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  • Scrapbook Inspiration: Chonology-Inspired Scrapbooking

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

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

    CraftStylish - Sewing category featured posts
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Posted by _nikki_ Take a cue from the runway and make a necklace using fabric and ribbon.
  • Monkey see monkey do!

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Monkey see monkey do!
  • my popcorn favor box kits are in Yoopa Parents Magazine!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • a fall journey mini book…

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

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

    tim holtz
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Paula Cheney: Summer Adventure Journal Jan Hobbins:  Autumn Leaves Home Decor Mou Saha: September Days are Here Aida Haron: Documented Burlap Panel Tim Holtz: New Continue Reading
  • new distress spray stain…

    tim holtz
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    today’s a very exciting day!  introducing the latest product to become part of the distress collection – new Distress Spray Stains! get ready to distress in a whole new way with  with the same fluid, water reactive formula you’ve come to love in Distress Stain now available in a spray. perfect to use with stencils, Continue Reading
  • september days are here..

    tim holtz
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    creating something hand-made shares a special piece of your personality.  media team mou saha shows step by step a wonderful tutorial combining the simplest supplies to make something meaningful.  the use of various distress elements to create colorful layers and textures reminds us the versatility of what these products can be used for.  follow along Continue Reading
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  • Ayah Bdeir on LittleBits’ Hardware Development Kit

    Matt Richardson
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir shows how their new Hardware Development Kit and bitLab enables makers to create their own Bits to work with their electronics prototyping library and then offer them for sale to others. She demonstrates two new Bits that were created with HDK: Bleep Drum, a […]Read more on MAKE
  • Inventables Opens Their Easel CNC Software to All Users

    Mike Senese
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Today at MakerCon, Inventables' Zach Kaplan announced that the web-based CNC software Easel is moving out of beta testing and into full release.Read more on MAKE
  • Cornell Engineering and the Maker Pro Catalyst

    Matt Richardson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    From MakerCon in New York, Cornell Systems Engineering faculty member Dr. David R. Schneider talks about developing student makers within their engineering program. He also discusses the success of the Intel-Cornell Cup, a college-level embedded design competition which motivates student makers into becoming professional designers. Filed under: EducationRead more on MAKE
  • Why Do Dead Alkaline Batteries Bounce?

    Jeremy Cook
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    If you’ve ever wondered what retired old men (I’d assume some of them are or were engineers, scientists, or science teachers) do when they’re not annoying their wives, apparently some of them go out to eat with the Romeo club (the video will explain). Lee Hite, one of the members, […]Read more on MAKE
  • The Idea Builder: Dremel Releases a Mass-Market 3D Printer

    Mike Senese
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    With a combination of accessible features, smart packaging, and a $999 price point, it's obvious that the Dremel Idea Builder is a machine aimed squarely at the mass market.Read more on MAKE
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  • links: misc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Instagram is easy

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

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

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

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

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

  • fall paper quilt

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flying Feather Fish Kids Craft

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

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    I’m SO happy to showcase these 2 fun and fabulous kids craft books that have just hit the market… Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania by author Amanda Formaro. I love a good kids craft book and these 2 do not disappoint. Amanda is a fabulous kid crafter, having written here at Make and Takes a while back! So I’m thrilled to share her new books here! My girls dove right into these books the second they saw them. They had already crafted the marshmallow catapult, duct tape hair bows, and rubber band chain belt all in one evening! And there are fun facts and little trivia…
  • DIY Chalkboard Paint and Canvas

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    It’s back-to-school season and I have chalkboard on my mind! I have long loved everything chalkboard and use it various ways around our home. But this time I wanted to do it with a twist, DIY chalkboard paint! I thought it would be interesting to have a canvas painted in chalkboard to make temporary art. Also, black is so yesterday! Orange is the new black! I wanted to test out making my own chalkboard paint too. DIY chalkboard paint has been quite the rage, and I decided to try a recipe that uses calcium carbonate. Here’s what you’ll need. Supplies for DIY Chalkboard…
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  • pretty packages

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

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

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

    amy k.
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Sarah Neuburger, my dear friend and the genius behind The Small Object is retiring her stellar ready-made rubber stamp line. This created a small panic in our house. I looked in every box and drawer to make sure we had them all—now is the perfect time to snatch them up! They are 50% off until she no longer has any left. Perfect for holiday gifts and stocking suffers. You can find them here! They are selling fast, so some of these might not be available anymore.
  • Day Dreamers, By Emily Martin (and an event!)

    amy k.
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Emily's newest book is out, Day Dreamers, and it's so beautiful—it's been on heavy rotation at our house. It's a companion to her equally stunning Dream Animals, and I love how these two books look side by side. I was thrilled to see her sketches before they were painted in her blog post for this newest book. There's a masterful loosness to her work in this newest book and that makes me sigh and smile. I love how she draws movement, so fluid and light. Come celebrate with her! (And make her sign stuff!)  She is having an event in Portland for Day Dreamers at Green…
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  • this crazy north county life

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

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

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

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

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

  • settling in

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

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

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

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

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

  • Find Geeky Fabrics at Spoonflower

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Speak friend and enter. *Mellon, to be specific. The gates of Moria only show this entry way in moonlight and starlight.  Natalia  Moreva of Kulabra designs has designed these mittens that make me want to rethink my mitten ban (everything falls to the floor if I wear mittens). But these call to the Tolkien geek in me. So why not buy a copy of the pattern, and get knitting, and have a new pair of mittens for when the last Hobbit movie comes out?   Gates of Moria Ravelry Pattern Kulabra Designs More Lord of the Rings on Geek Crafts More Knitting on Geek Crafts    
  • Finding Fellow Female Geek Bloggers

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Have you played around with Google+ yet? I’m not as active on there as I am on other networks, but I am a member of a few Communities. Communities are similar to Facebook Groups or website forums, where like-minded people gather to share resources and chat about whatever they’re interested in. One G+ Community I particularly enjoy is Female Geek Bloggers, moderated by Bree Brouer and The Nerdy Girlie. With 300+ members, there are a wide variety topics discussed, including Doctor Who, cosplay, comics, movies, anime, gaming (both video and board), and even “geek…
  • Batman Sheet Dress

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    LittleLaura from Halifax, posted a dress on Craftster that she recently made from a repurposed Batman bed sheet. She got the Batman sheet at a Salvation Army store. The top is made from a Little Atlas pattern and the skirt was made using an online circle skirt calculator at By Hand.
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    house on hill road

  • Tidal Lace Blog Hop and Giveaway

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

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

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

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

    Erin | house on hill road
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Last week, I decided to copy Melissa and make myself a t-shirt. People! This was fun to sew. I had the navy Laguna knit in my stash. It was purchased as part of a kit for a dress that I never made. Use it or lose it, right? Right! I paired it with a fat quarter of an Anna Maria Horner voile from the stash. I'm tall with a long torso so I had to turn the fat quarter 90 degrees to get the length I needed, but this print works well in either direction. Plus it looks great with the solid navy. I followed Melissa's directions, including using the Metro T-shirt pattern by Liesl & Co.
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    Design Mom

  • Get Moving!

