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  • 25 Ways to Get Out and Play this Summer

    Make and Takes
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    We’re wrapping up our summer series to Get Out and Play! Thanks to all the amazing contributors and guest writers for their fabulously fun ideas. We’ve been playing games, making crafts, and having adventures in the summer sun! Here are 25 ideas to Get Out and Play this summer: 1. Beat the Heat with a Breakfast Picnic 2. Make an Underwater Viewer via Allison of All for the Boys 3. Fairy Garden Flower Pots 4. Photo Crafting with Sun Prints via Kristen of Capturing Joy 5. 5 Awesome Outdoor Games via McKenzie of Girl Loves Glam 6. Backyard Banana Ice Cream Sundaes 7. DIY…
  • 5 Diy Leather Bracelets

    Cut Out + Keep
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Gather your friends for a crafty afternoon and create the perfect arm party with these 5 easy and inexpensive leather bracelets
  • Sewn Paper Greeting Cards by Idea Chíc

    idea chic
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    For a unique tactile design greeting card with blank inside for a personal note. Idea Chíc is extending the sewn paper greeting card line including these three new cards. Just married wedding card, congratulations or just because positive note and thinking of you greeting card. Click the image for more information or visit our greeting card collection.  Filed under: Idea Chic
  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    Paper and Stitch
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    This week was a fun one, with a couple of shoots that included a whole lot of peaches (sneak peek here) and a field trip to a working farm outside of the city. Which you may have seen a glimpse of over on Snapchat (follow me @brittnimehlhoff). Have you ever been to a fruit and veggie farm before? It was so amazing. I think I could have stayed forever...the stress literally melts away out there. It was just a day trip though. And I'm back at home, getting ready for the weekend (yay Friday!) with this week's 7 DIYs to try... 1. sugarcane necklace DIY from For the Makers 2. watermelon papaya rum…
  • Awesome New Coloring Pages for Adults

    Tiny Rotten Peanuts
    Jeanette Nyberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you digging the coloring pages for adults that are popping up everywhere? I am. I love when adults feel the need to kick back and get creative, no matter how talented they feel they are. My Zentangle posts are some of my most popular, which shows me that tons of adults (and teens) are clicking off their screens, pulling out the drawing utensils, and relaxing with a little art. It makes me stupid-happy. I know a lot of adults frown on coloring pages for kids, citing that they aren’t challenging enough, but I am a huge fan of mindless coloring. Coloring is fun. It doesn’t have…
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    Tim Holtz

  • halloween inspiration series: emma williams…

    tim holtz
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    it’s time to conjure up the creative spirits and inspire your inner happy haunts.  i’ve teamed up with some talented friends to help me share halloween inspiration with my latest releases from sizzix and idea-ology.  be sure to check out the blog every monday, wednesday, and friday throughout the month of august to see these cryptic creations Continue Reading
  • 12 tags of 2015 – august…

    tim holtz
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    getting the most out of products we have is really important to me.  i’m always looking for new ways to use the products i design so this month i wanted to share a mixed media use for die cuts.  keep in mind you can use any designs for this technique, so when you’re creating your tag have fun Continue Reading
  • home improvements…

    tim holtz
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    well hello there… it’s been a while since i’ve blogged or even checked in on social media so i thought it was about time i got you caught up on the goings on around here.  we’ve been keeping busy as usual, but in addition to the everyday meetings, deadlines, etc. we decided to add another task Continue Reading
  • sizzix storage solutions…

    tim holtz
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    as crafters, well all know the importance of organizing our endless stash of goods to get the most use of what always seems to be limited space.  check out the video below to see for yourself, the versatility of my sizzix storage boxes – happy organizing…t!m *be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the Continue Reading
  • sneak peek: idea-ology halloween…

    tim holtz
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    it’s halloween time in the world of idea-ology.  this latest assortment of eclectic ephemera, frightful findings, and paranormal paperie combine a vintage mix of color, style, and pattern inspiring your creative spirits from “regions beyond”.  get ready for your artful ideas to materialize – this latest collection is shipping now!  be sure to contact your local and online craft retailers as this seasonal Continue Reading
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    Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

  • Beware the Hackable Google Beacons Made by Estimote

    Alasdair Allan
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Manufacturers were quick to support Google’s new Eddystone beacon standard, but in the rush to support it, some manufacturers are ignoring basic security. Read more on MAKE The post Beware the Hackable Google Beacons Made by Estimote appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: Build a Motion Control Rig for Time-Lapse Photography

    Tyler Winegarner
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    In this project, you'll learn how to use an Arduino microcontroller and a stepper motor to precisely control the panning of a camera during a time lapse. Read more on MAKE The post Build a Motion Control Rig for Time-Lapse Photography appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Upcycle Glass Spheres into Unique Speaker Enclosures

    Jeremy Cook
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you were to create a speaker enclosure, conventional wisdom would have you starting with medium density fiberboard (MDF), or, possibly, some other wood product. Ryan Sweeney, however, decided instead to use a thick glass cylinder for each speaker, mounting them with cut bamboo. The idea for this came to […] Read more on MAKE The post Upcycle Glass Spheres into Unique Speaker Enclosures appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Here Are the 5 Finalists for the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge

    Jon Christian
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The winning project will be announced at MakerCon New York during the week of September 21. Here's a breakdown of the five finalists. Read more on MAKE The post Here Are the 5 Finalists for the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • This Second-Grader Built an Arduino-Embedded Pinewood Derby Car

    Cabe Atwell
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Makers come in many different forms, nationalities, and ages. The same can be said about the many projects that those Makers design and build, which range from robotics to automated homes and everything in between. One of the more interesting projects I came across at the Westport Maker Faire was from a young […] Read more on MAKE The post This Second-Grader Built an Arduino-Embedded Pinewood Derby Car appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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  • links: the home

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Soapbox, pretty and simple furniture. Via Swissmiss. Ceiling Hook — Shoebox Dwelling. A clean way to reposition that pendant light that hangs in the wrong spot, I need this for my own dining room. Easy Houseplants – Easy To Care For Indoor Plants, at House Beautiful. Via The Wirecutter. 28 DIYs You Need for Your First Apartment | Brit + Co. I love the suggestions for cheap, giant art treatments here. 14 Ways to Decorate With Air Plants (aka the New Succulent!) | Brit + Co. Having killed a few non-air plants I might be reconsidering my choice of interior plants. A Box-Like House is…
  • links: misc

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    My daughter and I almost escaped from a sealed cavern before running out of air – Boing Boing. I’ve done one of these real life room escape games and it was super fun. See also: Let Me Out of Here! Inside Seattle’s Real-Life-Room-Escape Boom. I’m wondering if anyone knows where the title for “The Breakfast Club” film came from. | Ask MetaFilter. Seven Of The Most Beautiful Botanical Mazes On Earth at io9. Flexible, Fluid ‘Revision’ Bounces From Rom-Com To Sci-Fi : NPR. Huge congratulations to Andrea on the great reviews in her first book, I…
  • two things from Ikea that I like

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    #1: Sexy tumblers. There is a restaurant near us, Bar del Corso, that serves wine in low, wide tumblers. I’ve always found them very pleasing so I was happy to find similarly shaped glasses at Ikea recently and they’ve become my default vessel for sipping rose wine out of. Two things: at $3 for a set of six glasses they are ridiculously affordable, and if you buy them pay attention to how the packaging they come in unfolds into a single rectangle of cardboard, it’s a remarkable feat of engineering. We’ve also been using these for cocktails but they aren’t…
  • links: technology

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    What in the Hell Is a Tefifon? – The Stranger. If you’re into music technology this is pretty darn cool. Shades Review | Touch Arcade. A Tetris-like game for the iPhone, with a free trial version of the game in case you’d like to test it out. GLaDOS and The Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story | Motherboard. Via Gamefilter. What Happens When There Are No Boys in the Room: A Report from Robyn’s Tekla Conference | The Pitch | Pitchfork. Via the Two Bossy Dames newsletter. Get ready to blindfold your friends in this neat local multiplayer game – Boing Boing. I’m not…
  • links: food

    13 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    KFC Plans to Roll Out Edible Coffee Cups in the U.K. | TIME. Eee! Via The Morning News. The Makings of Beecher’s Amazing Flagship Cheese | Serious Eats. The Food Lab: For the Best Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans, Ditch the Wok and Turn on the Broiler | Serious Eats. Sprinkle Bakes: Rainbow Spiral Cookies. How to Make Uovo in Raviolo: Showstopping Runny Egg Yolk Ravioli | Serious Eats. The Session Beer Project™: SESSION BEER DAY 2015. I am all for this proliferation of lower alcohol beers, keep bringing it on. magic chocolat flower dessert – YouTube. It’s a chocolate flower!
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  • fuzzy puffy blanket

    Hillary Lang
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    It seemed like a silly thing to do, make another blanket/duvet/quilt item in the middle of Summer, but this is the Summer to do it! This thing has seen plenty of use already. I had 2 half yards of cute new Emily Isabella for Birch Organic fabric that had just arrived in the mail and I thought if only I could make something fast and not even put this in my stash. I cut it into 9"x9" squares and cut out more squares of coordinating fabric and pieced it together on Phoebe's new HK sewing machine sitting on my dining room table. I wanted it to be puffy so instead of using batting I…
  • Phoebe's book bag

    Hillary Lang
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Phoebe got a sewing machine for her 8th birthday last week. She's been sewing lots of practice swatches and made a cute little quilt for her doll. Today we made a book bag. We're headed over to the library to get her first library card so she decided she needed a pocket to hold her library card and that it should be a sun. Zippers as straps was a co-decision, mostly hers because she dug them out. The fabric choice though was all me. She is so impatient. She grabs the first thing she touches, yep, that's it. I had to steer her gently.
  • saskatoon berries

    Hillary Lang
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    hello, old, tired, misused, neglected blog. I need to spiffy you up this summer finally. I think I say that every time I open you up. I will go ask tim right now if we're switching you over to wordpress. don't tell your typepad overlords.  we have had a super rainy late spring so far. the serviceberries are bursting off the tree so I think it's time to pick them. I've made a pie and tarts in the past with them. this year I was thinking jam. I've never made it though. I'm sure I'll only get one jar worth. then I just boil that jar in hot water? sounds easy…
  • can't force it

    Hillary Lang
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    The only creative, non-PTA, thing I've done in the past month was to work on a new design for Land of Nod. They wanted a new design, in a week, to match an inspiration board they'd put together. Normally I don't mind a theme or a general jumping off point but this one I could not make work for anything. I always try to make it work Tim Gunn style but this time I just threw in the towel and it felt pretty dang good. If I don't feel excited about a doll design how can I want to put it in a bunch of stores and ask other people to buy it. It's surprising to realize how…
  • Whimsy Vintage

    Hillary Lang
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    When people come to Wee Wonderfuls looking for already made toys I send them along to the makers who have purchased a cottage industry license from us. Like these cuties from Whimsy Vintage from the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern. Doll for sale here. a custom doll from Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern, for sale here from the Patchwork Penny pattern in my book, Wee Wonderfuls 24 dolls to Sew and Love. Doll for sale here. This cutie for sale here. I love her blouse and skirt. So sweet.
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • happy national coloring book day!

    patricia zapata
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Tomorrow is National Coloring Book Day. Who knew? I just found out by chance a couple of days ago. I celebrated a day ahead by coloring one of my Flower Nook coloring pages and then turning it into a trio of note cards.This weekend also marks the end of our vacation (insert sad face). We stayed home this year and I took a very close to 100% internet and work sabbatical. It was a fabulously relaxing week and now I feel energized to take on the end of the summer and the start of school in a couple of weeks (ahh! too soon!).I'd been wracking my brain to see how one the illustrations from Flower…
  • color and frame - part 2

    patricia zapata
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    I posted this photo on Instagram yesterday and I thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions about using my coloring book.First of all my favorite tools for coloring:- Right now I’m into markers. I got some Prismacolor Double-Ended Art Markers for my birthday and I’m really hooked. One end has a flexible brush tip which is wonderful to give strokes a more organic look. The other side is a fine tip which is great for more detailed work.- I’ve always been partial to Prismacolor colored pencils. Thery're just the best.- Pastel pencils - My dad had a set when I was little and I…
  • color and frame

    patricia zapata
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
     Here is a mock-up, inspired by vintage botanical illustrations, of how you can display some of the images in Flower Nook: A Coloring Book. I kept the color to a bare minimum just to see what a limited color palette would look like. Full colored versions of these would really pop against the white background. Why not display your handy work?I'm still pinching myself because I can't believe this project is finally complete. Thank you so much for all your kind messages on Facebook and Instagram and for all your orders. I've been smiling all day long. Now onto the next big thing. I'm…
  • flower nook: a coloring book is now available!

    patricia zapata
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Look what I have to show you today! I'm so happy that Flower Nook: A Coloring Book is ready to go into the world. I still marvel at the idea it all started with some simple sketches I posted on Instagram. Several people asked me if my illustrations were available for coloring and here I am.The process of creating the 50 illustrations in the book took about two months. My sketchbook was my main source of inspiration and if you've been following me there you'll see the connection right away. I also remembered childhood fantasies where I wondered what it would be like to be tiny (like…
  • cover to cover

    patricia zapata
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:07 am
    I finished this sketchbook yesterday after working on it for a little over a month. It has been an unexpected fun routine to work on these small pieces in spurts of a few minutes here and there. Each illustration took me about 15-30 minutes to complete. As many of you know, the paper in Moleskine sketchbooks is fairly thin so the ink did bleed through the pages. I skipped a spread in between each illustration to keep from ruining my previous work.I was inspired by many of the flowers that I saw popping up this spring. For the most part I tried to interpret them in my own way without being…
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    Make and Takes

  • 25 Ways to Get Out and Play this Summer

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    We’re wrapping up our summer series to Get Out and Play! Thanks to all the amazing contributors and guest writers for their fabulously fun ideas. We’ve been playing games, making crafts, and having adventures in the summer sun! Here are 25 ideas to Get Out and Play this summer: 1. Beat the Heat with a Breakfast Picnic 2. Make an Underwater Viewer via Allison of All for the Boys 3. Fairy Garden Flower Pots 4. Photo Crafting with Sun Prints via Kristen of Capturing Joy 5. 5 Awesome Outdoor Games via McKenzie of Girl Loves Glam 6. Backyard Banana Ice Cream Sundaes 7. DIY…
  • Make Your Own Bug Catcher

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    Hi guys, I’m Stephanie from Somewhat Simple, and I’m excited to be here sharing an easy Bug Catcher for the Make and Takes Get Out and Play summer series. Supplies for making a DIY Bug Catcher: hammer nails rope screen netting (found in the window screen aisle) 3 rectangle stair moldings hot glue gun scissors sticky-back Velcro ribbon or rick rack *Variation: If you don’t have a lot of Velcro, or you run out on your 3rd one like I did, a staple gun also works great- just be sure to leave an opening to let the bugs in and out. DIRECTIONS: 1. Add Velcro to the entire outside rims…
  • How to Make GIANT Bubbles

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    Hello Make and Take friends! I’m Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day, where I share fun and meaningful early learning activities. I’m excited to be a part of the Get Out and Play summer series! Today, I’m sharing a simple and fun activity my preschool students enjoyed during summer camp. We spent most of the camp days outside, immersed in crazy painting activities, cool science experiments, and all kinds of summer fun. Our giant bubbles were definitely one of the highlights of the camp! Materials for making giant bubbles: Hard-shell kiddie pool Dish soap (we used blue Dawn) Hula…
  • Make a Rainbow Ribbon Curtain

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Hello, I am Shannon at Find Joy in the Journey! I have been blogging since 2005 and I love to write about my family, everyday life, dating my husband, projects and parties, Project Life, being a mom, faith, setting and working towards goals, and finding joy in the journey. I hope you will come visit me!  I’m so excited to be here for Make and Takes summer series Get Out and Play! I believe that quite often it is the simplest things that can add a touch of magic to our days. For me, one of those simple things is . . . . color. I love and live for colors in bright happy shades!  We…
  • Woodland Animals Tic Tac Toe Game

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Make and Takes Readers! My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes. Happy to be sharing a fun project for the Get Out and Play summer series. I am all about sweet woodland animals right now! They are just too cute. Today I have a fun Woodland Animals Tic Tac Toe game that is super easy to play outside or inside. And it’s great for any age! Littles will love it and I’ve had a blast playing with my daughter who’s in college – so anyone will love it! :) The tic tac toe game is a fun combo of painting and embroidery and just simple crafting! If you don’t want…
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  • maggie rabbit and summer reading

    amy k.
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    I had a lot of time with my youngest child these last four weeks while the older girls were dancing all day. It was so nice and leisurely—we made lots of lemonade, sewed, went to the zoo, baked cookies, and had several tea parties. Last night, on the last day we had together alone, she asked to sew this adorable Miss Maggie Rabbit kit, by the amazing talented Alicia Paulson. She cut out all the pieces, sewed a whole lot of it herself, and learned all about Liberty cottons and why they are so treasured. Lydia also knits, so she is going to try her hand at the capelet. All the wooden doll…
  • sewing ballet leotards

    amy k.
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    I just finished this ballet leotard and matching skirt for Sadie and I am so happy with how it turned out. The leotard is fully lined in front and the lace is stretch, which I found at the Mill End Store. The skirt is not hemmed (it might get slightly fuzzy, but it won't run) and has a narrow elastic on the waistband. Looking at this now, after she danced in this all day, I think I will take the sleeves up just a little so there isn't extra she has to push up. The stretch lace is smooth and slippery, which is nice because there was some concern about it being itchy. I serged all this,…
  • not a fish taco, but worth posting

    amy k.
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    This not a fish taco but it worth posting about because it was from Koi Fusion, which serves Koren tacos and it was from a location they have at the mall, which is a big deal. The food court at the the mall (Washington Square) has only typical foodcourt-mall-food, but they now have a Koi Fusion, which is so great. This one I ordered with kimchi. Delicious. Unrelated: 2 podcasts I have enjoyed recently: A Conversation with Pema Chödrön and k.d. lang . You need to give them your e-mail (where is says register) to listen to this, and you don't get to hear k.d. lang sing, but it's…
  • painted rocks and some links about art forgery

    amy k.
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Lydia and I have been having a lot of fun doing crafts and going to field trips while her big sisters are dancing all day. Just one kid! I love being able to go at her speed with no interruptions. We have painted rocks many times before, but were inspired to do so again after seeing this wonderful tutorial over on the Postman's Knock. Related in that it's about art: I was listening to this interview on NPR with author Noah Charney about art forgery and was so fascinated. I have always been interested in forgery and crime in the art world. I really want to buy this book. I then clicked…
  • homemade scratch board

    amy k.
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    I mentioned a bit back we had a lot of fun making our own scratch board using this tutorial by Sea Lemon. We painted on bristol, with tempera. The black seemed to work better than other colors for scratching through. Overall it was a big success. We are continuing to love Art Assignment, and were very interested in The Case For Andy Warhol, who the girls' have studied quite a bit. They have always been drawn to his soup cans and we always have lively discussions about what art is when talking about Andy. We like to just call him Andy. Portlanders! This video, Yesterday's Tomorrow—A…
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  • Migrating…

    11 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    New Blog Post over here.  
  • 5 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Thank you to everyone that left comments on my last post.   The names randomly chosen for a free spot in my upcoming workshop are: Anita Tillman  - Suzanne Derickson  -  Diane Ackers   (I added an extra for good luck ;)  Thank you to everyone that has signed up for the workshop. I am really looking forward to sharing art time with you.    For everyone that has signed up, I am currently working on the classroom site and will send out the workshop links soon.   Today is the last day for the early registration price.  The workshop…
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    31 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Registration is now open  ~ here ~ Thank you for your comments and for sharing about my upcoming workshop.  I will announce the names drawn on Monday, January 5th.  You still have time to leave a comment and enter.   
  • 23 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
     A Brand NEW Online Workshop   I will be giving away two spots in this course.  Share about my new online workshop on any social media site, then leave a comment on this post letting me know you did and you will be entered into the drawing.   I will announce the names drawn on January 5th, 2015.   more info here   above are just a few new pieces i've been working on.   If you are looking for prints... I am so pleased with the quality of the prints from inprnt.  I will be posting more and more prints as time goes by. …
  • 30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
      I am so thrilled...   I finally have a website!   I have tried a few times in the past to create a website of my very own, but I have multiple excuses for why it never happened, this time I was determined. I will be blogging there from now on, but still stopping by here now and again, too. My latest post about my trip to California can be found there.  
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  • Happy Monday!
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Hope you had a nice weekend! Get any Creative Sketchbooking in? I had just a little time to play and started the page above. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, lost in the process. Here it is after adding Gelly Roll pens on top: Tomorrow we start a whole new week with new exercises and new class content. There's also a new contest for helping to promote on IG and Facebook. I really appreciate all the excitement and the help sharing the class. Thank you! I do want to make sure you are entered for the contest if you did share- be sure you go to and go to the blog post :…
  • still talking creative sketchbooking class
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Eventually I'll stop talking all Creative Sketchbooking class here, there, and everywhere...eventually ;). But not today! Today I have more to say. So, are you in the class with us? If yes, yay, fun, right?!? If no, what?!? ...I kid, I's ok, it's not for everyone, I know, you'll just have to bear with our excitement while we go on about it a little more. ;) If you are in the class, I wanted to make sure you know you can watch it by logging in via any internet browser on any computer or device, you don't have to download the app. I mention it because I know one…
  • so fun!
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    creative sketchbooking class from Pamela Garrison on Vimeo.   You all are the best! I so appreciate all the enthusiasm and participation in my first ever online class, Creative Sketchbooking! I'm trying hard to stay caught up here, in the classroom gallery, on my facebook page and on instagram. Everyone has their own favorite sharing platform, and I'm trying hard to not miss anyone. If you share what you make in class on a blog I hope you'll leave a comment so we can visit! People are just beginning to upload some work (play) to the online class gallery and with the…
  • creative sketchbooking class!!!
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Hey there!!! The class is live!!!! You can see it here! Wow, I actually have a class online, that's been a loooooong time coming. I really appreciate all those that have patiently waited!!! I know I've been painfully slow with the creation and release of the content in my brain into an online course format. There's more to come for sure, now that things are moving down the pipeline!  FYI, I misunderstood yesterday, and said that a credit card isn't needed to have the membership with free trial period. In actuality, to see the class you have to sign up for a membership…
  • tomorrow's the day!!!
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Wow. I can't believe it's finally here! It seems like it's been forever in the works...but my Creative Sketchbooking class over on Creativebug launches tomorrow (mid morning/afternoon PST)!!!!! I don't have a direct link for class to share until it's released, but in the meantime, if you aren't already a Creativebug member, you can sign up for a free two week trial. No credit card needed, it's truly a free trial- (ED: I'm hearing feedback that a credit card IS required. I'm on it and trying to find out if I misunderstood, or if I gave you wrong link etc. I…
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  • Surprising Anniversary Gifts to Impress Your Better Half

    Shoko Wanger
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Just as there are many ways to get married, there are many ways to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Much like a white dress and a tiered cake aren’t everyone’s idea of perfection, we understand that many couples care more about finding the just-right romantic gift for right now than they do about locating a traditional paper present for the first year or a wood gift for the fifth (no matter how clever the twist). With that in mind, we’re sharing 16 items, from a dapper leather travel bag to a Napoleon-approved ring, that are sure to delight old-fashioned types…
  • Featured Shop: Bind and Fold

    Victoria Pemberton
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    My name is Victoria, and I’m the dyer behind Bind and Fold. I’m interested in ethical and sustainable living, so I work with natural textiles, fibers and plant-based dyes, with a focus on organic indigo. I live and work in Melbourne, Australia. I started dyeing after taking an interest in sewing. I’ve always loved quilts, and I really wanted to make one of my own. I became interested in textile design through making quilts, and that led me to dye. I’m self taught in all of my craft pursuits, thanks to books and the Internet; however, I did study photography at uni, graduating with a…
  • Featured Shop: Lenny Fashion

    Lenny Uzan
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:51 am
    My name is Lenny Uzan, and I’m a fashion designer based in Israel. I specialize in evening wear and wedding dresses, and my brand is called Lenny Fashion. I started Lenny Fashion four years ago, after finishing my degree at Shenkar College. At first, I was based in Tel Aviv; then after two years, I decided to move to a small kibbutz (a community village in Israel traditionally based on agriculture) called Usha. For me, the kibbutz is an escape to a magical, authentic and peaceful place — a place where I want to grow and develop my brand, surrounded by nature. My collections always…
  • Featured Shop: Marcus Poston

    Marcus Poston
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Hello, I’m Marcus Poston and I make neon signs, random curiosities, and wildly artistic keepsakes here in New York City. After moving to NYC in 2004, I spent most of my time waiting tables and slinging drinks. I was working all the time, but only making enough money to afford the bare minimum before needing to work more. Somewhere in that miserable loop, I was finally inspired to make something with my hands: a gift that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford for a beautiful girl. I’ve always been lucky enough to find myself in the company of artists and makers, and…
  • Crafting an Identity Through Costumes

    Lisa Butterworth
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    In July, more than 130,000 people crowded the halls of San Diego’s Convention Center for what’s become one of the entertainment world’s most talked-about events: Comic Con. While the star-studded panels and world-premiere trailers are undeniable draws, the reason people really show up in droves year after year is to see and be seen…in their costumes. And those costumes — the majority of which are handmade — are no joke. They range from simple to elaborate, obvious to esoteric, classic to contemporary. This year it wasn’t uncommon to see a shorn Imperator Furiosa (Charlize…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Origins

    Joanna Schmidt
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Peridot is the birthstone of August and green is one of my very favorite colors. It has many symbolic meanings:  It has been said that its owner, when worn would have the power of invisibility.  Some people believes it can bring peace and protection. It has also been worn to calm anger by soothing ones nerves, expelling negative energy. My favorite symbolism and the one I found inspriation from was that it promises growth for the future and gives strength to individuals.  GIVES STRENGTH.Onward and upward.  We shall gain strength this month from the process of…
  • Winners of "Photo Skillz Part One"

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    So you shook it up and I am beaming like a mama bear.I asked you to shut off your flash, move around your soap and step out of your box and you all trusted that it could work and it did!  Every picture was interesting and creative and there's no way I could choose the best.I will choose three, as I promised, but there were dozens that I wanted in the trio today. These are in no particular order....Amanda WolfAmanda Wolf, you stepped right off that box and added an interesting and relevant background image for your soap and it works!  In fact, the movement of the water makes in…
  • What's in YOUR red colorant?

    Joanna Schmidt
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    I know this is my soap blog and I try not to include too much stuff about Mad Oils, my wholesale supply company, but I thought this was just too important not to post here:Mad Oils carries only vegan ingredients.  We believe in using and selling only cruelty free products.  We are an animal loving team here with a vast array of rescued pets between us.Carmine is an ingredient very often used in red and pink micas.  You may not be aware of what it is or where it comes from, but it might be in the micas and other colorants you use in your products.  photo courtesy of…
  • Shake It Up With Photos Skillz, Part One

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Some of you want to sell your soap but are having a hard time doing that because getting a good picture of them isn't easy.  Photographs of your product are more important than you think.  Images are what speaks to people more and more these days, because isn't the internet all imagery?We all have a comfort zone: Things we do that make us feel secure in our abilities.  But in my opinion, that comfort zone needs a little shaking up.  That's what I'm here to do.  We all need to open ourselves to see new perspectives.  Some of us make soap for fun, or for the sake…
  • Summer Loving. The Memories Don't Die.

