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  • Family Card Journal Keepsake

    The Crafty Crow
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Jacks and Kate shares this wonderful idea for a family card journal where birthday and holiday cards are created in one journal. I wish I had known about this idea years ago when my kids were little, what an amazing keepsake this would be!
  • Beautiful and Ornate Wooden Spool Ornaments!

    Happybird's Crafting Haven
    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
      To see my FULL tutorial on how to put these together, please click on my YouTube video at:   I made these beautiful little spool ornaments out of unfinished wooden spools (Approx. 1-1/8 inch tall and a little under 2-1/2 inches around the middle part.) I loved this project because the ornaments are SO easy, yet they look like something you took a long time
  • Christmas Carols with Irina Gerschuk

    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog
    Irina Gerschuk
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:I used  Cutie Fringe die to create a pine-tree brunch And here is the closer look to the volume and all layers:Dies used:- Cutie Fringe III - B257- Horizon Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames - DL270- Heartland America Large - DL110And don't miss our new challenge - the theme is so versatile, and the price is yummy)))))Thank you for stopping by!Have a lovely day!Irina
  • 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…
  • 17 Organized Homework Stations

    Tip Junkie
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's so important for a child to have their own space to work and be creative. These creative Homework Stations will help your child successfully complete all of their homework!  Here are 13 homework organization stations that will inspire you to get organized that you can create for your own home! We've taken away all the guess work on how to organize a homework station with these incredible tutorials. For even more school activities and supplies Tip Junkie's Creative Community has over 280 tutorials. You can always search there if you'’re…
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  • 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…
  • retro car printable cupcake boxes!

    claudine hellmuth
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I remember the first car that I bought "completely brand new" - I was 26 years old and it was a 2000 New Beetle in BRIGHT yellow. I loved this car right from the first minute I drove it off the lot. It was so adorable, like driving around a little piece of sunshine! I even had a sunflower in the dashboard bud vase.  In 2008 when we moved to DC we sold my car and I actually cried when I said goodbye to it. My heart still flutters when I see a yellow Beetle drive by! And just for the record I do not approve of the new redesign of the Beetle. It's not as cute and girly…
  • i'm in mollie makes handmade weddings magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I was so excited to see that my Retro Cassette tape printable kits were featured in Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings Magazine in a DIY 80's wedding round up on page 70! Yay! You can purchase your own retro cassette tape printable kit in my shop here and grab this issue of Mollie Makes here. 
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  • the journey distress stain layout

    tim holtz
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    i’ve always loved the colorful and layered styling of media team member mou saha. her simplistic approach to using stamps on this layout and then adding a wash of distress stain color is brilliant. check out this great tutorial to learn all there is to it…t!m Hi everyone, Mou Saha here today with a layout Continue Reading
  • home mixed media decor

    tim holtz
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    when it comes to mixed media, creative freedom is key. media team member aida heron takes on an artful adventure of incorporating different elements to create this textured masterpiece. i love her use of distress glitter in different ways – so are you ready to let your creativity play too?…t!m Hello everyone ! I am Continue Reading
  • mini distress ink winners…

    tim holtz
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    hey everyone, thanks for sharing in the excitement for the new mini distress ink kits!  it was great reading your favorite color comments, and i agree it’s impossible to choose just one.  in fact when people ask me what my favorite color of distress is, my answer seems to change by the minute.  i can’t Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    16 Aug 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 richele christensen: blueprint birthday card paula cheney: discover burlap panel emma williams: natures beauty anna-karin evaldsson: watercolor resist layout mou saha: stamped photo frame
  • new mini distress kits…

    tim holtz
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    good news distress lovers – the final release of the mini distress ink kits is here!  that means all 48 colors of distress ink are now available in the convenient, portable, and shall i say adorable mini size.  it’s been so awesome to see all the great ideas shared, techniques created, and hearing from many Continue Reading
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  • A Custom Bicycle Dashboard

    Jeremy Cook
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you’re not satisfied with the lightweight digital speedometer that you can buy at your local bike shop, why not build your own bicycle dashboard using various electrical components and wood? DJ decided to do just that, and gives instructions with an electrical schematic, parts list, and Arduino sketch, in […]Read more on MAKE
  • Hour-Long Special on Maker Faire Airing Tomorrow Night

    Caleb Kraft
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    If you live in the San Francisco area, you are already aware of who Kron4 is. They’ll be airing an hour-long special about Maker Faire at 9pm tomorrow, Friday, August 22. If you were at the Bay Area Maker Faire, you may have seen them interviewing people and walking around […]Read more on MAKE
  • How to Fix Your Broken MicroView

    Alasdair Allan
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    The response by GeekAmmo and Sparkfun to the MicroView problem has been amazing, but you can fix your broken one fairly simply if you're prepared to crack the case.Read more on MAKE
  • Bigger Wheel

    Gregory Hayes
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Too big for your old Big Wheel? Get back in the race by building an adult-sized trike from plywood. Read more on MAKE
  • We Make Health Fest recap

    Tyler Worman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    The We Make Health Fest took place on Saturday 8/16. The fest was hosted by the University of Michigan and encouraged creation of technology that could change how we stay healthy. Speakers from the community presented on many exciting topics and below you’ll find some of the exciting ideas that […]Read more on MAKE
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  • 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…
  • Padron peppers, nature’s game of surprise

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Padrón peppers are delicious and they are also like a little game of surprise – most of these are mild but ever fifth one is hot. This can be especially amusing if somebody at your dinner is likely to break out into hiccups when they bite into a spicy pepper. (Ahem, Scott!) Traditionally these are fried in a skillet but we find them just as delicious when tossed with a little olive oil and grilled. Add some good salt to finish and that’s all you need. They practically melt in your mouth, yum. If you have not encountered these yet, I somehow got to adulthood without being…
  • links: food

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Happy almost Independence Day! A few of the links below are Fourth of July themed, the rest are yummy: What to Drink on July 4th | Serious Eats. Mostly I’m eyeing the Campari-laced version of the Starfruit Sangria here, the slice of starfruit is such a simple decoration for the Fourth. The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake – YouTube. By Numberphile. A very clever way to slice a round cake so that you can keep it as fresh as possible day after day, and the suggestion is from 1906! Via The Morning News. Sprinkle Bakes: Crème Brûlée Filled Strawberries. So tiny and so fancy.
  • links: technology

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:43 am
    Monument Valley: new levels on the way | Polygon. Yes! Tales From The Borderlands nets a nerdy voice cast | Joystiq. I’m pretty darn excited for this game to come out. Oculus Game Lucky’s Tale Will Blow Your Mind | Game|Life | WIRED. I want to play this. Ask a Game Dev — Why are so many people demanding AAA titles to be all feminist and stuff when women don’t even buy those games?. There are twice as many gamers who are female and over the age of 31 than there are male under the age of 18, so guess who is spending money on games. Via Andrea Phillips. How to Make a Light-Up…
  • Vacation Slides: finding our way out of an English hedge maze

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    One of my four goals for our trip to the UK last year was the find my way out of a hedge maze so we headed to the maze at Hampton Court which is a short train ride from London. The Hampton Court Maze isn’t the largest hedge maze in the UK but it is the first one planted in Great Britain, dating from 1690. It’s also reportedly the most famous hedge maze so we figured it would do nicely. Being iconic means that the actual layout of the maze is depicted everywhere even on the sign at the entrance to the maze and, I think, printed on our tickets. We tried not to study it too closely,…
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  • 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…
  • Happy 2014

    1 Jan 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello and Happy New Year friends! I welcome 2014 with open arms and wishes for good health and happy hearts! I’ve been thinking about my one little word for 2014 and looking back at my words in years past. 2013: home | 2012: calm | 2011: green | 2010: focus | 2009: do it now (DIN) | 2008: diligent This year I’ve chosen a word that I think is just right for our new home and new lifestyle. As we adopt the retired life, and start new traditions and shed some old, I’d like to refine and simplify our lives and choose what is best for our family. I wish you a very…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • new outfit for Zoe

    Hillary Lang
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Today Phoebe made some new green shoes, floral skirt and ballerina headband for her doll. She cut out the felt shoes and hand sewed them together. She pushed the gas on the sewing machine while we sewed the skirt and threaded the elastic through the waistband with a safety pin. And she measured out the ribbon for the headband. She's working on a drawing for a friend for Zoe now. I've fallen so out of habit with crafting with the kids. Oscar never makes anything anymore. And although Phoebe is always drawing and coloring she doesn't stick with other crafty endeavors for long. I…
  • berries

    Hillary Lang
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Summer is going too fast this year. Just typing that makes me panic. I don't want to think about it. Here's a lovely day we had last week. We spent a week in Michigan and had such a great time, mostly on the beach but on one of the cooler days we went blueberry picking. It was awesome. So calm and easy. No bouncy house or petting zoo or carnival rides, just us and 4 buckets.
  • move those babies

    Hillary Lang
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I'm working on a new, very satisfying, project. Finally uploading the camcorder video from 2004-2007 onto the computer. It's a fun time. The camcorder only plugs into the old defunct laptop that won't find the network and has zero disk space because somehow the computer we used for 10 years ran on 25MB of hard drive or some such nonsense. I am doing my best to not cry that I didn't have my trusty iPhone to capture every moment of Oscar & Phoebe's babyhood. It's ok. I have something at least. And one bazillion photos. It'll be ok. I think I might make…
  • Jul 8, 2014

    Hillary Lang
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Ok I'm stepping outside. I've been working on the spread for hours and I cannot get it right. My PL has caught up to when I started using the Collect and Day One apps. I must have 100+ photos I want to include for this one week. And we did nothing... went to the pool, watched World Cup, went to butterfly house, ate donuts. But I must have documented every step we took. Is it just Summer? Only so many photos of walking to school, soccer practice and doing homework that one can take. But summer! I have a photo of every flower in the garden, every cocktail made, every time they get on…
  • Watercolor

    Hillary Lang
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    First stab at watercolor lettering. I think I need better supplies. Maybe not use ikea paints. And to read the directions again. Very intrigued by the calligraphy course. Wonder if I can figure this out on my own.
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    Make and Takes

  • No-Bake French Silk Pie…YUM!

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    I don’t know about you guys, but I live in the desert and it is HOT these days. Temperatures above 105 almost every day! I love to bake, but turning on my oven sounds like a sweaty nightmare right now. When I saw this no-bake french silk pie recipe on A Cup of Jo, I knew it was the perfect summer baking dish to beat the heat. It looks sooooooo good! Check out these other pie recipes: Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Muffin Tin 6 Layer Cherpumpie Key Lime Pie The post No-Bake French Silk Pie…YUM! appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Colorful Painted Craft Sticks

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Sometimes, it’s fun to paint or draw on something other than paper. A jumbo craft stick is the perfect canvas for creating a mini-masterpiece. We tried two different painting materials on our craft sticks – watercolors and acrylic craft paints. I asked my girls which type of paint was their favorite for craft stick painting, but they couldn’t decide! These are so fun to make – I bet your kids will want to paint a bunch like my girls did! I set-up two painting stations – a palette of acrylic paints and small containers of liquid watercolors. Near the acrylic…
  • Apple Stamped Cards for Back to School

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    Apples just seem to shout… “Back to School”!! So we’re sharing a take on the apple by making art with an apple stamp. Find all those bad and bruised apples and slice them in half to make these apple stamped cards! You could make a whole set of cards to gift to teacher. They will love to receive these cards, as they are always needing a few thank you cards for the gifts given to them at the beginning of school. I’m sharing the full tutorial and supply list over at CreativeLive for these crafty apple stamped cards. Head over to see the DIY and be sure to sign up…
  • Jazzing up Roasted Asparagus, YUM!

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    I’m always looking for ways to spice up my veggies for dinner. I love asparagus, but there’s only so many ways to eat it as a plain ol’ side dish. For today’s recipe, I’m adding in a few other yummy ingredients to bring asparagus to whole new level! This recipe can be your main meal or served as a super awesome jazzed up side dish. Recipe for Roasted Asparagus Dish with Drizzled Balsamic Dressing: asparagus bacon – cooked and sliced into bits hard-boiled eggs cooking oil salt & pepper Marzetti Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinaigrette Add 1 T. cooking oil…
  • Felt Goodie Bag for Teacher

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    With back to school creeping up on us, it’s time to start thinking how we can celebrate the new year! We love to gift our teacher with something for the start of the new year, helping them feel loved and appreciated! Even something super simple, like these Felt Goodie Bags. You can fill these with so many fun things: pencils, gift cards, handmade gifts or a small card, and treats! I’m a new contributor over at Creative Child Magazine, a darling online magazine for the whole child. There are crafts, parenting tips, music activities, and easy treats to make for kids. I’m…
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  • making textured paper (super easy)

    amy k.
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I'm not sure when I learned how to make this easy textured paper, I think it was in a box making class in college. I was obsessed with it for a while and made stacks and used it quite a lot in various projects and then moved on and tucked this knowledge into the back corners in my brain for years. Lydia wanted to make a treasure map recently and we thought distressed textured paper would be prefect, and my brain remembered this easy technique. Go brain! This might be super common knowledge, but it just came back to me, so I'd thought I'd share. This works great with text-weight…
  • current cross stitch project

    amy k.
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I am close to finishing this cross stitch project. the pattern is by Stacy Nash Primitives and it's called Basket of Flowers Pinkeep. I want to get back to some crewel work. I have enjoyed doing this, but I get a little twitchy when I stitch so many X's. I'm reorganizing (mostly down-sizing) my craft/sewing room, focusing on the two huge bookshelves. It's taken two weeks, but I am almost done. I plan to "shop my craftroom" for the next year (I could for probably do this for 5 years) and try to lay-off adding more craft books and supplies, now that I can see and…
  • I'm a big fan of figs.

    amy k.
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    This morning I had my figs with ricotta, honey and pistachios. Delicious. I love this combination so much, but searching for fig recipes on Pinterest has given me many other ideas. Some random links: I just saw this from Powell's Books, a list of 25 books "to read before you die". I had only heard of a few of these books. It's an interesting list. I haven't really done much weaving, but if I get into it, especially with the kids, this tutorial over at HonestlyWTF is really helpful. I do get a little creeped out by some weaving like this. I always am afraid of finding…
  • chillin'

    amy k.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    We are in full summer mode in Portland now, with lots of hot days and we are feeling it! We have no AC. We live in the shade, so it's not so bad, and I love actually feeling the seasons. This is what I tell myself at 6pm and it's not possible to think about cooking and I'm starting to have a mommy moment. These internet items are making me so happy: Crazy cool sticker mandala at Honestly WTF (via: I don't remember, but from somewhere—not me.) This looks so amazing. And funny. I love seeing the random football or hot dog. It also looks not inexpensive. I would love to try…
  • small books (by a young Brontë)

    amy k.
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    We are learning about the Brontë sisters right now and one of our favorite aspects of their lives are the imaginary worlds they created—complete with handmade books. Very, very small books. I jumped out of my chair when I happen to read, on the internet (but I don't remember where) that many of these books were scanned and are available to print. I printed them immediately. They were a hassle to print, they are enlarged, so you can read them, but to print them at the actual scale they were written (impossibly small) they need to be reduced. I fussed around for a long time wasting…
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    Misty Mawn

  • falling out of place

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

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

    13 May 2013 | 3:09 pm
    "I've been things and seen places." - Mae West "True happiness comes from the joys of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."  - Antoine de Saint - Exupery "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."  - Maya Angelou dear reader, you came back...  thank you & hello again!  As always,  life continues to move at a speed that at times I feel I can barely keep up with, but I continue to earnestly try... or at least pretend.  ;)   Since my last…
  • 4 Feb 2013 | 8:18 am

    4 Feb 2013 | 8:18 am
    Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.  -Buddha   
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  • new paintings coming soon
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
      I've been painting into the wee hours lately, tuning out and tuning in at the same time.  Different styles are coming forth, different ideas, different directions. Fun.  I'm working on wrapping up another little collection and plan to list here on the blog in the next few days. Last round was mostly larger paintings. This time there are just a couple larger and more smaller sizes, easier on the shipping, the wallet, and the wall ;).  Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek...full paintings coming soon!   
  • recent sketchbook-ing
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I've been trying to sketch regularly. At least the sketching part, the coloring part can wait usually, although if there is a particular color I'm trying to match, I keep that in mind when choosing what my subject will be. The watercoloring the sketch is the most fun for me, because that's when it all comes together. But the sketching is the part that I want to push for growth.  I knew I wasn't going to be painting in this one, so made notes on it to water color in later.  I did the same get to it later with the background of the yellow flowers from Palm Springs:…
  • embroidery class at French General coming up!
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Summer is really going by all too quickly! So quickly, that I'm not sure I've even mentioned here that I've got a class coming up at French General in a couple weeks (August 30, to be exact). We'll be using one of my embroidery patterns to stitch on. Specifically, the Happy Day pattern, but I'll bring my others if participants want to swap for another.  I'm gathering goodies for the kits now, having learned that everything takes longer than I expect it to.  ...and I'm making little strawberry pincushions for each stitcher that cares to join us.
  • back home, weaving on the road update
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Thought I'd share what I got done while on the long road trip this past weekend. The above is the first one I did using the travel loom (linked to in last post). I really enjoyed using it and it's tools: Here's what's on the loom now. I decided to just use all the little scrap pieces of yarn on this one and see what comes of all the different sizes and colors. No thinking whatsoever. That's always good on a roadtrip!  This is the one started last road trip (shown in beginning stages last post) completed while on this one.  I wanted to mention that even though…
  • hand weaving update
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Here's my favorite piece so far. Well, actually, my favorite piece is one I gifted to a friend for her birthday, it's this one here: Still imperfect of course, but my "best" so far I think.  and here are some close ups of the favorite that I still have: These two below were started on the road trip last week, still working on these two:   Speaking of road trips, we're taking a looong one tomorrow. The kids and I are taking grandpa up to Northern California (poor hubs has to work) to visit my brother and family tomorrow. We've got about 8 hours on the…
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    The Soap Bar

  • August Sunshine Soap Porn

    Joanna Schmidt
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been so neglectful with giving you the good stuff, my little pretties, so here is a little eye candy for you to enjoy this weekend...Poppy Soap Co.M. Strand SoapBodhi Basics (etsy)Soap For Your Soul (etsy)Freedom Soap Co.
  • Life Moves Fast....And Here I Go!

    Joanna Schmidt
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    So if you've been following this blog, you have been with me through quite a bit.  A whirlwind of life changes and a couple of career changes.I started this blog in August, 2007.  Woah.  Seven years ago.  So much has happened in the last seven years.  I knew nothing about making soap when I started this blog.  I only knew that I just loved handcrafted soap and I knew that it needed to be in the spotlight.  If you didn't read this blog then, you may be interested how it all began.  You can go back to the beginning.  My first post asked people if…
  • Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate!

    Joanna Schmidt
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I've always loved the scrubby manliness of an exfoliating bar of soap.  Something so perfect about scrubbing the dirt off my skin that makes me feel extra clean and feeling refreshed.  I think the only scrubby soap I did not care for was luffah soap.  I felt like my skin was being scraped off with razor blades.  And I like my soap rough, too.  Ground coffee, sand, volcanic rock, whatever....but you can keep your whole loofah and razors.  It's just not for me, thank you.SO I've been looking around at exfoliating soaps, loving the texture of seeing them, being that…
  • It's Been Too Long, Sporny Sporn ~ An Etsy Extraction

    Joanna Schmidt
    27 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Sporn = Soap PornAllow me to Spoon Feed you now......No. 204 Impetus Natural Wheatgrass Soap by Hart and HawthornDragon's Blood by mybeautyeCoconut Milk Lemongrass by Bubble LuxeRosemary Soap by The Little RagamuffinVegan Lavender Soap by Westford SoapsHazelnut Cappuccino Coffee Soap by KM Elegant CreationsJust a few soapy images for all of you who have been patiently waiting while I have been so busy with my life stuffs.....More coming soon, alog with an announcement of sorts coming this May!xxoo jo
  • Food Soap Challenge

    Joanna Schmidt
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of the reasons I post challenges on Soaper's Retreat on facebook is to push your abilities to express yourselves and the photographs you take of the masterpieces you make.  In life and in work, I always feel like if I don't push the envelope or think outside the box, in my work, or anything else I do, will just be overlooked, be plain, "pedestrian"... and like everyone else's.  So this challenge, The Food Challenge, was to use a food item, never used BY YOU before in your soaps.  I was clear in my food challenge description, that failures (meaning that if the food item…
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  • Star Wars Craft: Death Star Cushion

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I added this Death Star Cushion to my Geek Pinterest board and it got 50 repins, I knew I had a winner. Nothing like a little pre-testing before sharing something with you here on GeekCrafts! Pops de Milk has done all the mental gymnastics for you and figured out how to make a perfectly spherical (and evil) Death Star in crochet form – no small feat! The result is a nice size pillow accent that would be perfect for a den or dorm room. But if a 96-stitch/28″ circumference seems too much for your needs, she also made an adorable Cutest Little Death Star that is sure to capture…
  • Re-Directed Art By David Irvine

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Some paintings have a sad fate. They sit on on the shelves of a thrift store or up in a dusty attic, forgotten for months, maybe years, and will probably never find a forever home to be displayed proudly in. Maybe you’ve got something like this tucked away in your own home, or seen one in a thrift store yourself. If they get lucky and someone mistakes them for a Matisse, or maybe they just happen to get picked up by this guy, they can be admired again. David Irvine, the talented Canadian artist behind the Gnarled Branch, has set out to salvage thrift store paintings from their sad…
  • I Am Groot’s Jewelry

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Jewelry artist Danica Asurdzic has created a really lovely doublesided pendant of Groot. The pendant is made of copper wire and gemstones. She used blue sheen labradorite for his eyes. When it’s flipped over to the flying rocket side inspired by the ship’s colors (blue, orange and white), she used clear quartz points, orange carnelian from Botswana, blue obsidian, and tiny white opal behind it . She also included a “tunnel” for the chain in the middle, so it can be flipped and worn both sides without taking it off.
  • Knit: Longer on the Outside Scarf

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Unless you are/were one of the lucky ones to get into a World Tour Screening we are nearly at the premiere of a new season of Doctor Who. And  we know how I feel about having fitting crafts for the times right? So why not a re-imaging of the fourth doctor’s scarf with some illusion knitting to go with it.  Designer, Franklin Habit, has done just that. Illusion/Shadow knitting is a technique, where using two colors and the basic knit stitches of Knit & Purl (seriously everything is built on those two guys). You use two colors and alternating your knit and purl stitches in pattern…
  • Ami Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Crochet

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    In honor of the recent release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I thought I would share this cute Ninja Turtles amigurumi pattern from Laura Carrascosa Fuster / Las manos de Alea. I love their little round yellow bellies and felt accents, and the little loop to make them keychain/lanyard-friendly. My husband saw the new movie over the weekend and wasn’t overly impressed, but also wasn’t under-impressed. “It’s a Michael Bay film. Zero expectations equals lots of fun,” he said. He likened it to the first Transformers movie. Have you seen it, and if so,…
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  • Why not?

