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  • christmas magic burlap panel…

    Tim Holtz
    tim holtz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    believe in the magic of the season with this sparkly burlap panel project.  join media team vicki boutin as she shares the steps to create this layered wonderland with a touch of sparkly snow.  get ready to deck the halls… Hey friends!  It’s Vicki and I am here today with a little holiday décor item.  Continue Reading
  • Free Inspirational Printables

    My Love of Style| My Love of Style
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Yay for free printables!!! I have been on the hunt for free inspirational quote printables that I can either frame…
  • 10 Terrific Trebuchets

    Cabe Atwell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    The DIY catapults and trebuchets are as varied in their design methods and materials as there are people in the hurling community. The age old siege weapon is still being used today in skirmishes on the modern battlefield.Read more on MAKE
  • oil painting class day 2

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Day 2 at Studio Crescendoh learning about oil painting with Leslie Duke. So fun. I was excited to get back to it on day 2. We first went on a little foraging excursion looking for possible still life subjects.  Love Jenny's apron! Clearly lots of fun has been had while wearing it. (You can see her latest paintings here by the way.) That weekend it was the city's annual día de los muertos celebration. (Last year I blogged about that here.) Pretty colors everywhere you looked.  I took a minute to really study what I love so much about Leslie's class demo from the…
  • Holiday Mug Kit collaboration with Brit+Co

    not martha
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    I’m so utterly thrilled to announce this collaboration with Brit+Co to create a DIY kit for my tiny gingerbread houses that sit on the edge of a mug! The kit includes two cookie cutters that are 3D printed (!!!) and each kit comes with a mug, a pen for decorating or personalizing the mug and recipes for gingerbread and royal icing. May I suggest that the kit would make a wonderful holiday gift? Even if just for yourself? They’ve created a complete DIY tutorial for baking and assembling the house. I couldn’t be more pleased, go have a look!
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    Tim Holtz

  • christmas magic burlap panel…

    tim holtz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    believe in the magic of the season with this sparkly burlap panel project.  join media team vicki boutin as she shares the steps to create this layered wonderland with a touch of sparkly snow.  get ready to deck the halls… Hey friends!  It’s Vicki and I am here today with a little holiday décor item.  Continue Reading
  • winter wonderland…

    tim holtz
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    share the joy of the holidays with this dimensional decor project from media team emma williams.  i love the idea of taking a flat die cut shape and turning into a 3-D element.  check out this clever tutorial to learn the tips and tricks to try it yourself… Hi everyone, Emma here and today I’m Continue Reading
  • thanksgiving placecards…

    tim holtz
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    many of us are always looking for clever ways to adorn our holiday table each year.  media team mou saha shares a creative way to let your holiday guests know how special they are with these colorful place card holders.  with a couple of sizzix dies, stamps, and some ink, you’ll be able to create Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 Tammy Tutterow:  Thankful Gratitude Journal Richele Christensen: Angelic Christmas Card Aida Haron: Holiday Decor Panel Paula Cheney: Modern Holiday Jan Hobbins: Christmas Countdown Calendar also, Continue Reading
  • christmas countdown calendar…

    tim holtz
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    it’s hard to imagine so many wonderful ideas could be packed into one project, but media team jan hobbins has wowed me once again.  be sure to check out her clever advent calendar project perfect to adorn your home this holiday season.  jan’s use of dies, layers, and embellishments is sure to inspire your christmas Continue Reading
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  • IcosaLEDron: 20-Sided LED Ball

    Jeremy Cook
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Bored with playing games with a non-glowing ball? Why not build your own IcosaLEDron, a programmable, LED-enabled glowing contraption about the size of a baseball. This ball, as seen on Instructables, features 20 sides that light up as different colors depending on the situation. An ATmega328p board, which is Arduino-compatible, […]
  • 10 DIY Thanksgiving Mason Jar Ideas

    Krista Peryer
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Have some mason jars laying around? Make Thanksgiving decorations! Read more on MAKE
  • Why the Banana Piano Makes Sense

    Dale Dougherty
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Blindfolded, the child sat at a table before a set of toy bricks and another set of cubes. The child was asked to pick them up and sort them, putting bricks on one side and cubes on the other. It’s a simple but useful task for a 3-year-old, one of […]Read more on MAKE
  • Ambulance Drones Could Change The Future For Cardiac Arrest Patients

    Krista Peryer
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Cardiac arrest survival rate could rise from 8% to 80% with the help of dronesRead more on MAKE
  • 10 Terrific Trebuchets

    Cabe Atwell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    The DIY catapults and trebuchets are as varied in their design methods and materials as there are people in the hurling community. The age old siege weapon is still being used today in skirmishes on the modern battlefield.Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • Seattle’s First Annual Nog Ball

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Last year Maggi, Jameson and I created the Nog Crawl and this year it’s evolved into the Nog Ball! It’s gonna be fun, if you’re in Seattle you should definitely get tickets for this! As you may know, here at Sun Liquor we make a special batch of hand-made aged Eggnog every year. It has gained in popularity since our first batch in 2006, and now we are bottling and making it available to the public for the first time! With the help of some wonderful friends we made during last years Nog Crawl, we have decided to host Seattle’s First Annual Nog Ball. The event will be…
  • Holiday Mug Kit collaboration with Brit+Co

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    I’m so utterly thrilled to announce this collaboration with Brit+Co to create a DIY kit for my tiny gingerbread houses that sit on the edge of a mug! The kit includes two cookie cutters that are 3D printed (!!!) and each kit comes with a mug, a pen for decorating or personalizing the mug and recipes for gingerbread and royal icing. May I suggest that the kit would make a wonderful holiday gift? Even if just for yourself? They’ve created a complete DIY tutorial for baking and assembling the house. I couldn’t be more pleased, go have a look!
  • links: food

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Cauliflower Cake From ‘Plenty More’ | Serious Eats. This is unexpectedly gorgeous. Step Inside Michael Laiskonis’s Dessert Laboratory | Serious Eats. His secret weapon ingredient? Xanthan gum. Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket : NPR. The recipe calls for an entire bottle of wine, I plan on making this very soon. Bon Appétempt: Video: Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine. It’s so pretty! Imbibe Unfiltered: David Chang Hates on Fancy Beer. I love discussing hop varieties, neckbeard or not. 30 Bags of Chips Means No One is a Winner — Medium.
  • Relaxing puzzle games for tablets

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    These are the games for iPad that I find particularly relaxing and keep around to replay after enough time has passed that I’ve forgotten how to solve most levels. Monument Valley This is a stunningly beautiful and simple game that plays with Escher style geometry and has a slightly spooky story. For iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire. Doggins This is a short and exceedingly sweet game about what a dog dreams about. An especially stylish version of a point and click style adventure. For iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire. Find the Line In this game you slide a few lines until they compose a…
  • Tiny Cheeses

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Lately tiny cheeses have been making me happy as an inexpensive and low commitment indulgence. My friend Leslie introduced me to the concept of tiny cheese, which are the smaller odd bits and ends of cheese left over when a grocery store has portioned out and packaged chunks off of a larger wheel. There is usually a small basket of cheese ends tucked in the display case, most for $1 or $2. These tiny cheeses had always been there in grocery stores but for some reason I had never noticed them, so thank you Leslie! Just in case you overlook them too consider this a gentle nudge to have a peek…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • what I'm not working on today

    Hillary Lang
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
     Since the pattern is named Elsa anyway I thought I'd give *the* Elsa a shot. I don't know though, not loving my materials on hand. I'm shooting for the young girl Elsa since I could never pull off sequined glam Elsa with my pattern. But I think I've decided I need better yarn and some wool for her dress. And a third little ornament. monkey? I  I need to start a pair of thrummed mittens for myself. But I'm out of yarn and out of roving. I need all things wool and none of them are in driving distance. Makes me batty all the things I need to order online.
  • elephant!

    Hillary Lang
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    This little guy turned into an elephant ornament for the tree to go with Mr. Panda. 
  • Kindness Elf from the Elsa sewing pattern

    Hillary Lang
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Have you seen the Kindness Elves floating around on facebook? It's an idea from the Imagination Tree website for an alternative to Elf of the Shelf. The Kindness Elf promotes giving and kindness by bringing thoughtful heart shaped suggestions instead of mischief and reproachful glances like the typical Elf of the Shelf. I like it! Our Snowflake, of course, is very well behaved and doesn't narc to Santa so she's not in need of replacing but who couldn't use a kind little elf around at Christmas to help remind us what the holiday spirit is all about. I'm sure she and…
  • crocheted hexagon afghan

    Hillary Lang
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's done! I crocheted an afghan! Fun! I love making blankets. Crochet is such a new world for me. It's so forgiving. This just occurred to me.. my border is a little ruffly where I started out because I was picking up too many stitches... I can just cut it, undo that part and redo it! Also some of the yarn I used is not my favorite. I could actually cut out one hex and redo a ring with a different yarn and the rest of the afghan would stay intact! That's a revelation for those of us who started with knitting. So cool!  I've already started on my Christmas colored blanket…
  • panda ornament

    Hillary Lang
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    It's a little panda for the Christmas tree. Every year I want to make a bunch of little stuffed toy ornaments and I get distracted. Maybe this is my year. I sorta want to bedazzle him up with glitter glue. First I'm going to try to make a little group of them and then see if they want to be glittered.
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    Make and Takes

  • Stained Glass Turkey Craft

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Turkey day is on it’s way! Time to decorate your house with fun Thanksgiving decorations. We’re crafting these festive window decorations – Stained Glass Turkeys! Your kids can make the turkey’s feathers with any color of tissue paper to shine through the window, making it fun for everyone inside and out! I’m sharing the full tutorial for this fun Stained Glass Turkey over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Stained Glass Turkey Craft appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • To the Market: Survivor-Made Goods

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last month I was invited to attend a blogger summit for the One Campaign and their work with girls and women. We gathered in Washington DC to learn more about what is happening in other countries, especially the African continent, concerning girls and women specifically. I have to say it was one of them most inspiring and empowering weekends I’ve ever experienced. I was given the opportunity to leave my quiet little bubble and experience what other women have gone through, are going through, and will continue to go through if we don’t help and take action! During the summit I…
  • Paddington Bear Party Ideas

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Paddington is a cute and cuddly, often times curious, little bear. Fans of the books will be excited to know that a new Paddington film is arriving in theaters everywhere this January 16th. The film comes from the producer of the beloved Harry Potter films, and stars Nicole Kidman. What fun it was to craft a Paddington themed party, celebrating with a few fun Paddington Bear ideas! With the new movie coming out soon, it’s been so fun to watch the story of everyone’s favorite bear come to life, even at the party! Treats, party bags, and sipping straws inspired by this lovable little bear!
  • Smiling Snowman Envelopes

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Here is a fun way for your kids to decorate a Christmas or winter letter to grandparents or friends – smiling snowman envelopes! These are so quick and simple to draw, you could easily make a big stack for thank you cards, too. For this project, all you need are white envelopes with a pointed flap and something to draw with. We used crayons, but markers or colored pencils would work, too. Give your snowman two eyes and a carrot nose. It works best if you open the envelope while drawing on the flap. Draw a big smile for your snowman below the envelope flap. If you like, add a colorful…
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Headbands

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Cute and colorful turkey headbands are perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. These are fun to make in a classroom setting, as I made these with my daughter’s school class. Or they are just the activity for the kids to make and wear as a project on Thanksgiving! Make one for everyone at your dinner table! These are even cute on moms… gobble, gobble! Supplies for Turkey Headbands: paper plates cut in half brown paper strips – 18×2 inches brown paper squares orange paper scissors crayons stapler 1. Cut out a large circle out of the brown paper square. With crayons,…
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    angry chicken

  • butter keeper

    amy k.
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    I am very happy with my on-the-counter butter storage of late. Over the summer, I was looking at my butter and was getting disturbed. The girls are cooking more and the butter looked like it had been attacked by a fox. I have used the butter keepers with the water in them, but I never knew how much butter was left and there was always that awkward moment of putting it back in the water without chipping the top (which is now chipped) so on a whim, I grabbed a weck jar and dropped in half a stick. I realize a normal butter dish might work for most people, but it gets gross in this house. The…
  • new items in the shop!

    amy k.
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    I'm so excited to have these new items in the shop before the holiday madness starts. I designed this sweet little Floral Gift Enclosure Card Set. I love making homemade cards, but so often I need something fast and easy to tuck into a bag or on a gift and these are just perfect for that. There are 8 in a set, 2 of each design, with room to write on the back. That out-of-focus one there in the back says Happy Birthday. I have been testing this Organic Blemish Treatment Oil for a bit now and it's really done the job. It's blue! But that fades immediately, I promise. My eldest girl…
  • red & white mittens

    amy k.
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    I knitted these earlier this month and they got worn yesterday in our weird freezing-rain-very-light-snow storm. We lost power for a good 15 hours and it was cold! Good thing Grammie is close by. We headed over there with the pug and got all cozy for the day with her pug. It was a pug day. I am still enjoying knitting mittens. I love the classic red and white. And again, they are great stash busters. Here's the project page on ravelry. Unrelated: I have yet to put anything unusual in the waffle iron. I keep thinking about it, but it hasn't happened yet. I am scheming about what my…
  • Good Mail Day (an art show I am in)

    amy k.
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    I have four pieces of art in this wonderful show over at artstream studios. This show is curated by Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake. All the pieces (by more than 60 artists) are available for sale online and are 4"x 6". Postcard size! All the artists contributing (there are some pretty big names in this show, I was flattered to be included) were asked to make these 4" x 6" in size, using any medium (original art, not copies or prints) and priced any way we wanted, which makes them very affordable. There are quite a few pieces here I'd like to buy. The size makes them so…
  • mittens and waffles

    amy k.
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    I knitted some mittens. I have never knitted mittens before and really enjoyed it. These are knitted flat (the pattern source is on my ravelry page) and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'm going to try another pair in the round, but maybe with the magic loop method. I get a little panicky with DPNs because I have to start and stop so much and I'm freaked everything will fall off my needles when I have to put it down. I am on a "only using yarn from my stash" kick right now which is great—perfect for hats, mittens, baby booties, and small items. It also means I…
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    jane's apron

  • young tudor

    julie thompson
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The house-changing frenzy that I was feeling this summer has slowed to a crawl.  A super slow mo crawl.  To refresh, we had all of our floors refinished this summer.  Which made it easy to re-think my spaces and to look critically on what I wanted to in no mercy.    I've been turning by eyes toward the "young tudor" look that is popping up everywhere.  I've changed our computer room with pretty gray walls, artwork I love, and a thrifted bulletin board redo (and, even better, I got the ugly computer monitor moved out of that room so it really needs a new…
  • this crazy north county life

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

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

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

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

  • up next…

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
      This year I have been asked by the absolutely darling Christy Tomlinson to participate in a great project that will help get you in the Christmas spirit - 12 artsy ornaments workshop.  12 different artists - 12 different ornaments (or Christmas decor of sorts).  I stuck with my love for Icons and created a mini shrine. In this mini workshop I share how I create the entire piece from cardboard, paper, & paint.   Sign up HERE!   Class starts December 2nd, 2015 It's a Five day mini workshop that include 12 fabulous artsy teacher!  Each day for…
  • 29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The more years I gain on this life of mine the more I realize how very important it is to experience things. All kinds of things, things that make you feel elated, and things that make you scared, things that make you sit in your car in the driveway crying, things that make you feel stupid and small, things that make you feel important, and things that make you want more.  Traveling alone is one way to experience all these things and so much more. Traveling with people you love, traveling to meet people you adore,  and traveling to meet people you’ve never met makes it all that…
  • settling in

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

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

    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
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  • class
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    I'm painting, planning and playing along with the Studio Calico Paint.Plan.Play class led by Ashley Goldberg. I've been a fan of Ashley's for a long time and was so happy when she starting designing products for SC, and even happier when I found out she was teaching this course. When I was invited to be one of the contributors for the class it was a no brainer. My example page will be up in the classroom later, but in the meantime, I'm thoroughly enjoying all her videos and lessons and experimenting her way. You know I love any excuse to play with art supplies, especially when…
  • more fall decor, more pumpkins
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Thought I'd share this recent patch of home grown pumpkins. You may remember earlier this year, my friend Mary Stanley gave me a little tutorial on how she makes her rug hooked pumkins and I made this one. Last month, with my Halloween born and holiday loving SIL's b'day coming around the corner, I started another. And then I made two more.  The white guy cracks me up, he seems so not sure about how he ended up here.    I used Mary's technique to close it up. Mary teaches these and other things like owls and birds, crows and rabbits and more in live…
  • fall felt wreath
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I couldn't resist a little fall fun with felt. It's becoming a yearly tradition. (like previously here and here) I only had a little bit of time, so was wanting a craft that was pretty quick and easy. A!  Here's how I made it: I cute fabric into 1.5" ish strips and wrapped it around a styrofoam wreath form bought at a craft store.  Every so often I would put a pin in to keep it in place.  Next I started going through my felt. I found that polka dot felt above on sale at JoAnn's in the clearance isle. its very easy to pull out the polka…
  • oil painting class day 2
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Day 2 at Studio Crescendoh learning about oil painting with Leslie Duke. So fun. I was excited to get back to it on day 2. We first went on a little foraging excursion looking for possible still life subjects.  Love Jenny's apron! Clearly lots of fun has been had while wearing it. (You can see her latest paintings here by the way.) That weekend it was the city's annual día de los muertos celebration. (Last year I blogged about that here.) Pretty colors everywhere you looked.  I took a minute to really study what I love so much about Leslie's class demo from the…
  • another jag in the road- day 1
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Last Friday I found myself here, at the sweet little San Clemente Art Supply store, about to take another offshoot on the road of my usual creative pursuits. I was shopping for required class materials, since I was taking a weekend class in oil painting over at Studio Crescendoh, taught by Leslie Duke.  I started getting some of the colors for class and then kept adding pretty colors to the basket. Well. I had no idea how expensive oil paints can be...especially the series 3 and 4 tubes. I'm grateful that the cashier had no issue with me saying, "how much? oh, no, I can't…
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    Ma petite theiere

  • 2015 Calendar on Pre Order!

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Eng/ I totally forgot to talk about them on the blog, but you can find a selection of my images on pillow covers, tote bags, napkins, and aprons! They are not  listed in the Etsy shop, but you can find them in my store at this link: . I ordered a few items for our home, and I can say the quality is great! Colors are beautiful, fabric is perfect and finishes are excellent. I invite you to discover this shop (I’m sure they would make beautiful Christmas gifts!). Here’s a few pics of my own cushions and a selection…
  • Purple Meadow

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Eng/ It’s been a long while since my latest post! I’ve been busy with work (and life!) but I’m happy to finally have time to update the blog. For today, I wanted to share one of my latest illustrations to date: “Purple Meadow”. I’ve been inspired again by Nature, butterflies (can you spot her dress is made of butterfly wings?) and by that special moment in the day which is nightfall. I hope you like it :) I also have created new products for the shop: Handmade notebooks! You can find several designs available here at Etsy ! (see photos below) “Purple…
  • Mariposa

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Mariposa” (prints are available over at Etsy) Eng/ Let me introduce you to Mariposa (“butterfly”, in Spanish), a new doll surrounded by butterflies. I have been inspired a lot by the season lately… the wind and the slowly growing heat. I have beautiful lavender flowers in the garden, the smell is wonderful! As you may have noticed from my latests illustrations, color is really my “thing” since the beginning of the year. There are so many color combinations to explore, I can’t get enough of it. Inspiration is endless! I want to create more, to…
  • Bookmarks !

    27 May 2014 | 7:33 am
    Bookmarks! Eng/ It’s been a long time since I didn’t craft any bookmarks. By popular demand, I decided to create brand new ones. I’ve worked on a new design and I’m really happy with the result of my experiments. They are sooo fun to create. They are made of glossy paper (offering beautiful vivid colors), ribbons and/or trims, glue. Then I sew with my machine and voila! Already available in the shop. Fr/ Ca faisait vraiment longtemps que je n’avais pas créé de marque-pages. Suite à une demande grandissante, j’ai décidé de me mettre à plancher sur un…
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    Geek Crafts

  • Gift A Geek: Geeky Ornaments

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Holidays are coming! The Holidays!  Currently its early enough that you can still make something, or get gifts to decorate for the holidays. So we are going to start with geeky ornaments. Hallmark is surprisingly good at this, but we have so many options, from making to buying. And its not too late to start making! For the Geek Crafter/Soon to Be Crafter – Mini Jayne Hat Christmas Ornament Knitting Pattern Crochet Snail-venger Pattern Nerd Knitting Craftsy pattern store Craftsy - Sign up/gift classes to learn or brush up on the geeky craft of your choice Holiday Yarn Sampler from…
  • Looking for Writers!

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Hello! I’m trying to get everything lined up to make Geek Crafts better than ever! If you would like to be a writer, send me a mock post at Find any geek crafty item and write a post about it. Even if you’ve sent one before, feel free to send it again so I can keep this party going!! There’s no pay for this position, but you do get bragging rights! What this would mean: I would need you to commit to posting at least once a week, have functional knowledge of WordPress including how to upload media, and proof-reading is the ultimate skill I require you to…
  • Mithril & Mathoms on Etsy Giveaway!

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Hello friends! Today I come bearing an awesome giveaway from Mithril & Mathoms on Etsy! Denise has generously offered up one of her new items:  a map of Middle Earth transcribed in Tengwar. It took her a year to get it to its full glory and it was clearly worth it. She is even sweetening the pot with a necklace as well! These fun necklaces are available in your favourite locations, you can pick any location in Middle Earth that you’d like!   How do you get in on this? Easy! Follow Mithril & Mathoms on Facebook,  share her page with your friends, and then come on back…
  • Supernatural Etsy Treasury

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Pauly and I have been binge-watching Supernatural on Netflix. We’re on season 4 now, what took us so long to jump on board? As usual, be sure to click through to the treasury so you can check out the items. Who’s your favourite character?
  • Katniss Everdeen Cowl Wrap

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    My_RubySlippers of Aurora, IL posted her version of Katniss Everdeen’s cowl wrap over at Craftster. She used a #6 super bulky yarn from Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in #123 Oatmeal The S/M size took just under three skeins, and she only spent about $12-15 total on it. An added bonus for My_RubySlippers: she is also an archer and the design works well and stays put while staying out of the way, while out shooting some arrows. She has her pattern available for sale in her Etsy shop, Orange September, for anyone that’s interested. This fun and trendy cowl is seamless and…
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  • Bueller?

    Erin | house on hill road
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    I sent a text to Jane the other night when she was late coming out of play rehearsal that just said, "Bueller?" I imagine you all saying the same thing to me, wondering where I've been. I don't think I have ever gone a whole month without posting since I started this blog 8+ years ago. Life is busy. And good. And sometimes a little messy. I'm in the thick of it. Kate turned 13! And does not want her picture on the internet. Duly noted. We gave her an electric guitar and she was surprised. I do not think she expected it at all and I love that. She is coming into her…
  • The Beginnings of an Improv Proverbial Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last Friday, I took a plane East to New York where I spent a craft weekend with Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross in the Catskills. There was a small group of us (12? 13?) staying in a large house, laughing, making, eating, drinking, stitching, talking, making jam until Sunday afternoon. Everyone could work on whatever they wanted to explore. It took me awhile to decide what to take along, but in the end I decided on Denyse's Proverbial Quilt pattern. I decided that I wanted a very scrappy looking quilt. I chose a bunch of low volume prints from my stash and decided that if there was ever…
  • Present Perfect Blog Tour

    Erin | house on hill road
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Betz White's newest book, Present Perfect! It's a great sewing book filled with a variety of projects perfect for gift giving. As we enter autumn and get closer to the holidays, this book will come in handy for all of your gift giving needs. It contains a wide variety of projects for everyone on your list - men, women, the home, babies and children! When it came time to choose which project I wanted to make, there really wasn't a choice for me. I mean, how could I not choose the Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel set?!? I…
  • Friday Stash Play

    Erin | house on hill road
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    5 minutes. 10 to 15 fabrics in a cohesive palette all from my stash. Myriad possibilities. Collection and Designer, clockwise from top left: Hatbox by Alexia Abegg, Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt, Unknown navy dot, DS Fabrics for JoAnn's (three prints in a row), Katie Jump Rope by Denise Schmidt, Geo Style by Kei Fabrics, Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt, Hatbox by Alexia Abegg, Unkown navy gingham, Pezzy Print by American Jane Fabrics. There is still time to enter the giveaway for Malka Dubrawsky's Creative Live class! I'll be drawing a winner on Sunday night. Have a great…
  • Ten Ways to Love Improvisational Quilting Giveaway

    Erin | house on hill road
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    My friend, Malka Dubrawsky, is getting ready to film a class on Creative Live called "Ten Ways to Love Improvisational Quilting." Are you familiar with Creative Live? It's a great platform to learn so many new creative things. You can watch classes for free while they are streaming the live filming - this allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home. You can post questions that the instructors answer and, because the classes also have a live in studio audience, you get the benefit of listening in on some discussion, too. And if you can't make the class while…
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you today? Ready for the weekend? I sure am. It was a jam-packed happy week and I feel like we’re ending it on a happy note, too. Which is great. Tonight the cousins are coming for a sleepover! I have two siblings that live in the Bay Area and we’ve decided to make it a monthly tradition and rotate houses. Last month was at Jordan’s house, this month we’re hosting, and next month it’s Liz’s turn. We LOVE having the cousins over! It’s a funny thing, here we are in the same area, and you’d think…
  • Minted Giveaway

    Design Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Gabrielle. We were super excited to work with fabulous stationery company, Minted, on the latest Olive Us video, Love Letter to the Year. And we’re also super excited that they’re sponsoring a giveaway today. Do you know Minted? They are a community of independent artists and designers who create paper goods like holiday photo cards, invitations, party supplies and art prints. The prize they’re offering is a very generous $350 store credit!!! Minted was the perfect fit for the story we wanted to tell in Love Letter To The Year. We were looking for really gorgeous…
  • Olive Us: Love Letter to the Year

    Design Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Images and text by Gabrielle. It’s our holiday Olive Us episode! And it’s a charmer. It’s called Love Letter to the Year and we hope it will have you thinking about your own year, and feeling nostalgic about exchanging holiday cards. Betty’s narration is sweet as can be. And it even features my sister Jordan of Oh Happy Day, and her son Roman! I hope you enjoy the video. I LOVE getting holiday cards in the mail. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts about December. I know it’s a tradition that can seem old school since so many of us connect throughout…
  • Join My Gift Boards!