    Joanna Schmidt
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    There were very few entries this month, but they were all wonderful and I thank you for participating.As with our latest challenges, I have asked for an explanation along with the soap you made, so that we, as artists, draw out our thoughts as we create and really get in touch with your art and your inner artist.  It also makes the soap more interesting to look at as a viewers standpoint because the history adds depth and understanding.When I say dig deep, some of you clearly do and I am honored to have the remains of the upheaval shared with me.I loved EVERY submission.  This was…
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    Geek Crafts

  • Make Your Own Tardis Charging Station

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    As Fall approaches, it’s a great time to get organized, and what better way to clean up the clutter than with your very own Tardis Phone Charging Station!  Check out this lovely  tutorial by Haley Pierson-Cox from the blog The Zen of Making (published in its entirely on! She’s got step-by-step photos and even a downloadable PDF pattern to get you started.  I imagine it would be pretty simple to size this cute little Tardis up or down to custom fit your own phone or iPod. Plus, the use of plastic canvas helps ensure all your stitching is even and looks fantastic (so no…
  • Marvel-ous Kids Furniture Renovation

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    I’ve mentioned before the fantastic geek fabrics that are becoming more readily available, both online or in local fabric stores. Every day I see new fun prints that make my fingers itch to get geek-crafty. I recently spotted this fun dresser and lamp re-do by Melissa Nieves, and it has me salivating over the fabric, AND eyeing the furniture in my house for possible makeovers. I’m sure the superhero in her life was super-pleased with her results, too! I actually got a couple yards of the bottom two prints and plan to make matching skirt-scarf sets out of them – just…
  • Soda Can DeLorean

    2 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Dave Hax made a DeLorean out of Pepsi cans. Pepsi sponsored the “Back To The Future” films and the cans are made from steel, perfect for a Delorean! In reality, the DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as the DeLorean as it was the only model ever produced by the company) was an American sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981–83. The car featured gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass chassis and underbody structure, along with that iconic brushed stainless steel body. Daves’s car also…
  • Books books books Etsy Treasury

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Anyone who knows me will know that I am a huge bibliophile. And what better way to celebrate my love of books than decorating my house with book crafts?! There are lots of amazing book-related crafts available on etsy, and these are just some of my favourites.
  • Weeping Angel DIY – Pin of the Week

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Check out this amazing weeping angel made out of a barbie! Isn’t it awesomely creepy? I definitely have to make one, if I can get my hands on a barbie… Wich-Crafting has a great tutorial for how to make one here. It’s one of the best weeping angels I’ve ever seen! You could make one in attack mode as well! Follow my geek crafts board on Pinterest here.
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    house on hill road

  • Canyon Path Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    My final donation quilt for our school and church carnival is this Canyon Path quilt done up in some gorgeous Cotton + Steel. The pattern is by Alexia Abegg and is available on the Cotton + Steel website. I bought the kit for this quilt on Craftsy a few months back. It has enough extra fabric included to piece a backing, or if you are ambitious, you could make a few extra blocks! I chose to keep the quilt at nine blocks as written. The cutting and piecing is very straightforward if you are comfortable with half square triangles. The only change I made was to cut the squares for the half…
  • Finished: Four Winds Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    I finally got around to basting my Four Winds quilt top on Friday afternoon. Our school and church carnival is coming up this weekend and I had always intended to donate this one to the quilt booth for that event. Nothing like a deadline to get me moving! Originally, I thought that I wanted to free motion quilt this one, but in my heart, I knew that straight lines in the direction of the geese was what this quilt wanted. It took a long time - about 6 hours total - but it was very easy, straightforward sewing. I started by stitching in the ditch through the middle seams on the top. After that,…
  • My Dottie Angel Frock

    Erin | house on hill road
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    I've had my eyes on this dress by Tif, aka Dottie Angel, ever since she announced that it would be available as a pattern. It's just so dang cute! And truly, everything that lady puts her hands to is adorable, but this is the one thing I just had to make. I am so glad I did because the dress is adorable and flattering and super easy to wear! Well done, Tif! Once the release date was announced, I started popping by my JoAnn's every few days to see if they had added the new patterns to those huge metal drawers. On the fourth try, it was there - Simplicity 1080! I decided to use a…
  • A Friday Finish

    Erin | house on hill road
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    In an effort to get something finished this week, I sat down at the machine and sewed the binding to this quilt. The pattern is Fox Tails by Tula Pink and I bought it as a kit last year on Craftsy. I am fairly certain that I never would have chosen to make this if the kit hadn't been on sale, but I am glad I bought it because it was a fun one to sew up. I left the quilting to a local long-armer - I told him to just do his thing. The soft swirls that he quilted compliment the harder lines of the diamonds in just the right way. I think it was a good call to have this one done as it would…
  • Gingham + Four-Patch

    Erin | house on hill road
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:59 am
    The girls left for camp almost three weeks ago and come home on Saturday. Naturally, I've spent most of the week focused on completing my long list of things that I thought I would accomplish while they were gone. I suppose I will always be a last-minute person at times. At top on my list was making new quilts for the two twin beds in Kate's room. I started cutting and sewing on Tuesday. The first top was finished Wednesday and the second one yesterday. I have batting and there is fabric for backing, but that still needs to be pieced. The design is simple - 8" finished…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Surprising Anniversary Gifts to Impress Your Better Half

    Shoko Wanger
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Just as there are many ways to get married, there are many ways to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Much like a white dress and a tiered cake aren’t everyone’s idea of perfection, we understand that many couples care more about finding the just-right romantic gift for right now than they do about locating a traditional paper present for the first year or a wood gift for the fifth (no matter how clever the twist). With that in mind, we’re sharing 16 items, from a dapper leather travel bag to a Napoleon-approved ring, that are sure to delight old-fashioned types…
  • Featured Shop: Bind and Fold

    Victoria Pemberton
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    My name is Victoria, and I’m the dyer behind Bind and Fold. I’m interested in ethical and sustainable living, so I work with natural textiles, fibers and plant-based dyes, with a focus on organic indigo. I live and work in Melbourne, Australia. I started dyeing after taking an interest in sewing. I’ve always loved quilts, and I really wanted to make one of my own. I became interested in textile design through making quilts, and that led me to dye. I’m self taught in all of my craft pursuits, thanks to books and the Internet; however, I did study photography at uni, graduating with a…
  • Featured Shop: Lenny Fashion

    Lenny Uzan
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:51 am
    My name is Lenny Uzan, and I’m a fashion designer based in Israel. I specialize in evening wear and wedding dresses, and my brand is called Lenny Fashion. I started Lenny Fashion four years ago, after finishing my degree at Shenkar College. At first, I was based in Tel Aviv; then after two years, I decided to move to a small kibbutz (a community village in Israel traditionally based on agriculture) called Usha. For me, the kibbutz is an escape to a magical, authentic and peaceful place — a place where I want to grow and develop my brand, surrounded by nature. My collections always…
  • Featured Shop: Marcus Poston

    Marcus Poston
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Hello, I’m Marcus Poston and I make neon signs, random curiosities, and wildly artistic keepsakes here in New York City. After moving to NYC in 2004, I spent most of my time waiting tables and slinging drinks. I was working all the time, but only making enough money to afford the bare minimum before needing to work more. Somewhere in that miserable loop, I was finally inspired to make something with my hands: a gift that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford for a beautiful girl. I’ve always been lucky enough to find myself in the company of artists and makers, and…
  • Crafting an Identity Through Costumes

    Lisa Butterworth
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    In July, more than 130,000 people crowded the halls of San Diego’s Convention Center for what’s become one of the entertainment world’s most talked-about events: Comic Con. While the star-studded panels and world-premiere trailers are undeniable draws, the reason people really show up in droves year after year is to see and be seen…in their costumes. And those costumes — the majority of which are handmade — are no joke. They range from simple to elaborate, obvious to esoteric, classic to contemporary. This year it wasn’t uncommon to see a shorn Imperator Furiosa (Charlize…
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    Design Mom

  • The Treehouse: A New Mattress for the Guest Loft

    Design Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. The post is sponsored by Leesa — get $75 off your purchase. Find the code below! As I mentioned yesterday, we have lots of company this week, so we wanted to freshen up the guest space. We don’t have a dedicated guest room, but we have a double bed that we keep in the loft in our family office, specifically for guests. But the mattress on the bed came with the house. It’s an old, worn out, beast of a mattress and we promised ourselves we would update it before our guests arrived this month. So we did! We ordered a new mattress from a company called…
  • Living With Kids: Callie Moon

    Design Mom
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Have you ever thought about what your decor style says about you and your family? When guests walk through your front door, what do you think they can instantly sense about you? Is the first impression you make modern and clean, with any trace of a childhood hidden in a sleek cabinet system… or the basement? Perhaps guests sigh when they walk in, instantly craving whatever peaceful design you’ve got going. Or maybe you’re sporty and just can’t escape a home decor accessorized by the sticks and balls and cleats and — oh my, watch your step — more balls! Maybe you…
  • Paper Anniversary, China Anniversary, Coral Anniversary

    Design Mom
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    By Gabrielle. Best confetti ever from Oh Happy Day Shop. This is going to be a fun week at the Blair house! Our nephew, Josh Sabey and his wife Sarah Perkins (creators of everyword), arrived this morning to help us do some building — way up in the tree tops! We have two goals for the week: 1) install a zipline, and 2) build a rope bridge. So awesome!! Oh. And more Sabey helpers are coming tomorrow! Ben’s sister Lisa and her husband Mark, and our nephew Matt too. I can’t wait! The Sabeys are one of the best families in the world and we try to copy their parenting skills as much…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Ben Blair. Hello, Friends! How are you? Has it been a good week? We have lots of fun stuff going on. Our 4 oldest kids took sailing classes this week run by the local parks & rec, and Ben Blair has his first sailing lesson this afternoon. We’ve never tried sailing before! But every time we’re near the Bay (which is practically daily), we have this overwhelming urge to be on the water more. We’re hoping that learning how to sail will fix that. Ralph’s class has the most adventurous program. Yesterday morning they sailed from Oakland to…
  • A Budgeting Game for Teens That I Totally Made Up (And Maybe Your Kids Will Like It Too).

    Design Mom
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Over the next 8 weeks, I’m working with ScholarShare, California’s 529 savings plan, on a series of posts about family finances. I’ll be covering topics like creating a monthly budget, financial plans, saving for college, and teaching kids about finances. These topics are all super important, and depending on how a family approaches them, they can add or subtract a lot of stress from daily life. But I know talking about finances can trigger worry or shame for lots of us, so I promise to keep things shame-free and totally approachable.
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  • because no is boring (though sometimes necessary)

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    Yesterday, in a moment of frustration that included a foot stomp, a pout, and perhaps some hands on the hips if I'm remembering correctly, one of my children said, "I am SO BORED with hearing no!" And well, I rather...
  • August Morning

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Oh these fleeting days. Can you believe we have turned the calendar page to August? I cannot. And I say that with a deep sigh. I have always believed - here in Maine - that everything shifts August first. That...
  • Tall Earth {a soulemama sponsor}

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Greetings from Tall Earth! Tall Earth is a small, family-run company based in one of the most fertile regions in Canada, the Niagara Greenbelt. We’ve been in business since 1990, selling and distributing our line of eco-safe, non toxic wood...
  • Silk Oak {a soulemama sponsor}

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    Greetings from Silk Oak! At Silk Oak, we've been making our hand silkscreened, original design goods in downtown Ithaca, New York since 1977, having fun and making lots of friends along the way. In that time, we've printed over half...
  • August 1

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Hello August! And welcome (and welcome back) to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alena Hennessy online art classes for the spirit . ....
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    Yarn Harlot

  • The heart finds its morning

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Dear Bike Rally, I’ve started and deleted this post about 16 times. The problem isn’t that I don’t know what to say, but instead that I can’t seem to say it without reducing myself to tears within two sentences. I’m hoping that the Bike Rally didn’t actually break me, and that this is just some sort of bizarre state brought about by intensity and exhaustion. Have I ever told you that the Bike Rally scares the snot out of me? I love it, but so many parts of it are frightening. The fundraising – well – let’s be honest. I am surrounded by…
  • With Gratitude

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Every year when we’re done packing, and everything is on the trucks, and there’s nothing to do but have dinner, and a big sleep, and check my bike for a the hundredth time, I always get a little sappy.  I guess I’m tired, and a little worried about tomorrow (if by “worried” you understand I mean “terrified”) and I start thinking about everything that I’m about to do, and freaking out. This year, when that happens, I’ve been remembering something someone on the Steering Committee said to me a few days ago when we were all trying to get…
  • Test

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Trying to blog from my phone.     See sweet baby Frankie feet? 
  • Ready, steady.

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    You know what? I think I have a grip on this.  I hate to say it, in case I remember something huge I’ve forgotten to do, but after a few days of dashing around, I think I’m almost ready – or at least packed, if that’s the same thing. I don’t know if I’ll ever really be ready for Sunday.  I get this huge nervous tummy thing going on every time I think about pushing off on my bike. You’d think that I’d be less nervous, what with having done it before and lived to tell the tale, but the experience almost makes it worse.  I know how hard…
  • What was that noise?

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Yesterday went by in a big whoosh. I got up and poured myself a cup of coffee, and sat there drinking it while I pulled together all my to-do lists into one big master list. Camping stuff to pull together, get batteries for the flashlight, pick-up my bike, find an air mattress, hit the drugstore, get some groceries – finish a pair of socks… by 9:30 I was on a streetcar heading across the city, and I got home just in time to say yes to sailing with Joe. (I’ve missed a lot of sailing lately – and Joe loves it when I’m on the boat, so off I went.) It was a real rush…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Spoonflower’s free swatch day

    Heidi Kenney
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Today you can get a free 8×8 inch swatch of Spoonflower’s new fabric sport lycra (free shipping too!) all you need to do is go to spoonflower, pick your fabric, add a swatch size in the sport lycra and you will see it says get your free swatch. It’s free until Wednesday Aug 5th at 12 EDT, so hurry!
  • New Nuns

    Heidi Kenney
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have some new and improved nun fabrics over at Spoonflower. I made my first nun fabric years ago and have loved seeing it used for some many fun things. Can’t wait to see what my new nuns become!
  • Halloween Quilt

    Heidi Kenney
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been slowly working on a Halloween quilt. My friend Jessee came up with a coffin dresden pattern and since I could not leave well enough alone I had to try and use paper piecing to create little windows in the coffins. She now has included my little hack with her pattern incase you’d like to make occupied coffins too. Hopefully I’ll get my quilt finished before Halloween!
  • Plush Of The Month Club June

    Heidi Kenney
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Plush Of The Month Club boxes for June were something I had wanted to make for a long time. Trying to source the tin tv dinner trays took a long time, and then almost a month to even arrive, but I am glad for my patience because I was really happy with how they turned out. I cut out, folded, and glued the 200 cardboard covers over the course of a few days and as much as I love cutting things out, I was really happy when that part was over. I was very excited to find the packs of gummy peas and carrots. It seemed to fit in real well with the theme. I also included a little vintage style tv…
  • Just Two Words Project: Swan & Kite

    Heidi Kenney
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s project was to create a set of stickers using the words swan and kite. At first I thought I would draw a bunch of birds flying kites (swans included) but I didn’t love them and they started to look a little odd. So I started making kite shapes directly in Photoshop and just went with making my kites. Once those were done I thought about a day at the park riding Swan boats and flying kites and so they seemed to go together well. I wanted the stickers to look like those 3d puffy stickers.
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    Betz White

  • Felted Magazine Feature! Hexie Tote Project

    Betz White
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
      What a great surprise! When I was asked to contribute a project to this special felt edition of Spinning Daily Magazine, I had no idea I’d make the cover!     I loved designing the Felted Hexie Tote, made from scraps of felted wool sweaters. Don’t let the hexagon shapes intimidate you, I’ve shared my process that makes it super easy and fun to put together. This technique would also make an amazing pillow!     Aside from the project instructions, you can read a bit about how my crafty career got started in the Artist Profile on page 24.  …
  • Seneca Creek Bag by Sara – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
      I’m totally in love with Sara’s beautiful Indigo Seneca Creek Bag. The leather accents make it a cut above!- Betz Hello! It’s Sara from Radiant Home Studio. You may already know that I love making bags. It’s funny, because I usually carry the same bag everyday until it’s worn out! Betz recently released a new pattern, the Seneca Creek Bag. Though I rarely swap bags, I’m sure I will actually use this bag instead of my big tote bag on occasion. You may have seen a few versions made by “Bag of the Month” club subscribers, and now the pattern is available to…
  • Coffee Cash Coin Pouch with Veronica – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    You are going to love this ingenious trick Veronica used for this week’s Sewing Collective project! Dollar Store for the win! – Betz Hi, everyone! It’s Veronica from sewVery here to share my twist on the little Coffee Cash Coin Pouch project.   The pattern and tutorial for the Coffee Cash Coin Pouch can be found in Betz’s book Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow and is not only a fun, quick sew, but a useful tool to store spare change in your purse or car for a future cup of Joe.     While you are making one for yourself, go ahead and make…
  • Generation Q: Fold-over Clutch Project

    Betz White
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
        I’m excited to have a project to share in the July/August issue of Generation Q Magazine! There’s a great article about upcycling and using vintage finds in your sewing and quilting. I shared my love of retro tea towels with this fold-over clutch.     One side of the clutch is a tea towel and the other side is denim from an old pair of jeans. I used a bright zipper accented with a piece of grosgrain ribbon for the pull. Super simple, easy and a fun way to feature a small amount of a favorite fabric. Makes a great gift, too! You're reading Generation Q:…
  • Sweet Life Appliqué with Rebekah – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Rebekah is the bees knees! (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) I love what she’s done with the Sweet Life pattern, check it out!  – Betz   Hello! It’s Rebekah from The Little Red Thread back to share some fab tips and a fun twist on Betz’s beautiful Sweet Life Pillow pattern, below.     I love, love, love this method of applique. Reverse applique is one of my favorite ways to do applique. It’s a quick and accurate way of producing works of art that look like they took you days to whip up. Betz’s pattern from Present Perfect includes easy to follow step by…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Colorful Animal Illustrations by Shanti Sparrow

    Thomas James
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Shanti Sparrow Website >> Shanti Sparrow Shop >>
  • What’s Wrong with Your Illustration Business?

    Thomas James
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    Illustration by Thomas James Whether things are going really well for your illustration business, or really wrong, it’s always a good time to take a look at what you might need to change. Finding the Weakest Links in Your Business First I’d like to suggest zooming in a little closer on just the “problems”. Try and figure out what might be standing between you and the success you envision for yourself. What might you be doing wrong? What isn’t producing the desired results? Is anything draining your time and money without offering something in return? What is…
  • Illustrator Submission :: Nick Bear

    Chloe Baldwin
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Post by Chloe Nick Bear is a professional artist with a passion for illustration. His style is bold, colourful and often full of character and humour. This has made him popular among game production companies and his illustrations have featured in some of the world’s most popular games such as Plants vs Zombies 2 and Bejeweled Blitz. If you would like to see more of Nick Bear’s graphic illustrations, please visit his portfolio.
  • GROW by Marijke Buurlage

    Thomas James
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Submitted by Marijke Buurlage for the Illustration Friday topic GROW.
  • Part Time Job, Full-Time Artist: Rethinking the Creative Career

    Amy Ng
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Amy Ng blogs at Pikaland, a popular stop for illustration lovers, students and artists who are looking for answers on how to find a balance between art, creativity and commerce.   Two years ago while I was attending a conference on children’s books in Singapore, I sat in on a panel that consisted of two writers and an illustrator. The one-hour long talk was about their journey and experience, and how they got to where they were, career-wise. When the Q+A session rolled about, I knew what I wanted to ask – it was at the back of my mind when I saw the slides of their journey and…
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  • Portland (west)!

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I had an amazing time! I saw beautiful dolls at the NIADA conference- Harriet by Shelley Thornton. Ima Naroditskaya‘s beautiful doll. I listened to amazing people give inspiring talks including- Ronnie Burkett  His talk made me desperate to see one of his performances and guess what? He will be in NYC at the end of September! Time for another NYC trip! Toby Froud- And Georgina Hayns from Laika Studio who brought some of the puppets for us to examine, up close. So so awe-inspiring! (Are you noticing the puppet theme?) But that wasn’t the best thing. The best thing is that I…
  • other tools for ornaments

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
      I played with some new-to-me supplies/tools when I was working on the patterns. I didn’t write them into the pattern directions because they aren’t necessary, maybe just interesting. Have you heard of Frixion pens? They are erasable gel pens. There is an eraser at the end of the pen, but much more useful for me, the marks are erasable by ironing. That sounds like magic, doesn’t it! Well, there is a problem. Yes, the marks disappear with heat but they will reappear with cold. I would never use them on my dolls, but an ornament? I don’t think it is that big a deal…
  • and the winners are…

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    I put the # of comments into the random number generator and got 30, 66, 16, 25, 15, 44, 41, 6, 40, and 27. Congratulations to Beverly Ann, Bettina, Dhonna, Vivien, Sarah, Susan, Mary, Kimber, Jennifer, and Barbara. Have fun with your patterns!
  • Summer fish

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I am trying to get back into the studio groove after the pattern writing and my trip to west coast Portland. It is great to have projects that are almost entirely finished- I was able to spend half the day working and finished these 5 fish! I’ll be getting them into my poor neglected Etsy shop soon. Next, finish up some tattooed men and cut out new ones! The hot weather will inspire me to stay in my air-conditioned studio.  
  • Ornaments Live!

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    I have posted my 5 new pdf ornament patterns into my etsy shop here! I am SO excited about these. I had so much fun and can’t wait to make more but back to work on dolls for a while first. To celebrate, I will give away 10 patterns! Leave a comment saying which one you’d like and I will pick ten winners after Monday (7/20, ends at midnight eastern US time). One entry per person, right?! There is the whale- Felt fish, perfect for embroidery embellishing! If you fill it with catnip, your kitty will love you (even more). An adorable Star Baby. You could embroider the back with a name…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • 1 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
  • Seeking Balance

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
      Good-bye July.   It rained like no tomorrow late yesterday. But here it is.   I plan to be away for August.   I need the time. And space. To rearrange. Shift. Center.   Balance is a matter of practice I think.One must be ready at any moment for everything to change. Even if it is just the wind.One must practice change more than anything. Manage the unexpected. Dance with it. Not repeat the same old same old in hopes to get it right. I will be checking my email now and then. Posting a photo or two when it happens. The only surfing I will be doing is the kind…
  • Light and Open

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    And still holding. What forms between appearing and disappearing is Magical. Leave space in your heart. It's a window.
  • Summer Stray at Home

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
     For now.
  • Blue Squares at Dusk

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I love seeing another LV go to cons! Poe didn't fit in my Wonderflonium briefcase and I feared he might fall out of my lab coat pocket (I was Dr Horrible) at Richmond Wizard World so he didn't get to join in the fun. We might go to VA Comicon (also in ...

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Prompt:  August - Challenge - YellowTeam: WordyEvent: CraftologyBonus Points: Project Name: Cupcake EmbroideryProject Link: Brief Description: This is yellow and happy! Once again, a twinchie embroidery. I re-did the "Treat Yo Self" cross stitch ...
  • Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15)

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I plan on setting aside a few hours tonight to read the rules and sign up. This was so much fun last year, I have to do it again!
  • Re: Mini Disney Golden Book Necklaces

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    They are all sized in Photoshop, printed out, and then the pages are hand folded and sealed, fluffy pants! I posted a tutorial on this board a couple years back, I'll see if I can find it!Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  • Re: Dresden Files Mini Book Bracelet

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Haha, thanks Quantumphysica! You should check out the Dresden Files, they are great books!Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Judy Wise

  • Recycling Old Paintings

    Judy Wise
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    This is my latest journal.I just finished sewing it yesterday and thought I'd share my process to help spark ideas for you in the studio.I know a lot of you, like me, generate works on paper that stack up in the studio. While the paintings may be beautiful, they aren't really enjoyed if they're languishing in a folder in the dark.The painting above, 12x12" on 140# watercolor paper, was in a folder with a stack of other non representational paintings that I did over a year ago.This one above was in the same folder. I used both of them on the cover and end sheets of my new…
  • July Garden

    Judy Wise
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Despite our drought, John's garden looks as beautiful as ever.People keep asking if he's cutting back; making it smaller.Well, the answer is no. It gets bigger each year if anything.He's cut off the sugar peas that have stopped producing to save seed.Meanwhile, there's a bean crop sprouting below that will utilize the trellis.He plants flowers among the veggies, like the English.And grows lots of peppers, like these jalapenos.We got our first tomatoes in June. Stupice; short growing season and dependable.Mystery perennial that came in with a load of chips. Some type of Rudbeckia.And then…
  • July

    Judy Wise
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:20 pm
     Hello my faithful friends. I've taken time out to just live without blogging, without taking photos, without creating the time needed to organize and report. It's been that kind of summer, in a very good way.(check one more off my bucket list: paddling a kayak)This photo above sums up for me a time with friends on Bainbridge Island a few weeks ago. Bare feet and fresh air. Campfires. Letting go and letting ourselves just be. Asking life to slow down a bit.Nia class with the women. Surrounding each other with love, kindness, and willingness. We gathered to paint with Misty. Check…
  • Amsterdam!

