway

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Kim Andersson of I Adore Pattern has her first line of quilting cotton, Tidal Lace, debuting with Windham Fabrics this fall. I met Kim a few years back on a sewing weekend and our paths crossed again last fall at Quilt Market. I was incredibly flattered that she asked me to make something from her fabrics - what a treat! The Tidal Lace collection is inspired by Kim's childhood experience in her grandmother's ballet shop, among trims and lace, along side her memories of tidal pools and the interesting bits of life they hold. The prints are whimisical and fresh, with soft color story…
  • Last Thursday Afternoon

    Erin | house on hill road
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Still feeling quiet over here. I haven't picked up my camera much in the last few weeks. Using the iphone is just too easy. When the golden, autumn light was streaming through the kitchen window last week, I started chasing it. There is nothing extraordinary about these photos, but they are my every day which, I guess, makes them special in an ordinary way. I am putting them up here to remind myself to notice the little things. Also, I miss the old flickr. xo. E.
  • Currently

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

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

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you doing? It’s been a good week at our house. Nothing too eventful, but it was one of those weeks where it felt like things ran pretty smoothly. That’s always feels like such a bonus! This weekend, I’m toying with the idea of getting started remodeling the girls’ bedroom. Pulling up old carpet, taking down the ceiling tiles — that sort of thing. But it’s a big job, and I really shouldn’t start anything new until the book is completely done. Hah! We’ll see how it goes. How about you? Any fun…
  • Four Picture Books You’ll Love

    Design Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. I haven’t written a post about children’s books in months — the last post was in March! So I thought it would be fun today to share four in one post. Let’s get to it! 1) Bonjour Camille by Felipe Cano. Illustrations by Laia Aguilar. Such a gorgeous book. You’ll meet Camille on a sunny Sunday morning. And get ready, because Camille has so many things to do! Eating cherries, jumping on the bed, talking to the wind, and on and on. The pages feel magical — like they’re lifted right out of child’s head. 2) Mix…
  • Get Moving!

    Design Mom
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Let’s talk movement today. Ben Blair goes to the gym five days a week, but I’ve never been very good at incorporating official exercise — like running, or a class at the gym, or yoga — into my daily routine. That said, I think of myself as a someone who uses my body a lot, not because I’m exercising, but because my calendar is generally packed and my commitments keep me on the move. There are certainly weeks where that is true — during Alt Summit I rarely get to sit for more than a few minutes, and anytime I’m in the middle of a…
  • Book Update

    Design Mom
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Ready for another update on my Design Mom book? I haven’t updated you guys since March, but there’s tons of fun stuff going on. Two things in particular I want to report, for those of you who are following along behind the scenes. First, we shot the photo for the cover! You can see a sneak peek above. This happened in July, and since then, the book designer has sent over several different book cover designs. I’m going to check with my editor, and if she doesn’t mind, I’ll share the options with you guys and see what you think. Second,…
  • Living With Kids: Agnes Hsu

    Design Mom
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Agnes would be a lovely friend to have, I think. She owns a cupcake shop, is a family photographer, and also runs a kids’ creative site. Life with her must be sweet, DIY divine, and photogenic. (As an extra bonus, she lives in my neck of the woods, so I call dibs!) But with all those professional endeavors, something’s gotta give, right? If you’re struggling with your own overwhelming schedules, you might like to hear how Agnes deals with it all. From the division of duties, scheduled personal times that refuel the family’s energy levels, and effective…
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  • the last of them

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

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

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

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

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

  • #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…
  • Super-size me box bag

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought a new travel-iron, so first my order of business was to make a cozy, protective bag for it. Pretty much the iron was an opportunity to make something cute and useful. There are 18 gazillion patterns and tutorials for box bags, but the tutorial (by Stacy Schlyer) I found most helpful is from the PBS show “Sew It All“.   The tutorial is short and to the point, and the illustrations are clear and easy to understand (huge thumbs up to the illustrator!). I read by illustration so this tutorial was perfect for me. I used my own measurements and made a jumbo, super-sized me…
  • It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot!

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

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

  • Greenwood Lake

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Bamboletta Dolls, Ltd. In Christina's words: "We make all natural handcrafted dolls in our studio on Vancouver Island, Canada." SouleMama: How has your business changed over time? Christina: When I first...
  • {this moment}

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
  • in the garden :: September 18

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    This week in my garden (and in our kitchen), we have .... :: scratched our heads in disbelief at all the beans, beans, and more beans coming in! :: fretted over the first frost, which hasn't happened yet, but could...
  • the big bad scary teen years

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    (Spoiler alert: Not so scary.) I was just sorting through my August photos in Lightroom, rating and labeling and organizing the images (I am a few weeks behind, but still staying on top of my system happily!). As I do...
  • a little help

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Speaking of things piling up and pulling at my heart the corner of my studio a great big pile of fleece has been accumulating. Just two years worth of shearing, and just four sheep (until this fall). But still....the...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Time Lapse V.2

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    A sock takes a trip, Toronto to Arkansas. My yesterday and this morning, in sock pictures. (It’s a crazy week.) Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks, colourway: Convo Me. (I got it at the Loopy Ewe, but it looks like it’s gone now.)
  • Time Lapse

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    A sock goes home – Denver to Toronto. My yesterday (and this morning) in pictures.
  • After 7 is more reliable

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Look! It’s the Minni sweater. This little sweater is knit from three colours of yarn.  You use a fair bit of the two main colours, and then there’s just a little bit of the third. In my case, that third colour is the pretty green.  It’s for the belt in the back, the edges, the i-cord ties… and you knit the belt and ties first and then set them aside so that you can knit them into the project at the right moments. I did that.  I made a little pile of things, and they’ve been on the coffee table waiting to be added in at all the correct moments.  One side of…
  • I hit it with a shoe

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Just a quickie, as I sit having my coffee in the airport before my flight to Denver. (I’m giving a talk/performance/standup/whatever the hell it is that I do tonight in Loveland, if anybody wants to come. I think it will be superfun.) I’m totally ready for this trip, and I think I actually nailed the packing, except I forgot a pair of shoes.  (Not totally, I mean, I’m wearing shoes, but I forgot to bring shoes that won’t look stupid with the skirt I packed, and now I have to choose between not wearing the skirt, and looking stupid.  I do both of those things all the…
  • Maybe if that piece was tighter?

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    A few days ago, Joe’s parents started cleaning out their storage space. They moved to a smaller home, and some stuff had to go. This process has been pretty awesome for everyone. Tons of furniture moved along, and the youngsters in particular have made some really decent scores – they’re pretty happy, but not as happy as me. Here’s what I got. (By the way, please forgive me if things look funny. My laptop is in for service and this is coming to you from my ipad. It’s a strange system.) It’s Joe’s dad’s grandmother’s walking wheel, from her…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Fall Update!

    Heidi Kenney
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Thanks so much everyone for your patience! The Fall update is finally up in the shop! :) Click on photo for a direct link.
  • Everyday is a Holiday Jenny & Aaron

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

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

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

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

  • on the needles

    Betz White
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    I always have a pair of socks on my needles. Best grab-and-go knitting project ever! And now that it’s starting to get chilly I’m extra motivated to crank out a few more pairs of wool socks for the winter. I’ve written about this yarn before, Regia Jacquard, which is so fun to knit just to see what pattern shows up next! I can’t get enough of this self-patterning yarn.   Also on my needles… a sweater I stared knitting over the summer, designed by my dear friend Laura Nelkin. It’s called Artichoke French and it’s part of the Rhinebeck Sweater…
  • Road Tripper Duffle Bag PDF in the shops!

    Betz White
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    For those of you that have been asking, the Road Tripper Duffle Bag PDF pattern is now available for individual purchase in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. I blogged about some of the tester’s bags in this post and you can see more on my Pinterest board for Betz White Patterns Sewn by You!     I love this bag! I’ve used it on several weekend trips and the size is just right…not too big to lug around but still fits a few outfits and necessities. Plus it’s got pockets galore, inside and out! Now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and my Craftsy Pattern Shop!  …
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club 2014

    Betz White
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
      Join me this fall for my 2nd annual Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! One new design will be revealed every 2 weeks from October 1 through November 15, for a total of 4 unique ornament patterns. Join the club and get a jump on your holiday crafting!   How does it work? Register at the bottom of this post. A Welcome to the Club email with a general supply list will be sent to you when you sign up. Materials will not be provided. On Wednesday, October 1st, you’ll receive an email with the first ornament PDF pattern. Each of the remaining PDF patterns will be released and emailed…
  • Building Better Bags: Hardware Resources

    Betz White
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When I first started designing bags I didn’t use very much hardware, aside from an occasional magnetic snap closure. I focused on form, function and fabric first. I still base my designs on those things but I’ve come to love using hardware and the professional, finishing touch it adds to bags. I recently wrote up a Resource list for a new online class I have coming out next month (sneak peek!) and thought it would be useful to share that list with you here. Hopefully knowing where to get beautiful hardware will take the intimidation out of using it! Zippers I love a nice metal zipper to…
  • Watch the trailer for my new book!

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

  • Claire Scully

    Jessica Holden
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Claire Scully is a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Her clients include; New York Times, Random House and The Guardian to name a few. She has also collaborated with furniture maker D.H Painter and illustrator Susie Wright. Her inspiration comes from 50’s 60’s and 70’s architecture and the natural world. Her work often looks at the relationship between the urban enviroment and nature. I think the amount of detail which goes into these illustrations is very stunning and exciting to look at. You can see more of Claire Scully’s work at her website and Facebook…
  • Pick of the Week for MONEY and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Happy Friday! After a rough week or so where Illustration Friday was partially broken, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re back and fully operational. Thanks very much for all the positive feedback and support as we worked to keep Illustration Friday alive. You are all awesome. We’re also excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Cannady Chapman, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘MONEY’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here. And of course, you can now…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Michael Del Mundo

    Andy Yates
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
      Michael Del Mundo is an artist who’s responsible for so many great comic book covers of late, but I didn’t realize, until recently, who he was. The new Marvel Now Elektra series features both cover art, and interiors by Del Mundo, and it’s received a ton of well deserved critical acclaim. In fact, he, and writer William H. Blackman have impressed Marvel so much with their work that they’ve been promised another project once Elektra ends. Del Mundo has brought the same unconventional, and dynamic style to his interior artwork, that has made his covers so…
  • Editorial Submission :: Jana Curll

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Post by Natalie Jana Curll is an icon obsessed, color hungry illustrator working from the rainy Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She loves to create quirky work that engages and delights both the young and the young at heart. See more of Jana’s work on her website.  
  • Artist: Jean Haines

    Carla Taylor
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
      Although I have previously blogged about the beautiful work of Jean Haines on my personal blog (see original post here) I really felt that it was necessary to include her work on the Illustration Friday blog, I didn’twant you to miss out on this talented artist! Haines traveled the world between 1989 and 2006, touring Asia, the Middle East, America and Europe. During this time she found many influences for her art career, in particular China taught her a lot about brush control which is evident in her work today. Currently, Haines resides in England where traveling is still a…
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  • Lady #3

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    She is the same pattern as #2. When I reworked the pattern, I made curvy, curvier and curviest. These are curviest. I am very happy with my new curvier and curviest. Curvy, not so much so you haven’t seen a finished one yet. Two out of three isn’t bad though and after my show next weekend I will get back to work on the design.  
  • tattoo lady 2 for September

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    This design is a bit “hippier” than the first. None of these will be available until after my show in Washington DC and I’ve made enough to give myself a good critique.
  • working on the ladies

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this photo go by- I have been working on redesigning my lady body pattern for the tattooed ladies. Last week, after I got back from Chicago, I cut out some ladies from my new patterns. On Friday I dyed the fabrics. I sewed over the weekend and am now in the process of finishing some up. Here is my first one finished- A profile shot-
  • next up- Washington DC

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The next event on my schedule is Crafty Bastards in Washington DC. There are lots of terrific vendors and super nice crafty people so it will be a great time! You can get tickets ahead of time here. I’ve got a lots of new pieces in progress- assorted piles of foxes, tattooed ladies and lumberjacks, all in various states of completion. Hopefully I will have some finished pieces to show in the next few days.
  • nautical fox girl

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    This little fox girl has a dress made from Liberty of London lawn with tall ships!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • By a thread in September

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
     Back to it.   Peeling another layer.     One layer of face. jude hill. 2014. while considering weave   Yesterday I made my last entry for Considering Weave. I thank you all, those who joined me in this personal journey.  I have come away fulfilled and more sure of my way.  I have removed the icon link from my sidebar here, so if you need access to the materials please use the student links page which can be found in the top menu bar.  The forum closes in November. The Diary remains for as long as you need.   And here I am…
  • Stopped in my tracks

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Yet. Still going.   Yesterday I needed fire.  It wasn't cold really. But I felt cold. Inside.  I do not get sick often. I am lucky that way.  But in the last few days I was filled with chill. A kind of mysterious weakness.  Ears aching. A fever that slowed me.  Sickness for me is always a kind of sign.  Stop.  Change your direction. Look around. Even a low mood is a kind of illness for me. Mostly a signal that I have lost my way.  I've been in a flurry.  It was time to be still.     I became still, and…
  • Under the weather

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    The hunger games bookmark is really good. I love the textured effect.I also love the thin  ribbon with the lovely beads. So practical especially for old delicate books that can't handle a bulky bookmark.And I love the quote from Einstein.
  • Re: I

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Your skirt looks amazing! And you are rocking it!
  • Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3)

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    I love the stockings!  I'm late in commenting but I love the little pine cone fellas too!  None of my baubles match so I'm looking forward to 8 new crafty additions
  • Re: moody hoodie

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Lovely hoodie.  I love the fingerless glove sleeve ends.
  • Re: Birdie, the scarecrow doll

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    What a dear little scarecrow. I can't believe the birds won't come to her. She is so darling.
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  • Call Me Little Boy

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A new one-man show by Hiroshima-native Masanari Kawahara unpacks the relationship between Little Boy, the atom bomb dropped on the Japanese city in 1945, and Kawahara, himself, as a child to explore the tangle of violence and compassion connecting them.image: Masa with puppetsimage: "Little Boy" cries
  • A Secular Sanctuary for Play

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Creative City Challenge-winning installation, "Balancing Ground," in downtown Minneapolis takes its cues from barn-raisings, playgrounds, and chapels to create a site for both play and quiet contemplation. Is it trying to do too much?image: Interior shot of Balancing Groundimage: A gaggle of volleyball players putting the seesaw through its pacesimage: Exterior shot of Balancing Ground
  • What's So Funny? - With Mike Fotis

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For this episode of our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy, host Levi Weinhagen talks with storyteller, "Wits" writer and improv comic, Mike Fotis.image: What's So Funny? - a monthly podcast featuring interviews on the craft of comedyimage: WSF host, Levi Weinhagen
  • The Warp and Weft of History

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Handmade Finnish ryijy rugs offer an alternative to tech-driven cultural futures, showcasing the fertile vein of aesthetic possibilities that are, coincidentally, rooted in the myth and artistic traditions of the deep past. image: Installation viewimage: Installation viewimage: Installation viewimage: Installation view
  • The Problem of the Pole

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Should a dancer never outline an audience member with a 15-foot phallus? We wouldn't want to be so narrow! However, if you do, you must at least make the interference pay. Does John Jasperse?
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    My Beauty and Hairstyles Tips

  • Quality aspects of a hair straightener - Part two

    Stephanie Barnes
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Auto shut off might not look like much, but it is one more indicator of more intricate design. More intricate means higher quality. And you will find the option of auto shut off after a certain time more than handy. Flash quick heating option is another of premium options. It will give you a quick heating boost. Very useful option to have and another indicator of quality. Few more options that can give you additional insight are the ones like swivel cord, for avoiding that annoying cord tangling and aforementioned travel voltage, so you can use it all around the world. The more options it…
  • Brands of hair straighteners

    Stephanie Barnes
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
      Here we’ll deal in the best brand of hair irons currently in the industry. There is a reason why all of these manufacturers are where they are at the moment, as they have years of experience in producing best hair straighteners the market has to offer, and thousand of satisfied customers, ready to confirm their overall market supremacy. So, if you want to go about it the right way, you’ll focus your search for that one best hair straightener o these manufacturers. You could always buy a cheap hair iron from the market, and just hold your fingers and hope for the best, as you put…
  • Quality aspects of a hair straightener

    Stephanie Barnes
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    First of all, we’ll talk about different materials used in making of hair irons.  I don’t need to tell you at this point that material is everything. Different materials for different hair types, and different results. I know people don’t generally think of it as much of a science, and it’s not. If you want to go about it completely wrong. If you’re not all that interested about the well being of your hair, you can just go ahead, and buy the first hair iron that you see. If you want to do it right however, use this guide to your advantage. First, we’ll mention the ceramic…
  • How to choose a hair straightener

    Stephanie Barnes
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Curly, frizzy and unruly hair making your life miserable? Then Join me as I make this ultimate guide for best hair straightener you could possibly find, to rid you of that disobeying nightmare once and for all.   There is a lot of information about hair irons out there. And, as it usually happens, it extremely hard to navigate through that dark jungle of information. You can read night and day, trying to connect the dots, and you’ll end up even more confused then you were the day before.   Determining the best hair iron overall might be a little less of a challenge, but…
  • avoir faim

    Stephanie Barnes
    18 May 2010 | 2:21 pm
    I  was able to overcome my usual online-fabric-purchasing-paralysis last week and place an order on superbuzzy's super update (although Mariko is right in my neighborhood, so it hardly felt like an online purchase). Had to have the matroyshka fabric which went right into some patchwork coasters. I also brought home the Shinzi Katoh place mats in a couple styles. My kids are really thrilled with them and are learning to whine in French to boot! I picked a busy week to return to blogging, but I'll be back with more soon...
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    Anahata Katkin

  • BlueAbstract

    Anahata Katkin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I just had this big boy scanned. It is a whopping 53 X 72 inches and now sits happily at Brickroom Cafe & Bar (my familys ratuarant). I can't wait to play with it and find a way to put...
  • Hey Moon Beam

    Anahata Katkin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For PAPAYA! winter collections 2015...
  • PAPAYA! HQ is Hiring

    Anahata Katkin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yep, We're hiringin our head offices! If you're fun loving- but go getting... If you're truly good with people, you like serving a biggervision and you can easily get down with the nitty-gritty details of what that means... If you're...
  • Lilly Bloom

