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  • Surprise! I’m Moving To…

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

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

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

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    rhonda
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You've probably seen the fake tattoo sleeves that they sell at the dollar store - but what if your costume requires specific tattoos?  If you have a need for custom fake tattoo sleeves in order to play a particular character, check out this tutorial from Laura at Is Laura.  The tutorial is in Italian, but the photos will walk you through it and you can also translate it to English with Google Translate if you need any further clarification. This is a great project for using nylons that have snags or runs, since you've cutting them into sections anyway!  [how to make a fake tattoo sleeve]…
  • DIY Ombre Tights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    tim holtz
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    one of the most versatile craft tools in my opinion are dies and embossing folders. media team mou saha shares a creative way to showcase that die cuts aren’t just for cards and scrapbook pages. combining these stylish designs with the colorful palette of distress results in a whimsical halloween project perfect to adorn your Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Tim Holtz: My Creative Journey Emma Williams:  Halloween Party Invitation Tammy Tutterow: Sugar Crackle Glazed Votives Jan Hobbins:  Halloween Mask Paula Cheney: Matchbox Halloween Collage Continue Reading
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  • A Truly 3D Film

    Krista Peryer
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Using a FormLabs Form 1 3D printer, artist Julien Maire has created a 3D-printed, truly 3D movie. And no need for those special 3D glasses, either. The artist’s new film Men At Work uses stereolithography, an additive manufacturing that produces one layer at a time by curing photo-reactive resin with […]Read more on MAKE
  • Exclusive First Look: Inventables’ Sleek New “3D Carving” Machine Is the Designer’s Dream CNC Router

    Mike Senese
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inventables wants to put CNC milling on designers’ desktops, and they are releasing a stylish machine called Carvey to help make it happen.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Tracking Planes with RTL-SDR

    David Scheltema
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Software-defined radios (SDR) are gaining in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why — using them, your computer can tune into in an enormous range of frequencies, including FM radio, unencrypted police and fire bands, aircraft transponders, and in many countries, digital TV. The most popular SDR devices for […]Read more on MAKE
  • East Bay Mini Maker Faire

    David Scheltema
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Last Sunday, the Park Day School and Studio One Art Center hosted the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. With over 170 makers showing off their latest projects and four stages packed with hours of presentations, the faire had something for everyone. One of the more exciting moments came from the […]Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Arduino-Controlled Halloween Props

    Jason Poel Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I worked out a system that lets you control all your animated Halloween props with a single microcontroller.Read more on MAKE
 
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  • links: misc

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

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

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

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

    megan
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    DIY Kits | Haptic Lab. These are city map prints that you use to create your own small quilt. I LOVE this. These are also available from Purl Soho. Molly’s Sketchbook: Breezy Friendship Bracelets – The Purl Bee. So easy and colorful. I’m late to the friendship bracelet renewal thing, I know. See also: Cashmere + Neon Friendship Bracelets. Cool Tools – Rapid Heat Ceramic Glue Gun. “It’s better than guns costing 5 times as much.” 5 Small & Simple Leather DIYs | Apartment Therapy.
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  • Moxie Fab Cactus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lucy
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello! It’s Lucy here again. It’s time for us to make a paper puncher frame! These are fun friendly frames for your kids to make. You can give one to your grandma, grandpa, or anyone you want. Supplies for Paper Punch Picture Frame: any piece of paper paper puncher optional: glue, crayons, scissors 1. First take the paper puncher. 2. Next start punching the holes. 3. After that, and you are done, you can draw a picture or glue on a photo. Now you are done. Have fun with your new picture frame! The post Craft a Paper Punch Picture Frame appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Cutest Ever Cinna-Mini Cookie Bites!

    Rachel
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Is there anything better than a treat in mini form? They are not only adorable but you feel like you can eat a million of them because they are zero calories right? Right. When I saw these cinna-mini cookie bites from Bakerella my mouth instantly started watering. I need these in my life. I am making them this week and you should too! Here are more tasty cookie recipes: Caramel Spice Thumbprint Cookies Reese’s Pieces Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies The post Cutest Ever Cinna-Mini Cookie Bites! appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Big Giveaway to Get Fit this Fall

    Marie
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Fall is the perfect time to enjoy cooler weather, get moving outdoors and burn calories to keep those holiday treats from weighing you down. Working out is always much more fun with a friend, so we’re giving away a FitBit Flex Wireless Wristband and a $100 Zappos.com Gift Card for both YOU and a friend! Get fit together with these awesome prizes worth $420!!! Now, if you’re not familiar with the awesomeness that is the FitBit, let me enlighten you. A FitBit is a small device that you wear on your wrist like a bracelet. During the day it tracks your steps, distance, and calories…
 
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  • a bear and a link

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

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

    amy k.
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    This is a fish taco from my kitchen. I used fish fillets (from a box in the freezer) and then greens, my daikon/carrot pickle, a sriracha-crema drizzle, and salsa. They were delicious. I'm not above using fish sticks. Especially the fish fillet ones. I heated the corn tortilla (wrapped in a wet paper towel in the microwave) before making these. Over the years it took me awhile to figure out how the make the corn tortillas hot/moist enough and this works great. These fish tacos are from Uno Mas. "Mojo de Ajo | Fresh Rockfish with Garlic Lime Marinade". This description was taken…
  • me = podcast interview on While She Naps

    amy k.
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    It was 6:00am my time when we recorded the podcast interview over at While She Naps. I'm on the left there, looking sleepy. (Photo by Amy Sly.) Abby interviewed Ellen Luckett Baker and me for episode #31 and I didn't even swear once. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here at the bottom of the page. Abby and Ellen have been blogging a long time and it was sure nice to reminisce with them about the good ol' days. Abby's epsiode list is pretty great—I'm flattered to be included in such good company. Abby provides so many great resources on her blog and has…
  • facial oils for changing seasons

    amy k.
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Fall is here and I am noticing my skin is drinking up the facial oils I make. I don't need them as much in the summer, but right about now, I just soak the moisture up. I have been selling these oils for a few years now (you can read all about them in this blog post) and they are rock solid. I'm really proud of them. I had a wonderful facial recently and the esthetician was very complementary of my skin and asked what I used— I was so happy to tell her it's what I make. For my skin, I like to switch between the Restorative and the Nourishing blend. For my hands, I keep an…
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  • Florence in photos part 2

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Hello and happy Monday to you out there! Hope you had a nice weekend. I'm back with a few more photos from Florence to share... Above...gelato, of course gelato... it's just so pretty, I can't resist taking photos. After sharing this one on facebook, Carolyn commented teaching us a lot about what to look for before choosing to eat any. You can read it here, but the cliff notes are that the gelato that makes for the prettiest pictures is likely not what you want to eat.  I found Florence to be beautiful, full of sights I wanted to remember. It's always fun to see what…
  • Florence in photos part 1

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Following the lead of some of my classmates (Amy, Robin, Ingrid anyone else secretly blogging?let me know!), I'm beginging to go through my photos (so many photos!) and group them to share. Here are some from Florence, where Amy and I went before going to Orvieto for class. I figured I should start with my favorite Florence photo above. I got lucky with a simple iphone pic taken at just the right moment, capturing the beautiful sunset and so much of Italy's romance and magic. I was standing near Ponte Vecchio looking toward Ponte alle Grazie. I could have stood there for…
  • these are a few of my favorite finds

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A favorite part of coming home from a trip is the unpacking of the souvenirs bought along the way. I tend to shy away from the typical souvenirs and look for some one of a kind items found usually in an antique shop or the occasional flea market, if I am lucky enough to stumble upon one. This trip didn't have much room (in time or suitcase) for much, but of course, that's not going to stop me from trying.  I found that red bordered religious paper under glass item at an antique bookstore in Rome. It was full of treasures galore. I also bought a few gifts there that I can't…
  • Italy travel journals in progress

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Last night I got out the two travel journals I'm working on for my Italy trip, and started trying to assess the situation. I couldn't resist taking a photo today of my growing pile of travel journals, each one representing a trip to another country. I have two for this past trip because Amy and I decided we wanted to have one to use as an example; ideas and different techniques used, and one we'd make alongside the class, using the exact supplies in their kit. One would include the days before and after class, and one for the week of class.  As always, I have succeeded in…
  • helllloooooo!

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Well, howdy strangers! How's it going?!? I've missed you and checking in here!   I'm back from 2 wonderful weeks in Italy. Oh Italy...you are so awesome. I got back late Tuesday night and have been a bit off (read:exhausted, jet lagged, in a travel coma...whatever explanation you prefer.) This picture (thanks Susan for the photo!) shows most of the gang in Orvieto where we met for the Adventures in Italy class Amy and I taught. Kristin and Bill were our amazing hosts and I have a million more pictures and stories to share, but wanted to thank Michelle, Robin, Leah, Ingrid,…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Photos Forgotten

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

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

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

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

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

  • KISS Garden Gnomes

    AmyLynn98
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Time for me to post one of my own crafts tonight: some garden gnomes I refinished into Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of KISS. Both of these guys were used and pretty worn when I got my geeky little hands on them. I used some Super Sculpey to smooth out some areas of Peter’s blousey sleeves, and then more to build up his boot tops, gauntlets and the front of his little shirt. For him, I used the Super Sculpey to smooth out where Gene’s vest and shirt ended, because he was going to have a pretty significant belt. All of this made him very front heavy. I wanted to use the tool handle…
  • Scott Pilgrim craft: Ramona Flowers hammer

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

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

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

    AmyLynn98
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    I think one of the cutest aspects of “Adventure Time” is all of the different “princesses” on the show. Case in point: Breakfast Princess. Lapine403‘s daughter, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wanted to be Breakfast Princess for the 2014 Calgary Expo. Lapine403 said this was a pretty simple costume to make: a circle skirt over a tutu with wire from a pop-up hamper for structure. The pieces of toast are 2″ foam with pillow covers out of a polyester suede. They are pinned to a tank top so she can remove and keep them as pillows. Adventure Time breakfast Princess
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    house on hill road

  • The Beginnings of an Improv Proverbial Quilt

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tempat Kuliner Khas Jogja

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

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

  • Four Picture Books You’ll Love

    Design Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. Last month I wrote a post about four picture books we’ve added to our library, and this month I thought it would be fun to share another four. As you may remember, I’m trying to write less posts this year, but keep them packed with content, so sharing 4 books once each month, instead of one small book post each week could be a great solution! 1)  First up, The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey. Written by Sophie Strady, with illustration by Jean-Francois Martin. Such a cool book! And totally unusual. There’s a storyline you…
  • Living With Kids: Revisiting Haeley Giambalvo

    Design Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Candice Stringham for hayneedle.com and Design Improvised. You might remember the cute Chicago condo I featured a while back, owned by Haeley and her husband, and adored by their two little girls. She mentioned in her interview that she was moving to San Antonio, and the loveliest thing happened: a few readers reached out to lend their advice, support, and eventual friendship! If ever I needed a burst of positivity to remind me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a nurturing community, this would be it. So it’s with a huge smile that I welcome back Haeley in…
  • Host an Etsy Trunk Show!

