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  • DIY Crochet Necklace

    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update
    Wendy at
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Continuing our series of small things to crochet this summer, here’s a DIY Crochet Necklace. While the solid color is pretty, I think a hand-dyed yarn would make it even better! Added to 100+ Free Crochet Necklace Patterns You might also like: Cherry Blossom Necklace Crochet Pattern Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Crochet Mini Purse Free Pattern DIY Seashells Jewelry Set Snow Day Pillow Ornament Crochet Pattern
  • Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    Smitha Katti
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    An acrylic painting on canvas, with tones of yellow, pink, green and blue. A bit modern, a bit shiny with the gold leafing and oh so very very colorful. So last week, I painted this canvas. It’s the biggest piece of art I have ever created. It is giganormous according to me. We bought the largest canvas that would fit in our car- which turned out to be 3 by 4 feet, thats 36 by 48 inches in size. Yup, it was a big canvas. Our living room had a big bare wall and I wanted to bring in a splash of color to it. I knew I wanted tones of yellow, but the other colors I wasn’t so sure of. I…
  • Pot Lucky Day Casserole Caddy with Cindy – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    Betz White
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s officially picnic season! Today Cindy shares a fun add-on to the Casserole Caddy from Present Perfect. Have a great weekend! – Betz     Cindy here! Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate all the kind words and e-mails about my previous sewing collective post about Betz’s Jet Pack Bag. Isn’t it a fabulous pattern? Today I’m back to share another great pattern, the it’s your lucky day casserole caddy from Present Perfect, below.     This project came at just the right time for our family. With 3 active kids in the Boy Scout…
  • Make Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

    Dollar Store Crafts
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I'm pretty sure that just about every crafter on the planet has an abundance of buttons - I know that personally I have thousands of them, enough to constitute several lifetime supplies for most folks.  as such, I'm always on the lookout for cute and clever button crafts.  I really love these simple pensant necklaces by Shellie at Craftbits!  It's a great way to dress up a plain button, or to showcase a unique button in a special way!  [how to make wire wrapped button pendants] Project estimate: Buttons, on hand or $1 and up Wire, on hand or $1 and up Chain or cord, on hand or $1 and up…
  • Jewel Toss Quilt

    Moda Bake Shop
    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Pamper yourself with a scrappy sparkler of a quilt by “tossing” the traditional Jewel Box onto a field of vibrant color!  The playful combinations of pattern and color in Zen Chic’s  “For You” are a self-indulgent treat, especially when nestled in your choice of rich Bella Solids color!  A quick throw assembled in rows instead of by blocks! Treat yourself! 1 Charm Pack and 1 Candy Pack: For You by Zen Chic 2 Charm Packs: Bella White 3 yd Bella Chartreuse (yum!) 4 yd backing:  I used 2 yds each of 2 favorite prints from the collection, Poppy Raspberry…
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    Tim Holtz

  • patriotic inspiration…

    tim holtz
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    hello everyone!  i know it’s been a while since i’ve blogged, but certainly not from lack of trying.  i’ve just been crazy busy keeping up with new product deadlines and my ongoing travel schedule – i’m finally starting to catch up.  i’m sure many of you will agree, time is just flying by this year.  i can’t Continue Reading
  • new distress: hickory smoke…

    tim holtz
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    it’s the first friday of the month and time to announce the next new color to join ranger’s distress palette… introducing: hickory smoke rekindle your creativity with the latest addition to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker.  check out the video below to see the new distress hickory Continue Reading
  • 12 tags of 2015 – june…

    tim holtz
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    a great thing about creativity is that is can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.  you can take an idea and adapt it however you choose.  for this month’s tag i wanted to create a plaid background, basic right?  there was many ideas spinning in my head to achieve Continue Reading
  • being arizona tourists…

    tim holtz
    31 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    it’s funny how having friends come to visit makes you take time to enjoy your everyday surroundings.  this past week we did exactly that with our friends gary & glenda from south africa during their first visit to arizona!  it was an awesome time of fun, food, and friendship.  there is so much to see Continue Reading
  • eclectic elements – spring quilt market 2015…

    tim holtz
    19 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    it’s been another one of those whirlwind months around the studio with so many things going on, and the time keeps flying by.  we just returned from spring quilt market in minneapolis and had an absolutely amazing show!  i’m always in awe of the creativity the quilt industry showcases along with the sheer talent out Continue Reading
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    Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

  • Maker’s Dashboard

    Donald Bell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A. LED Matrix Tachometer Materials: Arduino + OBD-II TTL adapter + LED matrix Cost: $100 Monitor your engine’s RPM and improve your manual shifting precision with a breakout LED tachometer. B. Car Diagnostic Display Materials: Raspberry Pi + TFT shield + OBD-II Bluetooth adapter + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter Cost: $130 […] Read more on MAKE The post Maker’s Dashboard appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Maker Pro Q&A: Stuck on Sugru

    DC Denison
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Inventor Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh talks about finding her product’s niche Read more on MAKE The post Maker Pro Q&A: Stuck on Sugru appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: Add Light Up Effects to Backyard Games

    Jason Poel Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Backyard games like Cornhole are a lot of fun. But you can make them even better by adding lights and sounds. By hooking up some simple electronics, you can make the board light up and play a victory fanfare whenever someone scores. Here is how to make it. Read more on MAKE The post Add Light Up Effects to Backyard Games appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Floating Fantasy

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Amazing Air-Filled Under-Sea Adventure used more than 40,000 balloons to fill the building’s five-story atrium Read more on MAKE The post Floating Fantasy appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • The Dunk Tank Goes Extreme with This Fire-Spewing Chamber

    Mike Senese
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Instead of dropping them in a tank of water, this crazy creation puts a person inside a chamber full of fire. Read more on MAKE The post The Dunk Tank Goes Extreme with This Fire-Spewing Chamber appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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  • links: misc

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

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

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

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

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A Helpful Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Cooking Morel Mushrooms | Man Made DIY. “Guardians of the Sexy” Was Freaking Phenomenal | Nerdhole. Also see Nerdhole’s highlights of ECCC’s celebrity panels. Sophie McDougall brilliantly explains the problem with “Strong Female Characters” – Boing Boing. Best credit card for traveling outside of the U.S. | Ask MetaFilter. I like to keep an eye on updates to the best options. [BB-Blog]: Which doll would you rather play with?. Tree Change Dolls remakes dolls, just have a look at her “after” of discarded Bratz…
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  • MFT Sketch Challenge #234

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello, Friends! I’m back again with the last sketch challenge of this month. It has been so much fun playing along with the MFT Challenge team. Thanks for welcoming me! :) Here’s the sketch for this week: MFT Stamps:  Count The Stars MFT Dies: Lucky Stars, Stars & Wishes MFT Cardstock: Smooth White, Translucent Vellum, Coral Crush, After Midnight Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll be playing along with us! Check out what the other ladies did and link up your cards on the Card Challenge Blog! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Bluebird Chic Camera Strap winner

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Hello, Friends! Thank you so much for all the entries, I love that you all loved Leah and the winner is… Congratulations Suzy! I’ll email you with details. and to all my other friends, I hope you’ll have an opportunity to use the 20% off discount code Leah has offered to you, it’s good until June 29! Bluebird Chic Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • 6 months of Headshots

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The one project I have really been faithful to is our monthly headshots. As long as I have somewhat cheerful participants, I will continue on with this project. Here are the headshots from the past 6 months. These boys are growing up so quickly, I’m thankful for these monthly snapshots. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Happy Father’s Day

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Hello, Friends! Today we celebrate Troy for father’s day with our handmade cards and lots of hugs and quality time. My Favorite Things Terrific Ties, For The Boys Mama Elephant Bear Hugs My Favorite Things The Whole Herd Happy Father’s Day to ALL MEN who love, nurture, guide, teach, lead, influence children. xo Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • MFT Sketch Challenge 233

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello, Friends! I’m back again with MFT Sketch #233! When I first saw this sketch, I immediately envisioned the panda floating up with a round bundle of balloons. It took me a few tries but ultimately, I’m happy with the card! Here are the supplies I used: MFT Cardstock: Smooth White MFT Stamps: Happy Pandas MFT Dies: Happy Pandas, Grassy Edges Other: Simple Stories Patterned Paper. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water colors. Thank You For Stopping by! Please check out the other ladies cards for this sketch and then play along with us! Love Love and blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Phoebe's book bag

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

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

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

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

    Hillary Lang
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Happy Easter!
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • cover to cover

    patricia zapata
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:07 am
    I finished this sketchbook yesterday after working on it for a little over a month. It has been an unexpected fun routine to work on these small pieces in spurts of a few minutes here and there. Each illustration took me about 15-30 minutes to complete. As many of you know, the paper in Moleskine sketchbooks is fairly thin so the ink did bleed through the pages. I skipped a spread in between each illustration to keep from ruining my previous work.I was inspired by many of the flowers that I saw popping up this spring. For the most part I tried to interpret them in my own way without being…
  • 10 petals for 10 years!

    patricia zapata
    27 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    This blog is officially 10 years old. How?! My babies where 5 and 2 when I started this. That seems like a lifetime ago. I've been about ready to shut the whole thing down several times and in the most recent I even took down almost all my posts—then almost immediately regretted it. I guess I'm not done yet. I feel like a new chapter is coming on.My work has seen such a transformation over the years and I've learned so much professionally and personally. I'd never finish this post if I listed every lesson, every unexpected opportunity and every kind message from friends and total strangers…
  • fantasy bloom gift set

    patricia zapata
    23 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This one took much longer than expected. It's been in the making since I translated a hand drawn sketch into a much larger paper cut version. I'd been wanting to get back to it and it just hadn't happened until today.We're having a spectacularly uneventful holiday weekend because both kids are studying for finals (read: a lot of long faces around here!). So... in between going back and forth asking questions, I got to finish this.I really like that I stayed very close to my sketch. It gives the piece a little more of an organic feel that translates well in any size.I hope you enjoy working…
  • my coloring book

    patricia zapata
    22 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    These are two spreads in a mock-up of what could've been my coloring book. I was testing the paper (a lot of markers and coloring on this!) and it's perfect because it took the ink really well. I say 'could've been' because today I found out the costs behind trying to go down this path — not feasible. I want to make a quality book but at the same time it needs to be affordable and this option, however awesome, wouldn't be. I was really disappointed when I found this out just today.But...As luck would have it I have received information from a very generous, sweet person (thank you!!!) that…
  • to and fro

    patricia zapata
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I always move between two worlds with my work. I go from very illustrative and loose to more graphic and simple. If I had to pick one I'd stick with the latter but I enjoy working both ways. I find that lately I've been craving the work with the loser illustrations and sketches. I've been working on them during the week as a warm-up to my day. It's been a great practice that keeps my design mind nimble.Typically, I look at my lose sketches and imagine them in a more graphic and reduced format. Today is a great example of how my sketch inspired a pattern that I'm really loving at the moment.
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    Make and Takes

  • Independence Day Printable Flash Cards

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    You probably have all your 4th of July traditions and plans in place. At 7:00 am you head to the parade and wait for the parade to start. At noon, you head to your sister’s for lunch and wait for everyone to get there. At 9:00 pm you settle in at the park for fireworks and wait for dark. In the midst of all the fun and family and fireworks, there is a lot of waiting! This year, I thought I’d pack along some fun facts and trivia about the 4th of July to go over with my kids. What a good opportunity to talk about the history of the United States! Directions for Independence Day…
  • Footprint Surf Board Keepsake Card

    Stacey Gibbon
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:52 am
    Cowabunga my crafty friends!!! Not only is this Footprint Surf Board Card idea super easy and adorable – but it makes for a great keepsake to send to the grandparents this summer season! Although I personally can’t teach you how to surf {or even talk like a surfer} I can however teach you and your child the ropes on how to make this awesome Footprint Surf Board Keepsake Card in minutes! And since you already have the most important part of the craft – a foot – it’s going to be a CINCH to pull together {I promise!} So what are you waiting for? Grab your…
  • Make Sleeping Bag Pillows for Camping

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    We’re a big camping family, we try to go a few times every summer. After sleeping in our sleeping bags in our tent with either no pillow at all or a regular sized pillow that’s way too big, I decided to make my own that would fit our sleeping bags perfectly! These mini pillows slide right into the top nook of the sleeping bag, allowing for a snuggly night sleep! In my girls sleeping bags, there’s actually a small opening for a pillow to slide into, and these mini pillows fit perfectly. I promise, you’ll love these mini pillows for camping! Supplies for Sleeping Bag…
  • Sunshine Yarn Weaving

    22 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Now that summer is in full bloom with Summer Solstice, we’re taking in it’s warmth by making some fun yarn weavings in the shape of a sun. The sun is shining, even here in Seattle, so that is cause for celebration with this hot and sunny season! Using paper plates and yarn, make a super sunny display! These make any day bright and cheery. Find the full instructions for this Summer Solstice Yarn Weave over at Seattle’s Child Magazine. Be sure to visit their Making Home section for family-friendly ideas! The post Sunshine Yarn Weaving appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Drawing Activity With Fruits and Vegetables

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    “What should I draw?” Have you ever heard a child asking you this question? I have. Too many times. While their imagination is impressive, sometimes it’s difficult to step out of the box and figure out what to draw. We have found a solution that can inspire and bring the imagination back to a whole new different level.  We are in love with this drawing activity. Supplies For Drawing with Fruits and Veggies: pencils paper fruits and vegetables The process is very simple. Take one object (fruit or vegetable) and place on the drawing paper. Then, decide on what shape it is…
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  • homemade scratch board

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

    amy k.
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Lydia turned 8 this week and wanted a taco themed birthday party. This was a pretty great idea. There were taco cookies (shown here, thank you Grammie) and a taco shaped pinata, and a taco bar. I had forgotten that years ago she had a hamburger party and we also made cookies for that. So funny! Lydia has yet to celebrate the joy of fish tacos, so I didn't push her in that direction. Here's a link on how to make these, they are adorable and so easy, reports Grammie, except the sour cream decoration. That is actually the creme filling from the cookie— she said is super hard to pipe.
  • ice box cake in a jar

    amy k.
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    I was reading about icebox cakes a bit back and got inspired to try some mini ones. They are quick and easy, the only thing is, you need a good 12 hours of wait time before you can eat them. So we made these right before bed. It couldn't get any easier than this and the flavors are perfect. We squirted a bit of whipped cream first, then added two broken cookies (these Lattemiele Slightly Sweet Milk & Honey Cookies are by far the best I have tried for this type of dessert) and then blueberries. Then repeated the whole thing again. Done. After 10 hours or so the cookies turn…
  • covering an unattractive light pendant

    amy k.
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I have been meaning to replace this light pendent in our entry since we moved in 6 years ago but, never got around to it. After a recent trip to Cargo, which is always a source of such inspiration to me, I felt like I had to deal with it. Right now. I didn't have to buy any supplies for this—I just had the right things squirreled away. The big hoops (A 14" and one even bigger one, I think) I had from a fairy tent idea I never ended up making. All the fabric, yarn, and streamers I already had, and the pom poms I had made over the holidays. The happy moment came when I was…
  • graphic novels we are reading

    amy k.
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson   Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson We are enjoying both of these graphic novels so much. Here's an interview with Nimona author, Noelle Stevenson on NPR, and also a review of the book.  We saw this at Powell's and snatched it up immediately. Roller Girl we have had for a few months and keep going back to. It's laugh-out-loud funny and takes place in Portland, with many recognizable places and references, which is really fun. There's a podcast interview with Victoria Jamieson (who is also an in-real-life roller derby skater) and a…
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  • doing this and that
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hope your week is shaping up to be a bright and colorful one; I'm doings my part here in Palm Desert to keep color going strong ;). Xo!
  • Saturday greetings
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    (ed: pardon the repost if this one comes up twice in your blog reader, I tried to get the photos full size the second time- still getting the hang of phone blogging!) A little something bright and happy in the works. Always have something in the works.   I guess that's who I am. I think most of us are like that- having creative pursuits in the works. Well, most that would likely read this blog, I assume.  I love my creativity, and try to nurture it everyday, but I do realize that that often adds chaos to my living. It's a choice I make regularly, but it's not…
  • happy sunday!
    17 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hi there! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. I'm drawing flowers while riding shotgun. We're heading here: Where last visit I found this: And we'll try to find more to add to this collection: Trying to make the weekend last a little longer over here... I've been up to more creative things than ever lately, (but documenting and sharing most of it less than ever). When I'm not here, on the blog, I try to post on IG or my Facebook page (both links at top of blog page). The good news is that letting some things go for a bit has enabled me to actually make some good headway on big projects-…
  • Hello, hello!
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I'm here, still kicking (and getting a little kicked on occasion lately too ;). Life, it keeps coming at you, right? Beats the alternative as they say. I'm sitting in my car waiting for my son's third baseball game of the week to start. Wishing I were home doing something like the above. I never realized how much mothering big kids would interrupt my Big Ideas and best laid plans. Of course, I wouldn't change it, it's just a constant learning curve to be flexible and adapt. Also, that I have to pick my battles since I really can't do it all. Somehow, the blog found itself on the Not Top…
  • past weekend's class
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    I'm back from teaching art journaling at Donna Downey Studios.  What a great studio, and yet another great group of creatives along for the three days of fun. Always appreciate being welcomed with open arms and a roomful of people with a passion for making. North Carolina is on the other side of the country for me, and with all the weird weather that's been going on, I didn't want to risk missing a connection somewhere, so flew out of LAX vs. Santa Ana (which is so much closer to home and so much nicer. man, LAX is a hot mess right now with all the construction going on!) I…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Summer Loving. The Memories Don't Die.

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

    Joanna Schmidt
    31 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Do you remember when you were a kid, school had ended and summer stretched out in front of you filled with endless possibilities?  How you were full of optimism and excitement and it felt like you had all the time in the world to make anything you could imagine happen?Today's soap challenge is to design a soap that represents your childhood summers.  Whatever the wonders of summer were for you, whether they involved new love, hours on the beach or the simple joy of opening a fire hydrant on a hot summer day in the city, represent them in your soap.When posting your Challenge photo…
  • A Little Soap Porn, My Dear?

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    We haven't had soap porn in a really long time.  I've been missing it....I know secretly you have too.  Here is a handful of new bright and cheerful photos of hand crafted soaps I have never seen:Diane's Naturally -  AustraliaHeavenly Bubbles Soap - UKPink Parchment Soaps - USAIsland Coconut Bar - SunyIslandBluHibiscus - CoquetteBath USAGinger Grass and Lemon - the charming frog - USALavender - Kirk Estate - USAI just LOVE staring at handmade soap!  Isn't it just beautiful??xoxo Joanna
  • My Intimate Garden Walk With Milo + Otis

    Joanna Schmidt
    16 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    There is something almost primal in getting down deep into the earth... an element of connection and reflection. This challenge was meant to be an exercise for you to get in touch with a primal emotion and infusing that deep internal force into your art.  I call it the Emotion Transfer Technique.(ETT).Art is complex and I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but through my own experience I have found that art takes on the Maker's feelings. Think about some of the artists you know of, and think of the art that is/was so obviously theirs. Personality comes through. So to not lose…
  • Digging In The Dirt

    Joanna Schmidt
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    "Something in me, dark and stickyAll the time it's getting strong...The more I look, the more I findAs I close on in, I get so blind ..."- Peter GabrielAll weekend I spent my time digging in the dirt and planting new plants into my front walkway. My husband and I ripped out a line of very "vanilla" hedge-like bushes along each side of the walkway.  It was boring and cold and didn't feel like home.  It was really hard work and took a number of sessions to complete.Yesterday we finished one side and we're really tickled with how it looks now.  It's way more "US"; it has different…
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    Geek Crafts

  • Maker Faire KC 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Have you been to a Maker Faire? A celebration of things people make themselves, Maker Faires are organized by MAKE Magazine, and started in San Mateo, California in 2006. Now these events take place across the country. My hometown, Kansas City, happens to be one of the “featured” Faires, where more than 200 makers participate. I have shared Faires in the past, in 2011 and 2012, so I figured it was time for an update. Above is a montage of photos I took – here are the highlights, starting in the upper left corner, and working around clockwise: 3D printers were big again, as…
  • Tattoo Artist’s Incredible Disney Villains for 8-Year-Old

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    This entry actually comes from a non-geeky place: Yahoo! News, in an article by Makenzie Koch. 8-year-old Hope Laliberte has been wearing leg braces for the past four years, but not just any leg braces. Her first pair had skulls and crossbones on the back. Her second pair featured Batman and Spider-Man. When it was time to get new braces, Hope didn’t even consider princesses or hearts and rainbows. She only wanted one thing — Disney villains. Hope wanted braces that showcased Ursula, the evil sea witch from “The Little Mermaid,” and Cruella de Vil, the fashion foe of “101…
  • 6 1/2 Years for a Super Mario Blanket

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    This gorgeous crocheted Super Mario blanket is featured in an album on Imgur. Unfortunately, there’s no other information on it, other than it took 6 1/2 years (or 800 hours) to create. However, as a nerdy crocheter myself (currently working on a red fox scoodie right now), this is what I can tell you about the blanket: –This was all done in single crochet, which after about 800 hours of work, your dominant hand and elbow are going to be KILLING you. But it is the most basic stitch and with a design like this, it gives the best definition to the design. –The design was…
  • 30 Days of Nerdy Hair

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Ever look in the mirror and wonder, “How can I make my hair nerdier?” Liz Tailor did, so she started a series of posts called, “30 Days of Nerdy Hair.” “One day I was reading Shape magazine (a rather non-nerdy publication) and I read about a 30 day hair challenge where the author of the article tried a new hairstyle every day for 30 days,” she writes. “And I thought to myself, ‘Liz, you are terrible at doing your own hair! You should try this.’ And of course I had to find a nerdy way to do it!! So 30 Days of Nerdy Hair was born.”…
  • Jurassic Park Mosquitoes

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    NerdECrafter, a polymer clay crafter from Canada, has done a video tute on how to make your own mosquito, trapped in amber, a la “Jurassic Park.” She also gives a couple different options for the color and mold of the resin used, so you really can make your very own pendant.
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    house on hill road

  • Gingham + Four-Patch

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

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    Remember my first mini quilt? The one that I made to be given away and then decided to keep? I made its replacement and sent it off to my swap partner last week. Feathers! I used Anna Maria's pattern to make these, but instead of strip piecing and then cutting the feathers out of the strip sets, I paper pieced these beauties. Easy, peasy. I started with a good pile of fabrics and four copies of the feather template. I added the fabrics one by one to the templates, making sure to maintain the angle of the feather. Once I had done two feather halves, it dawned on me that I would need to…
  • Double lucky

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    I found my first two four-leafed clovers on Sunday morning while walking the dog. I am always on the lookout for them, but had never been lucky in the past. Minutes before, I had decided to stop looking. And then I looked down and there they were. I feel like this is symbolic, but of what, I am not sure. I didn't mean to be away from this space for so long, but I haven't felt like I've had much to share. I've been head down, getting things done. First it was the end of the school year, swiftly followed by the girls leaving for camp. Since they have been gone, I've…
  • Loominous Everyday Skirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    19 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    This skirt was supposed to be sewn Mother's Day weekend. I had the fabric washed and the pattern picked out, but it just didn't happen. I honestly forgot how busy May can be. I thought if I could get to May 9th, I'd be gold. More like May 29th, in reality. So it goes. Over the weekend, one week later than I was planning on getting it finished, I was really bummed that I hadn't sewn this skirt. I attacked KCWC style - cut out Saturday afternoon, sewn a bit on Sunday and finished between 3 separate sewing sessions of 20 to 40 minutes as time allowed yesterday. I love the…
  • Building, a block at a time

    Erin | house on hill road
    13 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    My friend, Jill, and I are both making the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. She is working from the kit, adding a few of her own fabrics and I am working from my stash. Well, I am trying to work from my stash. I may have to pick up a fabric or two as needed - most of my cuts are 1/2 yard or smaller and some of these block eat up a lot of fabric! Above is my first block, finished a few weeks ago. As the pattern suggests, we are starting with the biggest block and working our way smaller. Good thing, too, as the cutting instructions seem to be difficult for me to manage. I don't know…
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    Design Mom

  • Do You Paint Your Nails?

