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  • 6 DIYs You Should Totally Try

    Paper and Stitch
    21 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Switching things up today and sharing my fave DIYs for the week a day early, because tomorrow I have a brand new DIY to share. Along with some cocktail recipes for the long weekend. So here are 6 DIYs you should totally try… 1. DIY Palm Frond Balloons (!!!) from Studio DIY 2. DIY Colorful Side Table from Hello Lidy 3. DIY Front Row Braid Tutorial from Barefoot Blonde 4. DIY Succulent Bouquet on a Budget 5. Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles Recipe 6. DIY Hanging Planter from Home Depot blog What kinds of DIYs have you been experimenting with lately? I’d love to hear about it.
  • DIY to Try: Painted 10 Minute Glassware + The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

    Paper and Stitch
    22 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    I have to admit, I’m pretty excited that today is Friday…BUT I’m even more excited about the fact that Memorial Day is Monday because… three day weekend! I know exactly how I’m going to be celebrating too. With cake and cocktails. Is there any other way? So, to get into the spirit of the holiday, I partnered with SKYY Barcraft, a new line of elevated cocktail-inspired vodkas from SKYY Vodka, to share the easiest summer cocktail recipe around. Along with a fun weekend DIY to try that will help you wash down those cocktails in style. You in? Let’s get to…
  • Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern

    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update
    Wendy at
    22 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Wow – I love this gorgeous Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern. Yes, it is a paid pattern, but I can see myself wearing this so often. Plus, it’s just pretty! You might also like: Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Pattern Free Cotton Cardigan Crochet Pattern Super Sweet Toddler Cardigan Crochet Pattern Rooster Potholder Crochet Pattern Diamond Trellis Basket Free Crochet Pattern
  • Sew-licious Little Things Articles
    22 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Learn how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with the help of Sew-licious Little Things. This book contains 35 precious projects that are inspired by the Japanese zakka trend, a method by which everyday objects become works of art. As you browse the offerings in this book, you may be surprised to find a tutorial for an item you never knew you needed, such as a zip-up wash bag, cell phone cozy, scissor keepers, and more. Put a personal touch on every inch of your home with these clever ideas.
  • fantasy bloom gift set

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

    claudine hellmuth
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    I am mentoring at the Maker Mentors conference next month!When I was first asked to be a mentor for this event I was thrilled. But then fear and doubt started to settle in. Just between you and me I am currently looking for full time work for the first time in my 14 years as a freelance artist/illustrator. I thought, "who am I to tell someone else how to make it, when I'm possibly going back to a regular job?"  and then I nearly backed out of the event. One phone call to Cassie (the director of Maker Mentors) had me feeling 1000% better and more excited than ever to be attending and…
  • I'm in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    I was thrilled to discover that my Happy House favor box kits were featured in the April/May 2015 of Mary Janes Farm Magazine in their Farmgirl Expression section!
  • Business News Daily: Etsy Seller Success

    claudine hellmuth
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Business News Daily featured me as part of their story on Etsy Business Success! Check out the full article here. 
  • Artist & Makers Magazine feature

    claudine hellmuth
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Exciting news! Artist and Makers magazine featured me in an article about creativity and technology. Here are a couple scans from the article in their Winter 2015 issue.
  • 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! 
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    Tim Holtz

  • eclectic elements – spring quilt market 2015…

    tim holtz
    19 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    it’s been another one of those whirlwind months around the studio with so many things going on, and the time keeps flying by.  we just returned from spring quilt market in minneapolis and had an absolutely amazing show!  i’m always in awe of the creativity the quilt industry showcases along with the sheer talent out Continue Reading
  • new mini distress ink kit #13…

    tim holtz
    15 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    they’re finally here… the new 2015 colors of distress inks are now available in the latest mini distress ink kit #13 from ranger. kit #13 includes: cracked pistachio, abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, fossilized amber – shipping the end of this month. i’m really excited about this release as i know many of you have been Continue Reading
  • craftposium magazine…

    tim holtz
    6 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    i’m beyond humbled to be the cover feature of the latest issue of craftposium magazine.  i want to say a sincere thank you to jim west for the wonderful article he wrote about me.  as many of you know, jim west is also the founder of craftours and scrapmap who we’ve had the opportunity to Continue Reading
  • junk in the trunk vintage market…

    tim holtz
    5 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    this past weekend we attended our first junk in the trunk vintage market in scottsdale, az.  i can’t believe that although we live in arizona, this is the first time we’ve attended this event – it was amazing!  a special thanks to lindsey and coley who are the founders and organizers of junk in the Continue Reading
  • 12 tags of 2015 – may…

    tim holtz
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    there are certain things that capture a sense of nostalgia, and for me this month’s tag is certainly one of them. several elements make this one of my personal favorites so far this year. the combination of textures, tinted photo, tiny paper flowers, layered ephemera and embellishments really tell a creative story. it’s one of Continue Reading
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  • Rockstar Robots: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

    Cabe Atwell
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Rockstar Robots make up the cream of the crop in the world of robotics. These are the bots that will turn heads with just their name being uttered. Even those who don’t stay on top of who’s making what should recognize a famous robot or two when they see it. […] Read more on MAKE The post Rockstar Robots: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover appeared first on Make:.
  • New Project: Make a Bamboo Water Fountain to Frighten Critters from Your Garden

    Andrew Terranova
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This Japanese water feature literally rocks! Read more on MAKE The post Make a Bamboo Water Fountain to Frighten Critters from Your Garden appeared first on Make:.
  • Call for Makers: Rome Needs You!

    Caleb Kraft
    23 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    You’ve heard the saying many times; “When in Rome, do as Romans do.” Well, what the Romans are doing now, is preparing for Maker Faire! This will mark the 3rd year for Maker Faire Rome, the largest European Maker Faire, and like any other Maker Faire, they want fresh Makers to […] Read more on MAKE The post Call for Makers: Rome Needs You! appeared first on Make:.
  • New Project: Build a Cheap and Easy No-Solder Prototyping Board

    Laura Cochrane
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    A great transition from simple circuits to solderless breadboards, the springboard is a 50-year-old relic that’s difficult to find commercially these days, but easy and cheap to make. Read more on MAKE The post Build a Cheap and Easy No-Solder Prototyping Board appeared first on Make:.
  • Sketchup and Materialise Partner for 3D Printing Design Optimization

    Mike Senese
    22 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    The popular design tool and the additive manufacturing experts team up to allow for optimized 3D printing capabilities of your designs. Read more on MAKE The post Sketchup and Materialise Partner for 3D Printing Design Optimization appeared first on Make:.
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  • links: food

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    butterscotch pudding | smitten kitchen. I am mostly linking to this because it introduced me to Valrhona’s Dulcey Chocolate crunchy pearls. I’m already a fan of dark chocolate crunchy pearls and keep them in the house to sprinkle on ice cream and, you know, just eat. A 24 ‘Carrot’ Cake Packed With Baby Carrots and Shaped Like a Gold Bar. 8 Nonalcoholic Drinks That’ll Satisfy When You’re Craving a Cocktail | Serious Eats. These all go far beyond fizzy lemonade. How to Make a World-Class Cocktail Out of Berlin’s Convenience Store Booze | MUNCHIES. Freeze Fresh…
  • links: technology

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Jezebel Staff, Perfected. A demonstration of photo editing software that makes people look extra pretty. Its a send up of our overly perfected Instagram age but it kinda sold me on getting one of these apps. Meet the Man Behind ‘Solarized,’ the Most Important Color Scheme in Computer History | Observer. Via The Wirecutter. Explorable Explanations. Via Waxy. A word on the iPhone 6/6 Plus and third-party headphones | The Wirecutter. What to look for to be sure your headphones will fit, and if not a few DIY solutions. Something Has to Change in Videogames: Everything & Everyone |…
  • Easter Egg Dyeing Food Color Palette

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Remember last year when I went a little manic over dyeing eggs in an effort to get juuust the right colors? Yeah, me to. All the instructions and tips are over here.
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  • Bluebird Chic Brand Ambassador

    14 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Hello, Friends! I’m super excited to share with you that my friend Leah from Bluebird Chic has invited me to be a brand ambassador for her company. I love Leah’s modern style and her camera straps are just an extension of her awesomeness. You can read more here on the official announcement on what it means and how you can apply to become a brand ambassador. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Cutchens Homestead

    12 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Hello, Friends! Last summer was our first try at the big garden. We planted things we wanted to eat and hoped for the best. There were lots of rainy days and insufficient drainage and just plain don’t quite know what we’re doing to have much success. This year we tried a little different approach and we’re hopeful for better results. I ordered all our non-GMO seeds from Baker Creek a few months ago. We planted 1/4 of the garden with two varieties of corn. We’ve planted green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, and two varieties of sweet…
  • Pinewood Derby 2015

    12 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    As we start to wind down this year of scouting, our pack held a pinewood derby race. Troy, Jordan, and I talked about a concept for his car. We watched youtube videos (of course we did) and came up with this: Derp Jeffrey the pig something-or-another. Jordan finished in 3rd place for speed. Even bigger than a top 3 finish? When his car finally lost, he said, “Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.” My heart exploded with happy. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • More Foiled Thank You cards

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I can’t stop foiling everything. I mean, really. It is so amazing to watch the final result come out, it looks so professional. I just returned from Walk to Emmaus retreat and I have a ton of notes to write out. I did use it as an excuse to pick up a box of thank you cards from Target but I also whipped up some hand made foiled cards as well. I created this image in illustrator, printed on my laser printer, added foil, trimmed and mounted to a card base. This year I have discovered a love for sriracha and I just can’t get enough. I have a few girlfriends who share my love and I…
  • Foiled Thank You Cards

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Hello, Friends! If you’ve been here before, you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Target. Not only do I love the clothes and the home decor, I also love the boxed cards. Being a card maker, I always look at them and ooh and aaah, but I almost never buy them because, it kind of feels like cheating. Crazy, right? Well we were there the other day and my husband needed a bunch of Thank You cards and I thought, this will be the perfect excuse to buy some boxed cards, guilt free, woo hoo! So I ask casually, you  know since you need all those thank you cards, do you just want to buy some…
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • fantasy bloom gift set

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

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

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

    patricia zapata
    10 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Have a wonderful day everyone! I'm enjoying it tremendously with my family and my babies (not so babies anymore, but in my heart they always will be).XOPatricia
  • who wants to color?

    patricia zapata
    5 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    I was going to take the sketch at the top as inspiration for some 3D pieces, but now I don't have time to do that. Another project has taken the front seat. I may tackle it down the road, but for now I decided to share the image with any of you that would like to color it in or for those of you that would like to try some paper cutting. This would look amazing cut out by hand! Just make sure to print it on some sturdy card stock.Get the free download here.Feel free to share your creations on my Facebook page or Instagram. I'd love to see what you do with this. More importantly, have fun!
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    Make and Takes

  • Splatter Paint Gift Card Pockets

    18 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    My girls have a few special teachers they want to thank as summer vacation quickly approaches. We love to add a personal touch to bookstore or coffee shop gift cards. This year, we’re handing out these adorable splatter-painted gift card pockets. I love the fun painted background with the colorful speech bubble on top. So cute! These pockets are so simple to make, and you can easily make a bunch in one sitting. To make standard gift-card sized pockets, cut watercolor paper into 4″ x 5″ pieces. Fold each rectangle in half, then cut the top corner off one side. This will allow…
  • Foam Brush Painted Butterflies

    14 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    Spring is known to bring on the creepy crawly things, but best of all… butterflies. We love to watch them as we walk through our park, or even in our backyard. We’re bringing these beauties inside with some of our art. We’re using our foam paint brush to make simple and sweet butterflies. Supplies for Foam Brush Painted Butterflies:  paper craft paint paper plate and newspaper foam paint brushes puffy paint in black 1. Set up your painting station by adding a squirt of paint to a paper plate. 2. Dip your foam brush into your paint. 3. Press your brush onto your paper and…
  • Book Picks for Exploring Our 5 Senses

    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’ve been exploring our 5 senses over the last several weeks… taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight. We even celebrated with a popcorn party using all our senses! Now we’re sharing a few books that can help reinforce all the things we’ve been learning about Exploring Our 5 Senses. Here are our 11 book picks for Exploring Our 5 Senses: 1. The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole 2. The Listening Walk by Paul Showers 3. Green Start: The Five Senses by IKids 4. My Five Senses by Aliki 5. How Does the Ear Hear? by Melissa Stewart 6. Look, Listen,…
  • Ladybug Hat Craft for Toddlers

    11 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My little one is 18 months old and just beginning to use the many arts and crafts supplies we have around the house. He loves making marks with crayons and pencils, sticking and unsticking foam stickers, and ripping and scrunching paper. Craft time with him is all about exploring! Henry is really into ladybugs right now, asking to “find ladybugs” every time we head outside. I thought he might enjoy making a simple ladybug hat with me. Of course, at his age, we spent lots of time exploring the materials. This ladybug hat is a fun and simple craft activity for toddlers and…
  • Our Favorite Fruity Summer Tea

    9 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    We have already had some 90-degree days where we live, and we’ve been scanning the fridge for something cold and refreshing to drink. We try to keep juice and soda to a minimum, but often my girls are craving something other than water. Last summer, we started making a tangy and fruity iced tea that quickly became our favorite summer drink. I was inspired by a recipe from Lexie’s Kitchen and Living, who calls this drink “Cool-Aid.” Even my 10-year-old, who is not a fan of hot herbal tea, loves this drink. She says it tastes more like juice or flavored water. This…
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  • I need a vacation from my vacation

    amy k.
    20 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    We went to the coast for a week and it was good, but I was a mess. My family were such troopers helping me as my back got worse on the 3 hour drive, totally seizing up by day 2. I was pretty much not moving for two days. I also got a bunch of mite bites I am highly allergic to (enter gross rash) and the whole week was sort of ridiculous. We made it back, unpacked, and I am scratching my head at how the whole back thing happened— too many hours of early morning sewing for the ballet? A few too many weird lifting episodes, stress, and a back pull I sustained while trying to get on underwear…
  • Pete's carrot, ginger, & apple soup

    amy k.
    11 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Pete has been making this soup lately. He found a recipe and tweaked it and came up with this and it's just so incredibly good, I request it often.  And 2 of the 3 girls give it a thumbs up. It gets better the next day, even more flavorful. He likes his soups very smooth (I'm a little more into texture and big pieces) but for this soup, smooth is perfect, I usually sip it from a mug. Pete's Carrot Ginger Apple Soup: 1 yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 inch of ginger, minced (he's says you can even add 2 inches) 8 oz broth (or water, but broth makes this a…
  • really good bread

    amy k.
    2 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    One of our favorite places to go downtown after Powell's Books is Little T Baker in Union Alley (which we call Diagon Alley, but it's really more like Hipster Urban Lumberjack Alley.) They have the best bread. I mean really, the best. And they serve it with butter and jam—it's so pleasing and fun to eat. There's shop in this alley, Spruce Apothecary, that sells fabulous hard-to-find items, including Royall Lyme, which is the cologne my Dad wore when I was growing up. He passed away 12 years ago, and the anniversary of his death was last week. I was pregnant with Sadie, my…
  • fashion and magazines and sewing

    amy k.
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, helping with the girls' Cinderella production at their ballet school. I am primarily working on the step-sisters and step-mom. I'm having a blast reworking old costumes—adding new bodices, trims, etc. I keep thinking of the dress Molly Ringwald made in Pretty and Pink (gah!) while chopping up old dresses and adding new parts. This kind of sewing really appeals to me. It's on a tight deadline, I have to use existing fabric/trims from a costume shop stash, and I have to be bold with my choices—subtle doesn't translate from a stage.
  • flying machines

    amy k.
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We are learning about flying machines and the Wright Brothers (and their sister, Katherine) and have spent all day making paper airplanes from this wonderful site where you can print out templates—already marked and ready to fold. They were then decorated (there is a ballet themed one) and are now being used in a home movie as I type this. The home movie is going okay. There are some artistic differences but everyone is happy to have discovered the slow-motion feature.
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  • happy sunday!
    17 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hi there! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. I'm drawing flowers while riding shotgun. We're heading here: Where last visit I found this: And we'll try to find more to add to this collection: Trying to make the weekend last a little longer over here... I've been up to more creative things than ever lately, (but documenting and sharing most of it less than ever). When I'm not here, on the blog, I try to post on IG or my Facebook page (both links at top of blog page). The good news is that letting some things go for a bit has enabled me to actually make some good headway on big projects-…
  • Hello, hello!
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I'm here, still kicking (and getting a little kicked on occasion lately too ;). Life, it keeps coming at you, right? Beats the alternative as they say. I'm sitting in my car waiting for my son's third baseball game of the week to start. Wishing I were home doing something like the above. I never realized how much mothering big kids would interrupt my Big Ideas and best laid plans. Of course, I wouldn't change it, it's just a constant learning curve to be flexible and adapt. Also, that I have to pick my battles since I really can't do it all. Somehow, the blog found itself on the Not Top…
  • past weekend's class
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I'm back from teaching art journaling at Donna Downey Studios.  What a great studio, and yet another great group of creatives along for the three days of fun. Always appreciate being welcomed with open arms and a roomful of people with a passion for making. North Carolina is on the other side of the country for me, and with all the weird weather that's been going on, I didn't want to risk missing a connection somewhere, so flew out of LAX vs. Santa Ana (which is so much closer to home and so much nicer. man, LAX is a hot mess right now with all the construction going on!) I…
  • art journaling pages in progress
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    What?!?! An art journaling post? Just when I'd been talking all quilts, all the time..... If you follow me on instagram, you know I still have quilts in progress to share...and I will! But today, as I continue to prep for my trip to Donna Downey's art studio to teach art journaling, I realized it's been way too long since I've shared some pages in progress. So here are some recent bits of art: It's Friday! Ahhhh.... I hope you've got some nice plans ahead of you for the weekend. I'm going to continue class prep, finish sewing the binding on a quilt, patch some…
  • a baby quilt gift
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Hey there! How goes it out there? I wish I had some good excuse for being away from the blog for so long, but the truth is, the speed with which time passes is befuddling me. It's crazy! Anyway, I'm back with one of the things I was up to in my absence; a gift for sweet baby Vincent, born to Maggie and James, and my dear friend Charlotte's first grand-baby!   a little dedication for baby  After seeing Maggie's posts about nursery decor plans for her baby to be, and being on a quilting binge, I couldn't resist a little patchwork quilt. I went to JoAnn's…
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    Ma petite theiere

  • Mori Girl .. new illustration =)

    19 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    “Mori” (Mori Girl) <3
  • New phone cases + print sale !

    5 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Eng/ Today I’d like to share with you the new phone cases designs available for iPhones and Samsung Galaxies! Aren’t they lovely!? They are already available in the shop in case you’d like to dress up your phone with a new style =) My personal fav these days is “Anemone” (red flower/girl, on green beackground). I think she’s the perfect twist for this lovely Spring season we jumped into! Also that’s not all !! Starting from today, May 5 and until May 20, buy 2 prints in my shop and get the 3rd FREE (equal or less value). To get you free print, please…
  • Happy Easter!

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Eng/ This year, Mila and I have created lots of Easter themed crafts! it’s so fun to create along with my little me. She doesn’t cease to amaze me with her creativity and patience. We painted, among other fun things, styrofoam eggs. It’s colorful and beautiful! Have you created something special yourself or with your kids, for Easter? If you need last minute ideas, why not visit my “Easter” Pinterest board? Fr/ Cette année Mila et moi avons créé plein de petits trucs sympa pour notre déco de Pâques. C’est tellement chouette de créer en duo avec ma…
  • New Jewelry :)

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    >> You can visit this website for a timezone converter: Eng/ I have created new jewelry lately. It’s been a long time! I sooo missed to put my hands on these. I forgot how much I adore this quiet and peaceful creating time! Here’s a few photos of the pieces available, everything can be seen in this Flickr album. I have a NEW shop for jewelry, it’s on BigCartel, NOT on Etsy (though Etsy is always active for other items). Please follow this link for the shop : Fr/ J’ai enfin pu prendre du…
  • Talisman

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

  • Featured Shop: Wide Eyes Paper Co.

    Amanda Franz
    25 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic TogetherHello! My name is Amanda Franz, and I make custom wedding stationery. My shop is called Wide Eyes Paper Company. I graduated from college with a degree in graphic design, and at 22, I moved back home to my parents’ house in San Juan Capistrano, CA. When I landed my first graphic design job out of school, I was so thankful, but I also distinctly remember having this restless feeling – I wanted to create something that I could call my own. Then one night in early 2012, I had a defining moment: I was brainstorming ideas with my best friend…
  • Featured Shop: Sidonie Yang

    Sidonie Yang
    22 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    Photo by Sidonie YangNi hao! My name is Sidonie Yang, and I create eco- and animal-friendly accessories with my husband Shawn. We live in Niagara Falls, Canada. I’m originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I started my adult life working as a nurse, then as a teacher. I met Shawn while I was teaching; he had come to Taiwan to teach English. With his support, I was able to stop merely making a living and start focusing on the things I’m passionate about. Two of those passions – my interest in design and sustainability – come together in my work today. Each of my products starts out as a…
  • Jewelry Design for Beginners

    Aleksa Brown
    21 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Photo by James RansomWhen you were a kid, you didn’t let your lack of a design background stop you from stringing a macaroni necklace or knotting up a colorful friendship bracelet. Even if it’s been decades since your last jewelry DIY, Nancy Soriano’s new collection of approachable how-to projects in The Jewelry Recipe Book justmight inspire you to try your hand at a grown-up statement piece. Jewelry designer and author Nancy Soriano has a creative pedigree that includes ten years as the editor in chief of Country Living magazine and founding the Creative…
  • Featured Shop: The Atlantic Ocean

    Tasha Chapman
    20 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Photo by The Atlantic OceanMy name is Tasha Chapman. I’m an artist, surfer and maker living in Boca Raton, Florida. My shop is called The Atlantic Ocean. My shop started in the summer of 2012 when my husband Joe and I needed some surfboard bags. We like simple, rugged things and couldn’t find any bags that fit our style. So we started making them ourselves, inspired by a tough old WWII army bag I’d inherited from my grandfather. At the time, I was working as an illustrator, and the artistic side of me knew what I wanted it to look and feel like. Joe is a commercial diver; he’s in…
  • Make a DIY Statement Necklace In an Hour

    Clare McGibbon
    19 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    Photo by Clare McGibbonA stack of chunky, layered necklaces elevates any outfit from casual to composed. Channel your inner jewelry designer and create a one-of-a-kind statement piece with this incredibly easy DIY. These bold, textural beads are made from simple corrugated paper, which can be found at any local craft store or made with a paper crimper. Experiment with different shapes and colors to create colorful, unique designs that pop against a simple shift dress or T-shirt. Best of all, this craft can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and takes less than an hour to complete. You…
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    The Soap Bar

  • A Little Soap Porn, My Dear?

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

    Joanna Schmidt
    16 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    There is something almost primal in getting down deep into the earth... an element of connection and reflection. This challenge was meant to be an exercise for you to get in touch with a primal emotion and infusing that deep internal force into your art.  I call it the Emotion Transfer Technique.(ETT).Art is complex and I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but through my own experience I have found that art takes on the Maker's feelings. Think about some of the artists you know of, and think of the art that is/was so obviously theirs. Personality comes through. So to not lose…
  • Digging In The Dirt

    Joanna Schmidt
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    "Something in me, dark and stickyAll the time it's getting strong...The more I look, the more I findAs I close on in, I get so blind ..."- Peter GabrielAll weekend I spent my time digging in the dirt and planting new plants into my front walkway. My husband and I ripped out a line of very "vanilla" hedge-like bushes along each side of the walkway.  It was boring and cold and didn't feel like home.  It was really hard work and took a number of sessions to complete.Yesterday we finished one side and we're really tickled with how it looks now.  It's way more "US"; it has different…
  • It's April Already?!

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    I can't say enough wonderful things about the soaping industry and the people who I've been lucky to have met along this journey.The next Soap Challenge may be a challenge for some of you.  I will be at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild Conference in Indianapolis in mid-April, and some of you may be there as well.  Since that takes almost a week with travel and all that, it's important to plan the challenge out ahead of time.I will post the new challenge by the end of this weekend.  I've got mad ideas bubbling and they need to settle on down before I can put them into…
  • A Fun Egg Hunt!

    Joanna Schmidt
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Come to to find the eggs that we have hidden.  It is super fun. Have a good time looking!xoxo Joanna
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    Geek Crafts

  • Fan Art 365 Giveaway!

