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  • The Stunningly Beautiful Crochet Baby Blanket You Need in Your Life

    Marie Segares
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and I’m thrilled to share a guest post with you today! I love to crochet baby blankets. I live in New York City, and you can really never have too many blankets for a cold winter! But baby blankets are even better, because they can be used all year round as play mats, car seat blankets to protect from air conditioning, or even as security blankets for nap time. Sometimes, though, crocheting blankets can be frustrating, especially when it seems like you have thousands more stitches to go. For this reason, I love crocheting diagonal…
  • Bluebird Park Baby Quilt Pattern Articles
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Baby quilt patterns are some of the cutest and most traditional baby blanket patterns you will find. Learning how to quilt up an adorable baby shower gift is a treasured art. It does not, however, need to take you hours and hours to create. Learn how to quilt with pre-cuts in order to make a quick quilt with baby quilt patterns like the Bluebird Park Baby Quilt Pattern. Using 10 fat quarter fabric squares or 20 layer cake squares, this free quilting pattern is much easier to make than you think.
  • This time it’s for real

    Yarn Harlot
    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I am 46 years old, and I think I can tell you that I’m just about over having crushes. The thing with Prince remains eternal, but I’ve accepted in my heart that we could never be together. I’ve believed since I was 15 years old that our heights made us compatible, but the truth is that by all reports, the man’s a (really beautiful) lunatic, and really, I think that would be exhausting to live with. I’ve never been the sort of person to lose my mind over a rock star, I didn’t have a poster of Duran Duran, and I (mostly) don’t feel faint when I run into…
  • What Would You Pick for Your Author Picture?

    Design Mom
    Design Mom
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. Today, I thought it would be fun to share another behind the scenes peek into making my book. But before I do that, I have some exciting news: my book is already stocked and shipping from Amazon!! The official publish date is April 7th, and that’s when you can officially find it in stores, but if book stores receive it early, they can set it out any time. Very exciting! Now back to the behind-the-scenes post. I’ll start with a bit of book making trivia. Books are made of 16-page signatures. Essentially, they are four sheets of…
  • This Invisible Art is Activated by Rain

    Gareth Branwyn
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church has a unique take on street art. Using stencils and a superhydrophobic spray (such as Always Dry), he creates what he calls rain art, art that only appears when it rains. As he sees it, Seattle is the perfect place for such art, a way of […] Read more on MAKE The post This Invisible Art is Activated by Rain appeared first on Make:.
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  • In the Grip of Gratitude

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    March. I like March. I'm recovered from the holidays and from two January birthdays (Elijah and Charlotte). It's still early in the year for big plans and the Arizona weather is delightful. (I'm sorry this isn't the case for everyone.) Despite the lovely Marchness all around me, I'm also facing some distinct challenges and some tough decisions this year. Instead of running from them any longer or glossing things over, I've decided to plow into these matters head-on. And though difficult and strange, it feels good. I'm a doer and it's time to…
  • NEW Pattern! Prize Bloom Quilt

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I have two new sewing patterns to announce this week, starting with the Prize Bloom Quilt. This three-dimensional floral design is a rewarding project. It gives you the opportunity to practice a variety of techniques (curved piecing, inset corners, appliqué), yet it is quick to sew. You complete one, large flower and a simple, pieced foundation, then put them together and you're done. Practically. There is quilting and binding as well, but those go quickly too. The large, dahlia-like flower is gathered at the center and a round of three-dimensional petals is added. These details draw…
  • Luxury Bedding

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've come across the most luxurious baby bedding by Tushies & Tantrums. I believe I was originally tagged in an Instagram post. (Which is one of my favorite things about Instagram—getting to see what is being made with my fabric collections. Tagging is such an easy way to share.) Below is just one of the luxurious sets that Tushies & Tantrums has put together using Heather Bailey fabrics. The featured prints are those shown above, all from my Lottie Da collection: Dauphine turquoise, Lottie Dot purple, Carousel Stripe orchid, and Lottie Dot olive. I adore this Jenny-Lind style…
  • Wednesday Quilt Inspiration

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    At the studio, we are busy prepping for the quilt industry's fall tradeshow. We have a few new patterns coming out, as well as new fabric collection. I cannot wait to share more! With quilts and soft goods on my mind, I am sharing some quilt inspiration today.  This charming clamshell quilt was put together by for the True Colors blog hop a while back. I love how the simple, repeating design allows for playful eclecticism with the print combination. And the finished quilt looks great with rounded corners. Shown is a mix of Lottie Da and True Colors prints, along…
  • 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,…
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    Tim Holtz

  • 12 tags of 2015 – april…

    tim holtz
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    getting the most out of products has always been one of my main goals as a designer.  i try to inspire different ways to think about the products and their many uses.  first we’ll explore distress markers and a few creative ways to use them including layered watercoloring, background spritzing, and even tinting ribbon.  next Continue Reading
  • faux chocolate bunnies….

    tim holtz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    have you ever had one of those crazy ideas that pop in your head while your browsing the aisles of the craft store and think – i should make something with that?  well today’s project is one of those crazy ideas, but i have to say – i love how they turned out.  you see, Continue Reading
  • alcohol ink eggs…

    tim holtz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    sometimes the simplest things can transform into the most amazing ones. today i want to show how to create colorful faux marbled eggs from those cheap plastic eggs.  i’ve always seen these plastic eggs in funky colors, but this year was the first time i’ve seen them in plain white (hobby lobby), perfect for inking. Continue Reading
  • distress glitter eggs…

    tim holtz
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    with easter a couple of weeks away, i wanted to share some project ideas this week that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.  the pastel palette of spring is the perfect time to use the lighter colors of distress to create these shabby decor accents.  today we’re going to add a little vintage sparkle to Continue Reading
  • bird crazy winners…

    tim holtz
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    what a fun time we had reading all of your comments this weekend.  it’s clear that many of you have gone a little bird crazy too and we love that.  thanks for taking the time to be part of this giveaway and thanks to stampers anonymous for providing us the stamps to share…t!m congrats to Continue Reading
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  • Seamless Accelerator to Foster IoT Startups

    Jenn Nowicki
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    A new coalition of companies and venture capitalists, including Start Garden and Steelcase, aims to make Grand Rapids, Michigan a specialized hub for IoT ideas and products. Dubbed the Seamless Accelerator, the coalition’s goal is to provide startups with both initial capital and mentorship to encourage innovation and solve challenges associated with […] Read more on MAKE The post Seamless Accelerator to Foster IoT Startups appeared first on Make:.
  • The First South Pole Mini Maker Faire

    James Tiberius Burke
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
      Glorious summer weather graced the first annual South Pole Mini Maker Faire (about a 12 hours’ flight south of New Zealand) and attendees were excited to see several exhibitions including an ice sculpting 3d printer, sub-zero crocheting corner, and C-130 Refueling hacks. Maker Faire Program Director Sabrina Merlo stated that […] Read more on MAKE The post The First South Pole Mini Maker Faire appeared first on Make:.
  • SketchUp Gamifies Design Learning with “Adventure Mode”

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Learning design is hard. Even with the simplest of tools, like SketchUp, it can be difficult to get your brain to associate those little icons with real world actions. The folks at SketchUp know this, and they’re taking great measures to help ease the process. What better way to teach basics […] Read more on MAKE The post SketchUp Gamifies Design Learning with “Adventure Mode” appeared first on Make:.
  • Can’t Find the Perfect Leather Bag? Craft Your Own

    Nathan Hurst
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    I set out on a mission to create a stylish laptop bag that I would actually enjoy using. Read more on MAKE The post Can’t Find the Perfect Leather Bag? Craft Your Own appeared first on Make:.
  • This Invisible Art is Activated by Rain

    Gareth Branwyn
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church has a unique take on street art. Using stencils and a superhydrophobic spray (such as Always Dry), he creates what he calls rain art, art that only appears when it rains. As he sees it, Seattle is the perfect place for such art, a way of […] Read more on MAKE The post This Invisible Art is Activated by Rain appeared first on Make:.
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    not martha

  • links: misc

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    What are some novels in which the genders of some or all of the central characters is not revealed to the reader? | Ask MetaFilter. Cool Tools – Google URL Shortening Service. If I’m forced to shorten links this is the one I use, it also keeps stats for you on how many times the link was clicked on. Internet slang meets American Sign Language — Hopes&Fears. The Web’s Grain by Frank Chimero. 50 Wonderful Things From 2014 : Monkey See : NPR. Prayer Nuts, Small 16th Century Wooden Spheres That Conceal Incredibly Ornate Carvings. Cool Tools – Kadomaru Pro Corner Cutter. This…
  • How To Make Authentic Liege Waffles in Six Minutes

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    The title of this post is mostly a lie. You see, I love Liege style waffles so much that I basically dedicated an entire weekend to eating them in Belgium. But I had to figure out a way to make my own at home that ultimately involved as little work as possible on a weekend morning. Spoiler: we froze them. The shiny bits are sugar that has melted and covered the outside. It’s a crunchy, candy coated waffle. It’s excellent. I tested a few ways to get the waffle from the freezer to my mouth quickly while still keeping as many of the desirable features intact. Those features are:…
  • links: food

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

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

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

  • Sewing toys from vintage patterns at Sew Mama Sew

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Have you visited 6 weeks of softies love at Sew Mama Sew yet? There have been so many great patterns and tutorials. Today I have a bit on making toys from patterns in vintage sewing books. Have you entered the Spectacular Softies Contest yet? Win yourself a new sewing machine!
  • still time to sew a bunny for the basket

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    I like bunnies. I have a lot of bunny patterns. Tiny bunny, flat bunny, big footed bunny, and my favorite is Elsa as a bunny.
  • bunnies up in here

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
  • oh what I wouldn't do for a cricut

    Hillary Lang
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    I've been spending a lot of time watching videos for the Cricuit Explore while I sit and cut out letters for the STEM Fair posters. Sigh. I know I *need* one of these. How do I justify it?!
  • Margaret Bloom's second book, Making Peg Dolls & More

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

  • slow (on purpose) week

    patricia zapata
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Easter is just around the corner so I had to squeeze at least one small project before the holiday is here. I wish square cards where more of a standard format—love them.Thank you, thank you to all of you that ordered the Lush Garden Gift Set over the weekend! It's always so fun to see that my projects are so well received. I truly hope you'll enjoy it.This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend not too long ago. We were talking about how a lot of what we do as artists is taking risks and how scary it can be to show our work after pouring our souls into the process. The work can…
  • lush garden

    patricia zapata
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This week I gave you a tiny preview of the Lush Garden Gift Set in the image for the cover of the quarterly that I have in the works. You can see most of the set in the photo (only the full size images of the card designs are missing). I'm still working along the lines of making projects that can be used for your own decor or to be given as gifts—those are the best.I'm killing two birds with one stone here because I'm using the framed piece for our own home which is in need of some artwork. I used a 12" square frame for the piece that is cut out of one piece of paper. It's gracing one of…
  • paper hut idea

    patricia zapata
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    So... here's an idea I've been tossing around for a very, very long time. I haven't gotten into detail as to what would be on the inside but the idea would be some sort of quarterly (?) book/magazine about paper (maybe other mediums that include paper) projects, ideas and inspiration.What would you like to see inside? What do you think is missing out there?I'd love to hear your thoughts. There are no wrong answers or ideas. So how about it?
  • simple wins

    patricia zapata
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I've been sorting, filing and just cleaning up a lot of my files. I went through my photos too and I don't know why but I felt very connected with this old photo. Remember my Simple Monday posts? These cards are definitely great representations of how simple can totally work and be used for so many different occasions.These cards can be made with simple flower designs and portions of background shapes. The card full of leaves is by far my favorite. I made it using a portion of my Just Leaves Lattice file. Groups of leaves are still one of my favorite things to draw — they are therapeutic to…
  • reaffirmation

    patricia zapata
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I was challenged by Nikita Prokhorov (who is brilliant with ambigrams) to "Post Your Art" for five days. These are the photos I included in the challenge (the brown cards that I posted a few days ago was my first image).I knew it would be a fun exercise to look back and select what I wanted to highlight. The unexpected was how this reaffirmed just how much I love working with paper and coming up with new designs.I continue to expand my horizons by using my designs for other applications but the reality is that paper is my first love. Whether it's a two-dimension or three-dimensional…
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    Make and Takes

  • Spring Flower Airbrush Doormat

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    I’m a sucker for home decor items made by my kids. I love decorating with their handmade treasures each season, from little toddler handprint art to big kid painted vases. When we had the opportunity to try out the Testors® Aztec® Airbrush, I knew I wanted to get my daughters involved in making something with it. Little did I know how much they would love working with the airbrush! Our porch was in desperate need of some attention, so we decided to try our hand at airbrushing a doormat with some bright flowers. My daughters are 10 and 12, and they made this colorful spring…
  • Colored Coffee Filter Flowers

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    We’re making more coffee filter flowers to celebrate Spring! We had so much fun with our rainbow colored coffee filters, and making them into a rainbow flower bouquet. Now we’re shaping each of colored coffee filters into a different shape to create all kinds of flowers for a fun indoor flower display! There are so many ways you can make these. My girls were having a blast shaping their coffee filters into all sorts of flowers. I’m sharing these festive flowers over on Family Crafts at for the full instructions! The post Colored Coffee Filter Flowers appeared…
  • 27 New Uses for Old Broken Crayons

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Doesn’t every household have a ton of broken old crayons lying around in their craft rooms, drawers, buckets, boxes? I’m always wondering what to do with those little guys. If you’ve been wondering too, then this post is for you! I’ve rounded up 27 NEW uses for OLD broken crayons! You’re gonna love these ideas! 1. Recycled Chunky Crayons: Take those old stubby crayons and turn them into one big beautiful crayon with this easy tutorial. 2. 2 Ingredient Crayon Lipgloss: All you need for this fun lip gloss from MomDot is coconut oil and old crayons. 3. Recycled Long…
  • Chocolate, Almond and Banana Pudding

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Have you seen the new reusable squeeze pouches from Little Green Pouch? Did I mention they are reusable?!! I’m in LOVE and thrilled to be partnering with them on a yummy original recipe made just for these squeezable pouches – perfect for a quick snack. Really, I’ve been asking myself for a while now how something like this hasn’t hit the stores and I’m so happy they are here! We are big fans of squeeze pouches, but I cringe every time I have to toss one in the trash. So these reusable, dishwasher-safe pouches are the best. Plus they are BPA, PVC, and…
  • Rainbow Loom Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    We have been playing with our rainbow loom bands and coming up with new ways to craft with them. We still love our Rainbow Loom Pencil Toppers! I thought I’d try to use a few pipe cleaners with these loom bands to make a rainbow loom band pom pom as well – so cute! These are so simple and easy to make, you’ll have a blast crafting. And you’ll be able to use up all those extra loom bands you might have lying around, those colors you never use! Supplies for Rainbow Loom Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms:  rainbow loom bands pipe cleaners – any color scissors Cut your pipe…
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    angry chicken

  • a long stitch book and some links

    amy k.
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Delia and I started this long stitch leather book almost a year ago. We saw one for sale at a bookshop on Orcas Island and later watched this excellent tutorial by Sea Lemon on how to make it. We made the signatures, punched the holes, and then took a break. A long break. And I'm glad we did because when she revisited it just this last month, she wanted it a different size. So, she torn down the signatures and felt 100% better about moving forward. She said the first one was too big for her hands, and for her bag. She worried that it would be a pain for me if she wanted to take the time…
  • macaron day was celebrated

    amy k.
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Macaron Day was celebrated last week at our house. I had only heard of there being such a day about 24 hours before, but we were up for the celebration. These were from Nuvrei, here in Portland. They were very good. We have not been to the amazing looking Farina Bakery, but we need to try it soon.  I feel very behind on my fish taco research. Unrelated: I have been making more fauxdoris and loving every step of the process, especially making my own inserts. I use high quality sketching paper that I already have. It's so pleasing to be making these without having to buy anything. I…
  • mini leather book necklace

    amy k.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Delia and I were out shopping at the amazing Portland shop Oblation Papers and Press which sells letter press cards, ribbons, paper, fountain pens, vintage typewriters, and all sorts of goodness, and she fell in love with a very small leather book on a necklace. It was about $50, and I told her we could make one. And we did. It was really important to her that it was a real book—with signatures and everything (she has started more complex bookbinding on her own) and I assured her we could do it. This is just one sheet of 9" x 12" newsprint folded and cut until it made 4…
  • paper wallets

    amy k.
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    We spent a good part of a day this week making paper wallets. A short and sweet how-to video is here, presented by a kid. It kills me when he says you will need "a fake or real credit card." I love this one because it doesn't use glue or tape and it fits cards perfectly. It's not so good for cash, which isn't really an issue for me. We used newsprint for our walltes, which is thin and easy to work with. We stamped it first, with adorable stamps designed by ashely g for AHA. I don't see the exact set we have in the link, but they are all cute. This cash and credit…
  • roasted brussels sprouts with chickpeas

    amy k.
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    I roasted a bunch of brussels sprouts the other night. I coated them with salt, pepper, and olive oil and roasted them at 425° for about 25 minutes. Then I tossed them with: a can of drained chickpeas 2 TBL soy sauce 2 TBL rice vinegar a splash of maple syrup 1 teaspoon of fish sauce 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek Delicious! And very stinky. The kids were having none of it. I had leftovers the next day with a fried egg on top. That was very good, too. Unrelated: We are super excited to be participating in the homeschooling science fair this week. We do every year and this site, Science Buddies,…
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    jane's apron

  • relentless winnowing

    julie thompson
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Relentless winnowing.  It's a term one of my oldest blog friends used recently and it put words to the state that I've been in over the last several years.  I've moved my mother-in-law to our house (severe winnowing), moved my mom to her new house (more winnowing), and am now clearing out my mom's house (still winnowing).  All of this has made me even more vigilant about my own house.  If I use it, it's staying.  If I love it, it's staying.  If it brings me some sort of happiness; it's staying.  All the rest (the someday piles, the "but it was…
  • changing colors

    julie thompson
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    OK, that's a lot of pictures so I'll keep the words short... I'm slowly taking the color off our walls and making my house a little more calm (color-wise at least) I switched out the bright sunflower yellow for a pretty grey (dolphin fin) in the kitchen.   Grey doesn't mean colorless.  All shades of green are all mixed with pale yellow and gold. I still want to add simple curtain tops and art work.  But I'll get there.  Tudor houses don't have to be dark and serious and it's ok to paint the woodwork. I was taking these pictures yesterday while everyone…
  • an affair to remember

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

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

    julie thompson
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The house-changing frenzy that I was feeling this summer has slowed to a crawl.  A super slow mo crawl.  To refresh, we had all of our floors refinished this summer.  Which made it easy to re-think my spaces and to look critically on what I wanted to in no mercy.    I've been turning by eyes toward the "young tudor" look that is popping up everywhere.  I've changed our computer room with pretty gray walls, artwork I love, and a thrifted bulletin board redo (and, even better, I got the ugly computer monitor moved out of that room so it really needs a new…
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  • past weekend's class
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I'm back from teaching art journaling at Donna Downey Studios.  What a great studio, and yet another great group of creatives along for the three days of fun. Always appreciate being welcomed with open arms and a roomful of people with a passion for making. North Carolina is on the other side of the country for me, and with all the weird weather that's been going on, I didn't want to risk missing a connection somewhere, so flew out of LAX vs. Santa Ana (which is so much closer to home and so much nicer. man, LAX is a hot mess right now with all the construction going on!) I…
  • art journaling pages in progress
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    What?!?! An art journaling post? Just when I'd been talking all quilts, all the time..... If you follow me on instagram, you know I still have quilts in progress to share...and I will! But today, as I continue to prep for my trip to Donna Downey's art studio to teach art journaling, I realized it's been way too long since I've shared some pages in progress. So here are some recent bits of art: It's Friday! Ahhhh.... I hope you've got some nice plans ahead of you for the weekend. I'm going to continue class prep, finish sewing the binding on a quilt, patch some…
  • a baby quilt gift
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Hey there! How goes it out there? I wish I had some good excuse for being away from the blog for so long, but the truth is, the speed with which time passes is befuddling me. It's crazy! Anyway, I'm back with one of the things I was up to in my absence; a gift for sweet baby Vincent, born to Maggie and James, and my dear friend Charlotte's first grand-baby!   a little dedication for baby  After seeing Maggie's posts about nursery decor plans for her baby to be, and being on a quilting binge, I couldn't resist a little patchwork quilt. I went to JoAnn's…
  • more art made at art retreat ps #3
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I mentioned before that I took very limited art supplies to our little Art Retreat #3 in Palm Springs. Just some art journals and sketchbooks. It felt good to limit my supplies and spend less time sorting through them to find want I wanted, and less time going from one idea to the other vs. just relaxing and really enjoying one. Okay, I consider art journaling and sketching to be different, so make that two.  After we were finished driving around taking pictures like these: Thanks Carol for this photo of me behind the Palm Springs sign. When I was a little girl I loved Henry Wadsworth…
  • have wait, will sketch
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There was a wait to be seated at breakfast since it was Modernism Week out in Palm Springs last weekend. No problemo...have wait, will sketch. We were on an Art Retreat after all.   Waiting for the meal once seated is a good time to sketch too. Our waitress saw what we were up to and was kind enough to give us a warning before our food came out.  Carol and Mary Ann shared their sketches from breakfast on their blogs too. I don't know why I felt the need to label the blind contours above, it's so obvious who they are, bahahaha.  Speaking of labeling, it may or may not…
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  • New Jewelry :)

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

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

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

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

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

    Beatriz Macias
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    Photo by Mid Mod MomHi! My name is Beatriz Macias, and I’m the owner of Mid Mod Mom. I sell vintage design objects and decor. I live in gorgeous Southern California with my husband, our teenage son, and our rambunctious husky. I’m an architect and artist by training, and a collector by nature; I’ve always had an appreciation for beauty, craftsmanship, and design. Our house is an eclectic mixture of handmade crafts from my native Colombia, furniture from contemporary designers, and many, many mid-century modern objects. I can’t keep everything that I find and love, so Mid…
  • Make a Chocolate Surprise Egg

    Heather Baird
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Photo by Heather BairdWhat’s better than receiving a giant chocolate egg? Receiving a giant chocolate egg with a surprise inside! This springtime treat is commonly found on European grocery store shelves wrapped in colorful foil paper or clear cellophane. Some eggs have toys and small gifts inside and others are strictly candy-filled. Making your own hollow chocolate egg is easier than you might think, and you can customize the surprise inside to suit the recipient. Chocolate almond bark (sometimes referred to as chocolate candy coating) is easy to use because it doesn’t require tempering…
  • How to Make Your Products More Giftable

    Taylor Combs
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Photo by Wrap and Revel When shopping for gifts, we all want to buy our loved ones something special and thoughtful that seems to be made just for them. In addition to coming to Etsy for everyday items, shoppers often turn to our unique marketplace to find original gifts. Even if your shop doesn’t serve primarily as a gift destination, adding some ready-to-gift offerings to your product mix can help you reach new customers. Read on for our tips for developing products with gift buyers in mind, along with trends to incorporate into your shop to appeal to Father’s Day, Mother’s…
  • Featured Shop: The Busl Barn

    Michelle Busl
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Photo by Busl BarnHello! My name is Michelle Busl, and I make custom and personalized rag dolls for my shop, the Busl Barn. I live in Kafue, Zambia, with my amazing husband and our four children; when I’m not sewing, I enjoy quality family time, cooking, or going for a run. I am a registered nurse by profession, and I worked in labor and delivery for five years before leaving to focus on my own growing family. While I was pregnant with my daughter, I began hunting for dolls that she could play with, but I was disappointed by all the mass-produced, makeup-plastered dolls on the market.
  • Featured Shop: Maple Propeller

    Gediminas Jasinskas
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Photo by Migle GolubickaiteHello! My name is Gediminas Jasinskas. My wife Milda and I run Maple Propeller, where we design men’s apparel and accessories. We live in Kaunas, Lithuania. The main idea behind Maple Propeller is that small things can inspire great endeavors. We believe that well-made, stylish clothing and accessories can inspire people to change the world — or at least feel good about themselves and live more interesting lives. Our shop is named for the propeller on the Wright brothers’ plane, which was said to be based on the physical properties of a maple seed.
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    The Soap Bar

  • A Fun Egg Hunt!

