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  • DIY~Adorable Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant Necklace!

    Happybird's Crafting Haven
    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial: These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!   Materials Needed: *Old CD *Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in
  • Embroidered Jewelry — I'm on a Kick

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

    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hallie and Matthew are absolutely gorgeous and their clean and classic Oklahoma City wedding fits them perfectly! The couple selected July 4th as their date as an homage to Hallie’s grandparents, who were married on Independence Day 56 years prior. Hallie’s classic Jim Hjelm gown was fitted with a champagne sash, matching her maids’ J.Crew dresses, and we are loving Matthew’s sleek navy and brown groom attire. The Skirvin Hilton, with its 1920s chandeliers and downtown location, was the setting—its stately ballroom decorated with elegant greenery and a mix of ivory…
  • Made by you Monday

    Skip To My Lou
    Cindy Hopper
    29 Sep 2014 | 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!
  • crocheted hexagons

    Wee Wonderfuls
    Hillary Lang
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I have started another over ambitious project in a medium I know nothing about, crochet. After weeks of futsing with it here and there I think I figured out how to crochet a hexagon. Sometimes they turn out right and other times, doing the exact same thing, I get slightly different results. That happens when I crochet. So I barely know how to do this but I think I want to make an afghan of hexagons. I should totally go for it right? Who cares that I can barely join them, think I may be using the wrong kind of yarn, that I don't know how to finish the edges and have ZERO idea what to do…
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  • my popcorn favor box kits are in Yoopa Parents Magazine!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • autumn leaves canvas…

    tim holtz
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    the warm hues of fall colors layered with the shapes and textures of my sizzix alterations leaves result in this amazing creation from media team emma williams. check out today’s tutorial and see for yourself just how easy this is to create. combine your favorite colors of distress with dies and embossing folders to make Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Anna-Karin: Autumn Accordion Booklet Paula: Halloween Assemblage Clock Tim: Orlando Here We Come Richele: Fall Pumpkin Card with Distress Spray Stains Aida: Dad Mixed Media Continue Reading
  • dad mixed media canvas…

    tim holtz
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    there are many ways to capture the moments of our lives.  media team aida haron combines textures and color to create this wonderful mixed media canvas to showcase a family photo.  check out this tutorial for inspiring ways to use stamps, stencils, dies, and of course a whole lot of distress goodness…t!m   Hi everyone Continue Reading
  • orlando here we come…

    tim holtz
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    if you follow us on social media you already know just how busy we’ve been prepping and kitting for the upcoming collins rep show happening this weekend in orlando, florida.  lucky for me our creative neighbor art has agreed to work in the studio while we’re gone to build some props for CHA which is Continue Reading
  • autumn accordion booklet…

    tim holtz
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    have you ever wondered what possibilities one die has?  well media team anna-karin explores that very question with remarkable results.  wait until you see how she magically transforms the new sizzix textured leaf into the highlight of a dimensional colorful accordion book.  nothing is off limits here…t!m   Hello everyone!! I am happy to be Continue Reading
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  • Eagle Scout Project: 3D Printing In A Public Library

    Caleb Kraft
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    A large part of obtaining Eagle scout status is to do a project that benefits the community. Often these are things like park benches, drinking fountains, etc. Jacob Bruner had different ideas though. He wanted to bring 3D printing to his community. I especially loved the fact that this project […]Read more on MAKE
  • Klapthor’s Robots and the Atlanta Maker Faire

    Jeremy Cook
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    If you live in or around Atlanta, Georgia, or will be there on the weekend of October 4th and 5th, you should consider attending Maker Faire Atlanta. It will take place in downtown Decatur, and parking and other information on attending the event can be found here. If you’re wondering […]Read more on MAKE
  • Do You Know How To Gut A Fish?

    Andrew Salomone
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    If, by some mysterious turn of events, you end up with a fresh fish on your hands, make sure you know how to handle the situation with this basic tutorial from FOOD52.Read more on MAKE
  • The Radio Confessional

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I built this tiny broadcast room complete with live mics that broadcast to the local radio.  The structure is made of scrap steel and scrap plywood with a faux stucco paint job (paint and bead styrofoam) . The walls on the inside are strung making the entire structure a musical instrument.  The walls […]
  • The Mathematical Art of Vladimir Bulatov

    Caleb Kraft
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Vladimir has been making mathematical and geometric art for some time. At 3D printshow we caught up with him and he shares how 3D printing has changed his art work. Filed under: Art & DesignRead more on MAKE
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  • Good Raincoats That Come In Petite Sizes

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I have a few basic requirements for a rain coat – something that doesn’t scream “I also hike in this”, something that will survive being repeatedly crammed in a bag, and something that fits my petite frame. I also have a few more personal requirements: no wool (I’m allergic) and no extraneous buckles/straps/flaps that I will only manage to catch on everything. This combination of things were surprisingly difficult to find for a while and at one point I ordered ten possible coats online and tried them on one after another at home. Some were too fussy, too heavy,…
  • links: craft

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    DIY Kits | Haptic Lab. These are city map prints that you use to create your own small quilt. I LOVE this. These are also available from Purl Soho. Molly’s Sketchbook: Breezy Friendship Bracelets – The Purl Bee. So easy and colorful. I’m late to the friendship bracelet renewal thing, I know. See also: Cashmere + Neon Friendship Bracelets. Cool Tools – Rapid Heat Ceramic Glue Gun. “It’s better than guns costing 5 times as much.” 5 Small & Simple Leather DIYs | Apartment Therapy.
  • links: misc

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

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

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

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hello Friends! I spotted this little bit of cuteness thanks to my friend Jennifer Ingle asking for a challenge. I immediately decided to join in, I mean, how could I not? I loved the colorful pots but what I really thought about was the little cactus and what it would say if it could speak? I created the image in Adobe Illustrator and printed it up and mounted to a card base. Super easy and cute. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Creative Blog Hop

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

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

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

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

  • katie kitty

    Hillary Lang
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here's the kitty friend for the two dolls I just made. She's the Katie Kitty pattern from my book, Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love Fun to make! I haven't made an animal in a while.
  • crocheted hexagons

    Hillary Lang
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I have started another over ambitious project in a medium I know nothing about, crochet. After weeks of futsing with it here and there I think I figured out how to crochet a hexagon. Sometimes they turn out right and other times, doing the exact same thing, I get slightly different results. That happens when I crochet. So I barely know how to do this but I think I want to make an afghan of hexagons. I should totally go for it right? Who cares that I can barely join them, think I may be using the wrong kind of yarn, that I don't know how to finish the edges and have ZERO idea what to do…
  • apple picking

    Hillary Lang
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    I'm all proud of myself because we went and picked the apples before it was too late. I always miss it. Pickings were slim. And I may be imagining it, because I know it was a hard Winter for apples, but they don't seem to taste as awesome as they normally do. cider doughnuts are obviously harsh Winter resistant.
  • these two

    Hillary Lang
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    made with the elsa pattern
  • Instagram is easy

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

  • fall paper quilt

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make Halloween Masks for a Party

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    We have another fun and festive craft idea to make for your next Halloween party! Whether you’re hosting something at your home with family and friends or you’re helping with the arts and crafts for your child’s school, these masks are a great way to get in the Halloween spirit! Lucy and I are sharing the tutorial for these Halloween Masks with the help of CreativeLive! Watch our video below: I’ve partnered up with CreativeLive on a 2-Day Halloween Crafts and Party Ideas workshop! I’ve been busy busy busy planning and putting all the craft and recipe tutorials together…
  • Make Pipe Cleaner Apples

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    We’re crazy for apples – making, baking, eating, crafting! So many fun things to do with apples. We’re crafting these cute Pipe Cleaner Apples to have some fall time fun! Here are just a few of the activities you can do with your new Pipe Cleaner Apples: Gift these to a teacher. They can hang them all over the class room. Hang them on door knobs around the house. Tie twine to the stems and hang them from the mantle or bannister. Play a fall ring toss game with empty glass bottles. This would be fun for a carnival game! Head over to to see my step-by-step details…
  • Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples for Fall

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    It’s officially fall time! Get out the pumpkins, soup recipes, and Halloween decor! One of my favorite things about fall is all the yummy baking recipes! I found this apple crisp stuffed baked apples recipe from Tiffany of Creme De La Crumb that I think is perfect for fall! These apples have a caramel and crumble topping that everyone will love! YUM! Here are more delicious fall recipes: Applesauce Cookies Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel Caramel Dipped Apples The post Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples for Fall appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • 5 Finger Foods for Game Day

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    We are football fans at our house. Even our kids get into the fun, especially living in Seattle… Go Hawks! So I love to host game day parties sharing all sorts of fun game day finger foods! I’m collaborating on today’s post with PeakFection Salsa and Guacamole! They are found in your local Kroger grocery store in the fridge section. Pair these two up with your favorite bag of chips and you’re set to watch your team win! Here are 5 more fabulous football finger foods to share at your next game day party! 1. Sweet and Sour Meatballs from This Week for Dinner 2. Buffalo…
  • Make Halloween Crafts and Party Ideas with Me on CreativeLive

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    I’ve been giving little hints here and there that I’ve partnered up with CreativeLive on a 2-Day Halloween Crafts and Party Ideas workshop! I’ve been busy busy busy planning and putting all the craft and recipe tutorials together for this amazing 2 day event. And you can be part of it too! Watch it for FREE during the live broadcast on October 3rd and 4th. Sign up to RSVP to make sure you don’t miss a minute! Here’s a craft video I’m sharing for some super silly straw sippers, perfect for your holiday party. These will be great to make for Halloween into…
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  • delia's fall coat 2014

    amy k.
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This is the coat I sewed Delia this year. Like previous years, she picked the fabric and the lining. Her personal style in everyday clothes has changed a lot the past 4 years, but her taste in coats has not. She likes them formal and old fashioned. This thrills me. I used the same pattern I have for years, good ol' simplicity 2543 and made this one with even more room than last year's because she outgrew that one in the arms and shoulders by February. This fabric, a super soft brushed cotton with a nap, was purchased at the Mill Ends in SE portland. The buttons are vintage and the…
  • museum of international folk art—santa fe, nm

    amy k.
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Here are some of my favorite images from the Museum of International Folk Art. This was one of the highlights of my trip. When I was planning this solo trip I knew I wanted to do things that are hard for my family to do with me, like stay in one museum all day, which was the case with this museum. I was there all day, shed a few tears just from how amazing it all was and then pulled a total Amy by getting lost on a trail between the two museums (it was over grown!) and then after swearing, sweating, and back tracking 4 times, jumped a wall, only to land awkwardly in front of a tour bus…
  • fish taco from an airport

    amy k.
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This came from the Anthony's at Sea-Tac airport on my way home from Santa Fe. I think this falls under the category of impromptu fish taco. It was grilled Alaskan rockfish with mango salsa, on a flour tortilla. It was very good, if a little overpriced. The idea of a fish taco from an airport seemed both funny and ill advised, but this was very good. I was pretty hungry when I ordered it. Then I had some fun at the Butter London nail salon while drinking a delicious Caffe Vita Coffee americano. The Seattle airport is pretty great!
  • some photos from santa fe, nm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • settling in

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

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

    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
  • 13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm

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

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

  • Cell-Shaded Jeans For Borderlands Costume

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    When cosplayer Kirameku of Leipzig, Germany started her Nisha the Lawbringer (Borderlands) cosplay, she wanted to get the look just right. With a mix of Textilcolor and water, she painted over her jeans to get the perfect cell shaded look.
  • Iron Man Cutting Board

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    I do enjoy the craftiness that goes on over at Imgur, but those posts are so short. Since it’s a photo-based site, there’s never enough info about the crafts to satisfy my geeky little brain. That’s part of the reason why I love Craftster so much…all the details of a geek craft you can handle! Case in point: BadWolf314‘s Iron Man kitchen cutting board! BadWolf314 actually made this for another craftster in a swap and didn’t even keep this for herself! It’s made out of Bloodwood for the red, the eyes are maple, and the rest of it is cherry. And each…
  • Homemade “Up” Costumes

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    CKYKOK posted an album of the 2013 Halloween costumes he and his family made from the movie, “Up.” They made Carl, Russell, a construction worker, Charles, Kevin the peacock, and even a baby Kevin. If anyone is interested, CKYKOK said all of the costumes are available for purchase. For more info, PM him through Imgur.
  • A Magic-al Proposal

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

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

  • Liberty Metro T-Shirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    I made myself a new t-shirt over the weekend using this Liberty jersey that I picked up at Duckadilly Fabrics and some Riley Blake striped knit for the sleeves. The pattern is the Metro T-shirt by Liesl & Co. I've been on a knit sewing tear recently and I knew that this would come together quickly. I originally made it with long sleeves, but decided that they should be 3/4 length once I tried it on. This is where the problems started. I cut off the right sleeve approximately 7 inches from the cuff and check with all members of the family that this is indeed a good length.
  • Friday Stash Play

    Erin | house on hill road
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    5 minutes. 10 to 15 fabrics in a cohesive palette all from my stash. Myriad possibilities. Left to right, Collection and Designer: Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner, Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt, Backyard Garden by Cloud 9 for JoAnn's, True Colors by Anna Maria Horner (2 prints in a row), Juliana Horner for JoAnn's (collection name missing from the selvedge), Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner, Dowry by Anna Maria Horner, Sun Print Text by Alison Glass, Catnap by Lizzy House, Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House, Color Me Happy by Vanessa Christenson, Quilts 1700- 2010 by Liberty…
  • What I am working on this fine Wednesday

    Erin | house on hill road
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Because I keep putting my scissors down and not being able to find them, I made a scissors lanyard. Simple fix, really. Now I can just wear them around my neck. I used a strip of Liberty that was laying around, cut to 1.5" wide. I pressed it in half, opened it up, pressed the raw edges into the center crease, folded it closed and sewed it shut. Easy peasy and long overdue. Now I will not drop them between the seat of my car and the console while I'm stitching in the carpool line because they will be on my person. Look at me...I am brilliant! And then, as these things happen, I…
  • Stash Play

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

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

  • Living With Kids: Alisa Burke

    Design Mom
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Inspiration overload. You’ve been warned. If you only look at the pictures, you’ll want a wall of floor-to-ceiling blooms bursting into your life and a drawn-on dishwasher. But, oh! If you read Alisa‘s words, you’ll suddenly see everything around you in a crazy haze of beauty. (She’s an artist; she has that effect!) Her perspective is one that I can’t wait to share, and I truly hope you’ll leave this post overwhelmed with encouragement. Friends, please help me welcome Alisa and her family! Q: We can’t wait to meet you all! Tell us…
  • U2 & Madonna

    Design Mom
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. We have been listening to the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, pretty-much nonstop for a couple of weeks now. Have you had a chance to hear it yet? It’s the free album that was causing some drama on iTunes. We love the album. We are big U2 fans so we tend to like everything they produce, but that said, we feel like this album is especially good. Bono mentioned it was their most personal album, and I think it shows. Anyway, this is not an album review, it’s just that the album has Ben Blair and me talking about music and age. Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How’s it going? Any weekend plans you’re looking forward to? We’re thinking of our European kids this weekend, because Ralph is headed from England to France tomorrow. He’ll be in the same town, and attend the same school as Olive, but they’ll be living with different families. Oh man, the thought of them getting to see each other on most days makes me super happy, and is somehow hugely comforting. Which reminds me, I should totally share an update about how both Olive and Ralph are doing — hopefully next week!
  • Olive Us: Oscar’s Project

    Design Mom
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. Watch this one with your kids! They will love it, I promise. And I think you’ll like it too. In fact, maybe it will get you excited for a weekend project. : ) Every time we share a new Olive Us video, I think to myself: this is my favorite one yet! But this time, I think I mean it even more than usual. Hah! The idea in this new video is simple as can be, but I hope it will inspire kids everywhere to get out there and tackle their own projects. Take a look: I have to say, this was a really fun episode to film. It was the first one we filmed…
  • fashionABLE Kickstarter

    Design Mom
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    By Gabrielle. I’m so excited about this! Remember the Alt Summit + fashionABLE scarf design contest I mentioned? Well, today I’ve got a happy contest update for you. Over a hundred scarf designs were submitted, and the top choices were voted on last month. Then, on Monday, we announced the winners — the vote actually ended in a tie! The photos here feature both of the beautiful winning scarves. The blue one is the Zeritu, designed by Hannah Coulson. The peach one is the Tigist, designed by Drew Pistilli. As with all fashionABLE products, these scarves help provide jobs for…
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    weblog - Mayfly