    25 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Love fan art? Then this is the giveaway for you.  Artist Kayly describes herself as a “mum, tea drinker, geek, outdoor enthusiast, board gamer, and lover of handmade things,” and she’s embarked on a new journey, one we’re invited to go along on.  She’s set a goal of creating 365 fan art drawings in the next year, and she’s giving away three drawings a month! Each winner gets to pick from a variety of her work, too.  Based on her first round of drawings, it’s clear she has a wide array of interests: from Disney, to Marvel, to Star Wars, to Sandman.
  • It’s Elementary, Shersocks

    24 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Is it just me, or has it been waaaaay too long since there’s been a new BBC Sherlock episode? January 2014 was FOREVER ago! Word is there will be a one-off Christmas special (set in 1895! Interesting!) this year, with the fourth season/series of three new episodes in filming in spring 2016. Until then, there are seasons/series 1-3 to binge watch, and this lovely sock pattern by Megan-Anne Llama, of Geek-A-Long fame, to cast on to your needles. She aptly named it Shersocks. She did a spot-on job recreating Sherlock’s iconic wallpaper in the colorwork chart, complete with the…
  • The Geek Crafting Gods Have Smiled On Us

    23 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Remember my post about the lamp featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi fighting a Great White Shark? Someone has made another great action figure lamp! downtwobane posted an album of the process on Imgur. His sister bought a cheap Avengers playset ($10) at the Disney Store for his birthday. He had seen other examples of action figure lamps online and decided to make one with these figures. The lamp was $2 from a thrift store, and he Super Glued the figures to the lamp base. And as a thank you to his sister, keep scrolling through that album to see the Frozen lamp he made for her.
  • Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding Cross Stitches

    23 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Rebecca from Aurora, IL posted this image of two cross stitch hoops she created, over at Craftster. She said she saw a Kickstarter campaign a few weeks ago to make a Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding museum in a Brooklyn apartment. She donated $5 to the cause and (jokingly) tweeted, asking if they were taking submissions. The group contacted her back and said they definitely wanted some cross stitches. Rebecca’s husband designed them and she did the stitching. And in case you’re a Nancy or Tonya fan, you can find the Kickstarter campaign here. They had 150 backers pledging $2,036…
  • TMNT Crochet Scarf Pattern

    18 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    You don’t need turtle power to make your own classic ninja turtles scarf.  Check out this free crochet pattern from the Inspiration Station!  This thing is too cute, and the pattern is actually fairly simple.  If you do try it, be sure to share pictures! More Links of Interest Get the free crochet pattern here and make your own classic TMNT scarf! Find more TMNT on Geek Crafts Find more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Geek Craft Find more crochet on Geek Crafts Find more patterns on Geek Crafts Find more free patterns on Geek Crafts
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    house on hill road

  • Loominous Everyday Skirt

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

    Erin | house on hill road
    13 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    My friend, Jill, and I are both making the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. She is working from the kit, adding a few of her own fabrics and I am working from my stash. Well, I am trying to work from my stash. I may have to pick up a fabric or two as needed - most of my cuts are 1/2 yard or smaller and some of these block eat up a lot of fabric! Above is my first block, finished a few weeks ago. As the pattern suggests, we are starting with the biggest block and working our way smaller. Good thing, too, as the cutting instructions seem to be difficult for me to manage. I don't know…
  • Dear Quilty: Review and Giveaway

    Erin | house on hill road
    8 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    I know many, many quilters were dismayed to hear that Quilty magazine has stopped publishing. It's a shame, really. Each and every issue was full of beautiful quilt patterns and many practical tips and advice. Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts and Great Quilting Advice by Mary Fons (Fons & Porter/F&W $22.99) is a book from the group that put together the magazine. This book has 12 easy patchwork quilts and all of the tips and tricks that were the hallmark of the magazine. It is aimed at beginning quilters, but I think it would be a welcome addition to any quilter's…
  • Linden Sweatshirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    6 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    I whipped up a Linden sweatshirt yesterday in about an hour. This pattern by Grainline Studios is a super easy sew. I am sure that you have seen a gazillion versions of it, especially if you are on instagram. If not, check out the hastag #lindensweatshirt. Simple, comfortable, fast, well-fitting - it has all the hallmarks of a pattern that I will sew again and again. And, actually, this is my second one. The first I made out of a Liberty sweatshirt fleece back in the winter - it is heavy and cozy and was worn a ton. This fabric is a much lighter French terry. I bought it from Frances at Miss…
  • Where did April go?

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:22 am
    Oh, hey. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks and things don't look they are going to slow down in the foreseeable future. I keep thinking that if I can get myself to May 9th, I will be able to breathe a little bit. And, heck, I might even be able to sew something. That'd be fun. In the meantime, the peonies in the yard are inching their ways towards blooming. Of course, the ones at Whole Foods are already flaunting their wares so, naturally, some jumped in my cart. We've got lilacs, too. And I bought some geraniums for my pots. The sun is shining bright and, as always in…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Featured Shop: Wide Eyes Paper Co.

    Amanda Franz
    25 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Photo by Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic TogetherHello! My name is Amanda Franz, and I make custom wedding stationery. My shop is called Wide Eyes Paper Company. I graduated from college with a degree in graphic design, and at 22, I moved back home to my parents’ house in San Juan Capistrano, CA. When I landed my first graphic design job out of school, I was so thankful, but I also distinctly remember having this restless feeling – I wanted to create something that I could call my own. Then one night in early 2012, I had a defining moment: I was brainstorming ideas with my best friend…
  • Featured Shop: Sidonie Yang

    Sidonie Yang
    22 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    Photo by Sidonie YangNi hao! My name is Sidonie Yang, and I create eco- and animal-friendly accessories with my husband Shawn. We live in Niagara Falls, Canada. I’m originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I started my adult life working as a nurse, then as a teacher. I met Shawn while I was teaching; he had come to Taiwan to teach English. With his support, I was able to stop merely making a living and start focusing on the things I’m passionate about. Two of those passions – my interest in design and sustainability – come together in my work today. Each of my products starts out as a…
  • Jewelry Design for Beginners

    Aleksa Brown
    21 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Photo by James RansomWhen you were a kid, you didn’t let your lack of a design background stop you from stringing a macaroni necklace or knotting up a colorful friendship bracelet. Even if it’s been decades since your last jewelry DIY, Nancy Soriano’s new collection of approachable how-to projects in The Jewelry Recipe Book justmight inspire you to try your hand at a grown-up statement piece. Jewelry designer and author Nancy Soriano has a creative pedigree that includes ten years as the editor in chief of Country Living magazine and founding the Creative…
  • Featured Shop: The Atlantic Ocean

    Tasha Chapman
    20 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Photo by The Atlantic OceanMy name is Tasha Chapman. I’m an artist, surfer and maker living in Boca Raton, Florida. My shop is called The Atlantic Ocean. My shop started in the summer of 2012 when my husband Joe and I needed some surfboard bags. We like simple, rugged things and couldn’t find any bags that fit our style. So we started making them ourselves, inspired by a tough old WWII army bag I’d inherited from my grandfather. At the time, I was working as an illustrator, and the artistic side of me knew what I wanted it to look and feel like. Joe is a commercial diver; he’s in…
  • Make a DIY Statement Necklace In an Hour

    Clare McGibbon
    19 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    Photo by Clare McGibbonA stack of chunky, layered necklaces elevates any outfit from casual to composed. Channel your inner jewelry designer and create a one-of-a-kind statement piece with this incredibly easy DIY. These bold, textural beads are made from simple corrugated paper, which can be found at any local craft store or made with a paper crimper. Experiment with different shapes and colors to create colorful, unique designs that pop against a simple shift dress or T-shirt. Best of all, this craft can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and takes less than an hour to complete. You…
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  • Sumber Kata Mutiara Bijak Paling Jos 2015

    Erma Iriana
    9 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    CH stands for Chain sew DEC stands for decrease DC stands for Double Crochet DB DEC stands for Double Decrease INC stands for Increase HDC stands for half double crochet REP stands for Repeat RND stands for spherical SC stands for Single Crochet SK stands for Skip SL ST stands for stitch SPS stands for areas STS stands for Stitches YO stands for Yarn Over Step simply have it away Just like the ill famed Greek deity ads say simply do it the sole aroach you'll ever learn a replacement ability, like crocheting, kata kata lucu is to undertake it out and observe. Learning to crochet permits you to…
  • Inspirational Interior Home Design

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

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

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

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

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. What a strange week this was for me blogging-wise. I’m sort of stunned it’s already Friday. I was traveling on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday — Tuesday night was my last officially scheduled book tour stop. And when I got home on Wednesday, I could totally feel myself shut down. I imagine I was holding myself together till my tour commitments were done, but when I finished, I think I officially hit some sort of exhaustion wall. Oh my! (Side note, yes, there will likely be future book stops, but for now I’m taking a break.) This…
  • Growing A Family: Jenny Post

    Design Mom
    21 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Gabrielle. Nostalgic photo of big-sister Betty meeting baby Flora June (who turned FIVE last week!). I originally posted Jenny’s first birth story way back in 2011, so it’s really a lovely feeling to welcome her back with another! She experienced a completely different type of birth the second time around, so this is nowhere near the same story, second verse same as the first! For her first delivery, she was adamant on a natural birth. This time? Why not try an epidural? I love how easy she was on herself. It’s fascinating to me how we place all these expectations on…
  • Living With Kids: Jessica Rushing

    Design Mom
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Kelsey Gerhard. At some point during my correspondence with Jessica, she mentioned that her primary goal wasn’t to have her home tour published on Design Mom. Well, it was probably one of the reasons why she asked her friend, Kelsey, to take the photos in the first place, but eventually she realized she simply wanted to record this time in her family’s life. Her house is just growing out of the babyhood stage, most of their furnishing are inherited or found, and the family is set to embark on a one or two year adventure in England. Everything is about to change in…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    15 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Ben Blair had these gorgeous peonies waiting for me when I got home last weekend. Hello, Friends! How are you? Did you have a good week? I had a great one — nothing in particular happened, I was just home, and had a normal schedule, and after so much work travel it was heavenly. : ) Speaking of work travel, I’ve got book parties in Houston on Monday and Denver on Tuesday (details here), and then I’m taking a break from my book tour for awhile. It’s time to turn my attention toward Summer plans! Our school doesn’t let out till June, but…
  • Tea Collection Giveaway + Win a Trip to India!!

    Design Mom
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Hideaki Hamada, a Japanese photographer based in Osaka, for Tea Collection. Have you received a Tea Collection catalog this month? Mine came yesterday, and I read it cover to cover, in total bliss. That’s not my typical reaction to catalogs, but this particular Tea Collection issue is different. It’s like reading a travelogue from a dear friend, but with much better photography. : ) As you may already know, a design team from Tea Collection travels the globe every six months to gather inspiration for each new collection. Usually they only travel to each…
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  • Memorial Day

    25 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed day!
  • Pipsticks {a soulemama sponsor}

    24 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Greetings from Pipsticks! At Pipsticks, we eat, breathe and dream STICKERS. We’re a sticker subscription company that sends an awesome collection of curated stickers to our subscribers every month. We search high and low to find fun and original stickers...
  • Craft South {a soulemama sponsor}

    23 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Greetings from Craft South! Craft South is created by designer Anna Maria Horner who is an internationally recognized textile designer, author, instructor, wife and mother of seven. Her desire to culminate all of her resources & experiences as both a...
  • {this moment}

    22 May 2015 | 6:40 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...
  • necklace rainbow magic

    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    That's what she'll tell you right now if you ask her name. Necklace Rainbow Magic. All one word. Her nickname, she says, is Jessie. And she's seven years old. And she ONLY wears "Lady Shoes" (also known as the high...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Thing the First

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Well, there had to be something to sparkle up the knitting of a great big white thing, and here we are, right out of the gate with the first glitch.  I wound the first skein of the yarn, and something was bothering me. The yarn looked… different.  Not the yarn itself, that looks the same, but I’ve just finished knitting that layette out of this same stuff, and it looked to me like a different colour. Now, the yarn I’m using is The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in the artfully named colour “White”.  (It isn’t really. It’s more like a cream. I like it.) It…
  • Dear Prince

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    20 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Dear Prince, Thanks so much for last night. I’ve written before about you. I wrote about the time that we first were breathing the same air, when I was just sixteen, and you were twenty-six. You’re ten years older than me, and we almost have the same birthday, did you know that? (We’re also both short, and I know that doesn’t seem like much to base love on but think it over.) I wrote about what I learned after the second time I saw you. That was eleven years ago, and we were both older, and wiser, and I don’t know about you, but even if we had really discovered…
  • Widdle Shoesies

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    19 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Ahh, baby things. I love to knit baby things. I know there’s all kinds of ideas and superstitions about not getting things for the baby before the baby, but I don’t truck with any of that. I feel like the things I make anchor babies to the earth, makes ready the way. There wasn’t too much knitting here this weekend, but I’m half a bootee away from a finished layette, and it’s so beautiful, and so tiny. Knitting first size things always makes me nervous. Newborns have a chest size of about 30-35cm, that’s only about 12-14 inches, and the whole time I’m…
  • You know what’s nice? Fridays

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Oh Knitters, oh wow. Thank you from the bottom of my woolly little heart for the response to our knitterly efforts for the Rally this year. I’ve read all the comments and been just so amazed by the kindness and the help.  You’re all good eggs, you know that? You inspire the heck out of me. (Also, thanks for being kind about the confession that I considered giving it a rest. It was a brief phase of cowardice. Thanks for letting me be human about it.) There’s another training ride this weekend (I’m so hoping it will be warmer than that last craptastic ride)  and so…
  • Again

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    13 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    This morning I got up early – so early it was still dark, and I made coffee, and while it was brewing, I put on my biking stuff – including the incredibly flattering and esteem boosting spandex. Then I came downstairs again, and sat in the dawning light, eating peanut butter toast and waiting for the text from Jen that would tell me she was at the trailhead. When she got there, I went outside, got on my bike, and as I pushed off down the street to meet her, I marvelled that I was doing it.  I’m training for the Bike Rally again, and I have a secret to tell you. (Jen and I…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Plush Of The Month club open sign-ups

    Heidi Kenney
    20 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Since its been 24 hours since I sent out the open membership email and I have a few spots left, I wanted to post here to let you know you can currently sign up for Plush Of The Month Club (your first box would be shipped June 1st) here. location USA : $30.00 USD – monthlyCanada : $35.00 USD – monthlyEverywhere Else : $40.00 USD – monthly I know some times those emails get stuck in junk mail and so people might miss them! I’ll have a post with photos of the May boxes soon, I just wanted to wait and make sure the international boxes have all arrived, so I don’t…
  • Just Two Words: Crab & Orange

    Heidi Kenney
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week I am feeling a little guilty. For our Just Two Words project we chose Orange (I picked it because I liked how it had a few meanings like color, fruit, and I saw a lot of orange things in Florida) and Jessee picked crab, and we decided to make an umbrella. I was really stumped on the crab, drew a bunch and didn’t really like them. I thought about doing something with zodiacs and the color orange, but nothing really felt right. Of course then I looked up crab to see if there could possibly be a definition I wasn’t aware of. There is of course crab apple, and crab the lice…
  • Florida, the parks

    Heidi Kenney
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’re in Orlando, how can you resist going to some of the parks? We knew that everyone would be going to the Magic Kingdom together one day, so we decided that Thomas, B, and I would also spend at a day Epcot, and Universal Studios. The last time we were in Disney we went to Universal Island Adventure park because it was the part of the park with the Harry Potter Hogsmeade. This time we did get a double park ticket (because we wanted to be able to take the new Hogwart’s Express train) but knew we’d be spending the bulk of the day in the park with Diagon Alley. It did…
  • Just Two Words: Folk and House

    Heidi Kenney
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m playing catch up with my Just Two words project since I was gone. Jessee and I took a week off since I was away on vacation, but before I left our words were folk & house, and we decided to make bedding. I picked folk because I knew I wanted to do something inspired by folk art, mostly Scandinavian Folk Art. I had so much fun drawing images for this challenge. I drew pages upon pages of flowers. I had such a fun time with this one, and have a bunch of fabrics for Spoonflower in the works based on these designs. I’ll be sure and post once I have those done and available…
  • The Sunshine State

    Heidi Kenney
    6 May 2015 | 5:48 pm
    If you follow me on instagram you know that we recently took a family vacation to Orlando Florida. Thomas’s parents are Disney Vacation Club members and in an effort to have a big family vacation every couple of years they save up points and book a Disney resort for their kids families, and then we just need to get ourselves to Florida. I’m totally grateful for their generosity, and we always have such a great time. This time they booked us villas in the Wilderness Lodge. I was most excited that there was a big tub in the villa. I took full advantage of it, haha! While in Florida…
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    Betz White

  • Field Study Tote Sew-along: Day 3

    Betz White
    25 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Now that we have our lining pockets sewn we’re ready to tackle Day 3 of the Field Study Tote Sew-along! Let’s get started on the exterior pocket with the magnetic snap closure.     Exterior Pocket Place one Lower Panel, right sides together, on top of the Exterior Pocket piece aligning one set of long edges. Pin, and sew together with a 3/8” seam allowance. Press the seam allowance down towards the Lower Panel and topstitch the seam 1/8” from the seam on the Lower Panel.     Next, create the Pocket Tab by folding the side edges of the Pocket Tab piece…
  • Reversible Bucket Hat with Wendi – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    22 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    A little birdie told me Wendi made a super cute version of the Reversible Bucket Hat! Check it out and get some appliqué tips! – Betz   It’s garden season in my neck of the woods (the mountains of western North Carolina) and I needed a new hat. This isn’t a problem for most people, but I have a big head and I can never find cute hats that fit. Enter Betz’s Reversible Bucket Hat pattern. It includes a HUGE range of pattern sizes (toddler through my XL adult head) and it’s super simple to sew up. I made a couple of changes to the pattern. 1. Instead of using…
  • Field Study Tote Sew-along: Day 2

    Betz White
    20 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Now that we have everything prepped, let’s get to the sewing part of the Sew-along! In this post we’ll show how to create the interior pockets.   Slip Pocket This pocket is lightly padded with fusible fleece, so it’s great for stashing an e-reader or tablet. Since making your own bag offers you a chance to customize, you can vary the measurements to fit whatever type of device you own.     Place the slip pocket pieces right sides together and sew around the perimeter with a 1/4″, leaving a 3″ opening for turning. Before you turn the pocket right…
  • Field Study Tote Sew-along: Day 1

    Betz White
    18 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m thrilled that it’s finally time to sew a Field Study Tote together! Welcome to Day 1 of the Sew-along: Prepare fabrics, cut and apply stabilizers. By now you’ve probably gathered your fabrics and hardware together and you’re ready to get started.     Cutting The Field Study Tote pattern has no templates to print. You’ll be following the cut list to measure and mark each piece with the grain of the fabric. The first measurement given is the height, which should be cut parallel to the fabric’s selvedge. For example, the front of the bag is…
  • Forest Friends Finger Puppets with A Happy Stitch – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    15 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Happy Friday! Today Melissa shares the cutest little addition to the original forest friends! – Betz Hello there!  I don’t know about your corner of the world but in ours it is full-bloom spring and that has got me and my two boys outside as much as possible.  It also means I’m daydreaming about our annual trips into the woods.  Every summer we rent a rustic cabin in the middle of the woods in Pennsylvania and spend a week unplugged; making friends with frogs, foxes, toads, chipmunks birds and bunnies.  These finger puppets in their log home from Betz’s book…
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    Illustration Friday

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

    Thomas James
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    It’s Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Oriol San Julián, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PET. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: MELT Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Enrique Alcatena

    Andy Yates
    21 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    I was turned onto artist Enrique Alcatena’s work by my friend Jon Vinson(DUB Comics). Alcatena is well known in his native country of Argentina and has garnered international respect for his dark surrealist art. There are many comics by Alcatena still unpublished and untranslated here in the States. Hopefully some independent(or major) publisher picks up the slack soon and gives us some English language editions of his work. In the meantime, you can still track down some of his earlier work in back issue bins, such as Predator vs. Judge Dredd and various Batman comics, including The…
  • Whimsical Illustrated Prints and Products by Marc Johns

    Thomas James
    21 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    March Johns is both clever and prolific, and his well loved drawings are available in a wide variety of products in his online shop here.
  • PET by Michael Robertson

    Thomas James
    20 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This crazy cute little guy was submitted by Michael Robertson for the Illustration Friday topic PET.
  • Cool Illustrated Phone Case by Lukas Brezak

    Thomas James
    19 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Check out this super cool illustrated phone case and tons more great prints and products by Lukas Brezak.
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  • bright boy kitty

    17 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    He’s kitty number 5 and the last for now. I onto foxes next. He is lots of bright colors.
  • butterfly kitty

    16 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    She is #4. When I sorted through my wool fabrics last winter and came across this orange herringbone, it seemed perfect for a kitty. Then, when she was ready to dress, I discovered the real challenge. The bold herringbone was very difficult to match up with clothing colors and patterns. It all worked out though- I love my sweet butterfly moon kitty!
  • kitty boy (3)

    15 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    The third kitty is warmly dressed in muted colors but he has his red and black checked vest under his jacket. He has a cashmere scarf and a functional backpack that closes with a tie and an antique button.
  • Kitty #2

    14 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    I guess I like how this folk pattern looks with a black and white kitty because I did it again! And here is a detail of her basket-
  • time for some kitties again

    13 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Back in March, I made up a group of kitties with sewed on clothing. Now, I am working on a group with removable clothing plus accessories, just like the foxes. As usual, I thought, No problem! Just like the foxes! – But no. Lots of little tweaks were needed with the patterns. I now have a rather large pile of clothing rejects that will hopefully find another kitty or fox where they will work. Anyway, here is Kitty #1! She is wearing a dress made from Heather Ross designed fabric, a soft corduroy jacket, and a silk ribbon at her ear. Here is a close-up of her bag- And what’s in it-
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    PaMdora's Box

  • “Threads of Thought” at 21st European Patchwork Meeting

    21 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
      This coming September, I’ve been invited to have a exhibition of my work titled “Threads of Thought” at the 21st Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / European Patchwork Meeting, a quilt festival that spans 4 villages of the Val d’Argent and draws 22,000 visitors from France and around the world. The festival will display 1200 to 1500 textile artworks, both traditional and contemporary. Rhinetex, one of the largest wholesale supplier of patchwork and quilting suppliers in Europe, has generously offered to sponsor my exhibition!
  • Odd Characters in the Studio

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Mostly I work alone in my studio, but it often feels filled with lots of company because of the dress forms, toys and other odd characters I have hanging around. Yesterday I took this photo after wrapping up a day of quilting and had to laugh, because it looked like two headless woman and PaMdora watching over my work. The hole above my quilting frame is my attempt this hot summer to improve the air-conditioning in my studio by cutting a hole through my photography wall and adding two fans:) Wait, I’m wrong. On closer look, one of the headless women has a very small head!   Some…
  • I Dream in Color

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    What a fun show! We did this last December at the Creamery Arts Center, and it was so successful that this year it became PoP ArT ReMiX2. As you can see, it’s a colorful exhibition that is sure to shake off the rainy day winter blues. The show will be up the whole month of December 2014 at the Creamery Art Center, 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, Missouri. Next to that is Darlene Prater’s colorful pug dog painting is my contribution is called “I Dream in Color.” She’s covered in knitted and crocheted yarns. The hair is crocheted curls of eyelash and bulky yarns.
  • Happy Email and Pumpkin Cars

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

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

  • A Long Time

    25 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    It's been a long time since I bent a needle. That's probably because it takes a long time. Today, I realize I am a bit like this needle. In some simple way. I sense something IN me. The part that endures. That which does not break but bends. Does not break because it bends. Remaining ever useful. It's a been a long time since I began the cloth we call Home. So much time has passed. One needle. I woke up thinking that maybe the witnessing of time passing is as important as the cloth itself. (The children have been watching.)  To know that it, has in itself, taken on the shape…
  • Connected

    23 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
  • Overlooking

    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
  • A Cold Morning in May

    21 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    After summer like days it is colder. 48 this morning, it will barely get to 60 today. It's way cold for May, especially at night. The garden is slow. But it's ok. I  can just put a sweater on. The caterpillars that have already begun on the oak leaves, cold slows them and sometimes stops them. So ok. Good. The man and the beast are sleeping in.  Not me. Up at 4.  I have things I want to do and I am going to do them. Yesterday, I posted this on Instagram. How the light painted the wall. To look like cloth.  I love this. How it happened. How I noticed and caught…
  • The Logic of Creativity

    20 May 2015 | 7:55 am
      Today is Wednesday. Which makes it What-if-Wednesday. Because I decided it might be that for a while. Again. Today I squared the basket. In some simple exercise. To see what I had previously imagined. I'd been thinking about that. I played around with a new patching technique. All the while thinking about the way things form. Rather than wallowing in confusion, how being able to understand that is helping me develop my means of expression. How I have become driven by that. Technique is important in expression. So is idea. So often they are  separated. One given more value…
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Custom Wedding Invitations

    Anahata Katkin
    24 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    My brother, Alex is getting married this summer and my soon-to-be, sister-in-law, Kayla asked me to make them some custom wedding invitations. I don't do custom design projects anymore, but this was a special opportunity. Inspired by some suggestions from...
  • Jupiter Row : Up and Running

    Anahata Katkin
    19 May 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Our second store, Jupiter Row, is now alive and thriving on the Ashland Plaza! We had a wonderful opening night a week ago and we've been humming ever since. The whole process of curating this beautiful, boutique has truly been...
  • Jupiter Row: Grand Opening

    Anahata Katkin
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We are very excited to announce the Grand Opening of Jupiter Row. Tuesday May 12th from 5-8 pm we will be celebrating our new curated, Northwest inspired boutique. Come by to help us fill the space with local neighbors, friends...
  • Wheel of Life

    Anahata Katkin
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Oh sweet, little blog o mine. It's been surely neglected. Is it just me or is everyone trying to juggle the instagram, blog balance? I've been here for ten years and everything online has changed in the time since I...
  • Collab Painting

    Anahata Katkin
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    This fun piece was part of a collaborative exercise I participated in with Floral Bowley and Alena Hennessy while staying in San Miguel, Mexico last January (see more here). We made four large scale paper panels and shared the process...
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    Judy Wise

  • Garden Stroll

    Judy Wise
    22 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The garden. We finally got an overcast day, in fact it's misting lightly, so I was able to get photos of the garden. Above is luscious Buff Beauty. Fragrant! Prolific.The new fig tree in the garden is finally gaining some size. Loaded with figs too.The rhodies are still hanging in.And the tomatoes have been planted and bedded down.Looking toward the leeks and lots of volunteers.Siberian Iris.Peonies. Beans are popping up along the trellis.Bleeding Heart.Blueberry bushes. Two months until the picking.Peace rose. I started from a cutting many years ago.Potatoes and leeks.Rosa…
  • Peonies and Roses

    Judy Wise
    18 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    The yard is glorious.More garden pictures coming. I love May in Oregon!
  • London

