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  • Beautiful Floral Fall Planters

    Make and Takes
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    My mouth dropped when I saw these gorgeous floral fall planters from Joy of Oh Joy! Welcome guests to your house this fall with these beauties! These pumpkin planters will last about 2-3 weeks with regular watering. Round up some pretty fall florals and plant them in these pumpkins for a great fall craft idea! Looks like I have another awesome craft to add to my fall project list! Here are a few more pumpkin projects: Mini Gumdrop Pumpkin Ornaments Sugar Pumpkin Potted Plant Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece The post Beautiful Floral Fall Planters appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • 22 DIY Apron Patterns to Make

    Tip Junkie
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are the best free sewing patterns to teach you how to make an apron.  I've included every type of free apron pattern including ruffled, vintage and retro, half aprons, and even children's apron patterns.  Free Apron Patterns 1.  Lady's Apron ~ This apron not only provides protection for your clothing, but with this apron, you'll look super cute with it on! The ruffles and polka dots add fabulous detail to the otherwise simple apron!   2.  DIY Ruffled Apron Pattern  ~ What woman wouldn't feel ultra feminine in this ruffled apron?! 3.  Men's Dress…
  • 11 Angel Craft Ideas That Will Warm Your Heart

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Even if you aren’t religious, you Christmas just isn’t complete without a few angels. You’ve seen them atop a Christmas tree or lining a mantel,  but there are also a ton of non-traditional angel craft ideas. From tampons (yes, tampons) to Barbie dolls, you can use so many unexpected supplies to create a Christmas angel. Crocheters, there are plenty of patterns for you, too! Pick one of these angel craft projects and start your countdown to Christmas. It’s never too early to start decorating for the holidays and these sweet and simple projects will put you in the…
  • 20 Mason Jar Crafts to Make and Love!

    How Does She
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
     I’m in love with a good Mason jar.  They are simply adorable.  When all decorated up, it really looks like you know what you’re doing in the craft department.  Ha!  I think that’s why I like them so much!  Read on and you’ll see what I mean. So easy yet so adorable!   1.   Chalky Painted Mason Jars. Aren’t these to die for?  I must get me some of this paint! 2.  Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium. Maybe this is what I should do with the sand I brought home from the beach in Mexico 4 years ago? Ha! 3.  Mason Jar Superhero Banks. A fun way to get kids to…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    Design Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image of me and Cindy McCain here. Hello, Friends. How are you? I’m writing from Washington D.C.. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m here attending the AYA Summit put on by ONE Girls & Women. It’s a short conference (I fly home this evening), but holy moly it has been impactful. We’re learning from the country’s experts about some of the heaviest topics in our world today. Poverty, Hunger, Human Trafficking, Preventable Diseases, Ebola, the World Water Crisis. We’re learning about how these things affect women and children in overwhelming…
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  • Wednesday Quilt Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

  • trick or treat boxes…

    tim holtz
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    today media team Emma Williams shares a fun Halloween project that would make a great decorative centerpiece to greet your ghoulish guests this Halloween. it’s always amazing to see how die cut shapes can be transformed into anything imaginable…t!m Hello everyone, Emma here! Like many people, I absolutely love Halloween and I love decorating the Continue Reading
  • fall luminary…

    tim holtz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    with a chill in the air, the sunlit days getting shorter, and the leaves on the trees starting to change to a warm colorful palette, that means fall is definitely here. media team jan hobbins creates a warm, festive project to adorn your home this season, and shares her ideas for adding texture to your Continue Reading
  • candy corn trees…

    tim holtz
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    halloween is such a fun time year filled with frightful festivities and sugary sweets to delight our childhood memories.   i love this time of year and as a child, the excitement of dressing up in costume to go out trick-or-treating was an absolute favorite.  so naturally these whimsical candy corn trees bring those magical Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Mou Saha: Trick or Treat Burlap Panel Tammy Tutterow:  Magic Elixir Halloween Card Aida Haron: Poison Potions Panel Anna-Karin Evaldsson: White Paper Tutorial
  • white paper tutorial…

    tim holtz
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    i believe the more you understand the characteristics of a product, the more creative opportunities await you. media team anna-karin shares a great comparison tutorial today showcasing the different features of various surfaces using different product types. the results will confirm there is never any right or wrong in creativity, simply a different outcome to Continue Reading
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  • Finding Starter Projects: Teacher to Teacher

    Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends outside of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet […]Read more on MAKE
  • How-To Video: Ghosts from Packing Tape

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This project was inspired by my recent post about packing tape sculptures other people have made. I really wanted to try it out myself and show you guys just how easy it is to do! To make this project you’ll need the following: A large roll of clear packing tape, […]Read more on MAKE
  • DiResta: Dracula’s Coffin

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Recently, I purchased a casket, and it prompted me to think about making my own.Read more on MAKE
  • Makers Against Ebola – Design Goals

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Fighting Ebola Challenge has hit its halfway mark. Ideas have poured in from around the world with over 700 people collaborating on solutions to help healthcare workers on the front lines. Makers are jumping on board. Some reminders about Challenge design goals from the OpenIDO team: First, ideas should have the potential […]Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Trash Can Trauma

    Bill Gurstelle
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Scare the wits out of visitors with this pneumatic spookRead more on MAKE
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  • links: technology

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Very Worst Video Game Ever Made – Gamefilter. Desert Bus is released for iPhone and iPad and Android. Yessss! The Eye-Fi mobi card is the real deal | A Whole Lotta Nothing. New study says more adult women play video games than teenage boys · Newswire · The A.V. Club. “Before anyone pins this on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood or whatever, the study also says the average adult woman has played games for 13 years”.
  • links: misc

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Behind the Scenes at America’s Largest Contiguous Hop Farm | Serious Eats. I had this same learning experience when I attended Hop Academy two years ago. The Amazing, Original Green Building Is Soon to Be Vacated by the Original Timber Company | Slog. You can see this building while driving on I-5 and it’s amazing even from a distance. The Heron and the Snake | BirdNote. This was a very unusual Bird Note, and basically the audio version of that Never Give Up frog vs. heron poster. Part 1: I cheated on my girlfriend of 8 months. At Do You Think You’re Pretty? the blog of…
  • links: food

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Glorious Vegetables of Italy by Domenica Marchetti – A Book Review – Adri Barr Crocetti. She includes the recipe for Carrot-Ricotta Ravioli with Herbed Butter which looks amazing. One-Pot Wonders: Cold Soba Noodles With Kale, Avocado, and Miso-Sesame Dressing | Serious Eats. The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto | Serious Eats. I’m not unhappy with my recent risotto experience but it’s worth trying this to compare. Because science. The Food Lab: Use the Oven to Make the Best Darned Italian American Red Sauce You’ve Ever Tasted | Serious Eats. See also: Quick and…
  • links: travel

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hitchhiker’s Guide | The Planning Committee. What it looks like from the tallest peak in Wales, I’m adding this to my list of stuff to do when we go back. Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s Guide to Eating in Cleveland | Serious Eats. I grew up in Cleveland but it’s changed so much that next time we return for a visit it’ll be like discovering a new city. Anthony Bourdain How to Travel – Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly – Esquire. Via Kottke. Italy 2014 – August 25th to September 4th. At Other Hand, some great suggestions for markets, gelato and lesser known…
  • Good Raincoats That Come In Petite Sizes

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I have a few basic requirements for a rain coat – something that doesn’t scream “I also hike in this”, something that will survive being repeatedly crammed in a bag, and something that fits my petite frame. I also have a few more personal requirements: no wool (I’m allergic) and no extraneous buckles/straps/flaps that I will only manage to catch on everything. This combination of things were surprisingly difficult to find for a while and at one point I ordered ten possible coats online and tried them on one after another at home. Some were too fussy, too heavy,…
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  • Moxie Fab Cactus

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hello Friends! I spotted this little bit of cuteness thanks to my friend Jennifer Ingle asking for a challenge. I immediately decided to join in, I mean, how could I not? I loved the colorful pots but what I really thought about was the little cactus and what it would say if it could speak? I created the image in Adobe Illustrator and printed it up and mounted to a card base. Super easy and cute. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Creative Blog Hop

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

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

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

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

  • Jo March

    Hillary Lang
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    I've picked up this unfinished project, Jo. She has a sweet face now. Motivates me to finish the rest of her.
  • making things is difficult

    Hillary Lang
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    I spent maybe 2 hours yesterday afternoon, geez was it really that long, trying to figure out how to do an attached i-cord border to my knit afghan. I couldn't figure it out from the diagrams and written instructions so I went to youtube and started watching videos. Those sent me down some paths trying different methods, none of which I could get to work. I didn't have the correct needles and that wasn't helping anything. I think I've got it now but I had to order new needles and I'm pretty sure my yarn for the border is going to be wrong.  All of this just to say…
  • autumnal

    Hillary Lang
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    We had a lovely 3 day weekend. Two bright sunny days to take in all the Fall festivities and one nice rainy day to stay home and work on my crocheted hex afghan. Also this week I finished up knitting a blanket. I just need to get the trim on it. I'm obsessed with covers! I really want to make a harvest/halloween themed quilt as well. I would have jumped right into it this morning but my annoying PTA life intervened. Maybe saved me from myself? 
  • little baby bear

    Hillary Lang
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Of course after clearing out/destashing my basement fabric supply I get the bug to make a bear from felted thrifted sweaters. I'd held on to that stuff for years! Since this era! (because Wee Wonderfuls is such a vast empire that I can refer to its past in eras) And then I tossed it all. Oh, I'll never get around to using all that. What's that declutter rule, if you haven't used it in x years than toss it. And you'll want it the next day! So of course I find myself at the thrift store last week searching for wool sweaters to felt down. Big thanks to my thriftpal Lisa…
  • quilted handbag puzzle

    Hillary Lang
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    I made a quilted handbag for my mom for her birthday. I saw this bag on Pinterest and thought she'd like it so I went down to the Quilt Merchant and found some wool and flannels and autumnal prints and gave it a shot. To figure out the shape I cut squares of cotton and basted them together til I got it. I think I got it right. Either way it turned out cute. I pieced the squares together first, then handquilted diagonally with embroidery floss to  batting. I cut a lining out in same shape, then sewed the seams of both up, sewed them together right sides together along the top edge…
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • all seasons wreaths

    patricia zapata
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
     So here we are. Finally! There is a serious virus that is knocking people down all around here. It kicked me pretty good and I had to lay low for several days including a weekend in bed. Yuck. Happily all is well now so I can get back on track.  I'm pretty proud of all the projects that I come up with but sometimes there are some designs that are more true to my core design instincts which makes them extra special—this All Seasons Wreaths is definitely one of them (promo code: thankyou -- look on the home page for details).  I started with the Winter wreath. I didn't…
  • fall paper quilt

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

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

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

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

  • Monsterific Felt Puppets

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    These monster felt puppets are almost too cute to give a scare! Make a set of these for your little ones to spook this Halloween season! Your kids can put on a monsterific puppet show for everyone to enjoy! These monsters can be crafted and created with almost any supply and in any shape or size! Give your monster horns, teeth, goofy hair, and lots of googly eyes! I’m sharing the step-by-step instructions for these cute monster puppets over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Monsterific Felt Puppets appeared…
  • Beautiful Floral Fall Planters

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    My mouth dropped when I saw these gorgeous floral fall planters from Joy of Oh Joy! Welcome guests to your house this fall with these beauties! These pumpkin planters will last about 2-3 weeks with regular watering. Round up some pretty fall florals and plant them in these pumpkins for a great fall craft idea! Looks like I have another awesome craft to add to my fall project list! Here are a few more pumpkin projects: Mini Gumdrop Pumpkin Ornaments Sugar Pumpkin Potted Plant Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece The post Beautiful Floral Fall Planters appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Simple Soccer Snacks for Kids

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Yes, I have the official title of “soccer mom”! But I love it! Our family loves to sit on the sidelines and watch the kids play. Even in the cold windy Seattle rain! And each season we’re in charge of snack for one of the games. After a few years now, I’m always looking for new ideas on quick and easy (healthy) snacks for the players. I’ve partnered up once again with RITZ and their new Fresh Stacks for today’s soccer snack-attack! Their new snack packs are the perfect size for a quick snack, especially with a crowd of cute little soccer kids! These crackers…
  • Oil Pastel Witch Hat Drawings

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Black paper and oil pastels are one of my most favorite art time combinations. My girls and I had fun designing our own wacky witch hats, just in time for Halloween decorating! This is an open-ended project that is fun for little and big kids. Moms and dads might enjoy designing their own hats, too – family art night! Supplies for Witch Hat Drawings: black construction paper oil pastels metallic gel pens or Sharpies (optional) We started with a little hat-drawing brainstorming session: Will your hat be straight hat or have a bend at the top? Do you want a skinny hat or a wide hat? Will…
  • 6 Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall + Giveaway

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Warm up this fall with the perfect slow cooker recipe! I’ve partnered with Crock-Pot, the original slow cooker, to share 6 festive fall slow cooker recipes. These recipes are just what you need to make dinner ahead of time, slow cooking, ready for a warm dinner during the chilly weather. Just in time for the holiday season, entertain with the Crock-Pot® Hook Up® Connectable 2-Piece Set. Line up a display of your favorite soups for your guests to pick and choose from or you can add in a variety of dishes to offer for some yummy fall eats! Keep reading below as I’m happy to be…
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  • papier-mâché ghosts

    amy k.
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    We made these papier-mâché ghosts last week and finally got around to putting on the faces. I know I could type paper mache, but it's not as fun. To make these: We made a paste (flour, water and white glue) first and made forms to cover to get the ghost shape. For the forms we crumpled up balls of newspaper and set them on a drinking glass. Then we covered all that with cling wrap. Then we draped that with newspaper wet with the glue/flour/water mixture, making the ghost shape, and finished with a glued-up layer of paper towels and let them dry. These take a long time to dry because the…
  • fun with infographics

    amy k.
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    So, making these was all I was thinking about today. I found this site, Piktochart, this morning while looking for a timeline of the stone/bronze/iron age (which is our new theme) and went on a brief detour. This took about 7 minutes to make. I was very focused. Now I want to make them for everything. This template was free, there is a pro version with a lot more options, but it's not cheap. Using the drag and drop graphics and text editor is addictive. I know I could do all this in Illustrator, but this is so easy! The girls can totally use this program, so I am thinking about having…
  • a bear and a link

    amy k.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    This is one of my favorite photos from my Santa Fe trip. It's from the Brasil and Arte Popular exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art. It's a bear costume for Carnival. There was some information about how the bear is part of the celebration, and why. I think a fairy tale is involved. Now I can't remember what the deal is and my 5-second internet search gave me nothing. But I know there is a story behind it. Unrelated to bears: The whole family is riveted by these series of short animated videos teaching art history basics by Ydraw over at Khan Academy. They are drawn…
  • needle book

    amy k.
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I stitched this little needle book for a friend's birthday back in August and was finally able to give it to her recently. I love small cross-stitch projects like this. I also love stitching monograms and letters with a small additional element, and kind of designing it as I go. I do need a chart for the letters, but the other element I kind of just make up . It's very freeing and these quicker projects give me some energy to go back to my longer ones. I might just work on needle books for a bit, I love the small scale. These over at mmmcrafts are outstanding. On the boards— I have…
  • 3 fish tacos of varying quality

    amy k.
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    This is a fish taco from my kitchen. I used fish fillets (from a box in the freezer) and then greens, my daikon/carrot pickle, a sriracha-crema drizzle, and salsa. They were delicious. I'm not above using fish sticks. Especially the fish fillet ones. I heated the corn tortilla (wrapped in a wet paper towel in the microwave) before making these. Over the years it took me awhile to figure out how the make the corn tortillas hot/moist enough and this works great. These fish tacos are from Uno Mas. "Mojo de Ajo | Fresh Rockfish with Garlic Lime Marinade". This description was taken…
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  • friday friday friday
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Ah...Friday, so thankful you are here. For some reason I've been super tired this week, which makes getting to Friday afternoon feel like a little victory. Just got home from school pickup and seriously wish I could get my pajamas on and ride out the evening. We have a commitment tonight, so that's not gonna happen, but I'll be looking forward to it when we get back for sure. The roses pictured were picked Wednesday. Like Fridays, roses are happy making in my book. (What is it about orange and pink that makes it so hard to accurately photograph? Likely the answer is just a google…
  • sunday at moss cottage
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    putting my half pans of paint back into the metal paint palette after moving some to a plastic holder for Italy trip I took a little jaunt up to LA this past weekend. Well, it was supposed to be a quick little jaunt...Apparently, I fell into a trance listening to Serial (man, are you listening? I wish I had started later in, the waiting week by week is hard!), and suddenly realized I had driven way way way past my freeway interchange. Almost doubled drive time there. Crazy. But finally, I arrived at Moss Cottage. Always a lovely place to be, but especially on a sunny Sunday.  We usually…
  • Florence in photos part 2
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Hello and happy Monday to you out there! Hope you had a nice weekend. I'm back with a few more photos from Florence to share... Above...gelato, of course gelato... it's just so pretty, I can't resist taking photos. After sharing this one on facebook, Carolyn commented teaching us a lot about what to look for before choosing to eat any. You can read it here, but the cliff notes are that the gelato that makes for the prettiest pictures is likely not what you want to eat.  I found Florence to be beautiful, full of sights I wanted to remember. It's always fun to see what…
  • Florence in photos part 1
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Following the lead of some of my classmates (Amy, Robin, Ingrid anyone else secretly blogging?let me know!), I'm beginging to go through my photos (so many photos!) and group them to share. Here are some from Florence, where Amy and I went before going to Orvieto for class. I figured I should start with my favorite Florence photo above. I got lucky with a simple iphone pic taken at just the right moment, capturing the beautiful sunset and so much of Italy's romance and magic. I was standing near Ponte Vecchio looking toward Ponte alle Grazie. I could have stood there for…
  • these are a few of my favorite finds
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A favorite part of coming home from a trip is the unpacking of the souvenirs bought along the way. I tend to shy away from the typical souvenirs and look for some one of a kind items found usually in an antique shop or the occasional flea market, if I am lucky enough to stumble upon one. This trip didn't have much room (in time or suitcase) for much, but of course, that's not going to stop me from trying.  I found that red bordered religious paper under glass item at an antique bookstore in Rome. It was full of treasures galore. I also bought a few gifts there that I can't…
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    Ma petite theiere

  • Purple Meadow

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

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

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

    5 May 2014 | 2:14 am
    Eng/ I will be on vacation from May 5th until May 12th! We will visit my family in the east of France, and celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my grandparents. Beautiful, isn’t it? While I am away, the shop is running a Spring Sale, offering 30% off on your whole order (yes!) with coupon code “SPRING” entered at checkout (minimum ordr: $10). All orders will start to ship when I return :) Thank you! Fr/ Je suis en vacances du 5 au 12 Mai! Nous allons passer un peu de temps dans ma famille dans l’est de la France, et par la même occasion, nous allons célébrer…
  • Anemone

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Anemone – © 2014 Anne-Julie Aubry Prints available in my Etsy shop / Repros disponibles dans la boutique Etsy
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    The Soap Bar

  • Photos Forgotten

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I've been awfully thoughtful today.  Had a 3 day migraine that made me temporarily insane but I worked through the week anyway.This morning, the quietness of the house and the early onset of head pain, naturally lended itself to a 4 hour nap.  So when I woke up, I'm feeling still.  The birds are chirping and there is nothing else.I have been wondering why photographs have always touched me.... made a deeper, scar-like impression more than any other medium.  I think part of it has to do with the very stillness and quietness that it captures, much like what I felt this…
  • August Sunshine Soap Porn

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

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

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

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

  • Mom’s Basement – Handmade Geeky Fun

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today’s post is brought to you by Holly of Custom Comix!   Calling all Geekery Crafters and lovers of all things handmade and geeky! My name is Holly Donahue and about 4 years ago I started Mom’s Basement, an team aimed towards bringing geekery crafters together to share advice, participate in projects  and just talk and learn from each other. Like minded people who come together? Awesome. Mom’s Basement was extremely active with over 1300 members and the community was filled with helpful people reaching out, making new friends and participating to keep the…
  • KISS Garden Gnomes

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Time for me to post one of my own crafts tonight: some garden gnomes I refinished into Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of KISS. Both of these guys were used and pretty worn when I got my geeky little hands on them. I used some Super Sculpey to smooth out some areas of Peter’s blousey sleeves, and then more to build up his boot tops, gauntlets and the front of his little shirt. For him, I used the Super Sculpey to smooth out where Gene’s vest and shirt ended, because he was going to have a pretty significant belt. All of this made him very front heavy. I wanted to use the tool handle…
  • Scott Pilgrim craft: Ramona Flowers hammer

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    At the cons I have attended, I see a ton of creative cosplay (people dressed up in costumes representing characters from books, movies, TV, manga, etc.). I can pretty safely guarantee I’ll see a variety of fandoms represented – almost always Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. I always enjoy seeing other characters, however, and recognizing their references. Makes me feel a little self-righteous in my geekhood. That’s why I was tickled to recently find this tutorial on a Ramona Flowers cosplay, from the graphic novel series, video game and movie, Scott Pilgrim. We have…
  • Pattern: Madman with a Box

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    “Amy Pond, there’s something you better understand about me, ’cause it’s important and one day your life may depend on it… I am definitely a madman with a box!” Over at Cheeky Monkey Designs this madman with a box can keep you extra warm. Reversible with worsted weight  yarn, this cowl would be a great addition to your wardrobe as you drift towards a cold star… Winter is fast approaching (be proud I didn’t say it). So why not get ready? Madman With a Box Pattern More Doctor Who on Geek Crafts More Knitting on Geek Crafts      
  • A Super Sewing Project

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I must admit that among my many crafting hobbies and interests, sewing is probably the one at which I am least adept. I often see sewing projects on blogs and Pinterest and marvel at how the seamstresses are able to whip things together and customize projects to challenging fabrics or body shapes. I recently cyber-met sewing whiz Annie Case Hanks via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and did a little squee when I saw this Marvel-based shirt she sewed for her son. I was impressed that she took an indie-designer pattern and geeked it out with some Marvel-licensed fabric, modifying it a bit…
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    house on hill road