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

    Joanna Schmidt
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    We are all busy with life.  I know it now more than any other time in my life.  Starting Mad Oils has been the hardest and most challenging life change I've ever made.  Busy, busy, busy.  I work way more than I should, but things need to get done and so hours fly by... and the great thing is: I love my job!  I DO know about time limitations and the fleeting moments in my life that I take to focus inward.  Everyone's life is filled, but you took the time and dug.The idea for the latest Soap Challenge was memory based and certainly emotional.  It required you…
  • Colorful Memories

    Joanna Schmidt
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's easy to allow day to day stress to push our fondest memories out of our minds.This past weekend, my daughter turned eighteen years old and my memories of our past came flooding back. The whole pregnancy was amazing, the birth was hard, and the first few years with her was the finest time of my life. The idea for this soap challenge is definitely based on your individual experiences from many years ago, whether it be from your childhood or young adulthood.  Bring forth your fondest memories of a time that will always have a special spot in your mind."How can I do that in a soap?,"…
  • Location Is Everything - A Soap Challenge About Your Locale

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

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

  • A Papercraft Millenium Falcon That Will Blow Your Mind

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    It might look like computer graphics, but no.  This is made from paper–well, 99% of it.  The artist, Bernard Szukiel, says it took him 4 years to build this 38″ long model using photos he found on the internet, fiber optic lights, and LEDs.  For more AMAZING photos of this incredible model, you’ve got to check out his gallery! More Links of Interest Bernard Szukiel’s Starship Modeler Gallery More Star Wars on Geek Crafts More Paper Crafts on Geek Crafts
  • Geek-a-Long with Lattes and Llamas

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The gals at Lattes and Llamas are at it again – Jac and Megan-Anne are hosting another year-long nerdtastic “geek-a-long” mystery knitting project. I spotlighted their endeavor last year, and wanted to let you know they are deep into this year’s project. They release an all-new geek reference block every week, so you build an afghan over the course of a year. They’ve already featured Bunsen & Beaker from the Muppets, the Flash, Indiana Jones, and Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. I *love* that their patterns include both knitting and crochet…
  • DIY Han Solo Cabinet Pulls

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Our Nerd Home posted a tute sometime ago about how to use novelty silicone ice cube trays. In this case, it was the Han Solo frozen in Carbonite trays, but any good quality silicone tray should work. It’s a very clearly, concisely written tute, with plenty of pictures of the process to boot. I’m thinking some TARDIS drawer pulls would be pretty awesome!
  • Return of the Geek Cat

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    There was a lot of celebrating on the farm today.  After three weeks and two days, we finally found our cat, Ari!  Apparently he was hiding out in our closest neighbor’s shed the whole time.  I was pleasantly surprised that even after a 23 day stint in the pitch-dark shed he didn’t really resemble Gollum at all. In addition to more cuddles than he’s comfortable with, I’m making him these geek cat toys as a welcome home gift.  (Underneath that cool cat exterior, I have no doubt that Ari is a total Whovian, Final Fantasy, AND Harry Potter nerd.)  The best part?  No sewing…
  • A Bracelet DIY Using Old Comics

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    I have a friend who creates awesome jewelry by recycling old comics, which got me thinking . . . what else can a person make with old comics? That’s how I found this tutorial on Oh! Rubbish! Blog. It’s a super easy DIY, with great pictures.  Plus, I’d bet magazines, newspapers, and old photos would probably work well with this idea too.  Just think of the possibilities! Oh! Rubbish! Blog Bracelet DIY More jewelry crafts More upcycling crafts More comic crafts
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  • For on-the-go

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    I consistently carry some kind of project in my purse or my car with me for the down moments when I find myself sitting and waiting. It is almost always some kind of portable handwork - knitting, embroidery, needlepoint. I like having something to keep my hands busy, but that allows me to talk and interact with others while I am doing it. I find it especially nice to have something to work on when I travel. Besides being portable, it needs to be easy to pick up and put down. I always used to have a book on hand because I love to read, but when the girls were little, I found that I never got…
  • This spring

    Erin | house on hill road
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    There is something magic about this time of the year. While I have always touted autumn as my favorite season, spring is right up there. The anticipation of warm weather after months of gray skies and frigid temperatures seems to be constantly on my mind. I watch the weather forecast and delight in predictions of anything north of 50 degrees, silently sighing when consecutive days of rain are ahead. The evening light that comes with the one hour forward push of the clock is so welcome. I find my spirits brighter, the witching hour shorter and the general mood of everyone elevated so slightly…
  • The Paper-Pieced Home

    Erin | house on hill road
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am always amazed at the paper piecing designs that my friend, Penny Layman, makes. Seriously wowed. And when I heard that she was writing a book, I was anxious to get my hands on it. I imagined that it would be chock-full of cute patterns and also all the information needed to paper piece successfully. I was right! I admit that I am a huge fan of Penny and completely biased, but that aside, this is a great book. The Paper-Pieced Home by Penny Layman has 40 different paper piecing blocks and 14 projects all centering around house and home. The designs have a retro vibe and are all well…
  • Traincar Quilt Top

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    One of the quilt kits that I have been working on is Traincar by Alexia Abegg. I was immediately drawn to the graphic nature of this design. The block is unique - simple and complicated at the same time - and definitely not something I have seen before. Also, who's kidding? I am a little bit in love with Alexia's Hatbox fabric that the quilt is made from. I love these Cotton and Steel prints in navy, coral, aqua and green - my kind of colors! It was really fun and liberating to just place an order and have everything I needed for the quilt top arrive on my doorstep without having to…
  • My mini quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Mini quilts are a thing. I knew this, but I didn't realize just how crazy people are for mini quilts until I started seeing all kinds of swaps pop up on Instagram. (And I'm giggling now, because I never thought that I would say people were crazy about mini quilts or even quilts for that matter. But they are. They really are.) I never joined in for various reasons - too little time to spend making for someone else, deadlines looming, and, let's be honest, I didn't get it. The mini quilt craze, that is. But then my book blew up. I spent my time knitting a dozen winter hats.
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  • Featured Shop: Mid Mod Mom

    Beatriz Macias
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    Photo by Mid Mod MomHi! My name is Beatriz Macias, and I’m the owner of Mid Mod Mom. I sell vintage design objects and decor. I live in gorgeous Southern California with my husband, our teenage son, and our rambunctious husky. I’m an architect and artist by training, and a collector by nature; I’ve always had an appreciation for beauty, craftsmanship, and design. Our house is an eclectic mixture of handmade crafts from my native Colombia, furniture from contemporary designers, and many, many mid-century modern objects. I can’t keep everything that I find and love, so Mid…
  • Make a Chocolate Surprise Egg

    Heather Baird
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Photo by Heather BairdWhat’s better than receiving a giant chocolate egg? Receiving a giant chocolate egg with a surprise inside! This springtime treat is commonly found on European grocery store shelves wrapped in colorful foil paper or clear cellophane. Some eggs have toys and small gifts inside and others are strictly candy-filled. Making your own hollow chocolate egg is easier than you might think, and you can customize the surprise inside to suit the recipient. Chocolate almond bark (sometimes referred to as chocolate candy coating) is easy to use because it doesn’t require tempering…
  • How to Make Your Products More Giftable

    Taylor Combs
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Photo by Wrap and Revel When shopping for gifts, we all want to buy our loved ones something special and thoughtful that seems to be made just for them. In addition to coming to Etsy for everyday items, shoppers often turn to our unique marketplace to find original gifts. Even if your shop doesn’t serve primarily as a gift destination, adding some ready-to-gift offerings to your product mix can help you reach new customers. Read on for our tips for developing products with gift buyers in mind, along with trends to incorporate into your shop to appeal to Father’s Day, Mother’s…
  • Featured Shop: The Busl Barn

    Michelle Busl
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Photo by Busl BarnHello! My name is Michelle Busl, and I make custom and personalized rag dolls for my shop, the Busl Barn. I live in Kafue, Zambia, with my amazing husband and our four children; when I’m not sewing, I enjoy quality family time, cooking, or going for a run. I am a registered nurse by profession, and I worked in labor and delivery for five years before leaving to focus on my own growing family. While I was pregnant with my daughter, I began hunting for dolls that she could play with, but I was disappointed by all the mass-produced, makeup-plastered dolls on the market.
  • Featured Shop: Maple Propeller

    Gediminas Jasinskas
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Photo by Migle GolubickaiteHello! My name is Gediminas Jasinskas. My wife Milda and I run Maple Propeller, where we design men’s apparel and accessories. We live in Kaunas, Lithuania. The main idea behind Maple Propeller is that small things can inspire great endeavors. We believe that well-made, stylish clothing and accessories can inspire people to change the world — or at least feel good about themselves and live more interesting lives. Our shop is named for the propeller on the Wright brothers’ plane, which was said to be based on the physical properties of a maple seed.
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    Design Mom

  • What Would You Pick for Your Author Picture?

    Design Mom
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. Today, I thought it would be fun to share another behind the scenes peek into making my book. But before I do that, I have some exciting news: my book is already stocked and shipping from Amazon!! The official publish date is April 7th, and that’s when you can officially find it in stores, but if book stores receive it early, they can set it out any time. Very exciting! Now back to the behind-the-scenes post. I’ll start with a bit of book making trivia. Books are made of 16-page signatures. Essentially, they are four sheets of…
  • Living With Kids: Sheila Atchley

    Design Mom
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Maybe this tour should be titled Living With Grandkids, as it’s the story of Sheila Atchley, a doting and devoted artistic grandma who couldn’t have painted a better, more dream-come-true life for her family if she tried! Her thoughts are so full of love, happy faith, and optimism, and her ideas about raising children are generous and open-minded. Truthfully, she almost makes it sound easy. Or maybe she just inspires. Same thing, right? All I know is that she makes me look forward to a stage I hadn’t really considered before, and that’s pretty sweet. Friends, please…
  • Pipsticks Giveaway

    Design Mom
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    By Gabrielle. This is fun! I’ve got a new sidebar sponsor called Pipsticks, and today I’m hosting their first Design Mom Giveaway. The prize is a 6-Month Pipsticks Gift Subscription! I know you (and your kids!) will love it. Do you know Pipsticks? They’re a New York based company committed to bringing the awesomeness of stickers to everyone, in a fun, affordable, and gorgeous package. Remember collecting stickers as a kid? Did you have a sticker book? I sure did. Well, now you can bring that same sticker magic to your kids, through Pipsticks’ sticker subscriptions. On…
  • Planking

    Design Mom
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. I came across this article talking about how planks are the latest fad, and it caught my eye, because Ben Blair is a total planking advocate! He gets the whole family planking whenever we have a spare few minutes. That’s Betty, above, doing a little planking before school this morning. Planking is also part of Maude’s workouts for cross-country and track & field — she holds the planking record in the family. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a hard time embracing exercise routines, but planking seems to be a good fit for me. I like it for…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Kristen Loken. Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week? For me, its been really, really fun, because advance copies of my book started to arrive at reviewers’ homes this week, and a whole bunch of really lovely mentions have popped up on Instagram. I’m tagging them #designmombook if you’d like to check them out. The other big happenings at our house this weekend are that Oscar gets back from a school camp today (can not wait to give him a gigantic hug!), and Ben Blair flew to Colorado this morning for the wedding of our nephew Justin. Of course…
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  • thinking aloud about minimalism

    Alicia Alferman
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Things are good. I go down the list and everything is in place.Is everyone fed and watered? Check. Are the kids healthy? Check. Is the nest egg growing? Ever-so-slowly... Check. Do we all appear happy? Do we have the right clothes? Do we have a nice home with a white picket fence? Check, check, and check. Seriously, even the white picket fence is here, although it does need a coat of paint.And in all honesty, we are happy. Not a day goes by that I don't realize how lucky we are. We all get along; we love each other. We're gainfully employed,…
  • a little getaway

    Alicia Alferman
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
        Devil's Den State Park for a long weekend with a quick stop at Crystal Bridges on the way down.These people and this trip. It was delightfully cozy and easy, mostly unplugged and completely relaxing. We have been thinking and talking about the types of people we are (and want to be.) We are pretty simple people doing small things that, with any luck, will add up to a good life in the end. So much in life is far too complicated. Family and home should be uncomplicated, like this trip. And comfortable like these people.I have been reading lots of websites and books about…
  • another year passes

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

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

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

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    The most memorable conversations I have had with my children are in that time when we are snuggling right before they fall asleep. In that time when they are half way between conscious and subconscious, I get all the dirt...
  • April 1

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    Hello April! And welcome to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... Koviashuvik Local Living School Koviashuvik is a small school and working homestead that teaches a blend of handcraft, wilderness arts and homesteading skills. We work with people of all...
  • The rhythm of shifting gears {Steve}

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    I worked with a purpose because I had a long way to go if I was going to get both of the projects I had hoped to complete, done before Amanda got home. We were getting a rare warm day...
  • The best tool a mother can give {Stacy}

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    I am, by all accounts, completely floored by how welcoming you were last week. It is so much fun to have you confirm the universality of it all, love, friendship, relationships, self-doubt. I was feeling so good about life yesterday,...
  • Christopherus Homeschool Resources {a soulemama sponsor}

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Greetings from Christopherus Homeschool Resources! Since 2003 Christopherus Homeschool Resources have been creating a range of friendly and empowering publications and services designed to help every homeschooler with an interest in Waldorf education. We offer full Homeschool Curriculums for PreK...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • This time it’s for real

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I am 46 years old, and I think I can tell you that I’m just about over having crushes. The thing with Prince remains eternal, but I’ve accepted in my heart that we could never be together. I’ve believed since I was 15 years old that our heights made us compatible, but the truth is that by all reports, the man’s a (really beautiful) lunatic, and really, I think that would be exhausting to live with. I’ve never been the sort of person to lose my mind over a rock star, I didn’t have a poster of Duran Duran, and I (mostly) don’t feel faint when I run into…
  • Randomly on what I swear I thought was Wednesday

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    1. Without a word of a lie, I just about fell off my chair 10 minutes ago (that’s right, at the end of the work day) when I found out it was Thursday. What the hell happened to Wednesday? I demand the return of Wednesday! I know it’s never been my favourite, but I would have made the most of it. 2. Thursday is my favourite day of the week. I wish I’d known it was Thursday so I could enjoy it. 3. My final (and yarn containing) suitcase was returned at 11:10 last night. Me and my unseemly collection of self-striping yarn has been reunited. I was cool with buying new pants, but…
  • Insane in Texas

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Let me tell you a little story. This past weekend I was in Texas. I love Texas. I’ve never had a bad time there, in any city, and I admit a particular fondness for the DFW Knitters Guild, and the annual Fiber Fest they put on. Even though they’re all volunteers, they conduct themselves like the best sort of professionals, and they’re sweeter than pie to boot. The thing is organized up one side and down the other, and everything was perfect. (The talk went off pretty well too, I think.) I hope they have me back forever. It wasn’t without challenges – but those…
  • Is it procrastination if I call it research?

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Here I am poppets, writing to you from the lounge at the airport in Toronto, getting ready to head off to Texas for the DFW Fiber Fest.  I’m mostly writing to you to procrastinate on something that I really, really can’t procrastinate on anymore, and that’s finishing the talk I’m going to give tomorrow night at the Event.  I’ve been working on it for quite a while now, and it’s starting to be crunch time, and all I can feel about it is anxiety. Now, do not panic, and do not comfort me.  This is normal, healthy anxiety.  It’s the sort of anxiety…
  • BookBookBook

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Yesterday was a special day. It passed with no fanfare, and nobody remembered and nobody sent flowers or congratulated me and there was not a party. I thought about telling someone what day it was, but I thought they might think it was stupid, and so when they didn’t answer their phone I was sort of glad. I was a Juno widow this weekend, Joe was off doing his music thing, and so I didn’t even talk about it with him. The whole thing went unnoticed, except by me. To be fair, I didn’t think that anyone would remember, or call – I mean, it was the anniversary of something…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Easter Eggs

    Heidi Kenney
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Its that time of year for dyeing some eggs! Kurtis & his girlfriend Shari came for the weekend so we have been cramming in all sorts of things. We spent an evening at the local roller skating rink, had some ice cream sundaes at The Velvet, and they even got their Easter baskets a week early. We decided to dye eggs on Sunday, which made it feel a lot more like Easter to me. I don’t know if its the weather but it just didn’t really feel like Easter/Springtime to me yet. I do have some seeds we’ve started and thats helped too. Just looking forward to warmer Spring days…
  • March Crafternoon

    Heidi Kenney
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This month we’ve started something new with crafternoon. Everyone is taking turns holding a crafternoon of their choice at their house, and first up was Jessee with a fun sewing party. We all brought our machines and worked on projects, Jessee taught some people new techniques, and helped Katie get her hexagon quilt all ready for quilting! It was such a fun time, so much good food, and I have to say super relaxing to pass off the hosting baton for a bit. I forgot my camera, so I only have some bad phone photos. Above you can see the divided tote I made at crafternoon & the divided…
  • Easter Boxes

    Heidi Kenney
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love beautiful packaging, the top box I found a few years ago at an antique shop. The box below is something I bought at the grocery store last week. I love how The Professor’s box is so adorable and has a great vintage look. Lots of the Palmer chocolate has really cute packaging. Their foil wrapped bunnies are also charming with pastel colors, and that old fashion look to them. Here are a few more current candy companies based out of Pennsylvania that still have vintage style packaging. Zitners: Their butter krak eggs are delicious, and their bunny mascot is the cutest. Lerro- was…
  • February’s Bag Of The Month

    Heidi Kenney
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    February’s bag of the month all sewn up in my toy fabric. This bag was called The Hyacinth Bag, and was a smaller cross body type of bag. Although I liked the interesting flap feature on this bag, from the bag description- One of the main features of the bag is that underneath the flap is space to store credit cards and cash in the zippered pocket. I thought it might be handy for, say, if you were going to a quilt show (maybe QuiltCon) and needed to quickly take out cash to pay for all of your fabric purchases. I found myself not using the feature for an everyday bag. I like to keep…
  • Happy First Day Of Spring!

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Easter has been sneaking up on me, I’ve gotten some decorating done…bunnies bunnies everywhere!
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    Betz White

  • Worktable Wednesday: More MATS class

    Betz White
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    A few posts ago I mentioned that I am in the midst of taking an online class called Make Art That Sells (or MATS) by Lilla Rogers. I already showed you images of my assignments for week 1 and 2. As I head into week 5, I thought I’d share weeks 3 and 4! Week #3’s focus was on the Children’s book market. Wouldn’t I love to illustrate a kids book! I had different intentions this week, one of them being to illustrate in felt, the way that I’ve done in the past for my Kleenex boxes. But the assignment didn’t lead me in that direction! We were asked to illustrate…
  • Stitch & Stash Bag with Wendi Gratz – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    This week’s  Sewing Collective project is Wendi’s embellished version of the Stitch and Stash Bag pattern, perfect for needlework on the go. Cinch it up, cuff it down or turn it inside out, this bag’s got tricks! Hi! This is Wendi! I chose to work with the Stitch & Stash Project Bag for two reasons. 1. I love handwork, and I’m sick of carrying my projects around in ugly ziplock bags. These bags are so pretty! Plus they’re reversible and come in three different sizes – perfect for the various kinds of projects I schlepp around with me. 2.
  • Tagalong Teddy from Present Perfect

    Betz White
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Visit Sew Mama Sew today for a free excerpt from my book, Present Perfect!   Join the fun over at Sew Mama Sew for their series, Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies, and grab a free copy of my Tagalong Teddy pattern.     You can make a softie and enter Sew Mama Sew’s Spectacular Softie Contest for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Check out the rules and details of the contest here. You're reading Tagalong Teddy from Present Perfect, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online…
  • Little Flyer Cap with Stacy Sews – Betz White Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    This week we welcome Stacy of  Stacy Sews! She made a great version of the Flyer Cap for her son to get him through this winter that seems to go on and on!    Hi! I’m Stacy. It’s not very often that my son asks me to sew something up for him, but when he does, how can I resist? While going through the projects in Present Perfect, my son spied the Little Flyer cap and insisted he needed a ‘fuzzy’ one so that he could play in the snow. One thing that you may notice is that the sizing in the book is up to a 4T, but after measuring my son’s head, I was relieved to see that…
  • Worktable Wednesday: MATS classwork

    Betz White
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    This month I’m enrolled in Lilla Rogers’ class called Make Art That Sells (Part A). Each week we get an assignment based on different industries that license artwork. We learn about each industry and what they’re looking for. Lilla, our “fairy art mother”, dispels a lifetime of valuable knowledge about creating art, best practices and how to keep a good attitude!     I wanted to show you a little behind the scenes. Here’s my messy desk full of sketches from week 1. Our industry of the week was Bolt Fabric. Our assignment was to design  a vintage…
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    Illustration Friday

  • OUTSIDE by Lucas Sauviller

    Thomas James
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Submitted by Lucas Sauviller for the Illustration Friday topic OUTSIDE.
  • Editorial Submission :: Marcel George

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Post by Natalie Marcel George is a freelance illustrator living in London. He studied Illustration at Brighton University and graduated in 2010 with first class honours. He specializes in creating hand painted, contemporary watercolour illustrations. See more of his work on his website.
  • 3 reasons why making art is good for you!