    Judy Wise
    13 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    London. How do I love thee? Truly and wholeheartedly.Michel Fletcher, Kathie Vezzani and I spent only 2 1/2 days there but we packed a lifetime into our hours together.There was one day that we must have walked 10 miles together.On both days we visited art museums.Took a zillion photographs.Ate a lot of wonderful food.Filled our senses with all that was new and unfamiliar.The London skyline.Browsing the stalls in Covent Garden.Stopping to rest.Taking in musicals.We saw the Commitments.And Sunny Afternoon.Excellent shows; the casts sang their guts out for us.Dang, I love the theatre.But the…
  • Scotland Part 2

    Judy Wise
    5 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I couldn't leave you with so few photos.I remember how I searched the blogs of others before my trip to whet my appetite for Gillian's class and familiarize myself with this particular place. If you are planning to join her in the future, this is for you.If you're there in April the hillsides will be blooming with gorse, a beautiful fragrance.You'll be able to walk to the next little village of Crovie with its charming homes and friendly people.This was the view out of our bedroom on the 2nd floor of Stroma house.And this photo was taken in the little cafe where you can get 3 kinds of panini…
  • Scotland and Gillian Lee Smith

    Judy Wise
    4 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    The thought of organizing my photos for a blog post has felt overwhelming. So expand what you see in your mind by 100. Such a beautiful place was Scotland and especially Gardenstown that I couldn't stop snapping photos.We stayed in a quaint little house close to the art studio where Gillian Lee Smith taught classes.She is a brilliant teacher and you should study with her if you have the opportunity.Just to watch her handle a pencil was revolutionary. No fooling.There were great places to walk, hike and sketch.The weather was unseasonably mild. We expected cold and brought lots of clothes but…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Tomato And Basil Tart With Mara Seaweed Seasoning

    Chef Smee
    25 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    A very simple puff-pastry tart that's bursting with great flavours of ripe tomato, basil, sharp tangy goat's cheese and that all important mystery ingredient - the Mara Dulse seaweed! It's used here as a seasoning, so you don't really taste the seaweed as a vegetable in its own right, but it works in the background and adds a real depth of umami flavour that takes this tart from the realm of so-so to the utterly unctuous. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you could of course make your own puff pastry, but the store bought ones are so good now I'm the first to admit I just can't tell…
  • Mara Seaweed Fish Pie

    Helen P.
    25 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    Mara Seaweed is a shake-on seasoning made from dried Scottish seaweed flakes. It's described on the pack as a healthy alternative to salt but it also has a fresh, seaside taste that I thought would complement a fish pie perfectly. I was sent the 'Shony' blend to try - Paul Hollywood says it "Accentuates flavours - inexplicably delicious" so I couldn't wait to try it out!
  • Sweet Potato & Scallop Savoury Pancakes

    Cat Morley
    25 May 2015 | 3:11 am
  • Stir Fried Sesame And Dulse Seaweed Broccoli

    25 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Today I'm trying out Dulse seaweed, harvested off the coast of Scotland. It has a wonderfully rich, smokey flavour which perfectly complements this stir-fried broccoli. It's a really easy, quick way to add lots of flavour and liven up a side dish. I sourced my Dulse from Mara Seaweed.
  • Soft, Yet Glam Eyeshadow Look

    Zenaida Z.
    24 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In this tutorial, I'll show you all how to create a soft and delicate look with a bit of glam thrown in there. I created this look with the Lorac Mega Pro palette, but feel free to use similar shades in whatever brands you have laying around! :)
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    Chica and Jo

  • Custom decoupaged domino game box

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

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

    9 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    We’re at it again! Another fun party theme — Monster High — means another cool set of cake pop toppers, just right for the occasion. These toppers are a great DIY way to create a unique and fun party favor for your Monster High party. This digital set of Monster High Cake Pop Toppers printables is available in our Etsy store, and includes printables for Clawdeen, Lagoona Blue, Draculaura, and Frankie Stein. Check out the listing in our Etsy store to get the printable files and instructions for how to make your own Monster High cake pops. If you liked this, check out these…
  • Amazing Race tear-strip envelopes

    5 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    We’ve done several Amazing Race parties before, and always strive to make them it as authentic as possible. We’ve created marked clue boxes, a giant Pit Stop mat, marked fanny packs. We’ve dreamed up adventurous tasks and wrote them on realistic clue cards. We’ve even put together a great collection of Amazing Race printables that makes it all easy. But there’s one thing that ALWAYS makes it real. And fun. And delights everyone. Hands down, it’s the tear-strip clue envelopes. You just can not have an authentic Amazing Race party without starting each leg of…
  • Kentucky Derby 2015 betting pool spreadsheet

    1 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Our Kentucky Derby betting spreadsheet has been updated for 2015. Visit our original Kentucky Derby betting pool spreadsheet tutorial for instructions and the free download! If you liked this, check out these similar projects: Betting pool spreadsheet for the Kentucky Derby 2015 Kentucky Derby cupcakes Kentucky Derby party ideas Kentucky Derby party food Kentucky Derby rose cake
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    Craftster Blog

  • Meatless Monday: Falafel without Frying

    25 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Are you ready for summer? I know I am! Let the sun shine on my buns! It is time to get out and get your picnic on. Why not wow your picnic goers and tickle their tastebuds with Falafels…but with this delish dish, you won’t be heating up the ktichen, they are made without frying. […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Decorative Bulletin Board

    22 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    This weekend, use an old frame to make a decorative bulletin board. Tadhg painted and distressed her frame, then added some lace. She even added a row of bottlecaps so she could use magnets. What a great way to get organized!
  • Rain, rain, you don’t have to go away…

    19 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    It’s been raining non-stop here for about a week, a dreary, drizzly, unrelenting rain with a few thunderstorms tossed in for good measure. I love rainy weather, and I particularly love these rain-inspired crafts! First up, an adorable bunny with an umbrella by andralynn. Who wouldn’t love walking in the rain if they had such […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Latch Hooked Rag Rug

    19 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I love a good house project and if it is one that I can use up my scraps with, it is even better. Arachnes thumb has a great easy to follow tutorial on how to make your very own custom Latch Hooked Rag Rug using fabric scraps. While it is labor intensive, I bet you […]
  • Road Trip!

    19 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    It’s almost summer! Are you going anywhere fun this year? I am: even as we speak, I am on a 2,000 mile road trip with my mom and my mother-in-law. We planned this last fall, and the idea was just crazy enough for us to follow through on it. Whee! We’re having some fun! Of […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the Studio: Mary Harding Jewelry

    Mary Harding
    22 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to Gloria AllenYou have won a $20.00 gift certificate to spend at Send Heather an email to claim your gift certificate. Glazing new work by Mary HardingThis week you are in the studio of Mary Harding.  I have…
  • Etsy Picks

    Claire Lockwood
    21 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    How are you getting along with the challenge? I've heard a couple of people say that they feel slightly daunted by the challenge image this month. So, if you're up for the challenge but struggling to think of what to use, here are some suggestions. As you'll see, I've focused on the stripes and dots in the challenge painting and the first place I thought to look was Graceful Willow Beads:Graceful Willow BeadsJoan Miller PorcelainSelena Anne WellsNature Scavenger(these sticks are actually listed as decorations but they are very like the beads that Heidi makes and there's no reason why, with a…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Linda Landig + Margit Boehmer

    20 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Color, color and MORE COLOR! That is what I see when I look at the inspiration painting by Augustin Lesage. That and the shapes. The arcs, the angles, the incredible attention to details. When I was perusing the entries for this month, these earrings by Linda Landig jumped out at me. The polymer clay beads by MargitB are full of life, as if there is a light dancing inside them making them glow like stained glass. The colors are soft, yet vibrant. Such a playful construction...simplicity at its best!Featured Designer :: Linda Landig +Featured Bead Artist ::…
  • Best of ABS - Square Knot Bracelet Tutorial - with Rebecca of Songbead

    19 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Today we have a 'Best of ABS' post - throwback to 2012 and this tutorial showing you one way to incorporate fibres into your work. Ribbon, cord, leather, fibre - it's still on trend - so try your hand at this simple yet versatile macrame technique, perfect for the summer months ahead!************************************************Knotting techniques and using fibre in jewellery are all the rage at the moment and you may well have used some sari silk, cord or ribbon in your jewellery. It can add a relaxed vibe; a softness and bountiful colour possibilities! It also allows a piece of jewellery…
  • Amuse the Muse - Tribal-inspired Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    18 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Hello all! It's another week of tribal-inspired beads here at Amuse the Muse. Are you enjoying this month's theme? I've got to say, it's really opened my eyes to working with different colours, shapes and textures - even bead artists! - than I usually do. I'd love to see your finds too! Leave your links in the comments below. This week, I thought I'd see what the Art Bead Scene team have in terms of tribal-inspired beads. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I wasn't disappointed, and I know you won't be either!Open Pod Copper and Sterling Beads - Mary Harding Jewelry Blue…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's that time again ~ I'm featuring my top ten crafts to make this week from last weeks Handmade Project linky party.  Whoohoo!  I just love a linky party where I meet new creative women.  So, here are my top 10 favorite crafts, parties, recipes, free files, and DIY tutorials from Tip Me Tuesday!  I hope you're inspired to make something fabulous this week as well. These are just the 10 tutorials that I had time to highlight right now, you'll see many more featured on Tip Junkie, Tip Me Tuesday newsletter, AND promoted through [...]keep reading
  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {5/23}

    22 May 2015 | 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, and we are continuing in 2015!  {{yep, that's YOU}}   Craft Room Count Down? Every Saturday here on Tip Junkie I'll be giving you a list of ideas that I'm just dying to feature here on Tip Junkie.  I'm giving you a heads up in advance ~ so I can feature YOU!  {{cheezy grin}} Here's How to Add Your Project to a Craft Room on Tip Junkie.   Yep, I [...]keep reading
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    Today's Creative Life

  • Creative Home Pinterest Party – Wednesday 9pm est.

    25 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Let’s celebrate the arrival of Summer with a fun party! Join us for the Creative Home Summer Pinterest Party! Because we know you love Pinterest! And we know you love to celebrate Summer! We are celebrating with a fun Pinterest Party! And there will be prizes too from your favorite brands like KitchenAid, Bob’s Red […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder…
  • Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. This Slow Cooker Sunday recipe couldn’t come at a better time! Let’s kick off summer with this Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip, which is the perfect addition to summer BBQ’s and summer entertaining! Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe   Whenever we have people over or when we attend a BBQ, it’s always nice to […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Easy Summer DIY Projects

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article.   Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Let’s kick off summer with a few easy summer diy projects! I’d love to see yours linked up today to the Link Party Palooza! Who wants more exposure? After you link up here, head over to my other site, InspirationDIY to submit your creative projects. Any project that is chosen […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of…
  • Family Friendly Ideas for New Orleans

    20 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. We recently took a family trip to New Orleans! You can read my first New Orleans Post, pt. 1 here.    Family Friendly Ideas for New Orleans Day 3 (read day 1 & 2 here) Since we were traveling with my teen son and teen nephew, we needed Family Friendly Ideas for New Orleans, which […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Fill in the Blank Father’s Day Cards

    17 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st, which also happens to be the first day of Summer! It seems early to share these Fill in the Blank Father’s Day Cards, but it’s only a month away! Printing these out and letting the kids fill them in will be a fun and memorable project, and doing it […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • DIY Built-In Bookshelves: IKEA Billy Hack

    Kelsey Norwood
    12 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
      This room had a giant bare wall that was screaming for built-ins and we figured we could come up with some DIY something-or-other and we were right. We scoured the internet for built-in tutorials and found some pretty good ones that helped us, especially this one but we couldn’t find a tutorial that had doors. […]
  • Best Mom Friends

    Kelsey Norwood
    7 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    This is the Mother’s Day to beat all Mother’s Days because THIS Mother’s Day, I got some of my favorite things covered in chocolate from Shari’s Berries, and I knew I couldn’t keep them all to myself. I’m sorry to do this to you but…Oh my… Before I devoured all these on my own, I […]
  • *BEST* Play-Doh Recipe

    Kelsey Norwood
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    I have been a mother AND a blogger for 8 years now – I started this blog right before Elliot was born – and in all those years, I’ve NEVER made my own play doh. Can you believe it? Honestly, I don’t love play doh, it gets everywhere and makes a huge mess, but the […]
  • 15 Must-Make Throw Pillows for Spring

    Kelsey Norwood
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Bed pillows, throw pillows, flower pillows, word pillows…PILLOWS PILLOWS PILLOWS!!! I kind of love them. Here are 15 beauties for your spring decor freshening (surely you’re doing it too…) for which new pillows are a must: 1. Rosette Pillow 2. Flora Pillow 3. Word Applique Pillow 4. Pintucked Pillow Cover 5. Ruffled Spiral 6. Twist Pillow […]
  • Goldfish Tails & Tales

    Kelsey Norwood
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The more time I spend with my children, the more fascinated I am by them. Children are such amazing creatures, so full of curiosity, energy, love, and joy. My children amaze me every day with the zest they have for even the most menial parts of life. They love it all and teach me in […]
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    house wren studio

  • fall 2015 workshops in vermont

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

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

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

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

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    On February 10, Maggie and James had a little boy. His name is Vincent Andrew and he is supremely and completely adorable! Safe to say, we are all in awe. One morning while we waited for his birth, I painted...
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    Try Handmade

  • Heaven

    April Meeker
    25 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Please welcome our newest columnist, April Meeker of Secondsister Jewelry and Suaviloquy. Her column is about atypical guift guides – [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Hell in a Handbasket

    Nyssa Rae
    25 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Please welcome Nyssa Rae to Try Handmade! She’s going to be covering Plus Size Fashion for us and I couldn’t [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Dear Old Dad

    Jennifer Simoni
    24 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Father’s Day is a tough holiday to buy a gift for, at least it is for me. And not for [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • SewDanish

    Erika Jurney
    24 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    Birgitte of SewDanish: Since early childhood, I have been crafting and however busy life has been, I’ve always found time [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • SpunkySister

    Erika Jurney
    23 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    SpunkySister: “Jewelry to inspire. Art to wear.” I have Design ADD. I can’t make anything twice… so everything is one [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Some More Chalice Action

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    24 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    I’ve been plugging away at the chalice. (I’ve also been brainstorming a base for the other sculpture, slightly less successfully.) I designed a base that reflects the the bowl part – it’s chased over air and folded in a similar … Continue reading →
  • In Process: One Bumpy, One Smooth(ish)

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    18 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about the chalice. I had an idea, then I couldn’t get the base parts to fit together the way I wanted to again. So it sat there while I worked on … Continue reading →
  • What I Thought About Mr. Turner

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    14 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The night before last my hubby and I watched Mr. Turner. I knew it was critically acclaimed and about the mid-nineteenth century painter JMW Turner. While I couldn’t have named any of Turner’s paintings beforehand (and not really even now) … Continue reading →
  • You Can’t Foldform Nickel!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    9 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    I was actually told this by a metalsmith – you can’t foldform nickel! As you can see by looking through my process posts that it is possible. It’s just a lot of work. Nickel is a springy metal (thus why … Continue reading →
  • Jewelry at the Alternatives Museum Store

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    6 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Woot! Monday I sent out a selection of jewelry pieces that will now be available at the Alternatives Museum Store at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington! You may remember that back a few years I participated … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers


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

    8 May 2015 | 10:52 pm

    4 May 2015 | 6:52 pm

    3 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    I don't feel the way they feel for me.

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    "Fragments Of Time" (feat. Todd Edwards) Driving this road down to paradise Letting the sun light into my eyes Our only plan is to improvise And it’s crystal clear That I don’t ever want it to end If I had my way I would never leave Keep building these random memories Turning our days into melodies But since I can’t stay I’ll just keep playing back These fragments of time Everywhere I go
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Apr 28, Simple Childs Raglan 8 Ply Round Neck Jumper Pattern

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Are you looking a pattern for a simple childs raglan 8 ply jumper? Although slightly more difficult than the dropped shoulder jumper pattern, this pattern is rated as an easy knit as it has only a little shaping and is knitted in stocking stitch.
  • Apr 2, cable pattern

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    TW3L does this mean that I turn the cable needle to the left. YOUR ANSWER I have no idea, what does your pattern say? It should have instructions for
  • Mar 31, Washing Assistance

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    I have been given a lot of pure wool, including crepe, all of which has been purchased more than 20 years ago, which I intend to use for charity knitting.
  • Mar 31, changing wool in a pattern

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    I have a Sirdar pattern book - chunky baby knits - design 1968 uses Sirdar snuggly snowfalls chunky which on the label states size 6mm needles and tension
  • Mar 11, Knitting Naturally Blog

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Do you want to keep up to date with changes to Knitting Naturally? Subscribe to the Knitting Naturally Blog!
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    Shannon Cook
    20 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    My favorite part of our knit alongs is the wonderful and amazing community of knitters who join in each year! What makes knit alongs so fun? Community and frienships (both new & old). One thing I notice and treasure so much is the loving and kind group of knitters in our Ravelry group. You guys are always busily chatting away (I can hardly keep and sharing, inspiring, helping, teaching and just enjoying knitting with each other virtually.It's such a special thing to watch these bonds grow and bloom each year and to see more and more sweet gals and guys join in our knit alongs!

    Shannon Cook
    18 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    You guys, I'm beyond excited to announce that I'm today's guest on the WOOLFUL Podcast! Weeeeee! Seriously, this is one of my favorite podcasts and it's truly a "pinch me now" kind of moment to be a guest! Ashely is such a beautiful talent and it's been so wonderful to watch how fast this awesome podcast of hers has bloomed!It's such an honor to have been asked to be a guest and to be included among so many amazing and talented people! Seriously, I'm freaking out big time! I listen and re-listen to some of Ashley's podcasts because there is always such a wealth of wonderful…

    Shannon Cook
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's here! Ready, set.......get knitting!!!! It's cast on day for our annual Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along 2015! Knit along with us this spring to add a lovely new top, tank or tee to your summer wardrobe! It's lots of fun!You can find all the information you need to know (rules, dates, etc) and sign up on our TTTKAL homepage below.TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG 2015 HOMEPAGEWe're so excited to have one of our favorite companies - Quince & Co., as our prime sponsor again this year! We'll be featuring them later on in the KAL, but for now be sure to check out their awesome yarns and…

    Shannon Cook
    6 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    It's almost time for our annual Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along! I'm so excited to announce our #TTTKAL, which is one of our two annual knit alongs, is starting next week! Yay!We encourage you to explore different fibers to knit with and to make yourself a new fave garment that can be worn during the warmer months! No reason to put those knits away just because it's hot out!Whether it's a tank top, a tee shirt, a top, or even a cardi - as long as it doesn't have full length sleeves you can knit it for our TTTKAL!So mark your calendars and get ready for our 2015 Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit…

    Shannon Cook
    5 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Mother's Day is just around the corner and we've got some fun & quick projects that would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts for the special women in your life! Whether you sew or knit, we think any of these would bring a smile to her face & hopefully to yours while you make it!Happy making for Mother's Day! Hopefully you'll find a great gift to make & give and while you're at it treat yourself to one too!SEWING Click HERE to view all of our free sewing patterns & tutorials!KNITTING Click HERE to see all of our knitting patterns in our shop! There's a few freebies too!Do you…
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  • Learn to Knit Kit from Creative Publishing

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In addition to a 32 page booklet, the Learn to Knit Kit includes size 9 single-point knitting needles, a yarn needle, and four skeins totaling 250 yards of yarn. Learn the basics and make a scarf at the same time. This kit is a nicely-packaged introduction to a pastime that's great for children, teens, and adults. Instead of shelling out money for knitting classes, explore the possibilities in the comfort of your own home. The practice yarn gives you the flexibility to make mistakes, which every newbie needs, and before you know it, you'll be knitting like a pro.
  • Fox Chapel Publishing

    22 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Fox Chapel Publishing publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. We inspire and inform readers who enjoy a variety of crafts and hobbies, including woodworking, jewelry making, scrapbooking, sewing, boating, back-yard farming, wine and beer-making, and much more.
  • Design Originals

    22 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Design Originals has been publishing outstanding how-to books on arts and crafts for over 25 years and is known as a trendsetter in the art and craft industry. Our books are full of creative ideas by innovative artists and crafters.
  • Embroidery Stitch Guide

    22 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Whether you're new to embroidery or just want to renew old skills, Embroidery Stitch Guide offers you clear instructions and step-by-step diagrams for 58 popular stitches. This book covers simple stitches such as the Arrowhead Stitch, Backstitch, Blanket Stitch, and the Bullion Knot before moving on to more challenging stitches like the Herringbone Stitch and Interlaced Band. Though the skill may be as old as time, the exciting projects you can make with embroidery will give your home a look that's fresh and new.
  • Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary Spools and Tin

    22 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The Coats and Clark story began in Paisley, Scotland in 1812, and for 200 years, families have stitched their history with the name you can trust for all your sewing needs. Celebrate with this Coats and Clark 200th Anniversary Spools and Tin. The Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread Book contains 18 spools of colorful threads, 250 yards each. With this collection, you'll have thread in every color of the rainbow and then some! Decorated with vintage advertisements, the Coats and Clark 200 Years Special Collector's Tin is perfect for enthusiasts.
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  • 8 DIY Party Decorations You Can Make For Memorial Day in 30 Minutes or Less

    22 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The feeling of relief when Memorial Day weekend rolls around is one I know well. It’s kind of like a checkpoint on our calendars, a spot we can rest upon and know that from this moment on, the weather will be nicer for a while. Making it to Memorial Day means we can feel secure in our excitement over barbecues, fireflies, swimming pools and short shorts. It means it is officially not unreasonable to begin fantasizing about reading in a hammock on a sunny day, wearing flip flops, or whipping up an ice cold pitcher of lemonade. No wonder we throw parties every year to celebrate this…
  • Hello Summer Style! Make DIY Colorful Tango Earrings

    Divya N
    21 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    Inspired by the Argentinian Tango–a sensual ballroom dance in which synchronized movements are used to convey romance and intimacy–these tango earrings scream oomph and flair. The Tango is all about connection; there is an element of togetherness even in separation. In these DIY earrings, you can note that though they are two different discs, they connected by wire providing a sense of continuity and fluidity. Saree ribbon and silk thread jewelry is all the rage now, making these silk thread earrings a must-have for your summer wardrobe. They say, that it takes two to tango; so…
  • 20+ Free Knit Bag Patterns for Summer!