  • the last of them

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beyond Neutral + giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    It has been nonstop apple-making around here this week since our trip to the orchard a little over a week ago. Apple pie, apple custard, applesauce and apple butter, oh my! Oh, you're hungry? Have an apple! No one is...
  • a project completed

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Well, look at that. My very first completed rug hooking thing (piece? wall hanging? rug? I don't know what to call it). Perhaps like many first completed projects of a new craft, I think this looks best from far away....
  • {this moment}

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
  • in the garden :: September 25

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    After being away for a week, I spent all of yesterday afternoon in the garden. Taking stock, tidying just a bit, and seeing what's to be done. We've had a frost, but a light one. Most everything is still doing...
  • just what I need

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Another crafty hobby? Why not! The more the merrier, I say. I've been thinking about rug hooking for a while now, partly inspired by the beautiful rugs Megan has been making these past few years, as well as the North...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Another one bites the dust

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Hello, Hello, from the other side of the wedding chaos – and chaos is a great way to describe it.  It was a fantastic three day event, with a family dinner on Friday where we met Winston’s family, and welcomed them to ours, and then the wedding day itself, and then a family brunch yesterday to wind things up.  Today we’re looking at pictures, resting, laughing and remembering, because it really was a wonderful day.  The weather was spectacular – completely out of character for the end of September in Toronto. Warm and sunny, hot even – and it was the perfect…
  • Why isn’t there a guardrail on this thing

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    My sister Erin is getting married on Saturday, and just back from two back to back trips, with a bike rally meeting looming in front of me, and all the things I have to do before the big day making a very, very long list… I think I might just go over the edge on this one. Everything seemed so doable in Colorado.  When I was at The Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling, I took pictures of the people I talked too (There were a lot of them) and I was light hearted and at ease. The wedding seemed far away. All I needed was a dress – and I had so much time, so I just enjoyed the ride. I met…
  • Time Lapse V.3

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The last one, I swear.  Little Rock Arkansas, to Toronto, Ontario. My yesterday, in sock pictures.  
  • Time Lapse V.2

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

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    A sock goes home – Denver to Toronto. My yesterday (and this morning) in pictures.
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    My Paper Crane

  • Open Subscriptions

    Heidi Kenney
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    If you are signed up to receive POMclub emails (you can find sign ups under the POMclub tab) then yesterday you would of received an email letting you know that open subscriptions are now available. Since there are just a few opening left, I wanted to post here in case you’d like to sign up. These subscriptions start for boxes shipping Oct. 1st (Halloween boxes!!) location USA : $30.00 USD – monthlyoutside USA : $35.00 USD – monthly Below you can see some photos from September’s Plush Of The Month boxes.
  • Fall Update!

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

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

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

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

  • on the needles

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

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

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

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

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

  • Editorial Submission :: Barry Lee

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Post by Natalie Barry Lee is an Atlanta based freelance illustrator who has a love for bright colors, weird characters and pop culture. He feels humor can be universal through illustration and gains inspiration everywhere from early eighties funk records to the Muppets. Follow him on Instagram @barrydraws for daily sketches. You can see more of Barry’s work on his website.
  • How to : Deal with creative disappointment

    Kate Leonard
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      There are times when despite our efforts we all feel disappointment in some of the things we may do creatively. Like for example when you didn’t quite get that illustration sketch right only to screw it up into a ball of scribbly disappointment landing on the floor behind you or when something you put alot of heart into didn’t turn out exactly how you’d wanted. With the creatively good we get the bad , I mean if everything in each talented creatives journey went right we’d all be rolling into success feeling very happy with ourselves prancing in a field of…
  • Illustrator & Writer Lisa Congdon.

    Rachel Frankel
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:49 pm
    This Art Crush entry has truly been a long time coming. I first came across Lisa Congdon by way of Meighan O’Toole’s former art blog and podcast, My Love For You (which is post-worthy in its own right–it was an enormous source of inspiration for me during my college years). While I definitely gravitated to Lisa’s work on a visual level, it was her personal story that drew me in. Freelance illustration had been her second career. She didn’t start painting or making art until she was 31, and here she was, participating in museum-level shows, working with clients like Chronicle…
  • Master Spotlight :: Salvador Dali

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist and an icon of Surrealism. Surrealism was an art movement known for dreamlike imagery. His most famous work is The Persistence of Memory, a painting of melting clocks. Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech was born in1904, in Figueres, Spain. The young Dali was intelligent and advanced for his age, but he got angry easily and was punished for that. His father was a lawyer and very strict. His mother though forgave his occasionally odd behavior. At an early age, Salvador was created sophisticated drawings. His parents built him an art studio, organized…
  • Editorial Submission :: Jessica Roux

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Post by James Jessica Roux is a Brooklyn based illustrator and designer. She is originally from the woodlands of North Carolina, where she grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora and fauna with intricate detail reminiscent of old world beauty. You can see more of Jessica’s work on her website.  
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  • high hair!

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Phew- I am back from DC! It was a beautiful and very busy weekend. I have 3 tattooed men that I never posted so here they come. This one found a new home in DC.
  • school girl fox

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
  • another flower fox girl

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    This one isn’t quite so summery.
  • Brave Fox

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
  • Fall Fashion Fox Fellow

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This fellow has all his Fall fashion going.
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Big Journeys

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    The big cloth we call Home.  It is a world. It is a shelter with no walls. I think it will carry going in a safe way.  I need a few quiet days.  To understand the Going.   Some how it is bigger than my words.  It is good to feel that.
  • Straying

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Today I am thinking about what I mean by a Small Journey. There is a bit of stray in all of us. Don't you think.?  Maybe what I mean by that is the willingness to leave our comfort zone,  if only for a moment at first.   Every bit of what is here in this piece is a small journey in itself.   And in some way it is also a nine patch to me . Imagine that.  And now as a composition it is also a small journey.   This is a self portrait, even if just for this morning.  I call it Serious Stray...Becoming at peace with oneself while considering…
  • Inspirational

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    So honored to be considered Inspirational... and mostly loving that this work pictured is in process, yes I love to be represented like that. Just realizing that fully. It is important at the moment.  As I try to address some confusion about calling myself an artist. Having pulled away for so long from being published. To be here. This is good timing for me.  I look forward to reading about my work from a different perspective. Instead of  my own.
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    Wooster Collective

  • Viavia Project
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Protection: The protector of emigrants This is a shout out to all the people around the world risking their lifes every day trying to cross borders in any possible way, in the illusion of finding a better life for them and their families. ... this is a silent scream of anger to all the people sitting in their chairs of power who do absolutely nothing to solve these problems and just able to protect their interests and profits instead of protecting people. Painted in the South of Italy in conjunction with the ViaVai Project in Racale, Salento, Puglia. The South of Italy is one of the main…
  • Vinz in Switzerland
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    From Vinz: The world in which we live advances fast. Too fast. It forces us to take decisions constantly. The stress that we suffer leads us to doubting on what paths to take. That leads to Anxiety. But we cannot be still. We must go on, break barriers, to see beyond walls and to continue ahead. I hope that you like it. Saludos and Feel Free!    
  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
  • The Inside Story of Keith Haring’s “Crack Is Wack” Mural
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This week the Huffington Post published a fascinating article written by Matthew Israel from Artsy, which tells the inside story of Keith Haring's icon "Crack is Wack" mural in New York City.  Its a great read with some amazing archival photos.  Isreal writes: How Crack is Wack came to be is not well-known. Nor is the fact that the mural is not the original version. Benny was one of the major catalysts for Crack is Wack. Benny was Haring's young, gifted studio assistant in the mid-1980s who became addicted to crack. Haring and the rest of his studio were close with him and…
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  • Pure Choreography

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lightsey Darst on Tere O'Connor Dance at American Dance Festival. Twin Cities audiences will have a chance to see the work in person at Walker Art Center in March 2015.image: Photo: Grant Halverson
  • Going Solo

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The solo animates a dancer in obsessive, sometimes hyperbolic, always personal ways. Linda Shapiro looks into the past and present of the form and talks with recent McKnight fellows about the program's uniquely dancer-driven process of creating new work.
  • Call Me Little Boy

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

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

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

  • Quality aspects of a hair straightener - Part two

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

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

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

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

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

  • BlueAbstract

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oaxaca Wrap Up

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

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

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

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

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

  • Refurb/Reupholst Of Junk Wooden Chair

    That Girl Katt
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I just went it and got some pretty fabric, unscrewed the pads of the chair, stapled the new fabric cover, reattach. Tighten screws, and sit!
  • Lady Death Brooch

    Anael MarsW
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    My friend Pri gave me an awesome cabuchon of a victorian-like skeleton lady with a classy hairdress and I transformed it into this brooch for adding an unique detail to a plain clothing ;D I wanted something elegant but not too much, I love chains!
  • Muffin Earrings

    Anael MarsW
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Oh how I enjoyed doing these! One of my friends (you know who you are! XD) told me I should do a pair of muffin earrings after she saw the pizza ones XD And hare they are! I'm not a big fan of pink but they looked great in that color ^^ Again done in Sculpey, colored with acrylic paint and gloss ^^
  • Vintage Clay Rose Ring

    carol & co.
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    a ring with a vintage, aged feel,.... before, I actually wanted to do a clay rose but it didnt work, so I transformed this half finished rose into this ring by adding hemp string and then making a braided band out of some hemp sting and a thin leather cord ,....,.,.,.
  • Skull Cameo Tile Pendant

    carol & co.
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    my latest project.... I got this idea from a manga ( one piece), it is kind of a cameo but I think it doesnt count a one really. I put this pendant on a charm bracelet but maybe it works well on a necklace also.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney’s Frozen party

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

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

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

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

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

  • So grateful to be back

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tute Tuesday: Manicure for Halloween

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    EEEP! It is almost October and that means Halloween will be here soon. You don’t want to go to your favorite haunts looking shabby, so why not pretty up those nails with I Sew Cute’s super spooky Halloween Manicure. Don’t let your polish be dismal, just add a little sparkle and have those monsters under […]
  • “Z” is for Zombie!

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Now that September is nearing an end, we’re starting to move into the spookiest time of the year. We may be weeks away from Halloween, but you’ve got to keep your wits about you; zombies are everywhere. These zombie dolls with handpainted faces are by lunamadre. I swear they look like they can see into […]
  • Meatless Monday: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    UGH! I’ve caught the first cold of the season. Can I start whining and crying now? I need some warm and hearty soup STAT! Annoyinglittlegirl has answered my prayers with this delicious Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup. This soup will warm up my bones and make my throat feel a hundred times better. Add a good […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Bee Magnets

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    This weekend, celebrate the last few days of National Honey Month by making adorable bee magnets out of small smooth stones. You don’t have to stop at bees, though; lexi_icedrink painted all sorts of fun designs on her stones. Gather up the kids and have a paint party!
  • Tute Tuesday: Rustic Fabric Pumpkins

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Fall is here! I am so excited! Leaves falling, sweaters, and pumpkins! I love everything pumpkin and these Rustic Fabric Pumpkins by Phizzychick are no exception. This tutorial is easy to follow and would be a great project to do with kids. These little pumpkins are a perfect treat for school, church or Halloween parties. […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • September Monthly Recap

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Such an ethereal and beautiful painting for this month. The swirls of the roses, the long and lovely ladies with their porcelain skin, the entwined threads studded with jewels... a truly magical and romantic inspiration. I think interpretations of this inspiration painting were so lovely. Let's see what inspired you!Your turn! Click the InLinz Link-up below to add your blog post to the hop! Please add your exact URL to the blog hop for the September 2014 Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge Recap. An InLinkz Link-up
  • Monday Musings - Autumnal Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Happy Monday everyone! It's that time again, can you believe it - the start of a brand new week. I hope it will be a good one for you! It's our last week of Autumnal beads, and I must say that I have loved sharing this month's theme with you - Autumn colours are really wonderful, I am sure you'll all agree. First up this week, a clasp from Bead Swede Supplies. (I hope you don't mind another one, Kristen says. We certainly don't mind more of your gorgeous work, that's for sure!)My co-editor Claire put some new Autumnal bead sets in her shop - Something to do beads - just a couple of…
  • Inside the Studio with Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Nan Smith! You have won a pair of lampwork beads made by Ema of Ema K Designs.Please email Ema with your contact information.But where did all the time go...? It seems no time at all since I last did an…
  • Perfect Pairings: Tres Jolie Designs by Sue

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Hello there, it's Rebecca here today, stepping in for Erin who is off doing very exciting things this week and unable to post today.When I popped over to the Flickr group, Sue's stunning necklace immediately leapt out at me. This necklace really connects with this month's artwork for me - not just the beautiful colours that Sue has chosen to work with - both in her incredible polymer work as well as in her necklace design. I love that she has picked up on the linear aspect of Margaret MacDonald's gesso panel with her beaded wire twists. Great and inspiring work Sue - thank…
  • Tutorial Tuesday:Swinging Spinning Disk Earrings

    Mary Harding
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Swinging Spinning Earrings in Pink -a rustic fancy lookSwinging Spinning Earrings in Blue-- a rustic urban lookMy tutorial for today features a way of making earrings that will spin and swing.  They are both made in the same way.  For the second pair, I just pulled out the wires to create a different shape. We will begin with making the spinning bead and then work on creating the longs wires that give the earrings a lot of swing.Tools you will needRound Nose pliersChain Nose PliersFlush cuttersPipe cutterViceSmall hammerBench blockSupplies for one pair of earrings6-8 artist disk…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    It's time to link up your amazing ideas to "Tip Me Tuesday"!  Let the SHARING begin!  Here's a few of my favorites who linked up last week!  {squeal in delight} Tip Junkie is on a grand mission to unite 1 million happy crafters and I've found an easier and better way to spread the word about YOUR homemade projects.  Wanna know how? It's all about reciprocity, baby.   Do you know that over 48 million people have visited Tip Junkie?  Yep.  That means that when you share blog links and upload photos ~…
  • 21 Ways to Make Beautiful Flowers {paper, fabric}

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How to make beautiful flowers in paper or fabric that are adorable!  These step-by-step how to make flowers out of fabric and how to make paper flowers craft tutorials include burlap fabric flower tutorials, tulle fabric flower tutorials, crepe paper flowers and how to make a paper rose.  These tutorials are fun, engaging and fabulous.  Why not make a flower today? How to Make Flowers Out of Fabric  1.  Ruched Fabric Flowers ~ Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make these lovely ruched fabric flowers.  Add these beauties to hair…
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  • once in a super moon

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To: Customize Envelopes with Matching Liners

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carmen from The Flair Exchange shows us how beautifully accessorize envelopes using Tiny Prints envelope liners! I’m always looking for a fun way to jazz up snail mail and envelope liners are a really simple way to do that! Tiny Prints has made it super easy to embellish your envelopes with their pre-made liners. These liners already come with a strip of adhesive, so you don’t even need to break out the glue stick. Step 1: Insert liner inside of envelope. Step 2: Fold both envelope flap and liner. This keeps your liner in position when applying the adhesive. Step 3: Remove adhesive…
  • Tiny Prints New Home Decor Personalized Pillows

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the introduction of our personalized pillows we asked our bloggers to create various designs for their homes. They each have their own style and it’s really fun to see their designs come to life. We love them all, but which is your favorite? DecorChick My Blessed Life In My Own Style a
  • Let’s Go Outside Baby Shower Inspiration Board

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re so happy to have one of our designers Stacey Day on the blog today. Stacey is sharing her inspiration behind her Let’s Go Outside baby shower invitation and some great ideas if you’re planning a baby shower. Images: flowers | drinks | runner | macarons Visit Stacey’s site: Stacey Day Paper See more of Stacey’s inspiration boards: Alluring Balloons | Onesie Whimsey | Successfully Stamped | Sparkling Spirit | Gleaming Graduation | Garden Graduation a
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • FREE SHIPPING today on Crafty Chica products!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    The new round of Crafty Chica goodies are on sale at Michaels Stores all over the country! Don’t have the Crafty Chica end cap at your local Michaels, or maybe your favorite items are sold out? We now have EVERYTHING online…and today and tomorrow we have FREE SHIPPING  – USPS priority mail, so you’ll get it in three days or less!Visit and enter CRAFTYCHICA14 in the coupon code area! Thanks to iLoveToCreate,Ford, and La Quinta, my family went on a Michaels Stores appearance tour through AZ, CA and TX…
  • Affirmation Necklace GIVEAWAY!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I had a web glitch and LOST all my daily Crafty Chica blog subscribers. Bummer, but I'm making good with it! Re-sign up HERE and you'll be entered to win one of these necklaces. I'll draw a name from my daily subscriber list each week and give one way! Eight total!CLICK HERE TO ENTER!Subscribe in a reader
  • Blog Subscribers: Reminder of my recent move! Please join me!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    16 Jun 2013 | 11:12 pm
    http://craftychica.comIt's been three months since I moved over to WordPress and I'm loving it! I've had a LOT of new blog posts - I hope you're not missing them! If you stopped receiving daily emails from me, that means you need to resign up on my new blog.Here is how to do that: 1. Go to Click on any project on the home page.3. Look to the right column and under my picture, you'll see a box that says "SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL" - simply enter your email and you're set! (OR you can subscribe at Bloglovin)In the meantime, here are some recent projects!Dyed Holographic…
  • Please join me at my new site!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 7:00 pm
    My top secret project for the last month!It's been so difficult to keep this one a secret, but finally I can share it with all of you. This month marks TWELVE years since I've launched It's a huge milestone for me, considering all the hours invested every week. All to share our love of crafting! One glitch - I've always had my blog separate from my main site - long story. Now, everything lives under - YAY!!! I'd heard about so many people switching to WordPress and I decided to do that too. I love that I can have the design YOU asked for (more…
  • GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica Cruise Swag Bag!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 2:00 pm
    I'm giving away TWO swag bags from last month's 7th Annual Crafty Chica Art Cruise!CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW TO ENTER!Subscribe in a reader
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Easy Breakfast Sandwich

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine. Now that school has been in session for almost a full month, we are in full school mode! I’m always looking for breakfast ideas for my teen son. Of course he would be happy to grab […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • DIY Glittered Jars

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Last year I wrote this up for a guest post and figured you’d all love to do this fast and easy craft too! DIY Glittered Jars are perfect for fall decorating and besides…… it’s GLITTER! I posted about using these for my fall table decor last year. I’m into simple and easy! I love a […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Clean it up!