    Judy Wise
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
    I'm so excited to announce that Katie Kendrick and I will be teaching in Amsterdam next May. We've been planning this for some time now so I was especially alert when flying in to Amsterdam last month on my way to Scotland to observe the offshore wind farms, canals and lovely old buildings of that city, knowing that I'd be returning there in a year.Incidentally, Portland has a direct 9 hour flight to Amsterdam now. Wow!! Easy!Oh, to see the wonderful museums, the Dutch Masters, the modern city, the beauty of this place. And to see it with a wonderful group of artists who will share your love…
  • Journal Pages

    Judy Wise
    30 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    It's been awhile since I posted journal pages. But I continue to write.It's been a life long passion.An obsession, I suppose.Maybe in a previous life I was a scribe or a monk.Sitting alone in my cell penning words.That's what I am in this life, anyway.At times.Now that the nest is empty I can finally think.I used to wish the merry-go-round would stop awhile so I could figure life out.That's what I'm doing now, I suppose.Trying to connect the dots.And also writing things down so I won't forget.Recording the results of the experiments in my laboratory studio.Referencing recipes for…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • 5 Diy Leather Bracelets

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Gather your friends for a crafty afternoon and create the perfect arm party with these 5 easy and inexpensive leather bracelets
  • Quick Pom Pom Tutorial

    Dot W.
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:24 pm
    A super fast way to make pom poms, sew them on for a cute finish to all your knitted projects!
  • Landscape Drawing

    Edinburgh Sketcher
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As the Edinburgh Sketcher I am usually found drawing in the great outdoors rather than in a studio so for this how to I decided to go out into Inverleith Park and in particular the area above the duck pond which has a great view of Edinburgh Castle and the city in between. Each of the double nibbed Chameleon Color Tones Pens have the ability to blend from light to dark as you draw. Using the Toning Medium from the Mixing Chamber which comes with each pen you can 'dilute' the original colour of the pen to just a hint of the original hue.
  • Macaroni Cheese With Cherry Tomato Topping

    DK Books
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is the perfect supper dish, which I like to serve with crusty French bread. You can vary the cheese: for example, if you have leftover pieces of Camembert or Brie, freeze them with the skin on, grate when frozen, and add the cheese to the sauce. Serves 4 PER SERVING Calories: 543 Saturated fat: 17g Unsaturated fat: 11g Sodium: 496mg Grate the cheese Use the coarse side of a box grater for cheese. The large holes make the job quicker and easier, with less waste. Prepare the tomatoes Wash the tomatoes under cold running water, drain well, and cut in half. Make sure they are totally dry…
  • Cranberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

    Hannah W.
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Oatmeal cookies filled with milk chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Sesame Street party favor bags

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:26 pm
    I’m helping a friend throw a Sesame Street themed party for her one-year-old, and she put me in charge of the party favors. I knew right away what I wanted to do, and that was to make paper favor bags that looked like the Sesame Street characters! Making favor bags featuring Elmo, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and Grover is super easy with our Sesame Street Favor Bags Printables available on Etsy. Just print whichever character pages you need onto white sticker paper and get some standard paper lunch bags in bright colors to match the characters. Fold over…
  • Disney’s Tusker House orzo pasta salad

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    We are huge Disney fans here in my house and we try to go to Walt Disney World as often as we can. A few visits ago, we made lunch reservations at the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. While there, I must have eaten an entire pan of the orzo pasta salad. It is AMAZING! Once home, I had to find a recipe. I found this base recipe on and altered it slightly to my tastes. It is now my go-to potluck side dish for the summer. It looks impressive and tastes so light and fresh! Tusker House Orzo Pasta Salad Ingredients: 12 ounces orzo (cooked) 1 cup fresh spinach 2 teaspoons olive oil ¼…
  • Customized succulent pots

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    I have an addiction to Target. There, I admitted it. I have even passed this addiction on to my girls. Maybe it’s a genetic mutation, I don’t know. Anyway, on my most recent trip, I was cruising the craft aisle and noticed these adorable pots by Handmade Modern. I scooped them right up and brought them home to customize. There’s a natural “line” around the bottom of the pots. I painted the bottom section with Multi-Surface paint so I could put the pots outside. I didn’t bother taping anything, I just went for it! I used Shrimp, Soft Jade, and Dolphin as my…
  • Upcycled Patron bottle cheese serving set

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    I have always wanted to try my hand at cutting glass bottles and upcycling them into new pieces, but for some reason I never got around to it. I’ve even collected pretty wine and liquor bottles with the hopes of creating something with them some day. When I heard about the Art Of Patron bottle upcycling contest, I knew it was time to try glass cutting at last! I’m so glad I did, too, because I am completely in love with the cheese serving set I ended up creating. The first thing I had to do was learn how to cut glass bottles. I did some research and found lots of quick-and-easy…
  • Stencil an arrow design on a fringe purse

    12 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I found this fringed purse for Little Jo at Target and she loved the style. However, we both agree that it needed a little something extra to make it truly hers. As you know from the jewelry box I did for her recently, she loves The Hunger Games and all things arrow. This little bag needed some arrows! I had this arrow stencil from DecoArt that I chose to use. First, I sprayed a little stencil adhesive on the back to help it stick to the surface. I only wanted to use the crossed arrows so I taped off the parts I didn’t want. For this project, I turned to Little Jo’s favorite…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Tute Tuesday: Kitchen Dishtowels with Fabric Accents

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Do you know someone who just moved into a new house or recently got married? What about someone who just struck it out on their own? Why not make them a set of Kitchen Dish Towels with Fabric Accents? You don’t have to be a wizard at the sewing machine with these easy to follow […]
  • Tomato/Tomahto

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    You say tomato, I say tomahto, but either way, summertime is the time to enjoy this most delicious of foods. Forget about those hot house winter tomatoes; summer is when you’ll find the real deal! I can’t help but covet this tomato themed needlework patch by Ludi. It’s small and bright and perfectly textured, and […]
  • Meatless Monday: Veggie Bolognese Sauce

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    It is the monthly crafting get together with your friends and true to DIY form, it is a potluck. Sure you could just bring a bag of chips and salsa but that is so not you! You are all about tasty hearty dinners that everyone can enjoy. That is why you are going to make […]
  • Mountain Views

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    I’m currently reading a fictional book about people climbing Mount Everest, and it has convinced me that the best way to view a mountain is from afar… and closer to sea level. The horrors of climbing at over 26,000 feet above sea level are many. And horrible. But mountains are very pretty, and make excellent […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Fabric Boxes

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    This weekend, make some beautiful fabric boxes, using a great tutorial shared by whatzudoin. I can think of all sorts of uses for boxes: use them for decor, or storage, or give them as a gift (or use them as awesome gift wrap!) Great news: no sewing necessary!
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • August Monthly Challenge Sponsors + Prizes

    Tari of
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Our Wonderful sponsors for the August Challenge.We will have 2 Lucky Winners this Month!Bay Moon DesignKathy Lindemer of Bay Moon Design creates beautiful, stylish, unique, handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets. She also makes jewelry components.Bay Moon Design is located in Lewes, Delaware.Kathy is donating a $50 gift certificate.Visit Kathy at her Etsy Shop, Blog, and FacebookBH ClaysmithBarbara Hanselman of BH Claysmith creates hand formed ceramic clay beads, pendants and plaquettes which can be used to make your own wearable creationsHer…
  • August Monthly Challenge

    Tari of
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Summer ThunderBy Hosteen KlahWeaving, WoolAbout the ArtIn 1919 Klah began to weave sandpainting rugs which were based on the chants he was qualified to sing. His first sandpainting weaving was a whirling log design from the Nightway ceremony.Klah’s last sandpainting weaving, The Skies from the Shootingway ceremony, was done in 1937 and was not complete at the time of his death. The work was finished by his nieces, Gladys and Irene Manuelito.It is important to know that initially the reproduction of any of the sacred images was looked upon by most Navajo with apprehension and fear. To…
  • July Monthly Challenge Winners

    Tari of
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    Congratulations to the July Monthly Challenge winners! 2 winners were chosen randomly from all the challenge entrants1 winner was chosen randomly from the InLinkz blog entries.Winner of a month of advertising on ABS from the Monthly Challenge Bead categoryOur First lucky winner is Sarah RainesShe has won a $50 Gift Certificate from HumblebeadsOur Second lucky winner is Susan Feldkamp.She has won a $50 Gift Certificate from Celtcraft.Our Third lucky winner is Beads Academy/Mihaela Georgescu.She has won a $50 in Findings and…
  • Inside the Studio with Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries.Congratulations to Amara Honeck!!! You have won a $25.00 gift certificate to Humblebeads.comPlease email Heather to claim your prize.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Welcome to the studio of Mary…
  • Hello Art Bead Scene!

    Firefly Design Studio
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Hello Art Bead Scene!  My name is Michelle McCarthy and I am one of the newest contributors.  I have been playing with ceramic clay for 10 years now. I started out with hand building and wheel lessons at my local art center in Englewood, Florida.  I had a wonderful instructor who encouragedand supported my growth in making functional and decorative pottery.   I started selling my pottery at out door tent shows through out Florida.  Well, wind can be brutal and a few shows I had more pottery break than I sold.  Not fun.  But....I soon discovered beads…
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    CraftStylish - All featured posts

  • How to Sew a Tray Cover

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Posted by Deana This is the kind of quick and easy project that makes me feel like I am living the dream: sweetly pampered and lavishly lux.
  • Booklet and Clutch Giveaway: Super Simple Stick Weaving

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Posted by AlexLombardi This week, we're giving away a booklet full of stick weaving projects and a finished clutch project that was featured in it. Leave a comment and you could win.
  • How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Posted by leethal You won't need a pattern or any major sewing experience to cut two recycled T-shirts into panels and sew them into a super-simple and comfortable skirt!
  • Make a Revamped Sparkle Necklace and Earrings Set

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Posted by susanstars Rework a forgotten piece of vintage costume jewelry into this striking earrings and necklace set, perfect for a gift or a summer wedding! This project is very flexible—just choose an old necklace you haven’t worn for a while and salvage the beads for an all-new configuration.
  • How to Create a Retro Cocktail Apron

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Posted by JenniferSauer I can't think of anything cuter and easier to stitch up than a perky cocktail apron a la Lucille Ball. It makes a great accessory for entertaining (what a conversation starter!) or the perfect unique gift all for under $10 and less than half an hour of your sewing time.
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
     It's time to link up your amazing ideas to "Tip Me Tuesday"!  Let the SHARING begin!  Here's a few of my favorites who linked up last week!  {squeal in delight} Tip Junkie is on a grand mission to unite 1 million happy crafters and I've found an easier and better way to spread the word about YOUR homemade projects.  Wanna know how? It's all about reciprocity, baby.   Do you know that over 48 million people have visited Tip Junkie?  Yep.  That means that when you share blog links and upload…
  • Insiders Tips for Universal Orlando!

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Now that summer is upon us, I keep getting asked, do you have any other vacation plans?   Well, let me tell you....{wink}   I'm taking my family to Universal Studios Orlando for the Forward Family Event hosted by Mom It Forward for the second year in a row because we enjoyed ourselves so much last year.  If you are considering a family vacation, and have kids, let me recommend going to Universal Studios.  Here are some incredible insider tips that you'll want to know about before you plan your family vacation this summer to Universal Orlando [...]keep reading
  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's that time again ~ I'm featuring my top ten crafts to make this week from last weeks Handmade Project linky party.  Whoohoo!  I just love a linky party where I meet new creative women.  So, here are my top 10 favorite crafts, parties, recipes, free files, and DIY tutorials from Tip Me Tuesday!  I hope you're inspired to make something fabulous this week as well. These are just the 10 tutorials that I had time to highlight right now, you'll see many more featured on Tip Junkie, Tip Me Tuesday newsletter, AND promoted through [...]keep reading
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    Today's Creative Life

  • On the Go High Protein Snacks

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. If you’ve ever witnessed the hunger of a teen boy then you know. You know they can go through a jug of milk, a loaf of bread and a bag of chips in less than 5 minutes and still be hungry. All you parents are going to kiss me when I share my latest high […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration…
  • Summer Entertaining

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Simple Summer Entertaining celebrations don’t need a reason, right? Summer is a celebration in my book, so it’s all about relaxing with family and friends. With a child in school, we use up every drop of summer we can. We cram in so many weekend trips, vacations etc… it usually only leaves us with a […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's…
  • Creative Crafts, Recipes, DIY and more!

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. It’s Friday and I couldn’t be happier! Get ready to be inspired by all the amazing linked up projects from bloggers all over the internet! You’ll find creative crafts, recipes, DIY and more! For more inspiration, follow me on Pinterest where I pin anything that catches my eye! Visit Kim Demmon {Today’s Creative Life}’s profile […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • What’s Forgotten in your Bathroom?

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Yes! I’m talking Toilet Paper today. Not just any toilet paper, but Quilted Northern®. I just revealed a quick bathroom makeover a couple of weeks ago, which really improved this tiny little guest bath. It went from dark and drab to light and beautiful! What’s Forgotten in your Bathroom? People who come in here use […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder…
  • Free Home Alone Printable

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Please welcome Printable Contributor, Marlynn from UrbanBlissLife as she shares a very valuable printable! This FREE Home Alone Printable will really come in handy if you’ve got children who are just starting to stay home alone. This will help both you and your children feel more confident. See more from Marlynn here. FREE Home Alone […] Author information Marlynn publisher at Urban Bliss Life Marlynn Schotland is a longtime Pacific Northwest gal, mom of two, and publisher of the…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *TUTORIAL* $4 Love My State T-Shirt

    Kelsey Norwood
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    We recently got back from a glorious trip up the west coast through Oregon and Washington and our hearts are still there. Oregon is my favorite place in the world and I think it’s my boys’ favorite place too. We decided we ought to make a special Love Oregon t-shirt to commemorate this year’s adventures. […]
  • *REVIEW* Animalium

    Kelsey Norwood
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I love non-fiction books, especially books with beautiful pictures. This book has such rich illustrations – the colors are so vibrant and I love the style and how the books is formatted with a page of numbered illustrations and a page of interesting information. It covers a wide variety of animal species, habitats, etc. I […]
  • Don’t let an upset tummy ruin today’s adventure!

    Kelsey Norwood
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” There is nothing worse than watching your child suffer, no matter the cause. Kids pick up illnesses, infections, rashes, and suffer from allergies, sensitivities, […]
  • *REVIEW* Minion Mega Bloks Madness

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Have you seen Minions yet? It’s been out for over a week, what are you waiting for ?!? And right after you go see the movie, hop on Amazon and order one of these brand new MegaBloks Minions sets! The Castle Adventure set is brand new and available now on Amazon and it’s packed full […]
  • *TUTORIAL* Easy Weaving for Kids

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    We learned about the Maya and did some of our own weaving as a supplemental activity. I love actual skill building activities like this for my kids – it gets them using their hands and heads together and learning actual skills that may come in handy some day! Or at the very least clue them […]
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    house wren studio

  • summertime

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Maggie and I have been taking little Vince to the town pool now and then. It reminds me so much of the days when I did that with the girls in Chicago. The sounds of splashing, children calling, moms visiting...
  • spring sponsors and a giveaway!

    9 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Our spring events in Vermont were sponsored by several friends and featured artists. Each gift was a lovely gesture of support and generosity! Local potter, Jessica Putnam-Phillips from Battenkill Pottery created a beautiful tea leaf piece for each guest. Perfect...
  • spring in vermont and what's next

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    This has been a busy spring and summer for me. Our house sold, I downsized and moved after an enormous tag sale a few weeks ago. (!!!) But in the midst of that, my friend Meleen and I hosted back...
  • fall 2015 workshops in vermont

    21 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    It's almost time for our spring Vermont retreats and the questions are already coming about plans for the fall. Happy to announce that our next pair of Vermont weekends will be this September. We are so honored to have two...
  • new home

    20 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I'm moved in. I can't really believe it's been a week. Tonight was the first night I cooked here. I have found places for things. And things for places. Made makeshift curtains that will probably stay the duration. Made the...
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    Try Handmade

  • Stuffies and Owl's Wings from Sleepy King

    Ciaran Blumenfeld
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Spring is looming. Easter baskets. Hatless outings. Critters creeping out from hibernation. Clearly inspiration is also striking. Take a lookat [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Suffolk, England

    Tara Gentile
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:26 pm
    [hTara] This week’s Shop Local features the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. While a geographical search on Etsy didn’t reveal [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Kid’s Halloween Costumes: Boys

    Sarah Safranski
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    My little brother always had the best Halloween costumes–batman, power ranger, and any other action figure and sports hero that [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Sea Anemone Stacking Rings

    Erika Jurney
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:51 pm
    $48 by Kira Ferrer. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
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  • More Trophy Goodness

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    While I won’t showcase the finished piece before the tournament next Sunday, you can still get an idea of how it looks from these in process shots. Before forming any of the pieces, I added the little dot details along the edges of all the petals. Then the bowl portion was formed into a bowl […]
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Meghan Baum

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Walking through this year’s Art of the State, I was struck by Meghan’s painting. I kept looking at and picturing it in my living room. When I looked her up online I was surprised to see that she just graduated art school this Spring! You can find her piece, Here is Where It Happened, at […]
  • Trophies of the Soccer World

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    While I’m diligently working away at the “Rose Bowl” trophy in my studio, there has been an international soccer tournament going on RIGHT HERE in the USA. CONCACAF’s Gold Cup has been happening for the last couple weeks and the final is this weekend. This decides who from out area of the world goes to […]
  • From Paper to Metal and a little Krull too

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    I whet your appetite with the paper designs for the commissioned trophy, but now I’ve got some in process shots for you too. I textured and folded two sheets of brass for the base and the main bowl portion, then I air chased the sheet destined to be the bowl. Yeah, like “there was told […]
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Ira Upin

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    The next interview from an Art of the State artist is with Ira Upin. It was hard to ignore Ira’s piece at the exhibition. Not only is it right next to mine, it’s huge, colorful, and dominates the room. It totally makes me think of a reggae album cover and I love the graphicness of […]
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    Fidgety Fingers


    31 Jul 2015 | 11:34 pm
    HER: I wish I could hug you now. HIM: Me too, and then I'll bring you to brunch somewhere. HER: OK. Sure. And then I wanna hold your hand and have a long walk by the sea or river. To walk off the brunch. And occasionally stop you to kiss bomb you. HIM: Mmm HER: Or ask you to look somewhere else and plant a kiss on your lips. To have you window shop and hug you from behind. Wanna share an ice

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    5 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    We are at this crossroad again. Decisions have to be made. Perhaps heads will roll, perhaps they will not. We don't know. Perhaps sometimes we care too much. Perhaps, just perhaps our focus is in the wrong place. There are so many times we want to run away, to a place no one knows us. That perhaps we can start from scratch and no one cares. We can be anyone we want. There is no history, no
  • HAPPINESS 250615

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    Nah, make that a lucid dream sandwich because it is impossible to make you a sandwich anyway.

    7 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    We are working this weekend. We feel good, empowered that our ability has brought us to this stage in life where we have an awesome team supporting us. Despite that, our job is more difficult and sometimes it cause sleepless nights. We get so tired these days that going out to explore the city over the weekend is hardly an activity to consider.  This tiredness is surreal in itself. We have
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    Shannon Cook
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Remember how much we all loved coloring books as kids? I was known to spend hour after hour coloring my little heart out happily and quietly. And now as a mother myself, I happily watch my kiddos embrace their love for coloring. But what about us mom/dads who still love to color? I know I still color with my kiddos regularly but I have to admit, I'm getting pretty darn tired of coloring Barbie and My Little Pony. There are only so many times an adult can color a kids colouring book until we start to get fed up. Enter the rise of adult coloring books! Can we all say a giant…

    Shannon Cook
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It's here!!! It's our Summer Sweater Knit Along Kick-Off Day!!! Get those needles ready! It's time to join in and get knitting a lovely garment during the summer months so you can wear it just in time for the fall/winter!  Our Summer Sweater Knit Along Homepage is live! So pop on over and read all the details, get signed up, get inspired and check out our homepage! It's best viewed on your desktop or laptop than a mobile device. It's pretty to look at it :) We've got our hashtag - #sskal15, our pinterest page, sponsors and more! I can't wait to start seeing all your swatches and…

    Shannon Cook
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    I'm beyond thrilled and excited to be giving away a copy of my dear friend Anna Graham's new book "Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use and Wear" today. Her blog Noodlehead, is and has been, one of my top five reads for as long as I've been reading blogs. Handmade Style is just as addicting, and stays true to her wonderful aesthetic and style.  I'm so proud of all of her successes and it's been so awesome watching all of her talents bloom and grow! With a gorgeous new book and equally fabulous fabric line, Rain Walk (just released this year from Cloud 9…

    Shannon Cook
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    It's almost time for our favourite knit along of the year - the Summer Sweater Knit Along!!! Our SSKAL, as we call it, encourages knitters to keep on knitting garments throughout the summer months so they can sport their new handmade lovelies just in time for fall/winter!  SHARE YOUR PROJECTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA! USE HASHTAG #SSKAL15!Below are all the details you need to know to get ready for the launch of the Summer Sweater Knit Along next week! There's already a SSKAL pre-kal thread started in our Ravelry Group so feel free to chat patterns, swatches, yarns and more! I can't wait to…

    Shannon Cook
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    I'm back from our road trip over to Washington and I'm super excited to show you the goodies I brought home with me! The shops we visited are all wonderful and special and I'm so happy to have been able to bring back with me some very yummy goodies!  I had such a wonderful time visiting these amazing shops! All the lovelies from this post were from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Tolt Yarn and Wool Shop and Dry Goods Design. If you are in the Seattle, WA area I highly recommend visiting all 3 shops! Each is special and inspiring in it's own unique way!I could have spent days in each one…
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  • Cord DIY Ring

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    "This bold, bohemian DIY ring is really easy to make!"
  • 81 Printable Flower Patterns

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    With these 81 Printable Flower Patterns, you can learn how to make fabric flowers, find free crochet flower patterns, make paper flowers, and more. Flowers can be pricey, so whether you need a bouquet for Mother's Day or centerpieces for a wedding, making your own flowers is a frugal option. Since flower patterns are so chic, you can be trendy and thrifty at the same time with these printable flower patterns. The best part about these templates is that anyone can use them. Crocheters, sewing enthusiasts, and paper crafters alike will enjoy these free flower patterns.
  • "17 Easy Crafts With Yarn: Make Accessories, Decor and More with Lion Brand Imagine Yarn" free eBook

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    You probably think that crafting with is complicated and time-consuming. After all, most people associate yarn with crochet and knitting - two crafts that require skill and some degree of expertise. Well, you're about to change the way you think about crafts with yarn.
  • Sea Stone DIY Necklace

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    "Create a gorgeous boho DIY necklace that is perfect for the beach!"
  • WOW! Embossing Powder

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    WOW! Embossing Powder was established as a brand in May 2006 and has grown dramatically since then. We are rapidly becoming very well-known and respected within the craft industry. We pride ourselves on our fast and friendly customer service, and personal touch each and every one of our customers receives.
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  • HOT New Craft Trend: Weaving and Tapestries

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    I know. It is hard to imagine loom weaving as the latest craft trend, but as you guys are doing more and more DIY Bohemian decor, weaving crafts fit right in. Rainbow Loom Bracelets are a cousin of good old fashioned weaving, but looms can be as small as hand-held or as big as tapestries. You can make some rustic wall decor with weaving and creating a tapestry. Tapestry? You may think that that form of art has long died out since the Middle Ages, but they are making a comeback into the modern age. HOT New Craft Trend: Weaving and Tapestries So what exactly are tapestries? In the Middle Ages,…
  • Free Knitting Patterns for Fall

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Okay, so it’s a little difficult to imagine wearing, let alone knitting, a sweater, scarf, shawl, or gloves. Especially when it is nearly July and the temperatures are soaring quickly into the 90’s. But all those things take time to make people! Before you know it, school is going to be starting and the leaves will be turning colors, and then panic mode will set in because you didn’t get a head start. Never fear, though, I compiled the biggest list of free knitting patterns for fall. You’re going to feel so cozy in these knit sweaters, homemade knit scarves, and fuzzy…
  • Plan Ahead: 14 DIY Fall and Winter Wedding Centerpieces

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Spring and summer are the two biggest seasons for weddings. My sister just got married about three weeks ago, so I know how much planning she had to do in an abnormal amount of time in advance, just to make sure she got everything done before the rush for all the other summer weddings went through. Her maid of honor had the bachelorette party planned and booked about three months ahead, all without a wedding guide or planner. Summer in Missouri is relatively safe weather wise, except for this year when the entire Midwest is practically drowning. Luckily, it was a humid, sunny day, so the…
  • DIY Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am one of the lucky few who get to say that I have lived on campus, in a dorm room, with the same girl for all of college. Anyone will tell you not to live with your best friend starting out; I’m just lucky enough that my roommate turned into my best friend. Out of all the crazy stories these past three years, I never regretted a single thing. The only thing I wished could have happened was a decorated dorm room. I got the basics that every college kid needed, overstuffed the car, and went my merry way to school. None of it matched. Even now, as I start my last semester, I still have…
  • 10 Sorority Gift Ideas for Your Little and Fun DIY Gifts

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    So there are a million and one sorority gift ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, but there are the basics that every Little needs to start out with. If you’re a Big who wants to show your Little the ropes, you know how much you wanted to show your letters in every aspect of your life when you first accepted your bid. You probably went straight to Etsy to buy Greek apparel (I did it too). But quickly, you realized how over-priced Greek apparel and sorority trinkets are. You’ve learned, and you surely don’t want your Little to make the same mistake. Your job is to help your…
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    Merriment Design

  • {BOOK GIVEAWAY} The Big Book of Mod Podge: Decoupage Made Easy

    Kathy Beymer
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Win a copy of The Big Book of Mod Podge: Decoupage Made Easy by Plaid Enterprises Inc. with more than 90 + decoupage projects from beginner to advanced, courtesy of Lark Crafts. Mod Podge – the all-in-one glue, sealer and finish that was born in the ’60s in Atlanta, Georgia – is one of the most popular craft materials out there. I like Mod Podge because it’s really versatile and really pretty forgiving to work with, and you can up cycle and decorate things like this party beverage bucket: The Big Book of Mod Podge: Decoupage Made Easy is a craft book that you’re…
  • 3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

    Kathy Beymer
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    School’s out and it’s time to travel! The kids and I took a three-week road trip with several stops along the way. Packing for road trips can get tricky — especially choosing which toys and travel activities to take along for the kids. As a creative person, I think it’s important to bring some creativity-building, non-electronic toys that will keep the kids entertained both on the road and at our destination. And I’ve learned from past trips that it’s best to pack portable toys that the kids can play with in multiple ways. Today I’m sharing 3 creative…
  • DIY Tie Napkin Rings and Tie Bunting Father’s Day Decorations

    Kathy Beymer
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Here’s an easy idea for DIY Father’s Day decorations: Colorful paper tie napkin rings, tie garland bunting decorations, and a tie card. It’s a kid-friendly activity and a festive way to Colorize your Father’s Day brunch. The kids think Father’s Day is kind of like a birthday and so they wanted to decorate for “Daddy Day.” We each made some ties and I love how they’re all colorful and each have a different little personality. We made tie napkin rings and a tie Father’s Day card… …and a tie garland above our kitchen island for…
  • Easy Craft for Kids: DIY Bracelets

    Kathy Beymer
    26 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Today we had some time to kill before dinner so we made these easy DIY bracelets on the deck. This kid’s craft kept both my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old interested and occupied for a good 30 minutes with very little supervision which was exactly what momma needed after a super packed Memorial Day weekend. You only need two items for this kid’s craft activity — VELCRO® One-Wrap Straps and Tulip Fabric Markers (or colored Sharpie markers) — plus a good pair of scissors. These DIY bracelets are a simplified version of the Frozen snowflake charm bracelets that Elise and I…
  • Make an Easy Disney Princess Birthday Cake Using Stickers (yes, stickers)

    Kathy Beymer
    14 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Want to make an easy DIY princess birthday cake? Use princess stickers! Call it a cop-out or a moment of pure genius, using princess stickers is hands-down the easiest way to decorate a DIY Disney princess birthday cake …and really any other character cake too. Elise wanted an “All The Disney Princesses” birthday cake including Elsa/Anna/Olaf from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and The Beast, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and the other Disney princess ladies. Using stickers made it possible to pull all these different…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Garden Vegetable Baked Eggs

    Kayley McCabe
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    Flavorful garden veggies make their way into a simple and easy breakfast dish! Read more here - Garden Vegetable Baked Eggs
  • How to Make Perler Bead Monograms

    Mol­lie Johan­son
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Here's a fun and easy way to make super cute monograms using perler beads and a little thread. Read more here - How to Make Perler Bead Monograms
  • The Coolest Back to School Breakfast Pop on the Block