    Marie Segares
    19 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and I’m thrilled to share a roundup of knit bags with you today! Whether you’re an old pro or you’re just learning how to knit a bag, there will be something here for you. As the weather gets warmer, you may be wondering what to knit. I love working on knit bags in the warmer months. Knit bags are portable so you can bring your work-in-progress to that picnic or barbecue, and they are useful year-round, so you can show them off as soon as you finish knitting! No need to wait ’til Fall. There are many great bag patterns out…
  • 10+ DIY Wedding Gifts Any Bride-to-Be Will Love

    18 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    May will be over before we know it, and you know what that means….wedding season is upon us! I don’t think anyone is more aware of this fact than my refrigerator, which has been positively covered in save-the-dates and invites since the dawn of 2015. Weddings are awesome, there’s no doubt about it, but staying creative–and not spending hundreds of dollars!–while trying to get shower and DIY wedding gifts together for all of your friends can be super difficult. Our advice? Go DIY. If you already got your pal a gift off of her registry for the shower, consider…
  • DIY Furniture Projects For The Thrifty Homeowner

    Tanner Bell
    14 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Don’t you just love browsing at the thrift store? There are always so many interesting–and often unusual– things to find there. It can almost be like a treasure hunt, especially when you dig through all the rows of items in order to uncover that one amazing hidden gem. I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to hunt for at thrift shops are old tables, chairs, and dressers I can give a DIY furniture makeover. The great news is, if you go into thrift store with a little creativity in mind, nearly any item has the potential for a DIY furniture makeover! Need some…
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    Merriment Design

  • Make an Easy Disney Princess Birthday Cake Using Stickers (yes, stickers)

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

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

    Kathy Beymer
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Here’s a new giveaway for the crafty kids in your life: the new Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion book that’s sure to get young girls thinking creatively. And it’s currently Amazon’s #1 New Release in Crafts for Children. Keep reading to see how to win a free copy. Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion encourages girls age 7-14 to sketch their own designs as a way to experiment with color, fabrics, and styles. From sweatshirts and sneakers to jeggings and tights, girls will easily learn how to create hip, trendy outfits and accessories and put their own unique stamp on…
  • Personalized Princess Banner Printable PDF for ‘All the Disney Princesses’ Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Elise wanted an “All The Princesses” birthday party. Yep, you heard that right: ALL THE PRINCESSES. Gulp. Creating one birthday party that combines Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle and Aurora is a pretty tall order for mommy. How could I bring all these Disney princesses together in a cohesive way? The answer: this personalized happy birthday banner printable PDF with symbols and colors to represent each princess. Each princess has her own symbol and color: Elsa and Anna have blue and turquoise snowflakes, Belle and Aurora have magenta pink roses, Ariel has a pink starfish,…
  • How to make a headboard slipcover with storage pocket – IKEA hack

    Kathy Beymer
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Make a cheerful headboard slipcover to quickly and easily change up a bedroom. Because the slipcover is removable, it’s a super cute and inexpensive way to decorate a kid’s room and keep changing it up as they grow. And seriously, how sweetly adorable is this pleated pocket storage pocket? The storage pocket is just the perfect size to hold flashlights, books and special bedtime friends nearby. DIY Network asked me to make this headboard slipcover with storage pocket tutorial for them, and the full step-by-step tutorial is on Thank you, DIY Network! This was a…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • How To Throw The Best Craft Party Ever

    Rachel Faucett
    22 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    From ice cream floats to paper maché boats! We teamed up with GHTV to bring you everything you need to host the craft party of the summer. Read more here - How To Throw The Best Craft Party Ever
  • 6 Butterfly Projects to Make Your Imagination Flutter

    Mari Richards
    22 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Butterflies are like living art! Use their eye-catching colors to help kids spread their own creative wings with these time-flying DIYs. Read more here - 6 Butterfly Projects to Make Your Imagination Flutter
  • Popsicle Art Is The Best Kind Of Art

    Gina Vide
    21 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Fruit juices make great paints! A fun and healthy way to turn that popsicle in your freezer into your little artist's next masterpiece. Read more here - Popsicle Art Is The Best Kind Of Art
  • A Super Sweet Cake Recipe for Messy Bakers

    Rachel Faucett
    21 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, but every baking party needs some cleanup. Here's my little secret to feeling better about a big mess :) Read more here - A Super Sweet Cake Recipe for Messy Bakers
  • Learn How To Line a Drawer Like a Pro

    Rachel Faucett
    20 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The party continues! See how we used fabric to create a beautlful drawer liner and to add the perfect finishing touch to our DIY dresser. Read more here - Learn How To Line a Drawer Like a Pro
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Facing Changes

    22 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    I’m sitting in the backyard with my buddy (Skylar), pondering a new chapter in my life. I predict better things ahead, always moving forward and trying to never look back and wonder what could have been. Well, my personal life has changed, and I’m hoping a better life ahead. Such a difficult change for someone, I really never even imagined how hard a life change at my age would be, but here I am facing changes. This is why I haven’t been posting for a while, but I’m back!!  
  • The Perfect One Chaz

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    This is Chaz's favorite place to sit, what a beautiful face!! He jumps on the counter then on top of refrigerator, to keep an eye on everyone. The absolute best friend I could ever ask for, I just love him. I didn’t know much about Ragdoll cats, until I purchased Chaz, he is perfect.
  • My Perfect Little Helper

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

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

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

  • Pixie Sticks Quilt

    Amanda Morrison
    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Hey there! I’m Amanda Morrison, co-owner and designer for Honey, Bunny, and Doll. This is my first quilt for Moda Bake Shop and I am excited to share my Pixie Sticks quilt with you! 2 True Luck Charm Packs 1 Bella Solids Charm Pack in white 3 yards Bella Solid in white 5 yards for backing 1 yard for binding Start by cutting 160 white 2 1/2″ squares and 160 white 4 1/2″ squares from your Bella Solid yardage and set aside. Use your first True Luck Charm Pack to cut 40 charm squares into 160 2 1/2″ squares. Use 2 of the True Luck 2 1/2″ squares and 2 white 2…
  • Stained Glass Quilt

    Lauren Terry
    16 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Hi, I’m Lauren from {} and wanted to share a Christmas quilt.  I’m from the Northeast so we can say Merry Christmas as long as I don’t have to look at actual snow for another 7 months. Just a note about this tutorial – this is designed for someone who wants to tackle some curved piecing for the first time.  I would highly recommend putting together one block before you commit to an entire quilt (you’ll need 4 neutral 10 inch squares and 1 fat quarter in order to try a sample block).  I found that when piecing with curves – you have to…
  • Pompeii Mosaic Medallion Quilt

    Kris Allen
    10 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It is great to be here today at Moda Bake Shop to share with you a quilt that I have fallen in love with. My name is Kris and you can find me here.  I love when you can find inspiration for an quilt in unique places.  Our family was visiting the Pompeii exhibit in Pacific Science Center in February.  On the wall was a black and white floor mosaic found in a villa in Boscoreale near Pompeii.  I took a picture (which was allowed) with my phone and knew I wanted to make a quilt using the pattern. When I saw V and Co’s Simply Colorful Yellow fabric I knew that was perfect.  What I…
  • Flashback Friday: Los Cabos Bowtie Quilt

    Oda May
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Friday! It’s a sunny {almost} summer day here at my house in Texas and I’m ready to play with some bright fabrics. Los Cabos Batiks is summery and happy fabric. The batiks are a bit stiffer than quilting cotton, making them a little bit easier to manage the y seams in this bowtie quilt. If you would like to make your own bowtie quilt, grab a layer cake and check out the {full tutorial} by Ann McKinney.
  • Aztec Half Square Triangle Quilt

    5 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    One Bella Solid Charm Pack in Robins Egg Blue, Silver, Navy, Porcelain White, and 30’s Yellow (5 charm packs in total.) One Jelly Roll in Porcelain White. One yard Robins Egg Blue One yard Modern BG Paper Silver Off White Separate the charm packs into piles for 9 different rows as follows: Row 1 & 9: 11 Yellow and 11 Silver Row 2: 6 Yellow and 6 Robins Egg Blue plus 11 Yellow (trimmed to 4 1/2″) Row 3: 11 Navy and 11 Silver Row 4 & 6: 11 Yellow and 11 Porcelain White Row 5: 6 Robins Egg Blue and 6 Porcelain White plus 5 Robins Egg Blue and 5 Navy Row 7: 11 Silver and 11…
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    How Does She

  • HOW TO: Loop Braid Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      Hi again! This weeks we are learning how to achieve the ever so popular loop braid! I have seen it around quite a bit and I think that it is absolutely beautiful! I wanted to get a Loop Braid Tutorial up because I feel like it is such a gorgeous spring and summer hairstyle, it is romantic for wedding style as a bride or a guest, yet you could just wear it out and about for lunch with your girls too. I hope that you all enjoy this tutorial and please let us know what you would like to see next! Thanks everyone! Kylee   Did you get a chance to see last weeks tutorial? Check it out…
  • German Style Soft Pretzels

    22 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    Many years ago, I got my first taste of a soft pretzel. It was at a local fair, and I was in LOVE! Again, in high school, while on  field trip to a German deli, I had my second taste, and I decided that I just HAD to learn how to make them myself. Fast forward a few (okay MANY) years and I hadn’t found a recipe that tasted right. I couldn’t figure out what I was missing, and why my pretzels didn’t taste like the ones I had had before. Just a few years ago, I finally found the secret to those perfect, german-style soft pretzels and I’m going to share it with you. Are…
  • HowDoes He Make Fruit Pizza?

    21 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    HowDoes He Make Fruit Pizza? Jared’s back with another fabulous idea, how to make fruit pizza! A quick, easy and delicious way to enjoy all that yummy fruit from the farmer’s market or grocery store. Watch today’s video for the tutorial, your belly will thank you!         And while you’re there, be sure to check out this handy tip. Ever try to mount something with super awkward holes? Jared’s got a fabulous idea for us!    Have a stuck zipper? Did you know the easy solution could be found with a simple pencil? The post HowDoes He Make…
  • The trick to keeping kids their beds

    20 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Heading into summer, with longer daylight hours, my kids seem to sleep less and less. Regardless of blackout shades their little eyes like to pop open far too early. And although I can’t force them to go back to sleep (don’t you wish that we could program them to sleep at certain times!!) this little trick keeps them in their beds  – sometimes they fall back asleep, other times they don’t. But either way they’re not roaming the house before I get up! We’ve tried a number of things and this trick has worked wonders. Buy an inexpensive alarm clock at…
  • Summer Time Madness…FREE Classes!

    20 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Now that the kiddos are out of  school, is it possible you might a little more “free time”. No early morning drop offs, PTO meetings or concerts! Keep learning this summer! We know how much our HDS readers love crafts in all forms! Your talent is amazing. This is why we got so excited when we discovered Craftsy! We really think it’s the greatest idea and resource for so many of our addictions….ehhhh….hobbies! Craftsy offers video-based, interactive online classes for quilting, knitting, sewing, cake decorating, jewelry making, food, photography, gardening,…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Inside Out – Trailer, Activity Sheets, and More!

    23 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    We are counting down the days until Disney Pixar’s movie Inside Out comes to theaters! Thanks to a special preview event during the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, the kids and I have been telling our friends to mark their calendars for the film’s release on June 19th. Inside Out features brilliant storytelling and […]
  • How to Make Bubble Solution for Giant Bubbles

    15 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Making your own bubble solution is quick, easy, and fun to do with the kids. This recipe for bubble solution is perfect for making giant bubbles! It has quickly become one of our favorite go-to outdoor activities to enjoy together on beautiful Spring and Summer days. Tip – for best results, make bubbles on a […]
  • How to Make Giant Bubble Wands

    4 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    These giant bubble wands are easy to make with just a few items you can find at your local hardware store. Older kids can help tie on the string, and younger kids can help measure out how much string to use. The kids may even enjoy decorating these giant bubble wands with paint, glitter glue, or decorative duct […]
  • Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    This sidewalk chalk paint recipe is made with common household items you probably have on hand! If you don’t already have the materials needed to make this, you may be able to find these at your local dollar store or grocery store. This sidewalk chalk paint recipe features vibrant colors that can easily be washed […]
  • How to Make an Outdoor Obstacle Course

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    Looking for an easy way to learn how to make an outdoor obstacle course? This simple project is quick to set up, and it is a great way to re-use old pool noodles you may already have on-hand. You should be able to find all of the items needed for this project at your local dollar […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Throwback: Binky Patrol

    24 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    It's time to shine a spotlight on another knitting charity that was featured by in the past. Today we're looking at Binky Patrol, which was first featured at this website in July 2007. How's it doing today, nearly 8 years later?
  • Knitting Bucket List Challenge: Baby Surprise Jacket and Following Patterns

    21 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    "Socks and baby surprise jackets," was the response of one Facebook fan named RL in regard to items on our knitting bucket lists. "I have a terrible time following patterns, though."
  • Knitting Charity Bridget's Cradles Offers Comfort and Healing to Bereaved Families

    17 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    I am very fortunate to have a larger readership that often lets me know about charities I had not heard about. But the knitting charity I am sharing with you today came from an entirely different source -- my husband. He stumbled across this article (be forewarned, a video will begin playing when you open this link - you may want to mute if necessary before clicking) and shared it with me. It tells the story of Teresa Golik, the woman who began Bridget's Cradles.
  • Free Knitting Patterns for Children's Sweaters: Indulge in Labors of Love

    14 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Is there any greater labor of love than knitting a sweater? I think not. A great deal of time, consideration, and care must go into knitting a sweater. In my view, there's nothing in the knitting world that is quite like knitting a sweater, because it is not only an investment of time and yarn, but it's also an investment of quality.
  • Freedom Landing: Knitting for Homeless and Transitioning Veterans

    10 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    A reader named Chris thanked me via email for the recent article on Sharing Our Gifts and added, "I own the group 'Freedom Landing' (on Ravelry) and we are providing hats / scarves / washcloths / fingerless gloves and finally lapghans for our Veterans in transitional housing. We were the first project for the 2nd round of Sharing Our Gifts."
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  • DIY Burlap Felting Pillow

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

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

    7 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you have yet to get your mom something, there is still possibly time for you to make something for her! Let’s face it, homemade gifts are more special since you put a little piece of yourself into it. At least, that’s how I see it. So today I’m going to show you how to make a nice photo transferred wooden plaque, which isn’t necessarily a Mother’s Day only kind of thing, but it can be depending on the imagery that you use. Like for the one I made I used a photo of me and my sisters from the last time we were…
  • DIY: Faux Double Horned Necklace

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Today I’ll be making, and showing you how to make a faux double horned necklace. I’ve been seeing a lot of people wearing this type of necklace seemingly all over the place, and I ended up wanting one so badly. And of course I decided to make my own rather than buying one! Instead of using horn I made faux horn with polymer clay. It’s nice because when you use polymer clay you can customize it a bunch of ways, size, color, shape, etc. I really love how it turned out and I hope you guys like this project too! Take a chunk of polymer clay. I’m using a pearl color here.
  • DIY Pet Leash

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    So, I had been wanting to get my dog, Hobbes, a new leash. Nothing is wrong with the one he has now, in fact, I love the leash he has now. It’s adjustable and really easy to clip around poles or trees or anything like that if we’re out at the park and want to just sit around and hang out. Even though the leash we have for him already is adjustable, it would only go so short. I wanted something that was short and was simple, easy and quick to clip on him so we could run out the door for a quick walk. In true chezlin fashion, I decided I’d make the leash myself. So of course I…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Plastic Dollar Store Containers Look Like Metal

    24 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Dollar Tree has some really cute plastic storage containers, but their bright color scheme might not match your room.  No problem!  Carrie at Lovely Etc. took some dollar store containers and gave them a faux metal makeover using a technique that involves layering multiple different kinds of paint. The result has a vintage appearance that will blend much more subtly into your decor. [how to make plastic dollar store containers look like metal] Project estimate: Plastic containers, $1 Paint, on hand or $1 and up Total: $1 and up
  • Tutorial: Flip Flop Wreath

    Terrie Burton
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    One of our favorite flip flop crafts is the flip flop wreath, and now that summer stuff is back on the shelves it's the perfect time to make one!  Here is my version of the flip flop wreath, embellished with fake flowers and some other summery items. Project estimate: 6 pairs Flip Flops, $6 Bubbles, on hand or $1 Flamingo sunglasses, $1 Lei, bracelet, and other accessories, $1 and up Silk ivy, $1 Silk flowers, $1 Sea shells, on hand or $1 Pinwheel, $1 Foam core board, on hand or $1 Hot glue, on hand Wire or ribbon, on hand Total: $11 and up Arrange your flip flops in a circle and…
  • 10 DIY Planters that Work Inside or Out

    Becky Striepe
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The weather here in Atlanta has been nothing short of fantastical, and my family has basically been living in the backyard, soaking it in. Get your backyard spring-ready or bring some spring beauty indoors with these DIY planters. They'll work inside or outside. 1. Copper Pipe Planters - I love the modern look of this macrame planter from A Beautiful Mess. It would look lovely hanging in a sunny window or on a porch. 2. Candelabra Planter - Redhead Can Decorate turned an old ceiling fan and candelabra into a functional indoor or outdoor flower planter. 3. Faux Stone Planter - This little…
  • Tutorial: Seashell Wreath

    Terrie Burton
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I've been feeling very inspired by seashells lately, finding different ways to work them into my decor.  One of my recent creations is this nautical seashell wreath, which would be a great way to use souvenirs from a beach vacation.  Even if you don't have shells and rope on hand, you should still be able to make this for just a few dollars.  Project estimate: Rope, on hand or $1 and up Foam board, on hand or $1 Assorted seashells, on hand or $1 and up Pebbles, on hand or $1 White acrylic paint, on hand or $1 and up Spray paint, on hand or $1 and up Hot glue, on hand Onion bag or other…
  • Tutorial: Faux Sea Glass Bottles

    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sea glass is still so popular, and it's a beautiful way to decorate your home in the summer.  Rather than buying new decorative accents, you can make your own using a few simple items plus recyclables.  Don't worry if you don't feel like you're very artistic!  Stencils make it easy for all of us to create beautiful, professional looking home decor projects.  I used a clear glass bottle from my recycling bin plus a few DecoArt products to create this beautiful faux sea glass bottle. Project Estimate: Bottle - on hand DecoArt Texture Glass - $5.50 Stencil - on hand Glass Paint - on hand…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Create a Wedding Gift – Dove and Heart Wedding Quilt!

    13 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    The wedding “season” is arriving soon, but you still have plenty of time to create an heirloom wedding gift with this Dove and Heart Wedding Quilt pattern. This quilt is wall hanging size of 42″ x 42″ but is easy to increase the size if you want a larger quilt. … Continue reading
  • Arbor Window Quilt Pattern with Views of Trees

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    I love trees and enjoy looking out my window at the woods and trees.  This quilt catches the spirit of viewing trees through window panes. This quilt pattern. Arbor Window, is free beginning April 15, 2015 for the next two weeks by joining the April Quilt Dash Arbor Window, designed by … Continue reading
  • Quilt Colorful Dragonflies for Spring

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Spring is almost here, I hope. With that arrival, we will see all kinds of flying things, from birds to butterflies and dragonflies. I love dragonflies and we have a lot of them buzzing around in our yard in the warm months. So, in designing a spring quilt for this … Continue reading
  • Kitty Cats and Yoga – Fun Purring with Free Patterns!

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

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

  • How to place a shade on a metal door with magnetic hooks

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

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

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

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Hello everyone! It's been a long, long time since the last time I posted something here. Feels great to be back typing away about my "growing interests". The plan is to be blogging more often like I did before many years ago but in a different way about different things. What a brutal Winter we had here in T.O! Despite that I am happy to announce that our Summer herbs except for the Basil
  • 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
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Mixed Berry Sangria

    Amanda Rose
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Can we talk about sangria for a minute? I mean, seriously. Can you think of a more perfect cocktail for anytime of the year? (Yep, even in the winter!) When the weather starts to get hot and muggy out, my brain instantly goes to wine and chopped up fruit. That’s totally normal, right? This mixed berry version may just be my signature cocktail for Summer 2015. And what better time to give it a try than the upcoming Memorial Day holiday? Mixed Berry Sangria 1 bottle white wine 2 cups fresh mixed berries (I used blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries) 1.5 cups pure blueberry juice…
  • Sneak Peek: On the Family Farm in Spain

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    For this month’s travel post, I’m giving you a sneak peek of a very special place I plan to write more about later this summer … my in-laws’ farm in Spain. My husband was born and raised in a small town in southern Spain, and every summer when we go back to visit, we spend a lot of time on the family farm. When I think of Spain, one of the images that I hold dearest to my heart is the farm driveway, which ends in a grapevine-covered arbor. Just like you can see in the picture above (if you look very closely!), there’s always a feline friend waiting to greet…
  • Why Are Children Smarter Today – But Not As Creative?

    Rhonda Day
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I recently read that the Creativity Quotient for American children has steadily declined in the past 20 years. While the IQ for children today is moving up, the CQ is going down. Doesn’t mean much to you? This means a lot to the future of our country! First of all, Creativity Quotient (CQ) is a measure of learning and thinking in four (4) areas: Fluency Flexibility Originality Elaboration The responses to these areas of thought help us measure how much a student has learned – but more importantly, how he or she is able to apply knowledge and information. That translates into…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Remove Negativity

    Danielle Yeager
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Negativity affects us all. It is easy to get caught up in gossip, jealousy, and plan ol’ bashing with co-workers, friends, or family. However, getting into this negativity can really drain your energy and affect your happiness overall. Here are 10 easy ways to reduce the amount of negativity in your life. Redirect Negative Conversations. If someone starts a negative conversation with you, switch it up. Ask them about what they are excited about, what they are grateful for, or share something positive from your day. End the Conversation. Guess what?! You have control over who you talk with…
  • 5 Free Stress-Busting Strategies

    Vanessa Anstee
    13 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Stress is one of those inevitable things in our lives but sometimes we actually contribute to our own stress drama without realising it. A short story… I was new to running my own business.  The news was full of doom and gloom about the economy.  I was scared.  I knew I had to make money – it wasn’t a luxury for me, it was necessary for survival. I felt this accumulating pressure.  It weighed heavily in my head and on my shoulders.  The more I felt it the more scared I got.  I couldn’t seem to leave my computer. I was hooked and felt that somehow the answers were…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Castle of Costa Mesa Give-Away :: May 2015

    23 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    15% off sale from Saturday May 23 - May 27, 2015 with coupon code WEE15FOLK ​Earlier this week we share wet felted Toadstool House tutorial written by guest blogger Jzin Teng. This weekend we have a lovely give-away sponsored by Jzin Teng of Castle of Costa Mesa. This give-away will be running an extra day due to the holiday weekend. This gives you even more time to explore this lovely shop. Also note that Jzin is offering an additional entry for her give-way if you Favorite her ETSY shop, so be sure to read about the entry options. Sponsor: Jzin Teng of Castle of Costa Mesa Give-Away…
  • Learn-to-Knit Afghan Block Three

    22 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knitIf you are just joining us you…
  • Jzin’s Washing Machine Wet-Felting Technic: Toadstool Cottage

    20 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Today we are happy to introduce Jzin Teng from Castle of Costa Mesa. She is guest blogging with a wonderful tutorial on how to use your washing machine to make this adorable toadstool cottage. I have not worked on any felting projects this large before and can't wait to give this technique a try. Enjoy! Jzin’s Washing Machine Wet-Felting Technic: Toadstool Cottage Boo! The girl gnome tries to scare her beloved. Alas, he is too dreamy to be startled. Toadstool dimensions: Height: about 26cm (10 inches) from base to top of red roof, not including chimney - or, from the base to tip of smoke…
  • Drawing Lesson 7: Advanced Level Cubes

    19 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    As the weather has gotten nicer we are finding it harder and harder to squeeze in our drawing lessons. Most of our free time, not taken up by the end of the year activities, such as field trips, recitals, first communions, etc, has been spent out in the garden. We are also winding down our school year, finishing up the last assignments. For those of you who have been following along with our lessons, I just wanted to let you know that we will probably only be doing another 1 or 2 this season. We will pick up where we leave off in the fall. Drawing Lessons: Getting Started We are continuing…
  • Painter's Palette Coloring Page

    18 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    One of my earliest school memories involves me at the painter's easel back when I was in kindergarten. I absolutely loved it when it was my turn at the easel. All those beautiful juice cans filled with paint and the lovely cream colored paper waiting for my brush. I can remember what I painted that day... it was a scene at a circus. In the background was a big tent and in the foreground was a beautiful tiger in a wagon cage. He was lying down, looking right at me, with very friendly eyes. It was a beautiful painting. Mrs. Banwell: Are you done? Me: (Not wanting to stop.) Nope. So, I continued…
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  • The Kitchen Remodel – Before

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

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

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

    1 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    For years, I had a pass to Coney Island’s Sunlight Pool and didn’t realize how much I would miss having a pass until the summer I didn’t renew it. I started researching pool clubs in the area and found there are many and their membership fees are all over the place. Ridge Swim Club (Batavia) Hy-Crest Swim Club (West Chester) Beckett Ridge Aquatics Normandy Swim and Tennis (Loveland) Miami Hills Swim and Tennis Club (Milford) Anderson Hills Swim and Tennis Club Turpin Hills Swim Club Fairfax Swim Club Mt. Lookout Swim and Tennis Club Wyoming Swim Club YMCA Greater Cincinnati…
  • LIFT Session Online Fitness Training

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Have you ever said, I would workout if: A. I didn’t have to drive to a gym or studio B. I didn’t embarrass myself in group fitness classes C. I didn’t stop the DVD when the going gets tough D. a personal trainer came to my house You will really have to stretch to find an excuse as to why opening an app on your iPad in the comfort of your house (or hotel) will keep you from working out. Never did I think I could be in my living room in Cincinnati and receive coaching from a personal trainer in Montreal, but LIFT Session online fitness training is the future of fitness! It is…
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    Craft Stew

  • 25 Printable Vegan Recipe Cards

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    These recipe cards were made from some of my favorites recipes on the Craft Stew site. These are the recipes I make again and again. They are loved by both my family and the many guests we have frequently have. Hopefully, you’ll love them too. To make these recipe cards, first download the 5 pdfs. Next, print out the pdfs on cardstock. Finally, carefully cut the cards out, trimming just inside the lines.   Download Set 1 Download Set 2 Download Set 3 Download Set 4: Includes Spicy Indian Style Tomato Sauce, Quick and Healthy Tomato Salad, Just Wonderful Split Pea Soup, Jerusalem…
  • Hawaiian Style Meatloaf (or Hidden Treasures)

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    source: su-lin I make this recipe several times a year. It is loosely based on a recipe I received from my mother-in-law decades ago. She called this meatloaf Hidden Treasures, because of the hot dogs inside. Ingredients 2 pounds ground meat 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup mashed potato flakes 2  1/2 tbsp onion soup mix 1/3 cup pineapple juice 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup ketchup 2 eggs, beaten 5 hot dogs, halved lengthwise 6 pineapple rings, optional Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ground meat, brown sugar, mashed potato flakes, onion soup mix, pineapple juice, 1/3 cup ketchup and eggs.
  • 10 Free Bikini Tutorials

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    With summer just months away, now is a great time to start thinking about swimwear. Here are 10 free bikini tutorials to get you started. Why make your own bikini? One reason is to save money. But, a more important reason is to insure a perfect fit. By sewing your own swimwear, even if your one size on top, and another on bottom, your bathing suit will fit just right. Tie One On Bikini From A T-Shirt Vintage Inspired High Waisted Bikini DIY No-Sew Bikini Swimsuit Pattern + Instructions PDF How to Sew a Teekini Tankini Bikini DIY High Waisted Bikini How To Create A Bikini (video) DIY No Sew…
  • The Old Fashioned Recipe Notebook

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:56 am
    Before I left the US, and decided to pare down my belongings, I owned 300+ cookbooks.  Even now, when I’ve spent the last six years simplifying my life, I still have over 100 cookbooks.  And yet, I rarely cook from a book. Like a lot of women, at least 90% of the meals I make come from my own recipes,  accumulated over the years. My great aunt had slips of paper stuck in a cookbook and my mother had index cards organized in a file box, but it was all the same idea.  We  begged recipes from any great cook we came across, and kept them forever. How I Store Recipes I first stored…
  • Mezze Recipes

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Image by Ariela R. I live in the Middle East. Here, company or holiday meals always start with a wide selection of Mezze.  Mezze are tiny dishes, usually simple salads, breads, and spreads, that are laid out family style before the meal begins. Mezze are the western equivalent of appetizers, but served much more frequently. Why are mezze on my mind? I’ll be eating at my sister-in-laws table tonight. I can almost predict there will be an enormous selection of mezze available. Her usual dishes are challah, dill dip/spread, fish, eggplant salad, zhug (middle eastern version of pesto), …
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    Paper and Stitch

  • DIY to Try: Painted 10 Minute Glassware + The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

    22 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    I have to admit, I’m pretty excited that today is Friday…BUT I’m even more excited about the fact that Memorial Day is Monday because… three day weekend! I know exactly how I’m going to be celebrating too. With cake and cocktails. Is there any other way? So, to get into the spirit of the holiday, I partnered with SKYY Barcraft, a new line of elevated cocktail-inspired vodkas from SKYY Vodka, to share the easiest summer cocktail recipe around. Along with a fun weekend DIY to try that will help you wash down those cocktails in style. You in? Let’s get to…
  • 6 DIYs You Should Totally Try