    Design Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Small Business Saturday® and Etsy.  Small Business Saturday is coming up next month — on November 29th. I try to announce it every year. As a small business owner myself, I feel supportive of my peers, but I also care about the day because small business has consistently been part of my family life — my parents, and especially my father, always had a small business going on to supplement his teaching income. And the small business gene is something my siblings and I seem to have inherited. Among my brothers and sisters, I think we have…
  • Report from France

    Design Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    By Gabrielle. Images from Olive’s Instagram. Video by Ralph. As promised, here is a little report about Olive and Ralph and their experience in France this semester. Olive has been in France since September 1st. She’s young (she turned 13 the week before she moved), and we knew this might not work for her, so we were prepared to fly her back home if she wasn’t thriving. But so far, she seems to LOVE it. She’s staying with our dear friend, Caroline, and Olive says she’s amazed how fast dinner clean up goes with fewer people in the house. Hah! I love that…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How was your week? Mine was good! On Monday night, Ben Blair and I went to dinner with Brad and Kristi Montague, the couple that writes and produces the fantastic Kid President videos. The dinner totally pumped me up! Such a talented, sincere, hardworking couple. I’ve been thinking about the evening ever since. The second happy thing: The weather has finally cooled down here a bit! It’s hovering around 70 — I realize that’s still totally mild, but it feels closer to fall than it did last week. : ) And speaking of fall, we are…
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    Happy Zombie

  • Beyond Neutral

    Monica
    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

    Monica
    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

    Monica
    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…
  • Super-size me box bag

    Monica
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought a new travel-iron, so first my order of business was to make a cozy, protective bag for it. Pretty much the iron was an opportunity to make something cute and useful. There are 18 gazillion patterns and tutorials for box bags, but the tutorial (by Stacy Schlyer) I found most helpful is from the PBS show “Sew It All“.   The tutorial is short and to the point, and the illustrations are clear and easy to understand (huge thumbs up to the illustrator!). I read by illustration so this tutorial was perfect for me. I used my own measurements and made a jumbo, super-sized me…
  • It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot!

    Monica
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot in Portland this coming Monday!! (I wonder if I’ll get a key to Fabric Depot?) Come hang out from noon to 2:00 on 18 July 2014, at Fabric Depot in Portland for a little meet-n-greet with Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud9 Fabric’s Creative Director) and me! We’ll be chatting, talking about fabric, and sewing, and showing my new Sew Yummy collection and saying hello. Won’t you come?  I’ll have a few Sew Yummy goodies, too!  Read all about our visit on the Fabric Depot blog post. Oh, and did I mention that Sew Yummy will be…
 
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    SouleMama

  • hats, mittens, and scarves go here

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

    SouleMama
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Oh that pull to come inside is getting stronger and stronger! And with it, of course, the need to nest - to cozy up our spaces, to freshen things up, and to make sure that all the little corners of...
  • w e e k e n d i n g

    SouleMama
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    After sunshine and balmy temperatures yesterday, today is damp and chilly. Just perfect, I think, for a cozy day spent in front of the fire. I wish you, too, a lovely end to your weekend!
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Conscious Clothing

    SouleMama
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Conscious Clothing. In Rose's words: "Handmade, hand dyed organic clothing for women and children. Specializing in hemp, organic cotton and bamboo, locally made and ethically source. Visit our shops for adults...
  • {this moment}

    SouleMama
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:39 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

  • Four things

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

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

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

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    What a weekend. I charged through Thanksgiving, Myrie’s first birthday party, a quick sail, and tons of cooking and family and it was the very best kind of busy,  although I feel now like having a little lie down. Still, you come here for the wool, so let me tell you about the sweater.  Myrie, my little niece (I bet even though you don’t know her, you remember her blanket) celebrated her birthday this weekend. My relationship with Myrie is a different one than I have with my nephews. Both the boys (Hank and Lou) live close by, and we’ve been lucky to have a lot of them.
  • It’s a good day to be a knitter

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I’ve been going full steam ahead on Minni, and I’m delighted to announce that after much effort and no end of fiddling around, it’s almost done. I finished the sleeve the other evening. I stayed up way too late, practically nodding off in the chair, with Joe suggesting repeatedly that I give up and send myself to bed, but I was so close, and you know how it goes… one more row… Yesterday I picked up the million stitches that I cast on provisionally so long ago, and as I went back and forth to my meeting on the streetcar yesterday, it was somehow finished.  This…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Octobers Plush Of The Month Club

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Bag Class and a Giveaway!

    Betz White
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Last month I got in front of the camera again with Craftsy to shoot an all new class for you! I’ve been hinting about it here and there for a while but now I’m officially allowed to spill the beans!   My newest class is all about constructing beautiful duffle bags customized with fabric and features for traveling in style. In Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel, you’ll learn to sew professional looking travel bags with great details including exterior pockets with hardware closures, zippered and divided interior pockets, fully enclosed seams and eye-catching fabric…
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament #2: Snow Globe

    Betz White
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Introducing the Snow Globe Ornament, pattern #2 in the Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! Members, check your email inboxes today! Create a miniature winter wonderland for your tree! The Snow Globe Ornament depicts a cozy cottage in the snow, framed by a small embroidery hoop with sparkling flakes falling all around. You can personalize it by stitching a name or the year on the back. Each pattern comes with a stitch glossary with diagrams to teach you these basic embroidery stitches…or to refresh your memory! I used tiny rhinestones for the falling snow but clear sequins would looks very…
  • Blog Tour Round Up: Week 1

    Betz White
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Special thanks to this week’s Blog Tour Participants! Check out their beautiful projects made from Present Perfect. Everything looks amazing! It thrills me to no end to see what people are making!   Visit this week’s bloggers to read their full posts on each project made: 1. Sew Mama Sew – Make & Bake Apron FREE excerpt – Mon, 10/6 2. Stacy Sews – Falling Leaves Appliquéd Placemats – Tue, 10/7 3. House on Hill Road – Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel Set – Wed, 10/8 4. A Happy Stitch – Sweet Life Pillow – Thu, 10/9 5. Sew Sweetness – Wool Courier Bag –…
  • Blog Tour Announced: Present Perfect!

    Betz White
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Today we’re kicking off the official Blog Tour for Present Perfect! Every weekday from now through October 21 you’ll see a variety of projects from the book as sewn by a fabulous line up of bloggers! To start things off with a bang, my friends at Sew Mama Sew are offering you a FREE excerpt project from Present Perfect and two chances to win your very own copy of the book! So click on over to Sew Mama Sew to download the Make and Take Apron project then follow along for the next couple weeks with the schedule below.     I’m extra excited about this tour…
  • Spoonflower Fabric + Present Perfect Giveaway!

    Betz White
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Spoonflower is featuring my book, Present Perfect, in their give-away this week! Head on over to Spoonflower to enter by Tuesday October 7th 2014 for a chance to win a copy of the book and three yards of custom-printed Eco Canvas!   To give you an idea of the book and the fabric up for grabs, I thought I’d whip up a little project from Present Perfect. This is the Cargo Tablet Sleeve, shown here in Spoonflower’s Eco Canvas. Eco Canvas is 100% polyester made with 45% recycled content. The print is something I designed and I’m still tweaking, more on that later. Look at…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Editorial Submission :: Gerardo Suzán

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

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

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

    Kate Leonard
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    We’re all guilty at some point of not managing our time as effectively as we could have done. Whether you’re running late for a university submission, deadline for a client is looming or just finding it hard to keep on top of your to do’s maybe creatively managing your time better is something you could improve. Now you don’t need to make major changes to your routine to manage your time better, simply by bringing just some of the tips I have here into your creative day you’ll be surprised just how well you can meet those deadlines on time stress free. 1 .
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Jamie McKelvie

    Andy Yates
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If I was creating a new super-hero team, or relaunching an old super-hero comic book, the person I’d first think of to design/re-design my character’s costumes would be the great British artist Jamie McKelvie! He’s the one behind the excellent new costume designs of Captain Marvel, AKA Carol Danvers, and the wildly popular new version of Ms. Marvel, AKA Kamala Khan. You can see the design sheets posted above. McKelvie has been steadily producing some of the best conceived cover designs/art for many of Marvel Comics’ recent titles, including Ms. Marvel, Nightcrawler,…
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    Doll

  • more October fish

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

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

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

    mimik
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    WooHoo! Remember this? Me working on prototypes for ornaments for West Elm? Well, they are now available online! I am SO excited! I haven’t seen them in person yet but they look very close to my originals- Their version- girl, boy. Theirs are machine stitched but they are really close and certainly retain the look- I am completely thrilled! There is also a moose, a bear and a racoon.  
  • copper haired tattooed man

    mimik
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    He also went to Washington DC with me but did not find a home so he will be in the etsy shop in the next few days. I am very busy filling up the shop with all my show inventory. It is quite a job but hopefully all done by the end of the week. Amazing fabric= fantastic tattoos!    
 
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    Spirit Cloth

  • A shift in perspective in the Wind

    jude
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
       A change of season brings shift,  You can feel it. You can see it. The same landscape transforms before your eyes.  More than a new place, it is like having new eyes.  I drew myself as a tree.  Just a doodle. Thoughts about the evolution of vision.  Self as season. Not yet fully formed. Trying to understand the scope of the self portrait.   Today there was also a shift in nine.     Today, the cloth and I, we are leaning into November.  
  • A path to winter

    jude
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    With sudden shifts in warm and cold, it is still green here, but thinning. Today there are two fires burning.  We share that going into this season, we simply have enough wood.  The studio will be heated  for the early part of the day. Then shut down  in late afternoon.  We are settling into  just going  as the chill moves in.  Being content with what needs to be done.  Less outdoors, more indoors.  Soul-o has claimed a nest on top of the loom  in the warm studio hours.  We have breakfast and  start our day at 5…
  • a new kind of Season

    jude
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    And then. Nine leaves over New York City One moment over another. Order over chaos. Oh I love imagining everyone looking up and seeing this.  
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    Wooster Collective

  • WK Pop-Up + Book Release

    woostercollective.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    You are invited to celebrate a WK Interact Pop-Up Exhibition featuring the Book Release of WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the Launch of WK & KLINIK’s Partnership. Date: 10/21/2014 Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Location: 22 Little West 12th Street (Between Washington Street and 9th Ave.) Music by: Alexander Dexter-Jones RSVP: sociallyacclaimed@gmail.com
  • Viavia Project

    woostercollective.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Protection: The protector of emigrants This is a shout out to all the people around the world risking their lifes every day trying to cross borders in any possible way, in the illusion of finding a better life for them and their families. ... this is a silent scream of anger to all the people sitting in their chairs of power who do absolutely nothing to solve these problems and just able to protect their interests and profits instead of protecting people. Painted in the South of Italy in conjunction with the ViaVai Project in Racale, Salento, Puglia. The South of Italy is one of the main…
  • Vinz in Switzerland

    woostercollective.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    From Vinz: The world in which we live advances fast. Too fast. It forces us to take decisions constantly. The stress that we suffer leads us to doubting on what paths to take. That leads to Anxiety. But we cannot be still. We must go on, break barriers, to see beyond walls and to continue ahead. I hope that you like it. Saludos and Feel Free!    
  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH

    woostercollective.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show

    woostercollective.com
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
 
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  • #ReRosas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Collab Painting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life and the Journal

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

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

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

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

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

  • Biker Belt

    Barn R.
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Second one I've done, getting pricey but you want bling got to expect it
  • Chermoula Paste

    A Bite To Eat
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Chermoula paste/marinade/sauce is really versatile and adds so much flavour and punch to so many dishes. It is great with fish, chicken, vegetables. The quantity in this recipe will be enough for a dish for 4 people, but if you double the quantites and store any leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for a week and add to whatever you like. In the picture above we have added it to a potato, leaf and olive salad, it is immediately transformed into a wonderful flavousome salad. Try it with chickpeas and roast veg, mix into roast vegetables and cous cous – it perks everything up.
  • Smoked Mackerel, Beetroot And Apple Fritters

    A Bite To Eat
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    The apple tones down the metallic taste of the mackerel and the earthiness of the beetroot – perfect summer evening dinner. feeds 4
  • 7 Tips For Hand Applique

    Becky
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Applique by hand can be tricky. I am not one that loves the slow process of cutting, and hand sewing and tend to keep to the smaller projects if I go there. After hitting a couple of problems, and thinking that a few of you out there might be having similar issues….I have come up with a list that helped me.
  • Holiday Mug Rug

    Becky
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    These would be great for quick presents, house warming presents for holiday meals, or under your Santa drink and cookies for the special night.
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney Frozen Christmas story Advent calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • These Are a Few of My Favorite (Spooky!) Things

