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  • Gemvara Giveaway

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    Design Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. Today’s giveaway is going to knock your socks off! Gemvara is the sponsor. And the prize is a $1000 gift certificate!!! Do you know Gemvara? It’s an online high-end jewelry store where every piece can be customized in any metal, and with any gem you’d like. For real. They offer 20 different natural gemstones and 9 different precious metals. Just playing around on the site is delightful — and surprisingly educational as well. I started with this Small Circle Pendant. Then I tried changing the metals. Then I tried changing the gemstones. Each…
  • DIY Mason Jar Flower Lids

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    Wendy at
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    No more droopy flowers! Solve the problem with DIY Mason Jar Flower Lids. Now, I won’t have to stuff lots and lots of flowers in a small jar. This looks much cuter. Added to Mason Jar Crafts and Floral Crafts You might also like: Mollie Flower Crochet Pattern Prism Mason Jar Candle 50+ Free Mason Jar Crafts Pansy Flower Square Free Crochet Pattern DIY Mason Jar Outdoor Lights
  • Jelly Roll Race Remix Quilt

    Moda Bake Shop
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
  • 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials

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    Wendy at
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    A pretty necklace can finish off an outfit perfectly. Especially when you can make it yourself to match! Browse 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials and find just the right one for you or a special gift. Love to crochet or bead? We have some great necklace patterns for you! You might also like: Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Book Page Necklace Tute Faux Stamped Necklaces Crystal Bib Necklace Tutorial Double Bow Necklace Tutorial
  • Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles

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    The Crafting Chicks
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog While I’m away attending and speaking at the BlogHer Conference (who’s idea was that anyway?) I’ve got an amazing team of bloggers to hold down the fort! Today’s Post – Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles is shared by some of my home girls, The Crafting Chicks!  Always something inspiring going on over there!     Oreo […] Author information The Crafting Chicks The Crafting Chicks started as a group of friends that wanted to share fun crafty ideas with each other. We’ve had a lot of friends and…
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  • free printable apple cupcake toppers!

    claudine hellmuth
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Can you believe it's nearly August? That means it's almost time for back to school! I thought I'd whip up a little freebie for you so I created a free printable apple cupcake topper kit - perfect for back to school or you can use them for fall parties and events too!CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CUPCAKE TOPPER PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MBTo download from the preview widget above, click the button with the arrow in the top right. This will save the high res file to your computer and you will have beautiful apple cupcake toppers ready to print and enjoy! :)For more Back to School (and…
  • retro car printable cupcake boxes!

    claudine hellmuth
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I remember the first car that I bought "completely brand new" - I was 26 years old and it was a 2000 New Beetle in BRIGHT yellow. I loved this car right from the first minute I drove it off the lot. It was so adorable, like driving around a little piece of sunshine! I even had a sunflower in the dashboard bud vase.  In 2008 when we moved to DC we sold my car and I actually cried when I said goodbye to it. My heart still flutters when I see a yellow Beetle drive by! And just for the record I do not approve of the new redesign of the Beetle. It's not as cute and girly…
  • i'm in mollie makes handmade weddings magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I was so excited to see that my Retro Cassette tape printable kits were featured in Mollie Makes Handmade Weddings Magazine in a DIY 80's wedding round up on page 70! Yay! You can purchase your own retro cassette tape printable kit in my shop here and grab this issue of Mollie Makes here. 
  • I'm on the writing and creative process blog tour

    claudine hellmuth
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    My friend Beth Dryer Kingston invited me to join the "My Writing Process" blog tour! I've adjusted the questions to fit my creative process (as I'm not really a writer) and I've tagged three of my fabulously creative blogger friends - Kathy the Crafty Chica,  Ann Butler and Jenipher Lynn - as the next stops on this fun tour, be sure to check out their blogs next week to learn all about their writing & creative methods!1) What am I working on? I'm currently working on a retro car cupcake box! It was a challenge to design it so that the lid would open to fit a cupcake in in, but…
  • xyron surprise pack giveaway!

    claudine hellmuth
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have an exciting giveaway for you today! Beth Kingston over at the Aint She Crafty blog is offering a  surprise pack of Xyron goodies (valued at $100!!) to one of my blog readers - details on how to enter below.And, if that's not exciting enough! I've got another giveaway for you! Visit Beth's blog and enter for a chance to win a spot in my Composition for Collage online class! Class starts June 19th - 4 weeks/$30/forever access - more info here!♥ ♥ ♥ THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE WINNER! ♥ ♥ ♥PRIZE: 1 winner will be selected to win 1 surprise pack of…
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  • Reboot

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

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:31 pm
    So, here's what I made in my time off last week — teensy little embroidered necklaces for me and my close friends. Well, and for you too. We made up a few dozen kits and posted them in the online store. There's a FABRIC SALE this week — through Friday 6-13-14 at midnight MST — with 15-40% discounts on my classic fabric collections (Freshcut, Pop Garden, Nicey Jane, etc.). We're making space for new fabric collections on their way. If you order $35 or more of fabric and other goodies, you can get one of these limited-edition embroidery kits for FREE with your purchase.
  • The Hub of Hubbub

    4 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    What a week! Evan has chickenpox; my trusty little car is in the shop getting fit with a new harness; my Trash Ties patent needs some paperwork-love, I have a new fabric collection to deliver and another one to review. Oh! And another one to announce—shipping this week. And a big inventory-reduction sale to orchestrate. My store manager is out of town on vacation and Isaac is working a construction gig for our friend's new photo studio all week. So, he's not around either. I'm at the hub of hubbub. It's enough to make a gal appreciate some good, old-fashioned, downtempo…
  • Housekeeping

    20 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    We have been busy prepping samples for my next quilting fabric collection—coming in June. My fashion-fabric collection is almost here as well. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will have seen a number of sneak peeks last weekend during Quilt Market, the industry's trade show. Now that the business-to-business side of things is kicked off, we can start putting together some full reveals to share what I've been up to in the design department. Before moving onto new releases, I have a little house-keeping to do. First, let me congratulate Ricky Tims and Tula Pink for…
  • My Rag Doll & a Giveaway

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I must tell you about this gorgeous new book from Corinne Crasbercu. With beautiful photographs, classic designs, and even darling little sketches and watercolors mixed in throughout, Corinne's new book, My Rag Doll, is a visual treat. Here is just a glimpse of the bright and inviting styling in this treasure of a book. Even the materials-list pages are pretty. Look how the fabrics, ribbons and yarns are laid out for the Red Riding Hood doll shown above. My Rag Doll takes you through the creation of a simple doll with customizeable hair and features. You can start with a clean and tidy…
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    Tim Holtz

  • new 2014 products – sizzix alterations…

    tim holtz
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    there’s no doubt from reading your comments this week that many of you are already getting into the spirit and planning your holiday craft projects.  well today’s  reveal of my new seasonal launch with sizzix alterations will definitely put you over the edge.  i’m so happy with the variety of products in this launch including the introduction of thinlits to the alterations line.  with a little mix of fall, halloween, winter, and christmas there are lots of designs that coordinate perfectly with products from past seasons.  of course i have so many ideas for these new…
  • new 2014 products – merriment idea-ology…

    tim holtz
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    as the summer sun continues to heat things up here in arizona, it’s tough to imagine the winter chill of a christmas wonderland.  nevertheless the holidays are right around the corner, and so is the release of my new products from idea-ology.  the magic of christmas is something i absolutely love, and having an assortment of products designed to capture the nostalgic of this most wonderful time of year makes holiday creativity that much more merry & bright.  so with that, i’m excited to announce that our most popular christmas collection is back for another year!
  • tissue wrap winners…

    tim holtz
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    thanks to all of you for sharing your favorite uses for tissue wrap!  it’s fun to read all of the creative ideas and so many different applications for this versatile product.  congrats to the following winners who will receive a roll of the new postal tissue wrap!  if you see your name (and it’s your comment), please email to claim your prize.  see you tomorrow for the final idea-ology new product release for the holiday season…t!m - annie: Oh my, my. This will be my favorite tissue paper of all so far. I love using mine as a base for a background…
  • new 2014 products – more idea-ology…

    tim holtz
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    hey there – i hope you enjoyed the past week of tutorials featuring the new vellum wallflower stash and vellum ephemera from idea-ology.  if you haven’t had a chance to check out all of the great blog tutorials from these talented designers, please do: - paula cheney - mou saha - richele christensen - tammy tutterow today’s new release that is simply one of those products that was designed out of need and WANT!  as you know i absolutely love tissue wrap and have used it for many different types of projects and applications from decoupage to die cutting.  this…
  • new 2014 products – idea-ology…

    tim holtz
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    we had a great time at the rubber stamp show in carson, california this past weekend.  thanks to everyone who stopped by to watch the demos, and say hello.  it was lots of fun as always, and i’m looking forward to coming back in november… so with the start of a new week, it’s time to see another new product release for 2014 – new idea-ology vellum!  capture the beauty of nature with the antique designs in the wallflower vellum stash.  the botanical prints partnered with the translucency of the vellum make for a unique effect for layering or adding embellishments to…
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  • Meet Make: in Detroit

    Sabrina Merlo
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The @Make team is on its way to Maker Faire Detroit—here's how to find us this weekend at the Faire.Read more on MAKE
  • The Heavy Metal of Orion Fredericks

    Goli Mohammadi
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Fredericks' unique aesthetic ignites imaginations by combining recognizable forms and lines with elements of the unexpected. Read more on MAKE
  • TechShop’s Not-So-Secret Ingredient

    Nathan Hurst
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    To achieve its prodigious goals, the marquee makerspace is dialing in a precise method to make each new shop polished and profitable.Read more on MAKE
  • Mosaic Made From 25,000 Hand Cast Resin Fish

    Andrew Salomone
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Artist Kevin Champeny has certainly cooked up a fine kettle of resin with this spectacular mosaic called School of Transcendence, made from 25,000 hand cast fish.Read more on MAKE
  • 3 Awesome Projects You Can Do With The New LittleBits CloudBit Module

    Caleb Kraft
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    3 quick and easy projects built around the new CloudBit module from LittleBits. Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • Padron peppers, nature’s game of surprise

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Padrón peppers are delicious and they are also like a little game of surprise – most of these are mild but ever fifth one is hot. This can be especially amusing if somebody at your dinner is likely to break out into hiccups when they bite into a spicy pepper. (Ahem, Scott!) Traditionally these are fried in a skillet but we find them just as delicious when tossed with a little olive oil and grilled. Add some good salt to finish and that’s all you need. They practically melt in your mouth, yum. If you have not encountered these yet, I somehow got to adulthood without being…
  • links: food

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Happy almost Independence Day! A few of the links below are Fourth of July themed, the rest are yummy: What to Drink on July 4th | Serious Eats. Mostly I’m eyeing the Campari-laced version of the Starfruit Sangria here, the slice of starfruit is such a simple decoration for the Fourth. The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake – YouTube. By Numberphile. A very clever way to slice a round cake so that you can keep it as fresh as possible day after day, and the suggestion is from 1906! Via The Morning News. Sprinkle Bakes: Crème Brûlée Filled Strawberries. So tiny and so fancy.
  • links: technology

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:43 am
    Monument Valley: new levels on the way | Polygon. Yes! Tales From The Borderlands nets a nerdy voice cast | Joystiq. I’m pretty darn excited for this game to come out. Oculus Game Lucky’s Tale Will Blow Your Mind | Game|Life | WIRED. I want to play this. Ask a Game Dev — Why are so many people demanding AAA titles to be all feminist and stuff when women don’t even buy those games?. There are twice as many gamers who are female and over the age of 31 than there are male under the age of 18, so guess who is spending money on games. Via Andrea Phillips. How to Make a Light-Up…
  • Vacation Slides: finding our way out of an English hedge maze

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    One of my four goals for our trip to the UK last year was the find my way out of a hedge maze so we headed to the maze at Hampton Court which is a short train ride from London. The Hampton Court Maze isn’t the largest hedge maze in the UK but it is the first one planted in Great Britain, dating from 1690. It’s also reportedly the most famous hedge maze so we figured it would do nicely. Being iconic means that the actual layout of the maze is depicted everywhere even on the sign at the entrance to the maze and, I think, printed on our tickets. We tried not to study it too closely,…
  • links: food

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Pitcher Drinks: Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria With Lillet Rosé | Serious Eats. Yum. Sprinkle Bakes: Fresh Watermelon Cake. What a clever idea! A Beer Beginner’s Guide to Hops of the World | Serious Eats. Star Wars Macarons Prove the Force is Delicious at i09. Ok, those are cute. The Rise of the $8 Ice Cube at Priceonomics. “Miracle Fruit,” America’s Oldest New Food Trend at Gawker. I was really hoping this story was going to reveal that the Victorians threw scandalous miracle fruit parties, but no. Gawker means this goes all the way back to 2007. I would like to point…
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  • Scout Life

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

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

    13 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello Friends! Today I’m happy to be joining in with several of my favorite crafty ladies to show off a stamp set by the incredible Miriam Prantner. I’m betting you’ve come from my friend Jocelyn‘s blog… but if not, you can start at the top with Danielle at Neat & Tangled. There will be lots of crafty inspiration and two chances to win one of these On the Corner stamp sets from Neat & Tangled! Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop to increase your odds of winning! On the Corner Here are the two cards I created for this hop! I thought a cool…
  • Happy 2014

    1 Jan 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello and Happy New Year friends! I welcome 2014 with open arms and wishes for good health and happy hearts! I’ve been thinking about my one little word for 2014 and looking back at my words in years past. 2013: home | 2012: calm | 2011: green | 2010: focus | 2009: do it now (DIN) | 2008: diligent This year I’ve chosen a word that I think is just right for our new home and new lifestyle. As we adopt the retired life, and start new traditions and shed some old, I’d like to refine and simplify our lives and choose what is best for our family. I wish you a very…
  • Season’s Eatings

    23 Dec 2013 | 7:32 am
    Hello Friends! I have a sweet little gift bag for my mail carrier that I wanted to share with you. Season’s Eatings I started by printing this Season’s Eatings Tag that I created on a 4 x 6″ Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. (and an Epson XP-950, read my review here) You can download this tag right here:  SeasonsEatings I die cut a circle with my spellbinders circle die. I placed the cookies in the Silver Chevron Middy bag, folded over the top and added silver glitter tape from American Crafts. I used foam adhesive to mount the tag on top. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • move those babies

    Hillary Lang
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I'm working on a new, very satisfying, project. Finally uploading the camcorder video from 2004-2007 onto the computer. It's a fun time. The camcorder only plugs into the old defunct laptop that won't find the network and has zero disk space because somehow the computer we used for 10 years ran on 25MB of hard drive or some such nonsense. I am doing my best to not cry that I didn't have my trusty iPhone to capture every moment of Oscar & Phoebe's babyhood. It's ok. I have something at least. And one bazillion photos. It'll be ok. I think I might make…
  • Jul 8, 2014

    Hillary Lang
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Ok I'm stepping outside. I've been working on the spread for hours and I cannot get it right. My PL has caught up to when I started using the Collect and Day One apps. I must have 100+ photos I want to include for this one week. And we did nothing... went to the pool, watched World Cup, went to butterfly house, ate donuts. But I must have documented every step we took. Is it just Summer? Only so many photos of walking to school, soccer practice and doing homework that one can take. But summer! I have a photo of every flower in the garden, every cocktail made, every time they get on…
  • Watercolor

    Hillary Lang
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    First stab at watercolor lettering. I think I need better supplies. Maybe not use ikea paints. And to read the directions again. Very intrigued by the calligraphy course. Wonder if I can figure this out on my own.
  • New apps

    Hillary Lang
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Finally got around today to upgrading my iPhone's OS and was able to download some cool apps for my photos and journaling - Day One, A Beautiful Mess and Collect. Here are some photos from collect, I love it! And day one is awesome. I don't have it all figured out yet but I wrote 7 journal entries already today. This will be so helpful when I go to work on my PL pages.
  • April page

    Hillary Lang
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    PL page in progress. I like the repeaty rainbows.
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    Make and Takes

  • Make a Mini-Album with a Vintage Book Cover

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    I’ve been experimenting with using vintage book covers lately. I have quite a few of them left back after removing the vintage book pages, and what better way to give them new life than to make them into “new” books? This kind of mini is pretty simple to make, and just perfect for recording day trips or short vacations. Supplies for Mini-Album: Vintage book cover with the pages removed Double-sided scrapbook paper (I grabbed a pile from my scrap box) Strong hole punch like a Crop-a-Dile Two binder rings Instructions Lay your book cover open and measure width and height. Then…
  • 5 How-to-Draw Websites for Kids

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    I hope you aren’t hearing “I’m bored!” too often this summer. My girls have been thoroughly enjoying their downtime! They are both spending lots of time drawing in their sketchbooks, so I hunted down a few online how-to-draw resources for them to check out. My girls definitely go through phases with following drawing instructions – sometimes they love it, other times it frustrates them. If these websites aren’t a good fit for your child right now, just tuck them away and try again another time. By the way, these are definitely not just for kids – I…
  • 15 Watermelon DIY Projects to Make

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Watermelon just screams summer to me! It’s the perfect summer fruit. Not only does it hit the spot on a hot day, but it’s one of the prettiest fruits out there! There have been a lot of cute watermelon crafts and recipes circling the web these days. I searched around and found 15 super awesome watermelon DIY projects to make for National Watermelon Day! So when August 3rd rolls around, you’ll have plenty of ways to help celebrate! 1. Crochet Watermelon Coasters for Summer Sippin’: Rest a glass of lemonade on these adorable DIY crochet watermelon coasters!   2.
  • Grilled Brussels Sprouts

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to grill! We’ve been barbecuing 3-4 times a week as I just can’t resist the ease and flavor of a grilled dinner. Whatever you might be cooking up, these grilled brussels sprouts are the perfect side dish to add to your meal. Place them on a skewer for a kabob and they are fun for a party, easy to grab and munch! Recipe for Grilled Brussels Sprouts: 25-30 brussels sprouts salt & pepper oil Marzetti® Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinaigrette skewers Wash and dry your brussels sprouts. Cut off the very bottom, about 1/4 inch off…
  • Open-Ended Art With Kids: Collages

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    My favorite kind of activity to do with Kieran is open-ended: those with no particular finished product in mind. I love seeing his creativity blossom this way: he is in total control of the activity, and I never know where it will lead. Some days that means just getting out paper, paints and crayons and letting him go to town. Other days I set-up supplies and give a general idea. Here’s one that he enjoyed lately. Art with Kids: Collages I supplied him with a variety of objects like buttons, die cuts, ribbons, as well as a large sheet of paper and glue and explained that he could select…
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  • finger knitting

    amy k.
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Lydia had a blast at her week-long day camp at Trackers Earth last month. She promptly taught her two older sisters how to finger knit. She learned a few other things, too. She milked a goat, made cheese and butter, and "picked up chickens and did animal stuff." The finger knitting has been very popular and kept the girls busy. I don't even know how to do this, I need her to show me how. They all know how to knit with needles, but this has been really fun for them.  They like to make longs scarves, for dolls and themselves, and I think there is a rug being started, but I…
  • Trading Card Creator

    amy k.
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Sadie is very into stats and lists filled with lots of characters and detailed information. She has made her own trading cards and they are so creative and have such a wonderful handmade charm, I was almost reluctant to show her this very handy and easy to use Trading Card Creator. It's pretty great and she is very interested. I like that there are different questions to fill in based on what you choose to make the card for— people (real or fictional) places, events, concepts, or totally custom. They are easy to print, and are double sided with more room for information on the back.
  • the american local (a portland restaurant)

    amy k.
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
      We got some babysitting last sunday (thanks grammie!) and drove to SE Division and parked and just walked around. There are so many restaurants there we figured someplace would have a table. The American Local was right ahead and I had remembered that some very trust worthy foodie friends had given this place a bigs thumbs up. We agreed wholeheartedly. Fresh, simple, but unexpected. Here's the dinner menu. This is a photo of the cumin roasted carrots/avocado/yogurt/cilantro/sunflower seeds and the fry bread/sheep’s milk cheese/mushrooms/herbs. They both were delicious. I want to…
  • my favorite book series (as a kid)

    amy k.
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    We finally got some more bookshelves in the living room. I keep trying to get a handle on our books, but it's hard. I'm not even going to discuss my craft/sewing book collection right now. With the extra room, I was able to take these out— my childhood copies of "The Dark Is Rising" series by Susan Cooper. They were my all time favorite. I started them in 5th and read them repeatedly until 8th grade, always starting "The Dark is Rising" in the fall. Later, I only found one other kid who knew about them. They were my secret and I felt like they were written just…
  • sharpie dyeing on fabric

    amy k.
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    For Lydia's 7th birthday, I needed a easy outdoor craft. And hooray for pinterest, I found this tutorial on dyeing fabric with sharpie pens. These turned out great and the girls loved making them. What we used: Sharpie pens (I used the standard fine-tips ones, the ultra-fine didn't bleed enough) cotton fabric (I used muslin I had on hand) rubbing alcohol eyedroppers and small paint brushes embroidery hoops fresh air (these are very stinky)  drying time (not long in the sun, about 20 minutes) How we did it: I had the kids draw a design with sharpie first, repetitive images and…
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  • clean slate

    julie thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Whenever I'm away from my house for a while, I always think of things I want to change/fix/buy when I get back home.  Combine those thoughts with reading "The Nesting Place" in the car and refinishing all of the floors in my house and I have the perfect storm of change.   We've moved everything from neary every room and piled it into three rooms.  It's like hoarders but more stressful; I have to climb and walk on furniture to get into bed.  But the open space lets me see things with new eyes and the time crunch inspired me to paint the study and the back hallway.
  • midsummer

    julie thompson
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    That midsummer panic hit me this week.  It's predictable at this point and something I'm sure every teacher experiences.  Yes, I still have a lot on my summer todo list but, when I really think about it, the little stuff sometimes adds up.  For one, I added hooks to the vintage sign on our back porch (the vintage hooks from my mother-in-law's house that I soaked in paint thinner then neglectedly let get really rusty; nothing a little clear sealer couldn't fix).  No one has poked their eye out (an irrational fear that my husband has about anything hanging at eye-level)…
  • love hate pinterest

    julie thompson
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    Pinterest.  It's a love/hate thing.  I have used Pinterest for reference (mostly for recipes) but the bulk of my activity is pinning stuff I forget 30 seconds later; never to be seen again.   For some reason (my love of letters/graphics?) I remembered the idea about spray painting plastic letters because when these letters arrived at school in a box of hand-me-downs, I grabbed them.  And when I was spray painting a vintage stool and had some paint left, I painted the letters.  This was not as easy as it seemed but it turns out that the letters are pretty cute with their cohesive…
  • salve regina

    julie thompson
    29 May 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In the weeks before my dad died, he talked several times about how everyone was waiting for him in the yard.  It is no surprise to any of us that my dad's version of heaven was a beautiful green lawn.   I feel incredibly thankful that my mom, my three sisters, and I were with my dad on his last day.  In true Irish form, we laughed as much as we cried. My dad died peacefully at dusk on a beautiful Earth Day. The Sisters that had cared for my dad all gathered around his bed and sang Salve Regina.  It was selfless and tear-filled and beautiful.   My oldest sister Mary performed random…
  • auction for catherine

    julie thompson
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I don't usually jump in to something without really thinking about it.  But when I saw that Jenn (noodleandlou) was organizing an art auction for Catherine Thursby (redshoes), I couldn't respond fast enough.  Catherine is one of my first and oldest blog friends and a crazy-talented artist.  She has always supported and encouraged me (and made me laugh).   I have a stash of items that I could contribute but I was more like the girl with a closet full of clothes but nothing was good enough.  I needed something new.  I'll leave out the messy details but I wanted the art to…
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  • project life • may highlights
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Goodness, I'm very behind! But every time I get back to working on the Project Life album I'm doing for my family, I'm happy to be back at it. Every.single.time. Right now I've just finished May, (thus the highlights), and I'm working on catching up all of June all at once. And, using this ink on these monthly dividers has been one of my favorite things I did this year overall. I'm happy every time I get to a new month.  When catching up on this weekly spread method, I might have to resort to more "filler" content than photos and stories, but it's…
  • watercolor palette building
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Thanks to Mary Ann's Sketchbookery class, I've gotten knee deep into making my own palette out of watercolors. (No need to fret for those that missed the sign up deadline for class, she'll be running another class this December!)  I purchased this empty palette upon her recommendation. She's right, it's a good one, I like it a lot! And as pricey as it seems, compared to other metal paint palettes out there it seems reasonable. I want to get this one for a smaller set of paint tubes I have, but can't pull the trigger due to price. This one for 24 is a better…
  • giant jenga = summer fun
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
                              Oh, the colors! I love this summer project for those alone.  My daughter came home for summer and asked if she could host a summer solstice party. She loves to cook and entertain. It's so fun having her home, full of her own ideas and spirit; the whole house (and it's inhabitants) come alive when she's here. ;) She had ideas for her party to celebrate the start of summer, one being lots of outdoor games. Then she showed me this pin, of the home made giant Jenga Game DIY by…
  • ongoing creative
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:58 pm
    More handweaving. I thought I was done for a bit, with too many other things on the list before it. But then, this weekend, I found myself in Fresno for a three day weekend of baseball for my son, and I couldn't resist. (The one above is another new one...and let me tell you, I have so much to learn about shape making!) Anyway...back to Fresno and baseball spectating. I intentionally didn't bring anything creative to do, instead opting for my laptop and the work that I owe people; be it articles, class descriptions, supply lists, my own video editing etc. etc. I thought if I brought…
  • getting ready for sketchbookery class
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I couldn't resist getting a few supplies for Mary Ann's new e-course, Sketchbookery... Class starts next week and I am really looking forward to it. I sketch once in awhile, but not regularly. I see a sketchbook as a completely different beast than my art journals. Of course, sometimes I sketch in my art journals, but for the most part, I use the same materials and mark making pens to doodle in my art journals, like this below vs. sketch. I'm really looking forward to developing my sketching skills, learning some new techniques, and committing to practicing regularly as class goes…
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    The Soap Bar

  • 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
  • Food Soap Challenge

    Joanna Schmidt
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of the reasons I post challenges on Soaper's Retreat on facebook is to push your abilities to express yourselves and the photographs you take of the masterpieces you make.  In life and in work, I always feel like if I don't push the envelope or think outside the box, in my work, or anything else I do, will just be overlooked, be plain, "pedestrian"... and like everyone else's.  So this challenge, The Food Challenge, was to use a food item, never used BY YOU before in your soaps.  I was clear in my food challenge description, that failures (meaning that if the food item…
  • What To Bring To A Soap Conference - Guest Blog Post

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    There are soap conferences and gatherings all over the country, from the huge Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild Annual Conference to regional gatherings like Central Soapers Workshop, Alabama Soap & Candle Meeting, Tennessee Soap and Candle Social, Mid Atlantic Lights & Lather Artisans, and so many more!For most of us, saving our pennies is the beginning and by the time we set sail for the conference, we're losing our wits! Plus, if you've never been to an industry conference, you might be totally baffled as to what to expect.First things first, most soap conferences…
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    Geek Crafts

  • Peter Griffin Cosplayer Kills It

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    At the 2014 Allentown Comic Con there was a cosplay contest judged by celebrity cosplayers Riki Lecotey a.k.a. “Riddle” and Nicole Marie Jean. To keep the crowd entertained while they deliberated, they asked Robert Franzese, the perfect Peter Griffin cosplayer, to take the mic and he completely KILLED it! Check out “Peter’s” stand-up comedy routine video. By all means, this is not an elaborate cosplay, but it works because it’s so simple: glasses, white shirt, green pants, and a belt buckle. However, this guy has nailed it with the voice, the laugh and the banter…
  • Superhero Comic Book Magnets

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In nearly all flea markets, you can find a stash of comic books. What to do with them after reading them? You can make magnets! Amanda over on Crafts by Amanda has written a great post that gives you a tutorial on making them!   After you’ve made your plethora of magnets for yourself and friends and gifts, she has a link to learn how to make comic book coasters! So the next time you’re at a flea market, hunt down those comics, and let the fun begin. Amanda also has 2 craft books, be sure to check them out!  
  • Looking for Writers!