  • The Beginnings of an Improv Proverbial Quilt

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

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

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

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

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    I made myself a new t-shirt over the weekend using this Liberty jersey that I picked up at Duckadilly Fabrics and some Riley Blake striped knit for the sleeves. The pattern is the Metro T-shirt by Liesl & Co. I've been on a knit sewing tear recently and I knew that this would come together quickly. I originally made it with long sleeves, but decided that they should be 3/4 length once I tried it on. This is where the problems started. I cut off the right sleeve approximately 7 inches from the cuff and check with all members of the family that this is indeed a good length.
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  • Tempat Kuliner Khas Jogja

    Erma Iriana
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Starting at all-time low for promoting helps you to be told very little things that may create your business triple-crown and might thrive in years to return once you grasp what it takes to create it work. Promotion is not a ability placed on auto-pilot you have got to pay time operating it each single Tempat Kuliner Khas Jogja day as a result of a business does not run itself it takes an honest deal of persistence and energy to create it work and to create it wherever you would like it to be. It's easier for people that have previous expertise in running a business to be able to effectively…
  • Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik

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

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image of me and Cindy McCain here. Hello, Friends. How are you? I’m writing from Washington D.C.. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m here attending the AYA Summit put on by ONE Girls & Women. It’s a short conference (I fly home this evening), but holy moly it has been impactful. We’re learning from the country’s experts about some of the heaviest topics in our world today. Poverty, Hunger, Human Trafficking, Preventable Diseases, Ebola, the World Water Crisis. We’re learning about how these things affect women and children in overwhelming…
  • Jo Totes Giveaway

    Design Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Okay, you guys. Are you ready for an awesome giveaway? Good. Because I’ve got one for you. Johansen Camera Bags, makers of the famous Jo Totes, is offering a $200 gift certificate! Jo Totes are fantastic camera bags. They have all the function you need, but they don’t look like boring tech bags. In fact, you may have seen them before on the shoulders of your stylish friends and not even known they were a camera bag — because they simply look like well made, well designed, totally current handbags. With 8 different styles in several color options, there are dozens…
  • AYA Summit

    Design Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image via Hello from Washington D.C.! I’m here for AYA Summit. What’s AYA Summit you ask? Well, it’s a first time event put on by ONE Girls & Women. It’s a gathering of bloggers, authors and social media experts to learn about issues affecting girls and women in developing countries. AYA is the name of a hardy West African fern, and it represents endurance and resourcefulness — just like so many girls and women across the world. The event is taking place on the Google Campus here in D.C. (Did you know there was a Google campus outside of…
  • Books I’m Considering for Today’s Flight

    Design Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      By Gabrielle. Alright, Book Lovers. Tell me your thoughts on Oyster. Have you heard of it? I first read about it on Jenny Komenda’s blog and was intrigued. If it’s new to you, here are the basics: it’s being called “Netflix for books.” You subscribe for $9.95 per month and you get access to unlimited ebooks in their collection, which features over half a million books across every genre and continues to grow daily. There’s a real focus on design and user experience — you can customize the display settings on the app, and there’s a feature…
  • Growing A Family: Preparing For The Unexpected

    Design Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Tattly with glittery sparkles, designed with love by Bekka Palmer. When Addie sent me her birth story, she did so as sort of a favor. Or maybe it’s best described as a returned favor. You see, the birth stories posted on Design Mom over the years helped her through both of her own pregnancies and births, and so she hoped that hers would do the same for others. So sweet! And also exactly why I keep publishing these shared experiences: one story – perhaps even Addie’s – might be the very thing a new, nervous, nine month and counting mom needs to read this very…
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  • {this moment}

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
  • Spinning Emily

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    A few rainy days, and a cozy fire going in the woodstove means that I've finished spinning Emily's fleece. I'm so pleased with the lovely gray color. Putting it next to the girls I've already spun - Anne and Cinnamon...
  • autumn day

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Surely it was the last warm day like that we'll have until spring comes. We spent it together out of doors, clearing the pasture that is really starting to look like a pasture these days, at least a wooded pasture....
  • hats, mittens, and scarves go here

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I'm almost embarrased to admit how much solving an organizational problem pleases me. But I bet you understand. My house is anything but a super clean, super tidy place. I completely believe that a good mess is essential to the...
  • corners of my home :: warming

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Oh that pull to come inside is getting stronger and stronger! And with it, of course, the need to nest - to cozy up our spaces, to freshen things up, and to make sure that all the little corners of...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • By the skin of my teeth

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I finished Acer just in time for Rhinebeck.  Not totally in time for the whole thing, but in time for at least Sunday and that seems like it still counts.  I was feeling pretty good about how the whole thing was going, when I realized the night before that I had no buttons for it.  I went through the whole button stash and couldn’t find a single one that was perfect, and I needed five. One quick trip to WEBS later, as we made our way from the Boston Airport to Rhinebeck, and the buttons were in hand. I pretty much took leave of my senses and forgot thread though, so when I went to…
  • Wool Days

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    I’m back from Rhinebeck, and oh, it was lovely. I share this time each year with the same group of great knitters, and it’s such a treat to be together for several days once a year.   Rhinebeck feels like a knitters holiday to me. So many wonderful things, and sweaters and people and… it’s amazing.  I had a lot of words to go with these pictures, but as you can imagine, following the events yesterday and today, most Canadians are glued to the TV right now. Rather than not post at all, I give you pictures. Words tomorrow.  I’ll try and post from the airport on…
  • Four things

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Four things that happened this morning. 1. I stayed up super late, but I got all the sweater pieces finished, and washed, and semi-blocked. By semi-blocked, I mean that I laid it out sort of orderly on the rack of the dryer, and then set it for a while, and went to bed. 2. I got up super early, so that I could hit the reset on the dryer if it was still too damp for sewing up.  Even though this means that I got way too little sleep, it was a very good call. All pieces are now dry, and in my suitcase.  I’ll sew them up when I land. After I buy buttons.  Ok. I’m a little behind. I…
  • Maybe it’s required

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This year, I swore it would be different.  This year, I swore that I would get a grip, and not do this to myself, and just opt out of the madness, because it’s totally optional. This year, when I finished Myrie’s sweater and found myself a week out from Rhinebeck, I had a moment of complete and total delusion in which I wondered if I could knit a Rhinebeck sweater in a week.  (Actually, this year it was six days.)  I sat there, and I thought about it, and I even went so far as to choose yarn and a sweater, and I calculated how much I would have to do each day, and I thought…
  • If a Knitter has a minute

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    After I finished Myrie’s sweater, I decided to follow in the grand tradition of knitting the littlest cousins matching things. (It’s not actually a tradition. I just made that up.)  it seemed a waste to not make the most of the 24 hours I had free before Thanksgiving/Myrie’s Birthday gathering to make her and Lou more knitted things. Last week,  a promo copy of Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats arrived here, and at first glance, I thought it was perfect.  A lot of the time when things arrive here without me asking for them, they get passed along to a knitter who will…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Octobers Plush Of The Month Club

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here is a look at my Plush Of The Month process. For October’s Halloween themed box I made zombie/monster toasts that came with a specially designed cereal box. Each cereal box had some Halloween treats, and as a bonus there was a scratch off ticket with five lucky people winning a special Halloween treat bag! Each one was wrapped in orange tissue paper, tied with a black and white striped string and topped with a handmade “you’re my kind of ghoul” button. At times cutting out and assembling 100 tiny cereal boxes was a bit daunting, but I broke it up over a couple of…
  • Halloween decorations

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just a little peek at the Halloween decorations for this year!
  • sewing away

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Halloween Napkin Collection

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just a few more napkins from my collection for your spooky viewing pleasure.
  • Cat Thread holder DIY

    Heidi Kenney
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a very easy DIY if you are used to using a scroll saw. If you don’t own a scroll saw you could always mount these cats to some thick card stock or cardboard to make a festive thread holder instead. Print the vintage cat images, and mount them to a thin board of wood. I used a inexpensive piece of pine from the craft store and a matte gel medium to mount the paper to the wood. Spread the medium on thinly with a foam brush. Then you can use a brayer or lightly press down with your hands to help smooth the paper to the wood. Allow to dry completely and then use your scroll saw to…
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    Betz White

  • Road Tripper Duffle

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials The Road Tripper Duffle is a great getaway bag for a weekend out of town. The outside features six scoop pockets, two handles and a removable shoulder strap. The inside is fully lined with a large divided pocket and a small zippered pocket. Instructions are included for an optional hard bottom removable insert. Skill Level: Eager Intermediate You have taken a few sewing classes or have sewn from a sewing pattern before. You’ve completed several projects and are eager to try new techniques. Digital…
  • Midtown Messenger Bag

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials The Midtown Messenger is a versatile bag you’ll want to carry everyday. It’s got a classic messenger bag style with lots of extra details. The outer bag has front and back slip pockets and a flap that secures with 2 tuck catch closures. Under the flap is a recessed zipper for extra security and a padded tablet pocket inside. Make the Midtown Messenger with durable waxed canvas for a rugged look or repurpose a pair of jeans and a vintage table cloth for a one-of-a-kind bag. Skill Level: Eager…
  • Smile and Wave Tote Bag

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials The Smile and Wave Tote is both good-looking and user friendly. The Large tote is roomy enough to carry everything you’ll need for a day of surf and sun. It’s got a wide open top with sturdy shoulder straps. Inside there’s three slip pockets for easy access plus one zippered pocket to hold keys or money. The two roomy outer pockets each have a magnetic snap closure. The Small tote includes all of the same great details and is perfect to tote your personal items. Skill Level: Confident Beginner You…
  • Present Perfect Blog Tour Round-up #2

    Betz White
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Blog Tour for my new book, Present Perfect, wrapped up today! A huge thank you to the wonderful participants that took time to make and share projects from the book. Don’t you think they did a fabulous job? I hope you are inspired! Above, clockwise: Forest Friends Finger Puppets by Flax and Twine Eye Candy Glasses Case  by The Long Thread Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set by Imagine Gnats Gentlemen’s Travel Case by Raspberry Sunshine Pasha Pleated Clutch by Pink Chalk Fabrics Coffee Cash Coin Pouch Bijou Lovely Cargo Tablet Sleeve by Made with Moxie You can buy a signed copy…
  • New Bag Class and a Giveaway!

    Betz White
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Last month I got in front of the camera again with Craftsy to shoot an all new class for you! I’ve been hinting about it here and there for a while but now I’m officially allowed to spill the beans!   My newest class is all about constructing beautiful duffle bags customized with fabric and features for traveling in style. In Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel, you’ll learn to sew professional looking travel bags with great details including exterior pockets with hardware closures, zippered and divided interior pockets, fully enclosed seams and eye-catching fabric…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Noah Van Sciver

    Andy Yates
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver has been crafting his own special brand of throwback indy comix since the mid-2000’s. His one man anthology, Blammo, is up to issue #9, and it would fit quite comfortably between classic Eightball’s & Yummyfur’s on the funny book racks! It was with Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed anthology series, Mome, that Noah started to reach a wider audience, and soon after that his first graphic novel would be published; The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln. Van Sciver was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Denver, CO for most of his adult…
  • Pick of the Week for TROUBLE and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Susie Oh our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘TROUBLE’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: PUPPET Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc. Step…
  • Editorial Submission :: Gerardo Suzán

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Post by James Gerardo Suzán is an illustrator working professionally since 1985. He focuses mainly on books for young people but his work also appears in advertising, posters, magazines and newspapers. He has won several prizes in Mexico, Japan and USA. Migration has always been a central topic throughout Gerardo Suzán’s artistic career. The work shown above from one of his children’s books speaks of the importance of self-identity and cultural roots. Suzán’s formal education includes graphic design at the National School of Visual Arts in México, as well as etching and…
  • Discovering ‘Templeman Art’

    Carla Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
        After being recommended by a friend, I discovered the beautiful work by Emily Templeman of ‘Templeman Art’. Her main themes are based around nature and animals, often using watercolours to capture the beauty of what she sees. I contacted the artist asking about her main inspirations, background and where she sees her work heading in the future. I was very pleased to receive such a detailed response, giving me great insight to her thoughts and inspirations:   ‘Basically, my decision to start pursuing art as a career stemmed from A level art class. Part of…
  • Illustrator & Printmaker Daniel Danger

    Rachel Frankel
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    I first stumbled across Daniel Danger’s work quite a while ago and it stuck with me ever since. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the chance to meet him, but if/when I do, I have a feeling it’ll be like seeing an old friend. Daniel is a Boston-based illustrator, mediamaker and printmaker with a penchant for urban scenery, natural landscapes, vintage guitar effect pedals and creepy memories. His style is marked by confident black strokes and eerie uses of color, often looking to one solid shade to create haunting contrast. You might have seen instances of his work through…
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  • tattooed lady with red bow

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I have a backlog of ladies now because the weather was so dark and rainy this week that I couldn’t photograph them. Finally things dried a bit and brightened and I ran outside to take some pics.
  • tattooed lady

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Things seem to be proceeding very slowly around here for the past few weeks. I am trying to get back in the groove but urg- it can be a struggle! I have some tattooed ladies to finish up but I feel like I’ve been fighting with them for the past week. We might have reached a truce and some are getting finished. Here is a profile photo-
  • more October fish

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is the bright bunch!
  • October Fish

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    3 fish, maybe a family instead of a school. details-
  • finally catching up

    4 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This is the last of the pieces I brought down to DC but never got around to posting. I’ve been taking a break from my studio this week. I am calling it a stay-cation but I am ending up doing work anyway- etsy listings mostly. I’m planning on being back at the sewing machine next week so see you then!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Just a little rain

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Pitter. Patter. Again. All night long.  Not heavy rain.  Just a little rain.  This morning, still a little rain.  I made the best of it.    And.  From now on a Rainy Day is pancake day.   Pancakes Three for me. 6 for him.  Nine.  
  • 23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
        ... a nine patch appearing and I momentarily consider shadow. Light and dark are really so much like magic.  That is where my symbol comes from.  That is what I mean by magic.  How things appear and disappear.  How amazing that is. The rain had us up at 3AM. Crazy cat time. I was tired but made coffee and did a little considering, hardly noticing that Chicken here went back to sleep.
  • Rain

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
     Rained all night. Rained all day.  And so while we, the cloth and I, leaned toward November... ...the running stitch became a Raining stitch. Such a small journey, I've nothing else to say. Just a patch of rain then. I'll save it for when there is none.
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: Idaho Fairs, Etc

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls offers a "Harvest Festival" where crafters can sell their goods in October or November every year. I once tried to sell my Barbie doll clothes there, but I barely broke even on my booth cost. I had lots of pe...
  • Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Ouch! I mentioned that to my dad and he said "Well, you know how to sew. You could just sew it back on."
  • Re: Cryptid Swap - SU CLOSED, SO 11/18

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Quote from: Ludi on Today at 06:03:16 PMOh my goodness, I am so thrilled with my partner - whenindoubtsew!  She has such great cryptids on her list, how will I choose?  You're not sick of me yet?!?    I ...
  • Re: Knitted outfit for my crochet Bleuette

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    So glad you like the pattern. I look forward to seeing your versions.  The doll has her own separate thread here because I crocheted her from Beth Weber's pattern. She is ...
  • Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    this sounds like such fun! its after midnight and im surfing boards on craftster ive never seen before LOLI'll be joining in the fake fun very soon!
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    Wooster Collective

  • WK Pop-Up + Book Release
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    You are invited to celebrate a WK Interact Pop-Up Exhibition featuring the Book Release of WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the Launch of WK & KLINIK’s Partnership. Date: 10/21/2014 Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Location: 22 Little West 12th Street (Between Washington Street and 9th Ave.) Music by: Alexander Dexter-Jones RSVP:
  • Viavia Project
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Protection: The protector of emigrants This is a shout out to all the people around the world risking their lifes every day trying to cross borders in any possible way, in the illusion of finding a better life for them and their families. ... this is a silent scream of anger to all the people sitting in their chairs of power who do absolutely nothing to solve these problems and just able to protect their interests and profits instead of protecting people. Painted in the South of Italy in conjunction with the ViaVai Project in Racale, Salento, Puglia. The South of Italy is one of the main…
  • Vinz in Switzerland
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    From Vinz: The world in which we live advances fast. Too fast. It forces us to take decisions constantly. The stress that we suffer leads us to doubting on what paths to take. That leads to Anxiety. But we cannot be still. We must go on, break barriers, to see beyond walls and to continue ahead. I hope that you like it. Saludos and Feel Free!    
  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
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  • #ReRosas

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Camille LeFevre weighs in on the recent return of the dance company, Rosas, to the Twin Cities to perform the mid-80s work that made Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker famous.
  • A Club at the End of the World

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christina Schmid reviews Alexa Horochowski's melancholic new work, "Club Disminucion," which she calls a playful but also dead-serious tribute to the decline of the human age.image: Installation view at the Soap Factoryimage: Barnacleimage: Desert Flowerimage: Installation view at the Soap Factoryimage: Video installation (cave)image: Guano Chairimage: Installation view at the Soap Factory
  • What's So Funny? - With Bill Corbett

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    MST3K veteran, theater maker and screenwriter, Bill Corbett, talks about writing comedy for the stage, the radio, TV and beyond. image: What's So Funny? - a monthly podcast featuring interviews on the craft of comedyimage: WSF host, Levi Weinhagen
  • 'House of Coates' and the Kingdom of Nah

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Matt Konrad explores the edges-of-everything world of Lester B. Morrison's 'Kingdom of Nah' - in Little Brown Mushroom's "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and photographer Alec Soth, just released in trade paperback by Coffee House Press.image: From "House of Coates" published in March 2012 by Little Brown Mushroom Booksimage: Title page for "House of Coates"
  • "Hello, I'm the Building"

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Go past the ping-pong table, past exits for the "Historic Staircase" and the oversized games, and at the very back of the hall in St. Paul's Union Depot you can hear the voice of the train station. Literally.image: Giant chess pieces in play in the great hallimage: Jim Campbell's "The Journey" 2013image: Amateur Intelligence Radio (A.I.R.) communal listening stationimage: The A.I.R. "throne" listening station
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Collab Painting

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

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

    Anahata Katkin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I just had this big boy scanned. It is a whopping 53 X 72 inches and now sits happily at Brickroom Cafe & Bar (my familys ratuarant). I can't wait to play with it and find a way to put...
  • Hey Moon Beam

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

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

  • Life and the Journal

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kid's Aprons

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    For my mum's infant school kitchen :D It took so long because of finding the materials....the green bias binding was a nightmare to get -_- I bought the main material from Dunelm mill - it's PVC so you can wipe it clean I ordered the webbing online (for the straps)
  • Upcycled Sugar Skull Easter Basket Container

    cupcake gangster
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    I love to create new stuff out of old stuff! Instead of just tossing stuff in the recycling I like to give new life to it by re purposing it into something new.
  • 2 Ingredient Make Up Remover

    Simple Medicine
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    With a love for make-up comes a need for make-up remover. If you check out the long list of ingredients in most eye make-up removers, it's easy to feel discouraged. It also doesn't help when you wash your face with your guilt free glam cleanser and end up looking like a raccoon. My solution to all of this is a luxurious jojoba oil and almond oil make-up remover. It doesn't get much easier than this DIY. And it works SO well. You'll wonder why you haven't used it sooner. Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil Organic Sweet Almond Oil 2 oz glass bottle Vitamin E Oil (Optional) Mix equal parts of the…
  • #Friday Night Treat: Herb Beignets

    Jane C.
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Herbs and garlic in a light dough dusted with parmesan and full of flavour
  • Death In The Afternoon

    Cat Morley
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We sweeten up Ernest Hemingway's classic cocktail of absinthe and champagne with homemade rose & lavender sugar cubes.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney Frozen Christmas story Advent calendar

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

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

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

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

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

  • And we’re back!