    Kate Leonard
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    “Art washes away from the soul the dusts of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso   Believe it or not making art for your own enjoyment actually has its benefits to both your mind and body. We often spend our weeks rushing around focusing on our everyday commitments whether its your job, looking after kids, school or ticking off daily errands, that we never really get the chance to relax. When you’re overwhelmed with the stresses of a busy lifestyle, actually embracing your creativity can actually reduce anxieties and stresses to clear your mind making you feel…
  • Enemies Yay

    Bryna Shields
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Enemies Yay is the collaborative work of Laura Blythman and Pete Cromer – both of whom also create incredible colorful work of their own.  Utilizing paper cuts adorned with neon color palettes and patterns, this collaborative collection packs a real punch. With equal parts playfulness and detail, it’s hard not to spend hours looking at each piece, there always seems to be more to discover in their work, which often features quirky characters and lush florals. Their work is a testament to the magic that can happen when you collaborate, and it’s exciting to see what will…
  • Pick of the Week for RUCKUS and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Happy Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Alison Kim, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of RUCKUS. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: OUTSIDE Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
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  • another Orange and Black

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Sisters! I like this back detail- She is the last kitty of this group. See you in a week or so!
  • Grey Herringbone kitty

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    I didn’t start out to make all these kitties be girls. I traced out my pattern and drew lines to make the “shirt” piece. When I sewed them up and stuffed them, the shirt ended up looking too short for a boy kitty- there sort of needed to be a skirt. Next time I cut these out, I will adjust the pattern pieces.
  • grey plaid kitty

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    She has 2 antique shell buttons- one at her collar, one at her belt. I love picking out just the right button from my collection. And, with all the stuff-  
  • Orange and black kitty

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    She was a real challenge. The faces are the hardest part since they carry the personality. This fabric, with it’s bold pattern, overwhelms the details. Also, I had some idea when I cut out the kitty- the bold fabric with a black top- but I apparently forgot what the vision was when I went to finish her up. It was a challenge to find the right colors and fabrics that did not scream Halloween. I need to get better about noting down these inspirations so I actually remember them! And here she is in front of some of our Christmas decorations. The garland was finally uncovered enough that I…
  • black and white and red kitty

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    She has a felt collar and cuffs, embroidered in place. The buttons are felt too. You see that- the ground is beginning to appear. There is hope!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Spring Break

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    April 1.  And what a fool I was to think Spring would never come. It's been a hard winter. Maybe not just the weather. Maybe a little bit me. My own winter. A chill that ran through me. April marks a kind of renewed energy then... and a break from  small to something larger.  The Magic Feather Cloth needs to be Unrolled. Held. Set free. It is hard to just say. Explain. Why I could not work on it these last months. All I can say is that I need to be in a very special state of openness. And it wasn't there.  And now it is. April. A break then. From Small…
  • Stitching

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
      Quilting (for me) is a needle chant.  One stitch at a time is how I like it. Needle in Needle out
  • Making do

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
      I have heard my posts have not been arriving by email lately. To those subscribed, well, oh well. It's free and it's all I got.
  • 30 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Today I have begun quilting an older piece. I was calling it Half Woven in Space. That still seems OK. I have decided to make this into a larger piece. Because I dreamed of it. A blanket. A quilt. It is already 25" square.  About. Right now it is pinned to the Magic Cloth.  Where it seems to give me the impression of a window. To another dimension.   I want to talk about this cloth more. Talk about quilting.  Tomorrow.  I will quietly sit with it today. Without talking.  
  • Something like a curtain

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    There is a bunch of thin cloth hanging between the drafty kitchen and the room we heat. The kitchen is between the studio and that warm room.  I replaced the heavier one because I just couldn't stand not to have some light coming through. It helps to hold the heat. With an occasional cool breeze. Soul-o loves it.  He chases shadows and runs back and forth between the sections, especially at night when the firelight makes it seem like a dense fog in the wind. March is a bit like a curtain between seasons.  The kind you cannot pull back to see more clearly.  More…
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Wheel of Life

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

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

    Anahata Katkin
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This week PAPAYA! announced that we are reintroducing our Luxe Totes. Back by popular demand these hefty, over sized totes come with hand silk screened, shimmery linings, durable oil cloth material and helpful interior pockets. There are some lovely new...
  • 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...
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    Judy Wise

  • Last Post Mexico City

    Judy Wise
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    One of our field trips was to the Museum of Popular Art.It reminded me of the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe; full of clever toys and objects.Of course we had lunch at the tiled house, otherwise known as Sanborns.And visited the Chapultepec Castle.Maximillian and Carlotta lived here for only 3 years but they had to have a house fitting their station.In case they wanted to go on a buggy ride.Or have a few friends over for snacks.I was most interested in the large hall full of Mexican history of the Revolution and plan to return next winter to spend an entire day there. I love history.Oh, yes,…
  • Mexico City Part 2

    Judy Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Xochimilco. The lakes in Mexico City where you can swan around in a colorful boat and eat, listen to mariachis and dream exotic dreams in the company of your friends.Frida did it and we did it too.The colors were extraordinary. (Hi Joely!)The air clean, the water clean.These ladies were in a boat that pulled up alongside ours and fed us lunch.And mariachis. Of course there were mariachis.Spectacular.We visited the Dolores Olmos Museum where Diego's estate is housed.Rumor is that he may have declined in judgment following Frida's passing as his estate ended up in the hands of a woman who was…
  • Mexico City Part 1

    Judy Wise
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Our retreat started at the Red Tree House in Mexico City. The room above is from the "branch" across the street from the main cluster of rooms where several of us stayed while the rest stayed in the main building.This was our lovely and safe neighborhood; Condesa. Kathie Vezzani was our incredible guide (on the right). Katie Kendrick is on the left. Not shown is our co-host and chef extraordinaire, Ana Elena Martinez.I cannot recommend the Red Tree House highly enough. The most accommodating hosts. Ever.The rooms are filled with original art.The breakfasts were divine.Kathie, Katie and I…
  • My Month in Oaxaca

    Judy Wise
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Every year I love it more.Supporting local artisans.Visiting new villages (Ocotlan).Haunting the local markets.Connecting with our friends Juanita and her daughter Norma, above.And Juanita's other daughter, Lucy, here grinding corn for the tlayudas.Doing lots of walking on the colorful, sunny streets.Finding a beautiful huipil at a bargain price.Eating fresh.Studying and reading.Getting our pictures taken at the textile museum.Catching lots of exhibitions.Admiring the details of old buildings.Green stone from the local quarry is why they call it the Jade City.And I think those are angels in…
  • Permission

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

  • Hippie Inspired Hemp Cord Hair Band

    Amy C.
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    This is a pretty and fun hippie styled inspired hair band.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Marshmallows

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    My last marshmallows were such a huge hit in my office that I was actually asked to make more in different flavors. So my thought was that I would use some tasty seasonal flavors to make another batch, and thus these delicious strawberry lemonade marshmallows were born. My original strawberry marshmallow recipe: My strawberry sugar recipe:
  • Easy Criss Cross Purse Pattern

    Britney M.
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    The criss-cross pattern creates three different sections of the purse, helping you to keep things organized!
  • Chalkboard Tablecloth

    Cat Morley
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    I've noticed that my food photography looks so much tastier against a dark background, so I made a black tablecloth and as I already have so many chalkboard painted things in my kitchen, though the chalkboard theme would look perfect on my tablecloth too. It makes setting the table for dinner a breeze and looks super cute!
  • Faux Quartz Crystal Jewelry

    Mark Montano
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Make faux quartz crystal jewelry that looks like the real thing and is much lighter to wear!
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney Princess cake pops

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    The Frozen cake pops Jo served at MiniMe’s birthday party inspired me to create more cake pop topper designs for all of the Disney Princesses. My goodness, the turned out even cuter than I imagined! I made cake pop toppers for all 13 Disney princesses: Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana, Jasmine, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Snow White, Pocahantas, Mulan, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle. You can purchase our Disney Princess Cake Pop Toppers printables in our Etsy store. In case you’ve never made cake pops before, here’s a quick tutorial. First, bake a cake and crumble it into a bowl. Then add a…
  • Galaxy print Easter eggs

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    I recently got a chance to use a CraftWell eBrush system and I wanted to try it out. I started playing with it on some cardboard first and then spotted some wooden Easter eggs sitting on my craft table waiting for decorating inspiration. I started just spraying one of the eggs and the resulting look started to look more and more like a galaxy print, so I just went for it! Don’t you love it when a craft evolves like that? Let’s step it out! The eBrush lets you create spray art with regular markers. It comes with different adapters to fit different types of markers. This was a nice…
  • Paddington Bear party favor bags

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

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

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

  • I Am Zombie Homer

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    While digging my way out of the Craftster vault I came across a zombie Homer Simpson. Thinking that my head was a donut, he tried and tried to nibble away at it. Lucky for me I was able to break free of his grip and run to safety. Just who created this horrible beast? You […]
  • Beware! Zombunnies!

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    This is a warning! Easter is around the corner and while some of you will be dining on little chocolate bunnies there is another breed out there…a breed of bunnies so horrifying that the mere mention of their name sends grown men screaming for their mommies. Beware of the Zombunnies! Sure, they look cute with […]
  • April 1, 2015 Featured Projects

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them! My Little Zombie…a custom pony! *image heavy, now […]
  • Craftster Quickies: How to Make Pape… RAAR grrr ugggh!!

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill will teach you how to use your thinking cap.
  • Show Your Love

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    You just adore your new boyfriend. While most guys are just thinking about your body, he loves you for your brain. He is always kissing you, giving you little love bites. He loves slow walks around the neighborhood and that pesky bully that always bothers you seems to have mysteriously disappeared. I’m sure your new […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • March Monthly Challenge Winners

    Tari of
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Congratulations to the March Monthly Challenge winners! 3 winners were chosen randomly from all the challenge entrantsWinner of a month of advertising on ABS from the Monthly Challenge Bead categoryOur First lucky winner is Dawn of LaTouchables.She has won a Beads valued $80 from Studio Marcy.Our Second lucky winner is Ditsy BlueShe has won a $50 Gift Certificate from Hollowlogy.Our Third lucky winner is S SShe has won a $50 Gift Certificate from Areto.Our winner from the Bead entries of the Monthly Challenge is Chrysalis Art Glass.She…
  • Gemstone Palette March Monthly Challenge

    Tari of
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Gemstones, we all have them and love them. The thrill of running your hands through strands and strands of beads.I created this palette to show options for this months challenge.  Gemstones are the supporting actors with Art Beads being the main characters.From top to bottom:1) Agate-Comes in so many different colors. I pulled out the creamy, peachy, pinky ones for this months inspiration piece. Colors are in the sky, building, totems and ground.2) Fluorite- Shades of green, violet with clear. Colors in the totems and foreground.3) Amber-Varies light to dark with inclusions. Colors…
  • Inside the Studio :: Erin Prais-Hintz, Tesori Trovati

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to Catherine Sorenson!You have won a bird and Wedgewood bead set from Heather Powers. (I totally want one of those!) Email Heather to claim your prize.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hello, lovelies!  My company name, Tesori Trovati,…
  • Tutorial... erm... Thursday - Floral Cap Earrings

    Claire Lockwood
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    I'm not sure if it's been mentioned on the blog at all but, behind the scenes, the team have been having a bit of a rethink about how we plan our monthly post schedule.  Nothing is entirely set in stone just yet, but today I have a tutorial for you and it isn't a Tuesday.  It's for a relatively simple pair of earrings but I hope it will give you some ideas for different ways to use bead caps.I love these vintage tin bead caps from Lorelei Eurto. There's so much cute detail it seems a shame to hide them away at the top of a bead, especially if another bead will be sitting directly on…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Ditsy Blue

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The adventure that Emily Carr embarked on in the wild woods of the remote landscape of British Columbia intrigued Miss Karen of Ditsy Blue so much that she made all the main beads in her totem talisman style necklace to reflect this rich historical inspiration. Blue and white carved headpins, the tiny house and the added touch of the simple feathers all tied together on a linen cord with some earthy Czech glass beads make for a wonderful interpretation of the Haida Totems art for March.Featured Designer + Bead Artist :: Ditsy Blue  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just a…
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    Tip Junkie

  • 36 Egg-ceptional Easter Sunday Menus

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Create a delicious and impressive Easter menu this year for Easter Sunday.  Here are 36 tasty recipes for Easter that include Easter brunch food, bread recipes, Easter dinner, desserts, and even candy and other Easter treats. Create a new Easter tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome Spring crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make eggs, bunnies, bonnets, decorations, printable games and activities for kids, and even several ways to hunt eggs, and then recipes to make as well!  Easter Dinner 1.  Chipotle Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin ~ Marinade…
  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 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…
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Bunny Silhouette Wall Art

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. While I’m gearing up for a big trip to New Orleans, a few fabulous bloggers like Chris from Just a Girl are filling in. I’ve always enjoyed Chris’s ideas for decorating her home and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this Bunny Silhouette Wall Art! You still have time to whip up something for Easter brunch! Creating […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Fluffy Cake Flour Pancakes

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. I completely forgot I had this beautiful sack of cake flour by Bob’s Red Mill! I had went out to our pantry in the garage to see if we had any pancake mix, while searching I found this cake flour that I was given when I toured the Bobs Red Mill facility back in October. When I […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • DIY Mud Cloth Inspired Votives

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. How exciting to have Creative Contributor Stephanie from Make and Tell sharing her DIY Mud Cloth Inspired Votives today! Although I’ve seen the Mud Cloth designs, I had no idea that’s what it was called. Did you? The last time Stephanie was here, she shared her simple and unique spring time Paint Chip Garland. I love […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Slow Cooker Turkey Barley Soup

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Even though spring is upon us, it’s still soup season in this household, especially if I can make it in my slow cooker! This Slow Cooker Turkey Barley Soup is perfect for weekend or week day meals. Add crusty bread and a salad and your job is done! If you have left overs, freeze them! […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It’s Link party time! So much inspiration and so many ideas! My favorites from last week are all Easter Egg Decorating Ideas! I usually stop myself at choosing 5, but I just had to add one more! Will you be decorating eggs this Easter? Although I have tried to disable the pin feature for this […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Goldfish Tails & Tales

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

    Kelsey Norwood
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Did you notice these two patterns in my Round Up a few months ago? Oh my adorable… I have a real thing for animal hats and I feel like the time I have to make them for my kids is running out! Pretty soon they’re going to think they’re too old and cool for these […]
  • *REVIEW* Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Lab

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

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

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

  • spring inside

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    My Squares with tails series - last shown here -ist still, slowly, developing......and the shop update mentioned in the last postis done!
  • Fragments of spring

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    I have been stitching Spring fragments -they will be in the shop when I update itby the end of the week...
  • Weaving...

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    It's plant dyed wool and - the patch atcenter-top - flax, handspun around 1900:a wonderful, stubborn material...
  • Pre-spring sorting

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

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

  • Cute as a button

    Erika Jurney
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    These are just so adorable. How can you resist? Oktak was founded by Aki, a Tokyoite living in the heart [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    Original Purple Textile Ring One of Kind Ready to Ship Textile ring made from twisted ribbons decorated with beads on [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Autypography

    Erika Jurney
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Amazing concept in font design. Via MAKE. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Handmade Romantic Getaways

    Kristin Huston
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    [hKristin] If you’ve been thinking to yourself that there is a holiday dry spell between the 4th of July and [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • On Pleasures Made a Little Less Guilty

    Diana Prichard
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I’ve never met a person who was without a vice — or ten. We like to believe we are good [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Between the Folds

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Last night I watched the documentary, Between the Folds. It’s about origami, art, math, and engineers. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I thought I’d give it a try since I did origami as a kid and … Continue reading →
  • Artist Interview: Mixed Media Artist Greg Jaskot

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Greg Jaskot is a mixed media artist who also exhibits at JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA. I met him at one of their exhibition receptions last year. His work uses graffiti stencil techniques and collage with found objects. I was … Continue reading →
  • Flame On! or the Crazy New Sculpture I’m Working On

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Hey, I managed to get into the studio this weekend and look what’s taking shape: I filed the edges, textured the brass, and formed it into shape. I also chopped off part of the nickel grid to make it fit … Continue reading →
  • Master of (n)One

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    I see so many people tossing around words like “masterpiece” and talking about how many hours it takes before you “master” something (I believe 10,000 hours or ten years is the going rate right now.) But what does that really … Continue reading →
  • Wha-BAM! 7th Blogoversary!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    This Tuesday marks the 7th year that I’ve been blogging! Can you believe it?! Sure I’ve had some ups and downs, but it’s been a great experience overall. I am in the process of redoing Hammermarks, I just need to … Continue reading →
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  • Starting small...

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Dear Shayne,All right! You've cracked it all back open by ending our three year hiatus! (Think anyone besides us is still out there? Since our last post, RIP Google Reader* sooo... you'd have to be pretty committed to taking our [seemingly dead] RSS feed with you.)Soo... I have been wrestling with my guilt at not sending postcards after my last post, but it's time to just move on, right? (Although I will go back and see if I can still find any of the people who wanted one -- I still have those postcards!)All right. Let's make a post! Last week, I got a text from you saying you had an "urgent…
  • Let's bring this back and get straight to the point

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

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

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

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

  • Mar 31, Washing Assistance

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

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

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Do you want to keep up to date with changes to Knitting Naturally? Subscribe to the Knitting Naturally Blog!
  • Mar 10, Question regarding yarn for pattern

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Hi Deb, I would like to make the shawl from the Zealana AIR patterns booklet.It is the one on page 2. The pattern calls for a chunky yarn with a gauge
  • Mar 10, Work both sides at once

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    On the neck of sweater (knit row) I knitted # of stitches as pattern said, bound off center # of stitches and knitted to end. I am on Purl side and NOW
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    Shannon Cook
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Who's in the mood for a giveaway? Yay! I'm so excited to be giving away an awesome Wool and the Gang Snood Dog Yarn & Pattern Kit from our sponsor Fabricspark! I'm a sucker for eye catching and modern packaging and products. I've been a big fan of Wool and the Gang's work for ages so when Daryl of Fabricspark started carrying their wool and kits I was elated! She's one of our fave online Canadian shops and we knew we would have to run a fun giveaway for you all to win and try them out!For our prize we chose the Snood Dog pattern! Hello! Isn't this super cozy and cute! A great layering…

    Shannon Cook
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    MAKING OURSELVES is our new monthly series focused on finding and creating more time to nurture and prioritize ourselves, our passions, hobbies & health. You can read all the posts HERE.Be sure to follow along on social media & tag your own pics with #makingourselves! This month for Making Ourselves my focus has been on food. Not a diet, but healthy lifestyle changes. You see I hate to cook...most of the time. Realistically I would much rather be sewing or knitting! Let's face it - cooking eats up into the creative time that I enjoy best. But now that we moved into our house my hubby…

    Shannon Cook
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Gilmore Girls Knit Along is in full swing! I've been so excited watching all of your projects being cast on! I've loved what's been providing our knitters with inspiration for this KAL so I couldn't resist sharing it on the blog! I'd Rather Be Watching Gilmore Girls Sweatshirt from Arsenic & Lace, Photo Credit: Everyday Meg I've always wanted to do a wip collage during a KAL this so I thought this would be a fun one to try it out on! Now that the blog has moved I have many more options available to me to showcase all your projects easily! See below for pics of some of the yarns and…

    Shannon Cook
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    I'm so excited to finally get to show you all the brand new book Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas from Lark Crafts that I've got 2 projects in! You all know how much I love me a fat quarter. They are such a fun and affordable way to play with fabrics and stock up on your fave prints without breaking the bank. There truly is a plethora of projects you can easily make with fat quarters and this book has over 50 of them! Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas By Lark Crafts So many talented and wonderful designers are featured in this lovely book and I'm so…

    Shannon Cook
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    The migration is over and we survived - yay! I'm so excited to have the blog in the same home as my website! I hope you will all enjoy it too! Please bear with us as we tweak and edit things over the next few days. If you see some wonky posts etc. our apologies. We're working hard behind the scenes to re-format things and spiffy all the lovelies up for you!Please feel free to use this custom feedback form if you run into any technical issues or have any difficulties accessing anything on the blog. Click HERE for our Feedback Form.I hope you'll enjoy the convenience of having the blog here on…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Cinderella Wedding Inspiration

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Inspired by the movie Cinderella, this shoot designed by Amore Events by Cody is absolutely befitting a princess! From head—a gorgeous tiara by Mignonne Handmade—to toe—glass slipper-like Christian Louboutins—our fairy tale bride is picture perfect, and a Watters ballgown embodies the spirit of Cinderella. Elegant details such as calligraphed invitations by Poppy and Scooter and a vintage-inspired ring by Trumpet and Horn make the look utterly timeless, while touches like the incredible carousel cake from Maliha Creations add a whimsical, charming lightness. Lush,…
  • Elegant + Bespoke Nashville Wedding

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sara and Jeremy’s Nashville wedding is overflowing with tradition and timeless elegance. Sara set out to create a unique and personal event, held at her family home, and enlisted the help of Jackson Durham to bring her vision to life. With a stunning neutral palette of whites and grays, the tented reception was utterly magical, incorporating airy dove gray draping, a lush floral chandelier, and centerpieces of varying heights set atop chic modern linens. Sara says: “It was important to me that I not look back on my wedding photos in a decade and have regrets about choosing…
  • Romantic Jewel-Toned Wedding

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We have the most romantic and gorgeous Texas wedding for you today! Adrianne and Patrick’s Camp Lucy wedding, is full of color from the vivid jewel tones in the gorgeous florals by STEMS to the airy pastel beaded bridesmaids dresses by Adrianna Papell. Simple and chic details like clean black and white place cards and feathery white Manolo Blahnik heels balance the dramatic purple table linens and burgundy flowers on the cake from Simon Lee Bakery. Adrianne is a vision in a Jim Hjelm ballgown with hair and makeup by ROAR Salon. The couple’s wedding is proof that not…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    From fresh ways to clean to creative Easter DIY projects, this first week of spring has been filled with the most inspiring ideas. The wedding world was also filled with beautiful details! One of our favorites from the week? This romantic elopement in France planned by Laura Dova Weddings and captured by Viktoria Samoilova! {Photography by Viktoria Samoilova} A few of our favorites from the week: DIY Easter confetti eggs. The 7 foundations that every makeup artist loves. The most beautiful rosebud wreath tutorial. Love this messy knotted ponytail hairstyle. Netflix documentaries that…
  • Feminine + Colorful Spring Wedding

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every square inch of Lauren and Adrian’s wedding is romantic, colorful, and fun! Lauren, a graphic designer, fused classic and modern elements in a playful and chic way, with details such as invitations from All Things Lovely Paper Co. with gold confetti dots and carefully-curated vintage stamps, lush bouquets and centerpieces of peonies and garden roses created by Living Fresh Flower Studio & School, and the sweetest of dessert tables from Honey Bake Shop. Lauren is absolutely perfect in a Vera Wang confection and BHLDN peep toes, and her maids are a beautiful complement in…
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  • Ornamental Easter Eggs

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    These Ornamental Easter Eggs can decorate traditional Easter Lunch, can be attach on a gift or a bouquet of flowers. you can use them to decorate the house or a shop window for any Easter Celebration. These eggs are simple to make, absolutely adorable, and sure to make anyone who sees them smile. They are perfect as a last minute addition to your decorations, and the cheap materials make it great on the pocket as well!
  • "The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2015: Home Decor Ideas, DIY Jewelry, Easy Crochet Patterns and More" free eBook

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    We asked, you voted. We've gathered up the best blogger projects from our Best Blogger Contest into a special eBook, "The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2015 Home Decor Ideas, DIY Jewelry, Easy Crochet Patterns and More". In this eBook, you'll find amazing DY home decor ideas, knit and crochet projects, and fun recycled crafts that you can make with items already in your home. Straight to you from some of the best bloggers in the industry, this free eBook is filled with amazing and fun projects that are sure to inspire you to create and decorate!
  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • Free Craft eBooks

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Find all our free downloadable crafting eBooks, including Budget Craft eBooks, Home Decor eBooks and holiday craft eBooks. In each eBook, you'll find easy-to-follow craft projects.
  • Latest Free Craft eBooks

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Find the newest free craft eBooks from Download and print the craft project collection for easy reference while crafting.
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  • The Stunningly Beautiful Crochet Baby Blanket You Need in Your Life

    Marie Segares
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and I’m thrilled to share a guest post with you today! I love to crochet baby blankets. I live in New York City, and you can really never have too many blankets for a cold winter! But baby blankets are even better, because they can be used all year round as play mats, car seat blankets to protect from air conditioning, or even as security blankets for nap time. Sometimes, though, crocheting blankets can be frustrating, especially when it seems like you have thousands more stitches to go. For this reason, I love crocheting diagonal…
  • 18 Ingenius DIY Button Crafts

    Tanner Bell
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    I love buttons. If you’re like me, you have thousands of buttons that just sit in your craft area and you never know how to use them! I seriously have a whole shelf of mason jars full of buttons. Recently I decided that it was time to put them to use. Today I’ve rounded up 18 different DIY tutorials that incorporate buttons.  A lot of the projects that I’m featuring today will use up a lot of your button stash.  If you’re a daily coffee drinker, I would recommend checking out #16. The Fabric Coffee Sleeve is going to be your best friend and it shares a unique way to…
  • 17 Earth Day Crafts for Kids

    Tanner Bell
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Earth Day is going to be here before we know it and I’m sure you’re wondering what you could do with the kids this year! Today I’m rounding up 18 of my favorite upcycled DIY kid crafts you can create with recycled items. You can turn a lot of items that normally gets tossed into some wonderful kid crafts. One of my favorite Earth Day kid craft project would have to be #10. You learn exactly how to take all your old shopping bags and turn them into a incredible Jelly Fish only using items you already have. My favorite part of Earth Day is that it encourages everyone to find…
  • Cats in Hats Pattern Excerpt

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Calling all cat owners and lovers of felines! We know you love to spoil your kitties in every way possible. Make your cat his/her very own hat and you will not be disappointed. Whether you want to capture your cat’s personality, a good photo for a Christmas card, or a good laugh as your cat wonders what is actually going on, you can’t deny that Cats in Hats is a excellent idea for many reasons! Enjoy this free pattern below from Sara Thomas’ new book, Cats in Hats! Check out the blog hop and join in all of the fun! Plus, you can win a copy of this lovely book right here on…
  • Cats in Hats Blog Hop + Giveaway

