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  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 174 - Doilies

    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog
    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Mar 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 is  DoiliesHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter…
  • Vintage Ribbon and Chain Wrap Bracelet

    The Ribbon Retreat Blog
    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am so happy, thrilled, elated and so many other synonyms of absolutely excited to have the crazy talented and incredibly sweet Bev from Flamingo Toes here today. If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful lady, you should become so. I am always so inspired by her innovative and gorgeous creations and today’s project is […]
  • Lápiz con topper, regalo sencillo para celebraciones

    Mummy Crafts
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Ya va llegando el buen tiempo y con el se aproximan ya todo tipo de celebraciones, comuniones, bautizos, cumples, etc.. Y llega el momento de decidir que regalito vamos a hacer a los invitados, así que hoy os doy una idea fácil y sencilla para hacer unos divertidos lápices con toppers para regalar por ejemplo, en una comunión, o un cumpleaños!!. Vamos a ello. Materiales para hacer lápices con toppers, regalo para celebraciones (Clic en los enlaces para comprar materiales) Pintura a la tiza (Fleur paint) Unos lápices Papel de scrapbooking Troqueles de diferentes formas Cinta decorativa…
  • Date Night In

    Inner Child Fun
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Netflix Streaming makes it super easy to set up a date night at home with so many movie choices ready to play instantly! With just a few simple steps, you can set up a special date night to enjoy some quality time together as a couple. Added bonus – you won’t even need to hire […]
  • Make Upcycled Plastic Bottle Organizers

    Dollar Store Crafts
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Whether you need to organize your desk, your craft studio, or your bathroom vanity, there are a ton of ways you could incorporate these fun, colorful containers!  Courtney from A Little Craft In Your Day made these out of colorful plastic bottles from the dollar store.  They're an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your space in a practical, functional manner.  [how to make upcycled plastic bottle organizers] Project estimate: Plastic bottles, $1 and up Rubber band, on hand Marker, on hand Craft knife, on hand Iron, on hand Total: $1 and up
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    Tim Holtz

  • 12 tags of 2015 – march…

    tim holtz
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    one of my favorite things about creating is the ability to escape the here and now.  it takes your imagination to a place where you are free to explore, imagine, and discover.  this month i wanted to create a tag to encourage your creative mind to wander and play.  whether it’s trying new combinations of Continue Reading
  • good friends = good times…

    tim holtz
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    i love it when good friends come to visit.  it’s not too often we’re home, let alone without a crazy list of deadlines to get finished, but this weekend we made time.  our friends joy and chelle took a road trip from california to spend the weekend with us.  with only 3 short days which Continue Reading
  • a week at ranger…

    tim holtz
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    you would think after 12 years of working for ranger that a visit to the company headquarters in new jersey wouldn’t seem exciting, but it honestly it’s like a visit to the  ”wonka” of creativity.  the factory was buzzing with machines working away and the hard working crew at ranger making, labeling, packing, and shipping Continue Reading
  • valentine blogworthy links…

    tim holtz
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
    valentine’s day is this weekend and it’s never too late to create something special for that someone special.  check out these creative projects we’ve found on the web designed by various talented artists.  we are always searching blogs, twitter, facebook, instagram, and pinterest for inspiring projects you create using my products all year long, so Continue Reading
  • new distress: abandoned coral

    tim holtz
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    well today is the first friday of the month which means it’s time to announce the newest color joining ranger’s distress palette… introducing: abandoned coral this vibrant fusion of pink and orange is the perfect compliment to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker.  check out the video Continue Reading
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  • X-Carve: Inventables Launches New Line of Workshop CNC Machines

    Mike Senese
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Inventables is known for the open-source, easily-modded Shapeoko 2 CNC machine. Today, they break ways with that brand as they launch their own machine, dubbed X-Carve, and with it bring a number of upgrades and new features to the DIY subtractive-manufacturing community. The Shapeoko line began with Edward Ford’s $300 CNC machine […]Read more on MAKE
  • Unreal Miniature Dioramas of Batmobile, Urban Decay

    Gareth Branwyn
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The scale models and dioramas of Tokyo-based artist Satoshi Araki are so incredibly life-like, you almost need his Gulliver-sized hand in the frame to reveal the truth behind these Lilliputian worlds. Amazingly, he uses a lot of Styrofoam to build the basic structures for his often-dark, often urban-themed dioramas, along […]Read more on MAKE
  • Ingenious Hive Design Gives You Honey on Tap

    Emily Coker
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    There’s a new way to collect honey and it’s never been sweeter. Flow Hive may have solved the hassle of getting the honey from the hive. Father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson have come up a great solution that offers honey on tap straight from the hive.  Does […]Read more on MAKE
  • Behind the Scenes: Drone Dudes’ Awesome Cinema-Grade Octocopter

    Tyler Winegarner
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
      The Drone Dudes stopped by the Maker Media Lab recently to show off their custom octocopter setup, and we took the opportunity to get it — and them — on camera. The crew is a group of commercial, aerial cinematographers specializing in using high-end, custom octocopters for close proximity […]Read more on MAKE
  • Build The Best Snow Fort On The Block With This DIY Snow Brick Mold

    Haley Pierson-Cox
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Building walls, forts, igloos, and other favorite snow structures just got a whole lot easier and much more impressive. This weekend, take your personal winter wonderland to a whole new level and previously unseen heights with this DIY method for making perfectly-shaped stackable snow bricks for all your cold weather […]Read more on MAKE
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  • links: food

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Mandarinquat, Limequat, and Centennialquat | Go Mighty. I have recently become enamored of the mandarinquats being sold at a local market. Hack Together a DIY Cold Smoker Gun for Less than $20 at Science Fare. I feel like I’ve linked to this before and if so please forgive me. Melissa Clark’s Braised Beans with Bacon and Wine – The Wednesday Chef. Via Orangette. A bottle of wine, a pot of ragu « Tea & Cookies. I have had this experience with the annual block party that Tea talks about here. Seattle can be weird and isolating if you let it so bravo to Tea for disrupting…
  • Bring Your Own Book, a new literary game

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Friends of mine have created a new game called Bring Your Own Book, the game of borrowed phrases. They debuted the game at PAX South this past weekend and currently have a Kickstarter up (and they’ve already made the goal, yaaaay!). I was lucky enough to get to play the game in a beta version and it was really fun. Go have a look!
  • links: food

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers | Serious Eats : Recipes. Adding to my list of things to make. winter hibernation cooking | Ask MetaFilter. 13 Food World Predictions for 2015 From Andrew Knowlton – Bon Appétit. Bookmarked for the Mae Rose Cocktail recipe. Behind the Bar: Leela Cyd’s Grapefruit Spritz | Design*Sponge. Why are Some Croissants Straight, and Others Curved? | The Everywhereist. France has laws about this, laws! Giant Creamy White Beans with Kale – Genius Recipes. This continues to be one of my favorite bean recipes from 101 Cookbooks. Via Bean Month at Ciao Samin.
  • Marcella Hazan’s easy tomato sauce

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The other day I found myself caught between being hungry and lazy. (You know how to know when you’ve become an adult? When you no longer have foodstuffs that don’t require thirty minutes of cooking and other ingredients to make them edible. That’s how.) We had almost nothing to eat in our house but I just couldn’t get myself to put on pants that were respectable enough to go to the grocery store. And then (!), accompanied by rays of sunlight and angelic music, I found a jar of homemade tomato sauce in the back of my freezer. Suddenly (or with ten-ish minutes of effort)…
  • links: misc

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What’s the best chip+PIN card I can get right now for a trip to Europe? | Ask MetaFilter. I was addicted to Serial, now what?! by Third Coast – ThingLink. Scent sucker revisited | dooce®. “It kind of smells beachy? Like you spent all day at a beach, but not a lame touristy beach, maybe like some secret cove where Daniel Craig would take Rachel Weisz and then later he’d shower before dinner and put on a crinkly button-down shirt and this is how he would smell.” By Sarah Brown. The Renovated Cinerama Deserves the Hype | Slog. (Ed note: the Cinerama is a movie theater…
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  • You Rock My World

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Hello Friends! When I saw these girl stamps from Angie Blom, I was super excited to pick some up. They remind me of the good ol’ days of Fashion Plates. Of course, I love the confidence from this guitar playing girl. I played a bit with some green hair, I mean why not, right? some dimension and those resin stars that have been waiting to accent something for oh so long. happy. not super fancy but just enough to spread some joy. There will be many more of these girls on cards, I colored a whole bunch that my mom says look like copic selfies. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you…
  • Thank You

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Hello Friends! I finally had a chance to make some cards the other day :) I got this stamp set from a friend and could not wait to paint/color up this telephone. :) I really love to color with copics and watercolors, it is so relaxing. It reminds me of the old days with coloring books and crayons. I also realized how much I LOVE working in digital media because my color choices and opacity control is infinite. But it was still fun to play. This card is a somewhat of a hodge podge because I started layering and then realized that my issues with cream patterns would not go on a white card base.
  • MFT Love You Card

    1 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Hello Friends, welcome to February! I’m excited that I finally had a chance to make a card the other day! When I saw this die (Dienamics Fluttering Hearts Cover Ups) from My Favorite Things I immediately thought of dimensional rainbow hearts… When my die arrived, I hit that die cut machine and cut one of each color. I visualized stitching through all layers of color but realized it would be too thick for my sewing machine. I sewed the top two layers together and glue dotted the rest together. and in retrospect, I really could have just stitched the white layer. The sentiment is…
  • back to school

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Hello Friends! I have been having a weird time with my scheduling since the boys went back to school this week.  During winter break I could run whenever I got the urge and take pictures at will. Now that they are back in school, I’m struggling to remember when I should do what to get it all done. I find it’s bedtime and I haven’t had a chance to run or take a picture with my big camera. Silly me, thinking I COULD actually get it all done. duh. This first picture is with the 5D and the other three are iPhone 6+ pictures. SO anyway, here’s what has been going on around…
  • P365

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Hello Friends! Here are a few more P365 to share. We have new bovine neighbors across the street and this year, like last, we have escape artists in the bunch. Meet #calfHoudini January 7 | Solitary These are some of my most used stamps for my business packaging. January 8 | My Gear I have been wanting a better way to store/display all my earrings and yesterday I found this cute rack on sale at Versona for less than $8. I made longer faceted earrings on the top row. I’ll have some for sale later this month. I’m smitten by the rack and by the earrings. January 9 | Multi-faceted…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Margaret Bloom's second book, Making Peg Dolls & More

    Hillary Lang
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's no secret that I've become a smitten kitten with Margaret Bloom's book on creating peg doll people. Making Peg Dolls, opened my eyes to a whole new world of cute and has kept Phoebe and I busy since Christmas. Margaret's is one of those perfect books where I am completely happy making the projects exactly as they appear in the book. Her use wool felt along with the painted pegs is brilliant. The toys are adorable, not fussy, warm, the perfect play things. Every project I've tried has turned out so well and just could not be cuter. Her designs are also wonderful…
  • felt doll pincushion

    Hillary Lang
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    I've been making so much behind the scenes. I hate things I can't share. I'm doing a few blog tour dealios so those will pop up eventually. And I made a new design for Land of Nod. Top secret I guess. Because I'm like super spy Sydney in Alias (my new binge watch). But I made this yesterday all for myself. I'm still obsessed with peg dolls. So much so that I was compelled to make a stuffed toy version of a peg doll. I thought wouldn't she make the cutest pincushion and she does! And Phoebe has taken her over. She made little pin earrings and a crown for her. Very…
  • Birch Fabric's organic fleece

    Hillary Lang
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This stuff is just lovely! I bought it because I was curious and so glad I did because I love it. So soft and not too stretchy, beautiful color. I'm going to use it in Phoebe's Teagan White quilt but I want more. This stuff would make the most wonderful stuffed toys. I need all these colors.
  • pompom forest

    Hillary Lang
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The pom pom garland from the Winter decorations bin didn't quite make it up this year. Instead it's been piled up on my buffet to be a pom pom forest. That's cute too. It's sorta making me batty because I'd envisioned this post holiday, sleek minimalist new year's thing going on in my house after the Christmas bins went to the attic. But that never really works with Phoebe around. Things are only interesting to her if they are in the middle of the living room/dining room. And at least they are cheerful which is nice. I'm working on all sorts of…
  • easy v. difficult

    Hillary Lang
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Some projects are difficult. Project Life is really hard for me. The one bazillion decisions involved... picking photos, placement, embellishment, journaling, etc. I can't tackle it if anyone else is in the house, if I have any errands or interruptions, nothing. I need big empty chunks of time because it's so challenging for me. Painting peg people on the other hand, way too easy. Especially since I still haven't cleaned them up from Christmas. They're right here on the dining room table with all the paint and the felt and the floss. It's out of my control. 
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • bits, pieces and patience

    patricia zapata
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    I'm the type of crazy person that stays up until crazy hours of the night (err... morning) to make something like this. All I have to say is I'm so glad I married someone that really gets me.This is an edited version of the hummingbird from my Spring Paper Quilt. The making of the bird was part cutting machine and part handmade. I cut the large pieces with the machine and all the 'feather's by hand. Adding all the hand cut pieces took much longer than I expected but it was something I'd been wanting to try for a while. A good movie kept me company. I have a habit, when I have a…
  • spring paper quilt

    patricia zapata
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    I really don't have any right to complain (no snow here but a lot of rainy/gray days) but I'm so over the cold and ready for Spring. A little designing and paper quilt making got me distracted for a few days.Believe it or not one of the hardest parts of this project was picking the colors. These designs can go in so many directions—pinks and greens, blues and lime greens, neutrals (like taupe and brown or even black—not very spring-like but very appropriate for a sophisticated feel). I had all sorts of color trios in my hands until I finally decided to go with this turquoise and red…
  • just checking in

    patricia zapata
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Have you ever had several books on your night table and you tackle all of them bits at a time? That's where I'm at with some of my projects. My work space is a complete disaster zone.I've been chipping away at getting files together for different collections and sketching and experimenting with other styles and ideas. I started another Instagram account solely for my sketching (@pzexplorations) and the boxes above are the result of an idea that came to fruition while watching the Grammy's (which weren't completely holding my attention anyway). I'm still waiting for sample from Spoonflower so…
  • 3D paper embroidery revisited

    patricia zapata
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Have you ever had an idea or a project just nagging at you and just wanting to come out? This is one of those projects. It's a like a little tap, tap, tap that my brain makes every now and then. This is not new. I've shown it a couple of other times in the past two years (yes, that's how long it's been). This time it will be different because I want to take it further. For now this is my latest iteration and more will be coming — where you get to join in the fun.Part of me always feels a little guilty about just using black and white because in my creative world color is "everything". Part…
  • valentine's day flashback

    patricia zapata
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! Make has posted a flashback (circa 2011!) project I designed for them. It's a matchbook card/wall art piece that includes easy to follow instructions and a downloadable PDF. Check it out here!Typically I don't like revisiting old work but this is a rare project that I still like very much. Enjoy!
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    Make and Takes

  • Green Smoothie Guessing Game

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Our whole family loves a good green smoothie! My kids are really great at drinking these up and always wanting more. But to make it even more fun to drink these green colored drinks, we play a little game – Guess the Green Smoothie Ingredients! Every time I blend up a green smoothie, almost every day, I write down the ingredients I added and ask my kids to see if they can taste the flavors. They take a sip and start to guess… spinach – kale – coconut milk – almond milk – water – greek yogurt apple – orange – banana – pear –…
  • Make Your Own Homemade Bubble Bath

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    My girls are always begging to have a bubble bath, begging! But every time we use commercial bubble bath from the store, it irritates their skin. Not good, especially with a child who has eczema. So I’ve been making our own homemade bubble bath and we haven’t had any skin irritation, yay! With only 3 ingredients, this is the easiest bubble bath recipe to make! You’ll be splashin’ around in no time! NOTE: this recipe will give you nice big bubbles to start, but they don’t last as long as store-bought. But you can rest assured that these are better for your…
  • Rainbow Marker Coffee Filter Experiment

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    We’re using coffee filters and markers to make amazing tie-dye rainbow colors! Markers, coffee filters, and water – that simple! It’s such a fun color experiment with kids, my girls were going gaga for it! Now we have all sorts of beautiful colored coffee filters to craft with! I first found this idea over at Buggy and Bunny and their Chromatography Color Experiment. We had to try it… but we put our own spin on it – rainbow style! Although honestly, as much fun as these rainbow markers are for the color, Buggy and Bunny uses black and brown and they…
  • Exploring Our 5 Senses: Touch

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
    Making Textured Finger Paints My girls haven’t finger painted in years, and even they couldn’t resist trying out these textured finger paints. Adding simple household items like flour, rice, and oats to washable paint creates interesting textures to touch and explore. Whether you paint with one finger, or smear the paint with your whole hand, it’s great, messy fun! Supplies for Textured Finger Paints washable tempera paint or finger paint small bowls, plates, muffin tin, etc. spoons and/or brushes paper textured mix-ins, such as rice, oats, sugar, salt, flour, dried herbs,…
  • How to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    We’ve been loving our reed diffuser jars that are filling our house with all the good smells! I’ve placed these fragrant air fresheners around the house to help keep it smelling fresh and fragrant! We chose to add lavender essential oil drops for our jars as this scent is our family’s absolute favorite aroma! It’s so calming and soothing, especially during night. Supplies for DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils: Carrier oil: 1-2 inches safflower oil – this is your carrier oil, almond oil or baby oil can be used as well Essential oil: 15-20 drops essential…
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  • model building

    amy k.
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I found this is super cool site, Studio Shed, when I was doing some fantasy research designing a music studio for Pete. They have this wonderful custom shed builder option that is addictive. I showed the girls, and they loved it too. I didn't even occur to me to try to print out each elevation until recently. The print-outs are perfect for quick model building. Each girl designed a shed,  then we printed out each view, glued the print-outs to cardstock, and then cut them out again. To assemble, we just taped them up. (Printing onto cardstock directly would have been better) Then the…
  • star wars and my girls

    amy k.
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    My girls have not seen any of the Star Wars films. I saw the first trilogy uncountable times growing up. We saw the first movie 3 times in the theater. I was 5. My brother was 6 1/2. These movies were a big deal in our family and remained a big deal for pretty much, ever. I wasn't a die hard fan, but the stories and characters and culture around it all was in my life and brain growing up. I don't really remember not knowing about it. Pete liked them too, of course, and we both went through a range of emotions and confusion when we were in our 20s and the second waves of films came…
  • small needlework: flower-type things

    amy k.
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    I got all weird a few weeks ago about this Japanese craft book, Embroidery pattern & brooch Small flower embroidery that I bought and had trouble sleeping for a few days. I got this out of my system by stitching this. It's my own pattern but heavily influenced by some of the designs in this book, all of which are just amazing. I have yet to find brooch forms. I have some on order from a local shop, but they are not in my hands yet, so this went into a small 3" hoop and is hanging on the wall. I'd like to do a few 2" and 1" pieces next. I used linen to stitch…
  • this fancy pizza comes with scissors

    amy k.
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I got out of the house and had dinner at Roman Candle Baking Co. with a dear friend this week. They serve delicious flat bread (I call it pizza) with interesting toppings and lovely salads—the best part is the flat bread (pizza) is delivered to the large communal table on a plank of wood with scissors. Huge scissors. The cutting is oddly exciting. The scissors work surprisingly well. We took turns. The desserts are also delicious. This is the almond cake. This photo was actually from the first time I was there, 4 days before. Often, Pete and I just drive to SE Division, park, and eat where…
  • "I don't actually see anything, but whatever."

    amy k.
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This is what the 10-year old said when I told her I wanted to take a photo. We got the slides focused after some messing around. We just got these slides—we had some prepared ones, but not many, and have made our own (with mixed success) but they wanted more, so I got this box of prepared slides and am pretty happy with it and so are they. Links and things: We are going to try this retro painted flower tutorial over at The Postman's Knock. We are moving onto a mystery theme and I found these writing tips for writing your own mystery story. There are a lot of creative writing ideas on…
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  • changing colors

    julie thompson
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    OK, that's a lot of pictures so I'll keep the words short... I'm slowly taking the color off our walls and making my house a little more calm (color-wise at least) I switched out the bright sunflower yellow for a pretty grey (dolphin fin) in the kitchen.   Grey doesn't mean colorless.  All shades of green are all mixed with pale yellow and gold. I still want to add simple curtain tops and art work.  But I'll get there.  Tudor houses don't have to be dark and serious and it's ok to paint the woodwork. I was taking these pictures yesterday while everyone…
  • an affair to remember

    julie thompson
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If life can be a metaphor, then the year my sisters and I have been through is like a hurricane; a hurricane with only the smallest of calm.  We all helped our mom move from her home and into the cutest house ever.  It was perfect and cheerful in every way.  But it was so, so very brief.  The details are too sad and too hard to share but, within a few weeks, our mom could no longer longer stay in her new home.  I am pretty sure that I will always be shaking my head about how quickly everything happened.  We were so quickly back with the same Sisters and nurses that had cared…
  • a printed pic

    julie thompson
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I printed a picture.  Like on paper.  At a place that magically does that.  Walgreens even has an app that lets you select photos directly from your instagram account to be printed.  I know this because I had to make something (just a little something) for my teacher friends.  I had an instagram of the old-school Mary in my classroom.  I added a Hail Mary.  She's pretty and simple and she makes me calm; hoping she does the same for everyone that got one in their Advent package today. I am happy to share it.  Download it, print it, and share it too. View this photo   
  • young tudor

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

    julie thompson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    We didn't mindfully move to an integrated neighborhood.  We just moved to St. Louis (back home for me) from Detroit and wanted to live in neighborhood like Royal Oak.  But now, 23 years, 2 houses only miles apart, and 3 kids later, I wouldn't live anywhere else.   We live in one of the many tiny towns that make up North St. Louis County and live less than a mile from Ferguson Missouri.  We eat, shop, and gather there.  Our kids played in leagues there...too many games to count.  We ride our bikes from our house to get ice cream there.  Every Sunday morning, one of my boys…
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  • more art made at art retreat ps #3
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I mentioned before that I took very limited art supplies to our little Art Retreat #3 in Palm Springs. Just some art journals and sketchbooks. It felt good to limit my supplies and spend less time sorting through them to find want I wanted, and less time going from one idea to the other vs. just relaxing and really enjoying one. Okay, I consider art journaling and sketching to be different, so make that two.  After we were finished driving around taking pictures like these: Thanks Carol for this photo of me behind the Palm Springs sign. When I was a little girl I loved Henry Wadsworth…
  • have wait, will sketch
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There was a wait to be seated at breakfast since it was Modernism Week out in Palm Springs last weekend. No problemo...have wait, will sketch. We were on an Art Retreat after all.   Waiting for the meal once seated is a good time to sketch too. Our waitress saw what we were up to and was kind enough to give us a warning before our food came out.  Carol and Mary Ann shared their sketches from breakfast on their blogs too. I don't know why I felt the need to label the blind contours above, it's so obvious who they are, bahahaha.  Speaking of labeling, it may or may not…
  • field trip • moorten botanical garden
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:56 pm
    While in Palm Springs, we popped into the Moorten Botanical Garden, a privately owned arboretum on the Moortens' residence estate. It's also called Desertland; a living museum of desert plants and crystals, rocks and fossils, established in 1938. The Moorten's promise you'll see rare plants not commonly seen elsewhere; "Over 3,000 plant varieties!" It did not disappoint.  I was instantly taken with the obvious decades upon decades of growth on these slow growing plants. To walk along the paths, it is clear that you are enjoying more than one person's life…
  • hello!
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I'm back from a fun getaway to Palm Springs with the Moss sisters Mary Ann and Carol, and our 3rd annual Art Retreat.  Every time I go to Palm Springs, I appreciate it more, and I love to try to capture new photos of  things making me happy while there.  Just driving around provides plenty of photo opportunities.  Of course, walking around does too.  The colors and color combinations, the unusual sights... And then there's the reason we're there; hanging out and making art at the top of the list. We've rented a new house each time, and this…
  • and then, and then, and then...
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    First of all, thank you!!!! Thank you for all the quilt love on the last post. I love that I can count on readers to understand where I'm coming from on whatever creative journey I embark on. I so appreciate that. We all just want to be understood, right? If you even knew how few people in my real (physical vs. cyber) life could care about my current obsessions or explorations, you'd know I meant it! ;) So thank you, to all that took a minute to comment here or on my IG or Facebook or wherever, and to those that didn't have a minute, but cheer on creativity regardless, you too;…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • 5 Ways to Save Time With Etsy’s New Listings Manager

    Audrey Manning
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Photo by SQUISHnCHIPSOrawee Bradley credits her nephew’s smile as the inspiration for her Etsy shop SQUISHnCHIPS. After giving the three-year-old a homemade dinosaur pop-up card and seeing his joyful reaction, Orawee and her husband Samuel started their business with the goal of spreading that joy and sense of fun to customers around the world. Since then, their shop has moved from the garden shed behind their former apartment in Oxford, England, and into their new home in Bangkok, Thailand. They have also broadened their product offerings to include craft supplies, in addition to…
  • Create Your Own Custom Coasters

    Leonora Pesce
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Photo by Leonora Pesce Leonora Pesce is a graphic artist living on Long Island, New York. She has two shops – Yellow Heart Art and Yellow Heart Bridal – where she creates everything by hand. Her work has been featured in Rachel Ray Magazine, and West Elm; it’s also been spotted on Mindy Kaling’s Instagram and in Kourtney Kardashian’s home. I’m always on the lookout for creative ways to add flair to my home without breaking the bank. When it comes to design, I’m interested in the intersection of fashion and function, and I love it when…
  • Five Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space

    Valerie Rains
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Photo by Wake the TreeLike haircuts, wardrobes, and workout routines, even the best-laid living room plans could use an update every now and then. Which is why we’ve spent the last month eagerly awaiting the results of the Rue magazine makeover of San Diego’s Make Good boutique, the winner of the American Express OPEN and Etsy Wholesale Source Small boutique refresh sweepstakes. After meeting with the shop’s owners and discussing their dreams for the space, the creative team at Rue dreamed up a slew of affordable fixes to make the shop, which specializes in locally sourced…
  • Featured Shop: Ena & Albert

    Therese Lyons
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Photo by Ena & AlbertMy name is Therese Lyons, and I’m the designer and maker of Ena & Albert, a handmade jewelry label based in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been a lifelong maker, always keeping myself busy with crafts like dressmaking, hand sewing, crochet, drawing, jewelry making, embroidery, and more recently, weaving. I studied textiles at university; I knew I was in the right place when our first lesson was how to knit. About six years after uni, I found out about this thing called polymer clay. As it turns out, it was love at first roll. The freedom I had to make my own…
  • Featured Shop: Des Enfantillages

    Genevieve Lugaz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Photo by Natacha CastonguayWe are Christian and Genevieve, the designers behind Des Enfantillages. In addition to creating objects for children, we are also parents. We live and work in Montreal, and we love our city. Ever since I was very little, my mother instilled in me a curiosity to learn and the desire to touch everything. She taught me the pleasures of creating something with my own two hands, and the lesson that it’s okay to be wrong and laugh at failed attempts. Today, I still love the challenge that designing and making implies. Christian and I are graphic designers by…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Location Is Everything - A Soap Challenge About Your Locale

    Joanna Schmidt
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    You people never cease to amaze me with the beauty you create.  Some of the entries were downright amazing but I can only name one winner and one runner up.  Over the years, I have found more joy than you know, seeing your soap creations and what you take from the soap or photo challenges I have offered you.  It brings me such happiness when you stop for a few moments in the madness of your lives and really think of the challenge.  I know down deep, you know you can take on each challenge, because you will try new things and learn new things (scary things) through self…
  • Location Location Location!