    Anahata Katkin
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Finally putting this painting I did while in Mexico last winter- to good use for PAPAYA! It's mostly acrylic on paper. Which is a great trick if you're traveling btw. You can use lots of big, high quality papers and...
  • I Love Boobies: Benefit for Keep a Breast Foundation

    Anahata Katkin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I have been given a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Portland, Keep a Breast Foundation Art Benefit on October 18th at ADX. The foundation is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and early detection through some very progressive mediums and...
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    Judy Wise

  • Oaxaca Wrap Up

    Judy Wise
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
     I made a montage of my photographs to give you peeks inside our Oaxacan experience. In the one above Ane Elena is showing us how to make Molotes, Tinga and Churros. Ane Elena lives in Puebla and owns three successful bakeries. She spent the entire trip with us as a translator and co-guide with Kathie Vezzani and even painted with us.We visited the paper making place that Toledo set up in St. Augustine-Etla.The potters who made the black pottery. Reduction fired in the pits shown in the photo after being rubbed with stones and graphite. The shop we visited was filled…
  • Paint Oaxaca Part 1

    Judy Wise
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Kathie Vezzani. I have to start with her. Oh, man, if she is leading your group you are going to be well cared for. The best restaurants, calm demeanor, planner of surprises and knower of what is fun and memorable in your travels and art making. Just wow. Here she is looking out over the Botannical Garden from the Santo Domingo convent.Here is our magnificent group of travelers. Artists. Jokesters. Twittering angels. What a compatible bunch we were. I'm smiling here at each face, remembering.It was colorful. Fiestas around each corner.Lots of green jungley foliage in the courtyard and the…
  • Summer Winding Down

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

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

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

  • Dutch Mermaid Side Braid

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A mermaid braid is when smaller strands are pulled into a braid creating a netted effect around the rest of the hair. With this dutch braid, the mermaid creates a tubing effect around the center hair that isn’t brought into the braid until the bottom. When I first saw a mermaid braid, I was absolutely blown away and had to create my own version, the Mermaid Tail Braid. This look, however, is a little more sleek and easier to do. Add in a great headband to give it a gorgeous pop from the typical side braid.
  • Alkaline Tacos

    Ten Speed Press
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This taco “meat” comes pretty close to the real thing, but it’s packed with live enzymes and alkalizing boosters. You can whip up this super-tasty taco feast in less than thirty minutes, and you’ll get better results with a food processor than with a conventional blender. For a more traditional taco, use non-GMO corn tortillas in place of or wrapped around the romaine. If you go without the romaine, add a bit of shredded lettuce. After devouring a whole batch of the filling, my friend Denise exclaimed: “I want to be buried with this!” serves 8 as a starter, 4 as a light lunch or…
  • Salad With Avocado, Baked Feta And Pomegranate Seeds

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mix up a salad
  • Board And Batten Wall Treatment

    A Glimpse Inside
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Want to add a little something extra to a room? Why not put a board and batten treatment on the walls!? With some paint and wood, you can totally transform your room in a few days!
  • Paperboard Valentine's Heart Banner

    Everyday Art
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    An up-cycled/re-purposed (whatever floats your boat) paperboard banner.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney’s Frozen party

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Like most of the world, Mini Me is obsessed with Frozen. To celebrate her 5th birthday, she wanted a Frozen themed birthday party. I wanted to share with you some ideas for hosting your own Frozen birthday party. As always, Chica outdid herself on the cake. For the party, I wanted to split the decorations and cake table down the middle with half representing Anna and the other half Elsa. Chica made the cake the same way, each layer depicting the unique characters. For the Elsa layer, Chica created an ice castle out of sugar shards (how-to coming soon!). The layer was decorated with ice blue…
  • Chalk paint cabinet make-over

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Months ago, I had asked McGeeky to cart this cabinet off somewhere. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it so much, I was at a loss as to how it had come to be in our house in the first place. Had I actually picked it out and bought it? Was it a donation from somebody? I have no idea. I knew I just didn’t want it hanging around anymore. Then, I remembered how well my ottoman refresh with the chalk paint went and decided to give this cabinet one more chance. After all, I wanted it gone anyway, so adding some paint shouldn’t hurt it any if I messed up! I started out with a…
  • Sahale Valdosta Pecans Recipe

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

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

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

  • So grateful to be back

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    You might have noticed that we disappeared for a week or two. was hacked, and it took us a while to access our data. I’m so relieved that most of our content is back online, and we will be restoring the most recent posts as soon as we can. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people who helped to get Whipup back online. We have lost so much this past year, and the idea that Whipup might have finished suddenly was too much to comprehend. Thanks for your patience and support. xx KateSimilar Posts: Getting back to basics: tofu making | We would love to hear from you | making…
  • And we’re back!

    Kasia Z
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Hello! It’s a sunny spring day in Melbourne and we’re whipping up some new things to chat about. Similar Posts: freebie: back-to-back kanzashi ornament | Looking back at the year that was 2012 | Hanukkah crafts | Back from my month of camping | soft and luscious at the whipup flickr pool |
  • Brave New Quilts :: Legacy Tour :: Sonya Philip

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

    5 Oct 2013 | 5:22 am
    We are continuing to celebrate alongside the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson. The tour post for today is by Alexandra Smith of  Lola Nova.  She writes about the book, and about the support and friendship she shared with Kathreen. Kathreen’s legacy is huge and far reaching. From my first introduction to her via her trailblazing website WhipUp, to her brilliant kid’s magazine ActionPack, through her books and all of her endeavors; I have admired her talent, her love for her family, her intelligence and her amazingly generous…
  • Brave New Quilts :: Legacy Tour :: maya*made

    4 Oct 2013 | 5:41 am
    We are continuing to follow the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson. Today’s post by Maya Donenfeld of maya*made is an exploration of Brave New Quilts, and a reflection on the kindness, creativity, generosity and spirit of Kathreen. We will be following each post on the Legacy Tour as some of Kathreen’s friends and admirers share their thoughts over the next couple of weeks. Friday 10/4 :: Alexandra Smith Monday 10/7 : Sonya Philip Tuesday 10/8 : Ellen Luckett Baker Wednesday 10/9 : Andrea Jenkins Thursday 10/10 : Shannon Cook…
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    Craftster Blog

  • @Home This Weekend: Seed Packet Gifts

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    This weekend, I’m featuring these adorable bee-themed wild flower seed packets in honor of National Honey month. Simply stitch wild flower seeds into paper pockets and decorate! LimeRiot made hers to hang on her neighbor’s doorknobs in celebration of spring. She included a full tutorial with her post so you can make your own. Happy […]
  • Cooking: Honey Month

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The month of September is known for many things. Back to school, football, Labor Day, International Square Dancing Month, etc. But did you know it is also Honey Month? Yep! September is the month that marks when beekeepers in the U.S. complete collecting honey. So there is no better time to celebrate Honey Month than […]
  • September 19th – Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It’s that time of year again! Are you ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day? You do have a party planned, right? And you’ve sent invitations? And the invitations are as awesome as this pirate card that by blupaisan made, yes? Okay, maybe it doesn’t have to be as great, because that’s a pretty detailed […]
  • Winner of Craft Challenge #102 – Swap & Share 3

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    This month’s Craft Challenge was Swap & Share 3! The challenge had nothing to do with crafting in the moment but with crafts that you made in the past for a swap and was never posted. The project could not be previously posted in a completed project thread. Our winning entry was created by MissingWillow! […]
  • September 17, 2014 Featured Projects

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them! Wonky Gorey Quilt by MissingWillow Every pirate wants […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the Studio with Ema Kilroy

    Ema Kilroy
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Susanm! You have won a pair of handwoven bead earrings handmade by Rebecca of Songbead and The Curious Bead Shop.Please email Rebecca with your contact information and your color…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Ditzy Blue

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Karen had just created this rose mold and it fit the theme of this month perfectly. What serendipity! I like the worn and faded colors that she painted on the clay rose. The way that she used the soft silk ribbon to soften the harder lines of the pretty glass beads in complementary colors pulls this all together for a very cohesive look. Featured Designer + Bead Artist :: Ditzy Blue
  • Long Lines Necklace Tutorial

    Claire Lockwood
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    I love long thin pendant necklaces. I often make shorter necklaces and, perhaps, I more frequently make shorter necklaces to sell. However, when it comes to the day-to-day designs that I find most comfortable to wear, I'll go for a piece where the focus is on a long pendant drop, rather than on the neckline. Unfortunately, such pieces are a huge pain to photograph.  Nevertheless, I do rather like this piece.It's highly unlikely that you'll have everything I've used here in your stash! However, there are plenty of possibilities for substituting different items. It's just a case of…
  • Amuse Your Muse Monday - Autumnal Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Happy Monday everyone! Monday's are busy days with me, and especially after a weekend away - very welcome, but things certainly stack up for my return. Jewellery orders, bead orders, custom orders, magazine projects, Craftsy articles.....phew! So without further ado, it's on with the beads! My fellow editor Claire always manages to find new and unusual lovelies that I haven't seen before. I don't quite know how she does it....but thankfully, she is always happy to share her sources. Here are a some gorgeous leafy finds from Silvia Izkovich:A beautiful, classic Autumnal amber. They…
  • Monthly Challenge Accepted

    Heather Powers
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I was looking for a fun distraction yesterday and an excuse to pull out some of my new beads so I thought, hey I should play along with this month's Art Bead Scene challenge! I love the color palette and delicate line work of our inspiration painting this month. I grabbed a pair of lovely rose colored enamel bead caps from my talented friend Anne of Gardanne Beads. I had these Green Girl Studio leaves in my stash for a while and thought they were just what I needed for a pair or rose inspired earrings. I used new disk beads that I recently created that seem to fit the bill as thorns.The back…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's that time again ~ I'm featuring my top ten crafts to make this week from last weeks Handmade Project linky party.  Whoohoo!  I just love a linky party where I meet new creative women.  So, here are my top 10 favorite crafts, parties, recipes, free files, and DIY tutorials from Tip Me Tuesday!  I hope you're inspired to make something fabulous this week as well. These are just the 10 tutorials that I had time to highlight right now, you'll see many more featured on Tip Junkie, Tip Me Tuesday newsletter, AND promoted through [...]keep reading
  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {9/20}

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 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!  {{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 want to make it super easy [...]keep reading
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  • once in a super moon

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    ... is about how often I blog now. But tonight the moon is really spectacular. Glad we all went out and saw it, even though 75% of us were in our jammies!
  • teamwork

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:16 pm
    The days and weeks just keep flying by, one after another after another. Some are ordinary, with multiple loads of laundry and grocery shopping and rocket math and finding lost articles of clothing. Others are more momentous, like when my firstborn went on a school science trip for three nights and cell phones were not allowed. Working six days a week and getting caught up with life makes me so exhausted I just don't have the energy to sit down at the computer. But... my mom says I really need to update my blog. And I do like to look...
  • merry making

    26 Dec 2013 | 10:25 pm
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas (or Hannukah or winter solstice or Thursday the 26th). we had a very nice one even though my parents got sick and were unable to travel to see us. They're feeling better now, though, so that's okay. The weather has been totally unbelievable, hovering right around 80 degrees during the day. C-R-A-Z-Y, don't you think? More and more, I'm opting for simple rather than fussy, and it's suiting me. The teacher gifts were quick and easy to put together with cello bags ordered online, and modified cupcake toppers from Target. Well received, and didn't...
  • giving thanks

    26 Nov 2013 | 9:57 pm
    Oh. My. Gosh. I'm so ready for a break. I have four glorious days off in a row and I can't wait to sleep in late, have someone else cook, and just enjoy my family. I made a Thankful banner (pattern here) and strung it in the teacher's lounge, along with a basket full of miniature books I made with the Giving Thanks pdf from Wild Olive. I made 80 of those suckers last night, with a little bit of help from the girls. I think I have about 20 left... my mom might like some, and we're keeping a...
  • if it's orange I'll put a face on it

    10 Nov 2013 | 7:30 pm
    I know Halloween is already long gone, but I've tried posting this twice already and I'm determined not to let Typepad eat my memories. I originally saw this fabulous jack-o-lantern fruit cup idea here, and knew it would be the perfect treat to bring for the teachers. Did I mention I'm hospitality chair again? I didn't really sign up for it this year, but I do love the teachers, so here I am. The kids and I had a great time coming up with ideas for the faces, even though we did stray quite a bit from the jack-o-lantern look....
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Holiday Envelope Liners

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holidays are quickly approaching and with the launch of the Tiny Prints 2014 holiday collection we are featuring beautiful envelope liners that perfectly complement each and every one of our gorgeous holiday cards. It’s a dazzling little detail that will certainly give those otherwise plain envelopes an elegant finish. Here’s a video that shows you how to assemble them easily and quickly. Envelope Liner Instructions: Insert liner until it touches the bottom of the envelope. Remove the cover on the adhesive strip and stick. Fold the envelope flap to make a crease. Address and send!
  • Baby Nursery Inspiration

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Whether you’re seeking inspiration about how to transition your home decor from Summer to Fall, Ann-Marie from Ann-Marie Loves shows us that adding the perfect pop of color to any room doesn’t require hours of labor, just a little imagination! One of the best things about having a baby (aside from those spontaneous-but-oh-so-rewarding smiles) is being able to put together a nursery. As someone with a huge love for decorating but only a small budget to pull my home together, my best solution is to choose pieces that will lend themselves well to any room, and in the case of a…
  • Bright and Modern Halloween Party

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are pleased to have the Happy Wish Company with us again today featuring one of our halloween party invitations in their party photo shoot. Spiders and pumpkins and bats, OH MY! Fall is upon us and Halloween will be here before we know it. To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing our bright and modern Halloween party! The Tiny Prints “Spooky Soirée” invitation provided the inspiration for the classic orange, yellow and black color scheme along with a mix of modern patterns like polka dots, stripes and chevron. Whether you’re in a pumpkin patch or your own backyard, little ghosts…
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Crockpot Hot Chocolate with Nutella

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog It’s not even near cooling off around here, but that didn’t stop my son from asking for hot chocolate last week when we had our first day of rain. He is ready for autumn! This got me thinking it was time to try making a Crockpot Hot Chocolate with Nutella for Slow Cooker Sunday. Not […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday!
  • Creative Home Decor, Recipes & Crafts

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Friday! I can’t believe how many links we get for this link party!  Creative Home Decor, Recipes & Crafts! We have it all! Have you really took the time to look through them and how many do you visit?  I’d love to know! So much talent! This week I’ve got a few other fun things […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens…
  • A Better “First :59″

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Because good days begin at home!  Sadly, there are many snags in the “First :59″ minutes of our day that can derail the best mood. What’s the “First :59″ minutes of your day like? Calm & easy? Or does it have a bit of stress thrown in? Getting yourself out the door, getting the kids […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where…
  • Cricut Explore Giveaway!

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Hi friends! I’ve been sharing a bunch of fun projects over the last few months all using my new favorite craft machine. The new Cricut Explore that just launched this year. It really is a crafter’s dream. I’m thrilled to be able to give one away to one lucky reader! If you are not yet […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens…
  • Easy Corn Spoonbread Recipe

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog I love corn bread. I just found out that my husband does not. We’ve been married for 17 years. How did I not know this? He’s always eaten it when I make it, but recently broke the news to me that he didn’t really like corn bread. But that didn’t stop me from being inspired […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Zaycon Fabulous

    Kelsey Norwood
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    For the first many years of my married life I didn’t cook meat because I couldn’t stand buying it from the grocery store. I did buy chicken but NO beef and very little pork. We ate hardly any meat until my sister told me about Zaycon Foods. My husband still looks back on that day as one […]
  • *REVIEW* Back-to-School with BELL

    Kelsey Norwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    We’ve been biking tons this summer and now that school has started we’re biking to school together too. Biking is definitely one of our favorite family activities and we make sure we’re protected when we ride. We trust Bell Helmets to protect our brains and got to try out two new styles for back-to-school. Carson’s […]
  • *REVIEW* Scientific Explorer: My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

    Kelsey Norwood
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Science has turned out to be our favorite subject to study at home together. My kids love science and no wonder! It’s all experimental and hands on. As far as I’m aware, the new nation wide Common Core standards have taken science and history almost entirely out of early elementary school classrooms. It’s such a […]
  • *TUTORIAL* 1 Hour Burlap Wreath

    Kelsey Norwood
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I have been all crafted out lately and haven’t really made anything or done any projects since my baby was born 6 months ago. I’m getting the itch again… This wreath was the perfect low-stress project for me right now. It took about an hour and it was completely finished. That’s my kind of project! […]
  • Book of the Week: Dinosaur Farm

    Kelsey Norwood
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    It’s hard work being a farmer and even harder running a dinosaur farm – but that’s just what the farmer does every day in this new book by Frann Preston-Gannon! The farmer wakes up very early to take care of all his animals and you find out pretty quick that all the animals on his […]
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    Try Handmade

  • Happy Birthday, you spoiled rotten brat.