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Remember a bit ago when I posted about how I clean and deodorize my microwave? Well I put together a full collection on Hometalk of their best Microwave cleaning solutions. I love seeing all the different suggestions and learning what works best for different people. Clean it Up! 8 Effortless Microwave Cleaning Tips   I just love […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • Crockpot Lemon Garlic Whole Chicken

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. My slow cooker is working overtime now that fall is here. With busier schedules, often means dinner time is more hectic. I know it’s not just me. I know many of you could also use this easy Crockpot Lemon Garlic Whole Chicken recipe for those days when you know the evening may have everyone eating […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Time to Party! Link Party Palooza!

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s Friday! It’s been a busy week around here full of creative ideas, just like this link party! Real Quick…….. I know my readers like easy ways to keep their house clean and fresh. I wrote this up for ebay……you may find it interesting. Natural Ways to Deodorize your Home   And can we ever […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #1: Sleeping Queens

    Kelsey Norwood
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    We are a game family – always have been and once we started having kids we decided we were going to be a technology free family, at least as far as phone/tablet games and other gaming systems go. Fast forward 10 years and we have four busy boys. With no screen time to keep them busy, we […]
  • Old-Fashioned Family Fun: White Mountain Puzzles

    Kelsey Norwood
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    We are kind of old-fashioned in our family, or at least we try to be. We don’t have an iPad, gaming systems, or cable television so we fill our time with other things we can do together like reading, playing board and card games, exploring nature, and doing jigsaw puzzles. I’m always looking for interesting […]
  • *FREEBIE* Dynamics Printable Game

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I was in charge of teaching a little dynamics lesson last week at our Family Choir class so we played a little game. It’s very easy and the kids had a great time. It works for all ages too! To play you’ll need dynamics printable 6 sheets of colored construction paper glue stick an arrow […]
  • Library List #1

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    We go to the library every other week at least and most of the time I have a few picture books I know I want but the rest I pick randomly and sometimes I get some really bad/boring/dumb books. The kids never mind but I do. If I’m going to read picture books for an […]
  • Zaycon Fabulous

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    * = square with a tail...and the shop has re-opened with a few bits and pieces...
  • A square with a tail

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Hello!I'm back...
  • Summer patchwork

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    I'm dropping out here for a couple of weeks.See you in September...
  • Heatborn

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Hot in Berlin...I'm doing drawings, loosely inspired by imagesfrom a book of traditional African sculptures.Thought it might help some - and it does...
  • There it is again...

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    ...the woven paper patch found a place to stay.Makes good use of little offcuts...(continued from last post)
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    Try Handmade

  • Table for Two

    Rebecca Hadfield
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    There was a time in our no-so-distant past when a table wasn’t considered to be properly set unless it was [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Yummy

    Erika Jurney
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    About this stunning bracelet by juiceglass This bracelet took a lot of time and joy in the making. Created with [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Passive Aggressive Lunch Notes

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I feel like I’m sending all you lovely readers off on a fantastic voyage with my friend Lotta Svoboda at [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Dad’s Day with a Handmade Twist

    Amy L.
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Father’s Day is fast approaching! This year the day to celebrate all things Dad is on June 20th. Have you [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Interview with Troy Mattison Hicks & Stephano Diaz, Necklush

    Leah Peterson
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Troy Mattison Hicks and Stephano Diaz are the founders of Necklush. They have lived in NYC for about 15 years [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • Teapots, Wall Pieces, and Jewelry

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s true, you haven’t had many in process posts here recently. Mostly it’s because I’m neck deep in started works, but just haven’t had many finished pieces recently (aside from the giant group piece I made with the Alchemists.) I’m … Continue reading →
  • October is All About YBC Events

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

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

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

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    We had another great Foldforming class this past weekend and once again I am surprised by all the different ways that my students can create using just the four basic folds I teach. Strangely, it seemed that this time around … Continue reading →
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    Very Shannon
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    I've got a special announcement to make today!!!!! Jane and I are so excited!I have been counting down the days until this post you guys! It's been so hard to keep this all under wraps and not share anything over the last few months! Jane Richmond and I have been busy working on releasing our next project for our publishing company Marian Rae Publications! It's been tons of fun and lots of hard work and we cannot wait for you to see it all! It's very special to us and we hope you guys will love it too.  But that's all I can tell you for'll have to watch our sneak peek…

    Very Shannon
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Crosby by Julie Hoover for BT Fall 14We're at the end of our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 and it's time for you fab knitters to vote if you would like an extension or not.This season we've seen sweaters being finished left and right! I have loved seeing all the hibernating projects being pulled out from their dark storage spots and becoming beautiful new garments! Some of you have also knit 2-3 garments! I can't believe how fast some of you are! It's crazy fun watching them all pop up on instagram and ravelry! Make sure you tag your project #sskal14 on social media so we can all follow…

    Very Shannon
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    I made myself some skinny pants and I'm so excited!I'm part of the Jocole Pattern Tour today and when they reached out to me to join in I knew I had to make the fabulous Ladies Skinny Pants! I've been writing on the blog for about 3 years now about how badly I wanted to try my hand at sewing some pants for myself. To be honest - it's frightened me. But just like the zipper, I didn't want it to slow me down or hinder me any longer. It was time to just jump right in! So I did! I'm now addicted! I hate buying pants and they never fit me right so the idea of making pants to fit my body is…

    Very Shannon
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Cadence yarn in colorway Laguna from Hazel KnitsI've been doing a lot of reflecting on things the last few days. It's been one of those weeks when my work/life balance is totally haywire and I know I need to just step back and make some changes.It's been such a busy and crazy time for us here the last few months with the teacher strike since june, moving to our first home, family health issues, and me trying to balance full time work with both kids home. Saying I'm tired is an I wanted to quickly pop in to say hello and let you know why it's been a quiet week on the…

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

  • Scrapbook Inspiration: Creating with Yarn

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bring a warm and inviting feel to your page by using a bit of yarn on your layout. You can use it like Nicole Harper did on the Her Space layout she created for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture by wrapping it around page accents, photos, or journaling blocks. Her Space by Nicole Harper for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture Create the look: Wrap yarn around stars to create a second star.  
  • Scrapbook How-to: Stamping with Corrugate Shapes

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Because of pigment ink’s lengthy drying time, you can use this ink to stamp the cool shape and texture of one material onto another. Summer Fullerton did just that on her Nerf Wars layout for Mixed Media, Vol. 1 using corrugated cardboard die cuts. Try this idea using fabric flowers to stamp soft, floral shapes on a summer layout. Nerf Wars by Summer Fullerton from Mixed Media, Vol. 1 Create the look: Step 1: Ink shape thoroughly by pressing into inkpad. Step 2: Press inked shape face down on tag to transfer image. Step 3: When ink dries, stitch around stamped image for added texture.
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Accents from Clear Packaging

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” How true it is! When it comes to scrapbook product packaging, that is. Let your next purchase ignite your fire to scrapbook in more ways that include upcycling product packaging. Upcycle the clear plastic inserts from your packaging to create flowers for your layouts, like the one Kim Watson created on her Stolen Moments layout for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking. Simply draw flowers on teh plastic, cut out, ink the edges, and finish each with a small embellishment. Or use a punch or die-cutting…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Rock-n-Roll Stamping

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s easy to give your stamped images visual depth. Follow Kim Hughes’ lead and try a stamping technique called Rock-n-Roll. This technique, seen on Kim’s Enjoy Life layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink, gets its name from the action of rolling the stamp on the ink pad while inking the stamp. Rock-n-Roll is easy to do and you’ll love the results. Enjoy Life by Kim Hughes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink In addition to flower stamps, think of the other types of images that would look even better when stamped using this…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Washer Embellishments

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

  • Romantic + Multicultural Ballroom Wedding

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Negar and Carl’s Vancouver wedding is full of love and togetherness! The first event of their wedding weekend was a night of culture, color and dance, followed by a classic, intimate and romantic wedding two days later. Carl proposed to Negar at the Pan Pacific Hotel, so it was only natural that they return for their wedding. Carl’s sister also happens to be Negar’s best friend and she along with Negar’s sister served as the maidens of honor. Art of the Party transformed the elegant ballroom with a mixture of luxurious linens, mercury glass candle holders, and a mix of…
  • Clean + Classic Ballroom Wedding

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hallie and Matthew are absolutely gorgeous and their clean and classic Oklahoma City wedding fits them perfectly! The couple selected July 4th as their date as an homage to Hallie’s grandparents, who were married on Independence Day 56 years prior. Hallie’s classic Jim Hjelm gown was fitted with a champagne sash, matching her maids’ J.Crew dresses, and we are loving Matthew’s sleek navy and brown groom attire. The Skirvin Hilton, with its 1920s chandeliers and downtown location, was the setting—its stately ballroom decorated with elegant greenery and a mix of ivory…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy fall y’all! We have a slight obsession with weddings and inspiration that feature the colors of autumn and cannot wait to see the season come to life! We also have some exciting news to share! If you haven’t head, this week we welcomed Ritani, a high end jewelry designer who specializes in one-of-a-kind wedding jewelry and sparkly diamond engagement rings to the EAD vendor guide! You can swoon over their gorgeous portfolio here. The sparkly wedding rings weren’t the only things we fell for this week! We became completely smitten with this gorgeous Balboa Park love…
  • Balboa Park Engagement Session

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Gorgeous does not even begin to describe Carmela and Lemi—these two are a positively stunning couple! The shy twosome danced around a relationship for several months after meeting, but finally worked up the nerve to begin dating and fell head over heels in love. With the help of his sister (who just so happens to be the talented Damaris Mia), romantic Lemi planned a surprise proposal in Santa Barbara, complete with a box surrounded by rose petals, and the rest is history! We can’t get enough of their beautiful, light-filled engagement session at San Diego’s Balboa Park. Lemi is…
  • Romantic + Feminine Garden Wedding

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Peach, coral and pink—the most romantic of palettes, and one that we absolutely adore. Thomas and Jessica’s Salt Lake City garden wedding is a lovely affair, set at the historic Memorial House, with a gown you are absolutely going to fall head over heels for! Jessica is an absolute princess in Augusta Jones, with fluffy fuchsia flowers from Urban Chateau Floral in her hair and bouquet. The ballroom at the Memorial House was beautifully transformed by the talented Michelle Leo Events, and the pièce de résistance is the fresh and fun yellow cake from One Sweet Slice. We simply love…
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  • Waves and Donuts Set

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    This jewelry set uses the double needle method of right angle weave. Alternating three sizes of beads causes the weave to zigzag. Using three sizes of beads without alternating will cause the piece to curl in on itself to create a donut shape.
  • 13 Favorite Free Shawl and Poncho Knitting Patterns

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Our favorite knit shawl and poncho knitting patterns are available here. Warm up a bit by wrapping yourself in a knit shawl or poncho that's easy to make and appropriate for all types of weather!
  • Benetta Strydom

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Benetta Strydom is from Pretoria, South Africa. By day, she is a Remedial therapist at a local high school, and by night she is an avid crafter. She enjoys experimenting with different craft media, and has also taken art classes for a few years.
  • Itty Bitty Angel

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Give your garden a little festivity during the winter season with this Itty Bitty Angel. Made from an old plastic flower pot, this sweet angel is a great way to decorate your home both indoors and out. She makes a sweet mantel decoration or can be used as a centerpiece for your Christmas table. This Itty Bitty Angel could also sit in the windowsill to greet holiday visitors this season. No matter how you use it, you're sure to love this Itty Bitty Angel...and she's sure to keep you, and your home, in the holiday spirit all season long!
  • Roseanna Beck

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    I design in crochet and plastic canvas but I also knit, do needlepoint and latch hook. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was 7 years old.
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  • Between the Pages: 10 Book Crafts

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Books can take us on magical journies through time and space…opening doors to new worlds, introducing us to new characters, and giving us new outlooks on life.  They hold some of our favorite stories and tales, and they give us the power to scour the deepest regions of our imaginations.  While books are great for painting a visual world in our brains, they can also be used as physical decorations in our homes…with images and words literally popping out of the pages and adding color and style to our lives.   Whether you use the cover or the pages, books are fabulous tools for…
  • Craft Your Stash Blog Tour + Giveaway!

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We are beyond excited to be a part of the Craft Your Stash blog tour! What is “Craft Your Stash” you ask? Well, let me tell you! It’s an amazing new book by our good friend Lisa Fulmer! We have loved working with Lisa over the years and seeing her publish her first crafting book is simply amazing. Raise your hand if you’ve got a closet full of craft supplies! Yes, we are right there with you all – and so is this book. Learn how to transform all of your craft closet treasures into gifts, home decor, and more right alongside Lisa Fulmer. Try new techniques and…
  • Plaid Decoden Clay Contest

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Introducing…Collage Clay from Plaid! Mod Podge ® Collage Clay is a lightweight whipped clay available in 2 colors, Pink & White. This clay is used to embed decorated Mod Mold embellishments to create fresh and fun projects. Collage Clay is available at Michaels Stores. We’ve been pinning our favorite Collage Clay projects on Pinterest to help you all get inspired to try this new product! The possibilities are truly endless. Follow FaveCrafts’s board Collage Clay Project Ideas on Pinterest. Tomorrow we will be hosting a Twitter Party with Cathie and Steve from Mod Podge!
  • Plaid Decoden Clay Twitter Party

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Announcement time! We will be hosting a Twitter party Thursday September 25th at 9pm EST! We’d love to see you all there participating in the chat about the exciting Collage Clay from Plaid! Collage Clay is available at Michaels Stores.Cathie & Steve from Plaid will be joining us to answer all of your pressing questions about this amazing clay. They’ll be offering tips and tricks to make your Decoden projects superb. Plus, don’t miss out on a chance to win prizes! @cathiefilian @steve_piacenza #craftychat We hope to see you chatting along with us as well! Remember I told you…
  • 9 Easy Glass Etching Projects

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Don’t let it intimidate you…glass etching is a fun and easy way to turn an old glass jar into something truly unique.  The fun design is made by using 2 main materials:  etching creme and a stencil.  Once you have your design ready to go, all you need to do is lay it down on your glass surface, cover it in etching creme and let the magic happen.  I actually had the opportunity to play around with Etchall Etching Creme and I made this cute hummingbird coaster.  It was so beyond easy and I just love how it turned out!  You can create cute gifts and decorations like this by…
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    Merriment Design

  • Easy DIY Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Bull In A China Shop

    Kathy Beymer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This Bull in a China Shop DIY toddler Halloween costume was inspired by my charming 2-year-old boy. Liam is deliberate, like whenever he picks something up or puts it down it’s just a wee bit more aggressive that it needs to be. Things get broken. Ripped. We’ve made a handful of ER trips. Liam just sort of barrels through with his adorable impish smile. Yeah, this one… I made this Bull in a China Shop Halloween kid’s costume for DIY Network. Hip! Hip! DIY Network asked me to create three original handmade Halloween costume tutorials. First I made a Watercolor Paint Box…
  • Kid’s Halloween Costume: Watercolor Paint Box with French Beret and Giant Paint Brush for Little Artists