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    I know what you’re thinking. Cats? Wearing hats? How did they get that cat on the cover to even cooperate to wear that hat? Well, I don’t have an answer for you, but I think we can all agree that putting a hat on a cat makes one cute kitty. Whether you’re a knitter or a crocheter, Cats in Hats: 30 Knit And Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty is a quirky little book with a variety of hat patterns to suit your needs. Sara Thomas came up with cute and funny hats to match your cat’s personality. Cats do have very unique personalities, as we all know. Stay tuned! Tomorrow we…
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    Merriment Design

  • Personalized Princess Banner Printable PDF for ‘All the Disney Princesses’ Birthday Party

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

    Kathy Beymer
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Make a cheerful headboard slipcover to quickly and easily change up a bedroom. Because the slipcover is removable, it’s a super cute and inexpensive way to decorate a kid’s room and keep changing it up as they grow. And seriously, how sweetly adorable is this pleated pocket storage pocket? The storage pocket is just the perfect size to hold flashlights, books and special bedtime friends nearby. DIY Network asked me to make this headboard slipcover with storage pocket tutorial for them, and the full step-by-step tutorial is on Thank you, DIY Network! This was a…
  • Kiss Me (I’m Irish) T-Shirts Spelled With Shamrock Clovers for St. Patrick’s Day

    Kathy Beymer
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I designed some Kiss Me (I’m Irish) t-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day and added them my Zazzle store. The simple and classy design spells “Kiss Me” using both three-leaf shamrocks and lucky four-leaf clovers. Sláinte! All t-shirts are 50% off today at my Zazzle store until 7PM PST tonight! Use promo code EARLYTEEDEAL. Here’s a close up of the letters because the Zazzle photos are kind of fuzzy. Not to worry – t-Shirt orders will be printed with these crisp edges. I came up with the Kiss Me (I’m Irish) clover and shamock t-shirt design when trying to think…
  • How to Make a Headboard Slipcover with No-Sew Piping – easy and temporary bedroom change

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

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

  • The Purrfect Cat Birthday Cake

    Sandra Denneler
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Tell me I’m not alone on this one. My kids insist on having a party for our cat every year. She’s a very sweet, but very large, calico cat. And last week, she turned three. What’s that in human years? According to 3-year-old cat = 29-year-old human. Interesting. So, what do you make for a cat named Cake? Well… cake, of course. I was quite surprised at how easily this silly dessert came together. Just sandwich together two simple pound cakes, do a little carving, then swirl on some calico-colored…
  • Cute Coloring Easter Sticker Printables

    Kersey Camp­bell
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    These stickers are the perfect last minute Easter treat for your little ones. They’ll love coloring them and sticking them onto eggs, shirts, cards – you name it! My family always has a big family Easter egg hunt every year and this year, as a fun candy alternative, I’m thinking about filling a few eggs with blank printables ready for the lucky finders to color. That way, the fun doesn’t have to end after all the eggs have been found.  Also, how about painting these with water colors? I think that would be beautiful. What You Need Bunny and carrot template Printable…
  • Robin’s Egg Blue Mini Cakes

    Elizabeth Stark
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I’ve been enjoying a string of rainy spring days. Temperatures are bearable again and my windows are flung wide so I can get the most out of the soundtrack of spring raindrops. If you listen carefully, there’s another soundtrack to enjoy, too –– chirping birds. Their distant, almost tenuous peeps are a nice reminder that spring really is here. To celebrate the season, and one of my favorite seasonal sounds, I made these sweet mini cakes, inspired by the vivid hue of robin’s eggs. The cake itself is my take on a classic 1-2-3-4 cake baked up as a sheet, and yields little…
  • Easy Cheesy One-Pot Bow Tie Pasta

    Rachel Faucett
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Ciao, amicis! Hi, friends! (I’m really getting good at this Italian stuff.) As mentioned before, Handmade Charlotte has partnered with our favorite sous chefs at Ragú to create simple one-pot pasta recipes for you and your family. Today’s menu item? An Easy Cheesy Bow Tie Pasta! But just because a recipe is easy, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. In fact, I like to think of it as the perfect opportunity to let your culinary creativity shine. So use your noodle (come on, I had to! It’s a cheesy recipe) and let’s get to cooking! We used Ragú Chunky…
  • Color Inspiration: Beautiful Blue

    Deborah Beau
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    Ah, you’ve guessed, I’m feeling blue! I’m not down in the dumps, though. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Spring is doing its thing and I’ve been busy making the most of the sunshine by working on our garden and home. If you follow me elsewhere you’ll know that I’m usually more of a neutral interiors kinda gal, preferring white and grey in a typically French fashion. Well, that’s all about to change! Beautiful blue skies have me dreaming of the sea and summer holidays, so I’ve decided to add some variety with indigo, pretty cornflower, and inky midnight hues. Blue…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • The Perfect One Chaz

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lucky Zig Zag Quilt

    Brenna Goode
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Hello again!  I’m Brenna, and I’m happy to be back here with my second Moda Bake Shop project.  This is a quick and easy one – for one of those days when you want to sew with pretty fabrics, but you also want to finish a project.  This would be a great one for a gift or to sew up for a charity project. I’m using the lovely True Luck fabric by Stephanie Ryan.  I just love the colors and textures in these – a perfect mix for a springtime quilt!  This pattern calls for a fat eighth bundle, so you have a nice variety of colors in your final product. 1 True Luck…
  • For the Love of Half Square Triangles

    Karen L. Miller
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Greetings Moda Bake Shop readers — It’s Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co here to share a little Half Square Triangle LOVE… In my recent “Chevron with a Twist” recipe we used Half Square Triangles made from Layer Cake slices to create pretty little chevrons and we added a touch of applique “twist”.    If you missed it, you can review that recipe by clicking here. In the process of designing “Chevron with a Twist”, I realized there were hundreds of ways to design a quilt using half square triangles (HST). Today I want to share just a…
  • Gardenvale Chain Quilt

    Oda May
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    14 jelly rolls strips (shown in Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell) for blocks 8 jelly roll strips for binding 3½ yards background fabric and inner border 7/8 yard cheater print for border (SKU 18100 11, 18100 12, or 18100 13) ½ yard outer border fabric 4 yards backing fabric CUTTING Chain From the jelly roll strips, select 13 strips: cut in half (you need 26-2½” x 22″ strips) From one jelly roll strip, cut 6-2½” x 2½” squares for the Sashing Background Cut 4-10½” x WOF strips and subcut: 3-10½” x 22″ 25-10½” x 2½” 4-4½” x…
  • Charm-ing Bunny Ears

    Lisa Calle
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Easter is right around the corner and this no-sew project is perfect for kids of all ages. All you need is a pair of bunny ears and a charm square. I found my bunny ears in the dollar bin at Target and I’ve seen them at many other big box stores. 1 charm square 1 set of store-bought bunny ears 5″ square of light-weight fusible Applique needle and thread OR fabric glue First, make a template to cover the center of the bunny ears. My fusible was see-through enough that I used it to trace the ears but you may use a sheet of vellum or other thin paper. Second, heat up your iron and…
  • Tips & Tricks: Fabric Finder

    Oda May
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    One of the most frequent questions in Oda May’s inbox involves tracking down out of print or older fabric collections. Today she shares some of her own tips as well as reader suggestions on how you can find that must have fabric. Try  You can search for a fabric by name, line or number and it searches thousands of participating shops and returns the shops that match your search. Find fabric SKUs and other details by searching Moda’s website. The Downloads page is especially helpful and has fabric lines going back to 2000. Go to local quilt guilds with a sample and…
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    How Does She

  • Easy 2×4 Teacher Appreciation Gift

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Easy 2×4 Teacher Appreciation Gift Here is an easy 2×4 craft you can make for all the teachers you want to thank! I can’t take credit for this, it is Alison’s genius – I just photographed it and since I stole a post from her a while ago, I am writing it up also.  She has a plethera of 2×4 craft ideas, you can check them out, here. What’s that cute mini banner in the background?  You ask.  Click here.  I say. Here is your list of ingredients. paper pad (click here for tutorial) or you could use post it notes pencil ribbon vinyl saying 2×4…
  • Ridiculously Good! Raspberry Almond Chocolate Chip Squares

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
      Time to be candid – I need to begin this post with a WARNING! These are the most ridiculously delicious squares ever and are not recommended if you are on a diet – unless, of course, it’s cheat day And if you need to – tell yourself that these squares have good things like fruit (even if it’s in sugary jam), nuts (almonds count, right?), and dark chocolate (chips, that is.) Nothing like a little self-delusion to make everything okay Raspberry Almond Chocolate Chip Squares The Ingredients:  1 3/4 cup flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup butter (or hard…
  • HOW TO: Bubble Ponytail Hair Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
      Hi there! Welcome back! If you love fun, easy yet classy hairstyles raise your hand! I know I do so I wanted to post one of my all time favorite hairstyles for the rainy and windy spring days we are having. I have crazy long hair so during the spring it is usually pulled back because I dont want to deal with tangles and flat hair. At the same time though I don’t want to just wear it in a ponytail, ya know? So this is a pony just a spiced up version for all you people like me that want your hair out of your face but want to look like you put some effort into yourself that day…
  • Our Top Picks for 2015 Tankinis & One-Pieces

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
      Ahhhh, summer. It’s just around the corner and to saw we’re excited it putting it lightly. I’ve already picked out new swimsuits for my littles. We put them in their Easter baskets each year and it’s a fun tradition. Searching for a suit for mom can be a bit more difficult. We wanted to help you out, so we’ve rounded up a few of our FAVORITE one piece and tankini swimsuits at a variety of price points. (I’m a big fan of this style because I prefer stomach coverage on me. ) I prefer suits that are stylish but also allow me to run around and chase my…
  • Use Your Noodle! Quick (and cheap!) spring butterfly decor

    Kerri King
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
      Every year I say I’m going to do a better job at decorating for spring time. It seems like every year I get too busy and decorating gets pushed to my mental low priority list. Well, not this year because I’m using my noodle…..literally! Yes, I busted out a box of bow tie pasta and spaghetti noodles and created a little bit of spring decor for my home. Quick. Easy. Cheap. Sounds like my kind of project. Here’s what you will need to create a little butterfly springiness in your own home: bow tie pasta spaghetti noodles hot glue gun paint and small paint brushes…
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  • Idea Chic Spring Parcel Post Subscription Box

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Idea Chic Spring Parcel Post are mailed. US subscribers expect in a few days! Happy Spring!!! 🌷Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Idea Chic featured in Country Living

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Idea Chic is honored to have our seed packet postcards featured in the April 2015 Country Living Magazine. Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Making letterpress birthday cards

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Stocking up for our stationery box sets release. One of eight will be birthday cards! Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Idea Chic Stationery Boxes

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Idea Chic is releasing 8 stationery boxes very soon! Our email list is 1st to know and gets exclusive savings too. Join at ➡ get mail Filed under: Idea Chic
  • A Baby is Brewing Coffee Tin Unique Gift Pregnancy by ideachic on Etsy

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    A Baby is Brewing coffee tin gift or pregnancy announcement for baby boy, girl or surprise. Filed under: Idea Chic
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Simple Spring Snack for Kids

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    This simple Spring snack for kids is sure to bring lots of smiles! These festive butterflies are easy to make, and perfect for an on-the-go snack! With just a few materials you probably already have at home, you can make this adorable butterfly snack. Invite the kids to join you in the kitchen, and this […]
  • Spring Spelling Activity

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    This Spring spelling activity is a simple, easy, and festive way for kids to practice their spelling words! The kids start by saying the word, then match the word on the flower to the corresponding word on the paper, and finally write the word out on a sheet of paper. Added bonus — Read below to […]
  • New Telehealth Service – American Well

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Imagine being able to see a doctor from the comfort of your own home, without the long wait times, hassles of getting to the doctor’s office, or expensive fees. That is exactly what I recently learned about with a new telehealth service called American Well (or Amwell). I recently used the American Well service and […]
  • Spy Kids – Family Movie Marathon

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    We thought it would be fun to have a family movie marathon featuring the Spy Kids movies and some stealthy spy crafts to go along with it! The kids thought these spy kits were so much fun to make! Since the Spy Kids movies are streaming on NETFLIX, it was easy to plan our family movie marathon without having to […]
  • Awesome Easter Baskets

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Are your kids crazy about Skylanders?? With Easter right around the corner, here are a few ways to bring a bit of Skylanders fun into some awesome Easter baskets that are quick and easy to put together. A big thank you to our friends at MomTrends for sponsoring today’s creative Easter basket ideas! Skylanders Trap Team was just […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Advice on Knitting for Homeless People, Part Two

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Last week, I shared thoughts, suggestions, and guidelines on knitting for homeless people offered by Relief Share's Carol and Project Night Night's Leah. Today, I have more advice to offer courtesy of the Streetknit Project and Knitting Neighbors Together. Read on for more great advice on knitting for the homeless!
  • Knitting Bucket List Challenge: Learning to Knit Socks and Sweaters

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Our next knitting bucket list challenge comes from Nancy, who admitted, "I need to learn how to knit socks and sweaters with sleeves."
  • Advice on Knitting for Homeless People, Part One

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I noticed that recently I have published many posts on Knitting for Charity about charities that help homeless people through knitting. It occurred to me that, with so many terrific charities, there was likely to be a great amount of information they could offer about how we can best help homeless people through our needles and yarn.
  • Free Knitting Patterns for Scarves for Children

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    One type of knitting pattern seems to separate children from babies and toddlers: the scarf. We don't usually put scarves on babies or toddlers, for a few reasons. Number one, there tends to be very little space between a baby or toddler's head and his or her shoulders. Until they get to about preschool or kindergarten age, scarves aren't really necessary because coats and hats are usually enough to keep them warm.
  • Bridge and Beyond: Knitting Charity Helping the Homeless in Ohio

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Reader Sue let me know of a group in Ohio (my home state!) called Bridge and Beyond. This is a knitting charity that works to warm the homeless and others in need through a variety of projects, including afghans, hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, and washcloths.
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  • DIY: Cascarones

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    I grew up in Texas, and around this time of year you can cute little cascarones, which are confetti filled eggs, pretty much everywhere! I have fond memories of running around and getting cracked in the head with these things and getting confetti and egg shells all tangled up in my hair. I can’t find cascarones where I live now, so I decided to make some of my own to celebrate Easter and Fiesta. And I’ll be showing you how to make them for yourself as well! Supplies~ Use a thumbtack to poke a hole in the top(the pointier end) of the egg. Flip it over and poke a hole in the…
  • DIY: Paper Clay

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    When I made the post about how to make a paper mache deer head from scratch, I mentioned an optional ingredient: air drying paper clay. I used a homemade version, and I ended up liking it so much that I decided I’d share with you all how to make your own! I got the recipe from That website is a great resource for almost anything paper mache, so if you’re interested in anything like that, definitely go check it out, it’s great. Here’s what you’ll need for the paper clay. To be more precise, you can measure out the dry toilet paper first.
  • Boozy Beer Mug Fudge

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Saint Patrick’s day is next week so I came up with a recipe for some boozy fudge that you can decorate to look like cute little mugs of beer. These would be great as a St. Patrick’s day party snack. There is alcohol in this fudge, so it’s adults only, sorry kids! Green icing is optional. A normal cookie cutter probably wouldn’t work for this fudge, because they’d be too short to cut all the way through the fudge, but a petit four cutter would be perfect. Here’s an affiliate link where you can get your own circular petit four cutter(make sure to select the…
  • Self Portrait Project Update! #3

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Here are my drawings from last week!
  • DIY: Paper Mache Deer Head

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    A while ago I made a post about how to dress up a paper mache deer head to make it look like two tone faux mounted deer head. Unfortunately a lot of people were having trouble finding these elusive paper mache deer heads, so I started working on a tutorial on how to make your own from scratch. Finally I’ve finished it so I can share it with you all! Like with my turkey candles, I made a rough 3d model of a deer head and put it through a program to make it printable onto flat paper. Then all you have to do is cut it out, fold it up and glue or tape it together! To get the template for…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Tutorial: Kitty Face Shoes

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Give your shoes a temporary kitty makeover! Heather used electrical tape to make adorable cat faces on the toes of a pair of plain flats to dress them up. This is a great way to add a little bit of fun to your outfit, while still leaving your favorite flats wearable for other occasions. When you're done, simply peel off the tape and the shoes go back to their original state. Project estimate: Shoes, on hand or $1 and up Electrical tape, on hand or $1 Total:  $1 and up Apply strips of tape to cover the toes of the shoes. Cut little slits in the edge of tape to make it go on more smoothly over…
  • Tutorial: DIY Glowing Apparel

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I love to decorate fabric with stencils and paint, and the huge variety of products available makes it easy to create really unique pieces.  Who wants a store bought shirt when you can make your own?  I used awesome black light paint from Tulip to make apparel that glows! Project Estimate: T-shirt or bib - $1 Stencil - on hand Neon Black Light Paint - $5 for 3 pack Total: $6 Step one: Place cardboard under the fabric to be painted. Step two: Place the stencil over the fabric and tape it in place. Step three: Use a foam pouncer to dab the paint over the stencil.  For a more dimensional…
  • Make Aluminium Notebook Covers

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The dollar store is a great place to buy notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks.  How do you tun those cheap notebooks into something really special?  Check out how Aunt Peaches used plain ol' white glue and some aluminium tape to give some little notebooks a funky, textured makeover.  Inspired by doodling, the possibilities for personalized designs are limitless!  [how to make aluminium notebook covers] Project estimate: Notebook, on hand or $1 Glue, on hand or $1 and up Aluminum tape, about $5 Permanent markers or alcohol inks, on hand or $1 and up Total:  about $5 and up
  • Make a No-Sew Vest T-shirt

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    It's getting to e spring cleaning time - are you clearing out your closets this year?  Heather has a great idea for you to recycle an old vest into a fashionable new shirt, no sewing required.  This is a great idea for those dress clothes that your kids have worn once and then promptly outgrown!  Get the details how to make this fun shirt over a iLoveToCreate.  [how to make a no-sew vest t-shirt] Project estimate: T-shirt, on hand or $1 and up Vest, on hand or $1 and up Fabric glue, about $6 and up Total:  about $6 and up
  • Tutorial: Frosted Easter Egg

    Terrie Burton
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Make those plain ol' plastic Easter eggs look fancy with a cheap and easy makeover!  By covering the eggs in Epsom salt, you can give them a whole different look.  You can even add some glitter for an even bigger statement!  Project estimate: Plastic Easter eggs, on hand or $1 School glue, on hand Epsom salt, on hand or $1 Total:  Free and up Pour the glue on a plate.  With the paint brush, paint 1/2 of the Easter egg with the glue.  Roll the egg in the Epsom salt and move it to another plate to dry. Continue until you have painted half of all the eggs and dipped in the Epsom salt.
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Quilt Colorful Dragonflies for Spring

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

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

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

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

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

  • New balconies, new regulations.

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    We got our balconies totally renovated last year. I mentioned that on this post. With renovations came change and new regulations. We are no longer allowed to hang planters from the railings. They do look beautiful by the way. For this reason I made the difficult decision {yes, it is hard for me because they really hold plants beautifully and add character to your balcony} to sell my
  • Welcoming Spring with fresh herbs.

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

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

  • How to Organize a Room in Minutes

    Amanda Rose
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    I am all about chaos when in right smack in the middle of working on a project, but there is something to be said about an organized room once all is said and done. The one room in my house that I have the hardest time keeping organized is definitely my home office/studio. It’s perpetually chaotic with paper, ribbon, and pencils strewn all over the room. Don’t even think about coming in here when I’m in the middle of taking photos of a project! Even for this messiest room of my house, it’s still fairly easy to get it somewhat organized when a project is completed (or…
  • My Thoughts: On Why Everyone Needs Therapy

    Tahani Al-Salem
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    My mom made me go to therapy for awhile when I was 15, and I remember being so angry at her. I vividly remember saying to her, “Nothing is wrong with me, I don’t know why you’re making me do this.” As an adult, and someone who went to school to become a therapist, this makes me so sad for my younger self. And then I remember, that I too, am a product of a society and was influenced by the societal stigma that we place on therapy. So much stigma. If I grew up in a society where therapy was normalized, I probably wouldn’t have thought anything of it. As an adult,…
  • 3 Ways to Grow Your Business Esteem

    Vanessa Anstee
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’re a small business owner and you want your business to stand out for the right reason. I totally hear you and know from personal experience what that can feel like. You spend a lot of time thinking about your customer avatar and brand personality. You want to appeal to your ideal customer so you spend time thinking about where they hang out, what matters to them and of course what will attract them. But I feel there’s a much bigger question that needs to be considered because no matter how clear we are on our market place, the way we think about and treat our business matters. How…
  • Cucumber Sandwiches

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In my previous article about Afternoon Tea, I introduced you to cucumber sandwiches, often a staple in Afternoon Tea. Cucumber sandwiches are very light, refreshing, and surprisingly full of flavor. There are many variations of cucumber sandwiches; here are 2 different versions I hope you will enjoy. Cucumber Sandwiches, Variation 1 Ingredients: 6 slices extra thin white or whole wheat bread 1 cucumber 3 oz. whipped cream cheese 2 T. real mayonnaise 1 T. salt 2 t. dry Italian seasoning 1 t. minced fresh garlic Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic and Italian seasoning. Spread mixture…
  • How to Create an Easy Cheese Tray

    Amanda Rose
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Confession: I am obsessed with cheese. Obsessed honestly might not even be a strong enough word to convey the feelings I have for cheese. I am also obsessed with “snack trays” when entertaining. (Please note: “Entertaining” here also means preparing dinner for my husband and me). I love the ease and flexibility of snack trays. For the past few months my go-to snack tray has been a very simple cheese tray. I throw one together when guests come over (it’s easy to adjust the quantity for one guest or 20 guests!) or I’ll put one together when I run out of time…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • DROPS Design Free Crochet Slipper Patterns

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Source :: DROPS Designs Several months ago I shared a link to some Free Knit Slipper patterns from DROPS Design on Facebook. The post went viral and I had decided to do a post on our blog to make it easier for our readers to find the patterns. You can find the post for DROPS Design Free Knit Patterns HERE. Since that time that blog post has become wildly popular. I have received many emails and comments asking if DROPS Designs had any crochet patterns for similar boot style slippers. As it turns out, the answer is a big YES! So, for all of you crocheters that have wanted to be able to…
  • Wet Felted Colorful Wool Easter Eggs

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:40 am
    These soft and colorful wet felted eggs make a lovely addition to any spring nature table or Easter display. They look enchanting in Pixie's fairy home and her spring fairy, Ivy, is delighted with the addition. These wet felted Easter eggs are very easy to make with kids. We make these eggs as part of our Spring Bs Homeschool Companion unit. If you would like to make more realistic wet felted wool eggs for your child's toy kitchen or if you would like to make a wet felted wool egg in which you can hide treats check out our previous post on wet felting wool eggs, Felted Eggs Directions.
  • Rain Boots Coloring Page

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    THE RAINY DAY - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; The vine still clings to the moldering wall, But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary. My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary; My thoughts still cling to the moldering past, But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, And the days are dark and dreary. Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must…
  • How To Use PicMonkey to Help You Choose Yarn Colors

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    I love shopping online for yarn. The selection is much greater than what I can find in my LYS and I can find much better quality yarn or more artistic yarn than the big craft stores carry. As always, even when you are shopping in person, choosing colors for a project can be tricky. This is actually another benefit, in my opinion, that shopping online offers. I can use free photo editing software to help me choose colors and plan my project.  Today I'm going to walk you through how I use the free online photo editing program, PicMonkey, to help me choose yarn or fabric colors for a project.
  • The Magic Onions Spring Give-Away :: $40 Gift Card

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Sharon in the South! Please email me within three days to claim your prize. I've "Liked" The Magic Onions Permalink Submitted by Sharon in South... (not verified) on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:41 Although I would've said that I already HAD "liked" the FB page- I apparently had not- so now I'm all set! Thanks for the extra chance to win! :D Coupon: Mention Wee Folk Art while checking out and you will receive a free surprise with your order. This spring explore the craft of needle felting with these amazing kits from The Magic Onions. Create seasonal…
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  • Week 11 Verizon Move More Challenge