    21 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Switching things up today and sharing my fave DIYs for the week a day early, because tomorrow I have a brand new DIY to share. Along with some cocktail recipes for the long weekend. So here are 6 DIYs you should totally try… 1. DIY Palm Frond Balloons (!!!) from Studio DIY 2. DIY Colorful Side Table from Hello Lidy 3. DIY Front Row Braid Tutorial from Barefoot Blonde 4. DIY Succulent Bouquet on a Budget 5. Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles Recipe 6. DIY Hanging Planter from Home Depot blog What kinds of DIYs have you been experimenting with lately? I’d love to hear about it.
  • 10 Minute DIY: How To Make Leather Bound Notepads

    20 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Do you ever compulsively buy craft supplies without a single clue as to what you are going to do with said supplies?!? Because it happens to me all the time. Insert blushing, embarrassed emoji here. It usually all works out in the end. But sometimes it takes an awful long time to figure out why exactly I felt compelled to buy tiny plastic baby hands in the gardening section at the store down the street. OR 5 yards of upholstery cording when I absolutely do not sew. As it turns out, the answer to the latter is… make a no sew hot pad / trivet. Take today’s DIY for…
  • How to Add Store-Bought Succulents to Any Bouquet on a Budget

    19 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    The other day, I was wandering around the hardware store and found a bunch of mini succulents for a few dollars a piece. I really, really don’t need anymore succulents at this point, BUT (apparently) I can’t resist any item under $5. Whether I need it or not. So, I brought home a few of these little guys and decided to try my own version of a succulent bouquet…on a budget. You can wire up the succulents super easily and use them just like a normal flower in a bouquet, but I have a couple of tips and tricks to help you out if you’re looking for a guide……
  • Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles Recipe

    18 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    After making those watercolor popsicles last month, I’ve been thinking about creating a (semi) similar kind of painterly looking popsicle recipe that doesn’t involve the added step of food coloring. So I played around with some different techniques (shared a sneak peek here) and eventually landed on these ombre grapefruit tangerine pops. The technique that ended up working the best is actually really easy. Yay! Love it when that happens. So I turned it into a quick tutorial, in case you want to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need… Ingredients: - Tangerine…
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  • Button Table Number Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    This crafty DIY-project takes easily accessible objects and turns them into a beautiful, and easy-to-pull-off table number. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make No-Sew Burlap Bows

    Jessica Christman
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    These no-sew bows take only minutes to make and have countless uses. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Nautical Sisal Rope Basket

    Jessica Christman
    20 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Both textural and versatile, rope bowls are a catchall for anything from fresh fruit, to bills, to your collection of mismatched business pens. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Upcycled: DIY Burlap Bulletin Board

    Jessica Christman
    19 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    This DIY recycles ordinary household materials to create something useful and decorative. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Decorative Wood Cutting Board

    Jessica Christman
    18 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Personalized kitchen cutting boards make a great gift year round and are the perfect DIY for your own kitchen. 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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  • General Store Inspiration: Mercantile Interior Photo Tour

    Cathe Holden
    12 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you’ve seen my workshop studio, Inspired Barn, in magazines, online, or in person, it’s likely pretty obvious where my number-one inspiration comes from- early general stores and mercantiles. Photo courtesy of Captain Simos Returns. I’ve long been attracted to photographs showcasing proud shopkeepers and customers  posed within tidy, well-stocked emporiums that stocked everything from overalls and tobacco to fabrics and soaps. Photo courtesy of Dean Joseph Fine Art and Antiques. Counters, shelves, cases, drawers and bins filled with neatly arranged and stacked goods, much of which…
  • Inspired Barn Video Production

    Cathe Holden
    2 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Last November I began talks with F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company, about creating an exciting new series of Inspired Barn craft video episodes and accompanying kits. The projects would feature home décor projects, with videos and kits made available online through their Interweave Store. I’ve always known that videos would be the very best way to demonstrate steps for recreating my original projects. And F+W being a reputable media company well versed in the craft and hobby industry, of course I said YES! Though I’ve never done video, I’d been building up my courage and was ready to…
  • Vintage-Style Egg Co. Stencil Kitchen Art

    Cathe Holden
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    I’ve become a bit obsessed with stencils- designing and cutting my own on a Silhouette Cameo. I have a list a mile long of creative ideas I plan to try with them. I’m also experimenting with stencil tools when not spraying paint or ink, such as pouncers, sponges, and stencil brushes, including a couple of antique railroad stencil brushes I picked up at an antiques store that work beautifully on flat hard surfaces!Today I pulled out one of my 48 by 40 brand small pallet canvas and went to work on a decorative piece for our kitchen trying out a basic craft store stencil brush. I painted one…
  • Where Women Create: Inspired Barn

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

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

    Ashley Lucas
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, everyone I know is looking for cute ideas to make their garden and patios look more decorative this summer. While planting outside the other day, I came across these lovely stones, and thought they would make a great keepsake once painted. Enjoy! Materials you will need: *  Smooth stones in assorted sizes & shapes *  Acrylic paints *  Paintbrushes Step 1: Make sure the stones you select are thoroughly washed and all dirt and sand is removed. If you buy them at the craft store, look for stones that have a slight texture to them. Those that…
  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Art Shows

    Ashley Lucas
    13 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    I have been an artist my whole life, as I suspect most artists and craftspeople are. Both of my parents are fine artists, so the influence of the arts in my life has been a constant since I was just a little one. As I grew up and started to find my voice as a creative professional, I began showing my work at every event and venue that I could. Now at age 33, I have amassed a little bit of experience and advice I’m hoping is useful for some other creatives out there. Be Open to the Possibilities Some of my best sales were achieved in a lovely bakery in Jersey City, not in a gallery or a…
  • Art Month Book Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    8 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    I can’t believe that we are at the 8th of the month and I haven’t even kicked off art month – well that changes right here I thought I would start with the giveaway and then we have some other lovely art based posts coming soon. Today I have giveaway featuring four fab books and these will suit people who want to try different types of ‘art work’. I’m going to introduce each one and then you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to enter. Mobile Art by Clare Youngs (Amazon UK/Amazon USA) kindly provided by RPS Books. Photo Art by Ellie Laycock…
  • Before We Leave Knitting Month

    Alison Wood
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Before we leave knitting month behind us, today I just wanted to share the beautiful work of Pat Collingwood who has been knitting for a long time and who finds joy in the craft. Over to you Pat….. “I have been knitting for over 40 years. I retired 4 years ago and have used the extra time to learn new skills. First I started painting and drawing then began to learn new crafts eg: beading, felting, weaving, pottery to name a few. Although I enjoy everything I have learnt I still get the most pleasure from knitting. “   To me knitting is one of those crafts that once you…
  • Win One of Three Knitting Books in Today’s Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    ** This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winners (drawn by random number generator) are: Beanies and Bobble Hats: Katherine Brooks Very British Baby Knits: Milla Arm & Finger Knitting: Linda Rumsey Thanks to all those who entered and congrats to the winners I will be emailing you shortly.** Today I have giveaway featuring three lovely books and these will suit people of all knitting levels. I’m going to introduce each one and then you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to enter – you can say which or all of the books you would like a chance of winning!
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  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an extra dose of fun! The post Made by you Monday appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
  • Easy Grilling Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you are pulling out the grill this weekend you don’t want to miss these easy grilling recipes. I love grilling in spring and summer, it keeps the house cool and tastes so good. Here are few recipes that caught my eye this week. Have you tried my how to make your grill non stick?   Also this marinade recipe makes the best meat! Easy Grilling Recipes Grilled Guava Shrimp   Peach BBQ Sauce Spicy BBQ Sauce Pizza Burgers   Here are 35 more Summer Grilling Recipes you don’t want to miss!   Be sure to stop by tomorrow and link up for another Made by you Monday!  …
  • How to Keep Avocados from Browning

    Cindy Hopper
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are a few helpful tips on how to keep avocados from browning.  There is no method that can completely keep a avocado from browning because when avocados come in contact with air, they turn brown.  Turning brown doesn’t affect the flavor but it sure makes it looks gross.  For more tips and tricks try my trick how to make your grill non stick or my tip on how to keep apples from browning. How to Keep Avocados from Browning The method I prefer is to slice the avocado length wise and use the side without the pit.  Simply place the pit side of the avocado in a ziplock baggie and…
  • Last Minute Teacher Gift Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The end of the school year is upon us! Here are several clever and even meaningful ways to tell a teacher, Thank you!   Don’t let this chance pass to show your appreciation. These last minute teacher gift ideas are both useful and appreciated by teachers (I did ask).  Whatever you do, do something!  It doesn’t need to cost much money, a heartfelt note is always cherished. Gift Card In my opinion gift cards are the number one gift you can give a teacher!  No matter how much “stuff” they receive everyone can always use a gift card!  You can make it cute with a free…
  • Easy Outdoor Floral Centerpiece

    Cindy Hopper
    21 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    I love having fresh flowers and candles on my tables.  This easy outdoor floral centerpiece is the best of both worlds.  It can be put together in about 15 minutes and then you have a beautiful display all summer long! Easy Outdoor Centerpiece Supplies I found all my supplies at Lowe’s. Potting soil Terracotta bowl glass candle holder flowers (choose flowers for your location and amount of sunlight) How to make an easy outdoor floral centerpiece Place a few rocks in the bottom of the terracotta  bowl to cover the drain hole. This will keep the soil from coming out of the bottom of…
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  • Do it Yourself Postcards | Share & Connect online

    24 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Time to share YOUR creativity with ME! But first: Dear reader of this blog A quick message to all of my dear readers: Sorry I did not send out my newsletter this time, I feel bad about it. In autumn when another swap comes around I promise to notify my dear Newsletter Subscribers first thing (and maybe I’ll even add in a little bonus for subscribers so be sure to join the Newsletter)! And sorry I haven’t blogged as much as you’re used to this spring. Thanks for sticking with me, it means a lot to me. Now Share your Mail Art Yes. If you signed up for the spring swap you can…
  • Book review | Zen doodle – tons of tangles

    23 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    A Zentangle has no up or down and is not a picture of something, so you have no worries about whether you can draw a hand, or a duck. You always succeed in creating a Zentangle. I have been wanting to look at a book about black and white doodles for a long time, but since these kinds of books are not available in Sweden I haven’t had the luxury to do so without having to order it online first. And how can you buy just one book when there are oh so many to chose from – about mandala doodles, zen doodles, tangles and zentangles out there? There is an endless row of new titles coming…
  • Blue Handmade Postcards

    13 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    I’m working on my postcards for the DIY Postcard Swap and printed the postcard backsides already. As I get into the process of cardmaking I get really, really excited about the spring swap again! How about you, are you making postcards already? If not, it’s time to start right now! I think I’ll sew the printed side to the back of the collages I’m making, using the sewing machine. But I haven’t had time to photograph them yet, so I thought I’d share some very blue postcards from last year. They’re made by my mom who likes to join in on the fun of…
  • Typography in 3D

    5 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves – instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men. Susan Faludi A friend gave me this cardboard box-like letter. It was painted in a bronze colour that I did not like much. So I decided to do a bit of iHanna transformation… To cover the brown bronze color I got myself a new jar of gesso. The old one was like rubber, so dry I throw the whole thing away. I…
  • Letting Creativity Loose

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Always pass on what you have learned. Yoda Sometimes I forget how to do a collage, how to paint or how to draw. It feels like I’m lost, or like I’ve lost my ability to be creative. But then I remember the trick: I need to give myself permission to play. To work without expectations of the outcome. To just have fun. To explore my materials. Maybe it’s when you forget everything you know that you can be truly free and creative? You know when you need some play time: it’s been weeks since you did anything remotely creative and you need a kick start… You need a…
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  • Adorable Ribbon Lady Bugs!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    15 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Make these adorable little lady bugs out of grosgrain ribbon! They are so easy and inexpensive to make and can be used in a variety of projects. Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these little cuties! Materials Needed 5/8 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon with a red/white polka dot print (I found mine at JoAnn's) 5/8 Inch
  • DIY~Sweet Bird's Nest Globe Centerpiece For Spring! Dollar Store Craft!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This sweet little Spring centerpiece was made from Dollar Tree items. It is so easy and very quick to make! Click on this link to see my full YouTube video: Materials Needed Globe Vase from the Dollar Tree Pebbles or small rocks from the Dollar Tree (small pebbles work the best) Reindeer Moss (Soft) from the Dollar Tree Little Bird from the Dollar Tree Tiny
  • Beautiful Spring Nest Candy Dish Made From 3 Clay Saucers!

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

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

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
      These candy jars are absolutely adorable and they have a vintage look to them! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed SMALLEST Globe Vase (Dollar Tree) Be sure the top is NOT fluted. Candle Stick (Dollar Tree) Heart Embellishments (Dollar Tree) TWO Clay Saucers (Approximately 3 inches from
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  • $500+ Social Media Design Templates Bundle for only $7

    Timothy Adam
    21 May 2015 | 6:44 am
      This deal has been SIX months in the making and it is one of the most awaited deals. Rapid creation of social media content is critical to any business success.  Traditional model of creating social media content is by either hiring agencies or using a dedicated resource in house.  This takes time and money making it difficult to create professional looking content rapidly for social media campaigns. We made it easy and simple! For six months, we researched the BEST SOCIAL MEDIA DISPLAY advertising that drives conversion for your business. Meylah partnered with Handmadeology to…
  • 6 Most Common Mistakes that Kill Your Online Creative Business

    14 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
      As an online business owner, you work hard every day to survive in the competitive digital market. You will also follow a good business model and create marketing plans to grow your business. But are you still failing? Are you struggling to find your right audience? What is it that you need to learn and unlearn? Are you digitally well-connected with your customers? There are 6 common mistakes that you could be committing and they could potentially kill your business online. 1. Not maintaining a customer database If you don’t bother to maintain a customer database, you not only lose…
  • 15 Day Social Media Challenge

    Timothy Adam
    14 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    Welcome to the “15 Days to Improve Your Social Media Marketing” training course. This course is designed to help you get more bang for your social media buck. So strap in – this course is going to be jam-packed. Here’s a little preview of what you’re about to learn: How to measure your social media return on investment (ROI) How to integrate social media into your other marketing activities How to make email marketing and social media work well together How to streamline your social media efforts to save you time How to improve your social listening skills How to strengthen your…
  • Target Steals Etsy Sellers #MERICA T-Shirt Design

    Timothy Adam
    12 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Building a creative business is hard but rewarding work. Designing, making, shipping, emailing, marketing… you know the list and what it takes. So when Melissa from Sandilake Clothing found out that Target stole her most popular #MERICA t-shirt design she was BLOWN AWAY! Check out her story below!   Her are some more of Melissa’s awesome designs!         © Timothy for Handmadeology, 2015. | Permalink | 15 comments | Add to Post tags: Featured
  • 8 Articles to Read Before Buying Etsy Stock

    Timothy Adam
    11 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    There have been concerns for fake handmade items on Etsy for years. Resellers, as the handmade community would call them.  Resellers defined: Passing off items that are not handmade. Here is the recent research from Wedbush. Our research indicates as many as 2 million items on Etsy (>5% of all merchandise) may potentially be either counterfeit or constitute trademark or copyright infringement. We believe the share of GMS may be greater considering Etsy has become a go-to destination for counterfeits. Counterfeit candidates include items infringing on Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Michael…
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  • Don’t Panic! It’s just the “Cosmic Cutie” from the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    21 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Knit and shared by Carissa! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Knitted Mask – a Collaboration Between Brutal Knitting’s Tracy Widdess & Stéphane Blanquet

    18 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    The details! This is a stunning feat! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Amazing Doctor Who-inspired Knitting Gauge

    6 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    Made by Tangerine8. Hat tip to Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Make a Glow Stick Bracelet!

    5 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    I love anything that glows. Adding lights and/or glowing embellishments to my knitting is appealing to me … ALWAYS. Last year I knit some wristers with LED lights woven into the cables and they were a hit! So, this weekend I gave myself a challenge – make something that involves knitting and these glow sticks. The week before I’d been making cat hats from the new book by Sara Thomas, Cats in Hats and there’s a cute heart hat that calls for knitting around a pipecleaner. Instead of using double-pointed needles, which the book calls for but I find too fiddly for knitting…
  • Happy #StarWars Day! May the Fourth Be With You When You Knit and Crochet … 30+ Projects!

    4 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    There are some really amazing Star Wars knit and crochet projects out there. Through the years, I’ve shared many of them with you. Below are a few of my new favourites and a round-up of the ones I’ve shared before. Follow the links and may the fourth be with you… Greedo Star Wars Amigurumi Pattern by Allison Hoffman AT-AT Walker by Nancy J Star Wars Craft Charts by Leah Fenton Knithacker’s Star Wars Day Knit & Crochet Round-Up: Star Wars Eggs Star Wars Kewpie Dolls from the World Amigurumi Exhibit at Resobox Finn’s Pick: Stormtroopers Knitting! Boba Fett…
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  • 50+ Free Bird House and Bird Feeder Plans

    Wendy at
    23 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Get out the saw, hammer and glue to work on a new project from our collection of 50+ Free Bird House and Bird Feeder Plans.  I’ve spent countless hours watching the birds come to our feeders. You might also like: Flowering Bird Feeders Plans 50 Free Birdhouse and Bird Feeder Plans 50+ Free Bird House and Bird Feeder Woodcraft Plans at DIY Picture Frame Bookends DIY Fence Table How-to
  • Rooster Potholder Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    22 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Crochet a little cutie for the kitchen with this free Rooster Potholder Crochet Pattern.  Great little take-along project. Added to Free Crochet Patterns You might also like: Bluebird Potholder Crochet Pattern Gingerbread House Pot Holder Crochet Pattern Little Hen Lace Crochet Tutorial Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern Diamond Trellis Basket Free Crochet Pattern
  • Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    22 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Wow – I love this gorgeous Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern. Yes, it is a paid pattern, but I can see myself wearing this so often. Plus, it’s just pretty! You might also like: Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Pattern Free Cotton Cardigan Crochet Pattern Super Sweet Toddler Cardigan Crochet Pattern Rooster Potholder Crochet Pattern Diamond Trellis Basket Free Crochet Pattern
  • Rainbow Bubble Snakes

    Wendy at
    21 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Grab some kids and make Rainbow Bubble Snakes! The kids are just an excuse to get outside and be silly with this fun recycled craft activity… Added to Kids Crafts and Recycled Crafts You might also like: Recycled Bubble Wrap Kids Travel Game Recycled Bird Feeder Mobile Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath Bubble Bath Paint Recipe
  • Diamond Trellis Basket Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    21 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    This Diamond Trellis Basket Free Crochet Pattern is pretty and useful! Crocheted with two strands, it’s sturdy and while the Front post treble crochet two together is a mouthful, it looks gorgeous! Added to 75+ Free Basket Crochet Patterns You might also like: Easy Crochet Valentine’s Day Basket Pattern Spa Basket Crochet Patterns Rooster Potholder Crochet Pattern Pineapple Swing Cardigan Crochet Pattern Free Crochet Stitches and Techniques
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Elissa’s Picks for Vermont Open Studio Weekend

    19 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Welcome the third in my series of blog posts about ways to plan your Open Studio Weekend tour. In this post I listed the book arts studios I’d visit if I were touring this weekend. Of course, I would also visit studios by artists working in other media. The batch of studios listed below belong to my fellow board members of the Vermont Crafts Council. These are some hardworking folks, volunteering their time for a great organization and creating fantastic work. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green Vermont Studio…
  • Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

    14 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Welcome to the 2015 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. Many of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart. I created the Google map below, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren’t very close to each other. By the way, I’m studio #185. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a…
  • Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Central Vermont Artists

    11 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Vermont’s 23rd Spring Open Studio Weekend coming (May 23 & 24)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (and why wouldn’t you?), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here. There are 12 studios/galleries participating in the Central Vermont area. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, photography, mixed media, painting, woodworking, and more. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the green 2015 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get…
  • Good mail day

    7 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    It’s that time of year again – just over two weeks to go until Vermont’s Spring Open Studio Weekend! My postcards arrived today – I just ordered them on Monday and here they are, all the way from California. Thanks Modern Postcard! Here’s a better view of the front of the postcard: A big thank you goes to my hubby for taking that awesome photo! If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll be getting one of these beauties in the coming week. If you’d like to join my snail mail list, just contact me and I’ll hook you up – I’ve got a stamp with your…
  • South Africa Scouts – Reader Badge

    1 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Image courtesy of Scouts South Africa As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (here, here, here, and here), I have a special interest in bookbinding-related scout badges. I recently discovered the Reader Interest Badge from SCOUTS South Africa and while not a bookbinding badge, it does include a requirement that’s conservation-related (just in time for Preservation Week). 6. Discuss the care and repair of books with the examiner, and show the examiner some of your own books. SCOUTS South Africa is a pretty cool organization – it’s open to children and adults, from age 7…
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  • Your Studio Baby will be Stylin’ in Kate Oates New Design!

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

    6 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    For our next knitalong, we’ll be making Janina Kallio’s Melodia. It’s a crescent shaped shawl that’s worked from the top down in garter stitch and decorative eyelets. Simple and beautiful, it’ll be great for an easy summer project. I’ve been adding Janina’s patterns to my queue for a while now. I like almost all of them, and Melodia seems a good place to start. I’ll be knitting with Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light, although I still haven’t picked a color. They’re all so beautiful! If you’d like to use it too, it’s…
  • NEW IN: Classic Elite Soft Linen

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Classic Elite Soft Linen, top row: deep red, bright rose, winter pear, antique white, and dove; bottom row: tropical sea, persian teal, deep cornflower, lupine, and deep twilight. We recently brought in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen yarn for the Spring season. It’s blend of linen, wool, and baby alpaca makes it a wonderful choice for three-season knits. The linen is crisp and cool; the wool adds elasticity and makes it comfortable to knit with, and the baby alpaca makes it soft. Soft Linen works well with lace and textured patterns, as well as colorwork, for beautiful accessories and…
  • Thank You!

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Congratulatory african violets from our customer, Pat! Thanks, Pat! Thank you to everyone that came to our 10th Anniversary celebration this past weekend! From customers that were the first to walk through our doors 10 years ago to those who have just discovered their love for knitting this year, we loved seeing each and every one of you. It meant so much to have all of your well wishes to help us mark 10 years. We can’t say it enough, THANK YOU! And now, the winners of our giveaway! All of you lucky winners have been contacted and we hope you enjoy your prizes! 1. 10 skeins of Brooklyn…
  • Ten 10th Anniversary Giveaways!

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    This weekend marks our 10th Anniversary at 1914 South Street! We’re amazed at how quickly the time passed and so grateful for 10 wonderful years. To thank you for all your support, we’ll be giving away 10 yarn-erific prizes at our Anniversary Party this Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th from 11-6. To enter, come to the shop either Saturday or Sunday and drop your name in the giveaway jar. That’s it! We’ll announce the winners next week. Check out the prizes you could win! 1. 10 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in your choice of in-stock colors. 2. 4 skeins…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Knit a Fantasy Garden

    Sarah White
    25 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    I usually focus on knitting garments and other “useful” things, but it can be a lot of fun to make something that’s just pretty, too. Kat from Just Crafty Enough did just that when she made her fantasy garden in … Read More...
  • 8 Colorful Craft To Make For Summer

    Larissa Coleman
    25 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Looking for a way to add some bright and fun color to your crafting this Summer?  These 8 ideas are great for adding just the right color and texture into your Summer décor.  Take a look and see which one … Read More...
  • Free: Memorial Day Handwriting Worksheet

    Scarlett Burroughs
    25 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you have young children, this would be a nice learning activity for them to do today, on Memorial Day. It’s a free download I found over at Now, the use can be expanded. For quilters, why not print … Read More...
  • Confetti Stick Party Favors

    Larissa Coleman
    25 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Looking for a fun and inexpensive favor to use at your wedding or shower?  These adorable confetti sticks are so easy to make, and leave your guests with a fun little reminder of your special day.  Gather all the supplies … Read More...
  • Tutorial: How to make and use bias tape

    Anne Weaver
    25 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Tutorial: How to make and use bias tape I think bias tape is a little bit magical. It’s looks like a just straight bit of fabric tape, but it can be easily coaxed into a curve.  It finishes off raw … Read More...
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  • Game of Thrones (M)KAL at Jimmy Beans Wool

    - L
    10 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    I am going to admit something rather embarrassing: I have neither read nor seen any of the Game of Thrones books/episodes. I am a HUGE fan of Sean Bean, and, well, poor Ned Stark. *sniff* That being said, Heather over at Jimmy Beans Wool is giving us a progress update on the GAME OF THRONES […] Related posts: Mystery KAL: Game of Thrones Beans for Brains Scholarship Program From Jimmy Beans Wool Jimmy Bean’s Downton Abbey Mystery KAL: Clue #1
  • From Buzzfeed: 19 Nerdy Knits!

    - L
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:50 am
    I’m a huge fan of Buzzfeed (incidentally, just teared up a few minutes ago at their Chicago Blackhawks video with little Cammy Can). Today they have a great article on 19 Nerdy Knits You Need to Knit Right Now. Of course, there’s plenty of Doctor Who (swoon!), but also a Jayne Hat, some Harry Potter, […] Related posts: The Greatest Knitting Patterns in the Universe! (@ io9)’s Knitting in the News: Brit Knits, Case of the Dog Fur Vest 5 Free Lace Stitch Patterns from Lion Brand
  • GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Starter Set from

    - L
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Aannnd…. we’re back! How about a link to a giveaway from the wonderful Through April 30th, you have the opportunity to win a set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Symfonie Wood Interchangeable Needles (starter set). Rules from  “You’re welcome to comment here, but to enter the contest, you must comment on YouTube HERE.Please watch […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova from GIVEAWAY: Animal Hats Book by Vanessa Mooncie
  • FREE PATTERN: Daphne Scarf from S. Charles Collezione

    - L
    10 Nov 2013 | 9:47 am
    It’s Sunday, so that means another free pattern from Tahki Yarns and S. Charles Collezione! Today it’s the Daphne Scarf: Free pattern is in a PDF download over at Tahki Stacy Charles’ site. Awesome! I have great news for me (not so much for the site): I FINALLY got a full-time job, which has actually […] Related posts: Free Pattern from S. Charles Collezione: ELAINE OVERSIZED PULLOVER Free Knitting Pattern from S. Charles Collezione Free Pattern: Raglan Swing Jacket from S. Charles Collezione
  • GIVEAWAY: iPad Mini from Leisure Arts & AllFreeKnitting!