    April Meeker
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I was recently visiting a friend of mine who is the mother-in-law to a very famous person. I’m not going [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Delightworthyn

    Erika Jurney
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    I found another great shop in the Gallery! Delightworthyn: I am enamored with vintage,all vintage , any vintage.I strive to [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Friendship Bracelets from Camp Smartypants

    Ciaran Blumenfeld
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Summer days have faded and we’re heading into the holidays. What better time though, to reaffirm a special friendship and [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Interview with Anna Winter of Frigg Studio

    Erika Jurney
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    You’ve already seen Anna’s work, and now you can peek behind the scenes of Frigg Studio. What is your craft [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Get yourself a ring sizer

    Erika Jurney
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Don’t feel comfortable ordering a ring online because you don’t know your ring size? You’re not coordinated enough to wrap [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • October is All About YBC Events

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    As is the case every year, it seems, my October is chock full of things to do. There’s birthdays, reunions, and Halloween, but more important for you, I have shows, workshops, and exhibitions to tell you about! Unmasked From October … Continue reading →
  • Fall Exhibition at JAM Gallery Opening Reception

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This past Saturday was the first of two receptions that JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA is hosting for its Fall Exhibition. I was able to make it out there and it was packed full of great art and great people. … Continue reading →
  • Alchemists and Elements

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Monday night was the big reveal for the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s 2014 Group Challenge. Basically, teams of 2-3 YBC artisans, each person of which works in a different medium, create an object based on … Continue reading →
  • September 2014 Foldforming Workshop Student Work

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    We had another great Foldforming class this past weekend and once again I am surprised by all the different ways that my students can create using just the four basic folds I teach. Strangely, it seemed that this time around … Continue reading →
  • Old Classes & New

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Tomorrow I’ll be teaching my Foldforming Workshop yet again. It’s always fun for me to see all the amazing samples and cuffs that the students make. It’s always different and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with … Continue reading →
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Sep 2, Rib Stitch Cap Direction Dilemma

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

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Jul 27, dont know how to do a stitch

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am doing a pattern and it states yon (yarn over needle), then k1tbl (knit through back of loop) sorry just cannot understand this. Please help - thank
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    Very Shannon
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Cadence yarn in colorway Laguna from Hazel KnitsI've been doing a lot of reflecting on things the last few days. It's been one of those weeks when my work/life balance is totally haywire and I know I need to just step back and make some changes.It's been such a busy and crazy time for us here the last few months with the teacher strike since june, moving to our first home, family health issues, and me trying to balance full time work with both kids home. Saying I'm tired is an I wanted to quickly pop in to say hello and let you know why it's been a quiet week on the…

    Very Shannon
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    It's time for another fabulous guest post for our Summer Sweater Knit Along! I'm beyond excited to have the insanely talented Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts here on the blog talking all about colorwork!!! This subject comes up so much in our ravelry group and especially during our garment knit alongs. Colorwork can at first seem very intimidating but Tanis does an amazing job below demystifying it for us all. It's one of those things that at first can be scary and seem like a lot to learn but in all honesty, once you get going, it's fun and produces a high impact! I hope after…

    Very Shannon
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I love music. I also love knitting while listening to music. Put the two together and you've got yourself a relaxing knitting playlist!Since we moved into our house I've been enjoying listening to Spotify. It took ages to get to Canada (it's invite only but it doesn't take long) and now that it's here.....I'm addicted. Can't get enough of it. This music lovers soul is happy and blissful. I work with it on, cook with it on, relax with it on, design with it on and most importantly - knit with it on.So I thought, wouldn't it be fun to have a knitting playlist for our Summer Sweater Knit Along…

    Very Shannon
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    I made a Coco. I made it a few months ago and figured it was about time I got around to taking a pic of it for you guys.I was in the mood for polka dots and something easy to wear with a little flair. I landed on Coco by Tilly & the Buttons. This dress pattern is versatile, comfy and quick to sew. This one is my wearable muslin. It's not perfect but I'm ok with that. It sort of matches these pics. This is what my children have done to me this week and it was only Monday when these were taken. Bad sleep, bickering sisters, teachers still on strike, my need for a shower (thus the bad hair…

    Very Shannon
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    New American Knits by Amy Christoffers Interweave/F+W; $24.99  I've so excited to review the knitting book New American Knits by fab designer Amy Christoffers on the blog today!I'm a big fan of Amy Christoffers work and I was super excited when I first heard she had a knitting book coming out. You all know I can't resist a good knitting and sewing book! Amy's patterns feature clean lines and are effortlessly wearable. They are the kinds of items you just want in your wardrobe. The kind that are easily incorporated into your daily life.Jasper PulloverHer designs always feature…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Scrapbook How-to: Washer Embellishments

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Go on a shopping spree…in the garage. For inexpensive metal, hit up the toolbox for washers or screws and use them as embellishments on our layouts. These make great accents for the boys in your life or lighten up the mood by adding decorations with bright patterns. Kimber McGray backed washers with patterned paper to create a colorful and water-effect on her Surf’s Up layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies. Surf’s Up by Kimber McGray from 101 Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies   Create the look: Step 1: Trim patterned paper scrap to fit…
  • 10-minute Tricks: Mixed Media

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Think mixed media has to be complicated to look great? Not with these 10-minute (or less) tricks! Summer Fullerton added a few mixed media items to her First Day layout for Mixed Media, Vol. 1 that you can easily incorporate into your scrapbook pages. First Day by Summer Fullerton for Mixed Media, Vol. 1 Create the look: Paint your title letters Paint your title letters so they match perfectly with your layout. Want to add even more media? Try adding glitter or crackle paint. Add rhinestones for a splash of color Add a few rhinestones to dress up a simple kraft tag and add a bit of dash to…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create a shadow box with layers

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    When you want your favorite photos to be the delectable main course of your layout, create a shadow box to frame them by layering cardstock, as Stacy Cohen did on her Fairy Grace layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture. Add more texture and create an antique, yet timeless, feel by inking and distressing the edges of each layer. Use this technique on a heritage layout or leave the edges clean for a more contemporary, urban look. Fairy Grace by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture Create the look: Close up showing inking and distressing Stacy used cardstock in…
  • Scrapbook Inspiration: Chonology-Inspired Scrapbooking

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you love making lists for your day and crossing items off as they’re completed? When things are in order, is everything right with the world? If so, then there’s a good chance you enjoy chronological scrapbooking and you document your memories as they come along and in a logical order. Chronology can be a little tricky to show on a single layout, most likely if you’re this type of scrapper, you have albums of layouts organized by month or year. However, the idea of this layout is to take things one week, or maybe one day, at a time. Jing-Jing Nickel documented the weekly…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Polaroid Inspired Frames

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you like the look of vintage Polaroid frames, you’ll love how easy these handmade look-a-likes are to create using supplies you probably have on hand. Kim Watson created her Polaroid style frames for her Taylor Made layout in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza. Tailor Made by Kim Watson from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza Create the look: Step 1: Cut your photos into 3″ x 3″ squares. Step 2: Adhere your photos to 3 5/8″ x 4″ white cardstock blocks. Step 3: Use ink to age or distress the edges of your cardstock. Step 4: Add journaling…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    TGIF! We are celebrating the weekend’s arrival by sharing the latest and greatest finds from the week. We hope you have a beautiful end to the week and we will see you back here on Monday morning for another dreamy week of wedding prettiness! {Image by Melanie Gabrielle via Style Me Pretty} A few of our favorites from the week: 18 wedding palettes that are perfect for fall. These DIY Emoji balloons are the cutest things we’ve seen. A DIY color punch for your lunch. It’s never been easier to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Spooky free Halloween printables. 6 tricks…
  • Elegant + Rustic Charleston Wedding

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The sweeping oak trees of Charleston’s Boone Hall Plantation were the perfect setting for Ashley and Dana’s wedding. Rustic glamour at its finest, A Charleston Bride utterly transformed the Cotton Dock with billowing swaths of sheer fabric, elegant chandeliers, fluffy flowers, and glittering candlelight, and a chic, modern cake from Delicious Desserts set atop a unique rustic cake stand. Our favorite detail from this true Southern soiree? In a nod to the Lowcountry location, bags of grits were handstamped as favors. We simply love these beautiful images from Virgil Bunao!
  • Sweet + Pretty Garden Wedding

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Beth Ann and Ted’s summer garden wedding is all about delicate blooms, pretty pastels, and family and friends. The couple selected Wheaton, Illinois’s lovely Cantigny Park for their nuptials, and drew from the craftsman-style details of the venue’s Red Oak Room for their inspiration. Soft and romantic blooms from The Floral Company in shades of peach and ivory dressed the tables, and complemented the lush garden setting. Beth Ann is picture perfect in a lace Anais Anette gown from Weddings 826, and her ladies donned lovely pale blue After Six frocks. We love the sweet…
  • Classic + Sophisticated San Francisco Wedding

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chris and Maria’s wedding is a true San Francisco affair. The couple worked with Julie Briggs Dunn of JBD Events to curate the details of the day. They selected Maria’s family church, St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco, for their ceremony, and the stunning Flood Mansion for their reception gathering, a venue that held special meaning as Maria had attended school in the building and knew every nook and cranny of the venerable space. Maria is polished and elegant in a custom Jin Wang gown and jacket, which she helped to design, and several beautiful pieces of…
  • Intimate + Elegant Chicago Wedding

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Colleen and Mark’s Chicago wedding is indescribably elegant. At no time is the city more beautiful than in the summer, and the gorgeous day was a perfect complement to the gorgeous couple and their wedding party. Colleen is resplendent in a lace Ines Di Santo gown from Dimitras Bridal Couture, and her maids donned chic champagne Jenny Yoo Social Collection gowns. The extraordinary Preston Bradley room of the Chicago Cultural Center was the setting for their July nuptials, and the architectural gem’s Tiffany Dome was incorporated into the custom stationery by Magnificent…
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  • Lisa Fulmer

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Lisa refers to herself as an ardent artist and a chronic crafter. She loves living and creating in the middle of both worlds, and believes that artists and crafters deserve to identify their creative efforts and skills however they please.
  • Coming Unhinged Christmas Trees

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Designer Lisa Fulmer wanted to challenge herself to make a modern, industrial, winter holiday vignette for the table or mantel, using only materials from the hardware store. She walked up and down every aisle, not knowing what materials might translate well until she saw these hinges. She knew they'd make perfect trees! These unique and fun Coming Unhinged Christmas Trees are great for tabletop decorating, as well as placing on your mantel. You could even use these mini trees to add holiday cheer to your desk or bookshelf.
  • Bold and Beautiful Catherines Wheel Crochet Throw

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Work from the center out, adding squares around to build this textural afghan. Both bold and beautiful, Catherines wheel is a classic pattern thats fun to crochet.
  • Owl Pumpkin

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Create an Owl Pumpkin with paint, wood and foam. This will give your easy Halloween craft an unexpected texture and look. This isn't an ordinary pumpkin that you might see on a neighbor's front porch. Instead, it's a cool and unique take on no carve pumpkin ideas. Be different and creative with this owl and add some personal touches. This is also a great project to work on with the kids - the lack of sharp objects makes this a fun and age-appropriate Halloween craft idea. Owls are super trendy, so be sure to get in on the crazy with this cool project.
  • 14 Tin Can Crafts and DIY Projects

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
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  • 10 Ways to Make Homemade Playdough and Homemade Slime

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Playdough and slime are making a come-back! When I was younger, playdough and slime was all the rage among my friends, especially the little playdough kits that you could use to make your little plastic people grow crazy hair. The slime was equally as fun because of the ooey-gooey feeling between your fingers. We always used to pretend that they were little aliens. Now, I can only imagine how much better playing with playdough and slime would have been if I had learned how to make homemade playdough and homemade slime. When I saw the Giant Bubble Slime Recipe, I literally did a double-take.
  • 16 Honestly Easy Kids’ Craft Ideas

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    The big thing about finding crafts for your kids is worrying if they will be able to do them by themselves. Younger kids always like to show their independence by creating things on their own. We all hate to see when this happens, but this is a great way for them to gain their footing in the world. So why not encourage their new-found independence with some fun and easy crafts that will blow their minds? They can get as independent as they want to with these easy crafts. There will not be a chance for them to sigh with boredom when they play with their Giant Bubble Slime Recipe or with their…
  • 100 Days Until Christmas! + A MUST SEE Giveaway!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The countdown has begun…only 100 more days until Christmas!  Time to start prepping your gift list and checking it twice.  It’s also the perfect time to get started crafting up some holiday cards so you’re not rushed to make them as the holidays quickly creep closer and closer. Since we’re all in a rush with our holiday crafting, it helps so much when all the materials we need are gathered up for us in one convenient kit…which is why I LOVE this 12 Days of Christmas paper pack from Docrafts.  With everything you need to make beautiful cards, gift wrap,…
  • The Cutest Baby Crafts You’ve Ever Seen (Seriously!)

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Want to make a big impression at the next baby shower you attend? Here’s an ideas – give the absolute best gift. Sure, the new mommy is supposed to be the star of the show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own moment in the spotlight. Among a sea of store-bought items, your handmade gift is sure to stand out, and we think that’s awesome! What items meant the most to you when you were a tot? For me, it was my crocheted baby blanket. My mom received the blanket as a gift and it grew up right along  with me. Handmade items are so much more likely to…
  • Let’s Stick Together: 23 Washi Tape Ideas

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    What is this mysterious washi tape you ask? Why, it’s only the easiest way to add some decorative flair to anything ever! Washi tape originated in Japan and has since been a popular craft item for many beginner and experienced DIY-ers. With just a simple roll of washi tape, you can add a bit of pattern to many household objects, including school projects, cellphone charger boxes, and computer keyboards. DIY washi tape ideas are great for creating homemade gift ideas for any time of the year. All you need to do is find a pattern or color scheme that your friend would love, and voila!
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    Merriment Design

  • Everyday Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. All opinions are mine. Can you spot my new tote bag? ;) It’s my new camouflage print canvas tote bag from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Jo-Ann sent me this camo tote a few weeks ago to try out in my everyday life. Since then, it’s quickly become my go-to bag for both work and play because it’s trendy yet also super functional. The tote bag is available in-store only at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a purchase of $30 or more. There are four designs – purple, camouflage, zebra and cheetah. Here’s the purple one…
  • No-Smudge DIY Chalkboard Puzzles with Martha Stewart Crafts®

    Kathy Beymer
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Turn wooden puzzles into no-smudge DIY chalkboard puzzles using Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard paint, Erasable Liquid Chalk and new chalkboard-inspired stencils. The liquid chalk design stays put on the chalkboard puzzle until you erase it with water. Fun, yes? I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Crafts® and Blueprint Social. All opinions in this post are mine. Martha Stewart Crafts® sent me a box of goodies to introduce Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard Paint. These products are available at Michaels. Tell them about it, Martha… Two preschoolers…
  • GIVEAWAY: Felt-O-Ween Halloween craft book from Lark Crafts

    Kathy Beymer
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Win yourself a copy of FELT-O-WEEN by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio published by Lark Crafts which brings you 40 decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween like these super cute spooky applique socks: This is the team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations and Heart-Felt Holidays: 40 Festive Felt Projects to Celebrate The Seasons and has some clever and simple projects that I really like. Many FELT-O-WEEN projects require little or no stitching so they are 100% beginner-friendly!
  • Easy super hero birthday cake with printable cake toppers

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

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

  • DIY Paper Lion Mask

    Leslie Manlapig
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    We love lions around here. There’s something about that mane and loud “roar” that just tickles my son’s imagination. Does your child love lions too? Then you’re in luck! This paper plate lion mask is just for you. Perfect for budding zoologists of all ages, it’s colorful, easy to make, and fun to wear. Let’s get started! What You Need Paper plate Pencil Paint Cutting mat Scissors Craft knife Paint brushes Popsicle stick Masking tape Instructions Step 1 Using a pencil, draw your lion on your paper plate. Step 2 Paint your lion. Step 3 Once your paint dries, use your scissors…
  • DIY Leaf Crowns and Animal Masks

    Natalie Kramer
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Nature is generous with us in the autumn months. Leaves in wonderful colors everywhere! It’s time to head outside and hunt for them. I was thinking about a crown made from leaves with wristbands, and my son was asking for an animal mask. You know what? I made them both with two extra ideas: forest friends headbands with ears made from leaves. Search for a paper bag and some double-face tape in the cupboard, hunt for your black and white markers, and let’s get started! Project 1Autumn Leaf Crown What You Need Fresh leaves Brown paper bag (8″ x 13.5″) Black and white markers…
  • Decorating Kids Rooms with Textiles

    Deborah Beau
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Decorate with vintage hankies—it’s so much fun! If you’re like me and have drawers and cupboards full of vintage textiles, why not use them to create a feature wall inspired by the work of French stylist Anne Millet? I’m sure you all have a few pretty linen hankies at home, or even lace doilies and old fabric remnants that would make a unique, colorful display. I guess I’ll have to blame it on my seamstress Gran; I love collecting vintage fabrics, scouring French flea markets for old linen, or filling my suitcases with pretty prints and patterns found at charity shops when I’m…
  • DIY Funny Face Lollipops

    Rachel Faucett
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Here’s another super sweet project from Candy Aisle Crafts, the latest book from crafting superstar Jodi Levine. The supermarket candy that she melts, twists, and fashions into tiny works of art are simply incredible (and truly designed for children to make). We give this book a box of gold stars because 5 stars simply aren’t enough. We know we’re going overboard here, but we are seriously in love with every page! Note from Jodi - Amy and I talked about including a page of people portrait lollipops. When she suggested that I try making Bert and Ernie–like faces, I was inspired!
  • DIY Secret Fuzzy Bear Pocket

    Eva Monleon
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Here’s a cute idea for upcycling an old sweater while making it more useful at the same time. It’s fun and easy to make, and perfect for handing down an older sibling’s clothes. Inspired by a sweatshirt pocket when it’s closed, it opens to reveal a secret pencil case. You can use either velcro or buttons for an easy opening. It’s super handy for keeping all those school supplies organized and “secret”—just let your kids choose what things they want to take with them! What You Need Printable pattern (download here) Sweater or sweatshirt (or other clothing of your…
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  • Sew to Celebrate

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    September is officially known as National Sewing Month and what better way to celebrate than to spend a day (or more!) sewing. Last year our Chefs whipped up a batch of Moda Bake Shop Basics - tutorials to help with some basic sewing and quilting techniques. Find links to some of the most popular ones below. 1. Sewing with Jelly Rolls, 2. Perfect Quilt Borders, 3. Matching Points4. Machine Applique, 5. Piecing Batting, 6. Rotary Safety, 7. Perfect Pressing, 8. Binding a QuiltHow are you celebrating National Sewing Month?
  • Holly Table Runner

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
  • Interwoven Quilt

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
  • Honeycomb Table Topper

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Stairway to Heaven Quilt

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
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    How Does She

  • 31+ Braid Hacks for Moms – for long and short hair

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Why should the young girls have all the fun? Here’s some amazing braid tutorials for the more grown up crowd! 1. For those with short hair, this is a beautiful braid!  Here. 2 The Braided Bun… perfect for a special day or even a day at the office.  Here. 3.  Ever seen these great bohemian side braids? I haven’t until now but I kinda want to try it.  Soon.  See it here. 4. The 3-braided buns.  This looks gorgeous.  And even doable!  Here. 5.   The quick and simple updo.  Gorgeous!  Here. 6.   This mermaid tail looks super elegant on moms – kinda…
  • 16 Spooktacular No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas!