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Hello! I’m trying to get everything lined up to make Geek Crafts better than ever this summer. If you would like to be a writer, send me a mock post at Find any geek crafty item and write a post about it. Even if you’ve sent one before, feel free to send it again so I can keep this party going!! There’s no pay for this position, but you do get bragging rights! What this would mean: I would need you to commit to posting at least once a week, have functional knowledge of WordPress including how to upload media, and proof-reading is the ultimate skill I…
  • Roll for DIY with This Gaming Tabletop

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    From video to card to board, we have several gaming favorites at our house. Of the card and board variety, my kids enjoy Magic the Gathering, Munchkin and Settlers of Catan. Which makes me think this DIY gaming tabletop might be a big hit. Kristy GD at Please Excuse My Craftermath has created a DIY gaming tabletop that is actually an IKEA hack project, sits atop her existing dining room table, and stores away as a decorative accent between gaming sessions. Talk about multi-purpose! Her blog post walks you through her process for creating the functional and portable tabletop. With which games…
  • Morning Coffee Cup Art

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Jimmy Q. Trapp has a Tumblr page dedicated to his craft: drawing and coloring on coffee cups and leaving them for people to find. His minimalist Sinestro was from July 10, 2014. And from the looks of his Facebook page, “Pencils, Coffee and Markers,” any kind of subject matter is available.
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    house on hill road

  • The Cat Pajamas (plus Mice on Bikes!)

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    With both girls away at camp for a couple of weeks, I spent some time thinking about what to send in their care packages other than food. I bought a couple of Lizzy House Catnap fabrics awhile back specifically for p.j. shorts and decided to sew them up to send to camp. Cat faces for my cat lover Jane and mice on bikes for Kate, because why not? They are so dang cute! I used the same pattern from Stitch magazine (Summer 2012) that I did for their last batch of sleep shorts. The pattern is in women's sizes and downloadable from the site, but does not include any directions. The directions…
  • Jane's Liberty Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Just a little over a week ago, we dropped Jane off for a three week summer camp at a college in North Carolina. Back in the early spring, I thought that maybe I should make her a quilt to take because she sleeps in a full size bed here and because the only twin bedding we have belongs on the beds in Kate's room. And because she was going in July and I wasn't sure if the dorm would have air conditioning, I decided that a lovely, summer weight Liberty quilt would be just the ticket. I ordered a bunch of fat eighths from Dee at Pick Click Sew on Etsy. I have ordered Liberty fabrics…
  • Fall, Winter and the First Half of Summer Reading

    Erin | house on hill road
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Here's a comprehensive list of what I've read since my last update. I read a wide range of books - everything from memoirs to total beach reads to JA novels to serious literature. I've listed them in the order they were on my Kindle so there's no ranking or anything like that. In fact, my favorite book so far this year, I only recently read. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (I've read the entire series from A is for Alibi onward and I love these books. I think they keep getting better and better). Paris by Edward Rutherfurd (This is a dense, historical novel. I enjoyed…
  • Spring Flowers Baby Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
    I managed a second finish last week. I cannot tell you how good it feels to be so productive! This sweet baby quilt top was finished back in January and it has been sitting in the studio awaiting quilting ever since. Because it is small, I decided to spray baste it. I was not happy with the basting so it sat, waiting for me to take it apart and re-baste with pins. When I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and put it in the to-do pile, I took a second look at the basting and decided to go for it without re-basting. And it worked great! The fabrics are mostly Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt…
  • The Creamsicle Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    When it comes to naming quilts, I'm often stumped. This one, though, was easy. All that orange and white? Creamsicle! Never mind that I had to explain what a creamsicle is to my children. Don't worry - a trip to the grocery is planned for later today so I can remedy the missed opportunities of their young taste buds. As I mentioned earlier this week, I pieced this quilt top in 2008. Crazy, right? I am not sure why I didn't quilt it sooner. It's been shuffled around through many studio clean outs and has lingered in the to-do pile. I am glad that I finally got around to…
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    Design Mom

  • Gemvara Giveaway

    Design Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Oh my goodness. Today’s giveaway is going to knock your socks off! Gemvara is the sponsor. And the prize is a $1000 gift certificate!!! Do you know Gemvara? It’s an online high-end jewelry store where every piece can be customized in any metal, and with any gem you’d like. For real. They offer 20 different natural gemstones and 9 different precious metals. Just playing around on the site is delightful — and surprisingly educational as well. I started with this Small Circle Pendant. Then I tried changing the metals. Then I tried changing the gemstones. Each…
  • Growing A Family: Trading Adventures

    Design Mom
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    By Gabrielle. Tara’s company that she and her husband co-founded, Knowmad Adventures, was born from the idea that travel makes us all better people. I would suggest that babies do the same exact thing! In total seriousness, running a South American travel company that specializes in authentic adventures is probably one of the best training grounds for parenthood, don’t you think? Unpredictable climates, crazy eating habits and sleep patterns, a continually changing and ever inspiring landscape, and daily excursions that leave your heart beating like nothing else in the…
  • Your First Grownup Apartment

    Design Mom
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Gabrielle. // This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier. I’m betting the reason I first fell in love with Target so many years ago is the same reason you did: they made excellent design available on a large scale, at prices that are accessible to everyone. Over the last year, Target revamped and relaunched their Room Essentials line. If you’ve been in-store lately, I’ll bet you’ve seen it — I couldn’t help but snap an instagram months ago when I was walking down an aisle on a late night Target run and the RE display…
  • Living With Kids: Kat Hertzler

    Design Mom
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I definitely wouldn’t look at Kat‘s home and think to myself “I’ll bet they did all this debt-free!” No, that would not be my first, second, or even tenth thought. Because there’s so much else to think about in this tour! Like the rustic kitchen island or that gorgeous countertop, the ceiling in the nursery and that insanely lush carpet, the leather couch that looks like it was plucked from a London pub…I could go on. Wait! One more: her master bedroom and bath was once a two-car garage. But back to the debt-free part. Yes, the renovations…
  • The Treehouse: Front Porch Makeover

    Design Mom
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle.  |  This post is brought to you by Lowe’s Home Improvement — they have everything you need to refresh your own front door, so your home can make a welcoming first impression. ——- I love a good front porch makeover! It’s one of those projects where small changes can make a big impact, and make any house look like it’s loved and up-to-date. Way back in the day (2007), when we lived in a rental house in New York, I did my first porch makeover. It made such a difference. Instead of being bummed out as I drove up to the house, I…
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  • the fourth of july

    Alicia Alferman
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Earlier this month we took the kids canoeing and camping on the the Elk River and Big Sugar Creek, introducing them to the cool, clear, rocky rivers of my childhood memories. We went there several times every summer when I was little in a cute little pop-up camper. The rain plink-plunking on that camper roof is, to this day, one of the sweetest things I've ever known. My kids sleep in tents (J has his own now) but the floating, crawdads, minnows and oh-so-much swimming are just exactly the same as they always were.
  • in the kitchen on father's day

    Alicia Alferman
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Today for Father's Day breakfast the kids and I made eggs salad sandwiches, sweet apple iced tea, and fruit salad for Brian. We used bacon instead of pancetta and some mild dill havarti cheese we had in the fridge instead of the gorgonzola the recipe called for. (I love sharp cheeses but they give me the dreaded migraines.) The sandwiches were simple and yummy, and we all decided they'd make a GREAT brunch choice when serving a big group of people. The tea was good, but just a bit too sweet for us.  I also wanted to mention one other headache-friendly find I've been enjoying lately. I…
  • little things

    Alicia Alferman
    5 May 2014 | 9:54 am
    This photo tells me a couple of things:Small things are cute. (I repaired, stripped and painted this tiny chair for a client and it is so stinkin' sweet. It's for a new baby- the third generation to sit upon it. More sweetness.)And... I really need to clean our baseboards.Happy Spring to you!
  • still sewing too

    Alicia Alferman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Heather asked me to sew some pillows for her with fabric she's been collecting. They turned out quite pretty. I know they'll look just smashing in her beautiful home. I hope she and Matt will like them.And to prove you can always learn something new, I learned to sew in piping and zippers in the same pillow. Thanks, youtube!
  • still painting

    Alicia Alferman
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I finally got these cute little bedside tables finished up for a friend. 
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    Happy Zombie

  • It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot!

    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…
  • Needle a little joy

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The last time I was at Modern Domestic I picked up some Clover embroidery needles to try out. I’ve been using Peacemaker embroidery needles for over a decade now, but I’ve gotten so tried of their lack of availability. So I gave the Clover Gold Eye needles a try on the binding of my #fancyfoxquilt block potholders. Oh boy, am I glad I did! The Clover needles poke through the fabric like soft butter. So dreamy. I’m using the No. 9 for binding and it’s perfect! Functions like a straw or milliners needle, but has the muscle of an embroidery needle. Who knew a tiny little…
  • Painting rig

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    My clever son MacGyver’d a "painting rig" and it’s mad awesome. My crusty old white bike basket is now Sea Glass green (from Krylon). Everyone needs to make a painting rig.
  • Mexican Loteria

    29 May 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m so digging my new Mexican Loteria stitchery from Sublime Stitching! And I’m especially diggin’ the “all you need” drawings of the hoop, needles, scissors, floss and “something to stitch”. I think I’ll embroider those, too! Love, love, love! —-> —-> Click here to my Instagram for comments/to comment.
  • iPhone holder/necklace

    28 May 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I made an iPhone/iPod holder “necklace” to wear so I can listen to podcasts and music while I sew/FMQ, vacuum, cook (read take-out menus), etc. I often, ok, always, put my phone in my bra. I’m trying to break that habit, at least while I’m sewing. I made an iPhone “necklace” holder complete with pockets for iPhone accessories and for credit cards, cash, keys and punch cards for on the go. My pattern can be found in the Summer 2014 issue of Better Home’s and Gardens Quilts & More. NOTE: My pattern was reworked in the magazine article for the…
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    One more Moore

  • 4th of July in NYC

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Hey there! Just wanted to pop in and share some photo's from the 4th of July. It was so great here in the city. And by here in the city, I mean just over the river in New Jersey.   We spent the afternoon at the Liberty Science Center and then drove over to the Liberty State Park for a picnic while we waited for the fireworks to start.  This was the only pic I got all day of this little nugget. Our evening picnic by the water meant she needed another layer of clothing so no red, white or blue for her, unlike her big sis, ha! :)  Waiting to get this party started. Oh wait,…
  • Marathon Monday

    10 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A few weeks ago we drove up to Boston for this years marathon. I promised the children after last years marathon that we would absolutely be back this year.  Theres just nothing like it, we were so happy to be there and cheer on the runners. And did I mention how inspiring it is? I mean, really???? What'd you do today? Run a marathon, with one leg? I couldn't run it with 2 legs! Amazing. I love the look of the man in the suit in the background. We all felt the exact same: total amazement.  Go cheer on the runners if you ever have the chance. It's incredible. And only in MA do…
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    7 May 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I loaded up the children on Tuesday for an after-school field trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the cherry blossoms (which were amazing). It reminds me so much of the Huntington Library that we used to go to all the time when we lived in LA. The kids kicked off their shoes and ran around like crazy people (success). My kind of fieldtrip- where there wear themselves out! We spent a lot of time at the water fountain throwing pennies in and making wishes. Charlie also enjoyed digging up other peoples wishes. Ha! This photo is still making me laugh:  A woman taking a selfie and a…
  • MoMA

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    I signed up to chaperone Kate's kindergarten class to the MoMA yesterday. In all my years that we visited NYC and since we've lived here, I had never been! We saw some amazing works of art: Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein. These kids, I tell ya, they get to go on some pretty incredible fieldtrips!  I don't know if modern art is Kate's thing. More than once she said to me "they call that ART?!?!" (not the Picasso- the more subtle art- the strip of red painted wood hanging on the wall). There is a Van Gogh that Henry has been dying to see so we'll have to use…
  • World Autism Awareness Day

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I'm sure you've heard that it's World Autism Awareness Day today! I talked a little bit about it on my Instagram account this morning but I just wanted to say that we are so grateful to have Charlie in our family. Our family would not be complete without him. I'm grateful for the many teachers & therapists who work their tails off everyday to ensure that Charlie is given the resources and education he deserves and needs. It's not always easy to have a child who is autistic but I'm grateful that it's manageable. He is learning & growing so much. He…
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  • in the garden :: July 24

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Ah, this week in the garden has been a lovely one. The first of the sunflowers has appeared and with that, it feels as though we've reached the height of summer. The garden feels full and lush....and full of projects...
  • for the albums

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Ah, photo albums. Those much-loved records of our years together, invokers of good memory, and such a pleasure to peruse the pages of. And also...dare I say....sometimes impossibly hard to keep up with. Especially these days in the age of...
  • these days

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    There are a series of goodbyes and hellos and goodbyes again happening here in our world of late, and it's leaving me feeling rather on the sentimental side. This summer feels more full of those goodbyes than ever before....and yet,...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ The Waldorf Connection

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, The Waldorf Connection. In Donna's words: "The Waldorf Connection is an online resource for families homeschooling with Waldorf-inspired methods. We provide training, support and community to help those get started without...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Bee's Wrap

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Bee's Wrap. In Sarah's words: "Bee’s Wrap is a beeswax and cloth sustainable food storage solution. Wrap cheese or a sandwich, half of an avocado or lemon. Bee’s Wrap is also...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Randomly on a Thursday

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    1. No word yet on the sock. It could be that this story will end sadly, but not for lack of effort in the knitting community, and I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel great about us. 2. The bike rally leaves Sunday. I have just spent a few minutes quietly at my desk trying to work out if what I feel is excitement or terror.  It might be both.  The weather forecast for next week looks really dodgy. So far it’s calling for rain every day, and while I might be able to get my head around riding in the rain (not really – it sucks) I can’t tell you how opposed I…
  • The Knit Signal

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    This morning, at approximately 9:56 am, an email was received by this reporter from Ron Miskin. Although this informant is involved with The Buffalo Wool Co, this email didn’t concern bison in the slightest, which was odd and slightly disappointing, but he’s a nice man, so I read on.  Ron was writing to relate a tragic story, and pleading (Ok fine,  he was just asking) me to consider making public a sock crisis out of Oklahoma. Approximately 21 hours ago, a very nice knitter named Britt was travelling through Oklahoma City airport when she spotted a single hand knit, self…
  • Quickly, and standing up

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Hi guys, this is a driveby blogging, since I spent the day riding and hunting up the bits and pieces that I need to camp for the nights ahead of me. (Have I ever mentioned the camping? It’s not my favourite part of the rally.) Now I’ve got a little time left over in my day, and our good man Pato is coming over to help me adjust my new bike seat. (It’s not good people, not good. Hopefully Pato can fix it. He’s handy like that.)  If I hustle through that, I’ll have a nice evening ahead of me, with some knitting in it, and I can’t sacrifice that, or…
  • I think they have a calendar

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    We have squirrel problems. I know I’ve mentioned this. I even wrote a story about one particular furred lunatic in Yarn Harlot.  That one stole fleece and yarn, and generally had a wool fetish that was a wonder to behold.  Anything I put out there to dry, he was off with – right up until Rams and Presbytera invented the squirrel deterrent system way back in 2007.  (I still use that. Works a treat – although it could also be that the squirrel in question has passed from this earth to his eternal wool laden reward. Squirrels still try to get into my yarn and wool, but not…
  • Presents!

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Last night I finished the sock, and I’m not totally sure that I’m in love with my solution – but we shall see.  I’d post a picture but I might yet rip it back – For now I’m trying to start the second one of the pair, and for the life of me can’t remember what cast-on I used, or what changes I made to the pattern.  I have no idea why I didn’t write it down. It’s like I’m new or something. I’m going to distract you with a big round of Karmic Balancing gifts. First, two presents from long time friend of the show, Susan of…
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    My Paper Crane

  • around the house

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just a few photos from around the house. I realized there has been a lot switched around since the last time I posted house photos. I decided to try and take a few houses photos every month. One thing I wish I had photos of was all of the houses we grew up in. My Dad was in the military so we did our fair share of moving. I’d love to look at the details like toys we had in our room, the bed spread, what our couch looked like.
  • Halloween Quilt

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I dug out this crazy hodge podge Halloween quilt I started last year. I originally made the Halloween collage so we could have a crazy Halloween puzzle to put together. Then I printed it on some fabric so I could make a quilt & halloween bag. I know its currently Summer, but if I want these things done in time for Fall, I’ve found that Summer is the time to work on them.
  • July Crafternoon

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Julay crafternoon snuck up real quick since June’s crafternoon was so close to the end of the month. It worked out well since we were doing knitting & crochet lessons using the yarn we dyed last time. First everyone turned their skeins of yarn into center pull yarn cakes using the ball winder & swift. You can see adorable Molly in the bottom photo with her yarn cakes. Then instead of sitting around a table like we normally do, we all headed to the living room to make ourselves comfy for the lessons. Not everyone ended up loving either knitting or crochet, and thats ok! I think…
  • Plush Of The Month Club!

    Heidi Kenney
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m very excited to announce the launch of my Plush Of The Month Club! Subscriptions for August’s “soft opening” will open on Friday July 25th. For the first month I am only opening 30 subscriptions. 15 available at 8am EST and 15 more at 8pm EST. For September I will open up 20 more spots, so the club will be able to have 50 subscribers, and we shall see how it goes from there! So what is the Plush Of The Month Club? For $30 ($35 outside the USA) you will get a surprise box each month with a special handmade plush, most months this will just be one intricate/more…
  • Summer Adventures

    Heidi Kenney
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    On one of our past Thursdays we took a little day trip up to the Harrisburg PA area. Our first stop was a really cool antique shop called Old Sled Works in Duncannon PA (that needs a whole post of its own!) We had lots of fun even though we were a little disappointed to find out the soda fountain inside is only open on weekends. Especially because the day we went the air conditioner was being repaired and it was hot hot hot! After we left there we headed toward Harrisburg to check out The National Civil War Museum. Thats where the photo of that view comes in! It was very interesting and of…
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    Betz White

  • summer sewing: shorts!

    Betz White
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This spring I jumped into sewing for myself, whipping up baseball t-shirts, tunics, and more. And the sewing frenzy continues this summer! After making my first Tortola Tank, I made 2 more (top row, below) as well as a scoop neck T and a Tiny Pocket Tank. Over the weekend, when I do most of my “sewing for me”, I counted how many tops I’ve made since April…15! Crazy! I’ve made mistakes, but for the most part I’m calling them a success! With every pattern you learn something new. And best of all, I’ve been supporting indie pattern designers…a win-win!
  • On Top of the World

    Betz White
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Last week my husband and oldest son experienced a trip of a lifetime. They spent 10 days backpacking over 75 miles with 40 pound packs at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. That’s my son on top of Mt. Baldy, elevation 12,441 feet!   While they were away I had some quality time with my younger son. We ate ice cream cones and watched movies every night! We took a short trip of our own to Wisconsin to visit friends and reminisce about living there 7 years ago! We enjoyed the lakes, driving through our old neighborhoods, eating at favorite restaurants and reconnecting with old…
  • Road Trip Pattern Club: Pattern #3!

    Betz White
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    Today we’ve reached our third “destination” of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the Tortola Tank by Carla Hegman Crim of the Scientific Seamstress! Members of the club should already have the email with links to this pattern in their inboxes. Woot!   This easy-breezy tank that sews up so fast, you’ll be out from behind the sewing machine and behind the wheel “cruisin’” in no time. The Tortola Tank is cut on the bias so it has a nice drape and is oh-so flattering. It also has several length and neckline options.   I used a striped…
  • New Forum!

    Betz White
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    I’d like to invite you to join a brand new forum I’ve started for Betz White Sewing Patterns. It’s a private group where we can share projects, ideas, and talk about sewing! You can ask me questions about my sewing patterns, offer feedback and show off your creations! I’ll also be sharing tips, techniques, sneak peeks and heads-up on sales and other goodies. The forum is set up over on Facebook. I’ve found recently that people really enjoy the private groups over there because they can post things freely without it showing up in their public feed for all of…
  • Happy July 4th!

    Betz White
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
      In honor of Independence Day I’m having a pattern sale in my Etsy shop! Enter the coupon code USA25 today only and get 25% off your pattern order. Enjoy! You're reading Happy July 4th!, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online Google+ | Twitter
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    Illustration Friday

  • Sketching out your creative dream

    Kate Leonard
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
      We all have dreams and aspirations they grow within us from any age, from the time we’re two years old and scribbling on any blank piece of paper in sight to the years in university when your dreaming up a life of bigger things you want to do and places you may want to go. Although as time goes by sometimes unless your extremely determined you can feel swayed or lose sight of the things you dreamed of and that’s why you need to grab a pen and sketch them out. Sketching out your dreams keeps them in sight, gives you a reference to go back to when your feeling a tad lost in…
  • Illustrator Helen Musselwhite

    Jessica Holden
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Helen Musselwhite works with paper creating models and sets, she cuts all the pieces by hand creating multi-layed designs.  Her clients include Audi, McDonalds and Nokia amongst many.  Her influences include; The British countryside, William Morris and 1970′s textile design. Helen Musselwhite is represented by the U.K based illustration agency handsome frank. To see more of Helen Musselwhite’s lovely work visit her website and flickr. posted by jess    
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: James Stokoe

    Andy Yates
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
                  James Stokoe is a self taught artist from Canada who occasionally releases a new issue of his ongoing opus, Orc Stain, from Image Comics. He began his comics career in the mid-2000′s with titles such as Wonton Soup from ONI Press, Popgun Volume 1, and 24Seven from Image. He was banned from the U.S. for a few years for working(drawing comics) here illegally, but he has put those darker days behind him now. Coming off of increased interest in his work on Orc Stain, and other high-profile projects like Sullivan’s Sluggers(a wildly…
  • Editorial Submission :: Abbey Lossing

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Post by Natalie Abbey Lossing is a freelance illustrator based in Lakewood, NY. Her work is primarily digital, but she also enjoys various forms of printmaking. Her style integrates simple shapes, decorative details and an earthy color palette. When she is not in the studio you can find her traveling around the United States and rock climbing. See more of Abbey’s work on her website.
  • Illustrator: Jesmond Cat Designs

    Carla Taylor
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
      After attending a craft fair, I was kindly introduced to the wonderful illustrator, Chris Leaper, founder of Jesmond Cat Designs. He is based in West Yorkshire, England and uses traditional media, acrylic on canvas or board to create these vibrant, quirky works of art. The name ‘Jesmond Cat’ comes from a personal character story Leaper created which continued to progress and now acts as a ‘mascot’ for his personal illustration brand. There is a sense of softness in his work which can only be given justice when seen in person! Completely talented and imaginative,…
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  • man in a kilt

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    One last post before SF. I don’t usually talk about the bumps in the road but not many of the dolls go from start to finish with no missteps along the way. And, the last few weeks there were more than usual- I am ready for some time away from the studio. I knew this fellow was going to have a kilt but this is the second one I made because I made an un-fixable error on the first one- The kind that is not worth trying to fix. I’ve learned to tell the difference because many times, trying to fix something takes more time than starting over. But, he made it through the process and…
  • another tattooed lumberjack

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I needed a few more fellows to accompany me to San Francisco. He’s got some fancy suspenders!
  • a tattooed lumberjack

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    He’s got an embroidered belt buckle and high lace-up boots.
  • In the Mimi news

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    I will be in San Francisco next weekend with all my wares- hope some of you can stop by for a visit! And for anyone who plans way ahead, I will be in Chicago in September 6 and 7. In other news, I revised my Tiny World pattern after all these years. Honestly, it’s been on my to-do list for at LEAST a year! It now includes the pattern for 2 little houses- one upright as shown in the photos, the other is a cottage style. If you bought the pattern in the last year and you’d like a refreshed pattern, send me something that shows when you bought it and I will send you a new pdf copy.
  • forager fox

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    When he was just dressed in his blue knit sweater vest and I started out making the sage green corduroy jacket, I thought he was a gardener. But, as I worked on him, I decided he was a forager and his sack is full of all the good things he’s found. And I foraged all through my studio drawers to find goodies for his bag!
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    PaMdora's Box