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    This month's challenge is about your individual location in the world.  When I was making soap at Absolute Soap, we were asked by a local magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, to create a bar of soap that represented Palm Beach, Florida, for their 60th Anniversary glossy magazine edition.  We gave it a lot of thought.  Palm Beach is known for some of the most expensive real estate in the country, Worth Avenue is Palm Beach's version of Hollywood's Rodeo Drive, there were cute narrow side streets with historical and tiny houses and then massive grand mansions with separate entrances…
  • More Than Meets The Eye Soap Challenge Winner

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I try never judge my insides with other people's outsides.  Meaning: never compare how you feel on the inside to what others LOOK like they feel on the outside.A few days ago, a friend of mine from college killed himself.  He just couldn't take the pain anymore. "He was in a black place for a long time... for years", our mutual friend told me.  I can't help but think that Facebook and other social media had something to do with multiplying the inner turmoil when he already suffered from the abyss of depression.  Social media spits out mini mouthfuls of people's lives that…
  • More Than Meets The Eye

    Joanna Schmidt
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    What's on the outside isn't necessarily what's on the inside. While thinking about what I'm thankful for and with family holidays approaching, I remind myself to never judge my insides with other people's outsides.  That's a big one for me.Today's challenge is to create a soap whose outside represents how you believe you're perceived and inside how you actually feel. So go forth with my emotionally-charged soap challenge and make this your own. Winners shall get their photo posted here and deemed the More Than Meets The Eye Challenge Winner.   Would prizes make…
  • Soap Challenge Gallery

    Joanna Schmidt
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I started a new group on Facebook yesterday in order to open up my Soap Challenges to everyone again.  It has been too quiet here and I think we should get this party started again!To those of you who haven't participated in my Soap Challenges before, let me briefly explain how it will work:First of all, it's FREE to play/participate.  It is my pleasure to run these.  I get a huge kick out of seeing you all grow and challenge yourselves and push the envelope.About once a month, I will post a Soap Challenge here and on the Facebook Group page, Soap Challenge Gallery. …
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    Geek Crafts

  • Captain America Tie Dye DIY

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    I ran across this awesome tutorial on iLoveToCreate, posted there by Alexa.  The tutorial is great, and this technique is surprisingly easy.  I recommend watching the short, 3 minute video and reading the instructions.  It’s a little labor intensive, and messy, but so worth it, don’t you think? More Links of Interest Check out the Captain America Tie Dye DIY on iLoveToCreate More DIY tutorials on Geek Crafts More Captain America on Geek Crafts More Avengers on Geek Crafts More clothes on Geek Crafts More t-shirts on Geek Crafts
  • Geeky Confection Box Makeovers

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Got a party occasion coming up, and looking for a geeky party favor or decorations? Lisa Kay Tate of Minion Feeding 101, and contributor to Geek Mom, has ya covered! She offers a geek-tastic round-up of five ways you can put your crafting superpowers to use, spanning a variety of fandoms. Using plain cupcake or bonbon boxes you can find in the baking section of most major craft stores, she gave them each a makeover to depict the Tesseract Infinity Stone, Shakri cubes (which she calls Countdown Cubes) from Doctor Who, Minecraft Creepers, Rubik’s Cubes, and Portal Companion Cubes. Her…
  • Doctor Who TARDIS Chair

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Every room needs a good chair to tie it together, and it should also have a conversation piece. Why can’t those be combined into one solid piece of awesome furniture? In this case, they have been! WittsWhimsy on Etsy, of Cary, IL, created this one of a kind TARDIS chair. The wood trim on this Begere Regency chair was terribly worn, so it was sanded and painted black. The front fabric is hand painted Cobalt blue shantung silk. The old cushion was replaced, and handmade the piping throughout was created for this chair. The cushion was made of four inch thick memory foam. Fortunately for…
  • A Very QWERTY Birthday

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 pm
    My boyfriend’s birthday is this weekend, and I’m getting him a new smartphone(!) which has been quite the ordeal.  And apparently while I have been transfixed on trying to select and purchase the perfect gift on the sly, my shiftiness has become evident to my boyfriend, who smugly mentioned this afternoon that he “knew” I was throwing him a surprise party this weekend.  While this revelation was quite distant from reality, I acted like he’d caught me (to throw him off my smartphone scent)…but now I have to throw him a party, too.  So since everything…
  • Plushy DIY Roundup!

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    This week on Spoonflower, the contest involves original designs for mythical creature plushies, and when I saw Gila’s UniPug design I knew I had to share it on Geek Crafts.  You can purchase your own DIY UniPug Plushy Pattern on a variety of fabrics (I recommend Spoonflower’s new Minky fabric for this one because it’s super soft and cuddly, like the ever elusive UniPug himself) in Cross The Lime’s Spoonflower shop.  The design fits on a fat quarter and costs about $17 with shipping. If you’re more of a cat person, you might enjoy making your very own Grumpy…
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    house on hill road

  • The gateway block

    Erin | house on hill road
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:38 am
    I went up to the studio yesterday morning for the first time since I returned home. The first thing I did was vacuum. Right before I left for Quilt Con, I had a choice: make lanyards or vacuum. There really wasn't a contest because sewing (almost) always wins. Looking around, clean floor and all, I couldn't figure out just where to start, what to work on. Although I felt like sewing, I wasn't sure what I wanted to sew. Directionless, I went back downstairs to wait for a FedEx package that required a signature, telling myself that I would never hear the doorbell on the third…
  • Postcard from my kitchen table

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    I left last Wednesday morning for QuiltCon and was back this morning at 2:30 a.m. Six extra hours of airport time had me very thankful that I packed some handwork from my Alison Glass applique class in my carry on. I started the day with one plus appliqued and finished with only 1.5 left to go. I have a lot to say about this (wool! over-dyes!), but I don't think I can string the words together right now. The whole weekend was great and fun and inspiring and overwhelming and exhausting and filled with friends (new and old) and lots of things to think about and creative exercises to try…
  • Jane's Artist Trading Cards

    Erin | house on hill road
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    Cleaning out the kitchen last night, I stumbled across these artist trading cards that Jane painted last October. Using her own photos as reference, she used watercolors to render small snapshots of a trip that she and Fatty took to San Francisco over her fall break.  I find them completely charming and delightful - I think I will have them framed as a little memento for her. And I just love, love, love that she always finds a way to express herself creatively. She inspires me to continue my own painting practice and now I am itching to get to the studio later today. (Friday is painting…
  • Pillow Refresh

    Erin | house on hill road
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    I spent the better part of this past week's sewing time making new pillow covers for this little window seat nook on our front stair landing. It's been on my mental to-do list for the better part of a year and I have looked at home dec fabric from time to time with this project in mind. I wasn't sure how I was going to combine the soft blues and greens that I love with the yellow in our stained glass until I saw that bird fabric. The colors are just what I wanted, the aqua and teal, soft green and the gold and bonus points for raspberry! I had the cushion recovered by my…
  • Inventory (of sorts)

    Erin | house on hill road
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    If you follow me on Instagram, maybe you saw a photo of my honest craft room earlier this week? A hot mess, for sure. I've been busy cutting and sewing and have not put a single thing away since the beginning of December. As I started to clean up, I noticed that the pile of quilts in progress contains more than I realized. I even woke up in the middle of the night and realized that I forgot about the Proverbial Quilt and another mystery block of the month I have going! It's a little out of control. 1. Foxtails quilt. This is from one of the kits I bought on Craftsy in 2014. I…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • 5 Ways to Save Time With Etsy’s New Listings Manager

    Audrey Manning
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Photo by SQUISHnCHIPSOrawee Bradley credits her nephew’s smile as the inspiration for her Etsy shop SQUISHnCHIPS. After giving the three-year-old a homemade dinosaur pop-up card and seeing his joyful reaction, Orawee and her husband Samuel started their business with the goal of spreading that joy and sense of fun to customers around the world. Since then, their shop has moved from the garden shed behind their former apartment in Oxford, England, and into their new home in Bangkok, Thailand. They have also broadened their product offerings to include craft supplies, in addition to…
  • Create Your Own Custom Coasters

    Leonora Pesce
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Photo by Leonora Pesce Leonora Pesce is a graphic artist living on Long Island, New York. She has two shops – Yellow Heart Art and Yellow Heart Bridal – where she creates everything by hand. Her work has been featured in Rachel Ray Magazine, and West Elm; it’s also been spotted on Mindy Kaling’s Instagram and in Kourtney Kardashian’s home. I’m always on the lookout for creative ways to add flair to my home without breaking the bank. When it comes to design, I’m interested in the intersection of fashion and function, and I love it when…
  • Five Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space

    Valerie Rains
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Photo by Wake the TreeLike haircuts, wardrobes, and workout routines, even the best-laid living room plans could use an update every now and then. Which is why we’ve spent the last month eagerly awaiting the results of the Rue magazine makeover of San Diego’s Make Good boutique, the winner of the American Express OPEN and Etsy Wholesale Source Small boutique refresh sweepstakes. After meeting with the shop’s owners and discussing their dreams for the space, the creative team at Rue dreamed up a slew of affordable fixes to make the shop, which specializes in locally sourced…
  • Featured Shop: Ena & Albert

    Therese Lyons
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Photo by Ena & AlbertMy name is Therese Lyons, and I’m the designer and maker of Ena & Albert, a handmade jewelry label based in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been a lifelong maker, always keeping myself busy with crafts like dressmaking, hand sewing, crochet, drawing, jewelry making, embroidery, and more recently, weaving. I studied textiles at university; I knew I was in the right place when our first lesson was how to knit. About six years after uni, I found out about this thing called polymer clay. As it turns out, it was love at first roll. The freedom I had to make my own…
  • Featured Shop: Des Enfantillages

    Genevieve Lugaz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:44 am
    Photo by Natacha CastonguayWe are Christian and Genevieve, the designers behind Des Enfantillages. In addition to creating objects for children, we are also parents. We live and work in Montreal, and we love our city. Ever since I was very little, my mother instilled in me a curiosity to learn and the desire to touch everything. She taught me the pleasures of creating something with my own two hands, and the lesson that it’s okay to be wrong and laugh at failed attempts. Today, I still love the challenge that designing and making implies. Christian and I are graphic designers by…
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  • Inspirational Interior Home Design

    Erma Iriana
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    what's nice regarding finding these kinds of cookbooks online is that it's fast and simple. you ought to have access to an infinite range of online retailers as well as bookstores,that have cookbooks accessible purchasable. additionally to visiting online retailers that you simply already recognize of,you'll be able to perform a typical net search. once playacting a typical net search,you will wish to perform your search with phrases like “outdoor reference work,” or “picnic reference work.” In keeping with exploitation the net,you ought to additionally recognize that you simply will…
  • Kumpulan Contoh Surat Lamaran Kerja Terbaik Keren

    Erma Iriana
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    USS Forrestal,wherever he began missions flying A Skyhawks. By ,the USS Forrestal was deployed as a part of Operation Rolling Thunder throughout the Vietnam. He flew many attack missions over Asian nation while not serious incident,and he was promoted to commissioned naval officer. On July ,,however,he was virtually killed in action once a rocket affected his jet as he was launching from the deck. McCain managed to flee the burning jet seconds before the jet's bombs detonated from the flames,and also Surat Lamaran Kerja the detonation sprayed McCain's legs and chest with shell. He was lucky…
  • Daftar Nama Bayi Perempuan Islami Terbaik di Indonesia

    Erma Iriana
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Americans tune into watch a NASCAR race on tv or quit of their thanks to attend a live race event. In fact, the on top of mentioned reasons area unit simply many of the various why the game has increased in quality. One factor is as expected, it doesn’t matter why fans tune into races, as long as they are doing. that's the rationale why NASCAR is understood because the quickest growing sport, in terms of recognition and fan base. NASCAR Merchandise: five Reasons Why you must pass Are Nama Bayi Perempuan Islami you a devotee of NASCAR racing? If you're, does one presently own any items of…
  • Kumpulan Kata Kata Bijak Mutiara Paling Gehol

    Erma Iriana
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Crystal Cove State Park adds additional reason to go to or come back to Newport Beach. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Picture million dollar yachts, kayaks, electrical boats and different watercrafts sailplaning through the Newport Harbor and you've got the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade options dazzling vacation lights that illumine the bay, superb the nearly one million guests that crowd Newport Beach and Newport Harbor. From December eighteen twenty two, there ar quite two hundred vessels participating during this vacation celebration. Several of these vessels are…
  • Cara Membuat Email Yahoo Lengkap Banget

    Erma Iriana
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    If that was all business travel entailed, that may be challenge enough. however to hold off a winning business trip, you've got to have confidence your personal wants, medical wants and everything you may need. the flexibility to travel lightweight on a business trip is actually a refined talent that takes into consideration the ordeal you may bear at the field, the potential for lost baggage and what you actually do would like once you get to your destination. Many Cara Membuat Email travelers have a firm ethic concerning not checking luggage. The result's you see virtually a laughable…
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    Design Mom

  • Living With Kids: Derek Garcia

    Design Mom
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I love when dads write to me and ask about the possibility of a home tour. There have only been two thus far, but I’m always hoping to hear from different voices; it keeps things fresh! So a special thank you to Derek for adding his outlook today. There’s so much in this tour that interests me, from the attempt to acclimate to a completely new culture and its design as newlyweds in Tokyo, to the exclusion they felt as a mixed-race couple, and their basic yet beautiful way they now view parenting and home. (Not to be a spoiler, but they both boil down to love.) I really hope…
  • Nova Natural Giveaway

    Design Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    By Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. Who’s in the mood for a giveaway? I’ve got a great one for you today. You could win a $150 store credit to Nova Natural!! Nova Natural is one of my new sidebar sponsors, and I’m delighted to tell you about them, because I know you’ll love their wares. Nova Natural is all about raising kids in the most wholesome way possible. Think hand made wooden play sets, soft dolls, and the best eco-friendly art supplies. Think teething, mealtime and bath time products that don’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Think products to help your…
  • What Beauty Task Have You Never Tried?

    Design Mom
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Kristen Loken. When I was in Salt Lake City in January, I was getting my hair done at the hotel spa, and the stylist and I started chatting about facials. She’s a huge fan of facials and tries to schedule one every month. It’s her big luxury/splurge. I was nodding along and thinking Yes! Facials! Amazing! The Best!, when I suddenly laughed at myself because I’ve never had a facial and don’t even have a clear idea of what actually happens during a facial. From what I understand they can involve massage, steaming, exfoliating, masks, clearing of…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? It was a good one at our house. Nothing too exciting, just the daily satisfying kind of stuff. (I love that stuff!) Next week will be busier — we have two birthdays coming up, plus a baptism. And it’s time to think about Easter plans as well, because it happens really early in April this year, and I know it’s going to catch me off guard if I wait till the end of the month. (Been there, done that.) If you need some inspiration, I put a whole bunch of Spring & Easter projects in the sidebar. I’m…
  • Which Box Do You Mark?

    Design Mom
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    By Gabrielle. Portraits by Martin Schoeller for National Geographic. Last year, I was at the Mom 2.0 conference, and Karen Walrond (you might know her as Chookooloonks), and I had a discussion about how she felt about the term “black”. She said she prefers it, because she’s not from Africa and doesn’t identify as an African-American. She would be fine being called Caribbean-American because she grew up in Trinidad, but Caribbean-American doesn’t seem to be a common usage term. I was thinking of that conversation as I filled out a survey from our school district…
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    weblog - Mayfly

  • another year passes

    Alicia Alferman
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    More than anything now, even more than my own birthday, I mark another year by the passing of their birthdays. In January they turned fourteen and ten. Really?! Both double digits. One of them is about to get his learner's permit. To drive. A CAR. What?!It's flying by. They all said it would, and it really is.
  • my gift from Brian

    Alicia Alferman
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    If Brian and I get anything at all for each other for the holidays, it's usually something small. This year he stalked my Pinterest page and found something perfect- this small and modern hanging planter. I just love it, so I had to share. Pretty, isn't it? I got some tiny plants for it and hung it in the new bathroom upstairs, the one he remodeled all on his own for us. It's been done quite awhile, but that in itself is still a gift. Man, I still love that bathroom. It's not fancy and it's not perfect, but it's fancy enough and perfect for us. I need to find a few pieces of…
  • gifts

    Alicia Alferman
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    We do Christmas gifts fairly simply in our family. It has prompted some quiet conversation with the kids regarding the differences in how other families handle it. It's no better or worse; it's just how we decided to do it when they were babies, and it still works for us.Our kids each get three gifts + stockings. Santa fills their stockings with goodies and brings one (unwrapped) gift for each of them. The last few years they have gone in together and asked Santa for something big (ie: iPad, xbox). Then we get them one smaller thing, and I make them something. There's never…
  • the holidays

    Alicia Alferman
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The holidays have come and gone. It was a lovely break. The down side of spending every other year in St. Louis at Christmastime is that we can't keep any solid traditions of our own. That's the only twinge of regret I ever feel. But all the uninterrupted time with the family on that side more than makes up for it! Seeing these kids with their cousins makes us all very happy. They get along so well. They just might get along better because they only see each other a few times a year. Who knows? All I know is they really had a blast.And I guess they behaved because Santa…
  • parenting now

    Alicia Alferman
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Wow. Time flies. These kids are big.Things are good here. Changing and staying the same. We plug along- we are people set in our ways- but when I look back, I see how much has changed over the years. And I tell you moms of toddlers, it gets easier and harder in so many different ways. The sleep it does come. Eventually. But the worries get replaced with bigger ones. That's for sure. But ever so slowly, these babies grow into real people, with their own triumphs and troubles to handle, little by little, more and more on their own. And it's an amazing thing to watch.Middle…
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    Happy Zombie

  • It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    It’s a sale to celebrate my newest pattern release - Chicken & Stars PDF pattern!, originally uploaded by Happy Zombie. Just enter soupweather20 in the discount code field when you’re checking out. My entire shop is on sale, so shop big!
  • Put some pants on!

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Since it’s Christmas-tree season, I thought it might be the perfect time to leave a gentle reminder that not all trees like to wear skirts.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by big, tall majestic trees - so I know this to be true. That’s why I have a tutorial at Sew,Mama,Sew! for “Christmas Tree Pants - because not all trees like to wear skirts“. My tutorial is from 2011 but is of course good year after year.  Tree pants never go out of style. I made my red & white Christmas Tree Pants, as well as made a scrappy version. My scrappy version as modeled…
  • Beyond Neutral

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    First things first… QuiltDad is my homeboy.  Oh man, I love this guy.  I’m telling everyone he wrote Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements just for me.  I love making quilts that focus on fabric and that look complicated but are simple in construction.  In other words, quilts I can make that don’t require a lot of my concentration or, um, reading.  Not that John doesn’t write with lovely words, but I’m a read-by-illustration person. Words are hard. Pictures are easy. So thanks John for writing this book for me, and pretty cool of you to…
  • #travelhandmade - it’s the only way to travel

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be one of those artists who paints on a piece of rice. I wonder how much equipment they have to lug around, how many supplies they need, what they use to haul around their goodies. And then I slap myself and think how much I love every piece of equipment and fabric that fills my trunk to the brim for a few glorious days of quilting and sewing with friends. I bet a rice artist doesn’t get to make cool handmade gear for travel, either. The downside to being a quilter and a sewist is that we have an S ton of stuff to haul. The upside is that we…
  • itty bitty quilt: cutting measurements + pdf

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

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    (March 2005) The Pool Shirt Yay! The Pool Shirt is done. I used the fabulous Munki Munki Pool Party print--so adorable. The pattern was a bit more of a bear than I expected--particularly the collar. Originally, I had a plan...
  • Pink in February

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    I think it's an official rule for all knitters, isn't it? Only knit COLOR in February. When everything out of doors is white, white, white....break it up with color in your hands. This February, I did just that, with the...
  • March 1

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Hello March! And welcome (and welcome back) to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... Crafting Connections We are obsessed with creativity! We eat, breathe, and talk about it a lot, and over the years we’ve found that we’re not alone...
  • Barn Owl Primitives {a soulemama sponsor}

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    Greetings from Barn Owl Primitives! While I never imagined my passion for crafting would blossom into a real business, I am so thankful for this amazing journey we’re on, and still can’t quite believe how far we’ve come. I started...
  • {this moment}

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Postcards

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I’m having too much fun to possibly tell you all of it, and besides, I’ve only got about 24 more hours before I leave this lovely place, and there’s still so much to do. The beach beckons, and I’ve only seen a little of the jungle, and there’s Spanish grammar I haven’t mangled yet.   I’ve got knitting on the wharf to do,  and little anoles to watch as they blaze through the garden. I have a single ripe mango I haven’t eaten yet, and big plans to munch it as I sit on the sand, juice running down my arm in the heat before I wander into the ocean…
  • And I saw a lot of seaweed

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Today was a very good day. I woke up early, and I was lying in my bed, unable to go back to sleep because of these huge black birds that call out to each other in a way that’s as effective as any alarm.  They start to shrill out to each other just before sunrise, announcing to their whole world that another day is starting, and as the sky just started to lighten, I realized that I had an opportunity. An opportunity to see the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea, and to take a picture so that I could post it, and it would then seem to all of you that I am the sort of person who gets up for…
  • Things are looking up

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    When I was in school, I had an art teacher remind me that sometimes, the trick to finding out how something was interesting was to change your perspective. “Look around” she said. “Squat down. Lie on the floor. Look up. Find another way to look at things.”  While I hardly need a way to make this trip interesting for me, I was thinking yesterday about a way to make it interesting for you, and I remembered the advice.  I was walking down the street here, and stopped to consider what was under my feet.  Two seconds later it was something else, then something…
  • I won’t say it’s cold

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Safely arrived in Mexico – only to find that it’s a bit chilly – which is to say that instead of the -20 at home, it’s 23 here. Not quite warm enough for swimming, and there’s a terrific wind. Still, at the risk of being sandblasted, my mum and I stood on the beach and drank our tea, and looked North. Both to see if better weather is blowing down, and because no matter how nippy we are here, we’re just going to be glad we’re not there. It’s a good day for knitting.
  • Ins and Outs

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Boy, are things every moving fast around here. I got home from Madrona Monday night (Well, technically it was Tuesday in the small hours) and hit the ground running. Yesterday was Sam and Lou’s birthday, her 21 and him 3, and a good time was had by all, I think. Sam had her favourite dinner with the whole family there, and I’ll have to see my little guy when I get back. Get back? Yup. I’m out the door again. This time for what has become my traditional winter trip with my Mum. It’s Mexico for us again, and today I’m dumping sweaters and scarves out of my…
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    My Paper Crane

  • More studio friends

    Heidi Kenney
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just more photos of the silly stuff that keeps me company while I work.. Cake was a Christmas gift, the tiny catbus I found on my trip to NYC with Molly, the tin they sit on it by BlueQ, donut mousepad was by Kidrobot many years ago, Bunka doll I found at an antique shop, donut warmer that I got at Tuesday Morning years ago (I have since found one for my husband on ebay), and mug by the talented Mel Stringer
  • Coming Soon

    Heidi Kenney
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Coming mid-March to my shop, a pattern for a bunch of bugs! Over 20 different little guys to stitch. I’ve been having a blast working on these in the evening. As you might have guessed my “cute bugs with faces” phase is still going strong.
  • Around the studio

    Heidi Kenney
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just a peek at the little things I surround myself with while I work. I got the tooth cup on Fab, the bear biscuit came in a kawaii box, the apple head guy I got in NYC, the picnic box I got on Modes4u, the peanut stickers I found at Fivebelow years ago, and the books were all various thrift purchases.
  • Bento Box

    Heidi Kenney
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I made a fabric bento box, using my bento box fabric. I used a pattern from the book Stash Happy: Patchwork by Cynthia Shaffer. Lark books had posted the project for free online here. I made a few changes to the pattern by lengthening the handles and not adding a patchwork flap. I am planning to use it to store bento supplies. I tried it out with some of my washi tape, markers, and little wrapped candy, it holds quite a bit more then I expected. I think it would make such a cute gift for someone filled with your favorite asian candies like Pocky, Matcha Kit Kat , or my favorite Konpeito…
  • DIY Flower Girl cross stitch

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy cross stitch design that I made. I’ve been wanting to do some cross stitching in the evenings when Tom is home and we are watching a movie, so I made this little design because I am excited about Spring. I’ve ordered all my garden seeds, and printed out my planting schedule. Now it’s just about waiting. I stitched up my girl on 32 count linen (over 2) but you can stitch her on 16 count aida cloth if you prefer. Finished she measures about 5×5.5 inches. Please remember this pattern is for personal use only. Flower Garden…
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    Betz White

  • Meet The Betz White Sewing Collective!

    Betz White
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    I’m thrilled to announce a new feature on the blog! I’ve gathered a cracker-jack team of awesome sewing bloggers to contribute here on a weekly basis. Each Friday, starting March 6th, one blogger from the collective will be sewing up a Betz White Sewing Pattern of their choice and sharing it with you. There will also be a sprinkling of book projects from Present Perfect! Yay! Along the way you’ll get to know them, learn their tips and techniques and hopefully be inspired! Allow me to introduce you to each member of the Betz White Sewing Collective and they’ll tell you a…
  • QuiltCon 2015: My Austin Adventure!