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bring on the pumpkins!  I am so ready to decorate, how about you?  Here are my 16 favorite pumpkin ideas…there’s no way I can choose just one.  My house my be swimming in pumpkins for the next few months. 1.  Mummy Pumpkins   2. Tricked out pumpkins 3. Chalkboard pumpkins from 4. Chevron painted pumpkins 5. Spider web pumpkins from Woman’s Day, photo by Miki Duisterh of Woman’s Day 6. Sharpie pumpkins I LOOOVE that Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” is written on this pumpkin…I’m totally stealing that!  {nerdy…
  • Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta with Black Beans

    Allison Ruth
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    With school back in session and a new baby in the house, dinner keeps sneaking up on me. I’m packing lunches, carpooling, feeding baby, doing laundry, and then BOOM! Dinner Time! Suddenly, or so it seems, everyone is hungry all at once, bed time is just around the corner, and I’m standing in front of the fridge wondering what comes next. You all know what I’m talking about, right? The weeknight dinner dilemma. Gathering everyone around the table at the end of the day is important to me. Making sure everyone has a healthy, nourishing meal every day is also important to me.
  • Pin it to Win it

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Pin some of our best time and money-saving tips to your Pinterest account and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Burt’s Bees gift card towards some awesome natural skin care products for fall!    Pin now, contest ends Monday night, Sept. 22nd! Go here to enter and start pinning! Good luck!
  • From Ditz to Legit: How I Became a Fake Football Fan in 5 Easy Steps {and you can too!}

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Every September, I become the picture-perfect football fan—game day gear {Go Broncos! check}, Pinterest worthy appetizers {check}, an adept football language that Rosetta Stone would envy {check}.  I dutifully bid adieu to Donald Draper and my other Mad Men and relinquish all TV rights to a movement that is much bigger than me: College GameDay, Monday Night Football, Thursday night football, Friday night football, Saturday, Sunday…they all blur together into one big scrimmage of tight ends (what girl could hardly complain?). Confession #1: I don’t love football, but I am a darn good…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Making Fun Family Memories

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    We really enjoyed our adventures in the Chevy Traverse! We had so many fun things planned for the week, and you can read about that here. A big thank you to Chevy for helping us make such fun family memories this summer!! My husband, Mark, and I were on a mission to complete 13 acts of […]
  • Fall Crafts for Kids

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Fall with Kids: Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Autumn Playtime Fun! This collection of Fall crafts for kids is made up of posts from our team of amazing writers for the Inner Child Fun network of sites. We think you will enjoy getting to know our writers for Inner Child Learning, Inner Child […]
  • Handmade Gift Kids Can Make

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The kids are always looking for pretty gifts they can make for family or friends, and these hand-painted trivets are perfect (and useful) gifts. They are simple to make, and even the littlest artists can have fun with this easy project!! This is such a fun rainy day craft for kids, plus it’s a great […]
  • Making Our Own Adventure

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This summer, our friends at Chevrolet have offered us the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Traverse for a full week. We are all so excited for this experience and cannot wait to share our adventure with you! I may or may not have done a little happy dance when it arrived (hint: I […]
  • Simple (and Delicious) Pleasures for Fall

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    The fall season is quickly approaching, and one of my favorite simple pleasures this time of year is to make a quick run to our local bakery for some tasty treats to bring back home and share with family and friends! Some of my personal favorites are pumpkin muffins, fresh whole grain bread with currants, […]
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  • Upcycled Leather Jacket Backpack

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m going to start this post off with an apology. Half of the pictures I took were taken with my phone’s camera and they’re not the best quality, so I’m sorry for that. Pretty much all of the “making of” shots were taken with my phone and then I went back afterwards with my nicer camera and got some better shots of the finished product. I’m planning on making another one of these for my little sister so I’ll take some better pictures of that one. I’ve been seeing some really cute backpacks lately and I got bit with the bug to create.
  • Oh, hi there!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    *dusts off this ol’ blog again* Hey guys, it’s been quite a while since my last post and a lot has happened since then. For those of you who would check up on my blog to see if I have been posting, thank you for checking in and I’m sorry I abandoned this thing for so long. I have quite a few projects to post and many ideas churning in my head, so I should be back to posting normally soon, so please stay tuned!
  • My Misadventures in Gardening: (Almost) Everything Update No. 2

    10 Nov 2013 | 7:37 am
    It’s been a while since we’ve gotten any interesting fruits, so I don’t have a cool new post about harvesting seeds and planting them. I do, however, have a bunch of plants that are growing that could do with another update! Here we go~ Here are a few mango seedlings I have going: This is the youngest. It’s just now starting to unfold its little leaves, how cute! Here’s the middle one. It’s leaves are growing at such an uneven pace, it’s so weird. That huge one is so long its touching the dirt under it, and the tiniest leaf on the plant is on the…
  • My Misadventures in Gardening: Dragonfruit with a bit of Kiwi

    3 Nov 2013 | 7:26 am
    Oh look, yet another interesting fruit that I’m going to try to grow! My fiance and I had decided a while back to periodically buy fruit that we’ve never had before in order to expand our fruity horizons. Not long after that I got bit by the gardening bug and I decided to attempt to sprout and grow each fruit that came through our house. This was limited to the fruit I managed to find at our local grocery store, but last weekend I discovered our local Asian supermarket and, oh man, I was in exotic fruit heaven. They had jackfruit (yes, whole ones), mangosteen, rambutan, lychee,…
  • My Misadventures in Gardening: Everything Update

    27 Oct 2013 | 8:36 am
    I haven’t planted anything new so today’s post will be a updates on all my plants! So far I’ve been very lucky with my little growing experiments and have had a pretty good germination rate. So in no particular order, I shall show off my plants! Here are some of my pomegranates: They’re so cute! So a few days before I planted the seeds in the egg carton, I threw a few seeds into a zip lock bag with a damp paper towel just to see if they would germinate like that. I ended up loosing hope because some of the seeds molded up, but rather than throwing the bag away, I left…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Ghost Leaf Bags

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pretty soon it'll be raking season.  Once those leaves start coming down, what are you going to do with them?  Before you haul them off to compost, why not decorate your yard for Halloween with a few of these fun ghosts?  Jaime at Everyday Art fashioned them out of pain white garbage bags!  Make a couple, or whip up a whole army of them - they're so easy and inexpensive to make that you can use them to decorate any size yard in a jiff!  [how to make ghost leaf bags] Project estimate: White trash bags, on hand or $1 Marker, on hand Leaves, on hand Total:  Free or $1
  • Make a Button Bracelet

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Buttons, buttons, buttons.  Every crafter has them laying around somewhere, right?  Over the years I have inherited several jars worth of them - more than I will ever conceivably need for garment making or repair purposes.  So, what can you do with all of those extras?  Johanna Rundel turned some brightly colored buttons into this cute, stretchy bracelet!  The instructions are in German, but the photos are easy to follow, and you can always run the page through Google Translate if you feel like you're missing something!  [how to make a button bracelet] Project estimate: Buttons, on hand…
  • 10 Upcycled Scarf Ideas for Fall

    Becky Striepe
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The official first day of fall is only a few days away! That means it's time for tights, boots, and scarves! If you could use a new scarf or two in your fall wardrobe, try one of these upcycled scarf ideas to create one on the cheap. 1. Cozy T-Shirt Scarf - T-shirt scarves are usually not super cozy, but this two-ply version looks like it would keep you nice and warm on a fall evening. 2. Sweater Neckerchief - This Anthro-inspired lined sweater scarf is so sweet and simple! 3. Infinity Scarf - Turn a thrift store sweater into an infinity scarf in a flash. 4. Patchwork Sweater Scarf - Sweater…
  • Make a Marquee Light Monogram

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you're making a full lettered sign for party decor or you are looking for some cute monogram art to decorate a bedroom, this DIY marquee letter tutorial from Natalie at Doodlecraft is a super cute (and super cheap) solution!  She used some cute LED flower lights to illuminate foam core letters - with the selection of light strings differing from store to store and from season to season, keep an eye out for lights in colors and shapes that you like for making your own version of this project!  [how to make a marquee light monogram] Project estimate: Foam core board, on hand or $1 LED…
  • Make a Spooky Shadow Box Gallery Wall

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Halloween decor is popping up every where!  I snagged several small items from Dollar Tree and used them to create a spooky wall art gallery in my home.  Instead of pricey shadow boxes, I used $1 picture frames to make my own collage boxes.  Keep reading to learn how I made this entire creepy wall display for under $10! Project Estimate: (Per shadow box) Frames (2), $1 each Scrapbook paper, on hand Halloween item, $1 Total:  $3 per shadow box Step one:  Remove the glass and backing from the frames.  Glue two frames together. Step two:  Place scrapbook paper on the backing for one of…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Balcony Renovation: planning a garden for next Spring

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

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

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have Roses in your garden? Have you thought about preserving some? They are among my favorite flowers. Above a small bunch from my florist that includes delicate pink buds. Those are the ones you can see on the photo above nicely preserved and adorned with glitter {optional}. Feel like preserving your own? Here is my Flower Preservation Tutorial. Try it and make yourself one like this right
  • Balcony Gardening: first ripe Cherry Tomato.

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What a nice surprise was to spot our first ripe Cherry Tomato! I admit that the unstable Summer weather we have here in Toronto got me worried about the harvest. After seeing this perfectly formed and bright red Cherry Tomato I can't wait for the whole vine to ripen. Hopefully very soon! Did you see the process from the beginning? We plant them in May, they bloomed in June, and the first
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Vuelta al cole con Gastos de envio Gratis!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    September is here!  Seems like the summer absolutely flew by… Our summer this year was filled with lots of camping!  We camped all over the place this year, and the boys absolutely loved it!  Anyway, 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is readyI have the new 2015 page calendar for you as well. Just download and print! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable    More 2015 calendars: 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar
  • Free Printable: 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you to those of you that have sent me such sweet emails about the calendars and printables… Your kind words are always appreciated! Keep up with our adventures via instagram: I hope you enjoy the calendar! Download Printable   More 2015 Calendars coming soon! 2015 One Page…
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! There are two printables to choose from… Enjoy! Weekly Planner: Download Printable Daily Planner: Download Printable Wishing you a most wonderful new year! More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One Page Calendar 2014 Mini Kawaii Kokeshi Doll Calendar
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size: 4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to check out the other free printable calendars:  Doodle 2014 Write In Calendar and the 2014 One Page Calendar (in Four Different Colors). Download Printable   More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One…
  • Free Printable: 2014 One Page Calendar in Four Different Colors

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    Is it mid-October already?!  I know many are preparing for the new year and I have been working on updating the calendars.  I should have the kawaii mini calendars ready super soon… But just in case you wanted a companion to your 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar, I have the new 2014 page calendar ready for you. This year, I have four different colors for you to choose from… Download and print your favorite. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable – All four calendars (pictured above) More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 Mini…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • How to Stay in the Energy of What You Want

    Vanessa Anstee
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    For most of my life I’ve loved being in the dream energy. I see what’s possible, I love big pictures and I imagine those dreams as reality. My personal journey has involved learning to navigate the current reality towards the dream. As I hold a bigger vision for my life and work, I find it’s easy to get caught in the reality of how it is and lose faith.   I have had to learn to really name the energy of fear, doubt and overwhelm and find ways to self empower instead of allowing myself to be consumed by them. Over the years, like many people I know, I’ve lost some dreams.
  • 5 Inspirations about Seasonal Change

    Amanda Rose
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    With the autumn equinox quickly approaching in just a few short days, I realized I’ve started changing some of my habits without even realizing it. It’s a refreshing feeling when the seasons begin to change – the leaves turn, the air becomes crisper, and we begin craving apple butter and homemade stew in place of fresh salads and ice cream. I find myself craving these changes subconsciously without even becoming aware of how these changes affect our creativity and inspiration. Here are my 5 top inspirations when the seasons change. Feel free to add to the list in the…
  • ‘Last of Summer/Hello to Autumn’ Avocado, Tomato and Roasted Pine Nut Salad

    Jayne Ifeacho
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This simple but stunningly tasty dish – I am a huge fan of simple and stunning when it comes to food, well actually most things – comes straight from the kitchen of scrumptious food alchemists – Milk and Honey. This bright, fruity, rich and delightfully squelchy number was for a wedding buffet that called for ten different salads! Recipe I’ve tweaked a bit (can’t be divulging all the secret sauce ingredients) although you’ll still be mopping up your plate with bits of bread with this version. Three avocados A tub of firm cherry tomatoes A handful of roasted…
  • What You Seek is Seeking You

    Tara Leaver
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    No doubt you are familiar with this quote from Rumi. His words are all over the internet, beautifully illustrated and painted, pinned and shared, and it becomes easy to skim, like and move on. I’ve been rolling this one around in my head like a marble lately; what you seek is seeking you. What does that mean?  Here’s my interpretation. If you feel called, if you’re curious, if you keep returning to an idea, if you want something, if there’s something that won’t go away, it’s already in you.  Thus, if you feel a tug to splash colours around a page, to plunge your…
  • Falling Into September

    Tahani Al-Salem
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    I’m not quite sure where summer went, or how it’s practically mid September already. I feel like summer was a whirlwind, a very good whirlwind, but it went by extremely fast. As much as I’m not ready for it to be over, I’m longing for routine that I always seem to find come fall. Summer always makes me feel free and breezy, despite the fact that I’m still working and have the same responsibilities as normal, everything just seems more light and carefree. I’m ready for a bit more structure. My birthday is the first day of fall, and I always appreciate that,…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Wee Folk Art Forums Give-Away :: $50 ETSY Gift Card

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Sponsor: Wee Folk Art Community Center Forums Give-Away Date: Saturday, September 20, 8am EST – Monday, September 22, 8am EST Number of Winners: 1 Prize: $50 ETSY Gift Card How to Enter: READ CAREFULLY. This give-away will be run at the Wee Folk Art Community Center Forums and not here on our blog. This weekend every post or photo submission on the Wee Folk Art Community Center forums will count as an entry. The more comments you leave, the more chances you will have to win. If all you want to do is enter the give-away contest you can create an account and leave a post about yourself in the…
  • Support Handmade :: September 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the members of our Support Handmade program. At Wee Folk Art we cherish the work that small, handmade shop owners provide. We believe that items created with love do make a difference in the lives of the people they touch. We invite you to take a moment and browse theses shops. We are sure you will find something magical. To find out how your shop can become involved in our Support Handmade program click here. Woolies ~ Sara Woolies combines my passion for knitting and my love of animals. Still a child at heart, I delight in the magic and…
  • Autumn Tree Coloring Page

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Although autumn brings with it an array of new colors... oranges, gold, browns and maroons... filling our landscape with a bold splash of color... often our skies are dreary and gray. Thank goodness for all the colors in our trees and bushes. You can use today's coloring page to try to reflect the realism of the season or let your imagination run wild and have a rainbow of colors. The choice is yours! Here is our newest coloring page based on our Autumn Tree Applique Block. Children... or you... can use markers, crayons or paintings. The only requirement is to have fun :) Pattern for Autumn…
  • Autumn Tree Applique Block

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    One of the things I love so much about Folk Art is how it reduces things to their simplest forms... plus that extra dash of whimsy. Many of the projects on Wee Folk Art are in that style, including this very simplistic Autumn Tree Applique Block. Although using very simple shapes, this tree conveys the beauty of the season and reduces the complexity of nature to its simplest forms.   As always, this applique was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your need. Now that it's time to embrace autumn, we hope this little applique comes in handy! The pattern…
  • Knit Rainbow Petal Skirt

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    This skirt is an easy pattern for beginning knitters to tackle. Each of the 7 petal sections are knit flat as individual pieces. When all the petal are complete they are whipped stitched together to form the skirt. Sizes: XS (19.6in), S (22.4in), M (25.2in), L (28in) Choose a size that is a couple inches larger than your child's waist measurement. You will add an elastic band to cinch up the waist to fit exactly. Yarn: For this project I used Shine Worsted Weight Cotton from Knit Picks. I did each petal in a different color. You will make 7 petals. For Pixie's skirt in child medium, I used…
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  • 4 Workout Routines You Can Do During Your Lunch Hour

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    If you’re a desk-dweller, like me, you’re looking for activities that can help break up all the sitting and add a little interest to your day. This guest post, sponsored by GoVibrant, providing great ways to stand up and move! 4 Workout Routines You Can Do During Your Lunch Hour By Jessica Remitz for Discover and Play If trying to fit time for exercise into your already-packed schedule seems impossible, consider setting lunch dates with yourself every week. Use this time to break up your day with a quick sweat session at the gym or local park. We asked Jenny Champion, certified…
  • Surprising Sleep Stealers

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    In addition to exercise and eating well, I believe proper amount of sleep is a necessity for good health. Today’s guest post, sponsored by GoVibrant, highlights those things and habits that keep us from getting a good night’s sleep! Surprising Sleep Stealers By Jennifer Kelly Geddes for Discover and Play The AC hums, your husband snores and garbage trucks clank outside the window. Add in kids, work, housekeeping – even a dog – and it’s no wonder you’re unable to properly rest. If you’re faced with an uphill battle at bedtime, it’s time to take a closer look at your…
  • Fitness Blogger Ambassador Programs

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    If you’re a fitness blogger interested in ambassador programs for networking, writing opportunities, paid campaigns, and sponsorships, you might check out the links for applications to see what fits your blog and social media presence. Communities: FabFitFun Ambassadors FitFluential Ambassadors Genuine Ambassadors Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors Idea Inspired Bloggers I’m Fit Possible Popsugar Select Sweat Pink Ambassadors For Two Fitness Brands: Energy Bits Fitmark Swirlgear Brand Ambassador Unleashed If you know of ones to add, please leave a comment. If you’re not a fitness…
  • Cincinnati Bluegrass for Babies Giveaway

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Bluegrass for Babies is a unique, family-friendly benefit concert supporting the Healthy Roots Foundation. The entire event is organized as an interactive family experience focused on positive (and fun!) family health practices. Each themed area will have games, crafts and giveaways provided by our community partners. Bluegrass for Babies is an official Giving Hope fundraising event for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Proceeds from the Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert have raised nearly $100,000 for the Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute since its inception in…
  • Gazelle’s Extended Price Lock Guarantee

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links Are you looking forward to the new iPhone? Gazelle is extending its industry-leading price lock guarantee for orders placed before September 9th, but time is running out to grab this deal! Lock today’s price for your iPhone, keep it until October 10th at Gazelle! As the world eagerly awaits the launch of the iPhone 6, the value of older model iPhones starts to tick downward, so don’t miss this chance to get the most value for your old iPhone. With Gazelle’s price…
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    Craft Stew

  • DIY Reconstruction: Sweater Into Skirt

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Description:  Easy, easy tutorial for turning an unwanted sweater into a really cute skirt. Craft Link: Sweater Into Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Side Walks Book Review