    Design Mom
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Gabrielle. Image is a screengrab from my gift wrapping board. Last year, I tried something new. Instead of sharing gift guide blog posts, I created gift guide boards on Pinterest. Though I confess, I sometimes missed seeing the pretty gift posts on my blog, overall, I really liked the advantages of sharing the ideas on pin boards. It allowed me to include a whole lot more ideas than I would be able to on the blog. And even better, I could keep sharing new finds throughout the holidays. Sometimes I find the perfect gift late in the game, and it was great to know that I could still share it.
  • Children’s App Review: Toca Nature

    Design Mom
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Toca Boca. Oh my goodness. It’s been over a year since there was a children’s app review on design mom, but I’ve got a really good one for you today. It’s  new. It came out last week and it’s called Toca Nature. It was developed by the team at Toca Boca, a Swedish-based development company that makes fantastic apps for kids. There are no points to earn in Toca Nature. No high score to beat. There are no berries to buy, or any in-app purchases at all. The app is about building and exploring. You can go…
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  • pippilotta and mr. nilsson

    Alicia Alferman
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    She was a little hot and cold about this costume, but in the end, I think she looked awesome. The boy is officially too old to dress up. Sniff. He made a terrific KC Royals pumpkin (man! what an October we've had here in K.C.), but he carved it a bit too early and it started to rot before we could light it up. It was freezing, freezing on Halloween night, but even with a bourbon slush in hand, we were toasty by the fire at at our friends' post trick-or-treating party.There's too much candy to argue over now. And it's time to clean up all the spooky decorations. I forget every…
  • the last of them

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

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

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

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

  • Halloween 2014!

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Halloween in NYC is pretty amazing. Theres a gazillion kids running around, everything is decked out and the streets are shut-down for trick-or-treaters. We popped down to 69th street while it was still light and before the crowds got bad.  Have you ever seen anything like it? These decorations against NYC brownstones are so awesome.  Those giant spiders were my favorite! They were huge! I told Chris we need to move to one of these streets that shuts down for Halloween so we can go all out!  This year Tess went as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She's already got the unibrow so....
  • Greenwood Lake

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

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

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
  • SoulePapa Blogs :: A Line of Work

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    One morning last week I shook Calvin out of his heavy thirteen year old sleep at 4 am, to join me on a little work trip. We drove north in the dark and fog along the back roads, to meet...
  • Issue 12::BREAD

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Taproot's Issue 12::BREAD is hot of the press and begins shipping to subscribers this week! Issue 12? How can it be? This wraps up our third full year, it's so hard to believe. And each issue gets better and better...
  • really, really hooked

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    (Thanks for the photos, Calvin!) Really, I'm not obsessed, really I'm not. I'm just....well....diving into the deep end, or something like that. A mere month after I picked up the hook for the first time, it seems I've committed myself...
  • Our November flurry

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every once in a while, I get bogged down in the perceived (by me) drudgery, especially this time of year. Because, happy I would be to just stay home for days upon days upon days at a time (especially...
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  • Perhaps

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Let’s say, that you were very much a knitter, and less so a sewer – and let’s say that you decided to do a very simple sewing project.  Let’s say – even, because it’s true, that you only decided to do that sewing project because when it was done it would be a vehicle for knitting, and that made it seem all right to you. Let’s say also, that you have a brand-spankin’ new sewing machine that you said you wanted, and even though it turns out that your husband really got that sewing machine so that he could learn to sew and make things for the…
  • And with that, she lay down

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Another retreat is finished, and I think it was the nicest yet.  I know I say that every time, but this time? I really mean it.  I’m too tired to do more than show you pictures, but here they are.  It. Was. Fantastic.
  • Are These Weeds?

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This week has been a trainwreck. A giant tangle of complete crap that just keeps getting worse. Nothing terrible has happened, nobody is sick and another pet hasn’t shuffled of their mortal coil, but everything else that can go wrong has, and at this point I think it’s starting to be a bit of a joke, and I think it’s on me. I won’t go into the gory details, but I think it’s safe to say that I overextended myself a little (right now the voice of my inner monologue is screaming “YA THINK?!)  Two days ago I forgot to go to a appointment entirely, despite…
  • Keeping up with Yesterday

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    I’m starting another project. I know, I know, I’m a little out of control.   I know I have Fox Paws, and I probably have another pair of socks due, and the sweater… There’s a lot on the needles, and I’m tempted to cast on even more, which is all a sign of the times.  Three things are coming together here to put knitting forefront on the agenda, whether I have time for it or not. First, the time of year. It’s cold here. Someone flipped the switch on this part of Ontario and there’s snow in the forecast, and it’s going below zero at night, and…
  • Yeah, that hat

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I had a whole big post planned for today, then eighty-four bad things happened with my laptop, and the whole thing wound up a hot mess.  Instead of that, I give you this picture of Lou wearing his owl hat, which is frankly more than I could ever hope for in the way of knitterly happiness.  See it, and know these are the moments I knit for. More tomorrow, when hopefully this aluminium and plastic box of circuit chips is on my side. Knitter out. (photo credit to Carlos, who I think we can all agree totally nailed it.)
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  • Book Review: Colorful Stitchery

    Betz White
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    I’ve always had needlework in my life, one way or another. My grandmother knit and embroidered, my mom sewed, my dad did needle point (I know, right?!). I remember learning to embroider…a tiny pillow with my name written in a chain stitch surrounded by lazy daisy flowers with french knot centers. To me, embroidery is an extension of all of the other crafting I do. Especially working with felt, as I do with my holiday ornaments, stuffed animals, or appliquéd pieces, embroidery is the perfect finishing touch. Because of this, I think every maker needs embroidery skills in their…
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament #4: Christmas Pie

    Betz White
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Introducing the Christmas Pie Ornament, pattern #4 in the Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! Members, check your email inboxes today! What would the holidays be without treats?! Make a sweet Christmas Pie Ornament with a mason jar lid serving as the pie pan. Or leave off the hanger loop to create a pincushion instead! Either way, it’s a super cute hostess gift or tree décor. Lids are available to buy by the dozen online and at hardware and grocery stores. You should be able to buy a dozen for around $5-8.   Imagine making this in different colors to represent your favorite pie…blue…
  • First Flake: Felt Ornament Tutorial

    Betz White
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      Before the flurry of the holidays begins, I want to share a quick little ornament tutorial to kick off your holiday crafting! I named this First Flake because I love that feeling of excitement when the first flakes of snow fall each winter. This design is made from felt and uses a fun reverse appliqué technique that I can’t get enough of. It’s a similar process to that used in my Sweet Life bee pillow. What you’ll need: Hexagon template [download] Scraps of felt in several colors Beads Thread Pins Disappearing ink pen Small embroidery scissors Baker’s twine…
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament #3: Winter Bloom

    Betz White
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Introducing the Winter Bloom Ornament, pattern #3 in the Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! Members, check your email inboxes today! This origami style ornament is hand stitched in felt to form a center bloom with ruffled layers all around. Make it up in gradient blues, Christmas colors or your own combination to create a variety of festive looks.   Last year’s Origami Wreath pattern continues to be a popular ornament in my Etsy shop so I wanted to be sure to offer another folded and stitched style this year as well. Felt is the perfect medium! It’s easy to work with…
  • Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel

    Betz White
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    My newest Craftsy online class has launched: Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel!   Learn all about constructing beautiful duffle bags customized with fabric and features for traveling in style. In Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel, I’ll show you how to sew professional looking travel bags with great details including exterior pockets with hardware closures, zippered and divided interior pockets, fully enclosed seams and eye-catching fabric accents.   Along the way I’ll give you plenty of options for customizing your bag from fabrics to hardware closures to…
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    Illustration Friday

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

    Thomas James
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Stephanie Dalton Cowan, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘PAPER’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: SLOW Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook,…
  • Editorial Submission :: Kai Ti Hsu

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Post by James Kai Ti Hsu was born in Taiwan. His editorial illustration emphasizes strong, clear communication, simple composition and a gift for visual metaphor. You can see more of Kai Ti Hsu’s work on his website.  
  • Illustrator Maja Wronska

    Wendy Schiller
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
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  • Illustrator & Designer Jon Contino

    Rachel Frankel
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I discovered Jon Contino by following the work of Jessica Hische and Drew Melton (the typography world is very small). The first two things that resonated with me was the fact that he, like me, didn’t go to art school, and that he also used his musicianship as a passageway to his passion for design. As much as I’ve grown to love digital illustration and type design, I’m always the most drawn to analog aesthetics–and Jon prioritizes them in his work. Jon Contino is an award-winning designer, illustrator, art director and self-professed alphastructaesthetitologist. His…
  • Do you make time to draw?

    Kate Leonard
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Do you make enough time to draw? Some of us doodle at any opportunity we get. Yet there are also times when we get so swept up in daily doings that we don’t quite draw as much as we’d like to for fun and enjoyment.  Taking more time to doodle will not only keep your creative idea’s flowing , fill your sketchbooks with beautiful things but also make drawing fun feeling less like work.  So here are afew places you can sketch with ease, seize the opportunity  pick up that pencil and draw! Places you can draw: On the bus On the train In the car On a rainy day On the phone…
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  • russet beard man

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
  • man time

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I’m working on filling up my shop for the gift buying season. I won’t be doing any markets before Christmas. Time for some fresh men!
  • fall fox fellow 3- the wanderer

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    This fox is a traveler. He has all he needs for his wandering ways. A warm jacket and vest, a kerchief in one pocket and his map in the other. He has a backpack to hold his other necessities. His vest is soft flannel and I love the pine trees- perfect! Here is a close-up of his supplies- his notebook, money, utensils, snack. I will try to get the 6 available foxes into my etsy shop by the end of today.
  • fall fox boy 2

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    I’d made this jacket for another fox last summer but when it was mostly finished and I tried it on, it looked terrible- it was too light-colored for that particular fellow. It is just right on this fine fox.
  • fall fox boy 1- mushroom hunter

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Mushroom hunting is a great excuse for a walk in the woods. No eating of foraged fungi is necessary. I am sure this fox is an expert though and knows the good stuff and will be making dinner later. You can see that he found a really big mushroom for his collecting bag. The boy foxes I just finished are also made from hand-dyed by me wool fabric. I think you can see the color variations in these pics. Corduroy jacket, tartan vest, mustard yellow tie. In his bag is his notebook and 2 mushrooms- a regular size one and a BIG one.
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  • Happy Emails from IQA and Pumpkin Cars

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

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

    26 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a figure drawing session, perhaps since college. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but maybe I’ve learned some things since then. Maybe I’ve also learned some things from one of my favorite drawing books, The Tao of Sketching. With only five or ten minutes to make a drawing, it seems you should just jump right in and draw as fast and as much as you can. But last night, I found myself sitting back and looking around the entire room. At the other people and things in the room. Asking what most interests me about this particular…
  • The Easter Bunny on Monday

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
  • Morning Song

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet. It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square. There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Looking through Friday

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I changed the curtains in the studio to thin white linen.  I like the way they seem a bit like fog.  I feel Thin lately.  My thoughts are diluted by some sort of calm that has over taken me.  Maybe it is the cold.  The feeling of hibernation that is forming.  But I think it is something else.  My thoughts seem more transparent. I find layers of other thoughts showing though.  It is a bit confusing. Dream like at first but then just something that slows me. There is a prism hanging there, hard to see. And it did this: And I hung around for the…
  • Coma in black and white

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
      How one thing might become another on a not so cold Thursday. I call this spinning square configuration the Coma effect.  It has a long history as an evolving personal symbol. It is about shift. Today  it was a coma that inspired a new version.  This will be a larger cloth even though it is just a doodle right now. The original Coma cloth, by the way has come down from the wall and is on the bed in the loft.  It is home and that is that. I hope to wear it out. It is a blanket and nothing more. Or less. The Magic Cloths will join it soon enough. (Coma on Flickr)…
  • Into all of it

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Early cold descending. The little leaf sampler I was calling Into November has quickly become Into December. That's how it can go.  It is good to have a stash of weather language to work with if you want to tell the story.  So far only a few stray snowflakes here. I could only catch them on cloth. The oaks are bared, but the maple leaves are still hanging on. I'm beating the dust out of the rugs today.  The wind is blowing toward my grouchy neighbor. Later? A maybe map.  
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    Judy Wise

  • Remembering Bali

    Judy Wise
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    After a couple of weeks in Australia Trish and I boarded Garuda Airlines and traveled to Bali. We and the encausticampers stayed at Rumah Roda in Ubud, shown above.Both of these views are looking out my circular bathroom windows, taken at different times of day.This is a view from the 2nd story restaurant at Rumah Roda.The door and sitting area of my habitation.One of my pedicures.A typical curry dish served at Rumah Roda.My bed where I slept like a queen.I was able to spend 3 days printing, tjanting and dyeing at Widya Batik Studio to the Northeast of Ubud. I made and sold batiks…
  • Australia Encausticamp

    Judy Wise
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Yes, I've been traveling. First to Sydney where I spent several days exploring and opening a show with my friends at the Frances Keevil Gallery. Of course we visited the Rocks and the waterfront.Had a room with a wonderful view of water and sailboats.And had a showing of our encaustic paintings.Opening night was everything we'd hoped for. Lots of visitors to see the work.The lovely Jenny Sages came and addressed the audience briefly. What a thrill it was to meet her.Shortly after the opening, the 4 of us drove down to Kiama where we enjoyed a week of creating with the Aussie women.Boy,…
  • Life and the Journal

    Judy Wise
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I arrived home from Oaxaca on September 14th and I leave for Australia and Bali on Tuesday. This interlude at home has been so sweet, so good with my family.We had our Birthday month celebrations at Pacific City at the beach and our Birthday people were surprised and excited to be honored once again. Here is Stephanie feigning surprise and John all tickled with his cozy new couch cuddle.It seems like the harvest will never end this year. A bumper crop of figs, plums, autumn raspberries, watermelon and cantaloupe along with the usual vegetables are keeping John busy.Meanwhile I'm…
  • Oaxaca Wrap Up

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

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

  • Golden Apple Trinket Dishes

    Monika Gottindottir
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    I found these cute glass apple dishes at a junk shop and had to buy them! I used a round sponge brush and 3-4 coats of gold ceramic/glass enamel paint to paint them. The KALLISTI and K were painted on using a black ceramic paint marker. It was a little hard to get the sponge to go around the inside curves, but everything else was easy.
  • Cloud Costume

    brooke M.
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    I love Halloween and clouds are pretty great too. My husband isn't so into wearing a costume though so I decided to make something he could just slip over his clothes. This would probably be good for kids too and take less fabric. I drew a cloud shape freehand and cut 4 matching pieces. I stitched them together (leave a small opening) and stuffed them to create "giant pillows". Measure around the shoulder and the side (at the waist) of the person who will be wearing the costume. Use that measurement to find the length of the elastic. Attach elastic to the inner cloud at the shoulders and…
  • Decoupage Atlas Table

    Monika Gottindottir
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    I used an old (c2000) U.S. atlas. I chose to use the SD, PA, MN, and some IA/NE fragments. I used matte Mod Podge. To smooth the edges, I used a box cutter to cut away the scraps that were sticking out off the edge, then filed them down with a nail file. I used 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal the top. The table is currently too tall for my tastes, so I may cut the legs down later and fix them to the bottom a bit better.
  • Purple Pointillisme

    Matilde P.
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    I did a simple purple cut crease with gold on the lid and I then added some dots with a burgundy liner in between the blended edges. I felt like a thick liner and a voluminous pair of lashes would've completed the look.
  • Bloody Mary Ketchup

    Cat Morley
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Our Bloody Mary ketchup combines spices and vodka for extra punch and tastes great on sweet potato fries.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Grinch favor bags

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Jo and I are already thinking about Christmas parties and events, and have been brainstorming about fun ways to package favors for the kids. We always have a “Grinch Grab” party with our friends (a.k.a. White Elephant Game) which includes a gift exchange of inexpensive, wrapped gifts. We thought the perfect addition to our Grinch Grab party would be some fun Grinch face favor bags, so that’s just what we came up with! We came up with a Grinch face printable (available on Etsy) that makes these bags super easy to make. Just print the page of hats onto white cardstock, and the…
  • Disney Frozen Advent calendar

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Frozen craze is still going strong in our house and I am now wondering how many times Mini Me has seen this movie. My girls absolutely love the How the Grinch Stole Christmas advent calendar I made for them a couple of years ago and they look forward to its appearance every year on December 1st. This year, I thought I would make them a Frozen advent calendar. Like the Grinch calendar, I wanted to base this one on a story, but and looked around and couldn’t find a Frozen Christmas story. So, I decided to write my own! The story is about Olaf trying to find Christmas presents…
  • Chalk painted rustic cherries

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Heidi over at Honey Bear Lane recently made some rustic pumpkins for her fall decor. I thought they were adorable! I was inspired by her to make some rustic food of my own and decided upon cherries, since I had a set of our 1″ unfinished wooden blocks on hand. These are super easy to do and a project the kids will enjoy helping you complete. First up, I stole McGeeky’s drill to drill super small hole part-way down each block. This will be where we insert the stems later. Now it was time to paint. I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in the color Rouge. I wanted the cherries…
  • Frozen cake topper with candy ice castle

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    As you saw in Jo’s Frozen birthday party post, I made a cake for MiniMe with layers decorated in the styles of Elsa and Anna. For the cake topper, I thought it would be a nice touch to make a candy version of Elsa’s ice castle. I came up with a really easy way to do it, and it had great impact! First, I got a cookie sheet (with sides) and lined it with foil. Then I sprayed a light coating of vegetable oil spray on it. Then I made a batch of hard candy syrup using our hard candy recipe. I only used one drop of blue food coloring, because I wanted the candy to have a very faint…
  • Disney’s Frozen party

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

  • What’s happening?

    Kasia Z
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I’m exploring backstage at Whipup… I’m wandering about and wondering what all these buttons and switches and levers do.  How the heck do I get this to go up or that to come down, why is this light flashing, what’s that persistent buzz in the background?  I’m checking out all the props and costumes too, the gorgeous fabrics, the shiny objects. I’m going back through the old scripts and reading the reviews, the lists of players, directors and producers who have performed in this space.  I feel like I’m wandering around a beautiful big theatre –…
  • Excuse me for asking, but who are you?

    Kasia Z
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Well I’m glad you asked. My name is Kasia. Kasia rhymes with Russia, but it’s Polish – the diminutive for Katarzyna, which is the Polish version of Katherine. Also, I’m not Polish, I’m Australian with Polish heritage. And I’m sure I’ll say more on that in some blogging future. I have loved, loitered and lurked around Whipup since 2006 – soon after Kathreen Ricketson created it.  At the time I was home on maternity leave and desperate for something to amuse me while breastfeeding – apart from gazing besotted at that new cute weird little person in my…
  • And we’re back!

    Kasia Z
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hello! It’s a sunny spring day in Melbourne and we’re whipping up some new things to chat about.
  • So grateful to be back

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    You might have noticed that we disappeared for a week or two. was hacked, and it took us a while to access our data. I’m so relieved that most of our content is back online, and we will be restoring the most recent posts as soon as we can. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people who helped to get Whipup back online. We have lost so much this past year, and the idea that Whipup might have finished suddenly was too much to comprehend. Thanks for your patience and support. xx Kate
  • Brave New Quilts :: Legacy Tour :: Sonya Philip

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

  • @Home This Weekend: Painted Countertops

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    This weekend, take a chance and do something bold. Momof2! decided her stained white kitchen countertops had to go, so she painted them, and look how great they look now! What a really great low-cost way to make a big change. What are you waiting for? Go for it!
  • Tute Tuesday: Paper Lantern/Ball Ornament

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I will admit that I am 100% into the holiday season. I have been listening to Christmas music, watching sappy Christmas movies and I can not wait to decorate my tree. Last year I started a new tradition with my two besties. I get three tree ornaments that are the same with just slight differences. […]
  • Falling for Autumn Crafts

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Autumn is here, and it’s time to warm up your home with the beautiful oranges and browns of fall. Here in the US, it’s almost Thanksgiving, so let’s look at some fall and Thanksgiving diy ideas to help celebrate the season. Turkey gobblers decorate these fun Thanksgiving “gobblets”, made from inexpensive wine glasses from The […]
  • Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Roll with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Are you ready for Thankgiving? What are you cooking this year? I am just about ready, still lacking a dessert or two. I’m glad that bethntim shares her recipe for Pumpkin Roll with Maple Cream Cheese Filling with us. It is the perfect treat for a Thanksgiving dinner. All of the best fall flavors rolled […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Wall Initials

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    This weekend, dress up your walls with decorated letters. thankyoulocust shares her method for decoupaging unpainted wooden letters purchased from a craft store. Use these colorful letters to spell out a child’s name, spell out a word, or to hang your initials on the wall. What will you do with your letters?
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the studio with Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    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 Connie W! You have won a beautiful lampwork lentil from Ema K.Please send Ema an email with your information.Things are kinda betwixt and between at the moment.  Since my last ITS post, that shed I showed you, is now…
  • Art Bead Palette :: ZestyFrog

    Brandi Hussey
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week's art bead palette comes to us courtesy of ZestyFrog, a lovely ceramic bead shop run by Annica. In there, you can find all sorts of lovely ceramic beads in organic shapes and textures. That's definitely where Annica shines, in my opinion - all of her beads feel like little natural treasures.For this palette, I chose Annica's organic medley bead set. The colors are fantastic and great for fall, what with the olive greens and mustard yellow. The possibilities for this bead set are incredible!To see more, stop by Annica's shop! Which beads are your favorite?
  • Perfect Pairings :: Amanda Sagarin + Numinosity + Ragged Robyn

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    What I love about my pick for this week is that it is not literal at all.There are so many elements to pick up on in this month's challenge painting, from the birds to the flower to the nest that it is hard to see past that. So it surprises and delights me to see that this is the painting deconstructed. The flamed and enameled matchstick pendants in these earrings really do call to mind the flower. The rugged discs make me think of all the tree bark and the nest. I think these earrings have a very unique look to them! Featured Designer :: Amanda SagarinFeatured Bead Artist :: Numinostiy +…
  • Amuse the Muse - Holiday Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    It's Monday - it's time for your regular art beady eye candy post! Thanks to everyone for sharing your holiday bead finds - I love seeing what you stumble across during the week; finding new bead artists is always very exciting. Thanks to Liona, Colleen and Mary for this week's finds!Odie Bell's Designs - Lampwork holly berry beadsFire and Fibers - Snowman and Snowlady lampwork beadsMick's Company - Hand-rolled paper beads Mary shared these lovely wee charms, new to her shop this week. Aren't they just gorgeous? Mary Harding Jewelry - Handmade Snowy Fir Tree CharmsState of Fusion -…
  • The ABS Editors Take the Challenge!