    Design Mom
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    By Gabrielle. Adorable manicure found on The Glitter Guide. So many heavy topics lately! I don’t really mind — I like a good, serious conversation. But today I woke up needing something a little lighter. So how’s this for light: Have you ever taken your kids for mani-pedis? On Friday, I took Betty and June for their first professional manicure and pedicure. They’ve both had their nails painted by their older sisters many times over the years, but they’ve never been to a nail salon. We went on Friday when June was finished with her last day of school. June has been…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. WHAT A WEEK! This is a pretty dang exciting time to be alive. So much change and discussion is happening that the air feels electric! I hope everyone, no matter what their personal opinions are on current events, can take joy from the excitement of seeing history happen before our eyes. I’m feeling nothing but LOVE today! There are rainbows in my social media feeds, we’ve got cousins and friends in town, and the weather is gorgeous. Oh. And we’re all going to a fun party tonight — if you’re in the Bay Area, you can come too! It’s a…
  • One Easy Trick for a Magical Summer

    Design Mom
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. Sponsored by Blue Diamond. This week, I’ve only had half the family at home. Maude and Olive are at Girls Camp — Ben Blair is there too, helping with river rafting and hikes. And June is still in school! (Can you believe that? Her last day is tomorrow.) So at the start of the week, I had Oscar and Betty make a “summer list”. I feel like we haven’t made one for years! But it was one of our favorite things to do when we lived in New York. The concept is simple: you take an oversize sheet of paper, or a poster board, or piece of recycled…
  • Call It A Day: Anonymous

    Design Mom
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Glowing log lamps (next summer project?!) by Duncan Meerding, shot by Jan Dallas, via This is Colossal. I wonder how many of you spend your days unable to tell anyone how it’s really going? Whether due to privacy, a fear for job security, or even shame, it must be one of the loneliest feelings in the world to keep all the struggles inside. I don’t know how many times I’ve read through this day. At least four or five. Every time, it hits me a different way, my emotional responses fluctuating between heartbreak and pride and sympathy pangs of loneliness and a strong…
  • Let’s Talk

    Design Mom
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    By Gabrielle. Illustration by Sarah James. Last Friday, on my weekend link list post, I mentioned that I wanted to talk about the horrific Charleston shooting with you this week. As I stated then, I don’t know what to do. And I don’t know what to say either. There are deeply smart, endlessly eloquent people that have written, and continue to write, thousands of good, moving words on the subject of race in America, and specifically the brutal killings in Charleston. What can I add to the conversation? Well, probably nothing. But that’s not the point. The point is to have the…
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  • ten things

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Another Monday morning after a busy summer weekend, with a long to-do list ahead of me. But I'm moving slowly, because oh, all of it feels so good and full, and the sun is shining and the garden is growing,...
  • The Waldorf Connection {a soulemama sponsor}

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    Greetings from The Waldorf Connection! Create Your Day homestudy How can you get a handle on your busy (crazy) days to make them more relaxed, flowing and balanced? Creating a rhythm & schedule that fits you and your family is...
  • In the Garden, June 26

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    Since things are settling in the garden, and everything is where it should be for now, I thought today might be a good day to stop and give you an official tour of the garden. I hope these details do...
  • works in progress

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    I'm making progress, I really am. At least I have to tell myself that from time to time to keep on keeping on, because things are feeling a bit sluggish amidst the heat and the to-do list and goodness, do...
  • off she goes

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    The family "rule" is that sleepaway summer camp happens when you're eleven. If you'd like to go, that is. That's when Calvin went for the first time, and it seemed just the perfect age at the time, hence the rule....
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Blankie Status: 3

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Blanket: Unfinished Katie: Still pregnant. Barely.  I’m pretty damned sure I’m going to be robbed of some expected knitting time. I’m pretty sure this thrills Kate. I am trying to be supportive. Number of stitches on the needle: Approximately 500. I’m honestly afraid to count. I don’t know if I can take a really accurate countdown right now. Number of skeins so far: 7 and about a third. (So much for whatever wild dream I had about this blanket being smaller than the others. I’m not sure how it happened either – I really did try to make this one…
  • Status 2: Blankie

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Status: Unfinished Katie: Still Pregnant, and hopefully fixing to stay that way. Number of stitches on the needle: Approximately 850. I’m not counting those wee bastards again. Number of skeins so far: 5 and 3/4 Number of skeins remaining: A rather comforting 4 and a quarter. Number of rounds to knit before I start the edging: Zero! I actually should have started the edging last night, but suffered a crisis of faith in the edging I chose, and had to pick another. The one I really liked was worked close, that means that there’s lace patterning every row, and I started it, realized…
  • Status: Blankie

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Status: Unfinished Katie: Still pregnant. Number of stitches on the needle: 806. Skeins of yarn used so far: 5 Number of rounds to knit before I start the edging: 10 Number of stitches being added every second round: 8 Attitude of knitter: Excellent.  
  • Surprise, No Surprise

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    No Surprise: Thanks so much for the tremendous amount of experience, advice and support for the trouble with my foot.  I appreciate the advice to: listen to the doctor, ignore the doctor, see a PT, see a chiropractor, put ice on it, screw ice and put heat on it, stretch it, keep it still, rest, exercise, take supplements, take arnica, take anti-inflammitories, avoid anti-inflammitories like the plague, and get or don’t get a brace. I read them all, I’m grateful for them all, and it should surprise you not one little bit that I’m going to go with the advice of the doctor who…
  • The Game is A Foot

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Ah, knitters. Here I sit, with an ice pack on my foot, thinking about how I’ve always said that I thought I would sort of enjoy a minor injury that necessitated sitting around, resting and knitting.  It turns out that while I was sort of right, and I do like being admonished to sit and knit, I should have been a little more specific about the timing.  My foot started to hurt last week after a ride, and then over the course of the retreat became really sore.  I was successfully ignoring it (despite the rather embarrassing limp) so lovely was the company and the work, that I only…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Dyeing Yarn With Kool-Aid

    Heidi Kenney
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    B and I decided to do some yarn dyeing with kool-aid for fun the other day. He isn’t very interested in the idea of making anything out of the yarn himself. I even tried to entice him with weaving or friendship bracelets, but he thought the dyeing would be fun and I will take my crafty-time with him wherever I can get it. Here is how we dyed our wool yarns… You need 100% wool yarn, I got my wool skeins from YarnUndyedUSA but you can use the cheapest yarn you can find from major craft stores (with those 40% off coupons) it just has to be 100% wool. Next it needs to be in a skein…
  • Sew Together Bag

    Heidi Kenney
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few weeks back my friend Katie and her son came to stay for the weekend. On Sunday we decided we should do some sort of sewing project together and Katie was talking about how she needed a new makeup bag. I’ve made the Sew Together bag once before, but it was on my old machine and I ended up giving it away, so it seemed a good time to try another. I don’t have any photos of Katie’s bag except here on Instagram because I took these photos later, but she did such a great job! While I think Katie does enjoy sewing, I’m pretty sure she was cursing me for making her…
  • Thrifted Mugs

    Heidi Kenney
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Just some thrifted mugs from the past couple of weeks. The top two I found together for 25¢ each. B and I were driving by and decided to make a stop for him to check out books, so the mugs were a fun find. The third Py brand mug was an exciting find for $1. My sister had texted me the address of a thrift shop that recently opened where everything is $1, and I found this guy! The last mug was found at a thrift shop next to a grocery store for 50¢. We were picking up baking supplies for brownies that B was going to bake on his own and decided to stop in. While I haven’t been doing the…
  • Just Two Words Project: Fruit & Pennant

    Heidi Kenney
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s project was to design a phone case. I picked pennant and Jessee chose fruit. I thought it would be funny to draw a bunch of fruit people cheering on their team. In the end I added a wrinkly paper texture. I like how it makes them look like they were painted with watercolors and then cut out. Like a kid’s art project you might find on the refrigerator.
  • The Salvation Army Fabric Fair

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:49 pm
    I was really bummed when I got the postcard this year for my local Salvation Army Fabric Fair and saw it was the same dates as our trip to Florida. I look forward to the fair so much each year that I have been known to not only have trouble sleeping the night before, but to have weird fabric fair dreams. So coming back from Florida and still feeling bummed that I missed it I thought I would do some google searching to see if there might be another close by. I knew there was a sale in Pittsburg (I went one year, but its a 3 hour hike and it was in April), there is a small one in Carlisle PA…
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    Betz White

  • Pot Lucky Day Casserole Caddy with Cindy – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s officially picnic season! Today Cindy shares a fun add-on to the Casserole Caddy from Present Perfect. Have a great weekend! – Betz     Cindy here! Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate all the kind words and e-mails about my previous sewing collective post about Betz’s Jet Pack Bag. Isn’t it a fabulous pattern? Today I’m back to share another great pattern, the it’s your lucky day casserole caddy from Present Perfect, below.     This project came at just the right time for our family. With 3 active kids in the Boy Scout…
  • Field Study Tote Sew-along Round-up!

    Betz White
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Left to Right Top Row: Alison P, Lisa C Left to Right Bottom Row: Marla V, Dany B-D Below: Karen Earlier this month we finished up our Field Study Tote Sew-along. Today I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful bags some of the participants made! If you’ve joined the Betz White Sewing Pattern Forum on Facebook, perhaps you’ve already seen these bags, above! It’s such a treat to read about everyone’s experiences and see their fabric choices. Canvas, quilting cotton, wool, corduroy, you name it! This is such a versatile bag and everyone did a great job! (By the…
  • Slippy and Slide Seals with Stephanie – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    Today Stephanie shares her brightly colored baby seal softie (with snacks!), check it out! – Betz   Hello, Stephanie here! We have a membership to the local zoo and watching the seal training demonstration is one of my son’s favorite things to do. He was so excited to have his own seal, he cried when I took this little guy away for a few more pictures! The zookeepers always throw the seals and sea lions fish as a reward, so I knew I wanted to make a few little fish to go along with my softie – I think the set came out so cute. You can see more about how I made the…
  • Hot Mitt House with Sara – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    Sara brings us a great bias binding tutorial this week that can be used on a variety of projects! Enjoy! – Betz     Hello friends! A few weeks ago I shared my version of the Hexie Hipster Bag. This time, I chose to make the Hot Mitt House potholder. I love the welcoming shape of the little house. It would make a lovely housewarming gift for a friend or a warm addition to your own kitchen. Plus, it is a fun way to use scraps of your favorite prints!     In the book, Present Perfect, Betz pairs the house potholder with a coordinating tea towel. With 6 messy…
  • Field Study Tote Sew-along: Day 7

    Betz White
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
      Today we finish our Field Study Totes! I hope you’ve enjoyed the sew-along and have learned lots of tips along the way. All that’s left to do is close up the lining gap and make the adjustable shoulder strap. Yay!     Closing the Lining Gap Carefully turn the exterior bag right side out through the opening in the lining, working out the bottom corners and the zipper tabs at the top. Fold in the seam allowances at the gap and pin. I like to use quilt basting safety pins because I always poke myself with straight pins!     To invisibly sew the two folded…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Yusuke Oono

    Jessica Holden
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    Yusuke Oono is an architect/designer, who currently works at an architectural design firm based in Tokyo, noiz architects. His projects have included working on landscape designs, interior, furniture, graphic and exhibition planning. He is keen to find new ways to express dimension using laser cutters and 3D scanners and printers. The booklets are created using laser cutting and have a beautiful and ethereal quality about them like stepping into a fairytale. To view more from this amazing designer visit his portfolio  Posted by Jessica Holden  
  • Pick of the Week for SMALL and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    It’s Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Leticia Plate, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of MONSTER. 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: DANGER 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.
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Walter Simonson

    Andy Yates
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Legendary comics artist Walter Simonson gets honors this week, because of his excellent “Joker-shark” variant cover to the latest issue of Aquaman. Simonson helped define one of Marvel’s most popular characters with his run on The Mighty Thor starting with issue #337(1983). From very early on in his career Simonson was a frequent collaborator with fellow comics legend, writer/editor Archie Goodwin on DC comics such as Detective Comics and Manhunter. Simonson’s dynamic style pushes out in bold perspective and influenced many comics illustrators to come after him. Walter…
  • Lieke van der Vorst

    Jessica Holden
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Lieke van der Vorst is the founder of liekeland, which she founded in 2011. She gets her inspiration from daily life, such as baking, tending the vegetable garden and going to markets. Her illustrations are whimsically detailed and make use of beautiful textures and lines. To see more from this fantastic illustrator visit her website and tumblr  posted by Jess Holden
  • SMALL by Richard Peter David

    Thomas James
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    Submitted by Richard Peter David for the Illustration Friday topic SMALL.
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  • Forest Fellow Fox

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    and lastly- A fox forest explorer. He has his day bag on his back. A cashmere scarf to keep the chill out. And here is his wardrobe and bag contents- A close-up of his pack.
  • summer girl fox

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Silk bow, striped cashmere sweater, dress with snails- what could be more summer-y!      
  • another toy bunny

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    And a fox girl! She has a cashmere cape that closes with an antique shell button. And there is her bunny (this one is grey), peaking out of her bag. In with the foxgloves! And a close-up of the treasures in her bag.
  • fox girl with toy bunny

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    A close-up of the silk bow at her ear- and her Marimekko fabric jacket, flower buttons, and bunny toy.       And another close-up of the bunny because isn’t he cute!
  • everyday working (man) fox

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Some of these foxes are made from wool I dyed last summer. My not-very-good dye job means slight variations in color which I happen to like a lot! I think he has a very nice face- he looks sincere. His vest is a print of ginkgo leaves. A close-up of his pipe and briefcase.
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Piece by Piece

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
      An old piece (peace) from 2009.  Posted many times for many reasons.      Yay! Imagine. Piece. Patch. Mend. Peace.Celebrate. And then again. and remember this?
  • Late Night Painting

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    Internet break till July 1. Checking my email  once a day in the evening.  In case you need me. Maybe some pics at Instagram...
  • The Traveler and the Season

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    An old small cloth. From back here... I simply added a thread bead.  Some extra light. Yesterday. The hot steamy day that ended with the biggest rain I ever remember. The sky was surely falling I thought. But the roof didn't leak. And today is this kind of day.  A cool start. Bright sun. And going resumes. This small cloth has just been tucked in one of the pockets  of HOME. As I close the box I think pockets are like little homes.   I have been stuffing things in the pockets.  Stray feathers and stones.  Stray stuff from the studio.  Just…
  • Curling

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
  • Blessing Home

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Soul-o. Sinking in. Feeling safe. Recording closeness. He has been on the cloth (we call Home) all day. It is stretching out before curling up.
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    Judy Wise

  • Amsterdam!

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

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

    Judy Wise
    22 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The garden. We finally got an overcast day, in fact it's misting lightly, so I was able to get photos of the garden. Above is luscious Buff Beauty. Fragrant! Prolific.The new fig tree in the garden is finally gaining some size. Loaded with figs too.The rhodies are still hanging in.And the tomatoes have been planted and bedded down.Looking toward the leeks and lots of volunteers.Siberian Iris.Peonies. Beans are popping up along the trellis.Bleeding Heart.Blueberry bushes. Two months until the picking.Peace rose. I started from a cutting many years ago.Potatoes and leeks.Rosa…
  • Peonies and Roses

    Judy Wise
    18 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    The yard is glorious.More garden pictures coming. I love May in Oregon!
  • London

    Judy Wise
    13 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    London. How do I love thee? Truly and wholeheartedly.Michel Fletcher, Kathie Vezzani and I spent only 2 1/2 days there but we packed a lifetime into our hours together.There was one day that we must have walked 10 miles together.On both days we visited art museums.Took a zillion photographs.Ate a lot of wonderful food.Filled our senses with all that was new and unfamiliar.The London skyline.Browsing the stalls in Covent Garden.Stopping to rest.Taking in musicals.We saw the Commitments.And Sunny Afternoon.Excellent shows; the casts sang their guts out for us.Dang, I love the theatre.But the…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Collar Necklace

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I love how almost every fashion trend can be reinterpreted with crochet technique. With a 3 mm crochet hook, a few rows and less than 50 gr. of yarn I crocheted a collar necklace which I loved and wanted to share… The 100% cotton thread makes the color so alive! and it gives an outfit a whole different look.
  • A Bag Made From Skirt!

    SilverSnake S.
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    I had this lovely skirt for ages,but it's begun tearing...I couldn't simply get rid of it!So I sewed the bottom and on the top elastic band added a zipper. Then attached chains to serve was a handle and decorations...Baam - new bag is done!
  • Improved Uggs♥

    SilverSnake S.
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    I had this old pair of Uggs for ages and been too embarrassed to wear them ever again... But then I added random white lace and...Kaboom! I can wear them again. *-*
  • Pineapple String Art

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    If you've got a silhouette, you can make a string-art! It's quick, easy, and has a cool 70s feel.
  • Folding Fan

    Kinhime Dragon
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    I finally was able to make a folding fan!! After 3 tries I finally and successfully made one! It's a replica of An item the Dragon Queen uses, a blade tipped fan. I'm so happy that I finally made it and that it looks almost exactly like the fan she used. I Followed this tutorial: But I added some of my own ideas to it
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    Chica and Jo

  • Make your own MyPlate food pyramid plate

    14 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    I found out recently that the old food pyramid we learned about growing up is no longer the preferred guide for teaching kids how to eat healthy. There’s a new game in town, and it’s called MyPlate. The MyPlate concept was released by the federal government and the USDA in 2011 with the goal of helping kids visualize how much of each food group should be on their plates, in a very easy way. The plate is divided into areas for fruits, grains, vegetables, and protein, with dairy on the side, depicted by a glass of milk. I love the idea, and thought it would be fun to create an…
  • Refurbish a door mat with outdoor paints

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Outdoor rugs are rather expensive. The one we had on our front porch had seen better days – LOTS better days. It functioned just fine, it just looked terrible. So, I decided to try and salvage it for at least one more season. I selected Americana Multi-Surface Satins in the colors School Bus, Lipstick, and Coastal Waters. This paint sticks to just about anything, and after it cures, it is fine to be used outdoors. I simply pounced the paint onto the raised “cobble stones” that were on the mat. I spread the colors out somewhat randomly, but I used the red color the most…
  • Custom decoupaged domino game box

    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    We love to play games and one of our favorites is Dominoes! There are so many variations and some of them are super easy, so I use them to help teach Mini Me how to add. The plastic container that held our dominoes bit the dust just recently so I decided to make a nice, new box to hold them. I found my box at Michaels. I looked funny shopping there with my bag of dominoes in my hand, but I wanted to make sure they all fit in nicely, so I tested before I bought the box!  To make the painting easier, I started by removing all of the hardware. I put the pieces into a deep, glass coaster that I…
  • Outdoor travel shadow box

    16 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    I was at a recent estate sale and became quite ecstatic when I discovered one of those old printer trays. Those trays are the stuff of legends. I have seen them used on Pinterest for lots of things but didn’t think I would ever stumble across one. I gladly brought it home and proudly showed it to McGeeky. He was not so impressed. I tucked it away in my craft room until I could figure out what I wanted to do with it. Fast forward about 8 months to when inspiration struck. We recently covered and expanded our deck and there was a section of wall that was just screaming for some outdoor…
  • Monster High cake pops

    9 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    We’re at it again! Another fun party theme — Monster High — means another cool set of cake pop toppers, just right for the occasion. These toppers are a great DIY way to create a unique and fun party favor for your Monster High party. This digital set of Monster High Cake Pop Toppers printables is available in our Etsy store, and includes printables for Clawdeen, Lagoona Blue, Draculaura, and Frankie Stein. Check out the listing in our Etsy store to get the printable files and instructions for how to make your own Monster High cake pops. If you liked this, check out these…
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    whip up

  • Anniversaries

    Kasia Z
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    May’s been a bit quiet and reflective here at Whipup. Friday 15 May marked two years since Whipup’s founder Kathreen Ricketson and her husband, heart-and-soul-mate Rob Shugg drowned in a swimming accident off the coast of Western Australia. Whipup has kept going with the dedication of family and friends, but it’s a bittersweet achievement. We couldn’t see this beautiful world Kathreen created disappear from all our lives. It’s a fitting testament to Kathreen’s creativity, vision and her generous and open spirit that Whipup is now well into its tenth year and subscriptions to both…
  • Book Review: Drawing Projects for Children

    Kasia Z
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Drawing Projects For Children by Paula Briggs. Black Dog Publishing. Reviewed by Julianne Negri How would you like a drawing book that encourages risk taking in art? A book that emphasises process over product? A book that encourages experimentation within guidance? A book that is full of messy-get-your-hands-dirty drawing projects? In short, a book with smudgy fingerprints all over it? Well if these things tick your boxes like they tick mine, Paula Briggs’, Drawing Projects for Children published by Black Dog Publishing is the art book for you. Paula Briggs has not only created a…
  • The Fetes

    Kasia Z
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    It’s all pretty crazy over here at Whipup blog HQ and I’ve been neglecting my post(ing)! It’s the Fetes. In ancient Greek mythology, the Fates were the daughters of Ananke, Goddess of Necessity – these days it’s the school Fetes which spring forth from need. In Australia, the school fete is an annual fair organized by parents (with lots of help from the teachers) to raise money for the school. Most schools would have a fete – and if not would certainly be raising funds in other ways. Raising money for the school is a necessity. Schools get government…
  • NINE!