    Kayley McCabe
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kick off back-to-school with these healthy homemade breakfast pops! Read more here - The Coolest Back to School Breakfast Pop on the Block
  • Backstage with the Rock Stars of Shopping

    Rachel Faucett
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Take a behind-the-scenes look at the ultimate shopping party! Read more here - Backstage with the Rock Stars of Shopping
  • Zucchini–Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Elizabeth Stark
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Sweet blueberries, lemony cream cheese frosting, and zucchini come together in a deliciously moist cupcake recipe. Yum! Read more here - Zucchini–Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Cover with Pockets for Ninja Professional Blender pdf Pattern

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I love my Ninja Professional blender, but I have a hard time to find the cups when I want to use them. This cover keeps the cups close at hand always ready to use, when you want them. The pdf pattern is easy and fun to make. You will have it done in about an hour or less. Find the pdf pattern here.
  • One Subject Notebook Cover with Pencil Pocket Sewing Pattern

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This is an easy and useful sewing pattern, the pencil pocket is right in the cover of the notebook. The cover is also, great for any book and quilting or sewing book that is the size of a one subject notebook. Find the pdf pattern here.
  • Weeping Willow Tree

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    My favorite tree in the yard, how big and beautiful it is, I have a few growing by the pond, but not near as big and beautiful as the one in the front yard.
  • Keepsake Signature Table Runner pdf Pattern

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Make the party memorable with a Keepsake Signature Table Runner, great for Birthdays, Graduation, Weddings, New House, Babies, Holidays and more.Use a permanent marker and have guests sign the front of the table runner, on the back write the date and occasion to keep it memorable.The pattern has two sizes 25 guests and 50 guests, which each Keepsake Table Runner could easily hold more signatures.This is a fun and easy to make pdf pattern, great for gifts too. Find the pattern here.
  • Strawberries

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    My first strawberries from my strawberry patch. Delish!!
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Delectable Flowers Quilt

    Cathy Smith
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hi, I’m Cathy from and I’m excited to share this pattern today.  For this project, I’m using “Hi-De-Ho” by Me and My Sister Designs. I’ve always loved the look of the delectable mountain block but really didn’t like the limits of the oblong design.  I trimmed it up and added corner squares, played with the layout a bit, and came up with wonderful pattern!  It will be a perfect quilt for Spring or for any little girls room.  This is a fat quarter and layer cake friendly quilt pattern. You can get the PDF version at the end of this post.
  • On A Roll Quilt

    Emily Thompson
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello again!  I’m back and can’t wait to share my Summer of Solids project with you.  My quilt designs have been influenced by shopping for the perfect dhurrie rug for my living room – can you tell?  My “On a Roll” quilt is so easy to whip up and I hope you enjoy sewing with the sumptuous solids.  Have you tried Moda Crossweaves yet?  This was my first time and I’m in love This quilt finishes at 77″ x 66″. 1 Bella Solids Jelly Roll Warm, 2 if you want to be more selective about the colors you use! 4 yards Moda Cross Weave in Sand…
  • Reindeer Quilt

    Alicia Steele
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1 yard Jingle Christmas Crimson 1 yard Jingle Christmas Ice 2 yards Jingle Incline Cedar 1 yard Jingle Rejoice Cedar 5 Jingle charms packs 2 Bella Solid Chocolate charm packs 1 Very Merry Berry Panel To start open all the charm packs and separate the colors. Put all the greens together, all the reds together and so on. For the front of the quilt, you will only use the green squares, plus 4 red squares for the nose. There will be some leftover squares (which would make a great pillow or even another quilt top.) For the quilt top, you will need to trim 46 of the brown squares to 4.5″.
  • Dancing in the Stars

    Cindy Sharp
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For as long as there have been people trying to find their way, there have been stars to guide them. Stars dance in the heavens weather we see them there or not. They warm the darkness of the night and fill us with hope. They kindle romance and inspire wonder. Janet Clare has captured it all in her new line, Nocturne. It seemed appropriate to create a quilt for this line using a classic “road to” block, however, a trip to the stars can not be taken on any ordinary road. For this quilt I have adapted “Road to Oklahoma” – given it a twist in the corners and created…
  • Sunburst Quilt

    Lauren Terry
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hi, I’m Lauren from {} and I’m excited to share this pattern today.  If you haven’t visited my blog before, head over to get in on a great giveaway.  For this project, I’m using “Canyon” by Kate Spain.  You can get the PDF version here: Sunburst.  Let’s get started! For this pattern, you’ll need: – 12 fat quarters – 1 yard sashing fabric – 2 yards background fabric – 2/3 yards binding fabric – 2 yards of backing fabric From each fat quarter, cut: – 1 square measuring 6.5″ (for the…
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    How Does She

  • Party at a Pre-Screening! – ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The moment you’ve been waiting for all Summer is finally arriving! You can see Once I Was A Beehive in theaters early. YAAAAAYYYYYY! A few pre-release (sneak peek!) screenings of the movie for the public will be at locations in Utah (see below for details).  PRE-RELEASE SCREENING PERKS: –> Key cast members will be in attendance at each screening AS WELL AS ME (@alisonjprince) and I’m working on a ride for #pypgrandpa so he can come too! –> FREE limited edition signed movie posters to attendees who have RSVP’d to this Facebook Event and invited their…
  • Braided Flower Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hi there! Sorry that I was gone last week! I got a flu and it totally wiped me out! for today we have this braided flower tutorial. It is such a beautiful hairstyle especially for wedding season! And the best part about it is how EASY peasy it is to achieve! I really hope that you all enjoy this tutorial and recreating the look! Thank you so much again for watching and for all the support! P.S. To see how I got this pretty makeup look make sure to subscribe to Kylees Korner Youtube channel and blog because a full tutorial for the look will be up on thursday! Thanks guys!      …
  • How Does She Make a Chocolate Banana Snack?

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    How Does She Make a Chocolate Banana Snack? Need a quick, easy and delicious snack? I know with summer here the kids are dying for me to make a special treat for them pretty much every day! These chocolate banana bites will be sure to save the day! Items needed: Bananas Melted Chocolate Peanut Butter Nuts Skewers Here’s how it’s done! Cut the bananas up and put them on the skewers. Dip in chocolate, spread on a little peanut butter then dip in nuts and that’s it! Now you know How Does She Make a Chocolate Banana Snack! Follow us on YouTube for more great ideas!    …
  • Costco Connection Cover!

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Thank You! We love you! You are the reason a little blog 6 years ago has turned into what is now Because it is fun to share good news with the people you love, we want to share something we are pretty excited about! About six weeks ago we were interviewed by Costco and did a quick photo shoot in hopes of landing the cover of the Costco Connection. Flash forward; The Costco Connection August 2015 edition is being delivered this week, and we are featured on the cover! The Costco Connection magazine is delivered to all Costco Members (executive and business) and has a circulation…
  • While You Were Hashtagging—Put the Phone Down

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
      I’ve noticed something lately that is alarming.  I’ve seen it in myself, my friends, my family, and complete strangers. Let’s back up only eight years to when Apple first introduced the iPhone.  Before that, phones were dumb; they could call and text…that’s about it.  When smartphones started cropping up like like moles in that classic whack-a-mole game, we could hardly keep up.  Look at all of the information now available at our very fingertips! Pioneers heading West on the Oregon trail could hardly fathom that only two generations into the future,…
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  • Kirigami, a Stretchable Battery

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
    In my last article we looked at options to make electronics more elastic and stretchable. But what about the batteries we need to energize stretchable electronics? Traditional batteries are far way from being elastic, to stretch even a tiny little bit. A possible solution for stretchable batteries comes from a team of researcher at the Arizona State University. Hanqing Jiang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering together ASU students Zeming Song and Xu Wang got inspired by the ancient Japanese technique called Kirigami, of folding paper (Kirigami) to create a…
  • Flexible, Stretchable Electronics

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    One of the fundamental requirements in wearable electronics is to make it stretchable, flexible, elastic. Without this properties there is no way electronics can be integrated into clothing. Over the past years various research and development activities have been undertaken to master the stretchability of electronic elements, to make electronic systems conformal with the textile properties  used for clothing. Many promising demonstrations have surfaced but up to this day there is no real ‘go-to’ solution when it comes to the integration of some electronic components into garments…
  • Safe Ride Cycling Jacket

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Two students from Mexico’s National Autonomous University have created a “Safe Ride” jacket to increase the lifespan of cyclists in their city. The “Safe Ride” jacket as they call their design is very similar to the mother of all turn signal jackets: The Turn-Signal Jacket invented by Leah Buechley in 2008. Personally I am surprised the Turn-Signal Jacket concept has not been picked up by bicycle apparel brands. Everyone is talking about how to increase road safety of bicycle riders but to walk ride the talk – nothing to be seen. The Turn-Signal jacket is such a brilliant…
  • Creative, Innovative Wearable Technology community

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    While companies search for the next  killer application in Wearable Technology a fast growing community of Makers, Students, Artists and home-brew creatives in the DIY community generate inspiring designs with wearable technologies. The advantage of Makers, Artists and home-brew enthusiasts is they do not have to consider cost, robustness of design and production limitation as designer and engineers have to consider in a corporate setting. It is important and essential for uncharted fields like Wearable Technology to have a playground, a experimental mindset, pioneers to test the waters so…
  • Wearable Power – are we there yet?

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    The short answer is – NO. Wearable Power is one of the hot topics for Wearable Electronic research and development. The dream for unlimited power on the go is as old as our relation with portable, personal and now wearable devices. A few years ago I have spend a considerable amount of time to hunt down wearable power and written articles about the latest, hottest and most promising developments. My recent search for news on wearable power developments did bring up some new, cool but highly unpractical developments. In theory, those designs might work under best world condition but…
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    idea chic

  • Sewn Paper Greeting Cards by Idea Chíc

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    For a unique tactile design greeting card with blank inside for a personal note. Idea Chíc is extending the sewn paper greeting card line including these three new cards. Just married wedding card, congratulations or just because positive note and thinking of you greeting card. Click the image for more information or visit our greeting card collection.  Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Join Idea Chíc’s rewards program!

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Join Idea Chíc’s rewards program! Our small business keeps growing and mostly because of our repeat and referral customers. It is hard to express how much that means to us! We have been searching for a good rewards program that is easy and helpful to you. If you are registered on our site you already have ”love notes” accumulating from your orders. Otherwise take a moment to join our rewards program. Details: 100 love notes are worth $1 Join our reward program and get 100 love notes Spend one dollar (USD) in our store and get 5 love notes Like our Facebook page and get 10…
  • It’s Christmas in July at Idea Chíc!

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Idea Chíc’s Christmas in July sale is on! Save 20% on our entire online shop and Idea Chic on etsy too with discount code CHICXMASJULY at checkout! Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Idea Chic Christmas in July 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Merry Christmas in July from Idea Chic! Use code CHICXMASJULY for 20% off the entire Idea Chic shop – custom / made to order included when ordered in July! Christmas, holiday cards, tags and other items printed on letterpress or flat. 2016 calendars available the second half of July! See the gifts for home collection for more chic gift ideas. Same offer and Christmas in July sale on our etsy shop! get ahead of the game with personalized Christmas cards or holiday party invitations. Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Summer Idea Chic Parcel Post Subscription

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Our Summer Parcel Post subscribers have received! Happy summer! Want one? http://www.ideachic.netFiled under: Idea Chic
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Cool New Netflix Series for Kids

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Looking for a cool Netflix series for kids and tweens? Good news! Netflix recently released an exclusive new original series — Dreamworks Animations Dragons: Race to the Edge. Both of my kids enjoyed the How to Train Your Dragon books and movie series, so this new series was a big hit with them! I love that […]
  • Cardboard Crafts — Pretend Cookie Shop

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    On hot Summer days one of the last things I want to do is turn on the oven to bake cookies. Fortunately, simple cardboard crafts are a great alternative to baking! These pretend cardboard cookies are decorated with pretend icing that is light and fluffy and pretend sprinkles too! These cardboard cookies are all the fun of baking without the […]
  • Coloring Books for Adults

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Coloring books for adults are popping up all over the place, and for good reason! The simple act of coloring can be relaxing and calm many over-schedule busy adults. For the last few months, these coloring books have been flying out of bookstores, many of them are selling out. I highly recommend these coloring books, […]
  • Summer Math Practice

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This idea for Summer Math practice is quick and easy to set up. The best part is that the kids can enjoy a bit of water play while practicing Math! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative learning activity. I set this up as an open invitation […]
  • Safari Crafts and Activities

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Safari crafts and activities are a great way to keep the kids entertained this Summer while learning lots of new things about animals and wildlife. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring our wild adventures while we celebrated “Safari Week” here at home! These safari crafts and activities are […]
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Back-to-School Glitter Mason Jars

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    With back-to-school looming in the not-so-far-off future, it's time to start thinking once again about teacher gifts!  These cute, glittery mason jars from Crystal at A Pumpkin & A Princess are a fun, practical project that will look fabulous displayed on your favorite teacher's desk.  We're especially fond of the pencil-themed jar, cleverly designed with the addition of a few stickers to give it the No. 2 detail.  [how to make back-to-school glitter mason jars] Project estimate: Mason jar, on hand or $1 Glue, on hand or $1 and up Glitter, on hand or $1 and up Paint, on hand or $1 and…
  • Make Citrus Tea Towels

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    We love a good tea towel project, and this one is particularly cute for summer!  Sarah from Sarah Hearts used a clever combination of simple stamping and embroidery to make these fruity kitchen accessories.  If tea towels aren't your thing, this motif would also be cute on a tote bag, a t-shirt, or any other fabric item that could use a bit of sprucing up!  [how to make citrus tea towels] Project estimate: Tea towels, $1 and up Fabric paint, on hand or $1 and up Sponge, on hand or $1 Embroidery floss, on hand or $1 Total: $1 and up
  • Make a Pom Pom Ice Cream Cone Garland

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    National Ice Cream Month may be drawing to a close, but it's pretty much always a good time for ice cream so we are going to keep in celebrating until the very end!  This fun ice cream garland from Karin and Freja at The Crafty Swedes very cleverly uses parts of a recycled egg carton to create cones - genius!  Go grab all of your yarn scraps and you'll have your own adorable garland whipped up in a jiffy.  [how to make a pom pom ice cream cone garland] Project estimate: Yarn, on hand or $1 and up Egg carton, on hand Paint, on hand or $1 and up Total:  Free and up!
  • Make DIY Watercolor Washi Tape

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    Can't find washi tape in the right colors to match your project?  Then make your own!  Laura at Paper & Pin used watercolor paints to make these pretty, unique tapes with a soft, ethereal quality.  For different looks, you could use the same tape-making technique with Sharpies, colored pencils, or anything else you and your collection of art supplies can dream up!  [how to make DIY watercolor washi tape] Project estimate: Tissue paper, on hand or $1 Double-sided tape, on hand or $1 and up Watercolor paints, on hand or $1 and up Total: Free and up!
  • Make Leather Feather Earrings

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Leather feathers - as fun to say as they are to wear!  We love these chic, dangly earrings from Gina Michele.  It's a great way to use up scraps of leather left over from other projects; if you don't happen to have any leather on hand, old leather garments from thrift stores are also a great source of materials for this project.  If you like the leather feather look, you could also use this technique to make a necklace, or even to embellish items for your decor!  [how to make leather feather earrings] Project estimate: Leather, on hand or $1 and up Chain, on hand or $1 Jewelry findings,…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Start School with a School Days Quilt!

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    School will be starting before too much longer, but you have time to make this School Days Quilt for a special student in your life! This quilt is a great size for a child, 49 1/2″ x 59 1/2″ but is also easy to adjust the size for a larger … Continue reading
  • Gorgeous Quilts from Spring Quilt Market Minneapolis

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    In part two of my photos from the Spring International Quilt Market held in Minneapolis, I want to show you some of the beautiful quilts displayed. Sometimes a picture doesn’t provide the detail that makes the quilt so spectacular so I took some close up detail photos that I’m showing with the quilt photo. This … Continue reading
  • Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis

    28 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I recently attended the Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. As most of you probably know, it’s the largest trade show for anything related to quilting – fabrics, patterns, notions, threads and more and is a kaleidoscope of colors. I took so many photos so am dividing my Quilt Market … Continue reading
  • Create a Wedding Gift – Dove and Heart Wedding Quilt!

    13 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    The wedding “season” is arriving soon, but you still have plenty of time to create an heirloom wedding gift with this Dove and Heart Wedding Quilt pattern. This quilt is wall hanging size of 42″ x 42″ but is easy to increase the size if you want a larger quilt. … Continue reading
  • Arbor Window Quilt Pattern with Views of Trees

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    I love trees and enjoy looking out my window at the woods and trees.  This quilt catches the spirit of viewing trees through window panes. This quilt pattern. Arbor Window, is free beginning April 15, 2015 for the next two weeks by joining the April Quilt Dash Arbor Window, designed by … Continue reading
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Take A Road Trip

    Tahani Al-Salem
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    At the start of this month, I took a road trip. Road trips make me nostalgic for my childhood, as we used to take them all the time when I was a kid. When I say road trip, I don’t just mean a few hours in the car. I mean 8-12 hour days in the car over several days. When I was a kid, my mom would always check in with us and make sure we were taking it all in. As an adult, I find myself not wanting to sleep in the car, in fear of missing something. This most recent trip was a camping trip, and we drove through some of the prettiest stretch of road I’ve ever seen. Amazing glaciers,…
  • Creating Courage

    Vanessa Anstee
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the things I noticed when I jumped from the corporate world into running my own business was that I needed to build a new relationship with fear. For too long I didn’t recognise when I was afraid. I ignored my body signals. I succumbed to defensive, fear based thinking.   I convinced myself that what I was doing was necessary. The truth was it was a defensive reaction to my fears. Everything I produced needed to look and feel right. I was convinced that the details really did make all the difference.   I worked with copywriters and made sure that what I created was as close to…
  • The Forbidden Topic…Talking Black & White in the Red, White, & Blue

    Stacy Wood
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I spend a large percentage of my efforts blogging about communicating with others; I believe that improved awareness of self improves communication with others which in turn improves your relationships. In America, we have a large taboo around discussing white and black relations in a realistic manner.  The news brings it up in sensational stories to “stir the pot” and question equality.  But rarely do you hear conversations among your friends discussing black-white relations in the real world…your own backyard. That is why I invited Angel Davis to co-author this blog with me; below…
  • Discovering the Impressionists

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias), 1873, by Claude Monet (National Gallery of Art, Washington: Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art) Recently, I introduced you to Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design, now showing at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Today I am thrilled to tell you about the blockbuster exhibit, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting. This exhibit was previously showcased at the National Gallery in London and Musee du Luxenbourg and Grand Palais in…
  • Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “PH Artichoke” Lamp, Designed 1957, Designed by Poul Henningsen, Danish, 1894‑1967, Brushed copper, chrome‑plated steel, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Scandinavian design is renowned for its functional form and clean lines. The Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art begins with a historic look at the underpinnings of this design movement, originating in Paris at the 1900 World’s Fair, up through present day (including Minecraft video…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Hibiscus Applique

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Better gardeners than I can get hardy hibiscus flowers to grow in Michigan. I have yet to have one successfully winter. Since I adore them, I tend to think of them as annuals and always have one of two plants in the garden. Perhaps I shouldn’t bother but few plants are as showy and beautiful as the hibiscus, and to me, it just wouldn’t feel like summer without their cheery faces smiling up at me! It only makes sense that I would include this beautiful flower in a summer applique collection. As always The Hibiscus Applique was designed to fit on a 6″ x 6″ block but can be…
  • Preview :: Gnome Home Tutorial

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    For years I have been promising our readers a tutorial for making our Gnome Home. Last Christmas Tim and I made two, and I’m finally getting around to writing up the directions. It’s not that I’m a slacker it is just that I knew this was going to be a monumental project. Really, making the gnome homes was less time consuming than writing up the instructions! So, finally, after literally years of promises, I am pleased to say that we will be sharing our tutorial on making our version of a gnome home. This won’t be a “do it exactly like it tell you” kind of tutorial, because each…
  • A Child’s Dream Summer 2015 Give-Away :: Doll Making Supplies

    Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Lesley! Please email me within 3 days to claim your prize. Lesley says August 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm  Perfect! These are just the supplies I have been looking for! Thanks for the introduction Coupon: 10% off with: WEEFOLKDOLLS Valid through August 15, 2015 A Child’s Dream has EVERYTHING you need for making natural crafts, toys and dolls, all in one colorful shop! Specializing in 100% Wool felt we have an extensive selection offering five styles – our Thick Rustic from Nepal, the dense Premium Wool Felt, Holland 100% Wool Felt in over 70…
  • Learn to Knit Afghan :: Block Ten

    Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Working with the Diagnoal Chain Pattern The diagonal chain is another fun mosaic pattern. The main tip I want to share is be sure to slip as if to purl unless a pattern says otherwise. This is true for all the mosaic patterns. More Blocks in the Series Introductory Post Block Nine: Horizontal Chain Pattern Block Eleven: (coming soon) Learn to Knit Afghan Project This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through…
  • Tissue Paper Stained Glass Raindrops

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    I am a fan of rain. I can honestly say there have only been a handful of days in my life when I felt like rain ruined the day for me. I love the sound of rain. I love the smell of the earth after a rain. I love to be caught in a summer shower… it makes me feel like I am 8 years old again! I love it when Mother Nature takes care of watering my plants and I can simply whisper a heartfelt “thank you”. As I said… I’m a fan of rain! Of course I live in an area where we seldom have problems with flooding and there is no monsoon season! Mostly, rain is welcomed and we…
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  • #udandiKitchen Remodel – Cabinets and Appliances

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I have shared some of the #udandiKitchen remodel progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. In my previous posts, I admitted my kitchen was a dump but then we demolished, it to make way for an all new kitchen! I was hoping by now I would be able to share a completed before and after kitchen remodel, but because my counters are not installed after 6 weeks (was quoted 3-5 weeks) and I don’t know that Home Depot is going to make good on that purchase (a post for another day), I’m going to share what I can. Flooring – Bruce Hardwood Floors from Lowe’s Cabinets – Woodbridge…
  • Define – Spinning and Barre studio in Oakley

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I found Define through a Groupon offer for one month unlimited Body and Rev classes, so I signed up. Define Body and Mind in Oakley is just off the square located next to a pizza place (ahhh!). The one thing that impressed me the most was how friendly all the staff was how they made an effort to know my name and get me checked in as I walked in the door. That personalized attention isn’t found everywhere, but I really appreciate it. The studio space is calm and open, they offer two single-room restrooms (but no shower), and cubbies (not lockers) for storing items during class. With it…
  • The Kitchen Remodel – Demolition

    9 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you have seen some of the kitchen demolition photos, but this post explains a little more what happened. Visit The Kitchen Remodel – Before if you want to see what the kitchen as I used it for nearly six years. Fortunately, my parents know what they’re doing when it comes to remodeling. My dad insisted we could handle some of the demolition. For the most part, I’m clueless. But I’m pretty good at trusting my parents, taking direction, and using the hand cart. To save a little money, we removed the appliances, counter,…
  • Women’s Athletic Apparel at Dick’s Sporting Goods

    25 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    It has been a while since I’ve purchased new workout clothes and it just so happened Dick’s Sporting Goods invited me to check out their Women’s Athletic Apparel department, which I was happy to do figuring I could checkout a variety of clothing! I love that as I walked in that women’s apparel was visible in the front of the store and there were big photographic banners highlighting the brands and related activity so if I knew I was looking for Nike or soccer specifically I could navigate to those areas. Did you know Carrie Underwood has a line of yoga clothing? I…
  • The Kitchen Remodel – Before

    22 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you have seen some of the kitchen demolition photos. This is a post to introduce you to the kitchen remodel before photos. Remodeling this kitchen has been something I wanted to do since buying my house in September of 2009; it was the one room of the whole house I didn’t like at all. Not even a little. I know what you will think when looking at these photos because I do it, too, why don’t they just clean up?! After a while it just became a drag choosing whether I should use cabinet space for dishes or food, keeping…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Before and After: How I Overhauled My Guest Bathroom for Under $250

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Our guest bathroom is one of those projects that I've been hesitant to tackle because it doesn't get used all that often. But then I realized it's so small, it actually wouldn't take long to spruce it up and get one more room checked off my list. We've finished up my office and our patio, but there's still plenty to tackle. And since we're renting, there's only so much time to get every room feeling like us before we're like 'hey, should we move?'.  So.....I finished up a mini makeover for the guest bathroom over the weekend, in partnership with method to celebrate their brand new line of…
  • The Only Three Ingredients You'll Need to Make Watermelon Granita

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Happy watermelon day! Yep, there's an actual day for your favorite fruit. And that day is TODAY! So...let's make some watermelon granita. K? It's only three ingredients and you probably already have everything you need at home. Here's the ingredients list... Ingredients: - 4 cups watermelon, pureed - 1/2 cup sugar - 1/4 cup water You’ll also need: 2 quart sauce pan // Whisk // 9" square pan // Large fork or spoon Instructions: 1. Start by heating the sugar and water in the sauce pan over medium heat. Cook the solution until it comes to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from the…
  • 6 Ice Cream Sandwiches for Your Sunday

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I never really post over the weekend, BUT today is national ice cream sandwich day. And I just couldn't keep myself away. My love for ice cream sandwiches is strong. STRONG! And if you're in the same boat as me, you may just appreciate this roundup. Six ice cream sandwiches to end the weekend... 1. (above) s'more ice cream sandwiches 2. stroopwafle ice cream sandwich 3. the ice cream sandwich version of gold leaf embellished cookies 4. chocolate eclair ice cream sandwiches 5. rainbow sugar cookie ice cream sandwich 6. glazed donut ice cream sandwich What's your favorite 'perfect' version of…
  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    This week was a fun one, with a couple of shoots that included a whole lot of peaches (sneak peek here) and a field trip to a working farm outside of the city. Which you may have seen a glimpse of over on Snapchat (follow me @brittnimehlhoff). Have you ever been to a fruit and veggie farm before? It was so amazing. I think I could have stayed forever...the stress literally melts away out there. It was just a day trip though. And I'm back at home, getting ready for the weekend (yay Friday!) with this week's 7 DIYs to try... 1. sugarcane necklace DIY from For the Makers 2. watermelon papaya rum…
  • A New Take on Chicken and Waffles: Homemade Chicken Salad Waffle Sandwiches

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Alright chicken and waffles has been done 101 times, but it's because the combo is kind of delicious. Right? So, what if we take that combo and kind of turn it on it's head a little and make it a chicken salad waffle sandwich. You with me on this one? Or have I gone crazy? This may seem like a strange combo, but I'm pretty sure that if you give it a go, you'll totally love it. So, let's get to the recipe! Ingredients: - waffles (homemade or store bought) - lettuce - 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked) - 1 cup pecan pieces, toasted - 3 cups of red seedless grapes - 4 stalks of…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Rustic Wood Slices Mason Jar

    Jessica Christman
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Sometimes you want a down-to-earth way to store your small tools. This wood slice Mason jar is the perfect solution! {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Easy Festive Ribbon Wreath Centerpiece

    Jessica Christman
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Create it in fun colors for a birthday, holiday colors for different holidays, or in school colors to honor your favorite school or sports team. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make a Rustic Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