    Heather Powers
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    The Art Bead Scene editors have rose again to take the monthly challenge. We are having so much fun playing along every month we've decided to make this a regular feature. Take some time this month to enter the challenge for a chance to win some amazing prizes. And don't forget beadmakers, we have a category for you too and you could win a month of advertising on the ABS.The November Monthly ChallengeVisit our blogs to see what we've created for the challenge:Heather PowersMary HardingTari SasserClaire LockwoodRebecca Anderson (Rebecca's post will go up on Monday)
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    Tip Junkie

  • 23 Sparkly Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here's how to make a homemade Christmas ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree!  These make a fabulous present that is simple but beautiful!  These handmade ornaments patterns include salt dough, cinnamon, chalkboard, gold dipped, kids crafts ornaments, and even monogrammed ornaments. Create a new Christmas tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome holiday crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make Holiday Crafts, DIY Decor, Food and Recipes, Party Ideas, Free…
  • Thanksgiving Tablescape Made Easy {Free Printables}

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanksgiving inspiration featuring table settings for Thanksgiving Day can be beautiful and easy!  If you’'re looking for a few DIY Decorating ideas using FREE PRINTABLES then I've totally got your back with a Thanksgiving table setting that will make your Thanksgiving dinner look beautiful.  These ideas utilize gorgeous free printable downloads to accentuate your decor.  They make such a tremendous difference! Tip Junkie has 239 Tablescape ideas including over 376 Thanksgiving ideas all with pictured tutorials to learn or how to make.
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • POPSUGAR Curated Collection for Tiny Prints

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re thrilled to announce a curated collection of holiday cards and party invitations from Lisa Sugar, founder and Editor in Chief of POPSUGAR. Lisa’s classic and chic style is evident in this collection. Here are a few of our favorites. POPSUGAR Holiday Cards POPSUGAR New Years Cards POPSUGAR Holiday Party Invitations The set of stationery cards she co-designed for the November POPSUGAR Must Have Box are super adorbs too, and you can order them here. SHOP the full POPSUGAR curated collection here. a
  • Tiny Prints $100 Holiday Giveaway

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We absolutely love the holidays here at Tiny Prints so we decided to put on our Santa hat and give away a $100 Tiny Prints gift code to one lucky reader here on our blog! We’ve made this super easy and fun! Simply finish this sentence in the comment section below. My favorite part of the holidays are ______________________. BONUS! Share this blog post on your social channels or comment on another post here for extra entries too! We will choose one winner at random on December 5, 2014 and notify them through email. a
  • Recipe for a Cozy Holiday Corner

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tis the season for hot chocolate and snuggling! The holidays are the best time for boots, jackets and mittens, but if you’re planning on staying in doors, Camille from Planning Pretty has great tips for creating a cozy corner at home. The holidays, while fun and festive, can be a very hectic time of year. We’re running around stores, cooking meals, baking desserts and attending parties. It can drain a lot of our energy and leave us feeling stressed or depleted. However, finding a moment to unwind and enjoy the season is a wonderful to recover. Creating the perfect space to relax…
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Free Thanksgiving Table Printables

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. What would we do without all these amazing Thanksgiving Printables? I am in love with these FREE Thanksgiving Table Printables from Printable Coordinator Michelle from Elegance and Enchantment. She designed these beautiful printable tent cards for Today’s Creative Blog and then has all the coordinating printables for the menu and the “I am Thankful” on her […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative…
  • Holiday Entertaining | Creating Additional Seating

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Ah, decorating. It’s one of the main reasons I started this blog. I love creating a creative space, I love seeing how others create creative spaces. A room is never finished in my home, it’s just always evolving, changing, updating. Holiday Entertaining | Creating Additional Seating   I’ve been wanting to paint for the last […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has…
  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Every now and then, someone thinks I might be somewhat interesting. The nice folks at wanted to feature lil’ ole me along with a set of questions. There are 16 questions………I answer half of them here and half on their site. So if inquiring minds REALLY want to know…..head on over.  Porch is your place […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been…
  • CricutExplore Giveaway! Bake, Craft, Sew!

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. I’m excited to be a part of Bake, Craft, Sew today! I’m guest posting over at Thirty Handmade Days with a craft post. Check out my idea: You’ll have to head to 30 Handmade Days to see the full craft and tutorial! To make things just a little sweeter, you can enter to win this awesome […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • No Sugar Added Holiday Treats!

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. We try to watch our blood sugar around here and although we’re not considered diabetic, our blood sugar has run high in the past, so we are reminded during National Diabetic Month to keep a watch……staying on top of it by making better choices. My husband loves ice cream, so I was happy to have […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Easy Pre-Cooked Chicken

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I just got my box of Zaycon chicken last week – 40 pounds of chicken with no added hormones, additives, or artificial ingredients, fresh from the processor. I’ve used my chicken in lots of different ways: canned – I love having canned chicken on hand, but I still have plenty from the last time flash […]
  • HATS!

    Kelsey Norwood
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I just pulled out my box of hats cause BRRRRRRR! It’s been cold here! We switched from beautiful fall to frigid winter overnight. I hates cold weather, but cute hats save the day. I made this one last winter and it’s one of my favorite – Another great pattern from ShanaGalbraith! Remember her? She’s the […]
  • Top 10 Family Games EVERY Family Should OWN & PLAY OFTEN

    Kelsey Norwood
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s finished! My list of TOP 10 Family Games is complete just in time for Christmas. Here you have 10 great gift ideas for players of ALL ages. They range in price from about $10 – $20 so completely affordable and so much better than all the much more expensive and far less entertaining toys. From the […]
  • TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #7 & 8: Wackee Golf & ZipIt

    Kelsey Norwood
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    We’ve been playing so many games together as a family recently and we’re not tired of it yet. We cycle through our 10 favorites and Gus and Elliot are getting pretty good at some of them! Our newest favorites are Wackee Golf, a simple but super fun card game, and Zipit, another great word game. […]
  • *TUTORIAL* I Spy Economy Block

    Kelsey Norwood
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
      I’ve had a few things getting in the way of my craft time. Baby #4 (he doesn’t have a blog alias yet, coming up with his real name was hard enough…) and Homeschooling But I started to go a little crazy…again…and decided I needed to make something. I thought an I Spy quilt would take forever, […]
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    house wren studio

  • for my birthday

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    So I had that big birthday this year. Way back in September. A few weeks ago, my daughters planned a weekend getaway to celebrate with them. And it was so completely perfect. They whisked me away to a place they...
  • and finally, the winner

    8 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway! The lucky winner of all those pretty, crafty things is Virginia! Info to come on the spring event. Happy autumn, friends!
  • vermont getaway giveaway

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    After each of our Vermont retreats, we offer an extra gift bag as a giveaway to readers. Our generous friends and sponsors sent the prettiest things to share with you. Please visit their sites and shops and consider your holiday...
  • oh, vermont!

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Here we go - a round-up of our 4th and 5th art retreats in Vermont. (Next one is in the spring.) Amazing Meleen! On the eve of a hard frost, Robin brought her garden flowers from Massachusetts for each of...
  • 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....
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  • Urban patchwork

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
  • A november swt...

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    No. 6 of my squares with tailes.No. 4 and 5 are fledglings, they might show up here later...(continued from here)And there are a few new packs in the shop.One is a seasonal DIY mixed-media cards kit...
  • Leaves. Today: center and edge

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    A leaves person......and a striped patch."I want to stand as close to the edge as I canwithout going over. Out on the edge you see allthe kinds of things you can't see from the center."(Kurt Vonnegut, born November 11, 1922)
  • Leaves. Today: booklets

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
  • Leaves. Today: homegrown...

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    ...and tender rosé with old tablecloth in the shop...
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    Try Handmade

  • Luxury

    Erika Jurney
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    A deliciously seductive morsel of a ring. By duckduckGoose. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • On Sustenance That Warms

    Diana Prichard
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I was born and raised in the north. Michigan, to be exact. I’m still there, but remain convinced that the [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Emily Dyer

    Erika Jurney
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    I love her beautiful stitched and stamped pieces. Emily Dyer bio: I am a ceramic artist in Minneapolis, MN. My [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Secret Door Projects

    Kim O'Brien
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    When I spot a poster of Providence designed by hand and printed by hand, I feel like I live someplace [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Behind the scenes at smilingbluedog

    Erika Jurney
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    My clay table. I do all my clay work on this old workbench. shelves for greenware & bisque My little [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • In Progress: Chains, Pots, & Arches

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Finally, an in process post! I’ve been working concurrently on the two big projects that I’m in the middle of right now. That way when I get bored with one, I can switch to the other. That’s much preferable to … Continue reading →
  • Back to the Studio

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    After having a frenzied couple of weeks where I had almost no studio time, I’m finally able to get back into the studio this week. I’m not complaining because I was doing events and working, but it will feel good … Continue reading →
  • Carnyx – an Ancient Celtic Horn

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Metalwork doesn’t confine itself to things like jewelry or hollowware. No, pretty much anything can be made out of metal. I often forget about musical instruments and the metal techniques that go into making them. It’s been a tradition since … Continue reading →
  • Myths & Lore of Metalwork

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Since it’s getting close to Halloween and it’s the time of year we start to tell tales, I thought I’d give a list of all my mythological themed posts, all right here where you have easy access to them! Metal … Continue reading →
  • Two Chances to Update Your Jewelry Box

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    It’s been awhile since you’ve bought anything new for yourself. I bet it’s been a while since your friends and loved ones have also. You need to update your jewelry box and I have two upcoming chances for you to … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers


    19 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I was backing up photos from the phone and stumbled upon this old image. I cannot remember where I got this from. Either I found it on the www or a friend forwarded it. Nonetheless, I cannot agree more. And it is especially so for family and relative. Especially them.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I was clearing photos from my phone and stumbled upon these old 'words of wisdom'.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    A lot of people think Singlish is poor taste. But how can that be when it is a nation's heritage and when a couple of words can mean so much more.

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    We have been most anonymous on this blog. We. Me. I have been using the royal We. Some people ask why. I started this blog years ago because I thought it was too mundane, simply just going to work. I didn't have anything else. No aim, nothing. It was a young thing, being aimless. It was that time in my twenties that all you really know is to work. Whatever else happens, will happen and life

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    We are migrating from Mac to Mac and it is that time of the year to back things up. This is a very significant period of our lives. We have just quit our jobs. It was not an easy decision but a very good one nonetheless. We have managed to spot the unappreciative employer and gotten out early. Yikes. Writing about it still pisses us so much. Anyway, 8000 over photos later, we really need to
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Nov 10, Customising Knitting Patterns

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Once you have mastered basic knitting, you might want to start experimenting with customising knitting patterns to create your own unique garments and it is not as difficult as it seems!
  • Nov 10, Crochet Hook Sizes

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Crochet hook sizes range from 0.60mm right up to 25.0mm, and just to make it even more complicated there are three main measurement schemes for hook sizes.
  • Nov 10, Continental Knitting

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    There are two main methods of knitting, the one used on this site is generally called the English method. The other is the Continental Knitting Method.
  • Nov 10, Circular Knitting Needles

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    Circular knitting needles are used for knitting seamless tubes of knitted fabric. Knitting in the round is an advanced knitting technique.
  • Nov 10, Chunky Rib Scarf Pattern

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Would you like to make a chunkier rib scarf? To do that you will need a Chunky Rib Scarf Pattern!
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    Very Shannon
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have I ever told you about my love of all things Anne of Green Gables? I adore Anne. Always have and always will. I've read (and re-read) the cherished books and watched and the movies since I was a young girl. And since then I've spent many a moment in daydreams just like Anne with an E. I admit that as a girl I used to wish at night that I would wake up with hair as read as Anne's and have a "Gilbert" in my life. I wanted to live on PEI and run through the trees dreaming the biggest dreams I could.I've always been inspired by Anne and her character and find myself returning to the…

    Very Shannon
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    It's here! We're so excited to let you all know that SEASONLESS is now fully available! You can now easily buy the paper booklet of SEASONLESS through NNK Press (read more HERE)! The ebook and individual patterns are also still available too! We think the SEASONLESS booklet bundle would make a wonderful xmas pressie for that special knitter in your life or for a lovely treat for yourself!We also have the booklet available for your favorite yarn shops to purchase for wholesale as well from NNK Press! So if you're looking for a copy at your fave LYS please feel free to let them know it's…

    Very Shannon
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's time for a special sale!!!! Don't miss the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014!!!From November 13th, 8pm EST to November 21st, 11:59pm EST you can save 25% OFF from a TON of your favorite independent designers during the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014 with code "giftalong2014"!!!But wait - there's more! You can also take part in a ton of fun! Join in the Indie Gift-A-Long that runs until New Year's Eve!What is the Indie Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear! The Indie Gift-A-Long is a 2 month long KAL/CAL (knit along/crochet along) of holiday…

    Very Shannon
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It's been freeeeeeeeezing cold over here and I'm happy to say that I've been bundled up in handknits and the yarn is.....EVERYWHERE. Best part of the fall/winter season. I think I have multiple knitting projects in progress in every room of the house right I've been sewing and knitting and knitting and sewing. It's been fun but definitely busy. I've been binge watching Gilmore Girls, which I'm sure a ton of you have too. It's so fun to know that when I'm watching I know lots of you are too. I have a special place in my heart for this show and I'm so excited it's finally on…

    Very Shannon
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Have you guys heard the news about the new fabric lines from Hawthorne Threads? I'm beyond thrilled to have been asked to join in on the launch blog tour for one of their new lines - Calliope! Isn't it gorgeous! We couldn't resist making a Sweetheart Dress when we saw the prints in Calliope! Hearts + feathers = yes please! I was more than happy to sew up our pattern with the print "Feathered Hearts in Bluebell" (shown on the skirt) along with the equally adorable print "Jubilee in White"for the bodice. And well you can't see it here we used "Poetic Plumes in White" for the bodice lining…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • CK Events: Thanksgiving Traditions

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Capture your Thanksgiving memories! When I was a little girl I always knew it was time for Thanksgiving because my mom would set me and my sister in front of bowls and have us peel pomegranates for my grandma’s “Dixie salad”, (recipe below). The whole family would get together and eat a huge meal. As a child, it seemed to take forever to prepare, forever to eat, then forever to clean up. But, I remember enjoying watching my mom in the kitchen and being around my family. It wasn’t the turkey that made the day special, I don’t even like turkey, or pumpkin pie for that matter, but what…
  • Photo Ideas for Birthdays

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Overwhelmed by the thought of trying to capture the entire party in one or two photos? Why not try a dozen or so photos? Show the birthday girl or boy with each of his or her guests, get candid shots of opening the gifts, and don’t forget tot take a picture of the dessert before everyone dives in. Jennifer DeLorenzo created her 9th Birthday layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook and used lots of smaller photos to capture the activities, guests, and food from the party. 9th Birthday by Jennifer DeLorenzo for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook Here’s a quick list of ideas for…
  • Guest Blog Post: Creative Options and Amy Tan

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Get to know Creative Options products and Amy Tan! Hi fellow crafters! My name is Amy Tan and I’m the founder of Amy Tangerine. It started as a fashion company after I graduated college. I used to style and produce photo shoots and then I began designing tee shirts and my collections were featured in hundreds of retail outlets, including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York. Amy Tangerine expanded to scrapbooking in 2007, making custom albums for clients as well as launching a collection in 2010. My latest collection, Stitched is hitting stores now! I am excited to be here…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create a Pattern with an Adhesive Runner

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Define your layout’s design using your trusty adhesive runner. Mark a grid or other straight-lined design with a pencil, then go over it with adhesive. You can add anything from glitter to small, lightweight embellishments that match your layout’s theme. Gretchen McElveen created a glitter grid design on her Little Lady layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies to define photo, title, and journaling areas on her scrapbook page. Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen Create the look: Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil. Step 2: Apply adhesive over…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Patterned Leaf Accents

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Create your own interestingly patterned leaves using this easy stamping technique, and then arrange your leaves on your layout as if they were being thrown in the air. By stamping on your cardstock before punching out your leaves, you add just enough color to the leaves to help them complement your photo without being distracting, like Kelly Purkey did on her Fall layout for Scrapbooking Ideas for Every Season. Fall layout by Kelly Purkey for Scrapbooking Ideas for Every Season Create the look: Step 1: Stamp designs on kraft paper. Step 2: Punch or die-cut paper into leaf shapes. Step 3:…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    TGIF! From festive holiday ideas to an unlimited amount of gorgeous wedding details, this week has been filled to the brim with so much prettiness!  We are celebrating the weekend’s arrival with a few of our favorites and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Enjoy and have a beautiful Friday! {Images by Joey Kennedy via Once Wed} A few of our favorites from the week: 24 make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. A simple hairstyle for turkey day. 15 pretty holiday party dresses. Must try this apple pie cocktail recipe. Deck the halls with a festive holiday garland. How to get an official…
  • NYC Wedding at The Pratt House

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are head over heels for Chris and Tiffany’s chic city wedding at the Pratt House! We love how four generations of family came together to celebrate this dreamy day and Karen Hill was behind the lens capturing every single gorgeous detail. The beautiful florals by Floresta were the perfect addition to Tiffany’s breathtaking Pronovias gown and we cannot get over how pretty her maids were in purple dresses from David’s Bridal. The darling cake by Empire Cake was sweet as can be and matched the brown and gold reception to perfection. Prepare to spend the day…
  • Blush + Gold Winery Wedding

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Romantic and chic, Chelsea and Lance’s wedding at Healdsburg’s Chalk Hill Estate & Winery is magical! Chelsea is stunning in a mermaid-style Vera Wang gown (we love her loose, relaxed waves styled by Sherrie Long), complemented by a lush, fluffy blush bouquet from Maria Philbin Floral Design. Maria transformed the ballroom of the winery for the elegant reception, featuring blush florals, gold chivari chairs, and a centerpiece cake from Moustache Baked Goods to accompany the special groom’s cake table—a surprise for Lance from Chelsea—honoring Lance’s…
  • 15 Perfect Holiday Party Dresses

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ‘Tis the season for fabulous frocks! From sparkly gems and metallic masterpieces to festive red and classic black, we are sure you’ll find the perfect look to accompany you and your social agenda this holiday season! Click through to see our favorite looks and find more over in the EAD shop! Start slideshow » The post 15 Perfect Holiday Party Dresses appeared first on Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog and may not be reproduced in any format without consent from Elizabeth Anne Designs LLC. Stealing makes us sad.
  • From Beach to Boudoir

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have the most lovely and ethereal set of images for you today, from the inimitable Michael and Carina Photography. Set at of Cuffey’s Cove Ranch and styled by Ginny Au for the Erich McVey Workshop, we follow a couple from cliffside romance to a couple’s boudoir. Sarah Winward created a stunning bouquet of ivory and greens to complement the flowing Samuelle Couture gown and lace veil from Ivory and White. The sweeping setting is completely breathtaking, especially when contrasted by the relaxed, tender setting of the morning boudoir. We are spellbound by these gorgeous…
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  • Lorine Mason

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Lorine Mason is the author of six books, a free-lance project designer and an editor whose work can be found in-print, on-line and through television programming. She delights in threading her sewing machine and experimenting with new found fabric.
  • Sewn Shoe Stuffies

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sewing patterns for beginners should be both useful and eye-catching. Luckily, these Sewn Shoe Stuffies really fit the bill. Stick them inside your fanciest shows to keep them looking brand new. This is one of those simple sewing projects that you can complete in minutes. These stuffies come in handy if you plan to travel - they keep your shoes from getting smushed in your luggage. This is also a great gift idea for a friend - if they like to dress up or always seem to be on the move, they'll truly appreciate these handmade shoe stuffies.
  • Sparkling Snowflake Ornament

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Make your tree sparkle with a Sparkling Snowflake Ornament. Use paints and pearls to create the perfect combination of fun and class. Handmade Christmas ornament ideas help you get in the holiday spirit while still saving money for presents. This is also a great holiday gift idea, so be sure and make one for someone you love. Homemade Christmas ornament often become keepsakes, so be sure to add personal touches that last forever. This ornament will practically jump off of your tree thanks to the saturation of glitter and sparkles.
  • Classic Origami Skort

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Many times, all it takes is a few easy sewing patterns for you to find love at first sight. This Classic Origami Skort is sure to turn heads. You will have so much fun making this skort and will especially love the results. Zara copying designs are so cool to bring to life and wear because they make your friends jealous in an instant. This Classic Origami Skort can become uniquely yours when you make it with your own personal touch. Create this skort and become a fashion icon amongst your friends.
  • Outstanding Angry Bird Pin Cushion

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    You can finally join the Angry Bird craze with this pin cushion pattern that looks like everyone's favorite grouchy bird from the video game. Show off your love for the addicting game with this Outstanding Angry Bird Pin Cushion. You will be surprised to find how useful this little guy is. Combine your passion for sewing with your obsession with the game and create this DIY wrist pin cushion. Create this Outstanding Angry Bird Pin Cushion and turn his anger into something handy for you.
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  • Happy America Recycles Day! + Krazy Glue Giveaway

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today is America Recycles Day! And what better way to celebrate than by crafting with recyclable items? Today we are celebrating your creativity and helping keep America clean. So even if you hubby thinks your crazy for keeping a bag of toilet paper rolls, just know that we here at FaveCrafts applaud you and encourage you to keep crafting with recycled materials. Each hour on Facebook we are featuring a recycled project today. So yes, that means 24 posts today! You can join us on Facebook RIGHT NOW to see all of the fun! Another way to keep things out of landfills is to repair instead of…
  • 11 DIY Gifts to Make for Christmas

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Are you struggling to complete your holiday gift list?  If you’re like me, you’re also probably dreading standing in long lines and dealing with mass crowds of people.  If holiday shopping just isn’t your thing, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Filled with projects from American Quilter’s Society, Elmers, Red Heart Yarns, Sizzix, Spellbinders, M-D Products, Polyform, Sullivans USA, Testors, and Xyron, 11 DIY Christmas Decorations and Gift Ideas is all you need to tackle your gift list this year.  Featuring projects you can knit, crochet,…
  • Cozy Winter Crochet Patterns To Keep You Warm

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Tis the season to be cold. The temperatures are steadily dropping and that cold winter chill is settling in. In addition to heavy coats, it’s time to grab gloves, mittens and hats before you head out the door. Instead of spending money on poorly made winter wearables, stay home and crochet yourself something fabulous. Most of these patterns are quick to make and easy enough for beginners. Even the more complicated patterns won’t take all season, so you can create your piece and then wear it before the season comes to an end. You know what else you can do with winter wearables?
  • 35 Of the Cutest Miniature Craft Ideas … Ever!

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Okay, prepare yourself. Are you ready to see some of the teeny tiniest, most adorable craft projects on the planet? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’re bringing you some of the cutest mini craft projects FaveCrafts has to offer. In fact, we think some of the best crafts come in the tiniest packages. If you love to knit, sew or create your own home decor, you’ll find fun and easy projects to get your creative juices flowing. If you don’t fit into any of those categories, don’t worry! We’ve included a few extra projects that are sure to inspire you.
  • 10 Signs You Are a Craft Hoarder

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Sometimes we all just need a little reminder that we are not alone. It doesn’t matter how much ribbon you already have, you still want more. ✨Ribbon stash A photo posted by Creations by Kate Ronan (@bythebay_jewelry) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:40pm PDT You’ve resorted to storing your supplies anywhere, no matter how high. Yes, I’m a yarn hoarder! I finally tackled the stash, stuck it in a silly repurposed Amazon box shelf, and put it way out if reach of yarn-loving tiny fingers. Hopefully this marks the end of room-size yarn webs and hours lost to detangling! #yarnaholic…
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    Merriment Design

  • GIVEAWAY: $200 in credit at

    Kathy Beymer
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tis the season for Minted! The talented independent artists at Minted are generously giving a $200 in credit at to a Merriment Design reader just in time for the holidays. Keep reading to see how to enter to win! You could use the $200 Minted credit for gifts for friends and family like art prints and personalized stationery, or use the credit for your family for holiday cards, holiday party decor and holiday home decorations. Naturally, Minted is *the* place to make beautifully designed holiday cards like this one called Happy Holly Days… …and unique family holiday…
  • DIY Personalized Crowns for a Princess Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I made these personalized 3D paper crowns for Elise’s princess birthday party and each one took only about 10 minutes to make. Really. Elise requested “all the princesses” birthday party so I thought it would be fun to make paper king and queen paper crowns for both boys and girls. Silhouette America sent me a Silhouette Portrait machine (thank you, Silhouette America!) to review and all opinions here are mine. I wanted to use it right away! Elise’s birthday was just a few days away so I wanted to start with something simple because I know there’s a learning…
  • The Best 30+ Halloween Songs for Kids Playlist (that parents will like too)

    Kathy Beymer
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Here’s your Halloween treat, friends: The Best 30+ Halloween Songs for Kids playlist (that parents will like too) – and you can tune in now! While I usually post crafts, I thought you might like to listen to some Halloween music while carving your pumpkins and making Halloween costumes, yes? Plus creating this “G-Rated Halloween Songs for Kids Playlist” has definitely been a creative, uh, undertaking. (me and my sisters – R-E-S-C-U-E! Rescue Aid Society!) Elise and I made this kid-friendly Halloween music playlist together. When it comes to kids and Halloween…
  • Mason Jar Halloween Costume – Easy DIY Halloween Costume Idea for Adults

    Kathy Beymer
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Feel like you’ve seen every possible incarnation of a Mason jar? Yeah, me too! Mason jars are the current Prom Queen of Pinterest – wine glasses, soap dispensers, makeshift chandeliers, wedding reception tables, pantry storage and on and on. Love Mason jars or loathe them, I thought making an easy and clever Mason Jar Halloween Costume could be tongue-in-cheek funny – and pretty cute too! I made this Mason Jar Halloween Costume for DIY Network as one of three Halloween costume tutorials for their website. First for the DIY Network was a Watercolor Paint Box Halloween Costume…
  • Easy DIY Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Bull In A China Shop

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

  • Instagram Crush

    Deborah Beau
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know how much I love wooden toys. I enjoy collecting vintage playthings, and my children have been lucky to have access to some really cool designs over the past eighteen years. However, if I had to pick one favorite for all three of them, it would definitely be Kapla. We’ve had the same huge box of pine building blocks since my eldest was at playschool, and whenever the kids get bored, out they come for another session of construction work. When I first came across Tinta Luhrman’s Instagram feed, I had to smile at her super…
  • DIY Mini Christmas Trees

    Eva Monleon
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Add spirit to your home this season with a festive forest of Mini Christmas Tree Dolls. Colored fabrics and fun faces give each tree its own unique personality (and you can even make a tree for each member of your family!). Kids will have a blast both making these little guys, and using them as characters in their next holiday puppet show. What You Need Mini Christmas Tree template (download here) Fabric scraps Needle and thread Toothpicks Wine corks Pompoms Beads Washable marker Permanent marker Cutting knife Scissors Glue Stuffing How-To Step 1 First you’ll need to download and print the…
  • DIY Stenciled Feather Guitar

    Rachel Faucett
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Without a doubt, autumn is a season of sounds. Logs crackling on the fire, leaves crunching underneath your feet, the whistle of the kettle heralding a round of hot chocolate. And my very favorite? The music. Some of my best childhood holiday memories revolve around music-making with my family. This got me thinking about how I could create new musical memories for my craft-loving kids. And so was born the Turkey Feather Guitar. Combining the Thanksgiving spirit with the magic of music, this four-string melody-maker lets kids create their own custom gitfiddle. Plucking turkey feathers never…
  • Recycled Doll Cradle Craft for Kids

    Jodi Levine
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    My favorite craft materials have always been those castoffs destined for the recycling bin: egg cartons, paper towel tubes and oatmeal containers — just to name a few. Cylindrical oatmeal containers have always struck me as perfect for a doll cradle. I think I must have seen that in one of my childhood craft books because it’s what I see every time I look at one! The containers come in several sizes — perfect for various small-sized dolls or stuffed animals. What You Need Oatmeal container Masking tape Craft knife Plastic coffee can lid Permanent marker Ruler Hot glue gun and glue Gesso…
  • DIY Retro Modern Holiday Pop Up Cards

    Rachel Faucett
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Airbrushing always meant three things to me — corny license plate art, tourist t-shirts, and fake tans. The thought of buying an airbrush never once crossed my mind. But when I recently came across the tiny and affordable Testors Blue Mini Airbrush Compressor. I simply had to try it for myself. Don’t knock it until you try it, right? I’ll be the first to admit the little blue wonder won me over. The airbrush instantly elevated the finished quality of my crafting a notch (or few). My new take on airbrushing? It’s an indispensable tool for any craft studio. No mess, no brush strokes,…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Fleece Small Dog Coat pdf Pattern

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

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I made these beautiful Lighted Tissue Paper Roses for the tables of my mom’s 80th birthday party.  The instructions are for a large rose, but I also, made some smaller ones too.  Like me on Facebook Birthday Party post. The download for the instructions for the roses is below all the pictures. Download Tissue Paper Lighted Rose
  • Birthday Party!!