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

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

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

    Design Mom
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Last year around this time I talked about the fact that we were enrolling our kids in an Oakland Public High School, rated a 2 out of 10 on the Great Schools website. Since we’ve entered our second year in the same school — now upgraded to a 3 out of 10 — I thought you might enjoy a little update. I don’t want this post to be a repeat of last year’s, so I’m going to focus on the individual experiences of Ralph and Maude at the school. - I think one fear parents may have is that it might be hard for their child to shine in a big, urban…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How was your week? I hope it was a good one. As I mentioned at the end of yesterday’s post, September 11th is my father’s birthday. He died many years ago (I was pregnant with Ralph at the time. I was 22.). Yesterday, someone left a sweet little message about him for me, and it was like the floodgates opened — I could not stop crying! It probably doesn’t seem that strange to cry on my father’s birthday, but it sort of is. Last year on his birthday, I reminisced with my family about fun dad memories, but I don’t think…
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  • the last of them

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

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

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

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

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

  • Greenwood Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    There has been a wall - a literal wall - of storage totes in my barn, all full of children's clothing. All appropriately labeled by size (as any Virgo Mama would do). I started these totes when Calvin was just...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Craft South

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Craft South. In Anna Maria's words: "Craft South, founded by Anna Maria Horner, has -over the summer of 2014- been a series of monthly classes, workshops, kids classes and pop-up shops....
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Monaluna

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Monaluna. In Jennifer's words: "Monaluna offers modern prints on premium organic fabric for quilting, crafting, apparel and the home. Our blog is, and your can also find us on facebook,...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Time Lapse

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

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

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

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

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome for Midge! It’s nice to be at the place where we’re sailing her, instead of fixing her, and let’s hope for fair weather this weekend – while Joe will continue to sail until it’s far to cold to do so, I’m back to travelling next week, and after the next few day’s I’m probably done on the water for this year. (Travelling? Oh, yes.  Next week I’m off to Loveland, then Hot Springs (Arkansas), then Vancouver, then Edmonton. You can see what I’m up to on this page, if you’re in the neighbourhood…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Fall Update!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Road Tripper Duffle Bag PDF in the shops!

    Betz White
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    For those of you that have been asking, the Road Tripper Duffle Bag PDF pattern is now available for individual purchase in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. I blogged about some of the tester’s bags in this post and you can see more on my Pinterest board for Betz White Patterns Sewn by You!   You're reading Road Tripper Duffle Bag PDF in the shops!, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online Google+ | Twitter
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club 2014

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

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

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

    Betz White
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
      In one short month my 3rd book, Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow, will be available and out in the world! I just received my very own advance copy last week and there is nothing like holding a book in your hand with your name on it! I’m so thrilled with the book and every project in it. It represents one year of hard work, another  year of editing and waiting and finally it has all paid off! Here’s a brief description of the book from the back cover:   Beautiful Handmade gifts for all occasions! In Present Perfect, you’ll discover gifts to sew for…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Editorial Submission :: Jana Curll

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

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

    Andy Yates
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
      Farel Dalrymple is a comics illustrator who’s been relentlessly chugging away at his craft for the last dozen years, or so.. His brand new graphic novel, The Wrenchies, takes place in the same post-apocalyptic future as his previous work, It Will All Hurt, and follows a group of kids who have to fight the evil shadowsmen to survive. Farel’s unique style reminds me a little of Maurice Sendak, and Tim Burton, but still wholly his own voice. The Wrenchies is an exciting work, in that it represents an artist reaching a new level of excellence in their craft. Farel is also…
  • Editorial Submission :: Dave Douglass

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Post by James   Dave Douglass is a Midwest-raised designer/illustrator living in Los Angeles with his wife and 3 lovely kiddos. Dave is completely inspired by his children and they influence his work in a major way…and “provide a nice distraction.” He’s been focused on the lettering-based illustration style you see above as well as maps and logos. His work is colorful and playful but also restricted in color scheme and meticulously planned. You can see more of Dave’s work on his website.  
  • Natsko Seki: dynamic urban illustrations

    Heather Ryerson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Natsko Seki collages lively, saturated scenes of urban life from her own drawings and photographs. Begging to be explored, each illustration is populated with human activity and contains clues left by a moment in time that—if only yesterday—is now lost. Iconic architecture stands as a grandiose reminder that Seki’s people are living in the shadows of history and are unknowing participants in the writing of their city’s centuries. Seki’s interest in architecture, fashion, and contemporary urban life has landed her commissions with Transport for London, Royal Historic…
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  • working on the ladies

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    I think he is pretty snazzy! See you in Chicago!
  • Dark-skinned man 2

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    I leave for Chicago tomorrow but I’m still working away! After these fellows, I have 3 foxes I’m hoping to finish before I get on the plane. This is a much redder brown than the other. The toile is amazing. He has a badger on his chest- at least I think that’s a badger. And a kitty on his back! My elephant ear is starting to take over my porch- very encroaching. Stop by and say hi if you are in Chicago!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Today's lighter moments

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    I'll be updating the shop with the shift in season.  Right now I am a bit under the weather. Moon face seems a trustworthy cat. The autumn stray, although no longer homeless, will alwyas sleep with one eye open.  A lady stray notices summer's fading without worry because in her mind, she can fly.  Crazy cat has a sense of humor which I need today.  And the pale stray calmly trusts there will be less snow than predicted. Because last year was enough. I have a new category for Spirit Cloth Lite. It used to be comic relief, I renamed it.  A little story is…
  • September cloth

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    We are busy adjusting to the new and unexpected chill. Imagining how it might go this winter.  Some days now taken out to  get the garden ready for sleeping.  I hear we might be in for early snow. Still no walnuts. I don't need to dye any cloth really.  There is plenty here.  I am considering that actually.  The line between making and making do. And thank you to John who has included me in his new magazine launch.  
  • Sensing Change

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    There is a new chill.  As September now seems more like October.  I use the window in the studio to get a feel for the day.  I lit a fire.  Just a small one. Last year some time I proclaimed the year of the nut.  But this year, they are bigger still.   Nuts are becoming more here.  Maybe it will be the year of the squirrel. Today I will check for walnuts. Change is everything.  I spend a lot more of my time trying to make sense of it.  Making use of it.  Thereby, I've been thinking, making myself more useful.  …
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  • A Secular Sanctuary for Play

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

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Should a dancer never outline an audience member with a 15-foot phallus? We wouldn't want to be so narrow! However, if you do, you must at least make the interference pay. Does John Jasperse?
  • What are the Real-World Impacts of Creative Placemaking?

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEA, ArtPlace and others have poured millions of dollars toward creative placemaking projects in the Twin Cities in recent years. Sheila Regan looks into a few such efforts in Minneapolis, asking: What are the street-level results of those investments?image: Samir Abumayyaleh, one of the owners of Cup Foods on 38th and Chicagoimage: Production photo from Pillsbury House + Theatre's "Breaking Ice" programimage: Gordon Coons, one of the participating artists in NACDI's Ampetu Was'te initiative
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    My Beauty and Hairstyles Tips

  • Brands of hair straighteners

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

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

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

    Stephanie Barnes
    18 May 2010 | 2:21 pm
    I  was able to overcome my usual online-fabric-purchasing-paralysis last week and place an order on superbuzzy's super update (although Mariko is right in my neighborhood, so it hardly felt like an online purchase). Had to have the matroyshka fabric which went right into some patchwork coasters. I also brought home the Shinzi Katoh place mats in a couple styles. My kids are really thrilled with them and are learning to whine in French to boot! I picked a busy week to return to blogging, but I'll be back with more soon...
  • t h a n k * y o u

    Stephanie Barnes
    30 Apr 2007 | 1:29 am
      I thought that maybe today I would have something profound to say about blogging, about my experience here at little birds, about the impact it has had on my life, about connections, about community, about appreciating everyday beauty, but I already feel myself going into the silence that has been a long time coming. I will instead just say thank you. Thank you for visiting, for commenting, for encouraging me, for connecting with me. It's been a really nice ride. It has changed my life and pushed me in directions that I never expected. A true gift.  Thank you. Take good…
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Hey Moon Beam

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

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

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

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

    Anahata Katkin
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Back in the saddle over here. Changing hats and getting back to the making part of my life. And it feels great. I feel like locking myself in until a new line up is done. Just like so many other...
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    Judy Wise

  • Oaxaca Wrap Up

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

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

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

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

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

  • How To Apply Eyeshadow

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Eyeshadow can directly impact your look and the shape of your eyes by how it is applied. My number one tip is learning the shape of your eyes and how you can apply eyeshadow so it is the most flattering on you. I hope these tips below will help you along the way!
  • Turkish Delight Gin & Tonic

    Cat Morley
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Inspired by hints of citrus and lemon in Pickering's Gin, the idea for a turkish delight cocktail came to mind. This twist on a gin & tonic combines gin with lemon liqueur, rose lemonade and rose sugar for a drink that's sure to tempt anyone to take a sip.
  • Pizza With Roasted Grapes And Blue Cheese

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Makes 10 mini pizzas:
  • Faux Fireplace

    A Glimpse Inside
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We don't have a fireplace in our house and wanted one. We found this faux fireplace and decided that after a little makeover, it would be perfect in our living room. A little paint, tile, and a new built in box and it was perfect!
  • Berry Bramble

    Cat Morley
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    With memories of sipping Pickering's gin in the courtyard of Summerhall one sunny day in Edinburgh, a refreshing and fruity berry bramble felt like the perfect choice for our classic cocktail. It's easy to mix up at home and ideal for cooling down with on a hot day!
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney’s Frozen party

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

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

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

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

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

  • And we’re back!