    Kasia Z
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hello! It’s a sunny spring day in Melbourne and we’re whipping up some new things to chat about. Similar Posts: freebie: back-to-back kanzashi ornament | Looking back at the year that was 2012 | Back from my month of camping | Hanukkah crafts | soft and luscious at the whipup flickr pool |
  • So grateful to be back

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

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

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

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

  • @Home This Weekend: Easy Tile Coasters

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    This weekend, protect your furniture with a set of beautiful tile coasters. Moderator meleriffic used spray glue to adhere lace to tile coasters, and then hit them with some bright red spray paint. Remove the lace, adhere some cork to the back of the tile, and voila! You’ve got coasters!
  • Tute Tuesday: Scrabble Afghan

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    There is nothing better on a cool autumn day than a nice warm cozy blanket. You can get all snuggled in and stitch, read a book or play scrabble. A few years ago azabuey created a pattern for this clever Scrabble Afghan. It is perfect for those scrabble lovers in your life. It is so […]
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite (Spooky!) Things

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    No raindrops on roses today; it’s Halloween season! Here are a few of my favorite things found on the Halloween board this year. I absolutely love this frightened little toad, who’s perched himself up on a spooky skull. Who is responsible for this paper maché masterpiece? The Raging Sloth. fiberartsy picked up a small birdcage […]
  • Meatless Monday: Pea, Potato, Leek, Mint Soup

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Let’s get a couple of things straight, number 1, I love soup, number 2, I do not love peas…until now. Tekky has whipped up this yummy recipe for Pea, Potato, Leek and Mint Soup. It is perfect for a cold autumn night and the mint adds an extra zing to keep those sinuses clear, but […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Create a Spooky Yard

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This weekend, whip up a few faux tombstones and transform your exterior for spooky Halloween fun! TheMistressT injected a bit of humor into her headstones. For example, the grave pictured on the left memorializes “Hugh Jass”. Ready for Halloween?
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the Studio with Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Kristina! You have won  one rectangle-shaped 'Call Me Rosebud' pendant (retail value: $25) from Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori TrovatiPlease send Erin an email with your…
  • Art Bead Palette :: Margit Boehmer

    Brandi Hussey
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Artisan PendantI came across the work of Margit Boehmer yesterday, and I just had to share it with you.Everything about her work draws me in. From the geometric shapes and textures, to the unabashed use of bright colors. Margit is a color lover, too (which you know I love), and it shows in pretty much every polymer clay bead she creates. I'm especially a fan of her color combos, which are unusual and captivating.Here's more:Flower bead earring elementsCalypso beadsSpindle beadsAren't they lovely? As always, there's far more than I can show here, so be sure to stop by Margit's Etsy shop.
  • Perfect Pairings :: Martha's Ruby Acorn + Artybecca + Dreams and Elements + Round Rabbit

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    This challenge painting is just tailor made for color blocking!What drew my attention to this piece was the delicate balance that Martha has achieved with her color play. The white stars on the right are the same size as the beads on the left, that give the piece the visual weight. The fact that the bead on the left has a star on it, brings in what I call 'The Power of Three' to the piece: three stars in a triangular shape. This piece makes your eyes roam over it, as they would an autumn landscape, soaking in the colors and marveling at how they all work together so well.Featured Designer ::…
  • Tutorial Tuesday - Collector Necklace

    Claire Lockwood
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    This tutorial is for a pretty simple but endlessly versatile necklace design.(ceramic tablet drop - Something to do Beads; ceramic spike - Scorched Earth)The ingredients here may look quite particular but you could work with any selection of harmonious materials you have to hand.  Here is what is essentially the same design but in a couple of different variations. The charms/pendants in the one on the left are, mostly, a chance selection of extras that Petra of Scorched Earth sent me, which happened to fall together on my desk. The pieces in right-hand piece were leftovers from a…
  • Amuse the Muse - Buttons - with Tari of

    Tari of
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    We are inching closer and closer to Halloween. I see more people decorating for Halloween than ever before. The only items I make that would qualify for this holiday are my Oz pendants, which are buttons also and my Wicked Earrings.Leave links to your favorite buttons in the comments!These are the single sided Oz pendants that come hung on a simple cord with a pewter charm.These are double sided Oz Pendants on a swivel bail (not shown) with pewter charms. Wicked Earrings!Great shank back buttons from Lisa Peters Art.Gaea Skull Beads/Buttons. Most ceramic artists can make any bead a…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {10/25}

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ready to start a Craft Room Count Down with Tip Junkie!?!   Debuting in 2014, we've rolled out some new themes to better promote creative women!  {{yep, that's YOU}}   Craft Room Count Down? Every Saturday here on Tip Junkie I'll be giving you a list of ideas that I'm just dying to feature here on Tip Junkie.  I'm giving you a heads up in advance ~ so I can feature YOU!  {{cheezy grin}} Here's How to Add Your Project to a Craft Room on Tip Junkie.   Yep, I want to make it super easy [...]keep reading
  • 11 EASY Face Painting Ideas

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Face painting is such a fun and cheap activity for children.  Most children love getting their face painted.  That’'s why the face painting booth at carnivals is such a favorite.  Incorporate Halloween makeup in your next Halloween or birthday party.  Keep it simple and quick and it will be the hit of the party! As always, the Tip Junkie Pattern and Halloween sites have hundreds of pictured tutorials with 115 costume ideas. You can always search there if you're looking for more pictured tutorials. {wink} Face Painting 1.  Day of the Dead Face Paint ~…
  • 22 DIY Apron Patterns to Make

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are the best free sewing patterns to teach you how to make an apron.  I've included every type of free apron pattern including ruffled, vintage and retro, half aprons, and even children's apron patterns.  Free Apron Patterns 1.  Lady's Apron ~ This apron not only provides protection for your clothing, but with this apron, you'll look super cute with it on! The ruffles and polka dots add fabulous detail to the otherwise simple apron!   2.  DIY Ruffled Apron Pattern  ~ What woman wouldn't feel ultra feminine in this ruffled apron?! 3.  Men's Dress…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Festive Holiday Inspiration Board

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re so happy to have one of our designers Stacey Day on the blog today. Stacey is sharing her inspiration behind her Festive Sketches foil-stamped holiday card, including decor ideas for celebrating this holiday season. Luxe, foil-stamped cards are the perfect way to make your special occasion shine. Each card is hand-stamped with real foil. Choose from red, gold, silver, rose gold, or black foil. We also have matching address labels to add that special style to your envelopes. Images: Tree | Gift Tags | Gift Wrap | Ornament | Gingerbread Visit Stacey’s site: Stacey Day Paper…
  • Decorating Your Home with Black and White Photos

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A picture is worth a thousand words. A wall print of your favorite destination is of infinite worth. And Samantha shows us how to effortlessly achieve the perfect gallery wall using black and white travel photos. Simple lines and neutral tones when decorating can really pull small room with limited wall space together! The trick to imitating this look is to not be afraid to get creative and allow for some boldness when it comes to displaying your favorite photos. This look models a black and white theme, which include black and white canvas prints of various sizes. A fun idea is to utilize…
  • Halloween Party Ideas

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are thrilled to have Amy, the stylist & editor from Amy’s Party Ideas here today sharing her Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party. Amy used our Scary Fun Halloween invitations by designer Kimi Lee from Mikan Ink. It’s that time of year again! Time for planning our annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party. It all starts with the perfect invite and I just love the online rsvp service that Tiny Prints offers. I am a fan of having a way to keep track of our RSVP’s online but there is something special about a real invitation. Luckily, this year, I don’t have to choose! We always…
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • FREE SHIPPING today on Crafty Chica products!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    The new round of Crafty Chica goodies are on sale at Michaels Stores all over the country! Don’t have the Crafty Chica end cap at your local Michaels, or maybe your favorite items are sold out? We now have EVERYTHING online…and today and tomorrow we have FREE SHIPPING  – USPS priority mail, so you’ll get it in three days or less!Visit and enter CRAFTYCHICA14 in the coupon code area! Thanks to iLoveToCreate,Ford, and La Quinta, my family went on a Michaels Stores appearance tour through AZ, CA and TX…
  • Affirmation Necklace GIVEAWAY!

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

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

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

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

  • All Things Pumpkin {Link Party Palooza}

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s all things pumpkin lately! Did you download my Pumpkin Butter recipe?  Or my Pumpkin Crusted French Toast recipe? It’s also Link Party Palooza where you’ll find recipes, crafts, decorating ideas and more. I’ve even noticed Christmas ideas. Too early? Or do you like it? Leave me a comment and let me know what you […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been…
  • Craft Books!

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Just a quick post to make sure you know about a couple of fun books that would be PERFECT to put on your Christmas list. I am loving all the books being written by bloggers! Many of them have been around blogging as long as I have, so it’s fun seeing them evolved and succeed. […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • DIY Gifts – Holiday Coasters

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s time for round 4 of the Cricut Design Star challenge. I’m with the talented team #7 and they just keep cranking out the amazing projects…… we’ve actually won some money. I’m also an affiliate. Which means that I get a small % if you choose to purchase. If you have a website, you can also […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • Free Halloween Printable

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Sometimes you’re busy Halloween night, or you both want to take the kids out trick or treating. But who’s going to hand out candy? Oh the dilemma’s of parenting! Will trick or treaters be disappointed?  How will I get rid of all this candy I bought? Will they egg my house? How many adorable and scary […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials…
  • Trick Your Pumpkin

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Michaels asked me if I wanted to be a part of the Trick Your Pumpkin event! Of course I would! Trick Your Pumpkin Especially when all of you can enter their #TrickYourPumpkin event on Instagram! Or you can go to and submit your own pumpkins! How fun is that? We all get to show […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *GIVEAWAY* Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum Family Pass

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    One of our favorite things to do in Salt Lake City is visit the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. We’ve been there a few times, not nearly often enough, and our kids always look forward to our visits. We got to attend a special blogger’s night and learned some really great things about the museum. First […]
  • *BOOK OF THE WEEK* The Fairy-Tale Handbook AND Color For Baby

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Like all book lovers, we’re huge fairy-tale fans so we really enjoyed The Fairy-Tale Handbook illustrated by Tomislav Tomic and published by Candlewick Press. This is a great book for early elementary ages, especially about the 5-9 age range. It’s an “interactive adventure through the magical world of fairy tales.” Each page takes a general […]
  • *REVIEW* Jean Tats

    Kelsey Norwood
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    So… Jean Tats. Apparently they’re the new thing. And the truth is…I was a little iffy about them. At first. But then we got some and tried them out and LOVED them! I really don’t like the temporary tattoo stickers for your skin so these are actually a really fun, durable alternative that my kids […]
  • *REVIEW* Mega Bloks Krusty Krab Attack!

    Kelsey Norwood
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    MegaBloks is constantly adding new sets to their extensive collection, and we were thrilled to try out two new SpongeBob SquarePants sets this month. Elliot chose to build the new Krusty Krab Attack set – it’s the famous SpongeBob underwater diner, complete with a tricky launcher to catapult hamburgers, plates, and other kitchen weapons flying […]
  • TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #6: Bananagrams

    Kelsey Norwood
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Our latest favorite family game is Bananagrams! We love words so of course we also love word games and Bananagrams is the best. Play is easy – the goal is to be the first player to use all of your letters in a word grid. Each player takes a certain number of tiles depending on […]
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    house wren studio

  • vermont getaway giveaway

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

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

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

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There's a summer storm brewing outside. It's rumbling in fits and starts like an old car trying to get up a rough hill. The ride down the other side is going to be fast and wild. Love these mercurial weather...
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  • swt No. 2 again

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    I'm thinking of making a lot of them, by and by...The black-patterned scrap is vintage kimono silk -very pleasant, firm material.(continued from here)...and there's quite a lot of leaf printing on papergoing on here, too...
  • On sunday...

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    ... I made a booklet with autumnly monoprintdrawings...... and a larger book, too...
  • Saturday snapshots

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
  • Stitch in black + white

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Vintage textiles I bought recently, for next tonothing: a large tablecloth and two smaller ones,all embroidered with black cross stitch.Never saw that before, all done in black - perhapsthe person who made it was in mourning...
  • swt No. 3

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Yes, another one.They like company...(continued from here)
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    Try Handmade

  • New Column – Freshly Made

    Chelsey Mona
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Please welcome Chelsey Mona to Try Handmade. She’s a jewelry designer and a blogger, and has done a great job [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • A Sweet Surprise

    Rebecca Hadfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    There’s no denying it – America has a sweet tooth. According to the National Confectioners Association, retail sales of chocolate, [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Decorative Instincts

    Erika Jurney
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I’ll be honest. I have an apron and I never wear it. I just don’t cook that way. But these [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • The Wizarding World of Fashion

    Helen Hobden
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it: I am a Harry Potter fan! So much so, we have saved [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Ceramic Function By Chrys

    Erika Jurney
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Ceramic Function By Chrys: This porcelian cup was thrown on my potters wheel and then adorned with feet and tiny [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Two Chances to Update Your Jewelry Box

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

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    It’s true, I haven’t had many posts of new work recently. As I’ve said, it’s not because I haven’t been working in the studio, but rather because of what I’ve been working on and they way I’ve been working. I … Continue reading →
  • 2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 … Continue reading →
  • Unmasked Reveals the Talent of the YBC

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    The opening for Unmasked was this past Friday and we had quite a turnout! The art on display was truly exemplary, just like Paula was really going for. She really stressed when the Yellow Breeches Chapter members applied that we … Continue reading →
  • Unexpected Street Art in Montreal

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    As I mentioned last week, we were recently on vacation in Quebec. While we were in Montreal, we went in search of a book store for my hubby while we were waiting for the Musée des Beaux Arts to open … Continue reading →
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    Very Shannon
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Featherweight Cardigan knit by MamatronicIt's time for our finale post for the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 - the one STARRING YOU!Can I just say WOW! You guys blew my mind this year! The amount of gorgeous and lovely projects finished this year were amazing! It took me forever to go through them all but boy was it fun! I love seeing all your handiwork. It's truly so fulfilling to see you all loving knitting and sharing it with each other.There was lots of constructive chat about fit, techniques and more this year! I noticed a ton more colorwork than previous years thanks to some awesome…

    Very Shannon
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love babies and lately a few people I know have been having some gosh darn cute ones and surprise, surprise....I'm way behind on sewing up the baby gifts.I got a chance to redeem myself for one baby in our family this past weekend. It's a boy so when that happens I get really excited (since I have girls), but after the excitement wears off, I realize I own mostly girl patterns and girl fabric. Luckily the last few Girl Charlee orders I made I stocked up on some adorable gender neutral prints for both myself, my kiddos, and any boy gifts I may need to make.When I set about looking through my…

    Very Shannon
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    © Jared Flood / Brooklyn TweedIt's Friday and I'm in the mood to giveaway some AMAZING prizes from our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 Giveaway!!!! This was our largest and best knit along yet! We had so many entries and so many wonderful knitted garments! I can't wait to show them all to you next week in our Starring You post! We also had generous and amazing sponsors this year for our SSKAL! I was seriously drooling when putting the prizes together! I hope you all go and show these wonderful businesses some Very Shannon love! They are all great businesses and they are all super…

    Very Shannon
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    © Shannon Cook / Very ShannonWe are so excited to offer the printed booklets of our latest collection SEASONLESS for a special release!As with all of our books, SEASONLESS features stunning photography by Nicholas Kupiak, making these printed booklet a very special item to add to your collection. There are even a few shots by lil'ol me in the book! The printed booklets will be available through our publishing website Marian Rae Publications, for ONE WEEK ONLY! So if you've had your heart set on owning a printed copy of the booklet make sure you order yours today. And the best part…

    Very Shannon
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I am so excited to finally reveal the latest collaboration between Jane Richmond and I - SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One is here!!!! Modern minimalism was our style inspiration and pieces that were suited to any season was the end goal. An open work lace hat (Schwimmen), drop stitch crescent shawl (Laylow) designed by me and comfortable pullover (Palladio) designed by Jane Richmond make up the seasonless pieces of this gorgeous mini collection!Over the weekend we had a booth at the 3rd annual Knit City where we launched our newest collection! We  had originally planned to…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Guest Blog Post: Scrap Girls

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have Scrap Girls joining us on the blog today! Please give them a warm welcome. Hi everyone! Scrap Girls, one of the biggest digital scrapbooking companies on the web, is right in the middle of the biggest party we’ve ever thrown! It’s our 10th anniversary and we’re celebrating until Nov. 8, so you have plenty of time to jump right in. We’ve designed a freebie for you, so keep reading and learn how you can grab that freebie – and join the party, too! Scrap Girls Anniversary Information How did you start your company? When Scrap Girls opened its doors in October 2004, we weren’t…
  • Scrapbook How-To: Use Sequins for a Celebratory Accent

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The sheer iridescent quality of sequins adds the perfect touch to Jen Jockish’s celebratory layout, Six Years from Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1. She used sequins to bring her handmade glass of champagne to life by mimicking bubbles and the effervescence rising up and out of her glass. Adhere sequins using adhesive dots, then stitch over them to add even more texture to your layout. Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1 Create the look: Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Faux Fabric

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the great things about paper is that you can mimic the look of other materials with very little effort. A little crumpled paper adds a cozy, fabric-like touch that’s easy for you to duplicate on your own pages. Give it a try with different patterns and colors to enhance the theme of your layout. Punch different borders into your crumpled paper to create a look that is bold, sweet, or whimsical. Davinie Fiero used decorative-edge scissors to trim the edge of patterned paper before crumpling it to create a faux fabric border on her Sweetness layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Halloween Layout Accent

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Halloween will be here before you know it! Here’s a fun layout to get your Halloween inspiration flowing. Kim Jackson created a custom accent for her Handmade Halloween layout for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations from a few basic supplies. Combine punches, glitter, spray ink, and patterned paper for a sparkling accent.   Handmade Halloween layout by Kim Jackson for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations Tips: In your journaling, tell what made this Halloween different from the rest so that the memory stands out from other years. As you take photos of your children…
  • Scrapbook Inspiration: Creative Ways to Add Sequins to Layouts

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    There’s more than one way to use sequins to add a little glitz to your layout. Maggie Holmes shared several ideas on her Shine layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook. Stitch them onto premade and handcrafted embellishments, like the patterned paper sunbeams. Or let them have a little more movement by sealing them in a glassine bag or small pocket protector. Then pair them with other flashy embellishments, like glitter tape and rhinestones, to really make them shine. Shine layout by Maggie Holmes for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook Take a closer look: Stitch sequins together or…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is it really Friday already!? It seems like we were welcoming the start of the week and now we are celebrating its end. No complaints here as we are more than ready to enjoy a relaxing autumn weekend! Maybe our plans will involve making one of the yummy seasonal recipes we found or trying a do-it-yourself project just in time for Halloween. Whatever is on your weekend agenda, we hope it is beautiful in every way possible! xo {Image by Melissa Jill Photography via Grey Likes Weddings} A few of our favorites from the week: At least a week’s worth of fall-inspired recipes. How-to make…
  • Chic Bohemian Wedding Colors

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dreamy and moody, and filled with elegant details such as calligraphy and couture fashion and with a moody color palette of taupe, deep plum, silver, black, and teal, this inspiration board is stunning for a fall or winter wedding. We adore the timeless bohemian sophistication! Top row: stationery by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, image by Krista A. Jones via Magnolia Rouge; gown by Oscar De La Renta, image by CLY By Chung via Style Me Pretty; Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty | Middle row: gown from Chicwish; classic grooms’ accessories, image by Karen Hill Photography | Bottom…
  • Classic + Sophisticated DC Wedding

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kathleen describes her July wedding to Dan as “Kate Spade meets Charleston” and we have to agree! A timeless and chic color palette of pale pink and gold is both perfectly preppy and effortlessly romantic. After a ceremony at Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, guests made their way to Arlington’s Army Navy Country Club for the elegant reception. Everlasting Flowers accented the classic beauty of the ballroom with low and lush ivory centerpieces, linens from La Tavola in the palest of blush, and beautifully coordinated chivari chairs from DC…
  • Rustic + Elegant Wedding at Serenbe

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Magical and lovely, there may be no more peaceful setting than Atlanta’s tranquil Serenbe. The sustainable community was home to Chris and Megan’s gorgeous wedding, captured by the exceptional Melissa Schollaert Photography. Ashley Baber Weddings worked with Gloriosa to design a wedding that brought out the natural beauty of the surroundings, with greenery table runners, florals in shades of purple from lavender to violet, rustic wood tables, and chic modern touches such as the outdoor lounge area, sophisticated draping, and clean white calligraphy by MM Ink. Megan’s deep…
  • Sophisticated + Elegant Chicago Wedding

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lake Forest’s elegant Armour House was the perfect setting for Lynn and Han’s classic, elegant Illinois wedding. The garden’s picturesque gardens, complete with flowering trees and pond, was an angelic setting for the couple’s outdoor ceremony, and the stately interior, with its grand marble stairway and sun-filled garden room, made for the most lovely reception. ArtQuest worked with Lynn and Han to bring their sophisticated and classic vision to life in a whitewashed reception with shimmering gold. But fashion was the star of the day, and we are utterly in love with…
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  • "Make it Yours: How To Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More with Krylon Spray Paint" free eBook

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    With the DIY home decorating ideas featured in Make it Yours How To Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More with Krylon Spray Paint free eBook, you transform tin cans into vases and make over a thrift store chandelier.
  • Creative Tablet Carrier Crochet Pattern

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Carry your precious tech in style with this crochet tablet sleeve. This Creative Crochet Table Sleeve Pattern is quick and easy to make, so it's perfect for beginners. Best of all, you only need a single skein of yarn for this pattern, so it won't break the bank like its store-bought counterparts. Use fun, eye-catching colors so you never lose your tablet. This will also save you from scratches and other wear and tear. Tablets not only carry precious information, but they also cost a lot of money, so you want to make sure it is properly taken care of. This crochet tablet cover is the perfect…
  • Dryer Vent Pumpkin

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Bet you never thought that a dryer vent could be transformed into an amazing decoration for the fall! If you're feeling creative and thrifty, be sure to check out this Dryer Vent Pumpkin, a fun and creative project for the whole season. If you want to make your pumpkin more Halloween friendly, you could even spray paint a jack-o-lantern face on your pumpkin! Give your pumpkin some extra sparkle by also adding some fun glitter or using a different color.
  • Glitter Topped Christmas Ornaments

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This Christmas, add a little sparkle to your Christmas tree with Glitter Topped Christmas Ornaments. If you want to create your own DIY Christmas crafts this year, consider working on this quick and simple project. Be sure to add jingle bells and pretty ribbon to the top of your ornament for a more regal look. Crafts with glitter may seem daunting (and messy), but this ornament is actually a breeze. You only need a little bit of loose glitter to make an impact, so this project takes almost no time to clean up. Use a variety of colors to create an arsenal of seasonal ornaments.
  • Holiday Subway Wall Art Project

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Create a modern and festive piece of wall decor with the Holiday Subway Wall Art Project. Using Krylon spray paint and stickers, you can create your own subway style artwork to bring in the Christmas spirit. This free tutorial will help you learn how to spray paint with ease and you will love the result. Make several of these pieces to give as gifts this year - your friends are sure to love them!
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  • 11 Angel Craft Ideas That Will Warm Your Heart

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Even if you aren’t religious, you Christmas just isn’t complete without a few angels. You’ve seen them atop a Christmas tree or lining a mantel,  but there are also a ton of non-traditional angel craft ideas. From tampons (yes, tampons) to Barbie dolls, you can use so many unexpected supplies to create a Christmas angel. Crocheters, there are plenty of patterns for you, too! Pick one of these angel craft projects and start your countdown to Christmas. It’s never too early to start decorating for the holidays and these sweet and simple projects will put you in the…
  • 117 Festive Holiday Craft Ideas

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s the time of year when the world falls in love… That’s right, Christmastime. Christmas isn’t just a one-day affair. It is an entire season of celebration, memories, and special time with loved ones. Part of the fun of the holiday season is preparing for the big day itself. With these free holiday craft eBooks, you’ll have enough decorative craft ideas to last you all December long. Put your little elves to work with Christmas crafts for kids. You can even create special angel crafts to bring the peace of the holidays into your home. Learn how to knit…
  • 9 Beautiful Country Crafts for Christmas

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Picture this: The snow is falling outside as the sun sets. The fire glows as you sit on a rug covered floor, slowly sipping hot cocoa and listening to the sounds of howling winds outside your door. Okay, now open your eyes. You may not be able to live out your country-themed fantasies, but with a few creative craft ideas, you can surely take a brain vacation. Since Christmas is just around the corner, why not create rustic Christmas crafts that take you to another time and place? Country crafts have a distinctive look – they usually involve muted colors and imperfect materials. Shaggy…
  • 13 Thanksgiving Decor Ideas to Set the Mood

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Forget Christmas – Thanksgiving is the most wonderful time of the year. The yummy food and the spirit of togetherness just can’t be beat. Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and gets everyone excited for the winter months. Oh, and the food is amazing – did I already mention that? For a super special Thanksgiving, you can’t go wrong with some DIY decorations. Luckily, there are so many fun and creative ways to dress up walls, table and front door. For these projects, you can use warm fall colors and rustic touches to really set the mood. You don’t need to…
  • Holly Jolly Preview: 12 Sewing Patterns for Christmas

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Christmas may seem far away (heck, we haven’t hit Columbus Day yet!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your Christmas DIY projects. Think about it – you need plenty of time to decide what to make, round up the materials, create your piece and properly display it. Come to think of it, you’re running out of time – start working on these free sewing patterns now! This season, sew your own gifts, stockings, ornaments and more. We’re giving you some ideas to help you get started, but don’t be afraid to try something new, too! We have…
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    Merriment Design

  • Mason Jar Halloween Costume – Easy DIY Halloween Costume Idea for Adults

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

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

    Kathy Beymer
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Here’s a handmade kids’ Halloween costume idea that’s sure to be a trick-or-treating masterpiece: a classic watercolor paint box, topped with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paint brush made from a pool noodle. It’s simple and clever with just a little sewing required! I made this watercolor paint box artist costume for YES, DIY NETWORK!! Swoon! DIY Network asked me to create three original handmade Halloween costume tutorials for and this is the first one… This handmade kids Halloween costume doesn’t require a…
  • Everyday Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

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

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

  • Printable Dry Erase Pumpkin

    Kersey Camp­bell
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Did you know that laminated paper can act as dry erase board? It can and it is so much fun! This printable pumpkin is perfect for letting the kids decorate their own creations over and over all season long. To make your own, simply download this template, print it out, and have it hard laminated. Then grab some dry erase markers (washable is of course, preferred!) and you are good to go! Happy crafting ;-) This is an article from Handmade Charlotte. Read the original post: Printable Dry Erase Pumpkin
  • Play Clay Sweet Shop

    Jodi Levine
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I like to have some fun playdate activities up my sleeve in case my kids and their friends run out of ideas for what to do. Play clay is a crowd pleaser and always works well when my younger son has a girl friend over (not to be confused with a “girlfriend,” of course!) To mix things up, I’ll provide some fun tools and props. With a few kitchen supplies, kids can create a play clay sweet shop: Rolling pins Cookie cutters Ice pop sticks Lollipop sticks (or wooden skewers with the pointy tips cut off) Ice cream scoop Your sweet shop workers will need some ice cream cones! With scissors…
  • Skip the knife, save a pumpkin!