    Kathy Beymer
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Here’s a handmade kids’ Halloween costume idea that’s sure to be a trick-or-treating masterpiece: a classic watercolor paint box, topped with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paint brush made from a pool noodle. It’s simple and clever with just a little sewing required! I made this watercolor paint box artist costume for YES, DIY NETWORK!! Swoon! DIY Network asked me to create three original handmade Halloween costume tutorials for and this is the first one… This handmade kids Halloween costume doesn’t require a…
  • Everyday Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

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

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

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

  • The Great Alphabet Race

    Rachel Faucett
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend in the car with your kids? Between school, running errands, drop-offs at slumber parties and all the little stops along the way, you’re talking about a serious chunk of your family’s day. With that in mind, we devised a plan to turn car time into awesome time. Our aim was to get the kids looking out those windows and discovering the big, bright and incredible world we live in. After a few brainstorming sessions around the kitchen table, we ended up with a simple DIY travel game that will have the entire car discovering, reading…
  • Fantastical Halloween Costumes for Kids

    Deborah Beau
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There’s a chill in the air, the first leaves are falling and chestnuts are starting to cover the ground. Autumn is truly on its way, and I guess the countdown to Halloween has begun! Although it’s not as popular in France, my Franco-British children love this time of year. They’ve never lived in the UK but have heard many a tale of trick and treating from mom. I’m pleased it’s become important to them too. Yep, I’m definitely a big kid at heart! I also love dressing up (my theatrical side!) and I’ve already started to bookmark a few costume ideas for this year, like this…
  • Recycled Cereal Box Puppet Theater

    Rachel Faucett
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    My kids would eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner if they could. When we heard about the new KiX Interactive Adventure Boxes at Target, we jumped at the opportunity to try it for ourselves. Scrumptious cereal and hours of fun? Yes, please! Each box is covered in adorable creatures for kids to pop out, construct, and use to invent stories of their own. My kids immediately snapped into adventure-mode, popping the characters out of the box and jumping online to explore the KiX Adventure Stories. We were totally inspired by Soleil Moon Frye’s stories and set out to create our own tale.
  • The Coolest Kids’ Cookbook Ever

    Rachel Faucett
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    From a dream-delivering, friendly giant to an inventor of fantastical candy (and all of the curious children in between), the characters fabricated by one of the most prominent children’s authors make it easy to see why he’s our favorite. Who is this wacky genius? You got it: Roald Dahl. Not only are we paying homage to his unmatched creativity, but we’re also celebrating his relationship with food today! Can you think of a better combo? Ever wonder what Fizzy Lifting Drinks, Whipple-Scrumptious Sundaes, or Tummyticklerstaste like? Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes is a compilation of…
  • Halloween Countdown Calendar

    Mol­lie Johan­son
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Spooky decorations, costume planning, and aisles full of candy all shout that Halloween is coming soon. Like other holidays that children anticipate with joy, it’s fun to countdown to the big day, and using a calendar helps cut down on the daily question of “how much longer until Halloween?”! Print out an empty countdown page, then fill it with cut out treats or numbers each day as you get closer to October 31st. What You Need Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar (download here) Scissors Glue stick How-To Step 1 Choose either the pumpkin or the treat bag, and the number or the candy…
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Our Newest Chef…

    Oda May
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
  • Welcome to the New Moda Bake Shop!

    Oda May
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The Moda Bake Shop was started in 2009 as a resource for quilters and sewists to find original patterns for using Moda Fabrics’ wonderful range of precuts. Five years and nearly 1000 posts later, Oda May decided that it was time to shake things up a bit. Our redesigned site is filled with the same high quality recipes you’ve come to expect with a more streamlined look that should make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. A few of the exciting changes: We’ve updated our cupcake logo!  You can find links to  Moda’s {Cutting Table blog} as well as a…
  • Autumn Table Topper

    Trish Poolson
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hello. I’m Trish from notes of sincerity and I’m so happy to be here today, sharing a fun and easy autumn table topper pattern with you. Let’s get sewing shall we?! 1 mini charm pack of Posh Pumpkins by Sandy Gervais 1 charm pack Bella Solids in Snow 1 yard posh pumpkins wheat (blocks between star blocks and border) 1.5 yards of posh pumpkins wheat (backing) 3/8 yard Bella Solids in Snow (binding) Divide mini charm pack into two stacks of 20 charms each. Set aside 40 solid charm squares. CUTTING for star blocks: cut 20 mini charms in half diagonally cut (2) 11″ x width…
  • Sew to Celebrate

    Oda May
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    September is officially known as National Sewing Month and what better way to celebrate than to spend a day (or more!) sewing. Last year our Chefs whipped up a batch of Moda Bake Shop Basics – tutorials to help with some basic sewing and quilting techniques. Find links to some of the most popular ones below. 1. Sewing with Jelly Rolls, 2. Perfect Quilt Borders, 3. Matching Points 4. Machine Applique, 5. Piecing Batting, 6. Rotary Safety, 7. Perfect Pressing, 8. Binding a Quilt How are you celebrating National Sewing Month?
  • Holly Table Runner

    Robin Nelson
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Hi, everyone! Robin at Craft Sisters here. It’s great to be back at the Bake Shop sharing an idea for your holiday table. This is a simple runner using Basic Gray’s, 25th and Pine or you could use any other of the fun Christmas lines from Moda. The cheerful colors and prints make a great background for a couple of easy holly and berry appliqués. Use a Layer Cake or two Charm Packs and you’ll have lots of choices for background color. This one is easy to quilt too. Holly on 25th and Pine A holiday table runner from Craft Sisters™. 1 25th and Pine Layer Cake or 2 Charm Packs 1 Fat Qtr.
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    How Does She

  • Another Amazing FREE Parenting Webinar: Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Would you like to tell your kids something once and have them listen? Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired?  You’re not alone.  From toddler temper-tantrums to teenage talking back, parents wonder what it takes to get kids to cooperate.  If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! How Does She is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 1:00 and 9:00 PM…
  • Door Knob Pumpkin Patch

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    We are so thrilled to do a little re-share of a fabulous post from our friend Stephanie Lynn from Under The Table and Dreaming this week! She is one creative gal and we are so inspired by her! If you haven’t seen these adorable door knob creations, you are in for a treat! Hello there! I’m Stephanie Lynn from Under The Table and Dreaming. I am beyond thrilled and so excited to be visiting How Does She? today! Thank you so much girls for inviting me! I simply adore each and every How Does She? girl and all the fabulous projects they inspire us with. When they asked me to guest post…
  • 18 Glow in the Dark Ideas for Kids

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My kids love anything glow in the dark, how about yours?  Here’s some fun things we’re going to have to try.  And now that it’s getting darker outside a lot sooner, there’s plenty of time for glow in the dark play! 1. How to make homemade glow in the dark slime. Here.  2. Make this with glow sticks and water bottles. Here.  3.  String some glow sticks through your wiffle balls and you can play the greatest game ever played all night long.  Here.   4. I have a kid or 2 or 3 who could use this glowing sensory bottle for bedtime.  Find great directions here.
  • Time Spent With Family – Clock Decor DIY

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    We are pleased to welcome Inger from “Uppercase Living” who is here to share a gorgeous home decor project that will showcase the love of your family beautifully! Take it away, Inger! Hello amazing HDS readers! I’m excited for this invitation to be a contributor on this popular blog! Like many of you, one of my passions in life is to create! As a graphic designer, I get the opportunity to design inspiring vinyl lettering expressions for Uppercase Living. Vinyl lettering is not only a beautiful way to decorate a home, but it’s also a perfect way to communicate beliefs, family…
  • 25+ Budgeting Tips – keep money in your pocket!

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
      It seems like everyone is looking for ways to cut back these days.  No matter how much we make, there’s always going to be something that gobbles up our hard earned cash.  Here’s some of my favorite budget saving tips!   1.  Everything I’ve been reading laetely says to start with a budget.  Write it all down.  Here’s a great resource for some budgeting worksheets.   2. After your budget worksheets are filled out, look at your grocery lists.  This can really do damage to the checkbook if we aren’t careful.  4 Great tips here to show you…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Puzzles and Pajamas Picnic

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    Hosting a puzzles and pajamas picnic is such a fun and special way for the kids to enjoy an afternoon snack and make the most of a rainy afternoon! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play idea. This puzzles and pajamas picnic is very simple to […]
  • Quick and Easy After School Snacks

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    These quick and easy after school snacks are a great way to pack in nutrition in a short amount of time — perfect for busy family schedules! A big thank you to Capri Sun for sponsoring today’s after school snack ideas! I like to have Capri Sun Juice Drinks on-hand for a portable and convenient […]
  • 5 Steps to a Calmer Before School Morning Routine

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Mornings before school are notorious for being rushed and hectic, but with just a bit of prior planning you may be able to enjoy a calmer before school morning routine that sets the family up for a successful day. Here are some of our favorite tips for a calmer before school morning routine and a […]
  • Making Fun Family Memories

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

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

  • Charity Knitters Help Knitted Knockers Spread to the UK

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    It has been such a privilege to join up with charity knitters all around the world! Since taking over Knitting for Charity and the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter, I have heard from knitters everywhere: all over the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, even countries where English isn't their first language. Isn't it wonderful how knitting and the Internet can bring us together?
  • Learn about Knitting on Two Circular Needles with Tutorials

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Circular knitting on two circular needles is said to have been popularized by Joyce Williams, in the Summer 2000 edition of Knitter's Magazine, and by Cat Bordhi's book Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, published in 2001.
  • Adorable Free Knitting Patterns for Baby Cardigans

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Next up in our free baby patterns series is cardigans. To me, a baby cardigan is part of any good newborn layette. When you have a hat and a blanket, a cardigan is really all you need to complete the ensemble. Put all those items together, and you have a well-dressed and warm baby.
  • Knitting Patterns for Dishcloths and Washcloth are a Great Way to Use Leftover Yarn

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Believe it or not, during my lifetime as a knitter, I have received some of the most enthusiastic "thank-you"s from people to whom I have given dishcloths or washcloths as gifts. I think it's because dishcloths and washcloths are the types of items that everyone needs, but not everyone necessarily enjoys buying for themselves.
  • Charity Knitting Helps Cancer Patients through Southeast Florida Head Huggers/Caps & Wraps

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    In 2013, the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter introduced charity knitting readers to Southeast Florida Head Huggers, also known as Caps & Wraps. Today I hope to reintroduce you to this group and remind you of the great work they do in Florida.
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  • Upcycled Leather Jacket Backpack

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tutorial: Halloween Decor using Temporary Tattoos

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have to give my five year old credit for this discovery.  One day, she and her cousin went to town with temporary tattoos, applying them to plastic toys, clothing, shoes, etc.  I was surprised to see how well the tattoos adhered to plastic and fabric, and it made me want to try it for myself.  So I did, and I love the possibilities!   I used a skeleton hand temporary tattoo from Dollar Tree to add some spook appeal to mundane items.  If you're short on time or crafting skills, here's an easy, inexpensive way to decorate. Project estimate: Temporary tattoos, $1 Candle, on hand Wood…
  • Make Glitter Spider Pins

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    You know that around here we love our silicone ice cube tray crafts. So when I spotted a new one with spiders and spiderwebs on the shelf at Dollar Tree in this year's Halloween selections, I got a little giddy - especially when I had the idea to pour the spiders with two contrasting colors of glittery resin! I've used these kind of ice cube trays to make resin jewelry before but this is the first time I've tried using multiple colors, and I am really happy with how they turned out. Watch the how-to video below! Project estimate: Spider ice cube tray, $1 Resin kit, about $5 and up Glitter, on…
  • Make Mummy Balloons

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    If you're throwing a Halloween party, chances are you've already got balloons and crepe paper streamers on your shopping list.  Make sure you grab some googly eyes too, because then you'll be able to make these adorable mummy balloons from Haeley at Design Improvised.  Make sure you stop by her blog and check out her entire series of balloon decorating ideas - this mummy is just one character in a whole cast of Halloween balloon monsters, and they're all just as cute and easy as this one!   [how to make mummy balloons] Project estimate: Balloons, on hand or $1 Googly eyes, on hand or $1…
  • Make a Wood Slice Pumpkin

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Yesterday at Dollar Tree I grabbed several of the little foam pumpkins.  I'm not sure what I am doing with them yet, but I bought them as soon as I saw them because the good holiday stuff usually sells out pretty fast, and I didn't want to miss out on them!  So now I've been keeping an eye out for pumpkin inspiration, and that's how I came across this gorgeous wood slice pumpkin by Kim at The Kim Six Fix.  Isn't it fab?  She found wood slice vase filler that worked perfectly for this project, so you don't even have to worry about sawing twigs yourself!  [how to make a wood slice pumpkin]…
  • Make Mini Donut Spiders

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    We're total suckers for innovative ideas that we haven't seen before, and we kinda fell in love with this one!  Autumn from It's Always Autumn turned mini chocolate donuts into cute lil' spiders, complete with edible legs and eyes.  They're sure to be a big hit at any Halloween party, with your family, or with your coworkers!  You could also substitute other small baked goods if you aren't fond of donuts.  (But, who doesn't love donuts??)  [how to make mini donut spiders] Project estimate: Mini donuts, $1 Pretzels, $1 Chocolate candies, $1 Frosting, $1 Total:  $4
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Balcony Renovation: planning a garden for next Spring

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jubilee de My Mind´s Eyes, la nueva coleccion de scrapbook

    Esther Lopez
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    La quieres?  La Tienes!! La Nueva colección Jubilee de My Mind´s Eyes ya está tanto en la tienda online como en Hermosilla 49, nuestra flamante tienda física!! Y si no te das prisa te quedas sin ella!! fue llegar y desaparecer ya algunas cosas y eso que habíamos cargado mas que bien!! En realidad Jubilee engloba 4 colecciones en si misma. Consta de 30 papeles diferentes a cual mas bonito! Esta colección trae miles de accesorios para crear lo proyectos mas bonitos del mundo mundial! Formas troqueladas, chipboards, pegatinas, enamel dots en formas diferentes, rub-ons, que te voy a…
  • Calendario de Talleres Continuos Mummy Crafts 2014

    Esther Lopez
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Me hace muchísima ilusión poder mostraros finalmente el horario de talleres de la tienda física de Mummy crafts!! Sin duda es uno de mis sueños hechos realidad, de hecho me fastidia bastante que mi oficina esté relativamente lejos de la tienda, porque me pasaría allí todo el día!! Y bueno, aquí está calendario de los talleres que impartiremos de forma continua en la tienda física de Mummy Crafts en C/Hermosilla 49. Intentamos adaptarnos un poco a vuestros horarios, por lo que este calendario puede sufrir cambios de vez en cuando. Si existen estos cambios, no te preocupes, los…
  • Vuelta al cole con Gastos de envio Gratis!

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

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

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

  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

  • Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

    Amanda Rose
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite ways to be creative is to spend some time in the kitchen. Even if I have no idea what I plan to make, just being in the kitchen – the smells, the colors, the shapes – is enough to inspire me for hours on end. And when I come up with a raw, healthy recipe that is super easy? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake. This recipe takes maybe 10 minutes, max, and is a perfect snack to have on hand when you need a little energy boost. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment on your own, too! I bet it would be just as tasty with walnuts, raisins,…
  • Embracing Sadness

    Tahani Al-Salem
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Generally, I am a happy upbeat person. However, for the last week I have been sad and the tears have been flowing like crazy. I think the sadness was brought on by being overly tired from working long days, and then things just started to pile up from there. I was working long days and many of my co-workers had significant others who were cooking them dinner, and me? Well, if I don’t come home and make dinner, I don’t eat. Cue sadness. From there I started thinking about how my birthday was this week, and how despite all the good things in my life, I am just am not where I…
  • Autumn Portal: Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Fall

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Chapel of the Sir Christopher Wren Building My favorite memory of fall as a child is of my dad and I raking leaves together. As I jumped in a big pile of leaves that had already been raked, scattering leaves over our lawn, I remember my dad pretending to be exasperated at first, then enthusiastically joining in my laughter. As we bid farewell to the hot humid days of summer, we can look forward to crisp fall days, when the leaves begin to change color, ranging in hues from yellow to deep crimson. As leaves are caught in the cool fall breeze and begin to decay, a different smell is in the…
  • Do You Believe in Magic?