    Betz White
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    I returned home from Austin late Monday and I’m still settling in. Quiltcon was an amazing, exciting, organized, super fun event that I can highly recommend. My head is spinning with inspiration and ideas…who wants to unpack and do laundry? Not me. I had the honor of teaching 2 classes of lovely women. We made the Sweet Life Pillow from my book Present Perfect. The best part for me is meeting new people and getting to work with them in real life (I know, right?) as opposed to the virtual online world that I live in most of the time.   Here’s most of my Saturday class and…
  • Gone fishin’

    Betz White
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    I’m heading for Austin this week! I’ll be teaching my felt appliquéd Sweet Life Pillow from my book Present Perfect at QuiltCon. The photo above is an extra class example that I made of a bright orange goldfish framed by some vintage bed linens. This reverse appliqué technique that uses felt, so it doesn’t fray. I’ll be sharing this design as an extra bonus to class participants. Follow me on Instagram for mini updates while I’m away! And if you’re at QuiltCon, say HI! You're reading Gone fishin’, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing…
  • Craftsy’s Sweetest Valentines Sale

    Betz White
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    I fell in love with felted wool the very first time I shrunk a sweater.  I discovered it’s amazing texture, softness and versatility. And we have been together ever since!   Fall in love with your craft all over again. Treat yourself to up to 50% off ALL classes at Craftsy from 2/12-16 2015, HERE! Happy Valentines Day! You're reading Craftsy’s Sweetest Valentines Sale, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online Google+ | Twitter
  • Ruffled Cashmere Scarf Tutorial

    Betz White
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Four long years ago I sold a collection of cashmere scarves in my Etsy shop that I made from super soft repurposed cashmere sweaters. They were fun to make and very popular! I’ve always intended to write up a tutorial so you can make one of your very own.  Recently my dear friend Jan posted her scarf on Instagram and it motivated me to create this easy how-to!     There are two versions of this scarf. A curly one, like the black/charcoal and blue/green scarves, above. They have a lettuce edge that make them super frilly.     For a softer ruffle effect, you can…
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    Illustration Friday

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

    Thomas James
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Happy Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by David Lymburn, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of METROPOLIS. 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: REFLECTION 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 /…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Michael Golden

    Andy Yates
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Michael Golden is part of an elite class to emerge out of comics Bronze Age(1970-85), along with other legends like Mike Zeck, Frank Miller, and John Byrne. He worked briefly at DC in the late 70’s, before making a name for himself over at Marvel with his dynamic, detailed drawing style on the miniature superhero team, The Micronauts. Golden would go onto create one of the most popular Uncanny X-Men characters, Rogue, with writer Chris Claremont, and enjoyed critical success with his work on The ‘Nam(a war comic written & edited by Vietnam War veterans Doug Murray &…
  • The Month of Love weekly art challenge

    Jeanine Henderson
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post by Jeanine The Month of Love is a weekly art challenge started by illustrator Kristina Carroll. Every week in February, there’s a new challenge related to the subject of “Love”. Participating artists respond by creating a new piece and posting throughout the week. There’s an impressive roster of core artists, but the challenges are also open to anyone who wants to submit a piece by posting to Tumblr with the hashtag #monthoflove. The month is coming to an end and there’s some fabulous work up on the site, including the three images below, by Kristina Carroll, Lee…
  • Embarking on The Adventure of a Creative Career

    Kate Leonard
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Armed with your sword ( pencil) and shield (sketchbook) there maybe many of you who are soon to leave school education to venture forth into the big wide world. Although like a hero with your map and compass in hand, you now need to start to plot the path you want to take in life and especially if you want to pursue a creative career. It’s a tough decision to make but there are lots of options out there for you if you’re driven and passionate enough to want to be creative. You could be an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist, fashion designer, pattern…
  • METROPOLIS by Chris Sharples

    Thomas James
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Submitted by Chris Sharples for the Illustration Friday topic METROPOLIS. More art inspiration!METROPOLIS by Anna RaffSLEEP by Mark BoardmanNEFARIOUS by Matthew DaleyNOISE by Otto SteiningerNEFARIOUS by Jon StuartNOISE by Melanie ElfertJAGGED by ACIDNOISE by Ernest BrooksTOY by Matthew ClevelandINVENTION by Patrick GirouardTOY by Jeremy EdelblutINVENTION by Sayantan Halder
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  • Lumberjack 4

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Now this one has the Statue of Liberty on his chest. And Mt. Rushmore on his arm. He has a vintage or maybe even antique Eagle button for his belt buckle.
  • lumberjack 3

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    He has orange hair with a curl in front. And a cherub on his chest.
  • Lumberjack 2

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    He has American eagle tats on his arms and chest. This last one shows the texture in the trouser fabric- it is black with little threads of red and white.
  • and now for some lumberjacks

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I was sorely tempted to give him a snow shovel and a scarf instead of an axe but that wouldn’t mean much to anyone outside of Boston these days! Cherub on his chest!
  • Winter Baby 2

    21 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    This is a sleepy little one. I wanted to show you this pic so you could compare it to this one, before all the snow. Although the step that the pug is next to isn’t even showing at the bottom of this photo!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • A Stray Weather Pattern

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
      This one has come to life quickly. About as fast as the snow is falling. So many thoughts are brewing here. About weather and pattern. I was going to put together a little post over at Small Journeys.  To talk it through. But not today.  Tomorrow.  It's cold. It's dark with heavy snow. I'll go make soup.
  • Hello March

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
        Yesterday down at the Northport pier. A cold walk. Warmer dreams.   We imagined  the glacier might be receding. Not. This morning, a weather alert and another winter storm to hit this afternoon and last until tomorrow.  The icy kind.  Power loss  alert from the electric company.   March arrives as a lion. I like lions.  The wild side of a cat. March is a month of change.  A full spectrum of lion patches  are forming  from stray scraps of self. You never really know what March will usher in. I love March for…
  • Three in one

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Heart Gift Box

    Hira osman
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    A gift box made of card board, fabric,ribbons.An ideal shape to gift in!
  • Pike Place Cup Cozy

    Anya N.
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    I received the lovely "Cut Out + Keep" book to look at and wanted to try something simple that would take minimal effort and highlight the attainability of these crafts! Since knitting has and will always be my first love, I was immediately drawn to this. The final product that was something a bit to large for the cups I had, the thing is wrapped around a quart mason jar and even then its a little loose! I take into account I used circular needles to work it, so if you are and you're a loose knitter as well I recommend sizing down a needle to get what you need. As well, this can be easily…
  • Hearty Heart Old Book

    Hira osman
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Its an old book wall hanging following both folding and altering techniques.
  • ❤ Valentine's Day Gift Wrapping Ideas ❤

    Serena A.
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    I really hope you enjoy these cute Gift Wrapping ideas, remember that you can find the FREE BOW PRINTABLE on my Blog, here's the link: If you do enjoy the video please leave a THUMBS UP and SUBSCRIBE to my channel!! ^-^
  • ❤ Valentine's Day Heart Cut Out Cookies ❤

    Serena A.
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    Hope you enjoy this little tutorial, if you do please leave it a THUMBS UP and SUBSCRIBE to my channe! ^-^
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    Chica and Jo

  • Paddington Bear party favor bags

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Remember those Annie party favor bags that I made for my niece and her friends when they saw the new movie in the theater? Well, a friend of mine was so enamored with them that she wanted something similar for her boys when they went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. No problem, I said! These bags are easy to make, thanks to our new Paddington Bear Favor Bags printable, available on Etsy. Just print out the template onto white cardstock and grab some scissors, double-sided tape (or a glue stick), and some ordinary brown paper lunch sacks. Cut out all the pieces of the template: hat, face,…
  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom DIY art

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I was creating a new Disney Pin Trading board and I wanted to add a piece of art work to the middle to break up the large cork surface and to just look cool! I decided to go with the iconic Cinderella’s castle, and came up with fun technique. This is a super easy, custom art tutorial. First, I printed a silhouette of the castle, but you could easily use any other silhouette you like. I wanted mine to be about 12 inches wide at the base, so I scaled it up with my printer, choosing the “poster style” settings so that it would print on multiple pages. Then I taped the pieces…
  • Annie movie party favor bags

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    When they were kids, my sister and one of her best childhood friends used to watch the movie Annie over and over. And over! They must have watched it a hundred times. So they were pretty excited to hear about the new Annie movie being released this year. Since they both have daughters now that are the age they were back then, they decided to get together and take the girls to see the new movie. They’re going next weekend, and I wanted to make them something special to commemorate the occasion. Jo and I made super adorable treat bags that look like Annie’s signature red dress.
  • Instagram Neon Photo Blocks

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I wanted to take a minute to share a project idea from artist Mark Montano. He used the Instagram photos from his phone to decorate fun and colorful wooden blocks! Photo and project by Mark Montano. Our 1.5″ wooden blocks would be perfect for this project. I think it would be so fun to share these photo blocks with friends and family. And what a great way to remember a special event or trip! For the complete how-to, watch Mark’s video tutorial. If you liked this, check out these similar projects: Instagram mini canvases Display Instagram photos with a refurbished frame Mason jar…
  • Frozen glitter ornaments

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    I wanted to share some Frozen glitter ornaments that Mini Me and I created last night using the same techniques I described in my recent Harry Potter glitter ornament tutorial. Adding the Frozen images is super easy with our printable circles featuring Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf on Etsy. You can use them to make your ornaments, or even use them as cupcake picks! If you liked this, check out these similar projects: Harry Potter glitter ornaments Disney Frozen Advent calendar Ribbon pine cone shaped ornaments Reindeer cork ornaments Pottery Barn Santa Christmas glitter canvas knock-off
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    whip up

  • 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…
  • Archive diving – happy holidays!

    Kasia Z
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It’s soooo close now. Christmas. I’ve barely time left to clean up the house – actually I don’t have time for that, I’d rather be making stuff… I’ve been archive diving. There’s so much treasure down there it’s sometimes hard to remember to come for air and a cuppa. After making lots of tassels and turning them into angels, I thought I’d go for a dip into the deep bottomless (surely) pool of the Whipup ‘holiday’ category and find some more dangly crafts to make and share with you – while there’s still time.
  • Hanging around

    Kasia Z
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I’ve been looking at a LOT of Pinterest images in the last few days – there are some very pretty things out there! Specifically I’ve been hunting for things to hang around the house instead of on a Christmas tree since we probably won’t have a live one this year. I LOVE the smell of pine trees – it reminds me of childhood Christmases and really brings the season into the house like nothing else. I might put a few sprigs around to do the job, but our house is way too crowded with stuff to manage an actual tree. In fact, I’m not sure we have wall space enough…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Eggs? Eggzactly!

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Last week, I focused on chickens, so it just seemed natural to focus on eggs this week. Not crafted eggs, though: this week it’s all about yummy dishes with eggs as the star. Mmm, eggs! Banga‘s post, entitled “Breakfast is served”, includes three delicious sounding recipes, including one for tempting scrambled egg puffs. This recipe […]
  • Meatless Monday: Kale Yeah!

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Okay, I am going to put this out there…I am not a fan of kale. Nope, don’t like it. It has a very distinct dirt taste that I am not a fan of. So, I guess you can say that I was very skeptical when I saw RockingBearRanch’s recipe for Quick Healthy Kale. Would it […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Lamp Transformation

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    This weekend, make the old new again. AmyLynn98 took an outdated brass lamp, and gave it new life with a couple coats of paint and a brand-new shade. It’s a cost effective way to enhance your decor!
  • Book Review: Handmade for Baby

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Creative thoughts from Craftster Guest Blogger MareMare… Book Review: Handmade for Baby Handmade for Baby: 25 Keepsakes to Create with Love by Charlotte Rivers and Emily Gregory, is full of fun projects to inspire you to create something for a baby in your life or maybe your next charity project. Many of the projects include […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Warm Those Piggies!

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Raise your hand if you have cold little piggies right now? I know I am not the only one with cold feet! This winter is brutal but I refuse to let it get the best of me. I decided to head into the Craftster vault and grab an oldie but a goodie. Lydia the Strange […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • March Monthly Challenge

    Tari of
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Haida Totems, 1912By Emily CarrWatercolor on Paper76mm x 55mmBC Archives, CanadaAbout the ArtIn 1912, with some fanfare in the Vancouver press, Emily set off alone on a momentous six-week trip, going through Alert Bay, to the Tsimshian villages of the coast of northern mainland British Columbia, to the Gitxsan villages in the interior, and ultimately to the even more remote settlements of the Haida people on an archipelago then called the Queen Charlotte Islands, now known as Haida Gwaii."There were many fine totem poles in Cha-atl — Haida poles, tragic and fierce. The wood of them was…
  • February Monthly Challenge Winners

    Tari of
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Congratulations to the February Monthly Challenge winners! 2 winners were chosen randomly from all the challenge entrants1 winner was chosen randomly from the InLinkz blog entries.Winner of a month of advertising on ABS from the Monthly Challenge Bead category.Our First lucky winner is Stephanie LaRosa.She has won a $50 Gift Certificate from Earthbutter Beads.Our Second lucky winner is Sarah RainesShe has won a $50 Gift Certificate from Big Bead Little Bead.Our Third lucky winner is Terry GauthierShe has won a $50 Jewelry…
  • February Monthly Recap

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    The poppies in this painting by Edward Detmold are so luxurious, don't you think? The perfect image to celebrate deep and abiding love in February with an eye toward the approaching spring. (It is coming, right?)We had a lot of marvelous entries this month focusing the deep color, the poppy form and even the moth/butterflies. Let's see what you created...Just click the picture above to start. Best viewed in full screen mode.Art Bead Scene - February 2015 by Slidely SlideshowIf that doesn't work, please try this link:…
  • Inside the Studio with Humblebeads

    Heather Powers
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:11 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 free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Alice of Alice Dreaming is this week's winner of a surprise bead bundle from Claire Lockwood of Something to do Beads. Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio...2015 has been crazy for me, I've been going from deadline to deadline, event to event. In between, I've been in my studio…
  • Art Bead Palette :: JoyMunshower

    Brandi Hussey
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Periwinkle Reticulated OctopusI've had Joy Munshower's Etsy shop bookmarked for ages, and I had to share at least one of her pieces for the sheer artistry. Isn't that lampwork bead exquisite? The details are just incredible, and when I realize it's glass - I'm blown away, how about you?These are one of those beads that I'd probably never use, but collect and frame instead. Talk about a little piece of art!To see more, stop by Joy's shop.
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    2 Mar 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…
  • 9 Creative Leprechaun Traps to Make in a Snap

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    How to catch a Leprechaun and creative ideas like funny pranks, Leprechaun trap and even silly Leprechaun tricks.  If you like these ideas then you'll love these 35 St Patricks Day Activities for Kids which include leprechaun, pot of gold, shamrocks crafts. Funny Leprechaun pranks are one of the best things about St. Patricks Day!  I hope you'll be inspired to do something different this year and set your own Leprechaun Trap!   Leprechaun Trap 1.  Leprechaun Trap Craft ~ Legend has it that Leprechauns are small, mischievous, messy and sneaky. Try to…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Creative Customization For Every Room

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We are absolutely thrilled to have Maria from Dainty and Decadent here to share her creative ideas for decorating her new living room! When we first moved into our new home a couple of weeks ago, I vowed to decorate each room slowly so that I didn’t make any impulse purchase just to have a room decorated. Does anyone else do that? I literally am the type of person that needs to have every fork and towel in its place. I knew I wanted the living room to be one of the first rooms I had done since it’s the room people would see the most but I could not for the life of me decide what…
  • Nursery Trends for 2015

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Earlier this year we announced our birth announcement collection of stylish stationery designed by Pottery Barn Kids. Each birth announcement card perfectly expresses Pottery Barn Kids’ signature style and is made truly spectacular with Tiny Prints’ premium paper. When Building Blocks by Pottery Barn Kids featured their 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year we thought it would be fun to take a few of those nursery trends and pair them with the perfect Tiny Prints birth announcement. Get cozy with soft pale shades. Your little one’s nursery will look like it floated in from a cloud…
  • Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration Board

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This baby nursery is pretty and romantic in shades of soft pink, gray, and white. With a crystal chandelier, and vintage inspired accents, this is the perfect feminine nursery for your little princess. Featured Tiny Prints Birth Announcement: Our Little Love Image Sources: Nursery | Chandelier | Mirror | Chair a See more Tiny Prints InspirationSpring is almost here!Big ImpressionsMaternity Photography Ideas
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  • DIY Gold Foil St. Patrick’s Day Prints

    Colleen Pastoor
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. I just love seeing what the TCB Creative Contributors will come up with month after month! Colleen from Lemon Thistle created these DIY Gold Foil St. Patrick’s Day Prints that I think you’ll want to use year round. Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays are always much easier with framed printables. You’ll also love […] Author information Colleen Pastoor Creative Contributor at Lemon Thistle Colleen is the lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle, where…
  • I’m Grounded with Pepperidge Farm

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Today I’m letting you know it’s OK to take a break! It’s good for your soul! I’m sharing how I take a break with Pepperidge Farm® Milano®Cookies! It seems like everyone I know is busier than ever, especially moms! We wear many hats, we want to wear all of them well and sometimes some of […] 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…
  • Slow Cooker Taco Chili

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:27 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. With all the chilly weather many of you are having, this Slow Cooker Taco Chili may be just the ticket to warm you up! Slow Cooker Taco Chili – Slow Cooker Sunday! It’s been unseasonably dry and sunny here in the Portland area, we don’t even know what to think. Many spring bulbs are in […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog…
  • Time for a Link Party!

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It’s time for Link Party Palooza! But first I wanted to share a few guides I’ve written for ebay! Just click on the image to read more. There’s an Appliance for That is full of quirky appliances that you just have to have! These guides have been fun to write and I think you’ll be entertained […] 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…
  • Car Ideas for Teens

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It happened. My baby…. my only son…. my only child… turned 16! And he’s driving!!! He doesn’t have his license yet, he’s still logging his 50+ hours of drive time before taking his test. Wasn’t I just researching the do’s and don’ts of car seat safety to protect my precious little cargo and making sure […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
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  • Pre-spring sorting

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    ...lots of fabrics dyed and undyed around here -so this week everything in the shop is just 5 €...
  • Numbers I've written...

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    ...never meaning to end...Well, not exactly.I did end it - after one year:a "daily life in numbers" project, for whichI've been writing down, on stained paper rectangles,date, time of first entry, temperature, money spent,money earned etc. -lefthanded, to make it less book-keeping.Sewn together with red thread, it's about 25long strips...
  • A few things...

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    ...are new in the shop.
  • Still more...

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    ...and more old textiles too,just unpacked...
  • More weaving experiments

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    "There is an endless net of threads throughoutthe universe. The horizontal threads are in space.The vertical threads are in time (...)"(Rig Veda, borrowed here)
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    Try Handmade

  • Phil Blank

    Erika Jurney
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    I’m loving these paintings by Phil Blank – and check out his journals too. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • The Animals of Etsy

    Amy L.
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    Above print is from Berkley Illustration. One of the very fun themes you’ll find on Etsy? Animals. From cute and [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • The Wizarding World of Fashion

    Helen Hobden
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Yes, I am not ashamed to admit it: I am a Harry Potter fan! So much so, we have saved [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Ticklebean

    Erika Jurney
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Ticklebean: I am a mom, a wife, and a homemaker. I wanted to do something for myself because I missed [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • For the Record

    Rebecca Hadfield
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    As a child of the 80s, my formative years were spent watching John Hughes movies, crimping my hair and hanging [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Exhibitions Don’t Just Happen

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    You know all those events I tell you about all the time? All of those group exhibitions that my work gets juried into? Do you ever wonder how that happens? First I have to find out about them. I find … Continue reading →
  • 2015 ACC Baltimore Round-Up

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    You may have heard me talking about doing a show last weekend in Baltimore. Here’s how it all went. First, set-up was pretty easy. Our hotel was right next to the convention center (all be it on the far side … Continue reading →
  • By Any Other Name…

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Sometimes the names of my pieces come to me immediately, other times I have to work to find the right title. Ways I Name My Art Untitled or Collar VII – I have in the past done the cop-out name … Continue reading →
  • Waiting for Inspiration

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    At any given time, there are unfinished pieces that are sitting around the studio. So are currently being worked on, some are just taking a short break, and others have been sitting there foreeeeevvvvvvveeeeeer. Since I’ve been working feverishly on … Continue reading →
  • Ack! Trying to Finish My New Booth Set-up!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    I’ve been working super hard to get my new booth set-up ready. I designed tables and display stands that complement the shapes in my work and I’ve got new lighting and display stands as well. At this point I just … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers


    3 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    I was fiddling the other day in between my travels, just sketching and doing my handicrafts. I thought of my friend Swee who started her handicraft business, Swiedebie from scratch in The Netherlands. It was a tough start with no income for a couple of years. It was a lot of creation and recycling materials, upcycling in a way, and then braving the weather at art and craft fairs in the

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  • HAPPINESS 020315

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:18 pm
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  • Let's bring this back and get straight to the point

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Dear Kelly,There's a pun in that title...We are bad bloggers. Bad, bad bloggers. But I as I was browsing through our posts yesterday (2012 was the last one - yikes!), I was much worse than you. You were a damn good blogger and I, well, I sucked.So here I am to revive our little blog with a necklace I made this past weekend for the oldest daughter of one of my bestest friends, Chrissi. She and I have been friends for ten years now, when #2 and I moved into the same neighborhood she lived in with her ex and aforementioned oldest daughter, Leah. Sam was five and Leah was three. Chrissi's son…
  • Postcardy Fun

    28 May 2012 | 5:38 pm
    Dear Shayne,I actually made these post cards several months ago but then... I just couldn't bring myself to mail them then because I loved them so much!I've now admired them for awhile now, so I think it's time to set them free. Right?Ok! Who wants a postcard? If there's anyone reading this, leave a comment with some way to get in touch with you -- email, blog, etc. Heck, if you don't mind your address out in public, go ahead and put that in the comments if you want! You can also email me your info: onetomatotwo [at] gmail [dot] com. And I'll send you a postcard!It was super fun to make all…
  • Squirrelly Embroidery Cuteness

    27 May 2012 | 5:12 pm
    Dear Shayne,This Instagram photo does not do this embroidery justice. And this embroidery doesn't do the original drawing justice! But it's still pretty darned cute:A friend of mine illustrates the most adorable creatures you have ever seen. Seriously. (I also stitched a penguin -- need to grab a photo of that.) When I first saw her illustrations, I said, "Must. Embroider!" Finally got around to it this month.She needs to find a better stitcher than me to make her some samples and sell these designs. Pronto. Cause they are super CUTE!love,kelly
  • Cross-stitch: Finally Framed

    24 May 2012 | 7:58 pm
    Dear Shayne,As I was packing up the house, I came across two cross-stitched pieces that I had yet to frame (this skull and this letter B). Since I was already so busy I could not see straight, I decided to add to my over-full list and frame them! (Of course.)Added to this little blackwork piece (miraculously already framed!) and here they all are:We had an art show at work and I entered these pieces -- deadlines are a good motivator for finishing projects, right?Meanwhile, another artist in the show fell hard for the skull, so I will probably be making another one. I think the trick to…
  • I am knitting! (And posting about it!)

    23 May 2012 | 4:37 pm
    Dear Shayne,As you know, I have just moved across the country (we're going to have to address this blog name at some point, but let's dwell on that later). I don't know why I didn't see it coming, but this activity took waaaay more out of me than I thought it would.Of course, the first thing to go was blogging. And the second? Crafting. But this week... I knitted!I'm working on a wool blanket and it's hot in Michigan, but what the heck. I'm knitting! And... I'll be ready for winter!!love,kellyPS - I hate the new Blogger interface with a white-hot burning rage. Were we talking at some point…
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Feb 28, decreasing

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    I am knitting a hat and the pattern calls for K9, k2tog, repeat knit even K8 k2tog, repeat knit even etc etc I missed a knit even row : ( I knitted:
  • Feb 28, Mrs.

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    I like the look of stockinette stitch but, whilst making a scarf, it has rolled at the edges. I do not mind knitting a second scarf to attach to the back
  • Feb 28, Can I use a different length circular needle than called for?

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    I am new to knitting. If a pattern calls for a U.S. size 8 (5mm) 16 circular needle, can I use a size US size 8 (5mm) 29 circular needle? Do I have
  • Jan 12, Double Knitting Question

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I'm doing double knit with one color (one strand of yarn) slipping every other stitch, how can I keep the sides open so it will be like two pieces layered
  • Jan 12, excess left over wool

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I have been given my grandmothers wool collection since she passed. Most of it is acrylic 8 ply wools and I have a pattern for some house booties that
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    Very Shannon
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    LOSLASSEN \\\ BUY NOW or purchase from our SHOP / RAVELRY / ETSYI'm so excited to be able to release our newest knitting pattern - Loslassen! Loslassen is a uniquely shaped shawl that flatters the figure! Garter ridges paired with feminine lace openwork within a uniquely shaped shawl create a lovely juxtaposition that is both flattering & easy to wear. Loslassen drapes with ease & style mimicking the look of raglan shaping slimming the frame & showcase hand-dyed yarn beautifully. Loslassen is made from 2 skeins of the lovely Neighborhood Fiber Co.  yarn Studio Sock…

    Very Shannon
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It's time for this month's Making Ourselves! Our new monthly series focused on finding and creating more time to nurture and prioritize ourselves, our passions, hobbies & health. Be sure to follow along on social media & tag your own pics with #makingourselves!When starting to write + plan the new series "Making Ourselves" for the blog I quickly realized how long it has really and truly been since I had prioritized some of my other hobbies and passions in life. I decided that it was time to carve out some special moments each week to allow myself a few indulgences.Now the hobbies that…

    Very Shannon
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The FREE Bucket Basket Tote Sewing Pattern is here!!! I'm addicted to totes, baskets, project bags & more! Pretty much if I can put my latest knitting project in it and bring it around with me I'm addicted to it. I can never have enough. One of my favorite things to store my wip's in and misc yarn is my African Basket.I was lucky enough to pick up my basket from Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop last spring and I adore it. I've been on the hunt since then for the same style but in a shopping tote size. Well I finally got tired of looking around to buy with no success that I decided to design…

    Very Shannon
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    I'm so happy to announce that Jane Richmond and I will be at Stitches West this year in Santa Clara, CA! We can't wait!You can find all the information for this exciting event on their website HERE. We'll be doing some book signings there as well as enjoying this awesome event! I can't wait to do some yarn shopping and get to meet up with both new and old friends! I'll be sure to share pics with you when I'm back and I'll be posting on instagram during our trip as well (you can find me HERE). Usually this time of year Jane and I are heading to Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle but the location…

    Very Shannon
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Valentine's day is coming up and it's time for our annual Valentine's Sweetheart Dress Sale! I've spent time over the last few months to update my Sweetheart Dress Pattern to match our current branding and aesthetic. Since it came out a few years ago it definitely didn't match any of our current pattern styling etc. so it's gotten a much needed face lift.The pattern itself and instructions have remained the same. All that's been updated is the styling, layout and the inclusion of both inches and centimeters for measurements in the pattern. So don't worry if you have the old version. All…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Romantic + Airy Pastel Wedding Inspiration

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    We couldn’t imagine a more beautiful inspiration shoot for this first week of March than this pretty pastel goodness from Swoon Floral Design and Jamie Rae Photo! With a vision of romantic cream and rose as their guide, they brought in white vintage furniture from Classic Vintage Rentals, antique gold rimmed vintage plates, and beautiful hand-scripted calligraphy by Portland Palomino. Kim of Swoon Floral Design created a soft centerpiece in shades of blush and buttery yellow featuring hydrangea, roses, and wax flower. Jein King styled an elegant updo with a floral crown by…
  • Classic New York Black Tie Wedding

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Above all else, there are three words to describe Alyssa and Scott’s wedding: classic New York. Their Saturday night, black-tie wedding at The Waldorf Astoria is quintessentially Manhattan, and their vision of an elegant and sophisticated black and white wedding came to life thanks to a dream team of vendors. Belle Fleur created an incredible rose, hydrangea, and orchid chuppah for the couple’s interfaith ceremony and a mix of dramatic arrangements for the ballroom reception. The Steve Delisi Band played a mix of top 40 hits, Nat King Cole, and wedding classics (hello Journey!).
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy weekend and farewell February! We wrapped up the last week of the month in the most gorgeous way: We gushed about our California-based EAD vendor, Jessica D’Onofrio Photography and featured a moody and romantic styled shoot that is bursting with beautiful blooms and the most gorgeous gowns! We hope your week was filled with lovely and we’ll see you back here in March! {Image by Lauren Balingit via Once Wed} A few of our favorites from the week: 27 Oscar beauty looks to borrow for your big day. Obsessed with these DIY semi-precious stone soaps. A tutorial on how to make…
  • Foodie Engagement Session

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Josh and Jennie are self proclaimed “foodies” who love to cook and dream of someday owning their own restaurant. Their relaxed at-home engagement session, captured by Jenny McCann and styled by Meggie Francisco Events, combines their love of cooking with a chic and sophisticated feel. These two met as children when Jennie befriended his sister and reconnected many years later through mutual friends. Naturally, Josh proposed to Jennie at Seattle restaurant Six Seven. These two are looking forward to their May wedding, with its subtle James Bond nuances and modern vibe! Photography…
  • Sophisticated Peach + Mint Wedding

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    We love a sweet Southern wedding and Caitlin and Cisco’s Charleston soiree is a stunner! With the backdrop of Kiawah Island’s The River Course, their classic wedding features a tented ceremony (guests picked a seat, not a side!) and a gorgeous reception in the ballroom. A Charleston Bride designed the day, and created glorious centerpieces of roses, hydrangea, and greenery set atop farmhouse tables. We adore the fresh peach and mint color palette and the pretty hand-painted table numbers. Caitlin’s maids are decked out in beaded mint Adrianna Papell gowns, a…
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  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    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.
  • Red Heart Yarn

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Red Heart(R) is one of the most trusted brands in yarn. Celebrating our 75th Birthday in 2011, more people have chosen to make American heirlooms using Red Heart yarn than any other yarn.
  • Tanner Bell

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    At 14 years old, Tanner Bell can say hes done a little of everything when it comes to the craft industry. Tanner got his start in March 2010. After getting his very first Cricut expression, he decided to create simple craft tutorials. He was for sure different in the online crafting community with his young age, personality, and knowledge. He continued to create craft videos and have fun with it.
  • Colorful Ladybugs Toilet Paper Roll Craft

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Usher in spring with a fun project like this Colorful Ladybug Toilet Paper Roll Craft. Kids will have a great time working on this project and will discover why toilet paper roll crafts are so much fun. Best of all, you can use items from your recycling bin as well as paint and pipe cleaners. Encourage kids to get creative and think of other fun things to do with toilet paper rolls - they will love coming up with new ideas. While they're working on this project, encourage kids to use their imaginations and name their new ladybug friends. Also, have them make a couple ladybugs and be sure that…
  • Aleene's Always Ready Tacky Glue

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Aleene's Always Ready Tacky Glues keep your favorite crafting glues ready for action. An innovative cap allows you to store the bottle inverted at all times, providing quick and easy adhesive flow so your Tacky Glue is always ready for your next project. Choose from Original Glue, Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Fast Grab Tacky Glue, and Turbo Tacky Glue.
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  • 8 Craft Room Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As a very creative person, I have trouble keeping my life organized. I tend to lose focus or bounce from one project to the next and what’s left? A giant mess of scraps and half done projects. Story of my life. However, I’m hoping to change my ways slowly but surely by learning how to organize crafts effectively so that I can actually get things done. Half done projects drive me crazy and so does disorganization. I just need to sit down and spend time organizing everything once and for all. I browsed around for the best organization tips out there and found so many great ideas!
  • 7 Lucky Horseshoe Crafts