    Rachel Faucett
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a fool for the Fall. Come October, I’m hunting for any little hint that the season is changing—a slight chill in the air, a red leaf hanging from an otherwise green tree. And the minute that mercury drops, I make a beeline to the pumpkin patch! This is where the “fool” for Fall comes in. Every year without fail, I buy our pumpkins early, the kids and I have a crazy pumpkin gut-slinging good time carving them, and two days later the temperature rises and the pumpkins are reduced to a stinky mushy mess on our front porch. Determined to get more mileage…
  • Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe

    Sarah Kieffer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Sometimes simple, uncomplicated things are the best. There are times when I just want to make an old stand-by: something that doesn’t fill up my whole dishwasher with dirty bowls. A cake I can make a day ahead of time and know it will still be moist and delicious. Tender and sweet with chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg, it’s perfect for snowy morning get-togethers, afternoon coffee breaks, and late night nibbles. How To Make The Cake Ingredients 3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Psychedelic Stripes Party Cake

    Lyndsay Sung
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    What kid doesn’t love bright colors? Surprise your little one with this “striped” cake in fun colours, a bubbly dotted border and sprinkles galore. Nothing says “party” like a cutely decorated cake! What You Need Baked and cooled cake of your choice (I made a 7 inch round vanilla cake using a cake box mix) Offset spatulta or butter knife  2 piping bags fitted with an open circle tip Bench scraper or an edging tool 4 cups of buttercream or 2 cans of frosting Gel coloring in fuchsia pink and leaf gree How-To Step One Divide the buttercream in half. Set half of it aside; with the…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Fleece Dog Coat size Large pdf Pattern

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bitty Bits and Pieces

    Margie Ullery
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    “Bits and Pieces” of fun fabric will make this super easy and colorful pillow 4 Moda Candy (mini charms) packs 1/2 yard white fabric 16″ store bought pillow form Making the front of the pillow.   Cut a 15 1/2″ square from white fabric. Yes, smaller than the pillow form. This is fill out the pillow form better if the cover is a tiny bit smaller. Use your ruler and pencil to draw a faint pencil line 3″ from the edge. Continue to draw the pencil lines 3″ apart until you have 5 pencil lines on your fabric square. Start by taking a few mini charms and laying…
  • Blog Redesign FAQ

    Oda May
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Hello, Bake Shop readers! Oda May here today to answer some of your questions about the recent redesign to the Moda Bake Shop. Click through for the mostly frequently asked questions and our answers. I find the new blog hard to read. Why did you change to a white background? The white background is a design element that we kept from the previous version of the Moda Bake Shop. All of the legacy graphics on the blog have a white background so we’ve kept that design element to maintain a cohesive look. When trying to search through recipes, I have to scroll through the whole post. It used…
  • Peppermint Kisses and Solstice Dreams Quilt

    Stacey Napier
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hi everyone, I’m Stacey from The Tilted Quilt and I am so thrilled to share another pattern tutorial with you. I don’t care how hot it still is here in Texas, this will make you dream of Christmas and you will find yourself humming a Christmas carol! When I first saw this fabric line, I immediately started dreaming up a fun quilt design – and for some reason, I kept thinking about peppermint candies.  After playing around in EQ7 for a bit, this was my original inspiration rendering. I didn’t end up doing the double border, but you could definitely play around with the…
  • Breezy Buntings Throw Quilt

    Sarah Zimmerman
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Hi!  I am Sarah Zimmerman from Cedar Fork Stitches.  I am so happy to be here with my first recipe for Moda Bake Shop!  I first imagined this quilt with bright, Springy colors, but fell pretty hard for the warm, quiet Fall colors and prints of Persimmon by Basic Grey.   I couldn’t be happier with my choice!  I also call this, affectionately, my Nut Brown Quilt, because of the back! So without further ado,  let’s get “cookin'”! 2 Charm Packs: Persimmon by Basic Grey 4 yd background: “Roasted Marshmallows Grunge” 4 1/2 yd backing:  2 yd GingerSnap…
  • Flashback Friday: Windy Days Quilt

    Oda May
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Today we are introducing a new feature here at the Moda Bake Shop…Flashback Friday! It’s a great way to rediscover an older recipe that you put on that to-sew list and never got around to. Oda May has chosen Sarah Meyer’s Windy Days Quilt from 2011 for this month’s Flashback Friday feature and reimagined it using Basic Grey’s latest line – Persimmon. Hello, Bake Shop Bakers! I’m so happy to be sharing this lovely quilt today. Fall is just starting to hit my neck of the woods in Texas (that means we are getting weather in the upper 80s!) so I’m…
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    How Does She

  • 5 tips on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Pumpkin pies, chocolate fudge, and homemade caramel are beginning to make an apperance in my home… so are my stretchy pants… workout stretchy pants that is!  As we enter this blissful time of the year full of parties, feasts, and homemade baked goods it can be easy to feel guilty about what we eat or worry about gaining an extra 10 pounds by the end of the year. It’s no wonder why loosing weight is one of the most reported New Year’s resolutions. Holiday food is just so dang good!! I am here to to tell you that we can help you continue to stay motivated to keep off…
  • 30 of the Cutest Cupcakes in the World

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Today I just ate probably one of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever had.  My boy got it at cub scouts and brought it home to me with a thank you card he had written me.  It was so sweet of him and now I’ve just got cupcakes on the brain!  Here’s some cute ones to try this weekend! 1.  Gumball Cupcakes.  So adorable and easy directions.  I kinda want these for my next birthday!  2.  Can you guess what the popcorn is made out of?  These Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Cupcakes would be perfect for an award show night or even a movie night with friends. 3.  Make…
  • 101 Ways to Soothe and Treat Eczema

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
     Dealing with eczema is no fun—the pain, the itching, and the chronic red skin.  An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from eczema, and 70% of cases start in children. When it comes to treating eczema, we turned to YOU and boy did you respond!  In a recent Facebook conversation, over 1,200 people shared their experiences with eczema and what works best. Top reader tried and tested answers: {*Disclaimer: these recommendations are not considered professional medical advice.  For a professional medical opinion, see your doctor.} 12 Top Remedies for Eczema Test for allergies:…
  • 20 Mason Jar Crafts to Make and Love!

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
     I’m in love with a good Mason jar.  They are simply adorable.  When all decorated up, it really looks like you know what you’re doing in the craft department.  Ha!  I think that’s why I like them so much!  Read on and you’ll see what I mean. So easy yet so adorable!   1.   Chalky Painted Mason Jars. Aren’t these to die for?  I must get me some of this paint! 2.  Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium. Maybe this is what I should do with the sand I brought home from the beach in Mexico 4 years ago? Ha! 3.  Mason Jar Superhero Banks. A fun way to get kids to…
  • Win Yourself a BLENDTEC!

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, we love our readers, and we’ve joined forces with some other fabulous bloggers (see below) to bring you this fabulous Blend Tec giveaway. Win yourself this amazing kitchen tool. Plus, there are TWO winners, so the odds are ever in your favor.  One winner will win the Blendtec Designer 625 + Twister Jar (RV $599.94) and another winner will win the Blendtec Designer 725 + Twister Jar (RV $769.90).  GOOOD LUCK! Giveaway runs 10/22 7am- 11/5 11:59pm   Just enter here: Blendtec Giveaway Thanks to our wonderful participating blogs: My Baking Addiction The Little Kitchen foodiecrush…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Battery Free Gifts for Kids

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Searching for battery free gifts for kids that will keep them actively engaged can be challenging in today’s high tech world. Here is a list of some battery free gifts we love, and all of these became instant favorites! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play post […]
  • Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of […]
  • Halloween Craft for Kids

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This Halloween craft for kids is simple and very easy to do! It would be a great Halloween party activity, and only minimal setup is required. These finished cards would be wonderful for mailing to faraway family and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them! To make these pumpkin patch cards, you will need: […]
  • Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    I am so excited to share a new free app with you that is designed to make teaching kids about fire safety a fun and engaging process! Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms app is available for both iOS and Andriod devices. It’s free, easy to install, and super fun for the kids […]
  • Fostering Creativity with Seedling Craft Kits

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Looking for a fun rainy day activity? Do your kids enjoy crafting, but you never seem to have all of the supplies you need on-hand? Exciting news — Seedling, a company based in New Zealand, is bringing their fantastic craft kits to the US! There are over 250 different kits to choose from, and they are […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • An Assortment of Free Patterns for Two Circular Needles and Magic Loop Knitting

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I hope you've enjoyed this series on circular knitting without DPNs! We've seen the benefits of two-circular-needle and Magic Loop knitting; seen some terrific tutorials on two-circular-needle knitting; and seen outstanding tutorials on Magic Loop and Half Magic Loop knitting.
  • Knit a Gift or Charity Project Baby Will Never Outgrow: Knitted Baby Blanket Patterns

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Baby hats are adorable; baby bibs are practical; other baby clothing has their uses and cuteness factors, but does any baby item give a feeling of accomplishment like a baby blanket? Baby blankets are made to be wrapped up and spread out and used in all kinds of ways.
  • Warm Those Wrists with Leftover Yarn

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Some of the leftover yarn patterns you've seen here recently include bookmarks, coasters, dishcloths, afghans, and an assortment of items using sock yarn. Now let's consider our wrists - knits for them, I mean!
  • Readers Share How Knitting Has Helped Them

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    "Can DIY Treat Depression?" asked a recent article in a blog. I published a link to this article in a recent Knitting Nuggets newsletter and was met with an inspiring response from a reader named Ute. She wrote:
  • Learn about the Magical Art of Magic Loop Knitting

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Now it's time to talk Magic Loop knitting. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, because Magic Loop is my favorite way to knit in the round. It is, of course, a great way to knit socks and mittens. But I use it for literally everything I need to knit in the round! I knit hats and even some stuffed animals using Magic Loop.
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  • Paper Mache Halloween Decor

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you how make some nice Halloween decorations with paper mache. I found some small paper mache skulls at my local craft store, and yeah, they’re not too pricey, but once I saw them I knew I wanted to make some on my own. I figured I could put a bit more personality into them, and I think I succeeded. I made two types of skulls; one that’s a bit cartoony looking and the other a tad more realistic. I also made a little jack-o-lantern as well. This tutorial is best viewed in video format, however I’ll provide some video stills with…
  • First Real Reupholster Project

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    I’ve always kind of toyed with faux-upholstery because I’ve been too intimidated to try a real project. I’ve sewn fabric directly onto the existing upholstery job. I’ve painted a love seat. And I did a sort of half way job of reupholstery. I never really count this as a true reupholster project because it was just half of a couch and I didn’t have to do any sort of finishing to the thing. I was always scared that I would end up taking the fabric off of the chair or couch and then immediately become overwhelmed and then push the torn apart furniture to the corner…
  • Hanging Plate Wall Decor

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    On my last trip to the thrift store, I found a great set of plates with botanical drawings of spices and herbs on them and I instantly knew I had to hang them up in my house. I love cooking and food  and, even though I’m not great at it, I love gardening and plants, so these plates are kind of  a nice mixture of the two. Like last week, I decided to make a video of this tutorial as well. Photo recap of the video will follow! Supplies:Note: paperclips and safety pins are listed as items you can use as the hanger for the plate, however I made my own out of wire, so that’s why…
  • Redo Wind-up Key

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Six years ago I posted a Halloween costume I made that featured a working wind up key. Four years ago I posted a tutorial on how to make said key and around Halloween it’s almost always my top visited post. My husband has been wanting me to make some tutorials in video format, so I thought what better tutorial than this! So lo and behold, here’s the video! Here’s a quick little photo recap of the video: Supplies. Not pictured are some pliers and a screwdriver that I used to take the toy apart. The sacrifice. Poor guy didn’t see it coming. This toy was nice because it…
  • Upcycled Leather Jacket Backpack

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m going to start this post off with an apology. Half of the pictures I took were taken with my phone’s camera and they’re not the best quality, so I’m sorry for that. Pretty much all of the “making of” shots were taken with my phone and then I went back afterwards with my nicer camera and got some better shots of the finished product. I’m planning on making another one of these for my little sister so I’ll take some better pictures of that one. I’ve been seeing some really cute backpacks lately and I got bit with the bug to create.
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Haul Video: Heather’s Halloween Dollar Tree Haul 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You know we are huge Dollar Tree fans around here, and we are especially fond of holidays there because they always have tons of cool stuff!  A new Dollar Tree just opened near my house (exciting!) so of course I had to go check it out.  Want to see what I got?  Watch the video to check out my haul and hear my ideas for each item I bought.  You can also keep scrolling to see photos of all the goodies! Glittery Thanksgiving sign Paper Halloween straws Plastic skull straws Fuzzy spider Rhinestone craft kits Cell phone case Origami cupcake kit Cupcake duct tape Large plastic skeleton Glitter…
  • 10 Shrinky Dinks That Will Make You Rethink Shrinky Dinks

    Becky Striepe
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you picture Shrinky Dinks, do you remember the cheesy kid crafts that you did in the 80s? Shrinky Dink crafts have come a long way, baby! Check out these totally modern Shrinky Dink ideas! 1. State Necklace - Make a cut pendant to show off your state or hometown pride. 2. Zentangle Keychain - Zentangle is basically sophisticated doodling, and it looks so beautiful and intricate when you shrink it down in this project! 3. Chip Bag Shrinky Dinks - OK, so this isn't an official shrinky dink but it is SO COOL! Did you know that chip bags will shrink in the oven? Neither did I! 4. Silhouette…
  • 7 Spooky DIYs… and my new book! #ThursDIY

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Happy #ThursDIY kids! I have seven spooky DIYs for you today -- all here to help you celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! If you have any fun ideas, be sure to tag them with #ThursDIY and share them on Twitter, Facebook (in my DollarStoreCrafts' Best Ideas FB Group!), or Instagram! Check out what we have today: Gorgeous Dia de los Muertos makeup by Cathy Attix at Trinkets in Bloom. A festive Pom Pom Scarf by Mark Montano. Blingy EEK home decor by Cathie and Steve. A Wonderfully wicked wreath by Stephenie Hamen from My Crafty Adventures. Four easy DIY Halloween Masks by Margot Potter.
  • Tutorial: Dia de Los Muertos Eye Mask

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I love to sleep as long as possible in the morning, but as soon as the sun comes in my bedroom window I find myself wide awake. Know the feeling? Want to sneak in a few more minutes of shut-eye? Then an eye mask will be your best friend! I found one at the dollar store but it wasn't quite my style, so I decided to dress it up with some sugar skull patches from Crafty Chica and a little bit of puffy paint. To see how I made it, watch the video, or keep scrolling for written directions! Project estimate: Eye mask, $1 Sugar skull patches, about $4/set Puffy paint, on hand or about $2 and up…
  • Quick Halloween Craft: Glowing Ghosts

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I'm always impressed by the cute solar powered items at Dollar Tree.  These pretty little lamps caught my eye, and I thought they'd make lovely patio table decor.  Now that Halloween is here, I quickly transformed them to match the holiday.  This simple, easy project would make great party decor!   Project Estimate: Solar Light - $1 Cheesecloth - on hand Stickers - on hand Ribbon - on hand Total:  $1 Step one:  Place black stickers on the lamp shade to make the eyes.  I cut mine from vinyl, but you can do the same thing with "0" and "o" stickers. Step two:  Fold the cheesecloth in…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s the time of year for little ghosts and goblins to ring our doorbell. I love to see all the cute little costumes, especially on toddlers. It’s also fun to decorate for Halloween and with that in mind, I designed this Halloween “Spooky Ghosts”  quilt that is easy to make … Continue reading
  • Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

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

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

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

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

  • Necesitas un Telar, mira todo lo que se puede hacer!

    Esther Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Y pensarás… Y esta loca que dice ahora? Pues si, que si eres una crafter empedernida, necesitas un telar. Y es que todo vuelve, y el telar está súper de moda, con lo cual, siento decirte por tercera vez que necesitas un telar. Y una de las razones más importantes es que se pueden hacer un millón de cosas con él. Por ejemplo, hacer tus propios tapices handmade para decorar tu casa. Fuente: Pinterest via  A demás, también los más pequeños podrán hacer sus propios tapices para decorara su cuarto! Fuente : A demás no solo podrás hacer…
  • Taller Scrapbooking mini álbum Life! 25-10-2014

    Esther Lopez
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    En la tienda de Hermosilla 49, no podía faltar nuestra Silvia de Comin Scrap. Y por su puesto sus maravillosos talleres de scrap. En esta ocasión es un monográfico donde aprenderemos a hacer un mini álbum con una bonita encuadernación, las tapas, y un total de 12 fotos para colocar. Se utilizarán bastantes materiales, los cuales están incluidos en el taller. Descubriremos el terciopelo en polvo, aprenderemos a montar y encuadernar un álbum de scrap y decoraremos el exterior y el interior con un montón de adornos. En el  taller Scrapbooking mini álbum Life! 25-10-2014, utilizaremos…
  • Zentangle el arte de dibujar imágenes a través de líneas.

    Esther Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
      Conoces el Zentangle? No? Pues hoy te lo cuento de la mano de María Tovar, maestra y diplomada en esta técnica artística, que encuentra le equilibrio de entre el arte y el zen, entre el arte y la meditación. Zentangle, el arte de dibujar imágenes a través de líneas. El método Zentangle® es un método artístico basado en la creación de imágenes a partir  de patrones llamados tangles. Los tangles son diseños definidos y abstractos, formados con trazos repetidos y siguiendo una estructura concreta. Estos diseños trazados en un Zentangle, acaban formando imágenes como…
  • Ofertón Kit de Iniciación Big Shot 89.90€

    Esther Lopez
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Si si, como lo lees!! Ofertón Kit de Iniciación Big Shot 89.90€!! Hemos tirado la casa por la ventana! Y queremos que tengas tu Big Shot a toda costa! Así que aquí tienes la ofertaca de la semana! La quieres? Date prisa porque las unidades son limitadas!!   Esther on Google+The post Ofertón Kit de Iniciación Big Shot 89.90€ appeared first on Mummy Crafts.
  • Tutorial Bordado -Te volveria a decir que si. Agente Doble

    Esther Lopez
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Te volvería a decir que si un millón de veces. Agente Doble. Agente Doble  es una tienda de bordados modernos. Especializada en bordados tipográficos, posters bordados y bastidores bonitos. Este tutorial os enseñará a realizar un bordado tipográfico sencillo. Con esta técnica podréis escribir mensajes en donde más os guste, puesto que esta técnica se puede aplicar en todo tipo de tejidos. Materiales necesario para la iniciación al bordado: Tela de algodón Hilos de los colores que queráis bordar Agujas de bordado o Crewel Dedal (a elección) Bastidor Lápiz Tijeras Maquina de…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 Mini Calendar

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
        The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use some geometric/hand drawn designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars work great printed on full sheet labels (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you […]
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! […]
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy!   Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size:  4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from […]
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Weekend Reads

    Amanda Rose
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    This weekend, I am narrowing in on the last leg of training for my upcoming half-marathon, so I’ll be spending Saturday morning outside running, with my thoughts, fresh air, and hopefully gathering some new inspiration for the upcoming week. I hope you have a beautiful weekend planned! What fun projects will you be working on? Also, let’s talk holiday shopping for a minute. The holidays are sneaking up on me very quickly this year, and I think it’s time for me to start shopping/creating for holiday gifts. Any good gift ideas you’d like to share? In the internet world…
  • 7 Ways Creatives are Different

    Rhonda Day
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a creative person, do people ever tell you that you are different? Or do you personally feel you are different? That’s because you are different! Creative people look at the world in a different light. They do and say things that may not make sense to others. And they create in ways that they themselves don’t always understand. For those who consider themselves creatives, here are 7 good reasons why you should be proud of being ‘different’. Creative people create. Who knows where those ideas come from? It can be on a lazy rainy afternoon, during the quiet of the…
  • Reconnect With Your Creative Self

    Amanda Rose
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever have those times in your life when it seems to be too much. And do you have trouble saying ‘no’ in a world full of requests? You’re not alone. Kate W. Hall, entrepreneur, mom, and business consultant knows the feeling – and she has put into words what many creative people feel from time to time.  I met with Kate just last week and what a refreshing breath of fresh air! She offers some great advice in her latest post that will help others find time to ‘stop and smell the coffee’. The following was originally posted on Kate W. Hall’s…
  • Customer Service vs. Business Policies: Which One Reigns Supreme?