    Debra Dane
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As adults we can lose touch with the freedom we once knew as children. We used to live in the moment, letting life unfold, dreaming and playing and open – so completely open to the world. Over time that part of us can close off as we are faced with day to day reality, possible tragedies and certainly stresses that make us often forward thinking and planning, trying to control the world around us. As I rediscovered my artistic side after a twenty year gap I noticed the biggest change in me was my lack of spontaneity. I had over time lost my free spirit and truly open mind. I was…
  • How to Stay in the Energy of What You Want

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

  • Renaissance Festival 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    One of our family's autumn traditions is enjoying a day at the Renaissance Festival. The last weekend of the season always includes a "school day" when the tickets are much more affordable and the crowds are much sparser. Although Daddy had to work this year, we convinced Gammy and Othy to join us in the fun. It was a beautiful 75 degree, partially sunny day, perfect for walking around and taking in the sites. There is so much eye candy and food for the imagination at the Renaissance Festival... not to mention some very entertaining people watching. We wanted to share a bit of the magic with…
  • Sarah's Silks Halloween Give-Away :: Gift Cards

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Comments are now closed. Congradulations Sarah Mahan and Heather! Please email me your contact information within three days to claim your prize. Use the code GREENHALLOWEEN and save 10% off your next order until October 15. Would love to win Permalink Submitted by Sarah Mahan (not verified) on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:02 Thanks for the chance to win. My son wants to be a lion for Halloween. We've just discovered silks since started a waldorf preschool My oldest will be a dementor Permalink Submitted by Heather (not verified) on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 20:46 My oldest will be a dementor from Harry…
  • Wrapped Rope Jewelry

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    I had some yarn left over from making this Tooterphant. It is NOT my pattern. HERE is the link to the Etsy shop where you can purchase the crochet pattern. HERE is the link to my blog post where you can find more photos of the Tooterphant plus directions for adding felt eyes.  Like I said, I had some of the yarn left over. Too little to make any project but too pretty to throw away! The yarn is King Cole Splash Double Knitting Yarn from Silsden, U.K. I bought mine a few years ago from an online shop in England. You may now be able to find some in the states, but not sure. It feels like a…
  • Birthday Girl in a Magical Birthday Dress

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Last week my baby turned 8! This weekend, a wee bit late, we gathered to celebrate with her. We first ate at her favorite restaurant... a Mediterranean place where she loves the hummus, garlic dip, and lamb shawarma. She is an amazing free spirit and was showered with gifts that speak to her. Art supplies, fairy toys, and twirly dresses were all joyful unwrapped. Happy Birthday Pixie Girl! One thing to note though is the dress. The dress! This amazingly super twirly dress was made by Gammy for Pixie's third birthday and has been worn by her for almost every birthday celebration since, along…
  • Wee Folk Art Forums Give-Away :: $50 ETSY Gift Card

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Congratulations Tinqi! Please contact us within three days to claim your prize. Hello!   Hello from Laos!  I'm a wife and mom of one sweet little girl.  I love to knit, craft and weave.  So glad to have found this forum! Sponsor: Wee Folk Art Community Center Forums Give-Away Date: Saturday, September 20, 8am EST – Monday, September 22, 8am EST Number of Winners: 1 Prize: $50 ETSY Gift Card How to Enter: READ CAREFULLY. This give-away will be run at the Wee Folk Art Community Center Forums and not here on our blog. This weekend every post or photo submission on the Wee Folk Art…
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  • Parcours Trail Workouts for Fitness

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Parcours trails (or parcourse) are running or walking courses with obstacles aimed at making you move quickly using only your body and surroundings. It can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement (on all fours). It is a fun, creative, playful, non-competitive way to workout in an outdoor setting. Does your park have a parcours trail? Have you seen signs and been curious? GO! Run, jump and play through your next workout! This year in July, the weather has been unseasonably great with temperatures in the 70s with minimal humidity. Since I work at a…
  • 4 Workout Routines You Can Do During Your Lunch Hour

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

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

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

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

  • Quilt-As-You-Go Coins

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Description: Great project to use up scraps. Craft Link: Quilt-As-You-Go Coins Read More: Quilting or Home
  • Pin-Tucked Apron

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Description:  Great photos and easy to follow instructions for a super cute apron. Craft Link: Pin-Tucked Apron Read More: Sewing or Home
  • How To Paint Upholstery

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Description: Great idea! I wish I had thought of this when I was figuring out what to do with a burgundy sofa and green walls. Craft Link: How To Paint Upholstery Read More: Home Decor or Home
  • Two Tone Tartan Skirt

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Description: Another easy project from one of my favorite sites, A Pair & A Spare. Craft Link: DIY Two Tone Tartan Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Concret Pendant Lamp

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Description: Follow the directions carefully, and this project is surprisingly easy. Craft Link: Concret Pendant Lamp Read More: Home Decor or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Make This: DIY Enamel Camp Mugs for Fall

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Usually, it takes a while for fall to start kicking in around here (I do live in Florida, after all), but the last couple of days have been much cooler and breezy. Which is actually getting me excited about fall – something I wasn’t all that pumped about just a couple of weeks ago. And to get even more into the fall spirit, I thought I would share a recent DIY I created for Tuts+, that screams campfires and hot cocoa: a personalized DIY campfire mug. This DIY idea is a fun way to dress up a basic set of enamel mugs, with a fun phrase, message, or doodle. Bonus! They make great…
  • DIY Eyeball Mini Cakes for Halloween

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I just couldn’t wait until October 1st to start posting Halloween projects. I’m too impatient. So, today, I wanted to share a super quick and easy dessert idea to get you inspired for Halloween parties this year…DIY eyeball mini cakes! These sweet treats are a little bit bizarre and a little bit awesome. They’re more on the cute side than creepy, but that’s how I like my Halloween projects anyway. And I hope you do too. Here’s the super quick tutorial for these ‘all seeing’ eye desserts… Ingredients: Hostess Snoballs (which are cream…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking for something to keep you busy this weekend? I’ve got you covered! Naturally, it involves a handful of craft projects and a couple of recipes. Here are 6 DIYs to try this weekend… 1. Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores + 6 Other Yummy S’more Recipes 2. DIY Popsicle Stick Planters from Bramble Workshop for Designlovefest 3. DIY Giant Gem Rings from Studio DIY 4. Blueberry Hand Pies Recipe with Cut Out Message Crust 5. Roasted Artichokes with Miso Jalapeño Aioli from Gab for Almost Makes Perfect 6. DIY Gold Leaf Brooches from Mandi for A Beautiful Mess I…
  • They Call Me the Bench Wench

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Okay. Okay. No one has ever actually called me a bench wench. But hey, it makes for a snappy title. And envisioning what an actual bench wench might be like, brings a smile to my face. Can you picture it? She (or he) attempts to hoard full-size benches under her (or his) coat, whenever one tickles her (or his) fancy. Now, that’s dedication! And while I’m not so into these four-legged pieces of furniture that I’d attempt hoarding one, coat-style, I’m still definitely a fan… There won’t be a wall in my next house dedicated to benches. That’s just for…
  • Detox Pops: A Healthy Popsicle Recipe to Kickstart your Day

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Well, I hadn’t planned on doing another food post this week. But I just couldn’t help myself. I was having popsicle withdrawals. And…I’m totally counting this as fall project because of the color scheme. So we’re good to go, right? Seriously though, after all of the crazy desserts, like toasted marshmallow macarons and the mini blueberry hand pies, sometimes you just need a healthy snack to help you press the reset button. So I made these green machine and berry veggie popsicles to get away from sugar for a day or two. The sweets will not be gone long! But…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Fairy Garden Pumpkins

    Jessica Christman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bring a little fall into your fairy garden with these cute yarn pumpkins! 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 Acorn Cap Teacups

    Jessica Christman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Perfect for a fairy tea party, these little acorn cap tea cups would delight any magical creature and are sure to attract fairies to your garden in droves! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Robin’s Nest for a Fairy Garden

    Jessica Christman
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    This sweet little birds nest will be perfect for your fairy garden and you can alter the color of the birds eggs by changing the color of the beads you use! 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! }}
  • Faux Hammered Metal Letters

    Jessica Christman
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    This project turns simple, paper mache letters into hammered metal look alikes that are way less expensive and much lighter, making hanging them a snap! 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! }}
  • Acorn Cap Fairy Toadstools

    Jessica Christman
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    These cute little toadstools are perfect for indoor or outdoor fairy gardens! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Tartlet Tins Needles & Pins: Mollie Makes Pincushions

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Little Orange House {Halloween Storytelling Activity}

    Cindy Hopper
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Share this Halloween Story for the perfect Halloween Craft! It’s unique, because as you tell the story, the kids will perform different cutting activities and at the end they will have created a jack-o-lantern!  This is a great activity for your Halloween parties at home or at school. Kids will love it!  Simply read the story and provide orange paper and scissors! Don’t miss my other halloween crafts and activities! The Little Orange House Halloween Storytelling Activity Printable Download Once upon a time a very small witch was walking in the woods. The cold wind was blowing…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Sep 2014 | 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!
  • Caramel Dessert Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    These Caramel Dessert Recipes alerted my sweet tooth this week on Made by you Monday! I can’t wait to try them all! Sweet and creamy there are so many ways to bake with caramel! Check them all out!   Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars by Two Peas in Their Pod   Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe by Pink Cake Box Caramel Hazel Nut Sauce by Kleinworth & Co   Caramel Frosting Recipe by Skip to my Lou   Crock Pot Caramel Apple Cider by Tatertots and Jello Be sure to link up tomorrow for another Made by you Monday!
  • Candy Corn Lima Bean Wreath

    alli ward
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome Alli guest posting from Made with Happy sharing this fun DIY craft project! Now that Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner, it seemed only fitting to come up with a wreath that is is both fun for Fall and Happy for Halloween.  We think this Candy Corn Lima Bean Wreath does just that.We believe that when making a wreath is should not only be pretty, but simple and inexpensive too.  We think that this beauty does just that.   Here’s how we made it. Supplies:   Straw Wreath Two Bags of Large Lima Beans Yellow and Orange Spray Paint Hot Glue Gun with Glue…
  • 10 No Bake Halloween Treat Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween treats are a fun way to create a festive halloween party, serve at the Halloween classroom party or just have some spooky fun with your kids. If you are looking for any halloween craft ideas don’t miss all the halloween crafts and activities I have shared on my site.   Candy Bar Covers and Pumpkin Lollipops by Skip to my Lou   Ghostly Snack and Homemade Halloween Treats by Skip to my Lou Witch Shoes and Mummy Treat Containers by Skip to my Lou Halloween Cookie Pops and Halloween Soda Bottle Labels by Skip to my Lou Chocolate Ghost Bananas  and Halloween Monsters…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Stricken kann süchtig machen

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The label of this yarn that I bought Friday says: Stricken kann süchtig machen! And if you’re a knitter you understand, even if you don’t speak German… Knitting can be addictive. Very addictive. And isn’t autumn all about cozying up indoors with a yummy ball of wool and turning it into something wearable? I think so. I think that’s the reason autumn was invented. So we could all roll up under handmade quilts, watch a movie without needing blinds for the windows – and just make stuff. Mmm! Oh, and put those knitted socks to use too. The yarn is called…
  • Art Journal Peek | Unapologetic

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Christlike communications are expressed in tones of love rather than loudness. They are intended to be helpful rather than hurtful. They tend to bind us together rather than to drive us apart. They tend to build rather than to belittle. L. Lionel Kendrick More naked than I dare to be in the world, this comes out on the page. Wide eyes, with nothing to hide. A heart in search of love, and meaning. A soul, filled with darkness and light. A bald head, naked and unapologetic. Hello me. I return to my journal, and my favorite colors. The thing that comes out, as so often, is a self portrait.
  • Staring at the blank page before you…

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find Natasha Bedingfield Thanks for all your good thoughts, smiles, and love, posted in correspondence to my previous rather gloomy post. It’s still raining here, but only outside my dirty windows. I’ll be back soon, maybe even tomorrow, with another unplanned post… Hopefully with more energy and loads of sunshine. Oh. Still love…
  • A Tiny Step Forward Collage

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to say I’ll go ahead and say them anyway Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits… It’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard out here for a bitch Lilly Allen A Tiny Step Forward, collage by iHanna. Available here. Sometimes it’s hard to hear all the advice on how to make your life better. Hard. Just start, they say. Just move. Just try something. Simply take one step forward. Make small changes. Smile even though your’re sad… The sky just opened up here, and the rain is falling heavy and hard outside my window.
  • Endpapers, Frogs and a Pocket

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

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial: These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!   Materials Needed: *Old CD *Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in
  • DIY~Adorable Snowman Figurines For Candle Arrangements!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Make these adorable lightweight snowmen from paper clay! You can make several in any size you want and hot glue them onto a candle arrangement for Christmas. Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial: Materials Needed: *Paper Clay (I purchased mine at Michael's) *Christmas socks from the Dollar Tree *Toothpicks *Orange Acrylic Paint *
  • DIY~Stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Make these stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings for Christmas! Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial: Materials Needed:*Two 10mm Square Glass Beads (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 10mm Squaredelles*Four Silver Rondelle Beads, about 8mmx4mm (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 6mm Crystal Bicones in the color Emerald*Two
  • DIY~Gorgeous Sparkling "Christmas Lights" Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Make a pair of these gorgeous earrings for Christmas! Very lightweight with lots of sparkle! Click on the following link to see my complete YouTube tutorial on how to make these earrings: Materials Needed: *Two 12mm Acrylic Shamballa Beads (I found mine at Michael's) *Four 4mm and Four 6mm Daisy Spacers in antique silver *Four 6mm Bicone Crystals *Four 3mm
  • DIY~Beautiful Rustic Story Ornaments For Your Tree!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    These rustic looking story ornaments were so fun to make and extremely easy! You will need 2 inch cork circles from Michael's (Raw Bar) to make these OR you can order them online. Here is a complete list of materials below. Be sure to click on my YouTube link to see the complete tutorial on how to make these ornaments! To see a close up view of these ornaments, simply click on the picture
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  • Top 10 Etsy Jewelry Shops – Fall 2014

    Jason Malinak
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Check out the top 10 most popular Etsy shops that sell jewelry and find a must-have piece to add to your jewelry collection! 1 applelatte  55,104 sales     2 DistinctlyIvy  51,509 sales     3 frostedwillow  51,201 sales     4 Holylandstreasures  47,229 sales  ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • The “Who made this?” Game – Fall Etsy Finds

    Jason Malinak
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Ok, so here’s a fun game I hope you enjoy!  Can you match the product to the Etsy seller that made it? If you are correct, you will see the matching product for sale on Etsy.  If  you are incorrect, you will discover a new Etsy seller’s shop home page to browse other awesome handmade goodness! All... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes? Here’s how.

    Jason Malinak
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes?  Here’s how. Jason Malinak of JJMFinance here and I’ve got a quick exercise for you to perform. PayPal typically charges you 30 cents per transaction plus 2.9% of the value of the sale.  There is a way you can lower this fee to 30 cents + only 2.5%, ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season

    Andrea Mansfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season The buzz over the holidays has begun and you are about to enter the best time of year to be a handmade business. As more people crave shopping local and buying smaller what you do becomes increasingly important. But this is also a time to rev ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Consider This Before Opening A Second Etsy Shop

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Made by Amigunuri. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Patricia Waller’s dentures in a jar!