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

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

    rackycoo
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This weekend, whip up a few faux tombstones and transform your exterior for spooky Halloween fun! TheMistressT injected a bit of humor into her headstones. For example, the grave pictured on the left memorializes “Hugh Jass”. Ready for Halloween?
  • CrafTATstic Crafty Tattoos: Featured Artist Katrina Polacek

    kittykill
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Finding the right person for a crafty tattoo can be a challenge. You want someone who can capture your style and take your idea from a simple line drawing to a beautiful work of art. Katrina Polacek does just that. Her tattoos are vibrant, personal and captivating. This crafty tattoo is just one example of […]
  • October 15, 2014 Featured Projects

    sweets4ever
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them! Teensy-Weensy Greenhouse by pottermouth Faux Taxidermy – introducing […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Tutorial Tuesday - Collector Necklace

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

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

    TesoriTrovati
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations haezz! You have won a $15 Gift Certificate from Tari at Clay Buttons. Please send Tari an e-mail with your information.________________________________________________________________________________Every month I…
  • ABS Editors Take the Challenge

    Heather Powers
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
     The Art Bead Scene editors have jumped in the ring this month and played along to create beads and jewelry for the October Monthly Challenge. We love creating for the challenge just as much as you - the artwork for each month is filled with inspiration. It's fun to see how so many different creative minds interpret the same source.Don't forget this month we have switched things up a bit with a Pinterest board to enter your photos and a new category for beadmakers. You can read about this month's challenge here. Have you started your challenge piece? If not, pull out those beads -…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Lindsay Starr + Dana Swisher + Jan Onipenco

    TesoriTrovati
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I don't know when I have ever seen a more perfectly literal translation of the challenge inspiration painting! The colors in this palette are a real challenge for most of us, so we might select one or two to focus on. Not Miss Lindsay! She attacked this challenge head on! She started with that deep indigo tree, the freeform stitching she used is perfect to mimic that organic shape. She used what she had and solved some problems with the potential collapse of the white tree branches by stitching in some perfect pumpkin colored lampwork. What I also love is that Miss Lindsay gives close up…
 
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    Laurie
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 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 photos ~…
  • Easy DIY Kids Halloween Costumes

    Laurie
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    This Halloween make an original, easy, DIY costume your kids will love to wear and you’ll be proud to show off. You'll be amazed how easy it can be to throw together a costume that looks fabulous, is totally wearable, and comes without a ton of hassle since most items will most likely already be in your home. Here are 8 ideas!keep reading
  • 8 Trunk or Treat Ideas featuring ANIMAL Themes

    Laurie
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Every year my church hosts a trunk or treat and I love seeing all the trunk or treat car decorations.  It is typically a night to decorate your car for Halloween and go trick or treating from car to car instead of door to door.  The kids love it and it's a fun way to see all our friends in one place.   If you're attending a trunk and treat this year I've hooked you up with some over-the-top car & trunk decorations complete with Halloween pictures for you to be inspired from.  Trunk or Treat 1 [...]keep reading
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Decorating Your Home with Black and White Photos

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

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

    Anum
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What’s Halloween without creative costumes and lots of sweet treats! Here are some simple and stylish ideas to inspire you in your party planning. Featured Tiny Prints invitation: Scary Fun Images: Candy Bags, Straws, Bat Pumpkin, Décor, Marshmallow Pops a
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • FREE SHIPPING today on Crafty Chica products!

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

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

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    16 Jun 2013 | 11:12 pm
    http://craftychica.comIt's been three months since I moved over to WordPress and I'm loving it! I've had a LOT of new blog posts - I hope you're not missing them! If you stopped receiving daily emails from me, that means you need to resign up on my new blog.Here is how to do that: 1. Go to http://craftychica.com.2. Click on any project on the home page.3. Look to the right column and under my picture, you'll see a box that says "SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL" - simply enter your email and you're set! (OR you can subscribe at Bloglovin)In the meantime, here are some recent projects!Dyed Holographic…
  • Please join me at my new CraftyChica.com site!

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

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

  • Trick Your Pumpkin

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

    Kim
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. The fall season does this to me every year. I suddenly think I need to bake quick breads for weekend breakfasts. Because there are no calories on weekends, right? Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bread Recipe We all know I LOVE peanut butter (like these cake mix peanut butter brownies) and it’s healthier if it has peanut […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials…
  • Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter Recipe

    Kim
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. I remember smearing this on my toast as a young girl and thought it was the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted! This is a fall favorite and this Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter Recipe is a good one! It ranks right up there with my Crockpot Apple Butter!  Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter Recipe – Homemade […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Holiday Ready | Link Party Palooza

    Kim
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. This Link Party Palooza is one of my go to places I go to look for inspiration! I love the raw talent and ideas being churned out week after week. So many great ideas to get you Holiday Ready! Holiday Ready! The holidays are definitely looming and I know many of you are starting to […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Tinker Crate Activity Kits for Kids

    Kim
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Oh I wish I would have had this Tinker Crate Activity Kits for Kids when my son was small! It would have been perfect for him and his friend who was usually over. Look at these two little stinkers! This was my son and his best friend (next door neighbor)  in 2004 and my job was […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
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    Vanilla Joy

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • oh, vermont!

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

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

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

    charlotte
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There's a summer storm brewing outside. It's rumbling in fits and starts like an old car trying to get up a rough hill. The ride down the other side is going to be fast and wild. Love these mercurial weather...
  • autumn vermont getaways

    charlotte
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Given the interest in New England's autumn weather and colors, we are hosting two weekend sessions of our getaway this time. The theme will be Houses. More to come on that later. Additionally each weekend features a guest artist. The...
 
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    Gerdiary

  • swt No. 2 again

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

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

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

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

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

  • On a Silver Platter

    Diana Prichard
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    It’s no secret that I have an obscene love of food. What most people don’t know however, is how much [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • A sampling of greatness

    Erika Jurney
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    From the deep end of the Try Handmade Flickr Pool: Teapot by dkpottery Necklace by FemmePetal Button bracelet by Poor [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Bridbird

    Erika Jurney
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Bridbird: These three lovely ladies are female Satin Bowerbirds. The male of this species of Australian bird is an amazing [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Jelli Burlesque Miss Coco

    Erika Jurney
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    I can’t stop laughing long enough to write a suitable description for this doll. I.Love.It. Do I really need to [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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    Hammermarks

  • Two Chances to Update Your Jewelry Box

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

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

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

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

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    As I mentioned last week, we were recently on vacation in Quebec. While we were in Montreal, we went in search of a book store for my hubby while we were waiting for the Musée des Beaux Arts to open … Continue reading →
 
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    VERY SHANNON

  • SEWING || BABY BOY BIMAA GIFT SET

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

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

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

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

    Very Shannon
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    © Brooklyn Tweed / Jared FloodOur 2 week extension is over and it's time for our annual Summer Sweater Knit Along Giveaway!!!!I know how much you guys love the giveaway post from the SSKAL and this years does not disappoint! There are definitely going to be some lucky winners this year!!! So well deserved with all the amazing knitting that has been going on!First I have to give a big thank you to our official Summer Sweater Knit Along Sponsor - Brooklyn Tweed! There support has been amazing!!!! Jared Flood is one of my top sources of inspiration and his gorgeous yarns and collections,…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Scrapbook How-To: Use Sequins for a Celebratory Accent

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

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

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

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

    creatingkeepsakes
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Don’t be shy with your pattern choices. Bold patterns like the ones Laura Vegas used on her Family layout for Scrapoboking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza can look fantastic together. If you’re nervous about mixing patterns, try them out on an accent like the hearts. The torn edges of the papers break up the different patterns and help them work well together. This is also a great technique to help you use every bit of your favorite patterned papers. Family layout by Laura Vegas for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza Create the look: Step 1: Choose chipboard shapes and…
 
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Rustic + Elegant Wedding at Serenbe

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

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

    Erin
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We love Fridays especially when they end an inspiring week like Bridal Fashion Week! From the gorgeous gowns and headpieces, fabulous florals and more, our hearts are filled to the brim with love for the beautiful world of weddings. Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy our favorite links! xo {Floral Design by Peony & Plum captured by Stephanie Williams via 100 Layer Cake} A few of our favorites from the week: 14 DIY furniture makeover ideas. Celebrate adopt a shelter dog month with homemade dog treats. This pumpkin crate display would be a lovely addition to a fall wedding. The most…
  • Cozy Autumn Wedding in Deer Valley

    Ami
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    With striking yellow aspens, a light dusting of fallen snow, and crisp Park City weather as the backdrop, you know that Erin and Brandon’s fall fete was going to be lovely. Add in event design from one of our absolute favorites—Michelle Leo Events—loads of candlelight, and lush ivory florals from Urban Chateau Floral and you have something truly spectacular. A neutral color palette of brown, gold, and gray allows the beautiful interior of the Montage Deer Valley to shine, and we love the decor, which boasts both a nod to autumn with whitewashed pumpkins and a bit of whimsy with…
  • Romantic French-Inspired Wedding Ideas

    Ami
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ethereal and elegant, this inspiration shoot may be set in Miami, but it evokes the spirit of France! Kiss the Planner and Anthology Co. dreamed up a Parisian wonderland in Villa Woodbine. A chic neutral color palette brings to mind the architecture of the City of Lights, and pops of deep red and cornflower blue add color to the scene. We adore the classic gold invitations from Artistic Calligraphy and are absolutely head over heels for the gray and ivory cake from Earth and Sugar that’s the perfect blend of modern and sophisticated. Enjoy the timeless images from Melanie Gabrielle…
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    FaveCrafts.com Articles

  • Elsa's Frozen Inspired Afghan

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    When the weather turns blustery, curl up with Elsa's Frozen Inspired Afghan. Perfect for fans of the popular Disney movie, this afghan is great for those long nights when you just want to relax and let your worries go! Worked up to look like rows of fans, this afghan is made using the popular V-stitch and shell stitch, making it easy for beginners as well as advanced crocheters. So whether you're curling up on a dreary day or you're having a movie night with the family, this afghan is the perfect way to keep your toes nice and warm!
  • Painted Desert Sunset Afghan

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Made up of a variety of stunning granny squares, this Painted Desert Sunset Afghan is an amazing crocheted afghan that would look great in anyone's home. Use the provided yarn suggestions or gather up your own yarn stash and power through it in no time with this beautiful stash-busting afghan. The different-sized granny squares in this pattern will keep any crochet fan on their toes, and the bright and fun yarn colors will help you instantly take any room in your home from drab to fab.
  • Home for the Holidays Afghan

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Give your home that warm welcome feel with this Home for the Holidays Afghan. Made to look like a woven blanket, this crocheted afghan is perfect for snuggling up with on Christmas morning. You could also whip up this blanket as a gift for a loved one or use it for an evening spent snuggling with the one you love. By combining crochet and weaving skills, you can create an afghan reminiscent of blankets you may have found at your grandma's house. Perfect for adapting to suit other color combinations as well, this afghan is the perfect way to enjoy the cooler winter months ahead.
  • Free Craft eBooks

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Find all our free downloadable crafting eBooks, including Budget Craft eBooks, Home Decor eBooks and holiday craft eBooks. In each eBook, you'll find easy-to-follow craft projects.
  • Latest Free Craft eBooks

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Find the newest free craft eBooks from FaveCrafts.com. Download and print the craft project collection for easy reference while crafting.
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    FaveCrafts

  • 117 Festive Holiday Craft Ideas

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

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

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

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

    FaveCrafts
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I always spend too much money on craft supplies.  I love browsing the shelves of my local craft store looking for the next best thing…however, I don’t always have a ton of money to actually spend on supplies…which is why I LOVE felt!  Priced at no more than $1.00 per sheet, sometimes WAY cheaper, felt offers a great solution to creating adorable crafts for pennies on the dollar.  You can sew it, glue it, and even use it to create adorable hair accessories.  Versatile and available in tons of colors and styles, felt is a great go-to…
 