    - L
    14 Aug 2013 | 9:44 am
    Oooh – loving this giveaway! The awesome folks at Leisure Arts and All Free Knitting have teamed up to give away a free 16G iPad Mini. Think of how many knitting patterns you could put on this bad boy! Deadline to enter is August 31, 2013.   Go to All Free Knitting’s post for the details, […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova from GIVEAWAY: Animal Hats Book by Vanessa Mooncie
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    The alm Project

  • Gluten Free Muffins

    14 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Gluten Free, Sugar Free Muffin Recipe Gluten Free Muffins Have you heard of the The Whole Life Challenge? it is “a 56-day, habit-changing, community-building game that is designed to help you live a happier, healthier life”. You play for points with friends and family and you are challenged to make small daily changes. Players are asked to include seven daily habits into their lives. They include exercise, hydration, mobility, supplementation, lifestyle practices, and reflection. Well, I have decided to participate in this challenge and the best way to stay complaint is to…
  • My View of The Hoover Dam

    5 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The Hoover Dam – A Few Facts I gathered on my trip to Boulder. The Hoover dam Constructed Between 1931 and 1935 Did you know that the Hoover Dam was once known as Boulder Dam? of course you did, just testing. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is located on the border between Arizona and Nevada.The Hoover Dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Its construction was undertaken by thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. Image source The dam is located near Boulder City, Nevada, a municipality…
  • The Container Park and Other Hidden Vegas Gems

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Container Park, Las Vegas So, I am hanging out in Vegas, I don’t gamble, I don’t drink, I don’t like crowds, I think most of the entertainment they are offering is cheesy plus I do not want to spend $400 to see freaking Britney Spares. And a Prince cover band, seriously! Nah, I’ll pass. I would prefer the real thing. If you’ve seen 1 drag queen show, you’ve seen them all. The cirque du soleil shows are kinda cool – check; Chippendale’s dancers – check; zip lining down Fremont street – check. I have seen the outlet malls, the Fashion…
  • Not so Wordless Wednesday – Stratosphere Tower

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada Stratosphere Tower One day I am going to Sky Jump from this building. The Stratosphere from a distance The Stratosphere Tower’s SkyJump is the Guinness World Record holder for highest commercial decelerator descent. The post Not so Wordless Wednesday – Stratosphere Tower appeared first on The alm Project.
  • Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants That Thrive

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Source: The post Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants That Thrive appeared first on The alm Project.
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Inspiration Monday Link Party plus features!

    Jamie Sanders
    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hey-ohhhhh! Hoping everyone is having a lovely weekend. If you're one of our partiers from the US, then we extend Memorial Day greetings to you, as well. And now that Memorial Day is here, I think it's safe to welcome SUMMERTIME, also! Grab your flip flops and sunglasses...the lazy, hazy, cRaZy days are indeed upon us.We are so happy you have decided to join us for this weeks party!My favorite link from last week was this awesome button up shirt tutorial from See Me Sew!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Strawberry Lemonade Slushies

    Jamie Sanders
    21 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    My poor little guys...  They've been so disappointed!  I've been trying to plan a special outing for us since late march.  We have a tradition to visit our local strawberry picking farm during the week for a special mom/kid/day off from school day.  It's not really about the strawberries, because really, we can get strawberries from the store anytime.  It's more about the anticipation of the trip and the fun of visiting a real farm and being able to pick our own berries!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Free Easy Breezy Halter Dress Pattern! (girls sizes 3 to 10)

    Jamie Sanders
    19 May 2015 | 8:18 pm
    You can never have too many cool and comfy dresses for summer, right?  This free Halter Dress Pattern is the perfect way to stay cool and comfy this summer!Especially when you're working hard in the hot and humid evenings picking tons of wild blackberries!  (You can tell it was super humid, just look at all her little ringlets in that top pic!)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges

    Jamie Sanders
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, I'm sharing the recipe for these Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges as part of a partnership with PopSugar and Hidden Valley!One of the daily struggles I face as a mom is to get my kids to eat more veggies.  Actually, my daughter will eat a few different veggies; it's my 9 year old son that's sending me over the edge with his refusal to eat anything green!  Occasionally, he'll begrudgingly eat a serving of canned green beans, but let's face it; a growing nine year old boy needs more vegetables than an occasional green bean. Click here to keep reading »…
  • Inspiration Monday plus features!

    Jamie Sanders
    17 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, we're so glad you are here!If you're needing a little inspiration, you are definitely at the right place.Spend a few minutes browsing all the fabulous and creativeideas our readers have shared below. And of course if you're a blogger,link your latest creations and have your workseen on 7 different blogs! My favorite Project from last week:  This cute apron pattern from Fyne Designs!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
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  • How to create a flowy background with Dina Wakley Media paint...

    22 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Check out this video I did for the Ranger blog! Head over there to see pictures of the finished background. One of the many things I love about my Dina Wakley Media heavy body acrylic paint is how versatile it is. Its heavy body will hold a brushstroke, so you can get texture and impasto. Add a little water and you can get a flowy, watercolor look. It's the best of both worlds! Last week I was creating watery backgrounds in my journal, and I thought you'd like to see the process. I grabbed the camera and filmed this little video. I hope you enjoy it and try the technique.
  • checking in...howdy!

    19 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Howdy doody my friends! I think I am still in survival mode...barely holding on, yet again. Seems to be the way life is now, doesn't it? I have two whole weeks at home now, wow, luxury! I do have a big deadline to hit in the next couple of days, though. So no rest for the weary. I have done some journaling and I will photograph and post it over the next few weeks. Pinky swear.
  • Classes are up at Studio CrescenDoh...and where I'll be through July!

    29 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Check it out here and come art with me in Santa Ana! Random by Design Passion for Printmaking In May, find me at: Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina; Dorothy's Stamps-n-Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina; The Occasional Artist in Glendale, AZ; and Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. In June, find me at: Clipper Street Scrapbooking in Langley, Vancouver, Canada; and Art Journaling Live at GASC in Arlington, Texas. In July, find me at: Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, KY; Ink Paper Rubber in Overland Park KS; Scrapbook Island in Los Gatos, CA; and Studio…
  • Last video...metallics!

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today is the last day of Dina Wakley Media week. Awww, it has been a blast! Click below to see the last video, introduction to Metallics. I am at the airport now and my ipad isn't awesome for postng on my blog...doh. So I will embed the video here when I get back. Enjoy! click here for the video P.s. There is a giveaway on today's post at the Ranger blog!
  • Time for day 4 of DWMedia week...Glazing Medium!

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today I show you one of the uses for glazing medium. You can mix it 1 part paint to 10 parts medium if you want just a light tinted glaze to put it over your work. Here I mixed it about half in half so I would have lots of pigment and slower drying time. Enjoy!
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  • Sew-licious Little Things

    22 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Learn how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with the help of Sew-licious Little Things. This book contains 35 precious projects that are inspired by the Japanese zakka trend, a method by which everyday objects become works of art. As you browse the offerings in this book, you may be surprised to find a tutorial for an item you never knew you needed, such as a zip-up wash bag, cell phone cozy, scissor keepers, and more. Put a personal touch on every inch of your home with these clever ideas.
  • 11 Free Vintage Patterns: How to Sew Retro-Inspired Clothing for Ladies Free eBook

    20 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    If you love any and all things nostalgic, you'll love 11 Free Vintage Patterns How to Sew Retro-Inspired Clothing for Ladies. This download is a free eBook full of ten tutorials that will remind you of yesteryear. Learn how to sew clothing that gives you the looks that made waves when they first appeared years ago. You'll only find free vintage sewing patterns in this collection, and the download itself is completely gratis.
  • Fabric Scraps Quilt

    20 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    This super fun Fabric Scraps Quilt pattern is a great option when you have fabric scraps piling up. It is a great quilt as you go option with unlimited possibilities. By improving your quilt design with old fabric you can create a wide spectrum of patterns and colors for your quilt. The easy-to-follow tutorial makes this quilt pattern perfect for beginners. It is also the perfect way to let loose if you are an experienced quilter tired of following strict patterns.
  • Spring Flattering Dress Pattern

    20 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Finding a dress that makes you look extra slim and sassy can be tough. Dress patterns, just like the clothes in the store, can all seem like they are designed for the same body type. This Spring Flattering Dress Pattern is the type of dress that will look fantastic on everyone. It is designed in a very easy slip-on and knit fabric, making it snug on your body without suffocating you. It can easily be modified to fit your body type, too. This free dress pattern is easy to make and easy to wear.
  • Warren the Charity Bear

    20 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Warren the Charity Bear is the cuddliest bear you will ever sew. With beady little eyes and a big nose, this stuffed animal pattern will delight any child who wraps their arms around his stout, little body. This teddy bear pattern was designed by Shiny Happy World to make a great cuddle-buddy donation for charity. The pattern is easy enough for anyone to make, even a kiddo can create it. Plus, with so many ways to personalize the little pet, you can make him a hundred different ways.
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  • Upcycled Coffee Pod Capsule Holder

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    24 May 2015 | 1:28 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a unique coffee pod holder using a teacup and saucer.
  • Make A Colorful Gypsy Feather Pendant

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    21 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    This gypsy feather pendant is super easy to make and a great project to try out for those who love gypsy or bohemian crafts.
  • Recycled Denim: Make a Gorgeous Gypsy Purse

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    With the help of this tutorial you can revamp an old denim purse into a gorgeous one. In real gypsy style! Check it out!
  • Cold And Flu Tea Infusers

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    15 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make frozen tea infusing ice cubes that can be dropped into hot water or tea to sooth and relieve cold and flu symptoms naturally!
  • DIY Patriotic Party Coasters

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    13 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    The days are finally warmer, and picnics and barbecues are in full swing! These DIY Patriotic Party Coasters made with VELCRO® Brand Patriotic Décor Wraps in red, white, and blue are versatile, reusable, and sure to add a pop of color to your 4th of July party décor!
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Get Cooking With Netflix Streaming!

    24 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    Since cooking is not a passion of mine, I love watching cooking shows for inspiration and motivation and Netflix has a huge selection for streaming. They are something the whole family can enjoy and maybe inspire them too. Who knows, the next Iron Chef could be one of your kids!  Good Eats with Alton Brown is definitely a favorite and popular with kids too. With his focus on the science and history of food it's a great supplement to your kids education over summer break. My favorite episode is Peachy Keen! Chopped is a fun and creative food competition. It's always interesting…
  • Creative Watercolor Art Ideas

    21 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Check out these watercolor techniques at Alisa Burke that will be just as fun for adults to try as they will be for kids - a great family art experience!
  • Melty Bead Necklaces Kids Can Make

    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Let's Do Something Crafty shares a great melty bead craft idea that kids will love - necklaces!
  • Bird Wings DIY

    21 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    You'll be surprised how easy it is to make these lovely wings from canvas fabric and a simple stamp made from craft foam. Visit Treehouse for the directions. 
  • Spring Painting

    20 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Take a look at this beautiful spring artwork found at Leon, Not On The Walls! Besides the flowers and blooming trees, I love the birds that have been painted separately and then added onto some branches.
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  • New - Pincushion Cuff, Chalk Markers, Interfacing

    Michelle (
    23 May 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The world really never stands still, does it?  New stuff is always happening and here are a few new things around here: Pincushion Cuff Last week both of the finished cuffs in my etsy shop sold (thank you!), so I'm making some more.  Heat n Bond Woven Cotton Interfacing This Heat n Bond cotton interfacing is perfect for accessories. I'm excited to have it available in my shop and for my own use!  Pellon SF101--one of my other go to interfacings--is also available.  The fabric store is often out of these popular interfacings when I go, so I ordered them by the bolt this time.
  • Favorite Fabrics - Vintage Springtime Floral

    Michelle (
    23 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Vintage Springtime Floral available at valnorthwoods
  • Denim Wristlet

    Michelle (
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I finished this up the other day and I'm ready to make another!  This was made using the new pattern pieces.  It turned out very nice in this dark denim. I'm not sure what this floral is called, but it's very pretty.  The pink thread is Sulky 12 weight cotton topstitching thread.  Next week I'll have more of the clips used for the strap.  I had mostly sold out of them, but hadn't ever used them myself.  Now that I've used the last two I had in my stash, I see they are perfect for making a detachable strap!
  • New Scrap Bags

    Michelle (
    17 May 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Tiny Scraps Bigger Scraps
  • More Extra Pattern Pieces

    Michelle (
    16 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Something sort of new to sew... Not a full pattern, but many of you already have the instructions.  Want the finished bag?  Find it here.
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Holly Jolly Mandala

    19 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    This fun winter design is available at and directly from Ink Circles. I love all the Ink Circles mandala designs, but I chose this as today’s pick of the day because I very much like how it’s wintery and fun but still holiday appropriate. Model is stitched n 28 Ct. Crystal Herald Belfast linen by Picture this Plus using Snow White DMC (#B5200). Stitch count 115×115.
  • The only shades of GRAY I care about…

    15 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
    $18 available via teespringIt’s funny, because it’s true. No, seriously. That whole Shades of Grey book trilogy and movie thing that other people are going bonkers for in social media, I’m not interested a single tiny bit. However, if you have some gray DMC, I’m all in. I always seem to be running of #415 and I need to pick up about 10 skeins of the variegated #53 for a sampler I want to stitch – maybe I’ll just pick up a whole cone of the stuff. This fun shirt design is available via teespring until May 20th. Shirt FAQ: What colors are…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Cock-a-Doodle-Do

    12 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    I don’t know what it is about roosters that make people go crazy and buy all the things for the kitchen, but here we are with another rooster pattern and it’s sitting in my shopping cart because I think it would make a great gift for a friend whose kitchen is full of rooster-themed decor… Cock-A-Doodle-Do from Barbara Ana Designs Model stitched on 32 ct. Summer Khaki Belfast linen with DMC floss. Stitch Count: 111×79. Finished Size: 7″ x 5″. Available at
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Bee Thankful

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Bee Humble Bee Kind Bee Thankful all the time This is a cute little inspirations pattern by Stoney Creek (stitch count is 56 x 55) Available from
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Sugar Skull

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:46 am
    I know you’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but Mill Hill has really been impressive the past year. Not that they weren’t before, but their latest releases have had me hitting the buy button a lot more. The Autumn 2015 releases were no exception and the Sugar Skull kit landed in my Amazon cart immediately… Kit includes Mill Hill Glass Beads, Mill Hill Ceramic Button, 14 count Mill Hill Perforated Paper, floss, needles, and chart with instructions. Design is approximately 5 x 5 inches when finished. (matching frames also available) How could I resist? Just look at…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Bobbin Lace Virgin Ground or Rose Ground

    23 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    This is another bobbin lace ground (background) that is worthy of being in the foreground, and is built up from that same Whole Stitch I’ve been using for most things so far. It’s amazing what a simple stitch and clever pinning can do. Like everything bobbin lace, there seems to be some disagreement about what to actually call this stitch. Some sources call it the Rose Ground. Others call it the Virgin Ground (and those sources have something very, very different labeled as the Rose Ground.) It’s probably Flemish in origin, but not for sure. It doesn’t matter what you…
  • Picot Edge For Macrame

    16 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    It is common to start macrame projects by tying a lot of strands to one other strand with lark’s head knots. This is a sturdy and practical way to start, but it could have a little more detail, especially if your starting edge will be prominent in your design. This tutorial covers how to start your project with a picot edge. You can apply this project to whatever knotting you’re doing, but you’ll need an even number of strands (or a multiple of the number of rows per picot) to make it work. This method requires pinning, so you’ll have to work on something pinnable…
  • Fold In Half Wallet Pattern Download

    Carly DeGraeve
    10 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Make an easy to use multi-pocket wallet out of leather or vinyl. This is a great started project if you are new to working with leather or vinyl or an easy and fun project if you have worked with leather before. The wallet is small (finished size when closed: 5.5″ x 4.25″) but has 2 gracious pockets for cards, a place for cash, a zippered pocket for coins, a pocket for a card you need to keep handy, and a bonus pocket for other objects you wish to carry. Create a wallet in the exact colors and fabrics you love that will last you a very, very long time! The post Fold In Half…
  • Reusable Shopping Bags

    Carly DeGraeve
    10 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Using reusable shopping bags made from cotton fabric is a great way to reduce your consumption of plastic bags. These bags fold up into little self-contained pockets that tuck neatly in your bag making them easy to have with you all the time (improving the odds that you will use them!). This download includes patterns to make 4 different sized bags ranging from 9″ x 11″ (23cm x 28cm) up to the XL size 16″ x 18.5″ (41cm x 47cm). The patterns for bag sizes large and x-large have 2 different size handles – one designed to be carried by your hand, the other size to…
  • Kimono Cover-Up Pattern Download

    Carly DeGraeve
    10 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Make a super easy and simple kimono cover-up with this pattern download. The pattern includes 3 different lengths (hip, thigh and knee) for making a variety of casual, comfortable, and romantic cover-ups from lightweight fabrics like silks, satins, printed satins (silky), chiffons, and lightweight laces. The construction is so easy that if you can sew a simple seam and apply a seam finish you can complete this project. The post Kimono Cover-Up Pattern Download appeared first on How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY.
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  • Fart Symphony

    20 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I  am pretty sure readers of this blog will appreciate the many fart jokes herein. Enjoy. It’s a gas.
  • Two Easter Fails For The Price of One

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I had big plans. It was going to be a week of Easter crap on the blog. And then life happened. So I’m posting this at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday and no one will care because by the time they read this, Easter will have come and gone. Oh well. I’m posting it anyway because I did the work, so there. First I made some gross marshmallow bark. Looks tasty though, right? Image from Butter with a Side of Bread We can perhaps blame this on the fact that I used that easier-melting white bark stuff rather than white chocolate chips because I am lazy. That shit is made of partially…
  • How to Make Your Own Heater Out of Toilet Paper

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I don’t really do zombies. The Walking Dead is way too scary for me, and I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was very very stupid. I do, however, wonder from time to time how I would survive without, you know, electricity and stuff. Well, today I am one step closer, because I tested this DIY air heater using nothing but toilet paper, a can, and alcohol. (If you can’t see the video, click here.) In a world without heaters (and talking movies, apparently), here’s how you might survive: (If you can’t see the video, click here.)
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  • Fox Chapel Publishing

    22 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Fox Chapel Publishing publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. They inspire and inform readers who enjoy a variety of crafts and hobbies, including woodworking, jewelry making, scrapbooking, sewing, boating, back-yard farming, and much more.
  • Leisure Arts

    22 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Leisure Arts is a leading publisher of lifestyle and instructional craft publications. In addition to printed publications, the Leisure Arts product line also includes ebooks, digital downloads, and DVDs.
  • Quarto Publishing Group

    22 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    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.
  • Polyform

    22 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    From humble beginnings more than 50 years ago to widespread popularity in the new millennium, Sculpey oven-bake clays from Polyform Products Company have become one of the most desirable craft clays on the market today. As the market leader, they focus on creating new ways to stimulate and encourage creativity.
  • My Friendship Bracelet Maker

    22 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    My Friendship Bracelet Maker is an all-in-one kit that has tons of kid-friendly features. The adjustable butterfly clip secures embroidery floss so that the bracelet wont unravel as it is being braided or knotted. There is a built-in 15-slot storage drawer which is perfect for keeping thread and embellishments on hand. Every kit is stocked with 14 colors of thread so you can get started on your first project as soon as you open the box.
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    Ashland Bay

  • What does Superwash treated Wool mean?

    13 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    People have been spinning wool fiber into yarn for thousands of years, and the hand wash care of these yarns have been long understood. Then along came the synthetic yarns and machine washable garments that fiercely competed with wool. In the 1950’s the wool industry developed a process by which wool could withstand machine washing and would not shrink. This is what a wool fiber looks like under a microscope.  Under conditions of warm alkaline water (aka warm soapy water) with agitation, the scales on the shaft of the fiber become the “locking device” and the wool will shrink and…
  • Color 19 Merino is here

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    We are excited to announce Ashland Bay’s new Color 19 Merino is here! Many of you were familiar with our Color Fusion line. The overwhelming feedback was that people wanted the color visual to be more blended.  So we went back to the drawing board and developed new colors in the 19.5 micron merino, along with the favorites from the original Color Fusion line. The colors in the new line are solid color as opposed to subtle color variation of the previous line. To see the full line of new colors, click here. With the happy news of new colors, comes the sad news that Color Fusion has been…
  • not just for knitting

    2 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    We have a special treat on the blog today! Head on over to Decorotation where Brett shows us how to turn a couple skeins of Thick n Thin and a branch into a gorgeous wall hanging. Be sure to check out her other interior design posts for some extra inspiration.
  • Polwarth – the rising star of 2014

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

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

  • Anniversary card by Eva Dobilas

    25 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi there, this is Eva and today I am sharing a pretty Anniversary card using gorgeous Cheery Lynn Designs dies.To create my card base I used Horizon Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames and die cut two of the largest dies out of kraft card stock.  I stamped it with a script background stamp.  I die cut a smaller Horizon Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames out of white card stock to layer on top of the card base.  Than I die cut the Mirror Mirror Doily Frame out of aqua color card stock and the inside part of it out of white card stock and layered them…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 186 - Anything Goes

    Sandy Hulsart
    24 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Make it Manly challenge were wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isAnything GoesHere 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…
  • Make It Manly Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    24 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Make It Manly challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:7Timestamp: 2015-05-24 04:24:30 UTC#7 Charlene B   Congratulations, Charlene.  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 Anything Goes challenge.
  • Documented Card by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, it's Julie here today and I am showcasing some more of the April 2015 New Release with a Masculine feel and hope it inspires you to join in our challenge this week - Make it Manly.The French Flair Stackers have little piercing holes in them which compliments the new Pierced Banners and Pierced Stackers so well when layering up.My ink pot I cut in patterned paper and added a little crackle glaze to it adding my feather which was cut out in patterned paper.I added a little bling to my Fleur de Lis for interest.I stamped my word Documented with Archival Ink. Notice also how the…
  • Reason I Smile Tag by Corina Finley

    22 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello and Welcome!Thank you for joining me, Corina, today on the Cheery Lynn blog. I decide to create a tag this week instead of a card. I hope you like it!I used the Pierced Stacker #3 to cut the coloured stamped image. I also cut the matte using one size larger stacker die from dark gray cardstock.The smallest Pierced Banners was cut from light gray cardstock and stamped with my sentiment. I attached the banner to the top right corner with a tiny stapler and trimmed.The bottom portion was cut using border dies. The Curved Border was cut on an angle,…
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week: Ladybugs

    18 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Have you been seeing any of these little bugs hanging around?  There seem to be way more than usual around here, but that's a good thing!  It gives me more chances to photograph them- up close. Plus, they are good for gardens, right?It's a little disconcerting to see a ladybug head-on, but also kinda cool!
  • How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Peach

    14 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    And now ladies and gentlemen.......... I give you the last fruit tutorial.  This is actually this simplest fruit of them all.  I didn't use salt on this one because peaches have a softer texture.Materials:Peach Template printed on computer paper5x7 piece of watercolor paperpencilpaint brushwatercolor paintscup of water (for rinsing)paper towels (for blotting in between color changes)Step 1: Transfer the peach template to your watercolor paper by placing the template under the watercolor paper, holding it up to a lighted window and lightly tracing in pencil.  Trace…
  • How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Pineapple

    12 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Alright! It's time to paint a pineapple- the easy way.  This is my favorite fruit of the series, so I hope you like it too!  I've also provided another  free template for your use.Materials:Pineapple Template printed on computer paper5x7 piece of watercolor paperpencilpaint brushwatercolor paintscup of water (for rinsing)paper towels (for blotting in between color changes)White crayon or pencilrulerStep 1: Transfer the pineapple template to your watercolor paper by placing the template under the watercolor paper, holding it up to a lighted window and lightly…
  • Photos of the Week

    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week, I'm dedicating my post to the flowers growing in my neighborhood.  They deserve their own post.  They make me so happy- especially these poppies I pass on the way to the school everyday.  I have to plant these in my yard next year!And I didn't forget the wildflowers!  They are a gift too.
  • How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Strawberry

    6 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    So what do you think?  Was that first fruit tutorial easy enough?Now it's time to try the strawberry.  It's almost the same as the pear.  Just a different shape and different colors. Here we go!Materials:Strawberry Template printed on computer paper5x7 piece of watercolor paperpencilpaint brushwatercolor paintscup of water (for rinsing)paper towels (for blotting in between color changes)salt- larger salts like Epsom salt and rock salt work bestStep 1: Trace the strawberry template onto the watercolor paper by placing the template under the watercolor paper, holding it…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Check In

    11 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I am swamped. Child rearing. Housing Activism. Preschool Demands. Blearg. What I really want to be doing is writing. I'd like nothing more than to let go of all of these obligations and focus back on the stuff I really love: knitting, cooking and blogging. However, right now I'm fighting just to be able to shower, let alone get some me time to decompress from all of these high pressure endeavors. I miss writing here more often.  That said, I haven't given up. This summer might afford me more time to write. In fact writing this little thing makes me realize how much this blogging stuff…
  • New Addition to our Favorite Learn to Knit Books

    6 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Hey all, long time no see. I've been busy working on renters rights so I haven't had so much time to knit, but I did find time to take a look at Kate Atherley's book Beyond Knit and Purl, which has been out for quite a while, but finally got a chance to look at it (thanks to Kate herself) and was blown away from the level of knitting information in the book and its ingenious ways that it's presented. I wish that this book was available when I was a beginning knitter. This book is going to save many newer knitters from making big mistakes. I liked it so much that I added it to my Best Books…
  • Sock Knitting Books

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My Favorite Sock Knitting Books I was knitting a new pair of socks and it occurred to me that I have not shared my favorite sock knitting books. You see, I went back to my old habit of knitting cuff down socks and completely forgot how t turn the heel. I had to dig into my sock knitting book stash and dig out my old favorite, the book that taught me how to knit socks: Sensational Knitted Socks from Charlene Schurch. Sensational Knitted Socks shows you all the different parts of the sock and how to knit them, as well as offering charts to easily knit bigger or smaller sizes. She also shows you…
  • Socked Out

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    It's been slow Chez Knitluck. Maybe I'm slow. I hear of more people getting 60 day notices of eviction. I hear more seniors no longer able to afford their apartments because landlords keep raising their rents. Google offers to pay apartment complexes 30% over their highest rental rates. 500 families apply for the affordable housing lottery at our city's new housing development. Only 120 families get through to the lottery... for only 9 houses, meaning that hundreds of families in the bay area could afford to buy a house... if the houses were affordable, but most can't compete with the tech…
  • Spring Season

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Spring is here which means that knitting season is pretty much over. California didn't get much a knitting season. Only a little rain at the beginning. We needed much much more. I finished the Skeino cowl, which probably won't get much wear until the fall, but I'm happy with it. The cowl is super soft, just like the yarn and never itchy. Never. I really can't say that about the alpaca shawls that I've knitted, but then I'm a little allergic to alpaca. Note to self: knit instead with merino. I went through my yarn stash yesterday and I'm almost ashamed of it. It's as if all of that unused yarn…
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  • The Travel Sewing Caddy FREE Pattern

    Mamma Nene
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I want to show you a project I have created for Deby at So Sew Easy. The travel sewing caddy It’s a free pattern and […]The post The Travel Sewing Caddy FREE Pattern appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • How to sew THE perfect lettuce hem (plus a round-up)

    Mamma Nene
    10 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The post How to sew THE perfect lettuce hem (plus a round-up) appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – Craftsy class review and exclusive discount

    Mamma Nene
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s not a mystery I love attending at Craftsy Classes: I’ve been hoarding “a few”, lately, and I’ve never ever needed to use their “Money Back […]The post The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – Craftsy class review and exclusive discount appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • Love Bird Dress – MCM blog tour

    Mamma Nene
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Another week, another project! Today I’m here showing you a dress designed by a friend and a PatternWorkshop classmate: the Love Bird Dress by MCM designs. […]The post Love Bird Dress – MCM blog tour appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • The Archie Shirt – Ainslee Fox

    Mamma Nene
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    The post The Archie Shirt – Ainslee Fox appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Crispy Sweet Potato Fries.