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    It's a quiet, rainy Saturday, why not dust off the cobwebs at my sad, forgotten blog? I wonder if a blog is even relevant anymore, with people keeping track of things by way of twitter, instagram, facebook, and probably others I'm not hip enough to know about. I read a couple of blog posts recently that made me miss the old days of blogging. The days I spent hours sewing and more hours blogging about it.  I can't put my finger on what shifted and what happened to that girl. The girl who sewed and blogged. I miss her. That girl wouldn't be a month late introducing the new…
  • For the record

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A couple days ago, Alyssa told me she was laughing and crying, reading my old blog posts. She said she loved finding pictures of a baby Bayleigh. I told her I do too. She reminded me that the words I put down here are an autobiography, of sorts. I regret that there are so many large gaps. I have blamed the quiet on being busy being a nana, and that's true. I've also blamed it on a lack of creativity, and Lord knows that's true. In complete honesty though, it likely has more to do with fear of exposure. Fear of examination. Fear of reality. It's easy to share toddler…
  • The Not As Easy As It Looks shelf

    7 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to DIY rather than buy. For some it is for the satisfaction that comes from doing the work, others are motivated by money, or lack there of, and some just feel like a challenge. Mitch and I fall at different places along the spectrum depending upon the project. For the project I'm going to blog about, I was motivated by money (lack there of) and Mitch was motivated by me. He really had no interest in this other than to quiet the nagging wife. I wanted an industrial shelf for the dining room. I had some 100 year old barn wood in the garage that…
  • July! Really??

    6 Feb 2014 | 11:50 am
    I last posted in July. I don't know what to say about that. I'm still alive and kicking. Not kicking too high, but kicking. In fact, I tried to show Bayleigh how to do a cartwheel and don't recommend doing that if you are 45 years old and don't regularly do cartwheels. Ouch! Speaking of miss Bayleigh, she started kindergarten this fall. Can you believe it? Life just keeps marching on, doesn't it? I regret I've not been better about documenting more of those sweet everyday moments here on this blog. I have so many issues regarding the old blog and the new slick…
  • because I have much to say

    13 Jul 2013 | 9:12 am
    because it brings me a lot of joy because it has had a positive impact on my life because it is always right there, in the back of my mind... just a few of the reasons I can't let this quiet little blog of mine go. So, here I am, after another long silence. Wondering if anyone still visits. Especially with the recent demise of google reader. Anyone out there? Hello : ) I'm still here. Sitting on my porch this morning in soggy North Carolina. Boy, it's been a wet summer in my little corner of the world. It's nearly noon in the middle of July in North Carolina and I'm…
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  • 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.
  • Do you see it?

    Erin | house on hill road
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I spent a couple of hours yesterday sewing the improv blocks I made in 2008 at Denyse Schmidt's studio into a quilt top. It's mostly finished, just waiting for some "white" borders to make it a usable size. Only after I took some photos and looked at them on my phone did I see the best bit of improv. Do you see it? I seriously couldn't have made that happen any better if I had tried.
  • The Cat Pajamas (plus Mice on Bikes!)

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    With both girls away at camp for a couple of weeks, I spent some time thinking about what to send in their care packages other than food. I bought a couple of Lizzy House Catnap fabrics awhile back specifically for p.j. shorts and decided to sew them up to send to camp. Cat faces for my cat lover Jane and mice on bikes for Kate, because why not? They are so dang cute! I used the same pattern from Stitch magazine (Summer 2012) that I did for their last batch of sleep shorts. The pattern is in women's sizes and downloadable from the site, but does not include any directions. The directions…
  • Jane's Liberty Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Just a little over a week ago, we dropped Jane off for a three week summer camp at a college in North Carolina. Back in the early spring, I thought that maybe I should make her a quilt to take because she sleeps in a full size bed here and because the only twin bedding we have belongs on the beds in Kate's room. And because she was going in July and I wasn't sure if the dorm would have air conditioning, I decided that a lovely, summer weight Liberty quilt would be just the ticket. I ordered a bunch of fat eighths from Dee at Pick Click Sew on Etsy. I have ordered Liberty fabrics…
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  • Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik

    Erma Iriana
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik - Are you wanting to form cash with storage unit auctions? If you're, your goal is to form cash with the reselling of bought merchandise. though anyone will create a profit this fashion, you'll wish to inform yourself with some useful tips and tricks. begin with expenses and possibilities of creating a purchase, as they're 2 important points that you simply should take into thought.As for limiting your expenses, keep in mind your goal is to form a profit. You stand to form cash once you pay less of it. to induce started, save cash at mini storage…
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  • Visit Sweden: Gothenburg

    Design Mom
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Friends, Gothenburg is easy to love! It’s the capital of West Sweden, and home to half a million people. The center of the city, where most of the tourist attractions are found is condensed and totally walkable, and there are plenty of public transportation ferries and buses and trams if you’ll be going outside the city center. The oldest part of town was originally surrounded by a wide moat. And most of the moat is still there. In fact, tour boats cruise the moat and offer guides in several languages. Just outside the moat is a ring of green — a…
  • Visit Sweden: Stockholm, Day Two

    Design Mom
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. We packed a ton into our Day Two Stockholm itinerary (see Day One here). And we loved it! There’s just so much to see. We started by meeting a tour guide, found via Visit Stockholm, at the hotel first thing in the morning. Her name is Elisabeth Daude and she’s a total Stockholm expert. The first stop on our tour was a visit to the lake front to see the old palaces, and the building where the noble families historically met. We had a fun discussion about the roles royalty and nobility play in current Swedish political and social life. Which reminds…
  • Living With Kids: Kirsty Gungor, Revisited

    Design Mom
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. When we last visited Kirsty, she was outnumbered as the only female in a male-generous family. That ratio certainly didn’t show, however, in the family home’s decor. There was an abundance of white-not-scared-of-dirt-one-bit, a lacy tablecloth or two, and an elegant settee and white leather chair that just didn’t seem conducive to trampolining. I loved her style. I still do, in fact. Especially since the family has added another member, and considerably more shades of pink to their surroundings. Friends, please welcome Kirsty one more  time! Q: You’ve…
  • Visit Sweden: Stockholm, Day One

    Design Mom
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Day one in Stockholm! Such a great day. We spent the morning with Karina Lundell, Head Designer at Polarn O. Pyret. I first met Karina a few years ago and she is fantastic — so talented and delightful to hang out with. We started at the PO.P offices where Karina took us through the fall line, the holiday line and the outerwear line. We talked about the new fabrics and features and discussed Sweden’s famous outdoor preschools. (Completely outdoors! Even in the middle of winter!) Polarn O. Pyret is a classic Swedish brand — any Swede could identify the…
  • Slow Cooker Recipe: Peach Crisp

    Lindsey Johnson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Images and styling by Lindsey Rose Johnson. Are you ready for another super easy, super yummy recipe in my Slow Cooker Series? It’s peach season and one of my favorite ways to enjoy this glorious fruit is in a bowl of warm peach crisp topped with a big dollop of whipped cream — or a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I adore fruit pies and crisps — if I’m in a restaurant, and a fruity dessert is on the menu, it’s always the one I pick. A warm fruit crisp is my ultimate comfort food. Happily, making a crisp at home couldn’t be easier. It comes together in…
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  • 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…
  • the fourth of july

    Alicia Alferman
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Earlier this month we took the kids canoeing and camping on the the Elk River and Big Sugar Creek, introducing them to the cool, clear, rocky rivers of my childhood memories. We went there several times every summer when I was small in a cute little pop-up camper. The rain plink-plunking on that camper roof is, to this day, one of the sweetest things I've ever known. My kids sleep in tents (J has his own now) but the floating, crawdads, minnows and oh-so-much swimming are just exactly the same as they always were.
  • in the kitchen on father's day

    Alicia Alferman
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Today for Father's Day breakfast the kids and I made eggs salad sandwiches, sweet apple iced tea, and fruit salad for Brian. We used bacon instead of pancetta and some mild dill havarti cheese we had in the fridge instead of the gorgonzola the recipe called for. (I love sharp cheeses but they give me the dreaded migraines.) The sandwiches were simple and yummy, and we all decided they'd make a GREAT brunch choice when serving a big group of people. The tea was good, but just a bit too sweet for us.  I also wanted to mention one other headache-friendly find I've been enjoying lately. I…
  • little things

    Alicia Alferman
    5 May 2014 | 9:54 am
    This photo tells me a couple of things:Small things are cute. (I repaired, stripped and painted this tiny chair for a client and it is so stinkin' sweet. It's for a new baby- the third generation to sit upon it. More sweetness.)And... I really need to clean our baseboards.Happy Spring to you!
  • still sewing too

    Alicia Alferman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Heather asked me to sew some pillows for her with fabric she's been collecting. They turned out quite pretty. I know they'll look just smashing in her beautiful home. I hope she and Matt will like them.And to prove you can always learn something new, I learned to sew in piping and zippers in the same pillow. Thanks, youtube!
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    Happy Zombie

  • itty bitty quilt: cutting measurements + pdf

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

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

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

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

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    My clever son MacGyver’d a "painting rig" and it’s mad awesome. My crusty old white bike basket is now Sea Glass green (from Krylon). Everyone needs to make a painting rig.
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    One more Moore

  • 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…
  • 4th of July in NYC

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Hey there! Just wanted to pop in and share some photo's from the 4th of July. It was so great here in the city. And by here in the city, I mean just over the river in New Jersey.   We spent the afternoon at the Liberty Science Center and then drove over to the Liberty State Park for a picnic while we waited for the fireworks to start.  This was the only pic I got all day of this little nugget. Our evening picnic by the water meant she needed another layer of clothing so no red, white or blue for her, unlike her big sis, ha! :)  Waiting to get this party started. Oh wait,…
  • Marathon Monday

    10 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A few weeks ago we drove up to Boston for this years marathon. I promised the children after last years marathon that we would absolutely be back this year.  Theres just nothing like it, we were so happy to be there and cheer on the runners. And did I mention how inspiring it is? I mean, really???? What'd you do today? Run a marathon, with one leg? I couldn't run it with 2 legs! Amazing. I love the look of the man in the suit in the background. We all felt the exact same: total amazement.  Go cheer on the runners if you ever have the chance. It's incredible. And only in MA do…
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  • in the garden :: August 21

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Oh, things are looking a little....wild....out there in the garden these days! I think that's the right word for it - so many things have passed now, and the weeds are plentiful. But so too are the vegetables and flowers...
  • in my hands

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    I haven't really knit in months. It's seasonal, of course, as my hands have been busy with lots of other things - mostly dirt and food (it's garden season, after all). And these days of August start to wind...
  • making dessert

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    I don't remember a single meal at my grandparents house - either set of them - at which dessert was not served immediately after the dinner dishes were cleared. In my Meme's kitchen, a treasure of a lady, but not...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Nova Natural Toys and Crafts

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Nova Natural Toys and Crafts. In Marisa's words: "We sell toys and crafts that inspire and encourage children and families to learn, share and play together. By selling toys made in...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Lotus Path, LLC

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Lotus Path, LLC. In Sarah's words: "Lotus Path, LLC is the vision and creation of Sarah Davidson, a lawyer turned holistic health coach and yoga teacher. Sarah is devoted to helping...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • And that’s a wrap

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Despite all my dread, the mending of the shawl went really, really well. Like I planned, I threaded a needle with the yarn, and then wove it in along the bath of the previous thread, starting a little ways back. When I got to the break, I looked back at the path the yarn had taken in the sections before and after, and tried to duplicate it – imagining that the knitting existed (where it didn’t) and wove the yarn in and around.  When I got to the place where the yarn existed again, I kept going with the replacement, following alongside the existing yarn.  It wasn’t perfect…
  • The Moment

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Saturday I finished the shawl. I cast off all day, and I’m not kidding about that. I cast off for a few hours the evening before, and then I cast off for about five straight hours on Saturday, and when I finished I was filled with a glee that I could barely contain. Maybe this contributed to what happened next. Who knows. I trotted it outside to take a few pre-blocking pictures, and really, I was pretty happy with the thing. The whole time I was knitting it I was worried it wouldn’t be long enough, and as I cast off it became obvious that this wouldn’t be its flaw. The thing…
  • Forever and ever

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Finally. I had two projects that I wanted to finish before I went all the way to crazy-town with brand new exciting stuff, and I’ve been such a virtuous and dedicated knitter. Jen’s socks are finished, and that meant the only thing left on the needles was the “priority shawl”. This shawl is Sweet Dreams, except I changed a few things. That’s a lie. I changed a whole bunch of things. I had more yarn than was called for, and the yarn was the superlatively delicious Sexy, from the Buffalo Wool Co. This yarn is so nice that once I decided that Sweet Dreams was my…
  • Remains of the day

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    When I was finished Jen’s socks, I had two little balls of “beige” leftover.  (I’d weighed the yarn and divided it in two, to make sure I had enough, which was ridiculous, since Jen’s feet are petite.) Now, when it comes to yarn leftovers, I am without virtue. For years and years I dutifully stored and hung onto all of the scraps and partial balls that were the remains of whatever projects generated them, and I thought good thoughts about what I was going to do with them. I dreamed of a BeeKeepers Quilt,  or a Sock Yarn Blanket, or a Scrappy Scarf… I had…
  • Hey Jack, the good people are here

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Every year on the bike rally, I take knitting- and I don’t just mean that I pack knitting along for the evening or when I’m off my bike, I mean I pack knitting. Never, ever at a break or pause in the cycling have I reached down into that little case and pulled out a sock so I can do a couple lines and take the edge off, but there’s something about being able to look down and see it that reminds me that I’m still me, and makes me feel more comfortable with the riding. (Also, I’m pretty sure that one day I’ll need something to knit while I wait for the…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Spin to Knit

    Heidi Kenney
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Still doing a bit of spinning for myself every now and again. I love knitting with handspun yarn and I always make sure to spin it up all crazy, I like to be constantly surprised while I knit.
  • DIY simple star garland

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Basically a super simple DIY. You need a heavy weight thread (I used quilting thread), some paper stars (mine are punched but you can just cut them out too) and Coffee Stirrer straws (I cut mine into thirds). I was inspired to make some garlands to decorate after making the strands for my pajaki. This was one of my favorite parts. I doubled my thread up so it would be extra sturdy, tie a double knot and alternate star, straw, star, straw. Then tie off at a star once you are at a length you like. Please note that the Amazon link above is an Amazon affiliate link and if you purchase something…
  • The Mary Frances Books

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I first heard of Mary Frances books when my friend Crystal gave me one of their reproduction copies. I believe it was The Mary Frances Sewing Book . She said she was finished with it and wanted to pass it on to someone else who would enjoy it. I was immediately charmed by the illustrations inside and set to work finding out more information. I quickly found out there are many Mary Frances books, seven total, and the old editions sell for a lot of money. Jane Eayre Fryer a school teacher wrote and illustrated the books starting in 1912. The books are not only charming little stories, but…
  • Garden Report: Tomatoes

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The garden is simply out of control at this point, it no longer looks pretty. Our lawn mower is being difficult and the pumpkins are spread all over making it impossible to mow the grass anywhere near the garden, for fear I’ll run one over. So the garden has over grown grass all over it, cucumbers growing all crazy town. But besides looking ugly the garden is giving me gorgeous tomatoes day after day! I planted five different varieties and all but one of them have been ripening up really nicely. The other day I made two loaded tomato quiche, and have been using lots for sandwiches, but…
  • Toy Cabinet Makeover

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For the last year I have been on the lookout for a child sized wooden cabinet. I have a collection of vintage tin doll dishes (most of them being cute little tin cups) and I wanted to add hooks and hang them in a cute little cabinet. My search had not been going well because most cute vintage ones I was finding were pricey little things, and I am just too cheap. I knew if I held out for something that it would eventually come along. I was super excited when I spotted this one a few weeks ago for $8.00. It was covered in stickers and pretty dirty, but it cleaned up well! These photos are…
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    Betz White

  • Road Trip Pattern Club: Pattern #5

    Betz White
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    This week we’ve reached our fifth and final destination of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the Nest Egg Tote by Carolyn Friedlander! Members of the club, check your inbox for the email with links to the new pattern. The Nest Egg Tote makes sewing on the go easy and fun! I love the round canteen-esque shape and it opens up flat for easy access to all of your supplies. I can’t wait to make one for myself and as gifts.   Hop on over to Carolyn’s blog post to read more about her adorable new pattern! This is the final pattern of the Road Trip Pattern Club!
  • Sew-long Summer #5: alternative materials

    Betz White
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that you’ve sewn your Reversible Bucket Hat, are you ready to sew more? Let’s talk about some alternative materials you can use to make your next hat! Upcycling I made this hat for my son a gazillion years ago (ok, maybe 5) out of an outgrown pair of cargo pants, lined with an old dress shirt. Using old clothing to make hats is pretty fun when you can reuse a detail, like that little pocket up there on the crown. Other garments made of a mid-weight fabric like jeans, skirts and khakis are fair game! What’s in your closet that could live a new life on your head? (iron on…
  • Sew-long Summer 4: finish and wear!

    Betz White
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Why do I look so happy? Because today I bring you lesson #4 in the Reversible Bucket Hat sew-along! You can catch up with lesson #1, #2, and #3 if you’re just joining us! It’s time to attach the outer hat to the hat lining and finish this project up!   Match Outer Hat to Lining Place the lining (right side out) down inside the outer hat (wrong side out). The right sides should be facing each other. Align the side seams and pin.  Continue to pin the lining to the outer hat around the perimeter of the Brim, leaving about 3″ of the perimeter open for turning. In the…
  • Sew-long Summer 3: Outer hat and lining

    Betz White
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here we are at lesson #3 in our Reversible Bucket Hat sew-along! If you’re just joining us you can catch up with the announcement post #1 and lesson #2 from last week.     Last post we cut out all of the pieces for the outer hat and hat lining. Of course since the hat is reversible, the “outer” and the “lining” are perfectly interchangeable, but for the sake of instructions I’m calling my print the “outer” fabric and my solid the “lining”, ok? Ok!   Sew Outer Crown sides and Brim Put your 2 crown pieces cut from the…
  • Sew-long Summer 2: Sizing and Cutting

    Betz White
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello! It’s exciting to see people eager to join the sew-long! In my first post I discussed fabric choices for your Reversible Bucket Hat. You’ll see below that I’ve decided to go with 2 cotton/linen blends. The print is Kokka and the lining is the tried and true Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Black.   If you’ve chosen your fabrics, it’s time to print out the pattern and figure out what size you’ll be making. Printing: For the pattern templates, you’ll only need to print out pages 6 and 7. Be sure that your printer is set to print the pages at…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Illustrator: Matt Chamberlain

    Carla Taylor
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
        Matt Chamberlain is a University student studying contemporary art and illustration in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Since I am on the same course as Matt at University, I must say how amazing it has been to see his work progress over the years! His skills in mark making and detail are truly unique, using fine liners as his primary choice of media. Main influences include Dan Mumford and Paul Jackson which is clear to see from the detail in his work. See more of Chamberlain’s work here and on Etsy.   Thanks for reading, Carla The post Illustrator: Matt…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: David Lapham

    Andy Yates
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
            It was great news when it was announced that Stray Bullets would be returning to comic stands again, with the new series Stray Bullets: Killers. I’ve been a fan of David Lapham’s work since 1995, when a local comics shop owner handed me a copy of Stray Bullets #1, and said, “I know you like different stuff. You should try this.” Well, Stray Bullets was different than your average super-hero/cartoon comic book, that’s for sure. It read like a mixture of Pulp Fiction, and Mean Streets. The series was self-published, and self-marketed…
  • Editorial Submission :: Bett Norris

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Post by Natalie Bett Norris is an illustrator living in the lively city of Bristol, UK. She earned a degree in illustration from the University of the West of England and since then has worked on a variety of projects including editorial work, social media campaigns, exhibitions and most recently an animation for The School of Life. She finds inspiration in packaging, travel posters and classic design. Experimenting with shape, color and line she fuses traditional drawing techniques with digital technology to produce bespoke illustration, pattern design, portraiture and typography. See more…
  • Kyle Bean

    Jessica Holden
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Posted by Jessica Holden Kyle Bean graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009, he was spotted and commissioned by Liberty to create a window display.  He has a passion for crafts and conceptual thinking, using a variety of materials to solve the brief in clever and exciting ways. His clients include; Wallpaper, Selfridges, Google and Vogue to name a few. To see more look at his website or follow him on twitter. The post Kyle Bean appeared first on Illustration Friday.
  • How to develop your own style?

    Kate Leonard
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Whether you’re an inky illustrator, a passionate painter, daring doodler, pro photographer or more finding that one of a kind style to be known for can sometimes seem a tad tricky to find. No doubt I’m not alone when I say that we can sometimes find ourselves gazing in amazement at the many other creative people in our field and think to ourselves “how am I going to get where they are”.  There may be a creative in particular whom you find yourself admiring both for their style and success acquired because they’re so individual, niche and unique at what they do. So…
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  • boy pug in checks

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    He is the last pug for now. On to other things in the hopes of having a well-rounded inventory for Chicago Renegade! He has some wooly boucle at his collar and cuffs.
  • another orange and blue pug

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
  • pug girl #4

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I’ll be thinking of her as Grumpy pug but I thought it might be mean to put that in the title. She has a cashmere skirt and shawl (and for that matter, her “fur” parts are also cashmere) so I have no idea what the cranky attitude is all about! And 3 pugs on the porch.
  • Preppy pug girl

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
  • boy pug, blue stripes

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    It seems impossible to get the colors in the photos just right. This fellow’s scarf is what I’d call a dark orange versus the red it looks like in all the photos. How do you like the amazing elephant ears? I’ve had so much fun watching them grow this summer. They come from grapefruit sized bulbs that my husband bought at the big-box store.
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Away (at home) for August

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
  • Wild but not lost

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    I will be away from here, and Facebook and most everywhere through August.  In September I will be changing things up a bit.  Opening a new shop among other things.   For now just concentrating on Diaries, there is a link in the right sidebar for those of you subscribed. Everything dropped in the shop through the next month is in preview mode, that is marked coming soon.  That means September, in a new place. I am not taking reservations.  Just previewing.   Work on your own classes will be on sale in August.  If you purchased  101 with…
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: Luffy and Goku!!

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    These look good. I wish you had bigger pictures. Good job. Thanks for sharing.
  • Re: Terrific (Faux) Taxidermy Swap - SU 08/15 - 09/05/14, SO 09/22/14

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Quote from: suereal on August 19, 2014 04:44:39 PMThat$func['entity_fix']('039')s the one Apparently she does not actually make them, but hires other people to make them.    
  • Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 106 08/04/2014-09/04/2014

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    I claim luckdragon for something from the periodic table & creative notecards. This is my first claim. 1/0/0First, pretty much everything on my list would be OK made in any way (knit, sewn, crochet), so I’m not going to separate them. Allergy- WOOL...
  • Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Definitely another 3 weeks for the taxidermy swap.  I saw a faux taxidermy pinata rug on pinterest and I want to attempt an eagle one for my partner. The head will be stuffed but the rest will be knitted flat. But I suspect it will be a long process.
  • Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery!