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    I live in Ramat Beit Shem­esh, one of the most rel­ig­ious cit­ies in the world (lit­er­ally). Though we have a pop­ula­tion of over 80000, we don’t have movie theat­ers, mini golf, amuse­ment parks, bars, etc. We don’t even have many eat in res­taur­ants. I’m very hap­py liv­ing here, but it does make life a bit bor­ing at times. It’s for this reason that I pur­chased a book called Side Walks, by Kate Pocrass. Side Walks en­cour­ages you to ex­plore your own neigh­bor­hood.  It helps you to dis­cov­er the as­pects of your…
  • Maternity Tank Style Maxi Tutorial

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Description:  Tells how to make your own pattern and then sew this cool maternity dress. Craft Link: Maternity Tank Style Maxi Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Pom-Pom Heels

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Description:  Step-by-step photos available at InStyle magazine. Craft Link: DIY Pom-Pom Heels Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Gorgeous Shirts To Dress Tutorial

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

  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This morning, I’m starting on a few fall projects and a couple of Halloween DIYs, to share in the coming weeks. How is it already time to start thinking about Halloween?! This year is flying by.  But before I grab my scissors and get to work, I have 7 DIYs for you to try this weekend… 1. make these DIY faux granite rings from Fall for DIY 2. the best blueberry popsicles recipe (it involves colorful stripes) 3. an awesome emoji balloon DIY from Studio DIY 4. how to create a messy fishtail braid from Once Wed 5. DIY shredded distressed denim from I Spy DIY 6. make a DIY bar…
  • Dazed and (Minimally) Color Crazed Interiors

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maybe it’s the fact that summer is coming to an end, but right now I’m hooked on bright colors. As evidenced by my striped blueberry punch popsicles and watercolor lunch bags from earlier in the week. But I like my color does in small, more minimal amounts. So, I’ve rounded up some of the most cheerful interiors I could find this week – each infused with bright / bold accent colors, without overpowering the space. 1. (above) Pops of yellow + chartreuse from Inside Out 2. Powder blue + orange from Dwell 3. Sunshine yellow and deep blue from Inside Out 4. All of the…
  • A DIY Color Punch for your Lunch

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday was an awesomely long day for me… I wrapped up a whole slew of projects, that I can’t wait to share… And one in particular, may have involved setting up a ladder in the middle of the road to get the best angle, in between cars driving by. It was so much fun. But man, am I tired. And my brain is still feeling a little fried this morning, so I’ll keep this short and sweet… I recently made these watercolor canvas lunch bags for Momtastic to dive into back to school season. Obviously, these are great for kids, but I also think they’re minimal enough…
  • How To Photograph Ice Cream and Popsicles Before They Melt into a Sad Little Puddle

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the things that I’ve inadvertently become accustomed to, especially during the VERY warm Florida summers, is photographing food items that melt. It can be a total pain to try to photograph something, like an ice cream cone, for example, when it’s 90 degrees and the second you step outside the whole thing falls apart. BUT there are ways to combat some of those melting issues when it comes to photography things like ice cream, popsicles, etc.  So, I thought I’d share a few tips on that topic today, as part of the Behind the Scenes series. Here are seven tips for…
  • The Best Blueberry Popsicle Recipe

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Okay, I realize I may be pushing it on the popsicle front. But there is (at least) one more popsicle recipe that I’ve been meaning to whip up for months and I just never got around to it. Until now. It’s striped and involves blueberries (which kind of look like polka dots), so I’m hoping you’ll jump on the popsicle train with me one more time. Chu-chu! Make these striped blueberry punch popsicles with four ingredients… Ingredients and Supplies: fresh blueberries, blueberry lemonade, pink lemonade, mango lemonade (or regular lemonade), popsicle mold (I use one…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer

    Jessica Christman
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    This organizer is pretty, functional and stylish and looks great sitting on a desk or vanity top, showing off both your pretty jewels and some adorable kitchen finery. 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! }}
  • Clothespin Mermaids

    Jessica Christman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    These little clothespin mermaids are fun to make and even more exciting to add to your daily dose of play. 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! }}
  • Make Your Own Tart Pan Pincushion

    Jessica Christman
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    These little tart pan pincushions are so sweet and lovely, any seamstress would love one. 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 Tart Pan Tealights

    Jessica Christman
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Perfect for lighting up a rustic table setting or for adding ambiance to country decor, these simple little candles would also be at home with modern or industrial chic styles. Click here for the... {{ 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 Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

    Jessica Christman
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you love to bake, this DIY was made for you! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    dismount creative

  • In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins To See

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tartlet Tins Needles & Pins: Mollie Makes Pincushions

    Cathe Holden
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Issue 6 of Mollie Makes US Edition has arrived featuring another of my simple and fun projects. But this latest issue also features several of my very dear friends! My local art buddy, weekly coffee pal, creative motivator, and extremely talented illustrator and designer, Nicky Ovitt, opens up her inspiring vintage Petaluma home and studio for a tour you’re going to love. She also shares a full page pattern design from her latest fabric collection for you to gift wrap with! My New Orleans pal, contributor and designer of craft projects for major family, home & garden magazines, craft…
  • A Craftsman’s Legacy

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

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

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

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

  • Halloween Skeleton Suckers

    make life lovely
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi there!  It’s Laura from Make Life Lovely, and I am SO excited to share a fun Halloween treat with you today!  My blog is full of crafty DIY’s, recipes, free printables, holiday ideas, party ideas, and so much more.  I’d love for you to stop by and say hi! One of my favorite Halloween symbols is the skeleton, so I created some chocolate skeleton suckers featuring skulls and all sorts of skeleton bones. This spooky treat is perfect for making with your little ghouls and goblins, and is the perfect treat for a Halloween party, or to pass out to friends. Want to make your…
  • It’s In The Bag: 10 DIY BAGS TO SEW

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sew a cute useful bag for your next project, here are 10 BAGS TO SEW you will want to put on your list! I love a good sewing tutorial and I love making cute functional bags! These tutorials all make unique and useful bags you will love making, using or giving away! If you are looking to learn to sew check out my teaching kids to sew series, it is helpful for even beginning sewers! DIY No Sew Tote Bag by Homey Oh My and DIY Textured Leather Clutch By Gina Michele   See through Zipper Pouches and DIY Mani Pedi Kit Bag by Positively Splendid   DIY Iphone Wallet  BY Dream…
  • Caramel Frosting Recipe

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you love caramel this is the perfect frosting recipe for you! It is fabulous for cakes and cupcakes! Let me warn you… it is hard to stop eating! The secret ingredient that makes this frosting so rich and decadent is a can of dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is sweetened condensed milk that has been cooked into a  smooth creamy caramel. Believe me, dulce de leche is good by the spoonful straight from the can….. but try to stop yourself so you can make this dreamy frosting! Caramel Frosting Recipe 2 sticks butter (softened) 1 can Dulce De Leche, 13.4 Ounce Can 3 cups powdered…
  • Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

    Cindy Hopper
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pumpkin Mousse is a delicious way to serve pumpkin. I love fall and pumpkin recipes! We just finished our Pumpkin Roll. I love that I can keep a pumpkin roll in the freezer for unexpected company. It freezes beautifully! Looking for a lower fat pumpkin recipe my sister-in-law’s pumpkin sheet cake is amazing. Still not enough pumpkin? You can bake up pumpkin chocolate chip cookies , the bestpumpkin bread or three ingredient pumpkin muffins. If you don’t want to bake this pumpkin cheesecake dip recipe is perfect!  Pumpkin Mousse Recipe 1-1/2 cups cold  milk 1 small…
  • Halloween Printables Blog Hop

    Cindy Hopper
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    This months theme for our blog hop is Halloween! Yep, Halloween is just around the corner! Have a little fun decorating or getting ready for Halloween with these fun printables! Be sure to visit all the bloggers below for all these fabulous ideas!   Halloween Printable Bottle Labels – Skip to My Lou Creepy Spells and Potions Printable Labels – Hostess with the Mostess “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Sign – Pen N’ Paper Flowers Free Printable Halloween Candy Bar Wrappers – Living Locurto Candy Corn Cheese Wedge Printables – No Biggie…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Endpapers, Frogs and a Pocket

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. Niccolo Machiavelli I went back to my diamond stitched journal to add end-papers. The endpapers are the pages that consist of a double-size sheet folded, with one half pasted against an inside cover, and the other serving as the first free page (I glued that to the book block already sewed into the book. I usually use a thinn mulberry paper as endpaper, but that’s when they’re bound with the book block already. This time I took a piece of this awesome vintage green medallion wallpaper. I have a whole roll of this,…
  • Willpower | One Little Word Update

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    My word of the year is willpower, and it’s a perfect word for me. I love reading about how the brain works, so today I thought I’d share a few links to articles that has inspired me with my word. I’m also taking Ali Edward’s class One little word where each first of the month you get a new prompt of something to craft, write or think about relating to your word. I haven’t done all the exercises yet. I’m working in a A5 ring binder format, but also added some of the printables to my DIY Calendar, as a reminder: I was recommended to check out The Willpower…
  • Binder Transformation

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I love finding office supplies at the thrift store! Sometimes I’ll find postcards or a pile of unused notecards, but not often. I love all kinds of vintage paper finds, but thrifting them doesn’t happen that often around here. Though sometimes I’ll score a few sturdy ring binders. And I love me some ring binders! Like this green cardboard one, with a cute label. I think it’s nice, but it could be even nicer with a bit of transformation… So I set to work to transform it into something a bit more “me”, though still green. When I was looking at it,…
  • Inspiration in Envelopes

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of my dear blog fans, Jenny, sent me a care package filled with lovely paper and craft stuff. You know the kind, where every time you look inside the envelope something cuter than before comes out? I feel so happy to have received all this, to the point of almost being embarrassed. Am I worthy of all this love? But let’s forget the feeling for now, and take a look! I do not wish to make you jealous, but this is too good not to share with you guys. Because I know you are into this stuff too. I wanted to show you the pretty papers I got, the big owl stamp and the cutest tiny-tiny owl…
  • Spotted Photo Theme: My Favorite Color

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    It’s time a September’s post with a spotted photo theme! Something that occur in all our photographs are colors (if you’re not shooting black-and-white). We all adore colors, am I right? But maybe you have a favorite color that you often spot in your photos? Go look through some of your recent photos and see if you can spot one color that sticks out among your photos and group them together. The color can be an accent in the whole, or maybe you’ll pick the most monochromatic photos you can find. I did a bit of both. Wanna join me? New to my prompt “Spotted Photo…
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  • Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season

    Andrea Mansfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    The buzz over the holidays has begun and you are about to enter the best time of year to be a handmade business. As more people crave shopping local and buying smaller what you do becomes increasingly important. But this is also a time to rev up for next year with some cash in your pocket. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Consider This Before Opening A Second Etsy Shop

    Megan Petersen
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Because I frequently make mention of the fact that I juggle 4 Etsy shops in addition to my website and other selling platforms, I am often asked by fellow handmade sellers if it would be a good idea for them, too, to open up more than 1 Etsy shop. The not-so-simple answer is, of course, ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 10 Mouthwatering Craftsy Baking Classes

    Jason Malinak
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Enjoy these 10 classes that you can take at Craftsy – an awesome place to learn DIY skills through video. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 5 Things to Consider Before Starting an Etsy Shop

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    I run 2 shops. Superkid Capes™ has close to 5300+ sales on Etsy-which amounts to nearly 10,000+ actual capes and accessories being sold around the world. Elizabeth Brooke Designs has near 700 sales-which equals 1000 patterns, baby items, and scarves having made their way around the county. In its 4... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • How to Twist Pretzels

    Timothy Adam
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Who doesn't love soft pretzels? Here is a quick how-to on twisting hand made pretzels! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Inside the belly of a big Teddy Bear …

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Look closely at this one … I see ribs, intestines, a kidney and a heart. What else? I had the idea to do something like this with the Jess Hutch robots I used to knit obsessively years ago … but this, this is so well executed. Unreal! Made by uritouran. Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Cowboy Boot Covers in Crochet

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    What do you think? Carolina Sanchez by Giovanni Gastel for Glamour Italia September 2014 Hat tip: CrowdKnitting Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Make a Game of Thrones Dragon Egg – FREE pattern and tutorial

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Ceeliah from Bad Mushroom has put together a really great tutorial for her amazing Dragon Eggs. As you can see, Game of Thrones fans will not be disappointed. And the pattern is FREE. Source: Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Nosferatu

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Have you seen this 1922 classic? Crocheted by Sara B. aka lusapal. Rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • It’s Looking Pretty Grim – up for a challenge?

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    Make a Halloween wreath – It’s a Grim Challenge! Full disclosure, I work at Lion Brand in the marketing department … we’re doing a Halloween challenge with the folks from The Crochet Crowd and I thought I’d share because it’s definitely in line with what we do and talk about here at KnitHacker – e.g. your challenge could be done with a pool noodle. That’s a hack if I ever heard one! Here’s the challenge page with details and rules: Here’s the materials page with free shipping code (USA/Canada):…
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  • What Can You Do with a Paint Chip?

    Wendy at
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    We have plenty of ideas, in fact we’ve got 50+ Free Paint Chip Crafts! I’m always picking them up for color inspiration and besides, they’re just fun. You might also like: Paint Chip Ombre Earrings Tutorial Easter Crafts for Every Crafter New Free Crafts Pages 50+ Free Paint Chip Crafts Tutorials
  • Bear Hats for Everyone!

    Wendy at
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Some of the hats on our page of 100+ Free Baby Hat Crochet Patterns and 100+ Free Baby Knitting Patterns are so cute that I would wear them. Wish granted with this Free Bear Hat Knitting Pattern. The designer has kindly made the pattern in sizes from Preemie up to Adult Man. I think I have my new hat for this winter! You might also like: Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern Blooming Strawberry Baby Hat and Booties Free Crochet Pattern Teddy Bear Granny Square Tutorial Fun Baby Hat Crochet Patterns Baby Elf Hat Crochet Pattern
  • Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

    Wendy at
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’m not sure I want to encourage a stream of “Arr Mateys” around here but I love this Free Pirate Doll Sewing Pattern. The details are just perfect and if that floats their boat (lol), at least they’ll have a soft buddy to play with! Added to 100+ Free Stuffed Animal Sewing Patterns You might also like: Humphrey Dog Softie Sewing Pattern Free Felt Elephant Stuffed Animal Pattern Stuffed Seahorse Sewing Pattern Come See Our New Look! Fluffy Stuffy Bunny Sewing Pattern
  • DIY Twine Pumpkin with a Surprise…

    Wendy at
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    I love the easy elegance of this DIY Twine Pumpkin. It has a surprise inside… Looking at it, I assumed the twine was glued or wrapped around an inexpensive foam pumpkin or a wire frame, but that’s not it! My lips are sealed — you’ll have to check it out for yourself! Find more Halloween Fun to make today. You might also like: DIY Pumpkin Soap Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern Tulle Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner Tutorial Grapevine Pumpkin Tutorial
  • Amazing Upholstery Book

    Wendy at
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Have you ever looked at a tired old chair or a thrift-store find and wished you could re-upholster it? With the Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, you can breathe new life into old furniture. Walk your way through five beautiful upholstery projects and learn all the skills to do it yourself. Step-by-step photos hold your hand and show each detail while the text explains and gives helpful tips. I think you’ll be amazed at what you can do. It has great reviews at Amazon, too! You might also like: Easy Fleece Flower Petal Pillows Gathered Heart Pillow Sewing Tutorial…
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Wonderful Wednesday

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    When my phone rings at 9:00 a.m., odds are that it’s a telemarketer. I quickly tell Mr. or Ms. Talker that I’d like to be removed from the calling list. I usually waste no time. Good thing I didn’t launch into my shpiel today, because this was not the usual call. One of my customers called to tell me that she had a bunch of bookmaking books and supplies that she wanted to give to me (she was a teacher). Then she drove from an hour away to drop everything off – I was floored by her generosity! The collection of books included many titles not already in my library, which…
  • Experiencing technical difficulties

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    It seems that there was some very bad computer fallout after my last blog post. Those who subscribed to my blog received an unholy number of notifications and for that, I am so SO sorry. I want to reassure you that it was not virus-related. Apparently the notification got caught up in some kind of weird loop thing that made the sending computer think that the email never went out. I hope that makes sense. I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me. And I sincerely hope that you don’t get this notification 100 times.
  • Worktable Wednesday

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    It feels like there’s not a lot of finishing going on in the studio lately. Well, I did finish this one coptic journal today, so that was something. What I’m talking about is my annual September fever. That’s when I realize that Open Studio Weekend and classes and craft shows are right around the corner…and that my inventory is low. And why haven’t I been better about keeping up my inventory during the summer? Why, why, why? So I start with the lists and the planning. What do I need to make? Do I have the materials? What are my upcoming deadlines? Then the…
  • Silver custom order

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve been working on a custom order for a photo album – the customer will be bringing me album pages pre-printed with photos to be bound into the album. I love these kinds of personalized books. The combination of materials she chose is quite lovely – a silver handmade paper with ivory baby’s breath, grey bookcloth, and an ivory iridescent ribbon. Since I’m heading into craft show season, I decided to cut a few sheets of bookboard, instead of just cutting what I needed for the order. After drilling the spine holes in the board, it was time to start the binding…
  • Demos & Desserts at Miller’s Thumb

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of doing a bookbinding demonstration at the Miller’s Thumb Gallery in Greensboro, Vermont. The gallery is really lovely and is well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. I arrived at the gallery about an hour ahead of time because I left extra-early – I have a habit of getting lost whenever I drive to Greensboro. I had some time to poke around in Willey’s, the general store next door. The place was hopping and I had to wiggle around to get through the aisles. The store is a local treasure – it has a wonderful feel to it.
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  • Jared Flood & BT Fall 14

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Meet and chat with Jared Flood and see the sweaters and accessories from the BT Fall 14 Collection in person on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4pm. You don’t need to sign up or make a reservation, just come on in! Jared is a blogger, designer, photographer, and the founder of Brooklyn Tweed. He’s captured the hearts and imagination of knitters since he began blogging in 2005. He continues to inspire us with his American sourced and milled yarns, Shelter and Loft, and the knitwear designs created by him and his team. Two new designs by Jared Flood: Howser (l) and Backbay (r). The…
  • Casting On