  • Curious Curium – An Alternative Quilt & Journal

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Last year I made a quilt using alternative materials for an exhibition called Radical Elements. Each artist in the show selected an element from the periodic table and was asked to create a quilt to the same size dimensions and without relying on traditional fabric and thread. We were also asked to make a journal incorporating work samples. Since I used my real work samples, the book is sort of messy and irregular. It is spiral bound with a nice orange fiberoptic cable. Curious Curium – A Radical Elements Journal Curium is named for Marie Curie who pioneered research on radioactivity,…
  • Drawing Assassin

    26 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a figure drawing session, perhaps since college. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but maybe I’ve learned some things since then. Maybe I’ve also learned some things from one of my favorite drawing books, The Tao of Sketching. With only five or ten minutes to make a drawing, it seems you should just jump right in and draw as fast and as much as you can. But last night, I found myself sitting back and looking around the entire room. At the other people and things in the room. Asking what most interests me about this particular…
  • The Easter Bunny on Monday

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
  • Morning Song

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet. It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square. There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of…
  • First Friday Art Walk drawings

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This Friday I had planned on drawing a sound installation sponsored by the ideaXfactory (more on that later) but it turned out to be harder than I thought. So instead I drew some other interesting things that happened downtown on the First Friday Art Walk. There were a  lot of people eating green cake as they walked around Park Central Square… Turns out Park Central Library was hosting an “Edible Books” event, and they had asked local cake shops to make Call of the Wild cakes. The biggest one was made like mountains covered with green pines trees. There was a whole row of…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • This old heart

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Here is Old Nine.  Hanging by a thread.  A cloth that reminds me how much I like nine and that I could spend the rest of my life expressing that.   It reminds me also, how long I have been doing all this.  This old blog is weary.  So.  Time away.   Falling into my weaving self.  And High Summer.  UnDoing aspiration, obligation.  A  vacation in a sense from too many internet places.  Just Considering for a while.
  • Garden in July

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Even with a rough and late start.  Even with the lack of big rain.  Even with the lack of tending due to the broken toe.  There is food. What I planted is sort of mingled with what grew on its own.  Except for the crabgrass and moss,  most of the weeds are edible anyway. I have a slow drip going at night,  using much less water and less evaporation than watering  rain style.  The scallions are almost as high as an elephant's eye.  It is not a hot summer.  It's ok.  The boy stopped by to build  a little …
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    Wooster Collective

  • Bleeps in Windows
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We absolutely love how artist Bleeps made her mark on some abandoned buildings in Athens by filling them with colorful female characters lounging in the windows. 
  • “The Horse is in the Cart” at George Adams
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Humor, vibrancy, and "whaat?" fill the walls of George Adams' current group show, "The Horse is in the Cart." The curators say the show is about the weirdness of everyday life, and some of this strangeness comes across in the creative way the works are displayed. Sculptures sit under flat works, making shrine-like wall installations that hover over you. A creepy photograph by John Waters is even more unusual mounted above a Robert Arneson piece; a book by Robert The is transformed next to Martha Wilson's haunting self-portraits.  Check it out at George Adams, 525-531 West 26th…
  • New Ludo in Paris
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We love Ludo's new flowers that watch over this Parisian street corner. 
  • Railway Artwork by Bordalo II
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Bordalo II transforms this railway into a larger-than-life musical staff in Portugal. 
  • Alexis Diaz and Stinkfish in Toulouse, France
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We love this collaboration's creative choice to paint on screens instead of on building walls. These bright murals really liven up this park in Toulouse.   
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  • Walking in Dyani White Hawk's Moccasins

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Iterated in a seemingly endless variety of colors and configurations, White Hawk's "moccasin" paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.image: Dyani White Hawk, "Trust and Loss," 2011. 30.75 x 20.25 inches, lithograph, edition of 15.image: Dyani White Hawk, "All that Glitters," 2014. 42 x 42 inches.image: Dyani White Hawk, "Dragonfly, Sun, Moccasin," 2014
  • All Dance is Local Somewhere

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Plenty of elements distinguish a thriving dance scene from one in which the occasional dance gets made: funding, available space, good schools, an active demimonde. But a local language, a conversation to join--that might be the most important.
  • What's So Funny? - With Lauren Anderson

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A monthly podcast on the craft of comedy hosted by Levi Weinhagen. For this episode, Brave New Workshop veteran, Lauren Anderson, talks shop about writing sketch comedy and improv.image: What's So Funny? - a monthly podcast featuring interviews on the craft of comedyimage: Host, Levi Weinhagen
  • Takeaways from Dance/USA 2014

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dancers and presenters from around the country talked of money, innovation, the business of embracing change. With audiences in decline, it's clear the dance world needs to continually make a case for social and cultural relevance. But how?image: Cecily Sommers
  • Vertigo at the American Dance Festival

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lightsey Darst reports back from opening night at this summer's American Dance Festival in Durham, NC: a glittering mix of the rich, the arty, the young and a US premiere by Israel's Vertigo Dance Company.image: Photo: Gadi Dagon, courtesy of Vertigo Dance Companyimage: Production photo: Vertigo 20
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    Anahata Katkin


    Anahata Katkin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    As some of you may know my Brother & Mother are opening a beautiful restaurant & bar. BRICKROOM is in one of Ashland, Oregons most important historic buildings. It's a gorgeous space and I have been honored to help with...
  • Summer & Serape's

    Anahata Katkin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Ever since my month in Mexico this winter (here & here) I've been having a love affair with the Serape. We even used them in our recent PAPAYA! photo shoot. (see it above?) I've dragged mine to the beach, around...
  • New

    Anahata Katkin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    (Image: Snowy Spruce) That's our formaula at PAPAYA! New artwork becomes new cards. And we have a juicy new batch just recently in. Because PAPAYA! began with greeting cards it is still our most important collection. It is our bedrock...
  • Inspiration: Pressed Flowers

    Anahata Katkin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    With this beautiful, hot summer around here happening I am honing in on all the pretty herbs, flowers and weeds that have always inspired me. I always want to paint the daintiest shapes and stems, but I really struggle with...
  • Interview at Smart Creative Women

    Anahata Katkin
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Hello. I am really excited to share with you an interview I did recently with Smart Creative Women's founder, Monic Lee. Her website is an incredible resource for insider ideas, shared knowledge and support for women in creative business fields,...
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    Judy Wise

  • Heading to Summer Camp

    Judy Wise
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Let's start with food. I'm hungry.John got up on his tall fruit ladder to show you his jack in the beanstalk sunflower. We did a big blueberry picking this cool, overcast morning before the sun came out.Hauled in 17 more quarts to add to the 14 we already froze.Here is the way John waters some plants. We have a very fast draining soil so it he starts them in sunken areas inside pots with no bottoms, then he can pull out the pots at some point and have a depression that will hold water.  Sewed a coptic book block for my next journal.Covered it with buckram, a book cloth…
  • Summer Bliss

    Judy Wise
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I spoke to a friend recently who asked if I was still on "that sketching kick". Uh, yeah. I'm still adding notebooks, pens, new watercolor sets and heaps of enthusiasm. Meanwhile the garden is bursting at the seams.One daughter has moved to downtown Portland. Wow, do I love their new neighborhood.The family continues to meet weekly for walks in the forest.Shellie and her dad.Mi amor.Whenever I make a trip to the bank or grocery store I rip off a sketch. We had a great cherry harvest this year. Over 4 qts of pie cherries and eleven qts. of the sweet ones named "Sam". I made a galette…
  • I Get Obsessed ...

    Judy Wise
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    I've been on a sketching binge. It started a year ago but was interrupted after only a month and I didn't get back to it until this spring when I finally had some time on my hands.  I joined the Urban Sketchers even though I'm a bit of a fraud - never leaving the front seat of my car when I sketch. Or just staying home and sketching in my house.I'm not a natural sketcher. What comes naturally to me is drawing, rendering, watercoloring or painting. Think about the differences in those activities. Sketching as I want to practice it is loose, rapid, a brief notation. Those other…
  • May News

    Judy Wise
    28 May 2014 | 5:13 pm
    In and out, back and forth. This time to Arizona to visit my grandson and the old hippie gang. One of the old geezers has cancer (actually he's younger than I am) so a bunch of us decided to surprise him with a visit and then his wife organized a full on party and reunion.Beautiful Mt. Hood out the window.We've all slowed down (the people from the Big House) and a few of us have gone ahead but we still managed to make a party of it. I drove by the house I grew up in and visited Nathan. It was an emotional roller coaster. Some of the old friends I hadn't seen in over 40 years. I brought…
  • This and That

    Judy Wise
    16 May 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A quick catch up before I leave for Arizona on Sunday. Going to visit old friends there; a reunion of the "big house" gang; old hippies who spent a crucial couple of years listening to Led Zeppelin and doing other hippie things together back when we were all testing adulthood. It's going to be terrific.Here's a little side project I took on. Cut off a long linen jumper and turned the bottom into a big pocket. This is for wearing either over a dress like an apron or with leggings. It hits me about tunic length.Mom had an apron with a similar pocket when I was a kid. I love pockets.Got some…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Origami Butterfly

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    This is the itty bitty version. At first, I had no idea how to proceed step No. 6. But after reading the comments, it suddenly made sense. I used a 2x2cm origami paper and it ended around 1cm. Prior to folding, I covered the paper back and front with white glue to make it more sturdy. I think it makes a nice earring stud.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Ring

    carol & co.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    a little piece of jewelry I've made during my spare time in summer. used some of my paints for the color simply cute!
  • Birthday Cakes

    DeVina D.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Birthday cakes that I have created
  • Rainbow Fox Tail

    alexandra g.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    im very happy with it. its supper soft and about 7 inches long. its made entirely out of yarn. great for cosplay. it took a long time. im working on the tutorial at the moment for my second one tail, but its the same concept.
  • Naturally Pure

    Ashley P.
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    I saw the leaf on the ground at my local craft store, so I picked it up. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it, and it turned out perfectly!
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    Chica and Jo

  • Polaroid guest book album

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    McGeeky just celebrated his 40th birthday! I wanted it to be a special year, so I threw him an 80′s themed birthday party. He has an entire collection of 80′s video game systems and computers, loved the movie, “Wreck It Ralph“, and is a quintessential 80′s kids. I will share all the pics from the party in a post soon but today I wanted to tell you about the guest book I made for him. I wanted a scrapbook that had black pages so I could have the guests sign with neon gel pens. I found a black Canson album that was perfect on the inside, but the cover was, well, a…
  • Glitter Mason jars

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I really like glitter. I enjoy adding it to everyday items to make them that much more fabulous! Here’s a simple way to add a little glamour to some basic Mason jars. All you need are some Mason jars, Ornament Glitter Adhesive, and glitter in your choice of colors. I went with a warm/neutral palette to go with the beachy room where I am going to place the jars. Squirt some Ornament Glitter Adhesive into your jar, place the lid back on the jar, and shake it around to coat the inside. If there’s any excess adhesive, just pour it back into the bottle. Now, add in a bunch of glitter…
  • Sea turtle canvas shoes

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Little Jo loves blue and turtles and tortoises of any kind. I decided to make a custom pair of shoes for her for DecoArt’s “Style Your Summer” charity and prize contest. Haven’t heard of the contest? Well, here are some details: Use any of our products to style your footwear for the summer and you will be entered to win a $200 gift card to the craft retailer of your choice*. Take a picture of your finished project and post on your social media tagging with #decoartsummerkicks or, email us a picture of your entry. In addition, DecoArt will sponsor one pair of shoes for…
  • Chalk paint ottoman

    21 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    We’ve had this fabric ottoman for the past 9 years that we have used in the nurseries of both of my daughters. It’s still in fine structural condition, but it had gotten stained and dingy and didn’t match Mini Me’s room at all. So, I decided to try changing it up with some Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. Chalky Finish is a relative new-comer to the chalk paint arena. I had used Annie Sloane before so I was curious as to how this line would measure up! Just look at this gorgeous purple ottoman I created. Looks brand new, doesn’t it? Would you believe it…
  • Candy favors for Disney Frozen party

    5 May 2014 | 10:28 am
    This may come as a shock but Mini Me has decided she wants a Frozen-themed birthday party this year. I don’t know about you all but it has been all Frozen, all the time, around our house. So, get ready for some Frozen themed projects from me over the next month! First up, party favors! Yeah, I know, invitations are usually first, but when I found snowflake candy molds, I knew I just had to make these cute candy favors! You can make everything you see in the picture above with our handy-dandy Frozen candy making kit available on Etsy! When I ordered the different snowflake candy molds…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Winner of Craft Challenge #100-Pottermouth

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    This month’s Craft Challenge was 100 Things! This was Crafster’s 100th challenge and to celebrate members had to create a project using 100 items. You could use other items but there had to be 100 of one type of item in the piece…100 marbles, 100 buttons…it was totally up to the creator. Our winning entry [...]
  • July 23, 2014 Featured Projects

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:14 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! A Little Screwy by pottermouth The Cosby quilt [...]
  • Tute Tuesday: Fabric and Felt Bird Ornament

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    What do you do with all of your little fabric and felt scraps left over from a project? Do you throw them away? Well, don’t do that! Thanks to cmarion3′s awesome Fabric and Felt Bird Ornament tutorial you can do some major scrap busting and spread a little birdy joy. Depending on your fabric scraps, [...]
  • Cardboard Tube? Craft Supply!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    It’s great to have a source of “free” art supplies, and here’s something we all have: those cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Can you believe that the crafts featured today had such a humble beginning?  Ludi made this spooky pirate’s chest with a piece of cardboard and a half of a [...]
  • Spotlight on: Art Dolls

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Lately I’ve been stalking swaps on Craftster that are for art dolls. Now keep in mind I am not a doll type person, though I appreciate the reason some collect dolls. With that said…art dolls are right up my alley. Art dolls are one of a kind pieces of art, not at all intended to [...]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Tool Talk: Wood Forming Block + Curving Your Metal

    Ema Kilroy
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently added a new tool to my work bench. Yay! I love adding new tools to the studio, especially a tool that makes metal working easier. The new addition is a wood forming block.The block has two sides which enables me to acheive varying depths of curve. The above photo has the two large nylon rollers in place.This photo shows the smaller nylon rollers in place.I begin with a flat piece of metal.Place the metal into the largest forming block. You always want to work from the largest form to the smallest form. Following this technique will form the bend into the piece without creating a…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Klassy Joolz + Mandrel

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Holy crusty underwater goodness!As soon as I spotted this deep sea treasure I knew that it was the one for this week. There is so much going on in this piece, yet it feels so very cohesive. The way the glass undulates and the slick surface give the feeling of movement and shimmering water. I love the little globules on the jellyfish-like pendant and the swirly stripes on the long stalactites that seem to be dripping from an underwater cavern. The color palette feels very authentic to the inspiration image and the finishing touch is that sweet little mermaid charm.  Featured Designer ::…
  • Growing Garden Earring Tutorial - Free Project

    Heather Powers
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I created these fun matchstick charms for a quick and easy earring option.  What I didn't know when I made them is how adorable they are as flower stems paired up with Czech glass beads. This simple wire project can be made in just a few minutes.Supplies:2 matchstick charms2 14mm Czech glass coin flowers8" 20 gauge brass colored wire2 brass kidney wires10 2mm copper beadsDirections:1. Cut 4" of wire, center the wire in the middle of the matchstick charm and pull both ends up and around the top of the charm.2. Bend one wire straight up, above the matchstick charm and wrap the other wire…
  • Amuse your Muse with Rebecca of Songbead - Ceramic Beads

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Just a quickie of a post from me today! It's full steam ahead with packing before the removal people come on Wednesday, and then we catch the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland on Thursday....only 4 more sleeps to go....(can that really be true?!).This month's theme is ceramic beads - so I thought I would share some from one of my very talented co-editors here at Art Bead Scene - Mary Harding. Mary is a multi-talented artist, also working with metal and tiny seed beads in her free-form peyote work, but is primarily known as a ceramicist. Here is a little bit all about her, in her own…
  • Art Bead Palette :: Orange, Peach, Copper, oh my!

    Brandi Hussey
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Hipster Lampwork Glass Beads by GlitteringprizeGlassEnara mini beads by GlitteringprizeGlassConcave Crater orange focal bead by StudioTambriaTumbling Dice Beads by TheBeadedBeadBeaded Beads set of 9 by TheBeadedBeadHey art bead lovers! It's Brandi, here for a rare Sunday post because... I goofed last week and missed my scheduled day. Yeah, so that happened, which might be the first time ever. All I can say is that I've got summer brain right now, and focusing and remembering and doing anything requiring recollection is not my forte at the moment.But I'm here today to share with you a few…
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    Tip Junkie

  • 29 Top Gifts in a Jar Recipes

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How to make homemade gift in a jar recipes which are easy, inexpensive and fabulous gifts to make! These gifts in a jar include pictured tutorials on how to make pies, cookies, and cakes in a jar recipe as well as homemade mixes in a jar like soup, sugar scrubs and other mason jar gifts.  These homemade gifts in a jar are also perfect gift-giving ideas for any occasion throughout the year.  Create a new Christmas tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome holiday crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make Holiday…
  • 19 DIY Tween and Teen Gifts

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    These Cool gifts to make for 10 to 17 years old {tweens and teens} are so great!  I just love these home made gifts that are perfect for tweens and teens and include money gift ideas, triplet tote, texting gloves, iphone charging station, BFF iphone cases, arm knit scarf, instagram frame, jewelry, vintage t-shirts and a spa pampering kit. Create a new Christmas tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome holiday crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make Holiday Crafts, DIY Decor, Food and Recipes, Party…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • On-the-Go Working Essentials

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kim from NewlyWoodards is here today sharing her on-the-go office essentials when you’re out working remotely. For seven years, I woke up every weekday and got ready for an office job. Heels, suits, the works. When I left the corporate world last October to work from home, there were a lot of major changes that came my way. (I’m more likely to wear yoga pants over suits and heels!) And one big change is that since I work from home, many of my meetings take place in coffee shops or restaurants. This means that I need to take my entire office with me. But that isn’t possible. So…
  • DIY: Hand-Lettered Ombre Watercolor Envelopes

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our vibrant watercolor stationery collection showcases an assortment of gorgeous color schemes that present an elegant and romantic feel to each design. Paired with the ever popular ombre trend, this collection is perfect for summer soirees. To add that extra vibrancy appeal to our watercolor designs, we’ve created a tutorial to show you how easy it is to transform a plain white envelope into a custom element that compliments the collection as a whole. The following tutorial does not require you to have a background in graphic design or be a DIY guru, simply follow the steps below and learn…
  • Bright Summer Party Inspiration Board

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Your summer party should be light, bright, and carefree, like the season itself. Mix and match fun colors for your decor, and keep the menu simple and refreshing. Featured Tiny Prints invitation: Sunray Celebration Images: Paper Lanterns, Slushie Tubes, Melon Bites, Fruit Punch, Centerpiece, Veggie Dip Cups a
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog While I’m away attending and speaking at the BlogHer Conference (who’s idea was that anyway?) I’ve got an amazing team of bloggers who are willing to hold down the fort! Today’s Post: Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch from SpaBettie looks AMAZING! She is always sharing the best drink recipes. Remember the Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas?      […] Author information SpaBettie Kristina is better known online as spabettie, where she shares vibrant plant based recipes, stories of her two dachshunds – Basil…
  • Sweet Balsamic Reduction with Vanilla Ice Cream

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog While I’m away attending and speaking at the BlogHer Conference (who’s idea was that anyway?) I’ve got an amazing team of bloggers who are willing to hold down the fort! Today’s Post: Sweet Balsamic Reduction with Vanilla Ice Cream from Let’s Eat Grandpa looks so so fancy! I guess this beats my Crockpot Caramel Sauce. […] Author information Cori I'm Cori and and I blog about all things creative! If you're wondering why my blog is called "Let's Eat Grandpa," it's an old grammar joke: Let's eat, grandpa!
  • Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles

    The Crafting Chicks
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog While I’m away attending and speaking at the BlogHer Conference (who’s idea was that anyway?) I’ve got an amazing team of bloggers to hold down the fort! Today’s Post – Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles is shared by some of my home girls, The Crafting Chicks!  Always something inspiring going on over there!     Oreo […] Author information The Crafting Chicks The Crafting Chicks started as a group of friends that wanted to share fun crafty ideas with each other. We’ve had a lot of friends and…
  • DIY Beach Inspired Hurricane Candle Holder

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog While I’m away attending and speaking at the BlogHer Conference (who’s idea was that anyway?) I’ve got an amazing team of bloggers who are willing to hold down the fort! Today’s Post: DIY Beach Inspired Hurricane Candle Holder from Cupcakes and Crinoline. These would go great with my Nautical Beach inspired candles I did a […] 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. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Upcycled Home Decor

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog It’s been a busy summer! I’m headed to BlogHer where I’ll be speaking (yikes) and then I think I’ll cruise around the bay area for a few days – While I’m away, Karen from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza is sharing her amazing Upcycled Home Decor!  Help her feel appreciated by leaving a nice comment! I’ll be […] Author information Karen Hi there! My name is Karen Cooper, and I’m a DIY’er, upcycler, wanna-be-designer, gardener, cook, mother, wife, and dog rescuer. I have four children – two…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *REVIEW* Ogio Brooklyn Bag

    Kelsey Norwood
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    With the birth of my 4th baby, I knew I needed a new diaper bag/purse solution. Regular diaper bags are too big and bulky and I DID NOT want to be carrying both a purse for me and a bag for the baby around everywhere I went. It was time to consolidate into one all-purpose, […]
  • MegaBuilders Club – Meeting #2 Theme: Creatures

    Kelsey Norwood
    7 May 2014 | 9:55 am
    Our second builders club meeting was another success! My boys love getting everything ready and bringing down the bins and bins and bins and bins of MegaBloks to share with the club. This meeting our theme was creatures. Some of the kids thought that was a little too similar to our last theme, animals…oops. They […]
  • Amex Offers – More Easy Savings!

    Kelsey Norwood
    5 May 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We’ve been loyal American Express cardholders for a few years now. We started out with a few credit cards and have cut back to only this one because of its fantastic customer service and benefits. We get plenty of cash back every year and now we enjoy the new Amex Offers program. First off, Amex Offers […]
  • *TUTORIAL* Lattice Quilt & Paper Piecing

    Kelsey Norwood
    25 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I finally finished this quilt (tutorial here) I started a ridiculously long time ago. Sometimes, it just takes a while to make a quilt. This was my first time paper piecing (here’s my paper piecing tutorial) and it was really fun and easy, but it does take quite a bit of extra time. Probably the […]
  • *TUTORIAL* Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Quilt

    Kelsey Norwood
    25 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I’ve been accumulating scraps for long enough that I have enough to make several quilts…I’m starting my scrap elimination program with a scrappy log cabin quilt and I’m trying the QAYG (quilt as you go) method since this quilt is going to be about 98 x 112 – HUGE! I’m hoping it will be big […]
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    house wren studio

  • july postcards :: out of the blue

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

    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...
  • giveaway winner

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    The lucky winner of the Vermont spring getaway giftbag is Laurie Jackson! Thanks, everyone for visiting here and writing to us at fallvermontgetaway(at) Let us know if you'd like to join us! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!
  • vermont sponsors and a giveaway

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:46 am
    As you know by now, one of the things we do for our retreat is prepare gift bags that are placed on each bed before guests' arrival. Each is full of the fabulous goodies donated by our generous sponsors. There...
  • vermont spring getaway wrap-up

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Like the two before, our spring getaway was completely wonderful. The prettiest weather we have had yet. Seems we have a rhythm to it now. The days and nights flow together in a sweet organic way, each one memorable for...
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  • Crosswise

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Lots of little crosses.Makes me think of slowly wandering herds ofanimals...(continued from here)
  • Daily life in black + white

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
  • Soft shades...