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Okay, while I$func['entity_fix']('039')m still not totally caught up, I have this short chunk of time between events, so I figured I$func['entity_fix']('039')d pop on here and comment on the patches I$func['entity_fix']('039')ve missed!cabaute, I love...
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    Wooster Collective

  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
  • The Inside Story of Keith Haring’s “Crack Is Wack” Mural
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This week the Huffington Post published a fascinating article written by Matthew Israel from Artsy, which tells the inside story of Keith Haring's icon "Crack is Wack" mural in New York City.  Its a great read with some amazing archival photos.  Isreal writes: How Crack is Wack came to be is not well-known. Nor is the fact that the mural is not the original version. Benny was one of the major catalysts for Crack is Wack. Benny was Haring's young, gifted studio assistant in the mid-1980s who became addicted to crack. Haring and the rest of his studio were close with him and…
  • Dan Bergeron’s Tai Chi Tiles
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    "The series is called Tai Chi Tiles and the portraits are of elderly Chinese folks who practice Tai Chi in Grange park behind the Art Gallery of Ontario. The idea is to honour this community of seniors who practice Tai Chi and have become associated with Grange Park, while simultaneously offering a juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of the downtown neighbourhood in which the works reside.".... Dan Bergeron  
  • New Slovakian Street Artist
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Young artist Jozef Barde Murcko is working hard on getting into the street art game! This fresh and colorful piece beside a tunnel is heading in the right direction.
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  • Sex, Death and David Bowie

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tracy K. Smith's poems function as a kind of confessional for humankind, resounding at once with the echoes of our worst deeds and our collective striving to forgive them, fueled by a hunger for faith and moral clarity.image: The Body's Question (Graywolf, 2003)image: Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011)image: Duende (Graywolf Press, 2007)
  • Is This the Future of Ballet?

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lightsey Darst reviews new and repertory work by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, recently on stage at the 2014 American Dance Festival.
  • Keeping the Dive Alive

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    400 Bar, Artists' Quarter and now Turf Club: struggling neighborhood venues are being purchased and reborn under new management by the music scene's bigger players. Ira Brooker on the trend, and a regular's slippery sense of loss when a dive bar upgrades.image: Crooked Fingers on stage at Turf Club
  • FRINGE SHORTS: "Labyrinth" by Vox Medusa

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Reviewed: a stylized, often puzzling dance interpretation of the Ariadne/Minotaur myths directed by Kristen Freya of Vox Medusa Dance Company.
  • Almost Too Familiar

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nathan Young looks closely at the new abstract paintings and installation by Shawn Kuruneru, parsing the tangle of novelty, theory and art historical homage that informs the work.image: Untitled (Minneapolis)image: Writingimage: Lotusimage: Living by the Riverimage: "Landscapes" installation viewimage: Songimage: Installation view
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Trust

    Anahata Katkin
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Part of today's creative handiwork. TRUST> I make these inspired pretty much from the feeling they give me while I'm working. And there's no way of escaping the personal themes while making artwork. I use artwork and the muses I...
  • Abstracts for Brickroom

    Anahata Katkin
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Last week I took some time to get painting for the Family's upcoming restaurant opening, Brickroom. (Opening August 8th 2014) I wanted to make mostly abstract work with lots of blues and whites. With so much red brick I was...

    Anahata Katkin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    As some of you may know my Brother & Mother are opening a beautiful restaurant & bar. BRICKROOM is in one of Ashland, Oregons most important historic buildings. It's a gorgeous space and I have been honored to help with...
  • Summer & Serape's

    Anahata Katkin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Ever since my month in Mexico this winter (here & here) I've been having a love affair with the Serape. We even used them in our recent PAPAYA! photo shoot. (see it above?) I've dragged mine to the beach, around...
  • New

    Anahata Katkin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    (Image: Snowy Spruce) That's our formaula at PAPAYA! New artwork becomes new cards. And we have a juicy new batch just recently in. Because PAPAYA! began with greeting cards it is still our most important collection. It is our bedrock...
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    Judy Wise

  • 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…
  • EncaustiCamp Collographs

    Judy Wise
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Yes, I'm going to show you some of the collographs that came out of the EncaustiCampers but first wanted to share one of the three palettes Willow Bader paints from on. Because images like this make us encaustic artists' mouth water. All that waxy goodness.But for the collographs we are working with the wax only to create textured plates that we can ink up with Akua waterbased inks and then print onto paper.The above image shows the acrylic plate with a matrix of wax that has been inked and is ready to print.And this is the print. We had the loan of a pin press which some of us used as well…
  • EncaustiCamp Monotypes

    Judy Wise
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Another EncaustiCamp has come and gone. It was a gigantic effort on the part of many helpful hands but most of all of our leader, Trish Baldwin Seggebruch. Here we are at Daniel Smith's in Seattle at our book signing. The book is Encaustic Revelation and it is a compilation of the classes taught at camp in 2013. Each teacher wrote a chapter based on what they taught and all the proceeds of the book go toward a scholarship fund.I'll show you some work from the monotype portion of my class in a moment. You'll find plenty of this at EncaustiCamp. Friendship and inclusion.Wonderful bonds…
  • Heading to Summer Camp

    Judy Wise
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Let's start with food. I'm hungry.John got up on his tall fruit ladder to show you his jack in the beanstalk sunflower. We did a big blueberry picking this cool, overcast morning before the sun came out.Hauled in 17 more quarts to add to the 14 we already froze.Here is the way John waters some plants. We have a very fast draining soil so it he starts them in sunken areas inside pots with no bottoms, then he can pull out the pots at some point and have a depression that will hold water.  Sewed a coptic book block for my next journal.Covered it with buckram, a book cloth…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Felt Fox Handbag

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Wee birthday gift for my sister
  • Flannel Bunnies

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    I was given a flannel bunny as a present a few years ago and thought it was a great idea! This bunny has a bar of soap inside it but for Easter, I made a few of these for my family and put a chocolate egg with each one instead.
  • Daenerys Qarth Style Armour

    Raven W.
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    This is my interpretation of the Game of Thrones Qarth armour worn by Daenerys. This is to my own pattern and is modeled by my stepdaughter Zoe :) Made from 2.2mm natural veg-tan leather, hand sewn and laced at the back.
  • Miniature Macarons

    carol & co.
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    mint macarons made with polymer clay, miniature size ( 1.1cm)
  • Mario Bros Piñata

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    This is the Mario Bros Star Piñata I did for one of my friends b-day!
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    Chica and Jo

  • 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″…
  • 80′s themed birthday party

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    McGeeky turned 40 recently and to celebrate, I hosted an 80′s themed birthday party for him. It was lots of fun with guests dressing up in their 80′s finest and we even had an 80′s cover band come and play the night away. I want to share some event photos with you and give you a few ideas for hosting your own 80′s themed gathering. The party was held in our back yard under a large tent that I rented. I had a large guest list and was glad it didn’t rain! Remember the Polaroid guest book I made? That was for this party. As guests arrived, I had them stand in front…
  • Polaroid guest book album

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    McGeeky just celebrated his 40th birthday! I wanted it to be a special year, so I threw him an 80′s themed birthday party. He has an entire collection of 80′s video game systems and computers, loved the movie, “Wreck It Ralph“, and is a quintessential 80′s kids. I will share all the pics from the party in a post soon but today I wanted to tell you about the guest book I made for him. I wanted a scrapbook that had black pages so I could have the guests sign with neon gel pens. I found a black Canson album that was perfect on the inside, but the cover was, well, a…
  • Glitter Mason jars

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I really like glitter. I enjoy adding it to everyday items to make them that much more fabulous! Here’s a simple way to add a little glamour to some basic Mason jars. All you need are some Mason jars, Ornament Glitter Adhesive, and glitter in your choice of colors. I went with a warm/neutral palette to go with the beachy room where I am going to place the jars. Squirt some Ornament Glitter Adhesive into your jar, place the lid back on the jar, and shake it around to coat the inside. If there’s any excess adhesive, just pour it back into the bottle. Now, add in a bunch of glitter…
  • Sea turtle canvas shoes

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Little Jo loves blue and turtles and tortoises of any kind. I decided to make a custom pair of shoes for her for DecoArt’s “Style Your Summer” charity and prize contest. Haven’t heard of the contest? Well, here are some details: Use any of our products to style your footwear for the summer and you will be entered to win a $200 gift card to the craft retailer of your choice*. Take a picture of your finished project and post on your social media tagging with #decoartsummerkicks or, email us a picture of your entry. In addition, DecoArt will sponsor one pair of shoes for…
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    Craftster Blog

  • August 20, 2014 Featured Projects

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:18 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! Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Super-Deformed Interchangeable Monster Figure […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Faux Cross Stitch Sweatshirt

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    I am pretty sure that everyone on Craftster knows that I am a huge cross stitch junkie. I absolutely love anything to do with needlework projects. While searching our awesome tutorial portal I came across this little gem for a Faux Cross Stitch Sweatshirt by p.kok. This project is a quick way to spruce up […]
  • More Great Crafts Using Cardboard Tubes

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few weeks ago I published an article about some of the great cardboard tube crafts featured on Craftster, and promised there were more to come. I was so surprised at how many great ideas I found; I had to showcase them in two separate articles. As promised, here are more things you can do […]
  • Meatless Monday: No Meat Lasagna

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Every since I was a little kid my family has had a big Sunday dinner. It is the one time when all of us can come together,relax, talk about our week and enjoy some uninterrupted family time. This No Meat Lasagna from loveforart is the perfect Sunday meal. It is the ultimate comfort food and […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Transform Your Chandelier

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    This weekend, alter your chandelier to fit your decor! SheridanLA took a brass chandelier and revamped it as shown here to suit her apartment. Later, when she relocated and wanted a more formal look, she transformed it again! Check out her post to see the before photo, and to find out how the chandelier looks […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Perfect Pairings :: Alice + Kristi

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Keeping things simple is often very effective. The bright red of the Czech glass flowers brings in that delightful POP of color and the shape recalls the floral pattern in the rug. The pretty copper clay leaves from Kristi Bowman are the perfect dangle for movement and their shape actually reminds me of the slippers.  Featured Designer :: AliceFeatured Bead Artist :: Kristi Bowman Designs
  • Book Review: Beautiful Leather Jewelry by Melissa Cable

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Melissa Cable has done it again.  She has written another very comprehensive, innovative and very timely book:  this one is on making leather jewelry.  Just yesterday I saw that Stringing Magazine is seeking leather and metal jewelry designs for their Spring issue.  You can read more about what they are looking for HERE .  So I thought a review about this book could be helpful to our readers since combining leather in jewelry designs has become so popular.  What's Inside of Melissa Cable's book?LeatherThis section provides a very detailed account…
  • Inside the Studio with Rebecca of Songbead

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:32 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 Melissa of Bead Recipes!You have won a Beads of Courage pewter Space Shuttle bead from Erin at Tesori Trovati. Please send Erin an email with your…
  • Art Bead Palette :: Beadwife

    Brandi Hussey
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sky Romance by BeadwifeLilac Romance by BeadwifeSpring Romance by BeadwifeI'm really into aqua, green, and purple right now. This combination works because they're analogous colors, colors that sit right next to each other on the color wheel, so no matter the shades, it's going to look good.I especially like the way Kalera Stratton of the Etsy shop Beadwife uses them in the lampwork beads above. Aren't they pretty? The speckles of color are fun, and the other touches of color - from the browns and oranges to the golds and yellows - make these beads really pop.To see more from Kalera, be sure…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Shaiha + StudioJuls

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Going for a 'wild, bohemian look', Miss Shaiha nails the inspiration art color palette with her deep reds, soft whites and brilliant blues. This looks like a deconstruction of the tapestry rug and that focal bead from StudioJuls offers an almost kaleidoscopic array of splattered colors that leap right out at me. I love that the shape of those frosted red glass beads echo the shape of the focal and are a nod to the red slippers in the painting. Featured Designer :: ShaihaFeatured Bead Artist :: StudioJuls
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    Tip Junkie

  • 17 Organized Homework Stations

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's so important for a child to have their own space to work and be creative. These creative Homework Stations will help your child successfully complete all of their homework!  Here are 13 homework organization stations that will inspire you to get organized that you can create for your own home! We've taken away all the guess work on how to organize a homework station with these incredible tutorials. For even more school activities and supplies Tip Junkie's Creative Community has over 280 tutorials. You can always search there if you'’re…
  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    It's time to link up your amazing ideas to "Tip Me Tuesday"!  Let the SHARING begin!  Here's a few of my favorites who linked up last week!  {squeal in delight} Tip Junkie is on a grand mission to unite 1 million happy crafters and I've found an easier and better way to spread the word about YOUR homemade projects.  Wanna know how? It's all about reciprocity, baby.   Do you know that over 48 million people have visited Tip Junkie?  Yep.  That means that when you share blog links and upload photos ~ I am [...]keep reading
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Surf’s Up Summer Birthday Party

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are pleased to have the Happy Wish Company with us today featuring one of our birthday party invitations in their summer party photo shoot. Surf’s up! These hot summer months have us jonesin’ for the beach, the salty ocean breeze and sand in our toes. That’s why we designed this totally awesome Surfer Girl party. Grab your board and catch a wave on over! We love this Tiny Prints “Surf’s Up” invitation, which provided the inspiration for the hot pink and turquoise color scheme with added touches of raffia to create a surf and sand paradise. This theme is a perfect summer party…
  • Flower Pop Party Inspiration Board

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Planning an end of summer party? Try the flower pop trend by pairing bright, lush blooms with bold, graphic patterns. We love the look of black and white stripes with playful pink and coral flowers. Add a hint of metallic gold for instant glam. Featured Tiny Prints invitation: Trendy Trim Images: Straws, Centerpiece, Tablescape a
  • End of Summer Party Ideas

    Kricel Gutierrez
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    For the ultimate end-of-summer party, Kippy from Young and Entertaining shows us how to elegantly style a tablescape and create a sweet treat that will leave guests impressed. Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by? This time of year, I’m always looking for a reason to be outside. I just have to soak up the summer warmth before it’s too late! I love hosting friends for dinner, but by August, I’m pretty much barbeque’ed out. I’ll use any excuse to break out my polka-dot wedding china, so I thought, why not host an inside-out dinner party? A little…
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • Affirmation Necklace GIVEAWAY!

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

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

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

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

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 12:45 am
    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!Thanks!Kathy :-)Subscribe in a reader
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • DIY Sea Salt Body Scrub

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Anyone else have summer skin? DIY Sea Salt Body Scrub Summer time is hard on my skin and that’s why I’ve whipped up this decadent 3 ingredient DIY Sea Salt Body Scrub with Coconut oil and Cocoa Butter. I can’t live without it! I am sad to see Summer winding down, and as much as […] 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!
  • Crafting with Kids

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog   Do you have little kids or grandchildren?  Or perhaps you babysit a lot? You are going to LOVE Kiwi Crate! Crafting with Kids is one of the best ways to keep little minds engaged, happy, learning and growing. The problem is that sometimes crafting with kids can be frustrating if you don’t have all […] 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…
  • Ruthie’s Birthday Giveaway Celebration!

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog   We’re celebrating around here today! Whoot-whoot!   It’s Cooking with Ruthie’s 3rd birthday party and we’re so happy you came   Our fabulous group of bloggers and y’all are here to get ‘jiggy with it’.   The best part is… EVERYONE’S a winner! Everyone’s a Winner: FREE itunes download of Cooking with Ruthie’s Family […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Decorating for Teens

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog A while back I was asked to work with Sauder and was given an a shopping code to purchase something I needed for my home. Who doesn’t love a shopping spree? I knew exactly what I wanted and needed. Decorating for Teens I needed something teen friendly for the basement where you’ll often find my […] 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…
  • Summer Cocktail Ideas | Link Party Palooza

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog I know many of you are in full Back to School mode, but I’m really trying to ignore it. I feel like I’m pushing Summer out the door when I look to far ahead and I’m not finished soaking up the heat and drinking a few Summer Drinks. These Summer Cocktail Ideas are going to […] 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…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • 20 FREE Cloud Activities

    Kelsey Norwood
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    After our Cloud Unit Study we wanted more cloudy fun. I found 20 awesome cloud activities, experiments, and projects I wanted to share! Here’s my list of 20 FREE Cloud Activities: 1. Cloud Hunt Bingo from Green Grubs Garden Club 2. Cloud Dough from The Realistic Mama  3. Glove Puppets from Love and Lollipops 4. Clouds and Rainbows […]
  • A Child’s Original Picture Book

    Kelsey Norwood
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Our summer has been full of stories. Elliot has been enjoying writing stories and typing them on the computer – I insist that he handwrites them first so we can get plenty of handwriting practice in. For this story, he wanted to “illustrate” it after typing it on the computer. We got out our Legos […]
  • Book of the Week: Children’s Activity Atlas

    Kelsey Norwood
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week’s book focuses on one of our favorite things – maps and geography! My boys have been interested in geography lately. It all started with this awesome video of US geography and continued on to this even more awesome video about world geography. My oldest has listened to the Tour the States song so many times, […]
  • *FREEBIE* Printable Color-Coded Book Labels

    Kelsey Norwood
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We are gearing up for our first year of homeschooling and I’m excited! I’ve been getting all my curriculum and supplies organized and I realized that our home library needed an overhaul. So I created some labels to help us (even my pre-readers) keep our library organized and also to make finding books by topic […]
  • *REVIEW* GB Zuzu Stroller at Babies R Us

    Kelsey Norwood
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation. Baby Ike is 5 months old now and he’s just the sweetest. I have loved every minute of wearing […]
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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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  • Summer patchwork

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

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

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

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    "Everything that irritates us about otherscan lead us to an understanding of ourselves."(Carl Gustav Jung, born July 26, 1875)
  • Crosswise

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Lots of little crosses.Makes me think of slowly wandering herds ofanimals...(continued from here)
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    Try Handmade

  • Geometrics in Motion

    Erika Jurney
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Geometrics in Motion bracelet by Virginia Stevens: Art is integral to life. The two cannot be separated. Wearing beautiful objects [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesGiftShippers: It’s Not Too Late to Shop Handmade!Bottled UpUncluttered leather bags 
  • Give Thanks

    Rebecca Hadfield
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Vintage fork with hand-hammered message (above) by Wooden Hive. My business contacts in the US are always surprised when I [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesOn Disregard of TraditionGiftShippers: It’s Not Too Late to Shop Handmade!My Mom Rocks 
  • Amy Echo Clothing

    Chelsey Mona
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    Kisha the designer behind Amy Echo [previously featured here] has been sewing for the last 25 years. Working hard to [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesJane BonbonBubble scarvesDealing with Infringement: Part One 
  • A Handmade Life

    Erika Jurney
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity “William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesHandmade Seasonal Stock-UpMe&YuNew in the Gallery 
  • Eco Seatbelt Shopping Bag

    Erika Jurney
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Eco shopping totebags may be green, but they are usually a dime-a-dozen and yawn-inspiring. Not this time. Extra-large totebag made [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesWhere the Wool Things AreBottled UpJane Bonbon 
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  • Moth-erflys and Multiples

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    It may seem as though I haven’t been working much in the studio, but I assure you, I have. Lately I’ve been working on some new giant earrings (like the ones I wore to the JAM opening) and on some … Continue reading →
  • JAM Juried Show Reception was Packed!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Yesterday was the reception and awards ceremony for the 1st Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition and it was amazing! There were a ton of people who stopped in and a bunch of the exhibiting artists as well. It was great to … Continue reading →
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Mimi Shapiro

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’ve known Mimi Shapiro both on and offline for a while now and we’ve run into each other at different art events time and again. At the opening for this exhibition we were both looking for our pieces but hadn’t … Continue reading →
  • A Major Milestone Achieved!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    . This year, The American Craft Council has invited SNAG to participate in their Artist Invitational Program for their 2015 Baltimore show. Guess what? I was one of the 10 artists that was invited to participate! February 20 – 22, … Continue reading →
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Eleanor Day

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Girl In The Yellow Dress ©2013 Eleanor Day, 36″x27″ oil on canvas This week’s Artist Interview is with painter Eleanor Day, whose piece Girl in the Yellow Dress is in the same area as Tether in the Art of the … Continue reading →
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Aug 4, Knitting Naturally Blog

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you want to keep up to date with changes to Knitting Naturally? Subscribe to the Knitting Naturally Blog!
  • 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
  • May 31, Cotton yarn for sweater pattern

    30 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Hello I have ten 50 gram balls of Bernat Handicrafter Ultra soft Cotton and I would like to use it to make a short sleeved top which call for a cotton
  • May 31, Medium Worsted - UK Equivalent

    30 May 2014 | 7:27 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
  • May 31, Understanding pattern

    30 May 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Hi, I am knitting Cleakheaton pattern cb3333 3002. I have followed the pattern to the 12th row rib to last 13 sts, turn. It then says - cont in this
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    Very Shannon
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Boy oh boy do I have a lovely and oh so pretty prize to giveaway today for our Summer Sweater Knit Along!One of my most favorite designers, photographer/stylists is the oh so talented Carrie Bostick Hoge. Her work is constantly inspiring me and I am truly inspired by all of her work. I was super excited to see the release of her new book Anthology 1. Drool factor on high here folks!!! Seriously. You all know how I get obsessed about stitch patterns well this book is a knitter's dream! Carrie has taken 4 unique stitch patterns and incorporated them into a collection of dreamy and gorgeous…

    Very Shannon
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is what we've been up to lately.Now that we are in the new house it's time to explore! We're so lucky to live in an area now that is accessible to tons of amenities, the city and also gorgeous farm land and ocean beaches with mountain views! Both the hubs and I grew up in very small towns and we love the more relaxed feel of our neighborhood. We also love that we have all new surroundings to explore and tons of accessible outdoor landscapes! So many lovely off the beaten path views.It's been hard to get the rest of the unpacking/chores done when all we want to do is enjoy the house and…

    Very Shannon
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Photo Credit || Brent Kane and MartingaleI'm so excited for the release of the new book "Sew a Modern Home" from my lovely friend Melissa Lunden!!!I love when a new sewing book comes along that gets me really itching to pull an all day sewing marathon.  The kind of book that has me already daydreaming about fabric choices, colors and more. Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More For Every Room is filled with inspiring projects that easily fit into my home and yours. The book covers most rooms in your home and is broken down as such in the book. I really liked that detail. Here's the rooms…

    Very Shannon
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    There has been so many gorgeous pics shared of Summer Sweater Knit Along projects over the last few weeks and it's been so inspiring! I figured it was time to show what I've been knitting away on. I've been working in the background  on a new sweater design! Yay! This time I'm making a cardigan and I can't wait to wear it! It's one of those projects that I can't knit fast enough so I can finally add it to my regular wardrobe. I have sort of adopted a new process that when I design now I try to knit 2 of some things. 1 for me and 1 for a sample because it kills me to not be able to…

    Very Shannon
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Basic Black by Sato Watanabe | Tuttle PublishingI'm so excited to add Basic Black, another lovely Japanese sewing book by Sato Watanabe, to my collection! Some of you may know I used to be a hairdresser. While what you didn't know was that all I used to wear was the color black. The salons I worked for at the time encouraged the stylists to all wear black.  It was considered moody and stylish. All the color I so embrace now was in my nails and hair. I have to admit that after leaving the industry it took me a long time to "break the black" and start adding color to my wardrobe. I'm…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Hot Glue Masks