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you’re moving for your chance to win a Fitbit Charge For this week’s post, I thought I would explain what makes the Fitbit Charge different than the other Fitbit models. The Fitbit Charge has multiple display screens, but the tricky part is getting them to photographed before the screen goes black. The display screens are time/date, steps, miles, calories, stairs, and next alarm. Check out Fitbit Charge on the website for more photos…
  • Define – Spinning and Barre studio in Oakley

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    I found Define through a Groupon offer for one month unlimited Body and Rev classes, so I signed up. Define Body and Mind in Oakley is just off the square located next to a pizza place (ahhh!). The one thing that impressed me the most was how friendly all the staff was how they made an effort to know my name and get me checked in as I walked in the door. That personalized attention isn’t found everywhere, but I really appreciate it. The studio space is calm and open, they offer two single-room restrooms (but no shower), and cubbies (not lockers) for storing items during class. With it…
  • Week 9 Verizon Move More Challenge

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you’re moving more for your chance to win a Fitbit Charge I’ve complained enough about the winter weather that I took a last-minute trip to the Dominican Republic to escape the snow! Before I settled into my beach chair with my book or podcast, I took a walk through the grounds of the resort to soak up the sights and warm weather! Then, instead of riding the shuttle to the neighboring resort I walked and then walked some more until it…
  • Week 7 Verizon Move More Challenge

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

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

  • Slanted Wrap Wallet

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Description: The tutorial has tons of great illustrations and detailed instructions. Craft Link: Slanted Wrap Wallet Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Leather Sketchbook

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Description: If you have access to leather, this is a super easy project. I love the flexible cover. Craft Link: DIY Leather Sketchbook Read More: Bookbinding or Home
  • Make Your Own Bodycon Dress

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Description: You’ll need to use one of your own t-shirts to make the pattern for this dress. Craft Link: Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Read More: Sewing or Home
  • 20 Free Pouf Patterns You Will Love To Make

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Anyone who reads Craft Stew on a regular basis, will notice that I have become obsessed with poufs lately. After months of searching out every free pouf pattern available, here are my favorites. They are a mix of sewing, crochet,  and knit patterns. There’s even a painting project thrown in. I’m sure you will find something that appeals to you. Tufted Round Floor Cushion DIY Sweater Pouf Ottoman Tute Extra Cushy Square Pouf Make A Fabric Pouf Ottoman The Bean Bag Cube How To Make A Hexagon DIY Floor Pouf Inspired Floor Cushion Making A Pouf Knit A Floor Pillow Tutorial Jelly Roll…
  • Free Style In An Instant Skirt Tutorial

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Description: I found this tutorial on the website. It may be worth checking out their other free sewing patterns. Craft Link: Free Style In An Instant Skirt Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Oodles of Doodles: Last Minute Easter Egg DIY

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    You know when you’re talking on the phone with someone and you just start doodling on scrap paper to keep your hands busy? I do that all the time. And often make the same strange shapes over and over again. So after dyeing a bunch of extra Easter eggs in pastel colors, I thought I’d try some random marker doodles again, as a kind of round 2 on last year’s Easter eggs. The shapes I created are a combo of flowers and abstract eyeball with loopy eyelashes. Quite the combo, huh? I swear I’m normal. What I love most about this project is that it’s pretty mindless.
  • Poster Child: How to Make Large Scale (Hand Lettered) Artwork in Under an Hour

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    I’ve been on a little bit of an art kick lately. Probably has something to do with all of the blank walls in our house. So today I’m sharing a large scale art project that is super affordable and all kinds of easy, in partnership with Pentel of America. If you’ve ever tried to paint words onto a canvas or paper with a brush, you know there is a pretty big learning curve involved. And plenty of going back to your palette for more paint. But this version of hand lettered wall art is MUCH less difficult because it uses a Pentel Color Brush instead. It’s a pen that…
  • Hip Hostess: 5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting an Easter Dinner Party in Style

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Admittedly, I will celebrate nearly any holiday, if given the chance (I do skip St Patrick’s Day though – I have my limits). But I don’t typically go the traditional route when it comes to holiday decorating. If you couldn’t tell, from my past entertaining posts.  I just like to keep things low key, with smaller holiday hints that tie things together without being ‘in your face’. So…last week while I was in Houston, I put together a DIY Easter party to celebrate the upcoming holiday, along with my friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. Together, we…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    It’s been a little bit of a crazy week around here… traveling, prepping for a shoot, and getting everything in order for the Houston DIY workshop I’m teaching this Saturday (last day to buy tickets is today). BUT, I didn’t want to let the day get away from me without some weekend DIYs to try. So, here are a few projects to try out this weekend… 1. DIY pom pom wall hanging from Sugar & Cloth 2. DIY Easter hack for cool dyed eggs 3. DIY faux ceramic ring cones from Almost Makes Perfect 4. Color blocked chocolate bark with edible flower sprinkles 5. DIY fresh…
  • Oh My! Sugar High: How to Make Edible Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you like sugar as much as I do, you should give these DIY cotton candy nests a try for Easter this year. Or a colorful party, if Easter’s not your thing. It’s like bringing the state fair straight to your dinner table. Which sounds pretty fun, if you ask me. To make your own, all you need is cotton candy. Which can be store bought or homemade. Here’s how to make your own… 1. Pull a good size piece of cotton candy from the rest. 2. Then create a circle shape (see photo), by wrapping the two ends toward each other and pressing the ends together to secure. 3. Next,…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Springtime Decorated Gift Bag

    Jessica Christman
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    This adorable spring bag is perfect for spring birthdays or Easter. Any child would love to receive a gift in this fun wrapping, and you're sure to enjoy making it! Click here for the how-to and... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Bag Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    With spring right around the corner it is time to start working on some Easter crafts. 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 Globe Inspired Easter Eggs

    Jessica Christman
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    You really can have the whole world in your hands with this Easter craft. 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 Easter Chick Treat Bag

    Jessica Christman
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    This spring chick is easy to make and simply adorable! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs

    Jessica Christman
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    These decorative eggs are so easy to make and look adorable on display. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Vintage-Style Egg Co. Stencil Kitchen Art

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

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

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

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

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

    Alison Wood
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Well our March month of quilting is drawing to a close and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. If you haven’t entered the giveaway to win one of five quilting books yet –  there is still time – head over now as the giveaway closes tomorrow. Just before we leave quilting though I have a treat for you today. The lovely ladies over at Glenroy Designs are sharing some of their beautiful quilts with us. Over now to Janet and Louise, enjoy! “We are Janet and Louise and we run Glenroy Designs – an online shop selling fabric for patchwork, quilting and…
  • Free Online Quilting Classes

    Alison Wood
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    As this is quilting month I thought I would point you in the direction of some free quilting classes from Craftsy. For any of you who haven’t come across Craftsy yet you are in for a treat. They offer classes in all sorts of arts and crafts subjects and the ones I have taken – including jewelry design, crochet and drawing – have all been great. The teachers are excellent and what I love about the classes is that you can work at your own pace, moving the video back slightly if you miss a concept. Craftsy also offers a number of free mini courses and today I thought I would…
  • A Love of Quilting Made Kristina Dust Off Her Sewing Machine

    Alison Wood
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Hi my name is Kristina Riauke and I live in Ireland. I’ve been making quilts for the past year.   I discovered that I loved quilting ever since I went to my first quilting class. I bought my first sewing machine to hem my husband’s trousers 6 years ago and until I discovered quilting it stood in my home collecting dust .   The first quilt I ever made was for my son . He became so attached to the quilt that when I put it into the washing machine he refused to go to sleep until he got the quilt back. The quilt not only won first place in my son’s heart but it also…
  • Needle Felted Rabbit Eggs Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    I have had a real passion for crafting with felt over the past two years, and have noticed my little creations really appeal to crafters in particular. I hope you enjoy this simple needle felted rabbit for Easter! Materials you will need: Felt Roving {light brown, black & pink} Compressed of ‘Flat’ Felt Roving {light brown to match body} Small to Medium Sized Styrofoam Eggs Felting Needles & Felting Mat *Mini Flower Pot for Display & Herbs Step 1 – Spread some light brown roving around a Styrofoam egg form. The consistency of the roving should be like cotton…
  • Giveaway – Win One of Five Quilting Books

    Alison Wood
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    ** Many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter this giveaway – we had lots of entries and I am very pleased to announce the winners below who were all drawn randomly through Rafflecopter: * Modern Rainbow: Pat Collingwood  * Bedroom Style Perfectly Pieced: Teresa Lilly  * Little Quilts & Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps: Sara  * The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Colour: Dina Newton-Edwards   * Paper Pieced Modern: Sue Dorking  Many congratulations to all five. I will be emailing you shortly so that I can get your books in the post to you. In April our theme is knitting…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Easter Coloring Pages

    Cindy Hopper
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Keep the kids entertained with Easter Coloring Pages.  This funny little riddle will be a hit at the kid’s dinner table. Make your kids table the yet with these free printable egg holders or this cute egg crayon holder! Just download, print and color. Here’s the link for the Easter Coloring Page You might also like this free coloring sheet for Easter. The post Easter Coloring Pages appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
  • How to dye eggs with food coloring

    Cindy Hopper
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Did you know you can dye easter eggs with food coloring? No need to run to the store and buy an expensive egg dying kit!  With a few ingredients, already in your cupboard, you have all you need to make bright Easter eggs! For more decorating ideas, check out this post on creative ways to decorate Easter eggs. All you need is: Water Food Coloring White Vinegar Hard Boiled Eggs (learn how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs with these tips) Whisk (optional) Homemade Easter Egg Dye Place 1/2 cup tap water in containers. Place 20 drops of food coloring (I used 40 drops and 1 cup) Mix this…
  • Made by you Monday

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

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Take your Easter eggs to a new level with these creative ideas for Easter Eggs!  Many of these products can be found in your cupboard and produce a unique and interesting look! Need some help boiling eggs?  Check out this post on how to make the perfect hard boiled egg. Did you know, you can ditch the kit and still get bright easter eggs? Here is a Easter egg dye recipe you can make at home. 10 Creative Ideas for Easter Eggs DIY Shaving Cream Easter Eggs  I had never heard of this method! This looks really easy and it turns out very cool! Glitter Dipped Easter Eggs This is a fun idea, and…
  • 8 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

    Guest Poster
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hey everyone! My name is Steph from A Grande Life and I am so happy to be sharing some of my travel tips with you today! As a matter of fact, I am sharing this post with you as I am traveling with my family. Since our little family started over six years, we have been on the go. Whether it’s traveling to visit family and friends or quick road trips to explore our home town, we have logged quite the mileage. When you travel frequently with kids, you learn a thing or two. Not only do you learn what works, you learn what doesn’t! Let me help you for your next road trip with the…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • The Writing Landscape

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    I can get lost even when I have a map in hand, because I have no sense of direction. But maps fascinate me, and I’ve used a lot of vintage maps in my art. I especially like the metaphor of a map – it is a way to move from one place to the next, to find new meaning, to change location, to see new things, and even to explore ourselves. I love the language of the road map: treasure hunting, adventure seeking, discovering uncharted territory, traveling to new places while we always, and at the same time, have the means to find our way back home right there in our hands (or phones…
  • Find what you Love and let it kill you

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. Charles Bukowski Just wanted to say hi but produced a rather lengthy blog post about life, death, starting things up and writing things down… Read or skip it, but know I’ll be back soon with more creative content, link update and a postcard swap for sure. My beloved pink boots, a…
  • She’s a Bitch

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. Bette Davis Last week ended up a whole blank week around here. What? Nine days with no posts from me and my corner of the world. I’m not even sure when that happened last, maybe a few years ago? I usually try to post something, no matter what is going on in my life, because a blog needs content. And I am a content provider… But last week I gave up even thinking about writing a blog post, yes all of it. I gave up on sitting by the computer. On Monday I felt like I had the fever, but…
  • Fuel up people!

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    I am a coffee addict. How about you? What fuels your creativity? Related PostsArt Journal Peek: Impossible to see the future is Think happy thougts all day today Quote book for your collection
  • Awesome Supplies | Go Create Gouache

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    I got a kit of gouache paint tubes from a friend. It’s my first try with gouaches since school, and it’s always fun to explore new paints. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but my watercolors are not in tubes, and the goaches are more dense and not as opaque. My palette, as always on a fancy plastic lid. You get little variations in performance and colors from what you are used to, when you get to experiment with new paints. You get a reminder of how important play is! For us creatives play is an important activity! And with new paints you should embrace the opportunity to just…
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  • The Road To 1000 – Fairytale Flower

    Timothy Adam
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    You can never over-emphasize the importance of pictures when selling online. Your picture is what will entice the shopper to click on that item and enter your shop and perhaps make a purchase. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 2015 Best Etsy Trends – Fresh Items For You

    Timothy Adam
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Dear Friends! For visitors of this collection a special coupon from my shop: Coupon Code - MERCI (10% off) Good mood and pleasant purchases! Good luck! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Handmadeology Monday Connection 3/30/2015

    Timothy Adam
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Time to post your links and connect. Post your shop, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and blog. Ready….SET….GO!! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 10 Instagram Marketing Articles You Must Read

    Timothy Adam
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Marketing your creative business on Instagram can help increase your traffic, sales, fans, and help you build your brand. Here are a list of up-to-date Instagram marketing articles! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 5 Ways to Discover Men’s Wedding Rings on Etsy

    Jason Malinak
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    There are more choices than ever for choosing men’s wedding rings. Many couples choose a matching or complimentary set of rings or focus on a ring that suit’s his style and preference. To find the ring that’s perfect for the big day, Etsy is your one stop place to shop unique Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Avengers Assemble! This knit Captain America Costume is unbelievable!

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It seems like everyone is loving this knitted Captain America costume; and rightly so – it’s incredible! See the “making of” Fangirl Physics’ knit Captain America costumer here. Avec knitting needles via Reddit user kittenborn: Go on and “Like” the Fangirl Physics Facebook page here: – I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more awesomeness from this camp! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Crafty is Cool’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – her shoes light up!

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Allison Hoffman is one of my favourite amigurumi artists so I was super-excited to see she made a Kimmy Schmidt doll … WITH LIGHT-UP SHOES! Ah-mazing! Click the image above to see the shoes light up! You can follow all of Allison’s awesome adventures here: p.s. Did you love the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or what? I binge-watched it ALL over one Sunday… I love Tina Fey! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Free Pattern Alert! Baby Crown Hat

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    So many babies! Babies to the left and babies to the right! And they all need a cute baby crown hat. Modeled here by my son Finn’s Minion doll (we’re big fans of Despicable Me), this is my first attempt at Lion Brand’s Baby Crown Hat* using Modern Baby in the purple colorway. It’s a really great pattern and I’m going to make a few more. For the next one (so many babies!), I’m going to make the brim red and the crown yellow. If you were really crafty, you could knit a multi-color brim too … so many possibilities! Get the free pattern from Lion Brand.*…
  • So you wanna be a cowgirl? A little decorative crochet can make it happen!

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    I love it when I come across a yarn-related idea that I’ve never seen before! This gorgeous garment hack has so many possibilities: Made by Le Petit Paquebot. Inspired by these crochet patches? I know I am! Rating: 9.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Working Mechanical Loom Made with Lego!

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

  • Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

    Wendy at
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Yes! You can make Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs. Don’t they look scrumptious? Added to Easter Crafts You might also like: Stained Glass Easter Eggs Egg Carton Daffodils A Real DIY Easter Egg Tree Egg Carton Flower Wreath 100+ Free Easter Crafts
  • Candle Planters

    Wendy at
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    I can’t wait to make these Candle Planters. Won’t they be just perfect on the table on the deck? Or the little table on the patio? Hmmm…. Added to Garden Crafts You might also like: DIY Yard and Garden Crafts DIY Planter for Umbrella Patio Tables Make Better Citronella Candles Create Year-Round Color in the Garden Mosaic Tile Window Box Planter Tutorial
  • DIY Yard and Garden Crafts

    Wendy at
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Spring is springing up all over and it’s time to add some handmade beauty outdoors with our collection of DIY Yard and Garden Crafts. You might also like: Candle Planters Stacked Planter Garden Project DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder DIY Garden ­Mushrooms DIY Floral Crafts
  • DIY Garden ­Mushrooms

    Wendy at
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Recycle some old garden pots into these DIY Garden ­Mushrooms.  Such a burst of color and whimsy. Added to Garden Crafts and Recycled Crafts. You might also like: Candle Planters DIY Yard and Garden Crafts Pot Wreath Tutorial DIY Planter for Umbrella Patio Tables DIY Mason Jar Outdoor Lights
  • Free Baby Crochet Dress Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    I love every precious detail on this Free Baby Crochet Dress Pattern! Oh, the full skirt, the skinny straps and the flower at the waist. And two sets of stripes! Really, so cute. Added to Free Baby Crochet Patterns You might also like: Sugar N Spice Baby Dress Free Pattern Pretty in Pink Toddler Sundress Crochet Pattern Free Crochet Baby Dress Pattern Hot Air Balloon Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Irish Wave Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Mini Mixed Media Cards workshop at Studio Place Arts

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    This past weekend I taught a Mini Mixed Media Cards workshop at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. This workshop was a condensed version of a workshop I’ve taught before. My students had to keep up with a faster pace and they did a great job! We started with a discussion of different methods of attachment – eyelets, roller adhesive, ribbon, etc. Next, we worked on a simple method of image transfer – the trusted blender pen. It may be stinky, but it works so well. We moved on to carving rubber stamps by hand. It takes some time to get the hang of carving technique (you…
  • Going to Focus on Book Arts!

    13 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Registration for the Focus on Book Arts conference opened up this week and I’m thrilled that I can now say that I’m going! I was afraid to commit to saying it until I had the registration confirmation. This will be my fifth time attending the conference. Not surprisingly, a number of the workshops are already full. This includes Jill Timm‘s fantastic The Amazing Dremel workshop, which I had the pleasure of attending several years ago. I had a difficult time making my workshop selections – they all sounded so good. I finally settled on the following: Sharpening and Maintenance of…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Today I worked on completing the last of one of one of my Book Arts Improv editions – it was a book from last year (embarrassed). The book was Superhero Handbook. I had one book remaining to complete in my edition of four books and it was bothering me that I hadn’t yet finished it. I didn’t even have that much to do – the basic flag book structure was done. I just needed to print the flags and add them to the book. Today was the day to cross the task off my list. I printed out the flags… …cut them out into flag shapes… …and attached them to the…
  • Hello Hedi

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The 23 Sandy Gallery currently has a call for entries for HELLO HEDI, a juried exhibition of book art inspired by the work of Hedi Kyle. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from June 5 – July 25, 2015. One of the cool things about the show is that it coincides with the Focus on Book Arts conference. The artists’ reception is on June 26th, the Friday of the conference. Laura Russell will be jurying the exhibit, while Hedi will be choosing the awards. Here’s a blurb from the 23 Sandy website about the exhibition: …this is more than just a structure show. No…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Today I worked on a custom project for an expectant mother. A couple of weeks ago, I bound this photo album for her and she wanted some hand-stamped images included on the pages. I cut out pieces of brightly-colored cardstock and used my own hand-carved stamps to decorate them. The paper mats will be used for journaling. You can see the results below. I’m happy with how it turned out! This was the first time I worked on the interior pages of a blank book for a customer. I enjoy custom projects for this very reason – someone gets to design a book just the way she likes it and I get…
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  • 10th Anniversary Celebration

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Next month – April 17, to be exact – is the 10th anniversary of our brick-and-mortar shop at 1914 South Street in Philadelphia! Please join us to celebrate on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. We’ll have new Loop swag, door prizes, some very special yarn, and, of course, food and drink! I hope to see you!
  • Wrapped in Color

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit is the latest book from mother-daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra, the makers of Koigu yarn. When Laura and I saw a preview of it at the Winter Trade Show in Phoenix, we wanted to sit right down and start knitting. Koigu yarn is gorgeous in the hank, but the way Maie uses the different colorways together in her designs is just incredible. Here are four of my favorites from the book. ALLIGATOR WRAP finished size: 30 by 100 inches made with 10 hanks of KPPPM, 2 each in 5 colors CHARLOTTE’S DAUGHTER JOY finished size: 47 inches wide, 23 inches from…
  • Paintbrush Mitts

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Paintbrush Mitts are striped hand warmers made with our super soft Studio yarn. They’re perfect for a little extra warmth anytime you need it. Knit in the round with an after-thought thumb, they work up quickly and easily. Loop Studio in Cadmium, Smock, Landscape, Smock, and Watercolor. Our mitts are made with the colors Cadmium and Smock. We’ve made kits for them in this and two other color combinations: Landscape and Smock, and Watercolor and Smock. Click here to see the Paintbrush Mitt Kits. The Paintbrush Mitts are the third accessory we’ve knit with Studio.
  • Classic Baby Cardigan in Studio

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Our new yarn Studio is 100% US made superwash merino. It is so soft and pretty and we have made some lovely women’s accessories with it (if I do say so myself!). Since it is machine washable, we wanted to show it’s versatility as a baby yarn. Enter the Classic Baby Cardigan by Lori Versaci- a sweet little sweater made for either boys or girls! Knit all in one piece with the sleeves being picked up and worked towards the cuff, Classic Baby has minimal finishing. Erika knit this up after just a few afternoons in the shop, and it looks just darling! Sized for babies from 3-24 mo,…
  • Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

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

  • 5 years and now what?

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Somehow on Sunday, this little blog will have it’s 5th blogiversary. What? How can it possibly be that long? Well, I suppose this big boy was just a toddler when I started.   And my cutie-girl was about the size of a jelly bean in my belly (we used to call her jelly bean!). It’s hard to believe I’ve been working away on tutorials and inspiration for 5 years! Now my littlies are in school, and I’ve got more time to reflect on where I’m heading. I started this blog to keep me motivated while the kids were small. To spend my free time sewing, crafting and cooking, rather than…
  • How to Quickly Sew a Tulle Tutu

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I love sewing tutus. The previous tutus I’ve sewn have used organza, and I was curious how the tutus would go when made with rolls of tulle (usually about 6 inches wide), that’s popular with the no sew tutus. And the verdict is, you can make a very cute, fluffy tulle tutu in under an hour. I made this one as a baby shower gift for a friend (along with a flat teddy). My idea was to make a long-ish baby tutu that would look cute in baby photos, but she’d also be able to wear when she’s a toddler. For a bit of extra fun, I used two different shades of pink for the tutu. I love the candy…
  • Little Girl’s Lacy Crochet Cardigan

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

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

  • Easy Felt Spring Wreath

    Linda Lanese
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Check out “all free kids crafts” for the instructions for this Easy Felt Spring Wreath that you can make with your kids. This colorful spring decoration will be like a magnet for your kids with all the bright colors.  Let … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Turn a narrow tube of fabric using household items

    Anne Weaver
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Tutorial: Turn a narrow tube of fabric using household items A sewing project can be rocking along so steadily… till you see a step in the inatructions that says to turn a narrow tube of fabric right side out. Deby from … Read More...
  • Pattern Notebook: Yarn Bombing Your Bag

    Sarah White
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I have this great Jordana Paige knitting bag that I use as a purse, because it’s big and pretty and I like it. I’ve gotten more compliments on it than any other bag I’ve ever owned, probably. But the handles … Read More...
  • David Suzuki Calls for Knitters to #knit4monarchs

    Sarah White
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    The David Suzuki Foundation, which provides science-based education, research and policy work in Canada, says that because the population of monarch butterflies has fallen so drastically, humans need to step in and help. The solution? Knitting chrysalises for caterpillars… Read More...
  • Tutorial: Knotted headband from knit fabric

    Anne Weaver
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Tutorial: Knotted headband from knit fabric Knotted headbands are all the rage right now. I like the look. Casual but feminine, giving the look of a bow but without too much frilliness. Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Company shows how you … Read More...
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  • From Buzzfeed: 19 Nerdy Knits!