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    ... in the shop
  • Stitch disguise

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Didn't like the running stitch on this re-usedround stitched patch (and there's no runningstitch at all elsewhere on this piece) - soI'm covering it up......kind of interesting looking on the reverse too...(continued from here)
  • Summer still life

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    That's me on the left, summer sourpuss...
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    Try Handmade

  • Cafeteria Style

    Diana Prichard
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    My girls may have two full weeks left before it’s ‘back to the books’ at our local public school, but [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBack-to-School Eats: Brown Bag Lunch EditionWhat’s In Season Now; April EditionWhat’s In Season Now: July Edition 
  • Alona Spectorman

    Erika Jurney
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Fabulous child photography by Alona Spectorman. [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesTime and Tide PhotoFrank Oberle Photo ArtGarden Caterpillar 
  • Stylish Stylized Style

    Erika Jurney
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Beautiful photography will bring you joy each time you pass by. By Blurb. [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesVIP Handmade ValentinesMy Mom RocksSparkle 
  • Personalized, Handstamped Zipper Pulls By Munchkinmama

    Ciaran Blumenfeld
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    [hCiaran] It’s back to school time and I am feeling very protective of my children’s stuff. After a mostly shoeless [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesSimple Fun For Kids.TicklebeanNoble Gnome 
  • DIY: Ribbon Charm Choker

    Erika Jurney
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    A great tutorial for making a ribbon choker! [AngryRedhead @ Instructables] [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesDIY: Embroidered metal disksSimple Fun For Kids.Interview with Kim Jones of Sugarskull7 Hand Carved Rubber Stamps 
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  • Art of the State Artist Interview – Susan Schulz

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    The fourth installment of the Art of the State Artist Interview series is PA Guild of Craftsmen member and jeweler extraordinaire, Susan Schulz. You can see from her work and her list of influences why I would want to feature … Continue reading →
  • Not Quite the Eye of Sauron

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    This week I’ve been working on a new table sculpture. I decided to take a break from the silver vessel I’ve been working on to start this new project. I’m hoping that it might end up in the JAM Fall … Continue reading →
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Domenick Naccarato

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    This week I’m featuring artist Domenick Naccarato, who is someone whose work I only discovered via this year’s Art of the State. I was drawn to it immediately, and this statement on his website tells you why, “My current body … Continue reading →
  • 2014 Half Year Goal Check-In

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Wendy’s 2014 Goals 8 Group Exhibitions Teach at least 3 Workshops Write a Magazine Article Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015 Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries Work on … Continue reading →
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Valerie Perez-Prosick

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    The second interview in the Art of the State Artist Interview series is with jeweler Valerie Perez-Prosick. The cuff that she has in the exhibition (you knew she had me at cuff, right?) is one that I was lucky enough … Continue reading →
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    Very Shannon
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    © Jared Flood / Brooklyn TweedOur Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 is almost HERE!!!You've all been so patiently waiting the dates for this years Summer Sweater Knit Along and I couldn't keep it secret any longer! We've got some AMAZING guest posts planned, dreamy prizes, tutorials and more for this year's KAL! You won't want to miss it! We will have our handy Summer Sweater Knit Along Home Page up on my website next week! You will always be able to find all of the posts and relevant info on that page as well as our BIG reveal on who our Official Sponsor is for the SSKAL!Never made a garment…

    Very Shannon
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    We're moving into our first home this upcoming weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a fabric giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop!It's been an exhausting month to say the least. With constant packing, a heatwave, summer vacation, more packing and work all put in there too, we are soooo ready to be in our new home. None of us like living in chaos. I'm eagerly counting down the days that I can be out of our box filled condo and making memories in the new house. So excited!!!!One of the things (besides the obvious of course like a yard...a yard...pinch me now!) I am looking forward to…

    Very Shannon
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Both Jane and I have fun road trips planned for our summer vacations this year so we thought it would be most fitting to have a JOURNEY Road Trip Sale!!!It's summer but that doesn't mean we're not knitting and thinking about knitting! Don't waste all those hours in the car - use that valuable time knitting! Ferry, airplane, train - whip out the needles! Knit up an Antrorse to sport with denim cut offs and a tank beach side by the fire on a summer evening. Or pair your Inland with a pretty floral summer maxi dress out for a cool evening stroll with your flip flops. Making an Onward - you're in…

    Very Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Earlier this spring I gave my parents a special surprise anniversary quilt - a Swoon Quilt to be exact.It was the most challenging sewing project I've made to date. As a quilter who is still learning (and one who hates cutting) this was a mammoth project to undertake. While I enjoyed making it I hit a lot of bumps in the road that weren't pattern related. Some oopsies (mental note to buy a 1/4" foot for my machine) and some piecing errors but overall, muck ups and all, I'm so proud of this quilt. I learned so much.My good friend and amazingly talented quilter Jeni of Quilted on the Rock…

    Very Shannon
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    Have you guys heard of the fabulous new guide Stashbot yet? Stashbot is a comprehensive guide for building a useful stash. This handy guide from Hannah Fettig of Knitbot includes yarn requirement averages for all size sweaters and accessories! That's right! It is seriously a must have for every knitter! I got a print copy a few months ago and have used it many a time already. It's made project yarn shopping, pattern designing and gift making so much easier.  In a nutshell Stashbot is your perfect new yarn shopping companion!Best part is that it also helps you to control, maintain and…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Scrapbook How-to: Layer Vellum with Patterned Paper

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nearly transparent and more delicate than cardstock or patterned paper, vellum brings unique qualities to your scrapbooking. Mou Saha layered vellum over patterned paper on her My Houseplants layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza. She selected a design that she could easily cut with a craft knife and used colored vellum that blended beautifully with her patterned paper. My Houseplants by Mou Saha from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza Create the look: Step 1: Sketch or trace design on vellum with pencil. Step 2: Cut out the design with craft knife or…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create a Stamped Title with Masking

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    You want your title to stand out on your layout and one way to do that is add a background to your text. April Massad masked a portion of her stamp when creating the title for her Loving Life layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink. Loving Life layout by April Massad from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink Create the look: Step 1: Stamp phrase on scrap and trim to desired shape. This is your mask. Step 2: Place mask on tag and stamp background design over mask. Step 3: Remove mask to reveal blank area ready for phrase to be stamped. Tips for Success Punch…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Make Your Own Flag Accents

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Create a rollercoaster background for your layout by creating your journaling in a rolling wave shape, using either a photo-editing or word-processing program. Print the wavy shape on cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ by 12″ (most ink jet printers will accommodate longer paper). Mat the wavy shape with black cardstock on the top and striped patterned paper on the bottom. Finish the look with black paper carts made from hand-cut rectangles and punched circles. Laina Lamb finished off her One Amazing Day layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel with a multi-color…
  • Free Downloads: Journaling Cards to Print

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Journaling cards can be used in a variety of ways including as accents, titles, and to record journaling on layouts or to create quick photo pocket scrapbook pages. These free downloads can be printed as is or resized and enhanced (in photo editing software). Happy scrapbooking! Journaling card from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking August 2014 Download JPG version Download PDF version Journaling card from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking July 2014 Download JPG version Download PDF version Journaling card from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking June 2014 Download JPG version Download PDF version…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Make a Synthetic Flower

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    These bright, cheerful peonies are easier to make than you might think and are the perfect way to give your page a textile touch. Cluster together with sweet scallops and other fabric like lace trim to draw the eye toward a focal point on your layout or balance out a heavy title on the opposite page. Stacy Cohen created a cluster of flowers on her You Had Me at Meow layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies. You Had Me at Meow by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies Create the look: Step 1: Hand cut or punch petal shapes using synthetic fabric.
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Romantic Outdoor Florida Wedding

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Romantic and vintage with a pop of color is what Kate and Anthony were looking to accomplish through their Boca Raton wedding, and these sweet images from Mi Amore Foto show us they did just that! The stunning Italian-esque venue of The Addison provided the romance the couple desired for the day, while roses in shades of cream, pink, and red and vintage-style details from Daniel Events took care of the flowers and pretty styling; Grace Eurglunes of The Addison helped finalize all the lovely details. Punchy coral and blush pink bridesmaids dresses from Nordstrom brought in the pops of color,…
  • An Evening in the Orchards

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Be still my heart! We are completely smitten by this fanciful inspiration shoot! The pretty orchard setting, vivid pink palette, and dainty details such as polka dot linens, watercolor stationery, and a blush gown, result in pure romance. A blush Watters corset and Augusta Jones skirt from Anna Be are both both and delicate, capturing the feminine yet wild and free romantic in us all! “Lipstick” colored blooms from Violet Floral Design decorated a rustic-chic wood tabletop, and at each place setting sat a stunning hand-lettered menu from Lana’s Shop, which doubled as a favor…
  • Romantic Blush + Ivory Wedding

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Becky and John wanted a classic romantic vibe for their beautiful Columbia, Missouri, wedding, with lots of ivory, cream and blush elements. After choosing her Jim Hjelm gown from The Ultimate Bride, Becky worked with Kent’s Floral Gallery to incorporate her favorite flowers—garden roses, peonies, and hydrangeas—in shades of rich white and creams with hints of peach throughout. Blush bridesmaids dresses by Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids were a lovely complement to the lush and subtle florals, first at the ceremony at Missouri United Methodist Church and then at the romantic…
  • Jewelry Insurance from Jewelers Mutual

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Summer time means travel time (need some trip ideas? Visit Entouriste!) and whether you’re a jetsetter or a roadtripper, chances are your mind is on trip planning and not protecting your jewelry, which is just how it should be… if you’ve insured your jewelry! {image by Kate Holstein from this Romantic Mountain Wedding} Why consider jewelry insurance before your getaway? According to a recent survey by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company—an insurer that’s been protecting jewelry for 101 years—28% of people have lost a piece of jewelry while traveling. 43% of those losses…
  • Elegant Pawleys Island Wedding

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    South Carolina’s Pawleys Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast, and we are in love with the romantic Lowcountry atmosphere of The DeBordieu Club, home to Taylor and Pete’s gorgeous and classic wedding. After a ceremony outside along the marsh under the perfect Carolina skies, the reception moved inside, where stunning decor from Blossoms Events awaited. Opulent arrangements of Georgia roses and hydrangeas in the couple’s pink and white color palette set atop tables dressed in crisp white Covers by Nicole linens from Snyder Rentals. Taylor’s…
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  • Cathie & Steve

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, designer, Emmy Nominated television host, and author. Her ideas focus on budget living, entertaining and DIY projects.
  • Roseanna Beck

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I design in crochet and plastic canvas but I also knit, do needlepoint and latch hook. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was 7 years old.
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Afghan

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Going to a baby shower soon? This adorable Pop Goes the Weasel Afghan makes a wonderful gift for a new baby girl or boy. Embellished with the fun bobble stitch, this afghan offers style and texture for a gift that's comfortable and functional! The colors of this crocheted afghan make it perfect for boys and girls alike, and crochet fans of all skill levels will love working on this blanket, as it offers a fun challenge that's rewarding upon completion. Whether you know parents who are expecting or your expecting a bundle of joy yourself, this crocheted afghan is a must-make for crochet fans.
  • Eye on the Ball

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Keep your Eye on the Ball with this fun painting project from Amanda Formaro. Transform the old leather pumpkin into a fun bouncing eye ball, perfect for an afternoon Halloween pick up game. You could also hide it in the bushes and use it to "keep an eye" on trick or treaters when they come to your door! This Eye on the Ball craft is just what you need to keep things fun this Halloween. Gather the little goblins and have them help you create this Halloween craft for kids.
  • Coconut Milk Scarf

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Beginners and advanced knitter will love this Coconut Milk Scarf. With little peek-a-boo holes peaking out through the scarf, this easy knit scarf pattern is a fun and simple project to work on this weekend. If you're feeling extra artistic, you can add a splash of color to the end of the scarf to help it stand out. An easy pattern to make with any colored yarn, this knit scarf is sure to be one pattern that you find yourself coming back to again and again.
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  • Cathie & Steve

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, designer, Emmy Nominated television host, and author. Her ideas focus on budget living, entertaining and DIY projects.
  • Roseanna Beck

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I design in crochet and plastic canvas but I also knit, do needlepoint and latch hook. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was 7 years old.
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Afghan

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Going to a baby shower soon? This adorable Pop Goes the Weasel Afghan makes a wonderful gift for a new baby girl or boy. Embellished with the fun bobble stitch, this afghan offers style and texture for a gift that's comfortable and functional! The colors of this crocheted afghan make it perfect for boys and girls alike, and crochet fans of all skill levels will love working on this blanket, as it offers a fun challenge that's rewarding upon completion. Whether you know parents who are expecting or your expecting a bundle of joy yourself, this crocheted afghan is a must-make for crochet fans.
  • Eye on the Ball

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Keep your Eye on the Ball with this fun painting project from Amanda Formaro. Transform the old leather pumpkin into a fun bouncing eye ball, perfect for an afternoon Halloween pick up game. You could also hide it in the bushes and use it to "keep an eye" on trick or treaters when they come to your door! This Eye on the Ball craft is just what you need to keep things fun this Halloween. Gather the little goblins and have them help you create this Halloween craft for kids.
  • Coconut Milk Scarf

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Beginners and advanced knitter will love this Coconut Milk Scarf. With little peek-a-boo holes peaking out through the scarf, this easy knit scarf pattern is a fun and simple project to work on this weekend. If you're feeling extra artistic, you can add a splash of color to the end of the scarf to help it stand out. An easy pattern to make with any colored yarn, this knit scarf is sure to be one pattern that you find yourself coming back to again and again.
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    Merriment Design

  • DIY Frozen Elsa necklace project for kids

    Kathy Beymer
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Make your own DIY Frozen Necklaces featuring Elsa, Anna and Olaf Shrinky Dink charms and kid-painted beads. Elise and I been making kids crafts together during Liam’s naps. We decided to add a few Frozen necklaces to Elise’s handmade Elsa costume to coordinate with her handmade Frozen snowflake headbands and Frozen magical and movable charm bracelets. These DIY Frozen necklaces are a super fun to wear. Just ask Elsa …oh, I mean Elise. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sent me a summer crafting box and one of the goodies inside was this bag of 12mm Darice White Pearl Beads. We…
  • Modern Construction Printable Birthday Banner for a Construction Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Here’s a modern printable construction cones birthday banner for a super cute and classy construction birthday party. And you can download instantly, personalize it, and print yourself — no waiting! You will get an instant download at my etsy store of this HAPPY BIRTHDAY construction cones birthday banner plus a FULLY EDITABLE PDF FILE for adding names, ages, etc. in English, Spanish, French, whatever language you choose. Use these printable construction cones to make your own: - hanging construction birthday party sign - front door sign to welcome party guests - buffet table sign -…
  • GIVEAWAY: $100 gift card to Minted – two winners!

    Kathy Beymer
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Add a little design to your life with a chance to win two $100 credits from the talented independent designers at Minted. Yep, there will be two winners, $100 each! Keep reading to see how to enter. The winners can use this $100 giveaway towards any product at Minted for yourself or as a gift. It’ll be tough to decide between the personalized invitations, custom stationery, custom art prints, party decor, premium journals, cards, wedding save-the-dates, wedding escort cards, calendars, nursery art, birth announcements, wrapping paper, custom photo backdrops, and more for adults and kids…
  • My ‘Inside Storey’ Feature at Storey Publishing

    Kathy Beymer
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Some book press for “One-Yard Little Wonders” – you can read my Q&A profile over at Storey Publishing’s blog, “Inside Storey.” I’m still giddy that three of my sewing patterns are included in “One-Yard Little Wonders” because I’m a big fan of the One-Yard Wonders series. To help promote the book that was published in June, the Storey Publishing team and co-authors Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins are featuring four “Little-One Yard Wonders” book contributors about their inspiration behind their book projects, how…
  • See my three sewing projects in the “Little One-Yard Wonders” book – plus a giveaway!

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even though I like to dabble in a lots of crafts like paper and decoupage and painting, sewing is still my first love. That’s why I’m so proud to be included as a contributor in new book “Little One-Yard Wonders – Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make For Babies and Kids.” It’s the third book in the best-selling One Yard Wonders series by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. Keep reading for a chance to win your own copy of “Little One-Yard Wonders” from Storey Publishing including three of my own kid-inspired sewing projects!
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Summertime, Bees, and Honeycombs

    Mari Richards
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    By Mari Richards Busy buzzing bumblebees with their big furry behinds and flower fascinations always catch my eye in the summertime. Sure, there’s that little bit of fear whenever I see one, but I also love watching how determined they are: searching for pollen in every nook and cranny. In honor of bees everywhere, and in line with all of the honeycomb trendy geometric designs I’m seeing, let’s gather some hexagon DIYs together. There’s even an adorable girls pinafore with bee-shaped wings if you’re ready to get out your sewing machine. Then we can all go buzz around the flowers…
  • Butterflies On The Walls

    Deborah Beau
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    By Deborah Beau I’m back, rested and refreshed after a fabulous holiday in the French Alps. We try to go there every summer, staying somewhere different each year. As you can imagine, the scenery is amazing, and the whole family really loves spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying everything that nature has to offer. This year I found myself chasing and photographing butterflies!  The alpine forests and fields were teeming with life; I felt like an 8 year old explorer! With wild flowers in abundance near Le Mont Blanc there was no shortage of butterflies to admire — always…
  • Scrumptious Raspberry Streusel Tarts

    Sarah Kieffer
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    By Sarah Kieffer This tart dough is made with a technique called fraisage, and it guarantees a wonderful, flaky crust. If you’ve never used it before, I’ve included a link to a video tutorial to help you. The crust dough is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, and the streusel from Ina Garten. You can use any stone fruits, or berries instead of cherries. This makes 6 small tarts. You may need more sugar, depending on how tart your berries are. If you use a mix of sweeter berries, you many need less. If your berries taste a little dull after you’ve mixed them with the sugar, add a…
  • DIY Constellation Light Box

    Natalie Kramer
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    By Natalie Kramer Recycle a cereal box into a light box with your favorite zodiacal constellation! Our family loves stargazing in the summer and my son’s birthday is also in July, so I came up with the idea of making him this easy light box with the constellation from his zodiac sign (Cancer). Now even when it’s a cloudy night or the wrong season to see the crab, he can watch his stars after it’s dark in his room. Got an empty cereal box, a string of Christmas lights, and blue paint? That’s all the material you need for this craft. What You Need • Empty cereal box • LED string…
  • DIY Spinning Top Game Boards

    Natalie Kramer
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    By Natalie Kramer Turn all the bottle caps and lids you collect over the summer into super fun spinning tops! Your kids will love collecting the parts from the recycling bin and creating their own game boards. This is a fun and easy craft– perfect for a summer afternoon. Let’s get started! Note: This project is for children 3+ because of small parts. SPINNING TOPS WHAT YOU NEED Plastic bottle caps Lids from drinking bottles with valve Small straws Lollipop sticks Toothpick Game pieces from Mosaic or Mastermind Wooden beads (have to fit straw, toothpick and sticks) Scissors Reamer/punch…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Keep It Cool 2 Liter Cover pdf Sewing Pattern

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    This is a great way to keep 2 liter bottles cold. The pattern is easy and fun to make, use theme fabric for your party and just have fun. Find the pdf Pattern in my Pattern Shop in the sidebar. Like me on Facebook. Follow me on Bloglovin.
  • Garden Update

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Here are a few pictures of vegetables in my garden. I always plant a garden, but some years are better than others, this is going to be a big harvest year. I love knowing that what I eat is truly organic. My spinach has seeds already on it, if some one knows how to harvest seeds and dry them for next year please leave a comment, and let me know how to do it. Like me on Facebook. Follow me on Bloglovin.
  • Baby Geese and Ducks

    28 Jun 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The pond will be full next year, I’ve hatched some baby geese and ducks, and they are so cute at this size.  Next month at this time they will be running with the rest, they grow so fast.
  • Chance and Skylar

    28 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    Chance and Skylar playing, while I guess not playing together, Chance is the boss. Skylar has to walk 10 steps behind the cat and stay her distance. They are so funny to watch, a big German Shepherd that would protect me, is scared of a cat!  
  • My Pond

    7 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The geese and ducks have been very busy on the pond the last few days. I have a couple of nests, I hope something hatches. It is great to see green grass, and no ice on the pond.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Jelly Roll Race Remix Quilt

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
  • WINNERS! Trifle Dish Sew-Along

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Last week readers shared their Trifle Dish Sew-Along progress and we've picked three winners! Here are some of the photos they shared:{Marcella - Short Attention Span Girl}{esmespatchwork on Instagram}{Christine Shupala via Flickr}Congratulations, winners! Please check your inboxes for a note from Oda May.
  • Beach Umbrella Quilt

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
  • Peppermint Swirl Christmas Tree Skirt

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
  • Trifle Dish Quilt

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Today's instructions give fabric requirements for the entire quilt top plus backing and binding. Remember that there are many options when piecing the Trifle Dish blocks so you can make substitutions using other precuts for a more scrappy look. Several options are given.VIEW RECIPE >>
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    How Does She

  • Kiwi Crate: A Box of Creativity Delivered to your Door

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    THIS IS A SPONSORED POST, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS ON PRODUCTS/BRANDS ARE OUR OWN. WE ONLY PROMOTE BRANDS WE LOVE!—As mothers, it is part of our job description to be an entertainer, or provide entertainment, for the little munchkins around the house. I always dreamed that I would be that super cool mom who had fun activities and crafts planned for every day of the week. I know so many super moms, my mom included, who can just do it all! Let’s be honest though, not everyone is built with super entertaining powers included. My kids are never happier than when they have fun projects…
  • Freeze Dried or Dehydrated Foods?

    Misty Marsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    When I started building a food storage for my family I knew so very little it was laughable!  But I was determined to do what I felt I needed to do and to do so in a smart way.   If I was going to invest in food storage, I did not want to waste my money.  I didn’t want to just buy anything and call it good to ease my conscience. When / if we needed to eat it, we would likely be in a high stress situation and would need calories and nutrients to keep us going emotionally and possibly physically.  Plus, I figured, if I’m going to spend the money, I might as well spend it on…
  • DIY: Shell Bottle

    Darleen Meier
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Summer time for my family means squeezing in some beach time.  It’s no surprise that we seem to always come home with a bucket full of sand and found shells from our beach adventures.  Instead of tossing it away, cherish the memory and bottle it up!  I started a shell bottle collection just recently when we got back from our trip to Seaside, Florida and loved the soft and powder white sand so much I wanted to take it home.  These bottles are perfect for decorations around the house or for a beach-themed wedding.   Here’s what you will need:glass bottle with cork…
  • Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I just love summer! How has yours been so far??Mine has been fabulous and not only because of all the fun time spent with family but because I am hitting my fitness goals and feeling great with our Get Fit Challenge! When the How Does She gals were talking about doing a fitness challenge in July- my first thought was- NO WAY- that’s impossible- Summer is crazy! I knew that I would be traveling several weeks in July and it was going to be challenging to keep motivated. But I made the decision to STOP wishing for a leaner and more toned body and actually just GET STARTED even with the…
  • Rainbow Cake

    Ana Helena Campbell
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Want to make a big impression this summer and have the cake at your next party be the one that everyone will be talking about? I may have just the solution for you.When I think about what to share with you, the word dessert is the first to pop into my head. Desserts are fun, colorful, warm our hearts, and everyone loves them. There is no guilt in taking a bite of something that is worth biting right? And this cake is well worth it.Also, when it comes to how to make my desserts, I try to pick my battles. The demands of our lives sometimes do not allow us to bake grandma’s 5 hour chocolate…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Introduction to Robotics with Sphero

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Do you have a child who is interested in robotics or programming? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids ages 8 and up can control using a smartphone or tablet! A special thank you to Sphero for providing us with our own Sphero and for sponsoring today’s playful learning post. Read on to […]
  • Nature Packs for Kids

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Packing a fun nature kit for kids is a great way to foster a love of nature, and get outdoors with minimal hassle throughout the summer months! They are so much fun to put together, and you can use many household items you probably already have on hand. Nature packs make it easy to enjoy […]
  • Fun Ways to Play Outside this Summer

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Here are some of our favorite fun ways to play outside this Summer! A big thank you to Kmart for sponsoring today’s creative play ideas. Check out the Kmart HOT Deals Sales Page for many toys and play structures that are ideal for encouraging the kids to play outdoors! Lately, the kids and I have been making […]
  • How to Tie Dye a Shirt

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Here is a tutorial to show how to tie dye a shirt, a classic Summer craft to try to with the kids! These tips for keeping the mess to a minimum are a great way to maximize the fun! These tie dyed shirts are the perfect Summer “uniform” for kids. My kids were so proud of how bright […]
  • Exploring Kids Castle in Doylestown, PA

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    A Day at Kids Castle in Doylestown, PA If you’re looking for a fun field trip for the kids in the greater Philadelphia area, you may want to check out the amazing Kids’ Castle within Doylestown, PA’s Central Park! My kids took one look at it and declared it as the “best most fun playground ever”. […]
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  • How To Create Decorative Boxes

    5 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Children, especially girls, are indispensable various boxes to store favorite trifles. It’s much simpler just to buy decorative boxes.  However, it is more interesting when the child alone or in cooperation with the parents make usable object. Material for work: carton napkins with interesting motif glue for napkin technique brush For this opportunity, you can use any Read more ...
  • The Best St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Preschool Kids

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:13 am
    My favorite Irish holiday is definitely St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is celebrated all around the world. There are many ways to mark this day with children in kindergarten. This time we present you the most beautiful crafts for kids dedicated to St Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day crafts for preschool kids #1 St. Patrick’s Day Read more ...
  • Very Nice Christmas Tree

    27 Dec 2013 | 12:16 pm
    This is an interesting and educational game where children during the decorating of a Christmas tree learn to appoint, recognize and distinguish colors. The lower parts of the plugs are firmly glued to the Christmas tree and each contain a lip color identical to the cap. Kids are tasked to find colored plugs identical with Read more ...
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • 10 DIY Coasters Tutorials

    Becky Striepe
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is all about cold beverages, and when you've got a frosty drink, you need a coaster. And, of course, you need that coaster to be cute. Cute and handmade. Now that's a coaster worthy of the cocktail you're sipping! Here are 10 DIY coasters to choose from! 1. Easy Fabric Coasters - Fabric coasters only use small squares of fabric. Did someone say stash-buster? 2. Tile Mosaic Coasters - Leftover tiles plus pretty broken glass in a rainbow of colors make beautiful coasters! 3. Map Coasters - Non-toxic Mod Podge seals those pretty vintage maps, so you can use them to create a nostalgic set…
  • Make Magnetic Sculptures

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you're looking for an entertaining and educational project for the kids, this one is awesome!  Ana at Babble Dabble Do used hardware bits and magnets to create a sculpture kit that is half art project, half science project, and 100% fun!   This is definitely a project for older kids who won't be likely to swallow the magnets, or to be done under direct adult supervision.  [how to make magnetic sculptures] Project estimate: Magnets, $1 and up Nuts and bolts, on hand or $1 and up Large metal lids, on hand Spray paint (optional), on hand or $1 and up Total:  $1 and up
  • Make A Tea Cup Candle

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I've mentioned in a few other posts that I've been creating a Mad Hatter inspired area in my yard.  Tea pots and cups are items easily found at thrift stores, and they play a big role in my decorating scheme.  I've shared my tea pot stand and my tea cup bird feeder with you.  Now I'm showing you my newest addition:  a tea cup candle! Project estimate: Tea cup and saucer, on hand Used candles, on hand Candle warmer or pot, on hand Total:  Free Step one:  I reused old candles to make my "new" candle.  First, I broke the candle into pieces and removed the wick.  Save the wick for later!
  • Make Placemat Wrapped Vases

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You've probably never thought of those plastic-y placemats as fashionable décor, but Desiree at The 36th Avenue is about to change your perception -  she used some of them to make these snazzy vase covers!  It's a simple yet high-impact project, and you can use any cylindrical vase or other container for the project.  (Don't throw away your next empty oatmeal container, it'll look fab with this makeover!)  [how to make placemat wrapped vases] Project estimate: Plastic placemat, $1 Cylindrical vase or canister, on hand or $1 Stapler or tape, on hand Total:  $1 and up
  • Make Reverse Stenciled Sharpie Ceramics

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here is a new take on the ol' Sharpie-on-ceramics craft!  Becky at U Create used vinyl decals as a reverse stencil, masking off an area and then going crazy with markers.  This is an all-ages craft; her stippling technique seen here gives sophisticated results, but this is also a great crafts for kids, as you can see with the other examples of this project you'll see when you click over to the full tutorial.  If you don't have a vinyl cutter to cut out your own decals, you can use stickers instead.  [how to make reverse stenciled Sharpie ceramics] Project estimate: Ceramic piggy bank or…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • A Step Back in Time

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When I attend Quilt Market, I always go by the June Tailor booth and did so again at the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I love their range of accessories for quilters, including their unique rulers, of which they have many. And of course, I always enjoy chatting with the … Continue reading
  • Sights at Atlanta Gift Market

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I attended the Atlanta Gift Market last week, a trip that I always enjoy and wanted to share some of my photos.  I love to attend market and while there, check out new products and trends, as well as meet up with friends. Atlanta is considered the best of all the … Continue reading
  • More Quilts Displayed at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    In my last post, I showed you pictures of some of wonderful quilts displayed at the Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I didn’t want to visually overload you, as they are all awesome, so I saved some to show you today. “Alice’s Kitchen” by Miki Murakami of Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa Pref, Japan. In the story … Continue reading
  • Quilts Display at International Quilt Market – Pittsburgh

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I wanted to post, finally, some of my pictures from the Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I know you will enjoy seeing some of the spectacular, fun, colorful and whimsy quilts that were displayed. It’s hard to believe that Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh was almost 2 months ago. … Continue reading
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    Gabriela Delworth Designs

  • Balcony Gardening: first ripe Cherry Tomato.