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    Merriment Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Psychedelic Stripes Party Cake

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

    Deborah Beau
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Yay! It’s pumpkin season again! I don’t know about you, but I love to see the beautiful displays of colorful squash in grocery stores at this time of year. All those deep yellows, oranges and reds, it’s such a treat for the eyes! Orange is actually one of my favorite colors, so it’s hardly surprising that I love this part of Fall. I’m a Leo, I crave the warmth of the sun and seek solace in nature’s autumnal golds when it disappears. Orange is a happy color, it’s uplifting, energizing and positive – I vote for more of it in our lives! Orange for kids, what do you think? Do you…
  • Spooky Halloween Tea Bag Printables

    Eva Monleon
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Enjoy a ghostly tea party this Halloween with these spooky tea bag holders! The printable set includes four different potions to choose from as well as a blank template to customize your own monster and potion. The colorful and healthy brews are concocted using herbal tea infusions. The printable template allows you to pick your poison from the following: Finest Stewed Bat: Moon Beams, fresh Slime of a Snail, toasted Chicken Toenails and Bat Wings. Spider Venom: natural Werewolf Chest Hair, chopped Earthworms, Moth Dust and Cobweb Shreds. Ghost Whisper: fresh Dragon’s scale, Sleepy…
  • Beauty School Beehive Party Favors

    Rachel Faucett
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Throw the ultimate pajama party with DIY Beauty School Beehive Party Favors! These confident little gals are not afraid to take fashion risks. I mean, to rock a beehive you have to possess some serious inner awesome, right? Make the craft even more awesome with Rolli, a super fun new line of rolling stamps. The tiny printing press goes beyond the traditional stamp—it’s more like a multi-surface printer. You can roll insanely precise patterns on just about anything. Let your kids run wild with a handful of Rolli stamps and make the project their own! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to fill…
  • Create Framed Prints From Your Phone

    Rachel Faucett
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Ok, so let’s get one thing straight — I’m not a pro photographer. I’m your average smartphone clicker that uses all the basic filters. But even though I am not a professional, I really love to capture my kids in their everyday. I take tons of photos of my children, always in pursuit of those authentic moments when their true personality shines through. On a recent family beach trip, I busted out my phone for an impromptu photo shoot. As my husband and I reviewed the images, we decided that these were some seriously frame-worthy family photos. And that’s when we were introduced to…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Fleece Dog Coat size Large pdf Pattern

    Dorinda
    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

    Dorinda
    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

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

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

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

  • Blog Redesign FAQ

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

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

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

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

    Trish Poolson
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hello again.  I’m Trish from notes of sincerity and am so excited to share my latest tutorial with you today.  I just love creating simple and fun quilt patterns using Moda’s fabulous pre-cuts.  Today’s tutorial will be using a Color Me Happy by V and Co. layer cake and just a smidge of yardage.  Shall we get started?! blocks: Color Me Happy Layer Cake centers of log cabin blocks: 1/4 yard Bella Solids – bleached white 97 sashing and borders: 1 1/4 yard Bella Solids – Popsicle corner stones and binding: 3/4 yard Color Me Happy Multi backing: 4 yards Bella…
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    How Does She

  • 20 Mini-Missions to Improve Your Life in 1 Minute or Less

    Kathryn Thompson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Every huge act of Awesome starts with just one Drop. I’m a big believer in how small things can generate amazing results. They build on each other over time and they build momentum so the more you do, the more you want to do. Here are twenty mini-missions you can do in a minute or less that will make you happier and lead you to bigger and better things: 1. Square Breathing – Find a quiet place and breathe in for four slow counts, hold the breath for four slow counts, breathe out for four slow counts, and hold it out for four. This calms your mood and oxygenates your brain to help…
  • Get Your Spook On! – Top 13 Family Halloween Movies

    Andrea
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    It’s almost Halloween and nothing says Halloween more than some scary movies (and a few fun size Snickers bars). So get your popcorn, curl up under a blanket, and prepared for varying levels of fear. We’ve linked the movies to Amazon. We love being able to watch instantly for FREE (if you have Amazon Prime). If you don’t have Amazon Prime already, you can get a FREE 30 day trial here. (Note. We tried to pick family friendly film, but due to the nature, we suggest screening each before you let your kiddos join in on the fun!) 1. Hocus Pocus 2. Adam’s Family  3.
  • 40+ Healthy Snacks for Kids!

    Katie
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Whether it’s after school or on the weekends, we’re always on the lookout at this house for some easy and healthy snacks. How about you?  Here’s 40 amazing ideas that should help us all out!  I know my kids are seriously going to drool over these ideas…. 1.  Fruit Kabobs.  A great healthy snack, that is simply irresistible! 2.  Frozen Yogurt Pops! Those look yummy enough for me to eat! 3. Apple and Grape Car Snacks.  I can pretty much guarantee this snack will be eaten! So fun! 4. Butterfly Snack Bags. These will fly off the cookie sheet they will be so popular!
  • Butternut Squash Kale Pasta

    Ana Helena Campbell
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    I am a huge fan of butternut squash and kale– I just love the combination of texture, color, and flavor.  It is a great way to start any dish, really. I have had them for breakfast by adding some sunny side eggs, I have had them in stews and soups, with a warm bowl of quinoa, and I have wanted to try them  with some pasta. Dinners don’t have to be complicated. We also don’t have to feel like every pasta dish we make  needs to be served with some sort of a sauce. This pasta has no tomato or cream base sauce, but the key is to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil and…
  • 20 DIY Gift Ideas for Nearly Everyone on your List!

    Katie
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Handmade gifts are a great option when your budget is tight, when you need a little personalization, or when you’re buying for the hard to buy for person.  Here’s some easy to make gift ideas for nearly everyone on your list! 1.  Picture Frame with Monogram.  Do you have any newlyweds or families on your gift list? This would be perfect for them!   2.  DIY Sharpie Mugs. Would be fun for a grandparent gift! 3.  These are perfect for the hard to buy for tween or teen! Ombre Chevron Necklace. 4.  Mason Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial. Perfect friend gift for the seamstress in…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

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

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

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

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

    Valerie
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Halloween with Kids: Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Spooktacular Playtime Fun! This guide to celebrating Halloween with kids is made up of posts from our team of amazing writers for the Inner Child Fun network of sites. We think you will enjoy getting to know our writers for Inner Child Learning, Inner Child Food, and Inner […]
 
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Knit a Gift or Charity Project Baby Will Never Outgrow: Knitted Baby Blanket Patterns

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

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

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

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Baby sleep sacks (sometimes referred to as "buntings" or "cocoons") are a very practical piece of clothing to knit for babies, especially newborns and premature infants. They are a great alternative to blankets for keeping babies warm. They also work well for newborns because of their love of swaddling.
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    Chezlin

  • First Real Reupholster Project

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

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

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

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

    chezlin
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    *dusts off this ol’ blog again* Hey guys, it’s been quite a while since my last post and a lot has happened since then. For those of you who would check up on my blog to see if I have been posting, thank you for checking in and I’m sorry I abandoned this thing for so long. I have quite a few projects to post and many ideas churning in my head, so I should be back to posting normally soon, so please stay tuned!
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Quick Halloween Craft: Glowing Ghosts

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

    rhonda
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You've probably seen the fake tattoo sleeves that they sell at the dollar store - but what if your costume requires specific tattoos?  If you have a need for custom fake tattoo sleeves in order to play a particular character, check out this tutorial from Laura at Is Laura.  The tutorial is in Italian, but the photos will walk you through it and you can also translate it to English with Google Translate if you need any further clarification. This is a great project for using nylons that have snags or runs, since you've cutting them into sections anyway!  [how to make a fake tattoo sleeve]…
  • Make Paper Bag Jack-O-Lanterns

    rhonda
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Need bags for your Halloween treats?  If you've got paper lunch sacks in your cupboard, you can easily turn them into these cute jack-o-lanterns!  Sara from Confetti Sunshine drew a different face on each of these bags, creating an amusing assortment of expressions.  You could churn out w hole stack of these fairly quickly with an assembly-line-style process, and it would be a great project for enlisting the assistance of kids!  [make DIY paper bag jack-o-lanterns] Project estimate: Paper bags, on hand or $1 Paint, on hand or $1 and up Sharpie, on hand Candy, on hand or $1 and up…
  • Make Halloween Pencil Toppers

    rhonda
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Less than two weeks to go util Halloween!  If you still have crafting to do, the clock is ticking, but luckily you still have plenty of time left to make these adorable pencil toppers from Nina at Waffle Flower!   You can run with this idea in so many different directions, because there are a ton of ways you could dress these up with different faces and embellishments.  Which one is your favorite?  [how to make Halloween pencil toppers] Project estimate: Pencils, on hand or $1 Foam balls, $1 Felt, on hand or $1 Googly eyes, on hand or $1 String, on hand or $1 Hot glue, on hand Total:…
  • Haul Video: Non-Food Halloween Treats for the Teal Pumpkin Project

    rhonda
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Halloween is just two weeks away! I usually procrastinate and find myself stuffing treat bags desperately an hour before trick-or-treating begins, so this year I decided to get an early start. I also decided that this year I am participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. For many kids with food allergies, Halloween can be disappointing, since they aren't allowed to eat various types of candy. To make sure these kids don't feel left out this year, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging people to place teal pumpkins outside of their doors to indicate that they have non-food…
 
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ofertón Kit de Iniciación Big Shot 89.90€

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

    Esther Lopez
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Te volvería a decir que si un millón de veces. Agente Doble. Agente Doble  es una tienda de bordados modernos. Especializada en bordados tipográficos, posters bordados y bastidores bonitos. Este tutorial os enseñará a realizar un bordado tipográfico sencillo. Con esta técnica podréis escribir mensajes en donde más os guste, puesto que esta técnica se puede aplicar en todo tipo de tejidos. Materiales necesario para la iniciación al bordado: Tela de algodón Hilos de los colores que queráis bordar Agujas de bordado o Crewel Dedal (a elección) Bastidor Lápiz Tijeras Maquina de…
  • Hoy 15 y mañana 16 de Octubre día SINIVA

    Esther Lopez
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Vuelve el día SInIVA, y la oportunidad de comprar con un 21% de descuento en toda la web. A que esperas? Hoy es el día de comprar más barato! Aprovecha para comprar con un 21% de descuento en toda la web excepto máquinas troqueladoras, plotters de corte y encuadernadoras. Promoción válida solo hoy 15 y mañana 16 de octubre de 2014. Estas son las condiciones de la promoción de la promoción día SINIVA *Es necesario incluir en el pedido el código SINIVA en la casilla de código promocional. *Los compradores mayoristas no están autorizados a utilizar esta promoción. *Al introducir el…
  • Jubilee de My Mind´s Eyes, la nueva coleccion de scrapbook

    Esther Lopez
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    La quieres?  La Tienes!! La Nueva colección Jubilee de My Mind´s Eyes ya está tanto en la tienda online como en Hermosilla 49, nuestra flamante tienda física!! Y si no te das prisa te quedas sin ella!! fue llegar y desaparecer ya algunas cosas y eso que habíamos cargado mas que bien!! En realidad Jubilee engloba 4 colecciones en si misma. Consta de 30 papeles diferentes a cual mas bonito! Esta colección trae miles de accesorios para crear lo proyectos mas bonitos del mundo mundial! Formas troqueladas, chipboards, pegatinas, enamel dots en formas diferentes, rub-ons, que te voy a…
  • Calendario de Talleres Continuos Mummy Crafts 2014

    Esther Lopez
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Me hace muchísima ilusión poder mostraros finalmente el horario de talleres de la tienda física de Mummy crafts!! Sin duda es uno de mis sueños hechos realidad, de hecho me fastidia bastante que mi oficina esté relativamente lejos de la tienda, porque me pasaría allí todo el día!! Y bueno, aquí está calendario de los talleres que impartiremos de forma continua en la tienda física de Mummy Crafts en C/Hermosilla 49. Intentamos adaptarnos un poco a vuestros horarios, por lo que este calendario puede sufrir cambios de vez en cuando. Si existen estos cambios, no te preocupes, los…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 Mini Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cheeseballs Are Not Really Pinecones