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

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

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

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

    3 Oct 2013 | 6:40 am
    We are continuing to follow the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson. Today’s post is by Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew, entitled Kathreen Ricketson’s Brave New Quilts Legacy Tour (or Why I spent an Entire Day Looking at Bauhaus Art) Although Kathreen’s book doesn’t contain examples of the art of each period, in homage to the spirit of  Brave New Quilts, I thought I’d do a little research and share some inspiring art from just one of the 12 movements that are discussed in the book–Bauhaus. I hope that by reviewing this work,…
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    Craftster Blog

  • September 19th – Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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

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

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    I take my lunch to work every day and every day I add more and more plastic to the landfills with those disposal plastic sandwich bags. Melladh feels my pain and created this very clever tutorial for reusable Sandwich Wraps. By using waterproof tablecloth fabric, she creates these one of a kind wraps for your […]
  • Falling Leaves

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Now that it’s September, I’m seeing signs that summer’s heat is waning, and fall is starting to move in. Hooray! Bring on those cooler nights and beautiful fall color! Here’s a preview of some beautiful fall crafts. LimeRiot stitched up this beautiful hoopla, celebrating the rich colors of Autumn. I love her use of color, […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Perfect Pairings :: Ditzy Blue

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

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Shaiha! You have won a $10 gift certificate from Tari Sasser.Please send Tari an email with your information.Hello there! It seems like it was just last week I was here writing an 'Inside the Studio' post - but no, it…
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    Tip Junkie

  • 10 Gooey Science Experiments for Kids

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Cool science experiments for kids which are fun things to do during warm days, snow days, rainy days, and even Spring Break.  These gooey at home science experiments include homemade gak, glow-in-the-dark slime, elephant toothpaste, spaghetti slime, oobleck, rubber slime, glowing goop, flubber and sudsy goop.  Let's face it, what child doesn't love to get their hands dirty in something ooey and gooey?!  {{snicker}}  Go through this list of fun things to do that are guaranteed to keep them busy the whole week through. We've taken away all the guess…
  • 11 Fun Ways to Countdown to Halloween

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are 11 ways to countdown to Halloween that are sure to inspire you! My boys LOVE ours and it's such a fun family activity and tradition in our home!  We've taken away all the guess work on how to make a Halloween Countdown Calendar with these incredible tutorials. For even more Halloween ideas Tip Junkie's Creative Community has over 520 tutorials.  You can always search there if you'’re looking for more tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink} Do you have a Halloween tip?  If so, add it to your Tip Junkie craft room by…
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  • once in a super moon

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

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

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

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

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

  • Baby Nursery Inspiration

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cast a spell with these festive favors and sweet treats that will leave party guests screaming for more. Kelsey and Clara from P.S. Heart show us how to get Halloween off to a spooktastic start with these easy DIY party decor ideas for any Halloween celebration! Living on a pumpkin and apple farm means that our Falls are always incredibly hectic, but so wonderful.  I’m convinced that there is no better taste in the world than that of an apple fresh off the tree! My sister (Jordyn) and I are suckers for a good party, and Halloween is no exception.  We love how effortless Tiny Prints…
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Easy Corn Spoonbread Recipe

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog I’ve been blogging for 7 years! WOW! I love this job! With its need for constant creativity, it certainly keeps my mind thinking and my hands busy. The downside to this job is the constant need for a Wi-Fi connection. If there’s not Wi-Fi or Internet service, I’m dead in the water. So when I […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration…
  • Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot DIY Solar Galaxy

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog If you’ve got a little boy, (even little girls love it) then you no doubt know all about the Captain Underpants book series. It was one of my son’s favorite series that got him excited to read! Good news! Did you also know that author Dav Pilkey has a book series called Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration…
  • Game Day Taco Salad

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Football season is here and I have dubbed this my Game Day Taco Salad! If you’re tailgating at home or at the game, this salad is easy to put together wherever you are! Game Day Taco Salad Because I love cheese, I was happy that Kraft asked me to share how I use Kraft Cheese […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the…
  • Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Nothing says fall like a homemade Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe!  We have a couple of apple trees that are loaded with organic apples, so I am always looking for ways to use up as many apples as I can. They’re not the prettiest apples, but they are perfect for peeling and cutting up to make applesauce or apple […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Zaycon Fabulous

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

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

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

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

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

  • summer love

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    This has been the loveliest summer I can remember. Weekends seemed to get the best weather and there was so much to do. Over here, the projects are lining up as we prepare to sell our house of 15+ years....
  • blue love and vermont artists

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Our friend Loretta Marvel is giving a presentation on sketching and watercolors at our next Vermont retreat. Sept 18-21. I thought you would enjoy seeing her work. She has attended two retreats with us and each time, we have all...
  • july postcards :: out of the blue

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There's a summer storm brewing outside. It's rumbling in fits and starts like an old car trying to get up a rough hill. The ride down the other side is going to be fast and wild. Love these mercurial weather...
  • autumn vermont getaways

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Given the interest in New England's autumn weather and colors, we are hosting two weekend sessions of our getaway this time. The theme will be Houses. More to come on that later. Additionally each weekend features a guest artist. The...
  • giveaway winner

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    The lucky winner of the Vermont spring getaway giftbag is Laurie Jackson! Thanks, everyone for visiting here and writing to us at fallvermontgetaway(at) Let us know if you'd like to join us! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!
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    Try Handmade

  • On Soup

    Diana Prichard
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    If I were willing to buy them my husband would eat Campbell’s condensed soups every day for lunch during the [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • A Little Time Away.

    Cara Quinn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I love my country. And this recycled and handprinted banner from Flags and Tags represents our national flag very well. [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Sweet treats

    Erika Jurney
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Not only do these look delicious, they are also lovely to look at. Cherry Marshmallows by Mia Mallows. Fleur de [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Easter all Grown Up

    Kristin Huston
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    [hKristin] Easter is fast approaching, and while I am sure many of you are thinking about filling baskets for the [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Japanese Chrysanthemums Pouch

    Erika Jurney
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Sweet, pretty and simple — perfect for a night out. I love Lisa’s work, and you should too. u handbag [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • Fall Exhibition at JAM Gallery Opening Reception

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

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

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

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

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I’ve been working with the Alchemists to get our project finished before the big reveal at September’s Yellow Breeches Chapter meeting (it is open to visitors…) so I’ve been busy working on something I can’t really show you yet. I … Continue reading →
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Sep 2, Rib Stitch Cap Direction Dilemma

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

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

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

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

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am doing a pattern and it states yon (yarn over needle), then k1tbl (knit through back of loop) sorry just cannot understand this. Please help - thank
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    Very Shannon
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    It's time for another fabulous guest post for our Summer Sweater Knit Along! I'm beyond excited to have the insanely talented Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts here on the blog talking all about colorwork!!! This subject comes up so much in our ravelry group and especially during our garment knit alongs. Colorwork can at first seem very intimidating but Tanis does an amazing job below demystifying it for us all. It's one of those things that at first can be scary and seem like a lot to learn but in all honesty, once you get going, it's fun and produces a high impact! I hope after…