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hot glue is much more than an adhesive. It can be a fun tool in your mixed media kit. Like Kim Watson did on her Live for Today layout in Mixed Media, Vol. 2, you can create custom masks using hot glue or simply draw a dimensional accent directly on your cardstock. Live for Today by Kim Watson from Mixed Media, Vol. 2 Create the look: Step 1: Coat craft mat or parchment paper with non-stick baking spray. Step 2: Draw or trace motif using hot glue gun and let cool. Step 3: Once cool, peel off design and set on layout. Mist lightly using spray ink. Remove to reveal image.  
  • Scrapbook 10-Minute Tricks: Clear Stamps

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    See the true creative potential in your clear stamps. From bending them to cutting them, these quick tricks will have you seeing your clear stamps in a whole new light! Maggie Holmes used three creative stamping ideas on her Pretty Princess Dress layout found in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink. Pretty Princess Dress by Maggie Holmes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink Stamp a Scene Save time by stamping several images at once. Clear stamp blocks come in various sizes, so you simply have to select a larger block to build your scene. Cloud closeup Clouds…
  • Sketch Download for Eight Photos

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Do you have lots of photos to fit on your layout? This sketch from Becky Higgins has spots for eight photos. Becky created her The Loves of My Life layout using the sketch. Notice how she curved her title along the half circle at the top of the layout and stretched her journaling across the bottom of the layout. You could also use taller photos to fill the rectangle areas, but Instagram photos or close-ups are perfect for these spots. The Loves of My Life layout by Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2 Linda Harrison took a slightly different approach on her The…
  • Journaling Card Downloads for School and Autumn

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The September 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking is now available and it has several journaling cards available as free downloads. These two are perfect for back-to-school and autumn pages. Whether you use them for as accents or titles on your layouts or in photo pocket scrapbooking, they’re great to have on hand for quick pages. Download JPG version Download PDF version   Download JPG version Download PDF version  
  • Free Download: Tickets for Journaling Spots & Accents

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s summertime and the living is easy. You’re taking oodles of photos on your getaways and every day adventures with your family and friends and you can’t wait to scrapbook them. Our designers created these images in PSD and printable PDF formats for you to use on your travel photos and layouts. Joannie McBride shows how to use the downloads in two ways on her My Happy Place layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel. Print one ticket large enough to hold your journaling, then print several copies of all three in a size small enough to create a cute…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Modern + Chic Poolside Wedding

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Andrea and Alex’s Palm Springs wedding perfectly captures the feeling of their desert surroundings. Their poolside soiree is clean and classic, without any stuffiness or pretense, and you can just feel the love radiating between them! After a ceremony in the Alcazar Hotel‘s charming courtyard, guests moved poolside for the chic reception, with a family-style dinner at estate tables set beneath string lights and the glow of the setting California sun. How adorable are Andrea’s three neices as fairy-like flower girls? Their feathery gold dresses are a whimsical offset to…
  • The Paper Vow

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re so excited to introduce you to one of our favorite EAD vendors, The Paper Vow! An independent design studio based in Cleveland, OH, The Paper Vow is your go-to source for fabulous custom invitations! We love how Christy, the founder of The Paper Vow, works with couples to design custom creations tailor-made for their weddings. From whimsical to modern, bold to vintage, each piece reflects the personal style of the couple and their wedding. No two stories are the same, so why wouldn’t your invitations be just as unique? Visit The Paper Vow‘s website to explore all of…
  • Sophisticated Country Club Wedding

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s something so genuinely lovely about Courtney and Greg’s New York-area wedding. Timeless but unfussy, elegant but relaxed, theirs is an event that radiates love and happiness. The Tuxedo Club—a gorgeous mansion set beside a sparkling lake—was the setting for a springtime wedding, and a perfect 70-degree day was a welcome respite from the endless Northeastern cold weather! Courtney is genuinely radiant in her Vera Wang gown and shoes, both with custom alterations by Fidencia Dressmaking. The ballroom at The Tuxedo Club is decorated with many paintings and antiques, and…
  • Elegant Vintage-Inspired New Orleans Wedding

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    New Orleans is the epitome of vintage elegance, and Destiny and Blaine’s wedding perfectly embodies the magical presence of the Crescent City. Although the couple both hail from north Louisiana, they make their home in New Orleans, and as Destiny says, “there is no better place to marry the one you love”! Destiny, an interior designer and self-professed “lover of small details”, drew inspiration from both the city’s historic details, choosing the elegant stone courtyard of Latrobe’s on Royal for their gas lantern-lit ceremony and the exposed brick and…
  • Welcome to the Weekend

    Raechel Prosser
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We hope you didn’t miss out on any of the wedding bliss that overflowed EAD this Week! From one wedding with three different and incredibly gorgeous ceremonies to this pretty Windy City soiree, we are overjoyed with the prettiness that graced us! We have also been inspired by so many lovely blogs, with DIY projects and some swoon worthy finds, and we cannot wait to share some of our favorites with you! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xo {Image by Katie Schuler Photography via Green Wedding Shoes} A few of our favorites from this week: Love fashion, art, & NYC? Check out Meagan…
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  • Chain Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Chain stitch creates a soft texture in this free scarf knitting pattern in Bamboo yarn. Knit lengthwise on circular needles, the scarf is quick and easy.
  • Chic Diagonal Stripe Scarf

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    This scarf has angled stripes that give it sophisticated appeal. It's a project for the everyday knitter, try this free pattern!
  • Pink Boa Scarf

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    This pink boa scarf is the perfect thing to knit for yourself or a friend. This free knitting pattern is sure to brighten up anyone's day. The pink color will make a winter day feel even brighter.
  • Artsy Potato Chip Scarf

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Fashion scarves are a great accessory, and this Artsy Potato Chip Scarf is perfect for a nice night on the town. This scarf is so easy and fun to make that you'll soon have all kinds of these soft colorful scarves in your closet.
  • Soft and Smoky Potato Chip Scarf

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    You see them all over the stores, but have you ever wondered how to knit a potato chip scarf? Try this Soft and Smoky Potato Chip Scarf. It's fashionable and easy! Free knit scarf patterns are perfect when it comes to thinking of holiday gifts.
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  • An Interview with Wise Craft Author, Blair Stocker

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Team FaveCrafts was SO excited to read and review Wise Craft by Blair Stocker.  Filled with amazing ideas for turning thrift store finds into home decor gold, Wise Craft is a must-have book for making your own home decor and accessories. We were just so inspired by Wise Craft and all the amazing projects inside that we couldn’t wait to find out what the motivation was behind all these awesome tutorials.  Blair was sweet enough to answer all our questions, and even gave us some crafty tips on what to look for in thrift store finds and what three things she always has in her craft…
  • Bright Ideas: How to Recycle Light Bulbs in Creative Ways

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    DING! Our creative light bulb just went off, and we’ve rounded up 12 lightbulb crafts for some truly green crafting. Looking for some great ways to recycle this season? Well look no further! The following lightbulb crafts from FaveCrafts and AllFreeHolidayCrafts will shock and amaze you. Don’t throw out those “burnt out” bulbs. They have a lot more life left in them than you think. Everyone dreads that quiet jingle that indicates that a lightbulb needs to be replaced. However, if you save your old glass bulbs, you’ll notice there is more jingle in your pockets.
  • 14 DIY Rug Ideas for Barefoot Living

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    “Take off your shoes and stay awhile.” That’s what my mom always say and it always guests into friends and family. Is there anything better than taking off your uncomfortable work boots or high heels and stepping onto something soft. With these tutorials, you can learn how to make a rug that will make your feet feel pampered and refreshed. Although it may not compare to the feeling of sand or cool water, soft rugs can provide instant comfort to hardwood or tile floors. These rugs are ideal for anywhere in the house that might need a little extra home décor. Don’t…
  • 7 Unique Skirt Patterns

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    For those who are new to sewing, there’s no better pattern to try than a handmade skirt.  DIY skirts can often be made in less than a few steps, and it’s super easy to obtain all the measurements you need in no time.  Flattering for several body shapes and sizes, skirts make a great fashion staple for year-round comfort and style. Patterns like the Dollar Store Petal Skirt are great for beginners and thrifty crafters.  Made with items you can easily find at a dollar store (or items you might even have in your craft stash already), this skirt is great for kids and adults of all…
  • 9 Ruffled Accessories for a Sweet New Look

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Everything is better with ruffles (no, I’m not talking about the chips). Ruffled edging on clothes first appeared in the 15th century and has remained popular ever since. Not a “ruffle person,” you say? That’s probably because you didn’t know there’s more than one type of ruffle and more than one way to wear ruffled clothing and accessories. Sure, ruffles can be “girly,” but they can also be cute, simple, and just plain fun! For every personality type, there is a ruffle that perfectly suits it. Complement your outfit with a few handmade ruffles,…
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    Merriment Design

  • 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: -…
  • Make Frozen magical and movable charm bracelets featuring Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven

    Kathy Beymer
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Make these easy Frozen-inspired charm bracelets featuring Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven! You can color and shrink the charms, then magically move them around the bracelet as you wish. This is a great Frozen birthday party activity for kids to make – it’s a quick and inexpensive kid’s craft. Or you can just make these DIY Frozen charm bracelets for fun — Elise and I made them for kicks to doll up her handmade Elsa costume. And if you like all our accessories, you can also make our DIY snowflake Frozen headband and DIY Frozen Elsa necklace. I created this Frozen charm…
  • DIY Frozen Elsa necklace project for kids

    Kathy Beymer
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Make your own DIY Frozen Necklaces featuring Elsa, Anna and Olaf Shrinky Dink charms and kid-painted beads. Elise and I been making kids crafts together during Liam’s naps. We decided to add a few Frozen necklaces to Elise’s handmade Elsa costume to coordinate with her handmade Frozen snowflake headbands and Frozen magical and movable charm bracelets. These DIY Frozen necklaces are a super fun to wear. Just ask Elsa …oh, I mean Elise. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sent me a summer crafting box and one of the goodies inside was this bag of 12mm Darice White Pearl Beads. We…
  • Modern Construction Printable Birthday Banner for a Construction Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Here’s a modern printable construction cones birthday banner for a super cute and classy construction birthday party. And you can download instantly, personalize it, and print yourself — no waiting! You will get an instant download at my etsy store of this HAPPY BIRTHDAY construction cones birthday banner plus a FULLY EDITABLE PDF FILE for adding names, ages, etc. in English, Spanish, French, whatever language you choose. Use these printable construction cones to make your own: - hanging construction birthday party sign - front door sign to welcome party guests - buffet table sign -…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • The Ultimate Monthly Craft Kit

    Rachel Faucett
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    By Rachel Faucett We’ve had our eye on Kiwi Crate ever since we realized just how much we have in common with them. I mean we’re basically soul mates: we both thrive off building hands-on environments for the little ones to help stimulate their creativity and curiosity. So naturally, when Kiwi Crate invited us to experience their monthly box o’ fun for ourselves we were totally down. As parents who are always pressed for time, I was amazed at how easily Kiwi Crate engaged even my littlest guy in a creative and educational activity. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new…
  • French Toast Sandwiches

    Sarah Kieffer
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Sarah Kieffer Peach season is winding down, but I couldn’t resist sneaking in one more recipe using my favorite summer fruit. These French toast sandwiches are made in the oven, and work well for feeding a crowd. Layered in peaches and mozzarella and then covered in syrup, they are decadent and delicious: a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This recipe is officially called “French Toast Sandwiches with Peaches and Mozzarella” from Erin Scott’s Yummy Supper cookbook. I used Bread in 5’s no-knead brioche, and my slices were a bit larger than an average slice, so I only got 3…
  • DIY Kawaii Sun Cake Tutorial

    Lyndsay Sung
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Lyndsay Sung Well hello there, Mr. Happy Sun! You are such a radiant and adorable cake, plus so easy to make! Perfect for a weather themed birthday party, this kawaii sun cake will make your guests beam with delight. “Kawaii” means cute and lovable in Japanese—the perfect description for this cake! What You Need One baked and cooled two layer round cake 2 cups of vanilla buttercream tinted yellow 1 package of Pocky midi sticks (or regular Pocky sticks), or any longer pretzel type sticks. ½ inch ball of black fondant An offset spatula Cake scraper Blue craft paper, scotch tape and…
  • 5 Magical Recipes From a Faraway Land

    Rachel Faucett
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    By Rachel Faucett A few weeks ago I got an amazing opportunity to experience Rancho La Puerta, the 70-year-old wellness retreat that has been consistently ranked in the top three spas in the world that will really change you as a person! The first thing I did was park my phone and tuck my computer safely away in my bag. I was completely unplugged and it was awesome. I finally found out about this ranch magic that the incredible staff kept talking about and trust me, I will keep it with me all year long. I know all of this sounds a little nutty but I promise you, the transformation that takes…
  • 6 Ways to Get Creative with Names

    Deborah Beau
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    By Deborah Beau I love this playful ‘name door’ decorated with magnetic letters from Milk Magazine. Forget those mass-produced name plaques for children’s bedroom doors! A fresh coat of magnetic chalkboard paint and some colorful magnetic letters will brighten up any kid’s space. I found this fun idea in the home of two French architects, and would love to play around with something similar in our own home. Très cool! Decorating with names has to be one of the easiest, most common ways of making a child feel special at home. Like many of you, my two youngest children (boy &…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Veggie Quilt

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    My Veggie quilt is done and I love it! I would love to own a long arm quilter to finish my quilts, this one is quilted with my sewing machine. I have a stack of quilts to quilt, my plan is this winter I will be finishing my quilts.
  • Treat Time

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I love my reindeer when the antlers are in velvet, she is so beautiful. Every night about six is treat time for Missy; she waits by the fence for her night time snack. She is 12 years old, how fast time goes by.
  • Blueberries

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    In the middle of nowhere I went blueberry picking with a couple of friends. It was beautiful and peaceful in the woods; all we heard were a couple of crows.  We picked lots of berries and went on a long walk, just a perfect day!
  • A Rainbow after the Storm

    3 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We got a lot of rain today, but I love to see the rainbow after the storm, right over my farm.
  • Birthday Party!!

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Here are a few pictures of the little party we gave for Linda, during our quilting/sewing club. I love the butterfly on the cake!!
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Zippy Quilt

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
  • Figgy Pudding Quilt

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
  • Garden Girl Quilt

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
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  • Scattered Squares Pillow

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
  • Christmas in July Round Up

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Fabric stores are teeming with beautiful and festive Moda holiday fabric. Over the years our talented Chefs have whipped up some lovely holiday projects to help you get a jump start on Christmas sewing.Click through to view the links to the recipes.-Oda MayVIEW RECIPE >>
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    How Does She

  • 17 Parent Hacks – That could keep you sane!

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    1.  Put your kids to work.  Make it a game.  They will never know the difference. 2.  Watch those fingers.  Put a cut foam noodle on the door to keep that door from slamming. 3.  Use that DVD case for a coloring case.  Easy car storage.  Here. 4.  Extend that faucet just a bit more for toddler hands.  5.  Put a pad lock on cords that you don’t want plugged in. 6.  If your kids are sacred of Monsters.  Make monster spray.  Here.  Now everyone can go back to bed. 7.  Don’t let pesky mosquitoes eat the baby!    Put a crib sheet over a play pin to keep the bites…
  • The Sewing Party of the Year!

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, I know. When I read the words ‘sewing party’, I just about jumped out of my seat too. So what is this all about?!  We are here to give you all the details. This is one DIY party of the year you definitely won’t want to miss!On November 8th, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather (in the comfort of their homes) for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes, taught exclusively  online by leading bloggers and educational experts.For only $40, attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes, including home decor, fashion sewing, quilting, upcycling,…
  • 10 Tips for Camping with Kids

    Kathryn Thompson
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    Going camping as a kid was the best thing ever. It was fun. It was easy. It filled my heart with joy. Going camping with kids can be magical too but it takes planning, patience, and a willingness to roll with whatever happens. Here are a few tips to make your next family camping adventure just a little more successful:1. Put them to work – When you first get to your campsite, there’s a ton of work to do. It’s easy for kids to get bored while they wait for the tent to go up. But, even tiny kids can help with something, unloading the car, handing you tent pegs, or setting up camp chairs.
  • Gluten-Free Goldfish and Cheez-It Crackers

    Ana Helena Campbell
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    I have been preparing my kids for almost 3 weeks by letting them know that school is starting soon and the late nights are coming to an end. I don’t know about you, but here at my house we all love to stay up late talking, watching movies, listening to podcasts (yep! we do), playing with our gadgets, and of course snacking at midnight.  After all, summer is such a great time to go off schedule a little bit, to be spontaneous, and a little more adventurous. It’s okay to throw unplanned parties, receive last-minute guests for the weekend even when you aren’t sure when they are…
  • The kids are back in school…IT’S TIME TO PLAY GIVEAWAY!

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    The kids are back in school…IT’S TIME TO PLAY GIVEAWAY!WIN:A BlendTec Designer 725 Blender orGO-Pro 3+ Silver Edition orA Gibbons Slackline  Hugs and Kisses to the sites participating that make this giveaway possible.  It’s easy to enter.  See below! The kids are back in school…IT’S TIME TO PLAY!  
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    Inner Child Fun

  • The Best Quick and Easy Crafts for Summer

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    These quick and easy crafts for Summer are so much fun to make, and they will help you make the most of your time with the kids over these next couple of days! All of these use common household items you probably already have on-hand, and they are simple to set up. Yay for simple and fun […]
  • How to Make a Fort Building Kit

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    For a recent friend’s birthday, my kids wanted to surprise the birthday child with something super fun — a fort building kit! It was quick and easy to put together, but most importantly, it made the birthday girl smile!! They were very happy to learn that the fort building kit has already been put to […]
  • Quick Summer Craft for Kids

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Need a quick Summer craft for kids to do? These sandcastle notecards are so much fun to make! My kids love to play in the sand, and these notecards are a great way to celebrate a day at the beach, or an afternoon spent playing in the sandbox. Best of all, they can be mailed […]
  • Introduction to Robotics with Sphero

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Do you have a child who is interested in robotics or programming? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids ages 8 and up can control using a smartphone or tablet! A special thank you to Sphero for providing us with our own Sphero and for sponsoring today’s playful learning post. Read on to […]
  • Nature Packs for Kids

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Packing a fun nature kit for kids is a great way to foster a love of nature, and get outdoors with minimal hassle throughout the summer months! They are so much fun to put together, and you can use many household items you probably already have on hand. Nature packs make it easy to enjoy […]
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • 10 Washi Tape Crafts for Back to School

    Becky Striepe
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Is your child excited about heading back to school? Whether he can't wait to meet his teacher or is mourning the end of summer, you can make back to school more fun by adding pops of color with washi tape. Check out these fun back to school washi tape crafts! 1. Cheerful Notebook - I love how By Wilma mixes colors and patterns in her washi tape notebook! 2. Covered Keyboard - Make homework time more colorful and fun by helping your older kid cover your computer's keyboard in washi tape with this tute from Craft Room Confidential. 3. Wooden Spoons - If you're packing your child's lunch, you…
  • Make Craft Stick Pencil Bookmarks

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pencils are a classic motif for back-to-school, and Amanda from Crafts by Amanda shows just how easy it is to create a pencil design with these cute craft stick bookmarks!  They're super simple to make and would be great to make in larger quantities because the project would be easy to set up assembly-line style.  Add names to them to quickly and easily create personalized gifts for an entire class!  [how to make crafts tick pencil bookmarks] Project estimate: Craft sticks, on hand or $1 Paint, on hand or $1 and up Total:  Free and up
  • Tutorial: Funny Face Bookmarks for Back to School

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    School is starting up again, and it's always fun to give students a little handmade something to start the year off on the right foot.  Everyone, no matter whether they are in elementary school or college, needs lots of bookmarks.  Here's a fun way to save your place in a book:  with a silly face bookmark! This project takes minutes to make, and you probably already have all the supplies you'll need to make them. Project estimate: Twine, on hand or $1and up Paper clips, on hand Glue, on hand Googly eyes, on hand or $1 and up Total:  Free and up! Step one:  Cut several pieces (between 6…
  • Make a Flower Pot Apple

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looking for a cute and clever teacher gift?  Look no further!  Stacie from The Divine Miss Mommy use a little bit of paint and some simple embellishments to turn a standard terra cotta flower pot into an apple-shaped container that would look adorable sitting on a desk.  Fill it with school supplies, baked goods, or anything else you can think of that fits inside.  And it's a great time to go flower pot shopping right now too, since end-of-season clearance sales make for cheap garden-related supplies!  [how to make a flower pot apple] Project estimate: Flower pot with saucer, $1 and up…
  • Free Printable Pencil and Eraser Favor Boxes

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We have declared this week to be Back to School Week here at DSC, and we're devoting a whole week to school supplies, teacher gifts, and more!  We're kicking it off with these great free printables from Mr. Printables - a set of pencil and eraser shaped favor boxes to fill with your favorite treats or other small goodies!  Use them for classroom gifts, teacher gifts, or for any party where school/office supplies are an appropriate theme.  Or just print them out because they are cute - that's a good enough reason for us!  [download the free printable pencil and eraser favor boxes]
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • 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
  • Sights at Atlanta Gift Market

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I attended the Atlanta Gift Market last week, a trip that I always enjoy and wanted to share some of my photos.  I love to attend market and while there, check out new products and trends, as well as meet up with friends. Atlanta is considered the best of all the … Continue reading
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    Gabriela Delworth Designs

  • Balcony grown tomatoes: picking Beef & Cherry beauties.