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What a nice surprise was to spot our first ripe Cherry Tomato! I admit that the unstable Summer weather we have here in Toronto got me worried about the harvest. After seeing this perfectly formed and bright red Cherry Tomato I can't wait for the whole vine to ripen. Hopefully very soon! Did you see the process from the beginning? We plant them in May, they bloomed in June, and the first
  • Balcony Gardening: Beef & Cherry tomatoes growing nicely.

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hoping your week is ending well today I want to share a couple of pics of our Beef & Cherry tomatoes. Despite the unstable temperatures we had here in Toronto they have been growing nicely and as you can see they are already changing colours. We hope to enjoy ripe tomatoes early in August. I am glad that I decided to try with three different kinds of tomato plants. The Salsa variety
  • Plant propagation: making the most of your money.

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    August is around the corner. I am already planning and organizing my indoor garden with the plants that are on the balcony in mind as well. Most will be coming back inside to grace windowsills during the cold months ahead. It's a good time to take advantage of Summer sales and stock up on plants right now. It is also a great time to propagate plants and especially the ones you buy. I
  • Balcony gardening: Clematis a perennial beautiful vine.

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    It's been a really nice season so far here in Toronto without heat wave alerts and smog. Plants and trees got a fair amount of rain in the last few days. Today I am sharing one of the beauties we added to our balcony garden: Clematis. The idea was to chose a plant that can be left outside year round. This perennial can last almost forever! We got two different Clematis plants. Hopefully the
  • Balcony Gardening: uninvited visitors mystery.

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    It's been a very hot long weekend. I hope you all had a great Canada Day. Ours was great and it came to an end with a little uninvited visitors mystery. Somebody I assume with a furry coat came to try our sweet peppers...and somebody who might have been hungry or thirsty. For the look of the evidence left behind I assume that whoever it was had four legs and a long tail.
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Segundas rebajas en MummyCrafts hasta el 31 de julio 2014

    Esther Lopez
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Pues si, no es que me haya confundido y haya puesto el mismo collar de ayer, pero me ha parecido una foto muy bonita para anunciar nuestras segundas rebajas. Desde hoy 24 de Julio de 2014 y hasta el 31 de julio, todos los pedidos de clientes particulares que entren en la web e inserten el código promocional “rebajas” al finalizar su pedido, tendrán un 25% Dto! Y es que comienzan las segundas rebajas de Mummy crafts, para que este veranito puedas ahorrar para los gin tonics, los aperitivos y que se yo, pero no renuncies a seguir haciendo tus manualidades. Y poco mas que decir a…
  • Cómo hacer un collar asimétrico

    Esther Lopez
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    La verdad es que no sabía muy bien como llamarlo, así que lo he llamado así como lo podría haber llamado de otra manera. La cosa es que para este collar he usado unas piedras de un material que no pesa nada que se llama CCB, es una resina que se le puede dar un aspecto totalmente metálico y no pesa en absoluto. Me parecían un poco sosainas y decidí pintarlas, ya la verdad es que me han gustado bastante el resultado. Vamos con el tutorial! Materiales para hacer un collar asimétrico Piezas ovaladas facetadas CCB plateadas, 5 uds Hilo acrílico amarillo flúor Pintura acrílica del color…
  • Cómo hacer un collar de cuero con filigrana

    Esther Lopez
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Seguimos con los tutoriales fáciles y sencillos. Para mi menos siempre es mas, y me gustan las cosas simples y que puedas combinar bien con lo que lleves. Este collar es ideal para llevarlo en cualquier ocasión, queda bien con todo! Los materiales son poquísimos, y el resultado genial. vamos allá. Materiales para hacer un collar de cuero 1 Filigranada dorada en forma de hoja 1 rosa de resina verde agua 1 metro de cordón de cuero natural de 2mm 1 anilla dorado viejo de 5mm Pegamento joyeria Cómo hacer un collar de cuero con filigrana Mas sencillo imposible. Simplemente pegamos la rosa…
  • Cómo hacer una pulsera con piedras plateadas

    Esther Lopez
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Y vosotras diréis, “esta hoy no se ha calentado la cabeza”, y yo os digo, “tenéis razón”. Estas piedras de zamak bañadas en plata son preciosas en sí mismas, así que yo no haría nada mas con ellas que unirlas todas juntitas con un hilo elástico y ponérmela. Así que no hay mucho mas que contar, si quieres puedes intercalar alguna piedra de color tipo las ágatas flúor, para economizarla o darle color. Materiales para hacer una pulsera de piedras plateadas: De 10 a 12 Entrepiezas Irregulares 27x16mm, 2 pasos de 2mm, Baño Plata. Si tienes la muñeca finita,…
  • 16 y 17 de Julio 2014 días Sin IVA, aprovecha!

    Esther Lopez
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Pues si chicas llegó el día SINIVA a !! Que digo el día, los dos pedazos de días para comprar con un 21% de descuento en toda la web!! Así que ya sabéis, pasaros por MummyCrafts que estamos de promoción! Y que hay que hacer para beneficiarse de la promoción? Cuando hagas tu pedido debes incluir en la casilla de código promocional el código “SINIVA”, y se aplicará inmediatamente el descuento equivalente al IVA en tu pedido. Y cuales son las condiciones de esta promo? Oferta no válida para clientes mayorista. Esta oferta no es acumulable a otras…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • The Book Vs. Kindle Struggle

    Tahani Al-Salem
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    I’ll be upfront in saying that I’m rather biased when it comes to this topic. If the picture didn’t give me away, I’m a sucker for a book I can hold in my hands, pages I can flip, and the smells that come from both new and old books. I love that there are little neighborhood libraries like the one above, and I love how books yellow with age. Cleary, it’s not secret where I stand. On the flip side of this, we have the Kindle craze that exists. I get it- it’s small, easy to travel with, and we have access to more books than most of us could even imagine…
  • All Aboard: We’re Leaving for Abilene

    Rhonda Day
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Who wants to go to Abilene? Just hop on the bus! On a hot afternoon relaxing and enjoying time together, the family is enjoying a picnic in the backyard as the ice cream maker churns away in the background. The low hum promises to produce a sweet treat to be enjoyed by all later in the day.  It’s a sultry summer afternoon and the lazy days of summer have set in. Out of the blue, Bill says, “Let’s take a quick trip to Abilene for dinner!”  A little surprised but apparently excited, his wife says,  “Count me in.” She glances at her watch a little…
  • Do One Thing and Do it Well

    Amanda Rose
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the recipes I developed, created, and photographed during my food blogging phase Like most creatives, I have this “thing” (I prefer not to call it a problem…) where I want to do everything. You know those days I’m talking about, right? You want to paint. But you also want to practice calligraphy. And then you want to build a sculpture. And after that you want to cut apart your old clothes and sew them into curtains. I love, love, love my small business I’ve built for myself. It keeps me extremely satisfied in the creative department day in and day out.
  • The City Deer and the Country Deer

    Loren Rhoads
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I grew up in the country, so it’s important to me that my city-girl daughter grows up with a healthy respect for animals. That may have taken root too well: she wants to adopt one of every animal she comes across. When Sorrell was little, she wanted a deer. She spun a whole scenario that when we visited my parents, she would capture one of the white-tailed deer who came down to drink at the creek. She would put the deer in a sack and carry it on the plane back to San Francisco, where it would become her pet and live in our backyard. She drew lots of pictures to illustrate key parts of the…
  • How to Kick it Like Gotze (World Cup Tips for Creatives)

    Jayne Ifeacho
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      Soccer Art by The White Lime I couldn’t resist a cheeky football (soccer if you’re American!) post seeing as I’ve just watched the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup final. Due to England’s rather hasty exit from the tournament, I decided to support Argentina. I could just as easily have chosen Germany, but with my salsera hat on I went with the Latin American team. And of course I could have watched the game as an uninvolved bystander, but hey that’s not much fun. Choosing a team added that element of excitement that made for a richer emotional experience.
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Forest Gnome Baby

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Is there anything more precious than a new born baby? I think not! And, have you ever wondered where baby gnomes come from? Well, here's your chance to find out. When Pixie and Fairy saw the new Forest Gnome Family, the first thing they both said was, "Where's the baby?" Of course we needed a baby! Originally, I planned to make it exactly like the other Forest Gnomes, only smaller, but, as I started to put one together, I thought it would look ever so much cuter if it was wearing a tiny sleeper, all snug and cozy. Actually, I made a "whimsy" of Forest Gnome Babies. Trust me when I tell you…
  • Support Handmade - July 2014

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:45 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…
  • Wool Roving Forest Gnomes

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    The other day I was doing a workshop on making our Flower Fairies. While talking to one of the women, I mentioned that I was going to draw up a pattern for the very simple Wool Roving Forest Gnomes. She said, "You mean these?" And, she proceed to fold a piece of paper in half, and after a few snips with the scissors, opened the paper, and there was a pattern for these gnomes. "Wow", I said marveling at her speed. "I think you must have made a few of these!" Her eyes twinkled and she said, "You have no idea. I can make these in my sleep. You may need to clean up the edges a bit, and after you…
  • Did You Know?

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend. We were talking about Wee Folk Art... where it's going and how we've grown. I was commenting on our latest site design. Her: Oh, I know. It's so pretty. Me: I agree it's pretty. Michelle did a beautiful job, but what I love most is the organization. I love how much easier it is the navigate the site. Her: What do you mean? Me: Well, for starters, I love the gallery buttons. Her: What buttons? Me: All those icons across the top of the page. You know, it's a row of flowers. If you click on them they will take you to specific galleries. We have photos…
  • Copper Relief Artwork

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    I remember doing copper relief pieces when I was in elementary school. Even then, I remember how thrilled I was to be working with "authentic" materials. When I was finished, I felt like I created something special. I was delighted that the kids shared my enthusiasm. We did this project as part of of US States Study. Many of our Western State states mine copper, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to share this technique. Although the girls really enjoyed working with the copper, Bug was especially enthralled. He loves Ancient History, and sunburst he created has an Ancient Aztec feel…
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  • Free Yoga in Cincinnati (or low cost)

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    After attending two free yoga classes in Covington, Kentucky and two friends asking about free or low cost yoga in the area and not already having a blog post about it, I thought I should write one. Please check the websites to make sure the times, fees and class descriptions fit your needs. Although studios provide mats, I recommend you bring your own. Businesses: Lululemon offers complimentary classes at their stores with Hyde Park on Saturdays at 9am and Kenwood at Sundays at 11am. Athleta Kenwood does not have any classes listed at this time, but follow their Twitter account because…
  • Panera Bread Top Workplace in Cincinnati

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In conjunction with my website, Lunch It Punch It, I’m celebrating Panera Bread as a top workplace in Cincinnati with a giveaway for a $25 gift card. I love this quote from the local franchise President, that he recognizes his employees. “Celebrating our Top Workplaces achievement wouldn’t be nearly as gratifying without the dedication and support of our Cincinnati bakery-cafe team members,” said Craig Flom, President, Breads of the World, LLC, franchisee of Panera Bread in Southwest Ohio. “We are proud of the dedicated Cincinnati employees that uphold our core values, serve our…
  • Workout on the Green | Cincinnati Washington Park

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Tuesday nights during Summer 2014 Washington Park is hosting FREE workouts on the green. They offer three classes: yoga (6pm), boot camp (7:15pm) and dance (8:30pm) so basically something for every interest and skill level. In 2013, it was just yoga on the green so this is a great addition that they have the studios and businesses to sponsor more opportunities for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents to get outside and be active! The boot camp was styled a little different than any of the other free workouts I’ve done at Washington Park in that it started and ended on the lawn,…
  • Free Weekend Workout | Cincinnati Washington Park

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Free Weekend Workout | Cincinnati Washington Park Summer 2014 Saturdays at Washington Park in Cincinnati, the YMCA will be hosting free weekend workouts. This is awesome because it is free, but also because it is a chance to hang out with friends and try a new workout style. Since I know Zumba isn’t in my wheelhouse, I’m most excited about the Insanity and Boot Camp workouts. I’ve only done a TurboFire (TurboKick?) class once, but otherwise have never seen anything from the P90X family of workouts. Insanity was a TOUGH but fun workout. You know the kind when you’re 12…
  • D1 Cincinnati Bootcamp Workout Review

    21 May 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Scrolling through Facebook, an ad for a free bootcamp class at D1 Cincinnati appeared in my newsfeed, so I shared it on the udandi fan page asking if anyone had a recommendation. While I didn’t get feedback, Cindy offered to try it with me. We finally got a date on the books and showed up not knowing what to expect. I watched a few of the bootcamp videos beforehand and convinced myself I’d have to be rolled out on a stretcher because I saw sprinting and jumping and that’s far outside my comfort zone. We were told to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a waiver, we didn’t see any…
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    Mixed Media Artist

  • Book reviews: two new books for winter and Christmas!

    Cyndi L
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you want to get your quilting gifts finished  before Christmas is over this year, then might I suggest Here Comes Winter and Celebrate Christmas, both published by Martingale.Here Comes Winter was written by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.  The basics of quiltmaking are in the beginning for those who are just venturing into this artform.  Almost all of the book, though, is dedicated to the projects.  Using simple background blocks and delightfully cute appliques, each quilt project has a yardage and cutting guide to make construction go smoothly. Some of the projects…
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    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Book review: Quiltmaking Essentials 1

    Cyndi L
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Donna Lynn Thomas has written a new book for Martingale called Quiltmaking Essentials 1, which focuses on cutting and piecing skills.  That leads me to believe that there will be more books in this series, what do you think?  :-)If you are interested in trying traditional quiltmaking, or if you wish your piecing skills were better for making your art quilts more precise, this may be the book for you.  The author doesn't take anything for granted, but starts with the very most basic quiltmaking skills, from there she moves on to rotary cutting, pressing, block construction,…
  • Artsy blogging round-up!

    Cyndi L
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Carmi's Art/Life WorldIt is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.Resin Crafts BlogThere are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.Beading ArtsWith a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!Crafty Cupcake "Recipe" Calls for Styrofoam and GlueNot only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.Back to AmigurumiCrafty…
  • Book reviews: three new quilting books

    Cyndi L
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following books are all published by Martingale, which specializes in instructions, templates, patterns, and photos that are easy to follow, and pretty much fool proof!  If you haven't done much quilting before, these books are always a good place to start.  Some feature traditional quilt block patterns, while some are contemporary and original. All have yardage and materials lists, block assembly directions, and quilt assembly instructions too.English Paper Piecing II by Vicki BellinoIn this follow-up to her best-selling first volume, English Paper Piecing, Vicki Bellino again…
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    Craft Stew

  • 85 DIY Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Professional kitchen remodels, even with a strict budget, can easily hit 10,000 dollars. If your basic appliances are good, you can do a little sprucing up yourself, for a fraction of the price. Appliance Makeovers How To Wallpaper Your Fridge Framed Chalkboard Refrigerator Panels DIY Stainless Steel Makeover Create A Patterned Chalkboard Refrigerator How To Spray Paint Your Fridge From White Appliances Into Stainless Steel Shelving Projects Extended Shelf Life Built In Kitchen Wall Shelf DIY Crate Shelving DIY Shelf Made From Reclaimed Wood Wall Mounted Hutch Tutorial Hand-Built Shelving…
  • Tin Molded Soaps And Soap Making

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Description:  Use glycerin, instead of making soap from scratch, and this project will be completed in just a couple of hours. Craft Link: Tin Molded Soaps And Soap Making Read More: Soap Making or Home
  • Pencil Skirt Refashion Tutorial

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Description: By heat bonding a front panel and a couple of stripes down the side of a plain skirt, iCandy handmade has created a fabulously stylish article of clothing. Craft Link: Pencil Skirt Refashion Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Homemade Vegetarian Bacon From Cheese

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    I was first given a version of this recipe many years ago from a vegetarian friend in Baltimore. Over the years a fancier version would pop up in an occasional book or the internet. But I still like the basic recipe the best. Here is the basic recipe. Ingredients shredded Mozzarella cheese Directions Sprinkle clusters of shredded Mozzarella cheese onto a large, high quality, non-stick fry pan.  Do NOT oil the pan. Turn the flame to high and allow the cheese to cook till crisp on the bottom. Flip the cheese and cook till the second side is crisp. Remove from the pan and use immediately. I…
  • Pleated Knot Tunic

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Description: This tutorial seems a little difficult to me, because not only do you trace the pattern and sew the shirt, you also need to make some adjustments to the pattern. However, for an experienced seamstress, this is definitely a worthwhile project. Craft Link: Pleated Knot Tunic Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Make Wall Art with your own Photos + A Mini Workspace Update

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You may already know this about me, because I’ve mentioned it more than a few times, but I’m a huge fan of art. It’s what I went to school for, it’s what I taught for almost three years, and it’s still a big part of my life today. Even though I rarely pick up a paint brush these days, unless it’s for a DIY project. But when it comes to my workspace, there is nothing hanging on the walls. I may have a piece or two that hangs for a few days, while I take photos or work on a wall art DIY, but once that’s done, the art comes down. Which has been fine. But…
  • Make This: DIY Typographic Leaf Place Cards

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    So…I keep buying fiddle fig trees. And I keep accidentally killing them. I mean well, but I’m just not sure I’m a good plant caretaker. As hard as I try. BUT the good news there is that my apparent lack of plant know-how led to today’s DIY. I used some of the dying leaves to create these gold leaf letter leaves for place settings, inspired by these little car cut outs I’ve had bookmarked for months. My goodness these are so easy! They’d be a great last minute touch for a dinner party and I’m willing to bet you already have everything you need to make…
  • Make This: Crafting Festive Clay Drink Stirrers for Summer Parties + Beyond

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, I’m excited to be partnering with CreativeLive one more time (see the first set of DIYs here) to put together the last set of summer entertaining DIYs. The first of the two is this clay drink stirrers DIY. I really love these…They’re easy, look cool, and have some practicality to them as well for stirring drinks (or does everyone just use drink stirrers as decoration?). And the second project can be found over on CreativeLive –, for a colorful DIY summer tray. Peek at that project in the image below, in all of it’s green glory. I was inspired by one of my…
  • Currently Obsessed with…Macarons

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of sweets. A big fan, actually. Evidence here, here, and here. But there is one dessert that I am slightly more obsessed with than normal, at the moment. Macarons! It has to be one of the most photographable treats on the planet. Am I right? So instead of putting together a tutorial for these little guys (I had planned to paint them with the same edible paint that I made for the watermelon donuts), I thought I would just style a few photos instead… Looking for more macaron inspiration? Check out these DIY macaron ideas… How To Make…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Friday! This week I’ve been spotting a lot of colorful summer DIYs, and a couple of gold projects as well. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, as usual. Here are 6 DIYs that you should totally try this weekend… 1. strawberry rose floral sorbet from The House That Lars Built 2. tree slab side table project from Emily Henderson 3. indigo dyed market tote from Chelsea for HGTV 4. ice cream cart + sprinkle bar DIY from Sugar & Cloth 5. gold leaf embellished cookies and ice cream sandwiches from yours truly 6. strawberry basil bellini recipe from Jacquelyn for…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Fairy Garden Tree Swing

    Jessica Christman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    This flower bedecked outdoor swing is the perfect addition to your fairy garden, sure to lure all the neighborhood fairies to your garden for their magical fun! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Giant Yard Dice

    Jessica Christman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    These giant dice are perfect for all sorts of backyard Summer games! 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! }}
  • Make Your Own Fairy Garden Rose Arbor

    Jessica Christman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    This rose covered arbor will be the crowning glory of your fairy garden, sure to lure the tiny folk to your enchanted world. 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 Personalized Ear Buds

    Jessica Christman
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here is a simple trick to keep your earbuds from getting confused with others in your household! 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! }}
  • Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    This lovely lavender soap smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. 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! }}
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    Dismount Creative

  • Into The Woods

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Highlights from the Whimseybox 4th of July camping trip: Seeing moose grazing behind our campsite each morning. Rediscovering how awesome it is to relax in a hammock. Patrick brought one and we all went home saying we needed to get one ASAP. His was a Kammok but if you’re in the market I recommend the hammocks from Grand Trunk which you can find in REI and other retailers. Watching #radishdirago playing in the water. I’ve never seen her happier than when she was running in and out of river, chasing sticks and rolling in the grass. So adorable and it wore her out enough that she…
  • This Week on #DIY5

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    #DIY5 Episode 21 from Whimseybox on Vimeo. #DIY5 is old enough to drink! It’s our 21st episode and shockingly TLC hasn’t given us our own show yet. I mean, did they miss our flopping last week or what? Anyway, this week we talk about some awesome DIY projects, ponder the creepy Facebook mood manipulation study and welcome anyone who might be looking for a new place to shop for craft supplies, such as perhaps former Hobby Lobby customers You can find the full show notes here! You just finished reading This Week on #DIY5! Consider leaving a comment! (c) 2014 dismount creative
  • Who Are The Best DIYers on YouTube?

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s definitely not us, but Ali and I are back with this week’s installment of awesome DIY projects and some ridiculousness. If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if there was a World Cup of Craft (c’mon, who hasn’t?!?) then you won’t want to miss the end of this one. Full show notes here. But I am on the hunt to find all of the must-watch, must-follow YouTube DIYers – do you know of any? While I’m a total blogoholic, I’ve never really gotten into subscribing to YouTube channels and I’m not sure why. I know there are some…
  • Good Stuff, Lately

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few things I enjoyed this week: Had some great laughs filming #DIY5 this week. We don’t post it on Whimseybox until tomorrow morning, but it’s here already if you’re interested. The end is the best part. Target has gold flatware. I repeat, Target has gold flatware. Embarrassing confession: I watch Big Brother. It’s a summertime ritual among my family and friends and it started this week. Now that you think I have terrible taste, I will redeem myself by sharing this short video story of Jack. Can you watch this entire video? I really struggled, but made it. I enjoy…
  • This Week on #DIY5

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    The latest #DIY5, in which I get totally goofed up! Ah well, what you see is what you get Find the full show notes including links to all the awesome projects here! You just finished reading This Week on #DIY5! Consider leaving a comment! (c) 2014 dismount creative
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    Just Something I Made

  • US Mollie Makes Issue 4 and Custom Paper Tape

    Cathe Holden
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    If you subscribe to the US Edition of Mollie Makes, there’s a good chance Issue 4 has already been delivered. You’ll know by the smile on your mailbox. Not a subscriber? Well get on it! You can subscribe here. I’ve sworn off of all houseplants with the exception of succulents, thinking no on can kill those, not even me. I was wrong. So naturally, I adore the cover project, a hand-sewn succulent arrangement in a teacup. No watering required.When you turn to page 63 you’ll find my Custom Paper Tape project and can find the step-by-step instructions here using positionable mounting…
  • Summer Cherries Tablecloth Weights

    Cathe Holden
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    We have a new backyard fire pit and barbeque grill (more on that to come very soon!) so we’ve been spending a lot more time than usual out back for dinners and s’mores. I set food and drinks on a sweet, old table covered with a vintage tablecloth from my collection. There’s often a good breeze blowing through our yard in the evenings and I’ve always used fishing weights hung from drapery clips to weigh down the corners of the tablecloth. I even have a set packed away in our camping gear for our many outings throughout the year. The weight clips work just fine as-is, but after having…
  • Shrink Plastic Refrigerator Magnet Frames

    Cathe Holden
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:24 am
    If you haven’t picked up a pack of shrink plastic to play with as an adult, I don’t know what you’re waiting form. Just search “shrink plastic” on my blog and you’ll see how much fun I’ve had with it over the years making jewelry, beads, and more. My latest project is frames. Tiny frames. For the fridge. Head over to SC Johnson’s Family Economics to find a simple step-by-step tutorial on making little free-form cuties for yourself.
  • Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop & Giveaway

    Cathe Holden
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to Just Something I Made, I’m so glad you hopped over for a visit!A few months ago my studio was photographed by the very talented Sam Breach for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine’s special issue Creative Spaces which hits the stands today.I received my copy of the Creative Spaces magazine last week and it is one of the most amazing studio magazines I have EVER seen. Every single page of each fantastic feature is packed full of detail, ideas and inspiration from the studios and workplaces of not only the magazine publisher themselves, but inspiring DIY bloggers, talented…
  • The New X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set and My FREE Crafters Sizing Guide

    Cathe Holden
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    My appreciation for X-ACTO began in the early 80s with my first job as an ad agency paste-up artist- pre-digital era. I’ve had a #11-blade X-ACTO knife within reach my entire creative career- from graphic designer to professional crafter. So when I was sent X-ACTO’s recently reshaped popular knife set to check out and review I was over the moon. This new set is housed in a premium soft compression case which replaces the traditional wooden chest- so much easier to carry and store. There are magnetic slots on one side of the kit that securely stores the blades. The kit is very lightweight…
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    Cotton and Cloud

  • Baby Cable Yoke Jacket

    29 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Since my baby daughter was born, I haven’t had much time to knit. But there is one garment which I really would like to make for her to wear this winter and that is my Cable Yoke Jacket. Baby... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 7 – Seine: Cardigan for Every Woman

    17 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I have been so thrilled to see my latest design, the Seine Cardigan, published in Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 7, just after the birth of my baby daughter. The whole collection is really lovely and I... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Spud & Chloe ‘Lightning Shawl’ – Innovative Nursing Shawl to Knit

    10 May 2014 | 12:29 am
    Some of you may already have seen my new design on the Spud & Chloe website and Ravelry, but if you haven’t, I’m delighted to announce that my new, Lightning Shawl, is now available from Spud... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • My Beautiful Baby Has Arrived!