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    This would make a fun Halloween decoration. When I was a kid, my grandmother gave me a pair of her old dentures to play with and my mom was so mortified, she made me give them back. Her reaction was so visceral, I didn’t even try to argue with her. As an adult (and mother) looking back, I can understand a little better now why this episode upset her so much. “I don’t have false teeth. Do you think I’d buy teeth like these?” – Carol Burnett Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Needle-felted Beyoncé (WIP)

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Submitted by Erin who says, “The face is felted fibrefill “painted” with roving wool of various colors (even the eyelashes are roving wool); the hair is made from dyed, curly mohair; the tiny earrings are made from wire.” Read more about this work in progress over at Erin’s Tumblr blog, — Thanks Erin! Rating: 7.5/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Paw Patrol hat by Denise

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    “PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol. We’ll be there on the double.” Finn is a fan of the animated series Paw Patrol so his pick for this week’s is Denise M. Fisher’s amazing crochet hat made as a birthday present for her son: You can follow Denise on Instagram here and check out her Etsy shop, Freshoffthahook. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Inside the belly of a big Teddy Bear …

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Look closely at this one … I see ribs, intestines, a kidney and a heart. What else? I had the idea to do something like this with the Jess Hutch robots I used to knit obsessively years ago … but this, this is so well executed. Unreal! Made by uritouran. Rating: 10.0/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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  • Fall Tree Apple Pie Recipe

    Wendy at
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Use your craft skills with pie dough to make this Fall Tree Apple Pie Recipe. It’s so pretty! Added to Fall Crafts and Thanksgiving Crafts You might also like: Fall Maple Leaf Roses Tutorial Modern Handmade Thanksgiving Cornucopia Thankful Thanksgiving Tree Tutorial Fall Felt Leaves Upcycled Aluminum Can Fall Wreath
  • DIY Glow Jars Tutorial

    Wendy at
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Add a spooky glow to your porch on Halloween night with this DIY Glow Jars Tutorial. So easy, I wish I’d thought of it! Added to Halloween Crafts and Mason Jar Crafts You might also like: Easy Mason Jar Witches DIY Head in a Jar Costume Tutorial 200+ Free Halloween Crafts Enter to win a $50 Gift Card for Halloween Treats DIY Book Pumpkins
  • 200+ Free Halloween Crafts

    Wendy at
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Calling all ghouls and goblins! Find your next frightfully good idea on our page of 200+ Free Halloween Crafts. From decorations to pumpkin carving to treats, you’ll be the most popular witch on the block. You might also like: DIY Glow Jars Tutorial Enter to win a $50 Gift Card for Halloween Treats DIY Book Pumpkins Flying Witch Fridgie Crochet Pattern Easy Mason Jar Witches
  • Enter to win a $50 Gift Card for Halloween Treats

    Wendy at
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Have a ghoulish and happy Halloween with a $50 Amazon Gift Card from Contest is open worldwide but please note the gift card will be from only. Entrants must be 18 years old and the contest ends on Halloween. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified within 48 hours and must respond within 48 hours. The gift card will be sent by email. Please enter just once, though you may tweet about the giveaway daily for more entries. Enter below and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Featured on … Contest & Sweepstakes at Contest &…
  • Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath

    Wendy at
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Yum! Fall is in the air and nothing makes you feel warm and cozy like the the smell of this Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath. This will be wonderful after a long day. I bet your favorite teacher would love this along with the free printable label. Added to Free Soap-Making Recipes and Teacher and School Crafts You might also like: DIY Pumpkin Soap DIY Shower Steamers Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type Homemade Floor Cleaners Recipes Simple Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Tutorial
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Welcome to the 2014 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. Some 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 #91. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a…
  • Vermont Open Studio Weekend – Eastern Washington County Artists

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Vermont’s 22nd Open Studio Weekend is just around the corner (October 4 & 5)! If you’re planning on visiting my studio (you know you are…), you can visit other great artists within a 20-ish minute drive of here. There are 11 studios and galleries participating in eastern Washington County. Artists are offering exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, woodworking, painting, and more. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the purple 2014 Vermont Studio Tour Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a…
  • Wonderful Wednesday

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

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    It’s officially autumn, and what better way to welcome a new season than with a brand new yarn from Madelinetosh! Home is the latest addition to the Tosh family, and we love it already. Irresistably soft, this superwash merino wool sports Tosh’s signature colors at a fast knitting 2.5 stitches per inch. Due to the lofty ply, Home knits into a surprisingly light fabric given it’s chunky stature! Knit it on a US 10-13 needle, depending on desired density & drape. As soon as Home arrived, I thought that it had COWLS written all over it! I brought 2 skeins home and cast on…
  • Loop’s New Look

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Loop has a big birthday coming up and sometimes as you get older, you need to make a change. Maybe you can relate. For us, that change is a new look, which we’re thrilled to release this week! Over the summer, we reflected on who we are, what we do, and how we’ve changed over the years. We created, considered, reviewed, and discussed lots and lots of possibilities until we arrived at a look that suits us – bold, bright, modern, and fun! Our new look contains a richer vocabulary of visual elements (I got that phrase from our amazing graphic designer!) so we can express…
  • Jared Flood & BT Fall 14

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

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

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sew Ready to Play is on again at I’m Feelin’ Crafty, and Louise kindly invited me to participate again. It’s a month of sewing projects based on games. This year was a struggle for inspiration, but when I finally decided on a game for inspiration, the project came together quickly (actually, because I left it to the last minute, so I had to). The inspiration was a simple pack of cards: Click through to see what I made. And see how grumpy my model was when I tried to take photos – here’s a sneak peek: What’s you favourite board game? Read the full article hereThe post Sew Ready to…
  • Getting more energy

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

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

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

  • Free pattern: Knotted fabric headband, with elastic for a snug fit

    Anne Weaver
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Free pattern: Knotted fabric headband, with elastic for a snug fit Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts shares a free pattern for making a knotted fabric headband like this one.  It has a bit of elastic sewn into the bottom so you can get … Read More...
  • Freebie: Little Hedgehog

    Pam Pedersen
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    This little hedgehog looks at home among the falling leaves. I hope the little guy stays nice a warm! Talonsaiguilles created this adorable fella and is offering it up for free. While this pattern uses fall colors, I bet you … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Fall Jar Covers

    Pam Pedersen
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Do you like to can your own preserves? It is still very new to me, but I love doing it. Jams and jellies make an excellent gift. Why not add a little flair to the jar with these adorable Jam Jar … Read More...
  • Pottery Barn Knock Off {No Sew} Trick or Treat Bags

    Linda Lanese
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Kristen of “Down Home Inspiration” is a guest blogger on “Yellow Bliss Road”!  Her husband Clint is a Pararescueman in the Air Force and they have three very cute children. Kristen is sharing her “Pottery Barn Knock Off {No Sew} … Read More...
  • A Headload of Hat Patterns

    Sarah White
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    In the latest installment of Sarah Cleans Out Her E-mail, I bring you a collection of great hats to knit for fall and winter from some great yarn companies. Enjoy! From Lion Brand Yarn: The Lacework Hat is a fun … Read More...
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  • A Headload of Hat Patterns

    Sarah White
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    In the latest installment of Sarah Cleans Out Her E-mail, I bring you a collection of great hats to knit for fall and winter from some great yarn companies. Enjoy! From Lion Brand Yarn: The Lacework Hat is a fun … Read More...
  • DIY Gemstone and Macrame Necklace

    Shellie Wilson
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Love this necklace tutorial as it uses two up-coming trends – Gems and Macrame. I love the way the stones just hand in the netting. Lovely and rustic and once again Boho style.  If you are into Macrame then … Read More...
  • Tutorial: How to sew exposed seams on knit fabrics

    Anne Weaver
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Tutorial: How to sew exposed seams on knit fabrics The exposed seam look is quite trendy right now.  Andrea from Go To Patterns and Andrea’s Notebook shows how you can create exposed seams when sewing your own knitwear.  The knit … Read More...
  • Three Halloween Ghosts small to big DIY!

    Linda Lanese
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    From “Martha Stewart”! How about these “Mini Cheesecloth Ghosts” or a bigger “Cheesecloth Ghosts” or the “Cheesecloth Spirits How-To”!  All three of these projects have extensive instructions and a picture for each on how to get started. These all … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Kids’ watercolor paint box Halloween costume

    Anne Weaver
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Tutorial: Kids’ watercolor paint box Halloween costume Kathy from Merriment Design shares a tutorial at DIY Network showing how you can make this watercolor paint box Halloween costume for a kid.  The costume includes a paint box jumper, a beret, … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip- Lightened up

    Jamie Sanders
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Today, I'm excited to share this recipe for a fabulously lightened up version of Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip!I imagine it's the same in many places, but here in Texas, we're in the middle of Football Fever! Last week I shared a roundup of great tailgating/football snack ideas. The recipes all looked so good, but not a single one was health conscious or light (maybe the bean dip could be considered healthy- but it still had quite a bit of cheese in it.) Today, I will remedy that oversight!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version…
  • Halloween Skirt & Cordless Iron Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Today, I'm sharing a new Halloween inspired skirt project plus a review and giveaway of the Panasonic Cordless 360 Freestyle Iron (courtesy of Panasonic.)Are you ready for some Halloween inspired cute-ness?I have some cute, new Halloween themed fabrics for several projects on my seasonal sewing to-do list.  A new skirt for my lil' missy was at the top of the list and of course, I've already shared the tutorial for her trick or treat bag.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • $100 Giveaway to Necessary Clothing and Inspiration Monday

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's party day and we have a guest hostess joining our fun today since it's the last par-tay of the month! {Where in the world did September go?}Please welcome Linda fromWith A Blast!And, we also have a fabulous giveaway from Necessary Clothing!We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:I Should Be Mopping the FloorRefresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeightWhat Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomAnd our…
  • 5+ Crazy Good Tailgating Recipes

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    With football season in full swing and the weather cooling down, my hubby has been itching to have a few friends over to watch a Saturday game.  (Living in the Austin area, we have quite a friends that are die-hard UT football fans.)I found quite a few yummy tailgating recipes linked up at last week's Inspiration Monday party that are perfect for game day!  I have chosen my 5 faves to share with you today...Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Floral Leggings

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Floral leggings are very trendy right now. I've got a quite a few floral print knits in my stash, but most of the prints seem too Springy to use right now. I thought this floral print from Hancock Fabrics looked kind of fallish, (maybe because the flowers are on a tan background instead of white.) I only had 3/4 yard of this floral fabric, so capri's it was! (The fabric was so stretchy, I sized the leggings down for a snug fit- I think they'll be very cute under a denim skirt.)Have you tried my free legging pattern yet?You can never have too many leggings! What about you?  Have you…
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  • Page over a page...

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    When I was journaling, I was working organically through four different journals. I came to a half-done page and started painting over can see parts of the half-done page underneath the vine. Is it done now? Who knows. What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylics, Dylusions inks, Stabilo All pencil, Stickles, tag.
  • Join us for Radiant Faces!--reposting bc class starts soon!

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces  What is it? It's a class put together by Effy Wild...nine teachers, nine styles, nine faces, nine characters, 18 lessons. It is going to be fun and fulfilling, and you will grow as an artist and a person. Join us! Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces
  • Drawing over Dylusions in my ledger...

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Drawing over Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media gesso in my ledger journal...
  • More results from my journaling playdate...

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Another page from my journaling playdate with myself. I am loving free and spontaneous line. Can you tell?
  • Scribbling my way to happiness...

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    I was inspired by this drawing by Rupert Bathurst. Unfortunately I don't have his skill, but I tried to emulate his style and learn from him on this page. What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylic, Stabilo All pencil, Dylusions Ink
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  • 6 Ways to Learn How to Sew a Bag or Purse

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Find 6 new ways to learn how to sew a bag or purse with this roundup. Get creative with your material and you'll end up with an entire collection full of DIY bags and purses. Once you know how to sew your own purse, the possibilities are endless.
  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • What Size Am I? & Other Sizing Woes Solved

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    While standards exist in the US for sizes, they are extremely loose. This is true for sewing patterns, as well. While I cannot personally answer the question what size am I? for myself and certainly do not know what size you are, I can offer some tips and tricks, helpful charts, and tutorials to help you find a way to make your clothes fit just right. What Size Am I Other Sizing Woes is here to help you wade through the jungle of getting your clothes to fit perfectly!
  • Simple Felt Pumpkin Pillow

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    If you're looking for simple DIY Halloween decorations to make, this Simple Felt Pumpkin Pillow is for you. With this tutorial, you can learn how to make a pillow that will add a fun, spooky atmosphere to your home. This DIY pillow can be sewn quickly and easily, making it a great project for beginner sewists. The tiny felt pumpkins are cute and fuzzy, perfect to snuggle up with on a crisp fall evening. Make this adorable pillow to add a touch of Halloween festivity to your home.
  • Muscle Man Vintage Infant Costume

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    If you are looking for a hilarious yet simple DIY Halloween costume for your baby, this costume will do the trick. Grandmas, aunts, and neighbors will not be able to stop laughing when they see your baby all dolled up in this adorable Muscle Man Vintage Infant Costume. Super easy to make and comfy to keep even the fussiest babies calm, this homemade Halloween costume is sure to be a hit. If you are looking to go all out, pair it with a homemade barbell made out of balloons.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

    Stacie Grissom
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Over the past year I've been making quite a few rock necklaces. There's one I made from the Virgin Islands, two from Montauk, one from Las Vegas, one I photographed at Stonehenge, and one from my trip around the UK and Ireland. (For the rest of my statement necklaces, check out my gallery!) I've gotten a bit tired of making the bib-style necklaces and wanted to learn a new technique. I remember back when I was a kid, I broke something and my dad fixed it with his soldering iron. I always thought soldering was some really cool yet really difficult skill that you had to learn in a class. Not.
  • Postcards from Paris, Part 1

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

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

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Make some colorful paper beads using paper clips and construction paper!
  • DIY Aromatherapy Shower Blocks

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make shower blocks scented with healing aromatherapy oils and Calendula flowers.
  • DIY Halloween Cockroach Handwash

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    This Halloween tutorial shows you how to spook-up your hand wash or hand sanitizer for a fun filled Halloween party.
  • Harry Potter Ministry Of Magic Guest Book: Halloween DIY

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    This Harry Potter themed craft project is perfect for Halloween or a Harry Potter Hogwarts party. Use a recycled book to create a Ministry Of Magic Sign in book.
  • Build a Rustic Pallet Sign in 6 Steps

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

  • Fall Crafts For Toddlers

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Don't miss out on this classic fall craft at Pink Stripey Socks. This version of pressed leaves uses contact paper instead of wax paper. She also shares how to make a paper bag pumpkin, a perfect craft for toddlers.
  • Leaf Tracing Bookmarks

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    This pretty fall bookmark at Make It Your Own is a nice combination of traced leaves and watercolors.
  • Apple Prints

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Happy Hooligans shares a great fall project for preschoolers that works well for an apple theme too - make apple prints in autumn colors.
  • Personalized Peg Dolls

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    These personalized peg dolls aren't just a unique toy, they're a keepsake that can be handed down to the next generation! Love this! Details at Ukkonooa.
  • Pumpkin Globe

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    As part of a homeschool unit study on geography, Blue Fish On A Bike shares instructions for this wonderful painted globe pumpkin and an earth mobile. 
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  • Coming Soon!

    Michelle (
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Fold Over Zip Wristlet Pattern coming soon...
  • Selvedge Issue 53

    Michelle (
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    I'm selling another Selvedge magazine from my collection.  This one is Issue 53 and it full of lovely and inspiring pictures and articles.  The table of contents can be seen in photos 4 & 5 here. Some of my favorite articles from this issue are: Textiles of the Lowcountry Charleston and Savannah: Collecting, Preserving and Narrating _  _  _ Touching the Landscape Dorothy Caldwell makes her mark using textiles _  _  _ State of Independence Fashion designer Lu Flux finds her own path
  • Vintage Blue Roses Treasury

    Michelle (
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The vintage prints with blue roses are some of my favorites.  Maybe it's because they are "The unicorn of the flower world!" as RetroGirl Redux says in the comments.  Stop by and see the treasury here. Or take a look at one of my other fabric collections: Mushroom Fabric Black and White Fabric Vintage Sheets
  • Made - Phone Pouch

    Michelle (
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Someone sent me a picture of a phone pouch she made with the pink colorway of Echino's Buck with Glasses print, and it was so great I felt inspired to make one too! Mine is made Studio E's Tiny Floral print, an apparel cotton, and turquoise ticking lining.  You might remember I sold some of this ticking at one time.  I only have some large scraps left and have been using it a lot for lining lately.  It's heavier and thicker than quilting cotton and it makes great lining. If you want to add some ticking to your stash, Hawthorne Threads carries it in a bunch of colors. 
  • Destash Magnetic Snaps

    Michelle (
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Today I have some of the prong style magnetic snaps to destash.  These are 14mm snaps in a soft brass color.  They are available in my etsy shop in sets of 10.  See them here.
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Finished Reading; Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    available on AmazonLast night I finished reading Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot. This was a pretty smooth read and I enjoyed the story. It’s a combination of mystery, thriller, sort of drizzled with romance. There is one sex scene in the book, but it’s pretty mild. In other words, the book is 98% story, no smut. I didn’t realize this was the fourth book in the series – but fortunately each book in the series focuses on a different character, so I can go back and read the other three novels at another time and they’re all standalone stories that…
  • Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    It’s no secret that I love my Kindle. It is often an extension of my arm, I’m always reading something somewhere. One of the cool things about the Kindle marketplace is the variety of reading material that you can pick up for no cost. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, there are still some great freebies to be had and you can use the FREE Kindle Reading App to view and read the books on your favorite device or even on your desktop computer. I spent some time poking around the craft and hobby section this morning and I found these five promising crochet books that are all…
  • Finished Reading; Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1) by Rysa Walker

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    (Available as part of Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber, but also available in the usual other formats as well) available on AmazonI love time travel stories and this one was fun with the layers and ripples. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it comes out in October. Things get a little bit confusing if you try to read it when you’re half asleep, but I’d say that’s true of any time travel story. The story moves around quite a bit, from place to place and from time to time. It can be a lot to keep track of, but it’s worth…
  • Stitchqueries: How Many Strands?