    20 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Ok, so, I pinned this recipe for the 'perfect' sweet potato fry a couple of weeks ago. I love sweet potatoes and I really love sweet potato fries, there's something about that sweet, salty combo I just can't get enough of but every time I make them something always seems to go wrong and I'm left with a soggy, mushy or burnt mess. Not this time. Not with this recipe anyway.Apparently the key to the perfect sweet potato fry is to soak them in water first and then coat them in cornflour. I'd never tried this method before and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I'll be making them…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now - May.

    18 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    1. This gorgeous Diy Pom Pom Wall Hanging from Sugar and Cloth.2. The BBC adaptation of this book. I read the book a few years ago and loved it so I had high hopes, the first part was on last night and it didn't disappoint.3. This quilt cover from Ikea covered in botanical illustrations makes me happy. Even though summer is supposed to be on it's way it rained on and off all day today. Typical English weather. This pretty floral bedding might be just what's needed to brighten up the inevitable grey days.What about you? What things are you loving right now?
  • Around Here: May.

    5 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    The best thing about spring, #blueskyblooms.A new favourite drink.Reading The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.Watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron in the most ridiculous reclining chairs. Well played Odeon, well played. I may never watch a film in a 'regular' chair again.Listening to Blur, The Magic Whip on repeat.And loving these diy air dry clay wall planters from Design Love Fest.What have you been up to?
  • Diy Scrapbook Paper Pocket Envelopes.

    1 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Hi, just a quick and easy project to share with you today, diy scrapbook paper pocket envelopes. I love sending people snail mail, particularly photos or postcards so I'm always looking for new ways to personalise them and add a handmade touch.These pocket envelopes measure 4.25 inches x 6 inches. I wanted them to be able to hold a standard postcard or 4x6 photograph. You can use them as envelopes or pockets. Store loose notes or photos in them by gluing a couple to the inside of a scrapbook or journal.Things you'll need to make your own Diy Scrapbook Paper Pocket Envelopes:Scrapbook paper, I…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    1. These spring pastel chocolates.2. This Diy Marbleized Ribbon from Oh Happy Day.3. This tapestry.
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • DIY Cork Tissue Box Cover

    16 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Yesterday was a really great day to be out, but as I was driving I noticed so much pollen on my car.  It reminded me that yes, it's allergy season.  Sniffling, sneezing, coughing and all the other not-so-great symptoms that come with Spring.  So this allergy season, I thought it'd be a great idea to create a tissue box cover, made of cork.  Why cork?  It's a great idea for groups, friends or family to attach small "get well" greetings, and give to someone they care about.   It's sure to brighten up their day!For this DIY, you'll need:(2) 12x12 sheets of cork…
  • Make Your Own Beaded Tassel Necklace

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Tassels, tassels, tassels! It's the hot trend of the spring season. But instead of buying expensive jewelry from a big brand, think DIY! You can personalize your necklace to fit your own style and you'll really enjoy yourself in the process. There may be other tassel necklace tutorials, but we prefer our minimalist boho style which fits the freshness and ease of the spring season wardrobe.  SUPPLIES: Embroidery Thread (choose the color of your choice)Wood beadsPlain threadJewelry jump ringsJewelry claspsLong nose pliers For the jump rings and clasps, it may be better for you to…
  • Spring Cleaning: 10 Tips To Help You Clean Your Closet

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Yep it's that time of year again- the time to get into the dark corners and critter hideaways of your house to clean.  I'm not sure who came up with the idea to clean as soon as the weather gets nice, but I'd rather lounge on a blanket at a park somewhere and read a few good books, to be honest.  But, we must not neglect our Spring cleaning.  It's a great time to tackle those forgotten areas and just give your house a bit of a refresh.  For me, included in Spring cleaning is closet purging. It only takes me about a year to stock pile a ton of clothes, shoes and accessories…
  • Springtime DIY Moss Jewelry Hanger

    4 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Rain is falling, grass is growing, and birds are chirping. That's right, it's springtime! To invoke the spirit of spring, we created these earthy jewelry hangers with moss and screw hooks. This is a cost-friendly craft that creates a fresh display for your favorite sparkling jewels.  SUPPLIES: MossFaux flowers 1 inch screw hooksRope12 inch wood dowelsElmer's Craft Bond all purpose glueHot glue gun + hot glueSmall nail + hammerWire cutterPencilRulerYou can find these supplies at your local craft store, but if you have trouble finding the screw hooks, try a hardware store like…
  • Saturday Morning Brunch: How to Cook Pancakes in a Crock-Pot

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Through a fun bit of trial and error I figured out a neat and easy way I could cook my  Saturday or Sunday morning brunch- which always includes pancakes.  So this time, I attempted to cook my pancakes in a slow cooker.  For a wedding present my husband and I received a mini slow cooker that has worked wonders for small meals and those days when I don't really feel like slaving over the stove, but wanted a nice meal.  Breakfast is no different.  While you're cooking up the meats, eggs, and other breakfast items, you can free your hands by utilizing your slow cooker to…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • 10 Father’s Day Photo Ideas

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    24 May 2015 | 11:19 pm
        Do you ever find that trying to buy or make items for the men in your life really difficult?  Well, you are not alone because a lot of us feel the same way.  But, what we would do without those special guys that mean so much to us?  With Father’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to honor those fabulous fathers.  Since photographs are a wonderful way to express your love, we wanted to find 10 unique Father’s Day photo ideas to share with you.  Mission accomplished! ~Please check out the websites listed for the information on these great ideas~ Crafty Gator…
  • 15 Craft Ideas for Graduation Projects

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Can you believe that graduation time is almost here?  Where has this year gone already?  Well, all of us at Bella Crafts Publishing wanted to make sure that we got a little bit of a jump on the graduation season for all of our crafting friends!  We searched through the Internet to find 15 craft ideas for graduation projects that we think you will really enjoy viewing.  Our hope is that these terrific projects will spark your imagination into creating wonderful gifts for the grads in your house.  We would like to thank the creative minds behind these projects, whose names and websites…
  • Planner Clips

    Larissa Pittman
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Good morning, friends. Larissa here with you today with homemade planner clips. The new craze seems to be planners. Everywhere you look there are planners. Everyone is planning! People are using washi tape, stickers, colored pens, etc. on their planners. It is almost like scrapbooking your daily diary. I have been using my iPhone for years to keep my planner and now I have taken the plunge and have joined the new craze.  It is actually a lot of fun. I have seen so many planner clips being sold and thought I can make those. How to make simple Planner Clips #DIY #Plannercraze #craftsClick To…
  • Burlap Floral Bracelet

    Lisa Jimenez
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Making jewelry does not need to be a difficult task.  This Burlap Floral Bracelet is easy and quick to make. I like creating items that look like you spent hours making them, but actually were made in a few easy steps. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to achieve a stunning design. Summer is coming and this bracelet is a perfect accessory. Make one for yourself or as a gift; they are that easy! Materials: Trinity Brass Rosa Filigree, Antique Gold, 59mm (1) Trinity Brass Riveted Flower, Antique Gold, 28mm (1) Pre-Set Rhinestone, Topaz, 8mm (1) Crochet Flower, Ivory, 2 Inch (1) Burlap…
  • Wedding Favor Boxes

    Michele Emerson-Roberts
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I was delighted to be asked to design and create the wedding favor boxes for my favorite niece’s wedding reception. She became engaged and decided on the wedding date, planned the wedding in a matter of days. Since I was already planning to visit right before the ceremony, it made sense to pre-cut everything and assemble all while there.  My niece’s style is “classy”, not glitzy. The “Bracket Box” die template from Spellbinders Paper Arts™ was perfect. With the addition of Petaloo™ pre-made paper flowers the assembly was a breeze. Behold: 150 beautiful boxes!  Supplies:…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • DIY Bicycle Basket Liner, 2nd Blogger Competition #4

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We have reached the final day of our 2nd Blogger Competition. Can you believe it has already been a month since this fun Spring competition started? I am so excited to share our final project with you, because it is so cute! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe is sharing the most adorable Bicycle Basket Liner […]
  • Mini Ribbon Pom Poms

    The Ribbon Retreat
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    There is always a reason to scream out a great big Wahoo! and to bring out adorable Pom Poms…right?!? Even when you have a horrible day, you can always find a little something within the day to cheer for, and today Emily from The Benson Street is giving us a big reason to cheer with […]
  • Layered Lace Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday, the day we celebrate cute crafts video tutorial style! It is sometimes said that “diamonds are a girls best friend,” but I think it is also just as fitting to say that lace could definitely make an honest run at a girl’s new best friend…wouldn’t you agree? Move over diamonds the […]
  • Minnie Mouse Ears Puff Bows

    Shirley Hale
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What little girl wouldn’t absolutely LOVE an adorable set of their very own Minnie Mouse inspired Puff Bows? I know I sure would! Shirley is back with us today sharing a written tutorial for the adorable Mouse Ear Puff Bows she shared last week for our fabulous YouTube Thursday video tutorial. These mouse ears are […]
  • Simple Spring Banner, 2nd Blogger Competition #3

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hello, hello! It’s day 3 of our Blogger Competition and today’s competitor is bringing yet another incredible project to this super fun and friendly competition. The crazy talented and so super nice Becky from UCreate is pulling out all the stops and sharing a super fun and very creative Spring Banner made with a gorgeous […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • How to Build a Campfire

    Sherri Osborn
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    While I have built plenty of real campfires and could help you out with the real thing if you like, I would rather explain how you can use a CD, some rocks, and some tissue paper to make this cute…Read more →
  • 20 Beautiful Butterfly Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    14 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    One thing I love this time of year is watching butterflies… Then I figured, why just watch butterflies when I can make them. These beautiful butterfly crafts are great for kids — but that won’t stop me from making one…Read more →
  • DIY I Spy Travel Game with Free Printable

    Sherri Osborn
    12 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Next time you are planning a long road trip with the family, consider making a set of these DIY I Spy travel games. Not only will it help keep the kids occupied, it will help start your family vacation off…Read more →
  • 30 Things to Make With Chalkboard Paint

    Sherri Osborn
    10 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Some people may think that chalkboard paint is going out of style, but I certainly am not one of them. Sometimes I stroll through the aisles at my local thrift store or check out tables at garge sales and wonder…Read more →
  • Mother’s Day Printable Coupons

    Sherri Osborn
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mother’s Day will be here in less than a week. Have you found the perfect gift for mom yet? How about one for your grandma?   If you don’t have time to make one of these homemade gifts, check out…Read more →
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    Blogroll - Bellassa

  • Gettin' Pumped!! - Bellassa Boutique

    Adrianne Herold
    12 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Dylan's beautiful hand at photography. Every morning, every night, and all day between; I'm constantly thinking about this boutique and working on gettin' it goin'.  Beautiful gold & turquoise duo ring from Crystal Avenue. When I first thought of this plan, I had originally started looking online at some designers to sell their jewelry. I have ordered so much stock from different designers in NYC & LA. But then one day, I was deciding on a necklace to wear and pulled out a necklace I made about a year ago. Then I thought... 'Why am I not selling my own handmade stuff?!'. First…
  • Spring Essentials!

    Adrianne Herold
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I'm just tooooo happy it's nice out now. I mean, yesterday and today are close to 80 degrees (as I sit inside on my computer) but I just have too much inspiration and excitement dwelling in me so I thought I'd share this for now.Just a few little things. I've been scrolling through the internet and these things caught my eye and I thought I'd share. I'm sure I'll be making 5 different "Spring Essential" posts because.. well.. it's all essential! ;) Michael kors topmichaelkors.comBirkenstock sandalsae.comFree People leather shoesfreepeople.comFree People moonstone ringfreepeople.comFree…
  • Try The World!

    Adrianne Herold
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I've traveled a lot of places...and something that always intrigues me and gets me inspired is the different foods from each place I've been! Now I know traveling to Italy or France isn't cheap, but there is still a way to get real food and recipes straight from another country! If you're anything like me, you really enjoy subscription boxes. It's like getting presents throughout the year!And that's exactly what Try The World is! Every two months, you'll receive a box full of flavor from a new country. You get 6-7 full-size items in a box; snacks, ingredients,…
  • DIY Dry Shampoo for Light or Dark Hair

    Adrianne Herold
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have been using this recipe for over a year now and I wouldn't replace it for any other dry shampoo. It smells amazing, feels amazing, and works so perfect for my dark hair. You get no weird residue feeling with it and you can't see it at all!It's actually better to only wash your hair every other day. Washing it too often can try your hair/scalp out and doesn't let the natural oils do their jobs. But, some of us can't go more than a day so that's why dry shampoo is such a great cure. The ingredients in these are good for your hair and are probably already in your kitchen! Corn starch…
  • Low-Fat Lemon Crinkle Cookies

    Adrianne Herold
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I've made these cookies three times this week... I just can't stop. They are so good! They just melt in your mouth and taste like summer! So perfect!! They take a total of about 25 minutes to make and are only worth 2+ Weight Watcher points!! What else could you ask for?! Ingredients:A box of lemon cake mix8oz Cool Whip, thawed1 eggsmall bowl of powdered sugar (roughly a cup or two)Let's Start!Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a silicone baking mat on a large cookie sheet.In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the cake mix, followed by the cool whip.Mix well until all combined, batter…
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  • Quick and Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Mint Oreo Cookie Desserts

    13 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Hello everyone! Today I’m over at Club Chica sharing my recipes for the easy and delicious No Bake Peanut Butter dessert! Hop over there to see how easy it is to make….but check out my other recipes before you leave! If your life sometimes gets a little hectic and you don’t have a lot of time […] The post Quick and Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Mint Oreo Cookie Desserts appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    These easy {no-bake} Lemon Meringue Pies are perfect for a Summer dessert.  They are quick, creamy, and full of delicious lemon flavor.  No need to spend time over the hot stove for these pies!There’s no baking at all! They make a perfect Summer back yard dessert everyone will love! Have you tried Lemon Oreo’s?  That’s […] The post Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’m at Club ChicaCircle today sharing how to make these organizers using cereal boxes! Organizing is one thing I love to do. I’m always adding things to my craft room because I am a garage sale freeeeak! So I needed a way to organize everything without spending lots of $$$ on organizers. I made these […] The post Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Grandparents New Baby Arrival Countdown

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
      Keep track of when your new grandbaby (or baby) is going to arrive with this countdown made from a recycled milk carton!   My daughter is expecting her first baby, my first grandbaby, and he will be here in 7 weeks!  Where did the time go? It has gone by so fast. We all […] The post Grandparents New Baby Arrival Countdown appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Tie Dye Easter Egg Cake

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Get festive this year with a Tie-Dye Easter Egg Cake!  Using colored cake batter and a cookie cutter you can make the best Easter cake ever! Making a tie-dye cake is really easy and your guest will be so impressed.  Make one to match your Easter eggs… that’s getting festive!! All you need for this […] The post Tie Dye Easter Egg Cake appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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  • Lego party printables - part 1 - cupcake toppers

    25 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    These past weeks have been slow in terms of crafting, but since I have less than a month and a half until my son's 8th birthday party (beginning of July), I decided I needed to start preparations on that front as well. This year we are going to have a Lego birthday party! I loved Legos when I was growing up and apparently my son has inherited that trait. We recently went to a Lego Fan Festival (I'll have to share those photos here one of these days), not to mention that we have a Lego city permanently installed in a corner of our living room (I wish I could move it to his room, but I'm…
  • Celebrate Memorial Day!

    25 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Happy Memorial Day to all my US readers. I'm in Portugal, so it's not a holiday for us, but it's never too much to remember and honor the men and women who died in military service.Enjoy your holiday!
  • May 2015 crochet along - part 2 is finished!

    23 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Hi everyone! I rarely have time to write posts during the weekends but I just wanted to brag about the fact that I've finished part 2 of the challenge and I'm already working on part 3.Here are the completed large rectangles from part 2:And the small rectangles + the four flowers: In case you haven't heard about it before, the May 2015 crochet along challenge was launched by Joanita, from  Creative Crochet Workshop, so go check out her blog for the patterns and updates. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
  • Felt (or fabric) envelope gift package tutorial

    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Finding new ways to pack my homemade presents is always a challenge. And when I made the Frozen art bag last weekend I knew I wanted something original. I toyed with the idea of customizing a cereal box (using the cereal box to gift bag tutorial I posted a couple of weeks ago) but the Frozen bag was too big to fit into a cereal box. Then I decided I wanted a fabric covered box but after tweaking with the idea, I realized I would not have enough time to finish it before the party. And so I came up with the felt envelope gift package: When I got the felt to make the bag, I bought an…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 20 update

    21 May 2015 | 3:47 am
     Can you believe May is almost over? In a little over a week we'll be in June and summer is almost upon us.This past week was really slow in terms of decluttering, since I've been busy with a lot of other things, from working late and getting home just in time to rush the kids to bed to an excess of birthday parties (two last weekend, one more scheduled for next Sunday). In between, I've gone back to books. Even though I've discarded a lot of them, I still have tons in my bookshelves, so I gave it another round and got rid of a few more. Some were saved in digital format and some were…
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  • Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day – Hari Guru 2015

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

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

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

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

    Zurainny Ismail
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    What is a CAL or Crochet Along? Crochet Along is a crocheting activity that encourages participants to work on the same project such as a cardigan, a scarf, a cushion cover, etc.  Before the CAL starts, the organizer will set out the guidelines which includes, among others, the project (such as a baby cardigan), specifics about the stitch, yarn and colour (yarn brand/type, afghan, bold colours, etc), the pattern/design, the duration of the CAL and so forth. Crochet Along is a fun activity because the participants can share their project, get ideas and advice from others, share tips, and most…
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  • Small beacons of light, vintage brass candlesticks

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    It’s always nice to add warmth to your house.Candles play an important role in our lives, pure functional giving light and warmth, enriching our home décor, by creating an illuminating aura or the typical ambiance of candlelight, succeeding in changing the mood of our entire home and its inhabitants. Whether on your dining room table, sideboards or fireplace mantels, a stunning display of many styles of brass candlesticks will do the job to create a unique decorative focus. Brass candlesticks with a sparkling polished finish, add a luxurious detail, embellishing, even gracing, your…
  • Ward of malignant spirits and witches with your vintage doorknocker

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Has your house got the classical ring knocker or crescent moon knocker? It doesn’t really matter, as that knocker has one purpose only: to request entrance into the house. First impressions have a lasting effect when entering ones home, they might be important. Doorknockers can be powerfully symbolic and always express artistic beauty. Known through history as symbols of hospitality, good luck or just put on doors to ward off bad spirits, whether in the shape of human heads (based on Greek statues standing in front of houses) or mythical beasts, doorknockers remain more popular than a…
  • Unique collector’s items: The Liebig chromo collection

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    17 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    Let’s go back into French history, to the mid 19th century in Paris, where the warehouse “Au Bon Marché” thought of a new way of promotion (quickly followed by other brands): they offered children pictures, showing nature, history, science or art, all of them on coloured lithographed cards (7 to 11cm). The cards were added to the packaging for “Liebig’s Extract of Meat” products. Given this way to customers, made people want to have the whole series, collections. The birth of the Liebig Collection of chromos was a fact: loads of pictures showing different scenes were…
  • To spend a penny pull the vintage pull and let go!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    11 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Nowadays bathrooms and sanitary ware are perfectly designed, whether you go all modern, or go for the genuine vintage touch of adding character, including the Victorian style ceramic high level cistern chrome flush pull toilets. Houses built with several en suites, will sell quicker than others, en suites are “in”. We’re a long way apart from the old days and yet not that long, I still remember the scary outdoor toilet at my gran’s old farm… An extremely personal subject to tackle when you have this vintage object to talk about: an original Victorian style ceramic flush pull handle.
  • Freebie recipe: Acacia beignets or fritters, sweetness and fragrance all around

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    9 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Ah, the intoxicating scent and sight of the Acacia blossom, the promises of delightful cuisine, indeed springtime has arrived. Why not spoil the love of your life with unique fragrant flower pancakes… When we bought our house and land here in the South of France, the Acacia trees, with their unique shape and blossoms, their feathery leaves, globular flowers and dry seedpods were eye-catching. Who doesn’t want garden trees surrounded by butterflies. Little did I know then, as to me they were only the construction material of the Ark of Noah and the Old Covenant, wood being a popular…
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  • New Colors for May

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

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

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

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

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    (Click to Enlarge) Gumby, one of our Nigerian dwarf goats, thoughtfully munches on hay on a rare Texas snow day. When you choose to live in Texas, you choose a beastly hot summer balanced by spectacular springs and autumns and a tolerable winter of 50-degree days. Over the last seven years, we can count the number of snowfalls on one hand. But it snowed last night, albeit a Texas kind of snowfall: a foundation of frozen rain topped with a modest but fluffy layer of crispy dry snow. Maybe 2″ tops. It was a special treat for the goats, who have seen just one other snow day in their year…
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  • Arm Knitting is Stupid

    Alice Seidel
    18 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Okay, so let me go out on a limb here and say it. Arm knitting is stupid. At least I think it is . It ISN’T knitting! Who ever heard of using your arms for needles and wending the yarn through them? Every time I see someone doing this it looks like the biggest mess ever. Let me back up . . . Last week I managed to produce zero (0) blog posts. I’ve taken on some extra writing gigs these days to help with paying our bills. They take up some time during the day and by 4:00 or so I have no interest in starting a new blog post, isn’t that terrible? I am tired. In addition to…
  • Do You Use a Yarn Ball Winder? A Review of One

    Alice Seidel
    8 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Do you use a yarn ball winder or are you still looking? I love anything that will make my knitting easier! Whether I find lighter needles or a new line of yarn that floats effortlessly along, I like everything that just gives us a little extra boost when we pick up our yarn and needles. Yes? Which reminds me of my grandmother. My mother’s mother. Stella. Well, I didn’t call her that. To me she was “Baba”, when I was very little and “Granny” when my kids came along.  A short woman with dark brown hair, she was Polish and could speak the language fluently,…
  • How to Knit a Scarf

    Alice Seidel
    3 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    How to knit a scarf may seem perfectly simple. In fact, it’s one of the nicest things to do, to knit. And something that pops right to mind when you think of knitting. Which makes me remember way back when I was just learning to knit. I was lucky enough to be best friends with a girl who loved to do handcrafts just like me. Back when we went to high school, we had those courses called “Home Economics” and “Shop” for the boys. Expectations back in the 1960s wasn’t what it is today; and I still think there’s something very good about knowing how to do…
  • Friday Knitting Musings for May 1

    Alice Seidel
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Friday knitting musings are here again Yesterday when I walked Piper and Scooter around the block I couldn’t get over how there was NO WIND! Absolutely nothing. Especially as I rounded the corner onto Romford Lane and you begin to walk in a northerly direction and the WIND is usually attacking your face for the entire block! Most days I would come home with a face stinging from the icy cold wind that just never wants to quit! But this walk . . . Nothing. I really need to star my calendar on this one! For months we have been living with wind. This is New Jersey not Wyoming. But,…
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  • What Does “News Sense” Mean for a Blogger?