    Kasia Z
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Can you believe it – Whipup is NINE years old! Hiphiphooraybirthday!! So for the month of February 2015, if you pop into the shop here at or at Action-Pack you can get 25% off on Action Pack purchases by entering the coupon code: NINE2015 I had a little stroll down memory lane this morning, visiting the first posts back in 2006 – Wednesday 1 February 2006. There were twelve posts on that date and a community of contributing Whipsters. Why don’t you settle down with a cuppa and some cake if you have some handy and pop back in time for a lovely crafty reunion. I got…
  • It’s a wrap

    Kasia Z
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s Christmas Eve. We’re down at the beach visiting my Mum who lives at Tootgarook. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south of where we live in Melbourne. The quirky tree ornament greeting us at her front door is made from coat hangers covered in tinsel. Yes, she’s my mum and all that crazy packaging-repurposing and scrap-hoarding crafty goodness has come down to me through her genes. Just as well she keeps all that stuff – we haven’t wrapped the presents yet so Mum’s stash will have a good going over before the end of the day. I feel quite…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Meatless Monday: TVP Chik’n Nuggets

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    It is a well known fact that kids love chicken nuggets. They are a quick and tasty bitesize treat for the little ones. The major problem is that they tend to be overprocessed. Want to fool your kids into getting some extra veggies and know exactly what is going into your nugget, then whip up […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Colorful Garden Chairs

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    This weekend, grab some old aluminum chairs and brighten them up with spray paint. steiconi found these great garden chairs at an old resort. She sanded them and painted them in a rainbow of colors. Now the garden will be bright even if nothing is in bloom!
  • Craftster Quickies: How to Make Palette Coasters

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to create adorable palette coasters. Great for home decor and gifts, too! Whip up a set and tuck them into a housewarming gift basket.
  • June 25, 2015 Featured Projects

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them! Sexy Ranch-hands Pin Up Dress by ZidishaLuxe quick […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Wedding Favors

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Summer, and especially June, seem to be the perfect time for a wedding. February may be the month of love, but June is the month of getting hitched. No need to stress out about wedding favors for your guests with these Paper Party Favors from yours truly, Kittykill. You can fill the favors with any […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Amuse the Muse - Jewellery Packaging - with Rebecca of Songbead

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Happy Monday everyone! I hope it's the beginning of another smashing week for you :-) And it's the last week of jewellery packaging! What will be July's theme, I hear you ask? Well, you'll just have to wait because for now, it's still jewellery packaging.........WrapWorksI shared some bright orange twine a few weeks back but really, who can resist a hot pink? And I'm definitely thinking pink this week, as you'll see.....That Final TouchWho doesn't love a bit of the seaside at this time of year? Le Box BoutiqueOk, yes - it's just another Kraft box you could say - but look how deliciously…
  • Tips for Using Wood Beads in Jewelry Designs

    Heather Powers
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Powered By Toastie Studio - Etsy Tools - Click on the images to go directly to the item. I have a bead crush, it's a long standing one - but every once in a while the flames are fanned again and I can't get enough wood beads. I love the warmth of wood. I love that it's lightweight. It connects my designs directly to nature. And they happen to perfectly compliment my line of Humblebeads. Wood beads also let you work with larger pieces without adding weight to your jewelry.Tips for Working with Wood BeadsBalance - Since wood is so light add in stones or ceramic beads to add a little…
  • Inside the Studio: Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries.Congratulations to Carolyn You've won a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Woot!  Email Heather  to claim your win!!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Welcome to…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Terri G + Suzy Q

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    This bracelet focal has just the right shades of coral and pink in it for this month's challenge painting. I like the asymmetry of this style and the fact that it is completely balanced. That is sometimes hard to pull off in asymmetrical styles. The brass leaves lead your eye and provide movement while referencing he brass links on the opposite side. And the graduated rounds bring in the colors. I just noticed the tiny little bird bead and the way the bloom on the clasp. Just delightful!Featured Designer :: Terri GFeatured Bead Artists :: Suzy…
  • Meet The Art Bead Artists: June, 2015

    Mary Harding
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
                                Artist Beads Inspired by the painting Feuilles by Louis SeraphineHere are some of the wonderful art beads that have been posted to the Art Bead Scene Pinterest Board in response to the June Challenge painting, Feuilles, by Louis Seraphine.  All just stunning!!As in past months, this post is about meeting some of these art bead artist who have contributed.  You may remember meeting Barbara Handelsman of  BH Claysmith and Cate Van Alphen of Fulgorine Beads in…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

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

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You’re going to love all of these tasty recipes you can make out of red white and blue for this 4th of July.  These recipes are perfect for your family gathering for a July 4th barbecue or picnic.   So here are several red white and blue recipes perfect for your 4th of july menu, picnic or barbecue that include desserts, main course, salads and drinks.  You’'re going to love all the things you can make out of red, white, and blue as there are over 392 patriotic tutorials and recipes perfect for 4th of July. More [...]keep reading
  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

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

  • Red White & Blue Patriotic Popcorn

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. You’re going to LOVE this Red White & Blue Patriotic Popcorn that Ashley from Cute as a Fox is sharing today! What a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July! I am so happy to be celebrating summer with Today’s Creative Life. Independence Day is right around the corner and today I’m sharing a fun […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's…
  • DIY Patriotic USA Wall Art

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Please welcome Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain as she shares the cutest DIY Patriotic USA Wall Art! Following her tutorial will make creating this diy project a cinch!  See more 4th of July celebration ideas!  I’m excited to be back here visiting Kim’s blog again. Thanks for having me! Today’s post is a project […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Buttermilk Firecracker Cupcakes

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. This is where life gets real. Living creatively, doesn’t always have to look perfect. I’m not a cake or cupcake decorator and guess what? It’s OK!  This is really more about the cupcake recipe! It’s buttermilk you guys! And it’s good! These Buttermilk Firecracker Cupcakes don’t have to be for the 4th of July, it’s all […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to…
  • Celebrating the 4th of July!

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. I’ve got a LOT of posts that make Celebrating the 4th of July fun and creative! And isn’t that what’s it’s always about? Celebrating the 4th of July If you check out my Fourth of July section, under Holidays, you’ll find so many ideas. Some so ridiculously easy, like Coloring Rice, or the Easy Patriotic Table decor.  […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Popsicle Party Printables

    25 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Free Popsicle Party Printables for your next party! Printable party invitations make party planning much easier! Summer time party fun is the best! Whether you’ve got a birthday party to plan or just a summer gathering, these Popsicle Party printable invites are perfect! Popsicle Party Printables These were designed by Sibylle from Funky Time a few years ago for […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *TUTORIAL* Easy Weaving for Kids

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

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    I have a few friends who use cloth diapers and like some other things I originally viewed as totally crazy, I’ve come around to the wisdom of this idea too. They’re so expensive to buy and since I can sew my own, I thought I’d give it a go. Babyville Boutique was the obvious choice for supplies […]
  • *TUTORIAL* 10″ Star Block

    Kelsey Norwood
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Making a star block is so easy! And a quilt full of these sweet little blocks is just the best. For each star block you’ll need two prints – one for the star and one for the border. The grey print is my star and the green is my border. For the star: Cut 8 […]
  • 8 Favorite Picture Books About Christopher Columbus

    Kelsey Norwood
    26 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    We’re using The Story of the World curriculum for history this year (and forever because we love it!) and just finished up our study about Christopher Columbus. We found several wonderful books about him I wanted to share with you! Some of these are chapter books, some are easy to read picture books, and others […]
  • *REVIEW* Abe the Ape Crocheted Hat Pattern & Clover Amour Hooks

    Kelsey Norwood
    26 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Remember the crocodile and fox hats I made a few months ago from Irarott Patterns? I made another one! This time it’s the Ape/Orangutan hat and they’re all three my favorites! I love the little bananas on the ends of the strings of this one, you’ll see soon enough what I’m talking about. I tried […]
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    house wren studio

  • spring in vermont and what's next

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

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

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

    12 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Taking apart the house room by room and preparing to move tomorrow. Seriously. Tomorrow! I'm excited about my new little apartment. It is the first home I've chosen by myself. Ever. Lots of light, airiness, a beautiful space with a...
  • spring inside

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Spring isn't exactly rushing in here. Like everyone else, we've had a lot of snow. Something like 52 inches total this year. It just kept on coming. Oh, well. Concentrating on making it feel like spring inside. What else can...
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    Try Handmade

  • Interview with Kim Jones of Sugarskull7 Hand Carved Rubber Stamps

    Erika Jurney
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I design and create hand-carved rubber stamps. I also dabble in painting, printmaking and other paper crafts, but stamps are [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Goose Grease

    Erika Jurney
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    Pop these simple wooden toys in some stockings this year and see how popular they are — even though they [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Decorative Instincts

    Erika Jurney
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:59 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       
  • Pressed Mineral Makeup

    Christine Eclavea Mercer
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Mineral makeup often arrives loose, in a small plastic jar. The lack of additives and fillers don’t hold it together, [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Get Lucky

    Rebecca Hadfield
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    I have heard that for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers, there is only one with four leaves. No wonder it’s so [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Art of the State 2015 Opening Reception

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Today was the day and this year’s Art of the State exhibition was another great example of the awesome art Pennsylvania has to offer. There was a great mix of pieces in various styles and media. This year there were quite a number of paintings on panel instead of canvas (which I like) and at […]

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the […]
  • Super Secret Project in the Works

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:59 pm
    OK, it’s obviously not that secret if I’m talking about it here, but I can trust you, right? I just met with a woman today who has commissioned me to work on a project commemorating her amazing mother. I’m going to be creating a trophy bowl for the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia’s “Rose Bowl” […]
  • More Events Lining Up for 2015!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    By now you know about Fragmented getting into Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015. It will be one of 128 of PA’s best art at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Sunday June 28th 2-4pm with the awards ceremony at 1:30pm. The exhibition runs through September 13th, […]
  • Bits & Pieces

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    In case you missed it on Facebook, I finished the trophy (formerly known as the “chalice”.) I’ve also been trying to come up with the right sort of base for the “smooth” sculpture I’ve been working on. It has proven difficult to get a design that supports the weight of the metal parts, doesn’t conflict […]
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    Fidgety Fingers

  • HAPPINESS 250615

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am

    7 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    We are working this weekend. We feel good, empowered that our ability has brought us to this stage in life where we have an awesome team supporting us. Despite that, our job is more difficult and sometimes it cause sleepless nights. We get so tired these days that going out to explore the city over the weekend is hardly an activity to consider.  This tiredness is surreal in itself. We have

    13 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    And yes, you, whoever you are, you will build this for me one day and I shall feed cake to you.
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    Shannon Cook
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I love to knit & wear my handknits in the summer. So when the warm weather rolls around I'm all about still wearing my pretty shawls. Our newest pattern - BRADWAY, is all about summer. It's inspired by jean cut-offs, summer night strolls, camping, and lakeside relaxation with loved ones - BRADWAY is that warm, lazy feeling summer brings. Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s a fun & relaxing knit. BRADWAY will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.BRADWAY SHAWL PATTERN BUY…

    Shannon Cook
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    It's been a while since we had a fabric giveaway so in honor of my bday this past weekend (turned the good ol'38) I'm in the mood to giveaway some fabric! Who's in the mood to win a $75 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop? Yay! I've been torn lately between moody rustic tones and summer brights almost bordering on neons. It's the true gemini in me I love both ends of the spectrum. But for today's post I went with brights. Super happy and cheerful - just perfect for summer sewing!!!Below are a few of my faves that are popping into the Fat Quarter Shop! Happy Home by Sew Caroline…

    Shannon Cook
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Think jean cut offs, lakeside, campfires, summer night strolls, and lazy weekends.....and you'll have our newest upcoming knitting pattern and mini knit-along! Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s both a fun & relaxing knit. Our new pattern will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.We'll be hosting a little mini-knit along over the next few weeks to celebrate the upcoming release of our newest knitting pattern! Watch for a special discount code & more fun next week!!WHEN…

    Shannon Cook
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you all ready for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along STARRING YOU post? Yay! I love seeing your gorgeous projects all in one post! So inspiring! You guys rocked this year's KAL! After going through all the finished project pictures I noticed a strong trend towards blues, teals and neutrals. It's always interesting to see what colors everyone chooses and which ones get used the most! Because of this I decided to showcase your projects below in some fun color groupings! You all look fabulous and so do your projects!!I can't say enough how much it means for you all to join in on the knit…

    Shannon Cook
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    I had a wonderful reminder recently of the importance of making handmade memories and how powerful they can truly be. My Omi, who is an avid knitter, loved to make Cowichan Sweaters, vests etc. We all had them when I was growing up - my parents, my Omi and Opa, my sisters and I, you name it - we wore it. My Omi sadly now suffers from dementia & it's been really hard for our family this past year or so. I was so blessed to grow up my whole life in the same town as both sets of grandparents. It's something I'm extremely thankful for to this day. She played a huge role in my life in…
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  • Round Loom Set

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Have some loom knitting fun with this Round Loom Set from Simplicity. This colorful set includes 4 round looms in assorted sizes, 1 hook, 1 needle, and super easy instructions. With two different ways to knit (flat and circular), you can easily make your very own hats, scarves, booties, and more.
  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • "13 DIY Home Decor Ideas" free eBook from Stencil Ease

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Create DIY home decor ideas you're sure to love with "13 DIY Home Decor Ideas", our newest free eBook from Stencil Ease. Filled with clever and creative ways to transform everyday items into classy knockoffs that look like the real deal, this eBook is a must-have for any DIY'er. Complete with great ideas for giving new life to everything from tables to planters, "13 DIY Home Decor Ideas" makes creating your dream home quick, easy, and budget-friendly!
  • Grab & Go Organizer

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Organization is the bane of any crafter's existence. I know I can barely keep track of the yarn, beads, and papers I use on a daily basis, and the seasonal and holiday? Don't even get me started. Creative Options decided that enough was enough, and the Grab & Go Organizer was created for the crafter on the go. With its exclusive Pro-Latch locking system and customizable storage containers, this organizer takes you from all mess to no stress.
  • Clean and Simple Paper Set DIY Wedding Craft

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    Memorable weddings don't have to be flashy and over the top. This Clean and Simple Paper Set DIY Wedding Craft shows that understated looks can really pack a punch. Combine the kraft look with white and a few classy embellishments and that's all you need to create DIY wedding favors, cards and more. This set is perfect for anyone who is looking to cut corners and save a little bit of money. The clean lines and white color make this ideal for anyone who wants to keep their wedding day quiet and natural. The cards and gift boxes can be used for occasions besides weddings, too! Whether you're…
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  • Link Love: Easy Shawl Patterns

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Calling this season “summer” would not suffice. Monsoon season is a lot more accurate. After the intense downpour this morning, the wet mornings, and wet nights for the past two months, I’m ready for some sun. But in the meantime, sweatshirts, coats, and homemade shawls are a must for those summer nights. It’s cool enough out that you need something to keep warm, but then again, it’s warm enough that you don’t want to pull out the fleece. Shawls are the perfect solution. They can be light-weight enough that you won’t feel suffocated; at the same time,…
  • Last Chance to Win! Stencil Ease Home Decor Grand Prize Giveaway

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    I’ve recently just unpacked the last box after moving into my first home.  Once everything was settled, I immediately set to work decorating.  I quickly learned that decorating can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  By taking inexpensive items from a home store like Ikea, you can quickly embellish them to create a high end look on a bachelor’s budget with some easy DIY home decor ideas.  My favorite way to jazz up something simple is with Stencil Ease stencils.  Watch the video below to see how simple this can be. Create DIY home decor ideas you’re…
  • DIY Pet Toys

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have two puppies. Well, technically not puppies. One is a 13-year old yellow Labrador, Lilo, and the other is a 7-year old half black lab, possibly border collie mix, Maggie. So they’re old, but Lilo still thinks she is the little pup we got so many years ago, even though her body can’t keep up anymore. However, no matter how old she gets, she still loves toys. She honestly makes a toy out of anything. We trained her to get the paper from the driveway, to pick out a pair of socks for my dad (as long as the drawer is open), and any loner socks she gets to play with. My dogs are…
  • Checkerboard in Primary Colors Stroller Blanket

    Marie Segares
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter, and I’m happy to share this free crochet pattern with you today! I am a huge fan of crochet motifs. I love the portability, especially in the warmer months. I also enjoy using up odds and ends from my stash. And, as I mentioned before with the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, I love making baby blankets.  This pattern combines two favorites – motifs and baby blankets – to create a vibrant stroller blanket. While the sample uses just 3 colors, you can always add more (or fewer) colors to customize the blanket for you!
  • 4th of July Wire ring

    Divya N
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    I find creating holiday oriented accessories and jewelry a challenge, as I like making versatile pieces that can be worn by everybody anytime not just to celebrate a particular holiday or occasion. But dressing up for holidays, is fun and that demands something unique. To make the best of both worlds, I have come up with a simple, classy and sophisticated handmade wire Ring for the fourth of July celebrations that can be worn with everything from suits to summer dresses and still instill a little bit of patriotism in you. Using basic jewelry tools and a few simple supplies like beads and…
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    Merriment Design

  • 3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

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

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

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

    Kathy Beymer
    14 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Want to make an easy DIY princess birthday cake? Use princess stickers! Call it a cop-out or a moment of pure genius, using princess stickers is hands-down the easiest way to decorate a DIY Disney princess birthday cake …and really any other character cake too. Elise wanted an “All The Disney Princesses” birthday cake including Elsa/Anna/Olaf from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and The Beast, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and the other Disney princess ladies. Using stickers made it possible to pull all these different…
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe with Brussels Sprouts (and no dairy)

    Kathy Beymer
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    This healthy, creamy cauliflower soup recipe is super delicious and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s full of veggies and dairy-free. And it all started because it was too cold and rainy in Chicago to go out to the grocery store. This pureed cauliflower soup recipe needs just a handful of ingredients so it’s just my style. It’s made with vegetable stock instead of dairy, then topped with caramelized Brussels sprouts and some roasted pepitas to add crunch. The yellow-orange color is from the vegetable stock that I used – your color may be different. My good friend and…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Blueberry Polka Dot Fro-Yo Pops

    Kayley McCabe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    A three ingredient popsicle recipe that packs a nutritional punch. Surprise your kiddos with this sneaky summer snack! Read more here - Blueberry Polka Dot Fro-Yo Pops
  • 6 Watercolor Tutorials To Paint Like A Pro

    Mari Richards
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Turn your creative skills to watercolors with this collection of painting tutorials. Read more here - 6 Watercolor Tutorials To Paint Like A Pro
  • Set Sail With A Super Fun Summer Craft

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    These simple wooden sailboats make perfect beach toys or placeholders for your next summer bash. Read more here - Set Sail With A Super Fun Summer Craft
  • Easy Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Sarah Kieffer
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Celebrate summer with a batch of yummy mini ice cream sandwiches! Read more here - Easy Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • 6 Ways To Make Your Own Diamonds

    Mari Richards
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Gather your craft supplies and get ready to make your own gemstones. Real diamonds are so overrated! Read more here - 6 Ways To Make Your Own Diamonds
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Countryside Tote Bag pdf Pattern

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Countryside Tote Bag pdf PatternThis is a great bag for a day in the country, city or shopping at the grocery store. Approximate finished size 13” x 14” x 5”It has a magnetic snap closure that is optional in the pattern. Find the pdf Pattern here.
  • Strawberry Blossoms

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This is my strawberry patch, with all the blossoms this year; I hope I have plenty of berries.
  • Backyard

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    This is my little trail into the backyard; I just love all the plants that are growing up and around it. It takes so many years for plants to start and spread, but this year I love the look.
  • Relaxation Seat

    31 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    My relaxation seat at my pond, I try to take some time, out of each day to relax and reduce stress.
  • Cover for Baby Formula Cans with Pockets Inside pdf Pattern

    27 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Cover for Baby Formula Cans with Pockets Inside pdf Pattern This is an easy and fun to make cover for baby formula cans, when you use different fabric for your cover, it can be used in any room in the house. Great for organizing little items with the pockets inside the can cover. The pattern has two different heights of cans 4 ¼” and 4 ¾” cans. Here is a list of names of some of the cans the cover will work on.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Jewel Toss Quilt

    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Pamper yourself with a scrappy sparkler of a quilt by “tossing” the traditional Jewel Box onto a field of vibrant color!  The playful combinations of pattern and color in Zen Chic’s  “For You” are a self-indulgent treat, especially when nestled in your choice of rich Bella Solids color!  A quick throw assembled in rows instead of by blocks! Treat yourself! 1 Charm Pack and 1 Candy Pack: For You by Zen Chic 2 Charm Packs: Bella White 3 yd Bella Chartreuse (yum!) 4 yd backing:  I used 2 yds each of 2 favorite prints from the collection, Poppy Raspberry…
  • All Grown Up Irish Chain Quilt

    Denise Russell
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    2 solid gray charm square packs (or 1¼ yards) 2 solid pink charm square packs (or 1¼ yards) ¼ yard solid gray fabric ¼ yard solid pink fabric 1 yard white fabric 2⅔ yards matching fabric for backing ½ yard matching fabric for binding Batting to size Aurifil 50wt thread for piecing and quilting Basic sewing supplies CUTTING From solid gray yardage, cut (3) 1¾” x width of fabric (WOF) strips From solid pink yardage, cut (3)  1¾” x WOF strips From white fabric, cut: (6) 1¾” x WOF strips (8) 3″ x WOF strips , then cut each strip into 3″ x 4½”…
  • The Tree is Trimmed Mini Quilt

    Michelle Cain
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Hi, there! It’s Michelle, of From Bolt to Beauty, here to share a fun holiday project with you. This mini-quilt uses jelly-roll strips to construct the cross-stitch blocks and background. It’s perfect for chain piecing, and if you start the assembly line now, you can create a veritable forest of Christmas trees well in advance of holiday gift giving. 4 colored jelly-roll strips (I used Basic Grey’s Evergreen) 9 solid jelly-roll strips (I used Bella Solids in natural) 3” x 4½” piece of fabric for the trunk ⅛ yard of fabric for binding 25½” x 29” piece of fabric for the back…
  • Equivalent Measures

    Oda May
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We have updated the Equivalent Measures printable. This is a great tool for precut planning! Each precut is listed with the dimensions and quantity per item, including one of the newest precuts – Frivols! Equivalent Measures Click {here} for a PDF version to print and add to your Moda Bake Shop binder of goodies! Happy Sewing!
  • Whirligigs Quilt

    Brenna Goode
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hey all – I’m happy to be back here at the Bake Shop for another fun quilt.  It’s such fun to share ideas and projects with you. Feel free to stop by my blog for more pictures! This project is a bright and happy one, made with a Hi-De-Ho jelly roll from Me and My Sisters.  All of their fabric lines just make me smile, and this one is certainly no exception.  It also requires yardage; rather than just a solid. I went with the mini-dots and additional yardage for backing. 1 Hi-De-Ho Jelly Roll® 22250JR 2 1/2 yards background fabric (I used Essential Dots White Teal 8654…
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    How Does She

  • Adorable DIY Child’s Apron

    Kerri King
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:49 pm
      An idea for a better apron came to me over thanksgiving when I pulled out my trusty thanksgiving apron and the straps around my neck kept falling down.  I knew there had to be a better way to make it where I wouldn’t constantly be re-adjusting the straps. However, during the holiday rush, making an apron for myself isn’t at the top of my priority list so I knew I had to come up with a quick solution.  This apron is both quick and easy and can be made for an adult or a child. Here we go!   First, we’ll start with the straps, or rather the one LONG strip of…
  • Before You Brush Them Off – Human Touch

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
      I’m a mom of four kids under six years old.  It’s hilarious really, how I look walking to the park with one on my back in a hiking pack, one strapped to my chest in the Moby wrap, one I’m pushing in the stroller because he’s “too tired” to walk, and one is leading the parade on her bike with the squeaky gears and blaring bike horn.  Yes, I am a spectacle. People ask me all the time, “Are those all your kids?”  And if you’re a mom of multiples, you know exactly what I mean.  I have kids clinging to me like barnacles. I love the…
  • Fourth of July Shaved Ice Dessert

    Darleen Meier
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
    With the Fourth of July just a week away, I wanted to share with you a healthy dessert we’ve been enjoying all summer long: Shaved Ice.  I’ve put together some of my favorite syrup recipes to make it a Fourth of July shaved ice dessert.  This fun and patriotic frozen treat will keep you cool after your barbecue, and it’s made with just ice and homemade fruit syrup.  To keep it on the healthy side I used natural sweeteners, but if you’d like you can switch it out for white sugar cane.  Either way, if you use fresh fruit you won’t have to use that much…
  • Topsy Tail Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Topsy Tail Tutorial: Hey guys! It is heating up quick and the last thing I want on these hot summer days is to have my long hair getting stuck to my neck from sweat! Yuck! So I wanted to put this modified version of the halo braid on here, using the good ol topsy tail. I love this hairstyle for summer because like I said it keeps the hair out of my face and off my neck but it is also SUPER easy to achieve! When I do dutch fishtail or braided halo it usually takes me a bit longer to achieve. Doing it this way cuts the time in half and is still super cute and bohemian looking! Hope y’all…
  • Dangerously Delicious Seven Layer Cookies!