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    I want to post a few of the pictures of my mom’s 80th birthday party, which I hosted in my garage.  I hope she had a wonderful day! I made tissue paper roses for the tables with lights nested inside of them. Here is a link to the post that has a download for the instructions for making the Roses.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • A Little High, A Little Low Quilt

    Emily Bailey
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Layer Cake {BEST. DAY. EVER! by April Rosenthal} 3 yards background + inner border fabric 2 yards outer border + binding fabric* *I matched my binding to my outer border.  If you want to use a different print or a solid, you will need ½ yard of binding fabric. CUTTING From background fabric, cut: (24) 10″ squares (8)  2½” x width of  fabric (WOF) strips, sewn together end-to-end and subcut into (2) 54½” x 2½” strips and (2) 76½” x 2½” strips. This is your inner border. From outer border fabric, cut: (8) 5½” x WOF strips, sewn together…
  • Jelly Roll Baskets Quilt

    Shannon Mower
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hello! I am Shannon Mower from Modern Tradition Quilts.  It is an honor for me to be with you today on Moda Bake Shop to share my Jellyroll Basket Quilt.  I really enjoy working with jellyrolls as they are pre-cut to a standard width of 2 1/2 inches.  I seem to need this strip width all of the time.  When designing this quilt, I thought it would be fun to sew several strips together then trim them on a 45 degree angle to create perfect triangles.  This readily fit an antique basket quilt block design.  I also noticed that leftover strips quickly and easily made a checkerboard border. …
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt

    Emily Thompson
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2 Jelly Rolls – I used Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis 3 1/2 yards assorted fabric for backing – Modern Neutrals Coral 3501 13, Teal 3502 21, and Grey 3503 15 1/2 yard fabric for binding – Modern Neutrals Steel 3506 021   *This recipe uses 1/4″ seams* 1.  Sort your jelly roll strips into piles based on color value: dark, medium and light.  I also sorted the oranges out of my Modern Neutral jelly roll because I wanted the orange to be the strong focal point.  Having trouble deciding what color value each strip is?  Take a black and white picture of the strips to…
  • Sophie’s Scrumptious Quilt

    Aubrey Marshall
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Hi everyone, I am Aubrey Marshall from {Southern Fabric} and I am so excited to share with you this adorable twin quilt that I made for my little girl.  When I first saw this line, it had my daughter’s name written all over in and once it was finished I could not have been more pleased. What a wonderful experience to be able to share this with you. Finished Quilt Size is 62″ x 74″ using a ¼” inch seam. 4 Charm Packs (Scrumptious) 1¾ yards EACH of 2 coordinating solids, one light and one dark 4 yards backing fabric ½ yard binding fabric Take your charm packs (you…
  • Bake Shop Basics: Quick Quilt Math

    Oda May
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Oda May helps with some basic math to answer the question: How many precuts do I need? Recently a Moda Bake Shop reader wrote in asking me a question: What are the requirements for charm packs, layer cakes, etc to make assorted size quilts. Baby size requires how many charm packs or jelly rolls? Queen requires how many layer cakes, etc? This is a tough question to answer on the face of it because patterns use fabric in too many ways to count, but some quick math can help us figure out the simplest of quilts that are just made up of squares sewn together. These calculations are based on the…
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    How Does She

  • 18 Recycled Pallet Ideas + Bonus: Is it Safe?

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I’m always on the lookout for a great way to decorate or improve my home –  but also to do it inexpensively. Pallet upcycling seems to fit the bill.  Not only are these super adorable but can also be done on a budget.  And be sure to check out the bonus article to know which pallets are safe to use and which ones should be discarded.  Enjoy! 1. Need some outdoor furniture? This is amazing! I kind want to do this to go around our fire pit! 2.  Make a pallet bookshelf.  Takes just a few steps and looks so handy! 3.  This vertical Pallet Garden is amazing!  Love the great…
  • 15 Fabulous Christmas Tree Ideas

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…it’s one of the best things about Christmas, and there are so many ways to decorate one!  Change it up this year with any of these fabulous, festive ideas.   1. Merry and Bright  2. Whimsical tree 3. Black and White tree 4. Peppermint tree 5. Burlap tree 6. Rustic Cabin Inspired Christmas tree 7. Antlers tree 8. Snowman tree 9. Washi tape card tree 10. Simple Country Christmas Tree 11. Santa Tree 12. Grinch Tree  13. Coastal Christmas Tree 14. Non-Traditional Ladder Tree 15. Outdoor Christmas Tree Check these out for more great holiday…
  • 15 Minute Holiday Caramels!

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    We all love easy, tasty, and QUICK gift ideas, right? Well, my Christmas is never complete without holiday caramels. Lucky for me, I have a fantastic friend/neighbor  who whips these up for me every year. When I asked her for the recipe, I couldn’t BELIEVE how easy they were to make, so I begged her to share the recipe with you gals. Trust us, it will make neighbor gifts a cinch this year. Take it from here, Jess! – One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the yummy treats.  As much as I love to indulge my sweet tooth with all this goodness, I’d rather spend my…
  • 10 Great Non-Toy Gift Ideas

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    As any gift-giving season approaches (be it Christmas or birthdays), you’re likely to have several loving friends and family members ask you for a wish list of items your kids might like to receive. Have you ever glanced at your child’s toy stash and wanted to say ‘NO MORE TOYS PLEASE!?’ Are you in that situation right now? I have one daughter’s birthday in December and the other in January so, combined with Christmas, ‘tis the season to wonder where the mountain of toys came from!! That being said, I totally understand the desire of grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends,…
  • 19 Incredible Ways to use a Cookie Cutter

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
      Who knew cookie cutters could be so versatile?  I’m excited for today’s post….the kids are too and have all ready started gathering their broken crayons! 1.   Frame those sentimental cookie cutters.  This picture makes me happy and reminds me of my grandmother.  Sure wish I had her old cookie cutters that are just like these! 2.  I’m going to remember this one when it’s time to carve pumpkins again! 3.  They also make a great pattern for cutting fabric.  These Felt Ornaments are adorable! 4.  Another great way to enjoy those antique cookie cutters…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Painting En Plein Air With Kids

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Painting en plein air with kids can be a great way to foster a love of nature while enjoying plenty of creative art time fun in the process! I love how this activity combines two of my favorite things — painting and enjoying the outdoors! This is such a simple activity, but it kept my kids […]
  • Hand Painted Thank You Cards

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    These hand painted thank you cards were so much fun to make! Making your own cards is a great way to foster gratitude and the perfect excuse for some crafty fun. My kids were so proud of how nicely their hand painted thank you cards turned out, and they cannot wait to mail them off […]
  • Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]
  • 10 Quirky Books for Kids

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    These quirky books for kids (or the kid-in-you) are great for those who love a little whimsy and a bit of the unexpected! They are some of our favorite read aloud books, and they are filled with charm and beautiful illustrations. Your kids may want to read these again and again! Here are 10 Quirky Books […]
  • Story Time in the Park

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Looking for some fun after school adventures to try? You may want to follow us on Instagram where I share quick and easy after school activities, scenic nature photos, play ideas, and simple craft projects! A few weeks ago on Instagram, I shared this idea for a special story time in the park. It was such […]
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  • Geometric Turkey Candles

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Thanksgiving is a week away and now is the perfect time to start getting your table decor together. Especially if you’re like me and plan on DIYing most, if not all of it. Recently I’ve seen some tutorials on how to make geometric candles and I really liked that look, so I decided to create my own design for a geometric turkey that you could display by itself (along with the food of course) or you could pair it with the other geometric type of candles for an interesting tablescape. Keep reading for a quick video summary! Supplies! You can find the pattern HERE. I recommend…
  • Cat Shelves

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    It’s no secret I like to spoil my cat. A while ago I made him a cat tree to give him a space to get away from our (at the time) new puppy. Well now that puppy is a decently big dog and he can reach Gremlin’s little cat tree sanctuary, and while Grem normally doesn’t mind too much(Hobbes is like a annoying little brother) I still wanted to give him his own space to get away when he wants to. I also wanted to put Grem’s food and water bowl up a little higher because Hobbes love that stuff and can still get to it when it’s on my dresser. So I made one shelf with…
  • Flower Curtain Wall Decor

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s finally getting a bit chilly here and finally feeling like fall, so it’s put me in the mood for all the autumn things. First things first, some decoration. My original intention was to make a wreath, but after getting my supplies home I changed my mind and decided to make some hanging wall decor instead. Here’s how I did it! Keep reading for a quick video recap below!   Supplies: Cut all of the flowers apart. With the flowers I bought, the leaves were loose so had I superglue them in place. Find the center of a flower, squirt some hot glue in the middle and stick…
  • 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner, so I put together this video that has five quick and easy DIY costumes!
  • Paper Mache Halloween Decor Decoration

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hi, all! A few days ago I posted a tutorial on how to make Halloween decor out of paper mache, and today I’m going to show you some ways I chose to decorate said decor. Hopefully this can give you guys inspiration on your own Halloween decorating! I hope you all enjoyed!
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Haul Video: Goodies from Consumer Crafts

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    It's haul video day once again here at DSC, and today I'm sharing another batch of goodies I got from! You know I'm a sucker for good deals on craft supplies, and Consumer Crafts is my go-to source for pretty much anything crafty that I can't find at the dollar store. Check out my video to see what I got, and be sure to watch until the end to see my bloopers! You can also keep scrolling to see my haul in photos. Wood Burning Tool Mini Wooden Spoons Metallic Thread Cookie Cutter Ornaments Flocked Deer Mini Bottle Brush Trees Mini Snowman Ornaments Mini Lollipop Ornaments…
  • 10 DIY Coffee Cozies for You or for Gifts

    Becky Striepe
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It has been chilly on and off here in Atlanta, and I have been seeing pictures of snow all over my friends' Facebook pages. Nothing warms me up on a cold morning like a hot drink, and I hate when my warm cup of coffee goes almost instantly cold in the fall and winter. These DIY coffee cozies are a great way to use scrap or stash fabric. Make them for yourself, or whip some up to gives as gifts! 1. Knit Cozy - Grab this free pattern and whip up cute cozies in your favorite colors. 2. Coffee Cozy and French Press Cozies - Stitch up matching cozies to keep your French press coffee warm from…
  • Tutorial: Nail Polish Marbled Ornaments

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    You've probably seen a marbled manicure before - they're all over Pinterest - but did you know that you can also use the same technique to give a marbled finish to nearly anything? True story! I decided to try marbling some dollar store ornaments, with varying degrees of success. Watch the video below to see my attempts (bloopers included!), or keep scrolling to read more and see the project in photos. Project estimate: Nail polish, on hand or $1 and up Christmas ornaments, $1 and up Container for water, on hand Total: $1 and up! The process itself is pretty straightforward: Fill a container…
  • Make a Placemat Dish Carrier

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the holidays coming up, you probably have lots of events that you need to bring a dish to.  There are potlucks, cookie exchanges, office parties, etc.  Here's a pretty project to make that you can use to carry your dish with you.  It would also be a fun way to "wrap" a hostess gift. I bought these placemats at Dollar Tree thinking that I would embroider them.  About 30 minutes into that project, I remembered that I don't have the patience to embroider, so I quickly scrapped that project.  (Who knows, maybe I'll submit it to CraftFail!)  Out of failure comes innovation, and I'm much…
  • Tutorial: Tea Light Christmas Ornament

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our ever-so-crafty DSC Facebook community moderator, Terrie, is with us once again today to share how she made this cute tea light ornament - and it's super easy! If you enjoy this project, make sure your join the community to see tons more great ideas like this one! Project estimate: Gold glitter glue, on hand or $1 Glass tea light holders, 2 for $1 Glittery battery-operated tealights, 2 for $1 Tinsel pipe cleaners, on hand or $1 Total:  $2 and up Paint the glass tea light holder with the glitter glue. Use a thin coat and if you want more sparkle either add glitter or paint several more…
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    Gabriela Delworth Designs

  • Miniature Scenes Inside Glass Christmas Workshop. Join us!

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teaching is one of the things I love to do the most and have put on hold for a while to finish school. This year I have managed to make some time to teach again just before the Holidays.  I will be teaching my Miniature Scenes Inside Glass Christmas Workshop at the CECC on December 6. Join us! We have a few sits still available. You can book yours right at the center, by email to:
  • Holiday Gift Fair - December 5, 2014 at CECC, Toronto

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been a long time since my last post. Still crazy busy finishing school and other things that will be sharing soon. Today I want to invite you all to the Holiday Gift Fair at the CECC on December 5. Join us! Find more information here. Welcome to my blog. I am a certified Instructional Designer & Facilitator. I design, develop and teach courses to adult learners. Contact me at:
  • Balcony Renovation: planning a garden for next Spring

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

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

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

  • Ideas para explotar tu telar al máximo

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hace unos días os contábamos que todos querríais tener un telar pues hoy os voy a explicar por qué. He recopilado algunas ideas para que explotéis el vuestro al máximo y no paréis de tejer durante días… ¿Listos para encontrar un nuevo hobby? Gracias esta maravilla podréis hacer murales tan bonitos como estos: Con las lanas que tenías por casa (Tutorial aquí) Verde, Rosa y Rojo (tutorial aquí) Para los más mañosos (encontrado en Pinterest) Rosa con nuditos (tutorial aquí) Geométrico (idea vista aquí) También se pueden tejer collares (tutorial aquí) O pulseras (visto…
  • Plumas tendencia de invierno

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hoy os cuento una de las tendencias de invierno que todas debemos seguir (si queremos estar a la última) durante esta temporada. Que tampoco es que haya que hacer mucho caso de estas cosas, pero oye, siempre está bien eso de verse guapa con lo último. Las plumas tendencia de invierno, pueden transformar cualquier prenda que se nos pueda ocurrir y darle un toque mucho más elegante. Solo hay que darle unas puntadas a las tiras de plumas o incluso pegarlas con pegamento especial para tela (aunque siempre es mejor coserla, nos aguantarán muchos más trotes). Lo hemos visto en las colecciones…
  • Cómo Tejer con las manos

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bueno, pues lo prometido es deuda, así que aquí está el video sobre cómo tejer con las manos. Así que vamos allá. Necesitas una lana gruesa, o bien puede hacerlo con lana doble, triple, lo que quieras. Al menos 100gr para que te llegue bien para dar dos vueltas al cuello. El truco es apretar bien mientras haces los puntos, porque sino, se quedará demasiado abierto. Y voilà aquí está el video prometido!! Cómo tejer con las manos   Bueno que os ha parecido? A que es divertido? Quieres probar? Tienes todo tipo de lanas e hilos para tejer aquí:   Esther on Google+The post…
  • Apúntate a la Flashmob de MummyCrafts y DMC.Te gusta bailar?

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fuente Apúntate a la Flashmob de MummyCrafts y DMC.Te gusta bailar? Yaya, este es un blog de Crafts, pero es que, a demás de hacer crafts,  hacemos otras cosas, no sgusta bailar y divertirnos, y si es dentro de la mejor Feria de Crafts del mundo Mundial mucho mas no? En fin os hemos preparado un sorpresita, junto con nuestros amigos de DMC España. Y es queremos que conozcáis bien bien el Nuevo Natura XL de DMC, y qué mejor ocasión que poder hacerlo de forma gratuita no? Pero claro, no va a ser tan fácil chic@s, queremos que probéis el Natura XL, pero también estamos…
  • Mini álbum de Scrapbook – Smile

    Cristina Valenzuela
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Buenos días!! Soy Cristina Valenzuela, y… Qué ganas tenía de enseñar este mini álbum!!! Las última colección de My Mind’s Eye, Jubilee, tiene cuatro colecciones y las cuatro son preciosas. Podéis encontrarlas en la tienda de Mummy Crafts. Tengo que confesar que las tengo todas… y  he empezado a trabajar con la que me parecía más cómoda, ésta de Tangerine Adventure. A medida que iba trabajando con ella y haciendo este álbum, cada vez me gustaba más y me he enamorado completamente. Esta vez no tiene fotos, pero os lo enseño en exclusiva para Mummy Crafts para…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Weekend Reads (and Bit by the Race Bug)

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last weekend I ran my third half marathon. I know to many of you that is nothing, but to me it’s no small feat. Especially this time around. I felt like I didn’t train well enough, didn’t put in enough mileage, and really just wasn’t as disciplined as I should have been. But once I got out there (in the freezing cold) and the gun went off and I began running, I knew it was going to be great. My mind cleared instantaneously. I relished in the golden leaves falling to the ground. Felt the chill running through my bones and the sun on my face. Opened my ears up to the…
  • Mini Pumpkin Spice Crumbles

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of my favorite holiday dishes is a pumpkin casserole I began making a few years ago after having something similar at my sister’s house for the holidays. Each year, I morph it just slightly to make it feel new again, especially since it’s a favorite in our family so it gets made quite a bit during the holiday season. This is a great recipe to experiment with if you’re into that sort of thing. You can make it savory or sweet, or a little of both! Here’s a recipe for mini versions of the crumbles. They make fantastic breakfasts, side dishes, or desserts. Play with…
  • Contributor Appreciation Month: Lucinda Sage-Midgorden

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, I’m introducing you to our contributor, Lucinda! Lucinda is in the midst of writing her first book, so if you’re looking for writing inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Do you consider yourself a visual artist, a literary artist, a combination of both, or something completely different? Why? My writing career grew out of being a theatre artist, then teaching theatre and English. I’m grateful for those early versions of what I do now. They are always in the background, since I continue to teach theatre classes at the local Community College, and continue to…
  • Learn to Relax: Ready, Set, Go!

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit: Florin Gorgan I am a go-getter. An overachiever. A type “A” personality, a “let’s-fill-in-more-things-to-do-on-the-to-do-list” kind of person. I organize home, work, and creativity through various lists. Sometimes, I use apps or other technology tools to organize myself so that I can even be MORE productive. You can read the article I wrote about Corkulous, an app for organization that I use frequently here. After a lifetime of trying to fit more things in (and more, and more, and more), I am trying to learn to relax. It isn’t easy for me. My quest for balance…
  • 9 Lessons We Can Learn From Children

    Amanda Rose
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo credit We all do it. Get in the groove of our day-to-day routine that we forget to enjoy the moment. Get so caught up in the stresses and monotony of life that by the time we have a free moment, we don’t enjoy it. But what if we pretended we were five years old? How would our outlook change? How would we use our free time? Today I urge you to put one (or two or three!) of these lessons from children into action. Here are my top 9 lessons we can learn from children: Play. More often than not, we see children playing, right? Playing make-believe with dolls and trucks. Imagining…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Gingerbread Star Coloring Page

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Here is another coloring page based on our December applique blocks.  And here is the Gingerbread Star Applique Block it was based on. You can find the Gingerbread Star Coloring Page HERE. You can find the Gingerbread Star Applique Block HERE. You can find the December Applique Blocks HERE. You can find the Gallery of Wee Folk Art Coloring Pages HERE. Enjoy~ Index: Coloring PagesChristmasCopyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-present. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. Please contact us with any questions.Tags: coloring…
  • Gingerbread Star Applique

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Here is the third applique from the December Applique Blocks Collection.  As always, the Gingerbread Star Applique was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Since I designed this, I was thinking they would be so cute to reduce and turn into earrings. Of course, you don't need to make them gingerbread cookies, you can use any color you like. The December Applique Blocks can be found HERE. The Pattern for the Gingerbread Star can be found HERE. The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce Patterns can be found HERE. The tutorial on How to Cut…
  • Support Handmade :: November 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:01 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 ~ Sara Woolies combines my passion for knitting and my love of animals. Still a child at heart, I delight in the magic and…
  • Casey's Wood Give-Away :: Nov 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Katherine Osborne! Please contact me within the next 3 days to claim your prize. Casey's Wood cubes Permalink Submitted by Katherine Osborne (not verified) on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:42 Thanks for the timely reminder about Casey's wood products! I really like their wood cubes...I want to get some to do some activities from Craft Me A Story. If I win, I would choose the Peg People package...because I need to make me some wee gnomes! Sponsor: Casey's Wood Products Give-Away Date: Sunday November 13, 8am EST – Monday November 14, 8am EST (This Give-Away is…
  • Uncommon Goods Give-Away :: $50 Gift Card

    15 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Denise! Please contact me within the next 3 days to claim your prize. living life creatively :) Permalink Submitted by Denise Voccola (not verified) on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:05 It takes a lot to catch my eye when it comes to shopping on the Internet.  Uncommon Goods sucked me in and kept me looking and making a list way too long!  I already have the chip and salsa bowl picked out for my daughter and the drumstick pens picked out for my grandson.  Thank you for introducing the site to me.  I now have some creative Christmas present choices. Uncommon…
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  • Review: Premier Protein Mixed Berry Smoothie

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Since I’m a before work workout enthusiast I like to have something portable to have after my workouts while driving to work and usually a protein drink is the easiest way to accomplish this. Premier Protein offered me product and compensation for this post, but opinions are all mine. Connect with Premier Protein Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram These individual protein drinks are great because I don’t have to worry about keeping it upright while carrying all my bags out the door in the morning and getting everything situated in the car. Maybe not a big deal to some, but…
  • CoreStrong | Covington

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Usually if a friend posts to social media that a place is offering a free workout, I’ll go. It doesn’t matter if the reason for hosting the free workout is to fill the gym so they can take promotional photos. I visited CoreStrong in Covington because that reason. Given my physique decked out in black clothing, I wasn’t worried about being caught in the photos because I figure there will always be a cute blonde in bright gym clothes. Bingo! As you can see from the photos, the space is warehouse-big with areas dedicated to rowing, TRX, boxing and weight circuits. The owner of…
  • GoPro with Your Fitness Fun

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    When I played footgolf at Great Parks of Hamilton County, Verizon lent me a GoPro to wear to capture some footage. I thought this was a great idea because even after seeing the photos, I’m sure some people are wondering if we really played or if I just walked around with that contraption on my chest. We did! Much like golf, footgolf isn’t a fast, action packed game. There is a whole lot of setting down the ball, kicking it, running or walking after it, a few more kicks to get it into the hole. When I looked through the raw video there was a lot of slow action, so I used the GoPro…
  • Skechers Breast Cancer Awareness Shoes

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I’ve been in the market for a new shoe and was grateful to Skechers for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to stay active with a great shoe. These shoes are PINK and sport the breast cancer awareness ribbon on the back. Designed with innovative performance materials and technologies, each shoe celebrates those who use sports and fitness to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. When it comes to my workout sneaker, I’m not particular about the color as much as I want a great, comfortable shoe. Previously, I’ve worn a running shoe because those are most widely available and…
  • Fitness Fun at Great Parks: Footgolf

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Two things that Ohio does well: libraries and parks. I love that Great Parks of Hamilton County (Ohio) saw my post about the parcours at Woodland Mound (Anderson Township) and asked if would be up for some fitness fun in the form of footgolf. What’s footgolf?! It short, you’re kicking a soccer ball to giant holes on a golf course. When you play with another blogger, you pause to take photos of her taking photos. Like golf or even miniature golf, each person needs her own ball. I bought one from Play-It-Again Sports and luckily the park had three more balls. Our photographer had a…
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    Craft Stew