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

  • Cozy Mesh Scarf

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Where I’m living we’re in that part of the fall where you might need a coat in the morning but wish you were wearing shorts in the afternoon. In that kind of unpredictable weather a cozy mesh scarf that scrunches down into your bag can be the perfect accessory, and this one fits that description. It’s a stretchy, flexible mesh knit that works up quickly but also looks really special and complicated, which means it would be a great go-to for quick holiday gifts. The remarkably simple pattern and a photo tutorial are behind the cut. For a 9 inch wide (that stretches to about…
  • Fall Leaves Hair Pins

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

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

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    DIY pedicures are not a new thing for me on this blog. This time, though, a DIY pedicure was necessary because I got a giant blister on my foot and I was afraid if I went to the pedicure place to get my toes did, some kind of gross MRSA or some shit would wiggle it’s way into my open wound and I’d end up losing a leg. So, in this case, DIY sounds safer, even if I’m the DIYer. I wanted something summer-y, and I found this guy, which seems to be a tropical version of this one that I did years ago. Image from Glitter and Grace So I figured I’d try it, given that I have an…
  • Happy Colada

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

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Read kids craft books and supply reviews and enter to win kids craft book and supply giveaways! You can enter once daily!
  • What to Do With Buttons: 35 Button Crafts for Kids

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    I never understood the phrase "cute as a button" because I never thought buttons to be cute. While the idiom isn't even referring to fastening buttons, rather a bird called a button, I've changed my opinion on the round baubles. Individually, buttons may not be anything special, but when you bring various buttons together to create a craft, they can definitely be considered cute. That's a good thing too because chances are you have hundreds of buttons in the corners of your nightstand, the back of your bathroom cabinet, and the bottom of your junk drawer. Until now, you probably didn't know…
  • Leisure Arts

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:49 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.
  • How to Make a Wreath: 7 DIY Christmas Wreaths + 40 More Kid-Friendly DIY Wreaths for All Seasons

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    You might think the fridge is the best way to display your childs artwork, but have you ever thought of showing off your child's creativity on your front door? With this collection of 7 DIY Christmas Wreaths 40 More Kid-Friendly DIY Wreaths for All Seasons, you and your little ones can learn how to make a wreath for any occasion. After all, there's nothing cuter than a child's handiwork, so why not display their best efforts for the whole neighborhood to see?
  • Tiggly Shapes Review

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In the digital age, there are more and more opportunities for children to learn and play, but none are quite as fun as Tiggly Shapes. Developed by early childhood experts, these toddler-friendly toys come with 4 geometric shapes that are specially designed to interact with Tiggly apps, allowing children a hands-on education combined with the fun of digital play. With adorable, high-quality graphics and a fun tactile experience, Tiggly Shapes takes learning through play to the next level.
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    Blooms And Bugs

  • Lined tutu tops, the Why and How

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scrappy Little Bandanas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Today is THE day! NEW YARN DAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I recently participated in round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized by Kristi McDonough.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Jess, who likes bold, bright colors and geeky retro style. I started with a ton of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  These are all 5 inch squares. I paired up prints with their matching solid color and made a bunch of half-square triangle (HST) units. After trimming, these are my…
  • Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – #isew Quilt

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This is part of the Sewing Project Roundup Series.  Check out the other posts! Want to stitch something up for an 18-inch doll?  Dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, or fun outfits?  Accessories, bags, tents, or sleeping bags?  They’re all represented here! And they are all FREE!!!  Enjoy Dresses:  One Shoulder Dress by Sew Adollable Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern by Liberty Jane Patterns Popover Sundress by Oliver + S Easy Doll Dress to Sew by Skip to my Lou Make a Shirt into a Doll Dress by Doll It American Girl Dress Pattern by My Cup Overflows American Girl…
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  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Tables – Part 2

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    So last time we discussed the importance of having your display tables at a comfortable height for the customer. If you are doing inside shows you will usually be dealing with a level carpeted or linoleum floor. PVC pipes are … Continue reading →
  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Tables – Part 1

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    A very important part of most craft show displays is your table. Some art displays do not use tables at all, relying instead in free-standing pedestals, but most beginning artists use tables for at least a part of their display. … Continue reading →
  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Boards – Part 3

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My display boards are a work in progress. Most of my boards are actually made as a sandwich – a piece of foam insulation with a layer of 1/4″ plywood on each side. I like the three dimensional look that … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Have a Magical Night

    leslierahye strickland
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here with a fun Halloween card with some of my favorite festive dies. I chose dies that would echo the circles in the image. The dots in the Horizon Square Boutique Frame, the Tiny Bubbles Border and the Dots in the Embossing plate all bring focus back to the little frog and his spots!  The bats and Spider Web Mesh Border were both cut from Glitter card stock for that added glitz. A bit of pen stitching on the focus square and some 3 dimensional bats finish off the card. Cheery Lynn Dies usedSpider Web Mesh Border - B322Going Batty…
  • Happy Holidays Tag with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Monday to you, it's Rhonda here today to host the blog.I have a little holiday tag inspiration for you today featuring one of the newer release dies, the Happy Holidays Hanger.For fun I used a bit of non traditional holiday color scheme.I used the Scalloped Rectangle die to create my tag base. Next I added the Horizon Coved Rectangle, cut it apart and layered the Swedish Spring Oval Frame in a horizontal position.You'll see some delicate snowflakes cut from vellum and accented with tiny bling. The Happy Holidays Hanger sentiment in a bright color and the Pretty Pretty Bow finish the…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 152 - Lace

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Die Cut Flowers challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:11 Timestamp: 2014-09-28 00:54:01 UTC #11 - Mrs. A    Congratulations, Mrs. A.  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 Lace challenge.
  • Vintage Layered Card by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Click to EnlargeHi Everyone, Julie here today hosting the blog. This week I thought I would share a vintage style card with you.I thought I would show you previous layers on my card as it makes it easier to see. The first 2 layers glued onto my card were torn at the edges and some distress added to the edges and I placed my tiny doily onto both sides. My next layer, I die cut out the Horizon Square Frame, distressed the edges and added some creases onto the paper and placed my die cut heart.My image I glued lace around and added to my Magic Mirror die which I had distressed the edges on and…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages

    Jeanette Nyberg
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
      I’ve got TWO things for you today! Seen above is a free page of Zentangle patterns for your downloading and printing pleasure. As seen below, I have designed some completely awesome tangle starter pages. Yep, I have officially jumped into the role of powerful business magnate with the opening of my new shop. I’m starting with Zentangle starter...  Read More » The post Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • This Weekend I’m Learning About White Space

    Jeanette Nyberg
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Oh, goodness. I’m on my last day of Alt for Everyone- an online blogging conference put on by Altitude Summit, and my brain is mush. I still have 2 classes left to go as I type this, and if I weren’t in the library, I would be in my cozy jammies in bed with soothing...  Read More » The post This Weekend I’m Learning About White Space appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • How to Speak Like a Classic Film Star

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I wrote about the funny phrase from a 30’s movie that found it’s way into Erik’s brain and out his mouth when he was a younger lad, and thought that you might want to adopt some of these phrases into your everyday vocabulary. Tell me if I’m wrong, but you look exactly like the sort of lady that...  Read More » The post How to Speak Like a Classic Film Star appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Killer Blog Photography: 3 Great Tips For Lighting

    Jeanette Nyberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let me start by saying that I know nothing about studio lighting. When I worked as a photo stylist, I would set up the pretty pictures and sit idly by, filing my nails and smacking my gum as the photographers worked their magic. Still, I can tell a beautifully lit photo from a poorly lit...  Read More » The post Killer Blog Photography: 3 Great Tips For Lighting appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 20 Yummiest Fall Snacks to Put in Your Belly

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

  • Photos of the Week

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    I didn't get out much last week so my photos were all taken in my backyard........I love my cosmos flowers!Last week I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude for my family.  Going through something trying and traumatic as surgery does that to me.  I'm grateful for my mom who stayed with me over a week, cooking, cleaning, taking care of my son while I recovered.  My husband who puts up with an often sick wife and a job he doesn't like in order to provide.  He is the most patient man in the world.  My son who makes me smile almost every time I look at him.  As…
  • Free Crochet Pattern: Chevron Blanket

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    I've been working on this blanket for months and months and I'm sooooooo happy it's finished! I find myself looking at it again and again during the day.  It's so colorful and so happy.  It livens up my mostly brown living room :)It's made from mostly thrifted yarn (which I did wash  by the way) and my left-over scraps, so it was cheap to make too.Simple Chevron Blanket Patterncopyright Elise Engh: Grow Creative-2014. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell as your own.Materials:Size I/9-5.50mm Crochet HookWorsted Weight Yarn- variety of colorsYarn…
  • Photos of the Week

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    I am home.  I survived the surgery!  Thank you so much for all the prayers and thoughts.  They have helped.  I'm still super super sore, but the surgery went well and I feel blessed to have had the doctor I have.  The only organ lost was an appendix- who needs that anyway?I have a few posts scheduled, but other than that I will be taking it easy, watching Gilmore Girls from my comfy chair :)
  • How I Create

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

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    Sometimes good things come from a bout of insomnia. This sweet and shabby American flag came to life in the wee hours of the morning. I was inspired by this vintage ribbon and lace flag.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Kokedama from Houseplant Cuttings

    22 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I recently got around to pruning my houseplants. My pothos was especially lanky and ended up having a major "haircut". Looking down at the pile of cuttings, and hating to throw them away, I thought it would be a great opportunity to root them and try my hand at kokedama. Kokedama, which translates to moss ball, is a traditional Japanese garden art form. Forgoing the pot, plants are grown in a ball of soil that is covered with moss and wrapped with string. Kokedama can be displayed on a stand or plate, or suspended to create gorgeous string gardens.As it turned out, kokedama are…
  • Spring Mantel 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Just popping in to post a few photos of my spring mantel. Enjoy!Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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    JarSpot » JarSpot

  • Baby Announcement

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    There’s a lot of creative ways couples are announcing their new babies to the world, here’s one we came up with using mason jars. We selected 2 larger pint sized jars, one tall and square for me and one shorter and curvy for her. We used the smallest jar we could find for the new baby and labeled it ? since we don’t even know the gender yet. Pint jars are easy to find, but those tiny 4 oz jars are more rare. We were lucky to find 2 in a large box of bigger mason jars. Here’s where to find 4 oz. jars on Amazon. We stuffed each jar with a different cloth. A flowery…
  • Saving Paint

    29 Dec 2013 | 12:54 am
    When you choose a special color to paint a room in your house, you inevitably end up with extra paint left over at the end of this job. This isn’t a bad thing! In fact you may very well need this spare paint in the future for when the paint job you just spent a day layering onto your drywall inevitably gets chipped and damaged. But saving those old paint cans is troublesome. Our old house had a gross old pile of rusty paint buckets which had become cemented shut over years of being left in the humid air. And having too much air inside the paint bucket can dry out the surface of the…
  • How to Remove Sticker Glue from Anything

    29 Dec 2013 | 12:54 am
    I buy all kinds of things that come packaged in mason jars. Honey, tomato sauce, applesauce, jam – anything that fits a regular or wide mouth lid gets saved. But most of the time, I don’t want the old label that came with the jar. This how-to guide is about how to remove the sticky glue from your jar. One Special Ingredient The one cleaning item you need to get rid of sticker residue is Goo Gone. It’s dirt cheap and you don’t need much, so pick up a bottle and you’ll have all you need for a long, long time. As you’ll see below, our bottle is almost full…
  • Grain Sprouter

    25 Dec 2013 | 8:36 pm
    In an effort to increase the healthfulness of grains, cutting edge foodies are taking the time to sprout them. There is some evidence that sprouting grains breaks down the less healthy components and increases overall nutrition. Here’s a homemade rice sprouter made with a mason jar and a fine mesh. The mesh allows good airflow while keeping out insects. It takes a couple of days to sprout rice in this way. Read the detailed instructions on Dorothy was Here.
  • Terrarium

    23 Dec 2013 | 8:17 pm
    It’s hard to resist collecting shells at the beach, but unfortunately they often just sit around in a Ziploc bag adding to the clutter. But now with some simple things you’ve already got around the house you can turn those shells into your own little private beach scene! These Mason Jar Terrariums are courtesy of Mom 4 Real, a mom blog specializing in craft projects. You can read the full article at Mom 4 Real.  
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Knit Luck TV Episode 3 - The Origin Story

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Check out our newest episode of Knit Luck TV, where we talk about how I learned to knit and how it started a chain of events that changed my life. We mention: Goddess Yarns, Weekend Knitting book (again), The Textured Shawl and more.
  • Year of Projects Sept 28

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    I am determined to have a much more exciting Year of Projects post next week. I would very much like to go ahead and cast on a ton of new projects like a hat, a new sweater and a baby blanket, but all I have for this week is just a few rows knitted on the Textured Shawl. Times are busy with school and kid stuff so I haven't been knitting as much as I would like, but if I can finish a few chores this weekend I'll have more time to knit (I hope). I might even brave the old storage unit. Tomorrow is video blog day so come back and visit for that. I think I'm going to tell my learning to knit…
  • Knitting Sale Alert! Digital Interweave Magazines For Under 2 Bucks!

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    It's my favorite time of year (Fall) AND time for Interweave Press's annual $1.99 digital download sale!!! If you love Interweave's magazines but don't love Interweave's prices, now's the time to stock up on some fun knitting reading material and sweet sweet knitting patterns! (full disclosure -I am an Interweave Affiliate), but aside from that I myself will be buying a few digital copies myself and thought my fellow knitters would enjoy the opportunity!
  • The Alternative to Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Welcome to the latest installment of the Knit Luck Guide to Interchangeable Knitting Needles! This might seem like a strange addition to the guide, but not everyone wants to have a full set of interchangeable needles. Some people don't really like having to put their knitting needles together in order to use them. Let's be honest there are some annoying things about interchangeable knitting needle sets: The tips can become disconnected from the cables It's not always easy to identify the needlesize The cable isn't the length you need It can take some time to replace broken needle tips  …
  • Forward March

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Fall is usually thought of as a time when things start to break down, when the world prepares for the oncoming winter, but around here it feels more like spring. Husband is happy in his new job, happier than I've seen him in years. He's so happy he looks five years younger.   The boys have started preschool and are doing ok. If there was one benefit to underemployment it's that we all got to see so much of my husband and spend quality time with him. I don't know many kids who get to spend so much time with their dads. When change happens in the house sometimes it changes how kids behave…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Beauty Blogger Project – TRY by Colbie Caillat

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and […] The post Beauty Blogger Project – TRY by Colbie Caillat appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • 2 patterns MashUp Tutorial: Leotard + Coupon (& some news…)

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Create your own leotard pattern, mashing-up Big Girl Briefs and Everyday Tank Serger Pepper PDF patterns for the fanciest gymnastic outfit you can image! The post 2 patterns MashUp Tutorial: Leotard + Coupon (& some news…) appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch/Read/Buy/Do 02.

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Watch: Strictly Come Dancing.Yey! It's back. Dancing, sequins and lots of fake tan.Read: Falling Cloudberries, Tessa Kiros.One of my favourite books to look through for inspiration. I love how the recipes are mixed in with old family photos. I love how the paper smells. I love the food photography. Most of all I love the recipes and how they all have their own story. The filo with poached pears and rose petals, pistachio praline and vanilla ice cream looks and sounds particularly good.Buy: Love, love, love these geometric soaps from Anthropologie.I can't seem to find a working link for these…
  • 6 Diy Jewellery Projects To Try.

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Looking for a weekend craft project to keep you busy? Why not try one of these 6 diy jewellery projects.(clockwise from top left)1. How about some gold dipped diy tube necklaces from The Lovely Drawer.2. Or these diy giant gem rings from Studio Diy made using hot glue. Seriously, hot glue, how amazing is that?3. Love the simplicity of these diy faux granite rings from Fall For Diy.4. Gorgeous gold leaf brooches from A Beautiful Mess.5. If you're feeling brave (power tools are needed) check out these simple wooden rings from The Merrythought.6. Or maybe these colourful…
  • Three Things I Love: Comfort Food.