    Carina Gabrielsen
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:46 am
    These cookies are my family’s absolute favorite! They are melt in your mouth good and you most definitely won’t be able to stop at one! Between layers of dark chocolate are three light and fluffy, yet delectably moist almond layers with two sweet layers of apricot preserves and raspberry jam. When you take a bite, it’s heaven in your mouth. Okay, maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but they are really yummy! Here’s a sneak preview of what your finished product will look like. Seven layer cookies are traditionally made with Italy’s flag colors (red,…
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    idea chic

  • Summer Idea Chic Parcel Post Subscription

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Our Summer Parcel Post subscribers have received! Happy summer! Want one? http://www.ideachic.netFiled under: Idea Chic
  • What a darling variation of our baby shower favors as requested by the #momtobe

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Filed under: Idea Chic Tagged: baby, baby shower, favors
  • A Baby is Brewing – Baby Shower Invitations and Matching Tea or Coffee Favors

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Planning a baby shower for the mom to be or expecting parents? Idea Chic makes adorable “A Baby is Brewing baby shower invitations and matching favors. The favor options include A Baby is Brewing tins (pictured), you can order coffee or tea. We stock high quality coffee made in Denver and premium loose leaf tea – choose from Fruit Mint blend (caffeine free) or Ceylon Black tea. We also offer A Baby is Brewing tea bag favors! Your guest brew a large pot of tea using the actual tea bag favor! With your invitation order you will receive a coupon for 15% off matching favors or thank…
  • There is always time for #peonies

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    Filed under: Idea Chic
  • The 11th Edition Idea Chic Seasonal Subscription Box is Mailed in June

    15 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Idea Chic introduced the Parcel Post Seasonal Subscription box in December 2012 and is set to ship the eleventh edition! Summer starts June 21st so the 2015 summer seasonal subscription ships a few days before. Domestic subscribers expect your box in the mail the week of June 22nd! If you want to be included be sure to subscribe to the seasonal or annual subscription option! past fall subscription. photo credit: spring 2015 subscription Filed under: Idea Chic Tagged: parcel post, seasonal, subscription box
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    Inner Child Fun

  • 10 Places to Visit in the USA in 10 Years

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Is your family planning an upcoming travel adventure? Looking for some inspiring places to visit in the USA? I have written before about how my own adventures in travel when I was a kid have shaped me into who I am today. You can read more about that here. In this series of posts sponsored […]
  • Puppet Crafts and Activities

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Puppet crafts and activities are a great way to foster creativity for kids (or the kid-in-you). Many types of puppets can be made using common household items. Once the kids are finished creating their puppets, invite them to put on a show of their own. Later, you can watch movies with puppets streaming on Netflix. Below […]
  • Camp Playful — Week 2 of 5

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    The response to the Camp Playful FREE 5 part video series has been amazing! Have you registered yet? If not, click here to register now for instant access to detailed video tutorials for week 1’s projects. Join thousands from around the world as we play and craft together this Summer! Camp Playful projects are designed for […]
  • Free Summer Math Program for Kids

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    If you are looking for an easy and free way to keep kids engaged in Math during the Summer months, you will want to check out the TenMarks app by Amazon. Summer can be a challenging month to reverse learning loss in Math, but with the TenMarks Summer Math program for kids, it is easy […]
  • Goal Setting with a Vision Board

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    During the summer months, I reflect on our family goals and do some financial planning. I often use a vision board for brainstorming ideas and goal setting. Creating a vision board does not have to be a long or complicated process! A vision board can be as simple as a piece of poster board that […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • A Recent Event Leading to Charity Knitting

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    On June 18, I spent a day grieving. That morning, I had awakened to the news that 9 people had been gunned down the previous evening at their church while attending a prayer meeting and Bible study.
  • Free Patterns for Your Independence Day

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I'm hoping to be ahead of the curve for once! In the United States, Independence Day is fast approaching, so I thought I'd put together some fun, frugal knitting patterns for sprucing up your place in time for July 4th.
  • Knit Twiddle Muffs and Help Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer's

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Recently a gentleman named Brett contacted me via Facebook to let me know about a project he coordinates for knitters in south New Jersey. It's a terrific way to help elderly individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia, and it's called Twiddle Muffs.
  • Suggestions for Travel Knitting

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Summertime is often travel time. And travel time - for most of us knitters - is knitting time! But there's more to travel knitting than just throwing your current project bag into your car and taking off. You need to be prepared.
  • Support Troops and Their Families by Knitting for Military Families Ministry

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    All around the world, knitters are eager to support soldiers and other deployed troops. But one group related to those troops often go unsupported and unnoticed: their families.
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  • DIY Fauc Plant Desk Decor

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    This week I’ll be showing you how to make some cute faux plant desk decorations. I decided to make these because my sister got her first internship and she needs decorations for desk at work! First I’ll start off with the grass. I thought it could make a pretty neat looking pen/pencil holder. I wanted it to be long, so I’m going to cut the grass chunk in half. -fake plants-scissors-sand-styrofoam-hot glue gun-pots-balsa wood-xacto knife-saw-paints/finish-ModPodge First I’ll start off with the grass. I thought it could make a pretty neat looking pen/pencil holder. I…
  • DIY Thrift Store Word Art

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    While on vacation my sister said something super quotable, and I decided to take said quote and make it into some art for my kitchen. I did the same technique as I had done a few years ago to make some art for my living room. Basically I just took some thrift store art, masked out a phrase, painted over the whole thing and then peeled off the lettering. It’s super easy and turns out really nice! You’ll need:-a piece of thrift store art-paint-spray adhesiveNot pictured:-printed quote-paint brush-xacto knifeOptional:-sandpaper Remove the artwork from the frame.I used a flathead…
  • DIY Sweatpants

    28 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    I had a little vacation coming up so I decided to whip up a pair of sweat pants to wear while traveling. It’s horrible to wear uncomfortable clothes while you’re stuck in a car or on a plane. I also ended up making these sweats reversible because I found this great fabric at the store! You’ll need:-fabric – as I mentioned before, I’m using reversible fabric, but thats not necessary. about 2 yards. I had a bit of extra fabric, but I’d rather have that then being just short.-an old pair of sweats – You could even just pick up some sweats that fit you…
  • DIY Burlap Felting Pillow

    21 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Youll need:-a piece of burlap – 16 by 10 inches. I’m using a piece of a rice bag which is half burlap and half plastic, but a piece of 100% burlap works just fine.-2 pounds of rice-pins-sewing machine Pin about 1/2 inches in, around the edges. Now sew along the pins, leaving a few inches open on one side. Here’s what it looks like after sewing. Turn right side out. Flip the raw edges of the pillow in. Pour in rice. This bad I’m making takes the whole 2 pounds of rice. Pin as close to the rice as you can. This is to make sure it’ll fit into the sewing machine.Of…
  • DIY Needle Felted Cat Toys

    14 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’ve had some requests to do more cat projects and I’ve been meaning to put together a needle felting tutorial, so I decided to combine those two ideas together. So today I’ll be showing you how to make some needle felted cat toys! I made three different types, one stuffed with cat nip, one stuffed with jingly bells and one stuffed with a crinkly plastic bag. -some wool-a felting needle-a felting surface – typically people use a foam block or a bristle brush but I’m using a burlap pillow thing I made. If you’re interested in learning how to make one of…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I'm pretty sure that just about every crafter on the planet has an abundance of buttons - I know that personally I have thousands of them, enough to constitute several lifetime supplies for most folks.  as such, I'm always on the lookout for cute and clever button crafts.  I really love these simple pensant necklaces by Shellie at Craftbits!  It's a great way to dress up a plain button, or to showcase a unique button in a special way!  [how to make wire wrapped button pendants] Project estimate: Buttons, on hand or $1 and up Wire, on hand or $1 and up Chain or cord, on hand or $1 and up…
  • 10 Cute Recycled Garden Art Ideas

    Becky Striepe
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Summer is officially here. Has the hot weather done a number on your garden? I don't have any tips on helping your plants survive a heat wave, but I can show you how to make your garden look cute with things that don't need watering and can't die. Because they're not plants. Hello, homemade yard accessories! 1. Bottle Waterer that's Actually Cute - Using an old glass bottle for drip watering is nothing new, but this tutorial takes that old idea and makes it look good. 2. Hose Rug - Do you have a hose in the shed that's got a hole in it? Turn it into an outdoor rug! 3. Garden Toadstools - Old…
  • Transfer Inkjet Images to Wood

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    There are lots of different methods for transferring printed images onto various surfaces.  We really like the simplicity and the finished look of this fun version shared by Cami at Tidbits, which uses wax paper for a quick, no-mess transfer.  She used botanical prints to make gorgeous coasters, but you can do this with lots of other wood surfaces as well, so this opens up a whole world of possibilities! [how to transfer inkjet images to wood] Project estimate: Wood surface, on hand or $1 and up Wax paper, on hand Paper, on hand Tape, on hand Inkjet printer, on hand Total: Free and up!
  • Make a Button Flag Tray

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Serve up your 4th of July treats in style with this DIY button flag tray!  Angie from The Country Chic Cottage transformed a plain wooden tray into a festive, party-ready piece that will add funky charm to your holiday spread.  Make it out of a new, unfinished wood tray, or look for an old tray at thrift stores or garage sales and give it a makeover!  [how to make a button flag tray] Project estimate: Wood tray, about $5 and up Buttons, on hand or $1 and up Paint, on hand or $1 and up Resin, about $5 and up Hot glue, on hand Star sticker, on hand or $1 Total:  about $10 and up
  • Make a Teacup Fairy Garden

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Fairy gardens are hot right now!  As easy to make as they are charming, Heather shows how to make your own teacup fairy garden over at Live Craft Love.  Look for teacups at thrift stores and yard sales, where you can find some really cute ones for cheap.  If you don't have a very green thumb, you can also use faux succulents in place of real plants for a death-proof version.  [how to make a teacup fairy garden] Project estimate: Teacup, $1 and up Soil, on hand or $1 Plants, on hand or $1 and up Miniatures, $1 and up Rocks, on hand or $1 Total:  $2 and up
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Gorgeous Quilts from Spring Quilt Market Minneapolis

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

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

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

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

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Spring is almost here, I hope. With that arrival, we will see all kinds of flying things, from birds to butterflies and dragonflies. I love dragonflies and we have a lot of them buzzing around in our yard in the warm months. So, in designing a spring quilt for this … Continue reading
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    Gabriela Delworth Designs

  • Balcony Gardening Update: Geraniums are finally thriving.

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Balcony Gardening this year hasn't been that fun. First, we had unstable weather all Spring. Then more repairs being done this time to our building walls. All this turmoil been really hard on our plants and balconies. Great news! It's almost over. Today I just wanted to show off our beautiful blooming Geraniums. It's almost time for this again! I have been working on my Christmas Workshops
  • How to place a valance on a metal door with an extension rod

    27 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    It seems to be that with the renovations we had I have been blogging about a few solutions we found along the way. As I mentioned on this past post we recently got new windows and balcony doors installed. With that it came the challenge to adjust out window treatments.  Today I am showing you how I added privacy to the upper window of our new balcony door that has now a metal frame. I
  • How to place a shade on a metal door with magnetic hooks

    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    It's been renovation after renovation since last Fall around here. We are already gardening in our new balconies. Recently, we got new balcony doors and windows installed. With that change we had to make some adjustments regarding our window treatments. The most challenging one was adding privacy to our new metal balcony door which has a window. No drilling is allowed on them. I heard that
  • Resin Wicker Planter Boxes with removable inner liners.

    19 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    After numerous compliments coming from neighbors I decided to post about our Resin Wicker Planter Boxes. I spotted them for the first time last year at the Garden section of Home Depot. I believe that the colour and rustic woven exterior got my attention at first glance. This year while choosing plants at the store, saw them again and brought home a couple more. These water proof planters
  • Balcony Gardening Spring 2015... Really?

    12 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Hello everyone! It's Spring and back to Balcony Gardening...but is it really? I can't believe this weather, can you? We got a lot of rain already here in T.O. which is great for fast plant growth. I am although a bit concerned about how low the temperatures suddenly dropped since yesterday. Remember our balconies renovation?  Well, they look amazing and ready to decorate for the season. I
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Avoiding the ‘Robot’ Life

    Stacy Wood
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      You know that point when there is so much going on around you and pulling on you that you suddenly wake up and realize: “I feel like a robot. I’m just going through the motions, and I’m missing the emotions”. Wow. That moment SUCKS! But, we have all been there a time or two! Especially if you are anyone older than a college student and now have real bills and a career and possibly a family to look after. (By the way, I do realize that the younger generation can also fall into this sad trap- so I don’t mean to exclude them- I’m just pointing out that ALL adults have been…
  • When Friends and Family Are Not Enough – Finding True Support on Your Creative Journey

    Amanda Rose
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today I have a wonderful, inspiring guest post for you from Anna Lovind. I hope you’ll take some time to read through Anna’s motivating words and check out her website, too!  The first steps towards any dream are wobbly. We need support and we turn to our family and friends for it. We tell them about our dreams, hopes and fears, and if we’re lucky we are met with encouragement and validation. Wow, that sounds amazing. I know that feeling. Wouldn’t it be cool? But the next time we talk about it something has shifted. If only I had more space. When the kids are in bed I have…
  • Feathered Friends at Pittsburgh’s National Aviary

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    Last year, I visited Pittsburgh for the first time and fell in love. This spring, we went back, once again to visit by brother and his wonderful girlfriend. But this time, I DEMANDED that we visit the National Aviary. I’d heard great things about it, and I absolutely adore birds, so the Aviary was a must-do on my list for this visit! The Aviary lived up to my expectations! The habitats were well-kept and lovely, and the birds flew around freely. Unfortunately I can’t tell you all of their names – I was too busy admiring and taking pictures to read the information cards!
  • The License Plate Game

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever played the license plate game? The goal of the game is to find one license plate from every state or every region. You can add a twist by spotting the most personalized plates or choosing your favorite. Depending on where you live on the globe, have you spotted personalized vehicle license plates on a road near you? Vehicle owners pay a higher fee to obtain a specific number or letter combination of their choice, rather than a random number or letter combination. In some locales they are a rarity and in others, like the Commonwealth of  Virginia in the United States, they are…
  • Redefining the Question – “What Do You Do?”

    Danielle Yeager
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    How many times have you asked or been asked “What do you do?” It is usually the first question we ask one another upon meeting, and it can be very negative. So I challenge you to redefine this question. “What do you do?” may seem innocent, but it is often a way for us to be defined solely by our jobsgg or compare each other’s success. The problem with this is that it puts us in a box. Even if you love your job and are proud of what you do, it does not encompass all of who you are. You and I both do so much more than what we do for work or money, and so do all of the other people we…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • July Appliques

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:47 am
    Happy July! Oh, when I think of summer I can't help but think of strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, watermelons and an assortment of other tasty fruits. Yum! We eat them right off the bushes, sugared on shortcakes, or swirling in smoothies. It's not surprising that for our summer appliques, fruits receive a starring role. So, okay... apples remind me of autumn, not summer, but I think you'll cut me some slack since I was going for a dramatic red and black look :) Our collection of FREE applique patterns for July's appliques include a strawberry, cherries, a watermelon slice and…
  • Learn-to-Knit Afghan Block Six

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knitIf you are just joining us you…
  • Spider Coloring Page

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:06 am
    ODE TO SPINNING SPIDERS by Kimara Wise There are those that fear the spider, Filling them with dread, But I must sing their praises, For their skills at spinning thread. I could sit for hours With my wheel in front of me, And never spin a silken strand, As fine as theirs will be. Their threads are thin as downy hairs, And glisten in the sun, How quick they spin their gossamers, Once they have begun. So here’s my ode to spiders, Craftsmen through and through, For how they spin their magic, I haven’t got a clue. What can I say? I'm a fan of spiders. Besides being totally impressed my their…
  • 20 DIY Hair Bling

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    Sources for all the photos shared can be found HERE. Putting together these composites has become a new passion of mine. Why share just 1 thing when I can share several... or in this case 20! I didn't plan on sharing 20 hair accessories. For some reason I usually like to share 11. What can I say, 11 is a prime number. I'm a fan of prime numbers, but I digress. Anyway... I started collecting a few barrettes and headbands and the next thing I knew, I was up to 20. Actually, I didn't want to stop but I showed at least a modicum of self-restraint and walked away from the computer. Buying hair…
  • Thank You

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    I would like to thank everyone for your kind words, warm thoughts and prayers. They truly touched us and helped sustain us during a difficult time. As expected, my father died June 14. Thanks to the wonderful facility he was in and the merciful help from Hospice, he was able to pass peacefully, pain-free and surrounded by loved ones. Another huge change is my mother went to live with my brother and sister-in-law in Pennsylvania. This is going to be quite an adjustment, but I am hopeful that the decision was a good one. It has been a chaotic couple of months filled with so many bittersweet…
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  • The Kitchen Remodel – Demolition

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

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

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

    17 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you’ve driven west on Columbia Parkway toward downtown Cincinnati you have seen the colorful wall in the parking lot of It’s Working Out, a TRX suspension training studio. I’ve tried TRX at other studios, but the instruction I received from Kristen the owner of It’s Working Out was the most thorough and complete from understanding the proper way to adjust the system to how to position my body. To start my class, she checked in with me on my fitness level, goals, and helped me modify exercises so I was working at my best level throughout the class and not struggling.
  • Free Yoga in Cincinnati

    15 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Free yoga and other workout classes in the warmer months of spring, summer and fall are starting to take hold and this is a great thing for those of us looking to be active with friends without spending too much money or an activity centered around food and beer (I’m not opposed, but a break is welcome!). Please check the websites to make sure the times, fees and class descriptions fit your needs. Although studios offer mat rental, I recommend you invest in your own and keep it clean and ready in your car! In 2013, I went to my first free, outdoor yoga class at Washington Park (Yoga on…
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    Craft Stew

  • Healthy Barley and Lentil Soup

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    source: Jodi Green I found the original recipe for this dish on the Joy of Kosher site.  However, I skipped the kale, added some yummy Italian seasonings and simplified the instructions. The end result is a very good and filling soup. 3/4 cup barley 1/3 cup green lentils 2 tbsp olive oil 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 large onions, diced 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 tbsp dried oregano 1/2 tbsp dried basil 1/2 tsp powdered garlic 1/4 tsp pepper salt, to taste Using a large pot, saute the vegetables in oil till softened. Slowly add 5 cups…
  • Garlic Broccoli Salad

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    source: Laurel F A friend of mine saw this recipe in a magazine in the doctor’s office and decided to copy it for me. She didn’t record the exact recipe, just the basics. I filled in the blanks myself to create this easy and absolutely yummy salad. Ingredients 16 oz. frozen broccoli, defrosted 5 minced garlic 3 tbsp light olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 – 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar Directions Squeeze the broccoli to remove excess moisture. Saute the garlic in the olive oil till light tan. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Can be…
  • Potato Chips and Dip

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Matt DeTurck World’s Quickest Chips and Dip is a recipe that’s so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to include it.  But it tastes so good, so I’m going to anyway. Ingredients 1 pint sour cream 1 envelope onion soup mix large bag of chips Directions Gradually combine sour cream with onion soup mix, to taste.  Sample after every addition.  Serve with chips for dipping. Note: It is easy to add too much onion soup and this recipe is not forgiving! Be careful! Read More: Recipes or Home
  • How to Make Cheese Balls

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    source: Theresa This Cheese Ball recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original. Ingredients 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese 1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese 1/4 cup finely chopped olives garlic powder (to taste) onion powder (to taste) pepper (to taste) Directions Mix all ingredients until well blended.  You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Roll into a log or balls and serve with crackers. Note: You will have to mix the ingredients with your hands in order to get them blended sufficiently.
  • Homemade Dickie

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    source: Miles Kimball I have quite a few shirts that I dislike because of their necklines. They aren’t immodest by most people’s standards, but they are still lower than what I enjoy wearing.I was going through my closet yesterday and I decided to throw those shirts, plus a mock turtleneck with a stained front, into the garbage. Just as I was reaching for the trash, genius struck. Why couldn’t I combine the shirts with the low necklines with the turtleneck? I tried on several of the low cut shirts on top of the turtleneck and they looked great. The only problem was that I was waaay to…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Fry Away With Me: Lemon and Herb Summer Seasoning for French Fries

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    I’ve been in kind of a citrusy mood lately, which I’m guessing has something to do with summer. So, today I have a citrus-inspired french fry seasoning recipe that you can use all summer long. Cut your own french fries, if you’re feeling extra fancy or use this simple seasoning on any store-bought variety to make your fries taste super fresh. It really adds a lot of flavor too. Perfect for Fourth of July weekend, to serve with cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Yum! Ingredients: - 1/2 cup chopped parsley - 1 clove finely minced garlic - 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese - zest of one…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    This week, I’ve been tackling a lot of behind the scenes food projects, which I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. But today I’m focused on non-food DIYs to try because it’s Friday. Yay! Cue the confetti canons. Or something celebratory, at least. Here are a handful of my favorite DIYs to try this weekend… 1. DIY marble and granite tassel necklace via Fall for DIY 2. DIY hanging mirror via Sugar & Cloth 3. DIY denim dress (without a pattern) via A Beautiful Mess 4. DIY ways to embellish utensil 5. DIY marble pitcher via The Sweetest Occassion (so pretty!) 6.
  • 12 Things I’m Loving Right Now

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    This week, I’ve been gravitating towards rich, natural colors. Teals, blues, browns… all of that. So, I put some of my favorites into a little roundup of things I’m loving at the moment. Heart eyes all around for these twelve things (but especially 2, 6, and 11)… 1. (above) this color palette via Gozde Eker 2. some serious cacti via K. Boggs 3. stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches 4. a dahlia-filled centerpiece via designlovefest 5. grayish blue floors via Archello 6. chocolate peanut butter and jam ice cream cups via The Artful Desperado 7. jeans and sandals…
  • Once in a Blue Moon: How to Make DIY Moon Phases Coasters and Trivets with Carpet Tile

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    I’ve been meaning to tackle this project for a couple of months now (does that ever happen to you?) and the day has finally come for these DIY coasters and trivets to have their day in the sun. Here’s the story… I picked up a Flor tile from a local shop months ago when I was buying some other pretty random items (like these tiny spoons) and knew exactly what I would make with it. Coasters and trivets, naturally. I kind of feel like I may be the only person to pick up ONE lone carpet tile and think, ‘Perfect! That’s all I need. Just one.’. But that’s…
  • 6 DIY Ways to Embellish Utensils in Under 5 Minutes

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I was out shopping for props for an upcoming project and found these super affordable mini spoon sets and basically when full ham. Each set of 3 was under $2, so I bought 4 or 5 sets and went about my business. So, what is a girl to do with 12-15 mini serving spoons you ask? Well, aside from stirring my coffee and eating ice cream, I’d say there’s at least 6 things I can do with these little guys. And by that I mean 6 ways to embellish them in under 5 minutes. If you’re not in the market for quite this many mini spoons (I hear ya), you can totally try…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Felt and Pinecone Owl Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    This cute woodland creature will enchant your children! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make Upcycled Newspaper Goodie Bags

    Jessica Christman
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    This DIY is a great way to recycle old newspapers! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Moss Pennant Banner

    Jessica Christman
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    This nature-inspired banner is the perfect project for all lovers of rustic décor. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make Pallet Board Coasters

    Jessica Christman
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Reminiscent of arts and crafts time in grade school, these Popsicle stick coasters are as fun to make as they are cute! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Ombre Wood Bead Necklace

    Jessica Christman
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Learn how to make your own beautiful wood bead necklace with this simple tutorial. {{ 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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  • Facebook Giveaway: The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns

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

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

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

    Ashley Lucas
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Maybe it was my trip to IKEA last night, but lately I am so inspired by Scandinavian design! I love the idea of using red thread with other bright colors, and I hope you enjoy making this ‘Scan’ bunny as much as I enjoyed designing it. Materials you will need: Yellow Felt Red Embroidery Floss Embroidery Needle Cotton 3 Toothpicks Sewing & Regular Scissors Hot Glue Red Pastel Pencil or Blush Step 1: Cut two shapes out of yellow felt. One piece should be rectangular, and the other should be the same size but with bunny ears in at the top. (Reference the photo above for…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Lechlade Craft Barn