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

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

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

    Very Shannon
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    I'm so excited to have my bestie and business partner - Jane Richmond here as our guest today!Our Summer Sweater Knit Along would not be complete without a guest post from Jane! I think she's been in all of them so far! I love her to bits and could gush about her fabulousness all day but I'll spare you for You all know how much of a fan I am of her work and her technique posts are some of our most popular for our knit alongs! Today Jane's here to chat with you all about weaving in those ends! I know a ton of us hate this task but trust me - it's worth every minute. When…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • 10-minute Tricks: Mixed Media

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

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

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

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Focus on the joy of scrapbooking by using a sketch to determine placement of photos, title, journaling, and more. Sherri Winstead used the sketch below to create her The Path layout for Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. She varied things slightly by placing the three vertical photos side by side instead of letting the mat show in between. She also angled her title slightly. The Path by Sherri Winstead from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking You can make a scrapbook page using six or more photos with this same sketch. Make sure you download the sketch to use later. (Once image opens in a new…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Sweet + Pretty Garden Wedding

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello weekend! We are saying farewell to another fabulous week filled to the brim with pretty and exciting news as we welcomed our newest fashion and accessories vendor, Romantic ART Life! Every piece in the collection of elegant bridal floral accessories is inspired by love of nature, the delicate beauty of flowers, and Anastasiya’s passion for details and feminine beauty. If you follow us daily, then you can understand why we are still pinching ourselves over featuring this ethereal river wedding inspiration and this dreamboat of a styled shoot. But in the midst of the…
  • Romantic California Winery Wedding

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Bay Area is stunning any time of year, but no more so than in the shoulder seasons, and San Martin’s Clos la Chance Winery winery shines in Kelly and John’s lovely wedding. Florals from Flower Divas in pretty pastel tones of peach, pink, and marigold dress the lovely tables, and bridesmaids pair their peach and ivory bouquets with floaty pale blue frocks. The flowering gardens and Spanish-style architecture of the winery are absolutely beautiful, and we just adore the unbelievable light in these gorgeous images from Danielle Poff Photography! Photography – Danielle Poff…
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  • 6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Want to know what to make with old jeans? Read this article on 6 old jeans purse patterns and discover how to make a purse from old jeans. What a stylish way to recycle.
  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:34 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.
  • 66 Fantastic Free Afghan Patterns

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Need inspiration for your next afghan project? Look no further than this list of 66 Fantastic Free Afghan Patterns. From crochet afghan patterns to easy knitted afghan patterns, this list is full of fun and interesting ideas.
  • 18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you struggle finding the perfect purse pattern? Worry no more! With our collection of 18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags, you'll find all kinds of purse patterns that are perfect for every level of sewist.
  • DecoArt MEDIA Paint

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I recently received an assortment of paint, sprays, and mixed media art supplies from DecoArt. Id heard about their new Media line and briefly saw it in action at the CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta this July. With so many art supplies available for artists, it might not seem to make sense for a craft paint company like DecoArt to enter that market. Considering the number of crafters who are venturing into art journaling, mixed media, and even portrait painting, DecoArts Media line provides a great crossover from craft to art. I know first hand how intimidating it can be going into an art…
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  • 100 Days Until Christmas! + A MUST SEE Giveaway!

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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    What is this mysterious washi tape you ask? Why, it’s only the easiest way to add some decorative flair to anything ever! Washi tape originated in Japan and has since been a popular craft item for many beginner and experienced DIY-ers. With just a simple roll of washi tape, you can add a bit of pattern to many household objects, including school projects, cellphone charger boxes, and computer keyboards. DIY washi tape ideas are great for creating homemade gift ideas for any time of the year. All you need to do is find a pattern or color scheme that your friend would love, and voila!
  • How To Survive a Three-Day Weekend: 15 Kids Craft Ideas

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Ah the joys of long weekends. Kids look forward to them almost as much as birthdays and Christmas morning and parents look forward them … being over. Of course, three-day weekends present the opportunity to spend time as a family, bond and make memories. However, these days can also be filled with the sounds of fight children and choruses of “I’m bored.” Don’t let this happen to you and your family! This Labor Day weekend, keep the kids happy and busy with a few of these fun kids crafts. Whether your little one likes to get dirty or prefers to stay clean, there…
  • 16 DIY Jewelry Ideas in Tempting Turquoise

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Turquoise might just be the most beautiful shade of blue that there is. It is reminiscent of mermaids with pretty blue eyes and the entire sea for them to roam. The ocean’s greatest treasure is the lovely greens and blues that inspire us so much. These DIY jewelry ideas are all little mixtures of aquas and sea greens. In other words, we have turquoise jewelry for all tastes here. You can learn how to make pendants that capture the beauty of the ocean and you can find DIY beaded jewelry for nearly any occasion. Don’t be afraid to open this treasure chest of tempting turquoise…
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    Merriment Design

  • Everyday Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

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

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

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

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

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

  • Autumn Leaf Crowns and Animal Masks

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

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

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

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

    Si Mazouz
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Looking for an original and easy way to dress up your little one’s bed? Look no further. We’ve scouted the web for the most original, instant ‘oh-la-la!’ effect, do-it-yourself ideas for headboards. Some of these are so cool, we’d actually use them for our own bedroom! Using washi tape, draw the line of an imaginary city. Want to go the extra step and get bonus points? How about a washi tape Eiffel tower, oui? We’re loving this simple wallpaper panel idea. Using a wooden board, choose mix and match wallpapers and cover the boards to create a bohemian chic headboard set in a shared…
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    How Does She

  • From Ditz to Legit: How I Became a Fake Football Fan in 5 Easy Steps {and you can too!}

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve got girls constantly asking me to do cute braids on their hair!  It’s time to consult the web and get myself some fresh ideas and tutorials.  Thought I’d share my latest finds.   1. The “Frozen” braids are going to be a must at our house this Halloween.  Here.   2 -10.  Maybe a different princess will be at your house this Halloween?  If so, be sure to checkout this website!   11. This Puffy Headband braid is so adorable!  See it here.   12-23. How to rock a french braid.  12 ways.  Check it out…
  • What Her Death Taught Me About My Life

    Kathryn Thompson
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    When I think about leaving a legacy, my thoughts often turn to big fat achievements that will take me decades to accomplish, like writing classic literature or raising well-adjusted, happy, successful children. But I’ve recently learned that I may not have decades or years or even days to build my legacy. In many ways my legacy will be made up of what I did today and all the todays before this one. If I were gone tomorrow, and the only things I left behind were what I had done today, would they be enough to create a legacy I was proud of? When I found out my friend Kimberly had passed away…
  • National Preparedness Month Sale at Thrive Life

    Misty Marsh
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hello all!  I wanted to take just a few minutes of your time to let you know about a great sale going on this month at Thrive Life.  This is one of those that you want to tell your sister and mother about!  Thrive is offering many fantastic products at a great price as part of “National Preparedness Month.” In fact, this month, Thrive Life is offering more specials at once than they ever have before in honor of National Preparedness Month. There are specials in three different categories: 1. Food Rotation Systems These are the specials I’m most excited about as these…
  • Nutella Cake Pops

    Ana Helena Campbell
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Raise your hands if you’ve ever quietly approached the pantry more than usual because that week you had brought Nutella home and you couldn’t resist but had to open that jar when no one else was looking. Then you quickly dip the spoon into the jar pulling all that gooey hazelnut spread on the spoon that is going straight into your mouth. My hands are sure raised on that one! Now let’s combine this delicious spread with cake crumbs and put it on a stick for a bite size experience that will rock our taste buds. Shall we?  When I first heard about cake pops a few years ago, I knew…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Fall Crafts for Kids

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

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

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

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    These playful ways to connect with your kids on weekday mornings are simple to set up, easy to clean up afterwards, and only require a couple of minutes to do! Weekday mornings are notorious for being a busy and hectic time — especially once the school year begins. Thankfully, with just a bit of planning the […]
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  • Oh, hi there!