    Rhonda Day
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As we head into fall, our minds and heads often turn to entertaining, family gatherings, and enjoying time with family and friends. Fall settles in like a cool, cozy blanket around us and thoughts of warm bowls of chili, steaming cheesy pumpkin and sausage soup, triangles of spicy hot cornbread, and ooey gooey homemade s’mores appear on the menu. It all sounds so inviting! Or does it? I sometimes find that what begins as a wonderful idea to have family and friends together, soon turns into a stressful, worrisome time for me. What to serve? What dishes to use? Do I have the right serving…
  • How to Deal with the Ebb and Flow of Life

    Debra Dane
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As much as many of us crave some level of stability life has a way of being more like a rollercoaster. Some seasons of life have greater challenges, some days go more smoothly and sometimes life is moving up and down on an hourly basis. If we are to thrive we need to be able to ride along with the ups and downs rather than getting hung up on them. Here are 3 Tips for Dealing with the Ebb and Flow of Life: 1. Adjust for the challenging times. During times of greater stress or difficulties recognise that something needs to shift for you as well. When life is draining you more than usual, your…
  • Caption That Photo

    Amanda Rose
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have a wee bit of an obsession with word and picture games. Combine the two, and I can play for hours. I would be lying if I told you I’m just a little bit excited to see the captions you come up with for this photo. Because the truth is, I will probably be stalking the comments so I know the second a new caption is created. Even more exciting, though, is how this will fuel our creativity for the coming week. Are you ready? Are you? GO!  
  • Weekend Reads (and Dinner This Weekend)

    Amanda Rose
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I’ll admit it. I’m an internet (read: blog) junkie. I constantly need a fix – I embarrassingly have folders upon folders of favorite websites, neatly organized by topic (because I may explode if they weren’t properly organized). And now, you’re in luck – I’m sharing some of this week’s favorites from all over the worldwide web with you! These fall pantry essentials. Time to stock up! This tasty-looking fall gratin recipe. These very bold bathroom walls. Yes or no? This adorable Halloween-themed lollipop bouquet. These fun Thanksgiving…
  • Creamy Lemon, Artichoke, + Salmon Pasta

    Amanda Rose
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This recipe may be a little elaborate for a weeknight meal, but it’s perfect if you need something creative for a date night or dinner party with friends. Serve with a chilled bottle of chardonnay, and you’re friends and family won’t leave you alone (that could be a good or a bad thing). Creamy Lemon, Artichoke + Salmon Pasta Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 salmon filets 2 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 packet of Italian seasoning 1 c. whole wheat pasta ½ c. marinated artichokes (they come in a jar) ½ c. yellow onion, chopped 2 tbsp. unsalted butter ¼ c. dry…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Drawing Mushrooms

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

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

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

    Kimara
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    I have always loved sunflowers, I think that is why I love Vincent Van Gogh so much. To me sunflowers help make that transition from summer to autumn. We have many feeders in our yard, and we have found over time, the medium ground sunflowers are enjoyed by all our birds, from the smallest finch to the largest blue jay. One year Tim and I decided to grow a plot of sunflowers. We thought we might be able to grow enough to help feed the birds over the winter. Trouble is, the little darlings found the sunflower seeds while they were still growing on their stalks. By the time they were truly…
  • Nature Study :: Fungi / October 2014

    Michelle
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    This past week we worked on a fun Nature Study. I am hoping to have this turn into a fuller study, but if not, we did learn quite a bit in one afternoon and had a lot of fun. It started with fungi popping up all over our backyard, which happens every autumn and sometimes earlier if we have cool, wet summer. We have several shady spots where the fungi dwell. The kids learned early on not to the touch the mushrooms because they might be poisonous but fungi are of course fascinating to observe. We started our Nature Study by reading about the mushrooms in Handbook of Nature Study (pages…
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    udandi

  • Skechers Breast Cancer Awareness Shoes

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

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

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

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

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

  • DIY Copper Pipe and Wood Slice Side Table

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

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

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Description:  Good instructions with lots of step by step photos. Craft Link: Fall Cardi Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY PET Bottle Purse

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Description: Cute idea. Next time I salvage a good zipper from old pair of pants, I’m going to try this. Craft Link: DIY PET Bottle Purse Read More: Recycled Crafts or Home
  • Quilt-As-You-Go Coins

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Description: Great project to use up scraps. Craft Link: Quilt-As-You-Go Coins Read More: Quilting or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Surprise! I’m Moving To…

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

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

    Brittni
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I’m in Atlanta…working on something a little bit secretive (that I’ll be able to share soon, I promise). But I wanted to pop in to share some interiors that I’m currently drooling over. (above) This gorgeous interior! via The Design Files Nicole Frazen’s space is really inspiring. via SF Girl by Bay A lovely entryway. via Oh Happy Day A playful space, filled with cheer. via Handmade Charlotte A muted bedroom. via The Design Files Further evidence that everything that Emily Henderson does turns to gold. Her studio is gorgeous! via Domaine Earth tones.
  • DIY Inkodye Napkins for Fall Entertaining

    Brittni
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I get more and more immersed in food DIYs and entertaining ideas, one obsession in particular keeps popping up for me. And it’s kind of a weird one…napkins! I really, really love coming up with different DIY (cloth) napkin designs. It’s strange, I know. But it’s true. Evidence here and here. So to keep on truckin’ with this unusual obsession, I have a new napkin DIY today. And it involves one of my new favorite things…Lumi Inkodye. Have you ever tried this stuff? It’s amazing! So fun. Want to make your own? Here’s how… Supplies: I…
  • Rolling the Dice with DIY Mini Pumpkin Soy Candles

    Brittni
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    After my last candle project, I’ve had a whole other bag of soy flakes that have been begging to be used. So, I thought I would give candle making another go. And this time, I went a little fall-centric….and made DIY pumpkin candles in actual pumpkins (and gourds). This was a fun one! And the candles ended up smelling delicious too. The full tutorial can be found over on Momtastic, but here are a few photos (and outtakes) to get you started. These candles make a fun hostess gift, if you’re attending a fall get-together, or use ‘em for holiday decorating (Halloween and…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Nature Wood Play Block City

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

    Jessica Christman
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Add these pretty map frames to your collection! 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 Family Vacation Keepsake Ornament

    Jessica Christman
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    All you need is a map and few crafting supplies to create a keepsake that you will treasure for years to come. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Hydrangea Wreath

    Jessica Christman
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    This wreath uses the beauty of hydrangeas and the lasting power of artificial flowers to add a gorgeous finishing touch to your fall front door decor. 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 Mason Jar Flower Vase

    Jessica Christman
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    This DIY will teach you how to transform a plain mason jar into a trendy vase in just a few simple steps. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
 
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    Just Something I Made

  • How to Make a Vintage Book Planner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes

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

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

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you counting the days to Halloween?  Most kids are too! Here are some DIY Halloween Costumes you can make last minute with just a few supplies! All were shared this week on Made by you Monday.  Don’t miss my free printable soda labels, they are very fun for any Halloween party. DIY Ninja by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom   No Sew Witch Costume by Skip to my Lou   DIY Crochet Monster Hat by Domestic Evolution   DIY Pink Flamingo Costume by Paper and Fox   Mini Mushroom by Caseper Latesta   DIY Cat Ear Tutorial by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom…
  • DIY Goodie Bags

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m Kim from Today’s Creative Blog and InspirationDIY and I personally am not a fan of the “Birthday Party Goodie Bag”. There…..I said it! My son is now 15 and thankfully this annoying ritual stops. God forbid you try to boycott the goodie bag. I live in the suburbs, it’s just not done. So like you, I seemed to always hand them out full of all kinds of junk only kids will appreciate …….for about 5 minutes. If I’m going to be a part of problem, then I may as well hand out a stylish one and have fun doing it! DIY Goodie Bags   Making…
  • 10 Amazing Dessert Recipes {from left over Halloween Candy}

    Cindy Hopper
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are looking for dessert recipes you are not going to be disappointed. Here is a collection of sweet, decadent easy recipes that every one will love!   Best of all you can use Left Over Halloween candy!  These recipes are so good you may want to buy or save candy to make them!  If you are looking for another amazing fall recipe try my pumpkin roll recipe! I am not a huge fan of Hershey Kisses but this recipe makes me want to hoard them, Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies (Averie Cooks). Monster Cookie Dough Dip, this stuff is amazing. Grab some M&M’s from the grab bags and…
 
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Knitted Neon Socks

    iHanna
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I am in love with neon colors, so when I spotted some neon yarn I bought it. This sock yarn has all of the neon colors: pink, orange, cerise, yellow & green – in the same ball of yarn. I started knitting a pair of socks for myself in May, finished them this summer and now the threads have been bind too. It’s autumn, and time to wear these beauties! Pretty, am I right? Related PostsOne week later I found it again Kinky striped socks finished I love a bit of craziness around the neck
  • Dear Photo Diary | the details of daily life

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

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

    iHanna
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. Bell Hooks An abecedarium (or abecedary) is an inscription consisting of the letters of an alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria (or abecedaries) are an explanation of something in a way that is easy to remember. I thought perhaps one way to introduce myself to new visitors (and hopefully reveal a thing or two to current friends) would be to do an abecedarium about myself. Plus I always love to make lists, alphabetical or otherwise. So…
  • Wool Owl Parade

    iHanna
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the beginning of this year I talked about the firstborn owl, and now it’s autumn again and the rest of the gang feel safe to come out of the forest to show of their gray wool feathers… They’re all made out of felted sweaters, knitted in thick gray wool once upon a time. Hand sewn softies are the best. Plus, I love how their personality shines through. I enjoy planning them, sewing them and becoming their mama as I sew on the beak, eyes and wings… There are a lot of pretty owls in the world, sometimes I pin a new one to my pinterest owl board. There is also a lot of…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

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

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
     Make these gorgeous faux druzy (or druse) penants, using nothing more than two ingredients! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial: http://youtu.be/rNHsnyIo5vY   See the photo below...this is what we made in the tutorial. I'm just sorry that 3-D images don't come out right on camera. :o(  The pendant is really beautiful in person! the photo doesn't do it
  • DIY~Adorable Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant Necklace!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial:  http://youtu.be/-TZpof9OQYA These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!   Materials Needed: *Old CD *Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in
  • DIY~Adorable Snowman Figurines For Candle Arrangements!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Make these adorable lightweight snowmen from paper clay! You can make several in any size you want and hot glue them onto a candle arrangement for Christmas. Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial:  http://youtu.be/jgOXpn3qZoc Materials Needed: *Paper Clay (I purchased mine at Michael's) *Christmas socks from the Dollar Tree *Toothpicks *Orange Acrylic Paint *
  • DIY~Stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Make these stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings for Christmas! Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial:   http://youtu.be/YtRhugKb6Xk Materials Needed:*Two 10mm Square Glass Beads (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 10mm Squaredelles*Four Silver Rondelle Beads, about 8mmx4mm (I found mine at Michael's)*Four 6mm Crystal Bicones in the color Emerald*Two
  • DIY~Gorgeous Sparkling "Christmas Lights" Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Make a pair of these gorgeous earrings for Christmas! Very lightweight with lots of sparkle! Click on the following link to see my complete YouTube tutorial on how to make these earrings: http://youtu.be/USvCtj3pxe4 Materials Needed: *Two 12mm Acrylic Shamballa Beads (I found mine at Michael's) *Four 4mm and Four 6mm Daisy Spacers in antique silver *Four 6mm Bicone Crystals *Four 3mm
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    Handmadeology

  • DIY Custom Candles in Leftover Jars and Glasses

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

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

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

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

    Timothy Adam
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We are exited to announce the launch of our Creative Digital Market. We are partnering with Meylah.com to bring this unique digital market to world! We are currently looking for designers that would be interested in joining our market.  Please fill out the form below! Thanks! © Timothy for... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
 
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    KnitHacker

  • creative! crochet brain and eyeball, set inside a skull.