    Alison Wood
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    For our interview today we meet with Jennie Rainsford and Karen Holland who run the Lechlade Craft Barn. 1. Welcome Jennie and Karen. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based? Lechlade Craft Barn is situated in the picturesque market town of Lechlade on Thames in the Cotswolds, UK. The town sits at the highest navigable point of the River Thames and is historically associated with the wool trade so it is fitting that the Craft Barn is situated here. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your creative business. We offer a range of workshops…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Jun 2015 | 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! The post Made by you Monday appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
  • Patriotic Party Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fourth of July is around the corner! If you are hosting a party or even a casual get together, these Patriotic Party Ideas are easy and fun We love to celebrate around here, check out the floats we have made over the years.  This red, white and blue drink is a festive way to celebrate, and kids sure love making and drinking them. Star Spangled Fruit Skewers   Summer Glow Stick Printables Colored Rice Jars   Red White and Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats   Dollar Store Patriotic Lanterns   DIY Star Coasters   Link up tomorrow for another Made by you Monday! I love…
  • How To Plant Beautiful Container Gardens

    Cindy Hopper
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Beautiful container gardens  are a wonderful way to add color, beauty and interest to your yard. Especially in areas where flowers are hard to keep growing through the entire summer a small container garden is the way to go.  I use containers around my home to add visual interest and color since keeping flowers blooming in my yard can become difficult in the hot Kansas sun. I also planted some containers this year and put a glass hurricane in the middle for the perfect outdoor flowering centerpiece. Tips for Beautiful Container Gardens Pick an interesting planter.  I found this cool bowl…
  • Summer Finger Painting

    Guest Poster
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This Summer finger painting idea is a perfect way to create artwork this summer.  It is a fun kids activity that a group of kids of all ages will love.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer! The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! Gather some kids and create this juggling chickens game or try creating this Paint Swatch Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to keep checking back and you will find fun creative ideas that inspire and encourage imaginative play this…
  • Juggling Chickens

    cupcakes and crinoline
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This Juggling Chickens game for Kids is fun little game to play this summer.  It is a fun kids activity  that a group of kids.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer! The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! Display kids art with this upcycled kids banner or try creating this Paint Swatch Scavenger Hunt keep checking back and you will find fun creative ideas that inspire and encourage imaginative play this summer! Hello Skip to my Lou readers ~…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Inspired at the Haberdashery

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs Have you ever been inside a really cozy Haberdashery Shop? The kind that you don’t want to leave. The kind where you wander around and touch materials. Where there are ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods for all your needs and wishes. When I…
  • A Beautiful Midsummer Weekend

    22 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    When it felt like summer was just about to start, there was Midsummer (this past Friday) – telling us that half of what we in Sweden call summer has already passed… Woops, where did that time go? But I think it is a good half bench mark to take note of. If you didn’t take advantage of summer (light & warmer weather) and spent some time in nature in June, you better do it for the later part of this month and then in July and August as much as you can. I think I am doing pretty good so far, with the enjoying summer thing. For this Midsummer weekend I jumped into an…
  • Currently

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Enjoying: summer as much as I can, when ever I can. I’ve been having very low energy for days on end, but when I find energy I try to spend it outdoors. June has already provided two BBQ-dinners with family and some lovely excursions, so I can’t complain really. I have captured lots of photos along the way, and had wonderful creative times outdoors. There is few things better than a blanket in nature, a notebook and some pens or watercolors by your side! The above photo is from an excursion to Grinda, a tiny island in the archipelago of Stockholm. Planning: a re-design of my blog!
  • Sewing day in iHanna’s Studio

    10 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I love having friends (and sometimes one or two small friends) over in my studio. It is super fun to share from my stash, sometimes papers and sometimes other materials. This was a sewing day. And since I have a lovely collection of pretty fabrics, that’s what we took out (though I might have kept a few new and more expensive fat quarters out of “harms way”). Two kids and one grown up visiting got to pick through my very girly collection of patterns and chose a few favorites… We did impromptu fabric collage in a quilty kind of way. It was a good day in the studio. I…
  • Where Inspiration Ends Up

    8 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. Vincent van Gogh I have special notebooks to glue in inspirational images, images that I think I will use as inspiration. But I also glue stuff that I find inspirational into my diary. And make them into collages. Or postcards. I also have a lot of inspirational clippings, images and quotes saved in various folders around here. I love so many things, and I collect them all in paper form. Sometimes I use these images in…
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  • The Last Branding Touch Point: How To Make The Most Of It

    Lisa Connolly
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    The Last Branding Touch Point: How To Make The Most Of It There are many benefits to selling on Etsy. One of them is the opportunity for great personal interaction with your customers which can leave a great impression and increases the chance that they will think of your store for future purchases. I do think that the buyer of handmade products expects a higher level of personalized interaction/service than the average consumer, it is part of the mystique and draw to this type of purchase. I have made many purchases on Etsy and the level of engagement has ranged to no contact at all to very…
  • DIY Kits – Do it yourself this weekend!

    Timothy Adam
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    ‘Diy Kits’ by handmadeologybiz Do it yourself this week! DIY Forest Theme Terrarium K… tghGrows $39.95 DIY Kit 12″ Inch Marq… ViragoDemure $49 Handmade ChalkFinish Paint i… UrbanOasisDeco… $29 World Travel Map – DIY Kit I… PaperPlanePrin… $25 Putz House Ornament DIY Kit … HolidaySpirits… $11 wrap bracelet african turquo… julysupply $49.99 DIY kit, DIY set, Awesome DI… tokolinocom $8.39 Robin Crochet Kit / DIY Kit … LittleConkers $10 Moss Terrarium Miniature Jap… HopHouseTerrar… $39.5…
  • Tribal Beauty – Handmade Finds

    Timothy Adam
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    ‘Tribal Beauty’ by KozmicMuffins Lovely tribal, boho, ethnic realness.Support these creative artists, buy, click, favorite, leave a comment. Tribal Turquoise and Red Tea… CloudNineDesig… $12 Turquoise and Silver Bracele… DianesAddictio… $137 green lumbar pillow 12×24 DE… DECOLICKILIMPI… $14.75 Tribal Feather Art Print courtneyoquist $9 Tribal Great Horned Owl wate… flightinstinct $135 Turquoise Macrame Pendant, K… neferknots $75 ethnic pillow kilim pillow c… SandyKilimPill… $14.9 hoop earrings • African Tu……
  • How to Make LEGO Gummy Candy

    Timothy Adam
    29 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    I have 2 kids and I know they would love these.  Check out the last segment where he talks about adding vitamin c to make it a bit healthier! ‘Lego Molds’ by handmadeologybiz Building Block Food Grade Si… MoldsAndSuppli… $6 Lego Mold Brick Silicone for… BellaCakesCT $8 Set of 3 Lego Molds Minifigu… WINCK $9.99 1 Minifigure Lego Mold 1 Lar… KreativeKaleb $4.85 Silicone Mould LEGO HEROES S… StaceyDecor $15 Lego silicone mold – Lego br… StudioKatClayw… $8 Lego man minifigure silicone… AnnyMayCraftSu… $8.5 Multi Cavity…
  • Simplify Your Etsy SEO and Pricing Research With Marmalead

    28 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    I recently discovered a brand new website that’s going to greatly simplify Etsy SEO and pricing research. I know it is going to be a huge time-saver for Etsy sellers, so I am excited to tell you more about the site. It’s called Marmalead. Whether you’re a new Etsy seller or a seasoned shop owner, you probably already know the important role that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plays in helping your listings get discovered inside and outside of Etsy. I wrote about it most recently in an article on Etsy Promoted Listings. Not only is it critical to get your SEO right,…
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  • Fabulous Knithack Alert! Upcycled Platforms Covered in Knit 80s Sweater

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    From the maker: This is an upcycled pair of leather platform boots covered in a fun 80’s print sweater vest. There is an inside zipper on them and three hook and eye clasps above the zipper to keep them snug. They’re size 7 and they’re waiting for you at Detroit Vintage… if these were mine, I’d definitely add some gems … in homage to great Leslie Hall of course! What else can we cover in vintage sweater vests (and gems)? Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Knit Flags by KnitsForLife Now Showing at Old Navy Flagship Stores in San Francisco, New York City and Chicago – Happy Pride!

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Jill and Lorna Watt, aka KnitsForLife, have done it again!   The duo hand knit these six-foot tall Pride and US flags for Old Navy store windows in San Francisco (4th St), New York City (both 18th & 34th Streets), and Chicago (State St). In the end it took 350 feet of knitting to complete the flags … oh, and they also made the yarn! Don’t miss seeing these amazing displays, they’re only up for 10 days! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Big Gay Wedding Cake!

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I made a rainbow cake once and it turned out great! While I made mine with the usual ingredients, some people are making them using yarn! To celebrate yesterday’s SCOTUS decision on gay marriage (hooray!), fiber artist London Kaye crocheted this one with colorful yarn — in collaboration with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes! Follow London on her Brooklyn adventures. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    The best Freddie Mercury amigurumi ever and the best part, the pattern is free! Made by Janine Holmes, the owner and designer behind Moji-Moji Design. Get the free pattern and read more about the inspiration to crochet a Freddie Mercury doll. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Oh, my Whovians! This Crochet Tardis Dress will have you shouting, “Bad Wolf Girl, I could kiss you!”

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Look at this! Look look look! The belt is a nice touch – bona fide geekery. Made and submitted to the KnitHacker flickr pool by the amazing Oh, Diane (Diane Quintana), who also rocks a fun little Etsy shop. Rating: 9.1/10 (10 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • DIY Crochet Necklace

    Wendy at
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Continuing our series of small things to crochet this summer, here’s a DIY Crochet Necklace. While the solid color is pretty, I think a hand-dyed yarn would make it even better! Added to 100+ Free Crochet Necklace Patterns You might also like: Cherry Blossom Necklace Crochet Pattern Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Crochet Mini Purse Free Pattern DIY Seashells Jewelry Set Snow Day Pillow Ornament Crochet Pattern
  • Patriotic Red, White and Blue Yarn String Lights

    Wendy at
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Light it up for Fourth of July with this Patriotic Red, White and Blue Yarn String Lights Tutorial. it’s an easy project and I think it looks great! Added to Patriotic Crafts You might also like: Quilted Fourth of July Table Mat Patriotic Paper Flowers Tutorial Crochet Beach Towel Free Pattern 100+ Free Patriotic Crafts Easy Firecracker Noisemakers
  • Crochet Mini Purse Free Pattern

    Wendy at
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    For a day out, I like to carry just the minimum so this Crochet Mini Purse Free Pattern is perfect. Plus, I love this basket-weave stitch! Added to 150+ Free Crochet Purse Patterns You might also like: Felted Fox Bag Free Crochet Pattern Pencil Case Crochet Pattern Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern Crocheted Flower Purse Pattern Crochet Toys, Hats, Afghans and Sewing Purses Patterns Updated
  • DIY Seashells Jewelry Set

    Wendy at
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Looking forward to hot summer nights? This DIY Seashells Jewelry Set is the perfect accessory for sundresses and strappy sandals. I’ve tried to drill seashells before with mixed results, so I love their use of store-bought jewelry shells. Added to Summer Crafts and Jewelry-Making Tutorials You might also like: Free Wirework Jewelry Online Class Making Vintage Clip-On Earrings Wearable 100+ DIY Earrings 100+ Free Crochet Earrings Patterns Snowflake Earrings Free Crochet Pattern
  • Snow Day Pillow Ornament Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Summer’s here so it must be time to make… Christmas ornaments! Enjoy the Christmas season without doing the mad crafts dash to the end. Besides small projects like this Snow Day Pillow Ornament Crochet Pattern are great to work on when it’s hot and humid out. Added to 100+ Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns You might also like: Lots of Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns 100+ Free Christmas Ornament Crochet Patterns Recycled Christmas Card House Ornaments 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 2

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

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

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

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Check out this video about Jim Croft and Melody Eckroth – they are living a serious maker lifestyle in Santa, Idaho. I’ll be attending a tool sharpening workshop with Jim at the Focus on Book Arts conference in late June.
  • Book arts bucket list

    28 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Schnettelker via a Creative Commons license I’ve been visiting a lot of travel blogs lately and I found that most of them have something in common – bucket lists. For those of you who don’t know, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die. I find the concept of a bucket list to be both hopeful and morbid at the same time. However, I realized that I’ve been keeping a list in my head for a while – a list of book arts-related things. I decided that it was time to write it all down. It’s a bit overwhelming to see…
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  • New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring. The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail. Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and…
  • Drea’s Shawl

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We love Koigu KPPPM for their ingenious color combinations. And we love Madelinetosh Tosh Sock for their glorious glazed colors. Use them together and it’s magical! Drea’s Shawl is a simple, garter stitch triangle. It uses one skein of KPPPM and one skein of Tosh Sock for a shawl that’s packed with color! DREA’S SHAWL SIZE 48 inches across top, 22 inches down center YARN Main Color (MC) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 100g/395 yds]: 1 skein. Contrast Color (CC) Koigu KPPPM [100% merino wool; 50g/175 yds]: 1 skein. NEEDLE 24-inch US5 (3.5mm) circular…
  • Laylow Knitalong

    11 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Our next knitalong will be Laylow by Shannon Cook. It’s a beautiful crescent-shaped shawl made with garter and dropped stitches. We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 and end on Sunday, July 26. There are 3 yarn options available at 25% off – and if you post a picture of your completed Laylow by the last day, you could win a $25 gift card to Loop! Laylow has a wingspan of 51 inches and is 19.5 inches deep – large enough to wear over your shoulders, yet light enough to wrap just around your neck. Laylow was designed with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock – one of our favorites!
  • Your Studio Baby will be Stylin’ in Kate Oates New Design!

    12 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Studio Baby is a new pattern & kit for our Studio yarn. Designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers, this little pullover is comfy enough for everyday play, but with a little flair at the shoulders & elbows for your stylish baby. Kate has a designed an extensive collection of knits for kids called Tot Toppers. She has 4 boys of her own – that’s Eliot modeling the Studio Baby – giving her an insider perspective on what knits are just right for boys! Studio is our soft, bouncy sport weight yarn made from US wool that’s spun and dyed in Pennsylvania. 100% superwash…
  • Summer Knitalong: Melodia

    6 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    For our next knitalong, we’ll be making Janina Kallio’s Melodia. It’s a crescent shaped shawl that’s worked from the top down in garter stitch and decorative eyelets. Simple and beautiful, it’ll be great for an easy summer project. I’ve been adding Janina’s patterns to my queue for a while now. I like almost all of them, and Melodia seems a good place to start. I’ll be knitting with Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino Light, although I still haven’t picked a color. They’re all so beautiful! If you’d like to use it too, it’s…
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  • How to sew a mermaid tail {Tutorial}

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

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I love sewing tutus. The previous tutus I’ve sewn have used organza, and I was curious how the tutus would go when made with rolls of tulle (usually about 6 inches wide), that’s popular with the no sew tutus. And the verdict is, you can make a very cute, fluffy tulle tutu in under an hour. I made this one as a baby shower gift for a friend (along with a flat teddy). My idea was to make a long-ish baby tutu that would look cute in baby photos, but she’d also be able to wear when she’s a toddler. For a bit of extra fun, I used two different shades of pink for the tutu. I love the candy…
  • Little Girl’s Lacy Crochet Cardigan

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Way back in March last year,  I shared a round up of kid’s cardigan crochet patterns at And Sew We Craft. I was determined to crochet a cardigan for my daughter for winter. In September, I showed where I was with the cardigan for WIP Wednesday, still needing trim and blocking (and winter long gone…). Now we’ve got to February, almost a year later, and I’m finally sharing the finished product! This post contains affiliate links. The pattern I chose was the Lacy Sweater from the book Top-sy Turvy (I purchased the eBook from Leisure Arts. It’s available in paperback at the same…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Mini Adobe House Planters

    Elaine Robitaille
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:34 pm
    One of the adorable things air dry and polymer clay seem to have become trendy for is building tiny succulent and air cactus planters. And why not? Great material to make decorative containers from. This tutorial, by Naomi and … Read More...
  • Make S’mores in a Bag

    Dana Hinders
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    If your Fourth of July plans include a campfire, I think this idea for s’mores in a bag is absolutely fabulous. It’s essentially the same concept as a walking taco, only you’re using Teddy Grahams in a single serve bags, … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Shirt collar tote bag

    Anne Weaver
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Tutorial: Shirt collar tote bag Somewhere in the depths of my sewing studio,  I have a small collection of button up shirt collars and cuffs.  They’re left over from earlier shirt refashion projects.  I didn’t have the heart to throw … Read More...
  • Fourth of July Confetti Popper Rockets

    Sherri Osborn
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Get ready for Independence Day by making these red, white, and blue confetti popper rockets. They are easy enough for all ages to make and I am pretty sure all ages will enjoy making them go pop! Not only do … Read More...
  • DIY Felt Soccer Ball with template

    Linda Lanese
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Do your kids love to play soccer? If they do Nancy of do small things with love has an adorable soccer ball tutorial for you to make out of felt. Kids love to practice and when it’s a bad day … Read More...
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  • GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina 16″ Needle Set

    - L
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Are you in the market for a new set of needles, but don’t have the cash for them? Great news – is giving away a set of Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina 16″ Needles! You can enter by heading over to Very Pink’s YouTube page and comment directly on this video.   The instructions are: Please […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova from GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Starter Set from GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set
  • Free Knitting Pattern: Palm Leaf Dress with Collar

    - L
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Are you looking for a cute skirt for the little girl in your life? Look no further – Pickles has a great free pattern called The Palm Leaf Skirt. Check it out below: Sometimes all you need is a projects that knits itself. This skirt is one big snoozefest until yoiu reach the leaves at […] Related posts: Free Pattern: Girl’s Merry-go-around Dress FREE PATTERN: Golden Child Dress FREE PATTERN: Little Girl Spin-a round-dress
  • Guess ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ and WIN!

    - L
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Oh, Lord have mercy. Is this the bane of your existence? You can [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here] but you cannot [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here], but yet your friends and family consistently as you to [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here] when you cannot/have no desire to. You feel me. Even today, I was tagged on […] Related posts: Free Patterns from Knit and Crochet Now! Craftgossip Giveaway: Knit Stitch Dictionary GIVEAWAY: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt
  • Craftgossip Giveaway: Knit Stitch Dictionary

    - L
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Are you in the market for a new dictionary of knit stitches? Don’t have time to grab your smartphone or power up a computer to Google knitting YouTube videos? Great news – Graft Gossip has a knit stitch dictionary giveaway! This week’s giveaway is a new collection, Knit Stitch Dictionary by Debbie Tomkies. It includes […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt Craft Gossip Giveaway: The Olympknits Giveaway – Attention All Spinners!
  • Mad Max’s Nicholas Hoult is The King of Knitting

    - L
    26 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Last weekend I saw the film “Mad Max: Fury Road” and ADORED it. My 17-year-old daughter loved it more than all of the die-hard 80s guys, my husband/her father included. Anti-feminist/meninist brouhaha notwithstanding, it is a must see! And did you know that the film’s star Charlize Theron taught co-star Nicholas Hoult how to knit? […] Related posts: HOW TO: Finger Yoga Knitting your “Lost”-less angst away… FREE PATTERN: King of the Castle-hat
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    The alm Project

  • 18 Things You Did Not Know About The Color Pink

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    Pinks – the flower (Dianthus) Pinks – the flower (Dianthus) Ok, maybe I should have said 18 things I did not know about the color pink. Last week I went for a nature walk through my neighborhood and, although this is something I have done several times before, I had not noticed the large variety of pink floral blooms before. I immediately became curious about the color pink Pink gets its name from the flowers called pinks. They are flowering plants that are members of the genus Dianthus. Pink is a pale red color – I know, you knew that:) Pink is positively associated with…
  • Gluten Free Muffins

    14 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Gluten Free, Sugar Free Muffin Recipe Gluten Free Muffins Have you heard of the The Whole Life Challenge? it is “a 56-day, habit-changing, community-building game that is designed to help you live a happier, healthier life”. You play for points with friends and family and you are challenged to make small daily changes. Players are asked to include seven daily habits into their lives. They include exercise, hydration, mobility, supplementation, lifestyle practices, and reflection. Well, I have decided to participate in this challenge and the best way to stay complaint is to…
  • My View of The Hoover Dam

    5 May 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The Hoover Dam – A Few Facts I gathered on my trip to Boulder. The Hoover dam Constructed Between 1931 and 1935 Did you know that the Hoover Dam was once known as Boulder Dam? of course you did, just testing. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is located on the border between Arizona and Nevada.The Hoover Dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Its construction was undertaken by thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. Image source The dam is located near Boulder City, Nevada, a municipality…
  • The Container Park and Other Hidden Vegas Gems

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Container Park, Las Vegas So, I am hanging out in Vegas, I don’t gamble, I don’t drink, I don’t like crowds, I think most of the entertainment they are offering is cheesy plus I do not want to spend $400 to see freaking Britney Spares. And a Prince cover band, seriously! Nah, I’ll pass. I would prefer the real thing. If you’ve seen 1 drag queen show, you’ve seen them all. The cirque du soleil shows are kinda cool – check; Chippendale’s dancers – check; zip lining down Fremont street – check. I have seen the outlet malls, the Fashion…
  • Not so Wordless Wednesday – Stratosphere Tower

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada Stratosphere Tower One day I am going to Sky Jump from this building. The Stratosphere from a distance The Stratosphere Tower’s SkyJump is the Guinness World Record holder for highest commercial decelerator descent. The post Not so Wordless Wednesday – Stratosphere Tower appeared first on The alm Project.
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Easy Baked Taco Salad Bowl

    Jamie Sanders
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Birds Eye®, and Tyson® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FastFreshFilling hungry?  Looking for something quick, easy, delicious and healthy too?  These easy Baked Taco Salad Bowls definitely fit the bill!  (Plus you can have them ready in less than 15 minutes!)Since the first of the year, hubby and I have overhauled our way of eating. We've cut excess sugar from our diets and have been limiting carbs.  (We've replaces the carbs in our…
  • Inspiration Monday plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We hope you're ready to be inspired!Thank you so much for stopping by, we love all your creative ideas and can't wait to share them!My favorite link from last week was this pretty Bambi Dress From Kid Approved.  (Her photography is just gorgeous!) (She used a Ottobre pattern for this dress, but I have a similar free pattern here.)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Summer Stash-Busting Giveaway #4

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I'm making a dent in my fabric stash and I've really enjoyed giving away these fabric bundles!  I want to keep it up, since I do have a few more items in mind to giveaway.  (Last week's giveaway winner has been contacted and prize claimed!)This week's giveaway is a celebration of knit stripes!  (If you've followed my blog for a while, you might even recognize some of these fabrics...)Up for giveaway today:Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Easy 2 Ingredient Peach Sherbet Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Got Peaches?  Then you're in luck, today I'm sharing the recipe on how to make this quick and easy, 2 Ingredient Peach Sherbet!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Easy Upcycled Tank Top (free pattern)

    Jamie Sanders
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    I'm still working on clearing out my craft room stash. (Don't miss out on my latest stash-busting giveaway, it's ending soon.)  I have a lot of supplies in here, including a big box(es) of clothes that I don't wear anymore and had put aside to turn into something new.I was going through my recycle bin to try to clear some of it out and came across this pretty blue top at the very bottom of the pile.  I'd always loved this particular top.  The embroidery and colors are just gorgeous.  Unfortunately, I never liked the top on me.  It was too short (shrunk the first time…
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  • Trip to Ranger!

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:19 am
    In early June I got to spend a week at Ranger Ink. It was so great to go there and meet all the people who work so hard to make Dina Wakley Media products, as well as all of the other fabulous Ranger products. I got to meet the awesome art department, production, plus lots of other staff. What many people don't know is that Ranger manufactures its inks and paints and mediums right in the production facility in New Jersey. It's so fun to see the factory lines running and everything being made and packaged. Really impressive and cool. I got to be there with Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi,…
  • Back 2 Back is...back!