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

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

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hoping your week is ending well today I want to share a couple of pics of our Beef & Cherry tomatoes. Despite the unstable temperatures we had here in Toronto they have been growing nicely and as you can see they are already changing colours. We hope to enjoy ripe tomatoes early in August. I am glad that I decided to try with three different kinds of tomato plants. The Salsa variety
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    Mummy Crafts

  • 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…
  • Cómo hacer una pulsera tribal con bolas y colgantes

    Esther Lopez
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Bueno pues para empezar la semana, y para aprovechar que llegaron estos elefantitos tan monos, os propongo esta pulsera, ideal para el verano. El elefante combina perfectamente con el brillo de las bolas con baño de plata y el pompón metálico. A demás se dice que los elefantes con la trompa para arriba traen buena suerte, así que vamos a atraer la buena suerte con esta pulsera tan mona Materiales para hacer una pulsera tribal Cordón de cuero natural de 3mm (17cm aprox) 20 bolas aprox de 10mm taladro de 5mm 1 elefante de resina 1 disco esmaltado de 12mm amarillo o del color deseado 1…
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    Creative Mamma

  • 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! 2014 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…
  • Free Printable: 2014 Doodle Write Calendar

    5 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy! Hello!  The new 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar is here!  Things have been insane here lately between moving to a new house and getting settled in… Thank you all for your patience as I try to get the calendars done and published. Design work has been crazy busy! Here’s some of the work that I’ve been doing for Pink Light Design just in case you want to see… My work has been licensed to Keka, so if you are in need of a new device case, don’t forget to check…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • 4 Simple Strategies to Help with Overwhelm

    Vanessa Anstee
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the past, when I’ve experienced overwhelm I’ve done everything I can to push through it. I learnt from the women in my family of origin how to use will and grit to push through circumstances and get past the limits you see before you. But there are those times when no matter how much will you exert, you can’t get out of the creative rut. In those moments you’re just burnt out from spinning in circles, wondering what your next steps should be. Dealing with overwhelm has been one of the lessons I’ve most resisted but I’ve finally accepted that it’s actually guidance. Your…
  • Books, Boats, and Apple Pie: A Perfect Morning in Amsterdam

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    This June, during our annual trip to visit family in Spain, my husband and I rented a car and give ourselves a whirlwind tour of Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, and Amsterdam. One of my favorite days of this trip was our last one in Amsterdam, which we spent visiting the Anne Frank Huis,  browsing the Noordermarkt, and braving the lines to enjoy what is surely the best apple pie in Amsterdam at Winkel 43. We LOVE flea markets and try to find one wherever we travel, so it was fun just walking around the Noordermarkt, browsing through antiques, books, and other peoples’ old junk, which was…
  • Ploughman’s Lunch

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This summer, as the heat rises, why not take a break from hot meals and take a cue from the Ploughman’s Lunch (or Plowman’s Lunch), steeped in rich historical tradition? Originating in the United Kingdom, other European variations exist as well. The ploughman’s lunch is noted in historical documents in the 19th century, however, in more recent years, this pub fare was used to encourage patrons to eat more cheese and other food in pubs, rather than merely “having a pint” (or two!). Served cold, this hearty lunch provides a substantial meal for the “plowman”, working hard in the…
  • Clinging to Summer

    Tahani Al-Salem
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Summer always makes me feel light and breezy. I think the sun just brings out the happy in all of us, and it’s something I try to cling to for as long as possible. For some reason, it doesn’t matter that I still work in summer, that groceries still have to be bought, bathrooms cleaned, etc. It all seems a bit easier in the summer, and a lot less like the burden I usually deem it to be. This year however, I’m not sure where summer has gone, but it’s flying by rather quickly, so I’m doing some things to cling to it the best that I can. I know that fall is coming, and I’ll gladly…
  • Storytelling, Vulnerability and a Pivotal Moment in My Creative Life

    Jayne Ifeacho
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A  couple of weeks ago I was flicking through my book collection; it was time to trim it down some. I didn’t have a huge amount of books but it was more than one box, and and I wanted no more than a box. I was also looking forward to giving away some books to my local library. The local library was one of the constants of my childhood, ably fueling the fire of my literary love. As a child I could easily get through five books a week. And no amount of birthday or Christmas presents or even the books at school was going to keep up with my voracious apetite. Anyway as I was sorting…
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    Papaver Designs

  • Wedding Mood board inspiration Medieval wedding in a castle

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
     I just love the chalk board style cake, so quirky and the 'fortune teller' invitation is really unusual. The 'Love is in the air piece is mine from a shoot I took part in a while awhile ago, the table setting is from the same shoot (some of my lanterns on the table).Papaver Loves Links...,,,,,
  • Hand cut papercut summer inspiration

    19 May 2014 | 2:37 am
    What nice weather we are having lately. This is the view from my new studio window. The house isn't livable yet but its getting there and I cant wait to start creating your orders in my new studio. Here's a lovely summer quote paper cut for you on this lovely day. This quote is in my kitchen and I grew up with it and has always been my favourite saying.    It is an A3 hand cut paper cut made from a single sheet of A3 paper. All flowers and details are hand drawn and cut by Poppy from Papaver Designs. Custom orders welcome If you like this or another product you…
  • Pretty in Pastel wedding inspiration Moodboard

    8 May 2014 | 11:01 am
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  • Papaver Designs, Alnwick gardens and a rainbow of colour

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Check out these fabulous photo shoot images for a rainbow wedding inspiration at Alnwick gardens featuring Papaver Designs hand cut artwork and the famous Alnwick garden tree house!  For further images check out the Brides up North blogPhotography – Adamskii PhotographyWedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone and Terry Fox supplied by Kathryn S Trueman BridalBunting and Accessories – Emma BuntingEvent Stylist – Ailsa Ryder at Flawless Weddings & Events, Morpeth Make-up – K Beautique & Rachael Giles MUAHair - Katie & Leigh at Bassu, Morpeth Flower Crowns – Emerald…
  • DIY Mother's day gift ideas

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
       A collection of great unique Mother's day gifts that you can make yourself. link on the image to go to the tutorial x
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    Wee Folk Art

  • A New School Year :: 2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    We officially started our new school year (2nd, 4th, and gulp... 6th grade) this Monday. The girls happily jumped back in, very eager to try out some new subjects. The boy on the other hand, was a bit more reluctant... to say the least... and got off to a slow start. Gammy stopped by with a mid-morning treat and then after lunch we decided the best way to celebrate was to finish off the afternoon at the park. I also had an ulterior motive. The park I choose is home to many giant oak trees... and we were in need of some "gnome hats." Bug finished off his work and then joined in the hunt. All…
  • Two W.I.P.s

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you haven't already read this on Facebook, I've 2 W.I.P.s to share this morning. First... the biggie news... or rather the wee news... we are expecting our 6th grandbaby, December 24, courtesy of our son Adam, and his incredibly creative wife (she's making a baby), Raewyn. So world... MEET THE FEET!  We are as excited as we were when we heard that our first was on the way, but I can't help but wonder if this wee one is going to be as mischievous as Daddy Adam was! If so... Mommy and Daddy will have their hands full... but it will be an awesome adventure! Of course, this means I've now…
  • Support Handmade - August 2014

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
      We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the members of our Support Handmade program. At Wee Folk Art we cherish the work that small, handmade shop owners provide. We believe that items created with love do make a difference in the lives of the people they touch. We invite you to take a moment and browse theses shops. We are sure you will find something magical. To find out how your shop can become involved in our Support Handmade program click here. Woolies combines my passion for knitting and my love of animals. Still a child at heart, I delight in the magic and joy that small…
  • Potato Print Gift Wrap

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    To finish off our State Studies we completed our last project, Potato Prints. This one, even the boy wanted to join in. I took the project one step further and used my potato to create recycled, home-made wrapping paper. Materials: Potato Butter Knife or carving tools Cutting Board Marker Paint or Ink (we used our soy paint) Paper (Paper Bag if you want to make eco-friendly wrapping paper) Cut a potato in half. You might want to use a sharp knife for this part to get a nice clean cut but a butter knife will work if your kids are doing this project on their own. Use a marker to draw on a stamp…
  • Flamingo Applique Block

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    I love serendipitous occurrences. Case in point... Monday night I got an email from one of our readers. It said: "I've been a fan for sometime. Thank you for the beautiful work. I get so much inspiration from your site. I'd love to see a Flamingo Applique. Any chance??? Angela" Sitting next to my keyboard was an applique block I had just finished and planned to share today. Of all things, it was a flamingo. What are the chances? I guess better than an infinite amount of monkeys with an infinite amount of typewriters and an infinite amount of time actually typing the complete works of…
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  • Fitness Blogger Ambassador Programs

    7 Aug 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 – fitness, nutrition, fashion, beauty bloggers 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,…
  • Zulily Fitness Week!

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    It’s Fitness Week on zulily! Healthy eating and staying active are essential for getting fit and you can find everything you need to do both on zulily+ this week. Whether you’re an avid runner, a faithful yogi, or just starting your workout routine, you’ll find the right gear to make the best of your workout. For the LunchItPunchIt fans there is a large huge selection of kitchen essentials to make eating healthy a little easier. **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. © Andi for udandi, 2014. | Permalink | 2…
  • Parcours Trail Workouts for Fitness

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Parcours trails (or parcourse) are running or walking courses with obstacles aimed at making you move quickly using only your body and surroundings. It can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement (on all fours). It is a fun, creative, playful, non-competitive way to workout in an outdoor setting. Does your park have a parcours trail? Have you seen signs and been curious? GO! Run, jump and play through your next workout! This year in July, the weather has been unseasonably great with temperatures in the 70s with minimal humidity. Since I work at a…
  • Gazelle Exclusive: $20 Bonus on Any iPad Valued at $75+

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For a limited time Gazelle will give you a $20 bonus on any working iPad valued at $75 or more at trade-in As a new season quickly approaches, people everywhere are on the hunt for all things new..including their treasured electronics. A majority of old phones and iPads end up collecting dust or taking up space in landfills, but with Gazelle not only will you be helping the environment, but you will be filling your pockets with cash at the same time. For a limited-time only, get a $20 bonus added to any iPad valued at $75+. Start the simple process today and be on your way to collecting some…
  • The Longest Yard Sale / 127 Sale

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Living in Cincinnati I’m close enough to run down into Kentucky for the World’s Longest Yard Sale or 127 Sale, which runs on route 127 now through five states from Michigan to Alabama an is held the first week in August. Much of the information on the website relates to Tennessee, which is where the sale started years ago as a way to boost tourism in rural areas. Pyrex | Butterprint Unrelated, my friend and I started our day at 10am at City Flea in downtown Cincinnati and quickly cruised through this quickly because it is small and the few vintage items that interested us were…
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    Mixed Media Artist

  • Time off

    Cyndi L
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rising Mist, my last quiltYou're probably wondering why there haven't been any new projects here for awhile.  Well, the problem is that I've got a pinched nerve in my neck, which is not only painful, but is also interfering with my shoulder and left hand through the nerve pathway.  I had to make a decision which blog to concentrate on, and Beading Arts won.  I'm sorry, but I had to hold on to my first love and let most everything else go. I am doing physical therapy and am working hard to heal, but it takes time.  It's also problematic, as many of you can probably relate,…
  • Quote of the week!

    Cyndi L
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Artsy blogging round-up!

    Cyndi L
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Art Bead SceneCheck out Ema's new favourite tool - her wood-forming block for making curved metal components!Beading ArtsCyndi has been experimenting with bead embroidery and metal mesh ribbon!Charlene SevierBook Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry (2nd Edition)Origami-Inspired Calling Card Holder Suits Gift or Credit CardsThis origami-inspired card holder had two large pockets on the inside and 2 "secret" pockets on the outside. It holds about 20 cards and fastens with an elastic ponytail holder.Resin CraftsWhat could be cooler than miniature people at the beach?Technorati…
  • Book reviews: two new books for winter and Christmas!

    Cyndi L
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you want to get your quilting gifts finished  before Christmas is over this year, then might I suggest Here Comes Winter and Celebrate Christmas, both published by Martingale.Here Comes Winter was written by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.  The basics of quiltmaking are in the beginning for those who are just venturing into this artform.  Almost all of the book, though, is dedicated to the projects.  Using simple background blocks and delightfully cute appliques, each quilt project has a yardage and cutting guide to make construction go smoothly. Some of the projects…
  • Quote of the week!

    Cyndi L
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    © copyright 2014 – All rights reserved Mixed Media Artist
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    Craft Stew

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Description: Looks a bit complicated to make but I bet it’s so worth it! Added to my to-do list! Craft Link: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups Read More : Recipes or Home  
  • DIY Open Back Shirt

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Description: Convert a basic summer shirt to this yummy open back shirt.  Good photos and instructions. Craft Link: DIY Open Back Shirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Recycled Yard Art In Jerusalem

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:42 am
    On the way to a family barbecue in Neve Yaakov, my husband and I had to change buses in Jerusalem.  We were surprised to see that the house right behind the transfer stop had an entire yard decorated with pacifiers and toys. At first, we thought the home owners just had an unusual sense of humor, but my niece later explained that the yard art was recycled from items that children had thrown behind the fence while their parents were waiting for a bus. Rather than getting upset or throwing out the junk dumped into their yard, the family transformed it into  unique outdoor decor. Read More:…
  • Folded Leather Basket Tutorial

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Description: Once you have the supplies, these baskets are super simple to create. Craft Link Folded Leather Basket Tutorial Read More: Home Decor or Home
  • Kimono Top DIY

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Description: Easy to do without a pattern. Just follow the cutting instructions. Craft Link: Kimono Top DIY Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Interior Obsessions: I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I thought I’d have some fun with Interior Obsessions this week and combine my first love, DIY, with my second love, great design. So, I scoured my backlog of interior links, searching for clever decor items that could potentially be DIYed. Fun, right? Here’s what I found… 1. Potted Pendant Light: I saw this quirky, cool house on The Design Files and love the hanging pot pendant light. Remodelista shared a tutorial for how to make a similar hanging pendant light, on your own. So, this one is definitely DIYable. Even without a tutorial. You basically just need a light kit…
  • Flower Power: How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    At this point, browsing beautiful flower arrangements on Pinterest has turned into a sad little hobby of mine. Sad only because I don’t think I can count Pinterest as a hobby. Can I?  But after all of that browsing, I’ve realized that there aren’t many tutorials to show how to make the type of arrangement that I am particularly partial to. The kind of arrangement that feels a little more wild, organic, and freeform. Not rigid. Or ball-shaped. You know the type, right? Sooo…I thought I’d create a tutorial today on how to make those free spirited, imperfect…
  • I Like Big Bags and I Cannot Lie: A Peek into What’s in My Bag Right Now

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever go searching for something on Instagram, and then fall down the rabbit hole, for…oh, I don’t know…WAY too long? I try not to let it happen. But let’s face it, sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Case and point, the #whatsinmybag hashtag. I am so fascinated by what people carry around with them in their purses. So, I thought I would join the party! I partnered with my friends at Tic Tac to share all of the things that I (honestly) have in my big, giant bag right now. I even included the things that I probably shouldn’t have in my purse, but do. If it…
  • Make This: 7 DIY Ways to Make S’mores Even More Delicious

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Okay, okay. I swear I’m going to get s’mores out of my system. But just not today. After last week’s s’more ice cream sandwiches, I had a handful of additional ideas that I wanted to tackle. So, I put them all together in one post. And I may have one more teeny tiny s’mores ideas I want to share, but after that, I swear I’m done. If you’re over s’mores, though, feel free to let me know. I can stop, I swear. Haha. Here are 7 more DIY ways to make s’mores… 1. Chocolate Cookie Strawberry S’more Sandwich The only s’more idea…
  • 8 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been pretty rainy and stormy here the last couple of days. Which, in my mind, is the perfect weather for doing DIYs – watching the rain from the window and just kind of unwinding with a project or two. So, I thought I would roundup some extra projects this week, in case you’re staying in, like me. Here are 8 DIYs to try this weekend… 1. mini donut chocolate candy DIY 2. dotted denim skirt DIY from I Spy DIY 3. paper wall art DIY from Sugar & Cloth 4. easy throw cushions DIY from A Pair and a Spare 5.  tree slab side table DIY from Emily Henderson 6. DIY…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Giant Clothespin Shopping List Keeper

    Jessica Christman
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Keep your shopping list close to the fridge with this handy notebook and pencil clothespin keeper! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Create your own fluffy craft poms poms in less than 3 minutes with yarn, or baker's twine and a fork! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks

    Jessica Christman
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Perfect for keep your spot, easy to make in bulk for gifts or as Valentines using only the hearts cards, these are easy and fun! 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! }}
  • ‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

    Jessica Christman
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Click here for the tutorial and how-to video {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Bikini Baby Onesie

    Jessica Christman
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A cute and practical alternative to the baby bikinis that don’t stay put! 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

  • 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
  • Who Are The Best DIYers on YouTube?

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s definitely not us, but Ali and I are back with this week’s installment of awesome DIY projects and some ridiculousness. If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if there was a World Cup of Craft (c’mon, who hasn’t?!?) then you won’t want to miss the end of this one. Full show notes here. But I am on the hunt to find all of the must-watch, must-follow YouTube DIYers – do you know of any? While I’m a total blogoholic, I’ve never really gotten into subscribing to YouTube channels and I’m not sure why. I know there are some…
  • Good Stuff, Lately

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few things I enjoyed this week: Had some great laughs filming #DIY5 this week. We don’t post it on Whimseybox until tomorrow morning, but it’s here already if you’re interested. The end is the best part. Target has gold flatware. I repeat, Target has gold flatware. Embarrassing confession: I watch Big Brother. It’s a summertime ritual among my family and friends and it started this week. Now that you think I have terrible taste, I will redeem myself by sharing this short video story of Jack. Can you watch this entire video? I really struggled, but made it. I enjoy…
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    Just Something I Made

  • 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…
  • Paper Trail 3: Sizzix Designer Eileen Hull is Coming to Inspired Barn in October

    Cathe Holden
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Do you love crafting and scrapping with Sizzix? Never tried and want to learn from a true pro what all the excitement is about? Luckily Inspired Barn is on the Paper Trail of Sizzix designer Eileen Hull Coming this October 3 and 4! See the flyer below or go to the INSPIRED BARN EVENTS page for more information. Click image to enlarge.Did I mention POP-UP TRAILER SHOP?! Registration for the two-day event starts August 15. Space is very limited for this super exciting event, I hope to see you here!
  • Handmade Crafters Branding Kit Set 2:

    Cathe Holden
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I’ve designed another set of FREE-to-download decorative labels to share with you over at’s blog to use for packaging or gifting your handmade goods. The Handmade Crafters Branding Kit Set 2 has multiple coordinating designs, shapes and sizes in 6 color options that you can customize from the editable PDF templates. If you’re savvy with image editing or vector software, you can modify the label designs even more like the examples above. Even if you’re not ready for packaging your products, head over to the blog to download the free digital files for…
  • Our Lowe’s Backyard: Fire Pit, Seating, and the Weber Genesis E-310 Propane Gas Grill

    Cathe Holden
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This is a partially sponsored post. We bought our home on one potential-filled acre about 15 years ago. In all that time we’ve rarely enjoyed our back yard. We had a play structure back there for a while when our kids were younger, a few inflatable swimming pools over the years during the summer months, along with a portable hammock. But we’d never done landscaping, planted a successful lawn, or much of anything else to tempt us to hang out back. Most of our activities came and went only through our front door.Our kids will all be away to college soon enough and it’s due time we found a…
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Seaside Tinkered Treasures: Review & Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    I absolutely love the sea, so any craft projects that celebrate the seaside are good with me. I was really pleased then to be a sent a new book from the lovely people at RPS called Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major. The book is billed as ’35 adorable projects to bring the seashore home’ and it truly doesn’t disappoint. I have loved reading through all of the projects and will definitely be trying a few out over the coming weeks. There is a gorgeous clock, a bird house, a natural wreath, some super cute flipflop adornments and loads more. What really strikes me…
  • Fish Plushie Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    On my art table sits an aquarium with two adorable fish named ‘Doodle & Sketch’. They inspire me every day, and were the inspiration for this particular sewing project. This cute plush fish is a great little gift for shelf nursery decor, or works great as a hanging piece. I don’t really believe in being that exact or drawing patterns, so I cut all of these pieces out free hand {fold a large piece of fabric in half to cut two matching pieces out at once}. This project is supposed to be imperfect, and fish are very forgiving by design, so have fun with this and feel free…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Nancy from The Bib Place

    Alison Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Today I would like to welcome Nancy from The Bib Place. Nancy is one of our featured members over at the Art of Crafts Directory and she makes a beautiful range of customized baby bibs. 1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? Hello, my name is Nancy Small and I live in the United States in the state of Indiana. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your handmade based business. I make baby bibs. Some of them have baby related cross stitch items on the front and some bibs are just…
  • Handmade Giveaway: 12 Beautiful Items Up For Grabs

    Alison Wood
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    I wanted to share with you today about a group giveaway that I am a part of, with 11 other very gifted crafters. The lovely Penny over  at Lovehearts organized this as a celebration that she has just passed the 20k mark on her Facebook page – 20k how awesome is that! I have included a bracelet in the giveaway and there is a gorgeous array of other items – you can see them all in the photo. There will be 12 winners, selected randomly, each walking away with one prize each.  To enter you need to head to the Lovehearts page – the giveaway is pinned to the top – and…
  • Love At First Stitch Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    22 May 2014 | 2:27 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner, drawn by random number generator, is Dina Newton-Edwards, who left the following comment “My first crafting memory is learning to knit, along with my sister, and then working on a cardigan that my mother was knitting for each of us. I think she probably had to unpick and redo my knitting!” Congrats Dina, I will be mailing you to get the book sent out. Thanks to all those who entered ** After first seeing Tilly Walnes on last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, I immediately checked out her sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Monogramed Ball Jar Drinking Glass {Teacher Gift}

    Cindy Hopper
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This back to school teacher gift will keep your teacher hydrated in style! Have you seen these cool Ball Jar Drinking glasses and fun lids and straws.  I think the infuser insert is super cool! What a great way to have flavored water! Monograming this Ball Jar Drinking glass is as easy as …… ONE Gather a enamel paint suitable for glass and a foam stencil brush. Cut a stencil out of vinyl and place on clean jar. (I used the Cricut and in the design software searched for a circle inside a square. I then typed a letter inside the circle. Weld the two objects together and you are…
  • Smooth Year Teacher Gift {Free Printable}

    Cindy Hopper
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We like to give a little treat to our new teacher.  This little gift is super simple. Just find your favorite lotion and attach the free printable! These back to school teacher gift ideas are a great way to welcome your teacher back to school. We love making gifts for our teacher to show our appreciation. You might enjoy browsing these teacher appreciation gift ideas. I even have some cute back to school teacher gift tags that make gift giving super easy! Smooth Year Printable Gift Tag  Back to School Ideas Here are more back to school gift ideas that pair a cute saying with a…
  • Free Back To School Printables

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I am thrilled to be sharing some back to school printables by some extremely talented bloggers. From lunch box notes to checklists, labels and planners you can start school off in style. Hope you enjoy! Weekly School Planner – No Biggie Bulldog Bookplates – Hostess with the Mostess Good Morning Sunshine Morning Routine Checklist – Kori Clark Eat Up Lunchbox Back-to-School Stickers – Nest of Posies Lunchbox Notes – Catch My Party I Love You Because Art Prints – Pen N’ Paper Flowers Grade School Photo Signs – Skip to My Lou Weekly School Calendar…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Aug 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!
  • Quick and Easy Weekday Dinners

    Cindy Hopper
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is a great variety of Quick and easy dinner recipes that will help you out on those busy week nights!  Made by you Monday was full of these recipes I can’t wait to try, don’t miss the dessert recipe either.  Here are a few of my go to meals  six easy skillet meals or these  crock pot meals, they are sure to help you make dinner in a snap! Steak Sandwich Recipe by Kids Activities Blog   Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce by Something Swanky Crock Pot Skinny Meat Sauce by Skinny Kitchen Italian Buttermilk Chicken by With A Blast Slow Cooker Tostadas by The Real…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Art Journal Peek: Wing it Baby

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites. Carl Jung Wing it is means to do something with no preparation. That is the concept of my entire art journal practice. Maybe my entire life… I just wing it. When you wing it all kind of things happen. Things that you didn’t expect. A doodle becomes a drawing becomes a bird becomes a friend. From there it can’t go wrong, right? Sometimes it’s had not to over-think it, and then not over-work a page. Sometimes this and that on a page looks…
  • Scanning vs. Photographing Collage