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    You don’t have to have a western themed home to embrace the horseshoe. Horseshoes are now almost a staple in modern and rustic decor. There are some really talented Etsy sellers that have mastered the art of crafting with horseshoes and I envy them most days! I only have horseshoes from my horseback riding days and finding them at the barn. I also have some vintage horseshoes from my grandfather when he worked on a farm in Wisconsin as a boy. I treasure those horseshoes and I don’t think i could alter them in any way. However, I do plan to look for some horseshoes at antique shops…
  • 7 Free Crochet Afghan Patterns in Pastel Colors That Will Surprise You

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I don’t know about you, but when I think of pastel colors, I think of baby blankets. But I’ve been realizing that pastel colors are not just for babies these days as I see pastels working their way into home decor, clothing, and more. We are all embracing pastel color palettes here at FaveCrafts and we rounded up the best pastel crochet afghan patterns that we could find to start us off. You might be pleasantly surprised at what we found – I know I was! Pastel colors all grown up…who would have thought? I can’t think of a better way to brighten up a home than to…
  • Link Love: DIY Thank You Cards

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    When it comes to writing thank you notes, I am, admittedly, not the best at it. Right now i’m in the midst of writing thank you notes for my wedding gifts and according to the wedding gods somewhere, my notes are technically already “late.” Oh well, they are getting done…slowly, but surely. I thought I was doing so good when I finished 54 of them only to realize that I have about 50 more left to do. However, the one thing that is enjoyable about this whole process is the fact that I’m writing on homemade thank you cards. My mother-in-law made me a set of…
  • 12 Easy DIY Projects That Will Restore Your Faith in Crafting

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I’ve been in a bit of a Pinterest slump lately. I’ll find a project I like while scrolling through pins only to realize that I either 1.) Can’t find the actual tutorial. 2.) Don’t have the necessary tools or supplies on hand or 3.) I’m simply not skilled in that XYZ area of crafting. It’s been quite frustrating to go from being inspired to being completely bummed about the idea of crafting. That’s why I’m so glad that our new free eBook is called 12 Easy DIY Projects. And rightly so. Covering almost every area of crafting, these free tutorials…
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    Merriment Design

  • Kiss Me (I’m Irish) T-Shirts Spelled With Shamrock Clovers for St. Patrick’s Day

    Kathy Beymer
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I designed some Kiss Me (I’m Irish) t-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day and added them my Zazzle store. The simple and classy design spells “Kiss Me” using both three-leaf shamrocks and lucky four-leaf clovers. Sláinte! All t-shirts are 50% off today at my Zazzle store until 7PM PST tonight! Use promo code EARLYTEEDEAL. Here’s a close up of the letters because the Zazzle photos are kind of fuzzy. Not to worry – t-Shirt orders will be printed with these crisp edges. I came up with the Kiss Me (I’m Irish) clover and shamock t-shirt design when trying to think…
  • How to Make a Headboard Slipcover with No-Sew Piping – easy and temporary bedroom change

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you want to hide a dated headboard or just freshen your bedroom, making a DIY headboard slipcover transforms your bedroom without the commitment and cost. I made this ‘how to make a headboard slipcover’ tutorial for DIY Network. I wanted to make a plaid flannel headboard slipcover to temporarily make our city bedroom feel like a cozy winter cabin retreat. These last two winters in Chicago have been brutal! My instructions will show you how to make your own tailored, polished headboard slipcover. And the best part? It’s easily removable so I can slip it back off when…
  • Sewing Machines for Beginner Sewers

    Kathy Beymer
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    I’ve gotten a couple emails lately asking me about my sewing machine and what sewing machine I recommend, so here’s some advice for beginning sewers. The quick answer? You don’t have to spend a lot, and honestly you really shouldn’t! My machine is a basic model Brother XR-65 with a quilting table that cost less than $100. Nothing too fancy, it’s really a basic beginner’s model but it gets the job done on pretty much any basic sewing project out there. There are newer models out there now and I recommend that new sewers start with a basic beginner’s model…
  • Kid-Friendly Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos – Copycat Antique Taco recipe

    Kathy Beymer
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a pork carnitas taco recipe that’s not only kid-friendly but also foodie-friendly. Our Chicago home is within walking distance to Antique Taco, the home of amazing tacos and salads set in a throwback antique restaurant. I just love this place so much. We’ve eaten at Antique Taco so often that I thought I could try to pull off some tacos at home during the week when there’s not enough time to go out. There’s nothing like the real thing, of course, but this is a pretty great substitute. To make the pork I altered this pork carnitas recipe from Damn Delicious…
  • Personalizable Party Decor from Minted

    Kathy Beymer
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I want to share the 80th birthday party decorations with you that I got from Minted. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t make any decorations for my mom’s 80th Birthday Open House and I gotta tell you, it was so nice! Sometimes it’s better to buy than make, you know? And Minted has super high-quality, richly printed party decorations so I knew that the birthday girl would love it. We held the open house at my mom’s church Fellowship Room and I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s not a pretty venue. Try your best to look past the concrete walls and sketchy lighting!
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • New Handmade Charlotte Kits at Pottery Barn Kids

    Rachel Faucett
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    We’re thrilled to announce the new Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits, now available exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids. Yay! We’ve kept this one under wraps for a while, which hasn’t exactly been easy. Now it’s time for high fives all around! We collaborated with the talented crew at PBK to create a collection of mantle-worthy projects that would make it into the “save forever” pile. Not a throwaway kids’ activity, but an heirloom craft made with quality materials that will stand the test of time. And, of course, the craft had to be lots of fun for…
  • Make a Tic-Tac-Toe Board Out Of Backyard Finds

    Leslie Manlapig
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Whenever we go to the beach, my son and I inevitably find stones to bring home. They’re so special to me! Looking at them always reminds me of our seaside adventures. As you can probably guess, we’ve amassed quite a collection. Instead of letting them just sit around our home, I recently began crafting with them.  The small, flat stones were perfect for making this DIY Tic Tac Toe set. What You Need 12 smooth, flat rocks Oil pastels Mod Podge Foam brush Parchment paper Felt (two different colors) Fabric scissors Hot glue gun Step 1 Wash and dry your rocks. Step 2 Use your oil pastels…
  • Rainbow Fruit Tart Recipe

    Kayley McCabe
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    I thought it would be fun to let my kids pick a St. Patrick’s Day themed treat to make this week! They tossed around a few ideas, but in the end the result was unanimous — rainbows! What could be more fun than making something filled with every color over the rainbow? This rainbow tart is easy to assemble and loaded with fresh fruity fun. You can make your own pie crust if you like, but a pre-made crust will do just as well and will make this dessert a snap. Other fruits would be easy to switch out, if desired. Maybe blackberries instead of grapes? And mangoes would be a delicious…
  • Put a Bird on It

    Mari Richards
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    My daughter is now old enough that she can fill our bird feeders on her own – which means the birds are finally getting fed at our house (because I always forget!). Yesterday the birds were so excited for food they were flitting around the trees while she poured out the seed. Then we got out her bird book and tried to identify them – it’s harder than you’d think! Luckily, these bird DIYs don’t need to be identified. We can simply enjoy their bright colors and great materials. I’m suddenly itching to go thrifting so we can find some glass globes for the bird feeder DIY! And, I’m…
  • It’s All One Big Juggling Act

    Deborah Beau
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    You know what I’ve discovered? Two-week school breaks are actually quite tiring when you have three kids! Always bending over backwards trying to keep everyone occupied and juggling my personal life with my home business. Sound familiar? Well, as I’m not one to complain, I guess the only way to beat the stress in any situation is to roll up your sleeves, stay strong, and put on a brave smile! “Be a clown, be a clown, all the world loves a clown…” The circus is obviously a popular theme in the kids’ design world. It’s a classic, “foolproof” topic that never fails to…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • My Perfect Little Helper

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is one of Chaz’s favorite things to do while helping, checking everything, that is in every box that is delivered.
  • Fleece Small Dog Coat pdf Pattern

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Here's  a couple of valentine's I made our grandsonsI used the Sizzix Owl Die. Instead of the wings it punched out, I used aluminium tape stuck to card stock.  I then free hand cut a heart then cut the heart in half for each of the wings.I cut a plain black owl for the back and glued the pieces front and back to a box ofconversation hearts.
  • Mixed Media Postcards

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Here's a few postcards I created for a swap.
  • Awesome Modesto Mixed Media art workshop!

    9 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Sublime Roaming Art Partie's Heart Nouveau Steampunk Workshopwas a great success!Here's just a few pictures ourstudent's created!
  • Heart Nouveau Steampunk Workshop

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    I'm very excited to say that our new workshopsold out fast!If your interested in local (Modesto, Calif area)art workshops email us to be put on our email listor visit our blog HERE.
  • Eye Candy-Postcards

    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Here's some eye candy to look at...just a few of the postcards I created for an art and craft show back in the fall...just a tad slow in getting them uploaded ;-)
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Denim Circles Quilt

    Debbie Ivey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello, it’s Debbie from Sewing with Rascal again. I am happy to share another recipe, this time for a Denim Circles quilt.   I love the look of a blue jean quilt but am not fond of the weight blue jeans add, they are quite heavy and stiff.  When I saw the new Moda denim in a lighter cotton weight, I knew I just had to use it in a denim quilt.  Oh what a difference, it is soft and warm but not heavy. Another nice feature about this quilt is that it’s a “quilt as you go” project, meaning once the circles are sewn together the quilt will be finished completely…
  • Chevron With a Twist Quilt

    Karen L. Miller
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Greetings Moda Bake Shop readers – it’s Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co and Karen’s Quilt’s, Crows and Cardinals blog here to share  “Chevron with a Twist”. This unique little quilt can be made from a single layer cake and a bit of yardage.  Keep it scrappy, skip the applique, and you can put it together in a weekend. Alternatively, add the applique accents (the Twist!) and you’ll create a unique and decorative wall quilt for all to admire. We’ll use half square triangles to make the chevrons and learn how to make the neatest faux ruched…
  • Windmill Dance Quilt

    Kelly Smith
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello, I am Kelly from Live. Love. Create. This is my second time as a Moda Bake Shop chef and I am thrilled to be back. My project is a paper pieced quilt block, but for those who have not tried paper piecing, it is a simpler block to start with. My finished quilt measures 60 inches x 72 inches, so it is a generous sized throw. Some tips I have before you begin are the following: I found a lot of helpful videos on YouTube just by searching for “paper pieced quilt block” Watch a few of them first before attempting paper piecing for the first time Make a practice block before…
  • Snuggly Hugs and Kisses Quilt

    Emily Thompson
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Valentine’s Day month! This is a good project to practice accurate 1/4″ seams and half square triangles (HST) and the result is perfect for some V Day cuddling.  Make a few blocks for a wall hanging, like I did above, or make a lot of blocks for a quilt to snuggle under! Fat quarter bundle with 7 or more pink and red fat quarters 3 yds background, sashing & border fabric – Moda Bella Solids in Snow 5 yds backing fabric 1 yd binding fabric, cut into (8) 2.50″ strips   Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″   1)  You’ll need a healthy…
  • Simple Wishes Quilt

    Stephanie Palmer
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello!  I’m Stephanie from Late Night Quilter, and I’m excited to share with you this easy, ombre, heart quilt that’s perfect for any little girl. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy this quilt that measures 51.5″ x 55″.  Let’s face it, girls like pink and hearts, no matter what month it is.   My 7-year-old daughter Sophie and I designed, sewed and quilted this project together.  It was the first time she’s ever sat down at the sewing machine by herself. She helped piece and press the hearts, and she is over the moon that…
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    How Does She

  • Healthy Swaps for Pasta Dishes

    Darleen Meier
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    If only I could eat pasta and white bread for dinner every night, I’d be one happy eater.  Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, but it’s also the food that can be the cause of more than a few extra pounds on our bodies.  Since white pasta is made from refined wheat flour, the refining process makes it starchy and stripped of nutrition.  Raise your hand if you make pasta more than twice a week?  I do.  And I’m a healthy eater.  Most times I make it, not for me, but for my children and husband.  Here are “healthy swaps” options for pasta that I like to…
  • Bake Baklava. Be Famous.

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Bake Baklava.  Be Famous. Lucky for us we get to have Sarah back to teach us how to make this GORGEOUS dessert!  If you missed Sarah’s last post, you can get to know her here.  Thanks Sarah, take it away!… “I have a dirty little secret. I’m not really that great of a cook. Yet around my neighborhood my status as a culinary goddess is growing.  So what’s the secret?  How do I do it? I strategically place a carefully selected, carefully prepared food item with the right people and watch my fame increase. Baklava is just such a dish. It has the potential to make…
  • HOW TO: Natural Eyebrow Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    This week were going to talk about eyebrows! They can make a big difference in your appearance and if done correctly will really draw attention and frame your beautiful eyes! Eyebrows are the bee’s knees right now and there are so many different opinions on how you should fill them in. The way that I do it isn’t necessarily the same way that everyone else is going to want to do it. I fill mine in naturally just to add a little more definition to the face without going too dramatic. My best word of advice for anyone watching this that doesn’t like the way I do it would be to look up…
  • The one question you should NEVER ask again!

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
      Not gonna lie…last month was a hard month.  Hard as a thousand root canals.  Harder than my first legit job as a rotten potato sorter in sub-zero weather inhaling dirt and putrid potato smells. But first, let me back up. In mid-November we brought home a new baby boy.  We spent the holidays loving on him, and even though we had bags under our eyes from sleepless nights, it was so sweet.  Then January hit and the glittery curtain we were hiding behind crashed down.  The reality that we now had four kids ages 5 and under hit like a Three Stooges slap to the face. Four kids…
  • Need a lantern in a hurry? Check this out!

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ever caught unprepared when the power goes out or while camping? Jared’s latest DIY trick is the perfect solution! Check it out, you just might find it handy too!
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    This craft and writing activity inspired by the Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! was a big hit with my kids! They both enjoyed crafting up their own mini suitcases from brown paper lunch bags. Later, they added index cards to draw pictures and outline some of the details for upcoming adventures they […]
  • Weekend Reads — The Artful Year

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I recently listed The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul as one of my favorite things. It is chock full of inspiring crafts, recipes, and activities to do with kids to help you celebrate the seasons and make the most out of your time […]
  • Date Night In

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Netflix Streaming makes it super easy to set up a date night at home with so many movie choices ready to play instantly! With just a few simple steps, you can set up a special date night to enjoy some quality time together as a couple. Added bonus – you won’t even need to hire […]
  • Dollar Store Boredom Busters!

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    These boredom busters for kids are simple to set up and are perfect if you are looking for easy ways to keep the kids entertained while indoors. Since most of the materials can be found at a local dollar store, they are super affordable too! You may even be able to sneak in a little learning […]
  • Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    These Chinese New Year crafts and activities are simple to set up and fun to do together with the kids! My kids (ages 6 and 10) share a fascination with China, so these activities were a big hit with them! Who knows? These festive crafts may even bring you a bit of good luck! Chinese Character […]
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  • Self Portrait Project Update! #2

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Here are my self portraits for this week!
  • DIY Droopy Chain Necklace

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    This week I’ll be walking you through how to make a necklace with some drooping chains hanging down. This is an intermediate level project because part of the necklace will be fabricated by hammering the metal and drilling into it. You’ll need:Thick wireneedle nose plierschain6 matching jumprings and one lobster claspa hammerbench blocka filemarkercenter punchdremel tool Cut the wire to 6 inches. Bend the wire to make a gentle curve. You don’t have to be super precise just yet. Hammer the heck out of the wire to flatten it out. Every once in a while you need to reshape the…
  • Self Portrait Project Update! #1

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Here are the portraits I did for this week! (Well, the last 5 days, since I started last Thursday…)
  • Self Portrait 2.19.15

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A while ago I started a “self-portrait-a-day-for-a-year” project and I never finished it. I don’t even think I hit 100! I think I didn’t set enough ground rules for myself, so I just gave up on it. I decided I wanted to start again, but this time with some rules I actually have to stick to. The Rules: must be at least 8×8 inches any medium must work from a photo or mirror 1 hour time limit So really, it’s not that many rules. It’s enough to give me some guidance but also not too many where I feel constricted. Here’s the one for today, 2.19.15:…
  • DIY Nail Decals

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    This week I’ll be showing you all how to make your own custom nail decals. I know this isn’t a super unique tutorial, but I figured I’d still make it because it’s something that I enjoy doing, and maybe someone will learn something new from my tutorial. You never know, someone might stumble upon this post and it’s the first time they’ve seen this technique! Or they could be like me and before doing a specific technique, they research the crap out of it, looking at multiple tutorials so they can pick and choose which techniques to use to fit their needs.
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Upcycled Plastic Bottle Organizers

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Whether you need to organize your desk, your craft studio, or your bathroom vanity, there are a ton of ways you could incorporate these fun, colorful containers!  Courtney from A Little Craft In Your Day made these out of colorful plastic bottles from the dollar store.  They're an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your space in a practical, functional manner.  [how to make upcycled plastic bottle organizers] Project estimate: Plastic bottles, $1 and up Rubber band, on hand Marker, on hand Craft knife, on hand Iron, on hand Total: $1 and up
  • Make a Glow in the Dark Penguin Family Portrait

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Whether your are looking for a fun project to do with your kids or you need a fun gift idea for another family, everyone is sure to love these adorable penguins.  The project also has a secret - it glows in the dark!  It would make a super cute gift for Christmas, housewarming, or even to celebrate a new addition to the family.  [how to make a glow in the dark penguin family portrait] Project estimate: Picture frame, on hand or $1 Scrapbook paper, on hand Gloves, $1 Glue, on hand Glow in the dark puffy paint, about $2 and up Marker, on hand Total:  about $3 and up
  • Tutorial: Bath Time Soap Animals

    Terrie Burton
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    I got the inspiration for this craft watching Shark Tank. The creators were looking for investors. They now sell for $14.95 and work about the same way as the ones I created. Project estimate: Stuffed aquatic animal, $1 1 kids sock, on hand or $1 Needle & thread, on hand 1/4 inch Velcro, on hand or $1 and up Soap, on hand or $1 Buttons, on hand Total:  $1 and up Remove all tags from animal and one of the kids socks. Cut the sock just below the heel, as shown in the picture. Turn over the edge into the sock and sew it, using the stitch below, on half of the top. Pin the sock to the…
  • Haul Video: Rhonda’s Latest Trip to Dollar Tree

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    In case you haven't guesses yet, I am a Dollar Tree junkie - my local store is in my neighborhood, so I usually stop several times a week. It's not uncommon for me to make 6 or even 7 trips there in a week. Some days I walk out with just two or three things, and other times I leave with multiple bags loaded full of goodies. I recently had one of the latter type of trips - check out all of the great things I found!
  • 10 Pretty Garlands to Add Color to Your Life

    Becky Striepe
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who says that garlands are just for parties? We have garland up in the foyer at our house year-round, and the other day my husband asked me if I'd like to make some more garland to hang in our kitchen. Garland and bunting are so great at bringing color into a room and covering a big space. Great for budget decorating, when you don't have the time to make a lot of art pieces or money to buy them. Whip up some garland, and you're all good. 1. Macrame Yarn Garland - Rachel at A Beautiful Mess made this pretty garland. It has me wanting to try my hand at macrame! 2. Heart Garland - Rhonda says…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Kitty Cats and Yoga – Fun Purring with Free Patterns!

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    My latest fabric collection, Purr-fect Balance with Quilting Treasures, featuring kitties in cute yoga poses, is now in fabric stores. I want to share some free quilt and sewing patterns that I designed with this collection, a quilt, tote bag, and a yoga mat bag.  You can view the fabrics in … Continue reading
  • Quilt Some Happy Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate whether you are Irish or not! The color green is everywhere as are lucky shamrocks. You can sew and quilt this “Irish Spring” quilt with a shamrock pieced block to use for St. Patrick’s Day or all year. This quilt is … Continue reading
  • Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Love will be in the air shortly - Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Instead of giving a gift that contains calories (chocolate) or will wilt (flowers), give a gift of love with a quilt of hearts that will continue to express love for many years to come! This “Valentine Love” quilt pattern with … Continue reading
  • Say “Merry Christmas” with a Christmas Stockings Quilt.

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the traditional and fun activities of Christmas is hanging the stockings to be filled by Santa. I have a collection of stockings that I have made over the years or received as gifts, all in a variety of techniques including sewing, quilting, applique, embellishment, embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint.  With stockings on … Continue reading
  • Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

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

  • Cómo pintar un mueble con pintura Chalk a la tiza

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Bueno , pues ya era hora de explicar un poquito cómo se puede pintar un mueble y cambiarlo de aspecto completamente, usando la famosa pintura a la tiza, o “pintura chalk”. Hoy, os voy a explicar paso a paso y despacito como podéis usar estas maravillosas pinturas, para cambiar vuestros muebles, de forma sencilla y en casita En mi caso, se trata de un mueble muy viejo, en concreto es de mi abuelo, y curiosamente me ha acompañado siempre, desde que me marché de casa de mis padres, así que le tengo bastante cariño. Pero claro, pedía un cambio radical a grito pelao. Y que mejor…
  • Lápiz con topper, regalo sencillo para celebraciones

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Ya va llegando el buen tiempo y con el se aproximan ya todo tipo de celebraciones, comuniones, bautizos, cumples, etc.. Y llega el momento de decidir que regalito vamos a hacer a los invitados, así que hoy os doy una idea fácil y sencilla para hacer unos divertidos lápices con toppers para regalar por ejemplo, en una comunión, o un cumpleaños!!. Vamos a ello. Materiales para hacer lápices con toppers, regalo para celebraciones (Clic en los enlaces para comprar materiales) Pintura a la tiza (Fleur paint) Unos lápices Papel de scrapbooking Troqueles de diferentes formas Cinta decorativa…
  • Pintar paredes y muebles en casa

    13 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    Pintar paredes y muebles en casa para decorar y dar un toque especial a nuestro hogar esta de moda. Porque un toque de color nunca es una mala opción. Con una bonita pared de un amarillo chillón puedes dar un toque revitalizante a cualquier habitación de una casa. Con pintura chalk puedes convertir un viejo mueble en una pieza central de la decoración de tu casa. A veces solo hace falta imaginación, osadía y una buena mano de pintura ¿te atreves? A pintar algún rincón de tu casa de amarillo… A apostar por dar el toque de color con un mural o un cuadro bonito… A decorar…
  • Nuestro Regalo de San Valentín, unos alicates para tus crafts.

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:15 am
    Si si, como lo lees!! Desde hoy 11 de febrero de 2015 hasta el 14 de Febrero de 2015, con cada pedido de la web, te enviaremos totalmente gratis unos alicates para tus crafts. Monísimos de la muerte, eso si , no se puede elegir modelo, pero serán súper prácticos para tus manualidades! Y es que en Mummy Crafts, estamos enamoradas de todos vosotros, y queremos demostraros nuestro Amor regalándoos algo práctico y con lo que tengáis que pasar mucho tiempo, y nosotros, los crafters, pasamos muuucho tiempo con alicates verdad? Pues eso, que paséis un buen día del amor, sea como sea!!
  • Haz tu cuello de lana para el frío, patrón para tricotar.

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Bueno, pues como tenemos un frío aún impresionante, hemos decidido diseñar este cuello para combatir el temporal! Es un cuello súper abrigado, con lana gordita y muy suavecita. Se trabaja con agujas del número 15 y en la tienda puedes encontrar hasta 7 combinaciones diferentes de colores. Materiales para hacer un cuello de lana * 1 ovillo de lana Easy Loop de Schanmayr (200gr) *Agujas de tricot del número 15 *Abalorios Patrón para hacer un cuello de lana: 1.- Montar 20 puntos en la aguja, esta medida nos dará el alto de nuestro cuello, para este caso, calcula unos 33 cm de alto aprox.
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Book Review: Art Before Breakfast

    Amanda Rose
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I received this book, Art Before Breakfast, in the mail a few weeks ago, and was instantly intrigued by the cover alone. A zillion ways to be creative no matter how busy I was?? Right in the midst of a creative slump, this is exactly what I needed. As I always do with books like this, I spent the first day just glancing through it to see what I was about to get myself into. I was excited to get started after seeing some of the ideas. I loved seeing the author’s own sketches and illustrations throughout the book, too. Some of the ideas revolved around breakfast (hence, the name of the…
  • 30 Days of Creative Prompts

    Amanda Rose
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As creatives, it’s not always as easy to stay inspired as non-creatives probably think it is. The great thing about creativity, though, is that it’s like a muscle. The more you work it, the easier it is to stay inspired and connected with your creative work. I want March to be your most creative month yet! So, I’ve compiled a list of 30 creative prompts for you (you get a one-day pass…let’s use yesterday as our pass, shall we?). The great thing is you get to be, well, creative with these! Are you a painter? Use these prompts to inspire a painting or sketchbook…
  • Afternoon Tea: Tea and Scones

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Simon the Pieman Tearoom, Rye, Sussex, England Traditionally, the English pause their day around 4:00 or 5:00 for afternoon tea. This photo shows one of my favorite tearooms. This snack varies regionally; afternoon tea may be as simple as a cup of tea and a biscuit (cookie) to a more elaborate “cream tea”. Cream tea includes scones, jam and clotted cream. Dainty sandwiches, biscuits or cake may also be served. Most people only have cream tea as a special treat, rather than an every day occasion. And a delicious treat it is! Photo Credit: Cucumber sandwiches…
  • 10 Insights About Optimism and Creating a Business

    Vanessa Anstee
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    There have been many times in my journey to being a business owner where well-intending loved ones have suggested I might be better to return to a lucrative but soul sucking day job. I’ve learnt to listen to how my body feels when they suggest that move because the one thing I now know is that my mind will play thinking tricks on me but my body will never lie.  I know that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach is not excitement. It is actually dread! I have in the past accompanied it with a familiar fear based story that perhaps they’re right and I might actually not be enough to…
  • Finding Moments of Peace in Every Day

    Amanda Rose
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re all busy. I totally get that. We have families to tend to, businesses to run, jobs to go to, dinner plans to make, workouts to perform, laundry to do, zzz’s to catch…you get my drift. It’s exhausting just to read that list, am I right? But there’s one to-do item we often forget, and it’s the most important one. We often forget to take care of ourselves. Especially as women, I think, we’re always concerned with how to get everything done for everyone else. And if there’s time left over, we’ll take care of ourselves. But the problem…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Free Knit Blankets Patterns from Purl Bee

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    FREE Knit Blanket Pattern Photo Source :: Purl Bee I've often thought of what it must be like to live in big city like New York. Being a Suburban Girl, whenever I do have such fantastical thoughts, I am reminded of the story of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Definitely think I would be a fish out of water, but it does sound exciting and a lovely little thought to have now and again. I have never been to New York, but if I ever do, I have a list of things to do and see. And when you think of the attractions like The Statue of Liberty, Time Square, and The Guggenheim it might seem a bit…
  • Drawing Lesson 1 :: The Sphere

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    There was a time, in classical education, when everyone was taught to draw and sing. The idea being anyone could learn the skills. Of course, there are those with natural talent, and not everyone will become a Da Vinci or Rembrandt, but everyone could learn the basics of drawing. There are so many professions where drawing is not only useful, but necessary, whether you are an engineer, fashion designer, architect, and even a scientist drawing what she sees under a microscope, drawing is a wonderful life skill. I have never taken a drawing class and I draw everyday, but I tend to do all 2…
  • The Corner of Whimsy and Wishes

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Photo Source :: Lucy's Flickr Stream  There is a part of me, no matter how nonsensical it may be, that believes in fantasy, because in that corner of my brain there is no poverty or pestilence, there is no hatred or bigotry, there is no war or terrorism. At this corner of whimsy and wishes the world is a beautiful and peaceful place. In that world the best in each of us surfaces and we are surrounded by empathy, beauty and love. It doesn't matter how old I become, there will always be a place for fantasy in my days. I will wake up each morning and put on my rose colored glasses... not to…
  • A Child's Dream Give-Away :: Felt Wee Folk Kit

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Kora Moore! Please email me within three days to claim your prize. Coupon: Use the code WEEFOLK to save 10% (excludes wool felt) through 3/7/2015 I would love Waldorf doll Permalink Submitted by Kora Moore (not verified) on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:03 I would love Waldorf doll making supplies from the store I've been wanting to make one for ages A Child's Dream is excited to announce the arrival of Salley Mavor's new book, "Felt Wee Folk New Adventures." Get everything you need to make these adorable bendy dolls at A Child's Dream. Stock up on wool…
  • Clay Bird Totem :: Part 2 :: Finishing Birds