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

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

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

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

    - L
    5 Aug 2013 | 9:49 pm
    The other day, I was sitting in a hot, humid field waiting for my husband to finish up a game of grass volleyball. Much to my surprise, A COOL BREEZE wafted around me. Shocking! Hopefully you’re feeling a little cooler lately – or it’s at least on the way. To celebrate the kids getting ready […] Related posts: FREE PATTERN: Easy Scarf to Knit FREE PATTERN: Easy Fancy Yarn Scarf Free Pattern: Magnolia Scarf from Classic Elite Yarns
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Homemade Maraschino Cherries in Syrup

    Jamie Sanders
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This Delicious Homemade Maraschino Cherry Recipe is so easy, yummy and perfect for drinks and toppings, you'll never want to use the store bought stuff again!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Inspiration Monday plus Features

    Jamie Sanders
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to Inspiration Monday,Creative Ideas Galore!It's time to party and be inspired!To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs.When you party with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!My favorite link from last week:Can't wait to make a bunch of these Sleeve Scrunchies from Growing up Gabel.  (Turn off your volume if you hate auto playing video ads...)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version…
  • March is National Reading Month (Get your Kids Reading w/ Kindle!)

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    I love to read and it makes me so happy to see that my kids are starting to love reading too. I want to do everything I can to encourage their love of reading!March is National Reading month and its the perfect time to work on creating a life-long love of reading with your child. Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • DIY Floral Crown

    Jamie Sanders
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Spring is here!  (For a few days at least...)  Time to get outside and play and maybe take some family pictures.  Today, I'm sharing the tutorial on how to make a floral crown!My missy and I were at Hobby Lobby recently, admiring all the pretty flowers on display.  When I suggested to her we make a floral crown, she loved the idea and could not wait to get started!Guys, this project is so easy, and makes the best photo accessory!  (And of course, what little girl wouldn't love a floral crown?)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015…
  • Inspiration Monday #89, plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to Inspiration Monday! We're so glad you're here!It's time to party and be inspired!When you party with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to one!This weeks features were selected by Julie from Redhead Can DecorateSpring Fever Rolled Paper Dahlia by Too Much Time on My HandsClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
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  • Last video...metallics!

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today I show you one of the uses for glazing medium. You can mix it 1 part paint to 10 parts medium if you want just a light tinted glaze to put it over your work. Here I mixed it about half in half so I would have lots of pigment and slower drying time. Enjoy!
  • Here's the day 3 video...Printing with the Fine Line Applicator!

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Woo hoo here is the video for day 3 of Dina Wakley Media week! We're posting some other fun pictures and behind the scenes tidbits on the Ranger Ink facebook page and on my Art of Dina Wakley facebook page. Enjoy!
  • Hello and welcome to Dina Wakley Media Week!

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I got home late last night from teaching at the always awesome Art from the Heart in Harrogate, England.'s Dina Wakley Media Week over at the Ranger Blog! Woo hoo! I still pinch myself every day that I have the wonderful opportunity to be a signature designer with Ranger. They are amazing. Look at this amazing pile of Fine Line Tip Applicators! Dina Wakley Media labels... Dina Wakley Media Week means that every day this week, I will share with you a little video that has tips, tricks, and techniques using my new Dina Wakley Media products that came out at the January CHA show.
  • The cure for an ugly page...

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

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • Learn to Sew with Lauren

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Learn to Sew with Lauren is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to use a needle and thread to create accessories, clothing, and home decor. Learn to make projects as diverse as tote bags, quilts, skirts, and blinds. As you work through the patterns in this book, remember to refer to the opening section on techniques. It's full of tips for choosing fabric, mastering stitches, sewing on buttons, and much more. Even if you make up your own pattern, you'll find yourself reaching for this guide, which also features a sewing glossary and inspiration index.
  • Bluebird Park Baby Quilt Pattern

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Baby quilt patterns are some of the cutest and most traditional baby blanket patterns you will find. Learning how to quilt up an adorable baby shower gift is a treasured art. It does not, however, need to take you hours and hours to create. Learn how to quilt with pre-cuts in order to make a quick quilt with baby quilt patterns like the Bluebird Park Baby Quilt Pattern. Using 10 fat quarter fabric squares or 20 layer cake squares, this free quilting pattern is much easier to make than you think.
  • How to Make a Pillowcase of Pinwheels

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    If you are looking for a bright and cheerful way to add some cheery DIY home dcor to your springtime or summertime home, look no further than this gorgeous and easy DIY pillowcase. The How to Make a Pillowcase of Pinwheels tutorial shows you how to sew up a stunning pillow that just screams fun in the sun. Quirky, cute, and a perfect piece of kids room decor, this how to make a pillowcase idea comes complete with an easy-to-follow-video. Plus, it uses warm and fuzzy cuddle kits, making it cozy enough for any naptime endeavor.
  • T-Shirt DIY Grocery Bag

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
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    Art Platter

  • Quilling photo frame – DIY

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    A quilling photo frame can be a beautiful piece of gift for any occasion. All you need is card board, card stock, quilling strips in required colors (preferably 5mm), quilling needle, scissors and glue. You can choose the design that you think your audience would like and just keep improvising! How to make a quilling photo frame ... The post Quilling photo frame – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Make your own Jute earrings!

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

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

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

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

  • Woven Collar With Jade Beads + For the Makers' Make a Statement Book

    Stacie Grissom
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    I am a total student of the internet. Over the past 10 years I've learned everything from HTML to soldering just by Googling questions, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos. I love learning new skills but I hate going to classes. One of my favorite things to do on a weekend is sit in my pjs and discover new techniques to make things, especially jewelry. So when I saw the announcement that one of my favorite companies, For the Makers, was coming out with a book I was so excited. I've been a subscriber to For the Makers for over two years and the boxes are always amazing. I love the…
  • DIY Winter Ornament Garland

    Stacie Grissom
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    When it comes time to put away all the Christmas decorations, I always get a little bummed to pack all of the things that made our apartment feel so festive. (And the tree always smells so good!) This year I've decided to make decorations for each season to keep the apartment cheerful all year. When I received these geometric ornaments from For the Makers, I thought they were the perfect winter decoration.All of the supplies came from For the Makers' geometric ornament kit except for the wire. I found that it was a lot easier to use the wire instead of thread to make the ornaments faster.
  • DIY Necklace With Beads From a Parisian Shop

    Stacie Grissom
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Sean and I went to Paris a couple months ago, one of the most helpful things for our trip was a little book a coworker gave me to borrow. It's called Paris: Made by Hand and it features 50 little shops with handmade, vintage, and found goods. When I was flipping through the book on the plane ride to Paris, there was one shop that stuck out to me in the book and we went there first. That shop was La Droguerie, a bead + yarn + trimmings shop in the 1st Arrondissement. Once a butcher's shop, La Droguerie now has walls and walls of colorful yarn, tinkly beads, and beautiful trimmings. I…
  • DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

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

    Stacie Grissom
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010. I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. :) Photo via Lomography More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a…
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  • Enter For A Chance To Win “Summer Cocktails” ( + a mixed set of 4 vintage glasses)

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Now that the weather is getting warmer, we could all use a little fun inspiration to help shake off the winter doldrums. Happy to have this fantastic giveaway from Quirk Books for you – – Summer Cocktailsfrom Maria del Mar Sacasa features over 100 seasonal recipes for cool cocktails, punches, frosty drinks and more. To add a little something extra to this one, I’m including a set of unique stemware to help you serve up your flavorful concoctions! Enter for a chance to win Summer Cocktails from Maria del Mar Sacasa.  Get inspired with over 100 recipes for mixing up…
  • Dog Tag Memory Necklace

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Last week, friends of ours had to say goodbye to their beloved dog of 11 years, Tashie. She was a rescue who was given a full life of love and wonderful care, but the loss is still very painful for our friends. It’s as if a family member has passed away in their lives. Their youngest daughter, Carly, had a fantastic idea to help her through this period of grief — she made Tashie’s dog tag into a necklace. Very simple, but brilliant idea. Carly simply strung the tag onto a cord and wears it around her neck now. A touching gesture that keeps the memory of Tashie close to…
  • Foolin’ Around On April 1st

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    I hate, more than anything, being the target of a practical joke – it makes me cranky. However, and I realize this is strange, I love to play jokes on others – especially my kids and my husband. So, April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite days. My single goal on this day is to make my kids laugh pretty hard and usually at my husband’s expense. I’ve put together a few of my kids’ favorites in case you’d like to pull a few tricks on your unsuspecting loved ones this April 1st… Dude, where’s my car? My girls love this one. The night before, I…
  • My Crushed Can Planters In Hendes Verden

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

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

  • Yarn Bunny Silhouette Toddler Craft

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Toddler's will love this yarn bunny craft at Katie's Crochet Goodies. I think they'd make adorable Easter cards!
  • Bunny Wall Art

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Find out how to make this bunny wall art at Leon, Not On The Walls! The same method could be used for anything you like; older kids can cut the wood, younger kids can paint, and everyone can have fun creating an image from the wood scraps. 
  • Pin The Tail On The Bunny Easter Game

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Sugar and Charm shares a free printable for the game Pin The Tail On The Bunny! 
  • Easy Bunny Ears & Nose DIY

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Do your kids like to dress up? One Crafty Place shares this really easy way to make bunny ears and a nose from a paper plate and egg carton!
  • Cork Bunny Rabbit Craft

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Pysselbolaget shares how to make these adorable bunny rabbits from champagne corks. I think these would be so cute as place settings for Easter brunch.
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  • Together - Pink & Black

    Michelle (
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    My scrap bin often turns up pairings of prints I might not think to use together, or are just compelling to me in some way, and sometimes I take a quick photo of them to share on IG.  People seem to enjoy these little fabric vignettes as much as I do, so it's on my list to get in the habit of sharing them here too.  If I have fabric info, I'll of course share.  Today I don't have info for either of these fabrics.  The floral print is one of my favorite black and white fabrics.  Sometimes I find the black/white color combination a bit stark or harsh, but prints like this…
  • Tiny Scraps

    Michelle (
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Beautiful little fabric scraps.  Too pretty to throw out. Plus, I like stitching the glassine bag closed.
  • Made - Another Rose Pincushion Cuff

    Michelle (
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Someone on IG posted a picture of her Rose Pincushion Cuff and it inspired me to sew up a few more myself.  So here is the second one I've made in the last few days.  Another chambray one like this one, but in a different chambray fabric, is almost done.  So pics of that one will be coming soon.
  • Sample Sale - Moleskine Cover in Grey Cotton/Linen

    Michelle (
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Over the weekend I made another one of these Moleskine Cahier covers. This was made using the Swatch Book Cover pattern with some modifications. This one is made from Robert Kaufman's Essex in black (which is actually a charcoal grey) and this cotton lawn from Moda's Regent Street collection.  This is available as a sample today because I sewed the flap on slightly off center.  While it's not super obvious, it's still not quite centered.  Otherwise, this turned out beautiful!  I also wanted to mention this trick that I haven't needed for quite some time, but for…
  • Favorite Fabrics - Gorgeous Retro Mod Spring Floral

    Michelle (
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Retro Mod Spring Floral Vintage Fabric available at Trim Trimmery
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Pi

    14 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Happy Pi Day! Of course the pattern of the day had to be Pi related. This pattern of Pi to the 304th decimal place is available from RobinsDesign on Etsy. Stitch count is 112 x 140 and uses 5 thread colors Happy Stitching!
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Queen of Freedom

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    The Mirabilia sitting ladies aren’t usually my style, but there are a few that I really do like. Queen of Freedom is one of those. Anything with a patriotic theme usually gets my attention. Design uses DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads, and Kreinik Metallic Thread. Stitch count is 181 x 289 Happy Stitching
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Dreaming of Tulips

    7 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Because the snow has melted, there’s no ice on my back patio, and I’m ready to start pulling weeds and tilling soil so we can plant some veggies and new flowers! Dreaming of Tulips design by Rosewood Manor, one of their newest pattern releases, is currently available at The model is stitched with seven colors of Weeks Dye Words threads on antique white linen. (#1330, #1332, #2202, #2205, #2221, #2282, #4121) Stitch count is 199 x 199
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Quaker Seasons

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

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

  • Microwave and Solar Small Batch Dying

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    I love being able to dye my materials to whatever color matches my vision for a project, but if you have done much dying you know that it can be a time consuming and messy endeavor. I’ve been especially unmotivated when it comes to dying things for small projects. That wasn’t good enough, so I figured out a way to dye small batches with much less drama. Microwave dying is a really addictive project that’s so fast and fun (it only takes about 2 minutes once it’s in the microwave). It’s also a great way to sample a small piece before dying a large amount.
  • Macrame Swirl Earrings

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    These macrame earrings are one of those projects where a fun technique and some pretty geometry came together to be really addictive. Adding beads to rows of double half hitch knots automatically creates the swirl effect, and the knotting is sturdy enough to hold its shape without needing any additional structure beyond the wire loop at the center. Supplies: - #10 crochet cotton - 11° seed beads - round earring loops (these are about 3/4 inch | 2 cm across) - ear wires - round nose pliers - needle nose pliers - E6000, fray check, or other clear, fabric friendly glue or sealer - white glue -…
  • Double Torchon Ground Bobbin Lace

    14 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    This double torchon ground for bobbin lace is almost the same as the single torchon ground I covered previously. It uses the same pricking pattern and stitch, and this sample is made with the same fiber I used previously. All that changes is how many of the same stitch you make. With that tiny change you can switch from having a diamond grid stitch to this, which is more filled in and round/oval in look. This is advantageous because it’s nice to be able to use the same skills for different effects, but more importantly because the two grounds can be used interchangeably in most patterns…
  • Hazelnut Knitting Stitch

    7 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    This beautiful classic knitting stitch is known as hazelnut stitch in more contemporary sources, but it is more likely to be called cob nut stitch if you’re looking at an older knitting book (or cookbook.) It has a pretty raised texture that’s ideal for cozy sweaters and blankets. It could be worked as a repeat as shown, or the first few rows of the pattern could be used as accent along an edge. This sample is shown knitted in Paton’s Classic Wool. Hazelnut Stitch   Multiple of 4 Stitches 1: *p3 (k1, m1, k1) into next stitch* 2: *p3, k3* 3: *p3, k3* 4: *p3tog, k3* 5: p…
  • Making Braids with Varied Strand Materials

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

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

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I can’t tell you how many people saw that you could mail your enemy a bag of dicks and then let me know about it this week. It’s because you are My People and I love you guys. So thanks for sharing. Also, the website is for sale now, so maybe we should all buy it and move to Penis Island and run our factory of dickbags together. What say you? Yes. It’s an island. Shaped like a penis. Image via Mashable To add to our repertoire, we may also want to consider buying, which mails penises with sayings on them. (Mine would say “Villanova” on it because…
  • St. Patrick’s Day Green Bricks of Sugarturd

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Please allow me to state here that I’m not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s day. I hate those little gold-foil covered chocolates, Leprechauns creep me out, and I am not Irish. Just gonna put that out there. I’m also not a huge fan of Rice Krispie treats, but in searching for St. Patrick’s day food on Pinterest, this is what pops up. Image from So, since green beer is not deserving of a pin test in and of itself, I decided to make them. The first step in this process is to buy cereal. I never buy cereal, so it was shocking to me that a tiny box of…
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  • Adorable Clay Fairy House

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Enchant your children with this cute clay project. The Adorable Clay Fairy House is one of the thriftiest garden crafts around, since it's made of recycled materials, and it's a charming addition to any outdoor space. This clay craft is super easy for kids to make, so they're sure to have fun crafting with you. Once you and the kids are finished constructing your Adorable Clay Fairy House, your little ones can make toadstools, snails, flowers, or any other clay decorations for the garden.
  • Bottle Cap DIY Wind Chimes

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Catch those lazy summer breezes with these Bottle Cap DIY Wind Chimes. Colorful and bright, this craft idea for kids shows you and your child how to make a wind chime from some recycled craft materials. Your kids can choose which colors to paint the bottle caps, and no matter what combination of colors they choose, the wind chime turns out great. This recycled craft gets even better with the addition of some colorful beads, and it would be a great opportunity to use up those random beads in the craft box. In this kids' craft idea, the more random and colorful the combinations, the better!
  • Earth Day Straw Craft

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Get your preschooler inspired for Earth Day with this easy kids' craft! Your little one will enjoy this Earth Day Straw Craft while learning about the importance of Earth Day. This craft idea for kids lets your little ones practice both basic painting and cutting skills. They are sure to enjoy cutting up straws all by themselves. The budget-friendly crafting supplies make this a great craft project for groups of children. If you have planned other Earth Day activities for your little ones, this simple craft for kids is sure to be the perfect addition.
  • Paper Plate Earth Day Crafts

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Save a little money while you save the Earth with these recycled crafts. The Paper Plate Earth Day Crafts are the perfect art project ideas for little ones to make for the holiday. With just a few household items, kids can paint their own planet to celebrate Earth Day. You'll even learn how to make finger paints the eco-friendly way with this thrifty painting project. Kids of all ages can make these paper plate crafts.
  • Sparkling Easter Bunny Footprints

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    This year, there will be no question whether or not the Easter Bunny has arrived yet. When he does, he'll leave a trail of Sparkling Easter Bunny Footprints. These adorable, magical crafts for Easter for kids definitely bring extra fun to the holiday. These Easter crafts for kids are budget friendly and extremely easy to make. Even if you don't celebrate Easter, these shimmering footprints would make an adorable addition to a garden or walkway.
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  • Don’t Let Them Spoil Your Fun!

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Foreward: Although this writing focuses on the SCA, much of it applies to other groups as well. Last year, at about this time, I wrote a blog about why I thought that everyone in the SCA should go to a … Continue reading →
  • Camping, Batteries and CPAPs

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over the past year or so we have written several blogs about camping and dealing with electrical needs. From charging your cell phone or iPad to running a CPAP machine, we have discussed the use of various sorts of batteries … Continue reading →
  • Casting Metal: Soapstone Molds – Part 5 – My Piece is Not Casting Well – What do I do next?

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Diagnosing why a pewter piece is not casting correctly, without looking at the mold, is not easy. But there are a series of things that I always go through when I am having trouble with a mold. It is a … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Thanks! By Lisa Blastick

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
     Hello! It's Lisa here today sharing with you my first project for Cheery Lynn Designs as a new DT! I was so excited to be one of the lucky three chosen. Thanks so much! This week I wanted to go with the challenge theme of Back to Nature. When I think of nature, I think of greens and browns. However, I wanted to add a splash of color so I used pale yellow. It is the perfect color for the Sunflowers....LOVE them!   A side view of the beautiful Exotic Butterflies & Mini Dimensional Butterflies. The French Lattice in the background was cut to fit inside the Frames Rectangle…
  • Vintage Butterfly

    Sandy Hulsart
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Our challenge this week is Back to Nature.  Cheery Lynn has some fabulous butterfly, dragonfly, bird and various other critter dies so I thought I would play along.  I just love the new A2 frames that Cheery Lynn released; you can mix and match them with stunning results.  For my card I began with a base using the largest die from my A2 Frames Rectangle Scalloped Set of 7.  My next layer is the beautiful Fiona's Magic Mirror.  Next came the second largest die from my Dutch Daisy Boutique Stacker A2 Frame set of 4. I used the matching die from the A2 Frames set to trim…
  • Thank you card by Eva Dobilas

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi there, this is Eva here today posting my first official post on the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog.  It brings me the joy to share a thank you card purely made with beautiful Cheery Lynn dies.  I can never create enough thank you cards as there is always so much to be thankful for.I really enjoyed making this card with all the pretty dies.  To create my card I cut an A2 size card base using cream card stock.  I die cut the largest Deutschland Boutique Stacker out of Prima patterned paper, and layered it on top of the card front.Than I die cut a smaller Deutschland Boutique…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 178 - Back to Nature

    Sandy Hulsart
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Anything Goes Challenge were wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is  Back to Nature(add a butterfly, dragonfly, hummingbird, etc)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…
  • Anything Goes Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    What fabulous entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Anything Goes challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:21Timestamp: 2015-03-29 00:17:23 UTC#21 - Mary Lou Congratulations, Mary Lou.  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 Back to Nature challenge.
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    Grow Creative

  • Little Purple Flowers

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    a tiny purple flower painting4x6 inchesFor sale HERE.hooray for spring!
  • Crochet Face Scrubbies and A Clay Mask Experiment

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I recently made these face scrubbies- free crochet pattern here, courtesy of the Stitchin Mommy.  So easy and fun to make! Then I came across this clay mask recipe using Bentonite clay and I thought these two would go so well together! So I whipped up some mask and got ready for a mini-spa treatment.  Fun stuff- except the mask kinda burned my skin, so beware.  It's supposed to "tingle" or so it says on the bottle of clay I have.  
  • Photos of the Week

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    It's been another big week of change.  Which can be scary, but also good.  I turned 31, had fun celebrating with my family, and made some major health decisions.  After visiting my doc and finding out that I may have Adenomyosis in addition to Endometriosis, I'm pretty sure that hystorectomy is my best option. I need to be healthy.  I need to be able to do normal things-like sign my kid up for soccer. I have never been able to make that kind of commitment with my health problems.  They have ruled my life.  It's time to change that.I never imagined having a…
  • Spring Art Sale: 20% Off all Art

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Introducing the latest sale at Grow Creative Shop!If you're in the mood for spring florals and birds, I have plenty of those available.Happy First Official Week of Spring!
  • Purples, Pinks, and Grays

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I had a custom painting request this week that inspired me. A request for a Chrysanthemum painting- like these here-, but in shades of purples, pinks, and grays.I don't know why I never dreamed up this color scheme before, because wow! It's gorgeous!
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Spring Season

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

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Welcome to the latest installment of the Knit Luck Guide to Interchangeable Knitting Needles. Since 2012 we've been reviewing each of the sets of interchangeable knitting needles. This time we will be taking a look at the Chiao Goo Interchangeable Knitting Needles. They are some of the most unique sets in one major way: the types of cables they use to connect the interchangeable knitting needles. While most companies focus on the needle tips, Chiao Goo has spent time finding ways to improve upon the connecting cables, resulting in interchangeable knitting needle sets that can be easier on…
  • I Need This... Tea Set

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    It is very rare that I like something so much that I need it right away, that I would be willing to pay $40 in shipping to get this thing to my home tomorrow. Then I went to ModCloth and saw this: I have a blue, yellow and white color scheme in my bedroom, which I call the tearoom because our room has a bar and a balcony and it's a great place to drink tea. I've wanted a tea set just for the room, but hadn't found one that really did it for me... until I found this one. It is just divine.  I don't have a whole lot of room to customize my living space, but the tea set would really turn my…
  • Knit Tag

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    I got tagged by Ally and Woozle 1 – HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND KNITTING? Not enough time knitting. I'd say 1-2 hours a day on average. It is one of my favorite activities 2 – WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YARN AND WHY ? I love Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille. It's my favorite yarn and always will be. Love it in dishcloths, washcloths, baby blankets and even aprons. 3 – WHAT SIZE OF NEEDLES DO YOU MOST OFTEN KNIT WITH? Typically sizes US 6,7,8 and 9. Size #2 sock needles for socks. 4 – HOW BIG IS YOUR STASH RIGHT NOW? Too big. It is difficult for me to feel good about buying yarn, especially…
  • Skeino Cowl

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    I am very grateful to knitting right now, and greatful to Skeino for this yarn I'm knitting. The last few weeks have been challenging and bringing out an impatient and bad attitude of late. It's stupid stuff, kid stuff and school stuff that has me all bent out of shape. The good news is that I've learned from it and I can tell you that I am done and over all of the stupid charter school crap. I live in a good neighborhood with a great school. I wish I hadn't wasted so much time trying to get my oldest son into another school. Hopefully we'll live in the same neighborhood for the next thirteen…
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    Gathering Beauty

  • How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    One of questions I get asked the most in emails is how do I glaze my air dry clay craft projects and up until now the answer has always been that I don't. I really love the chalky, matte finish you get with the clay so in the past I've always liked to leave mine as they are.Last week I shared a round-up of some of my favourite clay crafts and I fell in love with number one, the faux glazed pot. It looked so good it made me rethink my love of the chalky matte finish and made me want to glaze everything I've ever made using air dry clay. I decided to do a quick search for a diy glaze…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    1. These tasty pink strawberry donuts from The Proper Blog.  2. Pretty spring diy Easter foliage eggs from Say Yes. 3. And this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess on how to marble with shaving cream and ink. Has anyone tried it? I'm looking forward to giving it a go.
  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Simple Diy Softcover Notebook.