    29 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I am delighted and thrilled to announce that my baby daughter, Miriam, was born at the beginning of April! It was a very long process and I was in hospital for 5 days. But I am now almost recovered... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Knitting for Baby: Saartje’s Bootees

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    My second ‘baby preparation’ project is this lovely pair of baby bootees. I chose Saartje’s Bootees, because it’s a super-cute design, which I’ve previously knitted as a gift for my friend. You can... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Art of Crafts Interview: Nancy from The Bib Place

    Alison Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Today I would like to welcome Nancy from The Bib Place. Nancy is one of our featured members over at the Art of Crafts Directory and she makes a beautiful range of customized baby bibs. 1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? Hello, my name is Nancy Small and I live in the United States in the state of Indiana. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your handmade based business. I make baby bibs. Some of them have baby related cross stitch items on the front and some bibs are just…
  • Handmade Giveaway: 12 Beautiful Items Up For Grabs

    Alison Wood
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    I wanted to share with you today about a group giveaway that I am a part of, with 11 other very gifted crafters. The lovely Penny over  at Lovehearts organized this as a celebration that she has just passed the 20k mark on her Facebook page – 20k how awesome is that! I have included a bracelet in the giveaway and there is a gorgeous array of other items – you can see them all in the photo. There will be 12 winners, selected randomly, each walking away with one prize each.  To enter you need to head to the Lovehearts page – the giveaway is pinned to the top – and…
  • Love At First Stitch Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    22 May 2014 | 2:27 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner, drawn by random number generator, is Dina Newton-Edwards, who left the following comment “My first crafting memory is learning to knit, along with my sister, and then working on a cardigan that my mother was knitting for each of us. I think she probably had to unpick and redo my knitting!” Congrats Dina, I will be mailing you to get the book sent out. Thanks to all those who entered ** After first seeing Tilly Walnes on last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, I immediately checked out her sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons…
  • Winners in the Easter/Spring Themed Craft Competition

    Alison Wood
    4 May 2014 | 8:38 am
    A big thank you to everyone who entered and who voted in the Easter/Spring Craft Competition. We had some gorgeous entries and it was great to celebrate this lovely time of the year. We will be having more craft competitions and giveaways throughout this coming year, so if you would like to be the first to hear about them, then please sign up for my free newsletter. I don’t bombard you with emails, you get maybe 2 or at most 3 a month and they are all filled with craft ideas, offers and news. So without further delay, the three winners are below. I will be emailing you all shortly, in…
  • Easter/Spring Themed Craft Competition 2014

    Alison Wood
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today I am pleased to announce the new Art of Crafts competition. I love this season so I have chosen the themes of Easter/Spring and I know we are going to see some beautiful entries. There are Amazon gift cards for the top three, so please read on for all the details. To enter you need to create a piece of unique craft or art work that is inspired by, or which celebrates, Easter/Spring. Think flowers, eggs, bonnets, bunnies, lambs, chicks…..anything which speaks to you of this time of year. You can enter artwork, jewelry, sewing, ceramics, knitting…..any type of craft at all, as…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Easy Covered Books Tutorial

    little birdie secrets
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This Easy Book Cover Tutorial is a easy way to get creating!   It is  a fun kids activity you can do for your kids that will keep kids reading all summer! If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a nature sun garland you will find fun creative ideas! I’m Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets, a crafty blog featuring kids crafts, recipes, crochet patterns, sewing tutorials,…
  • Nature Sun catcher Garlands

    hands on as we grow
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This Nature Suncatcher Garland is the way to get creating!   It is  a fun kids activity that will keep feeling crafty! If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a A Summer Donut Picnic you will find fun creative ideas!   Hello Skip to My Lou fans! I’m Jamie, the mom behind hands on : as we grow where I share fun activities, crafts and art projects I do with my…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Looking for fun ideas to keep kids entertained this summer?  Don’t miss all these boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! 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…
  • DIY Bow Napkin Rings

    Cindy Hopper
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Cricut has divided some amazing bloggers into teams and challenged each team member to come up with a project for their home. I am part of  Team 5 so we made our team theme for this months challenge… the number 5. I made 5 golden rings! That is napkin rings. This is a quick and easy project with the Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine .  I used a shimmery gold flannel backed vinyl (made for tablecloths), metal D-rings and hot glue. All items can be found at a fabric store. I used the bow from the gift wrap embellishment from the Design Space.  I deleted the objects I…
  • A Summer Donut Picnic with Glaze recipes

    I'm Topsy Turvy
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This Summer Donut Picnic is the way to get kids to have fun in the kitchen and learning to cook  It is  a fun kids activity that will keep kids entertained and busy!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas! My name is Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy and I’m SO excited to be here for the Fun Crafts…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Fabulous Fabric Scraps

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’ve been sewing this week, and intend to do a bit more before July ends. Inspired by my own fabric stash, tutorials and inspiration online, the book Quilt Improv and the fabric swap I’m in of course. I opened my plastic boxes of tiny fabric scraps and threads, and started to piece things together randomly – no plan. Just using my ground sense of colors and what goes together well. I just love colorful scraps, collected mostly from my mom or from thrifted finds over the years. Earlier this summer I joined Sharon’s Fabulous Scrap Fabric Swap. You were to include at…
  • Video | Cut and Paste Index Card Collage

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Let’s have some cut and paste fun together, shall we? My friend Tammy asked me to do a guest post on index cards for her annual summer challenge, ICAD: Index Card A Day last year, and then again this year! I said yes, brought out my scrap inbox of pretty papers and recorded a quick video to inspire you guys to do some cut-n-pastin’ of your own! In the video you can watch how I pick out papers, and without any plan glue them down on the blank canvas of an index card! I go with green and pink, use some washi tape, some tissue paper and a lot of tiny pieces of left over collage…
  • Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers – a book review

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I don’t like following patterns even though I sometimes do, to learn something new. I prefer to freestyle my projects. I also love inspiration as you might already know. I collect inspiration in just about any form, books included. So when I spotted the title Quilt Improv on Amazon I knew it would be a book I’d enjoy a lot. I bought it promptly, and I must say it’s a fab quilting book! The subtitle of Lucie Summer’s book Quilt Improv is: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. I love improvisation! I think it is what I enjoy most when I create: to have no…
  • Inspiration | Sewing Ideas & Strawberries

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. Dolly Parton Some new fabrics in my stash… The Dangers of visiting a Quilt Shop. I think summer is perfect for sewing projects. Don’t you agree? I want to sew skirts, quilts, softies and tiny broaches that looks like flowers. I want to cut into all that pretty (newly bought and in the stash vintage) fabric and sew sew sew. You? Let’s sew some shall we? Tutorial for a Perfect Summer Skirt I agree with Haley Pierson-Cox’s three…
  • The Pink Flower Mission

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    A Photo Project often start with one simple idea that spark your interest. The idea does not have to be genius or innovative, but it has to be something that interest you enough that you want to return to it from time to time (or else it won’t become a project). Ideas that I am drawn to often involve things that makes me happy, that sings with inspiration and joy in my heart. Like pink flowers, for example. Variety’s the very spice of life that give it all its flavour. William Cowper This time my idea/project started on instagram as I photographed a spring flower earlier this…
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  • Beautiful and Ornate Wooden Spool Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
      To see my FULL tutorial on how to put these together, please click on my YouTube video at:   I made these beautiful little spool ornaments out of unfinished wooden spools (Approx. 1-1/8 inch tall and a little under 2-1/2 inches around the middle part.) I loved this project because the ornaments are SO easy, yet they look like something you took a long time
  • DIY~Cute Faux Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these cute ornaments!   These cute ornaments are inexpensive and super easy to make! This would be a great craft for kids too! You will need the following materials:      Red and White Chenille Pipe Cleaners/Fuzzy Sticks (Or any other color of your choice along with white.)  
  • DIY~Elegant Dew Drop Rose Pens! Nice Party Favor!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:28 pm
      Please click on the following link to see the full tutorial on my YouTube channel: These beautiful dew drop rose pen flowers make great party favors for ANY occasion! See below for a list of materials you will need: Materials Needed Roses (Red or white if you are doing a Christmas theme) A roll of floral tape Ball Point pens with cap Flat back rhinestones in
  • DIY~Gorgeous Embellished Felt Christmas Ornaments! Super EASY!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    7 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    Click on the picture above for a "close up" look at the ornaments!   These ornaments turned out so nice and I really enjoyed making them! The ornaments are lightweight, so they won't weigh down your Christmas tree branches and they have an exceptional sparkle to them! The lonely red ornament in the picture was kind of my prototype and the white ones are my finished projects. Don't miss this
  • DIY~ Gorgeous Pendant Necklace Made From Scrapbooking Bling! Sooo Easy!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
      Make gorgeous pendant necklaces from scrapbook bling and metal connectors! These are sooo inexpensive and easy to make, plus they make terrific gifts! Check out my YouTube video for full instructions.   Click on the link below to see my YouTube tutorial:     Materials Needed: Filigree Metal Connectors Scrapbook Bling 15 inches of Suede Cord 2 Cord Tips
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  • FREE Webinar – 5 Ways To Double Your Traffic and Sales This Holiday Season!

    Timothy Adam
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    We will be co- hosting a FREE webinar with Meylah all about getting more traffic and sales this upcoming holiday season. Be sure to get registered! WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 1. Anyone interested in increasing their traffic and sales! 2. Anyone organizing holiday sales and hosting holiday events WHAT WILL... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 11 Ways to Help Your Fan Page Thrive

    Timothy Adam
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    We all want a thriving fan page! We are always looking to get more fans, more interaction, more traffic, more leads, and more sales. Below are 11 proven techniques you can implement that will help your Facebook fan page thrive! Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • How to Get More Repins After the Pin

    Timothy Adam
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    In this article I am going to share with you 5 steps for getting more repins after you pin. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 2 Simple Ways to Customize Your Facebook Posts

    Timothy Adam
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Today I want to share a few simple tips with you that I have talked about many times on webinars. Many of you have heard these tips, but each time I mention it I always hear ” I never knew that”! When you share a link on Facebook, Facebook automatically populates the image, title, and... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • DIY Frames for Pictures and Displays

    Timothy Adam
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    How many times have you walked through a craft store and wanted to buy some of the creative and colorful painted frames but had to keep walking when you saw the price tag? Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Sugar N Spice Baby Dress Free Pattern

    Wendy at
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Sweet little baby girls need a ruffled dress like this Sugar N Spice Baby Dress Free Pattern. It’s really everything nice! Added to Free Baby Crochet Patterns You might also like: Pretty in Pink Toddler Sundress Crochet Pattern Free Crochet Baby Dress Pattern Baby Sandals Free Crochet Patterns Iris Toddler Top – Free Crochet Pattern Free Candy Stripe Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
  • DIY Mason Jar Flower Lids

    Wendy at
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    No more droopy flowers! Solve the problem with DIY Mason Jar Flower Lids. Now, I won’t have to stuff lots and lots of flowers in a small jar. This looks much cuter. Added to Mason Jar Crafts and Floral Crafts You might also like: Mollie Flower Crochet Pattern Prism Mason Jar Candle 50+ Free Mason Jar Crafts Pansy Flower Square Free Crochet Pattern DIY Mason Jar Outdoor Lights
  • Ruffled Rug Tutorial

    Wendy at
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Stitch up this stylish Ruffled Rug Tutorial and a pop of color to a bare floor. With a few yards of fabric and a little time at the sewing machine, you’ll have a better-than-store-bought accent rug. Added to Free Sewing Patterns You might also like: Crossbody Purse Sewing Tutorial 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns Summer Dress Free Sewing Pattern Ultimate Serger Stitch Tutorial Eyeglass Case Bookmark Sewing Tutorial
  • 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials

    Wendy at
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    A pretty necklace can finish off an outfit perfectly. Especially when you can make it yourself to match! Browse 100+ Free Necklace Tutorials and find just the right one for you or a special gift. Love to crochet or bead? We have some great necklace patterns for you! You might also like: Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Book Page Necklace Tute Faux Stamped Necklaces Crystal Bib Necklace Tutorial Double Bow Necklace Tutorial
  • Amazing Free Fonts – Impact Edition

    Wendy at
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    When you went to get some attention, it’s important to find just the right font and not rely on the old standby Impact font (like I did in the title of the graphic). Here’s some of my favorite free fonts that get your words noticed. They’re free to download and perfect for headlines and titles. A Bit Empty A Morris Line Adventure Cubic Sans Edournida French Fries Apocalypse Haudankorva Highlight Intro Inline Mix Modern Outline Mosaic Leaf Orniste Sketch Block The Perfect Wave Tribbon You might also like: Free Christmas Fonts Patriotic Fonts 300 Free Pop Culture Fonts Free…
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Leather journals with the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    In the past week, I talked about my preparations for my teaching gig at this month’s Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting. Well, the meeting finally happened and it was lots of fun. There were 20ish people in attendance, which is a bit of a teaching challenge. I totally admire teachers who handle this size crowd on a daily basis – I don’t know how they do it. It takes a lot of energy! I taught Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding, which can be found on pages 246 – 247 of his book 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II. I highly recommend that you…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Next week I’m doing a hands-on presentation at the monthly Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting. I’ll be teaching Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding using a soft leather cover. I spent today prepping the kits that I’ll be handing out to participants. First came this awesome leather: Leather close-up Then came the anxiety that accompanies such lovely leather – I was really afraid of messing up the measurements. I somehow overcame my fear and just dove into the cutting. This binding has a strap closure that will attach to the back of the journal. After the leather was…
  • Pop-Up Basics class at SPA

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    I recently taught a Pop-Up Basics class at Studio Place Arts. I had a group of seriously hard-working women in the class and they made wonderful work. I consider myself fortunate to always have the best students in my classes. Participants made models using over a dozen different pop-up techniques. My hope is that this will act as a foundation for further exploration and play. This class was a new one for me – it was suggested by Sue Higby at SPA. Thanks for the inspiration, Sue!
  • Game of Thrones pop-up

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    While doing research for tomorrow’s pop-class, I found this video of a fantastic pop-up created by Matthew Reinhart. I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but my husband does and I’ve seen the opening credits several times. This book nails it. I’m not even going to try to describe its awesomeness, just check out the video: If you’re a fan and want your own copy of Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, you can buy it directly from the publisher.
  • Worktable Wednesday

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I recently returned from a 2-week vacation and I’ve been having re-entry problems. I love being in the studio, but it’s hard to transition back to work after traveling for an extended period of time. It’s a different kind of life. I finally found something to sink my teeth into – my upcoming Pop-Up Basics class at Studio Place Arts. I spent today working on samples – thankfully, I have lots of instructional books for inspiration (nod to Carol Barton). Here are some of the pop-up techniques we’ll be working on in the class: I also spent some of today hunting…
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  • Unicorn Tails

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails are 52-yard skeins of Tosh Merino Light yarn. They’re perfect for adding a little more color to your project. Or use them by themselves for your Missoni-esque creations! Until we have them photographed and posted in our online shop, I’m putting these photographs here with the color names below. If you can’t make it into the shop, feel free to call us (215-893-9939 or toll-free 877-893-9939) to order some. L to R: purple basil, flashdance, cathedral, firewood, glazed pecan, and antler. L to R: maple leaf, whiskey barrel, charcoal, rainwater, dirty…
  • Tre Colori

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Tre Colori is an simple stockinette shawl knit with three colors of Hikoo Cobasi yarn. It starts with a stockinette tab cast on (same as a garter tab cast on, but purling on the wrong side) and transitions through three shades as it extends to its finished size. Each color change is done with a row of eyelets for added visual interest. I knit Tre Colori earlier this season when Cobasi first arrived in the shop. Cobasi was created as a non-wool sock yarn for people who dislike or are allergic to wool. It’s a blend of cotton, bamboo, and silk with elastic nylon, which has a slightly nubby…
  • Trillian Shawl & Smooshy with Cashmere

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Sometimes you just need a little pick me up: a pretty skein to revive your knitting mojo and satisfy your desire to cast on something new. Sound familiar? I thought so! I am no stranger to this condition either and I think I have the cure – with a high cashmere content, no less. Trillian is a special treat to knit up in Smooshy with Cashmere. To give yourself a little something special; just because! Trillian is a slightly asymmetrical garter stitch triangle with an eyelet border. Start knitting at one corner, adding wider and wider rows, and you’ll create a long, shallow shape…
  • 4 Cool Tops You Can Knit & Wear This Summer

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You don’t have to stop wearing your knits just because it’s summer! Tanks and tops in lighter weight yarns are perfect for days in the mountains or on the beach. For those cool nights and aggressively air-conditioned restaurants and theaters, an easy pullover is just the thing to throw on. It’s not too late to make something new for this summer. You can knit up these 4 great-looking tops and wear them out in just a few weeks! Dafne by Julie Hoover Daphne’s a sleek tunic with a slipped rib stitch pattern that add to its flattering long silhouette. Make it in Blue Sky…
  • Summer Knitalong: Let Your Heart Unwind

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    For our Summer Knitalong, we’re knitting Let Your Heart Unwind (LYHU) by Joji Locatelli. This gorgeous shawl is made of alternating sections of seed stitch and lace. LYHU is knit from side to side and uses short rows for shaping. Looks like a really fun knit! The pattern will be released next week. You can cast on as soon as you have it and your yarn. Post a photograph of your finished shawl by Sunday, August 31, 2014 and you’ll have a chance to win a $20 gift card to Loop. LYHU is knit with 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. Instead of choosing just one yarn for the knitalong,…
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  • How to sew laminated placemats

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:11 pm
    We recently bought a new dining table – a big Marri (hardwood) table that should last us an eternity. The previous table was a cheapy, bought second-hand. We didn’t really care about it, so we didn’t use placemats or tablecloths. Now that we’ve got one we want to look after, it was time to get the placemats out. The only placemats we had were cream and yellow woven cotton – a nice, simple look, but, ummm, not so good for a 3 year old and 5 year old. We needed something wipe-clean. I had some laminated cotton leftover from another project (that I haven’t shared with you yet). I…
  • Sweet Potato Pasta with Salami and Kale

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    After attending a raw foods workshop last year, I bought a vegetable spiralizer (similar to this one – affiliate link), keen to make my own zucchini noodles. The only problem is, I’m not a big fan of zucchini. So I haven’t used it very much. When Spiral Foods sent me a selection of organic pasta sauces and Dip&Toss oils, I knew it was time to get my spiralizer out again. Sweet potato noodles sound so much more appetising to me than zucchini. Checking what other ingredients I had, Sweet Potato Pasta with Salami and Kale with Basil and Parmesan Oil was ready for dinner in no time! And…
  • Letting go of kitchen clutter

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    After tidying my baking and muffin trays drawer, I’ve agonised over my other kitchen drawers. Every time I open the crockery drawer, I notice that we own a lot of bowls: All different types of bowls – pasta, soup, breakfast, noodles – we have different bowls for all of them. Which is ridiculous, I know. But I’ve got space for them and they all get used, so it’s fine we’ve got so many. “Clear the clutter and clear space for other things to come into your life” I’ve heard this phrase, but thought it airy-fairy, hippie nonsense. The sensible, logical engineer in me just…
  • Baby Boy Gift Set

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I previously shared a tutorial for how to sew a baby bib with a pocket, which I made for my nephew. A baby bib wasn’t a good enough gift though, so today I’m sharing the other presents I made for this baby boy. I ended up making two bibs, one with train fabric leftover from a bucket hat I made Jacob last year, and one with cars and trucks, leftover from this shirt for Jacob. This made me think a reversible bucket hat would be a different present for a baby boy, using the same two fabrics as the bibs (this gift was great for scrap-busting!). I used the free Oliver and S pattern, but used…
  • How to organize baking and muffin trays

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I recently headed into the kitchen to make baked donuts. On opening my drawer of baking trays and muffin pans, I realised the donut pan was right at the bottom. I hate digging around in drawers to find the right pan. Something had to be done! A trip to IKEA was required (OK, it was getting close to lunchtime and I was looking for an excuse to eat Swedish meatballs). The Variera pot lid organiser was just what I needed (at the bargain price of $7.95 here): The width of the gaps is adjustable, and it was easy to get just the right size for my muffin pans and baking tins. And now my drawer looks…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Yarnmarket Sold to Love Knitting

    Sarah White
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    According to a notice on their website and an email sent to subscribers, Yarnmarket has closed its doors and its remaining stock has been sold to Love Knitting. Yarnmarket was an online yarn, pattern and notions store that was in business for more than 10 years. The email, sent as usual by Jan and the Yarnmarket Staff says in part:…
  • Techinque: “Rock and Roll” Stamping (using mutiple ink colors on one stamp)

    Heather Holbrook
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    One of the hottest new products out right now for card making are the Wink of Stella pens, they add a wonderful touch of shimmer to your cards. Just like Catherine Pooler I recently got the clear pen and LOVE adding the glitter over top of my stamped images. Visit her blog to see how to ink a stamp using multiple …
  • 7 Clever Minecraft Party Ideas

    Dana Hinders
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    My nine-year-old loves Minecraft, as do most of his friends. If there’s a Minecraft-themed party in your future, check out Catch My Party’s list of Minecraft party ideas. The free Minecraft printables and the Creeper balloons are my personal favorites. What clever Minecraft party ideas have you seen?…
  • Tutorial: Putting a smooth hem on a curved fabric

    Anne Weaver
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Tutorial: Putting a smooth hem on a curved fabric Hemming a curved piece fabric, like on a circle skirt, can be challenging.  The nature of circles is that the outer edges are longer than the inner edges, so when you turn in a hem you’re essentially needing to stitch a longer length of fabric to a shorter piece.  Daniela from …
  • Week 5: Best Fabric Shop Storefront

    Scarlett Burroughs
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    I have a special nominee this week for my Best Fabric Shop Storefront contest, namely The Quilt Shop. For starters, it’s located in a historic flat iron building in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Second, the photograph itself is phenomenal; it’s the work of Art Meripol, former Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living magazine, a position he held for 25+ years.…
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  • Yarnmarket Sold to Love Knitting

    Sarah White
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    According to a notice on their website and an email sent to subscribers, Yarnmarket has closed its doors and its remaining stock has been sold to Love Knitting. Yarnmarket was an online yarn, pattern and notions store that was in business for more than 10 years. The email, sent as usual by Jan and the Yarnmarket Staff says in part:…
  • Techinque: “Rock and Roll” Stamping (using mutiple ink colors on one stamp)

    Heather Holbrook
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    One of the hottest new products out right now for card making are the Wink of Stella pens, they add a wonderful touch of shimmer to your cards. Just like Catherine Pooler I recently got the clear pen and LOVE adding the glitter over top of my stamped images. Visit her blog to see how to ink a stamp using multiple …
  • 7 Clever Minecraft Party Ideas

    Dana Hinders
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    My nine-year-old loves Minecraft, as do most of his friends. If there’s a Minecraft-themed party in your future, check out Catch My Party’s list of Minecraft party ideas. The free Minecraft printables and the Creeper balloons are my personal favorites. What clever Minecraft party ideas have you seen?…
  • Tutorial: Putting a smooth hem on a curved fabric

    Anne Weaver
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Tutorial: Putting a smooth hem on a curved fabric Hemming a curved piece fabric, like on a circle skirt, can be challenging.  The nature of circles is that the outer edges are longer than the inner edges, so when you turn in a hem you’re essentially needing to stitch a longer length of fabric to a shorter piece.  Daniela from …
  • Week 5: Best Fabric Shop Storefront

    Scarlett Burroughs
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    I have a special nominee this week for my Best Fabric Shop Storefront contest, namely The Quilt Shop. For starters, it’s located in a historic flat iron building in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Second, the photograph itself is phenomenal; it’s the work of Art Meripol, former Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living magazine, a position he held for 25+ years.…
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Mega Paint and Project Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Happy Thursday Everyone, I've got a great giveaway for you today!  My friend Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor is launching a new blog, Kristi's Paintbrush.  (Don't worry, she'll still be posting on the original blog!)  Kristi's Paintbrush will be dedicated to all types of paint projects.Th celebrate her very first post, she has put together a great giveaway of paint products and a Visa Gift Card:Prize includes: 1 kit of Modern Masters Metal Effects Paint, 1 quart of Modern Masters Front Door Paint, $50 to spend in the Modern Masters Shop , and $150 Visa Gift Card for…
  • Lesley Flutter Top Pattern (50% of this week!) and Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    A couple of months ago, I came across a pair of gorgeously distressed and embroidered ladies western boots on sale.  I'd been looking at boots for a while and still had my birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, so I went ahead and bought them.  (I live in Texas ya'll and haven't had any cowboy boots in at least 15 years- when I got rid of my winter white lace up Ropers I wore while in college.)The sad thing is, I still haven't worn the boots!  I have nothing to wear with them and it is too hot for jeans.  I've been trolling Pinterest and Google images to see how…
  • 8 Frozen Dessert Recipes + Inspiration Monday Party

    Jamie Sanders
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, we're happy you're here!We hope you come for inspiration and leave some of your own!This week, we found 8 delicious frozen treats to cool you off! (Link up and see the features after the jump!)Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Tank Sundress Tutorial (pattern hack)

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I have another pattern hack for you today!  This one is based on my Tank Top pattern from earlier this summer.Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Simple Waldorf Salad Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Every few weeks, I ask my hubby to stop by Sam's Club to pick up a few items that we use in bulk.  I always ask him to grab us a couple of their rotisserie chickens as well.  We use the first one in a couple of meals and I de-bone the 2nd one and freeze the meat in meal size portions to use later.I have so many different recipes to use the chicken, though one of my favorite ways is in chicken salad!  And what chicken salad is yummier than a Waldorf Salad, stuffed full of grapes apples and walnuts?Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright©…
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  • Join us for Radiant Faces!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces  What is it? It's a class put together by Effy Wild...nine teachers, nine styles, nine faces, nine characters, 18 lessons. It is going to be fun and fulfilling, and you will grow as an artist and a person. Join us! Click here to view more details and sign up for Radiant: Faces
  • More journal therapy...