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Pesto & Tomato

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    source: Mitchel I first tasted this sandwich at a cafe in Ramat Beit Shemesh. It was made with a regular or whole wheat sub roll, pesto, tomatoes and some kind of cheese. Unfortunately, it was taken off the menu after just a few months. Here is my easy, homemade version of that yummy treat. Ingredients 1 heaping tbsp ready-made pesto 1 slice meltable cheese (american, mozzarella, pizza cheese, etc) 1 small tomato, sliced butter 2 slices frozen bread (white or whole wheat) Directions Spread the butter over one side of the frozen bread (frozen bread is much easier to spread than defrosted…
  • DIY Patched Skirt

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Description: Great looking way to add a little patchwork to your clothing. This is one of the few patchwork clothing projects I’ve seen with a modern look vs. a country look. Craft Link: DIY Patched Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Free Knitted Pouf Pillow Pattern

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Description: These Pouf Pillows don’t look like it, but they are actually super easy and cheap to make. Craft Link: Free Knitted Pouf Pillow Pattern Read More: Knit or Home
  • Healthy Baked Vegan Chinese Egg Rolls

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    source: Steven Depolo We used to make deep fried egg rolls, but never again. Why bother, when these are much easier to make and just as delicious tasting. Ingredients 4 soy burgers, cooked one min on each side in microwave and chopped into pieces 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons water 2 bags shredded cabbage one plain and one with carrots 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 medium onions 2 large stalks or 3 medium stalks celery 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray frying pan with non-stick spray. Cook all…
  • 17 Free Fleece Hats

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Fleece hats are all the rage now, so naturally there are a lot of free patterns on the web. For more fleece hats, also look under hats for kids. Easy Tutorial for a Fleece Beret Basic Winter Hat Pattern DIY Free Fleece Hood Pattern Beautiful Fleece Hat Pattern Toddler Dino Hat Tutorial Free Fleece Hat – Panda Pattern Free Fleece Beret Pattern Where The Wild Thing Are Hat 5 Minute Fleece Hat Pattern Baby Bear & Kitty Fleece Hat Men’s Trapper Hat Pattern Vintage Inspired Fleece Hat DIY Men’s Fleece Baseball Cap Toddler Ear Flap Hat Pattern Girl’s Fleece Hat Pattern…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 6 (Food) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    After last weekend’s trip to Palm Springs and LA, I think I’m going to take it easy this weekend. So, you can find me hanging out on the couch, taking naps in between binging on holiday movies, and making a few of these DIY food recipes. Jealous? Haha. Here are 6 (food) DIYs to try this weekend… 1. glazed donuts with macaron sprinkles 2. ice cream cupcakes from High Walls 3. s’more cookie sandwiches 4. mini colorful cookies from Chelsea for Studio DIY 5. wishbone donuts from Ashley for Studio DIY 6. favored sugar popcorn recipe from The Proper Pinwheel Hope you have…
  • Get Your Wrap On + Win your Holiday Wish List

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to get my wrap on, for the holidays. I’ve started buying wrapping papers and brainstorming some DIY ideas of my own as well…because in my mind, when it comes to gift giving, packaging is almost as important as the gift itself. Almost. So, I’ve teamed up with Giftry to share some of my favorite DIY gift wrap ideas AND an amazing gift away ($1,000 awesome, to be exact)… 1. (above) Polka Dots and a Giant Bow 2. Neon + Pinecone Gift Wrap Idea 3. Color Block Gift Wrap 4. Hand Written Wrapping Paper 5. DIY Fresh Flower…
  • Oh What Fun: Decking Out the Dining Room for the Holidays

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Now that my holiday workshop has been wrapped up, I can finally share the styled shoot that I did in collaboration with West Elm for the holidays.  I like everything to be pretty simple when it comes to decorating, but there’s something about the holidays that just make me want to go a little overboard. Nothing wrong with that, right? So, in collaboration with West Elm, I styled a DIY holiday dinner party to send some holiday inspiration your way, while there’s still plenty of time to plan things out… I used these individual paper ornaments to create some decorative elements on the…
  • Vacation Inspiration: Palm Springs

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I just left Palm Springs yesterday and am now in LA for a couple of days, before heading home. We stayed at The Saguaro again, in Palm Springs, and it was really fun, as usual. Lots of colors, the most amazing breakfast at El Jeffe, and a few photos before we left. Then, we headed over to The Parker to roam around the grounds, before a late lunch at ACE and then back to LA. Needless to say, it’s been an action-packed couple of days, since Kelly’s Wedding, which was the most amazing wedding I have EVER been to. So happy for ya, Kel. Here are some photos from my trip so far.. What…
  • Time to Party…in Palm Springs

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s party time! I’m headed out to sunny Palm Springs this morning to celebrate Kelly’s wedding and hang out with a couple of good friends. I’m soooo looking forward to relaxing for a couple of days. Recharging is always a good thing, right? If you want to follow along with my Palm Springs adventure, feel free to follow me on IG. I imagine I’ll be posting a lot of photos over the next five days. And on another note…Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the West Elm event last night. We had an amazing turnout in ATL and based on the Insta photos, it…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • 25 Days of Christmas Bunting Advent

    Jessica Christman
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    This 25 Days of Christmas Bunting is the perfect way to display those projects so the kids have something fun to look forward to each day leading up to Christmas. 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! }}
  • Rustic Pail and Tree Advent Calendar

    Jessica Christman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you're advent calendar crazy in your house, here's a great option that allows you to put small toys, candies, ornaments or other treats out for each day leading up to Christmas. Click here for the... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Felt, Button and Cinnamon Stick Trees

    Jessica Christman
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    These rustic trees are a great way to use up felt scraps and odd buttons and are simply adorable hanging from your tree. 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! }}
  • Felt Bell Ornament

    Jessica Christman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Everyone loves to hear bells ringing in winter and this ornament is the perfect combination of traditional bells and jingle bells. 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! }}
  • Mini Basket Advent Calendar

    Jessica Christman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Simple and stylish, it takes up only a little bit of wall space and can be filled with candies, stickers or wee little ornaments for their mini trees. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Vintage Winter Photo Labels: FREE Printables

    Cathe Holden
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    I’ve teamed up with my favorite label company again to bring you free wintertime printables designed from my collection of vintage photos. There are lots uses for these and I share a few in my post over at the blog. This set prints to full sheet label stock for trimming out individual labels. Head over to’s blog to see more and grab up the free digital download. And while you’re there, please share it with your friends, leave a comment, and start stuffing yourself a nice fat file folder full of the many, many fantastic free printable downloads designed by…
  • Shutterfly Holiday, Gift, and “Craft” Products

    Cathe Holden
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    I was invited to join ten other bloggers at a Shutterfly Gift Wrapping Party party held at the popular MakeShop by Brit+Co in San Francisco last Tuesday. Prior to the event we were given shopping credit on Shutterfly to order some pretty cool product. I’ve only ever ordered custom Christmas cards from Shutterfly so I was excited to see the quality of their other offerings. Rather than just ordering custom gifts with family photos, I uploaded several high-resolution images from my scanned collection of vintage ephemera and was able to create some pieces that came out beautifully. I ordered…
  • Vintage Book Assemblage: Imperfection Celebrated

    Cathe Holden
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I’ve been trying to take more time to do collage, vintage assemblage, and mixed media art projects. This is one piece I worked on the other day using things from around the studio. Though I didn’t take step-by-step shots of the progression, here are several of the components and supplies I used to make it, and to follow is a description of the techniques I applied. Thrift-store dish (saucer shown, salad plate used.) Collected moss from the forest Vintage pink velvet ribbon Grungy old pearl necklace strand Large lace rubber stamp Vintage wallpaper border Vintage brass library ID plate…
  • Last Minute Halloween Resources

    Cathe Holden
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Have you been procrastinating? Here are a few resources to help you get in gear for this Halloween week.1. Poison Labels FREE printables I designed for Country Living 2. Creepy Typefaces from my collection of old lettering books 3. A quick and easy Spiderweb Doormat, another of my CL projects 4. Apothecary Poison Labels I designed for HP Create Do you go all-out for Halloween? So many of my friends do. I typically do not. Definitely more when the kids were young. How about you? I’d love to know.  
  • Free Round Holiday Labels Printables

    Cathe Holden
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    I am just entering my sixth year of blogging for SC Johnson. As a compensated blogger, I write and share ideas, projects and the occasional free printable on the company’s Family Economics section of their website. You’ll find good things I’ve shared there you may not find on here my blog, so be sure to check out all my previous SCJ-FE posts, as well as some other pretty fantastic articles and shares from the other SCJ blogger panel members.I not only enjoy working for this wonderful company, but just as much, I truly appreciate their quality products, many of which are some of the best…
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Craft a Creative Business: Review and Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    If you currently run a creative business or it is on your radar to start one in 2015 then this new book ‘Craft a Creative Business‘ (Amazon UK/Amazon USA) by Fiona Pullen should be your go-to resource. Design & Layout Firstly, I love the design of the book. It’s not a black and white read from cover to cover, but rather a colourful delight of different sections, which means you can dip in and out if you prefer. It’s a really easy book to navigate and there is no technical jargon – it just lays out the steps you need to follow to set up and run a creative…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Alice in Paperland

    Alison Wood
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Today I would like to welcome Alice from Alice in Paperland. Alice is one of our featured members over at the Art of Crafts Directory and her store stocks all things paper. 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? The company is called Alice in Paperland which is named after me, Alice . I have two stores now in Sydney Australia, one in Sydney proper and the other about four hours away in a gorgeous beach side town called Port Macquarie. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your…
  • 4 Social Networks You Need To Be Using To Promote Your Handmade Business

    Alison Wood
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    If you have a creative business, a blog, a website or an Etsy store for example, then you are going to be looking for ways to get more traffic to your site. One of the ways to reach as large an audience as possible, for no money, is through social media. Here are my top four recommendations for where to start, but first up a caveat. Although the title of my post says that you need to be using these, you don’t have to use them all at once or get panicky and overwhelmed and end up using none (and yes I am taking to myself here!)  Just take your time, start with one, learn to use it…
  • Chloe Tells You How to Sew: Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and I am pleased to announce the winner, drawn by random number generator, is Pat Collingwood. Congrats Pat, I will be emailing you shortly. ** Today I want to tell you about a new book called ‘Chloe Tells You How to Sew…’ (Amazon UK/USA) and to give you the opportunity to win a copy. The design of this book really took me back to my childhood. It definitely has a 70s vibe going on (eeeek yes I am that old) and it is all the better for that. Remember those Annuals that we used to get at Christmas? I LOVED those and if you did too, then you will…
  • Halloween Cat Shelf Sitters

    Ashley Lucas
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    These adorable miniature paper cats are sure to add something special to your Halloween display this fall. I’ve been visiting my family in Pennsylvania this fall, and am quite taken with primitive and ‘folk’ artwork; which are the styles that inspired these cute felines. This tutorial is a bit different than my usual craft ideas, because all you need to do is download the PDF for an instant decoration. I hope you enjoy this festive idea and leave a comment below if you’re feeling inspired! You will need: A printer Scissors Heavy white paper Colored pencils or markers 1…
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  • Candy Cane Ripple Crochet Cowl

    kimberlees korner
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This candy cane ripple crochet cowl is the a festive little piece you can make to wear to any holiday party!  It also makes a great handmade gift! If you like to crochet don’t miss this beautiful thick baby blanket! It’s perfect for almost any one on your list! If you get started now you can have a handmade holiday.  No worries if you don’t crochet the month of November I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share over 100 handmade gift ideas. You won’t want to miss a day. By the end of the month we will have shared over 100 creative…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Fabric Gift Bags

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    These 12 days of Christmas Fabric Gift Bags are something fun you sew up either as a gift or for your own family!  What a fun way to get excited about the holidays! I love advent calendars, in fact I have shared quite a few advent calendars you can make.  Handmade gifts are my favorite way to give gifts, the extra time and love are always appreciated! This month we are sharing over 100 handmade gift tutorials. I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share the best homemade gift ideas.  We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday…
  • Crochet Ear warmer with Bow Pattern

    batters box
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This crochet ear warmer with bow pattern is a great alternative to a snow cap in the winter. It will keep your head warm and cozy and your hair in place.   This makes the perfect handmade gift for any girl on your list. I love making handmade gifts and you still have time to create wonderful gifts.   If you like to crochet check out this chunky baby blanket  it makes up fast and everyone you know will want this warm cozy blanket and decorate your home with these useful crochet coasters. Crochet gifts I think are the best gifts! If you get started now you can have a handmade…
  • Handmade Felt Ornaments, Gift Tags, and Bunting

    diary of a quilter
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    These Felt Ornaments can actually be used as gift tags or even a bunting.  Felt is super easy and inexpensive to work with too. This craft is such a fun way to dress up handmade gifts! Handmade gifts  are a great way to make something special for those you love this holiday season.  This month we are sharing over 100 handmade gift tutorials. I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share the best homemade gift ideas.  We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday ever! Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a…
  • Chunky Crochet Baby Blanket

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This crochet baby blanket is stunning, the extra thick yarn is fast to crochet with and makes it extra cozy and warm.  This makes the perfect handmade gift for almost anyone on your list!  If you like to crochet check out these crochet coasters and for the child on your list try this easy kids crochet cowl. Crochet gifts I think are the best gifts! If you get started now you can have a handmade holiday.  No worries if you don’t crochet the month of November I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share over 100 handmade gift ideas. You won’t want…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • The Hamster on my Head

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’? George Bernard Shaw Let’s draw selfies! Much more fun and original than taking them with your cell phone! Working on new journal with brown paper bags inside, but also in this one darling journal. There is a drawn selfie of me, with a hamster on my head. It’s from when I did baby sit a hamster a few weeks this fall: He’s called Santie. He used to walk over my journals when out on the desk, eat my washi tape and lick my watercolors. Because then I colored in the background:…
  • Book binding | Make Book Pages from a Brown paper bag

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Sharing one of my book binding secrets with you guys today! I know my plan was to mostly use watercolor papers in my next art journal, but I found all these pretty paper bags in my stash… So I thought I’d cut them down and use them in my next book binding project. Papers are always accumulating around here, so when I find ways to cut down from the recycle pile I’m a happy gal! And I am especially in love with the flower shop bag I got recently, with pink flowers. I think they are Twinflowers (Linnaea borealis), printed on the brown paper bag. I also have some brown…
  • Eye Candy | big puppy love

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is Giza, one of the Broholmer puppies that I visited last summer. She is still a puppy in some ways, but also a big dog. I love big happy dogs, whipping tail, drooling smile and all! Naaah! She doesn’t drool. But her tail is lethal when she is excited. I wish I could’ve kept her in my bed for ever! She is a calm, gentle dog but I totally got her in a playful mood… So she started to kiss me… Got lots of big kisses. With ear licking and wet tongue out (her, not me)! I need more kisses in my life! She is eye candy indeed. I was a dog person long before Smilla the cat…
  • Painting on Vintage Postcards

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This summer I bought a whole pile of vintage (but not sent) postcards with motifs from around Sweden. You know the kind, postcards of buildings that might be bought as souvenirs but always are so darn boring to get in the mail… No colors, no life, no humor – but these had something else going for them. All of them have these awesome deckled like edges! And the backside paper is kind of yellow from age. I love those two features, so I decided to re-purpose them into new postcards for my DIY Postcard Swap (your can still sign up to join)! I got the idea a while back from Tina…
  • Quick Craft: Pom-pom – pom pom poooom!

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Time for a quick craft! Join me and have a ball. Because don’t you just love pom-pomps? Doesn’t everyone? I mean, what’s not to love? Fluff, color, yarn – quick craft project – kaa-baam! Anyone can do it too, and it’s perfect for kids. So if you haven’t already tried pom-pomming (as a grown up) I think you need to give this craft a try right now! Personally I love all the pom-pom craft ideas that have been swooshing before my eyes on Internet for a year or so now. There is so much fun that can be had with these balls, you can make everything from hair…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • Gigantic List of Christmas Shows/Times/Channels!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Hi Guys! Each Christmas I post this GIGANTIC link to all the Christmas shows/times/channels that will be airing this season. So here it is! When the page opens, scroll downwards to find a never-ending list of shows!
  • DIY~Cute & Inexpensive Dollar Candy Tree For Christmas!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Can you believe you can make this adorable tree for $6 or $7? Yep! I found everything here for a dollar each! See my complete tutorial on how to make this adorable tree to give as gifts or use in fund raisers! Click on the following YouTube link for my complete tutorial!     Materials Needed:   *Large Tree Wall Hanging/Ornament (Dollar Tree) *Small or Medium
  • Make ANOTHER Simple, Beautiful Wired Ribbon Angel!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
      Quite some time ago, I posted how to make a fan folded angel ornament. This is ANOTHER angel ornament that is easy and inexpensive to make! See my full YouTube tutorial by clicking on this link: Materials Needed: * 2.5 Inch Wired Ribbon *14mm Acrylic Pearl *Iridescent Pipe Cleaners (Found at Walmart) *Small Flat Back Rhinestones, Round *Small Flat Back Heart
  • Make Your Own Beautiful Bling Charms To Use On Your Snowflake Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You can make your own beautiful bling charms to use on the blinged-out plastic snowflake ornament tutorial that I posted! You won't believe how easy they are to make! Click on the link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed: * Large Flat Back Rhinestones (I found mine at Michael's in the Recollections brand, however, you can use
  • Make Gorgeous, Blinged Out Plastic Snowflake Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
      Make gorgeous, blinged-out snowflake ornaments form those packages of cheap snowflakes! These turn out beautiful and would make a terrific gift as well! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these little gems!   Materials Needed:   *Package of cheap plastic snowflakes with crystal clear glitter on them. *Large,
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  • 2014 Top Patterns – The Perfect Gift For Any Creative!

    Timothy Adam
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    A great inexpensive gift for any creative this year would be a pattern! Check out these amazing patterns... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Etsy Pro Tips – 5 Tips For Etsy Success

    Timothy Adam
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Chuck has been doing well since I last checked with 4900 sales averaging over 600 sales per year. In the interview he explains his top 5 Etsy success tips, Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Time For Coffee – Holiday Sale

    Timothy Adam
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Looking for the prefect gift for the coffee lover in your family? Here is a great list of coffee items that are on SALE! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Top Holiday Gifts For Etsy Sellers

    Timothy Adam
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you eat, sleep, and dream Etsy . . . these might be on your Christmas list this year! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Keep My Kids Busy! Shop Unique-Shop Etsy for the Hoildays

    Timothy Adam
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Shop Unique is a promo campaign where unified Etsy sellers are spreading the message to shop on Etsy for holiday gifts through a viral social media post. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain

    Wendy at
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Give everyone something to do while dinner is cooking with this Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain. Print sheets of the free printable and your guests can cut, glue, and write down what they’re thankful for this holiday. What a lovely idea! Added to Free Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder Printable Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies Bread Dough Cornucopia Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids DIY Indian Corn Wreath
  • Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder

    Wendy at
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    I like this Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder, especially if you’re serving a big crowd this year. For buffet style, it sure makes juggling plate, drink and utensils easier. Added to Free Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain Printable Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies Bread Dough Cornucopia Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids DIY Indian Corn Wreath
  • Bread Dough Cornucopia

    Wendy at
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Add a WOW factor to your Thanksgiving table with this Bread Dough Cornucopia. The tutorial gives great tips on how to form and bake this traditional decoration. It’s a real symbol of good will and bounty for the upcoming year. Added to Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids DIY Indian Corn Wreath Crochet Turkey Coasters Free Pattern
  • Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids

    Wendy at
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Recreate the magic of autumn with this Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids. It’s simple and fun. It would even be nice for your own desk! Added to Fall Crafts, Thanksgiving Crafts, and Kids Crafts. You might also like: Fall Tree Apple Pie Recipe Fall Maple Leaf Roses Tutorial Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder Fall Felt Leaves Upcycled Aluminum Can Fall Wreath
  • Countdown to Christmas

    Wendy at
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    I know I start early but the Christmas season goes by so fast! I’m not alone – I saw a Christmas tree going up today on my Facebook feed… Seriously, start small with our collection of DIY Advent Calendars. You might also like: Free Animal Advent Cross Stitch Pattern DIY Grinch Advent Calendar DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar Christmas is Coming! Clothespin Christmas Countdown
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Celebrate at Studio Place Arts

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Over the weekend I attended the opening reception for Celebrate, Studio Place Arts‘ annual member show. There are more than 75 member artists participating and I am thrilled to count myself among them. The reception was full of folks admiring out the local artwork. My hubby was kind enough to take some pictures of my work on display while I was busy yakking and cramming cheese in my face. The show is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Barre area. The show is on all 3 floors of the SPA gallery and includes a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts. I bought a handmade something…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I started my day off by addressing and stamping around 300 postcards as part of my holiday mailing. I am sooo thankful that stamps are self-adhesive! This is the front of my postcard: I love the image – my hubby took the picture. He’s a fantastic photographer. If you’re not already on my snail mail list and would like to be, just let me know and I’ll hook you up. As of now, I have about 3-4 mailings a year. And in case you’re wondering, Wiggum was of no help with the mailing. I spent the rest of my day working on photo album covers. I’ve gotten back into…
  • Book Arts at Penland – Spring 2015

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    The Penland School of Crafts has a bookbinding/letterpress offering during its spring eight-week concentration from March 8 – May 1, 2015 – Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory with Lauren Faulkenberry of Firebrand Press. The workshop offers a taste of everything, as you can see in the description below: In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut,…
  • Paste Paper Gift Wrap workshop at SPA

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yesterday I taught a paste paper workshop at Studio Place Arts and it was wonderful! I had a hard-working group of 9 women, crowded around tables and cranking out vibrant papers. I started by giving a little spiel about paste paper, including the history of the stuff (the technique has been used for over 450 years). Someone in the workshop mentioned that she had heard a story about the development of paste paper. The gist of it was that it came out of a fight between bookbinders and marblers. If you know anything about this story, I’d love to hear more about it. The women in the…
  • Paper and Book Intensive 2015

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    The Paper and Book Intensive recently announced their lineup for 2015. Unfortunately, I can’t attend because it overlaps with Memorial Day Weekend, which is when I participate in Open Studio Weekend. Sadness. Luckily, there is nothing to stop me from drooling over the offerings. Seriously, I’m going to need a sponge. Here are the workshops that caught my eye: 96 Con­nec­tions in 96 Hours: A Con­cep­tual Bind­ing Work­shop with Tate Shaw This intensive workshop will explore creating books as a means of expression, communication, and for the exploration of ideas. Participants…
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  • Stephen & Steven at Loop!