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
    This is Part 2 of the Clay Bird Totem. You can find Part 1 :: Sculpting the Birds HERE. As I mentioned in Part 1, the hardest part of making these birds is to patiently wait for them to dry complete. Okay, I'm not saying you have to be patient, but do wait until they are completely dried. I had to wait about a week. I started painting one too early and after the paint dried it peeled off.  When the birds and bead are thoroughly dry, you can use extra fine sandpaper to remove any unwanted markings. Make sure to dust them off completely before you begin painting. I slipped the birds on paint…
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  • Week 7 Verizon Move More Challenge

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge I’m not going to lie, this winter has been tough for me because I don’t enjoy cold or snow. My street is still snow covered, but at least most neighbors clear the sidewalk so I can walk around and back a few time. And that snow is much better than these temperatures, although if you wake up at 4:45am sometimes that is the warmest part of the day. The hard part is wearing enough clothing to cover up on the way out of the gym. Two friends recommended that I put the Fitbit on my shoe…
  • Week 5: Verizon Move More Challenge

    6 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Are you still with me or at least moving on your own? Have you found yourself parking at the far end of the grocery store parking lot so you can snag a little more movement? Do you take a lap around the cul-de-sac before fetching your trash cans or getting the mail? Do you circle cubicle land before heading to the breakroom or restroom? Do you make multiple trips and up and down the stairs doing laundry? Or is that just me trying to keep up with my friends on Fitbit who seem to work at…
  • Great Parks Giveaway

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:29 pm
    One of my favorite things about the area I live is that I have access to so many Great Parks of Hamilton County. Really, that’s the URL of our park system, how clever?! This park system has my new favorite non-traditional, outdoor workout of parcours and footgolf! There are so many more activities to check out at Great Parks and I look forward to giving lawn bowling, stand-up paddleboarding, and and maybe hydrobikes a try this summer! If you’re interested in checking out Great Parks, I’m giving away annual motor permits to Great Parks of Hamilton County and all you have to…
  • Week 3: Verizon Move More Challenge

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge It’s week three of the Verizon Move More Challenge and I’m thrilled and encouraged by all your responses of what you planned to do to add more activity to your day! Did you do it? Are you walking, biking, hiking, running, playing around indoors, Zumba, and more? Let me know in the comments. As for me, if Fitbit and I had to declare our relationship on Facebook it would read It’s Complicated. The idea is to MOVE MORE and I want to, but I was focused on steps because Fitbit…
  • Verizon Move More Challenge

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I’m very excited to kick off 2015 by partnering with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge. This challenge runs from January 5 to March 31, 2015 and open to all my friends in OH, PA, WV, KY, MI, IN, ND, SD, MN, IA, NE, IL and WI who are interested in adding more activity in their lives, no matter your fitness level. While I hope participants receives short- and long-term health benefits, I know it is encouraging to have a tangible incentive. That’s why I’m REALLY excited that those participating by leaving a comment on my blog posts will be…
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    Craft Stew

  • DIY Overall Dress

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Description: You’ll need to cut down a larger skirt to make these overalls. Craft Link: DIY Overall Dress Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Miniature Garden

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Description: Sweet little mini garden. Tutorial includes fences and general instructions. For the furnishings check out out here and here. Craft Link: DIY Miniature Garden Read More: Gardening or Home
  • Easy Kimono Jacket Tutorial

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Description: Depending on the fabric you choose, this jacket pattern can be used for most months of the year. Craft Link: Easy Kimono Jacket Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • 35 Crafty Ways To Recycle Cans

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    Used cans are one of the most com­­mon throw­aways.  Al­though they are norm­ally con­sid­er­ed trash, cans  have doz­ens of oth­er fun uses.  I’ve used them as a mold for pap­er mak­ing, but they can be used to make stor­age, toys for the kids, and even great look­ing home ac­ces­sor­ies. Just keep in mind that open­ed cans al­ways need to be check­ed for sharp edges. These can be sand­ed down, if need be. With that said, here are a coup­­le of my fav­­or­­ite i­deas. But please don’t be lim­it­ed by my sug­ges­tions. You can find plen­ty…
  • 34 Free Pants Patterns

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    Free Pants Patterns are rare on the internet.  Pants are a lot more difficult to make than say, a scarf or a skirt, so original patterns are a lot harder to create. However, after much sleuthing, we have tracked down what we consider to be a quite a good selection. These free pants patterns run the gamut of sizes, sexes and styles. We’ve included everything from unisex yoga pants to super-stylish trouser pants. Hope you enjoy! Free Pants Patterns For Women Classic Jeans Pattern Sew News Pajama Pattern How-To Pants Pattern Drawstring Pants How-To “Zoot” Trousers Pattern…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Bite Me: Toasted Marshmallow Girl Scout Cookie Sandwiches

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week, Jeff walked into the house with a smile on his face and four or five boxes of Girl Scout cookies. That’s how we roll apparently. Anything for the children.  So I’ve been trying to come up with some creative ways to use them in recipes / dessert ideas, before we resort to freezing the extras. My first thought was ice cream sandwiches, but Eden beat me to it with an awesome recipe. So, round two…toasted marshmallow sandwiches. I’ve definitely made my fair share of marshmallow related desserts. Possibly even to the point of overkill? Nah! But I thought these…
  • A DIY for a Case of the Mondays: ‘Keep Going’ Inspirational Wall Art

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    This morning, I have a teeny tiny case of the Mondays. So I thought I would share a recent DIY that I created for my office makeover (which I’ll be sharing in full later this month) to get myself motivated for the week. Along with anyone else who is feeling the struggle this morning. Make your own inspirational wall art, like my ‘Keep Going’ piece, with some decorative paper (I found mine at Paper Source), a yard stick, and alphabet stickers. How To: 1. Decide on the phrase you want to use and find the center (length and width wise) of a piece of decorative paper, with a…
  • 7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    The weather has been pretty chilly here (it even snowed a couple of times this week), so I’m kind of excited to just spend the weekend inside, bundled up. With a DIY or two, of course. What about you? Here are 7 DIY projects you might want to try this weekend… 1. DIY geometric bookends I made for Curbly 2. toasted marshmallow waffle sandwiches (yum!) 3. semi precious stone soaps project from Fall for DIY 4. nameplate napkins DIY (and other fabric related projects) 5. DIY color blocked leather keychains from The Crafted Life 6. how to make a ‘naked cake ‘ from…
  • I’ll See You in Houston

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Houston! I’m coming for ya… I’m so excited to announce that I will be hosting a DIY home decor workshop in Houston next month, with my good friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. The two of us will be teaching attendees how to make 5 different home decor items (just like the ones in these photos) that you’ll take home at the end of the workshop. DIYs include: how to make a retro wall clock, a DIY pendant light (from scratch – how to wire / assemble, etc), patterned linens, cool stone coasters, and a geometric planter. All project supplies needed to create these 5…
  • 3 DIY Ways to Dress Up Plain Textiles You Already Have in Your House

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    After a little experimenting this week, I am completely convinced that I can transform nearly anything in my house that involves fabric, using just two supplies. Yep, two! So what are those two supplies, you may ask? Pastel dye sticks and fabric pens. That’s all you need. In partnership with Pentel of America, I’ve transformed 3 fabric household items (cloth napkins, a decorative pillow case, and a lampshade) using Pentel Arts Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks and a special Gel Roller for Fabric… All three project ideas are super easy and (bonus) won’t take long to make.
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Leprechaun Hair Clips

    Jessica Christman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    These cute little hair clips will get you in the St Patrick’s Day mood and a bit of the Emerald Isle to your outfit. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Vintage-Inspired Lavender Wedding Cone

    Jessica Christman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Give your guests a cute cone and they’ll fill the air with the sweet smell of lavender as you and your love embark on a journey that will last the rest of your lives. Click here for the how-to and... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Paper Cone Gift Packaging

    Jessica Christman
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Perfect for holding all sorts of goodies, treats and small gifts, these paper cone packages are simple and quick to make, easy to fill and ideal for that last minute gift. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Gold Strings Lights

    Jessica Christman
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Turn your Christmas twinkle lights into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make a Celtic Knot Keyfob

    Jessica Christman
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    This Celtic knot fob is simple, quick and perfect for a single key or even a small set. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Where Women Create: Inspired Barn

    Cathe Holden
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    It’s been a whirlwind first year in my completed barn studio. Since January 2014 I’ve held one to two craft workshops a month. I’ve spent many days crafting and blogging with much more efficiency and joy now that all my materials and supplies are organized and accessible. I have enjoyed hour upon hour of shopping for bins, cans, boxes, and various other unique containers to house my crafty goods, an exercise I enjoy every bit as much as crafting. I adore vintage pieces and especially those with early advertising typography and graphics, so the hunt become my entertainment many evenings-…
  • Vintage Hardware Catalog Art Stickers & Labels

    Cathe Holden
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    A few years before my dear Pop passed away, he gave me this enormous 1940 hardware catalog. He knew me better than most when it came to vintage goods and my appreciation for such a fantastic resource. Hardware companies back in the day would supply most all household, agriculture, and lifestyle goods making for hundreds and hundreds of great illustrations.I have loved looking through it many times over the years and finally got around to scanning, cleaning up, and laying out some of my favorite line-art products to share with you. And who better to team up with for freebies than the fabulous…
  • Tim Holtz 2015 CHA Booth Project Assemblage

    Cathe Holden
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    I had such fun designing an assemblage display piece for Tim Holtz’s 2015 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) booth using current and all new for ’15 Tim Holtz products, many from his idea-ology line. I was unable to make the 2015 CHA show last weekend and see Tim’s amazing booth, so I’m grateful to Noell Hyman of Paperclipping to get a peek inside it and to see more of his fabulous new products and techniques in her video. (Watch for my piece at minute 7:15!) As a focal point for my project, I created a faux pocket-frame daguerreotype. To make that I started with the gorgeous Tim…
  • Vintage Ephemera iPhone 6 Case via Shutterfly

    Cathe Holden
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Last month I attended a fun event to learn more about Shutterfly products and had a blast designing my own custom products and even crafting with them. So last week when I purchased my new iPhone 6, rather than picking up a case for it at the phone store, I headed home and designed my own to order through Shutterfly. To do that, I utilized scanned images of things I had in the studio- a vintage floral trade card, a little red-bordered Dennison label, and the tax stamp on the side of an old cigar box.I digitally combined the pieces in Photoshop, including a scan of my handwritten name, and…
  • Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

    Cathe Holden
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Make fantastic, unique wall art no matter what your skill level. Check out my latest project over at SC Johnson Family Economics to see just how simple and fun it is to make a unique small canvas assemblage from things you already have. You’ll find lots of theme ideas to get those creative juices percolating. Leave a comment on the project post at SCJ- I would love to hear what you think and some of your own ideas! Bonus: The vintage ship painting image used in my assemblage is FREE to you here.
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  • WiReD Boutique – Beautiful Handmade Jewelry

    Guest Author
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    Today we have a guest post from Pam Millershaski who tells us all about the handmade jewelry she creates for her store WiReD Boutique. WiReD Boutique came about because I really wanted to do something cool for you that I happened to love too!  It all started in January of 2013, when I opened my jewelry shop on Etsy.  I had previously opened a cross-stitch shop ( on Etsy the previous fall so I knew I’d enjoy that venue.  I quickly fell in love with all aspects of creating unique and wearable, handcrafted jewelry from dominoes and scrabble tiles, and the small…
  • Social Media & Newsletter Training For Your Creative Business

    Alison Wood
    14 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Do you want to get better results from your social media efforts? Would you like someone to review your profiles to make sure you are heading in the right direction and then follow an online course to get the very best out of social media you can? Would you like to learn how to set up and run a mailing list and newsletter so that you get your handmade items in front of more people? If so, then read on for a very special offer I am making this Valentine’s weekend. The offer includes: *   Access to my Social Media Marketing Bootcamp *   Access to my Rock Your Newsletter Course *   A…
  • Giveaway Time – Rock Art Craft Book

    Alison Wood
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Have you seen all the beautiful designs that people are painting on to rocks and pebbles? I have seen many around Facebook lately and they are simply stunning. That’s why I was so excited when I saw a recent publication from Search Press. ‘Rock Art‘ by Denise Scicluna (Amazon UK/USA) is a guide to all sorts of techniques for painting onto stones. It’s a lot of fun for both adults and children and I am going to be trying out some of the designs. Want To Win a Copy? I have one copy of the book to give away. Before you enter please pop over and read the  T&Cs for…
  • Vegging Out Valentines Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    These cute little valentines are the perfect way to send something a little different to friends and family this February. Get as creative as you can with the sayings on the back and the recipient will be tickled! Materials you will need: heart cookie cutter(s) watercolor paper fancy patterned paper (wrapping paper will do) paints & a paintbrush scissors a pencil glue stick a pen for writing a message, adding details, etc. Step 1 Lightly trace around a heart shaped cookie cutter with a pencil. Step 2 Decide on which veggies you’d like to paint before you begin. I chose to paint pea…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: LISU Wedding & Handmade Jewellery

    Alison Wood
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    For today’s interview please welcome Susan from LISU Wedding and Handmade Jewellery who is going to tell us more about the background to her business and how she find inspiration for her beautiful designs. 1. Welcome Susan. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? Hi my name is Susan Hagen and I am based in Dumbarton, Scotland. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your creative business. I am a self taught jewellery maker and make jewellery by hand. I make jewellery for Weddings,…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Easy Banana Bread

    Cindy Hopper
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This quick and easy banana bread starts with a cake mix! It is oh so moist and delicious. Cake mixes can be the perfect start to so many yummy treats. Some of my favorite cake mix recipes are these snickerdoodle cookies,  this lemon cake or try making the easiest sugar cookies you will ever make! Easy Banana Bread 1 yellow cake mix without pudding 1 (3.4 ounce) box of instant banana pudding 1 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla In a mixing bowl beat eggs with a mixer until pale and thick. Add in cake mix, pudding, oil and water and mix well. Fold in…
  • How To Make Macarons

    Cindy Hopper
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Learn how to make macarons with these easy tips. These are the famous French cookie, not the American style coconut macaROON.  I love Paris and especially love a macaron from Laudree, a beautiful macaron shop in Paris. I have always wanted to learn how to make macarons but found them very intimidating. I am sharing my first attempt at making macarons. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see how you can win a trip to Paris! You will be able to try the real thing! I have listed the weighed amounts for each ingredient.  These delicate cookies can be tricky and need precise amounts of each…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    2 Mar 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.
  • St. Patricks Mint Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy March! St. Patricks Day reminds me of green and mint recipes!  I’ve got mint on my mind, the girls scouts are delivering their cookies and mint is signature of St. Patricks day! You can’t go wrong with a good mint brownie, or mint treat!  Here are a few that caught my eye from Made by you Monday! If you love a minty shake try my copycat shamrock shake recipe! St. Patricks Mint Recipes Rainbow Mint Truffles Mint Chocolate Fudge Thin Mint Chocolate Donuts This recipe isn’t mint but is perfect for St. Patricks Day! White Chocolate Rainbow Bars The post St. Patricks…
  • Bunny Hugs Easter Craft

    Guest Poster
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hi everyone.  I’m Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline and I’m here today to share a fun kids craft that will be perfect for Easter. I was at a craft store recently and found these small water bottles and immediately thought that they could be used for something crafty.  I wasn’t exactly sure what but I bought them anyway and left them next to my desk where I stared at them (again and again and again) and had some ideas but nothing I was totally happy with.  Then, while I was getting ready to go to sleep the other night it finally came to me.  Bunnies! So I came up with…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • She’s a Bitch

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. Bette Davis Last week ended up a whole blank week around here. What? Nine days with no posts from me and my corner of the world. I’m not even sure when that happened last, maybe a few years ago? I usually try to post something, no matter what is going on in my life, because a blog needs content. And I am a content provider… But last week I gave up even thinking about writing a blog post, yes all of it. I gave up on sitting by the computer. On Monday I felt like I had the fever, but…
  • Fuel up people!

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    I am a coffee addict. How about you? What fuels your creativity? Related PostsYou will craft nothing less than epic with your life Details from within – Schyyy, it’s private and I’m only sharing it with you! Book of Dreams | Box of dreams photo
  • Awesome Supplies | Go Create Gouache

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    I got a kit of gouache paint tubes from a friend. It’s my first try with gouaches since school, and it’s always fun to explore new paints. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but my watercolors are not in tubes, and the goaches are more dense and not as opaque. My palette, as always on a fancy plastic lid. You get little variations in performance and colors from what you are used to, when you get to experiment with new paints. You get a reminder of how important play is! For us creatives play is an important activity! And with new paints you should embrace the opportunity to just…
  • Valentines Day Love List

    14 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    I love creating art, craft, text, books – you name it. Here is a list of other things that is on my love list right now. Because, you know… love is in the air. I love …having friends that care about a single girl and that gives me gifts & cards for Valentines …having creative projects to look forward to and that exicites me …the camera on my iphone, and playing with creative filters in photo apps …my new glasses and how they make me feel pretty .. Kind commenting here, on instagram and my Facebook page about what I share and create – it makes me…
  • Art Journal Peek: Valentine Heart Doodles

    10 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer It’s Valentine week, I’m sure you noticed. Isn’t it awesome? As usual I dive into the heart theme without hesitation. It’s my favorite symbolic holiday, even though I do not care much about the actual day itself. I am a sucker for romance and love, but what is a single girl to do? Doodle hearts, and dream on! Right? The above heart rows started a while back at my friend’s house. I tried out all my red and pink…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • Beautiful Spring Nest Candy DIsh Made From 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Make this beautiful Spring nest candy dish/saucer for practically nothing! Click on the following YouTube link to see the full tutorial: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers, Approximately 3 inches across from outer edge to outer edge. I found mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I used American Satin paint in "Cottonball") Tiny Faux Flower Blossoms (Dollar Store
  • Beautiful and Easy Candle Holder Using 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    This craft is so inexpensive and EASY to put together! This would make a lovely hostess gift or as a decoration for your patio. Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make this: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers that measure approximately 3 inches from outer edge to outer edge. I purchased mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I
  • DIY~Adorable Vintage Looking Candy Jar Made With Dollar Tree Items!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
      These candy jars are absolutely adorable and they have a vintage look to them! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed SMALLEST Globe Vase (Dollar Tree) Be sure the top is NOT fluted. Candle Stick (Dollar Tree) Heart Embellishments (Dollar Tree) TWO Clay Saucers (Approximately 3 inches from
  • DIY~Adorable Sugar Heart Pendant Necklaces For Valentine's Day Or Mother's Day!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
        These little sugar heart pendant necklaces are so easy and inexpensive to make AND you don't need to have any jewelry making experience! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed: STIFF White Felt Ultra Fine Glitter (I used Martha Stewart's glitter in Crystal Mint) Ultra Fine Glitter (I used
  • DIY~Gorgeous Faux Tea Light For Token Christmas Gift or Party Favor!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Make these stunning faux tea light candles for Christmas! Give as party favors or as a token Christmas gift just to let someone know you are thinking of them. Please click on the following link to see my EASY full YouTube tutorial: Materials Needed Recollections Adhesive Gold Bling Sheet (Found at Michael's in the Scrapbooking Section) Recollections Adhesive
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  • Top 100 Etsy Supply Sellers – 2015

    Timothy Adam
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Etsy is a great place to find supplies for your next project. Here are the top 100 Etsy sellers in the supply category. This shops are listed by total number of sales and the data is gathered from Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Get Your Handmade Business Listed!

    Timothy Adam
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    We know that exposure is the number one thing that drives an online creative business. Without traffic, you will not have sales. We also know that most everyone is on a tight budget and there is not much money left to pay for advertising. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • $20,000+ In Etsy Sales In Only 5 Months – Long List of Do’s and Don’ts

    Melinda Martin
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the spirit of what Etsy is all about - sharing and community - I thought I would write about customer service and what I have learnt since I started selling on Etsy 3 years ago. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • From The Corporate World to Being Your Own Boss – Interview With Amber of Red Tile Studio

    Timothy Adam
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    It's allowed us to create what we love and share that with a huge audience. I can't imagine not being my own boss. The creative freedom is refreshing and makes you appreciate all the opportunities that come your way. There's really nothing better than doing what you love. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Your Blog Post Promotion Checklist

    Timothy Adam
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    If you are looking to get some exposure for your blog post after you have written it, here a great infographic from DivvyHQ that explains it all. You Blog Post Promotion Checklist Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Working Mechanical Loom Made with Lego!

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    This is spectacular and it really works! Lego Small Mechanical Loom By Nico71 This incredible project is from Nico71, who generously offers a very detailed explanation of how he built his working loom AND he even has 96 page instruction booklet for the very low price of €5. Source: Hat tips: Knitting Relay and the San Diego Creative Knitter’s Guild Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Happy Pancake Day!

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Crochet pancakes made by SkyMagenta! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Fun & Funky Felted Placemats – get the pattern!

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    I’m really digging on these fun and funky placemats designed by Claire Fairall. You can get the pattern via Ravelry and Claire says that all the instructions are included, even how to wet felt using your washing machine. Thanks for the submission Claire! I think I’ll have to make a set of these myself! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: The Knitting Witch’s Marvel Tribute featuring Hulk and Iron Man

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Thanks for the submission Denise Salway, aka ‘The Knitting Witch’. Rating: 10.0/10 (13 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • 15 packs of string gummies later … we have an edible scarf!

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    via: Rocket News 24: Using only a pair of chopsticks and 18.9 meters (62 feet) of gummy string, one intrepid Twitter user from Japan managed to knit herself an edible scarf. The evidence and entire creation process coming at you after the jump!
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Hot Air Balloon Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    How sweet is this Hot Air Balloon Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern! It’s based on the wonderful movie “Up” but you could definitely make it as a standard hot air balloon basket with a little figuring. Either way, it’s so cute and surely an heirloom gift. Added to 50+ Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns You might also like: Irish Wave Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern 50 Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns Brighton Blanket Crocheting Pattern Free Candy Stripe Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Make a Lined Granny Lovie for Baby
  • Kool-Aid Lip Gloss Recipe

    Wendy at
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    This Kool-Aid Lip Gloss Recipe is such a fun and quick idea. Bit of nostalgia to have Kool-Aid cherry flavored lips! Free printable labels are included for your gift-giving pleasure. Added to Free Soap-Making Recipes You might also like: Make Your Own Wrinkle Releaser Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath DIY Pumpkin Soap DIY Shower Steamers Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type
  • 100+ Free Flower Crochet Patterns

    Wendy at
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    Even though we’re still in a deep chill, I know spring is coming! To celebrate, I’m featuring our collection of 100+ Free Flower Crochet Patterns. Is there anything more cheerful than a happy little flower? You might also like: Gratitude Flower Crocheting Pattern Cheerful Flower Power Valance Crochet Pattern Chrysanthemum Dishcloth Crochet Pattern Daisy Daisy Free Crochet Earrings Pattern Mollie Flower Crochet Pattern
  • Felted Fox Bag Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Isn’t this Felted Fox Bag Free Crochet Pattern just gorgeous? Remember to use wool yarn to get it to felt up like that! Added to 150 Free Bag and Tote Crochet Patterns You might also like: Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern Pencil Case Crochet Pattern Crochet Sock Monkey Shoulder Bag Crochet Pattern Jute Star Stitch Tote Crochet Pattern Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial
  • Craft Bag Free Sewing Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    Here’s the perfect bag for your projects! This Craft Bag Free Sewing Pattern is packed with pockets and is a quick little pattern. Love it! Added to 200+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns You might also like: Zipper Top Tote Free Bag Pattern Plenty of Pockets Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bags Tutorial Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Hedi Kyle to speak at Focus on Book Arts

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    I recently found out that Hedi Kyle will be speaking at the Focus on Book Arts conference this June! Her informal address, Four Decades Under the Spell of the Book, will be presented on Thursday evening. I am so excited – I have great admiration for Hedi and her contribution to the world of book arts. I took a workshop with her at the Garage Annex School a number of years ago (pre-blog) and it was fabulous. Here’s the blurb on Hedi’s talk from the FOBA website: This talk begins in the early 1970’s when extraordinary developments concerning the book and its future life…
  • Mad Scientist workshop

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    A few years ago, I took an awesome workshop with John Brickels, a Vermont-based ceramic artist. It was his Mad Scientist Workshop and it started at 3:00 a.m. Yes, you read that right. We were working in clay in the middle of the night. That’s what mad scientists do. We also wore lab coats while we worked. I loved it! Clay is a bit out of my comfort zone – the goal was to make clay robots. John made it really easy to get to work. He prepared large clay tubes for us to use and had lots of templates for cutting out gears and nuts. Being me, I decided to make a bookworm bot. I used…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Today I worked on another custom order baby book. This one is a photo album and has heavier weight pages. The cover of the album is covered in green bookcloth and each folio of pages is wrapped in a brightly colored paper. This is not only decorative, but it also serves to add space between the pages for the addition of photos. The album was bound in a double needle coptic stitch, which allows the pages to lay flat when the book is opened. I used six different colors of waxed linen thread for the binding, to add more punches of color. I have some more work to do to complete the book –…
  • Book Arts at Haystack 2015

    6 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has a bookbinding offering during its fifth summer session from August 16 – 28, 2015 – Paper Engineering: Making Pop-Ups and Sculptural Books with Carol Barton. Five Luminous Towers, A Book to be Read in the Dark Home Dreams The workshop seems fantastic, as you can see in the description below: Discover the magic of the sculptural book through explorations of three-dimensional and pop-up forms. Participants will learn a variety of pop-up structures, beginning with simple cut-and-fold pop-ups and progressing through a series of more complex…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Today I worked on a custom baby journal. I love custom orders! It was bound using a double needle coptic stitch with waxed linen thread. This type of binding creates a braided effect on the spine. The cover paper is a handmade paper by Richard Langdell. It has wildflower petals in it – it’s quite elegant. Babies seem to be really popular this time of year. I have another custom baby book that I’m working on, that one being a photo album. Stay tuned to see the progress of that one!
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  • Bateaux Mouches in Alpaca 1

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Incredibly light and endlessly wrapable, the Bateaux Mouches scarf is an lovely knit guaranteed to be your constant companion in cooler temperatures! The name comes from the open excursion boats that run along the Seine showing off the views of Paris. While I can imagine wearing this shawl on a breezy boat ride, I know in reality that we all want to wear it in the shop while we’re working, since no one can quite get over how soft and warm it is! Knitting in Isager’s Alpaca 1, a lace weight 100% alpaca, on a big needle gives the garter stitch a lacy effect. The fabric becomes gauzy…
  • 5 to Make: Mid-Weight Sweaters

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Mid-weight sweaters knit at 5 to 5.5 stitches per inch are the Goldilocks of garments: they don’t take too long to make and you can wear them two or three seasons a year. Here are a 5 sweaters that you’ll enjoy making with DK-weight or light worsted weight yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge, or Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino – and that you’ll enjoy wearing too! BOYFRIEND Pattern: Boyfriend by Lori Versaci, Versaci Knits. Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch Construction: Individual pieces are knit and seamed…
  • Valentine’s Day on South Street West

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    South Street West is a fantastic place to shop and dine for Valentine’s Day. Check out what’s happening! (Click the image for a larger version.) PS. Our special is in-store only. Stop in!
  • Chesterfield

    6 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    My first project of 2015 is complete – Chesterfield by Julie Hoover. I love knitting myself sweaters and it’s been a while since I made one. The timing worked out perfectly too. It’s FREEZING here in Philadelphia and Chesterfield is warm and so, so cozy! Pattern: Chesterfield by Julie Hoover – includes options for a tunic length and waist shaping. Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in meteorite and stormcloud; held together throughout. Size: 46-inch chest Modifications: I used a longtail cast on and regular bind off instead of tubular ones. I omitted the stripes. My gauge was a…
  • Stephen & Steven Wrap Up

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Thank you to everyone who came to meet and take a class with Stephen West and StevenBe last weekend. I had a fantastic time and I hope you did too! I loved seeing and trying on their designs. So inspiring! For photos of their visit here and at other shops on the tour, check out their Facebook page.
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  • 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…
  • Space-Themed Birthday Party Overview

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    For my son’s Space-Themed Birthday party, I’ve already shared the activities and games, food and the moon cake. Now I’ll wrap it up with some of the smaller details, such as the invitations and loot bags. Space Party Invitations For the invitations, I took a photo from the NASA website (all their photos are available free for personal or commercial use), and played around with adding some text. I used the NASA font from Fontzone for the headline text. It was difficult to read, so I didn’t use it for all the text. When I showed my son, he said it was awesome. That’s all I could ask…
  • How to make a 3D Moon Cake with Astronaut

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:43 pm
    I’ve shared the party games and food for my son’s Space-Themed Birthday Party. Now it’s time for my favourite part – the Moon cake. I originally planned to make a rocket cake, or make the solar system on a sheet, but when I saw this moon cake on Pinterest, I just had to make it. The original cake was half the moon. I had to make a full moon, since I always have to make things as difficult as possible! I made a fondant astronaut for the top of the cake, and a little flag with my son’s face on it (just for a bit of silliness!). Here’s how I made the moon cake: Read the full article…
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  • 17 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas That Are ShamROCKIN’

    Larissa Coleman
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    While St. Patrick’s Day may not be a big holiday in most countries, it is still fun to carry on the tradition and teach our little ones of the reasons St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated.  Maybe you are looking for … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Snake softie toy

    Anne Weaver
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Kirstin with kojo-designs shows how you can make a cute snake softie toy.  He has a big snakey eyes and a long forked tongue, even a pieced end that looks like a rattler, but there is nothing scary about this … Read More...
  • DIY – Homemade Shampoo

    Shellie Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This tutorial by SoundbodyLife is very easy to follow and has a very simple 3 ingredient base mix. There has been lots of controversy over not using commercial shampoos anymore and going the whole natural NO POO. Where you do … Read More...
  • Have You Tried Linen Stitch in Two Colors?