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    I love drawing over imperfect backgrounds. The drawing seems to unify all the diverse layers. This background was just a mop-up page, wasn't really even a composed background at all. It works with the drawing, though, doesn't it? Stuff used: Dylusions inks, Dina Wakley Media Line acrylics, Stabilo All pencil, stencil from the office supply store, my Leaves mask set.
  • Color pop...using my All the Gals stamps set

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    Oooh, I love a bit of color pop on a journal page. Stuff used: Dina Wakley Media Line stamps & stencils & acrylic paints, Dylusions Inks, Archival ink (the best), Tim Holtz Distress Paint.
  • Collaged page...

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    Hey, you, listen up!! (It's a note to self.) Stuff used: Dina Wakley Media Line acrylic paints and mediums and stencils, Tim Holtz stencils, collage images, Dylusions inks, Stabilo All pencils in white and black.
  • Drum roll please....the winner for a seat in Radiant: Faces....

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Sorry for the delay.  It is time to announce the winner!  I used the Random Number Generator to pick the number. The winner is: How cool. Shared on fb! Posted by: Jean A Marmo | July 02, 2014 at 04:21 AM Big congrats, and thanks to everyone for your lovely comments. It was so fun to read all of them!
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  • Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials: 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers eBook

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    There's no doubt about it, flowers are Mother Natures accessories, and now they can be yours too. AllFreeSewing is pleased to present, Fabulous Fabric Flower Tutorials 7 Ways to Learn How to Make Fabric Flowers just for you. Absolutely free, this roundup of carefully selected fabric flower tutorials will instruct you on how to make flowers out of fabric and other materials. Whether you're looking to spruce up your home decor or simply want to add some blooming accessories to your stylish repertoire, these 7 fabric flower tutorials are just what you need.
  • Holly Jolly DIY Christmas Ornaments: 12 DIY Christmas Crafts

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A home decorated for the holidays is always a happier one. Show your family that you are all about being holiday jolly this season by adorning your tree with DIY Christmas ornaments you made all by yourself. Looking for a family bonding experience? Consider organizing a crafting session with the whole family this season. With all the ideas in Holly Jolly Christmas Ornaments 12 DIY Christmas Crafts, you cannot go wrong.
  • Beginner Friendly Quilts: The Best of Quilty

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Even after learning how to quilt and moving on to more intricate patterns, you always have the option to return to the easier collection when you want to make a quilt in a flash or want to take a break from really time-consuming projects. Beginner Friendly Quilts The Best of Quilty is one of those collections that has a lot of staying power. Compiled by Leisure Arts and Quilty, these beginner quilts are great projects to use while you are learning and excellent quick quilting projects for experts.
  • Christmas Eve Pajama Pants

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Christmas Eve is the most exciting night of the year for kids. Make it even more special with these Christmas Eve Pajama Pants. This tutorial shows you how to make pajama pants that will have your kids dreaming of sugar plums in no time. Pajama pants are one of the easiest sewing projects to start with, so if you are just beginning to sew, you'll love how simple and quick these DIY pajama pants are to make. Pajamas make great homemade Christmas gifts that you can give to your kids each year, which can become a heartwarming holiday tradition for years to come.
  • Olaf the Snowman Hooded Towel Tutorial

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Adorable, goofy Olaf of Frozen has stolen the hearts of children everywhere. This Olaf the Snowman Hooded Towel Tutorial shows you how to make a hooded towel that feels like a warm hug from everyone's favorite Frozen friend. Your children will never complain about bath time again when they can cuddle up in this cute hooded towel that is perfect for keeping warm in the winter months. With these step-by-step instructions, you can create an accurate depiction of Olaf that is sure to bring endless smiles. These hooded towels make fantastic homemade gift ideas for the little ones in your life.
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  • Purple kundan rangoli – DIY

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    It has been quite a while since we had a tutorial on origami… we bounce back with this tutorial on making a 3D origami cactus and a lovely pink flower to go with it! Let’s waste no time – heading to the tutorial… How to make a 3D origami cactus : You would need a […] The post 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Polymer Clay Jewelry – Gautami from Florida

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    With this post, we start featuring works by some of our visitor friends… Gautami from Florida had sent me pictures of her polymer clay jewelry collection. Such a lovely collection… I wanted to feature all of them… here are a select few. Way to go Gautami… all these are so beautifully made! Just like Gautami, […] The post Polymer Clay Jewelry – Gautami from Florida appeared first on Art Platter.
  • White n’ yellow hoop earrings – Tutorial

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    Ridiculously easy tutorial on how to make hoop earrings using beads… enjoy!!! You ought to love beads!! I bought these pretty yellow beads from and the white crystal beads from RS Shopping Adyar, Chennai…the two are definitely made for each other Materials needed: Flat nose pliers Supplies needed: How to make a pair of […] The post White n’ yellow hoop earrings – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Coral beads necklace with earrings – DIY

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    A rich and dignified piece of jewelry using coral beads is what we would be making today. This coral beads necklace requires just a few basic techniques of beading.Supplies Needed: Round coral beads Bronze colored charms of choice Hoop ring findings Head pins Bronze color spacers and beads Barrel screw clasp Bronze colored wire Nylon […] The post Coral beads necklace with earrings – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • 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…
  • Flatiron Building Instax and Polaroid

    Stacie Grissom
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    As I was sifting through some of my scanned photos, I realized that I have the same subject, almost four years apart. The photo above was taken with my Instax Mini Piano Black and the photo below was taken with my Polaroid SX-70. The Flatiron building is one of my favorite subjects in the city to photograph. The weird angles of it look so interesting against the sky... And it's also right next to a Home Depot for plant shopping. ;)
  • DIY Tidepool Drop Earrings

    Stacie Grissom
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:03 am
    A few months back I was walking down Lexington Avenue to hop on the train to go to work when these blue drop earrings outside a bodega-like jewelry shop caught my eye. I'd been walking by this shop for almost two years and I'd never paused to look in the window. (Probably due to the fact that I spent my first year commuting to the subway via Razor Scooter. We moved offices in January and the scooter started to feel less convenient. :)) People always say you can live in a neighborhood of New York without ever discovering everything that it has to offer. In the past month I've discovered a new…
  • NYC Adventure: Rollerblading on Randall's Island

    Stacie Grissom
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    On Memorial Day, Sean, Adele, and I broke the rollerblades out of storage and went on a trek up to Randall's Island on the East River. To get there, we took Wards Island Bridge, the pedestrian bridge at 103rd street. We bought our rollerblades the first week we moved here back in 2012. Adele and I saw a pair for sale at the Housing Works around the corner and both thought, "YES. YES THIS is an excellent idea." We look like a trio of 1990s dweebs doing it, but it is really fun to explore this city on any kind of wheels. (*ahem* Razor scooters.)If you're not familiar with NYC geography,…
  • DIY Virgin Islands Rock Necklace

    Stacie Grissom
    28 May 2014 | 6:07 am
    These days, if you go on vacation or a hike with me, there are always backpacks or suitcases that end up a bit heavier from the rock stowaways that make their way back to the NYC apartment. Recently went on medical school spring break with Sean and some of his classmates to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. I haven't been to the beach in ages so it was really refreshing to explore the most tropical place I've ever visited. And oh. My. Gosh. The ROCKS there. I looked especially ridiculous collecting them in St. Thomas because every morning before a run I'd pack a little sandwich bag and pick…
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  • Cement Cone Paper Weight

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a set of paper weights using cement and paper snow cones.
  • Cement iPhone Stand

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a cement/concrete iPhone stand using a plastic bag.
  • Halloween Treat Bags – Sharpie Ghosts

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    This Halloween tutorial shows you how to create inexpensive treat bags using, paper bags and a sharpie pen. They are so easy and affordable to make, that you can use them for trick-or treaters or party bags.
  • Easy Sewing Project: Owl Zipper Pouch

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Stitch up this zippered pouch that looks like an owl. Perfect for yourself or as a gift! This is an easy sewing project that will leaving you hooting with delight!
  • Hanging Lantern made with paper plates

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you want to bring a splash of color to your patio this summer, you don't need to make a huge investment in order to get it. In fact, today I'll show you how to build your own customized hanging lantern to stylishly dress up your landscape lighting out of things you likely already have in your pantry. This is a simple and ideal project for kids to help with, so gather the following supplies and get them situated around the kitchen table.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Tie-Dyed Yoga Leggings

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am so excited to be participating in I Love To Create’s “Tie-Dye Your Summer” campaign featuring Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. Although I am being paid for my work, the ideas and opinions presented here are entirely my own. My husband and I try to make exercise a family activity. Whether it’s ice skating, going for a long walk or throwing a ball around at the beach — we like to get the entire family up and moving on a regular basis. Funny thing about my girls — they are more enthused about getting involved in these activities if a wardrobe change is involved.
  • Check Out How Easy It Is To Flip Your Script To Target & Enter For A Chance To Win a $50 eGiftCard!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. My latest Target "cheap thrill" — I walked in to get vitamins and walked out with these cool Threshold gardening boots on sale for $12.48! I love the mid-calf height, the colors and the laces – these will work well with skinny jeans, shorts or even a skirt. Summertime pulls me into Target at least once every other week. Whether it’s for sunscreen, a bright new area rug or sandals for the girls — I happily make the trip because I know I will always find something cool, fun and…
  • Quick Tip: Mixed Stemware For A Large Crowd

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    If you’re planning on having a big crowd over and you don’t have enough wineglasses for everyone – create a new, fun set of mix-matched glasses from thrift store finds. Stray glasses can always be found at resale shops, and because they are single, they are usually very inexpensively priced (many times, I find them for only pennies a piece). Head out to a few of your favorite spots (WINGS Resale is my go-to place) and grab any glass that catches your eye; as long as it’s unlike the others and you like it – it’s a good pick. The reason I love this idea so…
  • Mug “Gift Wrap”

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    When wrapping gifts, I try to reduce the amount of waste as much as possible — I always feel terribly guilty using wrapping paper. For smaller gifts – like cash, gift cards & jewelry – try using a resale shop mug. I often find great designs on older mugs from the -70′s and earlier and many times I pay less than $0.50 a piece. Seal the top with adhesive wrap and the contents stay in place. Also – the recipient has the added benefit of receiving a cool new mug for their morning coffee or to hold pens or flowers on their desk. Funky resale shop mugs make great…
  • Quick Tip: Drying Mat Seat Protector

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    For a few dollars, pick up a couple of dish drying mats at your grocery store (I get mine for $3.00 in the kitchen supply aisle) and keep them in the car or in a kitchen drawer. They make super absorbent seat protectors. We use them in the car after a day at the pool to prevent wet suits from soaking the car seats. You can also throw one down to protect upholstered dining chairs from toddler spills. In a pinch, they’re great to pack in the diaper bag to use as a changing pad too – they wash and dry easily and fold down to a portable size. Dish drying mats make great seat…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Beginning Photography For Children: Projects, Tips, and Ideas!

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    10 photography activities for kids to do via Tots100Check out these posts from around the web on how children can start learning about digital photography. To be honest, these tips are perfect for all beginners to digital photography and would make fun projects for the whole family to do together.  ways to engage the photographer in your child via Babble  photography project ideas and things to do with the photos once you've taken them via Indirect Observations photo documentary of your neighborhood from a child's perspective via Tinkerlab …
  • 10 Messy Paint Ideas Perfect To Do Outside In The Summer!

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    paint filled eggs via Growing A Jeweled RoseSummer is a great time to do those messy arts and crafts outside where the clean up is easy and half the fun! Get started with one of these fun ideas today! painting with ice - giant process art via Two-Daloo  painting a sheet outside on the grass via The Pleasantest Thing  painting with trucks (any wheeled object would be fun!) via Learn~Play~Imagine  powdered paint and a water-filled spray bottle painting activity via Familylicious  evolving process art via Meri Cherry  painting on glass…
  • 14 Inspiring & Easy Nature Crafts And Activities Your Kids Will Love!

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    make pebble flowers as an introduction to land art via Land Art For Kids  make a backyard bird guide from recycled cardboard via Alina's Adventures make these journey sticks to help learn about our five senses on a nature walk via C & NN Connect  make land art using mud for printmakingvia Land Art for Kids  make one of a kind wood rings via Alisa Burke  print out this scavenger hunt list and go on a nature walk via kokokoKids make pressed seaweed art via Gardenista  make land art that incorporates shadows via Kedublock…
  • Adorable Upcycled Play House

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This adorable upcycled play house is the stuff childhood dreams are made of! Visit Clean for inspiration and details on how to make your own from wood pallets and scrap wood. 
  • Twig Frame

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    You know all those sticks and twigs the kids collect? Gather them together and make a simple twig photo frame with this tutorial at Make It Your Own.
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  • New Buttons

    Michelle (
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Stitched Buttons - Pink Stars Stitched Buttons - Pink Running Stitch
  • Sample Sale - Small Pleated Pouch (Sold)

    Michelle (
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Sample Sale (Sold - Thanks!) _  _  _  _  _  _ I've made several of the small size from the Pleated Pouches pattern lately, and plan to move on and make some of the "mini" size ones next. The small one is just so perfect for a big button, so I'm sure I'll come back to it soon. This one is made from Studio E's Tiny Floral print in pink, and a fantastic cotton/linen fabric purchased at Donna & Toots a few years back.  The lining is a turquoise leaves print from the Oh Deer! collection by MoMo for Moda. Sold Out
  • Made - Zipper Pouch #3

    Michelle (
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    This was made using the #3 template piece from this document.  It is for a special project happening in the fall.  One patchwork pocket on the inside:
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #5 (Sold)

    Michelle (
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Sample Sale (Sold) _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _ This was made using the #5 pattern piece from the Zipper Pouch templates document.  So it is about 4" x 4" and perfect for a coin purse, card holder, etc. It is made from chambray, a print called Tiny Floral (?) from Studio E, and a piece of lingerie elastic was used as a dainty detail between the fabrics.The inside is lined in a pink polka dot print: Sold - Thanks!
  • Made - Another one of these...

    Michelle (
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Bonus pouch size from the Card Wallets pattern.
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Star-Spangled Happiness Free Cross Stitch Pattern

    Loretta Oliver
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Just a quick little freebie to stitch up over the Independence Day holiday this weekend. Unfortunately, the weather forecast here in my part of the U.S. looks hot, humid, and rainy – good weather for staying in to stitch, but not so great for taking the kids out to see fireworks, cooking on the grill, and other fun stuff. Hopefully your weather is a little nicer. East coast folks, please stay safe, it looks like we’ll have our first storm of the summer this week. Click here to download and save the pattern PDF file Pattern Size: 70w X 117h ~ I did include a legend for the colors…
  • Maya Angelou Quote “Be a Rainbow” Free Cross Stitch Pattern

    Loretta Oliver
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    My kids and I love this quote from Maya Angelou. It’s such a beautiful way to remind ourselves to be kind to each other because you never know what storm someone else is weathering in their life. Giving a smile to someone may be the small thing they need to help lift them up again. Since the first time I read Letter to My Daughter this quote has been stuck with me and I’ve used the phrase with my kids on many occassions in teaching them to be be kind to other people. With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, my youngest son has recently taken this quote to heart even more than…
  • Just Cross Stitch Collection 2001 – 2010

    Loretta Oliver
    20 May 2014 | 3:56 am
    I was poking around the web looking for an issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue that I was missing and I ran into this, I had no idea such awesomeness existed – all of the JCS issues for 2001 – 2010 on CD, including 10 years of the famous annual ornament issue. ==> Check it out on Amazon This is fantastic if you’re looking to fill gaps for ornament issues or the monthly afghan patterns. It’s definitely less expensive than buying the individual magazines and it takes up way less space than a stack of magazines, you could just print off working copies of what…
  • Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

    Loretta Oliver
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Photo by Terrie at I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy’s Owl freebie from Ship’s Manor, but you could use any little pattern. Hop over to Terrie’s blog and check it out ==> She created it as a Mother’s Day gift in this example, but the possibilities with this idea are only limited by your imagination. It would make a great secret stitcher swap…
  • Need Some Graph Paper to Rechart or Chart a Cross Stitch Pattern?

    Loretta Oliver
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Sometimes you just need to rechart the date on something, or maybe you want to use a different color or add small detail like your name to a piece, or maybe you want to chart a small motif for a custom piece – you need a sheet of graph paper or some type of grid to start planning things out before you get stitchy. Here are five easy to use free resources for printing graph paper from your computer all with different sizes, line weights, etc…; - lots of options for type and size of graph in easy to save files…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • How to Sew Darts

    Carly DeGraeve
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Sewing darts into a woven fabric is a great way to add shaping and fit to a garment.  They can flatter and shape and are easy to sew well if you know how. Dart lines need to be marked on the fabric in order to be sewn correctly.  There are a variety of ways to mark the darts including tracing wheels/tracing paper or disappearing ink pens.  I love my Clover chalk markers so that is what I use. Dart lines should be marked on the wrong side (back side) of the fabric so they do not show on the front of the finished garment. Lay the fabric out on a smooth flat surface.  The edges of the…
  • Notebooks With Stitched Covers

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    The last time my parents visited we went on a tour of a very beautiful old mansion. At the end of the day I was left with a commemorative sticker and the embarrassing realization that even though I spend nearly all of my time working on DIY projects I didn’t actually have anything dedicated to collecting up the pretty bits of ephemera. Now I do – these notebooks with stitched covers are made from cardstock (from those variety packs I always need every color of.) They’re fun to stitch and sturdy enough that you could stick all kinds of drawings, leaves, feathers, and other…
  • Word Garland

    Carly DeGraeve
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Banners for celebrations have been around for a long time.  Done slightly differently (but with the same concept) word garlands can be lovely room decor.  Any favorite phrase can be used to make a word garland. And, with the huge selection of art and scrapbooking paper available there are so many creative directions you can go. Supplies: Paper – scrapbooking paper, art paper, or travel maps Cardstock String Paste glue (Mod Podge, Yes Paste, etc) Paint Brush for spreading the glue Scissors Rulers Straight Edge Blade (X-acto knife, box cutter) Cutting mat Optional: Wax Paper (to protect…
  • Seashell Beaded Headband

    21 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    This seashell beaded headband is one of those magical accessories that is so full of drama and sparkle that you can’t help but be the center of attention. I fell in love with the mother of pearl spikes that form the centerpiece for this headband and built the rest around it. The project takes a bit of work, but it’s so reassuring to know that there’s a headband fit for a mermaid waiting in your closet to turn even the dullest day into something extraordinary. Supplies: - muslin (plain white or a color) - fusible interfacing - sharp scissors - sewing thread - beading thread -…
  • Feather Headband

    Carly DeGraeve
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    It is easy to find many types of bird feathers available for crafting projects. The colors of bird feathers and the way they reflect light can’t be found in man-made materials. Feathers are a lovely addition to hair and a feather headband is an easy way to work the feathers into your look. Supplies Cotton Twill Tape Ribbon Feathers E6000 Glue Toothpick (to spread the glue) Scissors Optional: Wax paper to work on top of Optional: Fray check to finish the ribbon ends Step 1) Sort the Feathers and Prepare the Backing Sort the feathers by size and pull out any random pieces that you don’t…
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  • A whole new adventure

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
      Where do I start? I don’t want to start with apologies and regrets for not blogging regularly – so I’ll start with the changes that are happening in my life. I have moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A for my husband’s work. I quit my regular job as a technical writer and am now finally free to follow my heart. Almost everything I know has changed and is away from me – my home, my land, my friends, my work – but I feel a sense of peace and renewal. Sometimes Life shakes you up so that you can get back onto your feet. I am learning to be open and…
  • Day 3: Being Nice to other Handmade Sellers

    2 Aug 2013 | 8:55 pm
    When I was younger, I loved to be generous – I was always “that girl” who gave gifts to friends, made soppy handmade cards for my family member’s birthdays and begged spare change from my mom to give to a poor man. When I reached college however, something changed and I became less generous. I still love giving gifts to people but often stop myself from such behaviors to prevent heartache. I realized that some people don’t deserve gifts or affection and that I shouldn’t expect anything from them either. What is the point of this whole long drawn out…
  • Day 2: Setting Goals for my Biz

    2 Aug 2013 | 5:00 am
    Goal setting is something I am not good at. The prospect of setting goals sometimes scares me and distracts me. “What goals should I have? Should they be specific or not” “I can’t work with goals – I’m not a machine.” All this and more runs through my mind each time I try to focus on this aspect. Before I got married, I often used to feel sad that I didn’t have anyone to talk biz things over with ….but now my hubby is there for me I never seem to remember biz things when I talk to him after a long workday so I wrote stuff down and talked…
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  • Mouse Turd Cocktail

    Sonja Foust
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    If you’re not following my personal account on Twitter (@SonjaFoust), you missed my saga of bugs and vermin this week. Let’s start with the set-up before the 4th of July holiday: There is a creepy bug in my office that looks like it stings or bites or is somehow poisonous. And IT FLIES. #quittingTime — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) June 30, 2014 Oh hell. I took a swing at the flying spider thing and now it's pissed. #bugJam2014 — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) June 30, 2014 #bugJam2014 Creature has gone into hiding. Unsure whether to keep my shoe at the ready or put it back…
  • Whiten Teeth with Charcoal

    Sonja Foust
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Ok, ok. You guys have been begging for this one… Image from Live, Laugh and Love with Lana Yeah, apparently you can whiten your teeth with activated charcoal. Only slightly less disturbing is the fact that they actually sell activated charcoal for you to ingest. If you can’t read that, it says that it recommends you take 2 capsules 2-3 times daily. It doesn’t say why the hell you’d do that, except that it’s not intended to help you if you’ve accidentally poisoned yourself. Okaaaay. Anyway, it makes me feel a little better that you’re actually…
  • Microfiber Couch Cleaning with Rubbing Alcohol

    Sonja Foust
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Do you guys ever read blog posts from people with these disclaimers all over them about not judging, i.e., “I LET MY KID EAT THREE AND A HALF DORITOS WITH HIS ALL NATURAL ORGANIC VEGAN LUNCH DON’T JUDGE ME,” or, “JESUS FUCK FINE I ADMIT IT– SOMETIMES I GO TO BED WITHOUT WASHING MY FACE DON’T JUDGE ME,” or, “#sometimesIUseMyDogAsATowel #don’tJudgeMe…” Well, this is going to be one of those posts, because I’m going to show you my dirty couch. Don’t fuckin’ judge me, ya bitches. (It’s fine. I know…
  • Sparks Fly: Pintester Lights Shit on Fire

    Sonja Foust
    23 May 2014 | 9:56 am
    So I was going to do a quote post today, but then I found this… And I thought it called for a round-up post of all the times sparks have flown on this blog. (P.S. If you’d rather see a penis round-up, I’ve got one of those, too.) 1. Clementine candle - I still love Apartment Therapy, even though this turned out like shit. 2. DIY Candle Designs – Ok, fine, this only involves fire once you use what you’ve made, but there’s a joke about burning venereal disease, so I think we’re good. 3. Plastic Spoon Flower – Fire and fumes. 4. Cutting Glass…
  • Paleo Dark Chocolate Pudding

    Sonja Foust
    18 May 2014 | 6:08 pm
    I went camping with some buddies from the gym this weekend. Most of them eat paleo diets most of the time (basically only food that doesn’t come out of a box). Most of them also make an exception for beer, wine, moonshine, bourbon, fireball, and anything that comes in an airplane bottle. Photo via CrossFit 919 So, in honor of my mostly-paleo buddies and my wicked-ass hang-over, today I’m trying out paleo dark chocolate pudding. Image from You may recall that I tackle recipes from with some trepidation. If we’re going to call it…
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  • Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Make gift wrapping easy this Christmas with these Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags. These free printable Christmas gift tags come in six precious designs, so your kids can help you customize gifts for everyone on your list. These free printable gift tags can be made in minutes, and they'll cost you next to nothing. So they're a great way to save time and money during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Your friends and family will appreciate the special touch you and your little ones added to their gifts!
  • Inspirational Ornaments

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Inspirational Ornaments are Christmas crafts for kids and adults alike. Handmade Christmas ornaments are wonderful on their own, but displaying an inspiring message makes them even more special. These are some of the best homemade ornaments to make because they're personal and meaningful, making great gifts. The kids will absolutely love making each unique ornament, especially since they will get to learn how to make salt dough in the process! These stunning Inspirational Ornaments will become your family's favorite decorations as soon as they're finished.
  • Paper Plate Christmas Trees

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Your little ones can make a whole forest of Paper Plate Christmas Trees to decorate for their favorite holiday! These paper plate crafts are super easy for your kids to do by themselves, which makes this the perfect project. Kids always love making crafts by themselves because they like to show everyone just how creative they can get. These adorable Christmas crafts for kids will definitely spruce up your holiday decor. Before you know it, your house will be filled with tons of adorable little paper craft Christmas trees.
  • Feather Angel Ornaments

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Feather Angel Ornaments are some of the most precious kids' Christmas crafts that your kids can add to the family tree this holiday season. These homemade Christmas ornaments are simple and quick, so your little ones can make as many as they want in no time at all! These gorgeous little angels make beautiful decorations, and they will definitely brighten up your tree. Christmas crafts for kids are always a great addition to any Christmas decorations, so let your little ones add their own personal touch to the holiday decor.
  • Super Simple Santa and Rudolph Ornaments

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Some of the most precious homemade Christmas ornaments are the most simple to make. Fun Christmas crafts for kids don't need to be complicated, and that is proven by the Super Simple Santa and Rudolph Ornaments. These easy Christmas crafts can be made by all ages, but somehow they still look spectacular. Not only are they simple to make, but they also have a very uncluttered look, making them the perfect display piece. Your little ones can give these charmers as gifts or hang them on the family tree for a cheerful holiday season.
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  • Our Bald Eagle Trying To Cool Off

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Bald Eagles Are A Beautiful Sight To See While enjoying a nice evening we spotted this beautiful Bald Eagle – cooling himself off and fanning his wings and beak open. We were very lucky to snap a photo… is our beautiful Bald Eagle. The post Our Bald Eagle Trying To Cool Off appeared first on
  • Breakfast Bacon And Eggs Hash Browns Bake Recipe