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2013 | 8:25 am
    Here’s a little update of my pomegranate seeds that I posted about a few days ago! I actually started these seeds about 10 days ago. If you read my mango posts you’d know that I’m extremely impatient with growing things, so I’d check up on it every day, which is probably not the best for the poor seed. With the pomegranate seeds I was actually able to keep them out of my mind for the 10 or so days it took for these guys to sprout and grow a bit. When I finally did check on them, I was excited to see a few had sprouted and one or two were actually touching the plastic…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make a Marquee Light Monogram

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have an old, unloved plastic playhouse in your yard? Why not give it a smashing new makeover like this Halloween House makeover from Saki.Girl at Halloween Forum. You could really sell the creepy look with a few well-chosen decorations from the dollar store! [see original post] Project Estimate: Old playhouse, on hand Gray spray paint, $4 Black spray paint, $4 Purple spray paint, $4 Assorted Halloween decorations, $1 each Total: $13 and up
  • Tutorial: Frosted Skull Mirror

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is actually an idea I had last year, when I first bought a large felt skull cutout from Dollar Tree.  I've had a can of frosted glass effect spray paint sitting on my shelf for a couple of years waiting for just the right project, so once inspiration struck, it was just a matter of finding the right mirror.  When the right one and the right price didn't surface last year, I ended up putting the idea aside.  Then the other day I went to Goodwill and happened across a mirror in just the right size for $4!  It wasn't exactly what I'd originally pictured, since it doesn't have a frame,…
  • Make a Flower Pot Pendant Light

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    It's that time of year when retailers make a final markdown push of garden-y stuff in order to make way for the upcoming surge of holiday merchandise.  If you find yourself tempted to snatch up some discounted flower pots, here is one more reason to say yes: a flower pot pendant light!  Alexa at Remodelista whipped up this designer-inspired hanging lamp using a flower pot and a hanging lamp kit, both of which you can find for super cheap, making this cost a fraction of what any store-bought pendant light would - and with so much more character!  [how to make a flower pot pendant light]…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vuelta al cole con Gastos de envio Gratis!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Stephanie Guimond
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    going through old family photos is one of my anchors Transitions can be discombobulating. Whether you’re between dreams, creative projects, homes or relationships, it’s not always easy to navigate that space between where you’ve let go of something old, but aren’t quite sure what form the new will take yet. It can be scary and frustrating to sit in this space between. It can also be insightful and restorative. There are many effective practices to help us navigate transition. Though the following three may at first seem simplistic, they’ve been especially helpful…
  • What We Focus on is Truly What We See

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I introduced you to Gail Van Kleeck some time ago, sharing one of her stories in the article, Expectations, Inspiration and Understanding.  Gail offers an enriched perspective on life and truly has a unique way of speaking to my soul. I hope you agree and seek out some of her “simple wisdom” or her latest book, The Magical Interior Design Guide. For more about Gail’s experiences and viewpoint, please see this biographical article about Gail in Life as a Creative: Simple Wisdom. Recently, Gail gifted me with a collection of stories and what an amazing treasure they have…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Autumn Tree Applique Block

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

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

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Vickie K! Please send me your contact information to claim your prize. Use the code WFA20 to receive 20% off orders until 9/30/2014. My grandson would love the Permalink Submitted by Vicki K (not verified) on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 18:38 My grandson would love the wire & beads kit. Whenever he visits he "helps" me make presents for his Mom. Sponsor: Artterro: Eco Art Kits Give-Away Date: Saturday, September 13, 8am EST – Monday, September 15, 8am EST Number of Winners: 1 Prize: One Art Dolls Kit and One Wire & Bead Art Kit Art Dolls Fun friends to…
  • Painted and Woven Stick Bouquet

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Lately, there have been several stick crafts including painting sticks, weaving between and adorning with fiber and beads. My plan is to fill up this basket with an assortment of sticks. This project is far from done, but thought I'd share what I've done so far. To begin with, I want these sticks for my new bedroom. I want the colors to match my bedroom area rug the basket and my house paint colors. The paint in these bowls are the paints from the walls of my house. I have used them, in part, to paint my first few sticks. I began by pruning one of my witch hazel bushes. This bush it trying…
  • The Printed Word

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Forgive me Madonna for hijacking your song but... "You know that we are living in a digital world, and I am a digital girl." Obviously, I spend a hefty chunk of each day using digital devices. Running our Wee Folk Art blog and Facebook page, means I'm at my computer a lot. Also, I do download books to my Kindle and I listen to books on Audible. It just suits my busy lifestyle. However, no matter how digital I've become, there is still something magical about holding printed materials in your hand. Often, date nights for Tim and I involve a lovely dinner followed by a leisurely visit to…
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  • 4 Workout Routines You Can Do During Your Lunch Hour

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

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

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

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

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

  • DIY Reconstruction: Sweater Into Skirt

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

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

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

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

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

  • A DIY Color Punch for your Lunch

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It may be early in the morning, but my hands are already covered in paint. A sign of a good day to come, right? So, as I jump into a few DIY projects of my own today, I thought I would share a handful of DIY projects you might want to try this weekend… 1.pearl knuckle rings DIY from Adventures in Fashion 2. easy back to school notebooks, using gold brads that I created for Momtastic 3. grapefruit popsicles recipe (these are so yummy) 4. stamped metal DIY message bracelets 5. minimal cutting board DIY idea from Francois et Moi 6. donut stool DIY from Studio DIY I’m totally going to…
  • Interior Obsessions: You Better WORK!

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Said in my best RuPaul voice. It’s been a while since I rounded up workspaces and I feel like I need a little inspiration in that department today. So instead of making this post super wordy, let’s just jump right in. Here are a handful of spaces I’m loving right now… (above) A fall-inspired desk with an awesome pink chair. (via Paper Collective) A workspace that I would love to create in. (via sfgirlbybay) A minimal office space. (via Daniella Witte) The perfect inspiration wall. (via The Design Files) I’ve never loved deep green as much I do in this photo.
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Tart Pan Tealights

    Jessica Christman
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Perfect for lighting up a rustic table setting or for adding ambiance to country decor, these simple little candles would also be at home with modern or industrial chic styles. Click here for the... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

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

    Jessica Christman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    More humane than catching the real thing if you've got them and a great substitute if you don't, these also make pretty centerpieces for evening picnic or subtle lighting along a path or up patio... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make a Glow-in-the-Dark House Key

    Jessica Christman
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Save yourself from fumbling around with your keys in the dark with this little trick and never struggle to find the right key in the dark again! 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 Golden Mason Jars

    Jessica Christman
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Perfect for pencils, flowers or even kitchen utensils, these jars will look fabulous all though the fall and winter. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    dismount creative

  • In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins To See

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tartlet Tins Needles & Pins: Mollie Makes Pincushions

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

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

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

    Cindy Hopper
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Gearing up for fall with a Burlap Wreath. It is a super easy fall decoration for your home. Burlap Wreath Supplies 1 1/2 yards burlap spool of burlap ribbon for bow 200 floral pins (greening pins) 1 straw wreath How to make a burlap wreath First cut about a 3 to 4 inch long strip of burlap to wrap around the wreath. Fasten off with a greening pin. Cut 4 inch squares of burlap. Fold the four inch square in half making a triangle. Bring the edges of the triangle to the center point. Use a greening pin to attach to the wreath. I pinned along the outside edge all the way around, then the inside…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an extra dose of fun!
  • Kid Friendly Food Ideas For Picky Eaters

    Cindy Hopper
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you have a picky eater?  Here a few Kid Friendly Food Ideas that are sure to please your little ones.  Presenting foods in a new way can often get them to eat better. These ideas are all easy to make and even easier to eat and take on the go. Don’t miss my Free Printable Lunch notes! This Fairy Sandwich will tempt any kid into finishing it all! By Kids Activities Blog   A whole new spin on pancakes these Banana Bread Pancakes look amazing. by Tidy Mom   Make ahead Breakfast Balls , kids can take them on the go! By Kids Activities Blog   S’mores Snack…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Endpapers, Frogs and a Pocket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Timothy Adam
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Who doesn't love soft pretzels? Here is a quick how-to on twisting hand made pretzels! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Should Etsy Sellers also build a website with 3dcart?