    Sarah White
    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    I’ve recently started writing for a local food publication, which is the closest to journalism I’ve come in a few years. A colleague has commented a couple of times on my ability to find stories and to see stories where she just says, “oh, that’s interesting.” In the biz, they call that having good news sense, and it’s something I’ve heard said of me throughout my career. I seem to know what will make a good story or which story from a collection will be the most important to people. Bloggers, of course, are not (not all, anyway, or not always)…
  • Frugal Family Linky May 21

    Sarah White
    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    This week I made lanterns for the girl’s playhouse out of SunnyD bottles. This is such a fun craft that you can do with any kind of plastic bottle and use for a lot of different things, and though I did mine solo it’s a fun craft for kids as well. It’s always fun to look at trash (or recycling!) in different ways. This Week’s Featured Posts Summer can mean lots of spending on vacations and extra activities when kids aren’t in school. Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller has 20 tips for saving money during the summer, including hints on what to buy when if you…
  • #BirthCenterNWA Helps Moms Craft Their Own Birth Stories

    Sarah White
    20 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    This is a sponsored post for Acorn Influence and Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas. All opinions are my own. I had a pretty firm plan of what I wanted to happen when I had the girl. I was OK with a hospital birth because there was no way I was birthing at home and there weren’t any other options in Northwest Arkansas then. In the end it was great that I was planning to be at the hospital, given that I went into labor six weeks early. But I do wonder sometimes what it might have been like if our story had been different. It has long been the case that home birth or hospital birth were…
  • Make Plastic Bottle Lanterns from SunnyD Bottles

    Sarah White
    19 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias This time of year, before it gets too hot, we spend a lot of time outside. We’re big fans of picnics on the back porch and weekend afternoons spent playing in the yard. The girl has a big playset complete with swings, a slide and a little loft with a play spyglass, steering wheel and bell that gets a lot of use. A lot of times its a pirate ship, of course, but it can also be a school, an island, whatever she decides at that moment. Summer fun calls for…
  • Frugal Family Linky for May 14

    Sarah White
    14 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Hello and welcome again to the Frugal Family Linky! I’ve been thinking hard about some frugal projects, like making some new cloth napkins since the ones we have are getting pretty ragged, but so far thinking has not translated into doing. This Week’s Featured Posts Do you have a lot of dandelions in your yard right now? This activity from Hands On As We Grow is a great way to get kids to pick dandelions and practice counting at the same time. And they’re running around outside, which also means you get to be outside during the most beautiful time of year. What could be…
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  • Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The masterpiece is complete! Here is my Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket! Phew, it's finally finished and I am really happy with the way it turned out. Let me tell you all about it and walk you through all the steps so you can make your own! I will try to answer some frequently asked questions as well. Wish I had some better photos for you, but because of its size, it is hard to photograph. So these will have to do for now :)This tutorial is broken up into 4 different posts in order to give you as much step by step direction and detail as possible. Click the highlight links above each picture to…
  • Stamped Clay Yarn Ball Charm

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    A fun little yarn ball stamp doesn't only have to be used with ink. With a bit of polymer clay, you can make your own yarn ball charms! Perfect for a necklace, bracelet, or keychain for you and your yarn-lover friends!I found THIS stamp on Amazon (made by and it is a great size to make little charms (1.5x1") although I'm sad to say it is currently unavailable :( But don't worry, below are links to some similar ones (crocheters, the knitting needles can be cut off your clay charm). I also encourage you to check out the Hoffee and Nuffin Etsy Shop for a great selection of yarn…
  • Love Button Crochet Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    11 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    I love the combination of yarn, buttons, and felt! And a little of all three went into this Love Button Hat :) Use this pattern and design as a inspiration for your own creation! I ordered the Alphabet buttons from Amazon and I think they are adorable but in full disclosure the package that was sent to me didn't have any R's or B's... which kinda limits the word possibilities. They are about 3/4 in tall and come in pastel and dark pastel colors. Link to primary colored alphabet letters are below as well. Those ones are slightly larger. Materials:- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand…
  • Pom Pom Owl Art

    Sarah Zimmerman
    8 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Here's another owl project for you! And this one couldn't be any easier! Store bought assorted pom-poms, a shadowbox frame, and a little hot glue are all you need. You could make any shape, animal, letter, etc but you know how much I love owls :) So lets go ahead and make Pom Pom Owl Art!Materials:- 8x10 inch shadowbox frame- 2 large bags of assorted color and size pom-poms.  Mine are from Michaels.- Hot glue gunLay out your design. When you have a basic outline, start hot gluing the pom-poms directly to the back of the frame. It helps to start with the eyes and work outward. Just a…
  • Weeble Wobble Crochet Witch

    Sarah Zimmerman
    7 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    I had a fun opportunity to do a little crafty exchange with the very talented Laura Kelly. She made me one of her famous doodle drawings (see it HERE) and I told her that I could crochet her anything she would like. Her request? A little bitty witch :) Laura has a love for the Halloween holiday and magical witches. Elpheba from Wicked being one of her favorite characters and Minx from the book Little Witch is one of her childhood favorites. I told her I would see what I could come up with and I think I nailed it with this Weeble Wobble Crochet Witch! Since the bottom is weighted with…
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  • Shells on Garter-stitch Background

    Knitting Unlimited
    1 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    Shell stitch:  Insert right-hand needle into the front of the stitch 5 rows below the 3rd stitch on the left hand needle, and draw through a long loop, leave loop on right-hand needle and knit 1, make second loop into same stitch, knit 1, make third loop into same stitch, knit 1, make fourth loop into same stitch, knit 1, make fifth loop into same stitch, knit 1, make sixth loop into same stitch.Video tutorial: how to knit the Shells on Garter-stitch Background  With color A, cast on a multiple of 14 sts plus 2 additional sts and knit one row.Row 1…
  • Openwork Diamonds - Pattern 2

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 10 sts, + 6 and 16-row repeat.Row 1 - right side: K3, k2tog, * yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog; repeat from * to last st, yo, k1.Row 2 and wrong side rows: Purl all sts.Row 3: K2, k2tog, * yo, k3, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2.Row 5: K1, k2tog, * yo, k2tog, yo, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, k2Tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, yo, k1Row 7: K2tog, * yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, yo, k2.Row 9: K1, yo, * ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo; repeat from * to last 5 sts, ssk, k3.Row 11: K2, yo, * ssk,…
  • Openwork Diamonds - Pattern 1

    Knitting Unlimited
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 8 sts, + 1 and 12-row repeat.Row 1 and all wrong side rows: Purl all sts.Row 2 - right side: K1, * k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 4: K1, * k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end.Row 6: K2-tog, * yo, k5, yo, k3tog; repeat from *, ending last repeat with ssk.Row 8: K1, * yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.Row 10: K1, * k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 12: K1, * k2, yo, k3tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl | Yo: Yarn over | K2tog: Knit 2 sts together | Ssk:…
  • Stockinette and Garter Diamonds

    Knitting Unlimited
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 10 sts + 1, and 16-row repeat.Row 1: K1, * yo, ssk, p5, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.Row 2: P1 * p2, k5, p3; repeat from * to end.Row 3: K1, * k1, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 4: P1, * p3, k3, p4; repeat from * to end.Row 5: K1, * k2, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 6: P1 * p4, k1, p5; repeat from * to end.Row 7: K1, * k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k4; repeat from * to end.Row 8: Purl all sts.Row 9: P1, * p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3; repeat from * to end.Row 10: K1, * k2, p5, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 11:…
  • Raindrop

    Knitting Unlimited
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 6 sts, + 5 and 12-row repeat.Row 1 - right side: P5, * yo, p2tog, p4; repeat from * to end.Row 2: K5, * p1, k5; repeat from * to end.Row 3: P5, * k1, p5; repeat from * to end.Row 4: As row 2.Row 5: As row 3.Row 6: As row 2.Row 7: P2, * yo, p2tog, p4; repeat from * to last 3 sts, yo, p2tog, p1.Row 8: K2, * p1, k5; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.Row 9: P2, * k1, p5; repeat from * to last 3 sts. k1, p2.Row 10: As row 8.Row 11: As row 9.Row 12: As row 8.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl | Yo: Yarn over | P2tog: Purl 2 sts together.
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  • "Circus" Collection Silhouettes

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Some recent work inspired by the circus and organized chaos!
  • thesis beading...

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    This is some beading in progress for my thesis. Love the mirror-like quality of the sew-on pieces! The crystals are Aurora Borealis. Can't wait to see it finished.
  • House of Mirrors

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

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
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  • Homemade Raspberry Jam

    Laurel Blow
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just in time for the upcoming berry seasons, we are cleaning out our homemade raspberry jam stash! For this last batch we picked about 18 pounds of raspberries, which ended up making 30 canning jars of homemade raspberry jam. I have not purchased jam from the store in two years. Our shelves are always stocked. … Continue reading Homemade Raspberry Jam → The post Homemade Raspberry Jam appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 2015 April Income Report

    Laurel Blow
    12 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    There was a decent about of things keeping me from the website this month! I’m glad to be back here writing up this income report. There was quite a dip this month from last, and I blame it solely on pageviews. I was spending more time doing other things instead of promoting. Promoting your blog … Continue reading 2015 April Income Report → The post 2015 April Income Report appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Raspberry Brie Appetizer

    Laurel Blow
    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Warm brie topped with a homemade raspberry jam makes a beautiful display. It has a rustic look to it, and I plan to make this a center piece for an up n’ coming friendly gathering! Raspberry brie looks awesome, and tastes even better. I first discovered this amazing combination in a small town named Leavenworth. It was a … Continue reading Raspberry Brie Appetizer → The post Raspberry Brie Appetizer appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Mother’s Day 2015

    Laurel Blow
    10 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Hey guys! I just want to take a minute to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! She is my rock, go to person for everything, cheerleader, and hero! I love my mom with all of my heart. With her whole heart, she has always put my sister and I first. She is a woman … Continue reading Mother’s Day 2015 → The post Mother’s Day 2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Cucumber Cups

    Laurel Blow
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Would you look at these beautiful cucumber cups? They are filled with two different types of humus, roasted garlic and beat. Beat humus is quite delicious actually. It’s sweet! These cucumber cups are quick, easy and healthy. The make a gorgeous presentation for your appetizer display. With these on display you will wow your dinner … Continue reading Cucumber Cups → The post Cucumber Cups appeared first on Bread & With It.
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • Tissue paper tassel DIY planter

    22 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    Hello! It’s Megan from Homemade Ginger again, back with a super easy project. These tissue paper tassel planters are perfect for an end of year teacher gift or a simple centerpiece for an outdoor summer party.  I recently made a conventional tissue paper tassel garland to hang above my...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDecoupage watercolor DIY vaseEasy wooden spoon makeover: paint + Mod Podge = gorgeousFloral embellished DIY gift box 
  • What to do if you have a really small closet

    21 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    I’m really thrilled today, my friends. For a few reasons. First of all, I get to show my new ClosetMaid organization system to you. And this is a BIG deal because my closet has been a thing of nightmares for quite awhile (you’ll see). I’m also excited because I’m going to...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHow to water – with a gardening glove!Painted wall arrowsHow to build a paver planter #DIHworkshop 
  • Fun and flirty strawberry handmade earrings

    20 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Hey guys! It’s Aki again from Minted Strawberry back with another jewelry tutorial! It’s almost strawberry picking season here and I was dreaming of making some fun and girly strawberry stud earrings for my little sister since we both love strawberries. Thanks to the Mod Melts Trinkets...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesCopper & gold gem drop DIY earringsEasy Dimensional Magic bead ringsHow to make glass cabochons 
  • Decoupage watercolor DIY vase

    14 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    It’s Linda here, from burlap+blue, with a fun and easy way to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Spring is officially here! Celebrate with some pretty flowers and this Mod Podged Watercolor DIY vase -perfect for yourself or a gift! Materials: Mod Podge Gloss 2 glass...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDecoupage DIY photo displayDecoupage vintage View-Master bottleEasy wooden spoon makeover: paint + Mod Podge = gorgeous 
  • How to water – with a gardening glove!

    14 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    This is one of the most fun projects I’ve done in a long time. I was given a crafting challenge – to find a unique way to water my plants . . . and you know I love a good challenge! It was especially fun given that I just built some planter boxes using pavers and 2 x 2s, so it’s...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesPainted wall arrowsHow to build a paver planter #DIHworkshopDelicious Hershey’s Easter bark recipe 
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • How to Make Pop Up Card Boxes, Cut Separately {Throwback Thursday}

    Carol P
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to Throwback Thursday week 4! Here is another updated post from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting. This is Lesson 4 in a series of step by step lessons for How to Make Pop Up Cards. Pop Up Boxes, Cut Separately In the first three lessons all of the pop up mechanism were cut into the base card. This leaves a hole in the base card, and limits the appearance and shape
  • Designing Window Pop Up Cards in Silhouette Studio

    Carol P
    18 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    I have a guest post up on Silhouette School this week.  It's a tutorial for making window cards using Silhouette Studio. Hop on over and visit! Download  file  if you don't want to attempt it.  File downloads for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00. If you don't have Silhouette Studio you can
  • How to Make V Fold Pop Up Cards {Throwback Thursday}

    Carol P
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to Throwback Thursday week 3! Every Thursday I am updating posts from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting. This is Lesson 3 in a series of step by step lessons for How to Make Pop Up Cards. Pop Up Card V fold The most basic v fold pop up is a symmetrical 45 degree angle fold. To make this v fold pop up, fold a piece of paper in half. Draw a square with one side
  • Last Minute Mother's Day Cards

    Carol P
    9 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Still need a Mother's Day card? Here are some (relatively) quick cards you can make.  Some are best suited for machine cutting (free SVG and Silhouette Studio cutting files included), and some can be hand cut.  Teapot and Tea Cup Pop Up Card Easy assembly.  Cut by machine.  Heart Card Change the sentiment, and you're all set for Mother's Day. Three Flower Pop Up Card   Flowers and vase
  • How to Make Rectangular Box Pop Up Cards {Throwback Thursday}

    Carol P
    7 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to Throwback Thursday week 2! I am digging up, dusting off, and updating posts from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting. This is Lesson 2 in a series of step by step lessons for How to Make Pop Up Cards. Rectangular Pop Up Boxes (cut on the fold)   The pop up boxes cut in Lesson 1 were symmetrical. Viewed from the side the pop out piece and the card formed a
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • Heart Shaped Bird Bath using Plus Air Dry Clay

    Will Webb
    21 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Make an adorable bird bath to hold your rings or small keepsakes           by using PLUS air dry clay. MATERIALS NEEDED:Plus air dry clay in whiteWooden skewerSmall cup of waterWhite, red, Caribbean blue, denim blue and orange acrylic paintsPaint brushesBlack permanent markerClear acrylic spray to seal INSTRUCTIONS: 1) How to make a “pinch pot”. Cut off a piece of Plus clay a little larger than a golf ball. Roll into a ball and then begin pressing your right thumb into one side of the clay and begin turning the ball while pinching with your fingers. Cup the ball in the left hand…
  • Air Dry Clay Mask

    Will Webb
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Mask Mania! Masks have been around for thousands of years and they are used for many purposes. Now you can create your own mask using PLUS air dry clay! Materials needed: ACTÍVA ProductsPLUS air dry clay Hearty Clay Roller kit Wooden skewer for cutting clay Texture for clay such as pre-made clay stamps, rubber stamps, buttons, lace or anything that can be pressed into the clay.Piece of canvas or cloth to roll mask on Old magazine, masking tape and wadded up newsprint to make mask form or use 4” PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise 10” long.Plastic bag to cover mask form.Wire cut off to slice…
  • PLUS CLAY - air dry clay STAMP

    Will Webb
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    PLUS air dry CLAY STAMP Make an impressive one of a kind clay stamp by using PLUS air dry clay Materials need:Plus air dry clayPencil or a wooden skewerCheese cutterButtons, stamps or anything with a good textureClear acrylic spray to seal Instructions: 1) Pull or cut a piece of clay off of block about the size of a walnut. Without over working the clay, shape the clay into a ball by rolling in between hands. 2) Begin forming the handle of the stamp by grasping ball in the middle and pulling and rolling a handle or doorknob shape. 3) Tap the ball end of the stamp lightly on a flat surface to…
  • CelluClay Paper Mache Bird

    Will Webb
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    CelluClay Paper Mache Bird Materials: ACTÍVA CelluClay (white or gray formula) Newspaper Masking tape Tan colored acrylic paint (Plaid's Folk Art brand) Chalk Permanent markers (Sakura Permopaques) Spray varnish  Instructions: ARMATURE: Crumple newspaper and secure with masking tape to create the body of the bird. Repeat with a smaller ball of newspaper to make the head. Tape the two pieces together. MIX: Mix ACTÍVA CelluClay pulp according to instructions. Optionally, you can tint the white ACTÍVA CelluClay with tan acrylic paint while mixing to give it the look of natural clay. PAT:…
  • Hearty Clay Vintage Heart

    Activa Products
    11 Oct 2013 | 10:06 am
    Hearty Clay Vintage Heart Materials White Hearty Clay Clay roller Heart clay cutters Clay scissors Walnut ink Rubber stamps or stamp mat Black Sharpie pen or word rubber stamp Permanent ink pad Directions Roll white Hearty Clay to 1/16" thickness on clay roll Place stamp mat on clay and roll across it Lift stamp mat, cut heart with small clay cutter If using a word rubber stamp, stamp now. Let air dry (less than 24 hours, turn while drying) Brush with walnut ink or cold coffee. Let dry If you want to hang this from your scrapbooking page... be sure you put a hole in your clay piece in step 3…
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    Sewing Avenue

  • Lace Shirt

    22 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Romance really seems to be in the air at this time of year. At my local church down the road, there is either a wedding or a child’s christening every other day this month. So with the sunshine in the blue sky and love in the air I thought I would try to capture the romantic flavour of some of the light and easy bohemian styles around this season with my romantic lace shirt. I adore lace and this pale peach coloured lace has been in the fabric stash for a while now. I realised that I only had just over a yard of it and have taken it out and played around with different ideas for garments…
  • Polkadot Dress

    15 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    One of my all time favourite fabrics has to be the polkadot. It’s always in fashion, either on shirts and blouses or dresses and scarfs. I have chosen this gorgeous blue spot today, which I suppose is a little bit corporate. I like smart though and I think it works well in this style of dress with the half sleeves. Polkadot Dress Fitting Polkadot Dress Layout Although this is a pattern which I have used before and it is in my go to dress pattern pile on the shelf, it came out a bit snug when I did my fitting and I had to let the seams out about half an inch on each side, as much as I could…
  • Smart Office Dress

    8 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    I was in need of some creative sewing fun this week after the disappointment of my Blue Dress. Therefore I went right back to my favourite way of working which is to select a look as my inspiration and take it from there. The inspiring look I choose can sometimes come from the runway and other times from collections in fashion stores. In this make, the style of dress I have chosen as a starting point is this tricolour dress which was snapped on Victoria Beckham. I think it will make the perfect smart office dress. Smart Office Dress Front The pattern which I have chosen is from my existing…
  • Blue Dress

    5 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Remember to follow me on Bloglovin Do I look blue? I don’t make a habit of posting pattern reviews as that is not really how I work. I would usually like to find my inspiration and then work out how to create a dress or outfit from that starting point, out of the patterns I have either bought, altered or made myself. For some reason though I wanted to take this very mundane and ordinary, even frumpy looking pattern, New Look 6305 and work with it to come up with a usable item. A personal challenge for myself to create a wearable garment or two. Last time I showed you how I made the Sheer…
  • Sheer Shirt

    1 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Have you ever had a pattern and you don’t know why you bought it? I was looking through some of my pattern stash recently, and I have to say that it is quite considerable now, when I came across this one, New look 6305. I don’t quite know why I collect so many patterns. I think it is a bit like people who like books knowing that they can not possibly read them all but they just have to own them. I know that I will never have the time to make everything that I want to sew but some how owning the patterns is inspiring and keeps the sewing juices flowing. Sheer Shirt Pattern Getting back to…
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    Craft Organizer

  • Make Decorations With Toilet Paper Rolls!

    22 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Many women, from time to time, love to remodel or renovate the decoration in their homes. But, as we are all aware, many ornaments and decorations may have astronomical prices. How about learning to make a beautiful adornment that will look great in your living room or even be a great decoration piece for your dining table? This beautiful ornament will be made out of nothing more than toilet paper rolls and will give a special touch to your table decorations in times of festivities or any other day. What’s more, you will be helping our planet Earth by reusing materials! Isn’t it…
  • Make Gorgeous Feathers Using Wires

    14 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I was impressed when I saw the outcome of this DIY tutorial. Making gorgeous feathers with wires? Awesome! Follow the tutorial below for a great project! This crafty goodness was actually a happy accident. I was trying my best to make a hot air balloon decoration for my sons room out of yarn using liquid starch, a balloon and a wire frame that I had created. Because the project was taking me much longer than anticipated I had to stop about half way through. The first part dried, the balloon shrunk, and I was left with deep disappointment. I had failed and the project sat unfinished for weeks.
  • 26 Amazing Crafts You Can Do With Just A Balloon

    13 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Balloons are mostly used in parties and not much else. However, you will be surprised at how useful they can be for making crafts! These 26 ideas are incredible, easy to make and uses balloons! 1. Make a DIY button-bowl.   2. Make your own clouds… sort of. 3. Make this awesome light from tree branches. 4. Use them to make chocolate serving bowls. 5. Freeze them to make these glowing lawn decorations. 6. Keep track of who’s glass belongs to whom like this. 7. Combine rolls of magazines to make an awesome bowl. 8. Make ice candles for your winter event. 9. Ninja stress balls help take…
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    Hobbies Database

  • Needle Felting: Pumpkins

    Marsha Norman
    1 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Needle felting is such a hobby that you can create anything you can dream of. The techniques are easy, materials are not expensive. What should you expect more from a hobby? Polymer clay also has these aspects but lacks the natural feel of the wool. This week I tried to make needle felted pumpkins. Before starting, I did not watched or read a tutorial cause I wanted to create my pumpkins...
  • Needle Felting

    Marsha Norman
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    I am always in search for a new hobby. Actually findind new hobbies is my ultimate hobby I guess. Last week I stumbled upon a lifelike sculpture made of felt and fell in love with it. How could I make one of those? After a brief search I was shocked that it was made of just wool and just by using needles. At first I didn’t believe, I found other...
  • Polymer Clay Marbled Moon Wall Hanging

    Marsha Norman
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    Marble is a rock composed of several minerals that are recrystallized as you know and I love everything with a marbled look. Not only the standart white marble with gray and black veins but especially the colorful ones with contrasting colors (like the one I made with nail polish on glassware) gives me joy. Recently I’ve been spending time and effort on my new and favorite hobby, polymer clay. It’s...
  • List of Hobbies

    Charles Norman
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Here is a huge list of hobbies. If you are bored from your hobbies or want a new hobby give this list a try. It’s the easiest way to find a new hobby. Please check the list of hobbies and make sure your hobbies are on this list. If you want to add a hobby that is not on the list please leave a comment or contact us. If you...
  • How to Find a Hobby?

    Charles Norman
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    It seems like watching television and catching up on social media are our only hobbies lately. That’s a shame, because hobbies have real benefits. Having a hobby is a great way to relieve stress, cope with anxiety and meet with new people. Hobbies let you explore interests outside of your Daily life. They let you be creative and try new things. Hobbies will raise the quality of your life, they take...
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    Smitha Katti

  • Kids Room Ideas

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

    11 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    After enjoying yesterday’s Spring Photography Ideas, I had a spring inspired cake on my mind. So, for Mother’s day, I spent time with my daughters – mixing cake batter, making frosting from scratch, piping out flowers and then eating cake. What a wonderful day!I often watch cake tutorials on youtube with my girls. During the winter, it was a way to get the cartoons off and cuddle in a blanket with our ipad. Some of my favorite cake/cupcake Youtube channels are Nerdy Nummies, My Cupcake Addiction, How to cook that and Cake Style. We recently discovered Charlis Crafty Kitchen…
  • Spring photography ideas

    10 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    Spring is the best time of the year to carry your camera and take a walk around the block. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Spring photography ideas To get a new perspective in your photography – Get close to your photo’s subject | Focus on the small details of nature | Use a large aperture (my fave is f1.4) and get great bokeh | Shoot from the hip (take your camera low, around hip level and shoot blindly) | Shoot at sunrise or sunset, the dramatic lighting will add magic to your photos | Just wander around your street and capture the essence of spring onto your…
  • Yarn stash busting projects: The 10 day quick knit

    6 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    If you are on the lookout for yarn stash busting projects, this tutorial makes a cute, cuddly, handmade baby blanket in just 10 days. So go and dig out your (ahem hidden) yarn stash for this handmade knit that would be perfect for your family or as a baby shower gift.Early last week, as I was typing up the Handknit color blocked afghan blog post, I found myself staring at the yarn pictures and yearning to start something new to knit. I have other projects waiting to be finished, canvases that are half done, fabric that has been cut, but all I wanted to really do was knit again. The sane…
  • Easy DIY Wall Art: Heart on Canvas

    4 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    This is a an easy DIY Wall Art tutorial, a simple heart shape on a canvas. Fun, bright colors that would work well in a kids room, craft room or as a gift! One 12 by 12 inch canvas (i like to buy mine in bulk), Gel Medium, Gesso, some old dictionary pages and Gelatos. You will also need a good pair of scissors. Step 1: Cover the entire canvas with the old paper using the gel medium as glue. Add some gesso over it to bring in some white color and fade out the text. Step 2: Rub some gelatos onto patterned papers to bring in depth to the color. I love the slight gradient/ombre look you get.
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