    Jessica Christman
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    This DIY takes less than a minute to make, leaving you with a cute and functional piece of decor for your bathroom. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY No Sew Burlap Silverware Holder

    Jessica Christman
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Quick and easy to make, this is a no-sew project, and you’ll have several made up in no time! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Minnie Mouse Pom Pom Hair Clips

    Jessica Christman
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    These adorable pom pom hair clips with bows are reminiscent of that famous girl mouse. 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

  • Attaching Shelf Jars and FREE Dennison-Style Labels

    Cathe Holden
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    While cleaning the garage over the weekend I happened on a collection of jars I’d tucked away for future use. (Hey…It’s the future!) And I can always use more crafty storage in the studio. Jars work so perfectly to show off the stored contents. I find when I can see my supplies I’m much more apt to use them as I tend to forget some of the supplies and materials I have stored in drawers and boxes. I decided to attach into the dead space found on the underside of existing studio shelves. I simply drilled pilot holes into the lids, double-stick taped the lids into place under the…
  • Vintage Album Bird Images

    Cathe Holden
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    How do you keep your creative juices flowing? Sometimes when I’m longing for new ideas I search for old inspiration, and visit my local antiques stores. Yesterday’s trip proved quite successful as I happened upon four separate pages taken from a vintage photo album. Each page rich in colorful, detailed bird illustrations.I scanned the pages and used Photoshop to touch up stains and blemishes, and fill the inner photo areas. You can help yourself to each image below by clicking to enlarge and save. Use for collage, scrapbooking, cardmaking, digital work, even your own album pages. (But,…
  • General Store Inspiration: Mercantile Interior Photo Tour

    Cathe Holden
    12 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you’ve seen my workshop studio, Inspired Barn, in magazines, online, or in person, it’s likely pretty obvious where my number-one inspiration comes from- early general stores and mercantiles. Photo courtesy of Captain Simos Returns. I’ve long been attracted to photographs showcasing proud shopkeepers and customers  posed within tidy, well-stocked emporiums that stocked everything from overalls and tobacco to fabrics and soaps. Photo courtesy of Dean Joseph Fine Art and Antiques. Counters, shelves, cases, drawers and bins filled with neatly arranged and stacked goods, much of which…
  • Inspired Barn Video Production

    Cathe Holden
    2 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Last November I began talks with F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company, about creating an exciting new series of Inspired Barn craft video episodes and accompanying kits. The projects would feature home décor projects, with videos and kits made available online through their Interweave Store. I’ve always known that videos would be the very best way to demonstrate steps for recreating my original projects. And F+W being a reputable media company well versed in the craft and hobby industry, of course I said YES! Though I’ve never done video, I’d been building up my courage and was ready to…
  • Vintage-Style Egg Co. Stencil Kitchen Art

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

    Alison Wood
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Pinterest can be such a hugely valuable site for driving traffic to your creative website, craft blog or handmade marketplace. Therefore on the 12th August I am running a webinar on ‘Market Your Business With Pinterest’ which will dive into much more depth on making the platform effective for your business. For this launch the price is just $9 but places are limited so register now if you would like to join me. To find out full details head over to the sister site to Art of Crafts Cartwheels Across The Sky.  Hope to see you there!
  • Two Jewelry Making Books Up For Grabs in the Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    July is jewelry making month on the blog and we are kicking it off with a giveaway – with two fab books up for grabs. First, I’m going to introduce both of them and then you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how to enter. Paracord Jewelry by Linda Peterson kindly provided by RPS Books. Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power kindly provided by Search Press. T & Cs Before you enter please pop over and read the  T&Cs for the giveaway here. I have 1 copy of each book to give away and they will go to two different winners (so each person will win 1 book…
  • Facebook Giveaway: The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns

    Alison Wood
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    I have a giveaway running over on Facebook which offers you the chance to win one copy of this beautiful book. You need to enter on Facebook for this one and you can do so at this link. Hurry over to enter as it closes on the 30th June. Good Luck
  • How to Grow Your Handmade Business

    Alison Wood
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    If you want to grow your handmade or creative business it comes down to just three key areas. It's how I've grown this blog and they are the three steps which allowed me to walk away from a full-time job to do what I love - namely writing for you guys :-) When we hear about marketing it can seem really complex - as though there are a million steps you need to put into place to make a sale, but it really doesn't have to be like that. Instead here are the three things you need. You need a blog to add fresh content to the search engines regularly - so that you get found You need to understand…
  • Free Online Sewing Classes

    Alison Wood
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    As this is sewing month on the blog I thought I would bring you some free sewing classes today from Craftsy. Craftsy offers a range of online courses in all sorts of subjects – and even their free classes offer a lot of value. Check out the ones below and just click the image to be taken through to the Craftsy site for some more information on the class.
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Printable First Day of School Signs 2015-16

    Cindy Hopper
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    School is starting in some places (a few have let me know).  These printable first day of school signs 2015-16 are ready to print and use.  They make the perfect photo prop and it’s a handy way to mark the year in the photo album. I can’t wait to collage the last few years to see how Bella has grown (though it is pretty sad). I don’t know how I am sending my baby to fifth grade and another to college? For another back to school idea don’t miss this first day of school teacher gift.  It is a great way to let your teacher know you are willing to lend a hand when…
  • Creativebug {Free Classes}

    Cindy Hopper
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I got to kick off the year by meeting all of my fellow Michaels Makers from all over at the Michaels Makers Summit last week!  We enjoyed three lovely days in Sonoma! Everything was spectacular and no detail overlooked! We took four amazing classes all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug! Creativebug Classes Watercolor was one of my favorites! It was shocking to see how easy it was. With just the right supplies…….. and a few tips and techniques……….. we were painting leaves…… and flowers! So much fun! We also learned to weave. We now…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Keep your A/C humming with these three tips, one would have saved my air conditioner.  Also these tips make the best french toast. It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an…
  • Can-It-Forward Day {Giveaway}

    Cindy Hopper
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    As most of you know I love canning!  I have the sweetest giveaway for you so scroll to the bottom to see the goods! If you want to learn more about canning you can watch the fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, live broadcast online at This is an event celebrating the joys of fresh preserving. Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. New this year, you can ask questions in real time and there will be an exciting…
  • Back to School Party Favor

    Guest Poster
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of the school year, yet my Facebook feed is already filled with back-to-school posts. While I’d like another month or two of summer, I am excited to start planning my annual back-to-school mom bash! Today I am sharing a fun back to school party favor that I will be giving the other ladies as they leave the party. Back-to-School Party Favors Nothing says back-to-school more than a bright, polished apple and so I am running with an apple theme this year. I could have just given everyone an apple and some caramel, but it seemed so…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • 10 ways I am enjoying summer right now

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin I was just thinking that July sucked. That it brought mostly bad weather and boring, lonely and long days, but as I look back on my photos and notes, I see I am (mostly) wrong. There were some cherries on top of it… It was a totally okay month, even though again, I did little blogging and a lot of lazy days. We haven’t had great weather, but I am still going to say that I am trying, really trying, to make the best of my days. So in my diary I’m going to write a Good things I did/experienced during July today, and here with…
  • Art Journal Peek: Act as if…

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Today let’s take another peek into my art journal, shall we? It’s just one spread but with a few photos of the details. You know I like to go in close and zoom in on the details, weather it is flowers in nature or words on a page. I like that saying that proclaims that if you act as if, you will be become that way – in a positive way. That’s why I wrote it on this page, just as a little note to myself… Act as if! Act as if you’re a wealthy [wo]man, rich already, and then you’ll surely become rich. Act as if you have unmatched confidence and then…
  • Doodeling in the Ocean

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. Peter Marshall This small island is called Grinda, it has some rental cabins, a camping ground, two places to eat and one little shop/coffee place for boat tourists to stock up on frozen food and shampoo I guess. We went to a place called Backfickan, just on the water. I had a delicious hamburger, and then a coffee to go – because now it was time to explore… Well, not explore really. Just walk around, snap photos, admire the swan family’s super cute kids , and to take a look at the beautiful fauna… Love wild…
  • Stockholm from the Waterfront

    18 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Asking ourselves, ‘Where am I right now?’ gives us a chance to step outside the internal dialogue for a moment of peace. Look around you, take a deep breath and notice what you see, hear and feel. Present moment awareness is the point of power and choice. It frees us from our compulsive thoughts. Laura Harvey If you find yourself in the capital of Sweden on a hot summer day, I suggest you head out to the archipelago. Since Stockholm is built on water the archipelago is close and you can go with any of the ferries in the city. My goal for the past three years has been to head out there at…
  • Inspiration | 5 Pretty Craft Ideas

    11 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    I kid you not, but I actually still love to do craft. I have a knitting project, a hexagon project and a few embroidery ideas here for sure, but most of all a whole slew of paper craft projects going on. It’s just not visible in the blog right now. Once my knitting project is finished, I will take photos and show you the wonders of it I promise. I would love to sew more, marble, wood work and cook something up in the kitchen, hence a link collection for inspiration was curated and set up. It’s a small one, with only five great ideas – but all of them worth checking out if…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • DIY~ Sparkling Cup Chain Bracelet! Perfect for the Beginner!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    This little cup chain bracelet is so easy to make! This is a perfect project for a beginner! A list of materials are below, however, you will need to click on the following link for my full YouTube tutorial on how to make this little beauty! Here is the link: Materials Needed: *4mm Cup Chain (I purchased mine from, however, you can also *
  • DIY Easy and Gorgeous Personalized Angel Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial: I purchased my filigree butterfly connectors for the angel’s wings at  Make this lovely lightweight angel for someone you love and care about! You can purchase scrapbooking letters and attach the person's first initial on the angel's body with Mod Podge Super
  • Make A Beautiful & Easy Beaded Star Of Bethlehem Ornament!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial: This beautiful little ornament is lightweight because it is made of pipe cleaners and acrylic beads! This is so easy to make and looks lovely on your Christmas tree! Be sure to catch my full YouTube tutorial! I purchased my 25mm PADDLE WHEEL beands and 8mm ROUND beads from the following Ebay
  • DIY Beautiful Little Nature Ornament For Your Christmas Tree!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Click on the following link to see my full tutorial on YouTube: This little nature ornament is sooo easy to make! I love the fact that it's extremely lightweight and won't weigh your tree branches down as well. See how easy and inexpensive it is to make this little guy by watching my full tutorial on YouTube.  Materials Needed: Medium/Large Faux Leaf Clothes
  • DIY Beautiful and Easy Rhinestone Domino Pendant Necklaces!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial: I made these cute and easy domino necklaces from Dollar Tree dominos and rhinestone chain! These are so much fun to make and the beautiful rhinestone chain really sparkles!These would make great Christmas gifts for any teen girl so be sure to check out my YouTube tutorial! Materials Needed: 1 box of
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  • What I’ve Learned about Attitude after 2 Years of Business and Thousands of Etsy Sales

    Lisa Jacobs
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
      What I’ve Learned about Attitude after 2 Years of Business and Thousands of Sales It’s the Energy Shop‘s second anniversary, and I love to write a big post every year to celebrate how far it’s come and what I’ve learned. It started with: 450 Sales on Etsy in the First 3 Months and 1,000 Sales and Counting in Year 1 As I began to gather together what I’ve learned in the last two years of business, it became clear that the post was going to be epic. Before I knew it, there were 7 pages of ideas, marketing strategy, and tips that had poured out of me…
  • Road To 1000 – Sheep Farm Felt

    Timothy Adam
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Sheep Farm Felt Tell us your story! My parents met in a living Colonial history village, my mom-a weaver and spinner, my dad-a woodcarver. After repeatedly fixing her loom (he was also the one sneaking in her shop early and breaking it), they fell in love, got married, and had 3 daughters. (The middle one being the most adorable, of course.) We lived in Port Republic, a small town in South Jersey where my dad is the mayor and where generations of my family have lived since the early 1600′s. When my sisters and I were 2, 4, and 6, we had a house fire and lost everything we owned. The…
  • Handmade Soap Recipes, Supplies, and Ingredients

    Timothy Adam
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Have you considered making your own handmade soap?  You need to make sure you have the right soap recipe, supplies, and ingredients.  Here are a few great recipes I found while browsing through Etsy. ‘Handmade Soap Recipes and Supplies’  Vanilla Latte Melt and Pour … Idealme $4.95 Natural Cleaner Dishwasher D… HealthNote $2 Laundry Soap made with our f… GrettasGoats $10 Easy cold process soap formu… BidwellBotanic… $5 Melt & Pour Soap Recipes MysticKitchen $3.99 Natural Soap Making: Cold Pr… TheNerdyFarmWi… $9.99 How To Make Soap…
  • What Should a Creative Business Owner Blog About – Part 1

    Timothy Adam
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Here is the bottom line. If you are looking to create a blog that is going to help your creative business grow, you are going to have to invest some time.  I not talking about the time it takes to tweak your blog to make it look good, with banners, colors and widgets. In the next few articles I will be covering topics and article ideas you can use to help grow your blog and drive traffic to your shop. 1. Talk about you and your products: It’s your blog, you made it, and you love it.   It is not hard to talk about stuff you love. your latest creation a custom order you made new product…
  • How to Make a Living Selling What You Make

    Timothy Adam
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    How to Make a Living Selling What You Make is your complete guide to building a thriving handmade business. { }Megan Auman is a maker and educator who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design. Her jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and in this bootcamp she’ll teach you the recipe to her success. You’ll learn how to: *Generate revenue from the beginning while balancing longer term growth *Find the best and worst revenue streams for your products *Set targets, create profitable pricing, and evaluate market demand *Deepen…
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  • The Raven – embroidered tribute to Game of Thrones

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    Made and shared by Katya Yatsuk – thanks Katya! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Neural Knitworks: knitted and crocheted dendrites, axons and ganglia

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Want to contribute to a collaborative art/science project about mind and brain health? Neural Knitworks is a collaborative project about mind and brain health based on the principle that yarn craft helps keep our brains and minds sharp, engaged and healthy. “Neurons are electrically excitable cells of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The billions of neurons in your body connect to each other in neural networks. They receive signals from every sense, control movement, create memories and form the neural basis of every thought.” Scientifically informed knit, crotchet…
  • Skylanders Sprocket Cosplay by Jennifer Lori

    9 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    Wow. Wow. Wow! Jennifer Lori sent me these fabulous pics of her absolutely off-the-hook Sprocket costume, made especially for last weekend’s ComicCon in Montreal. Here’s her breakdown: “I cosplayed as Sprocket from the kids’ video game series Skylanders, and made everything except the black pants/shirt. The wig is the only thing that had an existing pattern (it’s a very modified, doubled and stuffed Hallowig from and I made up everything else. The wig is knit, the goggles are plastic canvas with real lenses, the vest is knit, the gauge is plastic…
  • Flameless Tea Light Coasters

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Oh boy, do I love a challenge. When the folks at Rams Wavy Candles invited me to review their Flameless Tea Lights, I knew I had to up my game and really learn how to make a crochet circle. In my head, I imagined these amazing little tea lights coupled with perfectly round yarn-based coasters. So I practiced and practiced and I think it works. I tested a ton of tutorials and the best ones for me were from Lisa Auch (making the circle) and How to Crochet a Heart (perfecting the magic circle). In terms of the lights, it’s a no-brainer. The fun factor is high, the packaging is great and…
  • Your Moment of Zen with London Kaye Crochet …

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    Jon Stewart for President! You can follow the adventures of London Kaye Crochet on Instagram at @londonkayecrochet. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Pacific Rim Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    How wonderful is this Pacific Rim Shawl Free Crochet Pattern? Such a modern take on a shawl! I’m coveting the variegated yarn she used, too! Added to 100+ Free Shawl and Poncho Crochet Patterns You might also like: Multiplicity Buttoned Shawl Free Crochet Pattern Free Broomstick Lace Shawl Crochet Pattern Simple Box Stitch Shawl Crochet Pattern Free Clutch Purse Crochet Pattern 500+ Free Baby Crafts
  • 100+ Free DIY Bath, Body and Soap Recipes

    Wendy at
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Nothing beats a nice spa day… except when you can do it at home and for a lot less! Browse our collection of 100+ Free DIY Bath, Body and Soap Recipes to find just the right wash, spray, bath and more! You might also like: Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath DIY Starbucks Soap All Natural Hand Sanitizer Homemade Face Wipes Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray
  • Pebble Covered Bucket Tutorial

    Wendy at
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Add a designer touch to the backyard with this Pebble Covered Bucket Tutorial. It looks so expensive but, you can make this! Find more DIY ideas on Garden Crafts You might also like: Recycled Rubber Boot Flower Pot Candle Planters DIY Yard and Garden Crafts Stacked Planter Garden Project DIY Concrete Garden Globes
  • Trail to Paducah Free Quilt Pattern

    Wendy at
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    You have to love a great big star quilt like this Trail to Paducah Free Quilt Pattern. It’s so dynamic and would like so different depending on your fabric choices. Added to Free Quilt Patterns You might also like: Quilted Spring Flower Table Mat Snowman Mug Rug Tutorial Quilted Fall Placemats Pattern Butterfly Baby Quilt Pattern Learn to Quilt – 100+ Tutorials
  • Ocean Style Chain Link Necklace Tutorial

    Wendy at
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Learn some great jewelry-making techniques with this Ocean Style Chain Link Necklace Tutorial. I love following along with detailed instructions like these because I can later adapt them to my own ideas. Added to 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials You might also like: DIY Seashells Jewelry Set Free Wirework Jewelry Online Class 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Book Page Necklace Tute
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    CraftStylish - Sewing category featured posts

  • How to Sew a Tray Cover

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Posted by Deana This is the kind of quick and easy project that makes me feel like I am living the dream: sweetly pampered and lavishly lux.
  • How to Make a Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Posted by leethal You won't need a pattern or any major sewing experience to cut two recycled T-shirts into panels and sew them into a super-simple and comfortable skirt!
  • How to Create a Retro Cocktail Apron

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Posted by JenniferSauer I can't think of anything cuter and easier to stitch up than a perky cocktail apron a la Lucille Ball. It makes a great accessory for entertaining (what a conversation starter!) or the perfect unique gift all for under $10 and less than half an hour of your sewing time.
  • How To Make Customized Occasion T's

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Posted by CalPatch Any DIY or green celebration can benefit from upcycled commemorative T-shirts, and making them can even be part of the festivities!
  • Don't Miss Your Chance to Enter the 2015 SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

    14 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Posted by EvamarieGomez Share your spring-inspired garments by 11:59 p.m. EST, May 29, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • I’ve been quiet…

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t written any blog posts over the last month. Things have been tough lately. I’m a private person and try not to make a habit of talking about my personal problems on my blog, but I’m going to make an exception in this case. 2 1/2 weeks ago, my dad passed away. It’s a big loss and I’m pretty heartbroken. My dad I’ve been lucky in that my dad was always supportive of my creative work. In fact, I’ve often joked that I was destined to become an artist because my dad’s name was Art. I’m thankful that I…
  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 3

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Today was the third day of Karen’s workshop and we were busy! We started out by drilling holes in our boards – these would be used later for lacing on our text blocks. Next, we frayed out the ends of the cords on our text blocks to remove lumps. We used a 1/4″ chisel to carve channels in the front and back of our cover boards – the cords on our text blocks will rest in these after lacing in. I find something very relaxing about chiseling. We rubbed paste into the cords and twisted the tips into points to help us lace them into the boards. After the lacing was…
  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 2

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I realized that I forgot to show you a picture of Karen’s awesome resource booklet for the girdle book workshop. It’s actually rather insane – check this out: 28 pages of girdle-y goodness! We started the day off by sewing primary endbands on our textblocks. We stiffened up the core cord with PVA to make it easier to work with. It took a few stitches for me to get the hang of the sewing process, but I really enjoyed it. I could do more of these! Don’t be fooled by the images – this was not a quick process. It took 2+ hours to complete. The next step was to add a…
  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 1

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I just finished my first day of Karen Hanmer‘s workshop, Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book. This is the third workshop I’ve taken with Karen at the Focus on Book Arts conference (not all this time around). I guess I like her! The girdle book is a bit of an odd duck of a book that makes a lot of sense – the structure has a leather extension off the bottom of it (like a tail) that allows the owner to attach it to his or her belt. Karen told us that there are only 23 known examples of girdle books in existence and those date from 1400 to 1550. Although the book we’re…
  • GBW Standards of Excellence Seminar

    6 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Guild of Book Workers recently opened up registration for their annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding. The conference is held in a different location every year and offers presentations by masters in the field of book and paper arts. In addition, the event includes tours of nearby binderies, libraries, and other book arts-related businesses. This year the seminar is being held in Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.) on October 15 – 17. This year’s presentations look great – here’s the lineup (from the GBW website): The Devil is in the Details with…
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  • Sequence Knitting with Cecelia Campochiaro

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Cecelia Campochiaro’s first knitting book, Sequence Knitting, is a thorough and fascinating exploration of 1-row patterns. We’re thrilled to have her coming to Loop this September to tell us all about it. From her website – The concept of Sequence Knitting is simple: take a sequence of stitches and repeat them again and again. Depending on how you repeat them, different fabrics can be created. While a few of these fabrics are familiar, many are new to the knitting world. Beginning with 1-row patterns, the book delves into the possibilities of this technique, expanding into…
  • New Shop Sample: Hitchhiker in Koigu

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    Last week, Kathy finished knitting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu KPPPM color P839-67. It’s so much fun to play with different combinations of Koigu yarn that I sometimes forget how beautiful a piece is in just one colorway. The shades of blue and purple look like an Impressionist painting. Hitchhiker is a shallow triangle made in garter stitch, so the knitting is easy. It’s stepped edge is made by binding off stitches – also easy. You don’t need to count stitches, just bind off all stitches when you have the length you want. Kathy’s version is 60…
  • Learn to Felt with Artfelt!

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Learn to use Artfelt with Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection on Sunday, September 13 from 12-2pm. The cost is $25 and includes a kit to make one of three projects: an eyeglass case, a cellphone or camera case, or a mini catchall. Artfelt uses a patented paper for a new and easier way felt. It’s not needle felting, wet felting, or fulling – and you can make anything from thin scarves to thick trivets. Chuck will walk you through the process and you’ll be given instructions to finish at home. Because Artfelt doesn’t involve knitting or crocheting, this is a great class…
  • Hikoo Yarn Tasting

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Join us Saturday, September 12 from 2-4pm for a yarn tasting featuring Hikoo Yarns. We’ll sample 5 yarns – CoBaSi, Simplicity, Kenzie, SimpliWorsted and Zumi – with Addi knitting needles and crochet hooks. Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection, Hikoo’s creator and Addi’s distributor, will be our guide. He’s bringing us yarn samples, garments to see and feel, and pattern suggestions for each of the yarns. Chuck learned to knit in 2007 and has been knitting ever since. He left corporate life in Los Angeles (where he worked marketing toys for a large…
  • Brooklyn Tweed Introduces 5 New Shades

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Brooklyn Tweed introduces five new colors to Shelter and Loft today: Cinnabar, Bale, Tartan, Flannel & Tallow. I hardly feel like I’ve exhausted the possibilities of the existing 32 shades, but who can resist more colors! To give you a sense of the new shades in action, I grouped them with some of the existing ones. Camper, Long Johns, and Cinnabar Plume, Wool Socks, and Cinnabar Almanac, Flannel, and Faded Quilt Fauna, Hayloft, and Bale Fauna, Hayloft, Bale, and Tartan All five new shades are in-store and online now – come plan your next project!
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Travel Cross-stitch Kit

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Our last holiday was a trip to Bali. I didn’t want to take a crochet or knitting project with me – playing with yarn in a tropical setting didn’t appeal to me. Why not learn a new craft while on holiday? Cross-stitch keeps appearing on my radar, from the beginner series by Caitlin on And Sew We Craft to Crafty Mummy’s rainbow collection. It looked like a portable craft, easy to do poolside while the kids are splashing (with Dad!). I’m not good at crafting without a purpose. I devised a plan for what I wanted to use the cross-stitch for (but I’ll reveal that here when I’ve…
  • My Whole Thirty: the beginning

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Today, I started a Whole30 challenge. If you’re not familiar, it’s a 30 day challenge to eat whole foods – meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. That means no grains, dairy, added sugar or alcohol. Thankfully, coffee’s allowed, so I don’t have to worry about kicking that at the same time as sugar! Why am I doing Whole30? I haven’t been happy with my energy levels in a long time. I’m frustrated that I don’t get everything done that I want. I’m frustrated that I tell my kids too often that Mummy’s tired or Mummy’s not feeling well. I get way too many colds, and feel…
  • How to sew a mermaid tail {Tutorial}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Celeste loves all things Disney princess (and well, I love a good princess movie too, so she may get encouragement from me). She got a box set of The Little Mermaid movies for Christmas (along with a Barbie Mermaid DVD). She swims like a mermaid, so when I spotted fish scales fabric at the counter at Spotlight, I had to get it (oops!). I had some purple netting in my stash from a project that never happened. Before I knew it, there was a Little Mermaid in the backyard: The fabric is a holographic foil on nylon spandex, so it’s stretchy, but I still wanted Celeste (I mean Ariel) to be able…
  • 5 years and now what?