    Jason Malinak
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    About six months ago, I wanted to run a “daily deal” styled promotion of a product for sale in my Etsy shop, but obviously, Etsy does not provide a tool like a countdown timer to show when the deal expires, a place to easily highlight the % off the sales price, and does not provide a way to link... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Inside the belly of a big Teddy Bear …

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Have you seen this 1922 classic? Crocheted by Sara B. aka lusapal. Rating: 9.5/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • It’s Looking Pretty Grim – up for a challenge?

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

    Wendy at
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Well, isn’t this interesting? This Stone Creek Scarf Free Crochet Knit Combo Pattern is just what it says – some sections are knitted and the motifs are crocheted. It’s really lovely. Looking for more? Find 300+ Free Crochet Scarf Patterns. And how about a nice hat  – 200+ Free Hat Knitting Patterns. You might also like: Temperature Scarf Patterns Pink Slipper Project Swanky Glam Cowl Free Crochet Pattern AllCrafts Partner Online Craft Store Cozy Scarf Crochet Pattern
  • Spooky Bush Eyes Halloween Craft

    Wendy at
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    For maximum Halloween decorating with less cost, you have to make this Spooky Bush Eyes Halloween Craft. With some dollar-store pumpkins and paint, you can add these spooky eyes to a big bush or tree in your yard. Love this! Find even more DIY Halloween Decorations. You might also like: Homemade Halloween Face Paint Recipes Halloween Spooky Light-up Eyeballs Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern 50 Free Halloween Crochet Patterns Tulle Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial
  • Free Animal Advent Cross Stitch Pattern

    Wendy at
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here’s #1 of an ongoing Free Animal Advent Cross Stitch Pattern. Stitch the 25 Christmas animals as individual ornaments or together as an advent calendar, they’ll still be cute.  Added to Advent Calendars and Needlework. You might also like: DIY Grinch Advent Calendar DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar Christmas is Coming! Clothespin Christmas Countdown Christmas Crochet Advent Bunting Tutorial
  • Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern

    Wendy at
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Forgive me if I’m over-indulging in pumpkins but… I love this Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern. It’s sized for 3-6 months and, really, what could be more adorable? Add a Halloween onesie and you’re all set for great photos and trick or treating. Looking for more Baby Hat Crochet Patterns? How about more Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids? You might also like: Blooming Strawberry Baby Hat and Booties Free Crochet Pattern Fun Baby Hat Crochet Patterns Baby Elf Hat Crochet Pattern Baby & Toddler Witch Hat Halloween Crochet Pattern Christmas Tree Baby Hat…
  • 50 Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

    Wendy at
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Get your ghosts and goblins on with our collection of 50+ Free Halloween Crochet Patterns.  Of course, there’s pumpkins, bats, and candy corn to crochet, too! You might also like: Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern Baby & Toddler Witch Hat Halloween Crochet Pattern Halloween Crafts Updated Halloween Ghost Free Crochet Pattern Halloween Crafts Celebration Starts Tomorrow!
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Wonderful Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Getting more energy

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

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

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A few days ago, I discussed ways to organise and display kid’s artwork, and briefly shared my corkboard display. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it. We’ve been in our house just over two years, and I’m slowly adding a personal touch to the place. I have a picture in my mind of the kitchen and living area of the house having a bit of a beach theme, with white, blues and pale yellow being the colour palette. I’ve wanted to put up some display boards for the kids’ art for a while (well, ever since the hook for the previous string display fell down, and the artwork…
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    Sew4Home - Transform Your Space

  • National Sewing & Quilting Month Celebration at Fat Quarter Shop: Free Quilt Pattern

    Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    We're observing National Sewing and Quilting Month this week here on Sew4Home, but our friends at Fat Quarter Shop are celebrating all month long. They've invited a variety of bloggers and websites (including S4H) to offer some inspiration and help spread awareness as part of their I Love Quilting and Sewing" Blog Tour. They've challenged over 40 different creative leaders to try something new, to stretch their skills with a fresh technique or in a unique category. But more than anything, they want everyone to know what we know: sewing and quilting is the best! To pay it forward for spreading…
  • Mini Pouf Pincushion

    Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been all the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture and fun into a room. We have a full-size pouf project coming up soon, but in the meantime - and just in time for National Sewing Month, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but this would also be an awesome ScrapBusters project!Pin It
  • September is National Sewing Month: Teach Someone to Sew and Enter Our Special Giveaway

    Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    September is a month of fresh starts. Students are back in school, taking on the challenges of the next grade. Everybody at the office is back to work from all those end-of-summer vacations. And it's National Sewing Month; the time of year when all of us who sew are encouraged to teach someone new. If you can sew even at an intermediate level, you possess a unique skill. It means when you see something cool in a store, online or in a catalog, you have the ability to find fabric and make it yourself. There are a lot of people who wish they could do that! In fact, you probably know half a dozen…
  • Lovely Lace Valances

    Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts - even though they're up high. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision wearing them as a skirt. The key is the mixture of fabrics with pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print divided by narrow, see-though lace insets.Pin It
  • Easy Ironing Board Cover

    Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know the modern ironing board was invented and patented by African American former slave, Sarah Boone in 1892? It's true. Although hers was not the first ironing board on the scene, it was completely unique in its narrow, contoured design, which allowed sleeves to be drawn up over the board. We'd like to think Ms. Boone would be pleased with our cheery ironing board cover. Just about all sewing projects require a fair amount of time spent staring at your ironing board. Why force yourself to look at those gawd-awful striped covers they sell at the local Target®... I swear those things…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: Little girls t-shirt overlay bubble dress

    Anne Weaver
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Tutorial: Little girls t-shirt overlay bubble dress Remona from The Stitching Scientist shows how you can make an easy t-shirt bubble dress for a little girl.  By starting with a purchased t-shirt, all you have to do to make it … Read More...
  • Tutorial: No-sew accordion burlap pumpkin

    Anne Weaver
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Tutorial: No-sew accordion burlap pumpkin Gail from Purple Hues and Me shares a tutorial for making this accordion burlap pumpkin. Though it’s made from fabric, you won’t need to sew a stitch.  Instead, you’ll use Mod Podge and glue to … Read More...
  • Faux Lace Decorated Cupcake

    Carolyn Bickford
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It looks like lace, but it’s not! How beautiful would this be for an actual wedding that is serving cupcakes with a vintage theme. This would look lovely at a Bridal shower too. DIY Weddings shows us how to take … Read More...
  • Free pattern: Womens peasant top

    Anne Weaver
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Free pattern: Womens peasant top Melissa from Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns shares a free pattern for a womens peasant top.  It’s an easy style of top to make.  You can give it short sleeves, elbow length sleeves, or … Read More...
  • Halloween Felt Witch’s Laundry Day Tutorial and Pattern

    Linda Lanese
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Staci of Crafting Staci doesn’t decorate for Halloween because not many trick-or-treaters come to their house. One year she found herself needing a little spookiness and she saw some cute witch’s shoes and decided to do this witches laundry Day … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Halloween Felt Witch’s Laundry Day Tutorial and Pattern

    Linda Lanese
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Staci of Crafting Staci doesn’t decorate for Halloween because not many trick-or-treaters come to their house. One year she found herself needing a little spookiness and she saw some cute witch’s shoes and decided to do this witches laundry Day … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Bow and lace flats refashion

    Anne Weaver
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Bev from Flamingo Toes shows how you can refashion a pair of plain, inexpensive flats into these dressy shoes.  It’s a quick and easy style upgrade for your shoes. You can create different looks by the shape of lace cutout you use … Read More...
  • WIP Wednesday: The Choose-Your-Own Adventure Scarf

    Sarah White
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    About a month ago I told you about a knitalong Yarnspirations is doing in support of its United yarn. I decided to do it just for fun, and because I have a little time for fun knitting right now, since … Read More...
  • Creepy Coasters with pattern & instructions

    Linda Lanese
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    These creepy coasters come from Better Homes and Gardens with complete instructions.  These coasters will turn any room into a haunted house. They have a PDF downloadable pattern for the shapes and tell how to make them.  These are so … Read More...
  • Red Heart Launches New Website

    Sarah White
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Red Heart recently launched a redesigned website that is prettier and aims to make it easier for you to find the knitting and crochet patterns (and yarn information) you want. provides more than 2,300 free knitting and crochet patterns … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Simple Tips to Restart Your Workout Routine

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

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

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

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

    Jamie Sanders
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I have a great Easy (mostly-homemade) Baked Beans recipe to share with you today.  This recipe has a secret ingredient that makes the beans extra yummy!Both of my kids love beans.  All kinds.. ranch style, black beans, charro, re-fried and baked. So beans make a frequent appearance at dinner, either as a dish on their own or as a filler ingredient in a recipe. I personally love Baked Beans, the sweet and savory flavors together are just so good.  The addition of root beer and bacon to this baked bean recipe give it the just perfect amount of flavor.Click here to keep reading » Scattered…
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  • The stamp of my Grandmother...