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    I am back with square, abstract artwork. I made a few collages this spring, but never got around to posting them then. Now I really want to get back to creating art and sharing it with you guys, so let’s just start! The reason this one didn’t get a blog post was mostly because my process includes scanning the artwork, and some pieces of art does not look good scanned. My scanner, for example, does not understand the concept of florescent colors, and those are some of my favorites to use right now! Just look at the piece above, and then imagine that big circle is actually neon…
  • Eye Candy | Peonies at home

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka Earlier this summer I got this beautiful bouquet of magenta colored peonies from my friend’s garden. Now as I found the photos on my computer I was reminded of how lovely it is with fresh flowers at home. I decided to share some of the photos I took with you guys, as eye candy! I hope you aren’t too tired of pink flowers yet? I doubt I ever will tire of them… This summer I’ve…
  • Flower border gone awry

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Jean Cocteau Finding your own favorite doodle pattern is a good feeling. I think flowers might be my thing, they reoccur all the time. They grow where ever I am. I start with a flower border that soon becomes a meadow of flowers… A border gone awry maybe? Or really: a page of happiness… I’m making flower patterns inside my pink Leuchtturm diary, and they make me happy. Related PostsPatterns doodles at the Office Scanning some quick doodles to play with Candy…
  • Stamping Patterns with Found Objects

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Making hand made patterns with Found Objects is always satisfying and fun. My most recent explorations into stamping on fabric involved a garden hose stump found in the grass, among other things… I used the end of the garden hose stump to stamp circles, and couldn’t stop. It made such a pretty pattern! I liked the irregular perfect circles, if that makes any sense… I mixed black circles with neon pink circles in a big batch of awesome. The result as a whole is cool looking. It might end up in a sewing project or as a backdrop for embroidery perhaps… We also took the…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • DIY~Adorable & Sparkly Christmas Cupcake Picks! Nice Hostess Gift Too!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    For a close up view, please click on the image above.     Make these adorable little Christmas cupcake picks to use at Christmas OR to give as a hostess gift at Thanksgiving! Yes, people love these! If giving as a gift, you can place in a votive holder and decorate with ribbon and charms. Use your imagination! These are incredibly easy and would make a great "Summer project".   Please
  • DIY~Sweet Little Cocoa House Ornament OR Gift Card Holder!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Click on the image above for a close up view Make this sweet little hot cocoa house to use as an ornament OR a lovely gift card holder! So easy! Click on the link below to see a full tutorial on how to make this little house: Materials Needed: Archer Farm Brand Hot Cocoa Envelopes (Found at Target) Wide, Colorful Glittered Wired
  • Glowing Organza Christmas Candle Holder or Party Favor!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Click on the photo above for a close up image   Make this lovely faux Christmas tea light in an organza bag for your next Christmas dinner! This is such a simple project, however, the effect is amazing! Place on individual dinner plates or the table. All you need is an organza bag, which can EASILY be found on Ebay or Etsy. They usually sell them in sets of 10 to 200, depending on your needs.
  • DIY~Gorgeous and EASY Angel Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
      Please click on the following YouTube link to see my FULL Tutorial on how to make these Gorgeous angels, along with some other ideas for angels! They are so easy to do and make lovely Christmas gifts! To see an up close image of the earrings, simply click on the photo above.   Click on the following link: Materials needed: *Bead caps or bead cones in various
  • Beautiful and Ornate Wooden Spool Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
      To see my FULL tutorial on how to put these together, please click on my YouTube video at:   I made these beautiful little spool ornaments out of unfinished wooden spools (Approx. 1-1/8 inch tall and a little under 2-1/2 inches around the middle part.) I loved this project because the ornaments are SO easy, yet they look like something you took a long time
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  • Top 100 Vintage Etsy Shops – August 2014

    Timothy Adam
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Here are the top 100 Etsy sellers in the vintage category for 2014.  These rankings are by sales numbers. Each shop link is clickable, so have fun checking out all these great shops! Top Seller Vintage (excluding supplies) Rank Name Sales Country 1 inkpainter 27867 United States 2 ohmymilky 23269... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • DIY Restoration Hardware-Inspired Pipe Shelves – Step-by-Step

    Timothy Adam
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    I love the look of these pipe and reclaimed wood pipe shelves.  Check out this step-by-step pipe shelf tutorial by 7th house on the left. Here are some handmade pipe shelves just in case you don’t want to make your own! The Elevated Single Walnut Towel Rack by vintagepipedreams Cameo Pipe Shelf //... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • “Your Handmade Business Foundation” for success and more sales

    Timothy Adam
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Hi, I’m Mei (‘may’) Pak, the Pragmatic Designer. I’m your practical problem solver, and I’m here to help you create a happier, abundant and fun business! I specialize in helping handmade businesses like yours. I once started out at zero sales, and now make six figure sales a year... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Top 10 Hottest Etsy Shops – August 3, 2014

    Timothy Adam
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    These are the top 10 Etsy shops with the most sales for August 3, 2014 (no supplies category). These shops had the most sales for August 3, 2014 . . . check them out to find something you can’t live without.   10.  MayaHoney   9.  SonyaDeHartDesign   8.  HerringtonDesign 7.... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 50% Off – Craftsy Classes!

    Timothy Adam
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    It’s the perfect time to learn some new skills and Craftsy is having a huge sale for the next few days. They’ve also added 70 new classes just this summer! Check out all 16 class categories and start your learning engines. Ready. Set. Learn! Embroidery Quilting Sewing Jewelry Paper Crafts... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • MW’s Knit Sea Dragon – wow!

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    Made and shared by the mysterious MW who says, “Muriel the leafy sea dragon is part of a series I’m working on focused on dragons in myth and nature”. Love it! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Kate crocheted everything AND the kitchen sink …

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    Made by Kate from Greedy for Colour. Hat tip to Kathryn Vercillo, thanks Kathryn! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Bob’s Burgers in Knit and Crochet!

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just yesterday I was thinking, hmmm, wonder if any crafty folks have knit or crocheted any of the Belcher family? The answer, my friends, is below! Bob’s Burgers Amigurumi by SmileFelt Tina Belcher by Ham and Eggs, aka Heather Jarmusz. Get the pattern! Gene and Louise Belcher by Ham and Eggs, aka Heather Jarmusz. Get the patterns! Louise Belcher hat by NightLifeAquatic. Teeny tiny Tina and Louise Belcher by LouiesLoops. Bob’s Burgers inspired Bunny ears Beanie hat by NavyLouise Gene Belcher (with burger!) by Apensons Marshmallow doll by Andrea (crochetthehardway). Watch the clip…
  • Alpaca Family Amigurumi – get the pattern!

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Submitted by Lucyravenscar (Angry Angel). Get the Alpaca Family Amigurumi pattern here. Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • gorgeous crocodile stitch shawl by sheila

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:25 am
    Thanks for the submission Sheila, this is spectacular! So stunning! Rating: 10.0/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type

    Wendy at
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    What’s the big deal with skin toners? Well, once you’ve found a toner that works, it makes a big difference in your skin’s appearance, improving it and preventing problems. If you haven’t found your perfect match, try one of these Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type. They’re simple to make and full of good-for-you ingredients! Added to DIY Bath and Body Recipes You might also like: Homemade Floor Cleaners Recipes Simple Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Tutorial Free Soap-Making Recipes DIY Body Wash from a Bar of Soap Tutorial Handmade Exfoliating Salt Pouches
  • Pink Slipper Project

    Wendy at
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and toes of women and children living in shelters for victims of domestic violence. Not only will a pair of handmade slippers help keep them warm, but remind them that they are not alone and that someone cared enough to make something special just for them. A simple kindness goes a long way in the healing process. Knit, crochet or sew a pair of slippers for someone in need. While you could use a favorite pattern, they have a few suggested patterns – Crochet Slipper Pattern Knitting Slipper Pattern Sewing Slipper Pattern Find…
  • Swanky Glam Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Add a little sparkle to an outfit with this Swanky Glam Cowl Free Crochet Pattern. If you don’t use a this fancy yarn, well, it just won’t be as sparkly, but it will still be warm. Added to 300+ Free Crochet Scarf Patterns You might also like: Cozy Scarf Crochet Pattern 300+ Free Crochet Scarf Patterns Updated Team Football Scarf Free Crochet Pattern Temperature Scarf Patterns Crochet Watermelon Hat and Scarf Pattern
  • Butterfly Baby Quilt Pattern

    Wendy at
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Can you make Half-Square Triangles? Then making this Butterfly Baby Quilt Pattern will be a snap. For the sweet baby size, it’s just nine blocks, though you can add more for a little girl’s bed quilt. Or, just make four and stack them vertically for a wall-hanging. So many ways to use this simple butterfly block! Added to Free Baby Quilts and Free Quilt Patterns You might also like: Learn to Quilt – 100+ Tutorials Free Tiffany Bluebird Quilt Pattern Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial DIY Spring Butterfly Wreath 100+ Free Quilting Tutorials
  • Wire Crochet Tealight Holder Pattern

    Wendy at
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For an outdoor event, nothing adds sparkle like bunches of small candles. This Wire Crochet Tealight Holder Pattern is a great way to dress up simple tea light candles. Added to Free Crochet Patterns You might also like: Pink Slipper Project Swanky Glam Cowl Free Crochet Pattern 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches Book – Bonus Free Pattern Fairy Doll Dress Crochet Pattern Daisy Daisy Free Crochet Earrings Pattern
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    CraftStylish - Sewing category featured posts

  • Book Giveaway: How to Sew

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Posted by AlexLombardi Just leave a comment for your chance to take home this wonderful and informative book.
  • How to Make a Sewn Necklace

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Posted by _nikki_ Take a cue from the runway and make a necklace using fabric and ribbon.
  • How to Make an Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Posted by JenniferStern These cute reusable snack bags will cut down on the number of ziplocks you burn through this school year! All you need is a few supplies and about 10 minutes!
  • How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Posted by kaytet Buttons aren't just for sewing on fabric. Here they add dimension and originality to stationery!
  • How to Make a Coffee-Table-Worthy Scrapbook

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Posted by JenniferStern I love to make things and I especially love to mix it up craft wise—so this totally unique and totally stylish scrapbook cover caught my eye. By simply combining paper arts, fabric, and a huge selection of fab embellishments you can transform any three ring binder into the perfect handmade gift or styling scrapbook to keep your memories.
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Wayback Wednesday

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Right around the time I got my Kelsey, I made contact with Dick Goodwin, letterpress dude. He was so generous with his time and skill, giving me a tour of his shop and sharing his knowledge about the basics (I still have a lot to learn). He’s been collecting letterpress equipment since 1961 and it is quite the spectacular collection. I was lucky enough to acquire a cabinet from Dick so that I can put my soon-to-be-mine type in it. It’s a Ludlow cabinet with 20 cases in it. The thing is a behemoth and it weighs a bajillion pounds. There’s no room in my studio for the cabinet,…
  • Website changes

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m making a few changes on my website and there’s dust flying all over the place! The biggie is that I’ve opened up a store, so now you can buy my handmade books directly from me instead of going to Etsy. I’m still working out the bugs (my images are a bit blurry), but I’m already much happier with how people can view my work. The other change involves my commenting system. I’ve added a WordPress plugin that will allow you to respond to blog posts via Email. What makes this interesting is that you can reply to your Email and it will carry your reply over…
  • Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    This week I dropped off inventory at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, a lovely gallery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I’ve had my work on display there for a number of years now and I’ve never shared any images of the space. They have work on display by over 100 artists and it’s a wonderful selection of Vermont craft. They’ve done a good job curating the work. I’m proud to be a member of the gallery, especially now that it’s part of the network of Vermont State Craft Centers. The designation requires rigorous review to ensure that a gallery is a good…
  • Wayback Wednesday

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A couple of years ago, I got a lovely Kelsey 5×8 Excelsior Press Model U letterpress. I acquired it from the awesome bookbinder Stephanie Gibbs, who posted it on the Book Arts listserv. It’s in fantastic shape. Stephanie even threw in a bunch of type with the press. Lucky me! Sadly, I haven’t used it yet – I don’t have all of the equipment needed to run a press. I have  been working on that over the past couple of years, but it’s slow going. So far, I have a galley and wood furniture. I’ve been offered help in setting up my press by another wonderful…
  • Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    photo by Nicola Jones It’s pretty obvious that I love books and in celebration of National Book Lover’s Day (that’s today), I’m offering my dear blog readers 15% off your purchase of any of my books on Etsy! Use code BKLVR2014 at checkout to get the discount. This offer expires on August 11, 2014 so head on over to the shop today!
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  • Cast Your Vote for the Next Knitalong

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Cast your vote for the Early Fall 2014 Knitalong! The winner will be announced on Thursday and the knitalong will begin September 1, 2014. The nominees are: left column from top to bottom: Little Wave by Gudrun Johnston Cordwood by Leila Raabe Venta by Michele Wang center column: Seacoast by Joji Locatelli right column from top to bottom: Autumn Vines by Alana Dakos Henrietta by Kate Gagnon Osborn Fireweeds by Rose Hiver Vote now!
  • Introducing Knightsbridge

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Knightsbridge, The Fibre Company’s new yarn for Fall 2014, arrived today with the trunk show for The Knightsbridge Collection – 15 beautiful, new designs. Laura and I fell in love with the yarn and the garments when we first saw them at the summer trade show – and we think you will too! The trunk show is in the shop through the end of the month. Please come in to see and feel this collection! Knightsbridge Yarn 65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, and 10% silk. light worsted, 5-5.5 stitches per inch on a size US 5-6 needle. 50 grams / 120 yards top row: Concordia, Black Pool,…
  • Let Your Heart Unwind KAL Moving Along!

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    While many of us are making good progress with our Let Your Heart Unwind (LYHU) shawls, a few have already finished, and they look fantastic! Cristina’s LYHU shawl. Cristina was the first to finish. I’m amazed at how quickly she knit her shawl. I know I’m a slow knitter, but I guess I’m slower than I thought! Cristina’s also been extremely generous with helping others when they’ve run into trouble. Katie’s finished shawl. Katie noticed early on that her shawl was coming out short. LYHU is knit sideways, so we’ve been measuring along the top,…
  • Adding a New Ball of Yarn

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Once new knitters get going, one of the first questions they ask is how to add another ball of yarn. It’s a great question and a sign of real progress! In the latest video in our Learn to Knit series, we answer that question. You change colors so the same way, so it’s a good time to get a little creative too. Click here to see our full Learn to Knit video series.
  • Colorblock Stripes Blanket

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Granny squares are the first crochet motif that many of us learn to make. They’re made entirely of double crochets, so you can focus on the construction and not worry about what stitch is next. And because you begin in the center with just a few chains, it’s more manageable than a long row of them. Once you understand how and when the corners are made, it’s fun and easy to start playing with color and layout. For the Colorblock Stripes Blanket, we chose 6 colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater: 5 contrast colors and 1 main color. There are five squares of each contrast color.
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • 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…
  • Organising and Displaying Kids’ Artwork

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    What do you do with your kids’ artwork when it comes home from school, playgroup or that you’ve made at home? Is it piling up on your dining room table? Do you stick it to your fridge? I don’t remember what happened to my arts and crafts when I was a kid. I don’t think it was ever displayed in the house (except for the odd special piece). I guess Mum was quick to archive it (i.e. throw it in the bin). But I love the idea of showing off the kids artwork (within limits). They took time and care to make it, so it’s nice to put it on display. It also gives them something to talk about…
  • Tomato and Basil Quiche

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    I recently bought a box of saucing tomatoes from a fruit and veg co-op, but the tomatoes were much better quality than I expected. I still filled all the empty bottles in the house with tomato and barbecue sauce (recipes coming soon…), but I had lots of perfect tomatoes leftover. Tomato and basil quiche was a perfect easy dinner to use up a couple of those yummy tomatoes. As a kid, I hated eggs and I hated tomatoes. I’m still not a fan of raw tomatoes, but I’ve grown to enjoy quiche (with a good amount of cheese thrown in to mask the eggy flavour). My daughter loves her eggy pie as…
  • Paper-bag Perry the Platypus Craft

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    My kids are getting older (currently 5 and 3) and it’s getting easier to craft with them. They can follow instructions and we can craft with a bit more purpose (rather than the random painting or gluing). Jacob comes home with some great craft projects from school, and a paper-bag platypus was one of his recent creations. I wanted to have a go at making one too. But, of course, I had to put my own spin on it. I made Perry the Platypus from the TV show Phineas and Ferb, complete with his own little hat. For a school excursion last year, Jacob needed his lunch in a paper bag. The only packet…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Lingerie supplies shopping guide

    Anne Weaver
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Lingerie supplies shopping guide Just the other day, a friend asked me if I’d considered making my own bras.  Her question came after my 10-minute rant about how larger retailers rarely carry bras in my size.  My response was that finding … Read More...
  • Travelling With Kids

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Travelling with kids does not need to be scary, just organized! Here are some of my tried and tested suggestions. During our last trip we traveled for 13 weeks, had 10 flights, 14 different accommodations, visited 6 countries, 3 different … Read More...
  • DIY Felt Scarf tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    You will look as though you just stepped off the fashion runway with this chic felt scarf.  Think about making these as gifts if you want to put a smile on a friends face.  These simple, homemade Christmas gifts can … Read More...
  • Dog Paw Stocking tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    All you dog lovers; here is a Christmas stocking just for your doggie on “spoonful” and “Courtesy of Family Fun Magazine”! Make one for your dog and some as gifts for your dog loving friends and fill it with dog … Read More...
  • Geometric Wood Shape Necklace

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lidy from shares her Geometric Jewelry piece. At the beginning of the article, Lidy confesses she is not a jewelry maker but after seeing this fun design I think we can officially say she is a great jewelry … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Lingerie supplies shopping guide

    Anne Weaver
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Lingerie supplies shopping guide Just the other day, a friend asked me if I’d considered making my own bras.  Her question came after my 10-minute rant about how larger retailers rarely carry bras in my size.  My response was that finding … Read More...
  • Travelling With Kids

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Travelling with kids does not need to be scary, just organized! Here are some of my tried and tested suggestions. During our last trip we traveled for 13 weeks, had 10 flights, 14 different accommodations, visited 6 countries, 3 different … Read More...
  • DIY Felt Scarf tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    You will look as though you just stepped off the fashion runway with this chic felt scarf.  Think about making these as gifts if you want to put a smile on a friends face.  These simple, homemade Christmas gifts can … Read More...
  • Dog Paw Stocking tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    All you dog lovers; here is a Christmas stocking just for your doggie on “spoonful” and “Courtesy of Family Fun Magazine”! Make one for your dog and some as gifts for your dog loving friends and fill it with dog … Read More...
  • Geometric Wood Shape Necklace

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lidy from shares her Geometric Jewelry piece. At the beginning of the article, Lidy confesses she is not a jewelry maker but after seeing this fun design I think we can officially say she is a great jewelry … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Swing Tank Pattern- size 3 to 8 (free)

    Jamie Sanders
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Remember my little swing tank from a few weeks ago?  I finally finished redrafting the pattern for you! I made this striped and screen-printed swing top for our vacation last week.  (I was sewing on this top and some nightgowns up until we left!)  It turned out really cute, I even hand-screen printed the little pineapple to the fabric. Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Creamy Avocado Dip, & 20+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

    Jamie Sanders
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Who's ready for their kids to be back in school? I've been going back and forth... On one hand, yes- I want them back in school! On the other hand, I'm just not ready to let go of our lazy mornings and carefree, (mostly) schedule-less days. (6:15 rolls around awfully early.)I've spent the last week trying to ease everyone back into the back to school routine. We've been sticking to bedtimes and re-focusing on our educational workbooks and reading. Plus, I've been shopping, stocking my freezer and making lists. (I ♥ lists...)Today, I have a new recipe for Creamy…
  • Fettuccine w/ Bacon, Chicken and Fresh Corn Pesto

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Do you love fresh sweet corn, pasta and how about bacon?  If you said yes to those questions, then I've got great recipe For Fettuccine with  Fresh Corn Pesto to share with you today! Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • 8 Delicious Tomato Recipes plus the Inspiration Monday link party

    Jamie Sanders
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    I love a good Tomato (especially a homegrown tomato.) How about you?   Today we're featuring 8 delicious recipes to help you use up all those tomatoes!Be sure to check out all these yummy tomato recipes featured from last weeks party:Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Got Trim? Easy Scrap-Busting DIY Headbands

    Jamie Sanders
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
     I was organizing my mess of a craft room recently and unearthed a small collection of trim pieces and other small scraps.  Hmm...  I hate throwing anything away, so what to do? Why, headbands of course!  Headbands are a great way to recycle and use up all the small scrap pieces laying around.Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
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  • 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.
  • Popping in to share my new release with Ranger!

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Howdy! I am burning the candle at both ends, traveling and teaching and spreading the love of Dina Wakley Media. I get home Monday and will share more next week, but wanted to show you the goods! I am using my ipad and for the life of me, I cannot get this to hyperlink. Soooo, copy and paste this link to see the PDF of my new release: Everything will ship next week, yay!!
  • Long time no see....just a little peek and what I've been up to...

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
  • Dina Wakley art on checks...on sale this week!