    Amanda Rose
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I, just like almost all small business owners, pursued the path of entrepreneurship because I had to. My passion for what I do is so strong, there really was no other option for me. I know exactly where I want my business to lead my life, and how I want my life to be impacted by my business. I want my clientele to be just as passionate about the services they receive from me as I am about creating for them. I want more than just a job that pays the bills – it isn’t about the money to me. It’s about filling my soul to the brim with what makes me happy and what I know…
  • Don’t Just Sit There – Get Up and Walk

    Rhonda Day
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some children just can’t sit still in class. They get up out of their seats, wander around the room, and seem distracted. Some simply sit and daydream, staring out the window into space. Teachers bring this up as a problem to parents and ask them to work on helping their son or daughter understand the importance of sitting still, or paying attention. If that goes against everything that you believe is right in the world – then you are a creative person! Researchers at Stanford University found that “walking improves the generation of novel yet appropriate ideas, and the…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Our Fairy Welcomes Autumn

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Just in time for our Annual Pumpkin Carving party, Fairy received her Earth in Autumn leaf mask from Mythical Designs. It is beyond lovely, and seems to magically transform our Fairy girl into a sprite of the season. Today we will be busily prepping for our autumn party, which like most celebrations includes baking, oh so much baking, cleaning, moving furniture around to accommodate everyone, stacking logs by the bonfire, and for the first time setting up disco style lighting for an outdoor dance party. More than likely, as the weather around here is already dipping below freezing, this will…
  • The Gift of Caring (For)

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Many years ago I gave my friend some mittens for Christmas. I still remember them. I used the same yarn for both mittens, but knit different patterns into each so they were mismatched. They were whimsical and beautiful. My friend loved them. About a month later I got a teary phone call from her. She had thrown them in the washer and dryer. Now, they were felted into unwearable munchkin sized mitts. When given her the mittens, I had forgotten to tell her how to care for them. Lesson learned. Now, whenever I make something for someone else, I always include care instructions. Also, if the item…
  • Drawing Mushrooms

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Although we like to draw by studying our nature finds, I find it helpful to have the kids watch some "how to draw" videos and tutorials when we approach a new subject. When we are doing a nature study we are helping to train the eye to see shapes, colors, and other details. When we use "how to" drawing lessons we are helping to train the hand and learn a few tricks for creating forms and shading in order to replicate what we see. Here are a few videos on how to draw mushrooms to get you started. The first video is a quick and easy way to draw a mushroom. The examples above are the images my…
  • Support Handmade :: October 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the members of our Support Handmade program. At Wee Folk Art we cherish the work that small, handmade shop owners provide. We believe that items created with love do make a difference in the lives of the people they touch. We invite you to take a moment and browse theses shops. We are sure you will find something magical. To find out how your shop can become involved in our Support Handmade program click here. Woolies ~ Sara Woolies combines my passion for knitting and my love of animals. Still a child at heart, I delight in the magic and…
  • Cheerful Sunflower Coloring Page

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Here is our Cheerful Sunflower Applique Block turned into a Cheerful Sunflower Coloring Page. You can see I've taken the sunflower out of the corner and completed the leaves and stem. You can find the Cheerful Sunflower Coloring Page HERE. You can find the Cheerful Sunflower Applique Block HERE. You can find the October Applique Blocks HERE. You can find a collection of WEE FOLK ART'S Coloring Pages HERE. We hope your family enjoys! Index: Coloring PagesCopyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-present. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written…
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  • Skechers Breast Cancer Awareness Shoes

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When it comes to indoor cycling, I’ve been to several studios and gyms around Cincinnati (LA Fitness, YMCA, Revolution Fitness, Eastside Wellness Connection, Yoga Alive), but none are like Cyclebar Cincinnati, which is in Rookwood Commons near Whole Foods. This place is fancy, like multiple iPads used in class fancy. Cyclebar is an indoor cycling studio that touts the instructors, their playlists, the studio experience, shoes, towels and water provided as a way to distinguish themselves and justify the $20 per class price. I wanted to take full advantage of their free classes to meet…
  • Parcours Trail Workouts for Fitness

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

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

  • DIY Sweater Skirt

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Description:  Good instructions for turning an unwanted sweater into an attractive skirt. Craft Link: DIY Sweater Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • How To Make A Concrete Bracelet

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Description: Concrete seems to be the new craft medium of choice this year. So far I’ve see it used in candle holders, egg cups and lamps. This is the first time I’ve seen it used in jewelry. Yum. Link: How To Make A Concrete Bracelet Read More: Jewelry Making or Home
  • Sew A DIY Ruana

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Description:  A ruana appears to be a combination of a poncho and a shawl.  I learned a new word today! Craft Link: Sew a DIY Ruana Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Copper Pipe and Wood Slice Side Table

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Description: When we cut down our tree I was looking for ways to recycle the pieces. This project would have been perfect. Craft Link: DIY Copper Pipe and Wood Slice Side Table Read More: Woodworking or Home
  • DIY Ombre Tights

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Description: Super cute and easy project. Just make sure that none of the dye lands on your floor or work outdoors. I speak from sad experience. Craft Link : DIY Ombre Tights Read More : Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 6 (Halloween) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been quite the week around here. And while my brain is already in holiday mode, after announcing my DIY holiday workshop yesterday, I need to step back into Halloween for a minute. How is Halloween only a week away? So, this week’s DIY roundup is focused on the spookiest holiday of the year… 1. trick or treat color blocked printable tags 2. an awesome pumpkin lantern from A Subtle Revelry (photo by Lior Zilberstein) 3. weighted skull bookends from a dollar store item from me (on Curbly) 4. spooky Halloween drink stirrers and cupcake toppers 5. DIY skull decor from The…
  • Holiday Workshop: Make Geometric Wood Wreaths with Me at West Elm in Atlanta

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    On Tuesday, when I spilled the beans about my upcoming move to Atlanta, I mentioned I had an upcoming workshop in ATL as well. And today, I’m happy to be able to share the details of that workshop… I’ve collaborated with West Elm to create a unique DIY for the holidays that I think you’re going to love: geometric wood wreaths. I’ll be hosting a FREE holiday workshop at the Atlanta West Elm on November 13th, where you can make your own wreath to take home  (just like the ones you see in the photos), for the holidays and beyond. RSVP for the Atlanta DIY workshop…
  • Burn Baby Burn: Wood Burned DIY Food Trays

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever impulse-buy a DIY supply item that you never thought you needed…And then you take it home and try it out and you wonder how you went so long without it? That’s how I feel about wood burning tools. Have you ever used one? ‘Cause they’re kind of awesome. Especially when you spring for the alphabet hot stamps to go with it. After playing around and getting used to how the tool works, I immediately jumped into DIY projects, including this one I created for wood burned message trays. They’re great for picnics and parties and really easy to customize on…
  • Surprise! I’m Moving To…

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Okay, so this may seem a little random. And, in a way, it kind of is. But, random or not, I’m moving. At the end of this month. To…Atlanta! We move in less than two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited for a new city to explore. For anyone that’s been following along, Jeff and I moved back to Jax two years ago, after spending a year in Seattle. And while we love the place where we bought our first home, all those years ago, it’s time to move on and explore some other options. So, Atlanta, here we come! I think ATL is going to be a great place for us to be. And…
  • 16 More Reasons to Fall for Fresh Flowers

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    You guys know I love flowers, right? Like really, really love them. And right about now,  I could totally use a big ol’ bouquet of these beauties to kind of hit the reset button. And get Monday off on the right foot. So let’s kick off the week with a virtual bouquet or two. Here are 16 reasons to fall for fresh flowers.. 1. (above) A ‘make your day’ bouquet 2. floral sprinkles and cocktails 3. geometric (fresh) flower bracelet 4. flower cone 5. 60 second bouquet 6. the prettiest portrait 7. a gorgeous floral tablescape 8. flower blocked bouquet DIY 9. flower…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • How to Make a Tea Towel Pillow Wrap

    Jessica Christman
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here's a little trick to turn a plain, ordinary pillow into something a little more fun! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Wood Slice Rustic Alphabet Magnets

    Jessica Christman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Alphabet magnets are a part of life when you have little kids, but there's no reason that the magnets on your fridge can’t be neat ones! 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! }}
  • Children’s Art Cutting Board

    Jessica Christman
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    These make excellent gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles or even teachers as well so gather those drawings and get to work! 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 Fall Mum Wall Pocket

    Jessica Christman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    This fall, why not add a little cheer to your front door, hall or a bedroom that needs a little extra beauty with a sweet fall mum display? 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 Nature Wood Play Block City

    Jessica Christman
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    This project has taken that age old game to a new level, expanding on the creativity that makes kids city-scaping so fun. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • How to Make a Vintage Book Planner

    Cathe Holden
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    My final copy of Mollie Makes US Edition arrived in the mail today. Sadly, the US version ends with this December issue. New things to come, but until then I’m keeping busy with workshops in the barn, crafting, collage, and learning new techniques, a sixth contracted year of blogging for SCJohnson’s Family Economics, and scheming some pretty cool projects I hope to share with you soon. Here is my December Mollie Makes project. Enjoy! Days of Fun: Vintage Book Planner Even in a time of electronic planners and memo pads, a good paper calendar is still in style and always practical to have.
  • DecoArt® Media™ Mixed Media Progam Inspired Barn Workshop

    Cathe Holden
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Timing is everything. I was recently organizing a tour-craft-lunch event at the barn for a group of women attending the West Coast Art Is You Mixed Media Retreat when along came a press release from DecoArt about their new line of mixed media products. I responded immediately and was sent some very exciting product to use in the craft project. I dabble in so many different types of crafts and art, and there are so many different types of materials and products to learn about, I was lucky that DecoArt not only makes excellent product, but also share lots of instructional videos and tutorials…
  • Tartlet Tins Needles & Pins: Mollie Makes Pincushions

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

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

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

  • 4 Social Networks You Need To Be Using To Promote Your Handmade Business

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

    Alison Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Today I want to tell you about a new book called ‘Chloe Tells You How to Sew…’ (Amazon UK/USA) and to give you the opportunity to win a copy. The design of this book really took me back to my childhood. It definitely has a 70s vibe going on (eeeek yes I am that old) and it is all the better for that. Remember those Annuals that we used to get at Christmas? I LOVED those and if you did too, then you will love this book. There are 30 projects included in the book and a couple of my personal favourites are Harvey the Rabbit and The Patchwork Quilt. The colours, layout and…
  • Halloween Cat Shelf Sitters

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

    Alison Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Art of Crafts has a sister site, the Art of Crafts Directory, where people who run handmade businesses or who sell crafts or craft supplies can create a listing for their business. As we approach Christmas I want to regularly showcase some of their stunning work, as they would all make great gifts. If you want to learn more about any of the items, then just click on the photo and you will be taken through to the product listing. I hope you enjoy all the beautiful designs! Sun Catcher: A Night At The Opera   Orange Bloom Zipped Pouch   Leaf It To Me Toggle Necklace Wooden Mosaic…
  • Seaside Tinkered Treasures: Review & Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and I am pleased to announce the winner of Seaside Tinkered Treasures is Katherine Brooks. Congrats Katherine, I will be emailing you shortly. Thanks to all those who entered and look for a new giveaway coming soon ** I absolutely love the sea, so any craft projects that celebrate the seaside are good with me. I was really pleased then to be a sent a new book from the lovely people at RPS called Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major. The book is billed as ’35 adorable projects to bring the seashore home’ and it truly doesn’t disappoint. I…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Spooktacular Halloween Dinner Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Serve up some fun with these Spooky and Creative Halloween Dinner Ideas, kids will be squealing with delight!  If you are looking for a fun drink to serve try my free printable halloween soda labels! Halloween Spaghetti by 36th Avenue Tomato Basil Soup with Skull Shaped Bread by Skip to my Lou Meatball Mummies by Spend with Pennies   Halloween Sweet Potato Fries by Tablespoon Spooky Shepherds Pie by The Girl Who Ate Everything   Seven Layer Nachos by Sandy Toes and Popsicles
  • Peach Bread Recipe

    Cindy Hopper
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This peach bread is a sweet moist delicious treat.  We love peaches and when they are out of season this quick bread recipe has a secret ingredient that can be found year round, even when peaches can’t be. Looking for more delicious peach recipes don’t miss my peach pie recipe. Amazing I tell you! So can you guess the secret ingredient? Yep thats right! Peach baby food is the secret ingredient for this moist peach bread. Peach Bread Recipe 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup oil 4 jars baby peaches 2 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup…
  • DIY Crackle Paint Finish

    Cindy Hopper
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am so excited to share that you can make your own crackle finish with Elmer’s Glue. Yes, you heard me right.! I had no idea you could achieve this crackle look with glue! It was the perfect way to turn my paper mache skull into a spooky Halloween decoration! Supplies for DIY crackle finish Elmer’s Glue-All (this one in particular worked best for me), acrylic paint for base coat (color you want to show through) and a different color for top coat, paint brush and something you want to paint. How to make a crackle paint finish First give your object a base coat of acrylic paint.
  • Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes

    Cindy Hopper
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I can’t help myself but do a bit more baking with pumpkin. These pumpkin ale cupcakes are the perfect fall treat! If you liked my pumpkin roll recipe I think you will really like these cupcakes. They are moist, fluffy and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes 1  yellow cake mix 1 cup canned pumpkin 3/4 cup Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Frosting 2 -8oz packages cream cheese, softened ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups powdered sugar Topping 1 cup…
  • Made by you Monday

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

  • Bright Yellow Fruit Salad

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I like yellow. Not mellow yellow, but the bright sunshiny kind. It’s irresistible! Like fruit salad. Also irresistible. Plus, easy to make. Just chop any fruit up, mix together in a bowl and eat. Summer desert, or winter thrill. And yellow fruit salads are extra yummy, don’t you think? While chopping I decided to snap a photo of the yumminess. But I had my 50 mm lens on… …so I had to climb my friends yellow stool to get the camera to focus. I like simple food. Quick, but still healthy. Yum. Related PostsWeekly Link Love: Healthy and Happy Life Craft and life is one…
  • Arting in the Art Journal

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When you work in book format, like an Art Journal, or any notebook, each page is a creation on its own. You can tear it out and frame it if you want to, but the point of it is not to display it. The point of it all, is the act of making it. Sometimes it is a lot about moving on from there to the next thing. Sometimes it is about finding enjoyment in what you just made. Being content with how pretty it is. Saying it is not hybris, at least not for me, it is love. Love for these colors, patterns, brush strokes, ideas, words, the world. And yourself. Thought of the day: what is art and who has…
  • Knitted Neon Socks

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I am in love with neon colors, so when I spotted some neon yarn I bought it. This sock yarn has all of the neon colors: pink, orange, cerise, yellow & green – in the same ball of yarn. I started knitting a pair of socks for myself in May, finished them this summer and now the threads have been bind too. It’s autumn, and time to wear these beauties! Pretty, am I right? Related PostsField Notes from IKEA Sometimes I knit too Knitted cardigan from Poetry in stitches
  • Dear Photo Diary | the details of daily life

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. William Morris There are so much beauty everywhere. I was at a color workshop this morning where the teacher told us that “seeing is about knowing that the light comes in to the eye socket and bla-bla-blaaa…” I don’t think that is very interesting to think about. There is science and there is inner truth. Sometimes they are not the same. What I believe: Seeing is about noticing what is worth noticing. Taking an interest in the details of daily life… There is so much…
  • Hello Acrylics, Hello painted grid

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Hello Acrylics, welcome out to play. I wish we could have a rendez vous every day you and me, but alas, it’s not happening. Actually it’s happening way too seldom these days. I know where you are and I should make time, but then it doesn’t happen. A week after thinking I should make time today and I’m still scratching my head wondering where the time went? Tss. I need to make a decision to be more active to become the artist I want to be. But now that we’re talking about it, I feel better. And paint has meet paper, so let’s share another spread from my…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • DIY~Amazing Faux Druzy Pendants! Simple and Beautiful!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
     Make these gorgeous faux druzy (or druse) penants, using nothing more than two ingredients! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial:   See the photo below...this is what we made in the tutorial. I'm just sorry that 3-D images don't come out right on camera. :o(  The pendant is really beautiful in person! the photo doesn't do it
  • DIY~Adorable Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant Necklace!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial: These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!   Materials Needed: *Old CD *Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in
  • DIY~Adorable Snowman Figurines For Candle Arrangements!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Make these adorable lightweight snowmen from paper clay! You can make several in any size you want and hot glue them onto a candle arrangement for Christmas. Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial: Materials Needed: *Paper Clay (I purchased mine at Michael's) *Christmas socks from the Dollar Tree *Toothpicks *Orange Acrylic Paint *
  • DIY~Stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Make these stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings for Christmas! Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial: Materials Needed:*Two 10mm Square Glass Beads (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 10mm Squaredelles*Four Silver Rondelle Beads, about 8mmx4mm (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 6mm Crystal Bicones in the color Emerald*Two
  • DIY~Gorgeous Sparkling "Christmas Lights" Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Make a pair of these gorgeous earrings for Christmas! Very lightweight with lots of sparkle! Click on the following link to see my complete YouTube tutorial on how to make these earrings: Materials Needed: *Two 12mm Acrylic Shamballa Beads (I found mine at Michael's) *Four 4mm and Four 6mm Daisy Spacers in antique silver *Four 6mm Bicone Crystals *Four 3mm
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  • DIY Custom Candles in Leftover Jars and Glasses

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Candles are among my favorite things in the world. And although I love buying fresh candles off of the shelf, I’m always left with empty glass containers when the candles have burned out. Did you know that you can actually melt down those wax remnants and reuse those glasses to start fresh... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • How To Build Relationships With Etsy Sellers and Why You Should Care

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    How To Build Relationships With Etsy Sellers and Why You Should Care If you’re trying to sell more on Etsy, building up your community is one of your most powerful tools. When I say community I’m not just talking about your follower count (does that really matter anyway?). I’m talking about... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • The Holidays are Coming! Here is Your Etsy Social Media Checklist

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Holidays are Coming! Your Social Media Checklist The biggest shopping days of the year are almost upon us, so it’s time to make sure that your Etsy shop is social media ready—don’t let your potential buyers pass you up because they don’t know you’re there! If you go through this checklist, you... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 15 Holiday Promotion Ideas

    Megan Petersen
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    The holiday shopping season is upon us. You now have less than 2 months ’til the big day, and even less than that if you are considering the crafting and shipping times in-between. That means, if you want to make sure your products are at the forefront of your customers’ minds,... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Handmadeology and Meylah to Launch Creative Digital Market

    Timothy Adam
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We are exited to announce the launch of our Creative Digital Market. We are partnering with to bring this unique digital market to world! We are currently looking for designers that would be interested in joining our market.  Please fill out the form below! Thanks! © Timothy for... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • creative! crochet brain and eyeball, set inside a skull.

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Made by Pimp Ta Life. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Hiné Mizushima’s “Cat in a Box”

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Thanks for sharing, Hiné! See more of Hiné’s work at: Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Superhero Pencil Covers!

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Made by Amigunuri. Rating: 5.5/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Patricia Waller’s dentures in a jar!