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

  • Blueberry Lemon Nut Quick Bread

    Carolyn Bickford
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    If you are tired of blueberry muffins, replace it with this bread. There is also some protein powder in this recipe, which will help you get through your busy day. Or pack a slice for later to get you over … Read More...
  • Apple Pie Bites

    Carolyn Bickford
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Easy way to have apple pie and not spend a lot of time in the kitchen prepping and baking. I love apple pie, but some days I’m just too lazy to peel, slice and make the pie crust. These will … Read More...
  • Free Chart – Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

    Shellie Wilson
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This free Cross Stitch chart is simple in design but the perfect gift. Stitch it up and gift it to someone who is travelling far away. The free chart comes to us via Kincavelkrosses blog.  … Read More...
  • She Takes A Napkin And An Iron And Creates Amazing Candles

    Shellie Wilson
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is always something fun about quick DIY Craft projects. They are like popping a candy into your mouth, the gratification is instant. This Video tutorial shows you how to make unique candles using napkins and an iron. It’s so … Read More...
  • 8 Ways To Dress Up Your Canvas Sneakers

    Larissa Coleman
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Shoes are something that most love, but have a hard time finding the perfect pair.  If you are one of those who just cant seem to find exactly what you are looking for, why not make your own?  These 8 … Read More...
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  • Knitting T-Rex Shirt at Shirtwoot

    - L
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
      If you have dino-mite! knitters in your life, or if you’re just a fan of the Cretaceous period, head over to ShirtWoot! and take a gander at this adorable Crafty Girl tee. This would be a great gift for a knitter who’s all about the Jurassic Park franchise. And the price? $8!! Can’t beat that! […] Related posts: GIFT IDEA: Holiday Knitting Kits
  • GIVEAWAY: “Adventures in Mochimochi Land”

    - L
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    Have you had a chance to pick up any of Anna Hrachovec’s books yet? If you have, you know about her AMAZING miniature creations. But have you seen her latest book, Adventures in Mochi-Mochi Land: Tall Tales from a Tiny, Knitted World yet? Too cute! Not only does Anna have a new amigurumi book out, but […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt Craft Gossip Giveaway: The Olympknits BOOK GIVEAWAY: Color Wheel Knits
  • Grandma Knits While Paragliding in Iceland

    - L
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and Kristín Guðbjartsdóttir recently took her knitting to new heights (pun intended) as she tagged along with her paragliding-instructor son on a run recently. Talk about extreme knitting! I am going to agree with her choice of needles here! Shot on a selfie stick, the video […] Related posts: Real Men Knit (in Iceland!) New Knitting Iceland Issue! Iceland’s Longest Knitted Scarf on Display
  • FREE PATTERN: Slitted Summer Dress

    - L
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Pickles has done it again with a really sassy summer dress to knit up! Check out this free pattern from their website: Have a great summer day with 20% off the Slitted Summer Dress.…/y…/women/tops/slitted-summer-dress/ Pickles Related posts: Free Pattern: Girl’s Merry-go-around Dress Free Pattern: Garland Dress with Leg Warmers FREE PATTERN: Golden Child Dress
  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: Color Wheel Knits

    - L
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The amazing Craft Gossip has a book giveaway for Color Wheel Knits: Knits for Hand Dyed Yarns by Veera Välimäki. All you need to do is go to their post and leave a comment by the end of the day on Sunday, July 20th. From their site: The designer, Veera Välimäki, recently released (in English, […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: Animal Hats Book by Vanessa Mooncie Whit’s Knits: Four Corners Baby Blanket Knit Red Book Knit-A-Long
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Inspiration Monday plus Features 8.2

    Jamie Sanders
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Happy Sunday Everyone and welcome back to Inspiration Monday!We are so glad you are here!I have some good news to share today: we are welcoming two new hostess to the Inspiration Monday party!Please welcome, Laura from Inspiration for Momsand Christy from Our Southern Home.We also have a pretty new graphic for the party:  I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomWhat Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomInspiration for Moms | Our Southern homeSo lets get to it!  The features from last weeks party (chosen by Jamie from…
  • BBQ Pulled Beef Brisket Stuffed Baked Potatoes

    Jamie Sanders
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.My parents have a house next door to ours and when they're in town, we often get together for dinner.  Sometimes we plan ahead and really do it up.  Occasionally we'll go out to eat, but most of the time we keep it fairly easy and casual, and just go with what I already had planned for dinner or maybe something from the freezer.This past Friday, we got the entire family together for dinner.  I definitely wanted to keep the meal easy so I wouldn't be too worn out and…
  • Make a Journaling Notebook for Kids with these Free Printable Pages

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Got little ones struggling with their handwriting?  Why not make practicing fun with these free printable journaling pages for kids!  (Plus learn how to easily bind the pages into a notepad.)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheerios Treats

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Who doesn't love the yummy combination of peanut butter and chocolate?  Throw in a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios and melted marshmallows and you have a match made in heaven!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Inspiration Monday, plus features 7.26

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to the Inspiration Monday party! It's been a great week, full of more inspiration, crafts and recipes than we could ever hope for. We're so happy you have decided to join us once again. If you are new to our party, enjoy the fun of being linked to several blogs at one time.My favorite links from last week were:How to Sew a Zipper Pocket from Gathered ThreadsAnd these Kate Spade Inspired Key Fobs from Flamingo ToesClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
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  • Where I will be in August

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Come and make art with me! Aug 4 & 11, 2015: Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ. Aug 7-9, 2015: Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, FL. Aug 14-16, 2015: My Heart’s Fancy, Oklahoma City, OK. Aug 21-23, 2015: Absolutely Everything, Topsfield, MA.
  • For the love of Pinterest...

    11 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    I know I've shared this before, but I thought I'd mention again that I have a board where I pin artwork done with my Dina Wakley Media Line products. Click here to see the board! There are lots of cute projects, from art journal pages to tags to cards. I do pin some of my stuff to the board, but I also pin work by others that I spot on Pinterest. If you do something with my products, link me to your blog and I will pin it to the board.
  • Little card tutorial on the Ranger blog...

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Howdy! Do you have any journal pages, mop-up pages, or gelli prints that you don't like much? Check the Ranger blog today for a quickie tutorial...I show you how easy it is to recycle those "so-so" pieces into an adorable card.
  • Journals drying...

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    I work in three or more journals at a time. I know I've described my organic working method in the past. I never do a page from start to finish in a sitting. Instead I paint a little, throw the journal behind me and grab another one, paint or draw or stamp or collage a little, then throw that one behind...lather, rinse, repeat. I love working like this. It releases the pressure of having to finish something and just encourages play. Here's a pic I took of my floor after a few hours of art-ing.
  • Paintings made from marks...

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:08 am
    Not sure if I ever shared these. I taught my mark-making class at Art from the Heart back in Oct of 2014. These were a few of my class samples that day. The one is the middle...look at it carefully and you'll see a woman bent over, with her arms folded. I find her to be so very emotive and sad. The one of the left is a woman holding a baby (I alllllwwwaaaays see a woman holding a baby in my marks). The one of the right is a dancer.
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  • DIY Derby Style T-Shirt Dress with Bow Tutorial and Pattern

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    "Get ready for the races! Super fun and easy Derby Style dresses! Simple DIY tutorial shows how to use an existing dress, upcycled T-shirt, and half a yard of fabric to make an adorable dress with two different bow options. Includes bow pattern pieces in 2 sizes."
  • Polka Dot Peplum Tank

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    "There are SO many great finds on sale right now with stores clearing out of their summer stock. This polka dot peplum tank is one great example. That being said, if you're really out for a bargain, the $20 sale price tag still cant beat the $5 (for material) that this tank cost."
  • Rag Quilt Tutorial

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    "Here is a simple tutorial to make your own Rag Quilt. It just takes a few hours and is fun to make."
  • Sweet Floppy Bunny Pattern

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    "This cute handmade bunny pattern is suitable for sewists of all levels, so dont be afraid to try it even if this is your first stuffed animal project! The pattern instructions will walk you through the whole project, step by step."
  • Topstitching Jeans Without Topstitching Thread

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    "Good topstitching can set apart professional looking jeans from those with that certain Becky Home-Ecky flair. Topstitching thread can go a long way in helping you achieve excellent results in your topstitching, but there are times that you want to use a lighter weight thread or a thread not available in the limited color choices among topstitching threads. This tutorial walks you through some choices using regular thread to create professional topstitching on your sewing machine."
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    Art Platter

  • Maithri’s Jewels – Floral inspiration collection

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Hello readers! The first collection of Maithri’s Jewels which would be a lovely collection of semi-precious bead necklaces is on sale from today. Each necklace is unique and there are no two pieces of one design! All beads used are natural and no synthetic replicas have been used. So ladies, get ready to flaunt in ... The post Maithri’s Jewels – Floral inspiration collection appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Launching soon – Maithri’s Jewels!

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    So here is the big news!! I will be soon be launching my own line of fusion jewelry under the name “Maithri’s Jewels”. For some time now, many have asked me if I sell my jewellery and I have always been responding with a “Soon”. And the time is now here… Maithri’s jewels will consist ... The post Launching soon – Maithri’s Jewels! appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Thank you card with buttons

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    Today we’ve made a simple Thank you card using card stock, some colorful buttons and a white ink pen. You can make this card in under 15 minutes and it looks pretty cool! Closer look at the card: The base of the card is dark brown card stock. Score at the center of the card ... The post Thank you card with buttons appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Quilling jewelry – Workshop update

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Thank you all for your responses! All slots filled !! The post Quilling jewelry – Workshop update appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Quilling Jewellery workshop – June

    13 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Hello there people!! Thank you all for your responses showing interest in the online Workshop to be conducted.   The sub-topics to be covered are: Basics of quilling How to make a quilling stud How to make a quilling jhumka How to make a dangling earring with quilling Tips and tricks Please keep the following materials available: ... The post Quilling Jewellery workshop – June appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • Our Engagement Story in Central Park with a Tiny Yorkie

    Stacie Grissom
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    This post is almost a year overdue but I thought I'd take a short break from working on wedding things to type this out for memory's sake. Last summer, Sean and I got engaged in Central Park at a picnic with a teeny Yorkie... And it was a pretty perfect reflection of what the last few years of our lives have been like. :) Sean and I have been dating since high school and we've known each other since elementary school. We both went to a 150-kid elementary school in the middle of Indiana farmland. We were in the same clubs, we were on the same cross country teams together, and I was friends…
  • DIY Bohemian Tapestry Teva Sandals

    Stacie Grissom
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    Last week I had the chance to pop by the NYC Lord & Taylor store for a special event that Teva put on for people to DIY their shoes. While I look back on a lot of the shoes I've DIY'ed and cringe a bit, they are some of my favorite projects to embellish. At the event, the Teva folks had a bunch of supplies to use on the sandals from studs to rhinestones. I had to take my sandals and do my DIY'ing at home because I had to go to Puppy Prom for work. :PSince the Teva sandals are a perfect shoe for casual summer parties and music festivals, I wanted to incorporate that bohemian vibe into my…
  • DIY Tusk Necklace

    Stacie Grissom
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Last summer I watched a coworker's dog while she was in China and she brought me back this amazing tusk. I think she almost didn't believe my other coworkers when they told her this was something that I'd love but she ended up bringing it back anyways. I'm SO glad she did because it was a really fun project to tackle. After some Googling, I think that the tusk comes from a wild boar. While I'll never know for sure, when you Google "wild boar tusk China" you get a lot of images that look similar to the tusk on my necklace. To make a necklace of your own you'll need:-Tusk (Search "Boar tusk" or…
  • Woven Collar With Jade Beads + For the Makers' Make a Statement Book

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

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    It feels great to recreate something cool from old, rejected materials. From this tutorial you can learn how to make a cool wind-chime from old can and egg shells. Check it out!
  • DIY Collage of Pages Bookcase

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    It’s likely you own a few novels you're never going to read again. So why not take one off the shelf and repurpose it? You can freshen up an old bookcase using nothing more than the torn-out pages of a finished book. This DIY Bookcase is a fitting addition to any bibliophile’s living room, bedroom, or study.
  • Soda Can Pop Top Brooch Pins

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    These cute brooch-pins are made out of thrown away can tabs and buttons.
  • Vintage Crochet Shortalls

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
  • Make A Paper Dahlia Wreath In Less Than One Hour

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Paper dahlia wreaths are quite popular these days as each version of it looks great! Well, here's another one and it will have you creating one in only a few minutes!
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • My Homemade Cleaner

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I came up with this simple recipe when I was trying to find an eco-friendly way to clean our countertops and stainless appliances (which is a daily routine around here). I use it for everything now – even our floors. A few of you have asked about my homemade cleaner that I mentioned in The Country Living Magazine article a few weeks ago. Here is the recipe: Camilla’s Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner: 3 parts water 1 part white vinegar A dash of almond oil dish soap Use a spray bottle to apply – wipe up with a soft cloth. *Before use, check to make sure vinegar is safe for use…
  • My New Favorite Lip Shine

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    I’ve tried a lot of lip glosses and shines and this one from Burt’s Bees is my absolute favorite. It’s light, all natural, isn’t sticky and gives a sheer berry tone to the lip… This is my go-to lip color these days. Burt’s Bee’s 100% Natural Lip Shine in Pucker. “Pucker” is the perfect tone – very natural-looking. Love that my hair doesn’t get stuck in it too!
  • Our Little “Beach”

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    Here’s another one of my favorite spots on our property. We created this beach-inspired gravel patio in the area right outside of our front door… We dug up the grass to create a slight recess, put down landscape fabric and spread out pea gravel to make this space. Our SKARPÖ chairs from IKEA ($59.99 each, click image to link thru to details) were the perfect choice — comfortable, weather + child-friendly and affordable. I like the way it feels like a small beach. A cast iron urn at the base of our steps holds a bright pink geranium. Our sliver of a spot is functional and…
  • Our Garden Now

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    I thought I’d share a few shots of my garden with you… The seating area in our backyard. Chairs from Bed Bath & Beyond ($50 each), occasional tables and Buddha head are garage sale and rummage sale finds. Lemon grass plants ($12.99, Home Depot) are dropped into terra cotta pots — an easy way to create a lush backdrop. Love to mix interesting details in with the plants. This set is comfortable, affordable, durable and good looking.
  • My Favorite Pants For Summer

    22 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I bought a pair of these smocked pants from Free People last summer. I loved them so much, I immediately bought another pair in a different color. Now that the weather is warming up, I started wearing them again. They are my absolute favorites. They are like really chic sweatpants. I throw them on with a loose top and a pair of flat sandals and I’m comfortable, but a little more put together. The fabric is light, the cut is loose — perfect for hot days. Very glad to see that they’re selling them again this season. Love my Leighanna Smocked Pants from Free People. The smocked…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Children's Garden Stepping Stone DIY

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Summer is the perfect time for kids to try their hand at making garden stepping stones. We Bloom Here shares a tutorial that shows just how easy it is so be sure to check it out. 
  • Summer Sun Prints

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Purple Twig shares how they made these sun prints featuring natural items such as flowers, leaves, and twigs. I love how they are mounted on boards with string attached so they are ready to be displayed at home. 
  • Have You Tried Book Spine Poetry?

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you are looking for a great way to introduce poetry to children take a look at this spine poetry idea at What Do We Do All Day. Fun for all ages and adults too!
  • Dragon Adventures on Netflix Streaming!

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    There's a new Netflix original series from the creators of How to Train Your Dragon called Dragons: Race to The Edge! It's geared especially for kids aged 5 - 7, but come on, who doesn't love a good dragon story?!I thought I'd share a few of my favorite dragon crafts to do while your watching, enjoy!  lacing dragon bead and spool toy via The Unexpected... egg carton dragon via Activity Village  handprint dragon craft via Classified Mom  milk jug dragon mask via Filth Wizardry  cereal box dragon wings via kv.barn Want more dragon adventures? Check…
  • Totem Pole Kids Craft

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    To-Made has a tutorial for this colorful totem pole craft that's easy to make from tin cans and cardboard. Here are couple of totem pole book recommendations for kids to learn more about this amazing artform:  Totem Tale by Deb Vanesse  Totem Pole by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith*This post contains affiliate links - thanks for your support!
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  • Matryoshka Wristlet and Buttons

    Michelle (
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    I picked up a half yard of this adorable fabric from Cosmo a few weeks ago and made some time to put it to good use making the wristlet above and also some buttons.  There isn't a pattern for this bag yet, but I plan to make one.  Something similar can be made using the Pleated Wristlet pattern, if you don't want to wait for this pattern.  The buttons are 1.25" and have a shank back and they sure are cute!
  • New Pincushion Cuffs

    Michelle (
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Two more pincushion cuffs are available in my etsy shop here (floral) and here (chambray).  This one is made from a Dear Stella print called Summer Love.  Of course, if you want to make your own, there is always the pattern.
  • New Pattern - Zip Pocket Pouch Wristlet

    Michelle (
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Zip Pocket Pouch Wristlet Find the pattern here at, or here on etsy. It's a good size for phones + a few other small things. It's also perfect for Moleskine Pocket Cahier journals. The instructions are for a detachable wristlet strap.  I like that this only needs a clip and no other hardware. I also like that the pocket is big enough for pens!
  • Another Pincushion Cuff

    Michelle (
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
    This morning I finished this cuff and posted it in my etsy shop here.  The pattern is available here or here on etsy.
  • Arm Candy Chambray Wristlet

    Michelle (
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
     Here are the details for this bag: • Pattern = Arm Candy from Dog Under My Desk • Fabric = Robert Kaufman chambray • Flower = Made with a Clover Kanzashi Maker.  This tool makes these flowers go together much faster than folding and stitching them without any assistance.  I made one years ago without using the tool and found it too much work to feel motivated to make it again.  But I like the flowers, so I was happy to discover this clever little tool. The leaves are from the Rose Pincushion pattern. • Button = vintage glass button
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • 12 Zodiac Block Sets – Special Preorder Price

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    If you just want to stitch your own Zodiac sign, then the individual files are your best choice. If you want to stitch them all together as a sampler, stitch a few for gifts, or maybe even make some family ornaments, then this combo pack will save you 50% off the cost of purchasing each Zodiac individually. We’re half way there with the Zodiac pattern series. So far the Zodiac signs that are ready include Gemini, Leo, Aries, Capricorn, Virgo, and Aquarius – and those are all available through my Craftsy shop. I’ve had a few people write and tell me that they’re waiting…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Oblivion

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    I love these colorful fractal patterns by StitchX, always so pretty. You can see this one over on Craftsy. This pattern uses 90 DMC thread colors and the stitch count is 400 x 400, but don’t be intimidated by the numbers, every stitch is worth it Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
  • Flaming Floral Sunshine Pattern

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:47 pm
    (click here to open Craftsy in a new tab to add the pattern to your account) Pattern size is 106 x 106 stitches. This is a single color pattern in all full stitches, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it! Pick up a fun variegated color or a shiny metallic thread and add your own pizzazz! While you can use any color you’d like and I certainly encourage you to experiment, the colors I used in the test stitching and designing process were DMC 817 coral red and DMC 444 lemon. Thank you for your amazing support. Enjoy the pattern and happy stitching!
  • Aquarius Zodiac Blocks

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    Aquarius (♒) Friendly, outgoing and intellectual, Aquarius is always brimming with great ideas and fun conversation. Plus, they’re ever-willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. Aquarius is symbolized by the Water-Bearer, though it’s actually an Air sign. (click here to go to Craftsy in a new window or tab) Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together for a family sampler or stitch all 12…
  • Coloring Animal Mandalas on a Rainy Saturday

    19 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Working from home and meeting people online over the years has brought many interesting and amazing people into my life, and for that I am very grateful. When one of those people accomplishes a goal, I’m excited to be there to watch it happen and I’m ready to cheer them on. Wendy Piersall is one of those people. Wendy is a talented artist and a fun blogger to follow. Her first coloring book came out in October, Coloring Animal Mandalas and of course I bought it right away. The book was a beautiful success. She has two more books out now, a fourth one that you can preorder! I enjoy…
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  • Color Blocked Wedges

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Color Block has been a huge trend in the fashion industry lately. Personalize your plain shoes with this Color Blocked Wedges project! It is so easy to take something bland and outdated and turn them into something colorful and trendy! This DIY fashion project for teenagers is perfect for back to school or when you just want to vamp your wardrobe in the middle of a semester. You will be able to finish this fashion craft idea the night before a big date or dance. Walk tall and confident through the halls with your cute new shoes that barely cost you anything.
  • What to Make with Popsicle Sticks: 50+ Fun Crafts for Kids

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Popsicle sticks can be used in so many easy kids' crafts, whether your kids want to paint a simple bookmark or construct their own sculpture. The beauty of popsicle sticks is that they are such a flexible material, and can easily be used in kids' craft ideas. If your kids are stuck at home on a rainy day with nothing to do or bored at summer camp, they can try their hand at these popsicle stick crafts. These 50+ Fun Crafts for Kids are a great way to keep them entertained on a low budget.
  • DIY Fashion For Teens: 21 DIY Jewelry Patterns and Clothes Kids Will Love free eBook

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    Sometimes the clothes in your closet just aren't enough to fully express your true personality. Give your wardrobe the boost it needs with our free eBook, DIY Fashion For Teens: 21 DIY Jewelry Patterns and Clothes Kids Will Love. Your appearance should reflect who you are and how you feel inside. There is no better way to achieve that than through some DIY fashion projects for teenagers. Who needs to wear high price designer when you can be even better? These DIY fashion projects for teenagers are fun, easy, and affordable. Whether you are wanting to decorate your purse, need some cute…
  • Glowing Mason Jars

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Catching fireflies can be difficult, so make your own glow in the dark lantern with this Glowing Mason Jars craft. Since youre cutting glow sticks, it can be a little dangerous for young kids, especially if they are still putting everything in their mouths. Help them make this Mason jar craft and then they can run around in a darkening yard with their glowing jar. This glow-in-the-dark Mason jar craft is perfect for trick or treating or taking twilight walks with the little ones. Your kids can make a glowing jar in every color!
  • Pencil Through Bag Science Experiment

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    What do you think will happen when you shove a pencil through a plastic bag full of water? You'll be amazed is what will happen. The Pencil Through Bag Science Experiment is fascinating to kids and adults of all ages, whether you understand the science behind it or not. Look no further for winning science fair projects because this stunner will grab the gold. It's so simple and quick to perform, yet its incredibly thrilling and mesmerizing. You'll want to conduct this cool science project over and over again. Chemistry experiments for kids are wonderful ways to discover the magic of science.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Wensleydale - Year of the Sheep

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    While most people recognize the name Wensleydale, it’s usually because of the cheese. However, there is no real connection between the two, other than the fact that the both originated from the Wensleydale area of Yorkshire.  A large number of British sheep names are derived from the area they originated from. This is true of the Wensleydale sheep.Image source:  So many sheep breed origins are shrouded in guess work and mystery, but the Wensleydale sheep have the unique distinction of identifying not only the…
  • Cheviot - Year of the Sheep

    19 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Cheviot sheep originated in the Cheviot Hills on the border of Scotland and England. They produce 1/7th of the total wool production in Scotland. Cheviot wool, known for its durability, is used in socks, sweaters, blankets and wool tweeds for jackets and fine suiting material. These sheep originated in Scotland but are now found in many other countries, including the United States and Canada. HistoryCheviots are an extremely hardy breed, named for the area which they originated the Cheviot Hills. For centuries they were raised in the open without the benefit of a shelter, but their hardiness…
  • Merino - Year of the Sheep

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
                     image: wool is arguably one of the most recognized breeds of sheep today. “Made with Merino” labels are used on products to add instant value.  Merino wool has become synonymous with soft, against the skin comfort. But there is so much more to know about this illustrious breed. HistoryThe early history of the merino sheep has many conflicting opinions prior to the 13th century. The general consensus is that the breed was developed in Spain by the Royalty and the Clergy from breeding Spain’s sheep with…
  • Ashland Bay’s Year of the Sheep Celebration

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
                                       image from Content.time.comAs hand spinners, dyers and felters, we have the distinct privilege of working with any type of fiber we can get our hands on. It’s like cooking from scratch. You know exactly what is in the end product and can be assured of a (somewhat) predictable outcome. As 2015 is the year of the sheep, we thought we would have a little fun! Starting the second week of July every other week, Ashland Bay will highlight a breed specific wool top. Along with being on sale for that 2 week period, each breed will get its own…
  • Wool Classification for Domestic Sheep

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
                             picture courtesy of Breeds of sheep can be classified in several different ways. Examples being, classed by their suitability for meat production vs wool production, topography of the area they originated or the type of wool they produce.For Ashland Bay’s purposes, we use the wool type classification to get an understanding and an appreciation of the different types of wool available to the spinner and textile artist.  In the below chart you can see the breed breakdown of wools ranging from fine to coarse wool. The starred breeds are…
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    Iconic Patterns

  • Old school: A shoulder dart for nerds

    Lena Merrin
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:23 pm
    In one of my previous posts I described a shoulder dart calculation method. It is, of course, one of many, and possibly one of the easiest. Today I’d like to tell you about another method, much more complicated and for this reason much more interesting (to me, anyway). This pattern drafting method was developed by an organisation called “Central Institute of Scientific Research of Apparel Manufacturing” in ex-USSR. The development of this method took 20 years (1959-1979) – that’s right, a team full of professionals had been working on it for two decades. Needless to say, it is…
  • You are invited!

    Lena Merrin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I like knowing what’s out there, especially if it is in any way sewing related. I browse through fabric stores, haberdashery, forums, but what I love the most is looking at other indie designer’s patterns. I get inspired by their imagination, the quality of their work and continuous improvement. Do you know how much talent is out there? You can probably name a few, but it’s almost impossible to keep up with everyone: their releases, updates, errata and special discounts. To make this a little easier, I have created a Facebook group with a long name “Indie Sewing Patterns,…
  • A smart house dress

    Lena Merrin
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Recently I read an article about how the way we dress has changed over the years. That these days comfort is above all and if only we could find that perfect kind of track pants that would be suitable for work, we’d need nothing else. I guess there is truth in that, since I’ve started doing my daily school runs, jeans, long sleeve tees and sneakers have become my wardrobe staple. The comfort clothes are taking over my wardrobe, and since there is no point in fighting this invasion, a much better idea would be to make comfort clothes look smart. So here is what I came up with – a…
  • Old school: Narrow sleeves and elbow darts.

    Lena Merrin
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Today’s nerdy piece is about sleeves. Sleeves are probably one of most feared part of the garment, and the narrow sleeves are the worst, because there is no room to hide your mistakes. Recently someone asked my advise on a narrow Chanel jacket sleeve. I honestly admit, I have never been interested in Chanel jacket or its sleeves, but I’ve done the sleeves with elbow darts. Elbow darts are even harder to find these days than shoulder darts I mentioned in my previous nerdy post. In this post learn all about the connection and difference between semi-fitted, narrow and very narrow sleeve and…
  • Old school: The shoulder dart

    Lena Merrin
    31 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Old sewing books are an invaluable source of information. I own many books, in paper and digital form, most of them are in Russian and Ukrainian. These books have been used to educate the generations of professional seamstresses, tailors and cutters. Some of these books are extremely old and can not be applied to modern days, while others (especially those published in 1940s and 50s) are an absolute treasure. I’d like to share some of the information from these books with you. Where the name and author is known, I’ll mention it, along with the year of the publication. Some information can…
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Believe by Karen Maldonado

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello there Cheery Lynn Designs friends.  Karen here, sharing an inspirational card with you today!Because there's quite a bit of silver shimmer, I wanted to keepthe card simple in nature, but with all the attention towardthe center highlighting three of the newest releases!!I started by creating a 5.25 x 5.25 card base in heavy silver cardstock.Then, I layered the silver polka dot paper, and then the blue dictionary paper!Then, it's all about layering!!  Bottom up, I used the French Pastry Doilyand two of the Pierced Stars dies (one white and one silver layer)…
  • Butterfly Wishes card by Eva Dobilas

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi there, this is Eva here today and I have a very summery card here with full of flowers.  As I thought of what I could create for this week's challenge, well, the first thing popped in my head is the abundance of flowers, so I thought I would create a pretty window scene.To create my card I first started with an A2 size aqua color card stock and I layered a slightly smaller yellow card stock on top of it and I die cut an A2 Frames rectangle Scalloped using patterned paper.  Than I cut a Window A and I cut around it to cut it out and backed it up with aqua and…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs 196 - Summer Fun

    Sandy Hulsart
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Anything Goes challenge were fabulous.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isSummer FunHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter the…
  • Anything Goes Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:25 am
    What beautiful entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Anything Goes  challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:13Timestamp: 2015-08-02 03:37:50 UTC#13 Theresa's Studio Congratulations, Theresa. Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Summer Fun challenge.
  • Gingerbread House by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Cheery Lynn friends, it's JULIE here today sharing with my card using the adorable new Gingerbread House. This House reminded me of the story Hansel and Gretel and this is where my inspiration for this card came from.My background was cut out in black card highlighting all the stitches around the edges with a white pen. I sprinkled on some chunky white Embossing Powder and heat set it to give a snowy look. My Icicles were cut out in white cardstock, spray adhesive added onto it and a layer of extra fine glitter.My Trees and Grass were cut out in green and glitter added in the same way as…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • Awesome New Coloring Pages for Adults

    Jeanette Nyberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you digging the coloring pages for adults that are popping up everywhere? I am. I love when adults feel the need to kick back and get creative, no matter how talented they feel they are. My Zentangle posts are some of my most popular, which shows me that tons of adults (and teens) are clicking off their screens, pulling out the drawing utensils, and relaxing with a little art. It makes me stupid-happy. I know a lot of adults frown on coloring pages for kids, citing that they aren’t challenging enough, but I am a huge fan of mindless coloring. Coloring is fun. It doesn’t have…
  • How to Make a Cool Bullseye Tangle Drawing

    Jeanette Nyberg
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here’s a quick post about how to make a bullseye tangle (Zentangle ®) drawing. It’s more of a technique, really. It’s so easy and is based on the idea of mandalas, but without all the mathy rules that mandalas seem to have. I love how contained the bullseye looks with the tangling inside, and you can go geometric or loose with your tangling within the rings. It all looks good. What you Need: Compass White card stock Black markers thin and thick (I used Sharpies, but you can use Microns if you’re cooler than I am.) Take your compass and draw a small circle in the…
  • Stripes! Stripes! More Stripes!