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    I discovered this fantastic blog called Design & Form whilst trawling Pinterest on the weekend, sadly it isn't being updated any more but you can still pore through the archives and enjoy it's beautiful minimal aesthetic and clever diy's. I loved these diy felt slippers, braided trivet and origami paper lily but it was this diy for an xl notebook that really caught my eye. You know how much I love notebooks and you can never have too many, right?To make my notebook I used some A4 printer paper that I already had lying around. For the cover I used a couple of pieces of  scrapbook…
  • 6 Favourite Diy Clay Crafts.

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Hi, let's start the week like we ended the last one, shall we? With some diy clay crafts.1. Amazing Diy Faux Glazed Pots from Fall For Diy. It makes me want to 'glaze' everything I've ever made from air dry clay.2. Pretty hand painted Polymer Clay Coasters from The Lovely Drawer with bonus recipe for Lady Grey peach iced tea.3. Clever lace imprinted Diy Oven Baked Clay Hanging Planters from Going Home To Roost. I love the way the clay is pinched and folded.4. Brighten up your fridge with these Diy Mini Vase Magnets from Oh So Pretty.5. Another fantastic project from Fall For Diy.
  • Diy Embossed Clay Stone Paperweights.

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Happy Friday everybody. I've got another air dry clay craft to share with you today. This time it's diy embossed clay stone paperweights.Last summer I collected a whole bunch of stones from the beach. I had originally planned to make these with them but I never managed to get around to it and instead they were left gathering dust on a shelf. I finally decided to do something with them last week and I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. I think these diy embossed clay stone paperweights might be my favourite air dry clay project to date, my stamped clay bowls have finally…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Saturday Morning Brunch: How to Cook Pancakes in a Crock-Pot

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

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    For that next baby shower or engagement party, don't bother heading to Hallmark. Instead, grab a few blank cards and some watercolor to create your own ombre cards! Add a modern flair to the old school correspondence by using your favorite text lingo. We've got 3 simple steps to making these ombre text phrase cards and it won't take long before you've got your own customized cards for any occasion.  SUPPLIES:  Black textured cards (with envelopes) Watercolor Round tip watercolor brush Paper towel Pencil Ruler WATERCOLOR BASICS - For this craft, you can purchase an inexpensive…
  • Make a Floral Garland Card Holder (with ProFlowers)

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

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

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

  • 20 Ways to Inspire- Finger Painting

    Lisa Fulmer
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    20 Ways to Inspire- Week 15 Finger Painting Hello crafters! So I’m still on a mosaic kick – it just seems to be my go-to craft lately. Last week it was all about junk mail…this week it’s all about fingerprints! Stamp a colorful pattern or flower bouquet with just your fingerprints. What is it about finger painting that is so darn satisfying? Is it the childhood regression, the freedom, the messiness? Remember when a very young Brooke Shields said “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins?” Well sometimes it’s really fun to let nothing come between your fingers and your…
  • Spring Garden Shadow Box

    Carmen Whitehead
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hi friends!  This is Carmen and I’m so happy to be back with you sharing a Spring project that will brighten any room in your home.  I love creating shadow boxes because you can really personalize them to the season, room decor or occasion. Spring Garden Shadow Box Materials: 7Gypsies™ Solo Shadow Box Tray 7Gypsies™ Mini Ephemera Tags Lady Like 7Gypsies™ Charms – Flight 7Gypsies™ Paper Tape – Lille Canvas Corp™ Bikes & Baskets paper on Ivory Canvas Corp™ Hemp Rope – Avocado Canvas Corp™ Small Clothes pins – Black, Avocado and brown Canvas…
  • Follow the chalkboard trend

    Irit Shalom
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hello my dear crafty friends! This is Irit here today and this is my March inspiration made for the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog. Today I am going to show you my own way to make chalkboards and to show you that any trend can be taken to your own direction. The chalkboard trend is very distinctive and visible over the web and print during last year or so. It begins with chalkboard paint over wood, plastic or paper; continues to chalkboard stamps and to chalkboard stickers, and goes far away to chalkboard rub-on’s and stencils. But how to make your own chalkboard with stamps and inks…
  • Easter Mantel Decor

    Larissa Pittman
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Good morning friends. I am so excited that Spring is here. Although we have not had the Spring-like temps here in the Texas Hill Country I am still enjoying the sights of Spring. The flowers and trees are blooming and everything is green. I am also looking forward to Easter. I love decorating for the Holidays and Easter is no exception. I like pastel colors; mainly pink (my favorite color) as well as yellows, greens, and blues just to name a few. Today I am sharing my Easter mantel with you. I have been looking at Pinterest trying to get ideas on what to do. I found a couple of pallet…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire- Week 14- Mosaic

    Lisa Fulmer
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
     Junk Mail Mosaic Happy Monday! Last week we turned some junky stuff into a pretty cool project…and this week we’re doing more of the same – Open your junk mail and cut it into 1” strips. Cut the strips into 1” squares, then mix them up and lay out a random mosaic. Junk mail sometimes feels like the bane of my existence. If I could save up all the time I spend even just glancing at it before I toss it, I think I’d probably live a couple extra years. I keep a clean recycle bin right under my mailbox in the garage – the junk mail never gets opened or even brought into the house.
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Pom Pom Scarf

    The Ribbon Retreat
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    There are so many things I am excited about with today’s project! First of all…the ladies from Simple Simon and Company are two of my most favorite ladies EVER! They are crazy talented, so super sweet and some of the funnest ladies around! Second of all…this projects is beyond adorable, comfy and cozy and yelling […]
  • Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party #4 WINNERS!

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Good Morning, Good Morning! I am so excited for today! The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! Wahoo! Thank you to everyone who participated in our 4th Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party! Whether you linked up your bows or occasionally checked in to see all of the wonderful talent and gorgeous bows linked […]
  • Ribbon Easter Bunny

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    I love Easter! I love the pastel colors, the yummy treats, the Easter egg hunts and the memories I have of spending Easter day with family and friends! Because I love this fun holiday, I wanted to create something super fun, super easy, and super sweet to place on my entry table next to the […]
  • Easter Basket Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome, welcome to YouTube Thursday…the day that we introduce our brand new video tutorial to you! One of my most fond memories of Easter Sunday, as a young girl, is finding my Easter Basket full of yummy treats and lots of Easter eggs first thing Easter morning! My basket was pink, purple and a few […]
  • How To Make A Pinwheel Hair Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    I am so excited to share this adorable bow with you today! This cute bow is the second bow found on The Ribbon Retreat’s TOTT Hair Bow Instructions, and you can also find it on our fabulous YouTube Channel. AND…now, you will be able to find it right here on our blog as well, which […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • DIY Easter Bonnet

    Sherri Osborn
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    This festive Easter bonnet is easy for kids to make and fun for them to wear. Of course, it could also be used as an Easter decoration, or to brighten up your home or classroom for spring! Gather together these…Read more →
  • Spring Bunny Painting

    Sherri Osborn
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I will admit I have very little self-control when I have a basket full of Easter candy sitting on the kitchen counter…  taunting me.  Every time I walk by it, I swear the little eyes on the Peeps bunnies were…Read more →
  • 16 DIY Basketball Projects

    Sherri Osborn
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    For the few people who might not know it, March Madness is just around the corner which means lots of basketball viewing in many households. While not everyone in the family might be into watching basketball, they might be into…Read more →
  • DIY Colorful Chicks in Nests

    Sherri Osborn
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    When this craft idea popped into my mind, I originally thought I would make a next using a variety of brown yarns. I was thinking it would look more realistic. When I was trying to figure out what I would…Read more →
  • DIY Baseball Charm Necklace

    Sherri Osborn
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a fun project to make for a baseball fan, whether that fan is you or someone else.  You can create these baseball charms to use in a necklace, like I did, or you can make it a keychain…Read more →
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  • Big Girl Room Progress

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    In this post I shared my plans for L’s big girl room in the new house. Since we moved in two months ago, we’ve been busy completing projects day and night (mostly at night after L is in bed). I thought I’d share the progress we’ve made in her big girl room so far. We decided to use L’s nursery furniture until she’s ready for a big girl bed. The paint color on the wall is Benjamin Moore Foggy Morning. Originally, I was set on a neutral tone, but I couldn’t resist this shade of pale pink. It does have a beige undertone which makes it appear neutral in…
  • DIY Toddler Infinity Scarf

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I’m a fan of scarfs. It’s an accessory that is both practical and fashionable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection.This winter I decided to start a collection for L by making her several infinity scarfs (because infinity scarfs are in and every 2 year old needs a scarf collection?). These are super easy and quick to sew. Add a monogram or an applique and they will make a sweet personalized gift. Materials: 24″x48″ piece of fabric (this measurement is for a 2 year old) matching thread Step 1: Pin the right sides of your fabric together lengthwise…
  • Fakin’ It– Weathering Wood

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I love the look of weathered wood. There’s history and richness to it. I know I am not the only one because a quick search on Pinterest yields How-to’s, natural distressing solutions, etc (Side note: don’t you wish people felt the same about weathered faces?). There are many tutorials out there that use steel wool, vinegar, sandpaper, etc. All of the tutorials look great. But… I am a mom of two boys and time is of the essence. So, I came up with a two step process  that’s relatively easy, error proof, and quick.  What You’ll Need to Weather Your…
  • Recessed Between Stud Bookshelf

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

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Today I am over at Club ChicaCircle sharing my tutorial on how to make this cute Bunny Hoop Wall Art. Here’s a few other Easter projects you may enjoy! Jelly Bean Easter Bark Yarn Easter Baskets  Easter Egg Zipper Pouch It was a pleasure being here today! The post Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Decor appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Zazzle Fabric Giveaway

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    (sponsored post) I’m very excited to share with you a $50 FABRIC GIVEAWAY from Zazzle!  They have launched a new product line….Fabric!  Zazzle is unique because you can create your own designs on fabric or purchase one of the existing designs already in the marketplace. If you’ve not have a chance to visit their website….now is the time! They […] The post Zazzle Fabric Giveaway appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Car Tips and Hacks for Traveling with Kids

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    For long or short trips here are some great ideas to use when you are traveling with kids.  My daughter is expecting her first baby so I’ve been collecting some car hacks for the road….I found some really awesome ones and can’t wait to share them with you! Enjoy!  To PIN this post please use […] The post Car Tips and Hacks for Traveling with Kids appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 1/April

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Welcome to the first (almost) wordless Wednesday of April! Spring is in full force in our little corner of the world, the weather has been great (even though the evenings and early mornings are still a bit on the cold side) and this week I'm sharing some photos taken by my husband on one of his latest bike rides. The city of Lisbon, viewed from the southern side of the river:
  • Easter gift baskets - with tutorial

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    As promised yesterday, here is the tutorial for the felt Easter gift baskets I made this year for our family. I only finished late last night, so some of the pictures are darker than the others, but the ones for the tutorial part should be clear enough for anyone to follow.I made three baskets in different sizes. The one in the tutorial turned out to be the largest, but I'm sharing the measures here for your reference anyway. If you want your baskets smaller or larger, just adjust measurements proportionally.Bottom of the basket: a 32 x 22 centimeters rectangleLonger sides: two 32 x 17,5…
  • Easter tags - free printable

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    In our family we usually exchange simple gifts on Easter Sunday and always like to prepare some cute tags to add to them.Last year I was a little pressed for time, so I just made some decorated Easter egg tags, printed and then wrote the names of recipients in the back. These were last year's:This year, with a little more time, a bit of additional digital knowledge and the help of Canva, I made new tags, which I think turned out really well, so I decided to share here too:They are a set of eight "Happy Easter" tags which you can download (below) and print. I created the original version in…
  • 10 blogging tips for absolute beginners

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    There is a Chinese proverb that says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I find that this is true about most things in life, blogging included. If you are thinking about starting a blog or have recently entered the blogging world, then this post is for you.I have been blogging for a little over a year now, so I'm by no means an expert. However, these past months have been filled with lots of new experiences, new on-line friends and when I look at my first posts I realize that I have learned a lot since then.Other than reading other people's blogs along the years, I…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 12 update

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Well, twelve weeks of the year have gone and in every one of those weeks I forced myself to declutter at least a little. When I think back on all the stuff that was sent to trash or donated so far, I really wonder how we managed to keep all that of it inside our closets.Just two days ago I took four bags of clothes for donation. I also got rid of the last of the VHS tapes at last and I'm glad to report that I'm getting much better at just throwing things away. No more keeping it because someday it may be useful. Either it can be useful now (even if it needs upcycling) or it goes.Slowly, I've…
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  • Crochet Along (CAL) Granny Square Pillow

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

    Zurainny Ismail
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Plastic, aluminium, bamboo, steel, acrylic, soft-touch, double-ended, ergonomic, inline, non-inline, Tulip, Clover, Boye, Susan Bates, etc – which of the many crochet hooks have you used? Which are your favourites? Before I discovered the joy of online stores, I never wondered about which types of crochet hooks to buy as the only hooks available at the nearest local retailers are either steel or aluminium (which I  previously couldn’t discern their differences).  The only thing that mattered were the sizes (even that can be a mystery to me – deciding which hook to use…
  • Knitting & Crochet – Learning About Yarns

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

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

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

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    We all have a special keepsake, meant to be framed. Doing up our bathroom, I really wanted to use an old postcard, a gnome scrubbing his back with a big brush. Alas, a postcard isn’t particularly pretty, pinned on the wall, so I looked everywhere for a frame that would go with it. It isn’t after I met my husband, seeing the amazing thing he did with that postcard, that I have fallen in love with the expensive art of framing pictures. Custom picture frames are the priciest part of capturing your favorite photos, yet so wanted, as they personalize your home decor. But often what you want to…
  • Our dogs enjoy hatha yoga in the South of France

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    People are amazed if I tell them my mum of 83 years old, does a weekly class of Hatha yoga. We love seeing our dogs participating, more curiously meddling in with the lessons. Normal families have one or two, we do have a lovely pack of yep 11… Yoga provides mum’s much needed physical exercise and the benefits of the practice, with only one hour a week. Every Thursday the teacher shows up at home and our dogs just love it. No way mum is going to do her exercises alone, they have to help! As mum had trouble getting up when kneeling or being on the floor, we decided to ask my yoga teacher…
  • Physical and mental well-being through healthy Indian food

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I managed to fall over my vacuum steamer some weeks ago, bruised my left arm to the highest degree (I am of course left handed) and ever since then, I am in a continuous kind of “tendinitis pain”, preventing me from sewing. This isn’t good, as my post for our following “sewing from scratch”- exercise (we’re going to sew an easy cushion to practice), is of course ready to publish, but then again I have to add the pictures, which means, I should be sewing… hard to do when your arm hurts like hell. I’ve never been the type for traditional medicine, let alone the one…
  • We’re ready for scrumptious strawberries

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Summer in the sunny South of France, stands for devouring those vibrantly red, succulent heavenly treats, smelling as sweet as they taste: strawberries. No wonder they’re part of the rose family. In a region full of history, we see them all around us, their designs carved by medieval stonemasons, on altars, around tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals, symbolizing perfection and righteousness. Ask the French they’ll tell you, from the 13th century on, it was “the” soup, served cold to newlyweds, being thought to be an aphrodisiac. The French already cultivated them in…
  • Antique cast iron mechanical bank stereotype-inspired

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Standing in the corner beside our front door and to be honest never liked by me, but being heirloom (one keeps certain objects), this object to most visitors, is thought of as a lovely item. It never stole my heart, as to me it exploits racial stereotypes, exhibits racial caricatures. When we redid the necessary works at our house we were very much surprised at the end of the works, that all the workmen, gathered their pennies and put them in a box, which was symbolically embedded in the concrete of our doorstep. There it lies hidden, unseen, but given as a token of good luck by every workmen…
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  • New Hand Dyed Wool Shades

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

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

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

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

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

    Alice Seidel
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    So here we are at Part Three of your knitting questions . . . answered! A few weeks ago I did a second post about knitting questions most of have as we learn knitting, and even go beyond the basics. So, two or three times every month I will be introducing more knitting questions into the mix. It’s SO helpful when there is the answer I’ve been searching for! With all of the knitting info out there, sometimes the simplest questions get over-complicated replies to the point where you can even forget what the original query was all about! (Don’t you love those forum questions…
  • Want to Be Happy? Learn Knitting!

    Alice Seidel
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Want to be happy? Learn knitting plain and simple. One of my pet projects for this month of March, which is National Craft Month, btw, is to get my knitting ORGANIZED! That will take some doing. B-U-T . . . there is nothing I love more than to surround myself with all my knitting attachments. Because that’s what they seem like to me. They are attached. Almost physically. Because I love knitting so much! I can happily sit for hours going through all my books, magazines, yarn, needles, kits, and the like putting it all in some kind of knitting harmony just for me. It helps to calm me,…
  • Friday Knitting Musings, or How to Knit a Scarf

    Alice Seidel
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Friday Knitting Musings, or how to knit a scarf without 1,001 things getting in the way! So, here it is the end of another week. How they go by so quickly is just beyond me! One minute it’s Monday morning and then it’s Friday all over again. Today we are expecting more . . . dare I say it . . . snow!! Really. More yarn came this week. Now I can start a new project. Another project! I’m still working through my Peacock Jewel Scarf, and hope to have that done by next weekend. But, you know, little things get in the way of my knitting. I’m sure it’s that way for…
  • Knitting Patterns That Are Amazing!

    Alice Seidel
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Knitting patterns that are amazing can be found if you really look hard enough. Just do a “knitting patterns” search on Google or wherever, and up pops numerous pages of links that may help you and then again, may not. And besides, who wants to go through 9, 430,000 search results anyway! My life would be OVER if I did that! For those of us who live in the world of yarnovers, knit tbl, and p2togs, a trip to the nearest yarn store for yarn or knitting patterns is something which brings our world, our knitting world, into order. There’s a comfort factor at work here that just…
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  • Four Signs You Should Invest in a Serger

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We hear it all the time from our customers. Do I really need a serger? Are they hard to thread? Can I get by with my sewing machine? My answers to those questions are yes, usually, and yes. When I started getting serious about sewing I was handed down a Pfaff sewing machine from my mother. The machine utterly hated me. It couldn’t wind a bobbin, the tension was always off and I had to rethread the machine to fix every issue. Then as a gift one year to her three daughters, my mom bought my sisters and I sergers. She purchased what is affectionately referred to by many in the online…
  • How We Wear It: The Gillian Wrap Dress by Muse Patterns

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Many, many wrap dresses have popped up in my Pinterest feed for the past year or so. And I kept thinking that this elegant, flattering silhouette would not work for me. My personal style leans less towards elegant and more towards garments that are casual, comfortable, and non-fitted. In short, pajamas.   But then I sewed up the Gillian Wrap by Muse Patterns and my preconceived notions of wrap dresses and comfort were shattered. My thoughts now? Wrap dresses are quite possibly the best thing to ever be designed.   Why, you ask? Well the Gillian is super flattering. And…
  • How To Sew French Seams

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The sun is shining and it's over 70 degrees here in Colorado. I've got flowy spring tops and dresses constantly on my mind. I thought today's tutorial would be a good one for those getting their handmade wardrobe ready for the warming weather. Because there's nothing better than a French seam in a handmade dress. Nothing.   What is a French Seam? A French seam is a double seam that encases the raw edge of the fabric. While this method takes a few extra steps, the result is a crisp, folded edge within your garments. Not only do French seams look great, your garment will likely fare better…
  • Fabric Files: Rayon Challis

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In today's Fabric Files post, I'm talking about my favorite woven apparel fabric. My rayon challis addiction started back when I did most of my shopping at Target. In my early 20's flowy, rayon challis sundresses were my jam. I don't buy clothing from Target anymore, but my love for this lightweight fabric has only strengthened. It's such a great fabric to wear. If you've never heard of rayon challis, or haven't sewn with it yet, pay close attention. Rayon challis is a somewhat rare apparel fabric that even the adventurous beginner can sew with! There are a few considerations that…
  • Our Favorite Fit and Flare Sewing Patterns for Spring

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
      With the weather warming up in some of the US, we’ve got our spring wardrobe on the mind. Soon it’ll be time to pack away the wool jackets and sweaters and bring out the breezy blouses and sleeveless dresses. Not long, and we’ll be sewing up skirts and tank tops. My one goal for this spring? Sew a fit and flare dress, just for me.   What is fit and flare, you ask? Fit and flare is a new clothing trend with vintage roots. Fit and flare dresses feature fitted bodices with non-fitted (often gathered or circle) skirts.
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  • My Favorite Upcylced Craft Supplies

    Sarah White
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week I’m taking part in the Natural Parenting Blogger Earth Month Blog Hop. Today’s posts are all about natural parenting, green toys and crafts. Making things out of things that would otherwise be considered trash or headed to the recycling bin is a lot of fun. The girl loves to make constructions from random things she finds laying around (one bonus to having an art area that isn’t very tidy!) and I like to encourage this by having lots of stuff handy for her to work with. Here are some of our favorite upcycled craft supplies and some ideas on how to use them.
  • Yarn Bomb Your Bag with Knit Purse Strap Covers {Iron Craft Challenge}

    Sarah White
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    The idea for this week’s Iron Craft Challenge was to make something just for you. It was supposed to be, in fact, a treat, but I went with something completely practical, something that fixed a problem that’s been bothering me for a long time. It’s my purse straps. You see, a couple of years ago I bought this great Jordana Paige knitting bag that I use as a purse because it’s huge — I can carry a knitting project, a book, the girl’s stuff, whatever — but it still looks like a normal purse. I use it a lot, and while the body of the bag looks great, the…
  • Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Crafty Kids

    Sarah White
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    It’s great to use holidays to encourage creativity in your kids, and anything that fills up the basket without being candy can only be a good thing, so I thought I would share some easy Easter basket ideas for the crafty and art-inclined kids in your life. If your child is particularly interested in a certain kind of art, such as drawing, painting or working with clay, or if they have a current obsession you can speak to with your crafty supplies (space, dinosaurs, dance, etc.) or develop a project around, those are great places to start. There are a lot of small, fun, artsy items you…
  • Check Out this Walmart RO*TEL Coupon and #JustAddRotel

    Sarah White
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias Several years ago I shared a recipe for what I called Mexican rice salad on a health website I wrote for (and still miss). It’s the simplest thing in the world: just cook some rice or other grains, throw in a can of beans, a can of corn, maybe some green onions if you’re feeling fancy. The secret ingredient? A can of RO*TEL. Back then RO*TEL was pretty much a southern thing, I guess, because I had some people ask what it was, bless their hearts.
  • Frugal Family Linky March 26

    Sarah White
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Happy spring everyone! It’s Spring Break here in Arkansas, and we had our first potentially severe storm of the season, so it definitely feels like spring here. I hope if that’s not the case where you live that you’ll get there soon. This week has been full of lots of fun, and I shared a post earlier this week about using junk mail to make spring shapes, which is a craft you and the kids can do together. Featured Posts We had a great number of posts this week, so thanks for that! Spring Break means lots of trips to the library; we’ve already been twice. So I loved the…
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  • Crochet Emergency Keychain

    Sarah Zimmerman
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Sometimes when you are on-the-go, you become in desperate need some yarn and a hook... Crochet Emergency Keychain to the rescue! I took a plastic ornament ball and filled with tiny 1 inch balls of yarn. Added my crochet hook keychain (purchased from Amazon) to the top and VOILA! The perfect crochet emergency kit keychain! You could even put a tapestry needle and some stitch markers in there... maybe even a little pair of scissors! A funny gift that any crocheter would love!The plastic ball ornaments come in packs of 12 and are about 2.5 inches in diameter. They easily snap open and shut. The…
  • Crochet Flower Pot Hanging Basket