    Sarah White
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    This is a really cool looking pattern from our buddy Kat over at Just Crafty Enough. She had some lovely yarn left over from a pair of mittens she made and she decided to work up a cowl in Linen … Read More...
  • St. Patrick’s Day Kids Lucky Bracelet

    Sherri Osborn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft that is not only great for kids of all ages to make for themselves, but also for them to make for others. Most kids I know love working with beads … Read More...
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  • Inspiration Monday #86 plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party...Can you believe it is already March FIRST??? Wow!Each week is a struggle to feature just a few of you, because there is SO much inspiration linked up. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. It is inspiring to see your creativity and talent.To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,Don't forget to tweet the post(s) you link up using our hashtag. We love to search the hashtag and retweet you as a big thank you for joining the fun! Just use #InspirationMonday. And be sure to search the hashtag to see all of…
  • Baked Mushrooms- a Light and Easy Side Dish

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    The hubby and I have been on a mission to add more veggies and less carb/bread products to our diet.  To keep it interesting I've been experimenting with new ways to cook and serve our favorites.  (I've still not made cauliflower "mashed potatoes" yet, but I'll be testing that soon- we just keep eating the cauliflower before I have a chance to make it.  I wonder if I can fool the kids with mashed cauliflower?)One of my favorite veggies is mushrooms.  I especially love portobellos and the common button mushroom.  Raw, sauteed, grilled or baked.  They're yummy…
  • No Sew Rainbow Tote Tutorial

    Jamie Sanders
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Do you ever see something online or at the store that even though it's ridiculously cute, you can't bring yourself to buy it?  Because in your mind, you're thinking to yourself, "I could totally make that!"Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this... (Because I think this ALL THE TIME!)I was on the Gymboree website recently and saw this adorable Rainbow Tote Bag.  I really wanted it for my missy, but as I looked at it more, I realized I had every material needed to make our own version of the tote bag.  (And yes, even though I didn't buy the bag I did…
  • Inspiration Monday #85 plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    Hello Friends!! We are SO excited to have you joining us for another awesome week ofbaking, DIY's, crafts, tips and all around creative goodness!Here are some of our favorite links from last week:.Hostess Pick:How to Sew Sequin Trim from Sews and BowsClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Baked Cheese and Black Bean Quesadillas

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Thank you to Cans Get You Cooking for Sponsoring this post! It's 5:30 and everybody's hungry!  It's been a rough week: work, everyone is suffering from allergies and colds, 2 hours of daily homework with kids who don't want to do homework and now it's time to make dinner... Nights like these, we've got two choices.  Take out or one of my "in a pinch/I don't want to cook" dinner recipes.  The problem with take out is, we have to wait for Dad (because he picks it up and sometimes comes home too late) and it is not alway the healthiest choice.  (Because…
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  • The cure for an ugly page...

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Here's the cure for an ugly page. Paint something BIG and BOLD over it. I had an ugly was half done, part of it was torn off because it had stuck to the facing page. So I just grabbed a brush and painted a big and bold face over it. Voila, easy peasy and done. Remember done is better than perfect!
  • You have to make.

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    This page came to be when I was feeling like I couldn't remember how to make art any more. Do you ever feel like that? I think the cure for that feeling is to make. Make something. Anything. It doesn't have to be good, it just has to be made. Once you start moving your hands, good things will happen. But *nothing* will happen if you don't make. Release yourself from the need to have all of your art be good, and just make.
  • Sharing a little peek from the retreat...

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:52 am
    One of the goodies that artists received at the Back2Back retreat is an exclusive stamp set with images designed by me and Dyan! Here are a few pages using the images and the techniques I taught. These techniques will be in my new 2015 class called "Random by Design."
  • Painting....

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    I've been painting a bit and making journal pages for the Back2Back retreat this weekend, and for my classes at Whim So Doodle. Excited because I'll be debuting my all new 2015 workshops! (I know there are still spots open at WSD, their link is down a post or two below). Products used: Dylusions Journal, Dina Wakley Media gesso, brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.
  • I'm doing a webinar next week....

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    to promote my new videos and of course my books Art Journal Courage and Art Journal Freedom. You can find all the info here! We'll show a demo and then open it up for questions.  
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  • 46 Free Skirt Patterns

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    If you want to learn how to sew a skirt, you've found the right collection! With 46 Free Skirt Patterns to choose from, you're bound to find something you love.
  • Colorblock T-Shirt Dress

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Add some pop of color to your wardrobe with this Colorblock T-Shirt Dress. Refashion old t-shirts into this stylish yet simple dress pattern. This DIY t-shirt dress only takes about an hour to make and it will give you seasons and seasons of style. Barely costing you a thing to sew up, this is one of those how to make your own clothes tutorials that takes little effort, barely costs a penny, and gives you so much more back. Be comfy, chic, and make your wallet happy with free dress patterns like the tee-lightful idea.
  • Simple Maxi Dress

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Can you think of anything better suited for summer than a light-weight knit dress? Learn how to sew a dress with this Simple Maxi Dress. The best part about easy dress patterns like this one is that sewing is a cheap alternative to buying a dress in stores. It the perfect maxi dress pattern for outdoor summer parties, a walk in the park, or a general day out and about. The best clothing is comfortable and cute, and this beautiful DIY maxi dress is a perfect example of comfy elegance.
  • Baking Outside the Box Apron Tutorial

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    With the Baking Outside the Box Apron Tutorial, you can sew apron patterns for kids in three sizes. Outfit your little chef for a great time in the kitchen. If you do not have a kid that loves to help cook, this how to make an apron pattern makes a great art smock as well. No matter when and where your kids wear free apron patterns, these ideas are sure to keep clothes clean in the cutest way possible. Learn how to make aprons for kids by checking out this free pattern and the video below!
  • Retro Apron

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Use an upcycled pillowcase to create the Retro Apron. If you're looking for easy aprons to sew, you've found the right apron sewing pattern. Follow these directions and create a lovely apron to match your kitchen decor. This apron idea is insanely thrifty and extra cute. No one will know you used your old pillowcases to sew up free apron patterns when you wear this cutie. Bake like Betty Crocker and look like Betty Draper when you wear this almost too-cute, vintage apron.
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Knit Coasters

    Sarah White
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
  • Make a Spring Time Garden Wreath

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a garden themed spring time door wreath.
  • Romantic Lace Candle Holder

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    This craft shows you how to make a romantic dinner votive candle holder for dinner or wedding table setting.
  • How can I use Wood Pallets in the Home

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Wood pallets may look like cheap and ugly wood at a glance, but they are actually very useful. In fact, their rustic and weathered look makes them more appealing. For adult DIYers, it is like unleashing their imagination using Lego pieces. With a little bit of creativity, effort and skill, anyone can upcycle timber pallets into something useful at home.
  • Hand-felted Cobweb Scarf

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    This tutorial will show you how to make a felted cobweb scarf. It is suitable for beginner wet felters to advanced, as the finished scarf can be embellished to add extra glitz.
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  • My Crushed Can Planters In Hendes Verden

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Happy to have my Crushed Can Planters featured in the creative Danish magazine, Hendes Verden. The Feb. issue of Hendes Verden. You can see my original tutorial here.
  • Two-Way Rescue

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is Leo. He needed a home — we needed his beautiful, soft, playful presence in our lives. Not sure who saved who. Grief is a tricky thing – it makes you want to pull back from the world, but I’ve found it’s best to do the exact opposite and get out of your own head; reach out to help others. Since the death of my brother, this has been the most effective approach to healing for me. I feel better about humanity and myself when I know that I am putting out positive energy, changing someone’s day for the better, even just making someone smile — it all…
  • My Way Back

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    I’ve never known how much personal information I should post about myself on here. Family Chic is essentially a craft blog – never really sure where to draw the boundary line when it comes to my private life. Several weeks ago, I shared some news with you about the death of my brother. I thought I could mention it, share my perspective on how to manage after someone you love has been killed, and then move back into presenting my usual crafting ideas. Now, I see that’s not possible. It’s painfully difficult to create happy and fun projects when your heart is fully…
  • A Better Pharmacy Experience & TARGET HEALTHFUL™ App (& enter for a chance to win a $25 Target e-Gift Card!)

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Please visit for restrictions and see your pharmacist for details. #sponsored Switching our prescriptions to Target Pharmacy couldn’t have been easier or more convenient for our entire family. Since we’ve made the change, we’ve been able to take advantage of a bunch of really helpful Target Pharmacy services and features like their Target Pharmacy Rewards Program, $4 Generic Prescriptions, Vaccinations, pet prescriptions and more. And, here’s one more convenient…
  • Paper Bag Wreath (& Chalkboard)

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    I made this wreath from a paper grocery bag, a piece of cardboard and a few leftover craft supplies… Here's a unique wreath that can carry a message. For this project you will need: a paper grocery bag, cardboard, yarn, a glue gun, chalkboard paint and small Christmas baubles (check your ornament collection). Begin by cutting down the side of the bag and cut out the bottom, remove the handles, press flat. Starting from the bottom of the paper bag, roll it up. Form rolled paper into a circle and staple to connect the ends. Tie on a piece of yarn and start wrapping entire wreath form.
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Rolled Paper Sculpture

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Art Actually shares these interesting and colorful rolled paper sculptures created by kindergarten and first grade students.
  • Giant Packing Paper Flowers

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you just can't wait for spring, try painting some of these giant flowers found at Make It a... Wonderful Life to brighten up your day. 
  • Homemade Rocks And Gems

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Visit Kids Play Box to learn how to make these cool rocks and gems that I'm sure kids will get a kick out of.
  • Animated Classic Children's Books On Netflix Streaming

    21 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    What have you been streaming on Netflix this month? Psych, Friends, and Malcolm In The Middle keep me smiling while I'm working and I've got the 27th of this month marked for the new season of House of Cards! I was doing some exploring in the kids category and found some real gems that I wanted to share with you. Maybe you already know about these? There's a whole series from Scholastic called Storybook Treasures that are animated classic children's books! Amusing Animals includes Click Clack Moo and Is Your Mama A Llama  Tall Tales has The Snowy Day and Trashy TownGood…
  • Adorable Baby Rattle DIY

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Johanna Rundel has a tutorial for these cute baby rattles that would be the perfect gift for a new baby or even a toddler.  The post is in German, use Google Translate if needed. 
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  • Favorite Fabrics - Beautiful Vintage Floral Fabric

    Michelle (
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Beautiful Vintage Floral Fabric available at Paisley Tot
  • Sample Sale - Ticking Grocery Bags

    Michelle (
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    It's time to destash some Grocery Bags!  I have made a number of these bags lately, and I'm ready to make more, but first these finished bags need to find new homes.  Let's start with these bags made from colorful striped ticking fabric.  There are 3 2 1 of these bags--1 large + 2 1 small. Each one is lined in the floral print used as the backdrop. This fabric is a cotton lawn that's been in my stash for a few years.  Lawn is very durable, but slightly sheer, so I backed it with a layer of muslin.  This fabric came from the apparel section, and there isn't any…
  • Vintage Floral Home Dec Fabric

    Michelle (
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Vintage Floral Home Dec Fabric available at Whimsie Dots
  • Pink & Black Patchwork Coasters

    Michelle (
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 pm
    More big patchwork coasters... 2015 10 2015 11
  • Favorite Fabrics - Vintage Blue Floral

    Michelle (
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Vintage fabric available at Inspiria
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Quaker Seasons

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Quaker Seasons by My Big Toe Designs is available from “To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven.” Stitch count is 137W x 236H. Pattern model was stitched on 32 count Antique Ivory Belfast Linen using Weeks Dye Works threads.
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: The Covered Bridge

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    The Covered Bridge (Bucilla Heirloom Collection) Old covered bridges aren’t something we see in too many places anymore, a few small towns and parks might have them but we’ve moved on to sturdier construction and longer lasting materials. When you come across one they sure are fascinating to look at, definitely memorable at least. These new heirloom kits from Bucilla feature heirloom quality art, color chart, pre-sorted floss tied with ribbon, premium 28-count evenweave fabric, two color coded floss separators, multilingual instructions, and an acetate storage sleeve.
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Plight of Fancy

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Plight of Fancy from Long Dog Samplers is available at I’ve been craving a big sampler to work on so I started a wishlist for patterns. This one caught my eye today because of all the bright happy colors. Though, I confess if I stitched this sampler I would leave the alphabet rows off and either repeat one of the existing rows or add a personalized row instead. Alphabets on samplers just aren’t my thing. We’re snowed in here, which really doesn’t take much in Virginia, but just looking at this pattern made me feel a little bit warmer. Stitch count is 235…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Spring Eggs

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Today’s pattern pick is a twofer. We had been discussing the Mill Hill Owlets that came out and how we’d like to see some new decorated egg designs instead. Well, here they are Daffodil Egg Tulip Egg The Spring themed eggs from years past featured more “Easter-themed” things, which is fine and makes sense, but I have to say I’m really happy to see flowers on this year’s designs. Spring, renewal, flowers, growth. I love Spring, except for the allergies and the sneezing LOL Looking closer at these two eggs, I realized they’re entirely beaded. Usually…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Spring Quakers

    15 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    We could use a little Spring right now… it is cold out there. This pattern and the thread pack are both available from Stitch count is 170w x 270h The model was stitched on 28 count Picture This Plus Valor Cashel with the beautiful Valdani floss, which is a collection of 3-strand floss balls from Rosewood Manor (you can see the thread balls in the corner of the picture here) The pattern booklet also includes 10 bonus designs, one of which is an alphabet, to help you create a custom sampler unique to you.
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Making Braids with Varied Strand Materials

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    One of the more popular categories on this website is braiding and knotting. I know a lot of readers love making braids, and I realized I had never covered the topic of making the same braids you already know, but with different kinds of materials. In this case, I’m making braids with strands of two different weights (the same as I used in the fringe making tutorial.) A simple 5 or 10 strand braid takes on a really great asymmetrical feel when you make it this way. Supplies: - two different weights of string, yarn, thread, or cord for braiding – this is #2 and #18 nylon - pins -…
  • Custom Fringe

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    As you make more things and develop more specific creative visions, it becomes very easy to imagine projects that require supplies that you simply can’t find anywhere. In my case, I wanted long fringe, more than a foot long. It’s not impossible to find, but it isn’t easy either. And when you do find it, the colors are limited and the price is high, especially as compared to the quality of the materials. It’s not the seller’s fault, specialty items come with a higher markup for good reason. But that doesn’t mean I have to buy it. It was time to figure out…
  • Orchid Terrariums

    Carly DeGraeve
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Orchids stay beautiful and green year round. Making orchid terrariums in glass jars is a lovely way to display these plants in an easy to move and care for way. Supplies: Orchid Plants Sphagnum Moss Small rocks Glass Jars or Terrarium Jars large enough to fit the orchids Funnel Scissors Optional but helpful: Plastic dropcloth to work on top of Gather your plant, jar, rocks, and sphagnum moss. Begin building this terrarium in a similar way to building the succulent terrariums.Rinse the small rocks in water to remove dust and debris. Place a layer or rocks in the bottom of the glass jars. Add…
  • Succulent Terrariums

    Carly DeGraeve
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    If you like having plants around but don’t live where you can have a garden, indoor plants are a great alternative.Decorative glass jars are great for succulent terrariums that you can place on windowsills or desks for a bit of nature inside.Succulents like the Hens and Chicks (proper name Sempervivum) are very easy to plant. Supplies: Succulent Plants – you can have a variety to mix together or just one Glass jars with lids or terrarium jars Small rocks Funnel Scissors Potting Soil (if there isn’t enough in the containers of the plants you purchased) Optional but very…
  • Endless Loop Beaded Necklace

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Historically, knotting between each bead was the standard for pearl necklaces. It ensures that even if your necklace breaks, you’ll only lose one or two beads, not all of them. The knots between also make for a necklace that drapes well and moves freely. Without the knots gravity pulls the beads together tightly, and the resulting necklace can seem kind of rigid and weird. Another massive benefit to this method is that it’s easy to make a necklace that’s an endless loop, no clasp required. There are a whole lot of people in this world with varying degrees of metal…
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  • Peek-a-boo Penis Pound Cake (Happy Valentine’s Day?)

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I have to admit I’m not that into Valentine’s Day besides, you know, the part about chocolate. But Pinterest is way into Valentine’s Day, as evidenced thusly: Image from That’s some pretty cool shit, even if you’re not into Valentine’s Day, right? Also, the blog post claims it’s super easy, even though it involves baking not one, but two cakes. So I gamely set to work on my first cake. Notice how it’s still light outside in the above picture. You’ll need that information later. I mixed my ingredients (and may have…
  • Chocolate (Anatomical) Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to make these heart cookies I’ve seen all over Pinterest: Aren’t they cute? Image from First of all because what a cute idea, right? You take the traditional Christmas peanut butter blossom with a Hershey kiss and instead use those Dove heart-shaped chocolates– Brill. Also, this is a Betty Crocker recipe with mix that you use instead of peanut butter. Score one for not having to scrape peanut butter out from under my fingernails for 3 days after making these cookies. (You’re…
  • The Blackened Chicken Tenders That Almost Ended My Marriage

    6 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    There must come a time in every marriage when you scream at each other while preparing dinner. This doesn’t happen to my husband and me too much because, honestly, we don’t cook that much. But when it does, it usually involves very hot oil. Let me back up and say that anything with “blackened” in the title should make me run the other way. Someone, somewhere has figured out how to make things blackened properly. It is not me. So, because I am stupid and a glutton for punishment, I decided to try blackened chicken tenders. I love that these are the Pinterest version. At…
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  • Chunky Fishtail Rainbow Loom Bracelet

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Leave the loom behind and make this Chunky Fishtail Rainbow Loom Bracelet without one! This easy bracelet tutorial shows you how to make a triple fish tail Rainbow Loom bracelet that is chunkier and more colorful than the typical loom bracelet. Since this kids' craft doesn't require an actual loom, it's a great option for a group project that your child can make with friends or siblings. Once your kids have gotten the hang of this Rainbow Loom pattern, they can experiment with different patterns and proudly display their creations on their arms.
  • Crayon DIY Picture Frame

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Freshen up your child's room decor with this fun Crayon DIY Picture Frame. Your kids can make one or more of this fun kids' craft to display some favorite family photos. Your kids can choose where they want to glue the crayons onto the frame and they will love picking which photos they would like to display when they're done. Plus, this easy craft for kids would also make a great homemade gift for friends and family. It's the perfect way to display those memories that make life so colorful!
  • Plastic Easter Egg Caterpillars

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Bunnies aren't the only Easter critters your kids can make this spring! Plastic Easter Egg Caterpillars are an easy kids' craft that will have your little ones excited to put their collection of plastic eggs to use. This homemade toy is full of color and easy enough for younger children to handle. Your kids will have a blast making their own short, long, solid-colored, or rainbow-colored hungry caterpillars ready to go on a hunt for food. This Easter craft for kids is simply egg-cellent!
  • Easy Felt Spring Wreath

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Forgo all those difficult DIY spring wreaths for this Easy Felt Spring Wreath that you can make with your kids. They will love making a colorful spring decoration for the home that can be displayed right on the front door! With just a few crafting supplies and simple instructions, this spring craft for kids will be ready to be shown off. You can encourage your kids to get creative with an array of bright spring colors and to arrange the flowers on their own.
  • Poppy Fingerprint Flowers

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Nothing says "spring" like super colorful flowers, and your kids can bring a bit of spring into your home with these Poppy Fingerprint Flowers. This spring craft for kids is an easy painting project for younger kids, and in just a few easy steps, your little ones will be making their own pretty poppies. These spring flowers will never fade, and your kids will love seeing this fun fingerprint craft brighten up any room or space! We also love the idea of turning this easy kids' craft into a homemade card.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Polwarth – the rising star of 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    While the Blue Face Leicester wools (ecru BFL, Superwash BFL, BFL/silk) and, of course, Merino wool (in 21.5 and 19 micron) continue to be in the top ten performers for the ecru fiber division, Falkland wool top, Polwarth wool top, and Corriedale cross wool have had a significant gain in interest in 2014.With the growing interest and popularity of Polwarth wool and our Polwarth silk (85/15) blends, we decided to create a more luxurious Polwarth blend.  Toward the end of October 2014 we introduced a new product, 60% Polwarth wool and 40% tussah silk. This silk rich fiber blend is a luxury to…
  • Pattern redo: Shawl to Cowl

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    A few weeks ago, we talked about pattern redos on the blog. Here I will talk about a super simple fix to a shawl or scarf that just doesn’t sit right.I recently finished a pattern for this beautiful shawl with our Tahoe yarn. Although I don’t usually wear shawls, the pattern was so intriguing; I couldn’t’ resist. I thought I could wear it as a scarf! It would have worked as scarf… if I didn’t move…Almost instantaneously upon my moving, the shawl ends would start inching their way out of the scarf mode, and I was constantly fusing and rearranging it. So my beautiful shawl was put…
  • 2014 Superstar: The Lovely Lotus - 60% Superwash merino/20% Yak down/20% Cultivated Silk

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    When this new yarn arrived last year, I was first in awe of the natural, beautiful, silvery grey color. Then, I could hardly wait to put a skein in the dyepot to see what magical colors would appear! The superwash merino and yak soak up the dye while the silk shimmers and shines. With a fantastic hand and great twist, I just can’t say enough about this yarn! I wanted a fabulous inaugural project for this exciting new yarn. Lotus is a luxury yarn that has exceptional next to skin comfort, but it also has structure and twist that make it a strong yarn. My idea was to test the strength of the…
  • Holiday Schedule

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ashland Bay will be closed the following days: December 24th, 25th, 26th closedDecember 31 closing at 3:00pmJanuary 1st and 2nd closed Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
  • Get started early on your holiday shopping list with Ashland Bay’s Silk Hankie Scarf giveaway!

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

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Once you have worked out the details of placing your design within the blocks, and transferred the design, you need to start carving. Many people will actually do the carving of the designs for the molds under water. I don’t … Continue reading →
  • Casting Metal: Soapstone Molds – Part 2

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Once you have your design laid out on paper, it needs to be transferred to the block of soapstone. I am assuming that you are doing a relatively flat piece. More complex pieces are beyond the scope of this overview. … Continue reading →
  • Casting Metal: Soapstone Molds Part 1

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of the things that I specialize in, in my shop, is cast metal. I cast pewter, bronze, white bronze, and sterling silver into an assortment of pieces of jewelry and dress accessories. Customers often ask me questions about casting, … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Bokeh!

    leslierahye strickland
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing fun background technique used in creating this card!Bokeh is a photography aesthetic quality where out of focus parts of an image develop  a character. The look created by photographers purposefully creating a shape on the blurred background is the inspiration for this background technique.I began with a piece of Mixed Media Paper and added watercolor pencil and applied water to activate and smear the background. I set it aside to dry and in the mean time created a stencil on acetate with the circles stackers and the blueberries dies…
  • Sparkle And Shine Card by Cohenna

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello there, it's Monika. Today I want to show you a card in green, gold and white. Tulle with gold flecks lay on the card, then added a half doily. The second layer glued by pop dots.Created one flower from B187 - Build A FlowerIn the pictures you can see see the beautiful sparkle and shinefrom the tulle.Cheery Lynn Designs Dies used:B187 - Buils A FlowerB241 - Rose Leaf StripDL181 - Large Sunflower DoilyB117S - Mini Fanciful FlourishB387 - Tiny Fanciful Flourish Right & LeftBe sure to check out this…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 174 - Doilies

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Mar 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 is  DoiliesHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter…
  • Anything Goes Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    What amazing entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Anything Goes challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:38Timestamp: 2015-03-01 02:24:27 UTC  #38 Louise Davidson  Congratulations, Louise.  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 Doilies challenge.
  • Wedding/Celebration Stationery by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, It's Julie here today. With the Wedding Season fast approaching I thought it would be nice to share some Invitations with you today, that could easily be adapted for any other celebration/occasion. Here is a close up photograph of my Wedding Invitation. In the aligning up of the dies Sandy shows how to do this in a Tutorial HERE, so I won't go into details. My words were stamped using Archival Ink and a little Stickles was added for sparkle, along with some gems. I attached my ribbon using extra strong tape tucking in the edges before matting onto my card. My Evening…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • Lifewhack: How to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

    Jeanette Nyberg
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    Yes, doing anything social in public prompts me to have to write about my experiences, but not actual experiences. I always imagine the funniest-case-scenarios when I’m in any situation and it’s really hard for me to keep from bursting out laughing at terribly inappropriate times. The cool thing about volunteering in a kindergarten classroom is that you’re hanging out with 5 and 6 year olds, and they are funny by nature. And exhausting. Boy howdy, those little dorks never stop. I’ve never been in a young kid classroom where the teacher didn’t seem half mentally…
  • Simple as Pie Scribble Creatures

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes (usually) the easy projects are the best. Grab yourself a marker and some paper and get ready to have a creative half hour. Or a half hour of quiet as your kids have a half hour of creativity. Step one: Scribble. Step two: Make creatures. Boom. Pow. Scribble Creatures. Now that you’re all excited about easy drawing games, here is a drawing games for kids post, that is, of course, not just for kids. More Great Stuff For You >>>Grid Drawing With Kids: Portraits5 Easy Art Projects: Inky Chalky DrawingsDrawing Games for KidsDrawing With Kids: Abstract Shadow DrawingsCatalog Paper…
  • Cool Coloring Sheets Made on the Sprout

    Jeanette Nyberg
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thank you to HP for sponsoring this post! I have coloring sheets for you! I’ve been wanting to make coloring sheets forever, and I didn’t know how, really, apart from just drawing them, but I wanted to be able to start from a point that wasn’t a blank piece of paper. While I was messing around with the HP Sprout, I discovered that you could trace around any image right on the mat, and then delete the image to leave your outline. Again, this opened up an overwhelming set of possibilities in my head- you could trace around images of your kids’ faces, the produce you…
  • 11 More Funny Tweets

    Jeanette Nyberg
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s time for us all to roll on the floor laughing our respective asses off. I can’t believe how happy Twitter makes me on a daily basis, and here are some gems of hilarious tweets that I have found so that you can leave all your woes behind for a few minutes.   It’s me your dream girl eating a full meal at the stoplight — a wandering ghost (@pale_teen) February 18, 2015 [lies on a tanning bed wearing a onesie] Aw hell yeah — Jazmasta (@jazmasta) January 17, 2015 it’s going to be weird when beards become unpopular and Portland just becomes a sea of soft chins.
  • Make a Font Out of Your Handwriting, WHAT???