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s true love. My heartbeat quickens, knees weaken, my eyeballs go all squinty and shoot lasers. Wait- that doesn’t happen to you when you’re in love? And no, I’m not talking about Christian. I’m talking stripes. Stripes are the best of the best, the greatest of the great, the fabulest of the faboo. I guess we should all just take a collective leap into some weekend stripe eye candy now. Nothing but good can come from staring at beautiful things for a few minutes, right? 1. Giant gorgeous ceramic sculpture by Jun Kaneko 2. Miss White- a doll from Lucky Boy…
  • Twined

    Jeanette Nyberg
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
      Are you as crazy as I am about researching items you’re planning on buying? Isn’t it fantastic that we can get real, live peoples’ experiences and opinions about anything you can think of? I feel weird buying almost anything without seeing what other people think about it. Plus, I get super opinionated about things I buy, and I like to share my thoughts so other people don’t get suckered into buying perhaps a gorgeous easel for their kids that’s going to snap in half, send paint flying, splatter all over the kitchen, and cause their kids to hate art…
  • Cool Op Art Sphere Drawings

    Jeanette Nyberg
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    You very well may have seen these pop art spheres before, because they’re cool and they’re all over the old Pinterest. But they’re also the sort of project you can’t just look at and move on. They MUST BE TRIED. And try them I did. And they are every bit as fun to draw as they look. If you aren’t familiar with the term ‘Op Art’, it’s short for Optical Art, which basically is art that plays with the ways your eyeballs see and process certain visual information. Your eyeballs can go al wacky if you look at some Op Art for too long. I fact,…
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    These are actually last weeks photos, but who's counting?  I had to have some time to process all of these since getting back from the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.  And.... I had an insane amount of laundry and sleep to catch up on- so here ya go!I have to thank my sister-in-law for this one.  I finally have a picture of me in action!We cruised on a little boat on Jackson Lake.  Best thing ever!!!And the park fox was so obliging....... my first photo of a fox!Even though my energy fizzled out on me halfway through this trip, it was the best thing for me. Being out in beautiful…
  • Shop Anniversary Sale and a Freebie

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    It's officially been four years of selling my Art on Etsy! What a journey it has been............At this point, I don't know exactly where my life is going or consequently, where this business of mine is going, but think my Grow Creative Shop will be around for many years to come :)To celebrate, I'm sharing a shop discount and a freebie with all of you!Here's the discount:Use Code:  4YEAR40at checkout to get 40% off anything and everything in my shop.That includes: originals, giclee prints, custom work, and even  digital filesAnd now for the freebie!an 8x10 printable…
  • Painting Abstracts

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    I don't know why I don't paint more abstracts.  I always have fun when I do!Lately, I'm into abstracts that sort of look like landscapes, like these that remind me of the ocean and sky.  I had those in mind while painting :)What kind of abstracts do like to paint?  Do they have a resemblance to anything or is it just pure colors and forms?
  • In the Works

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I'm slowly getting my energy back, but I still need lots of rest and down time.  So.... I crochet.  I have a couple of projects in the works I wanted to share.  First- hexagons to be made into a blanket at some point.  Here's the tutorial I've been using to make these:Crochet HexagonsAnd the other project is a rug made from double stranded cotton yarn!  Yay!  I'll be posting a pattern once it's done and I can photograph it in my new house :)
  • Photos of the Week

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    I still can't manage long walks, but I can do the small ones and there's still plenty of nature to photograph! 
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  • DIY Beaded Chain Bracelet

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re pretty much halfway into summer, and I’ve got another beautiful DIY to share with you all. I honestly love simple jewelry, and this diy chain bracelet is no exception. I won’t lie, you might have to run to the store to get some supplies to make the bracelet, but it’s totally worth it! The end result is so pretty that you will want to make some for your friends/family too. Read on for the super easy tutorial!Materials: Chain, jump rings, flat nose/round nose pliers, chain cutter, hook/clasp, beads, eye pin1. Slide your beads onto the eye…
  • DIY Ring Cones

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    So I stepped out to Michaels a few days ago and bought a bunch of materials…which means diys are on the way (hopefully). Here’s one that is one of my favorites! This project is so adorable and almost everyone needs to make one! (I mean come on, who doesn’t own a few rings?) As you can probably tell by my last post, I’m obsessed with water marbling and decided to give it a go on clay. It turned out great and I couldn’t wait to share it! Read on for the how-to! Materials: Oven bake clay, nail polish, cup with water, glass dish (to put in the oven)1. Start out…
  • DIY: Water Marbled Glassware

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I love room decor projects! With summer in full swing, I decided to try out this colorful, bright project that can be used to decorate any space and share it with you all. Water marbling became super popular last year, especially for nail art, but this technique can similarly be applied to other items, such as glassware! The effect looks very cool and each time the final look turns out different. Read on for the tutorial!Materials: Nail polish (I used two colors but you can also do this with just one), plastic container that you don’t mind getting dirty, skewer stick, water, glass jar1.
  • DIY: Dainty Gemstone Bracelet

    5 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Okay, so I admit, I’m guilty. I haven’t posted a new DIY in more than a week. And don’t even ask me how long it’s been since my last jewelry DIY. But…patience pays off because today’s DIY dainty gemstone bracelet is a total winner! On a side note, are these things known as rhinestones or gemstones? Whatever they’re called, they are gorgeous! This easy-to-make bracelet is super simple yet elegant, and I think I’ve made about five of them already (yes, I’m crazy). Hop along for the ride if you’d like to learn and follow the steps…
  • DIY To Try: 3 Projects for New Years

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Happy New Year everyone! Wow, I can’t believe 2015 is already here. I guess that means it’s time for some resolutions. One of my goals is to definitely devote more time to posting new projects on the blog. I slacked off a little bit (let’s be honest, a lot) and I’m going to try harder to post more often. I hope that all of you have huge success in accomplishing your goals for the new year! Here are three fabulous DIYs I found to kick off 2015.How cute is this sequined banner from A Beautiful Mess? Perfect for a holiday party!Make these beautiful gift boxes from Oh So…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Knitcation

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    For the first time in years our family took a vacation. Nothing fancy, just a trip to Dallas, TX to visit my grandma and for my kids to spend some quality time with their great grandma. I had a wonderful time, hanging out in the city I used to visit every summer, even if it was hotter than blazes.  It was two weeks with my husband and kids, connecting with my grandma and exploring just how awesome Dallas has become since I was a kid. I marvelled at the low housing prices. I could live in a nice neighborhood with good schools in a remodeled brick house with a pool. My favorite kind of…
  • In Need of the Crafty

    9 Jul 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I am taking a stand.  I need a circle of crafty people around me to commiserate with at least once a week. They need not all be knitters.  I am sad that none of my local yarn shops have a knitting night that I want to attend. Most of them are 20+ minutes away and end up full by the time I get there. I wish there was one walking distance. I wish I had the patience to open my own yarn shop, but I have neither the funds nor the desire to work weekends. I wish that Purlescense or Nine Rubies was closer to me. Or Verb. But they're not.  I did just get the heads up that my local…
  • Summer Stripes

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's not too hot to knit socks. Summer is treating me well. I'm focusing on the kids and doing the kinds of things that moms with older kids get to do, like taking the kids to swimming lessons. This means that I've got time to sit around and wait while the swimming lessons commence and like for most knitters that means that I've got time to knit. I've already finished a pair of socks this summer and I'm almost halfway done with another pair. I just have to finish the toe on this blue and white striped sock. It's a nice feeling of accomplishment that I enjoy so much that I can't manage to go…
  • Summer Times

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    These summer socks are growing fast. I cast them on for the summer solstice so they're officially my summer socks. They're already a couple of inches long: First week of summer and we're already rocking it. Oldest son started swim lessons and wowed me with his bravery. He was very nervous about learning to swim and I was fully ready for a giant fearful tantrum just trying to get him in the water, but he got in there on his own, using the ladder and gleefully went through the entire lesson, listening to the instructors. I'm hopeful that he'll be swimming on his own by the end of the month. It…
  • Finished Objectives

    20 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    I'll take good news wherever I can get it.  I finished that pair of socks. It's Lana Grossa Meilenweit. One of my old favorites. My MIL brought this skein back from Austria for me, picking the perfect colorway. My Lana Grossa socks seemingly last forever, much more than my hand-dyed counterparts, note to self ;) I was at city council again this week hoping to see an innovative housing development pass. My city hasn't passed a high density housing development in decades. Heck, our region hasn't passed much in the way of housing in the last couple of decades, hence our current housing…
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    Serger Pepper

  • 11 insider tips about… How to mix fabrics! – on Craftsy Blog

    Mamma Nene
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Learn to mix fabrics together in your sewing projects (but also in your life: same principles are applying to decorating your house, matching clothes in […]The post 11 insider tips about… How to mix fabrics! – on Craftsy Blog appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • Best Sewing Knit Fabric Tips and Tutorials

    Mamma Nene
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I need to do outing (and I hope you can relate!): I hate to iron clothes – I actually never do it! Don’t get […]The post Best Sewing Knit Fabric Tips and Tutorials appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • The Travel Sewing Caddy FREE Pattern

    Mamma Nene
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I want to show you a project I have created for Deby at So Sew Easy. The travel sewing caddy It’s a free pattern and […]The post The Travel Sewing Caddy FREE Pattern appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • How to sew THE perfect lettuce hem (plus a round-up)

    Mamma Nene
    10 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The post How to sew THE perfect lettuce hem (plus a round-up) appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – Craftsy class review and exclusive discount

    Mamma Nene
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s not a mystery I love attending at Craftsy Classes: I’ve been hoarding “a few”, lately, and I’ve never ever needed to use their “Money Back […]The post The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – Craftsy class review and exclusive discount appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Around Here: August.

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Eating more of these chocolate fudge brownies.Finally getting around to watching True Detective and loving it.Reading Creative Block.Enjoying the last days of Summer.Giving some old classics a makeover. Tutorial to follow.Listening to the Art For Your Ear podcast. 
  • Diy Paper Rosette Badges.

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    I helped make a bunch of these diy paper rosette badges last week for a hen party and thought they'd make a great project to share here on the blog. Instead of a birthday message shown above we used a photo of the lovely Bride-to-be and put the date of the party on one of the paper tales hanging down.The finished badges ended up measuring 6.5 inches in circumference. I love the idea of giving someone a giant novelty badge for their birthday but if you want to make a smaller badge you can adjust the measurements below. This is one of those craft projects that's brilliant for using up all those…
  • 3 Frozen Treats I'd Love To Make.

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Let's all cool down this summer with one of these delicious looking frozen treats.1. I'm obsessed with these strawberry, peaches and cream popsicles with amaretti from Top With Cinnamon.2. Gorgeous dairy free black forest popsicles. A classic flavour combination from from The Artful Desperado.3. I'd love to make these mixed berries and and yoghurt popsicles from The Merrythought.I don't know about you but I'm off to order my popsicle mould right now.
  • The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies.

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate fudge brownies. I love to eat them, hate to make them. Over the years I've tried to make them quite a few times and no matter what I do something always seems to go wrong. They're either too gooey or too dry, the edges go hard and crispy and they never, ever get that flaky top like they're meant to. Well, until now anyway.When we were visiting Brighton and the lovely Isla, you can find her gorgeous vintage Etsy shop Gold Dust in Our Hands here, she made us the most amazing brownies. They were dense and chewy and chocolatey and had the perfect…
  • My Favourite Creative Crafty Books.

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    It was grey and wet and windy this past weekend which meant I got to curl up on the couch and read. Today I thought I'd share of my favourite creative crafty books with you, some I love and own and some I'd love to own.1. Oh Joy! 60 Ways To Create & Give Joy. I'm a fan of Joy's blog Oh Joy! so I had high hopes for the book. It did not disappoint. It's filled with bright, colourful projects Recommended projects: Edible confetti, customizable pop-up wrap and mini photo block puzzle.2. Paper To Petal. This book is wonderful and packed full of gorgeous paper flower projects. I particularly…
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    STASH YARN SHOP - Stashknits blog


    31 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Stuck on that sock? Can’t make heads or tails of the directions for your hat? Don’t blame your pattern just yet; you may be looking at the problem right now. New studies show that most people process text differently when reading on a smartphone, tablet, or computer vs. the printed page. In other words, WHAT you read ON has a big impact on how you understand what you are reading. Researchers have found that reading online encourages “non-linear reading,” commonly known as skimming. Specifically, the study states that “screen-based reading behavior is…

    12 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    As the next chapter of the Stash Select story unfolds, now seems like a good time to get to know some supporting characters a little better. Many of you will recognize this little gal from our kickstarter campaign, but young as she is, Joey has a backstory, not to mention some really WOW bling, courtesy of Julie, who makes jewelry. Which is as good a place to start as any. Julie Lamb (yes, that’s really her name), is an independent jewelry designer who is as passionate about all things local New York (all her jewelry is created in New York’s famous Diamond District) as we are…
  • kickin' it!

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    So this is pretty awesome. We're four days into the kickstarter campaign to bring Stash Select, our new all natural locally made yarn brand, to the shop this fall, and already all y'all have pushed the project to 35% of our funding goal! Thanks! One of the most popular rewards so far is the chance to name one of the new yarn colors, so I thought I'd share some of the color cards the mill is working on. The first thing you'll probably notice with great relief is that they are NOT all green. In fact, there will be a pretty wide range of 20 colors total in the first run, so whether you are…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • Recycled Mixed Media Canvas

    Roberta Birnbaum
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    This month I am sharing a Recycled mixed media canvas.  Recycled?  Yes, because it is from a class that I taught. BEFORE When I teach certain technique classes, I make samples: I use one canvas to demonstrate different techniques.  I am not creating a canvas, just using the canvas to demonstrate different things.  I come home with a canvas, covered in whatever, and put it in a box in the hopes that SOMEDAY I will do something with it. Today is the day for this sad little canvas. As you can see, it started out with many layers of paint, tissue paper, cardboard, texture paste, and…
  • Create your own background

    Martha Lucia Gomez
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello everyone! Martha Lucia here with a great technique to share with you on how to create your own background using distress inks and stencils. Materials: Blackberry Bliss Cardstock Whisper White Cardstock Distress Ink Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed. Peony Blossoms Memory Box Stencil Dream Die Cut by Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Wipes Blending Tools Masking Tape Fun Foam Star Sequins Snail Adhesive Instructions: 1. Align and secure a piece of whisper white cardstock using masking tape. If you want you can create a lineal border with the masking tape, for this option…
  • Craft Retreat with Bella Crafts Connections

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’ve been talking about it for weeks now.  Bella Crafts Publishing™ is hosting the consumer craft retreat of the year.  What makes the Bella Crafts Connections™ event so special?  It is being brought to you by professional designers who know what YOU want in a craft retreat!  So, if you’re a crafter, this event is definitely for you! Bella Crafts Connections™ will be held at Mall of America®, located in Bloomington, Minnesota — only minutes from the MSP airport. As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America® features 520 stores, 50…
  • Gone to the Beach Shadow Box

    Carmen Whitehead
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hi friends!  This is Carmen back with you to continue our month-long Beach Theme projects.  I’ve got a fun and easy project for you today.  This beach shadow box makes a wonderful memories keepsake for summer vacations and perfect for a beach theme home decor. Awesome #craft #tutorial #shadowbox #crafts #paper #beachClick To Tweet Supplies: Art Minds Shadow Box – 8″ x 10″ opening Art Minds Crab shape wood 7Gypsies Maritime 2 sided paper pad #19508 7Gypsies Maritime Charms # 12691 Tattered Angels Paint Rose #22691 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Icicle Blue #16799…
  • Shadow Box Memories

    Lisa Fulmer
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Remember making shoe box dioramas in school when you were a kid? I thought it would be fun to make a grown-up version with my stash and a shadow box. A shadow box is like a 3-dimensional scrapbook layout to commemorate your favorite vacation, party or picnic. It’s easy to make and it looks super cute standing on the coffee table or bookshelf, or even hanging on the wall. Any paper maché box with a lid can become a shadow box in just a couple minutes with the help of your trusty craft knife. Supplies: Paper maché box with lid Clear acetate sheet Scrapbook papers or cardstock…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Rockin’ Ribbon Giveaway Winner!

    The Ribbon Retreat
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hello, hello! I don’t know about you, but I seriously can’t wait to find out who the big winner of our fabulous prize package is! I know we don’t typically announce our big giveaway winner in their very own post, but I really really wanted to thank EVERYONE for entering with all of your amazing […]
  • Rockin’ Ribbon Giveaway

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you ready for a ROCKIN’…I mean rockin’ giveaway? I know I am, and I can’t wait for you to see what amazing prize or shall I say prizes is up for grabs! Here at The Ribbon Retreat, we LOVE to show off our amazing and absolutely adorable ribbon! So…we wanted to share our ribbon […]
  • Simple Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Yay, it’s video day! I am really excited to share this video with you today, because sometimes instead of a big bow, you just need a simple little bow that is tiny and petite. Today’s Simple Bow video tutorial is just perfect for those little newborn heads, an embellishment for a little top, or a […]
  • Big Tulle Bow

    Shirley Hale
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Big bows, big bows…who loves big bows? I surely do, and I think a lot of you might too! When my little girl was born, my siblings would always say that the bows I put on her head where bigger than her actual head. I would just laugh, because they are just crazy…maybe a little […]
  • Jumbo Tulle Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hi Ribbon Retreat Readers and welcome back to YouTube Thursday! I am so excited to introduce today’s big, bold and beautiful project and YouTube video tutorial! This Jumbo Tulle Hair Bow is sure to make a strong statement of cuteness, personality and pizzazz! I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Duct Tape Notebook Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Duct tape was always present in our house when I was growing up. My dad believed you could use it to fix just about anything. These days, duct tape is not only used for repairs around the home, it is…Read more →
  • How to Make a Duct Tape Pencil Case

    Sherri Osborn
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Using duct tape is a great way to personalize back to school supplies, like I did with my Duct Tape Notebook. You can also use duct tape to create your own back to school supplies, like I did with this…Read more →
  • 20 Fun Fish Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We do a lot of fishing year round, how about you? While I was searching around for some new fish recipes to try, I stumbled across a few adorable fish related crafts that inspired me to try to find some…Read more →
  • 10 Crafts Supplies to Avoid Using With Toddlers

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hopefully you read the article I wrote for awhile ago… It was titled Toddler Craft Supplies: 10 Essential Things to Have on Hand. As the title explains, it is a collection of craft supplies that are great for toddlers.…Read more →
  • How to Make Sea Creatures Out of Egg Cartons

    Sherri Osborn
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Whether you are planning a trip to the beach or aquarium, you just may see plenty of sea creatures but probably not any as adorable as these sea creature made out of egg carton cups! To make any or all…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • DIY Bookcase from Craft Crates

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Remember a while ago when I was distressing craft crates? I wanted the crates to look weathered and old? Well, it was to make a DIY bookcase out of craft crates.  The boys’ book situation was getting out of control, and I wanted a bookshelf that wasfunctional, inexpensive, and pleasing to the eye.  This DIY fit the bill. I bought each crate for about $6 (withJoAnn’s coupons, of course), so before I bought the casters to be screwed on the bottom of the crates, this bookshelf only cost my $36.  Liquid Nail was my bff for this project. No tutorial is really needed. I…
  • Ideas for displaying Kids’ Artwork

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Between school and home, my two boys are constantly creating masterpieces. With the constant influx of painted paper, cardboard box sculptures, and pipecleaner statues, my smallish house was getting smaller. So I came (and researched) up with some ideas for displaying kids’ artwork.  Here are some of the ideas for displaying kids’ artwork that I have employed.  Gallery Walls   I love the splash of color their artwork brings to the room. A touch of whimsy and something much more personal than a framed reproduction. Not to mention the boys love that their work is on…
  • Face the Wall-Gallery Wall

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Last you’ve heard, we’ve made some progress in L’s room. With some of the more dire projects around the house out of the way (more on those later), I am finally ready to add some fun and color to that big empty wall above her dresser. The plan is to add a mirror and fill the rest of the wall space with lots of bright art work that are inspired by L. I’ve started a collection of DIY pieces like this and this (more on those later), but I needed more. So I’ve been scavenging the Internet for unique and affordable prints to add to my collection. Then, I came across…
  • Framed Chalkboard Art

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    If you have been keeping up with Teachlovecraft, then you know how much I love seasonal decor (check out my March, Easter, Flag Day, and Fall mantel ).  Swapping decor gives a little brightness to the doldrums of winter. Plus it always feels like I’m decorating for a party- a celebration of the next season/holiday–and who doesn’t love a party? Another piece of my seasonal decorating is the use of  chalkboard art. I, along with a million others, love a gorgeous framed chalkboard. It might be the teacher in me, my love of handwriting, my affinity for word, or all of…
  • Big Girl Room Progress

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

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    I can never seem to have enough room in my kitchen.  I keep tossing things in my kitchen drawers until there is no more room. If your kitchen is like mine it could use some organization.  So here are some great tips I found useful and now my kitchen drawers are nice and neat!   […] The post How To Organize Your Kitchen Drawers appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Quick and Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Mint Oreo Cookie Desserts

    13 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Hello everyone! Today I’m over at Club Chica sharing my recipes for the easy and delicious No Bake Peanut Butter dessert! Hop over there to see how easy it is to make….but check out my other recipes before you leave! If your life sometimes gets a little hectic and you don’t have a lot of time […] The post Quick and Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Mint Oreo Cookie Desserts appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    These easy {no-bake} Lemon Meringue Pies are perfect for a Summer dessert.  They are quick, creamy, and full of delicious lemon flavor.  No need to spend time over the hot stove for these pies!There’s no baking at all! They make a perfect Summer back yard dessert everyone will love! Have you tried Lemon Oreo’s?  That’s […] The post Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’m at Club ChicaCircle today sharing how to make these organizers using cereal boxes! Organizing is one thing I love to do. I’m always adding things to my craft room because I am a garage sale freeeeak! So I needed a way to organize everything without spending lots of $$$ on organizers. I made these […] The post Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Grandparents New Baby Arrival Countdown

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

  • DIY Summer Photo Frame

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    Originally I had intended to finish this project in time to participate in the July Craft Challenge over at 2 Crochet Hooks, but, as usual, life got in the way and I never managed to complete it in time. This weekend, in between painting the living room and taking the kids to the beach for a while, I put on my list of chores to finish a series of projects that have been pending for a while, and this one was one of them.  It's a simple wood photo frame that I got at at dollar store, painted in a summery shade of blue. If almost forgot to take a picture of the original frame, but this…
  • Scraps of Yarn July Crochet Along - finished!