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    This would make a fun Halloween decoration. When I was a kid, my grandmother gave me a pair of her old dentures to play with and my mom was so mortified, she made me give them back. Her reaction was so visceral, I didn’t even try to argue with her. As an adult (and mother) looking back, I can understand a little better now why this episode upset her so much. “I don’t have false teeth. Do you think I’d buy teeth like these?” – Carol Burnett Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Needle-felted Beyoncé (WIP)

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Submitted by Erin who says, “The face is felted fibrefill “painted” with roving wool of various colors (even the eyelashes are roving wool); the hair is made from dyed, curly mohair; the tiny earrings are made from wire.” Read more about this work in progress over at Erin’s Tumblr blog, — Thanks Erin! Rating: 7.5/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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  • Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bags Tutorial

    Wendy at
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Whooo goes there this Halloween night? Or any night that you want to carry this adorable Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bag? The step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a sturdy bag and add all the owl-ish details. Great for sorting through your scrap fabrics! Added to Halloween Crafts, Free Tote Sewing Patterns, and of course,  200+ Free Owl Crafts You might also like: Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns All-In-One Picnic Blanket Tote Portable Manicure and Pedicure Kit Sewing Tutorial Big Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
  • Free Broomstick Lace Shawl Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’ve always wanted to learn how to make Broomstick Lace and this Free Broomstick Lace Shawl Crochet Pattern has an excellent tutorial. Added to Free Crochet Patterns You might also like: Simple Box Stitch Shawl Crochet Pattern Little Hen Lace Crochet Tutorial Mini Crochet Pumpkins Pattern Cute Little Ghost Crocheting Pattern 100+ Free Crochet Slipper Patterns
  • Mini Crochet Pumpkins Pattern

    Wendy at
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Look! I found another Mini Crochet Pumpkins Pattern. I just keep making them – they’re irresistible. Plus, they use up this orange yarn that I don’t remember buying. Adding to 50+ Halloween Crochet Patterns You might also like: Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern Halloween Crafts Celebration Starts Tomorrow! Pumpkin Luminary Tutorial Cute Little Ghost Crocheting Pattern DIY Book Pumpkins
  • Easy Baby Pullover Sweater Knitting Pattern

    Wendy at
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Jump into knitting with this Easy Baby Pullover Sweater Knitting Pattern! Trust me, little projects are great because they finish so quickly. Once you’ve done a few small projects, then you can tackle a throw or an adult sweater. Plus, we have  more quick Baby Knitting Patterns You might also like: Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Pattern Lace Chevrons Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern Short-sleeve Peplum Sweater Free Knitting Pattern 100 Free Baby Knitting Patterns Pretty Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern
  • First Snow Christmas Series Quilt

    Wendy at
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Get in the holiday spirit with the free foundation-pieced pattern for the First Snow Christmas Series Quilt. Make your own little neighborhood of full of houses, trees and snow. Added to Quilt Patterns and Christmas Crafts You might also like: Scrappy Hexagon Table Runner Tutorial Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Free Pattern Tiny Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern Paper Pieced Kitchen Aid Mixer Quilt Block Pattern Christmas Wednesday – Hand-Stitched Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Worktable Wednesday

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I spent today preparing for an upcoming (this Friday) workshop at the Vermont Art Teachers Association‘s fall conference. I’m teaching Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding from his book Volume II Non-Adhesive Binding: 1-2- & 3-Section Sewings. Making the kits takes some time. There’s cutting the leather and paper… …and getting the thread into a big fat knot while trying to cut pieces off. This seems to be a trend with me, big fat knots. Then everything goes into shiny bags. I like shiny things. Then I start the furious dumping of stuff on the table. On the…
  • Weston Craft Show recap

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This year my booth for the Weston Craft Show was located in the basement of the Weston Playhouse. I was thrilled to have this new space – it was huge! Here’s what it looked like after bringing in all of my stuff, but before starting to set up. A bit of a raw space, but workable. I was indecisive about where to put things, so I ended up being pokey during most of the set up. Once I settled on the layout, however, things came together quickly. After the first show day, I came to dislike the naked space in front of my shelves. That evening, I drove to Rutland and picked up an area…
  • Open Studio Weekend recap

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As you can see below, I had a lot of help getting set up for Open Studio Weekend. Wiggum is a very motivated assistant. This is definitely a classic “after” shot – a pristine worktable surface. During Open Studio Weekend, I don’t restrict my books to my studio – I take over the hallways on the first floor of our house for my production work. I display my one-of-a-kind pieces and artists’ books in my studio. And a bunch of other books take over the top of my flat files. Inflatable Jerry French approves of the setup. My heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    There was no bookbinding going on in the studio today, so my worktable was quite clean. I spent much of today working on preparing my studio for this weekend’s Open Studio Weekend. I decided to be honest with the state of my studio and show you what it looks like before I clean. It actually isn’t as bad as it has been in the past. I’m a well-organized slob. I put things into boxes in an effort to contain my piling habit. The result is that I end up with piles of neatly stacked boxes instead. This is what lies hidden behind my studio door: While my worktable may be clean, the…
  • Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Welcome to the 2014 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend It’s time for my annual nod to the many book artists participating in Open Studio Weekend. Some of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart. I created the Google map below, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. Unfortunately, the book arts studios aren’t very close to each other. By the way, I’m studio #91. I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a…
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  • Paoli Wrap

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Be stylish and warm in our new Paoli Wrap! Knit in Hannah, Paoli is a soft, luxe scarf that you’ll find yourself reaching for every day this season. The simple stitch repeat creates an amazing pleated fabric, that adds texture and flair to your winter wardrobe! Hannah is an incredible combination of fine merino, baby alpaca & cashmere, blended together in a classic worsted weight yarn with beautiful drape. With a palette of 15 rich hues, there is a color for every taste! Here’s the free pattern! Enjoy! PAOLI WRAP SIZE One size, 14 x 66 inches YARN Lana Vida Hannah (45% baby…
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #4

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to believe how quickly this month is passing! Time for our fourth giveaway – good luck! Giveaway #4 Question: What makes the perfect project bag? With two cats and a dog, all of my projects have to be safely away when I’m not working on them. My perfect knitting bag is lightweight and big enough to hold at least 2 projects. I have lots of tote bags and messenger bags, but the totes are my current favorite. Leave your answer in the comments below by Sunday, October 26. We’ll let you know if you’ve won!
  • Giveaway Winner #3

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Joan M. is the winner of Giveaway #3! She wins two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Long Johns. Congratulations, Joan! Thanks to everyone who entered! There are 2 more giveaways as part of our month-long 10th Anniversary celebration, so please enter for more chances to win!
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #3

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the third weekly giveaway for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Good luck! Giveaway #3 Question: If you could pick a designer to design something just for you, who would it be and what type of garment or accessory would you want? This is the hardest question for me so far! I love so many designers, I don’t even know how to decide. But since I must, I’m going to say that I’d want Kaffe Fassett to design me a blanket. I don’t like to wear a lot of color, but I’d love to have a giant, colorful blanket to curl up in. Now if he’d knit it for me too, it…
  • Giveaway #2 Winner!

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The winner of our second giveaway is Grace! Grace won a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Cardinal, a beautiful new color for Fall! It’s so interesting to read about your favorite weights and fibers. Thank goodness we don’t have to choose just one! Thanks to all of you who entered. Our next giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, so stay tuned!
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Elsa’s Ice Palace Birthday Cake

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The next project from my daughter’s Elsa party is the cake. She requested a Dolly Varden-style cake, but Elsa Barbie dolls are hard to find, so I decided to make an ice palace birthday cake (on top of the North mountain). Let’s start by saying, this is a Frozen-themed cake, but it is not a frozen cake. I wasn’t brave enough to attempt an ice cream cake! I bought the character figurines from eBay (and now my daughter plays with them as a bonus birthday present), and the candles and Happy Birthday sign were from Big W. I posted a photos on Facebook and Instagram as I was…
  • How to Sew a Quick Elsa Cape

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    For my daughter’s Frozen party, I loved the idea of all the girls dressing up as Elsa. But I didn’t have the time (or energy) to make Elsa costumes for them all. Instead, I had the idea for a simple Elsa Cape – a quick sewing project and something fun for the girls to take home with them. It has two loops of elastic worn over the shoulders – less of a strangulation risk, and it sits a bit lower on the back, just like on Elsa’s dress. And it works well for running up the North Mountain! Here’s how I made it: Read the full article hereThe post How to Sew a Quick Elsa Cape…
  • Disney Frozen Party Ideas

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    My little girl turned 4 on the weekend, and as the Frozen obsession continues, the party had to be Frozen-inspired. Here’s an overview of what we did at the party. I’ll provide more details and tutorials for the different projects in the next week or two. The decorations were fairly simple – blue and white balloons, paper snowflakes (from my Winter Wonderland tutorial, which is still up after almost 2 years!) and foil snowflakes (from eBay). I made my daughter an Elsa party dress for the occasion (details coming soon), and an Anna cape for myself (which was a rush job the night before…
  • How to make a star fairy wand

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    My 3 year old daughter is such a girly girl and she loves pink and purple, and all things fairy and princess (although she does like playing with her brother’s toys too). I’ve had some plain wooden star wands in my craft supplies for a while, but I’ve saved them for when my kids are better at crafting. I know that sounds really bad, and I need to control the perfectionist in me, particularly around the kids. It was time to just go with the flow and let my daughter create her own fairy wand (although I made one too, so I could get it just how I wanted!). We raided my craft room and…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Spooky Halloween Clay

    Elaine Robitaille
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    These are a few of the spookier or creepier Halloween clay finds on Etsy. Spider Web Pendant by BeadsByEarthTones Creepy Tree Sculpture by OffensiveDementia Skull Earrings by EarringsBraceletsEtc Frankenstein Cabochon by graphixoutpost And yes, I do like my Halloween stuff.… Read More...
  • Tutorial: In-seam exposed zipper pocket in leather

    Anne Weaver
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Tutorial: In-seam exposed zipper pocket in leather Justine from Sew Country Chick is making a leather motorcycle jacket for herself.  I think she’s my hero for even attempting this.  One of the features of the jacket is an in-seam exposed … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Felt cat tablet sleeve

    Anne Weaver
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Tutorial: Felt cat tablet sleeve Vivian of Vivileen guest blogs in the Catober series at See Kate Sew with a cat face tablet sleeve.  If you have a cat (or 5), make it to look like your feline BFF.  The … Read More...
  • Easy No-Sew Sweater Wreath

    Linda Lanese
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Debbie is a retired French teacher who loves all things French and host “Confessions of a Plate Addict”!  Debbi has a lovely tutorial for her “Easy No-Sew Sweater Wreath”.  She has step-by-step instructions showing us just how to make one … Read More...
  • Edible Popcorn Bowl

    Carolyn Bickford
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This happy fellow will be a hit at the Halloween party. Plus, you can eat it to reduce cleanup after the party. There is also a recipe for the yummy popcorn mix inside the bowl for you try or fill … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Spooky Halloween Clay

    Elaine Robitaille
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    These are a few of the spookier or creepier Halloween clay finds on Etsy. Spider Web Pendant by BeadsByEarthTones Creepy Tree Sculpture by OffensiveDementia Skull Earrings by EarringsBraceletsEtc Frankenstein Cabochon by graphixoutpost And yes, I do like my Halloween stuff.… Read More...
  • Tutorial: In-seam exposed zipper pocket in leather

    Anne Weaver
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Tutorial: In-seam exposed zipper pocket in leather Justine from Sew Country Chick is making a leather motorcycle jacket for herself.  I think she’s my hero for even attempting this.  One of the features of the jacket is an in-seam exposed … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Felt cat tablet sleeve

    Anne Weaver
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Tutorial: Felt cat tablet sleeve Vivian of Vivileen guest blogs in the Catober series at See Kate Sew with a cat face tablet sleeve.  If you have a cat (or 5), make it to look like your feline BFF.  The … Read More...
  • Easy No-Sew Sweater Wreath

    Linda Lanese
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Debbie is a retired French teacher who loves all things French and host “Confessions of a Plate Addict”!  Debbi has a lovely tutorial for her “Easy No-Sew Sweater Wreath”.  She has step-by-step instructions showing us just how to make one … Read More...
  • Edible Popcorn Bowl

    Carolyn Bickford
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This happy fellow will be a hit at the Halloween party. Plus, you can eat it to reduce cleanup after the party. There is also a recipe for the yummy popcorn mix inside the bowl for you try or fill … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef, plus a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Today I'm sharing this recipe for Shredded Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef Sandwiches, made in my new Slow Cooker.  Plus a big Thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing a Set 'n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid to giveaway! (Details at the bottom of the post.)I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I haven't had a new slow cooker recipe on the blog since February.  We had a little mishap while cleaning the cooking container...  Yep, it was dropped!  (I've been meaning to purchase a replacement insert, but every time I sit down to order it, I keep getting…
  • DIY Halloween Treat Bags

    Jamie Sanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    We have a Halloween themed get-together next week and my lil' missy wanted to bring something to pass out to her friends.  We picked out a few items from the dollar store and I got to work customizing some small treat bags to hold all the goodies.These treat bags are so cute!  I can picture so many uses for these little bags...  Class room treats, party gift bags, treasure holders, and the list can go on and on.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Easy Graveyard Pudding Cups

    Jamie Sanders
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Who doesn't love pudding?  And what’s better than Halloween-themed pudding? I shared these adorable and easy, Graveyard Pudding Cups over at the Snap! blog today.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Sauce

    Jamie Sanders
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Today, I'm sharing this decadent Pumpkin Pie Bread pudding w/ Caramel Sauce Recipe... It's definitely a family favorite dessert!I can't believe October is nearly over and I haven't made one single recipe with pumpkin in it!  (What kind of blogger am I?  Ha ha...)  The weather has not been very cool lately, so I haven't really felt inspired to make any fall recipes.I have to say, this Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding was totally worth the wait!  If you make one pumpkin recipe this Fall, you've got to try this bread pudding!  It's so good!Click here to keep reading »…
  • Inspiration Monday Link Party #68

    Jamie Sanders
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to Inspiration Monday, We are so glad you are joining up today!Don't you love this time of year? Time for sweaters and boots,and firing up the slow cookers, sipping apple cider and pumpkin everything!Time to get inspired, join all 7 of us every week right here…where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,and follow us all on social media via our blogs.Did I mention you will be seen on ALL 7 BLOGS?!I Should Be Mopping the FloorRefresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate|…
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  • Someday is here! Time for Back2Back with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am teaching two classes at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale on Oct 30th...join me! Click here for the details!
  • Playing with the vaseline technique...

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Fun to mess around with the vaseline technique! What I do is start with some sort of background. Then I wipe some vaseline onto the page in a few areas. Then I paint over the vaseline carefully. You need to overlap the paint layer from the vaseline to the plain paper. Let the paint dry. When it's dry, wipe off the vaseline (the paint over the vaseline won't be dry, so you can wipe it away). Fun. Love the grungy effect you can get. What's on the page: Dina Wakley media acrylic and vaseline.
  • Drawing...this time with an china marker...

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Grabbed a china marker for this one instead of my trusty and loved Stabilo All pencil. Gives a similar look without the water solubility. Still isn't permanent, though...will rub off easily.
  • She is calm...

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    If I write it down, will it make it so? What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylics, Stabilo All pencil, Dylusions inks, collage image, Neocolor II crayons.
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  • Sewing Machine Maintenance: How to Clean a Sewing Machine

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Keeping the innards of your sewing machine clean can save you lots of time and money. A clean machine is a happy machine and will break down less frequently. If you are looking to learn how to clean a sewing machine, you have come to the right place. Sewing Machine Maintenance How to Clean a Sewing Machine has everything you need to know about cleaning your sewing machine and keeping it clean.
  • 4 DIY Elsa Costume Ideas & 7 Other Frozen-Inspired Ideas

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Whether you are looking for a homemade Halloween costume idea or need a DIY Frozen costume for a childs birthday party, we have the collection you need. DIY Elsa Costume Ideas Other Frozen-Inspired Ideas is not a huge collection, but it is a start. If it is too late to make a Halloween costume, consider making one of an Elsa costume pattern or another Frozen-inspired idea for your girls birthday party.
  • How to Upcycle a Tie

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Steal one of your man's ties, because you are going to want to create this upcycled sewing project immediately. Learn How to Upcycle a Tie in a very creative way with this easy sewing project. This brilliant little idea will show you how to make a bag from a tie. You have to see this idea to believe it. Unlike many other green sewing projects, this free purse pattern actually looks professional. No one will know it was constructed from an old tie
  • How to Sew a Zipper in a Purse

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you are a sewist how loves to make bags, this How to Sew a Zipper in a Purse post is one you need to check out immediately. Learn how to sew a zipper with this smart and easy zipper tutorial. New sewists and experts alike will find value in this how to sew a recessed zipper tutorial. This smart set of instructions is going to make your purse and bag construction so much easier. Not to mention, this easy sewing tutorial is going to add professional flair to all of your pieces.
  • Leave It to Beaver Kitchen Decor

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    The 50s are back and they will look lovely in your kitchen. Use these kitchen sewing ideas to make your cooking and eating space look straight out of 1954 when you create these perfectly patterned and vintage DIY napkins and DIY tablecloth. The Leave It to Beaver Kitchen Decor is made from a classic picnic pattern and adds a serene remember when feel to your DIY home dcor. If you are a nostalgic sewist, you will be in awe of this how to sew napkins and tablecloth tutorial.
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    Art Platter

  • Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Have you seen the traditional silk sarees of Kancheepuram? If yes, you would have seen the famous temple motif on the borders of these sarees. Taking inspiration from this design, the below temple border motif kundan rangoli has been made with OHP sheet as its base. How to make a temple border motif kundan rangoli: … … Continue reading →The post Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Diwali palm leaf plate thali – DIY

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Diwali is the time when we get to exchange sweets and gifts with our close ones… Here is a thali which will make gift giving a greater pleasure! This thali has been made ornamental yet retaining a rustic look by keeping a major part of its palm leaf base visible. How to make a palm … … Continue reading →The post Diwali palm leaf plate thali – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Here is an easy to make Kundan rangoli DIY tutorial to make this year’s Gokulashtami more special! It is made using OHP sheet as the base and rhinestones have been used for decor. Kundan Rangoli DIY – Steps: Step 1: Draw the intended outline of the foot on a piece of paper and place an … … Continue reading →The post Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Purple kundan rangoli – DIY

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    It felt like it had been quite a while since I made a kundan rangoli and this time wanted to use colors which I hadn’t used before for a rangoli. So, here is a purple kundan rangoli made of rhinestones, decor beads, bead ball chain and a plastic sheet. How to make a purple kundan … … Continue reading →The post Purple kundan rangoli – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    It has been quite a while since we had a tutorial on origami… we bounce back with this tutorial on making a 3D origami cactus and a lovely pink flower to go with it! Let’s waste no time – heading to the tutorial… How to make a 3D origami cactus : You would need a … … Continue reading →The post 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

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

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

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

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

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    These Halloween Ghosts or Dementors are created using a lightweight black fabric and balloons. They blow around in the breeze making them especially scary at night time.
  • Furry Monster Stocking: Christmas DIY

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Make this whimsical furry stocking that looks like a monster to hang on the mantle and "eat" all the Christmas presents!
  • Reindeer Games Chalkboard Sign

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Harry Potter Knitted Mandrake Pattern

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    This free knitting pattern shows you how to knit a Mandrake from the Harry Potter Movie. You can use them as party decorations or Party props. We have given you two different sizes.
  • Spooky Halloween Lighting with Cheesecloth

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Halloween decoration costs can really add up, but with a little DIY ingenuity and some household materials, it's easy to put together a truly spooky setting on a shoestring budget. Lighting is key to set the mood, and this easy project uses tea-stained and food-coloring "bloodied" industrial cheesecloth to take any old sconce, chandelier or candelabra from classy to creepy in no time. Well, OK, in a few hours anyway!
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    The Crafty Crow

  • 15 More-Cute-Than-Creepy Creepy Crawly Halloween Crafts for Kids

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    adorable bat peg dolls via We Bloom Here.It just wouldn't be Halloween without some creepy crawly crafts, but, don't worry, these 15 ideas are more cute than creepy! spider sac treat holders via Tikkido make your own toy springy spider via Classic Play  no-sew bat wings tutorial via Little Inspiration  glittery spider web and spider craft via Buggy and Buddy  paper bat garland via Willowday  giant kirigami paper spider web via Babble Dabble Do  folded flying bat via All For The Boys  spooky spider…
  • 7 Great Pumpkin Crafts for Kids!

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    paper bag pumpkin craft via Confetti Sunshine  sparkly crystal pumpkin art via Blog Me Mom  dip dyed pumpkin garland via Art Bar paper plate pumpkins for preschoolers via Happy Hooligans felt pumpkin bean bags via Make It Your Own toilet paper roll pumpkins and skulls via Pink Stripey Socks stamped pumpkin t-shirt via Make It Your Own   
  • Scary Doll Bunting

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Let's Do Something Crafty shares this slightly creepy but fun scary doll Halloween bunting that is a great way to use up random buttons and fabric and yarn scraps. 
  • Oil Pastels On Pumpkins

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    I'm in love with these gorgeous pumpkins colored with oil pastels at Aunt Peaches. We'll definitely give this no-carve pumpkin idea a try.
  • Spin Art Jack O' Lanterns

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Meri Cherry shows you how to change spin art into Jack O' Lantern sun catchers that must look amazing with the sun streaming through.
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  • Sample Sale - Fold Over Zip Clutch (sold)

    Michelle (
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Today this Fold Over Zip pouch is available as a sample. Sold - Thanks! The flap/back fabric is Tiny Floral by Tea & Sympathy for Studio E.  The pouch is an organic chambray shirting fabric.  It is probably a lighter blue than what the picture might show on your monitor. This was made using the Size 1 pattern pieces from the Fold Over Zip Wristlet pattern.  It's a nice size for a phone, keys and a few other small things.   The button is a fabric covered pinback button, so it can be moved to a new spot, or removed all together.
  • Marmalade by Alice Kennedy

    Michelle (
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Marmalade by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #5 with Butterfly (Sold)

    Michelle (
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I've been in paperwork purgatory for a few weeks now, and yesterday I got caught up.  Now it is time to get back to sewing! This morning I made this zip pouch and it is available as a sample today. Sold - Thanks! I did make a tiny mistake, so read on to hear the pouch details and where I went wrong.  Here are the details: I used the #5 template from this document to make this zipper pouch.  The exterior fabric is a print called Sketch Dot from Timeless Treasures.  I kind of love this fabric.  It does it for me.  The origami butterfly is very easy to make and you can find a link to…
  • Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane for Moda

    Michelle (
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane for Moda
  • Destash - Glassine Bags

    Michelle (
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Is it obvious I'm doing a little organizing around here?  It's kind of never ending, but the change to feeling like it is really fall now has inspired me to change things up in my sewing and work space.  Which means some deep cleaning and looking for new homes for some things. So I have a LOT of glassine bags because they come in large lots.  They are great for shipping things, storing items, party favors, etc.  Maybe you could use a little stash yourself? There are 3 sizes and I have them listed in lots of 100 (contact me if you would like a different amount): 2.5" x…
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Giveaway: Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs Book

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    I’ve been destashing and adding things to the Etsy shop recently, when I realized we haven’t done a giveaway in quite a while. So, here we go, an easy-peasy giveaway with different entry options for a copy of Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs in new condition. This came out of my stash, but it’s only been opened a few times and didn’t even bend the binding. I stitched a handful of ornaments as gifts one year and it’s been in storage ever since. Now it needs a new stitchy home. a Rafflecopter giveaway Can’t wait and want a copy now?
  • Stitching Progress This Week!