    Jeanette Nyberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    One day Christian casually showed me this set of black magnets with white words on them that he had for the drawers of his big metal tool chest. I immediately exploded into a cacophony of questions, and although I was simultaneously wondering if I was being annoying, I couldn’t stop, “Did you make these? Where’d you get them? Did you make them? How’d you make these? Did you write them out? It’s your handwriting! What the hell!” After my head exploded, I found out that he had made a font from his handwriting. Do you see now why I lost my poise and dignity?
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:32 pm
    So glad I got out while the weather was still spring-like last week! Man it changes fast here.  Now it feels more like January again.Life is moving quickly- my husband just accepted a good job offer and now we can start hunting for a new house!  Hooray!  I'm sooooooo ready for those changes!
  • A Look at my Sketchbook

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
     My brain is overflowing with painting ideas.  Good thing I captured some of them in my sketchbook over the last few months.  If I don't record them, they leave me and may or may not return.One sunny afternoon I got the urge to get outdoors and sketch some landscape.  It's all still brown here but it was beautiful and warm and I was reminded of why I love to create outdoors!  It restores my soul and gives me peace.What's your favorite way to spend time outdoors? Me displaying my awesome ability to photograph myself and draw at the same time-haha!  not…
  • Photos of the Week

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    My last living grandparent passed away last week. Sad, yes, but also a relief for one who suffered as long as my grandmother did.  Our trip to Southern Utah for the funeral was short, but sweet.  Full of family and a little sight seeing in between.As sad as I was for my grandmother's passing, I found it strange that there is something I mourn every month that, for me, is even sadder than that.  Not being able to have more children.  I mourn for the life that never got to be.  I go through that grief month after month and it never gets easier.  I always have some…
  • Photos of the Week

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    It's that time of year again............time to come up with some new things to shape into hearts and photograph.  This year I went the more natural route.  I even went to the trouble of cutting heart shapes out of poinsettia leaves by folding them in half and going at them with scissors- like cutting out paper hearts. I've gotta try that with bigger leaves sometime. Fun stuff!Have a wonderful, loving Valentine's Day!
  • Teal Butterfly Painting

    5 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The unusually warm weather here has gotten me all ready for spring.........and it's only the beginning of February.I'm in the mood for painting butterflies!For Sale here:Blue and Teal Butterfly 8x10
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Baby Blankets are for Babies

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Remember that chevron baby blanket? Remember how I seriously considered holding onto it? Changed my mind. That blanket was meant for a baby and so to a baby it went. I still have a ton of Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille so I'll just have to knit another one. It was an enjoyable project so it won't be so difficult to knit again. That said, I've been using up my Cotton Chenille leftovers on flower washcloths for testing out my interchangeable knitting needle sets, so mayhaps that baby blanket might end up being the only one. Still worth it. :) What are you knitting?  
  • Gaming Socks

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    That knitting break was short lived.  A few months ago Omama brought back some sock yarn from Austria. Another beautiful skein from lana grossa. To my dismay the outer strands of the yarn had been cut by something so I kept having to break the yarn and start over again, but the results are oddly beautiful. I love how the blue color change happened between the 1x1 rib on the cuff and the stockinette leg. I'm hoping that I remember how I did this when I start the second sock. About that knitting break. I thought it would be much longer, but a funny thing happened this weekend. The family…
  • What Knitting

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    For the first time in many years I don't have an active knitting project. I started a pair of socks, but ruined the caston edge and haven't touched it since. Something strange has happened. I dug out some old cross stitch.      I know. Right?   Crazy. Even I can't believe it, but I've had this old cool Miribilia cross stitch from all the way back in 1999. I don't know what's possessed me. But even as I type this it's kind of kicking me back into knitting. Maybe I'll dig out another UFO to finish. There's a cardigan that needs a sleeve. For now tho, there's a fairy that…
  • The Knit Luck Guide to Interchangeable Knitting Needles - Knitters Pride Marblz

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Once again it's time to review a set of interchangeable knitting needles. It's been a while, but Knitter's Pride recently came out with the Marblz set and we were curious how it stands up to other sets. Knitters Pride produces full sets of interchangeable knitting needles at an affordable price point in the $60 to $100 range. From bamboo to carbon fiber Knitters Pride has used just about every type of material available for knitting needles and now they're out with the new acrylic Marblz that we are reviewing today. The Marblz are a new set of interchangeable knitting needle tips with…
  • Finished Object - Chevron Blanket

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Chevron Baby Blanket is finished. All ends are woven in. The blanket decorating my bedroom's comfy chair. I'm having some serious second thoughts about giving it away. It looks so good brightening that dark corner of my bedroom. I'm wondering if I have enough time to make another one to give away. The picture at left are the final two colors. I think I had two more rows left at the point, just about to bind off. That was last Sunday. I had all the ends woven in by the time that Downton Abbey finished. Nice way to finish out January. Makes room for another project: reviewing the Knitters…
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    Serger Pepper

  • 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection

    Mamma Nene
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Let me introduce you to the biggest collections of serger // overlockers resources from all around the web. I often find myself google-ing for new serger techniques, cute serger projects and the best time-saving serger tips, so I thought I could save you some time, collecting here my favorite serger resources: only the best of […] The post 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • OneCardigan for One Thimble: my gift to you!

    Mamma Nene
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Now it's your turn! Do you like to sew? Do you like to read sewing articles? Are you willing to support Indie Designers from all over the world? Take your One Thimble 6 copy now, or buy one copy of my OneCardigan PDF sewing pattern! You'll be amazed, I promise! Still not convinced? Let me give you a incentive: Buy your copy of the OneCardigan using the button below and I will send you another one of my patterns... for FREE! Yes... And you choose which one! Now, this is a REAL BARGAIN... two, for the price of one! But be quick! it's expiring this sunday, March, 1st! The post OneCardigan for…
  • Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly!

    Mamma Nene
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Step-by-step instructions to perfectly clean your serger (and your sewing machine too). There's nothing like a dust-free serger/sewing machine to start a new (and hassle-free) sewing project! I'm sharing with you all my best tips. The post Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Pattern testing: #carryeverywhereshoppingbag by

    Mamma Nene
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    You may know that I truly enjoy a good sewing project if it has some (or all) of these features: it has to be practical, something I (or the final user) will use it must be frugal, using fabric I already have in hand (ask hubby if I have enough…) or better refashion a pre-loved […] The post Pattern testing: #carryeverywhereshoppingbag by appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • OneThimble 6 + OneCardigan release

    Mamma Nene
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    The post OneThimble 6 + OneCardigan release appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Diy Or Buy.

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ah, the age old question every crafter must themselves when they want something they think they can make, should I diy or buy?Here's a few that caught my eye this week.1. Diy Watercolour Tableware from Fall for Diy or buy this Oval Platter in Navy Watercolour or Aqua Ring Dish from Suite One Studio.2. Diy Imprinted Ceramic Bowls from The Lovely Drawer or buy this Old Havana Cereal Bowl from Anthropologie.3. Diy Agate Coasters from Fabric Paper Glue or buy these purple and blue Agate Coasters from West Elm.Any favourites? I definitely fancy having a go at…
  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Diy 3-D Origami Wall Art.

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    (Dive Deep print from Elise Joy, the camera print is Fresco wallpaper from Homebase and the picture ledge from Ikea.)It's been a quite few months since I last had a go at making something from something I've pinned. In fact it was way back in September when I made these mini notebooks from shipping tags. As soon as this Diy Origami Wall Display on Design Sponge I knew it was something I wanted to have a go at.This wasn't a quick project. It ended up taking about 4 days from start to finish including drying time and a practice run using printer paper that I shared here. Each…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    1. Eating Mr Pretzels cinnamon sugar coated pretzels.2. Making 3-D origami wall art.3. Lighting candles in my Himalayan rock salt candle holder.
  • Simple Diy Gift Box.

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    I've been playing around with my Martha Stewart score board again. It's a little bit addictive. I love knowing with a few scores, snips and a couple of blobs of glue I can make any size box that I want.I saw this easy gift box over on Damask Love and really liked the idea of having a simple go-to gift box I could make quickly when needed. This box ended up being a bit more complicated than the one that originally inspired it but I still think it's relatively simple to make. From start to finish including cutting out all the pieces it took around 20 minutes.I made my simple diy gift box out of…
  • Valentine's Day Printables.

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    With Valentine's Day just a few days away I thought I'd share some of my favourite (and free) Valentine's printables from around the web.1.  Bright and colourful printable Valentine's Day gift wrap from Sarah Hearts over on Lovely Indeed.2. Printable love note postcards from The Lovely Drawer to tell that special someone all the reasons you love them.3. Spread the love with these printable calligraphy valentines from Coco & Mingo for Lovely Indeed.4. Perfect match printable matchbox complete with dipped Pocky stick matches from Design is Yay.5. Planning a party? Try these…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Make a Floral Garland Card Holder (with ProFlowers)

    14 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    In continuing with our Valentine's Day post, I had a last minute idea to create a simple, floral garland to hang on the wall, on which I would attach any cards I receive.  This is another fairly easy DIY that you can do with a dozen or two roses and any other greenery you have on hand.  Wedding season is almost upon us, and this wall hanger display could be a great addition to any wedding decor.  You could also create this after a wedding or formal event with the flowers from your event; that way you could hold on to them just a little bit longer!  We were ecstatic to…
  • How to Make a Floral Garland Centerpiece (with ProFlowers)

    13 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you all have a very sweet and fun-filled holiday.  This week we had the opportunity to work with ProFlowers, an online flower retailer that sells a lot of different floral arrangements, perfect for Valentine's Day, a wedding or any other formal or special event.  I really liked that while I could order pre-made arrangements, I also had the option of just ordering bulks of fresh flowers.  And upon receiving all these lovely boxes at my front door, I knew I wanted to make a centerpiece simple enough that if you're short on time, could be pretty…
  • Valentine's Day Dessert Kabobs

    7 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Love is in the air (and so is all this powdered sugar that's been flinging around)!  I think one of the best things about Valentine's Day are the desserts you eat after the meal.  The chocolate-covered strawberries, the chocolate candies in all types of flavors, the sweet drinks- so if you're hosting a simple get-together this year, be sure to make these easy Valentine's Day dessert kabobs.  I love kabobs, because they're super simple: you just slide your favorite foods on a stick.  They're quick to grab and eat and you can have a full tray on your food table for all your…
  • Love Yourself! DIY Bath Salt Gifts

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    It's February! And that means it's time for chocolate presented in tempting heart-shaped boxes, "awww"-invoking greeting cards, and teddy bears the size of Mt. Rushmore everywhere you go. And while all these things are quite lovely indeed, they are not the true essence of St. Valentine's holiday. Yes, it's all about love, but it's truly about empowering yourself with love. The best way to do this is to first love yourself and then to inspire others to do the same. So this holiday, instead of obsessing over the perfect date or starting an online dating profile because you don't have the…
  • Make a Woodblock Candle Centerpiece

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Happy New Year crafters!  Yes, the holidays have come and gone, and I'm sure you've finally boxed and stored all of your Christmas crafts, but don't worry- every new year brings an abundance of fresh, new DIY inspiration, starting with this candle holder centerpiece made from a piece of scrap wood.  Well, not so scrap.  I found this cutting board at my local thrift store for $2.00.  With a few candles, I was able to turn it into a modern, yet rustic table centerpiece used in my holiday decor.  This romantic, tapered candle holder was not only perfect for Christmas, it…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • 14 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It’s hard to believe, but St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!  Since it’s such a fun, high spirited holiday, we thought we would celebrate it with children and grandchildren in mind.  So, we searched through the Internet and found 14 St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids that will have both adults and kids alike being silly and having tons of fun creating these fabulous craft projects.  Have fun!!! #1 The Crafty Crow #2 Sugar Bee Crafts #3…
  • Spring Burlap Table Runner

    Carmen Whitehead
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to give your home decor something fresh and lovely.  I’ve had an obsession with burlap lately and I’m really incorporating it into my Spring Home Decor.  Today I’m sharing with you a simple project that is no sew and you can do in less than an hour. Materials:  Americana Home Decor Chalky Finish Paint in New Life, Refreshing, Legacy and Rouge color   Canvas Corp Table Runner   1 yard of lace trim of your choice   American Decor Stencils in Jacobean Floral, Finch, Vintage Butterfly and Tropical Flower Tools:…
  • Find Yourself in Art Journaling

    Irit Shalom
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hello my dear crafty friends! My name is Irit Shalom and I am an Israeli designer who is very thrilled to be a part of Bella Crafts Creative Team. This is my first post here in the Bella BLOG and I hope my English third language is  pretty good.  Anyway, this is a full photo step by step tutorial and a very self expressing one. This is just my second time doing art journal pages and my very first art journaling tutorial, but I think it’s just the same as doing Mixed Media canvas tutorial I am pretty much familiar. So here we go: Instructions: 1. Mix a 3-4 acrylics over a very thick…
  • Spring Flowers Card

    Larissa Pittman
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Good morning friends. I don’t know about you but I am ready to put the cold weather behind me and start planting some flowers and adding color to my yard. Since this has been on my mind I decided to pull out some of my flower theme stamps. I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the flowers all over the front of the card using black ink. I then colored them with my Copic markers. I used one of my favorite color combos: Pink, Yellow and Orange. For the pink flower I used Copic markers: RV02, RV04, 5V06 For the Yellow flower I used Y02, Y08, Y28 For orange flower I used YR04, YR08,…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire – Week 11: Button Ball

    Lisa Fulmer
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
      Happy Monday! Sorry I was AWOL last week – did ya miss me? I had to tend to some family business…but I’m back and ready to get my craft on! Decorate something like a jar, a box or a pillow using at least 25 tiny little things from your stash, like buttons, charms, beads, flowers or rhinestones. Not long ago, I went through all my buttons and separated them by color into little jars. I discovered I had a ton of black buttons in various styles and sizes. So that’s the stash I went to for this prompt. After a short scroll through “button crafts” on Pinterest, I spotted some…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party #4

    The Ribbon Retreat
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How many of you feel one of our awesome Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party is way overdue? All in favor say “I”!!! I am definitely shouting, from the top of my lungs…”I”, “I”, “I”! I am so ready to celebrate you and you and you and the amazing bows that you have been making since our […]
  • Vintage Ribbon and Chain Wrap Bracelet

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am so happy, thrilled, elated and so many other synonyms of absolutely excited to have the crazy talented and incredibly sweet Bev from Flamingo Toes here today. If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful lady, you should become so. I am always so inspired by her innovative and gorgeous creations and today’s project is […]
  • Ruffle Ribbon Flower, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday! It is sometimes said that “diamonds are a girls best friend,” but I think it is also just as fitting to say that ruffles are a girls best friend…wouldn’t you agree? Maybe they aren’t your best friend, but I bet your little sweetheart would say that she is sure fond of […]
  • Ribbon Crown Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A princess wardrobe is never complete without a royal crown sitting proudly atop their precious little head? Today, Cherie is sharing a gorgeous Ribbon Crown that is perfect for your highness and for completing her royal wardrobe. This crown is embellished with lovely gems and pretty glittery ribbon. Create this fun royal accessory for your […]
  • Easy Lace Bows and Headbands

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Whenever I hear the word lace, my thoughts immediately head to vintage. I also picture gorgeous gowns worn by fancy ladies or lovely brides walking down the aisle. However, vintage gowns and wedding dresses are not even close to being the only way to wear and display the beauty of lace. In fact, today I […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wand

    Sherri Osborn
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Most kids love the idea of a magical wand, so why not show them how to make their own St. Patrick’s Day wand that incorporates a shamrock, rainbow, and gold coins. I don’t know about your kids, but my young…Read more →
  • DIY Umbrella and Rain Cloud Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Celebrate spring by making this pair of crafts. Both the umbrella and the cloud are easy to make and fun to play with, and you just might have everything you need to make them both lying around your house. Let…Read more →
  • DIY Cute as a Button Shamrock

    Sherri Osborn
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    You can make one or more of these fun button shamrocks to decorate your home, classroom, or self for St. Patrick’s Day. While I glued magnets to the back of the clothespin stem, you can glue a dowel to the…Read more →
  • Paper Mache Cat in the Hat

    Sherri Osborn
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    When I was trying to come up with a project in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (celebrated on March 2nd), my first thought went to one of my favorite Seuss books, The Cat In The Hat. Once I decided on…Read more →
  • 30 Cat in the Hat Crafts and Treats

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The story of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is a classic. Was it one of your favorite? I will admit, as a kid, I did not like that cat at all and I remembered getting worried about…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Recessed Between Stud Bookshelf

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    If babies are so tiny, why do they come with/need so many things?! Our nursery is a smaller room, so when planning out our space we did not have the option to fit many pieces of furniture in there. When we discovered that there wasn’t enough floor space for a bookshelf to house all of the fabulous books I had envisioned for our little one, my mind went into solution mode. In the nursery, the closet door opens out into the room, rendering the wall that the door opens against almost useless. This was the perfect spot to create a recessed bookshelf. After all, if you don’t have the floor…
  • Burlap Wreath, Take Two

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Way, way back Grace showed you how she made her easy Burlap Bubble Wreath. I too have made a burlap wreath, but mine is quite different than hers. I wanted it to look something like this wreath here, but I must have been a bad student and not followed the directions quite right. That’s okay though, because I actually like how mine turned out!          What you need: Burlap—mine was from Wreath- I found that the one with compressed hay worked best—leave the plastic wrapping on! Ruler Scissor Pins- at least 100   Step 1:…
  • Ikea Hack: Armoire Storage Upgrade, Part Two

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Awhile ago I shared with you how we took an IKEA clothing armoire and added shelving to customize it to our storage needs. We last left off with our armoire ready to be primed and painted. As this is a large piece of furniture, we used a paint sprayer for the very first time. Before we started, we had to construct a painting lair in our garage. We taped plastic drop cloths from the ceiling to the ground, making as big a square as our garage space would allow. We used the massive cardboard box that the armoire came in as temporary flooring and hoisted the armoire up onto a dolly so it could be…
  • Big Plans for My Big Girl

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    After three years of house hunting, we have finally found our forever home! We purchased a foreclosure via online auction (more on that later). We are excited/ready to fix things up and decorate. There are lots of things on our to-do list, but the number one item is to get L’s room ready to make the transition easier for her. The new room is much larger than L’s nursery with a large bay window and ample closet space. For L’s big girl room, I want to keep the paint color (1) neutral so the room can grow with her. I love the warm pink undertone of the taupe color. And how sweet is the…
  • a few of my Favorite Things Party

    4 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Brown paper packages tied up with string; these are a few of my favorite things [party]!” This year marks the 3rd year of my hometown besties’ Favorite Things Party. In its fledgling year, our gal, Gayle, suggested this party, and it was such a fun time that we declared it to be an annual/quarterly event (we haven’t gotten to the quarterly stages, but we always talk of it).  Before, I get ahead of myself, I better explain the deets on a Favorite Things Party. Or better yet, I will let the coordinator, Gayle, explain it: “This is sort of a spin on a…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Isn't it great when different craft products in your stash go together, almost as though you had plannned it?Card Recipe:Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18 Diet Set , Tonic Studios Birds on a Branch, Birdhouse Die, Layering Rectangles and Layering Circles, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Hunkydory, Stardream Pearlescent CardEmbellishments: mulberry flowers, May Arts ribbonAs you will have noticed, I do like a lot of layers on my card!  For this card, I wanted to use a Hunkydory card toppers and cardstock set that I had in my…
  • Swirly Whirlies Owl Family Card

    7 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    I just love owls, so I couldn't resist this wonderful Swirly Whirlies Owl Family stamp, it is just too cute, especially when paired with some lovely First Edition paper and kraft cardstock.Card Recipe:Stamp: Swirly Whirlies Owl Family (Little Claire), Happy Circular Sentiments (LOTV)Colouring Mediums: Memento Cocoa Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Antique Linen, PromarkersPaper and Card: First Edition Spring Feast, Kraft CardTools: Spellbinders Labels 8 Diet Set and Vintage Lace Accents, Tonic Studios Layering Squares and Layering…
  • Extending Square Dies to Cut Rectangles

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    This is a useful tutorial on how to get more out of your Square Dies by extending them to cut rectangles.With this method, you can extend the length or the width, but not both!At the end of the project, you will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions.You will need some:Square dies (eg Tonic Layering Squares)Die cutting machine (eg Grand Calibur)CardstockStep 1Measure the outer edge of your square die.  In my example (excuse the slight blurriness of the first photo), my outer edge measures 9.8cm and I know that this cuts a 9.3x9.3cm square.  I know need to cut a piece of card…
  • Buttons Galore!

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    It's my little niece's first birthday soon and I wanted to share with you a Button Initial Name Picture that I've made for her new bedroom using an inexpensive photoframe and lots of buttons!Project Recipe:Paper and Card: Textured, DCWV, VellumTools: Tonic Studios Layering Butterflies and Scallop Layering Squares, Grand Calibur, Silhouette CameoEmbellishments: buttons, flatback pearls and crystalsApologies for the quality of the images, photographing glass without glare is very difficult. Anyway, here's the close up of LUCIA's name.  To make this, I cut out Lucia's…
  • Pillow Box Owl Step-by-Step Tutorial

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a step-by-step photo tutorial for how to create a cute pillow box owl using the Tonic Studio Dies.  At the bottom of this blogpost, you will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions.Step 1 - Die Cut your CardstockFirst of all, you will need the following dies (all by Tonic Studios, shown in picture above left)smallest layering circle diesmallest layering scallop circle diesecond smallest layering circle diesmallest love arches die (the heart)pillow box dieYou will also need the following pieces of card stock:Brown textured cardstock cut to 9.5cm x 20.5cm, 2 pieces of…
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    Blog - Adrianne's Sketchblog

  • Oh summer, where art thou?

    Adrianne Herold
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Reasons I love cactus and succulents:  1) you hardly have to water them.....
  • Adrianne Herold
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    wow. i have horrible handwriting..
  • The Legend of Poro

    Adrianne Herold
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    My little poro. I love him. 
  • Annnnd we're off!

    Adrianne Herold
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    So for my first post, I'll just start off with a babble.I used to have a blog a while ago. It was lifestyle blog that included recipes, fashion, and photography. So I've been using Squarespace for quite sometime. I'm actually pretty exciting about all of us doing this. It's an interesting way for all of us to connect and move with each other through the class. I like to see what others are thinking and coming up with. I hope everyone else has fun with this and goodluck! (btw, first post will always be difficult. That's one thing I've learned over the years.)-Adrianne.
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  • How To Make A Rainbow Cake Surprise Inside

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    This Rainbow Cake is so colorful and fun! It’s really easy to make…learn how in this video by My Cupcake Addiction. Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress. The post How To Make A Rainbow Cake Surprise Inside appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Using A Seam Ripper What is the little ball for?

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Do you own a seam ripper that looks like this?  Have you ever wondered what that little ball is for? Pam Damour will show us in this quick video! Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress. The post Using A Seam Ripper What is the little ball for? appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Waterproof Recipe Cards With A Candle

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    How many times have you pulled out your favorite recipe card and can’t read the recipe because it’s been exposed to water or food ingredients? Here’s how to keep your recipe cards looking new, waterproof, and food proof! All you need is a white candle. Make sure your ink is dry then rub the bottom […] The post Waterproof Recipe Cards With A Candle appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • 20 Crafts and Recycled DIY Projects for Your Kitchen

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    I love it when I’m able to decorate my kitchen from a recycle project or create new crafts for my kitchen.  I always love adding new decorations to my kitchen so here are 20 fun crafts and recycled projects you will enjoy making for your kitchen, I’m sure!    Rooster Mason Jar Recycled Milk Cartons […] The post 20 Crafts and Recycled DIY Projects for Your Kitchen appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Best Homemade Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    This is the best Milk Chocolate Icing ever!  It’s rich, creamy, smooth, and deee-licious!! Come see what the key ingredient is! This makes the perfect icing for cakes, cupcakes or chocolate dips. It’s super easy to make and it’s sure to be a hit at any party. Want to know the secret ingredient?  It’s the […] The post Best Homemade Milk Chocolate Icing Recipe appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Hello Kitty notebook cover

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Last week, when I posted the DIY stationery gift set I mentioned that initially I was preparing a Kitty notebook cover, but then made a mistake cutting the felt and ended up with a totally different project. Not that I can complain, it turned out pretty cute too and opened up a whole new set of ideas in my head.But the HK notebook was still unused and since I'm decluttering, unused things around the house are a no-can-do. So, even if last weekend was a bit complicated, in between visits to the grandparents and one kid down with the flu, I still managed to finish the original notebook cover I…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 8 update

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    Here I am for the weekly update on my 2015 goal: to have a cleaner, leaner house by the end of the year. Posting these updates helps and keeps me in track. Every weekend (and on weekdays too, when I have time) I try to tackle a different area of my house. I started with books (not near finished yet) but since then I have found lots of other areas in need. I have donated a lot of things, upcycled others, but there is still much work to be done.This week I tackled the bathroom cabinets (two out of three, at least, since the one in the master bathroom has not been touched yet).They weren't…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 25/February

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    A reminder of all the pretty things out there...
  • Cupcake topper necklaces

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Yesterday when I posted my DIY stationery gift set I showed you that I had included a simple necklace:It was something made in the spur of the moment and I never gave it much thought until my daughter saw it and said she wanted one too. Then I thought: why not? She loves "jewelry", so I might as well make her some inexpensive necklaces that no one will miss if she loses or damages and that can be easily replaced any way. And what is the easiest way to achieve this? Cupcake toppers, of course! They already come in the right size and if you check Pinterest there are hundreds of free…
  • DIY Stationery Gift Set

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    This story starts with a project going wrong. On Saturday morning I had a little free time and I decided to make a Hello Kitty notebook cover (check the tutorial here). I had the actual notebook made some time last year but then something else got in the way and I lost track of it. I found it while going through the desk drawers on my decluttering endeavours.I even took a picture of all my supplies neatly gathered.And then I suddenly realised that I had made a mistake and one of the felt pieces was smaller than the other. And I didn't have at home enough felt in the same color to cut a new…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Knitting & Crochet – Learning About Yarns

    Zurainny Ismail
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Leftovers to sew and tidy :D There are so many wonderful brands, textures and colours of yarns readily available online nowadays that it’s a great mystery to me how I have been able to resist the urge to get some new yarns for myself for more or less 2 years, until about 2 weeks ago, when I finally ended my abstinence because ……. My Nona yarns are almost all used up to make crochet hexagons. Later, I will crochet just a few more and continue sewing them together to make a bigger this: I estimate that this will be about 3′ x 4′ when finished Surfing For New…
  • Knitted Handphone Case

    Zurainny Ismail
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Knitted Handphone Case I can’t believe that nearly 1 month has passed since my last post.  And now we are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year!  Isn’t it incredible? Probably due to the extreme and unpredictable weather, many around Kota Kinabalu, including my family, have been unwell – fever, coughing, sore-throat and flu. Thankfully, the worst has passed and now, I can start posting again. I knitted the above hp cover while nursing my kids a few weeks ago.  The pattern was accidental, and didn’t plan to turn my practice piece into a handphone…
  • Crafting Resolutions in 2015

    Zurainny Ismail
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Yesterday, 5.1.15, my youngest son turned 6.  Ahhh… how time flies…. He used to be this small: When he was 1 year-old and sitting on my Crochet Table Cloth Now, I can’t get him to sit on it without first answering his many questions.  Come to think about it, I started this blog when he was 1 year old, after he has mastered the art of walking and running.  How he loves to run, even to this day!  Having older siblings really helped – they have inspired and motivated me to start this blog.  Couldn’t have maintained this sort-of ‘crafting journal’…
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    Woo Hoo Cuties

  • How to prepare, organize a succesful vintage party (1)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I’d love to share my ideas with you, after all we organized one for 44 people, family and friends, young and old. Setting of the party and dressing up! If the setting is already really vintage, it saves you decoration work! I did foresee vintage serviettes, for every meal different ones, as a tiny extra detail. To avoid danger with candles I put little tea lights in small pots filled with coffee beans, they give a nice scent and no danger for fire! The fact that people have to dress up in this theme of immense possibilities, doesn’t make it too expensive for people or too difficult to…
  • Vintage anniversary party in an old French Château in Normandy

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    A year ahead we started planning, I wanted of course, to imbue vintage charm in this party project. There is something intrinsically popular, seductively attractive, about the old 1900s. So we started preparing the retro invitations, hand making these was so much fun! We wanted our party to be inspired by glamorous vintage icons of years gone by, a vintage dress code, that paid homage to the high fashion style of the old days. And our guests took elegance and class to a whole new level, with their outfits, they gave the party the right “vibe”. Our venue of choice for our unique vintage…
  • Recipe freebie: Yummy chocolate paste

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I was spoiled with this recipe, years ago in France, visiting my good friend Yvonne. Imagine getting up for breakfast and this fresh homemade chocolate paste awaits you… I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized she made it early in the morning, just for our breakfast. She was ever so friendly to give me her recipe and since then I am now the perfect host, spoiling my friends with this super treat! Ready? It’s ever so easy! You’ll need: 250g simple white sugar 1 egg 150gr of excellent chocolate half a cup of milk 250gr of butter Start by adding a beaten egg to 250gr of sugar (use…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (5): Stitching straight!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Ready for your first (boring honestly, but ever so necessary) stitching exercise? Sewing itself is not the most time consuming, the preparing is! Take your time to put everything ready (think about cooking, isn’t it easy when you just have to grab the thing you need and all ingredients are ready). Part one: “Stitch straight” exercise Draw or print a page with straight vertical lines (yes paper!). For this exercise your bobbin is empty and you don’t need to use any thread, the idea is to stitch straight, the needle will just put holes in your paper, visualizing for you whether you…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (4)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Let’s first talk about the most basic thing: your stitching machine, how to use it and then we’ll start some easy exercises: stitching straight. I know you want to start straight off, with your first quilt, but let’s do first things first, I told you, it is a very basic course from scratch. Before you even go close to your machine: those of you with long hair, put it together, you don’t want your hair to be caught, in between needle and fabric… believe me! Let’s have a look at our main tool: What is what exactly? Needle plate: Will protect the inside of your machine, but more…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • What Are You Knitting for National Craft Month?