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Last night I finally managed to finish the July scraps of yarn crochet along challenge posted by Joanita over at Creative Crochet Toys. And just in time to show it off before the end of the month!Although I'm sure it would great as a regular pillow, reading Joanita's post I realized that her original idea was to make a pajama pillow.Since my daughter is always very keen of putting away her pajamas every morning, I decided to give her this pillow cover for her to store her pajamas during the day.It's a bit too big (since I assume it was originally thought as an adult pajama pillow) but it…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 30 update

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    OK, so I'm glad to report that I've accomplished almost everything I set out to do last week!I've cleaned out and straightened the guest room, got rid of the last bag of items marked for donation and we also started painting the living room (ran out of paint in the meantime, so we need to get more to finish the ceiling before painting the walls).As for craft projects, the only thing I finished were the scented ornaments, but since I had started them before Christmas last year and then left them half made on top of a pile of similarly fated projects, I guess they count as decluttering…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 29/July

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    Welcome to the last wordless wedesnday of July!We've been taking advantage of the good weather as much as we can, so last weekend we took off to the beach again. This time we went to Tróia, a peninsula less than an hour to the south of Lisbon. We spent some time at the beach and then, in the evening, we decided to use the ferry to return home. The kids loved it, and we got to watch the sunset from the ferry, which was awesome! Enjoy the rest of your week!
  • Christmas in July - DIY Scented Ornaments

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Did you notice that July is almost over? And that Christmas is right around the corner? Well, it is. And because I always like to make a lot of handmade gifts, I have to start early. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered Patience Brewster and decided to join them in celebrating Christmas in July! And so scented ornaments came to be!Patience Brewster is a wonderful artist and designer of handmade gifts and ornaments. It you're not familiar with Patience, check out her website. They are known for their whimsical ornaments, but me being me, I also loved their stationery collections!Anyway,…
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  • I Love Crochet

    Zurainny Ismail
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    “CROCHET is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook.” – Wikipedia Whoever first created the art of crochet and those who further developed crochet throughout the ages and into the future, and to all those who continue giving life to this art – I thank you all.  And to those who shared their creativity at crocheting – may you continue to create and may God give you more, and more ideas so that crochet will prosper. Take, for example, this lapghan which I recently completed: Made this…
  • How to Service Janome Harmony 2049 Sewing Machine

    Zurainny Ismail
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    I purchased my Janome Harmony 2049 sewing machine way back in 2006.  Since then till now, I have only brought it for service at the Epal centre twice.  I use it only occasionally, and for me, it’s perfect.  It’s easy to use, portable and handy to have around the house.  So far, my Janome sewing machine has helped me to make 3 curtains, a few simple totes, a simple sofa cover, coasters, simple mending, etc.  Roughly speaking, I guess I only use it about once or twice a month. Lately, in my quest to broaden my crafting horizons, I have been quite zealous at getting myself…
  • Crochet Headbands and More

    Zurainny Ismail
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Ramadhan has arrived and I’m excited to expand my horizons! After I completed the CAL Granny Square Pillow Cover, I still had lots of leftover budget yarns.  So I made this headband using a free pattern from Craftsy. And with the various colours of budget yarns, I made these little flowers which is easily interchangeable.  So, 1 headband, with a few looks!  I am currently working on another headband and flower, so that with 2 headbands and 3 flowers, I can get 6 looks! Interchangeable Florals Then I also made these little handphone cases and some more – using yarns of various…
  • Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day – Hari Guru 2015

    Zurainny Ismail
    13 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    OMG – I almost forgot Hari Guru! Have you prepared gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day / Hari Guru 2015? I’m still in the middle of figuring out what to give and seeing that it’s only 3 days away, they must be something that can be prepared in a jiffy… This year, Hari Guru which is on 16 May 2015, falls on a Saturday.  There will be some forms of celebration in each schools (not necessarily this Saturday, it could be on any day fixed by the school), including performances and sports competition by teachers. Last year, I gave each of my kids’ favourite teachers…
  • More Yarns To Crochet

    Zurainny Ismail
    12 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    Compared to previous years, I’m having fun trying out various types of crochet yarns these past few months – totally neglecting my cross stitch projects, unfortunately.  It’s really great fun getting to use yarns of different types and weights, and also getting to use various sizes of crochet hooks.  I’m really, really yearning to get myself those wonderful Tulip Etimo or Clover Amure crochet hook sets – need to start saving for those! After getting myself some Nyamnyam Yarns, I continued adding to my humble collection of crochet yarns.  I bought some Korean…
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  • One year Woo Hoo Cuties’ giveaway

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    For this special occasion: WOO HOO CUTIES ONE YEAR BLOG, I’d like to thank the customers of my Woo Hoo Cuties’ shop with a surprise give away, the ones that bought something in the first year of Woo Hoo Cuties’ existence. So we did a lottery, names picked at random (by my godchild of 2 years and a half). 5 winners were chosen out of the people that bought something out of the shop. Five lucky customers will get a private message today and of course their surprise give away. Can you believe it, one year ago we pressed the button and Woo Hoo Cuties was a fact, my very own blog. What a…
  • A set of screw back earrings a real vintage jewel

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    Do you dress up your outfit with a set of earrings, the modern “jewellery staple”? Are they your glam fashion statement, or have your pierced holes gradually resealed, because you stopped wearing them? Maybe you are on of the very few, having no pierced holes in your ears? We all know an old aunt with elongated ear lobes, because of the weight of a lifetime wearing earrings, or the saucy girl wearing hoops as a bold statement. The choice is abundant: droplet earrings, hoop earrings, stud earrings, chandelier earrings, button earrings, dangle earrings and even safety pins! The most classic…
  • Ori-Gin-al summer aperitif Gin based

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    A long way from being sold only at the chemist’s, being the poor people’s favourite drink: gin, the spirit of the past, is the newest hype with die-hard fans. Yes, my friends, GIN is IN, it’s the bartender’s favourite! And no, I’m not offering another gin tonic recipe, but a smooth, refreshing gin cocktail for a warm summer day, let me surprise you. Do you want to find out the best gin for your cocktail, well the best way to taste gins for comparison, is at room temperature, diluted with an equal measure of water. Both qualities and flaws will be revealed. Sweet pine and soft citrus…
  • Our Ktembe aperitif “the” red wine of summer

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    To drink or not to drink an odd combination, is the question I guess. But our guilty pleasure is drinking a “Ktembe”, a South African aperitif known to my husband, on sunny summer days on our terrace. You see, in his young days my husband was in South Africa, he started off his trip in Fort Williams and travelled down Garden Root, to end down in Cape Town. At a wedding of his nephew Robert, he was offered an unusual aperitif and afterwards he discovered it was offered everywhere over there. A nice refreshing drink it is indeed and super simple to make! Watch out: it tends to go down…
  • Philadelphia cheese cake with speculoos

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    When having visitors in summer, we tend to swap good recipes and try them out. I’m not very keen on sweet dessert or dessert in general, but I do have one recipe that’s worth sharing with all of you. I used to make it with my friend Miek for our children. The recipe leaflet was once included in a  Philadelphia cheese packet as a promotion stunt. We tried it out and it became our absolute favourite! This recipe is based on Lotus Philadelphia spread cheese but also on “speculoos”, a shortcrust biscuit, which in Belgium is a traditional gift for the feast of St Nicholas on the 6th of…
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  • Just 3 Days Left on Annual 20%-Off Sale

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Thank you to everyone who has already taken advantage of Sun and Wind Farm’s annual Birthday Sale! Since last Wednesday, hundreds of pieces of our colorful hand dyed wool — perfect for rug hooking and wool applique — have been ordered and shipped. As we enter the final three days of the sale, we have replenished our inventory with some of your favorite colors: American Rose is back, and so isOrange Buttercup. We’ve replaced the Splashy Rose, Emerald City and Amazing Maize. Our bold Classic Red and moody Night Drama have been refilled as well! Through Wednesday, Aug.
  • The Bright Colors of Summer

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Peach Sunrise hand dyed woolWith June 21 now in our rear view mirror, and the torrential rains of spring a distant memory, we turn at last to the bright sunny colors of summer. Yellow and orange, blue and green, our hand dyed wool shop is busting out with creative colors. Whether you’re starting a summer hooked rug project and dabbling in applique, our hand dyed wool is right for you. Our newest colors include orange-shaded Fresh Salmon and Peach Sunrise. The summer sun and sky are well represented by our Lemon Tart and Baby Blue. Or opt for rich earth tones like Deluxe Caramel, Painted…
  • New Colors for May

    4 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    American RoseWe blinked and suddenly it is May! Before us, the calender beckons, full of vivid hues and many months of sunshine. Naturally, the colors in the dye kitchen have brightened as well. The blue tones of the sky are well represented by Blue Lagoon and Blue Skies. The brown and orange clays of the earth are reflected in Copper Penny, Fire Drama and Pumpkin Brown. Fire DramaAnd flowers’ overflowing colors can be found in American Rose, Violet Sunset and Painted Flowers. Search for the newest shades in your stash by visiting our hand dyed wool shop today. The post New Colors for…
  • A Colorful Calling Card

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    A brief thundershower left this colorful calling card Live in Texas long enough and you grow very accustomed to long, uninterrupted periods of dry. Bone dry. Months can pass with no rain. Lakes dry up. The landscape turns straw brown. It’s good weather for dyeing wool but not much else! This is why April has been such a joy this year. The best, most consistent rains in years have created a lush green paradise. It may be a coincidence, but sales of our green hand dyed wool are up this month. Of course, storms have a downside. Over the weekend these included severe winds and several…
  • Hand Dyed Color Inspires Pattern

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    The Coming Storm: A design by Joni Desjardins, shown with a brooding sky created from Sun and Wind Farm’s Arctic Gray wool. We’re honored to see that a customer liked one of our recent hand-dyed wool colors so much that it inspired her to create a rug hooking pattern built around its shades. The pattern — called “The Coming Storm” — was created by Joni Desjardins of Alberta, Canada, and is now available on WoolWoodandWares. This is the Etsy shop that features creative items that Joni and her husband make. Prominently featured in the suggested color scheme…
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  • Stress-Free Knitting Patterns

    Alice Seidel
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Summertime and the living is easy! Well, I don’t know about that, but it is deep into summer and who wants to think about taking on any kind of complicated knitting project?Just stress-free knitting patterns is what I like in mid-summer. You know the ones I’m talking about; with charts that are 50 rows long and numerous knitting stitches that you need to review on YouTube, just to remember how to knit them! Yes? When it’s hot outside, you want to be comfortable wherever you are. That includes taking on your knitting, too. Find those patterns that are easy to knit, east to…
  • Shine a Light, Knitting Bright

    Alice Seidel
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Before we made the move BACK to New Jersey in 2013, my husband and I lived in Pike County, PA, which is in the extreme northeast corner of the state. Beautiful, rural, with roads that lead you to places you’ve never seen before and may never see again. We lived in a small association where each home had between 3 and 4 acres of land between. Most of that land was still given over to woods, or large portions were covered in brambles and ferns. There was really no “plan” to go out and clear any of those trees from your property; it was just too pretty as you looked around…
  • Blocking Lessons I Learned BEFORE It Was Too Late

    Alice Seidel
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Blocking lessons I learned before it was too late. So nice! You’ve finally finished that sweater or block afghan. Methodically, you’ve put all of the pieces together, being EVER so careful. Sleeves fit perfectly into the body pieces and initially, your knitted blocks “seem” to be connecting okay. Then suddenly, everything looks wrong! Nothing is lining up OR what you have knitted and sewn together is hanging DREADFULLY! Now what do you do? :\   First ask yourself this question: did I block my knitting? If you’ve never heard of this term before, it is…
  • 5 Reasons To Buy Knitting Yarn Now

    Alice Seidel
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    5 reasons to buy knitting yarn now! Wow, this week flew by! One day it’s Monday then it’s the weekend again. When you’re busy time passes quickly. I’m sort of in a limbo this week; in-between writing assignments and waiting to hear back with new work. So, it’s been back to organizing my knitting life. Also, my home office is in desperate need of a re-do. I’ll wait for August to tackle that; I’m in no mood now that I’ve found numerous knitting projects once again to rip up a spare bedroom until then. We live in a great country. That being said,…
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  • Notions: Weaving for Beginners

    Sarah White
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    I’m kind of obsessed with weaving. As a yarn worker, I think of it as a great way to use up yarn in a way that can be artistic, useful or both. I have a lot of yarn I might not necessarily want to knit with, but that would be fun as part of a wall hanging or another woven project. I think that weaving is a great way to get kids interested in creating with yarn, too. It’s not as difficult as knitting or crochet but will help kids build motor and concentration skills that are necessary both for those crafts and other aspects of life. Working with yarn also gives you opportunities to…
  • Frugal Family Linky July 30

    Sarah White
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    I’m on vacation this week, but I wanted to still be able to give people the opportunity to link up if they happen to link up via my site (and thank you if you do!). Please go visit my co-hosts to check out their top picks from last week, and we’ll be back with the top picks of the month next week. This Week’s Linky As usual, the Frugal Family Linky is brought to you by: Witty Hoots – Celebrating Family Home Life with a Smile – Family orientated lifestyle website with a focus on activities for families with children of all ages. Peakle Pie – Creative Ideas…
  • On-the-Fly Pillowcase Top Not-a-Tutorial

    Sarah White
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    One of the ways I like to learn things is to kind of get myself in over my head and see what happens. Last week’s Iron Craft challenge, which I totally missed, was to create something blue. I had this great blue batik fabric I knew I wanted to use. I wanted to make a beach cover but there was not enough fabric. I discovered there was enough — and a little extra — to wrap around my body so I decided I wanted to make a sort of pillowcase top for myself. Not finding a pattern like what I was looking for, I decided to wing it. This is not a tutorial because I was designing at…
  • Notions: Summer STEM

    Sarah White
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    I don’t usually think of activities as being related to STEM, because we bring science, technology, math and engineering into our lives pretty naturally. The girl is a self-described “sciencey girl,” she loves space and building and math challenges. But while science comes up commonly in conversation around here, we don’t always specifically plan to do science activities. Which is a shame, because I’m sure she and we would find them really fun. So in the interest of building our catalog of summer STEM activities I bring you this roundup. Lemon Lime Adventures has…
  • Frugal Family Linky July 23

    Sarah White
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Hello, friends! If you’re not a regular visitor here on non-linky days, I want to make sure you check out my post from yesterday about how you can get up to 30 free Scholastic books for your home library or to donate around by buying select Kellogg’s products (yes, it’s a sponsored post, but it’s also really cool). OK, then, back to the business at hand! This Week’s Featured Posts We haven’t gotten to the point of giving the girl an allowance yet, though she does sometimes get a little change for helping with chores. I really enjoyed reading this post from…
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  • Ikea RASKOG Crochet Cart

    Sarah Zimmerman
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
     The Ikea RASKOG Utility Cart is a crafters best friend! This 3 shelf cart is propped up on wheels making it easy for you to move and also perfect for tight spaces. So many options for storage as well. I've seen it used as a kids art cart, makeup station, kitchen caddy, bookshelf, nightstand, and more. But I had my eye on it for one thing: YARN! I finally bit the bullet and purchased the utility cart, then immediately started stuffing it with yarn and crochet tools!I am using the top for a wide variety of open/used skeins. I love that I can see all the colors and can easily grab…
  • DIY T-Shirt Crafts Book Release and Giveaway!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    I need to brag about a good friend. Adrianne Surian of Happy Hour Projects has been one of my best blogging buddies since our blogs were in their infancy. I am not exaggerating when I say I talk to her on almost a daily basis! A lot of work goes on behind the scenes of a blog and she's been a mentor, a cheerleader, a huge support to me for many years. So when she told me she was signing a contract with a publishing company to write a book I was beyond ecstatic for her! I wanted to scream it from the rooftops! She put so much work into this and DIY T-Shirt Crafts is now…
  • Crochet Corner to Corner (C2C) Baby Sheep Graphgan

    Sarah Zimmerman
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I successfully finished my first Corner to Corner (C2C) Graphgan! The C2C works up much quicker than the pixel square blanket and the bobble stitch blanket so it's a great option for those of you who want to give pixel crochet a try. In this post I am going to give you the basics about creating a C2C blanket. There is no specific pattern to follow, you create these afghans by following a pixel graph, working from the bottom right hand corner, row by row, until you get the top left hand corner!What you need to re-create the Baby Sheep C2C Graphgan:- Baby Sheep Graph. This graph will cost…
  • Crochet Basketball Rug

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    I got my hands on some of the new larger Clover Amour Crochet Hooks and they are so fun to work with and pair perfectly with super chunky yarn! I created a quick and easy basketball rug from my sons sports themed room using two strands of bulky yarn and the P/Q 15mm hook. Much larger than your typical hook, but so comfortable and light! This project works up extremely quickly and there are so many options for embellishments. Think baseball, soccer, or just a fun multi-colored circle rug. Stay tuned for a girly version for my daughters room!Materials:- Clover Amour P/Q 15mm Crochet…
  • Starbucks Core Coffee Series and Crochet Coffee Coasters

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Some things go well together: peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, bees and honey, and my favorite COFFEE & CROCHET! Starbucks happened to take notice of my love for coffee and sent me some samples of their Core Coffee Series! I frequently stay up late crocheting "just one more row" so this mom of 3 needs multiple cups of coffee to make it through the day :)  Of course there is nothing I love more than enjoying my coffee along with a little crochet time. I whipped up some fun crochet coffee mug coasters that would be perfect for a hostess gift and would also work as an appliqué.
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  • Rhombus Texture

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 6 sts and 12-row repeat.Row 1: P4, * k1, p5; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k1, p1.Row 2: K1, * p1, k5; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p1, k4.Row 3: P3, * k2, p4; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.Row 4: K1, * p2, k4; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p2, k3.Row 5: P2, * k3, p3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k3, p1.Row 6: K1, * p3, k3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p3, k2.Row 7: P1, * k3, p3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k3, p2.Row 8: K2, * p3, k3; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p3, k1.Row 9: P1, * k2, p4; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k2, p3.Row 10: K3, * p2, k4; repeat from *…
  • Alternating Diagonals

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 10 stitches and 24-row repeat.Rows 1 - 2: * K5, p5; repeat from * to end.Rows 3 - 4: * K5, p5; repeat from * to endRows 5 - 6: * K4, p1, k1, p4; repeat from * to end.Rows 7 - 8: * K3, p2, k2, p3; repeat from * to end.Rows 9 - 10: * K2, p3, k3, p2; repeat from * to end.Rows 11 - 12: * K1, p4, k4, p1; repeat from * to end.Rows 13 - 14: * P5, k5; repeat from * to end.Rows 15 - 16: * P5, k5; repeat from * to end.Rows 17 - 18: * P4, k1, p1, k4; repeat from * to end.Rows 19 - 20: * P3, k2, p2, k3; repeat from * to end.Rows 21 - 22: * P2, k3, p3, k2; repeat from * to…
  • Garter Block

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Knitted in  a multiple of 10 sts + 5 and 12-row repeat.Row 1 and all right side rows: Knit.Row 2: K5, * p5, k5; repeat from * to end.Row 4: K5, * p5, k5; repeat from * to end.Row 6: K5, * p5, k5; repeat from * to end.Row 8: P5, * k5, p5; repeat from * to end.Row 10: P5, * k5, p5; repeat from * to end.Row 12: P5, * k5, p5; repeat from * to end.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl
  • Block #2

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Block - Pattern 1Knitted a multiple of 10 sts + 3 and 14-row repeat.Row 1 - right side: K3, * p7, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl.Row 3: K3, * p7, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 5: K3, * p7, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 7: K3, * p7, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 9: K3, * p7, k3; repeat from * to end.Row 11: P3, * k7, p3; repeat from * to end.Row 13: P3, * k7, p3; repeat from * to end.Row 14: Purl.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl
  • Block

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 12 sts + 1 and 16-row repeat.Row 1 - right side: Knit.Row 2: Purl.Row 3: K3, * p7, k5; repeat from * to last 10 sts, p7, k3.Row 4: P3, * k7, p5; repeat from * to last 10 sts, k7, p3.Row 5: Knit.Row 6: Purl. Row 7: K3, * p7, k5; repeat from * to last 10 sts, p7, k3.Row 8: P3, * k7, p5; repeat from * to last 10 sts, k7, p3.Row 9: KnitRow 10: Purl.Row 11: P4, * k5, p7; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k5, p4.Row 12: K4, * p5, k7; repeat from * to last 9 sts, p5, k4.Row 13: Knit.Row 14: Purl.Row 15: P4, * k5, p7; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k5, p4.Row 16: K4, * p5, k7;…
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  • Baked Eggs on Spinach

    Laurel Blow
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    After a beautiful and productive summer, I join you once again for a food-a-licious blog post. This summer we traveled, family visited, we swam, biked, ran, played, laughed, cried and bonded to our heart’s content. With all these beautiful memories we made, the one thing that I know, for sure, helped me survive the rushed mornings and … Continue reading Baked Eggs on Spinach → The post Baked Eggs on Spinach appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 6-21-2015

    Laurel Blow
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day all you dads out there! Here is a one-of-a-kind piece of toddler art for our favorite dad! Email Address The post 6-21-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Strawberry Ice-cream

    Laurel Blow
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    The strawberry fields opened up near our house, and guess what we did! We went strawberry picking! Oh yes! With what was leftover after making several batches of strawberry jam and strawberry syrup for our pancakes, we made fresh strawberry ice-cream. Strawberry ice-cream during strawberry season is the best! This dairy free vegan recipe is not … Continue reading Strawberry Ice-cream → The post Strawberry Ice-cream appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Quick Cinnamon Rolls

    Laurel Blow
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Women in the 1930's knew how long it takes to make cinnamon rolls, so they came up with a quick solution! Take pride in quick, homemade & from scratch! The post Quick Cinnamon Rolls appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 6-1-2015

    Laurel Blow
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    You know you are loved, when you get Torch & Ramekins for your Birthday! <3 Loved Email Address The post 6-1-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • How to make a fun photo booth with friends

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    I have to say, I have REALLY fun neighbors! I got lucky when I moved into this condo. They’re always up for doing something fun, whether it be happy hour at the local Mexican restaurant, grilling out, or even just meeting in the dog park. And when it comes to relying on them for favors . . ....Read the rest here . . . »         
  • Using Mod Podge as a watercolor resist

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    It’s been a loooo-ng time since I’ve done anything with watercolor. I took a lot of art classes in middle school and high school, and it was one of my favorite mediums at the time – I loved playing with it! So much in fact that I created a huge picture of tulips using various...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • My least favorite trophy . . . ever

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    My boyfriend is a decorated cyclist. He’s been riding his bike for 35 years, and has won everything from state championships to nationals to world’s trophies. Yep – he’s a world champion on the track! In his 20s he was a professional in Europe, and then after that began an...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • DIY bracelet – quick makeover with glitter and Mod Podge

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Today I’m sharing a simple makeover on an old piece of jewelry I have. I’ve had this piece for probably 10 years now. I just haven’t worn it in forever. But for some reason I’ve never tossed it.So I thought I would give it a quick makeover for my friends little girl to play...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • Easy DIY photo display

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Hi! It’s David from Cheltenham Road.Do you find that your not-as-DIY-inclined friends tend to ask you to make them things? Mine do and I’m usually up for the challenge as it often makes me think a bit outside my own sandbox.When my friend Aimee pulled me into a local home store, pointed...Read the rest here . . . »         
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • Beautiful Free and Sale Fonts

    Carol P
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Ah, fonts.  Who doesn't love a beautiful font? What's all the rage?  Samantha, Samantha, Samantha. Yes, it's everywhere! Yes, it's endlessly useful! Yes, I'm ready to see something different! Do I have a deal for you!  Check out The Summer Bundle from The Hungry JPEG. TWENTY NINE fonts,  $1 apiece.  That's 95% off, until the end of July.  You get everything you see and more--ALL the
  • Support the arts!

    Carol P
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that my older daughter has graduated from art school and is a freelance illustrator.  Over the years you have occasionally seen her work (and when she was very young, her hands holding things while I took the pictures). Scroll down and see if you remember her drawings! Here's the exciting news. One of her illustrations was recently chosen
  • Fireworks Chysanthemum July 4th Card

    Carol P
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Inspired by a card by Kagi Sippo (which looks like it is hand colored--or maybe created from paint chips--and hand cut) I went looking for a suitable layered flower file to make a similar exploding fireworks card.  I didn't find one, so I drew one! The result is...okay.  My flowers / fireworks lack the subtle color variations in the layers, and I wish the card stock were shiny. I threw a
  • Tiny Pleated Star

    Carol P
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    If you enjoyed making the larger (3") pleated star, try this one!  It is tiny, but it's not ridiculously tiny.  Perfect to use in a grouping on the front of a card or as a scrapbook embellishment. Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free. A huge thank
  • Pleated Heart Embellishment

    Carol P
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I'm sure I re-invented the wheel when I designed this file.  Mostly, it was an exercise to help me understand how to create shapes in pleated form. See this post for a pleated star (and scroll to the bottom to learn how to make any pleated shape). How to make an accordion pleated heart Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • Birds of a Feather Using Color Plus Air Dry Clay

    Activa Products
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Create these one of a kind feathered friends by using Color Plus air dry clay. No need for a kiln as they dry to an extremely durable finish. No paint is needed as the clay is colored! Materials needed:Color Plus air dry clay in red, yellow and black for both the black and red birdCotton sheeting, cut into 8” x 8” squaresA small cup of waterWooden skewer or needle toolACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kitDrill and 1/8” drill bit 18 gauge craft wireWire cuttersNeedle nose pliersHammer and anvilEmory boardTwo part epoxy glue Clear acrylic spray to seal 1. To make the red bird, pinch off two…
  • Color Plus Air Dry Clay Sunflower

    Activa Products
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    This air dry clay sunflower is sure to brighten any day!  Materials needed: Color Plus air dry clay in yellow and black ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 3 8” x 8” squares A small cup of water Wooden skewer or needle tool Pattern for circles 1” and 1 ¾” (think quarter or bottle tops) Burlap ribbon Rectangular glass vase Hot glue gun ACTÍVA Product’s colored sand in green Clear acrylic spray to seal 1. Condition the yellow clay in your hands by kneading and lightly spraying with water if it is dry. It should be smooth and pliable when you are finished.
  • CelluClay Surfboard Treasure Box Designed by Lisa Fulmer for Activa Products

    Activa Products
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This cute and colorful paper maché box is sturdy enough to hold all sorts of little treasures! Use it for jewelry  on your nightstand, paper clips or pushpins on your desk, or even Q-tips in the bathroom. The best part is knowing you sculpted it yourself! Supplies: Activa CelluClay Non-stick work mat Wood skewer, water mister bottle Printed Duck Tape® brand duct tape Dimensional adhesive stickers Cardboard, pencil, fine-grit sanding block Plastic bag, waxed dental floss, baker’s cooling rack Scissors with non-stick blades 1. Draw or trace a surfboard shape (approx. 10” tall) on…
  • Wedding Candy Bar Decoration Using Color Plus Air Dry Clay

    Activa Products
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Candy bars are so much fun at weddings, birthday parties or just to say “I love you”. Put a personalized message on each jar of candy for that special day!  Materials needed: Color Plus air dry clay in red and white ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 8” x 8” squares A small cup of water Wooden skewer or needle tool Alphabet stamp set Heart pattern and small heart cookie cutter Pink ribbon Apothecary jar Clear acrylic spray to seal  Instructions: 1.   Cut off a piece of both the white and the red clay about the size of a large walnut. Take equal amounts of…
  • Surfboard Trophy - Designed by Lisa Fulmer for ACTIVA Products

    Activa Products
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Surf’s up - time to hang ten, dude! A surfboard is an iconic symbol of summer fun at the beach. If you aren’t lucky enough to be one of the Hollywood celebrities who get their own surfboard trophies from the annual Teen Choice Awards, you can have a blast making your own miniature surfboard trophy with ACTIVA Air-Dry Clay. Stand your surfboard up on your desk or bookshelf so you’ll feel like you’re riding those waves all year long…and no wipe-outs! Supplies:• ACTIVA Plus Air-Dry Clay• Non-stick work mat• Wood skewer, palette knife, water mister bottle• Rolling pin•…
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    Smitha Katti

  • DIY nightstand makeover: Before and After

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A step by step tutorial showing you how to do a DIY nightstand makeover. Take something old and upscale it into something you would find in a boutique! You will need- chalk paint, gold or copper foil, adhesive and sealer for the foil, stencil, wood filler, sander de glosser, scrub, and brushes. Step 1: I sanded the nightstand down using some Sander deglosser with a scrub. Think of it as removing nail polish- and scrub lightly all over to create a rough surface for the paint to adhere onto. Step 2: Place stencil on top of  the drawer front and position it where you want. The stencil…
  • DIY Summer Craft Projects

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Summer is here and the sun is out shining and if you are looking for a few DIY Summer Craft Projects for yourself, here are four that I recently wrote for the Fiskars website- 1. An Easy, simple Pillowcase Dress for the little girl in your life. Find my tutorial here 2. A light and comfortable Picnic Quilt. Perfect to carry around to the park or outdoor event. Find my tutorial here. 3. A perfect gift basket for a friend – Smores for the win! Find my tutorial here. 4. Color+Felt make for a cute bag that can keep all of your kids stuff. Perfect for a road trip or a trip to the mall. Find…
  • How to stencil on fabric with acrylic paints

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    Today I am sharing a tutorial with some tips and tricks on how to stencil on fabric A stencil, Acrylic paint, Paint brush and fabric of your choice. I chose to use a Back to Basics tote bag today. Optional supplies: Easy Tack spray and Dimensional fabric paint. Step 1: Spray the back of your stencil lightly with some repositionable adhesive. This adhesive is lightly tacky and holds the stencil onto the fabric while you work. This way the stencil will not shift its position while you are working on it. Step 2: Position your stencil onto your fabric. Today I am using the Roped Decorative…
  • Free Printable Gallery Wall Art

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Bring color and inspiration to your space with this FREE printable gallery wall art. Spruce up an empty wall in your house in just three simple steps–> Download + Print + Add washi tape. That’s all it takes. Easy and quick is my kind of decorating. Not to forget- this is very versatile, and you can change it up every few weeks. Or every season! Point to note here- I only curated this free printable gallery wall- please go and leave some love on the other websites if you do download their files. To achieve a true bright color for these prints, I use Canon Matte Photo Paper…
  • Easy Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern: 4 strands of yarn

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Knitting with a larger size needle is fast and fun! For me, knitting is the perfect craft to keep my fingers busy while watching some TV. This is an easy chunky knit blanket pattern that uses a large needle and 4 strands of yarn held together to knit a quick cozy blanket for your home. Click here to download a printable version of this Easy Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern I pulled out a bunch of yarns from my collection- some textured bulky yarns and a couple of regular yarns for this blanket. You will also need a pair of scissors, a large knitting needle – size 19 or 15mm,…
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