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity! StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis. Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop…
  • Giveaway #5 Winner

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Congratulations to Sharon M who won 2 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge in Concordia! Sharon, I’ll put your prize in the mail today. Thank you to all of you who entered our giveaways! Reading your entries on this and the others was a ton of fun. In these last ones, you can really see how so much of knitting is about connecting with other people and sharing our craft.
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #5

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the final giveaway in our month-long anniversary celebration. Thanks for participating and good luck! Giveaway #5 Question: Who taught you to knit and/or crochet? Have you ever taught anyone? A friend taught me to knit as a birthday present. I’d never thought about knitting before and wasn’t particularly interested in knitting, but, obviously, I loved it! I’ve taught many people to knit in the shop and I’ve also taught friends and family. It’s such a great skill to share! Leave your answer below by November 2 and you could win!
  • Giveaway Winner #4

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The winner of Giveaway #4 is Anne P – congratulations, Anne! Please email me your shipping address and I’ll send you your prize, 2 skeins of Lana Vida Francesca in Royal. Our bag preferences are as varied as our yarn ones. Thank you for all your entries! There’s just one giveaway left. Check back later this week!
  • Paoli Wrap

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Be stylish and warm in our new Paoli Wrap! Knit in Hannah, Paoli is a soft, luxe scarf that you’ll find yourself reaching for every day this season. The simple stitch repeat creates an amazing pleated fabric, that adds texture and flair to your winter wardrobe! Hannah is an incredible combination of fine merino, baby alpaca & cashmere, blended together in a classic worsted weight yarn with beautiful drape. With a palette of 15 rich hues, there is a color for every taste! Here’s the free pattern! Enjoy! PAOLI WRAP SIZE One size, 14 x 66 inches YARN Lana Vida Hannah (45% baby…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Felt Doctor’s Kit

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    It’s more than a month since my daughter’s birthday and I still haven’t shared with you all the presents I made. Next up was an addition to the dress-ups/pretend play box: A felt doctor’s bag. And here’s what’s inside: There was also a light reflector for the doctor’s head, but I have no idea what the kids have done with it! Confession: I started this project about 3 years ago (right after I made this felt cake), and for some reason, it got put in the UFO (Unfinished Object) pile and ignored. I was up to hand-sewing Velcro, and that’s a pain, so I gave up! I thought I’d…
  • Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 4}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    It’s time to see where I’m up to for the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. If you’re new, here are the posts so far: Part 1: Introduction and Ideas Part 2: Preparation and the Plan Part 3: The Tree and Pockets This week, I’ve been working on the decorations to put on the tree each day. I thought I’d start with the simplest decorations – the presents for under the tree: It’s a simple square of felt and then ribbon and a bow made from a thin strip of white felt (each gift is a different colour for each member of our family). The bows are simple folded over felt, with no knot in them.
  • Woooie Hobby Horse/Unicorn

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    A few months ago, my almost 4yo daughter started “riding” random items around the house like a horse. Looks like this girl needed a hobby horse! A quick Google search found two hobby horse patterns: the Woooie from WhimsyWoo and the Wish for a Pony pattern from Just Bananas for Toys. I asked my Facebook fans which one they preferred, and the Woooie was the overwhelming winner. With all the buzz, Emma from WhimsyWoo kindly sent me a copy of the Wooonicorn pattern for review. I made my first Wooonicorn for my daughter’s fourth birthday (because if you’re going to have a hobby horse, it…
  • Fruit Smoothie for Beginners

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    My health kick continues in fits and starts. I still lapse into old habits just a little too easily. One way I kick-start my healthy eating (and keep going back to when I get off track) is smoothies. I’m not big breakfast eater and a smoothie for breakfast is a nice way to start the day. When I read about healthy living, whole food diets, paleo etc on other blogs, the smoothies sound, well, like a lot of hard work. They have mysterious powders and supplements, and ingredients I’ve never heard of. While these “superfoods” may pack a nutritional punch, it’s all too intimidating when…
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  • Freebie: Winter Fairy Image

    Heather Holbrook
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    If your looking to add a vintage feel to your holiday cards this year Dover Publications has some lovely vintage style winter and Holiday images to download for free, perfect for card making or coloring pages to keep the kids … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Simple leather clutch, plus a mini coin purse version

    Anne Weaver
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Tutorial: Simple leather clutch, plus a mini coin purse version Kirsten from Kojo Designs shows how you can make a simple leather clutch.  And from the scraps, you can make mini coin purse version.  There are just two straight seams and … Read More...
  • How to make a recycled sweater Santa ornament

    Stefanie Girard
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Ho ho ho, time to craft up some cute Christmas ornaments like this darling little Santa made out of a recycled sweater. Pop on over to the blog Just Crafty Enough for a fun little tutorial on how to make … Read More...
  • Learn to Knit a Raglan Cardigan with Help from Very Pink

    Sarah White
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    If you’re still wanting to knit your first sweater and haven’t gotten started yet, Lion Brand Yarn and Very Pink have teamed up for a great little video tutorial showing how to knit the company’s Cropped Raglan Cardigan. The … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Easy to make bed pillow case in 3 sizes and 3 styles

    Anne Weaver
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Tutorial: Easy to make bed pillow case in 3 sizes and 3 styles Ashley from Make It and Love It shows how you can make a standard bed pillowcase.  But from a fun fabric, these bed pillow cases are nothing … Read More...
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    The alm Project - Diary of a Crafty Insomniac

  • Home and Garden – Snake Plant AKA Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I have a new favorite plant and I am on a quest to add each variation to my balcony garden. The species is commonly known as the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or if you speak Latin Sanseivieria trifasciata.  Cylinderica Spear Snake Plant The plant is an evergreen perennial plant that typically grows in a dense stands. This no fuss, succulent with thin upright leaves that resemble the skin of a reptile is native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. Robista Snake Plant…
  • Lighthouses – Another Nautical Inspiration

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    What is a lighthouse? It is typically a conical shaped tower that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as a navigational aid for maritime pilots. Lighthouses can be at sea or on inland waterways. They mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Because of the expense associated with their maintenance, the number of lighthouses in operation has declined and they are now being replaced by modern electronic navigational systems such as strobes. Stars can’t shine without…
  • What is a Tea Towel?

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Not so stuffy tea Towel A tea towel is a cloth typically used to spread over a tea tray before tea cups, tea pots and other tea paraphernalia are put onto it.  In addition, clean tea towels may be, or used to cover warm muffins, cakes and cookies or a tea pot to prevent heat loss. Some people, especially in North America, use tea towels for drying dishes and cutlery after they have been washed. Others use them as guest towels to dry your hands after washings. I am the product of a former British colony, I guess that explains my daily use of tea towels and my love of all things tea. And…
  • The Succulent Container Garden Chronicles

    6 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I am told that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. This may be true for others, but not for me. I see moving as a way to reboot my life. It’s a time to clear out the cobwebs and create fresh memories. Since I am now an empty nester, I no longer needed all the space I had when I was raising my family – I needed a smaller, more manageable space. I had 1 requirement; there should be adequate room for my ever-growing plant collection. I found the perfect place, made an offer, packed up my plants and made the move. While I was unpacking, I came across some…
  • Observation of Wynwood – Miami Florida

    16 Jan 2014 | 8:16 am
    Maybe the most surprising thing about Wynwood and it’s inhabitants is how seriously they take the entire situation. When I went there, I was expecting something much more tame, something overdeveloped and precious and planned. What I found was just much more organic. The people I saw seemed genuine, if a little twee, and the area itself looked grown, as opposed to created. I quite frankly have never in my life seen a place that uninhibited. Even now, as I look back, I am struck by how genuine the art looked and felt. There were handtags over expressive murals, different disciplines all…
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes (mostly no-bake!)

    Jamie Sanders
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    There are quite a few things I don't miss about working in an office.  At my last job, we had a pretty good group, and one of the things I do miss is the old fashioned cookie exchange we would have in the conference room!  I loved going home with so many different types of cookies.  You never knew what you would get- some were super yummy and others... (well , we'll just say I'm not a fan of every type of cookie, ha!)  This year, I am making it my goal to get a few of my neighbors together for a holiday cookie exchange.I've already started hunting down new and semi easy…
  • Inspiration Monday #71 plus Features

    Jamie Sanders
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    We're so happy to have you join us today at Inspiration Monday!When you party with us, you're seen on all seven blogs…But only have to link up to one!I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom This weeks features were chosen by Meegan from What Meegan Makes.Were you featured?  Be sure to check them out…Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • 15 Minute Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

    Jamie Sanders
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Thank you to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces for partnering with me to share this 15 minute Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe Today!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Tips for Staying Happy, Healthy and Sane this Holiday Season

    Jamie Sanders
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    The Holidays are right around the corner. Just thinking about a big trip I have coming up, hosting Thanksgiving for 20+ people, and all the normal holiday parties and activities, I'm already starting to feel a little bit stressed.  And when I get stressed, I start losing sleep, eating poorly and then, get sick!Once I get past my trip and hosting duties, I'm going to do my best to slow down, relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family.  I've put together a quick list of tips and ideas to help remind us all to stay happy, healthy and sane this Holiday season. (Big thanks to…
  • Inspiration Monday #80

    Jamie Sanders
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to another Inspiration Monday Party!We hope you have a wonderful week, and can't wait to see what you have been up to.Let's enjoy these next few weeks of Fall with some amazing inspiration.We're so happy you always join us.To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well.We LOVE re-tweeting your awesomeness! When you party with us, you're always seen on all seven blogs...but only have to link up to…
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  • And the winner is......

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Random Number Generator picked comment #11....which is this one: Congratulations on your new book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. I feel inspired already! Posted by: ilese | November 03, 2014 at 10:28 AM Congrats, and a BIG thank you to everyone for your lovely comments!
  • Art Journal Courage is HERE! Enter to win a signed copy!

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Yahoo, it's here, it's here! I want to share with you what I wrote in the introduction to this book. It captures the essence of the book... The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. --Sylvia Plath  “I can’t draw.”  “I can’t layer.”  “I can’t use my own photo, I’m not photogenic.”  Do I need to go on? I hear these objections, and more, all the time. Sometimes we hold ourselves back, we tell ourselves we can’t create the art we long to create. We think we can’t draw. Or we don’t know how to layer. We don’t like to use our own image. We’re afraid to…
  • Interrupting the art for a post...our home is for sale!

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Interrupting the art for a bit to mention that our home is for sale! It's in Glendale, AZ, near the Arrowhead area. If you're interested in more details, contact Lorraine Hollingsworth at HomeSmart Realty, 602.330.5972,
  • Someday is here! Time for Back2Back with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Back2Back: Collage an online class with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley  $75.00  What is Back 2 Back? One topic. Two artists. Two perspectives. Many techniques. Lots of inspiration. Artistic conversation about the process of art making.  Join Dyan and Dina for a collage adventure! We start class by showing you some of our most beloved background techniques. We each make two similar backgrounds, so that we can trade with each other. Watch us squirm as we take on the challenge to create on each other's work. The result is lots of laughs and lots of artistic inspiration! What you get: Two…
  • Come and take a class with me in Scottsdale!

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am teaching two classes at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale on Oct 30th...join me! Click here for the details!
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  • "8 Easter Sewing Projects" eBook

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Spring is in the air, and it's time to start craft projects for Easter! With inspiration from our Easter Sewing Projects eBook, you can complete 8 adorable, simple crafts for Easter with all those brightly colored fabrics you've been missing all winter!
  • "Upcycle T-Shirts: 10 Projects to Make for Kids" eBook

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you're looking for a way to make new clothing or accessories and still save money, check out the Upcycle T-shirts eBook. With 10 different wardrobe refashion projects, you're bound to find something that will work for your child.
  • Designer Inspired Sewing: 9 Beautiful Designer Knock Off Patterns

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Designer inspired sewing is such a special way to create one-of-a-kind pieces tailored to your liking. Instead of handing over your hard earned cash for something everyone can buy, simply take the inspiration from the designer and make your own! Our designer knock off patterns are completely free.
  • 8 Awesome DIY Organizers: Sewing Organizer Tutorials eBook

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you'd like to see the end of over cluttered areas in your living space, turn to DIY organizers. They'll help you keep your things in places you can actually find them! We've put together this special new eBook, so you can create useful DIY organizers.
  • Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers eBook

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    There's no doubt about it, flowers are Mother Natures accessories, and now they can be yours too. AllFreeSewing is pleased to present, Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers just for you. Absolutely free, this roundup of carefully selected fabric flower tutorials will instruct you on how to make flowers out of fabric and other materials. Whether you're looking to spruce up your home decor or simply want to add some blooming accessories to your stylish repertoire, these 7 fabric flower tutorials are just what you need.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010. I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. :) Photo via Lomography More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a…
  • How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

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

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

    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…
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  • Hand Print Christmas Wreath

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    This quick Kids Christmas craft tutorial is lots of fun to make and the kids will truly enjoy the finger painting. You could create these on card stock or a canvas frame for a Christmas gift or classroom Christmas activity.
  • Printable Frozen Christmas Gift Tags

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Free printable gift tags for Christmas featuring characters from the movie Frozen and some watercolor based creations as well.
  • Printable Forest Friends Christmas Gift Tags

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Free printable gift tags for Christmas featuring watercolor forest animal creations. These tags are completely free for personal use and are available as PDF downloads.
  • Christmas Light Up Gazing Ball

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    This Christmas tutorial shows you how to make a light up LED gazing ball. Perfect for a kids craft at Christmas time!
  • DIY Christmas Door Art – JOY

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    This Christmas tutorial shows you how to make this quick and easy Christmas Door sign.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Our Fall Mantel Now

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    That time between Halloween and Thanksgiving can be frustrating when it comes to decorating the home. It’s hard to hold back on Christmas. I’ve made the mistake of pulling that trigger too soon and by the time the 25th arrives I can’t pack up the tree fast enough — it gets old fast. Here is a shot of our fall mantel – something that bridges the gap between now and Thanksgiving and can be quickly adjusted to fit for Christmas. A 30-inch grapevine wreath (Michaels, $15.00) created the perfect base for my look. I added a strand of carved wood string lights (World…
  • Motivational Dog Tag Key Chain

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    For as long as I can remember I’ve had a hard time with “staying in the moment”. I can ruminate on an unpleasant memory or anticipate future events going terribly wrong until the point of exhaustion. It’s my constant struggle. While I was shopping for dog food at PetCo with my daughter the other day, I thought about creating my own inspirational message with their personalized engraved pet ID tags. For $11.00, we bought the blank tag – took it over to the engraving machine, entered our information and it carved out the message right in front of us. We’re…
  • Dog Biscuit Countdown Wreath

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    This project makes a wonderful holiday gift for the dog lover in your life (we have a few neighbors and teachers who we are thinking of for this one). Starting on the 1st of December, let your fur baby celebrate the season with a biscuit every day – 25 treats are tied on this wreath – it’s a countdown for the kids and the dog. Dog biscuit wreath – 25 Milk Bone biscuits are tied to a grapevine wreath to help the kids and the pup get in on the excitement of the approaching season. For this project I used: small and medium Milk Bone dog biscuits (tied to the wreath with…
  • 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…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • My Favorite Advent Calendars To Make For 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Year after year I am amazed at the variety of creative and beautiful advent calendars you all come up with. I've been doing advent calendar round-ups every year and these are my choices this year. Some are as easy as blowing up balloons and others you'll have to get out the sewing machine so there should be something for everyone. To see them all, check out the Advent and Countdown Calendar category here at The Crafty Crow and you'll find even more on my Advent Calendar board on Pinterest. This year I've also included seven free printable advent…
  • Drawing On Feathers

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here's a fun idea that can keep kids busy while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking. All you need are markers and white feathers to make these fancy feathers found at Babble Dabble Do. 
  • Coffee Filter Turkey Craft For Kids

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    A Faithful Attempt shows you how to make this beautiful turkey with coffee filter feathers.
  • Cupcake Liner Turkey Craft

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here's a great turkey craft for preschoolers from I Heart Crafty Things. Click over to get the directions to make this cute cupcake liner turkey that has feathers stamped with a cardboard tube.
  • Adorable Turkey Drawings!

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I think this child-drawn turkey is the cutest! Visit A Faithful Attempt to see more and how to direct this lesson for your own kiddos. 
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  • Sample Sale - Small Pintuck Wristlet at 75%

    Michelle (
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today this cute little wristlet is available for someone to take home as a sample.  This is the small size Pintuck Wristlet, but scaled down to 75% of the original size.  This one is about 6.75" wide x 4.25" high The fabrics used for this bag are Anna Maria Horner's Overachiever in Charcoal and one of Robert Kaufman's Railroad Denims. I've made a few of these wristlets at smaller sizes, and do deviate from the pattern instructions in a few places.  So here are the changes I made for this one: Printed small pattern pieces at 75%.  This is done in the print…
  • Favorite Fabrics - Hyde Park in Rose

    Michelle (
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Hyde Park in Rose from the Regent Street Lawns collection I saw this cotton lawn print at my local fabric store the other day (and might have bought a little...), and it is really beautiful!  There are a few other prints in this collection I wouldn't mind adding to my stash.
  • Sample Sale - Patchwork Zip Pocket Pouch (Sold)

    Michelle (
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today this Zip Pocket Pouch is available as a sample. Sold - thanks! This is not a size in the pattern, but is close to the extra Phone Pouch size.  This one measures 4.75" wide x 3.25" high.  Credit/debit/business cards will fit in the zipper pocket. To make patchwork for a pouch that is already small and has quite a few layers, I foundation piece the scraps to flannel in a Log Cabin pattern.  So it's essentially the same basic idea as the Patchwork Coasters. The inside of this is a mix of fabrics:
  • DIY for the Holidays Sale

    Michelle (
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Sale time! Save up to $5 off 23 different patterns: Messenger Bag Strap Clutch Daphne Handbag Card Wallets Fold Over Zip Wristlet Idea Pouch Curvy Clutch/Wristlet Zip Pocket Pouches Pleated Wristlet Grocery Bag Padded Camera Pouch Fold Over Clutch Secret Pocket Envelope Clutches Camera Case Wristlet Zip Pouches Pleated Pouches Ditty Bags Bucket Bag Passport Pouch Granny Tote Patchwork Coasters Pocket Clutch Pintuck Wristlet
  • Favorite Fabrics - CoCoLand Flower Carnival

    Michelle (
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    CoCoLand Flower Carnival I like the CoCoLand kitty prints from Seven Islands.  The cats look slightly deranged, but in a very sweet way. 
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Finished Stitching Blackwork Deer Head

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    All finished stitching the blackwork version of the deer head silhouettes and really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be turning it into a throw pillow on my next sewing and finishing day. [Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy] The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC 986 the fill work was all stitched with 1 strand of the same. Thanks for having a look at my finished project and for visiting my stitching corner of the world today Happy Stitching!
  • Almost Done with My Blackwork Deer

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’ve got the outline finished, the antlers are all filled in, just little bit more to stitch. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC and I’m doing the fill work all in 1 strand. [Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]
  • Finished Reading; The Paper Magician

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    available on AmazonThis is the first short story in a series of shorts. Despite being short, it actually took me a lot longer than usual to read. The pacing of the story was all over the place and I was having a hard time staying focused on it. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, it had great elements and interesting angles on magic, I just didn’t feel sucked into the world as much as I would have liked. The whole hunting through a person’s heart while their heart isn’t inside their body thing went on for ages, it’s most of the book, and I just…
  • Almost the Whole Outline on Blackwork Deer

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I’ve been working on stitching up the blackwork version of the Deer Head Silhouettes Pattern. I also started the solidly stitched version, so I can switch back and forth depending on how much brain power I have each day -LOL- I managed to get most of the outline done, I just need to finish the right half of the antlers and then do all the fill work. I’m stitching the outline using two strands and the fill using one strand of DMC 986. The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I love blackwork stitched on sparkly fabric Thanks for having a look and hanging out in…
  • Deer Head Silhouettes Pattern for Blackwork and Cross Stitching

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The chart includes both the blackwork and the solidly stitched silhouette, so you can choose to stitch one or you can stitch both. Pattern is available for purchase and download at Craftsy [click here to open in new tab] I’m currently alternating back and forth between stitching the two versions, my plan is to make a few throw pillows with them before the holidays. Charting this was a labor of love and I really enjoyed working on this project, I hope you enjoy it too. I can’t wait to see everyone’s variations and color selections Enjoy & Happy Stitching! Blackwork…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Mini Envelopes and Notebooks from Shipping Tags

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This quick and rewarding project is all about a product you’ll find in office stores (and now in the scrapbooking aisles of craft stores,) the classic shipping tag. They’re perfect to repurpose – they’re made of heavy, creamy cardstock, they have a reinforced punched hole, and come with a nice piece of sturdy string. In this project I’m turning them into notebooks and envelopes that are just right for gifting small trinkets, holding notecards, or keeping track of secrets. Supplies: - #5 shipping tags (4 3/4 by 2 3/8 inches) or whatever you find - washi tape or…
  • Lip Gloss with Tints, Flavors, and Plumping Action

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    I’m a year-round lip gloss addict, but I’m even more obsessed with keeping a half dozen tubes of it in my purse when the weather gets cold and windy. I switched over to making my own diy lip gloss for a few reasons – I can control my ingredients, I don’t have to worry about a company discontinuing a favorite, and this project is really inexpensive even compared to drugstore prices (let alone my high-end taste in cosmetics!) This project is really more of a “choose your own adventure.” You can make the most classic basic or a really fancy product, it’s…
  • Convertible Charm Necklace / Choker

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Like most people, you wear clothes with a range of different necklines – anything from a deep v-neck to a collar – and have probably had moments where the perfect necklace just didn’t want to get along with the neckline of your shirt. Since I believe that a big reason to make your own stuff is to solve these little annoying day to day problems, I worked out a fix. This convertible charm necklace and choker ensures that you can wear a wide, statement style jewelry at any length you want. Supplies:   - 2-hole spacer pieces – I found these blue faux druzy pieces at…
  • Cozy Mesh Scarf

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

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

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I’ve been growing out my hair for a looooong time, mostly so I can do stuff like this: But also so I can do the impossible hair pin tests… Source: The other day, though, things got a little out of hand. I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month (she says, on day 3, when she is already behind), and not only is NaNoWriMo the month-long writing sprint, for me it is also the month of much much muuuuuuch procrastination. See, I like having written, but the act of writing itself is sort of boring. Sitting, typing, pausing to figure out whose left hand is where now? (Did I…
  • Tinkerbell Fairy Dust Jack-o-lantern Carving as Life Skill

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It’s Halloween! My favorite. I decided to celebrate this year by doing a proper jack-o-lantern pin test. Yeah, I sort of did one last year, but this year I found a design on Pinterest and decided to duplicate it exactly, thank you very much. (Of course, this is me, so by “duplicate exactly” I mean “approximate poorly,” but we’ll get to that.) Behold, my plan: Image from The plan comes with detailed written and pictorial instructions as well as a pattern you can print out. What could go wrong, I ask you? I mean, all you need is a pumpkin…
  • The Ultimate Gift Solution for the 40-Year-Old Man Who Has Everything

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So it was my husband’s 40th birthday earlier this week. Some of you may think that he is incredibly hard to shop for because he is old, but no. He has been hard to shop for ever since I’ve known him, and probably for his whole life. This is because when he wants something, he just goes ahead and buys it, so at any given moment, he already has anything he could ever want. Turd. Because of this, I usually don’t get him presents, or I get him something he’s been waffling about whether he should buy or not (which produces mixed results). For his 40th, though, I thought I…
  • If You Think Pedicures Are Easy, You Should Meet Pintester

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Preschool is an extremely important developmental period in a child's life, and there many important skills on which to focus. One of the most important qualities to encourage during this crucial time is a child's creativity and imagination. To exercise a child's creativity and expand his imagination, present crafts for preschools kids to work on, create, and complete. A ton of crafts and activities for preschool children also work on fine and gross motor skills, both of which are essential skills upon which to build. This collection of 70 Crafts for Preschool Kids and Activities for…
  • Unexpected Finger Puppet

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    If you've ever wondered how to make finger puppets that will last a lifetime, your answer lies in the Unexpected Finger Puppet. This amazingly easy finger puppet is made from an unexpected material, which makes it durable yet simple to construct. Clay project ideas are usually fairly similar, but this one is out of the box in a great way. Make your own puppet out of clay, and it'll be able to travel with you anywhere you go without getting ruined. This finger puppet is a roaring good time.
  • 14 Crafts for Boys: Sports Crafts for Kids, Superhero Crafts, and More

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Sometimes, it can be tricky to get young boys settled down for long enough to start crafting. There are games to be played and new adventures to be had, so why should they sit still to cut and paste? Here at AllFreeKidsCrafts, we firmly believe that crafting with kids is the best way to grow together as a family, so we made it our mission to collect crafts for boys to enjoy. We don't mean to say that girls can't enjoy the projects in this collection. We just did our best to gather the crafts we knew would appeal to the boys in the family. Encourage your little men to unlock their creativity…
  • Rainbow Loom Patterns: 15 Rainbow Loom Charms to Make

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The Rainbow Loom is insanely popular, and for a reason. Kids of all ages love to make the trendy, stackable, shareable, and comfortable bracelets. But did you know that you can use your Rainbow Loom to make so much more than bracelets? One incredible way to use your loom is to make Rainbow Loom Charms, like the fun musical notes shown here. All you need to get started is a loom, some rubber bands, and the right tutorials. Whether you are 10 or 80 years old, you'll be able to make any of these great projects. One of the best things about Rainbow Loom charms is that you don't need a lot of time…
  • 39 Kids' Bedroom Ideas: DIY Decorating for Boys, Girls, and Teens

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    A child's bedroom is essentially a blank canvas for kids to express their personal style, since it's the one place in the house they can truly call their own. Figuring out how to decorate a kid's room can be tricky, especially if you're wondering whether you should buy or DIY room decor. 39 Kids' Bedroom Ideas DIY Decorating for Boys, Girls, and Teens will guide you through the DIY decorating process. With a touch of style and a little handiwork, these DIY room decorations will make your personal space feel all the more special.
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  • What Will You Make This Holiday Season?