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    There's been a distinct autumn chill in the air this week. Leaves are beginning to turn brown and the nights are drawing in. Of course as the weather gets cooler it means all I can think about is gooey, sticky, delicious comfort food.Here's the three things I love, comfort food edition.1. Warm up with this spicy ancho turkey chili from Pinch of Yum.2. The Artful Desperado shows us his take on 'Huevos Ahogados' (drowned eggs) with these spicy roasted anaheim pepper tomato poached eggs.3. I'm a sucker for anything that uses maple syrup so of course I was going to fall in…
  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks.

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I fell in love with these tiny notebooks when I pinned them a few months back and since I use notebooks all the time it seems like a good idea to know how to make a few different types myself. You can find my other tutorial, this time for perfect bound notebooks here.These mini notebooks are made using shipping tags, pretty clever, right? They're also really quick and easy to make. Have a go and let me know in the comments below how you get on.Things you'll need to make your own Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks:Shipping/luggage tags,Scrapbook paper,Lined paper,String,A pencil.Hole…
  • 99 Page Test.

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    'Open the book to page 99 and the quality of the whole book will be revealed to you'Ford Maddox Ford.I was flicking through a magazine the other day when I came across this quote in an article talking about the 99 page test. Do you know it? The idea is that instead of judging a book by it's cover you read page 99 instead and answer the following questions, does it grip you? And do you want to turn the page?In the past I've books chosen for their covers (The Gargoyle), the blurb (The 19th Wife), first sentence (Pride and Prejudice), a favourite author (Linda Castillo) or because I loved the tv…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


    26 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The late Nora Ephron, the gifted journalist and screen writer of When Harry Met Sally renown, famously hated her neck. Although she knew enough tricks to show the world a still youthful face well into her middle age, she felt as if her neck betrayed her. Having reached late middle age myself, I find she was right. And it may well be that the recent cowl craze is evidence of this as well. In any case, I like to think she would have enjoyed wearing this soft chunky cowl around her aging neck. I know I will come November, which is just around the corner. It's quick and easy to crochet…

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

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

  • DIY Phone Case with Chalkboard Markers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Upcycled Mini Books

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We all know that books have been around for many years, but did you know that they have been in existence for over 5,000 years?  Needless to say, bookmaking has always been extremely popular.  They come in all shapes and sizes and you can create a book with almost any type of materials.  For this post, our guest blogger, Alessandra Arcangeli, will show you that upcycled mini books to make for a friend or to make a few just for yourself. If you would like to amaze your friends with a little, super cute present, here the right idea: notebooks from a cereal box or pasta box or similar boxes.
  • Eileen Hull’s Paper Trail #3 Update

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
     A few weeks ago we announced that Bella Crafts Quarterly was sponsoring a very special road trip with our friend, Eileen Hull.  Eileen is a professional designer for the craft industry and a licensed artist for Sizzix.  She recently launched her new Sizzix die cut collection called Vintage Kitchen  at the Paper Arts show in Atlanta in July.  A few months back Eileen decided she wanted to take her Sizzix Scoreboard products on the road to share with crafters she met along the way.  She has made multiple stops in craft and scrapbook stores to teach classes, share ideas and of course…
  • Painting on Wood

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Crafters are always looking to try new things, new surfaces to work on.  When this editor starting rubber stamping many years ago, I started on paper just like everyone else, but quickly became bored.  I tried my hand at all different types of surfaces and soon found out that I had a passion for wood.  I love stamping and painting on wood!  It is such a great surface to apply all different types of mediums to it.  In this post, our guest blogger Carmen Whitehead, shares some of her wood painting ideas with us. As an artist I love trying new things, whether it’s a product, technique or…
  • Drab to Fab with Fabric Painting

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

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

  • Bat Headband

    Cheri Mortimer
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s the cutest little bat you’ve ever seen! Seriously, have you ever seen such an adorable bat? Cherie is sharing this festive winged friend on a fabulous ribbon covered headband that is too cute for words and way too much fun! This little high flyin’ critter is easy to […]
  • Halloween Ribbon Spider Web

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Typically spider webs are really not something that is welcome or even invited into our homes except for one special time of the year and then it’s all about the creepy crawly spiders and their nasty little webs…Halloween time! Today, JaniJo is sharing a spectacular spider web that is anything by nasty and one that […]
  • Two-Toned Cheer Bow

    Cheri Mortimer
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know that I have a special place in my heart for big cheer bows? It is true! I was a cheerleader for a looooong time and big bows just like this one were a big part of my life. Those were the days of short skirts, high kicks, and lots of cheers for […]
  • How To Make A Twisted Boutique Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday…one of my favorite days of the week! Are you new to our YouTube Thursday party? This party is all about getting crafty video style with a brand new video tutorial each week that is fabulous, fun and full of frilly hair accessories and other fun crafts! I get so excited for […]
  • Witch Legs Halloween Decor

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. My favorite part of Halloween is all of the cute…not scary, Halloween decor! I love the vibrant oranges, greens, purples and black. I also love the fun and friendly spiders, pumpkins, ghosts, goblins and last but surely not least, the witches and their famous cackles. […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Scotch Chalkboard and Dry Erase Tape

    Sherri Osborn
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    I am so excited about these products which I recently discovered from Scotch… I am talking about Scotch Chalkboard Tape and Scotch Dry Erase Tape. Have you seen them? As a crafter, I am looking forward to creating something with…Read more →
  • DIY Recycled Apple Bunting

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This apple bunting project was made as part of my catalog craft challenge. Can you tell that the apples on this decorative bunting are made using pieces cut out of catalogs? While I do craft challenges often, this one is…Read more →
  • 18 Recycled Pumpkin Crafts

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

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

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

  • A Vintage Meets Modern Wedding

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Our good friend Jen recently tied the knot at the Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore.This beautiful venue was the perfect backdrop for the vintage meets modern wedding. Her colors were a collection of muted, summery tones with a fresh, romantic feeling. Jen’s big day featured so many adorable DIYed details, we just had to share. Look at the happy couple. Doesn’t Jen look absolutely radiant?! Ben, the groom, cleaned up nicely as well. Oh and that dress… The cocktail hour and reception featured handmade pinwheel place card holders, DIYed bar and dinner menus.The couple…
  • DIY Jewelry Storage

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Growing up with a grandfather who was a jeweler wasn’t a bad gig. There were many hours of show and tell, and even the fortunate bonus of getting handmade jewelry for ‘life milestones’. Each item crafted by my grandpa is very special to us grandkids and we all treasure these family heirlooms. Sadly, this unique talent skipped right over me, but it certainly resonates in my sister. We all know those girls who love the glitz and glam things in life. My sister, Michelle, is one of those girls. If it has glitter, rhinestones, or anything sparkly, it’s the thing for her. What started when…
  • Fall in love with a fall mantel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Turn an Oreo Cookie Bag into a durable bag  you can use all year round with this easy step-by-step tutorial!  These are fun bags for the kids to pack in their lunches or use to hold their school supplies.  They are made durable by using clear iron-on vinyl and since they are cookie bags they […] The post Recycled Food Safe Oreo Cookie Bag to Zipper Bag appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • DIY Recycled Milk Carton to Utensil Holder

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    An easy craft using wooden rulers and a milk carton.  You can use it as a Utensil Holder or pen/pencil holder in your office or give to a teacher for their desk. It would make a perfect gift!   Do you know your neighbors? I mean, not just know who they they are if you […] The post DIY Recycled Milk Carton to Utensil Holder appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Halloween Candy Corn Cake In A Jar with Free Recipe Tag

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A delicious homemade cake recipe with added candy corn.  This Candy Corn Cake In A Jar not only makes a super delicious cake, but it makes  a perfect gift for Halloween.  Give one at parties or pass them out to your neighbors along with the BOO Your Neighbor printables! (fun game) Your candy corn friends will […] The post Halloween Candy Corn Cake In A Jar with Free Recipe Tag appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party Features and announcement

    27 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Hey everyone! Happy weekend! In case you missed the announcement at last weeks party…I have an announcement to make! My daughter who got married in July just found out they are expecting a baby!!  I am soooo excited and already have a lineup of projects to make before she arrives.  Ok, I will be happy […] The post Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party Features and announcement appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Buttermilk Candy Corn Pancakes

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Delicious flavored Buttermilk Candy Corn Pancakes that are fun for the kids and make a pretty breakfast.  Dress up your table with a pretty candy corn tablescape to match. Yes, that’s right around here we make decorations to match our food. Halloween only comes around once a year so why not go all out, right? […] The post Buttermilk Candy Corn Pancakes appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Handmade tuesdays bloghop 30/September

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Let's share our posts and have fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 29/September

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!(on a side note, I just realised that September is almost over! How can that be?)
  • Coloring pencils photo frame: how to

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    This is a project I started making with the kids during the summer holidays, then it was forgotten when we went on vacation, then school started...the usual drill: I ended up finishing it just last night to remove it once and for all from the top of our home office desk where it lay collecting dust for several long weeks.And so, finally, here is the pencil photo frame: If your kids are like mine, they will have laying around a large series on coloring pencil stubs and leftovers. Some are quite new and correspond to the colors they rarely use and are returned to us at the end of each school…
  • Weekend bloghop 26/ September

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome and link up your favorite posts!
  • Mini party favor box printable

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    I'm not a huge fan of giving candy favors at kids birthday parties but last week a friend asked for my help to put together some favor boxes for an all-girls party she was organizing and I had to agree.After some brainstorming (and some not very good-looking samples you don't want to hear about) we decided on shape and then cut the box out of a cute gift wrap paper she had purchased.They turned out nice enough and I decided to scan one of the non-assembled boxes, create a template and post about it here in case anyone wants to do something similar.The link to download the template is at the…
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    Woo Hoo Cuties

  • Garden folk clad in rags and tatters: whimsical scarecrows.

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    If only they had a brain… Your garden suddenly becomes an extraordinary place, welcoming guests to a holiday party in a harvest-time décor, the kitchen smelling of scarecrow cookies. And it’s all about “him”, doing his solitary job! Made of all-natural materials, straw, wire, twine, old clothes, a crazy hat, all together, he is creating that very special autumn atmosphere. Yes of course, it is the unique, handcrafted, artistic, exciting scarecrow on display. Giving the birds a place to perch probably.Standing strong and tall, fabulous and funny, sweet and maybe a bit…
  • Where you born with a silver spoon in your mouth?

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Spoons come in as many variations as possible, the task they’re up to, defines the spoon! We’re a long way away of the spiral-shaped snail shell (cochlea in Greek and Latin), or the chip or splinter of wood (Anglo-Saxon “spon”). Men don’t wear their spoon in their belt anymore, nor do women hang it at their belt, next to their house keys. Neither do we carry our eating utensils with us when we travel, in a special case in our pocket, although French men still do carry their knife with them, when invited and use it to eat with, no matter how nice you lay your table cutlery, or how…
  • French cuisine: Escargot à la Bourguignonne

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    “Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails, that is what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and everything nice, that is what little girls are made of”. Where to us, snails make us think of protecting our vegetable patch or make this old rhyme pop up in our minds, the French cuisine “thinks”: serve them edible snails with an abundance of garlic and parsil! Not everybody likes the thought or the chewy texture though! We can’t give much comment on the French, as most of us women have already used them in creams on wrinkles or dry skin, hidden under the name “Helix aspersa”.
  • Magical reflections: vintage mirrors on the wall

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Who would have thought, seeing this round obsidian ball, that this volcanic glass, formed out of cooled lava, one day polished with sand, glued together with bat’s pooh, framed and decorated, was once the base of the most wanted mirror in the world for rulers and the European aristocracy. Weird as we’re talking about a black stone, black meaning the absence of light, where in order for a mirror to cast a reflection, it requires light. Were it not, that obsidian is known for its bright reflective power. Pure magic, it must have been for the first of mankind, to see their reflection in the…
  • Foraging for the star of the edible fungi…

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Their taste, associated with the roots of the trees these mushrooms grow under, will surprise you: meet the “ Boletus Edulis”, first described in 1782 by the French botanist Pierre Bulliard and still bearing its original name. Doesn’t ring a bell? Maybe the word “fungus” will turn you off, but what about: porcino (Italian for piglet), the gentlemen’s mushroom (Austria), the rodellon (for the Spanish) or “eekhoorntjesbrood (squirrel’s bread) for the Dutch, may I present to you: the French cèpe de Bordeaux. One can call them the “hog mushrooms”, as they are the pigs…
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  • Introducing Rug Hooking Wool Strips

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

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

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

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

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

    Alice Seidel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is scary. It’s September 30th. A little more than two months to knit gifts for Christmas. Any knitter knows these things take time! Sometimes, weeks and weeks. Sometimes, a weekend. Either way, if you’ve been thinking about which knitting gifts to give family or friends, better stop thinking and start knitting! If you need a few ideas, just click over to my post about holiday knitting. And here’s another post for more Christmas ideas. But . . . which knitting gift do YOU want in your stocking? Is it a new knitting book, yarn, needle kits, or something else? Maybe a ball…
  • All About Hand Knitting Yarn

    Alice Seidel
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you been in a yarn shop lately? Looking for your next knitting project and browsing through the hand knitting yarn? It seems everytime I visit a LYS (local yarn shop) or a Michael’s or A.C. Moore, etc., there are always NEW yarns to see! While it’s exciting to pick out my favorite colors and fibers, I always need to know more about what kind of yarn I’m buying. I have a great lead-in post on finding yarn, which you can read here.  It’s full of fun information on the different types of yarn we use for knitting all of the beautiful things we do. Do I have my…
  • How Do You Knit a Scarf?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    It’s been a productive, crazy week, folks. Yes, a fair amount of selfish sewing has taken place, but so has a lot of errand running, standing in line at the post office, and taking photos far too late into the night. TGIF. And I can tell it’s going to be a wonderful weekend. What Selfish Sewing projects were completed this week? Well, there was a lot of scarf and cowl sewing time, as promised. And just in time to fulfill my dire need to make a pom-pom scarf, we've signed on a great new designer, Make it Perfect. This Aussie designer has a TON of great patterns, including this awesome…
  • Fall Selfish Sewing Week: DIY Yoga Bag

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    The first three days of Selfish Sewing Week have been wonderfully self-indulgent. While my guy is out of town, I’ve taken full advantage of the freedom to be as messy with my sewing as possible. This means there’s an abundance of fabric on the kitchen island (my favorite cutting space), several garments draped over his office chair, and the photo studio is definitely NOT getting put away until the minutes before he returns. I’ve also taken full advantage of sewing whatever the heck I want. While my Selfish Sewing Week plans have already gotten a little out of order, they are progressing…
  • Fall Selfish Sewing Week: Plans

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    I was delighted to find out a few weeks ago that Selfish Sewing Week was rapidly approaching. Like many of you, I rarely sew anything other than women’s garments, but I wouldn’t call my sewing entirely selfish. Yes, most of the samples you see in the Indiesew shop are sewn up in a size that fits me, and often they do get integrated into my daily wardrobe. But many of them get sent back to our small group of awesome sample sewers. Or some of them aren’t really my style. In reality, it’s been months since I’ve done any sewing just for me. So, despite a mile-long queue of samples to…
  • Fall Collection Blog Tour Roundup Part 2 (and Another Giveaway Winner!)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Today wraps up our two-week Indiesew Fall Collection Blog Tour. It’s been, well, inspirational, to say the least. Nine sewing bloggers have taken full creative license to make patterns from the Fall Collection completely theirs. Browsing through their photos is giving me so many great sewing ideas, that I’m having a hard time keeping them straight in my head. Luckily, we’ve pinned them all for safekeeping. Did you miss Part 1 of the Fall Collection Blog Tour? No worries, you can check that out here. Let’s take a look at Part 2 of the Indiesew Fall Collection Blog Tour. The winner of…
  • Six Ways to Customize Your Lane Raglan

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Just a quick reminder! Don’t forget to enter the Indiesew Fall Collection Giveaway. You have a chance to win six autumn patterns that mix and match to make a wardrobe (a $45 value!). It feels a bit odd talking about the Indiesew Fall Collection today, because here in Boulder, CO it’s full on winter. Wet, stinging snow. Below freezing temps. The whole nine yards. It’s weather fit for wool sweaters and proper pants. But tomorrow it’s forecasted to be in the 70’s and by mid-next week we’ll be enjoying 80 degrees again. I’m okay with such volatile weather, as long as I get to wear…
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