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

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

    knithack
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Made by Amigunuri. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Patricia Waller’s dentures in a jar!

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

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

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Since it’s apple season now, we’ve been stopping at all the farm stands and trying different varieties of apples. I think they’re must be hundreds of different kinds and we each have a favorite. This DIY Apple Table Runner will be just perfect on our kitchen table, with a big bowl of apples on top, of course. I’ll be adding it to our Quilting Patterns and Fall Crafts. You might also like: Merry Christmas Ornaments Table Runner My Free Halloween Table Runner Pattern Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid Apple a Day Dishcloth Crochet Pattern Fall Tree Apple Pie Recipe
  • The Allie Skirt Tutorial

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    With just a yard and half of knit fabric, you can make this easy Allie Skirt. Simple sewing and easy to wear, what could be better? Added to 100+ Free Clothes Sewing Patterns You might also like: High-Low Skirt Sewing Tutorial Pettiskirts Free Sewing Pattern Girls Ruffled Skirt Sewing Pattern Tutorial Tunic Dress Free Sewing Pattern Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid
  • Pumpkin Luminary Tutorial

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    How cool is this Pumpkin Luminary Tutorial?  It uses a great technique of printing on mod-podged wax paper. But, it’s so pretty I’d like to save it for next year.  I might try making mine with a craft-store pumpkin. Hope it works! Find more great ideas on our page of 200+ Halloween Crafts and Computer Crafts You might also like: DIY Book Pumpkins Quilted Fall Placemats Pattern DIY Twine Pumpkin with a Surprise… DIY Pumpkin Soap Crochet Puff Stitch Pumpkin Beanie Free Pattern
  • Tunic Dress Free Sewing Pattern

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Love the easy wear of this Tunic Dress Free Sewing Pattern. Great for over leggings. The small fold in the front makes it so flattering for everyone. Added to our page of 100+ Free Clothing Sewing Patterns You might also like: Summer Dress Free Sewing Pattern Could be the Perfect Dress Sewing Pattern… Easy Knit Dress Sewing Pattern Light-Up Girls Princess Dress Tutorial Boho Maxi Dress Sewing Tutorial
  • Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    In my never-ending quest to be organized, I stumbled across this tutorial for a Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid. It has great features – a zipper and an attached sliding lid. Great for sorting and storing little items and project pieces. Adding to Quilting Patterns and our page of 200+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns You might also like: Striped Friendship Bag Tutorial 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns All-In-One Picnic Blanket Tote Portable Manicure and Pedicure Kit Sewing Tutorial Big Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
 
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Worktable Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Giveaway Winner #3

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

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

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

    Craig
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    I am so pleased to introduce our first Loop yarn, Studio! We have long dreamed of creating our very own yarn especially for you, and we are so excited at its arrival. Studio is soft, bouncy, and kettle-dyed in bright fun colors. We think you’re going to love it! Erika’s designed a fabulous 1-skein scarf that’s fun to knit and looks great on. Keep reading to find out how to get your free copy this October! Studio is an wildly soft merino wool spun into a bouncy 3-ply sport weight yarn. These substantial 350 yard skeins feel heavenly to knit and excellent to wear! Use Studio…
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #2

    Craig
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s week two of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, and here’s where you can enter to win our second giveaway. Giveaway #2 Question: If you could only knit or crochet with 1 fiber in 1 weight for a year, which would it be and why? My choice would be worsted weight wool. I like worsted because it’s thin enough to not be too hot and thick enough to knit along at a good speed. Leave your answer below by the end of Sunday, October 12 for your chance to win!
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • How to Sew a Quick Elsa Cape

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

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

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sew Ready to Play is on again at I’m Feelin’ Crafty, and Louise kindly invited me to participate again. It’s a month of sewing projects based on games. This year was a struggle for inspiration, but when I finally decided on a game for inspiration, the project came together quickly (actually, because I left it to the last minute, so I had to). The inspiration was a simple pack of cards: Click through to see what I made. And see how grumpy my model was when I tried to take photos – here’s a sneak peek: What’s you favourite board game? Read the full article hereThe post Sew Ready to…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Free Chunky Cowl from Sweater Babe {Through Oct. 31, 2014}

    Sarah White
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The free pattern from the Sweater Babe this month is one I’m really interested in because I think I’m making cowls for a bunch of people for Christmas this year. The Deluxe Lace Cowl uses a bold textured lace pattern … Read More...
  • 5 Minute Duct Tape Hair Clips

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The kids are going to love making these. All your need is some printed duct tape and hair clip backs. These would make wonderful sleepover party activities or get the kids busy in time for Christmas and show them how … Read More...
  • Free Pattern – Owls

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are we over owls yet? I know it’s patterns like these that keep sucking me back in- they are just so cute! The free crochet pattern can be found here at Engsidrun.spire.ee. You might want to check out some … Read More...
  • Supernatural Mittens to Knit

    Sarah White
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’ve been following Kat from Just Crafty Enough in her mission to knit a pair of mittens each month this year with great interest. It’s even kind of inspired me to think about trying to knit a dozen of something … Read More...
  • Tutorial: DIY skeleton gloves

    Anne Weaver
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Tutorial: DIY skeleton gloves Jen from Eat. Sleep. Make. shows how you can create a pair of skeleton gloves using a pair of plain gloves and flocked heat transfer material.  She used her Silhouette to cut the transfer material.  She provides the file … Read More...
 
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    Craft Gossip

  • Free Chunky Cowl from Sweater Babe {Through Oct. 31, 2014}

    Sarah White
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The free pattern from the Sweater Babe this month is one I’m really interested in because I think I’m making cowls for a bunch of people for Christmas this year. The Deluxe Lace Cowl uses a bold textured lace pattern … Read More...
  • 5 Minute Duct Tape Hair Clips

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The kids are going to love making these. All your need is some printed duct tape and hair clip backs. These would make wonderful sleepover party activities or get the kids busy in time for Christmas and show them how … Read More...
  • Free Pattern – Owls

    Shellie Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are we over owls yet? I know it’s patterns like these that keep sucking me back in- they are just so cute! The free crochet pattern can be found here at Engsidrun.spire.ee. You might want to check out some … Read More...
  • Supernatural Mittens to Knit

    Sarah White
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’ve been following Kat from Just Crafty Enough in her mission to knit a pair of mittens each month this year with great interest. It’s even kind of inspired me to think about trying to knit a dozen of something … Read More...
  • Tutorial: DIY skeleton gloves

    Anne Weaver
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Tutorial: DIY skeleton gloves Jen from Eat. Sleep. Make. shows how you can create a pair of skeleton gloves using a pair of plain gloves and flocked heat transfer material.  She used her Silhouette to cut the transfer material.  She provides the file … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Inspiration Monday Link Party #68

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

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    It's apple season! Need a little inspiration on what to do with all those apples on sale?  Here are 10+ delicious looking Apple Recipes "hand picked" from the last couple of Inspiration Monday parties.  (Have a recipe or new project you would like to share?  Be sure to come back and link up every Sunday at 1pm cst.)Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Parfait from Hello Little HomeClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • DIY Glitter Pumpkins

    Jamie Sanders
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I love the new carvable craft pumpkins that are available now. They are very realistic looking.  Of course, nothing compares to the tradition of carving real pumpkins, (then roasting the seeds- yum) but I really like the idea of decorating a pumpkin and then being able to use the pumpkin year after year.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Flat Front Skirt Tutorial (size 2 to 10)

    Jamie Sanders
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    New pattern alert!!  Remember my Flat Front Skirt from last week?  I have the pattern and tutorial ready to share with you today!I'm loving how the skirt turned out, the fit is perfect!  The skirt has a flat front, so it looks good with a tucked in shirt and elastic in the back, for easy on/off (and easy construction.)  I definitely prefer the ease of elastic-waist bottoms, and the look of the flat front really makes it look more structured.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Easy Skillet Meal: Cheesy Sausage and Potato Hash

    Jamie Sanders
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Thank you to Simply Potatoes for partnering with me in sharing this quick and easy skillet recipe for Cheesy Sausage and Potato Hash.I love country-style hash browns, but what I don't enjoy is all the chopping and cook time for the potatoes (unless you're using leftovers, of course.) Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
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    ponderings

  • Someday is here! Time for Back2Back with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley

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

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

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

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

    Dina
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    If I write it down, will it make it so? What's on the page: Dina Wakley Media acrylics, Stabilo All pencil, Dylusions inks, collage image, Neocolor II crayons.
 
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    AllFreeSewing.com Articles

  • Jackie's Pill Box Hat

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jackie's Pill Box Hat is a classic look for the books. By learning how to sew a hat like this one, you'll revive the style immortalized by an iconic American. Don this cap when you feel like dressing up your wardrobe for the day. Purchasing a hat can take a heavy toll on your wallet, but this easy hat pattern will save you time, money, and stress. For your next treat to yourself, sew a hat that breathes of elegance and glamor with the help of this tutorial.
  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • 32 Quick and Easy Sewing Projects

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Love to sew but short on time? Try on of these quick and easy sewing projects. Make clothing and home decor accents quickly and easily with these beginner sewing projects.
  • Easy Ruffle Apron

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Start cooking in style with this Easy Ruffle Apron! This vintage-inspired apron tutorial will show you how to quickly make this free apron pattern. This cute apron is lined with a ruffle hem and has a handy pocket. After all, no apron is really complete without a handy pocket, and no apron is cuter than one with a ruffle trim. With retro fabrics and a vintage flair, you will have an adorable and practical new sewn apron idea to wear every time you cook.
  • Little Elf Girl's Skirt Pattern

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Make your girl the cutest Christmas sewing pattern there is out there. Whether she is attending a class party or a family get-together this holiday season, she is sure to rock around the Christmas tree in style when she wears this Little Elf Girls Skirt Pattern. All you need to do is find an adorable Christmas fabric and some matching pompoms. This pattern is as easy as it is cute. You could make it for other holidays, as well!
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  • Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY

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

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

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

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

    Ramya
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    It has been quite a while since we had a tutorial on origami… we bounce back with this tutorial on making a 3D origami cactus and a lovely pink flower to go with it! Let’s waste no time – heading to the tutorial… How to make a 3D origami cactus : You would need a … … Continue reading →The post 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
 
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  • My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make some paper turkey legs that can be used as place holders for the Thanksgiving dinner table or used for writing what you are grateful for. Fun little craft with many different uses.
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  • Halloween Surprise Ball Treats

    Cassi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    These Halloween surprise ball treats would make great Halloween party favors or to pass out to your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the details at Tiny Rotten Peanuts. 
  • Paper Plate Spider

    Cassi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Happy Hooligans shares a cute preschool Halloween craft showing how to turn paper plates into spiders. 
  • Silhouette Glass Lantern DIY

    Cassi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I love these beautiful silhouette lanterns found at Adventure In A Box. Although these are highly detailed, the method can be used with kids and still yield really cool results. 
  • Halloween Necklace Made With Straws

    Cassi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Find some fun Halloween straws and turn them into a necklace like these found at Fireflies & Mudpies. 
  • Celebrating Mini Milestones With Netflix: Mini Milestone Award Ribbon DIY!