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Click Here to see the check designs! I am the featured artist this week over at Check Advantage, and you can get $3 off. Coolio!
  • Join us for Radiant Faces!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces  What is it? It's a class put together by Effy Wild...nine teachers, nine styles, nine faces, nine characters, 18 lessons. It is going to be fun and fulfilling, and you will grow as an artist and a person. Join us! Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces
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  • Rainbow Brite Girls Dress Pattern

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Whether you are a fan of the 80s cartoon or just love bright and colorful girls dress patterns, the Rainbow Brite Girls Dress Pattern is sure to tickle your fancy. This bold and comfy dress pattern for girls is going to be the talk of the classroom when your girl wears it to school or Sunday school. Created out of a handful of patterns, fabric hoarders with tons of colors stashed away can probably find all the fabric they need in their stash.
  • One Size DIY Casserole Carrier

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    While DIY casserole carrier patterns are all the rage, not many of them can fit every casserole dish you have in your home. If you want to avoid creating a dozen carriers or worrying about smaller plates breaking in big containers, make this One Size DIY Casserole Carrier. This free sewing pattern wraps up your dish like a present, allowing you to tighten it around just about any size container. If you are a potluck participant, you definitely need one of these.
  • Personalized Sewn Wine Bag

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Give the gift of laughs and wine with this hilarious Personalized Wine Bag Tutorial. This really easy homemade gift idea is a great way to personalize the sometimes impersonal but always welcome gift of alcohol. Whether you are wrapping up a bottle of wine or covering some liquor, all you have to do is make a funny graphic or just print a silly picture of your recipient to turn that wine gift into a conversation piece.
  • No-Sew Bohemian Pillow

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Bohemian ideas and prints are all the rage these days. With edgy stores like Anthropologie leading the march towards a more hippy dippy home decor trend, do not be left in the dust just because you lack the funds to pay for an insanely expensive piece. Make your own accents with this No-Sew Bohemian Pillow. Add it to your couch, your room, or any other seating area in your home. Either way, this insanely easy pillow is going to impress your guests.
  • How to Add Lace to a Tank

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Whether you have an old tank top that has a stain or rip around the collar or just want to add a feminine touch to a boring top, this How to Add Lace to a Tank tutorial is going to really help you step-up your wardrobe game in minutes. Taking just under twenty minutes to create, this lacy tank top idea is a great piece to transition from summer to fall, wear it with a cardi during cool days and take that cardi off when it warms up.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • 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…
  • NYC Adventure: Rollerblading on Randall's Island

    Stacie Grissom
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    On Memorial Day, Sean, Adele, and I broke the rollerblades out of storage and went on a trek up to Randall's Island on the East River. To get there, we took Wards Island Bridge, the pedestrian bridge at 103rd street. We bought our rollerblades the first week we moved here back in 2012. Adele and I saw a pair for sale at the Housing Works around the corner and both thought, "YES. YES THIS is an excellent idea." We look like a trio of 1990s dweebs doing it, but it is really fun to explore this city on any kind of wheels. (*ahem* Razor scooters.)If you're not familiar with NYC geography,…
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  • Sharpie Pen Project: Halloween Ghost Mug

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Sharpies have gone beyond the page and now you can use them to hand draw on ceramics. Make Cute mugs for Halloween gifts or fill them with candy for a special treat.
  • DIY Intensive Cellulite Cream

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make an intensive cellulite cream that is jammed pack full of essential oils.
  • Concrete Avocado Recipe Book Weight

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a cement Avocado for using in the kitchen as a recipe book weight.
  • Halloween Kitchen Spook Spoons

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    These Halloween Spook spoons are fun to make and fun for the kitchen. This Halloween project is fun for kids and grownups too.
  • Kids Superhero Cape – No Sewing Required

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    It doesn't have to be Halloween for your kids to want to dress up. With all those movies coming out there is no surprise that most kids now-a-days want to dress up like their heroes. If you decide to give this tutorial a shot, they could be their own kind of hero with this personalized cape. The best thing about it all is that you don't need to touch needle, threads, and much less a sewing machine. Believe it or not I made this superhero cape without sewing a thing! Let's get started.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Flower Sconces

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Add a bright floral touch to sconces and chandeliers with artificial flowers…. In only takes a second to spruce up your home with small details like this one. I just cut the stems short with wire clippers and tucked the blooms into my sconces. I got my flowers on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics – they're pretty good fakes. My blue candles are from IKEA – another inexpensive way to add a dash of unexpected color.
  • Cheap Thrills – My New Curtains

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When it comes to readymade curtains, I am often disappointed with the quality — they are either overpriced and cheap-looking or affordable and cheap-looking. So, these curtains from Target were too good to keep to myself. The quality is top drawer and the price is very reasonable… My new curtains from Target look great, feel great (they're 100% cotton) and they work so well with all that I have going on in our living room. I love the fine stripe – it adds pattern, but doesn't compete with my pillows and rug. The grommets at the top create the perfect folds. The…
  • Spicy Avocado & Marmalade Toast

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Happy to have stumbled upon my latest favorite breakfast — it’s healthy, tasty and filling… Mashed avocado with marmalade and crushed red pepper flakes on gluten-free toast. I love it with a piping hot cup of black Earl Grey tea. It may sound strange – but don't knock it – it's the best!
  • Tie-Dyed Yoga Leggings

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am so excited to be participating in I Love To Create’s “Tie-Dye Your Summer” campaign featuring Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. Although I am being paid for my work, the ideas and opinions presented here are entirely my own. My husband and I try to make exercise a family activity. Whether it’s ice skating, going for a long walk or throwing a ball around at the beach — we like to get the entire family up and moving on a regular basis. Funny thing about my girls — they are more enthused about getting involved in these activities if a wardrobe change is involved.
  • Check Out How Easy It Is To Flip Your Script To Target & Enter For A Chance To Win a $50 eGiftCard!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. My latest Target "cheap thrill" — I walked in to get vitamins and walked out with these cool Threshold gardening boots on sale for $12.48! I love the mid-calf height, the colors and the laces – these will work well with skinny jeans, shorts or even a skirt. Summertime pulls me into Target at least once every other week. Whether it’s for sunscreen, a bright new area rug or sandals for the girls — I happily make the trip because I know I will always find something cool, fun and…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Tassel Necklaces Kids Can Make

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Colorful embroidery floss is just about all you need for kids to make these tassel necklaces found at Cakies.
  • Family Card Journal Keepsake

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Jacks and Kate shares this wonderful idea for a family card journal where birthday and holiday cards are created in one journal. I wish I had known about this idea years ago when my kids were little, what an amazing keepsake this would be!
  • Shell Bird Mobile

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Visit for directions on how to make these cute shell birdies!
  • Sticky Face Contact Paper Activity For Kids

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This is such a fun clear contact paper idea that would be perfect to set up ahead of time as a quiet activity. Get all the details at The Connection We Share.
  • DIY Building Blocks With Cardboard Boxes

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I love a good cardboard box craft like this one at Creative Jewish Mom. Whether it's a pantry box or moving box the same technique will work - a little paint and glue turns them into building blocks to be used for pretend play!
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  • Fold-Over Clutch Sewing Pattern

    Michelle (
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Today is the last day to get this pattern while it's still on sale. Even if clutches aren't your thing, this bag can also be used as a big pouch.  Here is the large one with an iPad inside:
  • Something New to Sew!

    Michelle (
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Something new for you to sew is ready to go!  The Fold-Over Clutch pattern is now available to download, and ordering it today means you get a special price.  Come take a look at the details and get your copy now while it's on sale (sale price is good through 8/20/14).  This zip top bag is foundation pieced to flannel on the exterior and quilting cotton scrap fabric on the lining, so it can fold easily and still have body.  It's also kind of a refreshing change to sew a bag this way!  It's very easy and fast and instead of needing to cut a bunch of small interfacing/fleece…
  • Fold-Over Clutch Pattern Coming Soon!

    Michelle (
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The pattern for this Fold-Over Clutch is coming very soon! 
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #5 (Sold)

    Michelle (
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Sold - Thanks! This was made using the #5 template piece from this document. The fabric is Child Smile from Lecien and the trim is vintage.  It's not stretchy like the elastic I've been using, so it was a refreshing change to sew this stable trim!  The elastic isn't hard, but it's also not easy.  The lining is pink ticking:
  • Made - Zipper Pouch #6

    Michelle (
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Here is what I made with these pretty pieces.  I used the #6 zipper pouch template for the body.  All I know about the floral fabric is the end of the bolt said QH Textiles.  They appear to be a distributor of Japanese fabrics, but not the designer/manufacturer. Inside there is a card size patch pocket:
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • 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…
  • Micro Macrame Bracelet With Rings

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    It’s no secret that I love making things with tiny knots. This method for making a macrame bracelet is a lot of fun because it uses rings to hold the ends and a hidden hem on the back to finish the strands. It’s a pretty piece of jewelry that’s easy to wear with lots of looks, and could be made in an endless range of colors to match anything. Supplies: - perle cotton N° 8 - 15mm rings (black) - jewelry chain - jump rings - jewelry clasp - cork panels - pins - measuring tape - jewelry pliers - fray check/seam sealer/clear fabric glue   I used 7 colors of perle cotton…
  • How to Sew Darts

    Carly DeGraeve
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sewing darts into a woven fabric is a great way to add shaping and fit to a garment.  They can flatter and shape and are easy to sew well if you know how. Dart lines need to be marked on the fabric in order to be sewn correctly.  There are a variety of ways to mark the darts including tracing wheels/tracing paper or disappearing ink pens.  I love my Clover chalk markers so that is what I use. Dart lines should be marked on the wrong side (back side) of the fabric so they do not show on the front of the finished garment. Lay the fabric out on a smooth flat surface.  The edges of the…
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  • Speaking at Type-A Atlanta!

    Sonja Foust
    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)

    Sonja Foust
    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)

    Sonja Foust
    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…
  • Butter Coffee

    Sonja Foust
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I can’t remember where it was that I first heard about coffee with butter in it, but it’s one of those things you don’t forget easily, so the next time I was online, I Googled that shit. Turns out it’s called bulletproof coffee, there’s a whole cult around it, you can buy special coffee to make it with, and it replaces breakfast entirely. Bulletproof coffee: They’re not paying me to say any of this, but maybe I should ask. Now, guys, I know you’re thinking, “What are the chances that she’s actually going to use, you know, cult-y coffee and…
  • Mouse Turd Cocktail

    Sonja Foust
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    If you’re not following my personal account on Twitter (@SonjaFoust), you missed my saga of bugs and vermin this week. Let’s start with the set-up before the 4th of July holiday: There is a creepy bug in my office that looks like it stings or bites or is somehow poisonous. And IT FLIES. #quittingTime — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) June 30, 2014 Oh hell. I took a swing at the flying spider thing and now it's pissed. #bugJam2014 — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) June 30, 2014 #bugJam2014 Creature has gone into hiding. Unsure whether to keep my shoe at the ready or put it back…
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  • Fairytale Twinkle Jars

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Light up the night with Fairytale Twinkle Jars. These decorative outdoor crafts are a lovely way for kids to illuminate the yard with simple jar crafts. These amazing recycled crafts for kids are perfect for playing outside at night or decorating for a summer party.
  • Benetta Strydom

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Benetta Strydom is from Pretoria, South Africa. By day, she is a Remedial therapist at a local high school, and by night she is an avid crafter. She enjoys experimenting with different craft media, and has also taken art classes for a few years. Apart from AllFreePaperCrafts, her work has been featured on FaveCrafts, Thriftyfun, Better Budgeting, All Free Crafts, SWRI magazine and Hearts of the Country magazine.
  • Rainbow Loom Patterns

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Rainbow Loom is all the rage and for good reason. This awesome product helps you make your own bracelets, but not just any old bracelet. They look absolutely awesome, they're comfortable to wear, and you can stack them up to your elbow at a low cost. Wearing a standard loom bracelet is cool, but once you've got the hang of the original, it's time to jazz things up a bit. Add some variety to your arm and your crafting with these Rainbow Loom Patterns that will amaze all of your friends. These diy bracelets are easy to make, but they look absolutely stunning. This is your one-stop shop for…
  • Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving Treat Bags

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Celebrate the first Thanksgiving by making these adorable Pilgrim and Indian Thanksgiving Treat Bags! Giving guests a special gift to go with their dinner is sure to make any Thanksgiving unforgettable, but since these DIY treat bags can be made by your kids, your family and friends will cherish them even more. Fill these Thanksgiving crafts for kids with candies or other small tokens, and be ready to share the season's bounty with the ones you love.
  • Laura Kelly, Laura Kelly Designs

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Laura is a prior elementary school teacher turned into a licensed doodle artist, creating thematic collections for products in an array of industries. When she is not busy doodling away with her favorite markers, Sharpie Fine Tips, you will find her creating crafty projects in her studio, her kitchen and her garden. Laura is an inaugural member of the Sharpie Squad and an active member of the Craft and Hobby Association where she designs for several companies and participates regularly in their events and trade shows.
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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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    Ashland Bay

  • 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…
  • Roving to knit product - how differences in color blends effect end products

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    There has been a visual change to some of our multi color blends. For some people, this is very exciting! For others, we have received a less than enthusiastic response… It is our goal to produce color-ways that are fresh and exciting and more important, irresistible. Our recent shipments of multi colored merino/tussah silk have arrived looking quite different from shipments in the past. But what we will show you here is that the color difference in the end knit product is much smaller than one would think from looking at the two rovings. Below is a picture of the Concord merino/tussah…
  • New Introduction: Rainier

    27 May 2014 | 10:02 am
    For those of you who loved Tahoe, we have a great new addition to our yarn line! Rainier is a 3-ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 100% product of the US! Rainier has a tight twist, great for stitch definition, but necessitates conditioning prior to use.  This yarn has next to skin comfort making it ideal to make garments for all ages.
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  • 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…
  • HST Alphabet – S Baby Quilt

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:12 pm
    My friend Lindsie will be having a baby boy any day now.  His name will be Sikorsky, Sky for short.  Time to make another boy baby quilt.  Twist my arm. The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development).  Time to test out the letter S!  It ended up how I envisioned: geometric, drop-shadowy, and not so baby-ish that he might want to hang it up on the wall when he gets older.  The finished quilt measures about 46″ by 39″. I told Lindsie that I was planning to make something for her little guy, and asked if she had any color requests. I knew I’d…
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  • 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 →
  • Thinking it Out – So you want to do a Craft Show Outside…

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    I recently read a jewelry hint newsletter that started something like this, ” I had planned out how to make my booth pretty, but I never realized what can happen if there is a nasty gusty wind.” When I mentioned … Continue reading →
  • Garden Defenses: Making Large Covers for Your Garden – Part 1

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have always loved the pictures of English Country gardens, complete with the occasional cute little bunny, nibbling contentedly on some random grass or weed. A lovely vision, but unfortunately nothing like where I live. With drought even worse than … Continue reading →
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  • Christmas Carols with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:I used  Cutie Fringe die to create a pine-tree brunch And here is the closer look to the volume and all layers:Dies used:- Cutie Fringe III - B257- Horizon Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frames - DL270- Heartland America Large - DL110And don't miss our new challenge - the theme is so versatile, and the price is yummy)))))Thank you for stopping by!Have a lovely day!Irina

    Anita Kejriwal
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi Friends....How are you all doing ???I,m here with you all to share my new shabby chic card and my new cheery lynn dies. I have worked with the large rose die here and loved the result. These look so petit and cute. I have tried a shabby chic card all done with gesso, modelling paste and shabby colours. The roses are made in soft aged mahogany colours and then comes the doily. I love this Italian flourish doily. It is so intricate and lacey. Cheery lynn store has a wide range of flower making dies and lovely doilies. So do have look of my card and hop on to the store to start shopping.The…
  • Season's Greetings with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Monday to you!  It's Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.I have a bit of Christmas inspiration to share with you today featuring our new release dies "Season's Greetings Ornament" along with some "Dancing Snow Flurries" accents.I cut the Season's Greetings Ornament from a cereal box, then colored the design using a paintbrush and some color mists. The green circle layer behind it is cut from corrugated paper. to help the design pop a little I used a Scallop Circle cut from vellum behind it.The Lilith Doily Edger was cut to create a border strip.  I used it on the bottom…
  • A Winter White Hello

    leslierahye strickland
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing a winter hello with a few more dies from the new release. I used the new Snowflake Doily again which goes along with this weeks challenge and I added the new Dancing Snowflake Flurries! This is such a fun die! It has little dots here and there on circles on the swirl that just beg for some bling and bigger circles in "flowers" that want bling too! I went with white on white-with-some-glitz. For all of my snowflakes I misted my paper with a pearly mist that added a nice shimmer. To complete my card I added a few flowers and a…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 146 - Doilies

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

    Jeanette Nyberg
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes, those crazy kids come up with their own cool art projects. Usually they’re pretty simple, but capture attention enough so that they spend a while – or even a few days- making lots of the project they have discovered. Enter: staple art. When Fen was 6, she had a love affair with her stapler....  Read More » The post Easy Art Project: Staple Art for Kids appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.  Related StoriesBlind Contour DrawingMaking Soap With KidsGiant Paper Popsicle Craft 
  • It came to $6.66

    Jeanette Nyberg
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Fen had her BFFFFFF sleep over Friday night, and they looked so cute Saturday morning when I peeked in at them all curled up and intertwined with legs and pillows. I actually made chocolate chip pancakes for everyone, and I’m really not a pancake mom, so this was a big awesome deal for me. I...  Read More » The post It came to $6.66 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.   
  • Blind Contour Drawing

    Jeanette Nyberg
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    There is a simple yet powerful little exercise that artists of all ages can adopt to help train their eyes. It is called blind contour drawing and it’s fantastic. All you need is paper and a pencil or pen (or marker or your finger dipped in pudding- anything that makes a mark.) Directions: Look at...  Read More » The post Blind Contour Drawing appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.  Related StoriesEasy Art Project: Staple Art for KidsMaking Soap With KidsEmbrace Your Inner Graffitist With This Sidewalk Paint Recipe 
  • How to Transcend Your Stupid Life Through Meditation

    Jeanette Nyberg
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    image source Did you guys have a great Presidents Day? I hope you got everything you asked for. We had a load of fun not doing anything presidential, but we did eat ice cream and go to the orthodontist and walk to the park. Don’t I sound like the perfect mom? Yes. It’s true, I...  Read More » The post How to Transcend Your Stupid Life Through Meditation appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.   
  • Making Soap With Kids

    Jeanette Nyberg
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
      We made soap! I was given a soap mold and soap base to play with from UK company, with the instructions to “be as creative as you like”… YES! I wanted to keep it fairly simple for our first foray into soap-making, so really all we did was submerge some dinosaurs. I mean,...  Read More » The post Making Soap With Kids appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.  Related StoriesEasy Art Project: Staple Art for KidsBlind Contour DrawingGiant Paper Popsicle Craft 
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    Grow Creative

  • The Blog Post Stealers

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    You've seen them.  The blogs that steal your content.  The ones that copy and paste your entire post without even asking and without giving you any credit, as if they wrote it.  The ones that steer traffic away from your blog, benefiting from your hard work, not their own.  The Blog Post Stealers!I happened to find a few pins on Pinterest last week that lead to many many discoveries of people taking my content and using it as their own.  Some were just using my photos without giving me credit.  One offender was none other than the website of the said "Bob Vila"!
  • Two Things to Make From a Thrift Store Dress

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year I bought this dress:Classy huh? It reminds me of my mom's old bridesmaids dresses I used to play dress-up in as a kid.  Well I had plans to re-vamp this dress and turn it into something wearable.  I tried to customize the dress and when that failed I tried to make it into a skirt........ which also failed.  sad.My last resort was a scarf...and then I still had extra fabric so I tried a headband.  Finally! Something worked!You can find the tutorial for the Infinity Scarf at The Cottage Moma.The tutorial for the headband is at Un Petit Squab.
  • Photos of the Week

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    I've spent some time sitting outdoors and wondering where my summer went.I get this sad feeling whenever it ends.  Like life is going to change and I can' stop it.  My first and only kid is starting kindergarten in a few weeks. Talk about rip your heart out!  We did preschool at home, so this is his first step out into the world and it scares me, but it's what he needs.
  • Kid Craft: Garbage Bots

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    My son and I have been raiding the recycling bin to collect materials for robots! This is such an easy and fun project that provides endless ways to use your imagination.  Just grab a glue gun and some recyclable materials and go!I won't give a step-by-step here, because it's really up to you and the kiddos to figure out how to make each robot, but I will give you a list of some good materials to use!Materials:Glue Gun with Glue Sticks (this doesn't stick ultra well- maybe use super glue or epoxy if you want these to stay permanently)Tin canssmall cardboard boxestoilet paper tubesplastic…
  • Cactus and Succulent Illustrations

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I'm starting to embrace the southwestern/cactus/succulent trends.I didn't always have a burning desire to paint cactus, but ya know, it's kinda fun!You can find these for sale in my shop:Potted CactusCactus Garden
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    Chris Bridges Designs

  • Bloglovin

    Chris Bridges
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am signing up with bloglovin so follow me…Follow my blog with Bloglovin The post Bloglovin appeared first on Chris Bridges Designs. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Year in Review Post From Jetpack

    Chris Bridges
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:25 am
    Wow I guess I did more than I thought this year for anyone interested here’s the year in review from jet pack Year in Review from Jetpack. The post Year in Review Post From Jetpack appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 Tunisian Crochet Article Links

    Chris Bridges
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:00 am
    I have noticed since I started selling my Tunisian crochet patterns that the same questions seem to come up. I thought I would make things easier for every one to find the articles I have written... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Help! Crochet Tutorials

    Chris Bridges
    20 Nov 2013 | 10:54 am
    I want to start doing crochet tutorials for the blog…but I’m having trouble deciding what to do. I started crocheting when I was 5 years old, it was my birthday present, that was over 35... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apology To My Subscribers

    Chris Bridges
    18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    I have to apologize to everyone about how infrequently I have been posting. I have a new major life goal: consistent growth, and progress. I have a bad habit of working in binges and not following... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • #31CBBC Day 31 – Share the Challenge

    Sara Duggan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Share #31CBBC with a Friend Challenges, Business, and Blogging are nicer with friends don’t you think? Did you enjoy this challenge? Why not share it with a friend? Tweet It: Start a Crochet Blog – 31 Days of Crochet Business Blogging #31CBBC Drive Traffic to Your Blog and Build Friendships 31Days #CrochetBusiness Blogging Challenge #31CBBC […]
  • #31CBBC Day 30 – Crochet Charity

    Sara Duggan
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Donating to Charity is What Crocheters Do Best Whether you crochet hats, blankets, slippers, or mittens there is always a charity or organization in need. While blogging and building your business don’t neglect to give back. Choose a Charity and Donate Your Work or Time Crocheters love to give of themselves and their work. Yesterday you […]
  • #31CBBC Day 29 – Encouragement

    Sara Duggan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Encourage and Teach Another You are coming full circle in the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge. In the next three days you’ll give back to the community of crochet. Arts and Crafts like Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning and Quilting  have always been community oriented. Why not introduce someone to crochet today? Read More Are You Just Joining In? P.S. […]
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  • DIY: Dainty Gemstone Bracelet

    Pooja A.
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Okay, so I admit, I’m guilty. I haven’t posted a new DIY in more than a week. And don’t even ask me how long it’s been since my last jewelry DIY. But…patience pays off because today’s DIY dainty gemstone bracelet is a total winner! On a side note, are these things known as rhinestones or gemstones? Whatever they’re called, they are gorgeous! This easy-to-make bracelet is super simple yet elegant, and I think I’ve made about five of them already (yes, I’m crazy). Hop along for the ride if you’d like to learn and follow the steps…
  • DIY to Try: 3 Upcycling Ideas

    Pooja A.
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s almost Friday, you can make it! Believe me, I love that feeling you get when Friday’s finally here and you know that you get to sleep in the next morning. Yup, weekends are truly the best. To make your Thursday go by a little bit faster, here are 3 DIY projects you can save to try when you’re relaxing over the weekend. I’m sure you’ll all love trying out these DIY upcycling ideas that are both easy and cheap to make.Aren’t these DIY containers adorable? I would have never guessed that they were made from yogurt containers!I’ve always wanted to…
  • DIY Tin Can Vases

    Pooja A.
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Hello everyone! It’s the start of another week which means a new DIY from me! I love up-cycling (it’s seriously the story of my life) and tin cans make for one of the best and versatile materials to use for a DIY project. You can just do so many crafts with them! Remember that floral fabric I used in my DIY Monogram Letter post? I decided that it would be perfect to use to make these tin can vases as well. As you can probably tell, I can’t get enough of the floral trend. I just couldn’t say no after picturing how cute these old cans would look after being renovated…
  • Diy: letter stamps

    Pooja A.
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ve recently been obsessed with using different items from around the house as stamps. It’s so much fun to see the variety of stamps that can be produced from things you have lying around. I’ve only tried paper stamping, but this method would work great on stamping tea towels! I love these DIY letter stamps because you can customize the words to say whatever you want. I went for a cute xo design. Also, how was your 4th of July? Mine was great, long weekends are always the best! Oddly enough, it rained here, giving us a nice break from the heat.Materials: foam alphabet…
  • Diy to Try: 3 July 4th Crafts