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It feels like forever since I had real stitching progress to share here on the blog. I mentioned in the newsletter last week that I was recovering from feeling pretty darn crappy and as part of that I prescribed myself some stitching time daily. I have to say, stitching is good medicine. I put a few hours in stitching My Token of Love by Rosewood Manor, a project that has been neglected for awhile. This was my morning project, I’d stitch for 30 minutes or so after everyone left for school each morning. A cup of hot coffee and whatever random cooking show was on TV… (you can see…
  • Finished Reading; Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    available on AmazonLast night I finished reading Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot. This was a pretty smooth read and I enjoyed the story. It’s a combination of mystery, thriller, sort of drizzled with romance. There is one sex scene in the book, but it’s pretty mild. In other words, the book is 98% story, no smut. I didn’t realize this was the fourth book in the series – but fortunately each book in the series focuses on a different character, so I can go back and read the other three novels at another time and they’re all standalone stories that…
  • Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

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

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

  • Convertible Charm Necklace / Choker

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

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

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

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

    Carly DeGraeve
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    A leather pencil case is something that will last many, many years.  It is durable, secure, and can be made from scraps of leather left over from previous projects. This type of bag can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes to hold anything you like including craft supplies and art supplies. Supplies Leather Zipper (at least 9″/23cm to fit pencils/pens) Thread (leather/fur thread or high twist polyester) Awl In-Line Leather Hole Punch (optional) Pliers (optional) Rawhide or Plastic Hammer Wooden Block (for hammering seams) Ruler Rotary Cutter or Straight Edge Blade Cutting Matt…
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  • The Ultimate Gift Solution for the 40-Year-Old Man Who Has Everything

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    If you have a big reader in the house, you know that bookmarks are a hot commodity. Have your reader get to work on these super-fun Pom Pom Bookmarks. They can easily make this kids' yarn project unassisted, and they will have a great bookmark when they are done. The pom poms add a whimsical little touch to something so simple. The kids will want to make one for everyone they know. They'd make great little gifts to give loved ones as well.
  • No Girls Allowed Printable Poster

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Boys will be boys, so the saying goes, and that often means they want to be as far away from their silly sisters as possible. Keep the peace between siblings by printing a No Girls Allowed Printable Poster for your boys. The cool, comic-inspired design will make any little guy proud to hang this sign on his bedroom door. Be sure to laminate or frame this free printable poster to make sure it withstands your boys' activity!
  • No Boys Allowed Printable Poster

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Growing girls need their space, especially if they have brothers roaming around the house. With this No Boys Allowed Printable Poster, your girls will have the first line of defense in keeping pesky brothers out of their hair. With just a click, you can print out these free posters and add some sassy flair to your girl's room decor while keeping the peace in your household. Free printables like this one are such an easy and quick way to keep your little ones happy. Frame or laminate this No Boys Allowed Printable Poster to make sure it withstands any attempts of brotherly sabotage.
  • Super-Easy Yarn Octopus

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This Super-Easy Yarn Octopus is so cute and friendly looking that your little one is going to want to play with it forever. This kids' yarn project is easy enough to make with a child in just a couple of hours. You really won't believe how easily this toy comes together, and the kids will love learning how to make a toy of their own. This clever octopus is a great way to practice making braids, and her bows allow for practice tying knots. Let the little ones be creative and select a favorite color of yarn and trims.
  • NYE All About Me Printable Worksheets

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    With these NYE All About Me Printable Worksheets, you can preserve a piece of your child's past as the year comes to a close. Simply print out these free worksheets and instruct your kiddos to write down all their favorite things once they're finished, you can place their sheet inside your family's time capsule and relive the good ol' days next year. These free printable worksheets are a great New Year's Eve activity for kids at home, but they would also be a fun classroom activity for students right before they leave on winter break.
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    Free Craft Lessons

  • Maleficent Style Hat Crochet Pattern

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Maleficient Style Hat Crochet Pattern ▶ GREAT HORNED maleficent style HAT, DIY crochet pattern, cosplay, costumes, halloween – YouTube. Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern The post Maleficent Style Hat Crochet Pattern appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Article: A Concise History of Knitting

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    A Concise History of Knitting By Vein Reyes It seems that knitting or its early forms has always been with humans. The frail constitution of man had withstood the rigors of weather and the environment only through the clever use of indigenous materials available in the surroundings. These include animal skins, tree barks, grasses, leaves, […] The post Article: A Concise History of Knitting appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Portugese Knitting Videos

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Portugese Knitting Video Gallery – Hundreds of videos to choose from! Knitting Portuguese Style 12345... 910next » TitleKnitting Portuguese Style Runtime1:03 TitleKnitting in the Portuguese Style - KDTV 307 with Andrea Wong Runtime7:49 Title"Portuguese Knitting" Lesson - How to Knit Runtime1:02 Title"Portuguese Knitting - 3rd lesson Cast on" Runtime2:29 Title"Portuguese Knitting" Lesson - How to […] The post Portugese Knitting Videos appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Rainbow Loom Patterns WITHOUT THE LOOM!

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Discover a range of Rainbow Loom Patterns made without a loom. Mini Cross Rubber Band Charm Without the Rainbow Loom 123456next » TitleMini Cross Rubber Band Charm Without the Rainbow Loom Runtime4:26 TitleEasy Flower or Snowflake Charm Without the Loom Runtime4:57 TitleButterfly Charm Without the Rainbow Loom Runtime10:32 TitleLetter A Charm Without the Rainbow Loom […] The post Rainbow Loom Patterns WITHOUT THE LOOM! appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series. The post Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
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    Ashland Bay

  • Fair Isle Knitting

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

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

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

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

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Squeezed in with our last shipment, were five 21.5 micron merino colors brought in as limited quantity specials. These beautiful shades will provide light and depth for any project you might be working on. But you better hurry fast; one color (the light grey) has already sold out! So take a look at these fabulous colors and order now. All colors are listed on our specials page
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  • Planning Your Garden – Garbage in Garbage out! Part 1

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    No, this blog post is not about compost! I became aware of the phrase many, many years ago in reference to computer code. The idea was that if your code was garbage, your results would be garbage too. Well, like … Continue reading →
  • Garden Defenses: Making Large Covers for your Garden – Part 2

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Last time we ran through the basics of building a cage for your veggie bed using PVC pipe and chicken wire or hardware cloth. The bed cages that I built this year fell into two categories – beds that would … Continue reading →
  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – The Most Important Component – You!

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we discussed the aesthetics of the booth. You, the booth owner, are a critical part of that aesthetic. We discussed the importance of your appearance, but there was one very important thing that I forgot to mention – … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Army Card with Corina Finley

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello and Happy Friday!Corina here with you today to share my Army card that I created using some of the new Cheery Lynn Design Dies from the October 15th release!Before I talk about the dies I used, I wanted to share a technique I used using the Gauze Border die as a stencil. I die cut the Gauze Border out of scrap paper. I then placed the border die cut on top of my Kraft card stock that I wanted to use on my card. I applied ink in a light colour (off white) direct to paper. Heat set and then moved the die/stencil slightly to the left and using my ink blending tool - I applied my…
  • New Year card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:Here you can closer see two of my fav dies (Holly Leaves and Cutie Fringe) I used Scalloped Note Box, vellum and beads to create some sort of shaker. I combined 2 different doilies in one to highlight the snowy motifs of the card (French Pastry Doily and Dutch Daisy Doily)Dies used:- Dutch Daisy Doily (Set of 2)- French Pastry Doily - DL102- B183 Holly Leaves- Cutie Fringe III - B257- Stockholm Serenity Circle…

    Anita Kejriwal
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello to all!!!!Today I bring to you a very simple card that highlights the new release doily dies.  The beauty of this card lies in the simple use of doilies with a square design. Yes!!!!! these are square shaped doilies. and it has detachable centre that can be used on paper to cut out individual mini doilies or even create a tile like pattern that I have done in my card here,For my card , I have cut out two pieces of Royal Scandinavian Square doily and placed both together as shown. Before that , I distressed the centre of one die cut with distress inks.For the tile pattern below, I…
  • Popup Surprise Match Boxes

    leslierahye strickland
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing a fun Pop Up box with the match box dies! To create these you need the matchbox, a spring (I borrowed mine from a dried up click pen), something to "spring up", and some embellishments.You create your matchbox and embellish with some dies or a bow and a bead pull for the drawer.You will need to "adhere" your spring into your drawer and to your popup image. I embedded my spring into some molten emboss enamel.This worked to hold it in place. A thick bodied glue like E6000 would also work. Once the spring is in place, add the image…
  • Vintage Holiday Card

    Sandy Hulsart
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Sandy here today with a cute vintage holiday card, at least my version of vintage, lol.  I started with a burgundy French Flair Stacker card base, 5 5/8 inches square. I die cut the largest die from the Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker set from cream DP and layered that onto the card base.  Then using the next to the largest Silver French Flair Stacker, I added another layer of DP.  You can see how well these dies match up to give you perfect layers.  The same thing for my fancy oval; a burgundy panel cut from the mid size Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker with a…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • 31 Drawings: Day 24

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Dots, dots, dots. I love dots. I love markers. I love pressing markers onto absorbent paper and watching it bleed. Huh. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 2331 Drawings: Day 1731 Drawings: Day 2231 Drawings: Day 5 The post 31 Drawings: Day 24 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 23

    Jeanette Nyberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Look how yarny-crafty I got with this drawing! I sort of hate it. It reminds me of the 70’s. But it was still fun to do- you just draw on the paper with a bottle of glue and lay the yarn down as you go. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 2431 Drawings: Day 2231 Drawings:... Read More » The post 31 Drawings: Day 23 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 22

    Jeanette Nyberg
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Classic crayon resist with watercolor on top and a TON of salt sprinkled all over. I haven’t cracked the code yet about salt and watercolor. Sometimes it looks cooler than other times- I think you have to sprinkle it on when the watercolor is fresh and wet, and this dried for a split second while... Read More » The post 31 Drawings: Day 22 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 21

    Jeanette Nyberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is the day of my drawing challenge where I officially cop out and post this action, courtesy of my beloved PicMonkey: Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 531 Drawings: Day 1531 Drawings: Day 1731 Drawings: Day 23 The post 31 Drawings: Day 21 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Spotlight: A Place For A Single Almond

    Jeanette Nyberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you all know Miranda July? She’s this weird and cool artist/filmmaker who keeps popping up in my consciousness every few years and I forget to keep up with what she’s doing, but then when I hear or read about something she’s working on, I’m always in love. Her latest thing is the Miranda bag collection, which contains a... Read More » The post Spotlight: A Place For A Single Almond appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
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    Grow Creative

  • Flowers and Polka Dots

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    My large floral painting is finished! This one was based on some flowers from my yard- my zinnias and cosmos.  I also experimented a little with some crayon was-resist textures underneath.  I love the polka dots!For now, I don't have any immediate plans for framing or hanging.  Life is moving fast and there are some big changes coming for my family.  It's moving time!
  • Photos of the Week

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Wow... what a week!  I haven't been this busy in a long time, but I was lucky to have enough energy to handle most of it.  Thank goodness. Every time I am blessed with a burst of energy I'm reminded of how I used to be.  I used to be kinda normal.  It's weird to realize how not-normal I've been for so many years.  It's been so long that I could run more than one errand in a day without getting a migraine, or babysit some kids for four hours without getting totally wiped out.  I hope this new energy lasts and that it's a sign of good things to come :)
  • Painted Pumpkin Floral Vases Tutorial

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I love decorating for fall!  It's probably the season I get most excited decorating for (other than Christmas).  But just using the traditional orange-yellow colors gets a little boring.  Why not add some fun contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it!I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes, but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead.Here's how I made my vases:Materials:mini pumpkinsacrylic craft paintspaint brushlarge nail or nut pickhammerfresh cut…
  • Meet the Mormons

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a second to write about something other than crafts or watercolors or crochet.  All good things, yes.  But there's more to life than that right?Today  I had the chance to see the new "Meet the Mormons" movie in the theater.  The first time in years I actually went to a full priced normal theater!  It was good.The movie exceeded my expectations and not just because I happen to also be a Mormon.  It was really uplifting. It made me want to do more and be more.  It gave me a new perspective on my own religion. Mormons don't…
  • Fall Projects

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    I've got lots of projects going for fall! I painted these mini pumpkins yesterday...... ombre style.  You'll be seeing these again next week in a tutorial I have planned.  It involves's gonna be good.My scarf is finished too. The pattern is coming!And I got ambitious with a large floral painting.  I've been feeling better this week, just a little soreness left from the surgery, and I feel like I want to take on the world.  I haven't been able to do much for so long,  I want to do everything, but yes, I need to pace myself.  Patience is a hard…
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    Make Money Selling Crochet |

  • Making a Hat a Day into a Crochet Business to be Proud Of

    Sara Duggan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Building Your Inventory One Piece At a Time Image source: Some rights reserved by GoToVan Flickr Mary Catherine Neil starting crocheting when she was a little girl. She’s like me and brings her crochet everywhere. Read the Full Story on 5newsonline[dot]com Her daughter entered her into a local craft fair without her knowing it. They did surprisingly well. Now she crochets one piece a day until the craft show comes around. Each year her inventory gets bigger. This year she has over 400 pieces. Find out how she does it:
  • CLOSED – Sponsored Post: Halloween Flash Sale – Save Up To 70% Off of Yarn, Fabric, and Kits Until Friday 10/24/2014

    Sara Duggan
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    **Sponsored Post** I earn a commission if you purchase using my affiliate links. Read full Disclosure.  Take advantage of Craftsy’s Halloween Flash Sale happening now! Enjoy scary-good savings on select fabric, yarn and kits that are vanishing quickly. Hurry, this limited-time offer expires Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy‘s Hallowen Flash Sale fast while supplies last! Flash Sale Ends 10/24/2014 11:59pm MT   You’ll Scream When You See The Shocking Deals on Yarn 60% off Rowan Fine Art Yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick 40% off 40% off Lion…
  • Throw Your Own Craft Show – Follow These Easy Steps

    Sara Duggan
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What’s Inside: Learn How to Host Your Own Craft Show Craft shows are a great way to sell your handmade crochet items. It allows many to find new customers and network with like minded businesses. My experience wasn’t so great. As I look back on it I think fear was the greatest stumbling block for me. If you like people and can share your passion easily with others this is a great option. Chrissy Herron of suggests in How to Market Your Craft Biz (Without Going Broke) that you should throw your own craft show or party like Avon and Tupperware. All you need is a…
  • I’m Still Here

    Sara Duggan
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Where Have You Been I’ve been out of commission for most of 2014. My poor treatment of my body is catching up to me. Other then feeling like “death’s” best friend for almost 4 months things have been well for my family. On a brighter note (because there is always sunshine above the clouds) my son (19 yo) will be returning to the West Coast later this month. I am beyond happy to see him, hug him, and share his energy again. I Can’t Buy Your Books The problem with self-employed income is that when you don’t work, you don’t get paid. If I don’t get…
  • #31CBBC Day 31 – Share the Challenge

    Sara Duggan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Share #31CBBC with a Friend Challenges, Business, and Blogging are nicer with friends don’t you think? Did you enjoy this challenge? Why not share it with a friend? Tweet It: Start a Crochet Blog – 31 Days of Crochet Business Blogging #31CBBC Drive Traffic to Your Blog and Build Friendships 31Days #CrochetBusiness Blogging Challenge #31CBBC I’m Taking the Challenge – Why not join me? 31 Days Crochet Business Blogging Challenge #31CBBC My Traffic Increased with the 31 Days of Crochet Business Blogging Challenge #31CBBC I made a new crochet blog with 31 Days of Crochet…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Yarn Along October 1

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Check out our newest episode of Knit Luck TV, where we talk about how I learned to knit and how it started a chain of events that changed my life. We mention: Goddess Yarns, Weekend Knitting book (again), The Textured Shawl and more.
  • Year of Projects Sept 28

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    I am determined to have a much more exciting Year of Projects post next week. I would very much like to go ahead and cast on a ton of new projects like a hat, a new sweater and a baby blanket, but all I have for this week is just a few rows knitted on the Textured Shawl. Times are busy with school and kid stuff so I haven't been knitting as much as I would like, but if I can finish a few chores this weekend I'll have more time to knit (I hope). I might even brave the old storage unit. Tomorrow is video blog day so come back and visit for that. I think I'm going to tell my learning to knit…
  • Knitting Sale Alert! Digital Interweave Magazines For Under 2 Bucks!

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    It's my favorite time of year (Fall) AND time for Interweave Press's annual $1.99 digital download sale!!! If you love Interweave's magazines but don't love Interweave's prices, now's the time to stock up on some fun knitting reading material and sweet sweet knitting patterns! (full disclosure -I am an Interweave Affiliate), but aside from that I myself will be buying a few digital copies myself and thought my fellow knitters would enjoy the opportunity!
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    Serger Pepper

  • Blog hop: Home sewing tutorial (+ a Trick or Treat Giveaway)

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sewing for home (tutorials): blog hop by Andrea's Notebook... aren't you curious like a cat to know what we've created for this month theme? You should... LAST MINUTE added: Trick or Treat Giveaway! The post Blog hop: Home sewing tutorial (+ a Trick or Treat Giveaway) appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Tutorial: Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights – Sewing 4 Home

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights: you need to sew this one because is easy, cute and your little ones will love it! The post Tutorial: Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights – Sewing 4 Home appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Couture Lace Skirt DIY (sizes NB to XL) in 10 easy steps!

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you in love with lace? We are! Here's my tutorial for sewing one (or one hundred) couture finished double layer lace skirts... Enjoy! The post Couture Lace Skirt DIY (sizes NB to XL) in 10 easy steps! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Jack o’ PinMe Pincushion and Pin Sharpener

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Where are your pins? On the floor rolling around, waiting for a barefoot? So are mines! Let's put together a Pincushion AND pin sharpener... you'll LOVE it The post Jack o’ PinMe Pincushion and Pin Sharpener appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Beauty Blogger Project – TRY by Colbie Caillat

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and […] The post Beauty Blogger Project – TRY by Colbie Caillat appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Diy Quote Banner.

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Today I wanted to show you this really easy tutorial for making your own Diy Quote Banner.I love quotes. I have a whole board of them over on pinterest. I have this one from Albert Einstein in a frame on my desk and this fantastic copper foil one from Elise and Make29 on the picture shelf above the sofa. I was scrolling through my pinterest boards the other day when I realised I'd pinned the same Emerson quote over and over again.'Be silly.Be honest.Be kind.'I don't know about you but I think they're pretty great words to live by. I was trying to decide whether or not I really needed…
  • A Few Fall Favourites.

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I've been bookmarking and pinning so many fall inspired diys and recipes lately I thought it was about time I shared a few of my favourites.1. Beautifully decorated pumpkins, no carving required from A Beautiful Mess.2. Decorate your fireplace with a pretty felt fall leaf garland from Pam Garrison.3. Get these printable fall gift wraps in plum or pumpkin from Lia Griffith.4. Even to a non coffee drinker like me this pumpkin chai latte from Design Love Fest looks delicious. It's the maple whipped cream and clove caramel topping that really sells it.5. No felt? How about…
  • Around Here: October.

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Loving these bright blue skies.And golden leaf lined paths in the park.Wondering what to do with these gold gilding flakes and making a list of future projects.Reading Modern Art Desserts. I got this fantastic book for my birthday, sweet treats inspired by modern art. Some of the recipes look a little complicated but I think the Castrillo Diaz inspired panna cotta and the Thiebaud chocolate cake seem like a good place to start.Autumn leaves on my walk this morning. I love this time of year.Green grass and blue skies from last weekend.And delicious salted caramel biscuits that I've…
  • Yesterday.

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    It was my birthday yesterday. We had planned to go to the zoo but the weather was bad and we ended up at Ikea instead. We got a couple of new lamp shades, a swivel chair and got to eat delicious meatballs. It was a good day.The picture above is from Sunday. It's The Palm House at Sefton Park and was processed using Afterlight.
  • Lovely Links 09.

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    40 reasons to choose happiness.An ode to the crispy egg.I'm intrigued to try arm knitting a scarf.Crazy about these rings and this cuff, not to mention these porcelain gold birds.These vanilla and cardamom pear hand pies look delicious as do these pumpkin and chocolate ganache macarons.Dark and beautiful floral art from Simone Truong.Some fall crafts. Fabric tape pumpkins // pretty paper leaf fall garland // chocolate leaf cupcake toppers.Loving the fall colour series on Poppytalk, particularly the greys.A gorgeous new print collection from Will…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


    3 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    This week I've got a Finally Finished Finished Object to share: my own Building Blocks 2014 afghan! The Finally part reflects the year long process of creating this project. When our first Building Blocks classes began in September 2013, we were so focused on completing each block that I kind of lost sight of the big picture. Even when I cast off the final square, I don't think it really hit me that the afghan was finished. Because it wasn't Finished.Let's face it, a pile of 12 X 12 blocks does not an afghan make. For that, one needs Dana. And though she generously devoted an entire class…

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The late Nora Ephron, the gifted journalist and screen writer of When Harry Met Sally renown, famously hated her neck. Although she knew enough tricks to show the world a still youthful face well into her middle age, she felt as if her neck betrayed her. Having reached late middle age myself, I find she was right. And it may well be that the recent cowl craze is evidence of this as well. In any case, I like to think she would have enjoyed wearing this soft chunky cowl around her aging neck. I know I will come November, which is just around the corner. It's quick and easy to crochet…

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

  • My Favorite Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Fall

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    My husband and I just moved in to our house, and I've finally gotten down to actually decorating the place.  I was so tired of reassembling furniture and unpacking the basics- I wondered if I would ever get down to actually making our house look like a home.  So finally deciding to decorate the living area, I tackled my bookcases.  Bookcases don't have to be boring.  They're a chance to show your personal style and tell your story.  Surely incorporate books, but also think about displaying other decorative items, such as vintage finds, and family heirlooms.  Your…
  • DIY Phone Case with Chalkboard Markers

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

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

  • Christmas Cards in a Box

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Can you believe that Halloween is only a week away? Well, it’s true and that means that Christmas is right around the corner! For most people, they still have lots of time to start their shopping, but for crafters we have to start thinking about the holidays now. So, for our first pre-holiday post our guest blogger Alessandra Arcangeli, shares her Christmas cards in a box project. What projects are you starting for this holiday season?  Take an A4 sheet, the color you prefer, and score at 7 cm, 14 cm, 21 cm, 28 cm horizontally and leave 2 cm at the end, then score at 8 cm and 15 cm…
  • International Quilt Festival

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Quilting continues to be extremely popular in the craft industry and the crafters who create the beautiful quilts at shows like the International Quilt Festival truly are artists in their fields of expertise. Our guest blogger, Denise Losczyk, has shared some links in this post for you to enjoy a few of these very talented quilters. We are quite sure that you’ll be as amazed of their work as we are. In June, I enjoyed an inspirational day at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Rosemont, Illinois. I live in the Chicago area, so I took public transportation to the show and spent…
  • Paper Trail #3- The Journey Home

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Wow! Time sure does fly! On September 4th the editors of Bella Crafts Quarterly shared the news that we were sponsoring our friend, Eileen Hull, as she began her two month journey across the states on her Paper Trails tour. With her truck and vintage trailer affectionately called Big Daddy and Scotty, Eileen has traveled from Virginia to California making stops along the way at various stores to teach lots of classes and promote her new line of products called Vintage Kitchen with Sizzix. On October 16th, Eileen will be at the store, Imagine That in Nebraska and from there she will…
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Card

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
      It is so difficult for the editors of Bella Crafts Publishing to acknowledge the fact that there has not been a cure found for this horrific disease and we are still dealing with it in 2014. With that being said, we would like to do our part to support the breast cancer awareness campaign, as we too have people in our lives that have dealt with this disease. Since crafting is our business, what better way to spread the word than to share with you this wonderful blog post written by our guest blogger, Terri Burson. Her card project would not only be great to send a cheerful hello to…
  • DIY Place Cards and Camera Tips