    Cassi
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When I started blogging, my kids were 10 years younger than they are now; one is in college, one is almost in college and my baby is in high school! Yikes, it goes so fast! Of course I have tons of photos, artwork, schoolwork, calendars, and journals and all the big events are recorded but it's easy to overlook the smaller events even though they are just as significant. I remember when my son learned to ride a bike, he learned on his brother's bike, but, what he remembered most was getting his own bike and not having to share. I'm glad I took a picture of him with his first bike…
 
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  • Destash Fabric - Japanese Cotton/Linen

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    23" x 36" piece of Japanese cotton/linen fabric.  See it here.
  • Destash - Glassine Bags

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

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Check it out here. Sold - Thank you!
  • Food Fabric Treasury

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    There is a special place in my sewing heart for novelty prints.  Many of them are funny, quirky, and unique in a way that just isn't possible with the florals. Since there are so many fabric vendors on etsy, I figured there would be enough food/kitchen print fabrics to fill a treasury.  So here it is--16 food print fabrics perfect for making Grocery Bags, aprons, or other kitchen accessories.   Come take a look!  If you like it, please consider marking it as a favorite.  
  • Sample Sale - Fold Over Zip Wristlet (Sold)

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here come some more samples!  Today this Fold Over Zip Wristlet (Size 2 from the pattern) is available as a sample.  The floral fabric is Rose Petals by Martha Negley, and the polka dots are one of Robert Kaufman's Pimatex Basics.  It is lined in pink ticking. Sold Out - Thanks!
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  • Stitching Progress This Week!

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

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

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

    Loretta
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    It’s no secret that I love my Kindle. It is often an extension of my arm, I’m always reading something somewhere. One of the cool things about the Kindle marketplace is the variety of reading material that you can pick up for no cost. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, there are still some great freebies to be had and you can use the FREE Kindle Reading App to view and read the books on your favorite device or even on your desktop computer. I spent some time poking around the craft and hobby section this morning and I found these five promising crochet books that are all…
  • Finished Reading; Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1) by Rysa Walker

    Loretta
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    (Available as part of Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber, but also available in the usual other formats as well) available on AmazonI love time travel stories and this one was fun with the layers and ripples. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it comes out in October. Things get a little bit confusing if you try to read it when you’re half asleep, but I’d say that’s true of any time travel story. The story moves around quite a bit, from place to place and from time to time. It can be a lot to keep track of, but it’s worth…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Convertible Charm Necklace / Choker

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Ultimate Gift Solution for the 40-Year-Old Man Who Has Everything

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Who says you've got to go outside in order to be an explorer? This DIY Dinosaur Egg Craft can turn any living room into an archaeologist's excavation site. After going out and scavenging for supplies, your whole family can settle down and spend an evening forming dino eggs. After a weekend of waiting for them to form, hide them around the house while your kids are at school and welcome them home with a dinosaur egg hunt. This dinosaur craft for kids is the perfect way to bring your entire family together during those cold winter months.
  • DIY Glitter Lips iPhone Case

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    You may see the time your kids spend on their cell phone as the main source of strife between you, but what if creating a DIY phone case could be the very thing to bring you together? This DIY Glitter Lips iPhone case is very cute and will ensure an afternoon of attention from your tech-obsessed teen. Now each time they pick up their phone to text, they'll recall spending one-on-one time with a loved one and perhaps even think twice about using up an afternoon by staring into a screen.
  • Precious Polar Bear Paper Roll Craft

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Looking for a way to enjoy the winter without having to travel outdoors? Look no further than this adorable polar bear craft made with simple recycled household items. Pull out this winter craft for kids during snow days, holiday parties in the classroom, or sleepover parties at home. There couldn't be a cuter way to help your little ones practice cutting and pasting. Once finished, these precious polar bears can be used as toys, decorations for your children's rooms or even as ornaments for your tree later in the season!
  • Candy Cane Matching Activity

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Crafting with your kids or students doesn't just have to be for fun--it can be educational too. Use this Candy Cane Matching Craft in order to work on color or shape identification with your little ones. Using a handful of simple items that can be found at any crafting store, you can show your child just how fun learning can be while sharing in the Christmas season at the same time. This is one of the most entertaining Christmas activities for kids, and it's great for the classroom or quiet time at home. Kids can even turn their candy canes into ornaments when they're finished playing.
  • Paper Bag Turkey Puppet

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained while you're working to prepare a Thanksgiving feast? The answer to your prayers has arrived in the form of this Paper Bag Turkey Puppet. Set your kids up at a nearby table with a few simple household items, and these Thanksgiving crafts for kids will occupy your little ones for hours. Ask them to make extras to act as place settings for their cousins, or encourage them to plan a puppet show for the family to view over pie and coffee after the meal has ended. There couldn't be an easier way to create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • Maleficent Style Hat Crochet Pattern

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

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

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

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

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    26 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series. The post Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
 
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  • Fair Isle Knitting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Planning Your Garden – Garbage in Garbage out! Part 1

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

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

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

  • Popup Surprise Match Boxes

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Sandy here today with a cute vintage holiday card, at least my version of vintage, lol.  I started with a burgundy French Flair Stacker card base, 5 5/8 inches square. I die cut the largest die from the Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker set from cream DP and layered that onto the card base.  Then using the next to the largest Silver French Flair Stacker, I added another layer of DP.  You can see how well these dies match up to give you perfect layers.  The same thing for my fancy oval; a burgundy panel cut from the mid size Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker with a…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 155 - Vintage

    Sandy Hulsart
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week for our Black and Orange challenge.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isVintageHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter the challenge ONCE…
  • Black and Orange challenge winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using Random.org, the winner of our Black and Orange challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:14 Timestamp: 2014-10-19 01:02:18 UTC  #14 Bonnie GarbyCongratulations, Bonnie.  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 Vintage challenge.
  • Wish You Were Here by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, Julie here hosting the blog today. Can you believe it's the weekend once again and only another week until the clocks change here in the UK and the dark winter nights are upon us.I hope you are all loving the new release dies as much as I am. This card shows you what I have done with another couple of them. I stamped my postcard stamp, shaded it with Distress added some crackles and mounted onto the Alpine Flourish Doily die. I totally love all the detail on this die and shaded it also with distress. It gives a stunning Vintage look. The clever thing with this die is you…
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  • Spotlight: A Place For A Single Almond

    Jeanette Nyberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you all know Miranda July? She’s this weird and cool artist/filmmaker who keeps popping up in my consciousness every few years and I forget to keep up with what she’s doing, but then when I hear or read about something she’s working on, I’m always in love. Her latest thing is the Miranda bag collection, which contains a... Read More » The post Spotlight: A Place For A Single Almond appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 20

    Jeanette Nyberg
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hello, Mr. Rooster. I love using old book pages as a first layer for drawings, because they instantly fill up the space and sort of “dirty up” the blankness of the white paper so it’s not so empty and intimidating. Try it out! It’s a great way to get kids drawing, too. We all know... Read More » The post 31 Drawings: Day 20 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 19

    Jeanette Nyberg
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Back with some more liquid watercolor! This was a piece of paper I had kept from a long ago kid watercolor project because I liked the purple and yellow together, and figured I might use it in a future project. So I drew a bunch of obsessive little circles all over it and called it... Read More » The post 31 Drawings: Day 19 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 18

    Jeanette Nyberg
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    HA HA! Just when you thought I was finished with encaustics, I hit you with this one. Damn, these things are hard to photograph. The wax gives them this weird sheen, and it’s hard to get them in focus because the surfaces are weird an magical. Anyway, This one is paper soaked in wax and... Read More » The post 31 Drawings: Day 18 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 17

    Jeanette Nyberg
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s drawing is another encaustic. I soaked the paper in the waxy goodness, let it dry and cool, then drew on it with oil marker. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 531 Drawings: Day 15Bulbous Pencils: Paper Mache Goes Crazy31 Drawings: Day 18 The post 31 Drawings: Day 17 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
 
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  • Photos of the Week

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

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

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

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

    Elise
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Some new takes on old subjects...............I've done feathers, hearts, and elephants before........ pa-lenty of elephants, but there's something fun about finding a new way to paint them.  So many many possibilities.The purple heart was a custom request.  I like doing custom work when the subject is something I already love!And this purple feather watercolor is the smallest painting in my shop.  3x4 inches, so very very tiny.  
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  • Nature Inspired Autumn Mantel and Decor

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I recently got around to pruning my houseplants. My pothos was especially lanky and ended up having a major "haircut". Looking down at the pile of cuttings, and hating to throw them away, I thought it would be a great opportunity to root them and try my hand at kokedama. Kokedama, which translates to moss ball, is a traditional Japanese garden art form. Forgoing the pot, plants are grown in a ball of soil that is covered with moss and wrapped with string. Kokedama can be displayed on a stand or plate, or suspended to create gorgeous string gardens.As it turned out, kokedama are…
  • Spring Mantel 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Just popping in to post a few photos of my spring mantel. Enjoy!Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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  • I’m Still Here

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

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

    trevor
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    There’s a lot of creative ways couples are announcing their new babies to the world, here’s one we came up with using mason jars. We selected 2 larger pint sized jars, one tall and square for me and one shorter and curvy for her. We used the smallest jar we could find for the new baby and labeled it ? since we don’t even know the gender yet. Pint jars are easy to find, but those tiny 4 oz jars are more rare. We were lucky to find 2 in a large box of bigger mason jars. Here’s where to find 4 oz. jars on Amazon. We stuffed each jar with a different cloth. A flowery…
  • Saving Paint

    trevor
    29 Dec 2013 | 12:54 am
    When you choose a special color to paint a room in your house, you inevitably end up with extra paint left over at the end of this job. This isn’t a bad thing! In fact you may very well need this spare paint in the future for when the paint job you just spent a day layering onto your drywall inevitably gets chipped and damaged. But saving those old paint cans is troublesome. Our old house had a gross old pile of rusty paint buckets which had become cemented shut over years of being left in the humid air. And having too much air inside the paint bucket can dry out the surface of the…
  • How to Remove Sticker Glue from Anything

    trevor
    29 Dec 2013 | 12:54 am
    I buy all kinds of things that come packaged in mason jars. Honey, tomato sauce, applesauce, jam – anything that fits a regular or wide mouth lid gets saved. But most of the time, I don’t want the old label that came with the jar. This how-to guide is about how to remove the sticky glue from your jar. One Special Ingredient The one cleaning item you need to get rid of sticker residue is Goo Gone. It’s dirt cheap and you don’t need much, so pick up a bottle and you’ll have all you need for a long, long time. As you’ll see below, our bottle is almost full…
  • Grain Sprouter

    trevor
    25 Dec 2013 | 8:36 pm
    In an effort to increase the healthfulness of grains, cutting edge foodies are taking the time to sprout them. There is some evidence that sprouting grains breaks down the less healthy components and increases overall nutrition. Here’s a homemade rice sprouter made with a mason jar and a fine mesh. The mesh allows good airflow while keeping out insects. It takes a couple of days to sprout rice in this way. Read the detailed instructions on Dorothy was Here.
  • Terrarium

    trevor
    23 Dec 2013 | 8:17 pm
    It’s hard to resist collecting shells at the beach, but unfortunately they often just sit around in a Ziploc bag adding to the clutter. But now with some simple things you’ve already got around the house you can turn those shells into your own little private beach scene! These Mason Jar Terrariums are courtesy of Mom 4 Real, a mom blog specializing in craft projects. You can read the full article at Mom 4 Real.  
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Yarn Along October 1

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    I had a simple goal when I started doing video blogs aka Knit Luck TV: to facilitate greater connection between knitters online. I'm absolutely thrilled that Terri has come through to share her knitting origin story and how she connects with her fellow crafters in a prayer shawl ministry! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9QJwxWAfrg&list=UUC5f08L8IzMUnLTBV4vqqtg&index=1 It's not that hard to do your own video response! Just shoot some video, upload it to youtube and put the link in the comments of my video.  It was great to get the chance to get to know a Knit Luck…
  • Knit Luck TV Episode 3 - The Origin Story

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Check out our newest episode of Knit Luck TV, where we talk about how I learned to knit and how it started a chain of events that changed my life. We mention: Goddess Yarns, Weekend Knitting book (again), The Textured Shawl and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wV90B-0Vi4&feature=youtu.be
  • Year of Projects Sept 28

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

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

  • Couture Lace Skirt DIY (sizes NB to XL) in 10 easy steps!