    Sarah Zimmerman
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    I had a cute little pot with sad little dead plant in it sitting by my kitchen sink... It needed sprucing up! A quick crochet basket to hang the pot in did the trick! I literally just grabbed my hook and the yarn closest to me and made up a simple little pattern as I went along. The yarn stretches so this could easily fit multiple size planters. The mustard ceramic pot pictured is from Michaels Craft Store and measures about 3 inches wide on the bottom, 4 inches wide the top, and 4 inches tall. I'm kinda into gray and yellow decor right now but I can totally see this hanging basket in a…
  • Pete the Cat Party Favor: Rocking in my School Shoes Keychains and Printable

    Sarah Zimmerman
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    My oldest son tuned 6 yesterday and since his school doesn't allow food/sweets to be brought in for birthdays, we got creative! Pete the Cat books are big hit in his Kindergarten class and so are backpack keychains... luckily I found the cutest chuck sneaker keychains on Amazon which complimented the book perfectly! They come in a pack of 12 and each pack costs about $12. At just about $1 each these make a great birthday party favor! I made a printable that says "Thanks for KICKIN' IT with me on my birthday" that I attached to each one. They were a huge hit with the kids, parents, and the…
  • T is for Tractor - Felt Alphabet Book Pattern and Giveaway!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
     Hello Repeat Crafter Me Readers! I'm Nancy from and I am so thrilled that Sarah is allowing me to be with you today. Today is a big day for me. I'm launching a big new pattern--MY ABC ADVENTURE. It is a felt alphabet book for boys. Since Sarah and I are both Moms of boys with curious little minds I thought it'd be fun to share about the pattern here--and give you one of the free templates from the book! The entire pattern is on sale for $5 (half price this week) HERE. Before we get to "T for Tractor", here is a look at all of the pages in this book: …
  • Crochet Cupcake

    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    It's a big birthday week here in our house! Big brother turns 6 and little brother turns 4. It's also my brothers birthday as well! My mom and I both gave birth to baby boys on March 24th, 28 years apart :) How cool is that?! Is it silly to hope that someday Zoe also has a March 24th baby?! We've been celebrating with a lot of cake and donuts and I suddenly felt like I need a no-calorie version. This crochet cupcake is going to be perfect for play tea parties and will make a nice addition to the kids little play kitchen. I plan on making a dozen! And if you like this little cupcake you might…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Long-Slip Textured

    Knitting Unlimited
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Cast on an odd number of sts.Row 1 - Wrong side: Purl all sts.Row 2 - Right side: K1, * sl 1 wyib, k1;repeat from * to end.Row 3: P1, * sl 1 wyif, p1;repeat from * to end.Row 4: K1, * sl 1 wyib, k1;repeat from * to end.Row 5: Purl all sts.Row 6: K2, * sl 1 wyib, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 7: P2, * sl 1 wyif, p 1; repeat from * to last st, p1.Row 8: K2, * sl 1 wyib, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.Repeat rows 1 to 8.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl | Slip stitch purlwise: Sl.Wyif: With yarn in front | Wyib: With yarn in back.
  • Two Color Lattice

    Knitting Unlimited
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:23 am
    With color A, cast on multiple of 6, + 2 sts and knit one row.Row 1 - Righ side: With Color B, k1, sl 1 , k4, * sl 2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1.Row 2: With Color B, p1, sl 1, p4, * sl 2, p4; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, p1.Row 3: With Color A, k1, sl 1 , k4, * sl 2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1.Row 4: With Color A, k1, sl 1, k4, * sl 2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1.Row 5: With Color B, k3, * sl 2, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, sl 2, k3.Row 6: With Color B, p3, *sl 2, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, sl 2, p3.Row 7: With Color A, k3, *sl 2, k4;…
  • Two-color Brioche Stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Easy way to knit the Two color Brioche stitch - video tutorialWork on a pair of double point needles or on a circular needle.Cast on loosely an odd number of sts with color A.Set-up row: Using color B, k1,  * yf sl1yo, k1; rep from * to end. Do not turn, slide sts back to opposite end of needle.Pattern:Row 1: Using color A, sl 1, * brp1, sl1yof; rep from * to last 2 sts, brp1, sl 1. Turn work.Row 2: Using color B, p1, * sl1yof, brp1; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl1yo, p1. Do not turn, slide sts back to opposite end of needle.Row 3: Using color A, sl1, * brk1, yf sl1yo; rep from * to…
  • Blister Check

    Knitting Unlimited
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    With color A, cast on a multiple of 4 sts, +1.Row 1 -Right side: With color A, purl all sts.Row 2: With color B, knit all sts.Row 3: With color B, purl all sts.Row 4: With color B, knit all sts.Row 5: With color B, purl all sts.Row 6: With color A, knit 2,* drop next stitch off needle and unravel 4 rows down, picking up Color A stitch from Row 1 below; insert needle into this stitch and under the 4 loose strands of Color B, and knit, catching the 4 loose strands behind the stitch; knit 3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, drop stitch, knit 2.Row 7: With color A, purl all sts.Rows 8 to 11: As Rows…
  • Dip-Stitch Check

    Knitting Unlimited
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    How to knit the Dip stitch: Insert needle into front of stitch 3 rows below next stitch, knit an extra stitch in this stitch; then knit the next stitch on the left-hand needle and pass the extra stitch over it.With color A, cast on a multiple of 4, +3 sts.Row 1 - Wrong side: With color A, purl all sts.Row 2 - Right side: With color A, knit all sts.Row 3: With color A, purl all sts.Row 4: With color B, knit 3, * dip stitch, knit 3; repeat from * to end.Row 5: With color B, purl all sts.Row 6: With color B, knit all sts.Row 7: With color B, purl all stsRow 8: With color A, knit  1, * dip…
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    Thesis of Me

  • thesis beading...

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

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

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

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

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

  • Chocolate Dipped Orange Cookies

    Laurel Blow
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Outstanding! Before I go too far into this, I just need to say: omagursh these are awesome. Be warned though, they are pop-able and dangerous! When you combine the two delicious flavors of chocolate and orange... it's like tranquility for a food addict. Chocolate dipped orange cookies equal mmmmm and yes please. In addition to these amazing cookies, we had a really great week. The weather is perfect here in the Northwest. The sun is out, and it's the perfect temperature outside. It's not common for us to have so much sun and so little rain this time of year, so we are enjoying it as much as…
  • Apple Pie

    Laurel Blow
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Classic apple pie is sure to please. I have never met anyone who disliked apple pie, have you? Fruit, sugar and a perfect pastry recipe... how can you go wrong? Whenever I need to share bad news with Michael, I know that, if I set out a pie and a fork, everything will be fine. No pie and no fork, it's bound to be chaos. When I was growing up, my parents had a large yellow transparent apple tree in their backyard. It was pretty good size too. Every year it produced hundreds of apples. There were more apples than we could ever use, yet we still tried. Dad always made the pie dough, and my…
  • Banana Walnut Cookies DF

    Laurel Blow
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Oh dairy free! Ever since the "lactose intolerant" diagnosis of my youth, I'm doing nothing to avoid dairy. You heard me. Nothing. How I love dairy and all things dairy. Mmmm... dairy. Call my love for it weird if you wish, I think you are missing out. These cookies though, are diary free. I didn't believe it at first, but it's true. They are delicious and kind to my belly. Imagine that! I know you will love banana walnut cookies as much as I do. This week we are celebrating my son's 14th birthday. Can you believe how the time buzzes by so quickly? I was 17, just a baby myself. I never…
  • Tillamook’s Udderly Chocolate

    Laurel Blow
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Michael and I finally have dental insurance. I know... It's bad. There is no excuse for going without dental insurance for so long. For one, healthy teeth are very important. Two, Michael is a veteran so we can get low-cost insurance through USAA. They really do a great job providing top of the line insurance at really great prices for veterans. Now that we have insurance, Michael and I are catching up on our long-overdue dental work. Ohh man... and that's what brings me to Tillamook's Udderly Chocolate. Usually I have better quality photographs for your viewing pleasure. Well.. today…
  • Crochet Clover Headband

    Laurel Blow
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    St. Patrick's Day is here. I wanted Winnie to have a little something cute to wear. Green, of course, because then she can't get pinched! How did that start anyway? Who first decided that we can pinch someone if they don't wear green? Regardless, I made this crochet clover headband for Winnie to wear to our home-school group tomorrow. I don't think that she needs the anti-pinch protection of green because none of the kids would pinch her, but she will look cute in it anyway. I whipped this pattern together, using a smaller variation of the crochet flower pattern, with the addition of a stem.
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    DIY Candy

  • Spring Craft: Personalized Floral Letter

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    When it comes to spring decor, what better way to bring the outdoors in by mimicking nature in a cool way? I had an old wooden letter that I painted as a child laying around my studio. Then I remembered I had jars of leftover floral confetti from my wedding. This, my friends, was when a genius...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesWoven Paint Chip Easter BannerEasy Upcycled Easter Egg CupsGold Leaf and Painted Easter Eggs 
  • Woven Paint Chip Easter Banner

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Easter is coming up! And if you’re looking for a quick, colorful, and easy way to decorate your walls, then check out this woven paint chip Easter banner! It’s bright and cheery and so easy to make with the kids (bonus – it’s free to make too – score)! Here’s what you’ll...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEasy Upcycled Easter Egg CupsGold Leaf and Painted Easter EggsDIY Cross Stitch Flower Sweater 
  • Easy Upcycled Easter Egg Cups

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Easter is around the corner and Spring is officially here. The sun is here to stay, and our hens are back to producing an egg a day. I can’t wait to enjoy decorating them with the kids! To help keep our celebrations green and simple, I made some quick and easy upcycled Easter egg cups using toilet...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesGold Leaf and Painted Easter EggsDIY Cross Stitch Flower SweaterHand Painted Floral Air Dry Clay Ring Dishes 
  • Gold Leaf and Painted Easter Eggs

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    So last year I completely gold leafed eggs in various colors, and then I also gold leafed candlesticks in a sort of patchy way, with paint. I decided to combine them together to make some decorative eggs for Easter . . . so introducing, gold leafed Easter eggs! I really kind of like them and think...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY Cross Stitch Flower SweaterHand Painted Floral Air Dry Clay Ring DishesHow to Make an Infinity Scarf from a T-Shirt 
  • Tips for a Very Special Easter Basket

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m a huge fan of Easter! It’s fun to celebrate the holiday with nom-nom candy and fun baskets. Candy is always the centerpiece of the Easter basket . . . but what else do you...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesSpicy Cherry Tomato BitesHow to Fight Tough StainsMy Ideal Image of Summer Fun 
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • DIY Easter tray with a burlap bunny

    Special Guest
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re looking for a cute yet easy Easter decor project, this one can be done in one afternoon. Give it ample drying time and you will literally rock your wall or shelf. This DIY Easter tray is made even more perfect with a smart little burlap bunny right in the middle. Here’s what...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEaster bunny DIY mason jarsGold confetti dipped Easter eggsEaster craft for kids: bunny canvas 
  • Huge “Spring Cleaning” giveaway – $1,500 value!

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    It’s springtime, and this time of year always makes us feel like cleaning! I’ve gotten together with some amazing bloggers to make YOUR spring cleaning even better! Yeah, it’s THAT awesome. Thanks to the amazing bloggers listed below and our sponsors HomeRight, Dyson and The...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesCraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong book review and giveawayA “year of dates” basket giveaway – $1,000 value!Fun with Washi book review and giveaway 
  • Easter bunny DIY mason jars

    Special Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    If you’re looking for a sweet Easter table or shelf decoration, this is a great project for an afternoon or to do with little ones. With just a few supplies and a cute pom, turn a simple mason jar into a cute bunny. These DIY mason jars are perfect for holding candy or would even make a fun...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEaster craft for kids: bunny canvasGold confetti dipped Easter eggsDIY planter with photos {perfect for Mother’s Day!} 
  • Mod Podge Sheer Colors tinted storage jars

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Hi, it’s Courtney from Crafts by Courtney. Today I’m sharing one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done. I’ve been browsing my Coastal Living Magazines and seeing all these beautiful blue vases. I really wanted to try to recreate one for my craft room. I went to my local...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesNautical themed DIY magnetsDIY planter with photos {perfect for Mother’s Day!}Make notecards with Mod Podge and glitter 
  • Delicious Hershey’s Easter bark recipe

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine. This is a craft blog, and you know that I am by no means a chef. But on occasion I like to make a recipe, especially for the holidays. And if you can tell me that the recipe 1) is really easy, and...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEaster craft for kids: bunny canvasGold confetti dipped Easter eggsWhat if you couldn’t see color? #ColorForAll 
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    Kiddy Crafty

  • Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids So its Mothers Day this Sunday in the UK , if you havent had time/not managed to find anything or just want to make something homemade, here are a few last minute ideas for Mothers Day. Mothers Day Box of Love I really like this idea as […] The post Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 11 Kids Craft Easter Ideas

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Kids Craft Easter Ideas Easter is on its way and its a good time to get creative with your little ones, you can craft lots of stuff including chicks, rabbits and the essential chocolate! Here are some ideas ive put together to hopefully inspire you to take a break from those Easter eggs, even if […] The post 11 Kids Craft Easter Ideas appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Mothers Day Food your Kids can make

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Mothers Day Food your Kids Can Make Here is another Mothers day post but this time some ideas for food. Some of these your little ones might need more help (hint hint dad!) but they might be fine if they are a little older though. Mothers day Pancake Breakfast Pancakes are always a great choice […] The post Mothers Day Food your Kids can make appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Crafts for Dad to do for Mothers Day

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Crafts for Dad Its Mothers Day in the UK this Sunday, there is nothing more meaningful than receiving something that is made from the heart. It might look a bit messy, it might not look like what its meant to but knowing that its from your little one im sure means the world. So i […] The post Crafts for Dad to do for Mothers Day appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 26 Kids Winter Boredom Craft Busters

    8 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Looking for some activities to keep the kids entertained while its still too cold or wet to go outside? I found some really good ideas over at tip junkie. Why not use some of these ideas until the weather starts to warm up and spring arrives. Snow Craft 1.  Snow Ball Soap ~ Hide a small […] The post 26 Kids Winter Boredom Craft Busters appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • Filigree and Cross Lantern

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    This fancy lantern with a cross on each panel is my version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.  It would make a pretty table decoration for a christening, Communion, or Easter celebration. You could also use it for a candy box or treat box, with or without lining the panels. The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is
  • Dedham Pottery Inspired Frame

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    This Dedham pottery bunny plate inspired frame is a design I've worked on intermittently for several years, mostly because I wasn't sure what it was going to become when I was done! What it became was a card topper or frame, with a separate backing circle (mine is cut from crackle-design paper). Here is the square card I made from it. Suitable for Easter or maybe Valentine's Day. I think
  • Sliceform Easter Egg

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    I have cleaned up the files for this sliceform egg and added cutting files for Silhouette Studio and an SVG that works better in Cricut Design Space. Also suitable for hand cutting using the PDF file. This is a good beginner project if you have never tried a sliceform construction before. Full tutorial and file download link on the original post. Extreme Cards and Papercrafting has a
  • Peeps Bunnies and Tulips Torus

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    In this post I am revisiting the torus, a fascinating sliceform, with inspiration from Peeps marshmallow bunnies. This torus Easter wreath has gone through numerous iterations.  I started with only rabbits, but the front rows covered too much of the back ones, so all you could see were the tips of the ears.  It looked odd.  I tried eggs (terrible) and finally settled on tulips for the inner
  • Chick and Egg Sliceform Snow Globe

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    I had to pull out all my crafting tools to construct this Easter chick and egg sliceform snow globe pop up. The globe is acetate.  I used overhead transparency film and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo. The base is  Bazzill card stock. The chick, egg, and snowdrops are vellum.  I cut two sets of everything except the flowers.  I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station (remembering to
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • PLUS CLAY - air dry clay STAMP

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

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

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

    Activa Products
    11 Oct 2013 | 9:47 am
    Activ-Clay® Santa Mobile Project Sheet Materials Check List: ACTÍVA Products, Activ-Clay® 1lb White, #160 Plaid® Folk Art® acrylic paint: 958 Christmas Red, 227 Bright Green, Whicker White, 736 School Bus Yellow, 628 Pure Orange, 410 Lavender, 720 Cobalt Blue 3/16” Polyester Red Ribbon Beadalon Elasticity 1.0 mm Clear Bead Cord Jewelry Quality Hemp: Gold And Green Tools: Rolling Pin Plastic Knife Toothpick for piercing Container of water Pencil Paint Brushes: Small round, Small liner Paper Plates Project Tips: Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used. Use…
  • MagicColor 'Monsters Keep Out' Door Sign

    Activa Products
    10 Oct 2013 | 6:54 pm
    MagicColor 'Monsters Keep Out' Door Sign SKILL LEVEL: Difficulty 1-5 (1 is easiest): 2 TIME TO COMPLETE: 2 hours not including dry time MATERIALS CHECKLIST: Magic Color Plaster Casting Boys Kit, mold #7 (DINOSAUR MOLD, 1 RED PLASTER) Unfinished wooden plaque Plastic zip-lock baggie (sandwich size) Acrylic paint: yellow, light blue, royal blue, green, red Glue Wiggle eyes Container for water Paper towels Small plastic bucket Paint Brushes PROJECT TIP: Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used. Be creative, come up with your own ideas on how to decorate your finished…
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    Sewing Avenue

  • Rosie Shirt

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
      Rosie Shirt Floral with Denim Women’s shirts are definitely huge fashion news this season. Shirts in all their styles and variations, long, sleeveless, dress length, denim and lace. All the big name designers including Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, and Ralph Lauren, sent shirts down the runways this season. They are perfect and so practical to wear easily at work, rest and play, you can never have too many! Even though they can be thought of as a bit masculine, there is actually nothing more sexy than a well designed basic shirt, must be something to do with the simplicity of…
  • Lillia T-Shirt Zipping it up

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I am loving the flexibility of basic patterns at the moment which I can alter to create different styles and designs. I’m following on with the “ mini theme” of manipulating the basic Lillia T-Shirt pattern to get more look for your buck. Lillia T-shirt with Zip Back The addition of an exposed zip gives a modern casual or sporty styling to the top. Choose a zip which has either decorative tapes or is a contrasting colour to your fabric, or has chunky teeth and an attractive slider. Lillia T-shirt Exposed Zip I have added a back centre seam in order to have an attractive exposed zip…
  • Surprise in the back of the Lillia T-shirt

    21 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    I can’t tell you how excited I am by the response to the latest pattern release. Lots of you have now downloaded the new Lillia T-Shirt pattern. So I was thinking to myself, now that you have the basic T-Shirt pattern, what else can you do with it? Well how about adding a surprise in the back? Lillia T-shirt Back Completed This is a very effective, yet simple way to make a nice T-Shirt top into a special occasion top. I’ve used a soft, medium weight knit fabric in an everyday pink, however I think the look could be a lot more glamorous in black, midnight blue or you could even use lace on…
  • Spring cleaning

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Over the last three months, life has been very exciting here at sewing avenue, not to mention busy. So one thing I have been longing to get around to is the Spring cleaning! I feel so happy at this time of year with the arrival of spring. Don’t you?  It seems to bring with it a lighter, brighter mood as well as longer, sunnier days. If I could rearrange the calendar, I would choose to have new years day about now at this time of year. I would certainly have more success with my New Years resolutions if I could start them going forwards into the spring. That said, I am immensely proud of…
  • Introducing the Lillia T-Shirt

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Do you Know those days when all you want is to feel comfortable in your clothes? When you want to feel loose and free from any restrictions? On my bedside table at the moment is a biography of the fashion designer Coco Chanel. An independent woman with drive and the determination to succeed. What interested me, when I read it the other day . was the that fact we have her to thank for the introduction of jersey fabric into women’s fashion. It is a fabric we take very much for granted now to give us the comfort and ease of movement we demand in our casual and leisure wear. I don’t…
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    Craft Organizer

  • Make Your Own Stylish Messenger Bag

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The picture above shows the finished messenger bag we are going to do today. Isn’t it stylish? Materials 0.75m main exterior fabric – heavyweight or linen look cotton 0.5m accent fabric – heavyweight or linen look cotton 1m lining fabric – quilt weight cotton 1m fusible fleece 1m woven fusible interfacing 2 rectangle sliders, 3.8cm wide 1 rectangle adjustable strap slider, 3.8cm wide 1 set magnetic snaps 2 18cm zips (optional) Good To Know Use a 1cm seam allowance unless otherwise stated After cutting pieces, using a bowl or mug, draw curves on the bottom corners of…
  • How To Design A Hanging Accessory Organizer (Infographic)

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
  • Sell Your Crafts Online

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Want to sell your products online, but not sure where to start? Find out just how simple and low-cost it can be with this guide. (Find places to sell your crafts at the end) Many successful businesses started off as a passion or a hobby. If you want your hobby to start making you money, it could be time to start selling your creations online. Do I need an e-commerce platform? In today’s retail environment, online sales are arguably the key to growing a successful business. Traditional models based on physical, bricks and mortar shops are evolving and increasingly retailers are moving to…
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    Hobbies Database

  • RC Cars

    Charles Norman
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    I don’t want to sound macho or misogynistic but I think RC vehicles are one of the best hobbies for guys. I know there are a lot of lady RC hobbyists but in my opinion guys enjoy this hobby more. Almost all of us played with toy cars and trucks when we were kids. When we grow up a little we played with simple RC cars. Now as we are more mature (I don’t know if it is possible for a guy to be mature ) it is time for us to step up the game a little bit more :). Most people don’t realize just how amazing today’s RC cars are. They can reach amazing speeds (hobby grade RC Cars can reach up…
  • DIY Spring Wreath

    Marsha Norman
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    I know, most of you were expecting an Easter themed post but I noticed that our Christmas wreath was still there and looked really really sad. I took it down, then the front door started looking lonely. So we just postponed our Easter themed posts, they are coming later this week. Making wreaths are so easy and cheap to make yourself. (God, I love this kind of diy projects!) Making spring wreaths are even more easier and cheaper and so fun. Why? Because it’s all about colorful ribbons. You can also use this kind of wreaths for baby shower decorations or as birthday ornaments cause they suit…
  • Poker Games

    Charles Norman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    I will try to explain the classification and types of poker games. If you want to learn basic common rules of Poker you can read our other article: Poker Before we start I want to remind you that you don’t have to be a professional poker player to enjoy this hobby, you don’t need to study and improve your game. You don’t need to memorize starting hand charts or learn complicated strategies. It’s okay to play poker just for fun. It is a great hobby and you don’t even have to play with real Money. There are many versions of Poker Games. In fact Poker might be the most branched card…
  • Poker

    Charles Norman
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Who does not enjoy inviting some friends over for a night of poker. Poker is a great hobby for socializing with friends and maybe for making a little Money too . Remember you don’t have to be a Professional poker player to enjoy this hobby, you don’t need to study and improve your game. You don’t need to memorize starting hand charts or learn complicated strategies. It’s okay to play poker just for fun. It is a great hobby and you don’t even have to play with real Money. I am not a professional poker player and I don’t like gambling. For this reasons I only play poker with…
  • Stone Painting

    Marsha Norman
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    I always loved stones. Their colors, shapes and stories excites me. Recently I came across a Turkish artist, Gulnihal Kacıra Capacioglu, who paints stones and rocks. Her works amazed me. Without wasting time I contacted her through her facebook page and asked her to tell us about her wonderful hobby, stone painting. Hi, Gulnihal. Could you please tell us about yourself a little bit? Hi, my name is Gulnihal Kacıra Capacioglu, aka Mrs Puhu. I am a full-time psychological counsellor actually. I’ve been doing this job for 14 years. During those years I’ve worked with disabled kids, worked…
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