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    We had our first Technique Demonstration this weekend, the topic was casting on. We discussed two tips for the long tail cast on, the knitted cast on, the cable cast on, and the twisted German cast on. I’ve made videos of each of them and posted them below for your review and reference. As with so many things in knitting, there are many ways to cast on. We teach the long tail cast on in our classes, which is a fantastic cast on for a clean, elastic edge. I use it 100% of the time, unless a pattern calls for another way. But if you find you prefer one of the other ways, there’s no…
  • 5 Classic Books for Your Knitting Library

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    One of my favorite things about going back to school was getting new books. French, Algebra, Social Studies, Chemistry – big text books full of new facts, figures, and ideas. I’d take them home, sit at our kitchen table, and make book covers from paper shopping bags for each one with the subject name carefully written on the spine. Well, just because we’re not in school, doesn’t mean we can’t get a new book or two. Here are 5 classic knitting books, which, if you don’t already, are worth having in your personal library. The Principles of Knitting by June…
  • Building Blocks Afghan Class

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Now that you’ve been knitting awhile, you probably have a few things down pat: the knit stitch, the purl stitch, casting on and casting off. You may even be comfortable with increasing and decreasing- good for you! You have the skills and you’re ready for anything- what to do? Try the Building Blocks Afghan. It’s a great way to build your skills by learn to knit 12 different blocks each with a new stitch pattern. At the end, you’ll have a cozy afghan for snuggling up! This season we’re offering a monthly class to knit the Building Blocks Afghan together.
  • CustomFit – A New Way to Knit a Sweater

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about energy lately. Energy is the key to so many things in life. When I have energy, I get more done, I have more fun with the kids, I’m a better person. And yet, I spend so much time feel tired and lethargic. But it’s simple right – all I have to get right is sleep, diet and exercise. But still I struggle. I go to bed too late, I go for the easy meal or snack instead of the healthy option, I stuff around on the computer instead of getting active. But as I learn what’s good for my body and my energy, I take steps to  make the improvements I need.
  • WIP Wednesday

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I’m feeling overwhelmed at the moment. So many jobs to do, not enough time. Having too many craft projects on the go isn’t helping. Here’s a glimpse of my Works in Progress (WIPs): Crochet cardigan I think I better start on next year’s winter cardigan now, since this year’s has completely missed winter. I just have to add the trim, weave in ends and block it. But it’s dropped down on the list of priorities, so I’m not sure when that’s going to happen… Elsa Doll My daughter’s birthday is just over a month away, and I wanted to make some toys for her. This is the start of an…
  • Smocked Christmas Ornaments

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

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

  • Tutorial: Your Basic Pumpkin

    Elaine Robitaille
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This is the basic pumpkin making tutorial: orange and green clay, a tool to make marks. You can make fabulous little pumpkin beads, pumpkin decor. You can fancy it up by antiquing your pumpkins or turning them into little … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Wildwood crib quilt

    Scarlett Burroughs
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Made from the Wildwood fabric collection by Cloud 9 Fabrics, this pretty in pinks and blues quilt is the work of Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts. Of the project she explains, The pattern only requires simple patchwork sewing, using colour gradation to create all the … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Wide waistband pleated skirt

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Tutorial: Wide waistband pleated skirt Simple Simon & Co. shows how you can make a pleated skirt with a wide waistband, that’s sure to become a wardrobe staple.  It can be as dressy or as casual as you like depending on what you put with … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Inexpensive DIY fabric pumpkins

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tutorial: Inexpensive DIY fabric pumpkins Theresa from The Art of Moseying shows her cheap and easy method for making these fabric pumpkins.  She got all the fabric she needed to make all of these pumpkins for just $12, which I think … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Team spirit tailgating t-shirt banner

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Show your team spirit at your next tailgating party with a team t-shirt banner like this one.  Jane from Maiden Jane shares a tutorial showing how to make one.  You’ll need a stack of t-shirts for your favorite team, but this … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: Your Basic Pumpkin

    Elaine Robitaille
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    This is the basic pumpkin making tutorial: orange and green clay, a tool to make marks. You can make fabulous little pumpkin beads, pumpkin decor. You can fancy it up by antiquing your pumpkins or turning them into little … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Wildwood crib quilt

    Scarlett Burroughs
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Made from the Wildwood fabric collection by Cloud 9 Fabrics, this pretty in pinks and blues quilt is the work of Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts. Of the project she explains, The pattern only requires simple patchwork sewing, using colour gradation to create all the … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Wide waistband pleated skirt

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Tutorial: Wide waistband pleated skirt Simple Simon & Co. shows how you can make a pleated skirt with a wide waistband, that’s sure to become a wardrobe staple.  It can be as dressy or as casual as you like depending on what you put with … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Inexpensive DIY fabric pumpkins

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tutorial: Inexpensive DIY fabric pumpkins Theresa from The Art of Moseying shows her cheap and easy method for making these fabric pumpkins.  She got all the fabric she needed to make all of these pumpkins for just $12, which I think … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Team spirit tailgating t-shirt banner

    Anne Weaver
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Show your team spirit at your next tailgating party with a team t-shirt banner like this one.  Jane from Maiden Jane shares a tutorial showing how to make one.  You’ll need a stack of t-shirts for your favorite team, but this … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Easy Infinity Scarves (tutorial)

    Jamie Sanders
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Today, I am sharing this quick tutorial on how to make an Infinity Scarf.I picked up a little infinity scarf for my missy on one of my recent shopping trips.  Our weather had briefly cooled down last weekend and she finally got to wear the scarf.  She looked so darling in her scarf, I had to make her a few more.  Luckily, there were a few fabrics in my stash that were perfect for light-weight infinity scarves.  (A semi-sheer chiffon, a knit and some sort of rayon/polyester mystery fabric.)How cute is this scarf??  (Seriously, I think I might have to seal the blue one.)  I really like…
  • Simple Tips to Restart Your Workout Routine

    Jamie Sanders
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Getting back into some sort of workout routine after a lengthy break, can be very difficult. I know this, because I've definitely been on a very, very extended break!To me, the start of the school year is a perfect time to try and get back into an exercise routine. In case you need a little help getting back into the groove yourself, I've put together a little list to help you get started!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Halloween Cupcake Wrappers (free printable)

    Jamie Sanders
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today I am sharing these Halloween Cupcake Printables as part of the Cupcake Dairies, 30 Days of Halloween series!It's only mid-September, but it's certainly not too early to start pulling out the Halloween decor.  And whether your cupcakes are store bought or homemade, these little cupcake wrappers will make any cupcake, that much cuter!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • 8 Fall Projects plus Inspiration Monday

    Jamie Sanders
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Texas had its first little taste of Fall yesterday- it rained most of the day and the temps never climbed out of the 60's!  Of course, Monday is supposed to be back in the 90's, but the cool weather makes me so ready to transition my home decor to Fall.  Here are 8 great projects featured from last weeks Inspiration Monday. 1. Fall Porch Decor by The Style Sisters 2. Gold Glitter Pumpkins by Yesterday on Tuesday3. Free Hello Autumn Printable by Love Bakes Good Cakes4. Autumn To Do List Free Printable by Lemon Thistle5. Fall Chalkboard by Pink Polka Dot Creations6. Twigs…
  • DIY Shorties plus Learn how to Serge the Perfect Stretchy Hem (w/the blind hem foot)

    Jamie Sanders
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Yea, I can mark another back to school project off the list! (Gotta get through all these before I can officially start thinking Fall and Halloween.)  Not all of my daughter's skirts come with shorts underneath and she definitely needs them!  I used my legging pattern to make these little shorties.I left the dark blue pair the recommended length, so she could wear them around as shorts and they wouldn't be too short.  I took about an inch/inch and a half off the other two pairs so you wouldn't see them under her shorter skirts.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of…
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  • Scribbling my way to happiness...

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    I was inspired by this drawing by Rupert Bathurst. Unfortunately I don't have his skill, but I tried to emulate his style and learn from him on this page. What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylic, Stabilo All pencil, Dylusions Ink
  • The stamp of my Grandmother...

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    is this one... Isn't she awesome??? See all my Ranger products here.
  • Just throwing paint and ink on paper...

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    These pages are from the playdate I had with myself...just threw some ink and paint on paper. These aren't done, maybe one day I will come back to them. Maybe I won't. On the above page is...Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint, Dylusions ink, Stabilo pencil, flourescent oil pastel.
  • Trust the wild instinct...

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Well, hello. I finally got a chance to sit and journal for ME. I've worked so much this summer and I have had practically no art time for me, no time to experiment, no time to play. I was flipping through my old ledger journal and came across this page that I made months ago.. It was like I was speaking to myself through my the wild instict within! Even though I had deadlines looming, I sat down and played for a couple of hours. I just had to! I'll share the results over the next couple of posts. I didn't make good art, and I didn't really even…
  • My Fall Teaching Schedule

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    It can be hard to wade through all of that information for that one perfect pattern. Lucky for you, our site is especially designed to help you find the patterns you want. We have several functions that make locating the free sewing pattern for you easy as pie. No matter what you are looking for, we probably have it. All you need to do is locate that pattern and with these 5 ways youll be locating your next free sewing project in now time.
  • Adjustable Kitchen Apron

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    There's no need for multiple aprons when you can make one that serves every chef in your house. Sew an Adjustable Kitchen Apron that you and your husband can share. This tutorial will show you how to make an apron with a front pocket that can hold your utensils as you walk around your kitchen. Because the apron size can be adjusted, it's a budget-friendly way to keep your clothes clean while you cook. Sewing aprons doesn't have to be a pain. Check out the free easy sewing tutorial to see how it's done.
  • Comfy Day Free Skirt Pattern

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    There are some days when you want to wear a skirt but you want to be extra comfy too. It can be hard to find a blend of style and comfort that is right for your day. If you are a fan of comfortable skirts, you are going to be drooling over the Comfy Day Free Skirt pattern. Wear this wonder once a week and you will see what we mean. There is not a comfier skirt out there on the internet. You want this free skirt pattern in your wardrobe.
  • Woof Hooded Towel Pattern

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hooded towel patterns are an excellent way to keep your kid warm and snuggly after a bath while drying them off at the same time. If you are looking for a great bath time idea, consider making the Woof Hooded Towel Pattern. This adorable hooded towel idea model after a happy puppy will be sure to delight your kiddo and make bath time a million times better. Plus, you could easily pick some colors to make the towel resemble your family dog or a famous canine like Clifford the Big Red Dog. Your options are endless.
  • Grump in the Night Monster Pattern

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Every child goes through a phase where they are fascinated with pretend beings. Whether it is monsters or dragons from fairytales, kids have the widest and most unique imaginations in the world. Make this Grump in the Night Monster Pattern for your kiddo to stir their imagination. They will love to play pretend with this free stuffed animal pattern. Plus, they will have someone to snuggle up tight to at night. If you want to get them involved in the creative process, let your child pick out the fabric and colors.
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  • Postcards from Paris, Part 1

    Stacie Grissom
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    A bit of radio silence from me the past few weeks because Sean and I went on a little trip to Paris and Berlin. The thing that was the most surprising of all was that Paris completely lived up to all the hype. The soft cheeses are ridiculously cheap, there's charcuterie everywhere, the buildings are gilded, and there's always this perpetual tinkling cafe sound. Paris is the first city I've been where I caught myself thinking, "Wow, I love this city more than New York." More pics coming soon after I catch up on my work and find time to edit pics. ;)
  • Things to Do in NYC: The Tram to Roosevelt Island

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

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

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

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

    Drew Barbier
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Cheap, quick, and beautiful: A reclaimed wood pallet sign can add a rustic and chic charm to your home. This is the definitive guide to making your own pallet sign. The following six steps outline the process and provide additional tips and tricks along the way.
  • How to paint a Coffee Mug

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Create your own Autumn inspired coffee mug that is dishwasher safe! There are step by step instructions to creating an artwork for your next painting class!
  • Skeleton Painted Flamingo: Halloween Decoration

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Restyle a plastic flamingo for Halloween Decoration! This is a great idea for a yard art and can be done easily with store bought flamingo.
  • Ghost Candle Holder: Halloween Decoration Idea

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    This tutorial shows you how to up-cycle a wine glass into a spooky ghost candle holder. This candle holder is perfect for Halloween dinners and Party decorations.
  • Fall Pumpkin Candle Holder

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    This tutorial shows you how to upcycle a wine glass into a pumpkin candle holder. This candle holder is perfect for fall suppers, Thanks-giving dinners and hostess gifts.
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Autumn Felt Boutonniere

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make It Your Own shows you how to use real leaves as patterns for this sweet fall felt brooch. 
  • Spin Art Rocks

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Meri Cherry shares a fun twist on spin art by using it to paint rocks. I love the beautiful colors and designs and I know your kids will love it too!
  • Paper Plate Fall Leaf Suncatchers

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are the leaves starting to turn in your area? Use beautiful fall leaves or the last of your garden flowers to make these lovely paper plate sun catchers at The Artful Parent.
  • Giant Painted Poppies

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Painted Paper shares these amazing giant poppies as part of an art lesson based on Georgia O'Keefe. 
  • Decorate Outside With Chalk Leaves

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This activity is as simple as a box of chalk and a paved area outside! Almost Unschoolers shares how they covered a backyard patio with beautiful chalk fall leaves. 
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  • Esty Treasury - Black & White Fabric

    Michelle (
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Black Silhouette by Andover ... Owlanddrum $10.99 Fat Quarter - Disco Dot Blac... ShuShuStyle $3.5 Damask Floral Soft and Cuddl... julies5150worl... $2.54 Clown Stripe, White, Michael... StitchOrStashF... $9.25 Pimatex Basics, Robert Kaufm... thebusybeequil... $9 1 Yard of Tuxedo Black Tiny ... SistersandQuil... $7.95 Geometric Floral Fabric - Fu... FeatheredNest9... $5.35 Moda Zen Chic Comma Swinging... dontdroolonthe... $8.99 Black and White Floral Fabri... daleybytheyard $10.7 04365 - Riley Blake Evening... Studio25Fabric... $5.95 Simply Gorjuss by Santoro fo... caspershouseks $9.7 Vintage…
  • Made - Railroad Denim Zip Pouch

    Michelle (
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    This is something that has been cut out for months, and when I found the pieces in my Zip Pouches file folder, I thought it would be perfect for adding one of the new pockets to the front.  The pouch body was made using the tall size pieces from the Zip Pouches pattern and then the exterior pocket is #6 from the Curvy Patch Pockets.  Since I have many pocket pattern pieces to choose from, it only took another 10 minutes to add pocket #1 to the interior: Maybe this weekend I'll work on sewing some of the other cut out pieces in this file.
  • Curvy Patch Pockets

    Michelle (
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Today I have something new available--12 Curvy Patch Pocket templates that can be used to quickly add a cute and useful pocket wherever you need one (or more).  I keep a file of these curvy pockets, and find it convenient to have a dedicated folder of pockets in a variety of sizes to fit different size projects/needs. Having an easy to find selection of pockets is making my sewing life easier. So I've put these 12 together into a one printable file that you can download and start your own pocket collection. What's Included This document has 3 slightly different shapes of curvy…
  • Made - Large Grocery Bag

    Michelle (
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Over the weekend I made this large size Grocery Bag.  This red fabric is a light weight home dec fabric I ordered from Superbuzzy several years ago.  It is a wonderful Japanese fabric and a little heavier than quilting cotton, so I thought it would be great for some bags.   But it just sat in my stash because larger prints don't always work with the small things I tend to sew.  It's taken me a few years to learn this, but the answer for what to do with larger prints is: Make Grocery Bags!  This bag is lined in the black and white stripe print in this WIP picture: I post quite…
  • Tiny Pintuck Wristlet

    Michelle (
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    On Thursday I decided it was time to make another Pintuck Wristlet.  So I got out my file folder, and when I opened it up I found some pattern pieces printed at smaller sizes.  I must have printed them a few months ago and then put them in the file for "later".  There were pieces for the large size scaled to 60%, and pieces for the small size scaled to 75%.  I decided to try out the large size at 60% first, and was really pleased that it turned out totally adorable!  The finished size of this scaled down version is about 6" at the widest point x 3.5" high x 1"…
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

    Loretta Oliver
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Denise shared this finish with us on the Facebook page awhile ago and I forgot to add it to the gallery. I love the idea of using the bandana as an accent or mat fabric too. Great work, Denise! stitched by Denise S. (this free pattern is available right here on Stitching the Night Away)
  • 5 Crochet Books that are Free on Kindle

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    It’s no secret that I love my Kindle. It is often an extension of my arm, I’m always reading something somewhere. One of the cool things about the Kindle marketplace is the variety of reading material that you can pick up for no cost. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, there are still some great freebies to be had and you can use the FREE Kindle Reading App to view and read the books on your favorite device or even on your desktop computer. I spent some time poking around the craft and hobby section this morning and I found these five promising crochet books that are all…
  • Stitchqueries: How Many Strands?

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    This question from Amy made me so happy, because I love it when stitchers try new things! This is my first time stitching a project that isn’t from a kit, it’s also my first time using an evenweave fabric (28 count). The sampler pattern I’m using doesn’t specify how many strands of floss to use and I’m a little nervous about starting. How many strands do you recommend? First of all, I just want to say YAYYYYYYY ~ seriously happy for you stepping out of the aida and kit comfort zone to try a new format, that’s awesome, I think you’re going to enjoy it.
  • Stitchnmomma Mystery SAL for the Holidays

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

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

  • Fall Leaves Hair Pins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Throughout the school year, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with your students! There are lots of printable award certificates out there, but why choose something impersonal when you can make a custom award that your students (and their parents!) will want to keep forever? With this tutorial, you can learn how to design your own award certificates for any and every occasion! This guide will teach you the basics of using to design awards for perfect attendance, completion of a learning challenge, or simply to reward your star student of the week. Customize your…
  • Quarto Publishing Group USA

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Quarto Publishing Group USA (formerly Quayside Publishing Group) encompasses Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing international, Fair Winds Press, Motorbooks, Quarry Books, Quiver, Race Point Publishing, Rock Point Gift and Stationery, Rockport Publishers, Voyageur Press, Walter Foster Publishing, Walter Foster Jr., and Zenith Press, as well as the distribution service QDS. The broad range of imprints has come together through both acquisition and creative new launches.
  • CICO Books

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Welcome to CICO Books we are an independent publisher of innovative and beautiful books on craft, interiors, mind, body, spirit health as well as gorgeous gift books and vibrant stationery.
  • Fiskars

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Fiskars Corporation is a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. The world famous Orange-Handled Scissors are a registered trademark of Fiskars Corporation.
  • Upcycled Wine Rack Doll Bed

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Instead of spending too much on a storebought doll bed, try making an Upcycled Wine Rack Doll Bed. Recycled crafts for kids toys are a simple and budget friendly way to make professional-looking homemade toys that kids will cherish for years.
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    Blooms And Bugs

  • Lined tutu tops, the Why and How

    Blooms And Bugs
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Why use lined tutu tops? I use lined tutu tops for almost all of my tutu dresses in my shop for the following reasons: 1. They are not see through, so they are a must for older kids. 2. They are lined with a soft and stretchy knit material, so they feel much better against the skin than the crochet tops. 3. If we start somewhere in the middle of the crochet top ( as I will show in the
  • Fort Firefly Shift Dress Free Pattern and Tutorial

    Blooms And Bugs
    18 Nov 2013 | 4:31 pm
    Boatneck Shift Dress Free Sewing Pattern I am having a real bad case of writer's block. I never thought it was even possible to have this happen to me. I'm a crafter/seamstress after all, writing is just a necessary evil to reach out to my readers. Was I ever wrong? I got the nasty block. Would you believe, that I have posts sitting all written in my composer just waiting for me to press
  • Product Review: Pop Up Soft Light Portable Photo Tent and Kit

    Blooms And Bugs
    14 Nov 2013 | 5:42 am
    Product Review: Pop Up Soft Light Portable Photo Tent and Kit by YesComUSA You know how it happens sometimes that you are scratching your head over a problem, not knowing how to solve it and just then, the right solution appears, served on a platter. It doesn't happen as often as I would like, but when it does - its an awesome feeling. Like the universe is listening to you and nodding
  • Where have I been? What have I been doing?