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

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

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

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Create your own leotard pattern, mashing-up Big Girl Briefs and Everyday Tank Serger Pepper PDF patterns for the fanciest gymnastic outfit you can image! The post 2 patterns MashUp Tutorial: Leotard + Coupon (& some news…) appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at info@sergerpepper.com
  • Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Scooter Buddy Blog Tour! Adorable & useful free pattern sewn by me at SergerPepper.com, designed by Natalie at SewOutnumbered.com: your kids will thank you! The post Scooter Buddy Blog Tour – Sew Outnumbered appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at info@sergerpepper.com
 
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    Gathering Beauty

  • A Few Fall Favourites.

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

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Here's a few of my favourite diys from around the web.1. Add a little sparkle to your favourite drinks with these edible glitter ice cubes from A Subtle Revelry2. Check out this giant bow gift wrap diy over on Oh Happy Day.3. Sweet no sew fabric gift bags from The Red Thread.4. Awesome diy catch-all wall pockets from Justina  Blakeney.5. Pretty paper garlands from High Walls.6. Adorable party crowns made from equally adorable paper cups over on Poppytalk.
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  • FFFO FRIDAY: AND THAT'S NOT A TYPO

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

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

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

  • How to Make Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

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

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Hey, ladies! If you're like us, then you don't need a reason to throw a great party for you and your friends. So we decided to throw a Beauty Bash to pamper the lovely ladies in our lives. All you'll need are a few of your favorite cosmetic products, some sweet treats and a Cyndi Lauper inspired soundtrack and you've got the party of every woman's dreams. Every great party begins with choosing a great supplier. Party Pail is a fantastic online party supply company that offers an assortment of themes and supplies for any occasion. Check out how we used these festive supplies to create our…
 
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • International Quilt Festival

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

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

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

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

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Anytime Bella Crafts Blog can put up a post on recycled projects we’ll do it in a heartbeat! We love projects that shows us how to use up all those products left over from other projects. With craft product being so expensive, we need a way to catch a break without having to give up on our creativity. This project is a perfect example of that! Our guest blogger, Marjolaine Walker, has turned an old tin and outdated chipboard into a beautiful recycled tin that anyone would love to showcase in their homes. Hello Bella Crafts friends, Marjolaine here to show you how to turn a recycled tin…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Military Braid Headband

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

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

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

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back to YouTube Thursday…or if you are new WELCOME, WELCOME! Today, you are in for a real treat…a tutu-riffic treat! As you all know, I am a huge fan of our video tutorials, because I have learned so much and hope you have too. I love learning new tips, tricks and techniques on creating […]
  • Fun and Easy Halloween Crafts

    The Ribbon Retreat
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Halloween is coming so what do you say we CELEBRATE??? You grab the goodies, and I’ll bring the entertainment! Let’s celebrate the scariest holiday of the year with a great big punch of cuteness and lots and lots of spooooooktacular Halloween crafts! But, do you want to know the best part??? Halloween may be right […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Silly ‘Stache Jars

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

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

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

    Sherri Osborn
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I love working with mason jars so when I needed to create some fun elements to go along a Halloween display, I turned to my shelf of mason jars (and one baby food jar) for inspiration. That is how these…Read more →
  • 36 No Sew Costumes for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    If you want to make your child’s Halloween costume but aren’t comfortable with a needle or thread, perhaps one of these 36 no-sew costumes will fit the bill. You can find something here to suit boys and girls of all…Read more →
 
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Halloween Burlap Table Runner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Window Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Marti
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The combination of pumpkin and chocolate Ganache will make these moist and delicious Pumpkin Bundt Cakes a prize winner at your Thanksgiving dinner. I want to eat every one of them right off the screen! I knoooooooow you probably have enough already! pumpkin recipes….but it’s the little things in life, I tell ya! These yummy, moist, and […] The post Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Patch Bundt Cakes appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
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    Keeping it Real

  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 21/October

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Yesterday we attended my cousin's wedding and my daughter got to walk down the aisle ahead of the bride and to deliver the wedding rings. As such, her dress was chosen by the bride and even if the color/pattern was not my favorite, we had to follow her wishes. However, on Saturday I decided I needed to add my personal touch to the whole set and made a mini wedding bag by for my daughter to take to church (in mom takes a bag, she's entitle to take one too, right?).I totally winged it, so absolutely no pattern, and until the end I was not sure it was going to work. But since she was happy and…
  • Weekend bloghop 17/October

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome and link up all your favorite posts!
  • Puffy bow hair clips tutorial

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Did you miss me? I have been totally out of the loop since we have been dealing with a nasty stomach virus that landed me, my daughter and my husband in the ER between the end of last week and most of this week as well. The only one that so far has miraculously escaped has been my son and hope I'm just not jinxing it by writing this, since we have a wedding to attend on Sunday and really need to be back in shape by them. Anyway, a week ago I stayed at home to take care of my daughter (she was the first one to come down with the virus) and because I was not sick then (or at least not showing…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Cross Stitch Patterns for Small Projects

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

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

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

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

    Zurainny Ismail
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Cutest Ever Kitten, freebie from Issue 214 of The World of Cross Stitching After months of cross stitch idleness, I’m glad that my cross stitch bug has returned! It started with little stitches on evenweave , then a little piece for cross stitch card, before I dared to start on my Margaret Sherry Bags of Fun stitch-a-long, Sal #7 (which really should have started last April). Honestly, IHSW really motivated me to keep my date with cross stitching ! Come rain or shine, I was determined! Aren’t they a cute pair?  I started on this adorable card on Saturday, and so far, I only…
 
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    Woo Hoo Cuties

  • Recipe: homemade Cornish pasty (meat or veggie)

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

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

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

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Bonfire on our terrace Wise women, healers for women and the poor, counsellors, midwives, pharmacists, herbalists … all of them called “hag”, “sorceress”, “witch”, “sibyl” or “Druidesses”. When hysteria took over, at a certain point in history, no compassion was shown! The ancient pagan tradition, revering the feminine, with its women cultivating and using healing herbs, gathering plants for different ailments, helping local sick villagers, underwent a reign of terror! Knowledge of local flora and fauna became a threat, as those women could possibly…
  • Handmade doll: Quigley, the scarecrow

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Quigley The name of each of my handmade dolls (like Sunbeam, Flutterby, Dalibor Dudley Doodle), often pops up during the process of creating, sewing. It is, to me, a very important thing: naming my doll! It’s like a gift, given to me by my creation and it defines the character, personality of the doll, not to mention the fun process of the search. I loved the name Quigley, found when searching through name lists and found out it is an Irish surname of ancient origins, deriving from the 12th century Gaelic “O’Coigligh”, which may derive from the word “coigeal”, meaning untidy…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • Christmas Patterns to Knit

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

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

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

    Alice Seidel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is scary. It’s September 30th. A little more than two months to knit gifts for Christmas. Any knitter knows these things take time! Sometimes, weeks and weeks. Sometimes, a weekend. Either way, if you’ve been thinking about which knitting gifts to give family or friends, better stop thinking and start knitting! If you need a few ideas, just click over to my post about holiday knitting. And here’s another post for more Christmas ideas. But . . . which knitting gift do YOU want in your stocking? Is it a new knitting book, yarn, needle kits, or something else? Maybe a ball…
 
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Introducing the Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Do you ever wonder just how long it would take to transition your closet and drawers to a 100% handmade wardrobe? Would you be able to weed out your paper thin t-shirts made overseas and replace them with the home-sewn variety in a matter of months? Could you replace your ten pairs of stretched-out, see-through leggings for one or two pairs sewn to perfection? What if you set aside a full year, sewing one garment per month, to completely, and radically change the way you look at your clothing? We think you can do it. Today, most of our bulging closets are made up of items produced in…
  • Letter vs A4 Paper: Are you using the right size?

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    For long-time sewists, especially those who are veterans in the digital pattern arena, you probably don’t think twice before you print your PDF pattern. And when a trim line or two don’t show up you probably chock it up to poor pattern drafting or printer issues. Yet, you carry on with your sewing project, and likely it turns out just as beautifully as you expected. Yes, I was one of you. I was one of those people who prepped her sewing patterns by habit and often was frustrated by less-than-perfect tiled patterns. Recently, I was shocked to find out I'd been printing patterns all wrong…
  • How We Wear It: Ravenna Top by Straight Stitch Designs

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    When I first met Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs through pattern testing, I was blown away by her eye for design. She is a styling mom and blogger with an infectious passion for sewing. And now, she's entering the world of women's sewing pattern design! Today I’m showing you how I wear her very first pattern, The Ravenna Top. We can assure that you’ve never seen a pattern quite like this. The Ravenna Top is a loose-fitting blouse that is all about the back. The scoop-plunge back is lined in ruffles...yes, ruffles. The back neckline features a center zipper sewn so that the entire…
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  • The Easiest Way to Get Rich Pins, And Why You Would Want To {Craft Your Blog}

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

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

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

    Sarah White
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    I don’t know how we ended up with so many receiving blankets when the girl was a baby. She was a preemie, so we swaddled her for a long time to help keep her warm, but the number of little cloth blankets we had still borders on the ridiculous. When she was too old to use them any more, I didn’t quite know what to do with them. They’d been a part of our life for a long time, and some of them were pretty cute, so I didn’t want to just toss them on the donate pile. So I had the idea to cut the old receiving blankets into strips and sew them back together, patchwork…
  • Making Paper Bag Puppets (Your Own or With a Kit)

    Sarah White
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I like to give the girl crafty gifts and I have a lot of things on her wish list that are craft kits and other things I think she’ll like but that are kind of special because we don’t use craft kits all that often. This year someone bought her the ALEX Toys Paper Bag Puppets Kit (that’s an Amazon link and not an affiliate because Amazon hates Arkansas), which had been on her list for a while and I thought she would like. And I was right. Playing with the Kit The kit includes colored paper bags and all the decorations you need to make five puppets: a lion, an elephant, a…
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  • S is for Snail: Crochet Snail Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Here is Day 19 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!S is for SnailThis colorful snail can be made in so many different color combinations! You could also leave off the body and it would make a nice seashell. Keep this in mind for your summer/beachy crochet projects :)Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in dusty purple, purple, and goldfish.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St = Slip StitchSC =  Single CrochetHDC = Half Double CrochetDC =…
  • R is for Rabbit: Crochet Rabbit Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Here is Day 18 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!R is for RabbitThis Rabbit is a great appliqué to save for Easter or Spring! You could also use it for the letter B for Bunny.Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in beige and pink with a little bit of black and white for the face embellishments.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St = Slip StitchSC =  Single CrochetSC Decrease =  Single Crochet DecreaseHDC = Half Double CrochetDC =…
  • Q is for Queen Bee: Crochet Queen Bee Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Here is Day 17 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!Q is for Queen BeeThis was another tricky letter since my Q options were pretty limited... I think Quail and Quetzal were my other choices. I thought Queen Bee would be the cutest of the bunch and fit well with my other Alphabet Animals! I hope you think so too. Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in mustard yellow and black, and a little pink for the crown.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St…
  • P is for Penguin: Crochet Penguin Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Here is Day 16 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!P is for PenguinThis plump little penguin is one of my favorite appliqués of the bunch! It would be the perfect embellishment on any crochet winter projects or strung as bunting for some fun winter decor. Remember that I also have a penguin crochet hat pattern!Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in white and black, and terracotta orange.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St = Slip StitchSC =…
  • O is for Owl: Crochet Owl Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Here is Day 15 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!O is for OwlIf you've been a long time follower of my blog you know I have a little obsession over owls :) Whoooo can resist their cuteness! You may recognize this pattern. It's the beginning part of my Owl Granny Square. You can find the original pattern HERE but I am re-posting the owl portion below. Feel free to make this little cutie in multiple colors or crochet in one color and stitch on embellishments as I did.Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Aqua (its a baby color), with a little…
 
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