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    I am reposting this because of troubles with the link... Here ya go! I am super excited to announce that the Back2Back retreat is BACK! Link is here for the details! The basics....B2B is a weekend (coughcough now two, actually coughcough) hosted by the awesome Michelle McCosh, owner of Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps. You will be with me, Dyan Reaveley, and your tribe, your peeps, your people. You know, your ART PEOPLE...people who don't look at you cross-eyed when you say you make mixed-media art and keep an art journal! Won't you come and make art with us?
  • Where I will be teaching in July!

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Hello! Well, July is fast approaching. Here is where I will be in July. Contact the stores for class info and sign up details: July 10-12, 2015: Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY. July 14-15, 2015: Ink Paper Rubber, Overland Park, KS. July 17-19, 2015: Scrapbook Island, Los Gatos, CA. July 25-26, 2015: Studio CrescenDoh, Santa Ana, CA. Class Links Here and Here. July 31, 2015: Scraps of Love, Peoria, AZ. One class, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Blasts from the art journal past...

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Howdy! I have been moving my files from an old computer to a new computer, deleting photos, etc. I was going through my "Art" folder, and fold some oldies but goodies. It got me thinking about my art journey. I started art journaling in 2004, after keeping a personal journal since I was 9 (I have 18 volumes on my shelf). My early art journaling had lots of glazing and collage: In 2008 and 2009 I started playing around with silhouettes: In 2010, I kept playing with silhouettes, collage & stamping, and started painting over photographs. In 2011, I decided I would teach myself to…
  • Do you ever feel like this?

    15 Jun 2015 | 1:08 am
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  • Spanish Coin Purse

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    In many European and South American countries, coins are the primary form of hard currency. Get in touch with your inner Spaniard with the Spanish Coin Purse! This DIY coin pouch has a metal frame that snaps tightly shut so that you never lose another quarter. It's small enough to fit into any bag or pocketbook with ease. It's also the perfect size for a ladies' night out if you want to leave your big shoulder bag at home. Just shove any money or ID into this coin purse and drop it into your pocket.
  • Strawberry Pincushion Scrap Buster

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    This Strawberry Pincushion Scrap Buster project is extremely simple, and it packs a sweet punch! Use up all your favorite scraps in no time. If you've been looking for an excuse to break into your scrap pile and make some cute sewing projects, here's your chance. The strawberry base of this pincushion can be made from just about any kind of fabric and is stuffed with crushed walnut shells, and the leaves on top are made from green felt. You'll find these sewing accessories a berry rewarding way to use up some scraps.
  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • Lined Burlap Gift Bags

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    You can make these cute and useful Lined Burlap Gift Bags in any size you want by following this tutorial. All you need is a piece of burlap and a slightly longer piece of fabric. Making a DIY gift bag is a great way to use fabrics you already have in your stash, and if you make the bags large enough, recipients can reuse them as shopping bags. If you're looking for an alternative to disposable ones, learn how to sew burlap into a cute gift bag.
  • Felt Toy Sandwich

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    This cute Felt Toy Sandwich set will stimulate your little ones' imagination and guarantees endless hours of play. It's easy and gratifying to make felt food, and you'll love its very realistic look. This DIY felt food is safe for children, colorful, soft, and long-lasting. You'll adore sewing with felt when you make this classic, basic toy. This felt pattern includes detailed instructions and a printable template for each item on the toy sandwich, from the bread to the cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce, so it's a great project for a new sewist.
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    Art Platter

  • Thank you card with buttons

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

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

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

    28 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Here is a simple jewelry making tutorial. Following our studs inspired by the Gerbera flower, here is a pretty pair of quilled studs inspired by the small yet beautiful Hydrangea flowers. The technique of quilling used is simple and you need just some basic earring making findings for this project. How to make quilled studs: ... The post Hydrangea inspiration quilled studs – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Quilling photo frame – DIY

    13 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    A quilling photo frame can be a beautiful piece of gift for any occasion. All you need is card board, card stock, quilling strips in required colors (preferably 5mm), quilling needle, scissors and glue. You can choose the design that you think your audience would like and just keep improvising! How to make a quilling photo frame ... The post Quilling photo frame – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • DIY Bohemian Tapestry Teva Sandals

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

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

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

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

    Stacie Grissom
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Sean and I went to Paris a couple months ago, one of the most helpful things for our trip was a little book a coworker gave me to borrow. It's called Paris: Made by Hand and it features 50 little shops with handmade, vintage, and found goods. When I was flipping through the book on the plane ride to Paris, there was one shop that stuck out to me in the book and we went there first. That shop was La Droguerie, a bead + yarn + trimmings shop in the 1st Arrondissement. Once a butcher's shop, La Droguerie now has walls and walls of colorful yarn, tinkly beads, and beautiful trimmings. I…
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  • How To Make Quilled Flowers

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Birthday party coming up? Or perhaps you're about to celebrate an anniversary? Surprise your loved one with a quilled flower monogram. I'll show you how to make the "W" letter!
  • Moroccan Inspired Paper Luminaries

    Muhaiminah Faiz
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Looking for a last minute party decoration? Great, you've found the perfect tutorial! These paper luminaries won't cost much nor take much time and turn out great! Check out the tutorial.
  • How to Make 3D Origami Minion

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    In this project you'll see how to make a 3D Origami Minion with approximately 689 origami pieces.
  • 4th of July Inspired Bracelet

    Muhaiminah Faiz
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Using some craft wire, crystal beads, you can make this fun patriotic bracelet. Perfect for your 4th of July party!
  • Make Simple Button Pendants

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Follow a few easy steps and make these simple and elegant button pendants in no time! Great idea to recycle leftover buttons!
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Our Little “Beach”

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

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

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

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Here is my husband explaining math homework to the back of our daughter’s head. Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing and very patient dads out there!  
  • Beach Blanket Bargain

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    I have to thank my sister for this tip. On a recent visit to her home, I noticed she had acquired some very cool Mexican-style blankets for her yoga classes. When I asked her about them, I was surprised to learn that she paid less than $15.00 a piece. Had to share this deal with you (click on images to link thru). 77″ x 52″ cotton blend yoga blanket from The Yoga Warehouse, $12.95. Blankets like this are very trendy right now and usually cost a lot more. For comparison, check out this 73″ x 51″ blue picnic blanket from Fab, $56.00 + up.    
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    The Crafty Crow

  • 12 Farm Animal Crafts For Kids

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    surprise chick in an egg via Kroger's Kindergarten lacing hen and chicks activity with a free printable patternvia The Handmade Adventures of Captain Crafty cardboard barn craft for kids via Penelope Dullaghan cute horse craft for kids via Learn Create Love  peek-a-boo chicks and hen craft via Powerful Mothering  cute paper plate goat craft via Creativity Takes Flight handprint duck art (there's also a cow and sheep)via Adventures in Mommyhood  cardboard tube turkey craft for kids via A Girl and A Boy  clothespin pig…
  • Connecting With Your Kids Through Netflix Streaming

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    This month I'm sharing some of the shows available on Netflix Streaming that I have watched with my children - not because I'm a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Clone Wars, but because I see it as an investment in my relationship with my kids. More often than not I end up enjoying the shows but I especially like being able to talk about them with the kids and keep up with their interests even when they are different than mine. It's an investment that has really paid off as my kids have gotten older too. We have great conversations and shared interests that keep us close as a family, and it…
  • Great Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    polymer clay earth for the Best Dad in the World via Buzzmills  Dad Rocks painted rock art for Father's Day via Sweet Little Peanut  use children's art for a unique Father's Day card via Lovely Design  homemade keychain with children's art for Father's Day via Juftinta  free printable Father's Day book kids can fill in via hello, Wonderful  Big Dipper and Little Dipper constellation tie for Father's Day via Pieces By Polly a book about Dad free printable kids can write via Lia Griffith Father's Day medals…
  • Squirt Gun Painting

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Fireflies and Mudpies shares this perfect summer art idea - squirt gun painting! Save it for a hot day when the kids are getting bored or paint with only red and blue for a 4th of July activity. 
  • Pencil Art Idea

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Paint on napkins or paper towels and then use your art work to cover pencils. Journey Into Creativity shares this great idea that would be a unique back to school craft or teacher gift idea.
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  • Globe Buttons

    Michelle (
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    1.25" (32mm) Globe Buttons
  • Skirt Pocket

    Michelle (
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:58 pm
    I'm working on two different modifications using my skirt pattern.  They are both still WIP, but I wanted to show you this sweet pocket I made while working on the first one.  I made my changes to the skirt pattern and then wanted to make a quick muslin in this grey twill.  Then it was working out so nicely, I decided to just continue on an make a finished skirt.  But the so very plain fabric really needed something to brighten it up.  A pretty pocket seemed like the ticket!  The stitching for this pocket is Sulky 30 wt cotton topstitching thread.  Anyway, I'll be back with…
  • Favorite Fabrics - Wild Blossoms

    Michelle (
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Wild Blossoms available at Jean Marie's Fabrics
  • WIP - Patchwork Pouch

    Michelle (
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    This will eventually be a no.12 zipper pouch.  "Eventually" is the key word here.  I've backed myself into a corner with the lining.  Many of the projects I set aside are because I'm stumped, momentarily need a break, or temporarily lost all or part of it somewhere in the sewing mess. This one will need to sit while I figure out what to do for lining.  There's not enough of any of these prints to line even this smaller pouch. This was the first time I've quilted something with this Jeans Stitch thread.  The stitches are the magic ingredient in sewing, and…
  • YLI Jeans Stitch Thread

    Michelle (
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Hot Pink YLI Jeans Stitch Thread   Off White YLI Jeans Stitch Thread Soft Pink YLI Jeans Stitch Thread Red YLI Jeans Stitch Thread
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Mewnicorn

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    This fluffy rainbow ball of fur is from Heaven and Earth Designs, of course. You’ll find the Mewnicorn chart details and ordering information here on the HAED site. This is a mini design at 300 W by 240 H, but still has all the colors and challenge you would expect in a design from HAED. Enjoy and Happy Stitching!
  • Stitching the Family: Ornaments and other Smalls

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:33 am
    If stitching a sampler for a family event is just too much work for you, consider stitching something smaller.  Perhaps something ornament-sized.  You may not be able to stitch as many details on it, however, they can be just as effective.  They also take much less time. Substituting Ornaments for Samplers When you don’t feel like making a whole sampler for an upcoming wedding, birth or other event (or you simply don’t have the time), an ornament can be just as effective.  I have seen many people hang them on the wall year round instead of just having them on the Christmas…
  • Love is Love Free Pattern Celebration!

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Today the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality and our nation celebrated. Sometimes we get things right. I am so ridiculously happy for my friends and loved ones right now. Seeing so many happy photos and celebrations across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today was fantastic. Love is love. You can download this free pattern here or add it to your Craftsy account. Pattern file includes both a black & white and a color version of the chart. Size is 60 x 60 stitches. ..and here is a second version with the stripes going horizontally… stitch one, stitch both, make changes, have…
  • Stitching the Family: Modifications!

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    [The title of this post comes from the extremely funny Pixar short “Tokyo Mater” where Mater gets “modifications.”  What can I say, I have two small children and all I get to watch is Disney and Sprout.] So, you want to stitch something nice for an upcoming birth or wedding but you can’t find anything you like in a traditional sampler.  What do you do?  Fortunately, for you, there are options! Personalized “pictures” When I got married, there wasn’t time to stitch a sampler because we eloped.  After we got married, I just couldn’t find…
  • Leo Zodiac Blocks

    20 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    This is the second release in a series of Zodiac cross stitch patterns, making my way through these all summer in no particular order. Leo (♌) is the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. It spans the 120-150th degree of the Tropical zodiac, between 125.25 and 152.75 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between July 23 and August 22 each year. (click here to go to Craftsy in a new window or tab) Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Lattice, Lozenge, or Diamond Knitting Stitch

    20 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    This classic stitch, known as all kinds of things including “Lattice Stitch,” “Lozenge Stitch,” and “Diamond Stitch” is an easy way to add a chic texture to whatever you’re knitting. It doesn’t seem to affect the gauge significantly so it may be something you can add to a pattern you already have, but always swatch to be sure. It makes use of crossed stitches, which are similar to cabling, but don’t require and additional needle. Diamond Knitting Stitch / Lattice Knitting Stitch / Lozenge Knitting Stitch  multiple of 6 + 2, repeat…
  • Marble & Gold

    15 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    What I wore: – Dress – painted marble using my Faux Marble Fabric Tutorial (I’ll post more pictures of it, I promise) – Clutch – made using my Sequin Clutch Tutorial – I need to made some other bags because I carry this one all the time – Ring – made using my Beaded Crystal Ring Tutorial – Nail Polish – Th-Ink Outside The Box by Finger Paints   This look is from about a week ago, Carly and I went out for some live music/fun/trouble.   That nail polish. I originally fell in love with a polish at Sephora – Meteoric by…
  • Spring Lilac

    13 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
      I realized when I was writing the last post that I was even more into lilac fashion than I thought. That’s probably partly because Carly wears a lot of mint (also a great spring color) but when we’re in public together we’re asked if we’re twins all the time, so we definitely try to avoid looking too matchy. It also works with my anything 80’s looking addiction. Soft, washed out shades are so pretty for spring, and these are a few things I’m into right now:   1. My Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet, worked in hand dyed purple and DMC 3743 2.
  • Embroidery Floss VS #10 Crochet Cotton

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’ve been using a lot of #10 crochet cotton for macrame projects here because I’m so into dying it. Not everyone loves dye, though, so I thought I’d try out one of my patterns with embroidery floss because it comes in so many good colors, no dye required. I picked the Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet because I’ve already made 10 or so, what’s one more? I also really love the design, so I knew I would actually wear it. The embroidery floss is lower left (the lighter shade) and the #10 crochet cotton is upper right (the darker shade).   You can see from this…
  • Acrylic Based Super Matte Chalk Paint

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Chalk paint is a popular choice for painting home furnishings right now, so most of the recipes use latex as a base. I wanted some really, really matte paint for some non-housewares projects so acrylic is a much better base for my needs. After some experimenting with different materials, this is my favorite way to make chalk paint, including a really easy, low mess mixing method. The paint comes out very matte, very opaque for one-coat coverage, and has been low-warp when I tested it on cardstock (like the picture below). Supplies: – flat/matte acrylic paint – plaster of paris…
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  • Zucchini Bread and Excuses

    17 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I know, people. I know. And I hate the thing where bloggers are like, “I’m so sorry I’ve been gone and you’ve had to live without me for these long, tortured weeks! I will try to do better because I know your whole world revolves around reading words out of my dumb brain.” So I won’t say that. Instead I will say that I have excuses. Not good ones, per se, but they are excuses. 1. I have been very busy. I know it’s passe to call yourself “busy” and the productivity squad is now going to jump on me and tell me that I shouldn’t brag…
  • Fart Symphony

    20 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I  am pretty sure readers of this blog will appreciate the many fart jokes herein. Enjoy. It’s a gas.
  • Two Easter Fails For The Price of One

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I had big plans. It was going to be a week of Easter crap on the blog. And then life happened. So I’m posting this at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday and no one will care because by the time they read this, Easter will have come and gone. Oh well. I’m posting it anyway because I did the work, so there. First I made some gross marshmallow bark. Looks tasty though, right? Image from Butter with a Side of Bread We can perhaps blame this on the fact that I used that easier-melting white bark stuff rather than white chocolate chips because I am lazy. That shit is made of partially…
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  • Birthday Freebies: Free Birthday Meals and More Free Birthday Stuff

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Your child's birthday is a very special day, so make it even better by getting free meals, coupons, and desserts. Many establishments send free birthday offers like coupons via e-mail as long as you are a member. That said, you simply need to go to a company's website and sign up by entering your e-mail address and any other required information. Here is a fantastic list of free food, games, and more that will help you celebrate your child's special day.
  • Make Pompom Fun Shapes Kit Review

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
  • Kids Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Read kids craft books and supply reviews and enter to win kids craft book and supply giveaways! You can enter once daily!
  • Turkey Paper Bag Puppet

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    While the adults are busy making dinner and the kiddies need distracting, have them make a Turkey Paper Bag Puppet. They will have fun making this adorable paper bag puppet and then even more fun playing with them. Encourage them to put on a puppet show during appetizers and ignite their imaginations. They'll see past the simple design and see real turkeys and create stories out of them. How to make a puppet is easy with these simple instructions and your kids are sure to have a lot of fun.
  • Printable Snowman Coloring Page

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    A Printable Snowman Coloring Page is perfect for classrooms at the end of a semester when the little kiddies are struggling to pay attention to lessons. They can take their free printable snowman coloring pages home to their parents and add to the holiday decorating. You can hang this cute easy Christmas craft on the tree by taping a piece of yarn or twine to the top of the snowman's stocking cap. Your child will practice their fine motor skills and have fun coloring for the happy holiday.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Wool Classification for Domestic Sheep

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
                             picture courtesy of Breeds of sheep can be classified in several different ways. Examples being, classed by their suitability for meat production vs wool production, topography of the area they originated or the type of wool they produce.For Ashland Bay’s purposes, we use the wool type classification to get an understanding and an appreciation of the different types of wool available to the spinner and textile artist.  In the below chart you can see the breed breakdown of wools ranging from fine to coarse wool. The starred breeds are…
  • Redefining Felt, Part 2

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    Part 2 from felt artist Janice ArnoldFinding inspiration:Trying to describe inspiration is complex! It begins with embracing every moment of the present with a sense of wonder and innocence.  In this mental state I find inspiration in unexpected places. Sometimes it is a literal thing I see- like a pattern created by light or shadow, a stone, tree bark covered with moss or the black and white lines on a map. But it can also be something odd like peeling paint, an ancient wall or cracked cement! Sometimes it stems from a challenge, a response to an emotion or as part of the process of solving…
  • Redefining Felt

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    We have a fantastic treat on the blog today, part 1 of a 2 part series from felt artist Janice Arnold. Janice Arnold takes handmade FELT to extremes. The daughter of a cartographer, she learned scale as a second sense. Her work ranges from intricately executed pieces to elaborate environments in refined textures from luminous to dense using raw fibers. Arnold is artist in a league of her own.For those of you who don’t know my work,  I love to play with space and perception and push the boundaries on what people expect to see, both in *Felt and contemporary textile art. I create immersive…
  • new multi merino colors

    12 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    We are excited to introduce two new mutli merino colors Cabo and Granada!These rich color combinations were designed from our popular merino/silk colors Bay Breeze and Jamaica. Just in time for summer knits with a definite tropical flair.
  • What does Superwash treated Wool mean?

    13 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    People have been spinning wool fiber into yarn for thousands of years, and the hand wash care of these yarns have been long understood. Then along came the synthetic yarns and machine washable garments that fiercely competed with wool. In the 1950’s the wool industry developed a process by which wool could withstand machine washing and would not shrink. This is what a wool fiber looks like under a microscope.  Under conditions of warm alkaline water (aka warm soapy water) with agitation, the scales on the shaft of the fiber become the “locking device” and the wool will shrink and…
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    Iconic Patterns

  • A smart house dress

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

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

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

    Lena Merrin
    3 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    It has been raining here a lot and the urge to sew coats and jackets is rising, but I must stay focused. My patterns upgrade is in full swing and I just finished working on Jess jeans. That’s right, Jess jeans is now fully upgraded, reviewed and back in stock! One of the main changes is that it now has two front closure options – button fly and a zip fly. I have reviewed the instructions and the pattern and added a few helpful things, such as finished garment measurements, a few more illustrations, better product page and additional printing formats. Jess jeans pattern is now…
  • The grand makeover of the “Garment ease”

    Lena Merrin
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    It’s not a big secret that with the right tools, good advice and some determination success is pretty much guaranteed no matter what you do. I mean, have you tried sewing on a machine that is just determined to sabotage you? How about drafting with a ruler that has that ever noticeable BOW in the middle of it? (my longest wooden ruler developed a bow, and man, was I relieved when I finally realised that there was no problem with my vision). Or imagine drafting a pattern for the first time using directions like “add 4-6 cm here” (this one used to drive me completely crazy, what is…
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  • Hey, I am really sorry for the late reply. But her...

    7 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    Hey, I am really sorry for the late reply.But here's you answer.After the completion of eight row the ninth and tenth row mark the starting of the flap.Therefore , in the Eleventh row you start making the cavity that is required to hold the bag to serve as a handle.After you crochet five single crochets, you have to start chaining 15 then "count 15" refers to skipping the next 15 single crochets and attaching your 15 chains to the 16th single crochet by making a single crochet.I hope that was helpful and you understood.if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to…
  • hi, I was wondering, after you say to chain 15, it...

    4 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    hi, I was wondering, after you say to chain 15, it says "Count 15 and attach to 16th sc" I am a little confused here...
  • Hey I guess something's wrong I cant find your...

    3 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Hey I guess something's wrongI cant find your website. :/
  • Thank you so much @sparkie925

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Thank you so much @sparkie925
  • Hey Link xo Thank you so much for your compliment!...