    Michele deCesare
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    It's that time already...time to get busy on those handmade gifts you didn't get around to last year, but swore to yourself you would do "next year" for sure. If you're looking for project ideas, patterns, project kits, or classes to learn something new or take your skills to the next level, Craftsy is the place to go.It's not just for sewists, Craftsy has something for everybody, from baking to woodworking. Whatever your craft (or desired craft) you'll find it there.Not sure what to get the other crafter in your life? How about a Craftsy Gift Card so that they can choose their own…
  • Scrappy Little Bandanas

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

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

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

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

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    To kick off this holiday season, Ashland Bay will be giving away 3 Silk Hankie Scarf kits. Just hop over to our Facebook page and tell us which color-way you would like to win to be entered (pictured from left to right, blues, reds or neutral). Easy as that! The kit includes: silk hankies (enough to make a 6ft. scarf) 1 oz of two different dyed merino colors Printed instructions Not only is this scarf fun to make, but it also creates a beautiful and shockingly warm garment, guaranteed to generate many oohs and ahhs! This drawing will be open until 11:59pm, November 28th. Winners…
  • Back to the drawing board; a pattern redo

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Hasn’t everyone had to go back to the drawing board and take a new approach to knit design gone awry? This is just one example of how I fixed a seemingly lost cause, without ripping out a single stitch! I love to design knitwear. Unfortunately, the design does not always come out the way I visualized. On these occasions, I go back to the drawing board to readjust my original idea. I explore all design avenues before, I heaven forbid, succumb to ripping it out! There will be times when ripping is the only solution. But I think there are many times when a fresh look at a finished piece is a…
  • Fair Isle Knitting

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Who can celebrate Shetland Wool Week and not think of Fair Isle Knitting?! This style of knitting was developed on Fair Isle, Scotland centuries ago. Along with fishing and crofting, knitting became a significant part of the economy. Fair Isle knitting has been a popular trade item for centuries.  Everyone loves to wear Fair Isle garments from the earliest recorded trade merchants and Dutch fisherman to Queen Victoria and Prince Edward.     photo courtesy  of Originally, Fair Isle knitting used only natural colors of wool to create the…
  • Shetland Wool

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    With Shetland Wool Week upon us, we wanted to provide a little more information on the history of Shetland Wool!                                Photo provided from Wikipedia The Shetland Islands are a chain of islands in the northern most part of Scotland. The Shetland Islands have been described as glacier scourged, windswept barren land. Yet, these islands have been home to the Shetland Sheep for over a thousand years. They are a hardy breed that lives off the sparse vegetation and seaweed. The Shetland Sheep belong to the Northern European Short Tail Group.
  • Shetland Week

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Shetland, a well-known type of wool, is internationally known for its rich textile heritage and traditions. This year the week of October 4-12 has been deemed the Shetland Wool Week. This celebration takes place in the Shetland Islands and stands for education and commemoration of the sheep, their wool, and the beautiful hand knitted and hand woven garments. To learn more about this fabulous event, please visit their web page! We at Ashland Bay are joining the celebration with a week dedicated to Shetland! Let’s start things off with a giveaway! Stop by our Facebook page and tell us what…
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  • A New Venture – Angela Bowman Design LLC

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I am so excited about starting my new venture: Angela Bowman Design LLC!  If you read this blog, you undoubtedly know that I’m a fan of sewing.  I just love how it makes my life better.  And I want to share the love!  I’ll be designing sewing-related products that I want to use, and that will hopefully make my customers say “this makes my life better”. I’ve recently launched my business website, so go have a peek at, won’t you?
  • Feathers Quilt

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

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

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

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello! Corina here with you today with my Holly Christmas Card. I wanted to share a technique that I use when I have pattern paper or an image that does not fit the size/die shape that I want to work with! I wanted to use the piece of pattern paper that you see in the picture above. I selected 2 of the 3 dies from the Madrid Flourishes Rectangle Boutique Stackers Frame set and card stock to match.I die cut one medium and two of the small Madrid Flourishes Rectangle Boutique Stackers Frame. I set the medium Kraft die cut aside.I overlapped the 2 small Madrid Flourishes Rectangle…
  • Christmas card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    20 Nov 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 Christmas card:As a base for the die-cutter heart I used craft cardstock. To make the heart looks more interesting I decided to add a snowflake to it using Dutch Daisy Doily from the new release. Then I decided to highlight the die-cuts with some sparkling, so I added rhinestones and pearls.Here is a closer look to the textures:Dies used:- Dutch Daisy Doily (Set of 2)- Heart to Heart Doily - DL106- Daisy Lace Bracelet - DL135And please don't miss our…

    Anita Kejriwal
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Everyone,I am back again with my weekly Wednesday post and today I bring to you a step by step tutorial on how to add that extra wow factor to your die cuts.This is a picture heavy post as I have tried to show you each and every step. If I have missed anything on the way , please feel free to ask me. Please follow the instructions with each picture.The list of supplies is given at the end of the post. These are the die cuts that we will need. I cut my die cuts in white so that I can colour and alter their look the way I want.             …
  • Joyful Tag!

    leslierahye strickland
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here playing along with this weeks challenge! I LOVE tags and the new Alpine Flourish Doily makes the perfect tag! I began by cutting a kraft tag to go behind my die cut. I then layered the Alpine Flourish Die onto the tag with 3 dimensional glue dots so that it would have a bit of dimension.Next I added my poinsettias that I had created using the strip die. Once cut from red card stock, I shape them with a stylus on a foam pad. I then stack them, little one on the top and the next smallest below it. I add little yellow prills for the center. Love…
  • Penguin Snowflake Tag

    Sandy Hulsart
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The challenge this week is to create a Tag.  I love making tags, they can have lots of elements and yet still be fairly quick to make.  My tag today is all about snow!  I began with a blue tag base, 3.25 x 6.25 inches.  I cut the top corners off at an angle.  Next came a white layer, 3 x 6 inches embossed with my Snowflake Flurries Embossing plate.  I die cut my Snowflake Mesh border from white card stock.  I used spray adhesive to adhere it to blue card stock then layered it on the bottom edge of the tag.  I added this adorable penguin, Willie from…
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  • My biggest sale ever

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have some exciting news!  This year I'm offering a WEEK LONG BLACK FRIDAY SALE in my Etsy Shop!  This is the biggest sale I've ever had ...... 40% off baby! Starts tomorrow, November 22nd and goes through the 29th.Please visit my shop tomorrow or sometime within the next week and enjoy 40% off anything and everything I have to offer.  Use the code BLACK40 at checkout.
  • Cube Infinity Scarf Pattern

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    It's here!  The pattern for my new crochet infinity scarf is here! This was finished over a month ago, as I wrote before, so I'm glad I finally have the pattern all written out and ready for you all!  Just keep reading, or click the link below to download a pdf file.Cube Infinity Scarf Patternby Elise EnghMaterials:Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade) Size J/ 10-6.00MM Crochet HookYarn NeedleSize:  6.5 inches wide by 51.5 inches longAbbreviations:ch= chaindc= double crochettr- triple crochetsc= single crochetNotes:  To adjust the width of…
  • Circles and Florals

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A few small watercolors, painted before the move..........The floral painting was inspired by this watercolor printand the circles by this large abstract circle print on canvas.It feels so good getting back into my groove, posting my watercolors and making things I love.  It's my thing :)
  • I'm Back

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Ok, so I never meant to take 2 1/2 weeks off from blogging (that has to be a record for me), but life was crazy with moving, cleaning, selling our house, sending my son to a new school, planning a birthday party, and dealing with an exploding toilet.  The toilet part was not so great, but the rest went remarkably smooth and we have already accepted an offer on our home for more than we thought we would get!  We feel so very blessed and happy that we decided to do this!The biggest blessing in all of this, is that I have felt well.  For the first time in many many years I feel…
  • Photos of the Week

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I am loving these golden warm fall days we've been having! The perfect time for walks.......... and fixing up and selling a house, as we are doing the next few weeks.  I just hope the nice weather lasts so our yard will still have some curb appeal. I'll try to keep up with my photos of the week, but other than that, the blog is going to be a little quiet for a while.  See ya next week!
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  • Etsy Traffic and Sales part 2: Steps to Finding Your Ideal Customer

    Sara Duggan
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Etsy Traffic and Sales Part 2 Are You Attracting the Right People to Your Etsy Store? More in this series: Introduction | Part 1 Attracting the right people to your Etsy Store on To solve your traffic and no sales dilemma you need to find your Mr. Right – The person who is looking for your _________. He is out there and he is looking for you. Big Question: How will you cross paths? First you need to know where Mr. Right hangs out. Second, you need to know whether he even shops online or knows what Etsy is? I know it’s hard to believe because those of us in the…
  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – A Success Story

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    Daily Nugget – News in the Crochet World Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Midwest Crochet In order to grow your business you need to take risks and that means you need to step out of your comfort zone. I love reading about successful businesses like Midwest Crochet. Michelle, the owner of Midwest Crochet shares how she started her business, her tips for success and shares a bit about what she would do differently. Just like many who own a crochet business, selling for Michelle started locally. It grew with support from her husband, her coworkers and a lot of hard work. When my…
  • The Bag Lady: Crochet Bags You Can Make And Sell

    Sara Duggan
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Bags You Can Make and Sell *there are affiliate links in this post which means I will earn a commission if you choose to purchase using my links* Purses, Bags, Totes, and More This set of crochet patterns features bags you can make and sell. As a crochet business you need a variety of inventory to keep your customers happy. Here’s a collection of designs that are Hot Sellers for ladies, grammies, mommies, and even the little ones.   1. Diagonal Stripes Messenger Bag  $5.00 Designed by Marie Seagares this messenger bag is a great first pattern for those just learning…
  • What is a Good Blog Bounce Rate?

    Sara Duggan
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    Let’s talk about Blogging on How to Get a Good Blog Bounce Rate A good blog bounce rate can increase your ad revenue and sponsorship opportunities. It is also a good way to see whether you are meeting the needs of your readers. What is a bounce rate?  When you enable Google Analytics you are given all sorts of information about your site. One statistic is your bounce rate. Bounce Rate tells you whether people landing on your page found what they needed or not.  It’s measured by how long they stay on your site as well as whether they visit other pages on your…
  • Craftsy’s Mystery Markdowns – 2 Days ONLY

    Sara Duggan
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This post is a sponsored post – I will earn a commission if you choose to purchase using the links in this post. Now is a good time to think about stocking up on supplies. This mystery markdown flashsale from Craftsy is the perfect time to do so. Yarn brands to look out for – Cascade, Lion Brand, Universal Highlight, and Plymouth Chunky Merino. Quilting Supplies | Embroidery Supplies | Knitting Supplies | Crocheting Supplies | Sewing Kits Shop Craftsy’s Mystery Markdowns now! Enjoy special savings on popular yarn, fabric and project kits. But act fast because this limited…
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  • What I Want for Christmas - KnitLuck's Gifts for Knitters Guide 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This year I'm going to try something a little different. Anyone can go to Gifts for Knitters to check out all of the crazy awesome knitting gifts one can find for any occasion, but this year I want to share the things that would make me happy as a knitter this year: A camera. Every year I say I need a new camera and every year it doesn't happen and this was the year that my camera finally gave up the ghost. I still have my camera phone, but it's just not doing the job. This is the camera of my dreams: Botanical Knits Botanical Knits. Botanical Knits 2. Coastal Knits too. These last few years…
  • Interruptions

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I had great expectations for this Fall. My two sons would be in preschool two mornings a week and I would be able to have the time to add all of the awesome new content I wanted to write. I would start filming a video blog every week and maybe even do a big foray into location shooting. Those things did happen, but did not go as planned. I realize now that I was living a fantasy, albeit one that has done a fantastic job of keeping my head afloat from an impending depression. In my mind, I would write two to four articles, take a ton of beautiful photos, enjoy a cup of coffee or three and pat…
  • Yarn Along October 1

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year! That startitis finally turned up. Yesterday I cast on the Redfern Cardigan, which you can find on the cover of the latest Interweave Knits (Fall 2014). As we've mentioned before this issue is well worth the price and features a ton of knittable and wearable sweaters. I might actually knit three different…
  • Our First Video Response!

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    I had a simple goal when I started doing video blogs aka Knit Luck TV: to facilitate greater connection between knitters online. I'm absolutely thrilled that Terri has come through to share her knitting origin story and how she connects with her fellow crafters in a prayer shawl ministry! Check it out: It's not that hard to do your own video response! Just shoot some video, upload it to youtube and put the link in the comments of my video.  It was great to get the chance to get to know a Knit Luck…
  • Knit Luck TV Episode 3 - The Origin Story

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Check out our newest episode of Knit Luck TV, where we talk about how I learned to knit and how it started a chain of events that changed my life. We mention: Goddess Yarns, Weekend Knitting book (again), The Textured Shawl and more.
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  • Evelyn Handbag for Pattern Parcel #7

    Mamma Nene
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pattern Parcel #7 is all for handbags! Get 5 Indie Designer's patterns and decide the price you want to pay! Pay just a little more and unlock the bonus pattern #6 The post Evelyn Handbag for Pattern Parcel #7 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • The Everyday Tank BLOG Tour – Cowl Neck Hack

    Mamma Nene
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    The Everyday Tank Blog Tour has reached its end, and I'm sharing my own hack... you won't believe your eyes, it totally looks like a different garment! The post The Everyday Tank BLOG Tour – Cowl Neck Hack appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 7

    Mamma Nene
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the end... my only friend, the end... Ooops, this is another story o.O Read more to see our last 5 creations... and one is mine! The post Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 7 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 6

    Mamma Nene
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Day 6 for the Everyday Tank Blog Tour!  (see also DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5  if you missed them). Let me show you today’s creations: today we have: 3 boys, a (super-cool girl) and a… question mark! Let’s go and discover them all! Remember that you can have The Everyday Tank or any other […] The post Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 6 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 5

    Mamma Nene
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I have no clue of what's coming today for the Everyday Tank Blog Tour fall edition, except for two of the great sewists coming... I'll make it short and go visit them because I really can't wait to see... will they be for girls or for boys? Are they plain Tanks or did they add or flipped something... I'm curious like a cat! The post Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 5 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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  • Diy Gold Clay Stars.

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I can't believe Christmas is only 33 days away (thank you For some reason Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I'm afraid I'm a terrible last minute Christmas shopper.This year I'm trying to be more organised so the other day I decided to sort through all my Christmas decorations to try and see what I do and don't have. I was halfway through when I came across the embossed clay star decorations I made last year. I'd forgotten how much I liked them and I'm glad to say they've all survived and are still in one piece.You all know how much I love making…
  • Around Here: November.

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Crocheting: my first cowl thanks to this tutorial.Reading: The Great British Bake Off Everyday. Coffee and chocolate choux buns? Yes, please.Listening: to Ben Howard, I Forget Where We Were.Making: gilded paper clay stars, tutorial to follow.Feeling: very Game of Thrones with my new wolf door knobs, a belated birthday present.Growing: muscari bulbs in a pot on the window sill.
  • Diy Folding Envelope Mini Album.

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ever since I made this Diy Instagram Mini Album I've been thinking about more ways of using and storing my printed photos.I thought about making another pocket notebook like this one but I wasn't quite sure and after a quick google for 'envelope albums' I found a couple of great tutorials for making accordion folding albums using envelopes. You can find them here and here.The thing I love about this accordion mini album is that no matter how much you fill/stuff your envelopes with photos this album will keep expanding. No more overstuffed albums.So, let's get started.Here's the things…
  • Three Things I Love.

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    As soon as I saw these craft projects in my Feedly this morning I knew I wouldn't be able to resist sharing them with you.Here's the three things I love right now.1. I think we all know how much I love clay bowls, stamped or marbled so there was no way I wasn't going to love these marbled clay dishes from A Beautiful Mess. I'm putting them on my to-do list asap.2. This pretty paper flower light garland from Oh Happy Day is a great way to use those tiny white Christmas lights all year round.3. These modern silhouette coasters from Elise are magic and I love, love, love…
  • 15 Fantastic Diy Photo Projects.

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    images from Morning Creativity, Lovely Indeed and Embellish.Happy Monday everyone.I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I was so pleased with how my Diy Instagram Mini Album turned out that I spent mine looking for more photo project ideas and inspiration to share.Here's the best 15 diy photo projects I found.1. This Diy Driftwood Display will have you combing the nearest beach in a heartbeat.2. Adorable Diy Instagram Transfer T-shirt and Onesie.3. Display your photos in this concertina Diy Folding Scrapbook.4. Add them to these Bottle-Cap Magnets and…
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    STASH YARN SHOP - Stashknits blog


    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the Other Woman:It's not what you think. I know everyone says that in these situations, but it really is not what you think. To begin, let's be clear about one thing: HE came to ME. It all started with a phone call. He called me at work with a vague request to meet. I forgot about it for a few weeks, and then he showed up, asking to arrange sometime we could get together privately. Soon we were meeting weekly, sometimes for hours. I can't pretend I didn't know about you; I did. In fact, strange as it sounds, you are the reason he came to me in the first place. But even if I had…

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Leading up to Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), we wrote last week about some of the local businesses that comprise the Stash network. In addition to those folks, I want to share the good news about the local heroes among our vendors. Most obviously, due to the current Trunk Show here in the shop, we are proud to carry products from Made in America Yarns. Not only is this a local company right here in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, all of their beautiful yarns are sourced, spun, and dyed right here in the U.S. Made in America Yarns are…

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    As another Small Business Saturday* approaches, no doubt you are once again seeing and hearing the many pleas to “Buy local”, “Support independent business”, “Shop small”, and other catchy calls to action. You may even know stats like locally-owned businesses return about 80% of each dollar to their community, and that each dollar spent at a local business will return up to five times that amount within your community through city taxes, employees’ wages, and purchases of materials, supplies and services at other independent…
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  • Felt Holiday Photo Props

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Happy Holidays!  You know we love our DIY photo booths here on the blog, so here's another one for ya', just in time for party season.  For a fun, festive and not to mention easy prop for your holiday parties, we'll show you how to make these merry little speech bubbles out of felt.  Yep, the kids can definitely take a stab at this one and coming up with silly (and not so silly) Christmas greetings will definitely be the talk of the party.  For this DIY, you'll need: Stiff felt sheets (11x17 or 12x18) Wooden dowels Letter stencils (optional) Scissors Hot glue/gun…
  • 5 Holiday Photo Ideas for Couples (with Free Photoshop actions)

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The holidays are upon us, and I'm sure you've probably been thinking about different ideas for your holiday cards (I know we are!).  I wanted to share with you a few Christmas photo ideas for couples that my husband and I did last year.  These basic posing ideas were inspired by those fun Macy's and Target commercials- white backdrop, black attire, and red accents.  Everyone always looks so happy in those commercials- happy to be spending money!  But I thought it'd be a great idea to take some of those simple, modern elements an incorporate them in our holiday greeting…
  • Easy Holiday Gift Wrap with Wooden Beads

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It's the start of the holiday season and with all the stores showing off their holiday displays, one has no choice to get prepared for the parties, the food and fun.  To start off the season, I want to show you a simple 5-minute gift wrapping DIY that you can do for Christmas or even Thanksgiving.  With just a few wooden beads and a Sharpie pen, you can create unique tags to top your presents.   For this DIY, you'll need: A black gel pen (I used a Sharpie pen) Wooden beads Yarn or twine Gift wrapping paper Scissors Other gift wrap embellishments Before stringing the beads on…
  • My Favorite Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Fall

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    When carving your pumpkins this season for your Halloween parties and Autumn decor, be sure to keep the seeds.  There are so many delicious dishes you can make with pumpkin seeds, but today I want to share with you some of my favorite, and simple, roasted pumpkin seed recipes that truly invoke the flavors of Fall.  I usually just buy the already roasted packs from the grocery store; but come October, and November, I have to find the best looking pumpkin and cook the seeds from scratch.  If these recipes don't quite work for you, try experimenting with your own seasonings to…
  • How to Make Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Happy Fall, crafters! If you're looking for scents to invoke the spirit of the fall season, this pumpkin spice sugar scrub will make a great addition to your homemade goods collection. It's really simple to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. Check out the simple ingredients below and let's get started! Ingredients:  2 cups brown sugar 1/4 cup Sugar in the Raw 1/2 cup white sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pumpkin spice  1/2 tsp nutmeg 2/3 cup of oil* *When you choose your natural oil, try something like sunflower oil or coconut oil, which has a…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • Holiday Card and Ornament

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The holiday’s are coming quickly and it’s time to start thinking about our holiday cards. Our guest blogger today, Denise Losczyk, who is one of our repeat guest bloggers, has a great craft project to share with us today. We love the idea of creating ornaments that you can put into your holiday cards. By doing this, the recipients of your cards not only have the lovely card that you made, but also an ornament that they can put on their trees. And each year when they pull out their holiday decorations they’ll see that ornament and think about you. That is a wonderful gift to…
  • Vintage Frame

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thrift stores and antique stores are great places for finding lovely treasures that you won’t find at your local Walmart. Our  guest blogger today, Carmen Whitehead, loves to shop at these type of stores and purchase vintage frames that she can take home and refurbish in something beautiful. And she has done just that with this stunning vintage frame. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is visit thrift stores or antique stores and look for old pieces that need a little TLC to bring them back to life.  Vintage frames are very common in thrift stores and many times people…
  • Calendar Card

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The calendar card project today from our guest blogger, Alessandra Arcangeli, is one that we think everyone would enjoy creating. We could all use a calendar to keep our lives manageable and this one is also pretty to look at! In this post I will show you how to create a “calendar card/tag”. It is an easy project that you can create for yourself as a real calendar and put on your table or for your friends or to send around. First of all take a square card of 14,7 cm x 14,7 cm. I used this kind of card because you can cut a tag with ease. But you can use a square card bigger or smaller…
  • Time Saving Tips for Crafting

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    With all the craziness that we have in our lives, work, family, etc. we could all use some time saving tips. That is the reason the Craft and Hobby Association began the Cre8time movement, where they challenge us to spend 8 minutes a day doing something creative, and also why Bella Crafts Publishing will be launching a series of books that will show projects made in 8 minutes or less or the project steps take 8 minutes or less. Today our guest blogger, Teri Burson, is following suit by sharing her time saving tips for crafting. I’m here to talk about saving time in your crafting.  From…
  • Cre8time eBook Coming Soon

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you creative?  Do you create time for crafting?  If you have not been taking time to do something creative and fun, we want to introduce you to Cre8time!  Cre8time is a foundation that was started by the Craft and Hobby Association to help encourage people to make time to foster creativity.  As creatives ourselves, we produce Bella Crafts Quarterly™ not only for our love of crafting, but also to inspire others.  We hope that you have enjoyed our magazine.  If you have not yet seen it, what are you waiting for?  It is completely FREE to view online and download.  You can get…
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  • Easy Holiday Hair Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can you believe that there are only 5 more Fridays, including today, before Christmas? Whatttt? Are your hands tiring from all of the Christmas crafts you have been busily creating? Phew! I hope not, because today I am going to show you how to create a fabulous Christmas hair bow that is ooooohhhhh so very […]
  • How to Attach Marabou to a Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself wishing that your hair accessories had just a little more pizazz? Sometimes adding something as simple as a little bling or a sweet resin does just the trick. However, sometimes…you still need a little something more and today, our brand new video tutorial is going to show you how simple […]
  • “Frozen” Inspired Headbands

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you have a miniature Elsa or Anna in your family or find yourself quite often humming the tune to “Let It Go”? I sure do…however, my little lady is Olaf’s biggest fan! She loves Elsa and Anna, Christoff and Sven, but if she had to pick who to spend the day with, it would […]
  • Woven Ribbon Christmas Stocking

    The Ribbon Retreat
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care… Can you believe it’s almost time to hang up our stockings? Or, maybe…some of us might already have our stockings hanging around offering holiday cheer. I love stockings and that is one tradition that I LOVE about Christmas and today, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is […]
  • Christmas Present Bow

    Cheri Mortimer
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Christmas time is so much fun for many, many reasons…but one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is craft away especially when there is a nice, gentle snow fall covering my lawn with beeeeautiful white snow! Cherie is also a huge fan of Christmas crafting and today she is sharing a very […]
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  • 30 Turkey Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Thanksgiving coming soon I thought I would do some searching for fun turkey crafts to do with the kids. I am also working on a couple of turkey crafts and I like to search around for motivation and to…Read more →
  • How to Make a Kissing Ball

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    While many times you will see kissing balls made out of greenery or flowers, we made our kissing balls out of ribbon. We made these for my daughter’s wedding — she really loved the whimsical look of these. These can…Read more →
  • Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    This book will certainly inspire you to craft and get playful with your kids. Author, Merrilee Liddiard, has packed Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids(affiliate link) with 26 fun and unique projects the entire family will enjoy.…Read more →
  • 4 Printable Thanksgiving Play Dough Mats

    Sherri Osborn
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Kids love playing with clay, but sometimes they get bored quickly because they don’t know what to make out of it. These printable Thanksgiving play dough mats will help to solve that dilemma. Choose from 4 different designs — a…Read more →
  • Thanksgiving Place Card Holders

    Sherri Osborn
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    If you are looking for a fast and creative way to personalize your Thanksgiving table, gather the kids together and have them make these cardboard tube Thanksgiving place card holders. You can stick with one style or use them both.…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Easy Webbing Bunting

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you have been with teachlovecraft since the beginning, then you know that I have a slight obsession with a couple of things: Burlap and Buntings/Garland/Banners. So, it should come as no surprise that I have created yet another bunting/garland/banner (I still don’t know what the heck I am supposed to call them).  This time it’s made out of jute webbing. You know, the stuff used to upholster furniture?  This easy webbing bunting is, well, super easy.  Here’s what you’ll need: - Jute Webbing… no surprise here, I got mine from…
  • Pregnant and Petite

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Squeaking in at just 5’ tall, finding clothes is always a wee bit more difficult for me than for the ‘average’ or tall womenfolk around me. I have to say now that I am not someone that enjoys clothes shopping at all– I often get cranky and tired. Yes, stores have petite sections, but sometimes I find two flaws– 1- the petite clothes are more geared toward middle aged or older women, and 2- some petite clothes assume that you are super-duper skinny just because you are short. This leaves us short, more curvy ladies with even fewer options. As I progressed throughout my…
  • Outfit Ideas: Fall Layers

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Fall is my favorite reason! Aside from the apple cider, pumpkin pie and butternut squash soup (I love food), the cooler weather also allows me to indulge in cozy layers and warm weather accessories. Here in MD, the mornings are chilly, the afternoons are warm, and the evenings are cool. I find that layering is essential to balancing the change in temperature throughout the day. It’s also a great way to work some of my summer pieces into cool weather rotation. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to stay cozy this season for work and play featuring layering pieces from ModCloth. For…
  • DIY Swaddle Blanket

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Last week I came across some super adorable bunny print Snuggle Flannels at Joann’s. You know I have a thing for bunnies (proof here and here). As soon as I laid eyes on them I knew they would make the perfect baby blanket for a dear friend’s little bun in the oven! Unlike many of my other sewing projects, I’m happy to report that no sewing machine was harmed during the making of this DIY swaddle blanket. Materials:   2 yards of flannel (or other snuggly fabrics) 2 packs of pre-made piping matching thread Step 1: Cut your fabric to the desired dimensions. I used a receiving…
  • sunshine and adoption is love

    8 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I just recently happened upon, and I am in awe of their story. I thought I’d share their story with you because it’s sweet, honest, and full of love.                        Melissa and Robert , the owners of Subsidy Shades, are pretty freakin’ amazing. In 2013, they adopted a gorgeous little baby girl Jacqueline , but this  story of love does not end there. Their brand new baby girl’s birth mom and her four children were homeless. Instead of turning a blind eye, Melissa and Robert…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Awesome Tube
    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…
  • Decorating with Modern Cabin decor

    Awesome Tube
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The words cabin decor bring to mind a scarcely decorated room crafted from wood, often with exposed beams, a fireplace, and traces of snow tracked in from the outdoors, where there is nothing but snow covered trees for about as far as the eye can see. However, modern cabin decor can include the feeling of a down home cabin in the middle of woods with all of the modern  conveniences of home and a street lined with trees and neighbors outside; snow optional. Any home can have that cozy cabin feel if that's what the heart desires. Long winter night curled up in front of the fire…
  • [Tutorial] Use a Paint Spray Machine!