    Blooms And Bugs
    8 Oct 2013 | 3:31 pm
    No, I haven't forgotten about the blog I have...Not for a day. In fact, I missed blogging here so much. But I had to draw a line somewhere before I killed myself trying to do all the things, all at the same time. I was working on my dream, dream of having a kids clothing boutique someday...The dream of being know for having the most stylish, most beautiful, stunning and gorgeous
  • Waverize It! A Contest from Joann and Waverly

    Blooms And Bugs
    19 Sep 2013 | 4:10 pm
    Waverize it Contest By Jo-Ann and Waverly Fabrics I'm a bit late to write about it but there is still time to enter the "Waverize It" Contest hosted by Jo-ann and Waverly to mark the 90th anniversary of Waverly fabrics. Basically you need to sew a project with Waverly Fabric, upload it to the contest website and if your project gets selected you could win up to 9 yards of fabric and a
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    Screaming Mimi's Sewing Room at

  • Scrappy Little Bandanas

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

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

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

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

    Michele deCesare
    14 Jul 2013 | 11:17 am
    If you have some scrap material, and long grain white rice, you have everything you need to make one of the easy microwavable heat packs. I used a piece of fleece, and a piece of cotton for the outside, and to keep the pack from getting too hot on the cotton side, I added a piece of t-shirt knit to line the cotton side. If you're using fabrics of equal weight on both sides, then a lining probably isn't necessary. If you don't have any fleece on hand, just about any heavy fabric will do -- canvas twill, denim from and old pair of jeans, or some thick towel terry cloth. Click on "read more" to…
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    Ashland Bay

  • Today is THE day! NEW YARN DAY!

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    We are so excited to announce yet another addition to our growing domestic line. Willamette is our newest fingering weight yarn. This 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon 4 ply yarn is available on approximately 3lb cones (1736 yds/lb). The Merino is US grown, and the yarn is spun right here in the United States. Our next addition is Tumalo. Tumalo is a 3 ply DK weight yarn (1325 yds/lb).  Tumalo is 100% South American raised Polwarth. This yarn is spun in the US into 250 gram skeins.
  • The colors keep coming!

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Squeezed in with our last shipment, were five 21.5 micron merino colors brought in as limited quantity specials. These beautiful shades will provide light and depth for any project you might be working on. But you better hurry fast; one color (the light grey) has already sold out! So take a look at these fabulous colors and order now. All colors are listed on our specials page
  • Mohair Yarns Return!

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

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

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Spring 2014.  All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist.  Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign. If the neighbor girls strolling a bunny around in a doll buggy is not a sign of Spring, I don’t know what is. The first of my beautiful plants to spring to life is the bleeding heart.  It starts popping out of the ground like this. Then all kinds of heart babies form… And row after row after row of hearts grow.  I love these! This year we installed a birdhouse that our neighbor friends made for us.  My neighbor…
  • HST Alphabet – J Mini Quilt

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I recently participated in round 2 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, Jess, who likes bold, bright colors and geeky retro style. I started with a ton of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  These are all 5 inch squares. I paired up prints with their matching solid color and made a bunch of half-square triangle (HST) units. After trimming, these are my…
  • Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – #isew Quilt

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I have the option of participating in various events they organize, including conferences, webinars and challenges.  I found out about the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge through my local guild, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Here’s my entry.  It’s a 17 x 51-inch quilt. I added some Cotton Couture solids to the bundle of prints that I was given: a Spring Couture jelly roll and some white/black/greys. The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development), and this is the first time I’ve sewn multiple letter blocks…
  • Sewing for 18-inch Dolls – a Sewing Project Roundup

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This is part of the Sewing Project Roundup Series.  Check out the other posts! Want to stitch something up for an 18-inch doll?  Dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, or fun outfits?  Accessories, bags, tents, or sleeping bags?  They’re all represented here! And they are all FREE!!!  Enjoy Dresses:  One Shoulder Dress by Sew Adollable Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern by Liberty Jane Patterns Popover Sundress by Oliver + S Easy Doll Dress to Sew by Skip to my Lou Make a Shirt into a Doll Dress by Doll It American Girl Dress Pattern by My Cup Overflows American Girl…
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  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Boards – Part 3

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My display boards are a work in progress. Most of my boards are actually made as a sandwich – a piece of foam insulation with a layer of 1/4″ plywood on each side. I like the three dimensional look that … Continue reading →
  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Boards Part 2

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we discussed the importance of understanding your booth and set-up needs before you design your display boards. Now onto designing the actual display boards. I currently have two different heights of jewelry display boards – a set that … Continue reading →
  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Boards Part 1

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we talked about some of the challenges that we can face running a craft booth at an outdoor event. One of the very important issues outside, is how to build display boards that will not blow over in … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 151 - Die Cut Flowers

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Things with Wings challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:4 Timestamp: 2014-09-21 01:55:52 UTC #4 - Theresa P    Congratulations, Theresa.  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 Die Cut Flowers challenge.
  • Flutterby Butterfly by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, Julie here hosting the blog today. Hope you are having a nice weekend and getting some crafty time to yourself. I love the elegance of white on white cards and with this weeks challenge being Things with Wings, I felt inspired to combine both together.My corners I creased slightly down the middle and glued at the edges to give a 3D effect. I also layered up my dies but rather than gluing totally flat onto my card, I layered with silicone glue to encourage the light to reflect in between the layers to show the beauty of my die cuts.My butterflies I sprayed some glue onto and added…
  • Just for You Card with Corina!

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Friends,It is Corina here with you today, to share my 'Regal' red toned card made for You! I am very pleased how this card turned out. I hope you like it too!I enjoy using the small Gardenia Flower die. Such beautiful layers. To create the center of the flower, I used my tweezers to roll the center - the four petal layer. I formed and curled each petal with a stylus on a piece of foam. I then adhered each layer together.The layering of the Ambergris Doily and the Polynesian Sails Mini doily worked great! Each and every layer adds depth, richness and detail. Dies…
  • Wedding card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:Here you can better see different layers of die-cuts I highlighted pennants with stamps and Heart Chain Border with pearls I used 3 different shapes of dies and crepe paper to create the flowerDies used:- Fiona’s Magic Mirror - FRM140- Dimensional Small Leaves #2 - D134- Heart Chain Border - B115- Snowflake Doily w/Angel Wing - DL279- Horizon Fishtail Banners (3 Dies) - DL278- Sweet Williams - D137- Sweet Williams Strip…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • 20 Yummiest Fall Snacks to Put in Your Belly

    Jeanette Nyberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fall is the time to start snacking non-stop, in a whole-hearted attempt to pack on that hibernation weight. Stash away some cash for bigger clothes, start planning which movies you want to eyeball, renew your magazine subscriptions and plan your pinning strategy, because this roundup of Fall snacks is going to make you want to hide...  Read More » The post 20 Yummiest Fall Snacks to Put in Your Belly appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Craftsy vs. Creative Bug: Which Classes to Take

    Jeanette Nyberg
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to sit around all the day long, learning and making items and playing with art materials and just reveling in the creative blaze that occurs when stuff is strewn all across the table and anything goes. Um, do you want to join me? Actually, I keep wanting to host crafting nights at my house...  Read More » The post Craftsy vs. Creative Bug: Which Classes to Take appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Make: Color Theory Playdough

    Jeanette Nyberg
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    We make play dough from time to time – honestly I probably make it a whole lot more because it seems to be THE thing to do now amongst kid bloggers. And there’s a reason- It’s easy as hell to make and it provides endless opportunities for your kids to use their imaginations and get...  Read More » The post Make: Color Theory Playdough appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • I Was a Nekkid Model

    Jeanette Nyberg
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of my friends during college posed for a figure drawing group. In the buff. They were paid $10/hour, which in 1992 was a lot of money- more than you could make in the school office making copies. Plus, it was something new to try that would have shocked my parents if I told them about it. The...  Read More » The post I Was a Nekkid Model appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Spotlight: Mulberry Paper

    Jeanette Nyberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you hear angels sing when you are in the presence of beautiful paper? Do you lovingly stroke it and think of all the fabtastic things you could make with it – why not even wallpaper your entire house with cool papers? Yes, this is me, too. I was looking for papers to do Encaustic with...  Read More » The post Spotlight: Mulberry Paper appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
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    Grow Creative

  • How I Create

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    CreativityThat's a word I've thought a lot about lately.What does is mean?  How do you get it? Where do creative ideas come from?I've spent the last few years more dedicated to creating than ever before and here is what I've learned from my experience.Inspiration:Ok, so just to be honest here, I usually don't come up with an idea totally and completely on my own. I'm almost always inspired by something else I have seen.  It can be another artist's work, nature, or even clothing designs.  I frequently walk out of Target with some painting ideas in mind. I just have a different…
  • He Understands

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    It's here.  The week of my surgery is finally finally here!  You may wonder why I finish that sentence with an exclamation point.  Surgery is supposed to be scary and painful right?  Well, if you had waited a year to figure out what to do about a painful thing like Endometriosis, you would be doing a happy dance right along with me!  I am finally going to be doing something about it.  Surgery is not a cure.  I'm going under the knife with this in mind.  It is a temporary relief.  But it is relief.  It is a chance for something to change for…
  • Stamped Thank You Note Cards

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Etsy sales usually start to pick up after summer is over- thank goodness!  Hence the need for more thank-you note cards.This time I made us of my watercolor paper scraps and my small stamp collection.  Stamps on watercolor paper look so much more elegant than on regular computer paper or even card stock.  I use Strathmore 140lb coldpress watercolor paper for most of my watercolor projects.  It's a gorgeous paper with a beautiful texture.
  • Photos of the Week

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    I took these over the weekend on a walk with my family and in-laws.  It was a gorgeously stormy late summer evening.  I never get tired of rain in Utah!Also.......I am taking part in an awesome series about creativity!  The series features a variety of bloggers who are spilling their guts about their creative processes.It starts today, so check it out here:'ll be contributing my post later next week!
  • Watercolor Wildflowers

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    I picked some wildflowers on one of my walks last week and knew I had to paint them.This is the result.................
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Our First Video Blog

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Now that the kids are in school and my husband is re-employed (!!!!) I finally have the confidence to bring Knit Luck to video form: This week we talk Fall 2014 knitting magazines. Check it out!
  • Year of Projects Sept 14

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Another week, another Sunday of Year of Projects. That Startitis I talked about last week didn't come to fruition. I bummed myself out when I realized that one of the yarns I wanted to use was in storage. Visiting my storage space is a sad feeling because it reminds me of all of the crap we had to deal with last year: moving in with my mother in law, getting rid of almost all of our furniture and putting most of our books and things in storage. It doesn't help that the storage unit is packed to the gills and trying to find anything in there is an exercise in patience, strength and…
  • Yarn Along Sept 10

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year! I'm still in gauge swatching limbo with a new sweater, plus some yarn that I thought I had turned out to be in storage (ack!) so my startitis has been put on hold. This means I'm turning back to an old project, the Textured Shawl. I love the radiating rings on this semi-circle shawl and I'm starting to get…
  • The Constant Swatcher

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    One sweater finishes another sweater begins. I'm still on a swatching spree for the Eileen Fisher Dolman Sleeve Pullover from Vogue Knitting Fall 2014. This is one of those deals where some major stashbusting will be accomplished if I knit this sweater. The trouble is that I'm not getting gauge. I keep going up a needle size and it still doesn't get gauge. I'm going to wash my swatches soon to see if washing them has any effect, but until then I've had a little secret weapon to help me see what I'm trying to achieve with the yarn and the gauge: my mother in law's dolman sleeve Eileen Fisher…
  • Year of Projects Sept 7

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    It's Sunday and Year of Projects day today. I have a finished object for today: It's the beachy raglan, AKA the Summer Tweed raglan project on Ravelry. Pardon the goofy photo. I'm glad it's done. I've left the neckline unfinished. It's a little chunky for my busty frame, but I'm sure that if I used a smaller gauge yarn it would look much nicer. It's my lounge-around-the-house-sweater. I also worked on the textured shawl, which lumbers along row by neverending row. It's going to be another year before that thing's finished if I'm lucky. I can't find the copy of Knit.Wear with the pattern in it…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Scooter Buddy Blog Tour! Adorable & useful free pattern sewn by me at, designed by Natalie at your kids will thank you! The post Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • You asked… A sew-along for the Everyday Tank!

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    First Sew-Along for Serger Pepper: let's do the Everyday Tank! Coupon code extended for the first week of the sew along! The post You asked… A sew-along for the Everyday Tank! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • 40+ best tips for: Sewing Lace like a Pro

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    All the best tips for sewing with lace, all in one place! From pre-wash to finishing seams, you will love sewing lace and sheers. Sew them like a Pro! The post 40+ best tips for: Sewing Lace like a Pro appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Everyday Tank: Top & Dresses NEW PATTERN release day!

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

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

  • Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners

    DIY Swank
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Free Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners Click on the letter that you would like to download. A new window will pop-up with a PDF version for you to print. If you would like your letters to print smaller you can adjust the percentage before printing in your settings. Letters Numbers   Characters   [...] The post Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • French Dresser Makeover

    DIY Swank
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glidden® paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden® paint, all opinions are my own.   Happy Monday friends! It’s been a little bit but Megan and I have been super busy with kiddos getting out of school. Megan is getting [...] The post French Dresser Makeover appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Follow Friday-My Passion for Decor

    DIY Swank
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whew! It’s Friday{loud voice}. This is the day I look forward to for 2 reasons. It’s Follow Friday and I get to share with you another awesome DIY blogger. The second, it’s the end of my work week. I still work a full time job and the weekend is my time to get creative and [...] The post Follow Friday-My Passion for Decor appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Little Man First Birthday Party

    DIY Swank
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Welp after 2 months, I am finally sharing my Little Man’s First Birthday party. Needless to say I have been super busy. My baby boy turned one, January 30th. {Sad Face} I’m not a mom to a baby anymore. He has figured the toddler thing out fairly quickly. I finally installed the baby gate on [...] The post Little Man First Birthday Party appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Follow Friday- Day2Day SuperMom

    DIY Swank
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy Friday friends! So last week this thing called “real life” got in the way of me getting up my Follow Friday post. Doh! I did pull off a fabulous baby shower for my sister-in-law and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you [...] The post Follow Friday- Day2Day SuperMom appeared first on DIY Swank.
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Lovely Links 08.

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Loving the hand drawn love series on Design Love Fest.A sweet diy ribbon weaving from Ann-Marie Loves and a teeny, tiny diy woven necklace from Say Yes.14 creative ideas for pegboard, #12 has stole my heart.How good is this diy stamped metal jewelry?I always look forward to the 10 second shop tours on Design Sponge but I particularly loved this one.Some thoughts on business and blogging I read this week and enjoyed. Elise rambles on a friday (about blogging, obviously) // 9 ways to build a business as an introvert // A day in the life of…
  • Diy Paper Bows.

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Hi everyone. Today I wanted to show you how to make these cute diy paper bows that you can use to decorate any origami gift boxes you may make.I made these using a template I sketched out but if this isn't something you feel confident doing I've included a couple of links to places I've found with templates you can download instead.1. Sketch out (or download from either here/here or here) your template.To make the bow start by drawing 2 circles. Join them together in the middle and add a tail at each end. To make the base of your bow draw another 2 circles but this time you need to make them…
  • Three Things I Love - Paper Boxes.

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ever since making these I've had homemade paper boxes on the brain and I've been scouring the web for more. Here's three of my favourites so far.1. Sweet printable geometric heart favor boxes from Mr Printables.2.  Vitamini Handmade shows us how to make these clever diy origami gift boxes.3. And you can find these summery citrus treat boxes over on Damask Love.I'll be having a go at making number 2 tonight.
  • Around Here - September.

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    We spotted this mystery creature last saturday afternoon. We tried to take it's picture but it moved pretty quickly so it's a bit of a blur. In profile it looked like a tiny bird, it hovered and fed like a hummingbird but from the back it looked like a moth. After much discussion (is it a bird? No, I think it's a moth, no wait, maybe it is a bird, can you even get hummingbirds in the uk? I don't think so.) a quick google revealed it to be a hummingbird moth. So a moth that looks like a bird then.I've been reading Made at Home by Lisa Stickley. I have a sewing machine I've used at the…
  • The Diana Photo App.