    Alice Seidel
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Just what are you knitting for National Craft Month? March is National Craft Month. Of course, in my home, EVERYDAY is craft day, but I digress. When my children were young, there were hobby stores in just about every town; nowadays not so much. But, there are very interesting places to see online, and if you’re reading this post, then you can visit their websites, too!  Crafts have been with us forever. In fact, what we now dub “hobbies” were once upon a time necessities of everyday living. There were no malls to visit in 18th century America; if you wanted a new pair of…
  • Frost Heaves or A Peacock Jewel Scarf

    Alice Seidel
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Frost Heaves or a Peacock Jewel Scarf, which one are you?   Ten years ago my husband and I were New England innkeepers. We had a beautiful inn in Jaffrey, NH. Built in 1853 it even came with it’s own built-in “ghost”, if you will. You can read all about that here. We were tucked into the southwest corner of New Hampshire; a place known for its certifiable New England look. Long country roads in between tiny town “centers”; it puts me in mind of skeins of yarn which get away from you and leave long trails all around the room. One of the roads which snaked its…
  • Yarn Substitutions in The Chinese New Year

    Alice Seidel
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
     Yarn Substitutions in the Chinese New Year can be a scream! But before I get to that, let me mention that the Chinese New Year did just commence earlier this month and is the Year of the Goat. Which brings to mind the ending scene of “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie and his family end up in a Chinese restaurant when their holiday turkey is devoured by the neighboring dogs. I remember a long time ago, my mother would always shop in the stores in Elizabeth, NJ. THAT was the place to go! These were the days, mind you, before shopping malls. Downtowns were only open on certain…
  • Cowl of Many Colors in The White Winter

    Alice Seidel
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    A Cowl of Many Colors is something we all need. Well! Seems as if Winter is here to stay. We’ve had record-breaking lows and about 5″ of snow fell Monday night into Tuesday. I remember because my daughter-in-law Lisa was traveling back from Orlando, FL to Newark, (she’s a flight attendant) and her scheduled flight had been cancelled and she was catching the last plane back to NJ that night, “dead-heading” as she puts it. Snow was supposed to start before midnight and I was hoping it would hold off for her ride down the lovely Garden State Parkway. For the most…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Spring Collection Blog Tour Roundup

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      It hasn’t felt like two weeks have passed since we launched the 2015 Spring Collection. It seems like just earlier this week we were unveiling the full and mini pattern bundles, and kicking off the blog tour. I can say with certainty that it’s been my favorite two weeks this year…maybe ever. Your enthusiasm around these five patterns makes us totally giddy.   Haven't grabbed your pattern bundle yet? You’ve got exactly three weeks until spring officially starts. We suggest you gather your fabrics, get your sewing…
  • How to Make and Sew with Piping

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Piping is the new pom pom fringe. I’m sure of it. There’s something about this simple trim that adds such a look of sophistication to handmade clutches, dresses and pants. Plus, piping lets you use contrasting fabrics while keeping your garments looking professional. Piping can be scary for new sewists. But it's not! Today we’re taking an in-depth look at piping and the options for sewing with it.     What is Piping? Piping is a trim used in the seams of a garment, pillow, clutch or other item. It’s often used in a contrasting color to make the trim…
  • How to Sew a Slouchy Seafarer

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      For every collection we launch I spend hours upon hours pouring over which patterns to include. There are several elements I like to see in each grouping of patterns that I hope appeal to most garment sewists. One thing I always try to incorporate are a few versatile knit sewing patterns.   For the 2015 Spring Collection, I knew the Seafarer Top would be a great addition to every sewist’s spring wardrobe. It’s a basic tee with dolman sleeves and the option to band the sleeves or the waist. This sewing pattern has endless possibilities. Plus, it’s super…
  • Introducing the 2015 Spring Collection

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Over the last few weeks Steve and I have been challenged to capacity. Our latest endeavor challenged my sewing abilities with silk chiffon and fly zippers. Our hands ached as I edited photos and he coded new page layouts late, late into the night. And the bags underneath my eyes grew darker as each night I got less and less sleep. But, damn, are we proud.   It’s February. Next month is officially spring, folks. Flowers are budding, trees are blooming. And what’s the state of your handmade wardrobe? We're willing to bet it’s still planted firmly in…
  • Selfish Sewing Week: Spring 2015

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
      Over the last year, we've learned that the cocktail of a person’s sewing preferences varies widely. Maybe you only sew women’s garments. Or maybe you dabble in a bit of garment sewing and also quilting, enjoying the change of pace from project to project. What we do know is that often you get roped into doing a lot of sewing that isn’t always for you.   The point is you’re busy, juggling responsibilities like a pro. You are doing it and doing it damn well. So we think you deserve an entire week to sew whatever the heck you…
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  • Spring Playdough Crafts and a Great Giveaway

    Sarah White
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I happen to be a part of a great group of bloggers, the Kid Blogger Network, which is celebrating spring in a big way. Today we’re all sharing some great craft ideas that are perfect for this time of year, and giving our loyal readers a change to win one of three prizes of $500 cash each. Spring Playdough Crafts, Recipes and Ideas We haven’t been doing a lot of playdough play lately, but I’ve been thinking about trying to reintroduce some. I love having seasonal themes to guide colors, flavors and additions for playtime. Spring is also a great time to make new playdough and…
  • Get a House Full of Color Inspiration from Kristin Nicholas

    Sarah White
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    For being a knitter, crafter, designer and someone who just wrote a book about color knitting for cryin’ out loud, my house is not at all colorful. We moved in almost exactly four years ago and every single room is still beige. I know painting is not the only way to get color into a room, and while I do want to paint a little now (like, maybe a wall in my office) I’m more inspired to fill my rooms with colorful crafts thanks to Kristin Nicholas‘ lovely book Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space with Color. Kristin is a knitter, crocheter,…
  • Frugal Family Linky February 26

    Sarah White
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    I’ve decided February may be the cruelest month, or at least the craziest month. I think we all forget that it’s shorter and try to cram in the same amount of stuff. Throw in snow days and sniffly kids and the ceiling repair happening in my kitchen as I write this (it’s a long story) and I am feeling like this month just did not go according to plan at all. The good news is next week, next month is a new challenge to face, and a new chance to make things better and stay on track with what we want out of life. And completely rethinking what lives on my kitchen counters. Since…
  • Make a Quick Tooth Fairy Pillow to Hang on a Door

    Sarah White
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The girl has a loose tooth. It escalated from being a kind of wiggly tooth to a super-wiggly, may-come-out-at-any-time tooth basically yesterday. I think we’ve still got a few days before it will fall out, but you never know, so I decided I needed to be prepared. I whipped up this little tooth fairy pillow out of some felt and a ribbon I had lying around my office. You could use regular fabric if you’d rather, though you’ll have to take a little more care sewing it than I did. Or try denim or fleece. This is also a project that could be completely no sew if you wanted, but I…
  • Burn It With Fire

    Sarah White
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Last weekend was our fifth #tcoyos retreat, which is unbelievable and amazing and awesome and I don’t know what I would do without it. There are always a lot of great moments in our weekends away from the world, focusing on whatever it is we most want to focus on, but I think my favorite thing we did this time was a burning ritual. That makes it sound both more fancy and more woo-woo than it was. We wrote down things on pieces of paper. Things we needed to move past, feelings we wanted to step away from, whatever we needed to rid ourselves of. And then we burned them. One by one we went…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Baymax Crochet Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Big Hero 6 is now out on DVD and Blu-ray! And a Big Hero 6 movie night is not complete without a Baymax crochet hat! I have a feeling there will be a lot of little Baymax's trick-or-treating this coming Halloween so if your little one is a Big Hero 6 fan, you might want to get a head start on this hat! Since it is all one color it actually works up pretty quickly!Materials:- White Worsted Weight Yarn and one strand of black yarn- Size H Crochet Hook- Two small black buttons- Poly-fil stuffing- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSC = Single CrochetSC Decrease = Single Crochet…
  • Crochet Vinyl Decal GIVEAWAY!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    When I come across a neat product (especially when it's crochet related) I have to share it with you! I stumbled upon a fabulous Etsy shop called TheCreativeAdult, run by the talented Jessie Parker. She offers a wide variety of custom vinyl decals including a series of crochet themed decals perfect for your car windows, laptops, cellphones, glasses, cups, coolers, and so much more! You can put them on just about any smooth surface.Peace, Love, CrochetI fell in love with the "Peace, Love, Crochet" decal right away and then thought it would be perfect if it was customized for my blog... you…
  • Crochet Chunky Baby Chick Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Spring is around the corner and so is Easter which makes it a perfect time to make this chunky baby chick hat! The super bulky yarn and large crochet hook makes it a quick crochet project.Materials:- Chunky or Bulky yarn. I used Loops & Threads Zoomba Super Bulky yarn in Lightening yellow.- Size I/9. I actually used a size K hook in the one pictured because that is all I could find at the moment the inspiration for this hat hit ;) But I recommend using an I/9 for a tighter stitch and more exact sizes.- Worsted weight yarn in orange and white.- Size G hook for the eyes/beak.- 2 small black…
  • Painted Wooden Owl Bowls

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    I was reorganizing my craft closet and came across these cute little wooden bowls that I got years ago from Snuggly Monkey on Etsy. They are the perfect size to hold stitch markers, small buttons, and other little craft necessities. After a quick paint job - owls of course -  I put one on my bedside table and two on my desk. You can find the same bowls HERE or the Amazon link below. Michaels and Jo-Anns both have wooden craft sections that I'm sure would have something similar as well. Please note that finished bowls are not dishwasher safe nor are they safe for eating out…
  • Crochet Race Car "Playnket" (Play Mat and Blanket)

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    I know a little boy who isn't feeling so well and is in need of some cheering up this week. That is when the idea of the "Playnket" hit me! It's a crochet play mat and lovey blanket all in one! Snuggle with it or lay it flat on the floor and race the cars on the track. Perfect for sick days on the couch but also a soft activity toy that is a great size to take on the go! Of course you could alway double, triple, or quadruple the pattern to make an even larger blanket. The one I made measures about 23 inches long by 19 inches wide. The small size works up extremely quickly making it an easy…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Fan Flare

    Knitting Unlimited
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 11 sts + 2 and a 6-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: P2, * k2tog, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 2: K2, * p13, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 3: P2, * k2tog, k9, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 4: K2, * p11, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 5: P2, * k2tog, k7, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 6: K2, * p9, k2; repeat from * to end.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo | Knit 2 sts together: K2tog | Slip slip knit: Ssk.
  • Stockinette Stitch with a Ribbed Twist

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 3 stitches  and a 4-row repeat.Row 1 (RS): * Knit 2 sts together but do not slip from needle, then knit the first stich again, and slip both stitches from needle together, knit 1; repeat from * to end.Row 2: Purl all sts.Row 3: * Knit 1, knit 2 sts together but do not slip from needle, then knit the first stich again, and slip both stitches from needle together,; repeat from * to end.Row 4: Purl all sts.
  • Fisherman's Rib aka Shaker Rib

    Knitting Unlimited
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Note: Given the elasticity of brioche, you should cast on and bind off very looselyKnit version.Cast on an even number of sts.Set-up Row: Knit all sts.Pattern Row: * K1, K1b; repeat from * to end.Repeat Pattern Row until you have reached your desired length.Purl version.Cast on an even number of sts.Set-up Row: Purl all sts.Pattern Row: * P1, P1b; repeat from * to end.Repeat Pattern Row until you have reached your desired length.Abbreviations:- K, P: Knit, purl.- K1b: Knit 1 in the row below.Insert needle through center of st 1 row below next st and knit, slipping st above off needle at same…
  • Knotted Openwork Stitch Pattern

    Knitting Unlimited
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 3 sts and 4-row repeat.Row 1: Purl all sts.Row 2: K2, * yo, k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: Purl all sts.Row 4: K1, * k3 - then pass the first st over the second and third sts, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo
  • Ridged Feather Stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 11sts  and 4-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: Knit.Row 2: Purl.Row 3: * (P2tog) twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (p2tog)twice; repeat from * to end.Row 4: Purl.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Yarn over: Yo | Purl 2 sts together: P2tog
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    Thesis of Me

  • House of Mirrors

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:11 pm
    I am working on an embellishment collection right now called Circus. I began thinking about other similar experiences to the circus and one that inspires me is the Fun House.I think the best part is the room with all the mirrors in a Fun House. I developed a smocking, beaded sample from this inspiration. Above is the final piece and below you can see the process. I really like how it came out!
  • Youthful Pearls

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    POP up POP art! The sixties are fun!I tried out this sample to experiment with pearls. Pearls often come off as classic and elegant but adding a touch of color can keep them youthful!Nadia
  • Folding and cutting

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
  • Standing sequins 2

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In this sample I combined a few techniques that I have been playing around with. I explored standing sequins and got creative with the idea of stuffing.I think this technique could be interesting for a big, structured skirt with a tight, sheer bodice or more practically for a light jacket. Texture is so much fun!
  • Standing sequins

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Happy New Year!I have been enjoying my break from school and catching up on plenty of rest and Youtube. One of my favorite channels is the Chanel channel. They have fantastic videos where they film the Chanel artisans making the couture collections among many others.I was inspired one of the videos to experiment with standing sequins. The 3-d effect is beautiful and it almost looks like the sequins are growing towards you.You can find the video here: technique requires hand beading, so I took to my embroidery hoop to do a little abstract…
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    Bread & With It

  • Analogous Trees

    Laurel Blow
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Aren't these analogous trees lovely? I am teaching about color harmony in art class, and it is such a fun topic to explore. Once you learn the various color harmonies your artwork quickly transforms from average to stunning! One of the fun ways to learn about color harmony is by making these stunning Chinese inspired watercolor analogous trees. Just like voices harmonize, so does color. Likewise, they can also sound awful or clash. Rest at ease, there are ways of choosing color to visually convey the message you are intending to give. Analogous color…
  • Homemade Butter

    Laurel Blow
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    I wasn't ready for this post, because I didn't even think it was going to make its way to Bread & With It. I thought making homemade butter would be really difficult. Boy was I wrong! Homemade butter is delicious, easy and just plain cool to make! Deborah at the Stinky Kitchen wrote an article back in December, how to make raw butter. I shared her article on the Bread & With It Facebook page. Along with the "share", I mentioned that Emma and I were excited to make our own homemade butter, and here I am in February finally sharing it with you! After going through the…
  • Homemade Muffins

    Laurel Blow
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Holy, hecticly, homemade muffins Batman! It happened. I didn't think there would be any time to make these babies, but I'm so glad I was able to! We all have busy schedules, but this one is like "Holy cow! Stop the car, or I'm going to jump out!" busy. I think we've just about peaked our ability to pack everything in scale. I'm starting to realize that this lifestyle is very common with families that home-school. It's a busy life, but as a family we've never been so happy. Really. When the kids were in public school, Michael was at work and I was either working or going to school. We…
  • Cooking Times For Cupcakes

    Laurel Blow
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you found a really wonderful cake recipe that makes your taste buds sing? Now you can turn your cake recipe into a cupcake recipe whenever you want to, with one simple trick! I'm not going to drag this out and make you wait for it. The trick to adjusting the cooking times for cupcakes is to just fill your cupcake liners half-full and reducing the recipe time by one-half. Yes, it's that easy! I discovered how to alter the cooking times for cupcakes in one of my cookbooks, and I'm incredibly excited about it now. This opens up so many opportunities now! Basically I can make any of my…
  • Filling a Pastry Bag: 1 Easy Trick

    Laurel Blow
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    This quick trick makes piping chocolate or frosting so much easier! Filling a pastry bag always results in a mess and such a hassle! I can't begin to share how many times I've thrown in the towel (sometimes literally), because of the mess these pastry bags can make. Nothing irritates me more than a huge mess when I'm doing detailed projects. Once the outer-side of your pastry bag gets messy it's all down hill from there. Most people, when they first begin working with pastry bags, they try scooping their frosting into the bag with a spoon (I really wish I had a game show buzzer…
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    DIY Candy

  • Make Gold Removable Wall Decals

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    One of my biggest pet peeves is wasting craft supplies. Not like it happens on purpose but it really drives me crazy when I have extras of something and yet no idea what to do with it. Okay maybe that’s not wasting the actual supplies but it is wasting their potential. So when I woke up this...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesPatterned DIY Frames with Mod PodgeHow to Transfer Kids Art Onto CanvasEasy Tissue Paper DIY Wall Art 
  • Pineapple Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    Special Guest
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Happy March, DIY Candy friends! This is Liz from The Pretty Life Girls and I’m so excited for this new month because even though it is still below freezing outside my window, this change in the calendar means spring is getting closer! So, today I am sharing an amazing recipe to usher in...Read the rest here . . . »       Related Stories10 Tasty Margarita RecipesBaked Chocolate Pudding Cups RecipeCookie Exchange Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies 
  • St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes

    Special Guest
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:47 am
    Who loves a good joke here and there? Especially when it’s a super corny, St. Patrick’s Day one? Meee! I’m Vanessa Brady from Tried & True and I’m back to share these fun St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes with you. Whether your kids have direct roots to Ireland or...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesWoodland Animal Valentine TagsMake a Valentine’s Day Wreath – 20 Great Ideas!Vintage Valentine Wreath in 15 Minutes! 
  • Patterned DIY Frames with Mod Podge

    Special Guest
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Hi everyone! This is Sam from The Pretty Life Girls, here to share with you a simple project to change up some of those old picture frames you have around your house. These DIY frames were so fun and easy to make, and they add the best little pop of color to my house. What you need: Picture...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHow to Transfer Kids Art Onto CanvasEasy Tissue Paper DIY Wall ArtHow to Make Wine Cork Stamps 
  • How to Transfer Kids Art Onto Canvas

    Special Guest
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Hi guys!  Jennifer from Brave New Home here to share an easy and inexpensive way to both preserve and display your kids’ art. I focus on home design and DIYing home decor. Projects like these are some of my favorite because not only are you creating a new piece of art to display but...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesPatterned DIY Frames with Mod PodgeEasy Tissue Paper DIY Wall ArtReupholster a chair with colorful denim 
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • DIY cake stand from a thrift store tart plate

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Hi! It’s David from Cheltenham Road. Running Cheltenham Road my own, small, handmade business has a lot of challenges and one of them is how to display my products at craft shows. I’m a big fan of cake stands in general (mostly when they have cake on them) and they are great for the...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY Wine Charms with Free PrintableDIY scrapbook paper serving tray: nautical upcycleDIY balloon backdrop for a party 
  • CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong book review and giveaway

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    We’ve all done it. We’ve all had a craft that didn’t go as we planned – a “fail,” if you will. And that’s why my friend Heather of the popular blog Dollar Store Crafts also started a blog called CraftFail! If you haven’t been, it’s truly a...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesFun with Washi book review and giveawayA “year of dates” basket giveaway – $1,000 value!Take my reader survey – and win a great prize! 
  • Build your own marker holder

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    I’m really in love with the Kaisercraft “build your own” series of goodies. Have you seen them? They have bookends, home decor items, and even this marker and pen holder. Basically you receive a set of MDF pieces flat and wrapped in a package . . . and then you build it yourself...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY storage boxesDIY organization: vintage inspired enamel tagsVintage inspired enamel tags 
  • Make notecards with Mod Podge and glitter

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hello, Mod Podge fans! It’s Linda here, from burlap+blue, and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing another tutorial with you all! I don’t know about you all, but I love creating (and sending and receiving!) handmade notecards. But can you believe that I’ve never once used...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDecoupage cube DIY photo holderDecoupage with vintage fabric – DIY coastersEasy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day 
  • Decoupage with vintage fabric – DIY coasters

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hi there! It’s Shannon from Madigan Made again. I think I’ve shared this with you before, but I have a THING for vintage floral fabrics. I can’t help it. Every time I’m in a thrift store or antique shop, I head right for the scarves, linens and handkerchiefs. I love it when I find a...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesMake notecards with Mod Podge and glitterDIY scrapbook paper serving tray: nautical upcycleEasy glittered DIY photo frame for Valentine’s Day 
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    Imagine Oddly

  • Lasers and Bracers

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Video games are a huge influence today and one of the m […] The post Lasers and Bracers appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • When All You Have To Go On Is a Picture

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Cosplay is enjoying a wonderful time in the sun (finall […] The post When All You Have To Go On Is a Picture appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • New World Technique to an Old World Craft

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Pattern.  All Makers use them. From the new Foam Sm […] The post New World Technique to an Old World Craft appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • Trial and Error

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    The female form. Curvy, soft, and frustrating as all ge […] The post Trial and Error appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
  • Choosing the Right Leather

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Leather is wonderfully versatile.  It can be made into […] The post Choosing the Right Leather appeared first on Imagine Oddly.
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    Kiddy Crafty

  • 20 Easter Crafts for Toddlers

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    20 Easter Crafts for Preschoolers and Toddlers So my thoughts are turning to Spring and Easter. What is not to love about the colours of Spring, the hope of the plants breaking through. Daffodils for Spring and chicks and chocolate for Easter do i need to say anymore? Here are some ideas for Easter Crafts. […] The post 20 Easter Crafts for Toddlers appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for kids

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for Kids So to continue with the St Davids Day theme here are some Welsh crafts that you can get involved in with your little ones ready for the day. Beautiful daffodil pinwheels See full instructions at nuturestore.  St Davids day Card See full instructions here. Daffodil Magnet Here’s a […] The post St Davids Day Welsh Crafts for kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • St Davids Day Crafts Welsh Cakes

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    St Davids Day Well its St Davids Day tomorrow here in sunny Wales and Wales are also playing against France in rugby this afternoon, do you need any more Welsh in your weekend! St Davids Day (patron Saint of Wales) is celebrated on the 1st of March each year and we always get involved in making […] The post St Davids Day Crafts Welsh Cakes appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Make your own baby board books

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Make your own Baby Board Books Ive seen baby soft books for babies to play with and touch, crinkly pages, smiley faces but ive come across this idea on no time for flashcards which you can make yourself using your own photos so you can teach your little ones about emotions. I love this idea, […] The post Make your own baby board books appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 10 Sensory Craft projects for Kids

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Ive been looking for some sensory crafts that we can try with my little one. We have already tried the cloud dough that i posted earlier here and although it was messy it did open a new world of fun that both me and her could enjoy. So im eager to try more and here […] The post 10 Sensory Craft projects for Kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • New York, New York, It's a Wonderful Pop Up Card

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This is a wonderful New York skyline pop up card by Popupology. I opened their pdf in CorelDraw and added color to the buildings in several shades of grey. The grey gives the buildings more depth, I think, although you can't really see it in the photo. I printed the card, then cut and scored it with my Silhouette Cameo using registration marks. This design would be easy to hand cut,
  • Valentine Tea Light Lantern

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    A little present for your Valentine, an open top tea light lantern with hearts. The hearts are a modification of the lowercase "o" from a dingbat font called SexyRexy-Smitten.   Assembly is the same as for the daisy tea light lantern. Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio. Files download for free; pay what you wish for
  • Paper Globe of Slide Together Hearts

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I ran across an intriguing globe made of slotted triangles on CutOutFoldUp, a sort of ditrigonal icosidodecahedron.  I thought it would be interesting to see what it would look like with heart shapes rather than triangles.  This is what I came up with.  The perfect polyhedron valentine "card" for a math lover? If you use 5 different colors it is possible to construct a model in which no
  • Valentine Trifold Pop Up Card

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I've had this trifold pop up card sitting on the back burner for a long, long time.  It just wasn't going anywhere! This was as far as I had gotten with it, years ago.    I dragged it out last week and started messing about with it to make a print-and-cut, but I finally abandoned that. It's boring, the colors are off, and I don't like that the white from the back of the card shows on the
  • Conversation Heart Accordion Flip Card

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The devil is in the details of this conversation heart accordion card.  It's all about the embellishments! How to make a valentine accordion flip card  Download file set: PDF, SVG (how to use my files in Cricut Design Space), DXF, Silhouette Studio Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
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    Sewing Avenue

  • Camellia Top PDF Pattern Now Free in all sizes

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Exciting News As promised I am very pleased to announce that the awesome Camellia Top PDF pattern is ready for you all to download in sizes US 4-20, UK 8-24 and EU 34-52. This is the link to the pattern store page where you will find the Camellia Top in three different size ranges. Choose the one you need, fill in your email address and you will be able to get your FREE copy downloaded instantly. The smallest pattern in sizes US 4-10, has been available for a month now and has been very popular with many hundreds of happy sewing enthusiasts downloading the pattern to use. Now that all the…
  • Floral Fabric Designs

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Do you plan your fashion sewing projects season by season? My floral fabric stash As you know I love taking inspiration from the catwalk shows and designer’s latest looks. One of the key influences that I have noticed for this spring is definitely florals. Big bold prints along side tiny, fussy small ones. Both light on dark and pale on light backgrounds. I am excited about using all of the different styles in various sewing  projects. I’ve pinned some of my favourite floral inspiration pictures to share with you. They include designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de…
  • Sleeveless Shift Dress – End of the winter sewing

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    I have started a facebook group called sewing avenue and I would like to invite everyone to join me there where we can share fashion tips and photos. Sleeveless Shift Dress – Front Hello and welcome to my blog Sometimes the simplest garments are the ones which you reach for time and again. Dallia Shift Dress This navy blue sleeveless shift dress is from my Dallia Shift Dress pattern. I just know I will wear it over and over. I have modified it a bit by getting rid of the back centre seam in this version. If the dress had sleeves I think that it would need a back opening, either a button…
  • Dallia Shift Dress

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Hello and welcome to my blog Easy shift dress   Please leave any comments below. Also subscribe to the newsletter and follow me on google+, facebook, twitter and bloglovin to keep in touch.   Dallia Shift Dress Front View So iconic and every woman’s best friend but how did it all start, how did it come about? A quick google search for the shift dress will bring up so many choice options. You can have them with long, short or no sleeves, collars or no collars, round, ‘V’ or square neckline and in virtually any length and colour you choose. This is a classic and timeless…
  • Red Bodycon Dress

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Hello and welcome to my sewing blog How about a bit of scuba diving? I get very excited by innovation in fabric technology. It is moving very rapidly, especially in the field of sports wear and practical outerwear clothing manufacture. One of these relatively new fabrics which has made its way through the production process and is now both available to the home sewist and cheap enough to be affordable is Scuba. Red Bodycon Dress – Valentine’s Red A couple of weeks ago I took myself out on the first fabric shopping spree of 2015, and one of the fabrics I was very excited to find…
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