    Awesome Tube
    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!

    Awesome Tube
    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!

    Awesome Tube
    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…
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  • House Mouse Sweet Lilacs

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Now that it's turning a bit chillier, I thought I'd share a card that reminds me that Spring will be with us at before too long!Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Boudior Square Base Die, Square Layering Dies, Scallop Square Layering Dies, Every Day Sentiments 1 Dies, Grand CaliburDigi Stamp: House Mouse Triple CD - Joanna SheenPaper and Card: Stardream CardEmbellishments: Flatback pearls and crystals, handmade hat pinsFor the House Mouse digi stamp, I cropped the image to the size of my die before printing it.  This means that…
  • Clean & Simple Fairy Silhouette Card

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I think the title says it all for this card!Card Recipe:Paper and Card: Oyster Wove, First EditionTools: Tonic Studios Die Sets - Fae Hideaway Indulgence Semi Dies,  Grand CaliburEmbellishment: Flatback PearlsI simply trimmed an A4 piece of card to 14.8cm wide then scored it in half.  I opened it back up again and cut the Fae Hideaway Indulgence Semi Die using both of the semi inside dies but only one of the outer dies. Once embossed, I then adding a pretty First Edition backing paper to the inside of the card and added a sprinkling of flatback pearls and a…
  • Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Window Card

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Every year, I take part in a Halloween Swap on a Craft forum that I belong to, and it's one of my favourite swaps of the year.  However, as Halloween is just once a year, I try to not spend too much cash on craft stash just for that occasion and today's card is a case in point.  The only exclusively Halloween element on this card is the main stamped image, everything else has been adapted "spookify" it!Card Recipe:Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Joanna Sheen's House MouseTools: Tonic Studios Doomed Window Die,  Tonic Studios Window Basket Die  Tonic Studios Label Die,…
  • Dress Tag Card with Mannequin

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Hello all, back today with a classic Dips' card - a Dress Tag with Mannequin.Card Recipe:Stamp: Katy Sue Designs Tools: Tonic Studios Elegant Vine Square Die Set, Mannequin Tag Die, Simplicity Dotty Border Punch, Layering Square Dies, Fanciful Flourish, Grand CaliburColouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Tim Holtz Distress Ink PadsPaper and Card: Tonic Studios Watch the Birdie, Conqueror, Stardream, Textured PearlEmbellishments: flatback pearlsI think you all know I love a dress card especially when paired with a mannequin too!  I've reached for…
  • Framed Lattice Card

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    This Basket Napkin is so fun and festive!  I love how you can fill the basket with holiday goodies! You can even decorate the front of the basket with ribbon and fun little ornaments.  These little baskets you can fill with candy, flowers, or anything else to go with your table theme.  You can use […] The post Holiday Basket Napkin Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Folded Holiday Crown Napkin Tutorial

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I’m loving this elegant Holiday Crown Napkin. It has a little pocket so you can add a decorative pic to dress up your tablescape. Your friends and family will be so impressed.  You can stand these cute napkins up or lay them down and put a holiday pic, name tag, or silverware in the pocket. […] The post Folded Holiday Crown Napkin Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • DIY Christmas Flower Box

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A festive Flower Box made from recycled food boxes. I am loving how easy these are! By picking your favorite scrapbook paper you can make these in all sorts of colors all year round!    Using recycled food boxes you can make these in any shape and size. Sit them on a plate for a […] The post DIY Christmas Flower Box appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Christmas Eggnog Pound Cake

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    A festive holiday dessert for a Christmas dinner party or just for fun at Christmas time. I love how this Christmas Eggnog Pound Cake is made with a little surprise inside. It makes a fun dessert to surprise your friends and family with. The Christmas season has officially begun, in my house anyway.  Seeing all the stores […] The post Christmas Eggnog Pound Cake appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Gooey Sweet Potato Pinwheels with Caramel Sauce

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Welcome!  Now that you have arrived, you will never want to leave these Sweet Potato Pinwheels. They are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner. They are a flavorful combination of sweet potato’s and caramel sauce, wrapped up in a delicious dinner roll. Pass the pinwheels, please!  (a phrase you will hear over and […] The post Gooey Sweet Potato Pinwheels with Caramel Sauce appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Printable gingerbread houses (sharing)

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    These were so cute I had to share! They come from an old post over @ We Love to Illustrate Studio that I recently found out via Pinterest.They are a set of six printable gingerbread houses that I know my kids are going to love.      All you need to do is to print them onto cardboard, cut, fold and glue. I have already printed a couple for next weekend and I'll be saving the others for the upcoming weeks. I'll try to post pictures of the completed houses once my kids finish them.I have tried to add direct links to the download pages, so in theory if you click any of the images…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 19/November

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
        Part 2 of the recap of our summer holidays @ the Roman ruins of Miróbriga (here's the Wikipedia link if you want to know more about Miróbriga).
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Let's share and have fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 17/November

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!
  • The Handmade Christmas: sticky notes holder (with tutorial)

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
     I've been a good girl and managed to complete another of my Christmas projects this weekend. After being away on Saturday I almost thought I wouldn't be able to pull it off but my kids cooperated and I actually finished it yesterday evening:One of my first cousins is a high school teacher and on top of that she has a very busy life between her own children, church and her mother (my elderly aunt). I have noticed on several occasions that her wallet is full of sticky notes in different colors with various messages, so I had originally planned this sticky notes holder for her birthday in…
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    Precious Crafts

  • November IHSW & What A Hoot!

    Zurainny Ismail
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This month’s IHSW was held a week earlier, probably to compensate for last month’s absence and will most probably continue this week as well because this weekend (21st-23rd November) is the actual IHSW.  I really enjoy my stitching weekends! I know I have a lot of WIPs tucked everywhere, but as I have a few things to send to a friend who has moved to the USA, I thought I might as well send her a specially handmade cross stitch Christmas card, too. I stitched this last Saturday and Sunday, on a 14 ct Aida : This little Owl is sitting in my new organizer box with my newly acquired…
  • Cross Stitch Malaysia & Craft Supplies on FB

    Zurainny Ismail
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Let me start by saying a huge ‘THANKS’ to Ruzanna A. Kadir, who started and maintain Cross-Stitch Malaysia FB page – you’ve provided an excellent platform for Malaysian and international cross stitchers to connect with one another!   Although there are many craft stores in KK city, none truly specialises in providing cross stitching materials and accessories because the demand is not as great as, say, 2 decades ago.  Still, I would usually be able to get most of my DMC floss from Meelo at CPS while all other things (e.g. fabric, needles, etc) I source from my…
  • More Cross Stitch Cards & Happy Diwali

    Zurainny Ismail
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Happy Diwali! Remember this little project of mine? Cutest Ever Kitten’s Last Update Honestly, I have forgotten about this pretty little cross stitch card until Yati reminded me to finish it quickly (she knows how prone I am to procrastinate).  Only then did I notice that I have lost it.  The last time I wrote about it was after Raya.  I kept on stitching whenever I can,  I suspect I misplaced it some time in September.  While searching for it, I found a few more WIPs….. hehehe… I seriously need to do something about my WIPs… At last, I found it on Wednesday…
  • Cross Stitch Patterns for Small Projects

    Zurainny Ismail
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    4 years ago, I posted about The Chart Shop, an amazingly wonderful site where you could get many, many small cross stitch patterns or charts for free and those small charts would make perfect cross stitch cards or other small projects. However, nothing lasts forever, like all things in this world. The Chart Shop is no more, and neither are the charts by Michaels Store.  Fortunately, I printed and kept all the charts that I fancied. Incidentally, while searching for The Chart Shop, I also found other cute sites that also provide cross stitch patterns and backing paper (for cards, etc) for…
  • Crochet : Repurpose An Old Cross Stitch Project

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

  • Free sewing course from scratch (2)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Basic material and tips: Spoil yourself with a nice, vintage of course, sewing box. All your stuff together in one place is quite handy! Any box will do actually, if you don’t want to spend money! Ideal would be your very own sewing room (where you can leave stuff and pick up later), reality for most of us: our kitchen table! The best is a big one, as that is easy to spread out all the materials you’re going to use, to measure and so on. A good mat with measurements on is ideal, but your table and ruler will do! Don’t be tempted to buy an expensive sewing machine from the start, use one…
  • Sewing course to come, for beginners from scratch!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    This post will offer you some info about my soon to start, free sewing course for true beginners, online in January 2015. For those of you not interested in sewing, don’t worry, there will be loads of other posts/subjects coming up too. But, I do want to help those people that really would like to start learning how to sew and have never tried to. Life is so busy, when working full time, so I want to make the course doable, not too much at once! We’ll walk the road together pace by pace! Do you love the creative works and sublime ideas on Pinterest or sewing blogs and always say: “I…
  • Antique vintage WW1 artillery shell case

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For years I have this artillery shell case standing on my desk and each year around the 11th of November it gives me the chills, realizing the damage it probably caused to someone or something during the First World War. But ok I’ll bite the bullet and work you through this post… Each type of target (armors, earthworks, uncovered troops…) required a specific type of projectile to destruct it. In the 17th century the “shells” appeared, filled with inflammable material. In 1803, officer Shrapnell invented the shell, filled with gunpowder and steel bullets, killing uncovered enemies…
  • Antique vintage wood ammo box

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Last Post plays its sound of sadness, vividly bringing back the memory of the suppressed agony of thousands with no escape from hell. Visions of hours of suffering, trenches filled with swollen bodies and black faces, comrades no more. We can’t even start imagining, all those wishing for peace, stuck in the woods, fields, trenches or boats landing on Normandy’s shores, in conditions worse than ever. Young boys, men, standing in the ghastly battered trenches or laying on putrefying bodies with dysentery luring and no prospect of…
  • Candles’ fragrant vintage glow

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Coziness is the word that pops up in my mind this time of year, when there is the growing need to bring light into the darkness of the days. There is virtually no excuse not to go shopping for some new beautiful and scented candles in wintertime and to bring a romantic atmosphere in the house. The French would use the beautiful word “ambiance” to say it all. Candles are our emergency source of light, during the frequent electrical power failures in this region, so always within hand reach here in our house. They do their origin proud as the Middle English words “cande” or Anglo-Norman…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • Yarns For You and a Story Too!

    Alice Seidel
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just a quick post to tell you about some very cute yarn! But, before I get to that, let me tell you this. For my birthday, one of the gifts I received from my daughter, Stephanie, was a little book of indulgences. I’m not talking about the Catholic kind, either, for all you Catholics out there. (I know, . . .  I’m one.) Number one on the list in this little booklet, was T-E-A.   Aaah, tea. One of the BEST things in life. It may not be free, but I can’t live without it. I start out my day with tea, have a cup at three, and two more in the evening. That’s the way…
  • So You Think You Know Red Heart Yarn

    Alice Seidel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Knitting yarn is everywhere. And you don’t need to be inside to see it; look around your favorite parks and haunts and you just may see some yarn dangling here and there. I’ve noticed it even in Halloween decorations, stringing one set of lights to another or keeping all those pumpkins and ghosts close together. I’ve been in New York City as of late, visiting my mother-in-law at Beth Israel Medical Center where she is recuperating from several strokes following knee surgery. One thing about the city; it surely helps to take away the stress of the current situation, when you…
  • Free Knitting Patterns, Or . . .

    Alice Seidel
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the (yarn) bomb! Well, not really. Have you seen yarn bombing?? You know, what they call graffiti or urban knitting, where street artists cover everything in big cities from statues to bike racks to entire buses. And you could cover those Citi Bikes too, in NYC, because most of the time they’re sitting in those bike racks not in use! Money well spent. But, I digress. I don’t care for yarn bombing. It’s not knitting. It’s what is called someone’s idea of knitting. I like to pick up my needles and yarn and sit down and…
  • Book Review – The Knowledgeable Knitter

    Alice Seidel
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Knitting has so many facets to it; you could say it shines like a yarn mosaic!  There’s so much to know and so many different ways to learn knitting. You could concentrate on knitting stitches, or yarns, accessories, knitting patterns, books and magazines, and knitting websites and blogs. There is SO much information available to us knitters. The secret, of course, is figuring out which info is good and which is just so much fluff.   That’s why I L-O-V-E when new knitting books come out; not only do I get to purchase a new book, but there’s new learning to be had;…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Winter Collection Blog Tour Roundup

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Cover photo credit: Jamie Hudson Nearly two weeks ago we launched our second pattern bundle ever. In that time period we also introduced three new designers to the Indiesew shop and created an entirely new product you’ll be seeing very soon! It’s been a total whirlwind and the response to the 2015 Winter Collection has simply been icing on the cake. During the past two weeks we’ve also seen six awesome sewing bloggers show us how they wear the Winter Collection. With full reign to make any modifications to and style these patterns however they chose, this blog tour was without a doubt…
  • How To Gather Knits: Elastic Method

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    I’ve had today’s tutorial stored away in the back of my brain for months now. Since June, I’ve sewn my fair share of knit items with gathered waists including this Penelope Peplum and this sleeveless Out and About Dress. With the launch of the Winter Collection last week it seems only appropriate to finally show you my favorite method for gathering knits. In my opinion, this is by far the easiest and the most fool-proof method out there. The elastic method, that is. Awhile back I showed you how to gather knits using the floss method. That’s a great method for beginners who haven't…
  • The Pleated Pencil Skirt: Inside and Out

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Arctic Blast has arrived here in the US and I’m more than happy to be snuggled up in the Indiesew HQ blogging, sewing and taking photos. I’m totally giddy about today's post, in part because I’m so incredibly proud of something I sewed, but also because the world needs to know more about the Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates. This longtime blogger and brand new designer made the online sewing community's jaw drop with her first women's sewing pattern. I can’t wait to show you why. If you haven’t heard all the hub-bub yet, the Indiesew Winter Collection has launched and the…
  • Introducing the 2015 Winter Collection

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:03 pm
    As we prepare to plunge into bone-chilling weather here in the US, it seems utterly appropriate that this be the day we launch the Indiesew Winter Collection. It seems only fitting that as I sit typing this, wearing my maxi Out and About Dress, sipping my hot tea, and curled up under my favorite blanket that we get to unveil what I've been hinting at for weeks. It is so officially winter here. Yes, it's true. The Indiesew Winter Collection is here and it’s guaranteed to take your current cold-weather wardrobe to a whole new level. It doesn’t hurt that we photographed this collection high…
  • How We Wear It: The Cowl Neck Top by So Sew Easy

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Today’s style post is brought to you by Steve’s darling wife, Amanda. She’s dipped her toe into sewing recently and I’m shocked by how quickly she’s caught on! Not to mention the little lady started sewing with knits, her first project being a near perfect Union St Tee. That’s pure bravery, I tell you. A few weeks ago, Amanda and I took a trip to the fabric store to get supplies to sew up the Cowl Neck Top you see in our shop. This sewing pattern by So Sew Easy is a breeze to sew up, and I knew Amanda would totally knock it out of the park. She sewed up our sample, and then sewed…
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    Our Daily Craft

  • Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

    Sarah White
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Somewhere in my journeys on the Internet I came across the new (just started last month) crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The challenge was to create a craft on the theme of herbs and spices, which made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s cold and dry I also thought of body scrub recipes, because I love scrubs for exfoliating and moisturizing in the winter. They also make great gifts, so keep it in mind for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever little giftable occasions you have…
  • Garter Stitch Bow Cowl {Iron Craft Challenge}

    Sarah White
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Iron Craft challenge for this week was to make something cozy, and since I’m working on knitting a bunch of cowls for husband’s team for Christmas, I decided to consider one of them my challenge project. This is a super easy knit even if you’re completely new to knitting because it’s all Garter Stitch. It’s knit flat and sewn up, and the loop is knit separately and then sewed on. The beauty part is your seam doesn’t even have to be that pretty because you’re covering it up with the loop. Awesome, right? I think it looks like a bow and it’s…
  • Three Things to Do to Get Ready for a Holiday Break

    Sarah White
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    We had our first snow this weekend, and though it didn’t cause a snow day, I’m suddenly thinking about the very real possibility that snow days are coming soon and the reality that the girl is home from school all next week and two weeks for winter break. With all that in mind I’ve been thinking about ways to prepare for extra time with the kids at home, especially when you don’t want to be spending a lot of time playing outside. This is what I’ll be doing this week to get ready for the holiday/snow day/sick day season. 1. Stockpile/Rotate Toys and Supplies…
  • My Reading Quest

    Sarah White
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    A couple of months ago, a couple of smart friends were talking about this book, The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. The book is about how people need quests in their lives to give them something beyond the day-to-day stuff to focus on. They were intrigued and wanted to do quests of their own. It ended up that a few local people made a group that may become a full-on book club but is always a way to support each other in our questing. Some people want to travel, others want to cook or eat or reach fitness goals. Some aren’t sure what their quests are yet, and that’s fine.
  • Campfire Kit for Indoor or Outdoor Play

    Sarah White
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    When I went to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association conference last month (thanks, Better Beginnings!) one of the workshops I sat in on was all about prop boxes for outdoor play. The presenters offered more than 20 ideas for different prop collections that could be used outside, such as gathering buckets, sponges and soapy water to make a car wash for outdoor vehicles, or even just collecting different wands and things that can be used with bubble solution. One of the props that really caught my eye was for camping play. You could, of course, use actual sticks to build a pretend fire…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Yarn Ball Elf

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    I was honestly attempting to clean up my craft table when I suddenly got a moment of inspiration! Two balls of yarn, a little felt, some buttons, and a little crochet hat later I had made this cute little elf who is ready to help me craft through the holidays :) He was so simple to put together that I really don't have a photo tutorial to show you so I will just explain how he came together.Step 1:Wind two balls of yarn with Lion Brand Vanna's choice in Fern Green and Beige. The green ball is 8 inches around and the head is 5.5 inches around. Stick a toothpick in between the two to connect.
  • Crock Pot Candied Pecans

    Sarah Zimmerman
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    A big batch of these Crock Pot Candied Pecans is the perfect party food. Great for when the family comes over and an easy snack bowl idea for your holiday party. You could also separate them into individual baggies, boxes, or mason jars and give them as gifts to family, friends or neighbors! I suggest doubling this recipe if you are going to use it for any of the above. We just made a batch to snack on as a family and didn't need extras. I loved the crunchy nuts with a bit of cinnamon sugary sweetness!Ingredients:- 1 lb bag of Halved Pecans- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted- 1/2 cup…
  • Crochet Reindeer Pouch

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sometimes you just need to go back to the basics. This Crochet Reindeer Pouch pattern was inspired by my very first written pattern The Crochet Clutch. So simple and yet there are so many possibilities for a piece like this! I did alter the sizing of the original pattern slightly and made a triangular flap. Perfect for holding a gift card, candy, lip gloss, jewelry, or anything other stocking stuffer type items you want to gift for the holidays. Or use it to hold all of your little must-haves that usually get lost in your purse: keys, coins, tissues, etc. I am sure you will find the perfect…
  • Felt Holly Berry Button Ornament

    Sarah Zimmerman
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    A little felt and some buttons and you can make yourself a quick and easy ornament... or it could be a magnet, hair bow, present topper, embellishment, and more!What you need:- Green Felt- 3 Red Buttons- Needle- Yarn or Embroidery Thread- Hot Glue Gun- Jute or ribbon if you want to make it into an ornament- Template (if needed) LIKE THIS ONECut two leaves out either freehand or from your template. I made two of each size.With tapestry needle and yarn/thread sew the two matching pieces of felt together. You can stuff it lightly with some extra yarn, poly-fil, or tissue before closing. Or you…
  • Craftsy Class GIVEAWAY! Crochet: Basics and Beyond

    Sarah Zimmerman
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    The good people at Craftsy are graciously hosting a giveaway here at Repeat Crafter Me,  giving you access to one of their best classes: Crochet: Basics and Beyond! In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get you started crocheting. But whether you are a beginner or a novice crocheter you can benefit from this class! Step-by-step and thorough instructions will show you everything from the tools you need, how to hold the hook, how to make a chain, where to begin and end your rows, how to turn your work and MUCH more! Ever wonder exactly how to “fasten off and weave…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Zig Zag Loop

    Knitting Unlimited
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    Yarn shown in this swatch: Milk cotton China.Needles: US 5 - 3.75mm.Skill: Intermediate.Techniques used:Knit: K.Purl: P.Slip stitch: Sl.With yarn in front: Wyif.With yarn in back: Wyib.Instructions:Cast on a multiple of 4 sts + 2.Row 1 (Right side): K1, * K3, k1 wrapping yarn twice around needle; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2: K1, * sl 1 wyif dropping extra wrap, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: K1, * k3, sl 1 wyib; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: K1; * sl 1 wyif, k3; repeeat from * to last 1 st, k1.Row 5: K1; * sl 3 wyib, drop next slip st off left-hand needle to front of…
  • Garter Entrelac step-by-step tutorial

    Knitting Unlimited
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Starts with 18 sts to be worked in three groups of 6, using the knitted cast-on so that stitches are loose enough to work with.THREE BASE TRIANGLESRow 1 (WS): K2, turnRow 2: K2, turnRow 3: K3, turnRow 4: K3, turnRow 5: K4, turnRow 6: K4, turnRow 7: K5, turn.Row 8: K5, turn.Row 9: K6, end of left triangle, do not turn.End of base triangle one of three – start next base triangle on next stitchRepeat Rows 1 to 9 two more to complete all three base trianglesTIER 1 - 2 Diamonds & 2 Side Triangles+ Left Side Triangle.Row 1 (RS): K2, turnRow 2: K2, turnRow 3: Kfb, SSK, turnRow 4: K3,…
  • Lace Cable

    Knitting Unlimited
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Yarn shown in this swatch: Katia Panama.Needles: US 2 - 2.75mm.Skill: Intermediate.Techniques used:Knit: K.Purl: P.Yarn over: Yo.Slip slip knit: Ssk.Purl 2 sts together: P2tog.Cable 4 front: C4F - Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit 2 sts from cable needle.Instructions:Knitted in a multiple of 12 sts +8 and a 12-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: P2, * k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: K2, * p2, yo, p2tog, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 3: P2, * k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 5:…
  • Three-and-One Tweed

    Knitting Unlimited
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    With mosaic knitting, only one color is used for each pair of rows, but slipped stitches are used to pull contrasting-colored stitches up to create the vertical columns of color. Plus, this stitch uses a garter-stitch based mosaic structure, so there are no purl stitches. Slip stitch patterns just work very well with alternating colors!With color A, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches + 3 and knit one row.Row 1 (RS): With color B, knit 3, * slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), knit 3; repeat from * to end.Row 2: With color B, knit 3, * slip 1 with yarn in front  (wyif),…
  • English Rose Tweed

    Knitting Unlimited
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    I really fell into love knitting this pattern – it’s amazing to see the pattern emerge as you go and the texture is so bouncy and soft .To make the English Rose Tweed pattern, cast on a multiple of 2 sts with color C and knit one row.Row 1 (right side): With colour A, k1, * p1, k1 in the row below, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2: With colour A, knit to end.Row 3: With colour B, k1, * k1 in the row below, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: With colour B, knit to end.Row 5: With colour C, k1, * p1, k1 in the row below, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 6: With colour C, knit to…
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    Thesis of Me

  • Geometric beaded design pt.1

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Hi! Check out my work in progress.I am working on a new beading sample which I am translating into my designs for my thesis collection. My thesis collection is very geometric. It is based on Islamic art and fragmented glass. This new beading sample that I am working on will be a cool optical accent in my collection.My first step to creating the sample was to draw out my design on the stretched organza on my frame. Then I started at the outside and beaded out a nice clean frame with bugles.The second step was to go in and begin the sequin circle in the center. Because the sequin circle is the…
  • Dream Big

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    I did a little re-decorating this weekend;)-Nadia
  • A picture that says it all

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This picture that I found on shows everything about why I dream to work at Chanel. The oversized angular collar gives the classic silhouette a fun twist and the beading is exquisite.-Nadia
  • Scatter Beading Technique

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    I came across a great diagram to help with scatter beading that I though would be helpful to share. The diagram is from the book "All-In-One Beading Buddy" and helps break down the look of scattered beads in a very logical pattern.As a perfectionist I have struggled to achieve the perfect spacing in my scattered beading so I decided to give this great method a try.First, I framed out my area with bugle beads. Then, to ensure that the zigzag stitching pattern would remain proportional on both sides I stitched through the middle with peach colored embroidery floss (not knotting it at the…
  • Manhattan Sunrise on the East River

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    This is the beautiful view I get in the morning when I run. Inspiring!-Nadia
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