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Hey Link xoThank you so much for your compliment!I would love to see what you make.
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Christmas card by Eva Dobilas

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi there, this is Eva and today even though it's hot in my neck of the woods, I have a Christmas card to share with you.  My card base is a 5.5" square.I started out with cutting a Nautical Wheeler Doily out of white card stock and layered a panel on top of it.  Than I die cut Pierced Stacker #3 and gold embossed my sentiment on it.  I die cut a Gardenia Strip out of red card stock and created my flower.  I also die cut the fringe from the Black Eyed Susan Strip and created the middle of my flower.  Than I die cut…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 191 - Christmas in July

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:25 am
    What fabulous entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Anything Goes challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:10Timestamp: 2015-06-28 00:28:56 UTC#10 Dr Sonia S VCongratulations, Sonia.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Christmas in July challenge.
  • Pretty Bows by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, It's Julie here today sharing with you my latest vintage style card.This photo shows you the start of my layers. You will see I have shaded the edges with Distress Ink and used my Distress tool around the edges of my card for a shabby look.My Butterfly I used embossing powders on and added a little button onto the centre.My bow once die cut out I tattered the edges with my Distress Tool adding a little ink to the edges.My flowers were all shaded with Distress Inks and shaped using my embossing mat, adding little buttons into the centres.Cheery Lynn Dies Used:XL22 Pierced Stackers…
  • Encouragement Card by Corina Finley

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello and Happy Friday to you!I have created this weeks card to showcase the ease of layering with Cheery Lynn Dies. I have used the Pierced Stacker #3, A2 Frames Rectangular Scalloped, A2 Frames Rectangular Classic and Sentiment Frame #2. Simply cut and stack!I tried to recreate the flowers from the pattern paper. For the large flower, I cut the Small Gardenia strip flower. I used three layers from the strip die. I inked one layer dark pink, one light pink, trimmed one and also inked lightly with the dark pink. The center of the large flower and yellow…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • Easy Drawing Game: Household Object Drawing Prompts

    Jeanette Nyberg
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    What do you do when you can’t bring yourself to cook dinner, so you’ve already decided it’s going to be a cereal night, you feel a little uninspired, and your kids are rabid with not being used to the free time of summer vacation yet? I’ll tell ya. Pour those Fruity Pebbles in the bowls, grab some paper and markers, some household utensils and objects, and draw. All you do is plunk an item onto your paper and use it as a starting point for your drawing. If your junk drawer looks like mine, you’ll have things to draw around for hours. P.S. Let’s connect on…
  • 3 Picture Books Creative Parents Will Adore

    Jeanette Nyberg
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I pick books for Beckett by the cover. If they aren’t pretty, we don’t get them. HOW SHALLOW AM I? I can’t help it- I love a beautifully-illustrated picture book, and I found 3 of them recently that all sort of magically fell into the category of, “help your kids to think about creating and making and being inspired”. I’m sure that’s soon to be a new book genre. This book by Lois Ehlert is so inspiring and wonderful- I started to read it to Beckett, and then he grew a little bored by it, but I squirreled it away into the corner of the couch and fed my…
  • Doin’ Good- Dad Version

    Jeanette Nyberg
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Remember my Doin’ Good post at Mother’s Day, where I posted a video and you all watched it and got happy-weepy and then realized you were amazing moms? Well here’s the dad version- thanks to Minute Maid®. As moms, we’re (I’m) all obsessed with mom guilt, convinced we are permanently ruining our children and paving the way for their lifetime of therapy. I mean, pretty much daily I’m wondering if an answer I just gave to my moody tween will cause her to lash out in 3 years and guzzle booze. Or maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to the boo boo my 5…
  • Totally Cool Photo Book Idea: How to Immortalize Your Texts

    Jeanette Nyberg
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Christian gave me this book long ago. I think maybe 2 years ago, even. It lives on our bookshelf, and it’s one of the few books I pick up and flip through regularly. And then I laugh and laugh until I wee. The best part about this is that it’s a book of our texts back and forth that he had turned into a photo book, and I love it every bit as much as the photo books we have. Actually, we don’t have any photo books, but I intend to remedy that this summer. The problem with me (the only problem) is that I have reached a horrible spot in life and in family where we have so many…
  • TONS of Coloring Pages For Adults

    Jeanette Nyberg
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:49 pm
    So much time I spent on my belly as a child, on the cool linoleum of the kitchen floor, probably right under my mom as she cooked dinner. No doubt I had been horsing around as my kids do now, sticking dirty fingers in prepped food, or spastically jumping around the kitchen. Then my mom most likely gave me the option of getting the eff out of the kitchen or coloring. I spent a lot of evenings coloring. Maybe you’ve noticed the trend of coloring books and coloring pages for adults? With all the stress and threat of rabid zombies out there, adults have turned to whiling away some hours on…
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    Grow Creative

  • Look to God and Live

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I know I've been writing a lot about hysterectomy stuff lately, so please hear me out on just one more  post.  It's such an emotional thing to go through, especially when you've waited all your life to have children as I have. I have one child.  One beautiful child that came exactly when he was supposed to.  But then there have been no more.  We've waited for five whole years.  Part of that time I was too sick and on too many medications to even consider trying for more.  The other part of that time was spent on an emotional roller-coaster of maybe we…
  • Watercolors of Summer

    27 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Even though I haven't been posting much here lately, I've still been painting.  It's something I can't stop doing, even while I'm recovering from surgery.  I've had so many painting ideas! Here are just a small fraction of the work I've come up with in the past two months.I'm into all things summer right now.  Flowers, popsicles, colorful patterns.  Which is your favorite?
  • Photos of the Week

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Hello! I'm back!  I spent a few weeks recuperating in Arizona with my family.  They have a considerably large yard that I could wander around in taking pictures. The walking was good for me physically and I discovered that the prickly pears were in bloom!  So pretty!  Turns out those walks were good for my soul too.  It was on these walks that I had time to come to terms with just how I feel about this hysterectomy.  It's the hardest thing I have ever had to let go of and the sadness is deeper than I thought at first.  I wanted more children of my own more…
  • Recovering

    28 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    I had my big surgery last week.  It's been quite a journey.  Even though I've heard so many hysterectomy horror stories, I can tell already, it was the right choice for me.  The organs that made me sick and hurt for so long are gone and I feel like my body can finally heal.  So I'll be taking it easy for a while.  It takes time and it can't be rushed.I have a feeling that good things are coming my way now.  The Lord has a different plan for me, but it is a good and perfect plan.  The husband and I are definitely thinking about adoption at some point.
  • Photos of the Week: Ladybugs

    18 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Have you been seeing any of these little bugs hanging around?  There seem to be way more than usual around here, but that's a good thing!  It gives me more chances to photograph them- up close. Plus, they are good for gardens, right?It's a little disconcerting to see a ladybug head-on, but also kinda cool!
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  • Replacing Closet Doors With Curtains Made From Bedsheets

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Does anyone else think sliding closet doors and children do not mix? Around here they certainly did not. Icing smashed fingers and wrestling doors back onto their tracks were a weekly occurrence. I had had enough and decided to replace my daughters' closet doors with curtains.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Scrap Busting Fabric Wrapped Wreath

    26 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Hello! Just dropping in to share my most recent creation, a fabric wrapped wreath for summer. Without any particular plan for it, I purchased a Styrofoam wreath form on clearance. I couldn't pass up a good deal and figured something would eventually come to me.  And finally, after it sat on my desk for weeks, something did!Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Nature Inspired Autumn Mantel and Decor

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Welcome Fall!  Just dropping in to share a few photos of my autumn mantel and decor.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Accordion Fold Paper Garland Tutorial

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Today I want to share a quick tutorial for creating this delightful accordion fold paper garland. It's simple to make and easy to coordinate with your party theme. I love bright neon colors for summer and used Ultra Brite Hue papers from JAM Paper & Envelope.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Patriotic Ribbon, Lace & Fabric Scrap Flag

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    Sometimes good things come from a bout of insomnia. This sweet and shabby American flag came to life in the wee hours of the morning. I was inspired by this vintage ribbon and lace flag.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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  • DIY: Water Marbled Glassware

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

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

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Happy New Year everyone! Wow, I can’t believe 2015 is already here. I guess that means it’s time for some resolutions. One of my goals is to definitely devote more time to posting new projects on the blog. I slacked off a little bit (let’s be honest, a lot) and I’m going to try harder to post more often. I hope that all of you have huge success in accomplishing your goals for the new year! Here are three fabulous DIYs I found to kick off 2015.How cute is this sequined banner from A Beautiful Mess? Perfect for a holiday party!Make these beautiful gift boxes from Oh So…
  • DIY to Try: 3 Upcycling Ideas

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

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

  • Summer Stripes

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

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

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

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    As a knitter you know you're super busy when you can't fathom knitting anything more complicated than a sock. For some knitters socks are complicated enough, but I've knit dozens of pairs of socks. I hardly have to think about knitting them, as opposed to the complicated stitch patterns of the cardis I've been knitting in the last couple of years. I've knitted so many socks over the past decade of knitting socks that some of them have had to been thrown out. I'm like the Yarn Harlot. I do not waste time darning holes in socks. If the sock has decided to go and do something as silly as develop…
  • Car Trouble

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Nothing like a little automobile drama to push you back into knitting.  My car decided that it was time to have an electrical fire. You can imagine for a mom with two kids under the age of 6 what kind of nightmare that could be to be suddenly without a car. The kids preschool is 6 miles and two buses away. It's not like we have money for a new car, we barely have enough to get this fixed, which could cost either $500 or $1500. That's a lot of yarn.  This was a pretty traumatizing event. I had to call the fire department and it left my nerves all frayed for the next day. For the…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Best Sewing Knit Fabric Tips and Tutorials

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

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

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

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

    Mamma Nene
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Another week, another project! Today I’m here showing you a dress designed by a friend and a PatternWorkshop classmate: the Love Bird Dress by MCM designs. […]The post Love Bird Dress – MCM blog tour appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Diy Origami Bow.

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    I've fallen in love with these Diy Origami Bows. They would make the perfect gift topper or garland. There's no glue needed although you do need to make a couple of cuts with a pair of scissors.Let's get started.WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY ORIGAMI BOWS:Origami paper (I used the papers out of this set) and a pair of scissors. InLinkz.comThe above links are affiliate links. This means this if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.1. Start with your paper pattern side down. Fold in half and crease well. The pattern should be on the inside.2. Fold in half again and…
  • Three Things I Love: June.

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    1. Gorgeous orange infused sweet ricotta filled peach cookies from Mitzy At Home.2. Diy Marbleized Banners from Oh Happy Day.3. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.
  • Diy Stamped Clay Pots.

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The one thing I can't say no to is stationary. I love it. I probably have far too much but whenever I spot a new colour of washi tape or a pretty design on a notebook I can't help but buy it.You might remember the other month when I mentioned I'd fallen in love with all those diy clay plant pots that were popping up all over the internet. I don't have much use for tiny plant pots. I only have two houseplants and they're both quite large but the one thing I can always use is more storage for my ever growing stationary collection so I grabbed my favourite stamps, some left over air dry clay I…
  • Diy Typography Confetti.

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    photo credit: Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry.Last night while I was browsing Pinterest I stumbled across this brilliant tutorial for typography confetti from A Subtle Revelry. Such a simple yet effective idea and perfect for those summer parties or weddings.I do love confetti even though it can get really messy. I read a great tip in the comments section of this blog post for dealing with the clean up. A sticky lint roller! Genius.Want to make your own diy alphabet confetti? All you need is some brightly coloured double-sided paper and these Martha Stewart Alpha Punches. Easy,…
  • Out And About: Sussex.

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I'm back from a weeks holiday in Sussex. The photo above is from Worthing Pier. I'm in love that bright red 'pier' sign.We went shopping in Brighton, cycling along the coast, ate a lot of food, watched San Andreas (both the best and the worst film I've ever seen and I loved it) at the refurbished Edwardian Dome Cinema, spent some time in Alfriston (I can recommend Much Ado Books, the best book shop!), Lewes and Arundel.Here's some photos from the trip.Arundel Castle was a highlight. It's a restored medieval castle and the gardens are amazing. They were filled with these gorgeous carved wooden…
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    STASH YARN SHOP - Stashknits blog

  • kickin' it!

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

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    The contest to name our new exclusive yarn brand has produced a winner--Stash Select. Great choice, folks! This yarn really does have everything you'd select when you shop for yarn. It's made of all natural fibers (merino, silk, and cashmere), produced right here in PA by a fourth generation family run fiber mill, and we're creating 20 amazing colors to start. We know you're gonna love it when it arrives this September, so thanks for helping choose the perfect name. Now is your chance to help bring this awesome yarn to our community of crafters. We've started a crowd funding campaign to…

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Some of you may recall the story I shared last Thanksgiving of a new customer who came into the shop looking for yarn to make a hat. I closed that post with a sincere wish that her promise to return soon would be kept.You'lll be happy to know it has been. Over the past several months, we have helped her choose yarn for not only more hats, but scarves and mittens for her husband and sons, as well. While she continues to need a hat herself at this moment, we were able to celebrate a small victory with her today. "I just came from my last chemo treatment!" she announced to general…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • 4 Easy, DIY Summer Accessories to Try

    6 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    As summer looms around the corner, are you really accessory-ready? If not, don’t worry! We have some great do-it-yourself accessories to get you ready to hit the beach! Whether it’s a stylish beach tote, a colorful flower crown, or one of our DIY fringe necklaces, gather your materials because we’re about to get crafty!Flower CrownsFirst things first, you need something beautiful and colorful to match all those new summer dresses. The best accessory for that is a handmade flower crown—and with real flowers! 1. Order the flowers: Order some flowers to begin making…
  • #LoveYourCurls with Dove Hair

    25 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Hey ladies!  I'm very excited to share with you this amazing new hair product system by Dove Hair that is completely tailored to women and girls with curly, coarse hair, like me!  Whether your hair is soft and wavy, thick and coily, or full and curly, the NEW Dove Hair Quench Absolute system is just for you.  I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about this system before I used it, thinking, is this really for coarse hair?  I didn't want to try another brand that promoted hair products tailored to curly, coarse hair, but didn't contain the must-have ingredients to…
  • DIY Cork Tissue Box Cover

    16 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Yesterday was a really great day to be out, but as I was driving I noticed so much pollen on my car.  It reminded me that yes, it's allergy season.  Sniffling, sneezing, coughing and all the other not-so-great symptoms that come with Spring.  So this allergy season, I thought it'd be a great idea to create a tissue box cover, made of cork.  Why cork?  It's a great idea for groups, friends or family to attach small "get well" greetings, and give to someone they care about.   It's sure to brighten up their day!For this DIY, you'll need:(2) 12x12 sheets of cork…
  • Make Your Own Beaded Tassel Necklace

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Tassels, tassels, tassels! It's the hot trend of the spring season. But instead of buying expensive jewelry from a big brand, think DIY! You can personalize your necklace to fit your own style and you'll really enjoy yourself in the process. There may be other tassel necklace tutorials, but we prefer our minimalist boho style which fits the freshness and ease of the spring season wardrobe.  SUPPLIES: Embroidery Thread (choose the color of your choice)Wood beadsPlain threadJewelry jump ringsJewelry claspsLong nose pliers For the jump rings and clasps, it may be better for you to…
  • Spring Cleaning: 10 Tips To Help You Clean Your Closet

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Yep it's that time of year again- the time to get into the dark corners and critter hideaways of your house to clean.  I'm not sure who came up with the idea to clean as soon as the weather gets nice, but I'd rather lounge on a blanket at a park somewhere and read a few good books, to be honest.  But, we must not neglect our Spring cleaning.  It's a great time to tackle those forgotten areas and just give your house a bit of a refresh.  For me, included in Spring cleaning is closet purging. It only takes me about a year to stock pile a ton of clothes, shoes and accessories…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • Marbleized Effect with Alcohol Inks

    Lisa Fulmer
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today I am sharing with you how to get a marbleized effect with alcohol inks! It’s fun and easy to marbleize a smooth, non-porous surface with alcohol inks. For my #craftyourstash project today, I grabbed a white, coated paperboard box and some citrus shades of alcohol inks to make a little marbling magic. This box has an acetate window and a magnetic hinged lid – it will be perfect for holding just about anything – from handmade greeting cards to office supplies to receipts and coupons. Several years ago, I shot a homespun video tutorial (below) on how to combine 2-3…
  • 7 Summertime Drink Recipes

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     In our summertime series, we have brought you recipes for your barbecue grill and some yummy side dish recipes to go along with those main dishes.  For our last post in this series, we have found 7 summertime drink recipes that will keep your thirst quenched as the temperatures outside continue to rise.  So, the next time you’re looking for something to cool you off from the summer heat, try one of these fabulous summer drinks!   Cincy Shopper Frosted Lemonade Passion for Savings Peach Tea…
  • Patriotic Summer Frame

    Carmen Whitehead
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is Carmen and today I am sharing with you this wonderful Patriotic Summer Frame. Just in time for the Fourth of July, this frame is patriotic but you can display it all summer long! Supplies: Wood frame Acrylic paints in red, white and blue The Crafter’s Workshop stencil TCW547 Repeating Pods ArtistCellar Stencil Tam’s Whimsy Series (stars) Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo Tools: makeup sponges 1-inch brush Paint the front and sides of the frame with white acrylic paint using the 1-inch brush. These wood frames sometimes have rough edges and you may need to use a…
  • Oriental-style Altered Chipboard Panel

    Irit Shalom
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Hello, my dear crafty friends, and welcome to my monthly  post where I am sharing with you my Oriental-style altered chipboard panel! This time I made this altered wall decor using Tando Creative chipboard pieces, Earth Safe Finishes paints and mediums and Rubber Dance stamps. Actually this chipboard piece has three panels to alter, but I decided to alter just one of them this time and to make a small visual tutorial. So here we go! Product list: Chipboards- Tando Creative UK Paints- Earth Safe Finishes; Cherry Jubilee, Milk Chocolate, Huckleberry Cobbler Crackle Medium, Gesso, Wax- Earth…
  • 8 Summertime Side Dish Recipes

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A few days ago, we shared with you some fabulous recipes to use with your barbeque grills.  For today’s post, we want to continue with our cooking theme by bringing you 8 summertime side dish recipes.  From salads to yummy smores, we have collected these side dish recipes that we think you will love and make your summer get-togethers the place where everyone wants to be! Renee’s Kitchen Adventures Spend with Pennies Budget Bytes…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Summertime Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party WINNERS!

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Good Morning, Good Morning! I am so excited for today! The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! Wahoo! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summertime Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party! Whether you linked up your bows or occasionally checked in to see all of the wonderful talent and gorgeous bows and […]
  • American Flag Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome, welcome to YouTube Thursday! The day we celebrate amazing hair bows, accessories and other fun crafts video style! Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED the 4th of July! I love all of the red, white and blue everywhere but most of all, I love to see all of the American […]
  • Felt Flower Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Flowers, flowers, flowers…I just can’t get enough of flowers! And today, Cherie is sharing the most awesome bouquet of Felt Flowers around. Using three different techniques in bold and beautiful red, white and blue felt colors, not only are these flowers perfect for hair or an accessory on a shirt or bag…they are patriotic and […]
  • Framed Ribbon Flag

    Cheri Mortimer
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    I am so very excited for today’s adorably festive project! I mean seriously…how cute is this Ribbon Flag that the amazingly talented Cherie is sharing with us? I absolutely love how she incorporated lace and ribbon to create this patriotic flag that screams freedom and 4th of July celebrations! Not only is this project adorable […]
  • Lace Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday! Hello again! I am so glad to see you all here for our brand new, hot off the press video tutorial. I love video tutorials, and I get so excited every Thursday to share with you, the latest and greatest video directly from our YouTube Channel! Our channel is full of […]
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  • Mod Podge Clipboard

    Sherri Osborn
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    When I was cleaning out my desk drawers and ran across a plain (you could even call it ugly) clipboard, I immediately pulled out my scrap fabric bin and Mod Podge. I love any excuse I can find to use…Read more →
  • Watermelon Sun Catcher Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Okay, so I know many of you are focused on getting everything ready for your kids to go back to school right now, but I also know that many of you hate to see summer go. You can make one…Read more →
  • 16 DIY Yard Games for the Family

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Check out this collection of fun backyard games that are perfect for the entire family. Many of these yard games are classic family games that have been super-sized, and in some instances, weatherproofed! What do you think of this collection?…Read more →
  • 15 DIY Water Play Projects

    Sherri Osborn
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    If you are looking for a creative way to beat the summer heat, try making one or more of these fun water play projects. For many of them, you can use supplies you probably already have lying around your house.…Read more →
  • Printable Coupons for Father’s Day

    Sherri Osborn
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you found a special gift for your dad or grandpa yet? If not, or even if you have, why not print out a set of these printable coupons for a Father’s Day gift? You can quickly make up a…Read more →
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  • Face the Wall-Gallery Wall

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

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

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

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I’m a fan of scarfs. It’s an accessory that is both practical and fashionable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection.This winter I decided to start a collection for L by making her several infinity scarfs (because infinity scarfs are in and every 2 year old needs a scarf collection?). These are super easy and quick to sew. Add a monogram or an applique and they will make a sweet personalized gift. Materials: 24″x48″ piece of fabric (this measurement is for a 2 year old) matching thread Step 1: Pin the right sides of your fabric together lengthwise…
  • Fakin’ It– Weathering Wood

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I love the look of weathered wood. There’s history and richness to it. I know I am not the only one because a quick search on Pinterest yields How-to’s, natural distressing solutions, etc (Side note: don’t you wish people felt the same about weathered faces?). There are many tutorials out there that use steel wool, vinegar, sandpaper, etc. All of the tutorials look great. But… I am a mom of two boys and time is of the essence. So, I came up with a two step process  that’s relatively easy, error proof, and quick.  What You’ll Need to Weather Your…
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  • DIY Body Butter!

    Adrianne Herold
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    So this stuff is amazing. It smells good and makes me feel like I'm covered in satin!Plus.. it's so easy to make!! What Ya Need:1/4 cup of shea butter1/4 cup almond oil1/4 cup coconut oil25-30 drops of essential oilsan airtight container  What Ya Do:First off you'll want to put your shea butter, almond oil, and coconut oil into a pan and heat it up on the stuff until all of the shea butter dissolves and it becomes a light oil as pictured above.Then you want it to cool off and the best way to do this is to put it in the refridgerator for a little while. You want to get it to the point…
  • DIY Sugar Mint Lip Scrub!

    Adrianne Herold
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Sooo, this stuff is so so so great. It smells like heaven, tastes so great (don't judge me), and works wonders! And the best part? You probably already own everything and it takes about 2 minutes to make.. MY KINDA THING.What You Need:4 teaspoons of brown sugar3 teaspoons of honey3 teaspoons of coconut oilpeppermint & citrus essential oilsmall airtight container What You Do:Mix together your brown sugar, honey, and coconut oil in a small bowl.Add 2 drops of each essential oil.DONE.
  • Try The World!

    Adrianne Herold
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I've traveled a lot of places...and something that always intrigues me and gets me inspired is the different foods from each place I've been! Now I know traveling to Italy or France isn't cheap, but there is still a way to get real food and recipes straight from another country! If you're anything like me, you really enjoy subscription boxes. It's like getting presents throughout the year!And that's exactly what Try The World is! Every two months, you'll receive a box full of flavor from a new country. You get 6-7 full-size items in a box; snacks, ingredients,…
  • DIY Dry Shampoo for Light or Dark Hair

    Adrianne Herold
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have been using this recipe for over a year now and I wouldn't replace it for any other dry shampoo. It smells amazing, feels amazing, and works so perfect for my dark hair. You get no weird residue feeling with it and you can't see it at all!It's actually better to only wash your hair every other day. Washing it too often can try your hair/scalp out and doesn't let the natural oils do their jobs. But, some of us can't go more than a day so that's why dry shampoo is such a great cure. The ingredients in these are good for your hair and are probably already in your kitchen! Corn starch…
  • Low-Fat Lemon Crinkle Cookies

    Adrianne Herold
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I've made these cookies three times this week... I just can't stop. They are so good! They just melt in your mouth and taste like summer! So perfect!! They take a total of about 25 minutes to make and are only worth 2+ Weight Watcher points!! What else could you ask for?! Ingredients:A box of lemon cake mix8oz Cool Whip, thawed1 eggsmall bowl of powdered sugar (roughly a cup or two)Let's Start!Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a silicone baking mat on a large cookie sheet.In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the cake mix, followed by the cool whip.Mix well until all combined, batter…
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  • Easy DIY hair accessories organizer

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today I bring you a very simple and useful project: a hair accessories organizer. I made it for my daughter, so it matches her room decor specifically, but with a little imagination anyone can adjust the design to match another child or even an adult room. It all started with this:Yep, it's a mess. The little princess box that used to hold my daughter's hair clips, pony tail holders. necklaces, bracelets and similar stuff was not only filled to the but overflowing. And the worst thing was we needed to pull everything out whenever she decided she wanted a specific item that, invariably,…
  • Scraps of Yarn June Crochet Along - part 3 is finished

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:50 am
    I finished part 3 of the June scraps of yarn mystery crochet along on Tuesday night, bit I've been busy with other things and didn't have time to share it before (head over to Creative Crochet Toys to check out the patterns).Here are the 5 mini squares......and here's how it looks after sewing it all together:It is still a bit wonky, due to the fact that I mixed too many different types of yarn. But it's a scraps of yarn challenge, after all...I'm hoping that after adding the border it will look a bit better.The border is included as Part 4 of the challenge, which has been published last…
  • The Blogging Schedule for the Busy Mom

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    …or how to fit blogging into your life in 4 easy steps!Today I decided to take a break from my usual Thursday decluttering posts to write about something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time now: how to dedicate time to blogging without negatively impacting the rest of your life. I’m married, I work full time out of the house and have two kids. That alone is obviously more than enough to fill my days. That is why it took me so long to start a blog, even though it was something I knew I wanted to do for years. Today, I manage two blogs: this one, Keeping it Real…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 25/June

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to the first (almost) wordless Wednesday of summer! Today I bring you...ducks.Yes, we went to the park and the kids had a blast feeding the ducks and chasing them around.     My son wanted me to take a picture of the only white duck in the neighborhood......and this funny guy decided to check out my camera:It was a great day and we had a lot of fun!
  • Upcycle: easy & inexpensive DIY napkin rings

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    ...using cardboard tubes and washi tape!These are perfect for summer! For backyard parties, birthday parties, tea parties or any other kind of party! They are virtually inexpensive, can be made in a matter of minutes and can be customized to match just about any decor you want. And if in the end they are lost or damaged? No big deal, you can just make more next time.I've been meaning to share this post since the beginning of the month, when Kristina & Millie, from 2 Crochet Hooks, invited me for the Creative Craft Challenge Link Party,but every single week something else came up and I…
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  • Crochet Headbands and More