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We have had a lot of blog posts lately on recycled crafts. For today’s post our guest blogger, Patti Hodder, will share some more recycling tips on her diy place cards project and also some great tips on crafting with your camera. And let’s face it, with cameras being such a huge part of our lives nowadays, getting some tips on how to better use our cameras in our crafting projects is a topic we can all use. A friend reached out to me recently to help her with ideas for her upcoming engagement party.  We are both currently obsessed with the rustic look and she had hoped to…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Stacked Halloween Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello Ribbon Retreat Readers! Have I ever told you how much we appreciate you? Well…let me just say how much we truly appreciate you hanging out with us everyday! You are incredible! I am so excited you are here, because it is my pleasure to introduce a brand new Contributor! Jess from Mommy Makes Things […]
  • How To Make A Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Waist, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday….the coolest day of the week where we share a brand new crafty project, video style! Are you ready for yet another amazing video? Last week we were introduced to a gorgeous and elegant tutu lined with stunning satin ribbon! Tutus are so much fun for everyday wear, parties and fun or […]
  • Military Braid Headband

    Cheri Mortimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am so excited to introduce you to today’s project, because I have been wanting to learn for a while now how to make this adorable headband! Have you ever looked at a project and thought to yourself, “How in the world do they make that?” I find myself asking that question multiple times a […]
  • No Sew Chevron Burlap Table Runner

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some of my favorite projects are those that multitask! The ones that you can leave up for multiple seasons and for many special reasons! I LOVE projects such as these and today Danielle from Blissful and Domestic is sharing a super easy but very adorable and trendy No Sew Table Runner that you could keep […]
  • Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

    Shirley Hale
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you scared of spiders? Icky, furry, speedy little spiders that make you squeal or pass out or just simply run out of the room screeching at the top of your lungs….SPIIIIIDER?!? Ya, my husband is too! Haha! Well don’t fret, because you will be doing everything but running from the room or jumping up […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Win a My Monopoly Game

    Sherri Osborn
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I was fortunate enough to get two My Monopoly games — one to review and one to give away as a prize! I think it is safe to say most people are familiar with Monopoly considering it has been around…Read more →
  • Mustache Ghost Garland

    Sherri Osborn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Okay, so maybe I had a little too much fun making my Silly ‘Stache Jars, but I just couldn’t resist adding mustaches to these glittery ghosts. Then, in my crafty mind, the next logical step was to glue the ghosts…Read more →
  • Silly ‘Stache Jars

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    While I had out some mason jars making my Magic Potion Jar Decorations, I thought perhaps I would make some simple treasure holders. When I say simple, crafts don’t come too much easier than these silly ‘stache jars. If you…Read more →
  • Adventure Time Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    While I am not familiar with Adventure Time, if you have kids or are just a cartoon fan, you probably are. For those you who are like me, Adventure Time is a show on the Cartoon Network that welcomes watchers…Read more →
  • Colorful Duct Tape Bracelet

    Sherri Osborn
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I have been itching to make some more duct tape crafts.  When I pulled my bin full of duct tape off of the shelf, I found half of a duct tape sheet I had left over from this striped duct…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Halloween Burlap Table Runner

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that I love decorating my house for holidays. I don’t just mean Christmas, but all holidays (Hellooooo. Remember my mantel madness? V-day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Flag Day, and Fall).  Partially, it is because I can’t sit still, I get bored easily, and it reminds me of elementary school, and I looooved elementary school, because my fabulous teachers were always changing their bulletin boards and room decor with the seasons. As a kid, it made every part of the year special and festive. As a mom, I want my kids to have that same kind of…
  • bwok bwok Chicken wire frame

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did Anyone start singing “Chickenhead?” when I mentioned Chicken wire frames, or am I the only one to bust out in song whenever I hear trigger words?  Well, even if you aren’t a song master like me, I think you might like this easy DIY project.  Similar to Lisa’s jewelry storage frame, this is a quick and cheap! What’ll You’ll Need: - Gloves— trust me on this..  - Staple Gun - Chicken wire -empty frame (I bought mine off of Craig’s List for $3!!!) - paint (optional) — I painted my frame with a sample paint pot from…
  • A Vintage Meets Modern Wedding

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Our good friend Jen recently tied the knot at the Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore.This beautiful venue was the perfect backdrop for the vintage meets modern wedding. Her colors were a collection of muted, summery tones with a fresh, romantic feeling. Jen’s big day featured so many adorable DIYed details, we just had to share. Look at the happy couple. Doesn’t Jen look absolutely radiant?! Ben, the groom, cleaned up nicely as well. Oh and that dress… The cocktail hour and reception featured handmade pinwheel place card holders, DIYed bar and dinner menus.The couple…
  • DIY Jewelry Storage

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Growing up with a grandfather who was a jeweler wasn’t a bad gig. There were many hours of show and tell, and even the fortunate bonus of getting handmade jewelry for ‘life milestones’. Each item crafted by my grandpa is very special to us grandkids and we all treasure these family heirlooms. Sadly, this unique talent skipped right over me, but it certainly resonates in my sister. We all know those girls who love the glitz and glam things in life. My sister, Michelle, is one of those girls. If it has glitter, rhinestones, or anything sparkly, it’s the thing for her. What started when…
  • Fall in love with a fall mantel

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

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    A 3-tier Candy Corn Plate Stand for serving Thanksgiving desserts, cupcakes, and snacks.  This Candy Corn Plate Stand will make a fun dish for Thanksgiving. There’s so many things to love about Fall and Thanksgiving. The delicious food and desserts. Especially desserts, right?!! And all the pretty Fall and Thanksgiving decorations like this picket fence […] The post 3 Tier Candy Corn Plate Stand appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Apple Pie Cups with Ice Cream

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    These Apple Pie Cups are made with a pie crust filled with Apple Pie Filling and topped with a scoop of ice cream.  These little Apple Pie Cups were so fun to make and they are so cute and elegant for dinner parties. I can’t wait to have my friends over for dinner and serve these […] The post Apple Pie Cups with Ice Cream appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    These Maple Cupcakes make a perfect cozy Winter dessert.  You will love them, there’s delicious maple flavor in every bite! I grew up on my grandma’s Best Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes topped with her homemade maple syrup. She always knew how to start out our day so perfect. The next best thing to her pancakes is […] The post Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • HUGE Blogiversary Blog Party!

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hello Everyone! I am very excited to partner with The Pin Junkie and her Blogiversay Blog Hop! Link up your favorite crafts and recipes and it will be shared on 40 blogs! Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried […] The post HUGE Blogiversary Blog Party! appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Best No Bake Peanut Butter Cream Pie with A Chocolate Cookie Crust

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This is hands-down the BEST No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie with a chocolate chip cookie crust. It’s flavorful, light, fluffy, and delicious! This will be the best pie at any pot luck dinner.  And it was all I could do to keep from eating the whole thing! This creamy no-bake peanut butter pie is perfect for pot […] The post Best No Bake Peanut Butter Cream Pie with A Chocolate Cookie Crust appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Weekend bloghop 24/October

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome and link up all your favorite posts!
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 22/October

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
      On a peaceful afternoon in a place called Lagoa Azul (which translates into Blue Lagoon and makes you think of the 80's movie...), near Sintra, Portugal.
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 21/October

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Let's share and have fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 20/October

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!
  • The wedding bag

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Yesterday we attended my cousin's wedding and my daughter got to walk down the aisle ahead of the bride and to deliver the wedding rings. As such, her dress was chosen by the bride and even if the color/pattern was not my favorite, we had to follow her wishes. However, on Saturday I decided I needed to add my personal touch to the whole set and made a mini wedding bag by for my daughter to take to church (in mom takes a bag, she's entitle to take one too, right?).I totally winged it, so absolutely no pattern, and until the end I was not sure it was going to work. But since she was happy and…
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    Precious Crafts

  • More Cross Stitch Cards & Happy Diwali

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

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

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

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

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

  • If only clockmakers could turn back time…

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A good time is often had by all our visitors, but not many of them love our clocks chiming day and night, giving them a hard time sleeping. We, on the other hand, absolutely love the sound of the chimes. Even in our bedroom we have one chiming. The love for clocks is shared by both of us and my husband was raised with them, initiated in the art and mystery of clock making, as his father was a clockmaker. In the old days sons frequently followed their father in his particular trade or profession, my husband followed his dad’s hobby, becoming a mechanical watch / clock making expert. When my…
  • Wicker time, grab your herding staff

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Guising, bonfires, apple bobbing is here! Let the feast commence under the harvest moon: All Hallows’ Eve is coming up! But in this month you can also pretend to be the local shepherd, holding your very own herding staff, your shillelagh, having a wicker basket at one end, in which you carry your harvest collection, fruit from the fields, carrying your very own special lunch. Time for walks, picking the last autumn fruit on the windy field roads, as darker times lay ahead! The Irish shepherd’s herding staffs used to be called a “shillelagh”. You can fashion your own like in the…
  • Recipe: homemade Cornish pasty (meat or veggie)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A tasty Cornish pasty My English husband adores a good old-fashioned pasty, no way we go to England and return without having had a decent pasty, or a good stash in the boot. Living in the South of France without a sight of a pasty shop anywhere, we ventured ourselves to making some at home, based on his mum’s recipe, a traditional Cornish pasty, so no peas or carrots, but swede (the swede adds all the sweetness this dish needs)! According to my husband the things that go best with swede is butter and pepper, “that’s what swede lives on”! Based on those same Cornish…
  • Cornish pasty belongs to the tin mines!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If there’s a mine, there’ll be a Cornishman! If there’s a Cornishman, there’ll be a pasty! These Cornish tin miners, couldn’t come up for dinner, so their wives cooked their dinner in a pastry coating: food would stay warm longer, down the mine. And now comes the special bit: one end was filled with meat and the last end was a sweet filling, nobody needed a fork or a knife to eat. They could start eating their pasty on one side and work their way up to dessert. Provided in that one pasty was a chunky dinner and pudding, all in one bundle, one big packet, sheltered from the dust. My…
  • Recipe: Witches’ stew alias Belgian “stoofvlees”

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    A yummy beef stew There isn’t a country in the world that hasn’t got its own beef stew. From the farmers to the soldiers, it was the dish. Simple and easy to prepare, not at all time consuming as the stew simmers away on its own. In this time of Halloween we can see the witch standing beside her cauldron on top of the wood fire or stove… so why not go for this old fashioned but very tasty recipe this time of year. You’ll have a grand dish, just that bit different of what you’re used to! Coming from Belgium I want to share our popular beef stew called “stoofvlees”, made at home,…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • Free Knitting Patterns and Other October Musings

    Alice Seidel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love this time of the year. Maybe because October 22nd is my wedding anniversary and the 24th is my birthday. That, and the fact that we usually take a ride out to Bucks County, PA and tool around Peddler’s Village with a stop at the winery and it all adds up to a pretty special week.  Sometimes I even find time to knit! “The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can’t teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.” ― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much Of course just looking at all my knitting…
  • Christmas Patterns to Knit

    Alice Seidel
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s Friday once again! This week has been a tough one. Difficulties with jobs, cellphones, and wondering about the future (you know all the news about Ebola, etc.) and it makes me want to just pick up my knitting needles and go crazy! Do nothing but knit! Knit until all my stash is gone. Until I can wrap my “scarf” all the way around my house! Just keep knitting and not pay attention to the lunacy beyond my front door. Knitting keeps me sane. That said, Christmas is coming. Soon.  And all I want to do today is share a few knitting patterns with you. Fun and easy stuff. To…
  • Here Come Those Special Knitting Holidays

    Alice Seidel
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    October. That most beautiful of months. Mornings are usually cold, followed by afternoons kissed by the sun’s rays, then nights that become crisp and clear again. Well, not every day; but enough to make your thoughts turn to fireplaces, afghans, and cozy corners of your home as you settle down indoors to knit.     Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, then Hanukkah and Christmas, culminating in New Years Eve. All special days, some even holy days, but all worth celebrating with family and friends. So, with October on the wane, here come those special knitting holidays. Seasons come…
  • Matching Yarns to Your Knitting Projects

    Alice Seidel
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, I went through a chest of drawers full of my knitted scarves. All different. In sizes, colors, but particularly in knitting yarns. Looking at these, it’s hard to place when and where these were knitted. The versatility of all the scarves is so telling! Which just proves to me that there are MANY different yarns to use when knitting a particular item. Remember when yarn seemed all the same. Once upon a time it seemed that wool or cotton and then acrylic yarns were the ONLY ones to use. I can remember strolling into town after school was out, back in the ’60’s; my…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 2

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Need to catch up? Ballard Sewalong Part I: Preparing to Sew Welcome back, folks! Today we’re moving onto part two of the Ballard Sewalong. If you haven’t picked up your copy of this awesome pattern by Straight Stitch designs, head on over to the shop and grab it now! We’ll finish up our four part sewalong early next week and then its onto the fun stuff like style posts and roundup creations! But feel free to go check out the Ballard inspiration already out there. Today’s portion of the sewalong will cover the steps needed to get your front and back bodice ready to be sewn together.
  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 1

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you checked out The Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs? It's Indiesew's newest exclusive pattern and it has totally rocked our socks off. This knit 3/4 sleeve top is casual in the front, and a total party in the back with a peek-a-boo design. With cuffed sleeves, a banded waist and a knit bound neckline, the Ballard is the perfect wearable top for fall. In fact, I've already made two! We love this sewing pattern so much that we're bringing you a four part Ballard sewalong to lead you through each and every step of sewing this top. If you've never sewn with knits before, this pattern is a…
  • Introducing the Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    It’s not an everyday occurrence here at the Indiesew HQ that we get to unveil something we’ve been working on for weeks. Steve and I are constantly dreaming up our next big project, scheduling tasks into the long-term horizon. We’re both overly ambitious, but it’s still just the two of us behind (plus a TON of awesome supporters!). So our big dreams often take a bit of time to come to fruition. And when they do, we get really, really excited. Like today, we get to show you the newest in Indiesew happenings. Today, we get to show you the Ballard top sewing pattern! The…
  • Tips for Sewing Crisp Curved Seams

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Ah, curved seams. It’s a sewing technique that nearly every garment sewing pattern requires. That’s because anything with a neck hole, armholes or high-low hem requires that you sew a curved seam. A curved seam can be incredibly frustrating, or it can be the one element of your handmade clothing that makes you beam with pride. Today, I’m showing you a few simple simple tricks that can make nearly every curved seam, slight or dramatic, look crisp and professional. I’ll be demonstrating this technique on an awesome pattern that is not quite ready for the Indiesew shop. I can’t wait to…
  • The Year of Free Sewing Patterns Giveaway

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Do you ever wonder just how long it would take to transition your closet and drawers to a 100% handmade wardrobe? Would you be able to weed out your paper thin t-shirts made overseas and replace them with the home-sewn variety in a matter of months? Could you replace your ten pairs of stretched-out, see-through leggings for one or two pairs sewn to perfection? What if you set aside a full year, sewing one garment per month, to completely, and radically change the way you look at your clothing? We think you can do it. Today, most of our bulging closets are made up of items produced in…
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    Our Daily Craft

  • Make an Easy Kid Craft Halloween Centerpiece

    Sarah White
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Through the years the girl has made a lot of great Halloween crafts at school. These are actually just a few of them. I love the yarn-wrapped mummy, of course, and the spider is pretty awesome, too (it’s made out of a Laughing Cow cheese container). Then there are all the pumpkins she painted last year. (I was doing a piece on pumpkin carving so I bought some fake carveable pumpkins, but she stole them all for painting.) It’s a lot of stuff. And I want to display it because it’s cute and she made it but it gets to looking just like a lot of clutter when it’s spread out…
  • In Which My Thoughts About Talking are Completely Validated

    Sarah White
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As part of my brand ambassadorship with Better Beginnings, I was recently invited to attend part of the conference of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, a group of educators and parents whose focus is giving kids the best start possible. It was wonderful in a lot of ways — and I’ll be writing a lot more about it — but I particularly enjoyed the keynote at lunch, which was given by Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School and a passionate advocate for raising children in language-rich environments. One of the school’s many initiatives is the…
  • The Easiest Way to Get Rich Pins, And Why You Would Want To {Craft Your Blog}

    Sarah White
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    If you’ve been around Pinterest much you’ve probably noticed that when you click on some pins, they’re nicer than others. It’s most obvious on recipe posts, which look like this: You see the author, all the ingredients and some more basic information about the recipe before you even click on the link. This feature is known as Rich Pins, and there are several different kinds available that highlight places, articles, products, recipes and movies. They’re a lot of fun and they give readers a little more information before they pin, which is nice. The other day I…
  • Get Over the Fear and Start Writing with Rachael Herron

    Sarah White
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    So you’ll know, Rachael and I are friends on the Internet, and she offered me a free peek at her class — and a discount for you! — for the purposes of sharing it with you. Lots of people say they want to write — or write more than they already do, if they are bloggers. You might want to write a novel, or a nonfiction book, or take your blog in a different direction, or start writing something that’s been banging around in your head for a while. Even as you think about writing, and maybe talk about writing, the thing is, you’re not actually writing. And that…
  • How to Raise a Smart Kid, Part Two: Talk a Lot

    Sarah White
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. I told you the story about the girl telling her teacher that a butterfly doesn’t come from a cocoon but a chrysalis. And that I said she’s so smart in part because we read a lot. But we also talk a lot. I have never used baby talk with my child and I never talked down to her in any way. I talk to her like I’d talk to anyone. Big words, sarcasm and all. (Which has led some friends without kids to say she probably only understands half of what I say, but I think she…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn Giveaway! #Scarfie

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Lion Brand Yarn has graciously allowed me to host a giveaway here on my blog! I am giving away 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to TWO winners! This is the same yarn I made my Crochet Hooded Cowls with! But you have the chance to choose whichever colors you like if you win. You can see all the colors HERE.Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn is super bulky and just like its name suggests, it works up quickly making it ideal for beginners. Right now Lion Brand is running a #scarfie campaign (scarf + selfie = scarfie!) and encouraging all crocheters to post their crochet…
  • W is for Whale: Crochet Whale Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Here is Day 23 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!W is for WhaleI have a feeling you will be able to use this whale on multiple projects! Whales seem to be popular and trendy among kids decor. In fact, my kids have a whale-themed bathroom! I look forward to seeing all the places you use this appliqué.Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Aqua (it's one of their baby yarns) and a little black for the eye and mouth.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring…
  • V is for Viper: Crochet Viper Snake Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Here is Day 22 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!V is for ViperThe letter V was another tricky one. I suppose I could have done Vulture but I thought a Viper Snake would be a better fit! If you aren't familiar with Viper Snakes you can read about them HERE. My crochet version is much more friendly and less venomous :)Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in fern green, mustard yellow and scarlett red and a little black for the eyes.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry…
  • U is for Unicorn: Crochet Unicorn Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Here is Day 21 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!U is for UnicornI know I said the penguin was my favorite but I think I changed my mind. This unicorn is my favorite! Such a magical creature with a colorful rainbow mane. Remember that I also have a free Unicorn Crochet Hat Pattern!Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in the same colors as my unicorn hat.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St = Slip StitchSC =  Single CrochetHDC = Half…
  • T is for Turtle: Crochet Turtle Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Here is Day 20 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!T is for TurtleThis tiny turtle makes a great appliqué for hats and other crochet items! It would go great with a ocean themed project and could be made in different colors or even multiple stripes for the shell. Sorry again for the short tutorial! Things are a little crazy around our house...more details on that coming soon :)Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in fern green and kelly green.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Moss Bordered Diamonds

    Knitting Unlimited
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Here's what it looks like from behindMoss Bordered Diamond is a versatile stitch. It's reversible. This stitch is a 36 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 22 stitches plus 1. Row 1: P1, * p4, (k1, p1) twice, k5, (p1, k1) twice, p5; repeat from* to end. Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. Row 3: K1, * p5, (k1, p1) twice, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p5, k1; repeat from* to end. Row 5: P1, * k1, p5, (k1, p1) 5 times, p4, k1, p1; repeat from* to end. Row 7: K1, * p1, k1, p5, (k1, p1) 4 times, p4, k1, p1, k1; repeat from* to end.Row 9: P1, * (k1,…
  • Cross-Stitch Cable

    Knitting Unlimited
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Cross-Stitch Cable is a mock cable stitch since the crossing is accomplished with slip stitches rather than a cable needle. This stitch is a 4 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 6 stitches.Row 1 (Right side): * P1, k4, p1; repeat from * to end.Row 2: * K1, p4 wrapping yarn twice around needle for each purl stitch, k1; repeat from * to end.Row 3: * P1, sl 4 wyib dropping extra wraps, then with point of left-hand needle, pass the first 2 stitches over the second 2 stitches, return the stitches on the right-hand needle to the left-hand needle and knit all 4 stitches in the crossed order,…
  • Rank and File

    Knitting Unlimited
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rank and File stitch is a 4 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 2 stitches.Row 1 (right side): Knit all sts.Row 2: K1, * sl 2 wyif, put yarn to back, sl the same 2 sts back to left-hand needle and knit them; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: K1, * p1, sl 1 wyib; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: K1, * sl 1 wyif, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Slip stitch as if to purl: SlWith yarn in back: Wyib |  With yarn in front: Wyif.
  • V- Shape

    Knitting Unlimited
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    V-shaped stitch is a 5 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 30 sts.Row 1: * Purl 4, knit 5, purl 5, knit 2, purl 5, knit 5, purl 4; repeat from * to end.Row 2: * Knit 3, purl 5, knit 5, purl 4, knit 5, purl 5, knit 3; repeat from * to end.Row 3: * Purl 2, knit 5, purl 5, knit 6, purl 5, knit 5, purl 2; repeat from * to end.Row 4: * Knit 1, purl 5, knit 5, purl 8, knit 5, purl 5, knit 1; repeat from * to end.Row 5: * Knit 5, purl 5, knit 10, purl 5, knit 5; repeat from * to end.
  • Fractured Lattice

    Knitting Unlimited
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Fractured Lattice utilizes twisted stitches. No cable needle required. This stitch is an eight row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 8 stitches.How to:Right twist (RT): Skip 1 stitch and knit the second stitch, leave on needle; then knit the skipped stitch, slip both stitches from the needle togetherLeft twist (LT): Skip 1 stitch and knit into back of second stitch, leave on needle; then knit the skipped stitch, slip both stitches from the needle togetherRow 1 and all wrong side rows: Purl all sts.Row 2: * LT, k2, LT, RT; repeat from * to end.Row 4: K1, * LT, k2, RT, k2; repeat from…
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