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

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

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Howdy! I have been traveling and teaching like a madwoman this summer. I have barely been home two weeks in the last few months. As a result, my house is WAY dirty and I can't remember half the time if I'm coming or going. I'm glad to finally have a chance to share some samples I made with the my new Ranger release. It is all shipping now, so ask for it at your local store. First let me share the new stamps: Above: From the Past. I love these women, they will be so fun to play with. AND, one of the images is my grandmother. Can you guess which one? Above: Handwritten Quotes.
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  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 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!
  • Whoo's Looking At Me Pillow

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Add an adorable, wise little friend to your DIY home decor. This Whoo's Looking At Me Pillow is cute, quirky, and easy to sew. This cute owl pillow is sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces as they visit your home. Because this project uses die cutting, the design is sure to look flawless and professional. This DIY pillow is perfect for a child's bedroom or a modern, funky living room. Instead of spending a fortune on home decorations from stores, easy tutorials like this one help you make your own decor that you'll love so much more.
  • Doily Pin Cushion

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    This is a great project for beginner sewers. Make the Doily Pin Cushion to use during your sewing adventures. Add some vintage pieces to the cushion to personalize the project.
  • Scraptacular Pot Holder Pocket

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Unless you're extremely lucky, almost everyone knows the horrible sensation when they grab hold of a pot after it's been simmering on the stove. Sure, your stew is delicious, but is it worth burning your skin over? Thankfully, projects like the Scraptacular Pot Holder Pocket exist to prevent injury due to over-anxiety for food. From this free pot holder sewing pattern you can create a kitchen accessory to slide over the metal handle. When it comes time to move your dish to a serving area, this stylish sleeve will protect your hand from injury.
  • The Great Gathered Tote

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    If you're looking for a unique, funky new bag, this The Great Gathered Tote is for you. Learn how to sew a drawstring bag with this simple, fun tutorial. This DIY tote bag includes colorful grommets and a bright drawstring that contrast beautifully with the classic black-and-white checkered pattern. Perfect for girls and women of all ages, the size is just right for carrying all of your necessities without too big and bulky. Make one for yourself and one for all of your friends and family members.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • Postcards from Paris, Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    It's easy to make crochet jewelry. All you need is a hook, some yarn, and in this case some small beads. (Or if you don't have beads, you could leave the ball plain, or dab some glittery nail polish over it to add some pizazz!)
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Paper Plate Fall Leaf Suncatchers

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This activity is as simple as a box of chalk and a paved area outside! Almost Unschoolers shares how they covered a backyard patio with beautiful chalk fall leaves. 
  • Homemade Shape Game For Preschoolers

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With a little bit of cardboard and paint you can make this easy touch and feel shape game for your kids. Pink Stripey Socks shares this project and more on introducing math concepts to preschoolers. 
  • Color Wheel Collage Flower

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    This color wheel collage flower is a great project to introduce kids to the concept of the color wheel and use up scrap paper. Details are at Deep Space Sparkle. 
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  • Curvy Patch Pockets

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

    Michelle (
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Over the weekend I made this large size Grocery Bag.  This red fabric is a light weight home dec fabric I ordered from Superbuzzy several years ago.  It is a wonderful Japanese fabric and a little heavier than quilting cotton, so I thought it would be great for some bags.   But it just sat in my stash because larger prints don't always work with the small things I tend to sew.  It's taken me a few years to learn this, but the answer for what to do with larger prints is: Make Grocery Bags!  This bag is lined in the black and white stripe print in this WIP picture: I post quite…
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #5

    Michelle (
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    - - Sample Sale - - Today this little pouch is available as a sample. This was made using the #5 zipper pouch template.  The exterior fabric is from Alexander Henry's Love City collection. The lining is called Dottie from Moda: The prices include shipping.  Choose your location in the drop down box and then click the Buy Now" button. Thanks! Location US $12.50 USD Outside US $22.00 USD
  • Tiny Pintuck Wristlet

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

    Michelle (
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    - - Sold - Thanks! - - It's been a while since I've made the small size Zip Pocket Pouch, but in the last 24-hours I've managed to finish two of them.  Every time I make one of these pouches I remember how quick and easy it is to sew this zipper!  This is perhaps the easiest zipper to install in all of my patterns.  I was thinking about sewing this while I was walking the dog this morning, and got the idea to just skip cutting out the individual A - C pieces and sew the entire pouch and then cut it out. So that is what I did for this one.  Instead of cutting out each of the…
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall Leaves Hair Pins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Design Originals has been publishing outstanding how-to books on arts and crafts for over 25 years and is known as a trendsetter in the art and craft industry. Their books are full of creative ideas by innovative artists and crafters. They have been privileged to be able to work with many talented people over the years, including Chris Cozen, Linda Peterson, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, Vivian Peritts. Alice Korach and of course their very own creative soul Suzanne McNeill.
  • How to Make Your Own Award Certificates

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Throughout the school year, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with your students! There are lots of printable award certificates out there, but why choose something impersonal when you can make a custom award that your students (and their parents!) will want to keep forever? With this tutorial, you can learn how to design your own award certificates for any and every occasion! This guide will teach you the basics of using to design awards for perfect attendance, completion of a learning challenge, or simply to reward your star student of the week. Customize your…
  • Duck Brand

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    An American original, Duck Brand is known for its quality and innovation, which now includes a vibrant assortment of hundreds of colors, designs and licenses. Duck Tape brand duct tape is available nationally at mass merchandise, craft, hardware, home center, food, drug, office, auto and specialty retailers in colors like aqua, fluorescent green, pink, orange and yellow, and designs such as Mustache, Cheeta Kisses and Comic Book.
  • American Girl Crafts

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    American Girl Crafts is the first comprehensive crafting program for girls ages 8 to 12 from EK Success Brand. The supplies, designer tools and easy, step-by-step kits are all created to help girls celebrate their creativity and self-expression.
  • Kids Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Read kids craft books and supply reviews and enter to win kids craft book and supply giveaways! You can enter once daily!
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    Knits by Britt

  • Mermaid Dreams Shawl

    Brittany Jones
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    I dyed my own multicolor yarn for half of the yarn used in this project. You can dye your own too, it is super easy! If you would rather not attempt to dye your own, use any multicolor yarn you wish in worsted weight. You can find PAAS Easter Egg Dye online if it isn't close to Easter. I always buy a bunch of kits right after Easter because they are always 50-75% off! Materials - Just a bit over 100 grams of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn Wheat (402)- 100 grams of Universal Yarn "Ready to Dye Collection" Superwash Merino Worsted Weight - 1 package of PAAS Easter Egg Dye/Vinegar, or dye of…
  • Bright Lights Shawl