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

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

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

    Zurainny Ismail
    6 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    When I wrote my last post of this same title, my granny square pillow case was not yet completed.  Fortunately, I managed to finish it a few hours before the dateline, and like most last-minute work, some things will always go wrong.  In my case, the internet line was so slow, I almost missed the dateline – had to upload my pics a few times.  Then my joining methods was not satisfactory at all.  I couldn’t quite work out how to join the squares (my eyesight really need help). I got the pattern from this book: This is one of a few excellent books to keep and refer to whenever a…
  • Merino Wool

    Zurainny Ismail
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Pic credit: I love to look at knitting and crochet yarns sold at online stores.  There are simply so many exciting varieties of colours, textures, materials and brands out there that are just waiting for us to crochet or knit with.  One amazing yarn material that I am longing to grab, feel and work with (now that I’ve done some readings about it), is Merino wool yarn. Living in the tropics, we are so used to favouring cotton over most other materials that even when buying yarns, I prefer to choose cotton yarns for its perceived superiority (and suitability for hot and…
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  • Amazing vintage adornment YSL Gripoix four-leaf clover heart pin

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Every Sunday we’re out searching treasures on the available boot fairs in our region, as now is the time for local markets to thrive. Once in while you stumble on an item you’d never expect to find on a “vide grenier”, a boot fair… Ironically the four-leaf clover is the symbol of good luck, imagine finding one and discovering its value. We stumbled onto a 1980 vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gripoix four-leaf clover heart pin. Now we’re talking about a timeless classic jewelry, a true collector’s item, an ever lasting investment. It isn’t really my kind of thing, but YSL stands for…
  • Solitary bees the fine grain of our local biodiversity

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    A weird, flying insect has taken up residence in a hole of our terrace stone wall. We’re always very alert, as we don’t want wasp nests, let alone “frolons”/hornets on our terrace (they’re massive, big wasps). We were wondering whether we had to fill up the hole and prevent the insect from coming back (which it did the whole time), till we had friends coming over who had more “nature” knowledge than us. “Don’t touch them, leave them, they are solitary bees!” was the answer we got. We said: “It looks nothing like a bee, more like a weirdo insect”! But one has to admit…
  • Hatpins from the capital of the French hatmaking industry

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:53 am
    Where better to find an authentic hatpin, than on the local vide grenier/boot fair in Espéraza, the town known for its history of hat making industry here in the South of France. After all, fakes are a major thing in collecting hatpins. So I was lucky this Sunday, as amidst other interesting finds, I discovered some lovely hatpins on that local market. When my eyes, wondering on every stand, caught the sight of these beautiful and authentic hatpins, I had to buy them for my shop. Of course, hats were a men’s right in the old days, women had to wear hoods, simple bonnets with strings drawn…
  • Fast and furious ants, earth’s most successful species

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    This morning we wanted to start our day, as we always do, sitting at our vintage pub table, having our cup of coffee in the first morning glory. This time we had company: intelligent life at the table! I told you, wildlife here, seems to be coming closer to us than ever before, each day offers us a wonder. The occupiers of 25% or more (1/3 some say) of the insect biomass on the planet … hundreds of them, were travelling, in comparison to their size, huge distances to and fro the terrace pot and the table. The table offered a huge attraction to these alien creatures: my compost pot full…
  • Wildlife in the South of France finding a nuthatch Sitta Europaea

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:24 pm
    In the early mornings letting our dogs out, we are always greeted by hundreds of different species of birds singing their hearts out. At night we have the nightingales’ concerts, blending in with hundreds of toads singing, announcing us tomorrow it might rain. This week we were in for a shock: a young nuthatch struck the kitchen window (a reminder for me to hang even more wind chimes, so the birds realize in time they can’t fly through that barrier!). This little “sitelle” as the French call it, known to be noisy with a wide variety of whistles, trills and calls, was now lying on the…
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  • The Bright Colors of Summer

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

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

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

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

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Red RosesWe’ve been replenishing the shelves after last week’s successful sale of our hand dyed wool, perfect for rug hooking and wool applique. This includes some old favorites, like Green Meadows, Moon River, Garnet Drama, Orange Buttercup, Olde Gold and Fluffy Clouds. Orange ButtercupFrances has also added some new colors to the mix. Be sure to check out Red Roses, Night Forest (an intriguing blend of forest green and dark brown), White Roses and Grayish Black. All fabric is 100% wool. As always, shipping is free to U.S. addresses and free on orders of greater than $50 to…
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  • You Want to Yarn Bomb, Try Something Better!

    Alice Seidel
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    You want to yarn bomb, try this instead! In a recent post, I talked about the knitting fad that has taken hold called arm knitting. I don’t like it. There are a lot of things in life I don’t care for, and this is just one more. You can read all about my disdain for arm knitting right here. There is one more little thorn in my knitting bush and that’s called yarn bombing. Really?! Its actual name should be yarn wasting, because I could think of so many USEFUL ways to use that yarn that have nothing to do with adorning street poles and stop signs, not to mention park benches,…
  • Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps

    Alice Seidel
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Successfully learn lace knitting in 5 easy steps and I’m not kidding! Don’t you just love knitted things that look like this? Looks hard to create, doesn’t it? Well, that’s another secret to knitting. It’s not at all what you think. And if you’ve never tried a “lace” knitting stitch, they are easier than you think. How to start lace knitting Am I going to give you a pattern or two, RIGHT NOW,  to start you on your way to lace knitting success? NO! Not yet. There are 5 steps to look through FIRST, because you want to get the best knowledge you…
  • Summer Knitting Projects

    Alice Seidel
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Summer knitting projects now that it’s almost summer! I can’t believe it’s almost Father’s Day! Not to mention my son, Rob’s 39th birthday. Yikes. How does one of your “kids” get to be 39 already?! I’ll think about that later or tomorrow, like Scarlett. June is flying by, and I’m in the middle of a pretty turquoise afghan project which is listed below. All you need to do when starting a new knitting project is to find a SIMPLE pattern and go with it! Don’t over complicate your knitting. Use patterns you’re already familiar…
  • Knitting Because There’s Nothing To Do

    Alice Seidel
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Learn knitting because there’s nothing to do. How many times when we were kids did we run to our mothers with that age-old lament, “but, Mom, there’s nothing’s to do!” Especially on those oppressively hot and humid days when nothing seemed to be moving; no one ventured out of doors because it was awful! Once I had already gone through my cadre of library books while sitting on the front porch, I certainly wasn’t going to play in the attic. The attic was the perfect hideout in winter; at first it was cold-d-d-d, then with the attic door left open the heat…
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  • Celebrate the Fourth with an Evening at Orchards Park with Kaylee Rutland

    Sarah White
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    This post is compensated by HireInfluence, but all opinions are my own. The Fourth of July, for me, is all about getting together with people and having fun. I remember Fourths of my childhood, going to see fireworks at home or up in my grandparents’ hometown in Iowa. It was a time when all the cousins got together and in classic 1980s style were largely left to our own devices. And of course there was the Best Fourth Ever, 15 years ago, when I was working at a newspaper in Massachusetts for the summer. My parents came out and we went to the Esplanade in Boston for the Pops concert and…
  • Tips for a More Creative Family Life from the Artful Parent

    Sarah White
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    There are so many great crafty bloggers out there who share art and learning activities for kids, but one of my must reads is Jean Van’t Hul, blogger at the Artful Parent. Her site is full of great ideas for creating with kids and generally supporting families making together. Her book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity, came out back in 2013 and I only just got around to finishing reading it. It took so long, in fact, she has another book out now, The Artful Year. (Which I can’t wait to check out, by the way.) But I’m…
  • Frugal Family Linky June 25

    Sarah White
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    The girl was sick for four days since our last Frugal Family Linky, so other than some decluttering that’s got me in the mood for crafting, I haven’t done much frugal this week. But we did have a great, long trip to the library, which is always fun and free (other than the late fees!). This Week’s Featured Posts It is hot already this summer, and that means toting around water wherever we go. This fun duct tape water bottle holder is a great way to encourage kids to carry their own bottles, and bigger kids can even make them themselves. Thanks for sharing, There’s Just…
  • Sewing with Kids: Getting Started

    Sarah White
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The girl, who is almost 6, is super interested in all sorts of crafty things because that’s her life. She’s long wanted to learn how to knit, and before her interests turned toward astronomy, she used to say she wanted to “sew the material” when she grew up. It’s technically supposed to be my mom’s job to teach her to sew, but we’ve gotten started on the basics already because she found stuff in my closet and was interested. She’s used purchased and homemade lacing cards with shoestrings or heavy yarn to practice the movements of a needle. This…
  • Cleaning the Craft Closet, a #projectsimplify Update

    Sarah White
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I have not been doing all that well with my One Little Word this year. Simplify is such a great word — and I did some good stuff with it at the beginning of the year — and I have every intention of seeing it through in every way I still can with what’s left of the year. A book coming out (or getting a new contract, or having a book deadline) seems to be my silent permission to let things slide for months. But I’m done. And to show myself I was serious, I started back in on my yearlong decluttering and simplification project in one of the hardest and most necessary…
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  • Joy Inspired Crochet Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    If you haven't seen Disney Pixar's Inside Out, you need to! It's a movie based around 5 feelings that are in a young girls head: Anger, Sadness, Disgust, Fear... and JOY! Joy is the most important emotion, the main character in the movie and after many requests, I have crocheted a Joy inspired hat!I got a little creative with the hair. It's made from Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins yarn. It actually covers the top of the hat easily and quickly but you could of course use worsted weight yarn as well.Materials: - Worsted weight yarn in Cream, White, Black, and Blue.  I used Lion Brand…
  • Crochet Bikini Top

    Sarah Zimmerman
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    So I got this crazy idea to make something for myself.. something a bikini top! Except I must have temporarily forgot that I was a mom of 3 in my mid 30's and I could never pull something like this off HAHA! But I thought I would post the tutorial anyway for those of you who feel comfortable showing a little skin. Now I will go back to making cute crochet hats for kids :)Materials:- Patons Grace Yarn (1-2 skeins)- Size G Crochet Hook- Tapestry NeedleAbbreviations:SC = Single CrochetHDC = Half Double CrochetDC = Double CrochetV-Stitch = DC + chain 1 + DC all in same…
  • Crochet Panda Bear Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    I love when one crochet pattern suddenly morphs into something else and that is exactly what has happened with my last couple hat patterns! It all started with my Crochet Fox Hat which then turned into a Raccoon Hat and then the Raccoon hat inspired me to make this Panda Bear Hat! I love being able to borrow elements from one pattern and creating something else. What will this hat become next?!Materials: - Worsted weight yarn in Black and White. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.- Size H Crochet Hook- Two White buttons (about 1 inch wide)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations: Magic Ring…
  • Felt Owl Gift Card Holder

    Sarah Zimmerman
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Whip up a quick and easy felt owl gift card holder and make your gift giving as cute as can be! Plus, Target is now selling Owl Gift Cards which fit perfectly with the theme!You can purchase Target Owl Gift Cards ONLINE or in stores.All you need is a little felt, some buttons, and a hot glue gun.Cut two squares of felt (approximately 3 x 3 inches), two half circle wings and small beak. Tip: snip off a small corner of a piece of felt for a perfect beak shape.Hot glue 3 edges of the squares together and hot glue the rest of the embellishments on top of one side. You could even stitch on sleepy…
  • Birthday Stash Giveaway

    Sarah Zimmerman
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Today is my BIRTHDAY! And I've already had a great weekend of celebrations with the highlight being a craft store shopping spree! My husband was on Daddy duty and watched the kids while I got to go to Michaels BY MYSELF!! I headed straight to the yarn aisle and re-stocked my stash! While I was there, I picked up a couple extra yarn balls to giveaway!I am giving away 8 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn along with this cute little brown basket!Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Open worldwide!a Rafflecopter giveawayI also want to give a shoutout to two of my closest crochet…
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  • 6-21-2015

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

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

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

    Laurel Blow
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    You know you are loved, when you get Torch & Ramekins for your Birthday! <3 Loved Email Address The post 6-1-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 5-31-2015

    Laurel Blow
    31 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    …because it’s the Northwest, and the sun is out 😉 Email Address The post 5-31-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
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    DIY Candy

  • Refreshing Pineapple Limeade Recipe

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Summer is here! Days are getting hotter and the need to stay hydrated is a must. Lately I’ve been infusing my regular boring water with slices of lemon and lime. It really got me thinking about creating homemade juice while incorporating mint and basil from the overgrown plants I have. This...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • Cute Cat DIY Bookmarks

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Are you a cat lover? (Good.) Are you a book lover? (Great.) Do you love colors? (Yes? Me too!) We must be on the same wavelength because today’s cute cat bookmark craft is just for you! Hiya! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks. My son and I just started the summer reading program at our...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • No Sew Pillow with Pom Pom Trim

    Pretty Life Girls
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I was checking my Instagram the other day, when I saw the most adorable pom pom pillows in one my friend’s pictures, and I knew I had to have them! I also knew that I could make them, so I got myself the supplies and whipped them up. I don’t own a sewing machine, so these are a no-sew...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Summer for our family not only means trips to the local park and fun sprinkler sessions but it also means great family time. With everyone running in and out of the house, it’s easy for dirt to pile up. Especially with those frequent bathroom trips the kids make as they fly in from swimming in...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • 15 DIY Cactus Crafts – No Watering Required

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Whether you have a green thumb or not, learn how to bring the modern cactus look into any room with these 15 DIY cactus crafts. These cacti are guaranteed to be drought resistant! The post 15 DIY Cactus Crafts – No Watering Required appeared first on         
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • Recycled bottle wall vase

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    Hello friends! Does it finally feel like summer at your house too? One of my favorite things about summer, is having all the fresh home grown flowers in my yard. I am totally not an expert grower, but I do have a few plants that seem to bloom beautifully all summer long. Since I am always looking at...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesVintage style Mod Podge map craftDecoupage vintage View-Master bottleFabric lined drawers with Mod Podge 
  • Easy magnetic memo board message center

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Hi it’s David from Cheltenham Road. As I mentioned in my last project, I’m on a bit of a “Use What You’ve Got” kick. I’m trying make use of all those random bits of stuff left over from years and years of project making. But, of course, the trick is not to just...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY organization – bins from postal boxesEasy kids craft: DIY pencil holdersDIY keychains – with storage! 
  • Win an Apple watch, iPad mini, or a $500 Apple gift card!

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    It’s summer, and I love doing great giveaways this time of year! Yay! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogs to bring one lucky reader the must have techy item of 2015 – the new Apple watch! Sure you have a smart phone, and you might not justify a need to buy the new Apple...Read the rest here . . . »       Related Stories$100 Mod Podge Contributor Grab Bag Giveaway!Win the NEW Mod Melter value kit!Huge “Spring Cleaning” giveaway – $1,500 value! 
  • My hometown hero #ShareYourHero

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Do you have a hero in your hometown? If you think about your friends, family members, neighbors, people at church . . . you probably do. I look around in my life and feel like a lot of people I know are heroes to some degree, and there’s actually one right in my condo complex – her name...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesChauncey the computing gnomeMake a DIY outdoor serving station #DIHworkshopRose gold rack for Father’s Day 
  • Medallion-embellished sandals with Mod Melts

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    Hey guys! It’s Aki again from Minted Strawberry. When spring and summer hit, I break out my flip-flops and sandals. I live in them until it’s too cold to wear them! I recently purchased a simple pair of sandals for errand and beach use without the intention of ever embellishing them....Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesScrap fabric wrapped summer DIY sandalsCopper & gold gem drop DIY earringsRe-do your boat shoes 
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • Fireworks Chysanthemum July 4th Card

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

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

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

    Carol P
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    When Dani Marie invited me to review her ebook I admit to wondering why someone would need to purchase a book on the subject of selling your products, given the amazing amount of free advice published on the internet.  Having read The Handmade Entrepreneur,  I can tell you why.  Exactly because there's an overwhelming amount of advice on the internet!  Some of it is good, some of it is mediocre,
  • Pleated Star Embellishment

    Carol P
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    This accordion pleated star can be challenging because you feel like you need about 6 extra hands to hold everything in place as you glue it together. Use as a card embellishment or scale it up to make decorations for the 4th of July. Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • Air Dry Clay Bird Bath with Pedestal

    Activa Products
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Create a bird bath to hold your rings or small keepsakes byusing PLUS air dry clay.Materials needed:Plus air dry clay in whiteWooden skewerSmall cup of waterHandmade stamps, buttons or anything that will leave an impressionCream, chocolate brown metallic, Caribbean blue, denim blue and orange acrylic paintsPaint brushesBlack permanent markerClear acrylic spray to seal Instructions: 1) How to make a “pinch pot”. Cut off a piece of Plus clay a little larger than a golf ball. Roll into a ball and then begin pressing your right thumb into one side of the clay and begin turning the ball while…
  • Inlaid Clay Necklace with Color Plus Clay

    Activa Products
    27 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Create a one of a kind air dry clay necklace pendant with matching beads by using Color Plus clay. MATERIALS NEEDED: Color Plus air dry clay in white, blue and green ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 3 8” x 8” squares Small cup of water Wooden skewer Piece of cardboard cut into a 2” x 2 ½” square Toothpicks Styrofoam block Tan hemp cord 0.5mm x 3 ft. Black permanent marker Clear acrylic spray to seal INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Begin by cutting off a piece of white clay the size of a large walnut. Knead the clay in your hands to soften it. If using the ACTÍVA…
  • Heart Shaped Bird Bath using Plus Air Dry Clay

    Will Webb
    21 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Make an adorable bird bath to hold your rings or small keepsakes           by using PLUS air dry clay. MATERIALS NEEDED:Plus air dry clay in whiteWooden skewerSmall cup of waterWhite, red, Caribbean blue, denim blue and orange acrylic paintsPaint brushesBlack permanent markerClear acrylic spray to seal INSTRUCTIONS: 1) How to make a “pinch pot”. Cut off a piece of Plus clay a little larger than a golf ball. Roll into a ball and then begin pressing your right thumb into one side of the clay and begin turning the ball while pinching with your fingers. Cup the ball in the left hand…
  • Air Dry Clay Mask

    Will Webb
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Mask Mania! Masks have been around for thousands of years and they are used for many purposes. Now you can create your own mask using PLUS air dry clay! Materials needed: ACTÍVA ProductsPLUS air dry clay Hearty Clay Roller kit Wooden skewer for cutting clay Texture for clay such as pre-made clay stamps, rubber stamps, buttons, lace or anything that can be pressed into the clay.Piece of canvas or cloth to roll mask on Old magazine, masking tape and wadded up newsprint to make mask form or use 4” PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise 10” long.Plastic bag to cover mask form.Wire cut off to slice…
  • Stampin’ in Style

    Will Webb
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    PLUS air dry CLAY STAMP Make an impressive one of a kind clay stamp by using PLUS air dry clay Materials need:Plus air dry clayPencil or a wooden skewerCheese cutterButtons, stamps or anything with a good textureClear acrylic spray to sealCooking Spray Instructions:  1) Pull or cut a piece of clay off of block about the size of a walnut. Without over working the clay, shape the clay into a ball by rolling in between hands.  2) Begin forming the handle of the stamp by grasping ball in the middle and pulling and rolling a handle or doorknob shape.  3) Tap the ball end of the stamp lightly on…
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    Craft Organizer

  • Make An Awesome DIY Bracelet From Recycled Bottles

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Bangles are an excellent way to get into jewelry making. It’s super inexpensive and loads of fun. All you need are plastic bottles, scissors, an iron, and nail polish or acrylic paint. You can customize just the way you want, making big and bold bangles or more thin and stylish bangles. Or both! You basically just cut the size bangle you want to make, then apply the edges to an iron which should only be on medium heat so it won’t burn the plastic. Always be very careful when using an iron. Once you get the edges done, it’s time for the fun part – painting! You can custom design the…
  • 17 Beautiful DIY Wine Bottle Crafts

    28 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    17 Beautiful DIY Wine Bottle Crafts If you are one of the wine enthusiasts out there we salute you, it is one of the most noble and pure drinks. If you are diy enthusiasts as well this article needs no introduction. You`ve probably already realized a few DIY wine bottle crafts to accessorize your decor, maybe a vase or a candle protection to filter light. By reusing these items you cut off thousands of years of earth’s shoulders. It actually takes thousands of years to decompose a glass bottle. We highly recommend bottle recycling first hand but from time to time a neat diy craft project…
  • Make Decorations With Toilet Paper Rolls!

    22 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Many women, from time to time, love to remodel or renovate the decoration in their homes. But, as we are all aware, many ornaments and decorations may have astronomical prices. How about learning to make a beautiful adornment that will look great in your living room or even be a great decoration piece for your dining table? This beautiful ornament will be made out of nothing more than toilet paper rolls and will give a special touch to your table decorations in times of festivities or any other day. What’s more, you will be helping our planet Earth by reusing materials! Isn’t it…
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    Smitha Katti

  • Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    An acrylic painting on canvas, with tones of yellow, pink, green and blue. A bit modern, a bit shiny with the gold leafing and oh so very very colorful. So last week, I painted this canvas. It’s the biggest piece of art I have ever created. It is giganormous according to me. We bought the largest canvas that would fit in our car- which turned out to be 3 by 4 feet, thats 36 by 48 inches in size. Yup, it was a big canvas. Our living room had a big bare wall and I wanted to bring in a splash of color to it. I knew I wanted tones of yellow, but the other colors I wasn’t so sure of. I…
  • DIY Nursery Wall Art; Felt Rainbow on Canvas

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Learn how to make an easy colorful rainbow wall art that is perfect to decorate your kids room or nursery! A step by step photo tutorial included. One 8 by 10 inch canvas Craft Felt sheets in Rainbow colors Embroidery floss in Rainbow Colors + needle Acrylic paints – a sky blue color and white + a paint brush Tacky Fabric Adhesive Scissors- A small embroidery scissor and another long sharp one. I used the Fiskars Amplify Shears here, they are perfect for this. Step 1: Paint your canvas. I chose a bright blue and gave it a streaky white look by using a dry brush with a little white…
  • Knitted Cardigan for Girls

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    A Quick and Easy Knitted Cardigan for Girls that your little princess will love! You can mix and match yarn colors to create an unique, one of a kind item.  Yarn- I grabbed yarns from my stash, but any Bulky 5 yarn would work here. Knitting Needles- Size 11 circular knitting needles. Crochet Hook- Size K Buttons- Studio Calico’s Color Theory Pattern- Lion Brands “Neck Down Cardi”- It is a free pattern, but you might need to sign up and create a free account at their site to access it. So after knitting The Handknit Color Blocked Afghan and then The Yarn Stash Busting…
  • Kids Room Ideas

    14 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Kids room ideas- DIY sheer canopy, wooden crates as shelving, kids room wall art, storage, photo labels on toy boxes for easy clean up with preschoolers First up is the art in their room. I used a theme of pinks and yellows and simple word typography. I just painted the “play” and “laugh” canvases on 11 by 14 canvas. Basic handlettering but it looks a lot like my handwriting. Read more of some other of these paintings in older blog posts here, here and here. The weave hanging is one I made at a Be Crafty workshop with Amanda Rydell. Loved her class and I love the…
  • Spring Inspired Cake

    11 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    After enjoying yesterday’s Spring Photography Ideas, I had a spring inspired cake on my mind. So, for Mother’s day, I spent time with my daughters – mixing cake batter, making frosting from scratch, piping out flowers and then eating cake. What a wonderful day!I often watch cake tutorials on youtube with my girls. During the winter, it was a way to get the cartoons off and cuddle in a blanket with our ipad. Some of my favorite cake/cupcake Youtube channels are Nerdy Nummies, My Cupcake Addiction, How to cook that and Cake Style. We recently discovered Charlis Crafty Kitchen…
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