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Has anyone else tried the Diana Photo app? It's an app that combines 2 of your photos to make these really clever double exposures. You can either pick your own photos or let it randomly pair 2 photos together and then swipe through the various filters until you're happy with the effect. I've been playing with it all week and absolutely love it.Below are a few of my favourites so far. The photos are from a day trip to Portmeirion last week.If you want to see more of the amazing things you can do with this app check out #dianaphotoapp on instagram. 
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


    17 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    So the September knit along "for the guys" is coming...along. I cast on for my husband's Goat Herder Pullover about 10 days ago, and because it IS a guy sweater (done in the round), the pattern required that I cast on 252 stitches. There they are below in all their glory. For that many stitches, the fastest method I know is a long-tail cast on. The drawback, of course, is that one always dreads running out of yarn. The wonderful ladies who work with me here in the shop have each taught me ways to avoid this horror.Dana unvented a trick to estimate how much yarn is needed by wrapping the yarn…

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    My Color Block Bias Wrap is finished--ta da! And while this IS truly a simple (and simply elegant) project, there are a few tricks that can make things even easier for you when you make one or five. To begin with, the Chalet yarn's alpaca and bamboo fiber blend is at once delightfully luxurious and maddeningly slippery. Much as I love my Addi lace tips, within a few rows I switched to a set of wooden needles with much better results.The fiber blend also posed a blocking challenge. The design of this lovely wrap requires serious stretching, which normally means wet blocking. Alpaca and…

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

  • DIY Phone Case with Chalkboard Markers

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Restyle your smartphone this season with your own customizable design using a plain case and metallic markers. This craft will cost less than ten bucks, which is perfect for you frugal ladies hoping to instead spend your money on some new ankle boots for the fall (or is that just me?).  SUPPLIES:  Plain phone cases     - These can be found at stores like Five Below or Dollar Tree. If you're looking for bulk to use as gifts, try Ebay.  Metallic Chalkboard Markers    - I prefer the metallic chalkboard markers by American Crafts brand which can be found at…
  • How to Make Fabric Cupcake Liners (and 5 minute toppers)

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

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

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

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

  • Drab to Fab with Fabric Painting

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fabric painting can be so much fun!  It’s a craft technique that has been around for a long time, yet crafters everywhere are finding new ways to add paint to their fabrics.  Some of the ways to apply paints is with a paintbrush, sponges, and the “scribble” bottles that the manufacturers make where you can draw on your fabrics right out of the bottles.  And now our guest blogger, Ann Davies, shows you how to add spray painting as one more way to add to your technique list! Spray, Spray, Spray: Turn Cloth from Drab to Fab with Spray Paints Do you have old bed sheets or…
  • Top 7 Trade Show Tips

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you’re a crafter that is wanting to move from creating things for fun to making money from your work, then more than likely you will venture into participating in craft fairs and trade shows.  It is a natural progression thatcan be very profitable if you know what to do.  In this post, our guest blogger Ann Marie Craig will give you her top 7 trade show tips. Trade shows can be a lot of work, a lot of fun, very successful, or great big headaches if you don’t plan, plan, plan. As a handcrafted artisan soap maker, I started working at very small local events, and have worked my way…
  • Top 7 Phone Apps for Scrapbookers

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    More and more people are putting their cameras away and taking all of their family memories with their cell phones. There are tons of phone apps out there for your phones and iPads that sometimes it hard  to pick which ones will work work best for you. Well, look no more! In this blog post, guest blogger Beth Soler sorts through them and finds the top 7 phone apps for scrapbookers. Enjoy! Quite some time ago I wrote a post about the top 5 apps for project life scrapbookers to use. Since then the times have changed and I have found better apps that I currently use to get my photos into an…
  • Recycled Crafting: Hostess Gift Coaster Set

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recycled crafting is more popular than ever.  We are know that recycled items are being used more and more in our crating projects. They can be an inexpensive way to create projects, but that doesn’t mean that they have to look cheap. Betsy Skagen has turned some left over papers into this beautiful recycled hostess gift set. What can you create with your recycled items? Use scraps to make unique and low-cost hostess gifts   I hate wasting crafting supplies. Just about any scrapbooking paper bigger than a couple ink pads gets saved. Unfortunately, after a couple decades of…
  • Eileen Hull’s Paper Trail 3 Tour

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Well, it’s finally here.  The editors of Bella Crafts Quarterly are the proud sponsors for our dear friend, Eileen Hull and her Paper Trails 3 Tour.  We couldn’t be more excited for Eileen to begin her cross country journey and now we don’t have to wait any longer.  If you’re just hearing about Eileen and her Paper Trails Tour, let us give you some information. Eileen is a professional designer for the craft industry and a licensed artist for Sizzix.  She has multiple designs with Sizzix’s Scoreboard products and she recently introduced her new Scoreboard…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Halloween Ribbon Wreaths

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Wreaths are some of my absolute favorite things to decorate my house with, both inside and out! I have them for the different seasons and holidays and some fun everyday ones too! They can be so fun and so festive! So with Halloween coming up, I wanted to make sure that all of the trick […]
  • How To Make A Spider Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    They’re creepy and crawly and sometimes super scary! Can you guess what I am talking about? Yep, you guessed it…Spiders! Eeeeekkkkk! However, no need to fear because today we are celebrating spiders, but…only the cute ones! Welcome to YouTube Thursday where we get crafty video style! Today, I am so excited about this video and […]
  • Ribbon Bat Bunting

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bats are a little bit spooky and a whole lot of scary…real bats, that is! Growing up on a cattle ranch, I was always a little bit scared to go into the horse barn at night, because I was a little…a LOT, scared of a bat hitting me in the head and getting stuck in […]
  • Bag O’ Bones Halloween Tote

    The Ribbon Retreat
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are your little ones getting their best Trick or Treat voices ready and those ghosts, goblins and witches costumes polished up to scare all of your neighbors? The time is almost here for all of those adorable, scary and brilliant costumes to roam the neighborhoods filling up bags full of candy and treats galore. Today, […]
  • Folded Ribbon Flower

    Cheri Mortimer
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am so excited about today! Why you ask? Well, let me tell ya! Cherie, one of the first Contributors for this here blog, is back and is ready to craft it up with us again! After having a couple of sweet babies, she is back to share with us her incredible talent for creating […]
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  • 18 Recycled Pumpkin Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whether you are looking for pumpkins you can use to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving, one or more of these pumpkin crafts just might fit the bill. All of these pumpkins are made by recycling items you can find in most…Read more →
  • Decoupage Pumpkin Treat Cup

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Remember when I mentioned a craft challenge using catalogs? Here is the first project I came up with… A Cheez-It cup transformed into a cute decoupaged pumpkin treat cup. What do you think of it? Not only would this adorable…Read more →
  • 30 Apple Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Apples make a wonderful theme for autumn crafts. The variety of projects I have gathered in this collection are wonderful for kids of all ages and most of them can be made with basic craft supplies and other items you…Read more →
  • Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Actually Love

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    I love to give homemade gifts but when it comes to making something for a teenager, or a tween for that matter, I usually hesitate because I don’t have a clue to what that age group might like. Now I…Read more →
  • Handprint Fall Tree Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    I was recently sorting through my fabric and several autumn colored pieces caught my eye. I was trying to figure out something fast and easy I could make using them. I wanted it to be something the entire family can…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Fall in love with a fall mantel

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last night, I dismantled my Patriotic Mantel. Even though I had been rocking it since May, I was sad to say goodbye because its removal solidifies and marks the end of summer. And boy, do I love summer.  The night before, my oldest and I ventured downtown to marvel at The Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks display. If you remember from my Patriotic Mantel, I freakin’ love fireworks, Flag Day, and patriotic things/displays, so naturally I was quite smitten as fireworks spelling USA and replicating the American flag were displayed. After such a wondrous showcase of patriotism, I…
  • Posters so you can read good and stuff

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Every student that steps into my room knows that I love to cover my walls in posters. Some of my posters actually relate to English/Language Arts, and others are there for visual enjoyment.  My classroom is a smattering of homemade posters, fabulous student work, old college dorm posters, bought posters, and most recently posters made by an extremely talented and generous colleague and friend, Bailey  A poster from college. I like to tell my students that that painting is of me, my sister, and my mom. My students love this saying, and as a first year teacher, I needed some…
  • Outfit Ideas: White After Labor Day

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend and took full advantage of the last chance to wear white. Where and when did this, can’t wear white after Labor Day, fashion rule start? White is such a versatile color that it can be worn as a neutral, an accent or an ensemble. Not to mention it looks great on everyone. If Coco Chanel loved wearing white all year round, I think it’s safe for me try this fashion faux pas. Here’s how I plan to incorporate white into my fall wardrobe. Not wearing a white dress shirt after the summer seems unrealistic. This summery work outfit can be easily…
  • Armoire Storage Upgrade Part One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Warm Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls filled with homemade apple pie filling and topped with a caramel glaze. These make any breakfast complete, or serve them as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream. Your going to love this recipe, because these cinnamon rolls are made with my Homebaked Apple Pie Filling! They will melt in […] The post Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Hey everyone! Happy weekend! Welcome to Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I am so glad to have you here with us! I have some exciting news to share with you all!!  As you know my daughter got married in July, and she just found out she is having a baby!!  It’s so sweet when your […] The post Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Lemon Lime Slices – Cookies

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    These delicate Lemon Lime Cookies are incredibly tender and have a wonderful burst of citrus flavor.  They are delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.  I wanted to make a simple cookie today using my lemons. They were not happy sitting in the bowl all by their self. Then the limes were crying from […] The post Lemon Lime Slices – Cookies appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Homebaked Apple Pie Filling

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This delicious Homebaked Apple Pie Filling will make the  best filling for your apple pie’s.  Apple Pies are a Thanksgiving tradition and perfect for bringing families together around the table.  Add this delicious Apple Pie Filling to your Thanksgiving desserts!   When you’re ready to make one of the best apple pies in the world peel […] The post Homebaked Apple Pie Filling appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Best Modern Buttercream Cake Icing Free Class at Craftsy

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This posts contains affiliate links that I may receive a small compensation for, which allows me to offer you this class for free.  All proceeds go towards this website.   After watching this FREE video by Joshua John Russell: Modern Buttercream, I had to tell you about it! It’s a great video that shows you […] The post Best Modern Buttercream Cake Icing Free Class at Craftsy appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Weekend bloghop 19/September

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxLink your favorite posts below & join the fun!
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 17/September

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Huge ship, Rainy day.Can you believe summer is almost over?(no, sadly I'm not traveling on the ship, just visiting the port)
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 16/September

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug BlessingsCome join the party!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 15/September

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome link-up too!
  • Ipad2 cover - with pattern

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    This is another of the pre-vacation projects I just got ready to share now. Since I was going to take the Ipad with me on vacation I decided I needed a cover to keep it relatively safe.I'm sure Apple sells adequate covers for this purpose but I did not want to spend money on it, so I checked my fabric stash and found a piece of of oilcloth (with owls) which seemed perfect to keep poolside humidity away from the Ipad.I measured the Ipad and quickly drafted a simple pattern (available for download at the bottom of this post).For the lining I used a thick quilt-like with fabric which helps shock…
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  • Crochet : Repurpose An Old Cross Stitch Project

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

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

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

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

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

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Close your eyes and listen, do you hear some baroque music, violins playing… music from the 1723’s, must be Vivaldi’s “Autumn”, whilst looking out of the window to take in nature’s gorgeous views. We, that have seen or read “Anne of Green Gables,” actually don’t need words about the beauty of fall! This time of year grants us some mild days and makes one wander through the fields admiring the fall foliage and the many hedgerows and woods. We’re fancying a good horse gallop through the forests to watch the fog falling or the mist rising. Fat squirrels with bushy tails (hard…
  • Vintage on local flea market: a grater

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    This post is not about architecture, I’m not writing about London’s 122 Leadenhall Street, nicknamed the “Cheese-Grater“, but about a very modest kitchen utensil for shredding food. I’m sure you all know the feeling, grating your fingers on the razor-sharp edges of your grater, when trying to use that very last piece of Parmesan cheese, instead of taking a new big chunky wedge… Nutmeg graters, garlic graters, mandolines… they’re all still used or found as decoration in every kitchen, either in the old version or the ultra modern one. I couldn’t resist the charm…
  • Handmade “anti-bullying” doll

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Meet my new handmade doll: “Dalibor Dudley Doodle”! In a time were loads of children are bullied, ridiculed, for no matter what reason, I think we should spread the message that nobody has to be harassed, seen the harsh consequences of those actions. So that’s why my Doodle handmade doll is made funny, weird, different and in this way expressing: you can be different and being “you” is good! September, the beginning of a new school year, seemed fit to me, to create this doll and add an anti-bullying message. We’re all cute, in our own way, just fine the way we are, no…
  • Blotting the ink!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Writing was a challenging, daily activity, in a time were computers and email or Facebook didn’t exist. Desk accessories as a letter opener, a quill, an inkwell, bibulous paper or a blotter, were useful items, belonging to the standard bureau equipment in bygone era. When writing your letter with a quill dipped in ink, addressing your envelopes with an old-fashioned pen, even a fountain pen, you’ll still require this excellent tool: the ink blotter. Keep it at hand, to absorb the excess ink and to avoid smudging and smearing. Before the ink blotter, people scattered sand, later even…
  • Memory Lane pictures, a touch of family vintage

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    This old vintage frame is standing on my desk, showing my dad, at that time, having no idea of the treasure it would one day become. It would be a real shame to throw such an object away, thus it has become one of my collectable and valuable pieces in the house. For some, inherited picture frames, add shabby chic or vintage style to their house, for me I just love them. And let’s be honest, it’s not the same to find a jewel in the abundance of a flea market, as to know it’s a hand me down from your very own family. Just look at the frame itself and the perfect cut glass: We also love…
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  • Introducing Rug Hooking Wool Strips

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

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

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Frances emerged from the dye kitchen this week with several new yards of her characteristically vivid hand dyed rug hooking wool. But she also carried several “lights” — pale shades that are snapped up quickly whenever we list them for sale. Winter Chill hand dyed wool For example, Winter Chill, a cool mix of blue-gray shades on a white background, is great for a light background, particularly skies, mountain peaks and snow on the ground. Tiny Lavender hand dyed wool Tiny Lavender (very light lavender shades on a white background) is great for outlining certain elements of a…
  • Wool Shade Variations a Winner for Jill Hessing

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

    Alice Seidel
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been knitting! Which is a good thing, to quote a certain homemaking queen, but that simply means I haven’t been writing. Last week, I just had to take a break. Nothing helps to reset your inner creative clock then taking a break from what you do all of the time. Maybe end of summer musings, maybe feeling as if I couldn’t put down in words what I wanted to say. Either way, I just felt safer in my knit-and-purl world. This morning I’m out to the yarn store ( aka LYS) to find some mohair yarn for my newest scarf. It looks like a beauty, too! Peacock Jewel, it’s…
  • Do You Know Your Knitting Needles?

    Alice Seidel
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think about knitting, what comes to mind? Is it the yarn you’ll be using? How about the finished product? Or the knitting stitches you’ll be needing? Chances are it’s one of those three things; but it’s rarely your knitting needles. Oh, they’re there alright; but never seem to be of much importance. But they should be. After all, without knitting needles, where would we be? A #6 aluminum needle has been known to furnish an excellent emergency shearpin for an outboard motor. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman Not all knitting needles are the same, and some are easier…
  • Apple Orchard Scarf, Knit Easy!

    Alice Seidel
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Did you happen to read my latest blog post, Happiness is 1969 and a Junky Ol’ Chevy? Early September in northeast Pennsylvania was cool! The first time I went up there we had to use the heater inside, it was that chilly. And walking after dark, you better have had a sweater.   I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence. Thomas Hood In my latest blog post, it was 1969 and now, .  .  . well, here we go into September 2014, and school, and football, and orange and black decorations, and pumpkins, and sweaters and scarves. Especially…
  • Happiness is 1969 and a Junky Ol’ Chevy

    Alice Seidel
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Writing about knitting is just about one of my favorite things to do. But, it’s August (already) and before the Summer melts away entirely, there are just a few other things I wish to write about. Lacy knit patterns and favorite knitting yarns aside, life holds memories too good not to remember them from time to time. Sometimes, it seems like yesterday; other times it feels like three lifetimes ago. Shrouded in faded pictures in my mind, those high school years, when dredged up, are still vibrant and alive to “see”. Sepia-colored images, like old black-and-white movies, they…
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  • Cool Pumpkin Carving Ideas

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Here Are Some Cool Pumpkin Carving Ideas Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Halloween has so many fun traditions associated with it. One of my favorite traditions is to carve a pumpkin! Carving a pumpkin is something fun to do no matter what your age. I remember when I was a little kid, how much fun carving a pumpkin was. When I met my husband, one of our first dates was carving a pumpkin. Now that I have children, it is a tradition that continues in our family, and it is something that we will do every year! There are some really cool pumpkin carving ideas that I…
  • Some Pumpkin Carving Ideas

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween Nothing symbolizes Halloween quite like a carved pumpkin! You do not have to be an incredible artist to try your hand at carving a pumpkin. (But on the other hand, pumpkin carving is always an event that welcomes artists. There are some carved pumpkins that are so ornate and incredible they are sculptures.) Taking part in the Halloween tradition will help create memories that you will cherish. So here are some pumpkin carving ideas for the upcoming festivities. History of Pumpkin Carving The history of pumpkin carving is quite intriguing, though it is not…
  • Pumpkin Carving Patterns to Check Out

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Pick Your Poison: Pumpkin Carving Patterns  With autumn fast approaching, it is only a few weeks before we will begin to see harvest festivals and pumpkin farms springing up everywhere. So after you have unloaded the mums, homemade scarecrow, and pumpkins upon your return, you now have to decide how you will carve your pumpkins.With so many choices of pumpkin carving patterns to choose from these days you might find it difficult to decide. Pumpkin carving patterns vary greatly from the super easy to very complex, and depending on your artistic talents and time available to dedicate to this…
  • Some Halloween Pumpkin Stencils

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The Convenience of Some Halloween Pumpkin Stencils Halloween kicks off the holiday season. Hopefully the temperatures are cooling down a bit and trees are beginning to lose their leaves. The perfect atmosphere for ghouls, goblins, and pumpkins! Pumpkins have been a big part of Halloween for a very long time. So how did pumpkins become a part of Halloween? Well believe it or not as American as it seems, Halloween did not originate in America. Halloween actually was an Irish tradition and was brought to America from some Irish Catholics who were trying to get away from the potato famine.
  • Printable Pumpkin Templates

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Be Creative with Printable Pumpkin Templates Carving pumpkins have been a favorable Halloween hobby for many years. This ancient pastime has also been able to spawn the creativity of many people. We are all familiar with the classic smiling Jack face carved on a pumpkin rightfully giving it the name Jack-o-Lantern. However, did you know that many creative ideas have emerged from pumpkin carving? There are many various depictions of pumpkin carvings available online that both beginner and expert pumpkin carvers can enjoy. How can you create a fun and unique carving without someone sending you…
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