    Brittany Jones
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This is the perfect shawl for Spring and Summer. My lovely 7-year-old daughter is modeling this shawl, but it looks great on adults too! ;) Materials - Less than 100 yards of Interlacements Yarn, Cotton Poly Spiral, in Las Vegas Brights- US 8 circular needles (at least 24 inches)- 2 St Markers- Tapestry Needle- Scissors- Blocking mats- Pins Abbreviations - BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on - K: Knit - K2tog: Knit 2 sts together - PM: Place st marker- Sl: Slip 1 st (knitwise) to the right needle without knitting it - SM: Slip marker to right needle - SSK: Slip 2 stitches to the right needle and then…
  • Woven Stitch Cowl

    Brittany Jones
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:20 pm
    If you haven't heard of Wool and the Gang yet, then you're missing out. I love the way they are making knitting appealing to the younger generation. I was on their site, and found this beautiful stitch called the "Woven stitch." I instantly fell in love with it, and immediately knit up multiple cowls featuring this gorgeous stitch. I've found that this stitch looks best in bulkier yarns and brighter colors. Materials:- One skein or less of Size 6 super bulky yarn - Size US 13 needles - 2 medium buttons - Tapestry Needle - Measuring Tape- Scissors Abbreviations:- BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on -…
  • #penguinKAL

    Brittany Jones
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I know it's been a hot minute since I've created a new blog post. I was promoted at work and my husband was deployed, so I didn't have a lot of free time on my hands. I'm so sorry! Soooo, I ran across an article today that made me want to organize a knit-along! The Penguin Foundation has put a global call out for knitters to knit sweaters for penguins in rehab from oil spills. The sweaters help keep them warm while they're recovering and also keep them from trying to get the oil out their feathers on their own. If your knit sweaters arrive to the foundation while they have a surplus they will…
  • Pretty in Polka Dots Cowl

    Brittany Jones
    1 Dec 2013 | 4:12 pm
    I loved my Pretty in Polka Dots hat and fingerless gloves so much that I decided to design a cowl to complete the set! It is super easy and fun to knit. You can customize it by using any two colors that you want! P.S. - These make great Holiday gifts! Materials - Scissors- Size US 9 circular knitting needles, or whichever size needles you need to obtain gauge with your worsted weight yarn- St marker- Less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn in Color A- Less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn in Color B- Tapestry needle- Measuring tape Abbreviations - BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on- K: Knit-…
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    Blooms And Bugs

  • Lined tutu tops, the Why and How

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scrappy Little Bandanas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Today is THE day! NEW YARN DAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Anita Kejriwal
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello friends,I,m Anita back with my weekly wednesday post. The festive season and the wedding season is right there in India and I like to give gift vouchers or money as gifts to my friends and relatives so that they can buy whatever they like and for this purpose, I like to make lots of envelopes in different shapes and according to the ocassion. Here I bring to you a very special wedding envelope and I loved the soft shades of this .All the flowers are handmade using the build a flower die and even the envelope is handmade.So do have look and one can change the colour of the flowers and…
  • Winter Card

    leslierahye strickland
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here with a winter card using the Birch Tree and the Fancy Deer. I began by making an embossed snowflake background with a piece of vellum. I layered snowflakes and fancy deer with torn pieces of "snow". I created depth by using foam tape. I added "shimmer" to the snow background with pan pastel. A bit of "snow" in the front and on the branches collected as glitter. My focal panel was mounted onto a matte with a bit of Snowflake Mesh Border. A bunny from the Birch Tree set and a wee Hello finish off the card.Cheery Lynn Dies used Birch…
  • Patriotic Page with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Greetings and welcome to the Cheery Lynn Designs blog!  It's Rhonda here today to host the blog.I made a patriotic page today featuring a photo of Mt. Rushmore that I took when we were on vacation this summer. There was something so patriotic and majestic about seeing the monument in person.I started with an 8x8 piece of white cardstock and used Fancy Corners #4 on the corners. Next, I used the Scalloped Rectangle and aligned it to cut a 7x7" square. (This is one of the Reflections Boutique dies.) At the top I used a Victorian Romance Flourish as a hanger type of element in between…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 150 - Things with Wings

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using the winner of our All about Texture challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:9 Timestamp: 2014-09-14 00:12:20 UTC #9 - Dr. Sonia S V    Congratulations, Sonia.  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 Things with Wings challenge.
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    Grow Creative

  • How I Create

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our First Video Blog

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners

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

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

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

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

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

  • Diy Paper Bows.

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

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

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

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    As I mentioned in this post I've been having fun making a whole bunch of these diy origami gift boxes. I've been thinking about using them for christmas presents (how great would they look filled with these cinnamon sugar coated cashews?) but you could use them all year round to hold whatever you want.Things you'll need to make your own origami gift boxes:Scrapbook paper,Bone folder,Glue,Craft knife,Ruler,And a Cutting mat.1. Carefully measure and cut your paper to size.To make your origami box you are going to need 2 pieces of square paper, the second needs to be 1/2 inch smaller than…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


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

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

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

  • DIY Phone Case with Chalkboard Markers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Drab to Fab with Fabric Painting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ribbon Bat Bunting

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

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

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

    The Ribbon Retreat
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello and Welcome to our fabulous YouTube Thursday where we get super crafty video style! I am so in love with this time of year. Here in small town Idaho, the air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change color and the Scentsy burners are going crazy keeping our homes full of delicious Fall […]
  • Ribbon Covered Stretchy Headband

    The Ribbon Retreat
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am always so impressed by how incredibly innovative our Contributors are! I mean…really? Who thinks about putting our awesome fold over elastic (FOE) in the middle of a piece of ribbon to create a super cute and super handy headband? This headband is awesome and made out of two of my favorite products in […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • 18 Recycled Pumpkin Crafts

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fall in love with a fall mantel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A sweet combination of delicious Pumpkin cake and ice cream makes this Pumpkin Ice Cream the perfect Fall dessert!   There’s no need to run out and buy an ice cream maker for this easy recipe!  This recipe is so easy you can even make it with your kids. All you need is this delicious […] The post Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream with Cake appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Pumpkin Cake and Ice Cream Sandwiches

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    A delicious cake and ice cream combination.  These Pumpkin Cake and Ice Cream Sandwiches make a perfect Fall dessert filled with all the delicious Pumpkin flavors.   I LOVE pumpkin, especially this time of year. Have you ever wondered why we only serve pumpkin during the holiday season? It’s like why do we only have […] The post Pumpkin Cake and Ice Cream Sandwiches appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Hello everyone! I am so glad to have you here with us! Please share with us all your wonderful crafts, recipes, printables, and tips! If this is your first time here Welcome and feel free to jump right it! Meet your hosts! Marti at Sewlicious Home Decor Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods Be sure to […] The post Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party!

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello everyone! I am so glad to have you here with us! Please share with us all your wonderful crafts, recipes, printables, and tips! If this is your first time here Welcome and feel free to jump right it! Meet your hosts! Marti at Sewlicious Home Decor Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods Be sure to […] The post Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party! appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 17/September

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    This is another of the pre-vacation projects I just got ready to share now. Since I was going to take the Ipad with me on vacation I decided I needed a cover to keep it relatively safe.I'm sure Apple sells adequate covers for this purpose but I did not want to spend money on it, so I checked my fabric stash and found a piece of of oilcloth (with owls) which seemed perfect to keep poolside humidity away from the Ipad.I measured the Ipad and quickly drafted a simple pattern (available for download at the bottom of this post).For the lining I used a thick quilt-like with fabric which helps shock…
  • Weekend bloghop 12/September

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxLink your favorite posts below & join the fun!
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    Precious Crafts

  • Crochet : Repurpose An Old Cross Stitch Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Living amidst vineyards, is one of our blessings, nothing but vineyards behind our house, filled with vines providing the famous “Blanquette” from this region. Sounds romantic, it isn’t when at 5 am you wake up as cars and tractors drive past, on the field road behind the house, to start an early day grape picking. That’s what happened yesterday morning, alerting all our dogs, something is going on… The “vendange” has begun! When we bought our house, the previous owners left us an old, not wanted wine press, which we turned into a wonderful garden ornament. It’s not that…
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  • Introducing Rug Hooking Wool Strips

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Do You Knit a Scarf?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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