    Pooja A.
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Whether you can believe it or not, we’re already midway into 2014 and the 4th of July is three days away! I’m going to be celebrating the holiday with my family and friends, eating good food and enjoying the weather. Or rather enjoying the air conditioning. Whether you’re going to be inside or out, you’ll love these three ideas that are 4th of July themed. Let’s kick off the July 4th festivities!These DIY Temporary Tattoos are so adorable from Kelly!These patriotic fruit kebobs couldn’t look any more delicious! Bonus: they’re healthy!Here’s a…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • File This Under Weird

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    It's the Compubody Sock by instructables user bekathwia. You know. For when you need private time on a plane. You can find this photo and more on the instructable page showing you how to make one of these things. I think I would make mine out of cotton. From the site: These are more sculptures than they are practical devices, and as such they're a fun challenge for knitting because of the complex form
  • Sweater du Jour

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Guess I'm going to have to pick up the latest copy of Vogue Knitting! I've had this Luna cotton hanging around that I wanted to stash bust the heck out of but couldn't get the right gauge on any of the sweaters I wanted to knit and then I saw this in my twitter feed: Yummy yummy! It's Eileen Fisher's latest addition to the Fall Vogue Knitting and I'm going to slink off to the grocery store in just a few to see if I can get a hard copy. If not I'll download the darned thing because this is a must knit if I ever saw one. (photo by Soho Publishing). I've got my fingers crossed that this might…
  • Interchangeable Knitting Needle News - Addi Clicks

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Looks like the pressure has come down on Addi to lower prices on their Click line of interchangeable knitting needles. Before Knit Picks and Knitters Pride came along Addi, Denise and Boye were the only interchangeable knitting needles on the market. The Addi clicks were so clearly superior that they could manage to charge $250+ for each set. Once Knit Picks and Knitters Pride came along with full sets for under $100 it was only a matter of time before Addi would have to do something to stay competitive -even if their needle quality was superior. Check out our video about the Addi Click…
  • Too Much Responsibility

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Poorly written knitting patterns. They're the number one reason that I don't design knitting patterns myself. I am not joking that they are a danger to knitters, especially if they want to keep their knitting addiction habit well into their 80's. I've been knitting a baby sweater to donate to my preschool's fundraising auction and bad on me for not reading the instructions ahead of time, but it pretty much broke me of my knitting habit. It was such an annoying pattern, utilizing techniques that were completely unnecessary to the end product and put so much tension on my hands, wrists and a…
  • About That Parenting Crisis

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I don't know about you, but that whole Nanny Modern Parenting Crisis Article has me all bent out of shape.I'm all for giving parents good parenting information, but I'm really sick of hearing about "crises" regarding parenting. What we have are multiple problems, some of them related to poor parenting skills that contribute to the lack of perspective and patience in children. That isn't to say that children should not be taught to be patient, respectful individuals who follow instructions, but I get irritated whenever I hear parenting as the only reason that children behave this way. It…
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  • 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
  • Organize Your Sewing Room in a budget

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I love having things in their places but I'm not that good at putting them there after use.. so I took this Sizzlin' Summer Series as a challenge and an occasion to improve my Sewing Room Organization! The post Organize Your Sewing Room in a budget appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Repurposing Old Jeans: 40+ Ideas and Tutorials – Sara @ Made by Sara – Guest Post

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you're like me, you have a huge (and growing) pile of denim trousers. Today Sara @ MadeBySara is sharing 40+ repurposing old jeans ideas and tutorials. great roundup and no more old jeans sitting in the to-be-refashioned pile! The post Repurposing Old Jeans: 40+ Ideas and Tutorials – Sara @ Made by Sara – Guest Post appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine – Guest Post by Lisa @ Cucicucicoo

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    How-to girlify a men's t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine! No more baggies T-shirts, no more "sack of potatoes" look: it's easier done than said! Follow Lisa's instructions for a skinny cure to hubbies T-shirts... then go buy him some new ones ;) The post Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine – Guest Post by Lisa @ Cucicucicoo appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • the Best PDF patterns for School Uniforms – guest post by Amy @ SewsNBows GUEST POST

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let's talk about school uniform PDF sewing patterns with Amy @ SewsNBows: she has chosen her favorite ones for a splashing Back to School! + Discount code! The post the Best PDF patterns for School Uniforms – guest post by Amy @ SewsNBows GUEST POST appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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  • Lovely Links 07.

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    This week has been a good week, although I suppose any week that starts with sugar dipped french toast is bound to be. I've been trying to soak up as much summer sun as possible. It's hard to believe september will be here in just a few short weeks.Here's this weeks lovely links.I can't get enough of the Diana photo app. I used it to make the image above.Pretty amazing illustrated gifs by Rafael Varona on The Jealous Curator.10 dos and don'ts for a simpler life on Clementine Daily.Crafty paper flower goodness.I've been following along and joining in with Poppytalk's annual colour week.
  • 6 Diy Wall Art Projects.

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Have you ever wanted to have a go at making your own wall art but didn't know where to start? These 6 diy wall art projects might be just the answer.(clockwise from top)1. Brighten up a dull wall with this graphic diy modern quilt art from A Beautiful Mess.2. Poppytalk shows us how to make our own diy buffalo print.3. Soft spot for metallics? Try this diy geometric wood art from clad and cloth.4. Check out this simple yet effective fiber wall art by The Merry Thought. Clever, right?5. Download these fantastic prints for free over on The Lovely Drawer and then hang…
  • Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers.

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Today I wanted to share these amazing sugar dipped french toast fingers with you. I had them for lunch and let me tell you not only are they delicious and taste just like doughnuts, they're also really easy to make. All you need is stale bread or brioche in this case, eggs, milk and sugar and you're all set. A perfect decadent breakfast treat.Ingredients needed to make your own Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers:2 large eggs60 ml semi-skimmed milkBrioche bunsCaster sugar25g butter1 tbsp vegetable oil1. Slice your brioche into 2 inch fingers.2. In a bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.3. Soak…
  • A Summer Break In Cornwall.

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I'm back from spending two lovely, sunny weeks in Cornwall visiting my friend and her family. I don't get to see her enough so two weeks was a treat.I had the best intentions of blogging while I was down there but that didn't quite go to plan and I can't say I'm sorry. It was a much needed break to catch up, recharge and switch off from technology, although I probably didn't switch off as much as I could have (yes, pinterest, I'm talking about you).We watched this show, ate the most amazing nachos here, cried with laughter at this and ate a lot of cake and I mean A…
  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned - Watercolour Hand Drawn Typography.

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This week I've been having a go at watercolour hand drawn typography. I've always had a soft spot for all things type, in particular anything hand drawn (or maybe it's handpainted) using brushes and brushstrokes but I never quite knew where to start. I was scrolling through my things to make and do board looking for my next project to try when I came across this brilliant tutorial for watercolour lettering I'd pinned and forgotten all about. It seemed like a great place to start so I grabbed a paintbrush and paper and got to work.Full disclaimer, I should start by saying that what you see…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • 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…
  • Firework "Rocket" Photobooth Prop

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hey crafters!  For Independence Day, create these kid-friendly "rockets" for your photo booth!  We made this paper garland backdrop and found we really needed some props to go with it.  So we made these super quick paper rockets with only a few supplies:Scrapbook paperToilet paper rollsJute twine/ropeWooden dowelsTapeHot glue Roll and tape a piece of scrapbook paper around your toilet paper roll.  Make sure you cover the entire roll.  Then cut a circle, about 8" in diameter to create the top of the rocket.  Create a cone shape with this circle and attach it to…
  • How to: 4th of July Photo Backdrop

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The 4th of July is right around the corner!  This week on our list of fireworkin' fun is a bit of beach camping on Assateague Island, crab parties and backyard barbeques.  Hopefully it doesn't rain too much this holiday, because we definitely are the type of family who loves to go into Washington, DC to watch the fireworks over the monument.  To get ready for some July 4th fun, we wanted to show you how to create an easy banner and backdrop for your Independence Day party.  We love these accordion paper circles and the overall vintage, "carnival" look of our banner. …
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • Vintage Resin Jewelry

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vintage Resin Jewelry  I just love all things quirky, vintage, Steampunk…mix all those things together and you get these amazingly fun pendants that can be worn, used as key-chains, or given as thoughtful gifts.  I was inspired by this project when I came across a few sheets of Tim Holtz craft paper that featured old photos on it. You will need:                   -Resin and Hardener -Bezels -Vintage Photos/Photo Paper (I used Tim Holtz “Lost and Found” Paper-which featured page of vintage photos.) -Straw -Popsicle Stick -Vintage…
  • A Time to Love Canvas Art

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A Time to Love Canvas Art My name is Cindy Womack and I am the creative force behind the blog I am More Than a Mother, Life with an empty nest!  I am a guest designer today on the Bella Craft Blog!  When I was asked to create a project for this post, I set out to look for some inspiration.  It took all of two minutes to find the perfect piece of paper and with that, an idea was born!  Looking at all the clocks, or should I say time pieces, I knew I wanted to create a mixed media canvas using paper and paints.  I also knew that I wanted to combine these with a Bible verse that reflects…
  • CHA Paper Arts Show Part 4

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well, we are finally at the last installment of our series from the CHA Paper Arts Show that was held in Atlanta, the last few days of July.  For our last article about the show we visited the booths of Sizzix and Fabscraps, two of our favorite manufacturers.  Here is just a sample of products that these companies introduced at this summer show. Sizzix is a very popular company in the craft industry and we here at Bella Crafts, are very fortunate to be long time friends with one of Sizzix’s licensed designers, Eileen Hull.  Eileen shared a few of her much sought after products from…
  • CHA Paper Arts Show- Part 3

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here we are at part 3 of our part 4 series on the CHA Paper Arts Show that was held in Atlanta the end of July.  If you missed the first two parts of the series that included new product information from M-D Hobby & Craft, Prima Marketing, Art Impressions and the Little B Company, you can catch up by reading them right here on our Bella Crafts Blog. For today’s post, we’re going to be visiting Spellbinders and Petaloo!  These great manufacturers, along with the previous ones and the manufacturers that we’ll be highlighting in our part 4 series, Sizzix and Fabscrapes,…
  • CHA Paper Arts Show- Part 2

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    As we mentioned in our last post, the editors of Bella Crafts Quarterly recently attended the Craft and Hobby Association’s inaugural Paper Arts Show in Atlanta from July 29th through July 31st.  The show was much smaller than the Mega show held in January in Anaheim, CA, but even with 41 manufacturers at the show, everyone that we spoke with  had nothing but high praises for this show. We were lucky enough to video in 8 of those manufacturers booths and we are sharing with you all the wonderful new products that will be hitting the market very soon!  For today’s blog post we…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ribbon and Ric Rac Funky Loops Bow {A-Z Series, “R”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Good Morning Ribbon Retreat Readers! When you think of the letter “R”, what are some the first things that come to your mind? Red, Ric Rac, Reading, Recess, Rainbows, Ruffles…there are tons of things that start with the letter “R”! Right? Well…as you can tell, my letter is “R”, and I am SO excited to […]
  • How To Make A Surround A Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guess what friends…it’s YouTube Thursday again!! Can I get a whoop, whoop? Haha! I love it! Today’s video tutorial is all about a big, sassy, super adorable bow that will have your friends way impressed with your bow making skills and the professional looking bows you create! This is a fabulous Back to School bow, […]
  • Quilted Pencil Box Pouch {A-Z Series, “Q”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of my favorite memories as a little girl, was getting an envelope full of pennies when my parents went to an annual outing in Salt Lake City. We got to stay with my super awesome and super fun grandparents and without fail, I would buy pencils, markers, crayons or anything I thought would work […]
  • Praise Plate {A-Z Series, “P”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The school bells are ringing and your kids are singing lots of stories of their recess adventures, spelling bee successes and tales from the bus ride home, right as they come bounding through the door announcing their arrival from their long day at school. If your kids are anything like mine, these stories are sometimes […]
  • Owl Ouchie Pack {A-Z Series, “O”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    All of our kiddo’s get a “boo, boo” every once in a while where they come running to us with big alligator tears in their adorable little eyes wanting us to fix it all with a kiss and a band aid. And isn’t it the best when that little kiss makes the tears go away […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Teacher Survival Kit in a Mason Jar

    Sherri Osborn
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Not too long ago, I was contacted by QVC via my Craft Gossip blog (Did you know I run the Lesson Plans blog over at Craft Gossip?)… They were looking for bloggers to create fun and creative back-to-school projects using…Read more →
  • Plastic Tub Blue Crab Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know it has been awhile since I announced the margarine tub craft challenge, but I didn’t forget about it… I actually created this blue crab craft a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t had a lot of time…Read more →
  • 18 Airplane Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know many kids are fascinated by airplanes… Heck, I am fascinated by airplanes! Next time you are trying to find a way to keep them occupied, consider making one or more of these airplane crafts. Need an excuse to…Read more →
  • How to Make a Duct Tape Pencil Case

    Sherri Osborn
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Using duct tape is a great way to personalize back to school supplies, like I did with my Duct Tape Notebook. You can also use duct tape to create your own back to school supplies, like I did with this…Read more →
  • Little Book of Book Making

    Sherri Osborn
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    If you are a book fan, perhaps you would like to try making your own? When you pick up a book, whether is is a novel you are planning to read or a handcrafted journal you are planning to write…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Hide Those TV Components

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    I’ll be the first to admit it—I love TV. My husband thinks that I enjoy watching TV so much because I did not experience cable TV until I went to college. Yup, I grew up with channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 13, which seemed just fine to me. Now, what I don’t particularly love about TV is the number of wires/components that go with it. When we first moved in, we used a large cabinet as our TV stand. It housed all TV/Wireless related components, DVDs, photo albums, and the occasional other random thing or two. Everything was hidden out of sight. A clear sign of recent moving- sparse…
  • Back to School Eye Candy

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    ‘Tis the season for back to school shopping! Retailers are offering great deals this time of the year. My shopping list is comprised of classroom basics but I couldn’t resist browsing through the adorable goodies for the little guys. Here are a few of my favorites. Gap-earn $10 GAP cash for every $25 spent Zara-on sale now and free shipping no minimum Pottery Barn Kids-on sale and free shipping on all backpacks J Crew Factory-on sale and additional 25% off for card members online use code CARDPERK, students and teachers receive 15% off entire purchase in store with valid ID Skip…
  • The Art of Correspondence

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My grandmother was many things. She was the firm and small loving hand gripping my arm in the grocery store to deter me from poking the packaged meats (don’t ask, but if she wasn’t watching, I would go over and poke and smash the ground beef and steaks in the meat case. I never punctured the cellophane. I just liked to watch the indentations of my fingerprints slowly disappear in the meat. It’s weird, I know). She never truly scolded me, but her firm hand around my small wrist was enough punishment because I felt the embarrassment of getting caught and doing…
  • Powder Room Face Lift

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    We found our townhouse when we weren’t even seriously looking to move. We saw this house had popped up via foreclosure and when we went for a walk through we knew that the opportunity was too good to pass up. The house was in no means unlivable (compared to my old condo—which upon seeing it for the first time with my father I literally cried while he was like a child in a candy store). The house just needed a bit of TLC and some elbow grease, which we were more than willing to do. It’s been a process, but we’ve chipped our way along most of the rooms in the house, trying to…
  • Long Distant Drinking with Friends or DIY Coffee Mugs

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Does it not royally whomp when a good friend moves away?   A very good friend of mine moved at the beginning of the summer, and I couldn’t help feeling like Red from The Shawshank Redemption. Despite the obvious similarities that Red and I both share  (our magical voices for one), the most striking was when we were both working in a field and narrating our sadness with the same words: “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them…
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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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  • 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…
  • Tutorial - Box Made Using the Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    This is a tutorial showing how you can use any of your Tonic Studios Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets to create a favour box.At the end of the tutorial, you will find a downloadable PDF file of these instructions.Project Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiments Dies, Super Trimmer, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: 1 sheet each of A4 and 30x30 card stockLet's start with the box lid.  Using the cutting blade on the Super Trimer, cut an 11cmx11cm square from the sheet of A4.  Switch to the scoring blade and score on the wrong-side of…
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  • DIY Chalkboard Message Board

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Turn a regular chalkboard into a DIY Message Board for you kitchen.  Perfect for leaving notes for the kids or dinner ideas! You can also  make a Message Board from a picture frame! DIY Dry Erase Message Board from A Picture Frame   25 Lemon Desserts Follow SewLicious Home Decor’s board SEWlicious Craft Room & […] The post DIY Chalkboard Message Board appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Bundt Pan Gift Basket

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Easily turn a bundt pan into a Bundt Pan Gift Basket.  Fill it with cupcake liners or other kitchen items.  Wrap a bow around it for a fun and creative gift! I am always finding bundt pans at garage sales and thrift stores. Not only are they for baking cakes, but you can fill them […] The post Bundt Pan Gift Basket appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Veggie Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    A delicious and creamy Veggie Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce.  This pasta sauce is made from sweet potato’s and veggies, add in some cream for a sweet and creamy flavor.  It’s bursting with delicious-ness and perfect over any pasta. My niece is leaving in a week to go back to college for another semester, so I […] The post Veggie Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Lemon Blueberry Cake French Toast

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This Lemon Blueberry French Toast is bursting with flavors!  It’s loaded with fresh blueberries and added lemon zest.  It gives you a very sweet and rich flavor because it’s made using a Lemon Curd Butter Cake.  You’re going to love this french toast!  It’s made using my Lemon Curd Butter Cake recipe.  The Lemon Curd Cake […] The post Lemon Blueberry Cake French Toast appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Top DIY Projects | Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello everyone! We are 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 […] The post Top DIY Projects | Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • By this time tomorrow...

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    ...hopefully I will be looking at this view...We are going on vacation for a few days. I have some scheduled posts but should only be back to active blogging by the first week of September.In the meantime, if anything comes up you can send me an e-mail to and I will get back to you as soon as possible.See you soon,
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 20/August

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A castle in the river. Almourol, Portugal.
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 19/August

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug BlessingsJoin the fun!
  • Back to school: custom (girl) printable name tags

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    While I was packing our bags to go on vacation I suddenly remembered we will be returning just three days before the start of the new school year so I decided to get some name tags ready.Since I made them using Powerpoint, I'm sharing here the custom version. All you need to do is to download the .pptx file at the bottom of this post, enter the desired name onto the text box (edit font type and font size if you want/need), then print the tags on adhesive paper and cut around the border.The page allows you to print ten tags at the same time, though you have to manually add the name to…
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 18/August

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome link-up too!
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    Precious Crafts

  • 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…
  • How To Make Fabric Coasters With Crocheted Edging

    Zurainny Ismail
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Fabric Coaster with Crocheted Edging Coasters are wonderful to have at home and at the office not only to catch the condensation dripping out of cold glasses, but also as part of the decor.  There are many types of coasters sold nowadays, the most popular being the plastic ones but I like to make my own fabric coasters which I embellish with crochet edgings.  Crocheted coasters are also very pretty but they take more time to complete. I made dozens of these fabric coasters with crocheted edgings as a part of Teacher’s Day appreciation gifts last May.  This is one of those rare…
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  • Glorious thundershowers, stormy weather!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    When the sky turns dark above our surrounding mountains and some of them start to disappear in the clouds, we can be sure hazardous weather is being born, way up in the sky. A storm is brewing, an average thirty minutes’ spectacle awaits us. Winds start gusting, lightning bolts decorate the sky and the thunder rumbles through the air, a severe thunderstorm is making its way to us. The time of the year to run outside, happily dance in the rain and count the number of seconds to have a clue where exactly the storm is playing its spectacular show. By the way, I never knew you had to divide the…
  • Vintage beds and handmade quilts

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There are so many things I’m passionate about that are all stacked in my wishing well and once in a while dreams come true. This week marks the arrival of my very own stylish piece of furniture, being a grand addition to our bedroom. Behold the centerpiece of our room, our four-poster! I envision and can’t wait to spend the night in my new fluffy bed, feeling the wealth of luxury evoked. It blends in so well with the actual décor, adding that special touch of romanticism to our bedroom. I first discovered the bed of my dreams on an American site, having spent hours searching on the net.
  • Bee friendly to vintage wood

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
    “Bee” quiet, sssst, listen do you hear them humming whilst being ever so active? Who makes this buzzing sound, indeed pollinator insects: the bees being happy. Gentle creatures they are, not at all attacking for no reason, as the wasps do, in this part of the country! We meet the gentle bees every day on our land and are treated with the sight of beehives in the field next door. From what I can see, they love our mint, chives, thyme, oregano plants and simply adore our strawberries and of course the lavender. Our shallow birdbath, filled with pebbles, is one of their favourite…
  • Fluttering cute Butterflies

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    One of my granddaughters, spending a whole month’s holiday here, just came joyfully hopping by, shouting she saw an orange butterfly. It clearly brought some bliss into her life, reflecting its colours amidst her surroundings. They do lighten up our days, these beings of lightness and playfulness, sprinkling joy along their way. Maybe that is why they’ve always been honoured in cultural myths? On the day my father died, we encountered the species you can see in the picture: moth or butterfly, what do you think? We go for moth. Transformation, who doesn’t experience that process in life?
  • Pin it, your vintage fibula

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    In the Bronze Age worn for decorative or embellishing use, a brooch looked different and was named different: fibula! They were simple round objects with a pin through it. Peasants or noblemen, men or women, they all wore them; although the more money you had, the more gems present! And here are the French again, as the origin of the word comes from the French word “broche” meaning “long needle”. Want to know how old your vintage brooch is? The clasp, pin, and hinge are the easiest and most accurate way to date a brooch! Old wife’s tale or not: my mum used to say whenever you get…
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    It's Organised

  • Gift Wrap Tutorial – joining pieces using ribbon

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    This wrapping tutorial is another great way to use up scraps and smaller pieces of paper. A pretty piece of ribbon or lace covers the join beautifully. What you need: 2 pieces of coordinating wrapping paper a length of ribbon or lace that can wrap around the box and overlap slightly double-sided tape or glue […] Read more...
  • Simple Gift Wrap with Paper Scraps

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    If you’ve ever been in the position of having a piece of gift wrap that is just a few centimetres short, you will know that no amount of pulling and tugging makes any difference. This simple way to bridge the gap uses up paper scraps and gives a lovely, stylish finish to your parcel. What […] Read more...
  • Simple Gift Wrap with Folded Flourish

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    This wrap is a great way to finish off a gift that is already boxed, like chocolates. It is simple to do, but the two colours and flourish make an elegant gift wrap. This also looks beautiful if you use a pattern backing to the paper. What you need: 2 pieces of gift wrap in […] Read more...
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  • 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…
  • Gray Matters

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:33 pm
    We are best known for our very colorful hand dyed wool fabric, including vivid blues, reds, purples, oranges and yellows. (Click for a list of our most popular colors.) Sometimes we simply lose track of how popular blacks and grays can be in the world of fiber arts. After all, where would rug hookers be without gray for clouds or smoke, or black for night or animal eyes? A quick visit by Frances to the dye kitchen addressed that issue yesterday. New and complex grays and blacks have been added to our list of more than 150 other colors of hand dyed wool for rug hooking and wool applique. Visit…
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