    16 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Hash browns Crust Filled With Bacon And Eggs Breakfast Fixings – Uh, YUM Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day!  This hash browns bacon and eggs recipe treats it that way.  This recipe takes all the breakfast fixings you can think of and combines them into one delicious bake.  It is perfect for breakfast or for brunch.  It also makes a great breakfast for dinner recipe, my favorite kind of dinner! Whatever meal you are making this for I can guarantee you will love it.  I mean, I sure do.  Here is how to make our Bacon and Eggs Hash Browns Bake: Breakfast Bake…
  • Crock Pot Cocoa Recipe To Warm You Up On A Snowy Day

    15 Feb 2014 | 5:31 am
    Winter Warm Up Cocoa Made In the Crock Pot Start the Crock Pot early in the morning, as soon as you see those snow flakes coming down.  You know you are going to need a winter warm-up and this recipe is just the ticket. Go on, go out and play.  Build that snowman. Have an all out crazy snow ball fight.  Make a snow angel.  You can stay out for as long as you want.  You know when you are ready to come in your hot cocoa will be waiting for you.  It is just simmering in your crock pot, calling your name the minute you walk through the front door.  Yup, no waiting. Take off your wet winter…
  • 14 Days of Valentines Day Ideas Projects And Recipes

    14 Feb 2014 | 8:25 am
    Love Is In The Air And It Is Time To Celebrate With 14 Valentines Day Ideas Valentines Day ideas are flowing here at Valentines Day is a fun time to create pretty projects and delicious recipes.  I love any excuse to cook something sweet and Valentines day is the perfect excuse.  In honor of February 14th we are going to share 14 days of Valentines Day ideas, projects and recipes.  These are some of our favorite Valentines Day ideas and we hope that you will love them as much as we do.  Enjoy. Heart Shaped Candy Suckers Made From Jolly Rancher Candies Jolly Rancher suckers…
  • Valentine Card Filled With Love Made By You

    13 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    Send A Valentine Card That Says I Love You In A Unique Way Use Punches to make a Valentine card that is filled with love. This homemade Valentine card will be treasured forever.  It’s an easy craft that is fun to make. Plus it only takes a few minutes to put together.  So, if you have more than one Valentine you can make several cards . I can’t guarantee your safety though.   When you make a Valentine card by hand it says I love you in the most unique and special way.  Wait until you see the face of your Valentine when they open this pretty card filled with conversation…
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  • Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Fabric Challenge – #isew Quilt

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I have the option of participating in various events they organize, including conferences, webinars and challenges.  I found out about the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge through my local guild, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Here’s my entry.  It’s a 17 x 51-inch quilt. I added some Cotton Couture solids to the bundle of prints that I was given: a Spring Couture jelly roll and some white/black/greys. The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development), and this is the first time I’ve sewn multiple letter blocks…
  • Sewing for 18-inch Dolls – a Sewing Project Roundup

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This is part of the Sewing Project Roundup Series.  Check out the other posts! Want to stitch something up for an 18-inch doll?  Dresses, skirts, tops, bottoms, or fun outfits?  Accessories, bags, tents, or sleeping bags?  They’re all represented here! And they are all FREE!!!  Enjoy Dresses:  One Shoulder Dress by Sew Adollable Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern by Liberty Jane Patterns Popover Sundress by Oliver + S Easy Doll Dress to Sew by Skip to my Lou Make a Shirt into a Doll Dress by Doll It American Girl Dress Pattern by My Cup Overflows American Girl…
  • HST Alphabet – S Baby Quilt

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:12 pm
    My friend Lindsie will be having a baby boy any day now.  His name will be Sikorsky, Sky for short.  Time to make another boy baby quilt.  Twist my arm. The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development).  Time to test out the letter S!  It ended up how I envisioned: geometric, drop-shadowy, and not so baby-ish that he might want to hang it up on the wall when he gets older.  The finished quilt measures about 46″ by 39″. I told Lindsie that I was planning to make something for her little guy, and asked if she had any color requests. I knew I’d…
  • HST Alphabet – M Baby Quilt

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    My sewing bud Claire recently had a baby boy whose name begins with M. Time to make a baby quilt. Twist my arm. We quilters LOVE making baby quilts. Also, I’m developing a HST Alphabet quilt block pattern, and this was a great excuse to test out the letter M! The blue and green half-square triangles (HST) are made from 5″ squares, pre-cuts from the Moda Fabrics Grunge fabric collection.  The solid white/greys/black are by  Robert Kaufman Fabrics - the Kona Cotton Silent Film precut charm square bundle is perfect for this!  I always have these on hand, stocking up at the Fat…
  • Denim Tartan Quilt

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on some links. I finally made something with the old denim jeans I just can’t seem to throw away!  It’s a napping quilt for my Dad for his 65th birthday Two very large bins of old jeans have been sitting in my garage for years, waiting to be upcycled into something cool. My goal: make a denim quilt for my Dad. My sis and I made one for Mom several years ago, and he has adopted it as his own.  He loves how heavy and warm it is.  Mom’s is backed in floral…
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  • 8 Everyday Life Hacks that Make Life Easier

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    I was cooking dinner the other night while trying to make a bottle for my precious (screaming) child, so as…
  • Baby Riley at 10 Months

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Of course I’m behind again on posting Riley’s 10 Month Pictures and Milestones, but I’m thankful that I have made…
  • DIY Minnie Mouse Head Centerpiece Insert

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I am going with a Minnie Mouse theme for Riley’s 1st Birthday Party, so the past two months have been…
  • Update on Life

    3 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    I’m so sorry that I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve had so much on my plate with work, my etsy shop,…
  • Baby Riley at 9 Months

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:50 am
    Well Riley will be 10 Months old in 2 days and I’m just sharing her 9 Month photos and milestones.…
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  • Garden Defenses: Making a Sturdy Cover for Your Flower Pot

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    So, a couple of blogs ago I started off by discussing my poor chomped on bachelor button plant. Let me show you my solution to this problem. While I would prefer to have completely “natural” and unfenced gardens, this is … Continue reading →
  • Garden Defenses: Designing Your Enclosures to Meet Your Needs

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we discussed the basic need for protecting plants from hungry critters, and what sort of materials you might choose to use. We also mentioned briefly the need to think about what sort of longevity you wanted to have … Continue reading →
  • Garden Defenses: Pulling it Together

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was chatting with a friend the other day about problems that they were having in their garden, when this topic came up: What do you do when something is munching a plant in your garden? It is not a … Continue reading →
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  • Thanks so much! I'm going to turn 16 soon and ...

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Thanks so much! I'm going to turn 16 soon and I absolutely love these bangles so I'm sure she would love them too! Your welcome!♥
  • These bangles are fantastic, I have a 16 yr old wh...

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    These bangles are fantastic, I have a 16 yr old who is going to love these. Thank you so much for sharing.
  • Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for stopping by and I ...

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for stopping by and I am glad you like both of them!well, about the sizing you just have to keep increasing the rows of the crocodile stitches for the length whereas if you want to increase the size of the waist, you can increase the chain stitches in the starting and make adjustments!thanks once again and your welcomeI'll try to make the tutorial as soon as possible!
  • Hi! I love both the skirt and the purse. My Gran...

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Hi! I love both the skirt and the purse. My Granddaughter is turning only five. But, I can see it on her. I'm not a seamstress, so how do I know how to size it?And, yes, I would love to see a tutorial. I love tutorials.Thank you for your talent and sharing.
  • Hi I am so glad you could. Stop by . That's a ...

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    HiI am so glad you could. Stop by . That's a great thing, please go ahead. All you need is the determination, will power and passion towards what you are don't really need to spend anything in setting up a blog. Just go for it and let me know!
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  • Christmas card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:Such hand-made pine-tree brunch is one of my fav Christmas embellishments of the cards. It's so easy to create with the Cutie Fringe die, and it gives such a nice volume and more dimension to the project! And here you can see different layers of borders, I used them to create the background:Dies used:- B183 Holly Leaves- Lilith Doily Edger - B404- French Pastry Doily - DL102- Cutie Fringe III - B257- Circle-Classic LG Stackers Nesting…

    Anita Kejriwal
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Everyone!!!!!I am back again with my wednesday weekly post. I hope you all are really enjoying yourself .Today I have a quick card that I made and it has again some handmade flowers using the cheery lynn dies.I cut the sunflower dies three times for each flower and coloured it with copics. Then I shaped it and put some pollens in the centre. The sentiment is stamped on the inverted oval scalloped die and the I used the Italian flourish doily as the base to give a soft lacey effect to the card. The background has been distressed to give a pillow effect followed by some stamping.Please…
  • For the Brave

    leslierahye strickland
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing with you another of the sets in the new release--the Military Dog Tags.  These are fantastic! They come with the ball chain and tags--which when cut with Silver Mirror Card stock look REAL. They have several words with them as well including Hero and USA shown here. I think they are perfect not only for patriotic holidays but also Operation Write Home Any Hero Cards to show how much you appreciate the service men and women protecting our freedoms. Cheery Lynn Dies usedCircle Stitch Nesting Set - LG Silver Stitch…
  • Monochromatic Merry Christmas with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Monday crafty friends, it's Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.Our new releases are so pretty and had me in the Christmas spirit a bit, so I made a monochromatic holiday card to share with you for today.The background features a Horizon Square Boutique Stacker layered with a Horizon Rectangle Boutique Stacker that I threaded some string through and tied a simple bow.I used a variety of white papers for my project in different finishes and textures for interest. My Snowflake Doily is backed with an Angel Wing cut, then attached with foam squares. The snowflake from the Merry…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 142 - Silver and/or Gold

    Sandy Hulsart
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week for our Beautiful Borders challenge.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isSilver and/or Gold  Here 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…
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  • Make a Decoden Mirror With Mod Podge Collage Clay and Mold Melts

    Jeanette Nyberg
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sponsored by: Blueprint Social and Plaid Online. Have you heard of Decoden? I hadn’t until I started working on this project, but I think it’s hilariously over the top and thought it might be fun to share this technique with you, even though my kids did not partake in the project with me.* I used...  Read More » The post Make a Decoden Mirror With Mod Podge Collage Clay and Mold Melts appeared first on Artchoo!.  Related Stories6 DIY Art Supplies for KidsIntroducing Rockin’ Art MomsI’m a Finalist for Art Ed Blog of the Year! 
  • Best Blocks Ever

    Jeanette Nyberg
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    You know when you scroll aimlessly down through your Facebook feed and see your friend’s adorable little newborn, and then realize in horror that you don’t have a baby gift picked out? Yep. Been there way too many times. Those 9 months fly by, huh? I have officially found my new go-to baby gift, and...  Read More » The post Best Blocks Ever appeared first on Artchoo!.  Related StoriesKids Activities Blog Wrote the Book!I Spy: The Cutest Felt Kid ToysLace-up Play Food Kit 
  • 20 Drawing Ideas for Kids AND… $1500 Total Cash Giveaway. Eek!

    Jeanette Nyberg
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drawing is the backbone of art-making. Really. And I know there are plenty of people in art-related fields who don’t draw. But let’s see how many ways I can beat this point to death: Practicing drawing helps train the eye to see what is really there and not what you presume to be there. Drawing...  Read More » The post 20 Drawing Ideas for Kids AND… $1500 Total Cash Giveaway. Eek! appeared first on Artchoo!.  Related StoriesKids Activities Blog Wrote the Book!Rad Recycled Toilet Tube SculpturesCardboard Cut-out Buddies 
  • Kids Activities Blog Wrote the Book!

    Jeanette Nyberg
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you have kids, I will just assume here that you follow Kids Activities Blog. They are sort of the ultimate resource for fun activities for kids, thus the name. So naturally you would guess that if they write a book, it’s gonna be good. They did, and it is. You flip through the pages...  Read More » The post Kids Activities Blog Wrote the Book! appeared first on Artchoo!.  Related Stories20 Drawing Ideas for Kids AND… $1500 Total Cash Giveaway. Eek!Rad Recycled Toilet Tube SculpturesCardboard Cut-out Buddies 
  • I Spy: The Cutest Felt Kid Toys

    Jeanette Nyberg
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Oh, the sweetness! I have such a soft spot for independent toy designers, and when Olmoost caught my eye I immediately came running to share with you. These plush buddies are designed by UK-based Dutch designer Merike van de Vijver, and they are available for delivery anywhere in the world. Merike has been working as an...  Read More » The post I Spy: The Cutest Felt Kid Toys appeared first on Artchoo!.  Related StoriesLace-up Play Food KitCool Kid Stuff: Creature BeddingCool Kid Product: Radial Wall Shelf 
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    Grow Creative

  • A Look at my Sketchbook

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love sketching outside in the summertime!  This time I filled a few sketchbook pages with stuff from my garden and yard.And then I had to make up some fun summer fruit designs too :)
  • Abstract Stripes Watercolor Tutorial

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Ok, I realize that I make a lot of stuff with stripes.  I recently concocted a new abstract watercolor design using them. They're just that cool!Here's how you can make your own:Materials:watercolor paper (any size)watercolor paintspaint palettewatercolor brush- a small flat one works bestwaterpaper towelsStep 1:  Choose your color scheme and mix up the colors you need on your palette.  If you are really stuck on what colors to use, find a photo that grabs your attention and use the colors from it.  Just try not to use too many colors.I based my painting off of this photo…
  • Photos of the Week

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    My hollyhocks are in full bloom.... plus a bunch of other stuff!  I went on a little photo spree just for them :)
  • Rainy Day Abstract Watercolor

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    My latest watercolor painting................. made on one of those days where it felt like nothing could get worse.  I was dead tired (this endometriosis stuff wears you out), but I forced myself to pick up a brush and have at it on a large sheet of paper I'd been saving.  If you've never tried watercolor therapy I highly recommend it!  It works wonders for me!
  • Thrifted Home Decor: Painted Baskets

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you shop at thrift stores?  I've made it a habit 'cause I love finding stuff to renovate for my home.  I found these two beauties on my last visit, but they weren't really beautiful when I found them.  They just seemed beautiful to me because I could picture what they could be.Here's a run-down on the process.... it's mostly common sense, but I'll include it anyway.  First order of business:  wash the stuff!  You have no idea where it has been or what's still in it.  After it's dry, get out some acrylic craft paints and brushes and start painting!The…
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  • 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.
  • Moss & Twine Birdhouse Wreath

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This past week finally started to feel like spring for me. My brown, brittle grass became lush and green overnight. The trees are budding and my hyacinths are blooming. I was thrilled to open the windows and fill the house with the fresh, earthy scent that follows the rain.  Confident that the lingering winter had lost its grip once and for all, I was excited to get working on a new wreath for the front the door.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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  • #31CBBC Day 24 – Niche Community

    Sara Duggan
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Build Your Blogging Tribe with Commenting Blogging is about connecting. Connecting with readers, customers, and other bloggers. Browse Google ‘Crochet Blogs‘ to see who the top bloggers are. Do you share the same target market? Do you complement each other? Write down the names of the blog, their contact information, and the top 5 popular […]
  • #31CBBC Day 23 – Article Marketing

    Sara Duggan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
      Top Secrets of the Smartest Article Marketers Your marketing budget for your crochet business blog is probably minute right? Article marketing is one solution for a tight budget. You can spread the word about your blog over many sites while building your authority on your chosen topic. It is also a great way to build your […]
  • #31CBBC Day 22 – Traffic

    Sara Duggan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Learn how to drive targeted traffic to your crochet blog Traffic is the main way to earn money from your crochet blog. Without it you’re just a blog that only benefits you. So how do you go about driving traffic to your blog? Do these consistently and track your results. Review your results monthly or quarterly […]
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  • DIY to Try: 3 Upcycle Projects

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

    Pooja A.
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Hello everyone! It’s the start of another week which means a new DIY from me! I love upcycling and tin cans make for one of the best and versatile materials to use for a DIY project. Remember that floral fabric I used in my DIY Monogram Letter post? I decided that it would be perfect for this project as well. As you can probably tell, I can’t get enough of the floral trend. Follow along with me as I transform this tin cans into something completely chic and new! Happy upcycling!Materials: your choice of fabric, tin can (I used an empty olive can), Mod Podge, Scissors, paint…
  • Diy: letter stamps

    Pooja A.
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ve recently been obsessed with using different items from around the house as stamps. It’s so much fun to see the variety of stamps that can be produced from things you have lying around. I’ve only tried paper stamping, but this method would work great on stamping tea towels! I love these DIY letter stamps because you can customize the words to say whatever you want. I went for a cute xo design. Also, how was your 4th of July? Mine was great, long weekends are always the best! Oddly enough, it rained here, giving us a nice break from the heat.Materials: foam alphabet…
  • Diy to Try: 3 July 4th Crafts

    Pooja A.
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Whether you can believe it or not, we’re already midway into 2014 and the 4th of July is three days away! I’m going to be celebrating the holiday with my family and friends, eating good food and enjoying the weather. Or rather enjoying the air conditioning. Whether you’re going to be inside or out, you’ll love these three ideas that are 4th of July themed. Let’s kick off the July 4th festivities!These DIY Temporary Tattoos are so adorable from Kelly!These patriotic fruit kebobs couldn’t look any more delicious! Bonus: they’re healthy!Here’s a…
  • DIY Monogram Block Letter

    Pooja A.
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    How cute are these DIY monogram letters? This project was so easy to make and the best thing–it was made completely from scratch! That’s right, no buying those pre-made cardboard letters from the store, you can make it all at home! I seriously think I’m going to go crazy with all the fabric options I have. For my first one, I decided to break out the floral fabric, but I’m going to try other printed fabrics for the next monogram block letter I make! Let me know how your version of these DIY monogram letter blocks turn out.Materials: Fabric, Cardstock, Tape, Scissors,…
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  • About That Parenting Crisis

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I don't know about you, but that whole Nanny Modern Parenting Crisis Article has me all bent out of shape.I'm all for giving parents good parenting information, but I'm really sick of hearing about "crises" regarding parenting. What we have are multiple problems, some of them related to poor parenting skills that contribute to the lack of perspective and patience in children. That isn't to say that children should not be taught to be patient, respectful individuals who follow instructions, but I get irritated whenever I hear parenting as the only reason that children behave this way. It…
  • Year of Projects - Finished Object!

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    I think this is the fastest knitting project I've done in years. Years! The Yorkshire Tweed Beret from One Skein Wonders (albeit knit with Zealana Luxuria Air Marle) is finished. I could not wait to finish this thing. It's just been so long since I've had such a quick knitting project finished. Perhaps it's time to knit more hats? Part of it is that the Air Marle was so ridiculously soft that I could not put this knitting project down. The other reason why I couldn't stop knitting this hat was that the pattern was super simple and easy to remember. I might be on a path to do a series of hats…
  • Yarn Along July 9 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
      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!   Alright, back to the old sharing what I'm knitting and reading right now. I'm on another high fantasy kick, what with the long wait ahead for George RR Martin to finish the next installment of Game of Thrones I have to distract myself with something and I think we've hit pay dirt with Brandon…
  • My Favorite Kind of Knitting

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A few months ago when my family was in the middle of the big move to Oma's a kind soul sent me some yarn to try. It wasn't just any yarn. It. Was. Cashmere. Not just any cashmere, but a cashmere blend. I'm not talking wool.  I'm not talking cotton. Not talking silk. Check out this ball of yarn. It's a beautifully fuzzy black and white marle. What could it be? It's the kind of fuzzy that you hold closely to your face, you know when life is giving you trouble and the only thing that makes it feel any better is the potential held within a ball of... cashmere. As I mentioned this ain't…
  • Reason No. 456 Why I'm Not Knitting - Potty Training My Spirited Boy

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I know you're normally here for knitting, but I'm not doing so much knitting right now... because I'm on constant potty patrol. So I know some of you also have young children and thought maybe what I've learned in trying to potty train my overly sensitive youngest son might be helpful or maybe not -stay tuned for more knitting content soon. My youngest starts preschool soon and he's supposed to be potty trained to attend. He's almost there. Kind of. He's a very determined, independent little boy who does everything on his own schedule (some people like to call this kind of temperment…
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  • Posh Beach Robe FREE Pattern – Refashion July ’14

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Posh Beach Robe is a FREE pattern and photo tutorial for creating the funciest and perfectly finished swimming robe you've ever done... and it's free (pattern and fabric, if you choose to refashion like I did!). Learn some new finishing techniques and stretch out your sewing skills! The post Posh Beach Robe FREE Pattern – Refashion July ’14 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Print size-by-size feature on Serger Pepper PDF sewing patterns

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    What if you could save ink and time while printing, cutting and assembling your sewing PDF patterns? Wouldn't be nice? The future is here! New feature alert! The post Print size-by-size feature on Serger Pepper PDF sewing patterns appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Staystitching – Sewing Seams 101

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is a stay stich? When do I need to use it? Can I skip it? All the answers to these and more questions! Read more ;) The post Staystitching – Sewing Seams 101 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Pleated in Pink – The Sweetest Tank

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A sweet Pleated in Pink FREE Racerback Tank Pattern, featuring Hi-Lo Hem and one of the easier and faster ever methods for binding knits + FREE pattern! The post Pleated in Pink – The Sweetest Tank appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Construction seams Vs. Finishing seams – Sewing Seams 101 Series

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    What is a construction seam? And what a finishing seam? What are they used for? Let's answer to these (and more) questions! Sewing Seams 101 series. The post Construction seams Vs. Finishing seams – Sewing Seams 101 Series appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned - Watercolour Hand Drawn Typography.

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This week I've been having a go at watercolour hand drawn typography. I've always had a soft spot for all things type, in particular anything hand drawn (or maybe it's handpainted) using brushes and brushstrokes but I never quite knew where to start. I was scrolling through my things to make and do board looking for my next project to try when I came across this brilliant tutorial for watercolour lettering I'd pinned and forgotten all about. It seemed like a great place to start so I grabbed a paintbrush and paper and got to work.Full disclaimer, I should start by saying that what you see…
  • Made By You.

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Happy Monday everyone. Today I wanted to share Lisa's fantastic blog Healthy Nibbles & Bits with you. She made the gorgeous clay bowls in the photo above inspired by my own Stamped Clay Bowls. Aren't they great? I love the stamp she used and that she put her own spin on them with the fluted edges.It's the best feeling to know that people are actually making the things I'm sharing on this blog. If you've been inspired to make something from the any of the tutorials so far and would like to see them featured here please get in touch. You can tag me on instagram @emliston or email…
  • Diy Marbled Clay Bowls.

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Marbling with nail varnish is another one of those diy crazes that's been all over the internet lately and I've been itching to have a go at it. After seeing this video for marbling keys over on youtube and these amazing marbled pots and bowls over on Elise's blog I decided to make nail varnish marbling my next project. I whipped up another batch of my stamped clay bowls, this time without the stamping and got to work.Things you'll need to make your own Nail Varnish Marbled Clay Bowls:Bowls or pots to marble,Nail varnish,Room temperature water in a disposable or old…
  • Summer Songs.

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    I was digging through my old playlists on spotify when I rediscovered this little gem from last summer. These were the songs I played over and over. They make me think of bright, sunny summer days as well as the lazy hazy ones.What songs are you listening to this summer?
  • Lovely Links 06.

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    6 must-try colorful diys for summer.I can't get enough of this song.More amazing weaving.Dying to make these confetti sprinkle sugar cookies.The best diy I've ever seen using polymer clay.Brownie ice cream sandwiches and these berry lemonade popsicles are a summer must.Ever wondered how to turn your sketches into patterns? This course on creative live will show you how and it's free if you watch live.Some new instagram favourites paper and ephemera / view from the topp / michelle nicoloff.I can't think of anyone who doesn't need this mug. Don't we all…
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    28 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Our first episode of Craft Wars features the classic battle between acrylic yarns and natural fibers. Reader discretion advised. PRO: Acrylic is easy care. When knitting for babies or children especially, the finished item should be machine washable. CON: Pet rocks are easy care, too, but Naomi never considered them a substitute for the dog I never got her because I am a terrible mother.For items that need machine washing, there's cotton and superwash wool.PRO: Acrylic is better for babies and people who are allergic to wool. CON: Anecdotal "evidence" notwithstanding, your…

    25 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Bring on the color work! Our recent survey revealed that more than anything, you guys want to learn stranded knitting, so we've created the perfect project class to fill that demand. This is the start of a Check Mate Fair Isle Hat, a lovely design we will use to help folks learn all the essentials of Fair Isle such as reading a color work chart, using two hands for the different colors, carrying the yarn, catching floats, and maintaining an even tension. Whew! Sounds like a lot, but once learned, the skills are really more about practice than brain surgery.For example, I am a continental…

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    Knitters, it's time to remind ourselves of one important fact: easy is NOT a bad word. Sure, sometimes it's fun to challenge yourself with a complicated pattern or technique, but mostly, making stuff shouldn't be more work than necessary. That's what your job is for. So here are five fabulous ways to simplify some common knitting conundrums.1. Does your yarn ball have a mind of its own, leaping from your chair or table and careening around the room like a pinball as you knit? Bags of fun for the cat, but if you want to keep that little bugger (the yarn, not the cat) in one…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Printable Wall Art for Your Bedroom

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Hey ladies!  I wanted to show you a simple and very inexpensive way to hang wall art with wooden hangers.  These hangers are very popular on Pinterest, probably because they are modern and versatile.  When hung on white walls, they have a very minimalist, Nordic look; and it's no wonder, as I purchased them from Ikea for 59 cents!  With a little paint, I've given these hangers a vibrant, modern look.  Along with this DIY, be sure to print out our closet/bedroom printable to complete the look! We painted the hangers with Martha Stewart's multi-purpose paint, in a satin…
  • Firework "Rocket" Photobooth Prop

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hey crafters!  For Independence Day, create these kid-friendly "rockets" for your photo booth!  We made this paper garland backdrop and found we really needed some props to go with it.  So we made these super quick paper rockets with only a few supplies:Scrapbook paperToilet paper rollsJute twine/ropeWooden dowelsTapeHot glue Roll and tape a piece of scrapbook paper around your toilet paper roll.  Make sure you cover the entire roll.  Then cut a circle, about 8" in diameter to create the top of the rocket.  Create a cone shape with this circle and attach it to…
  • How to: 4th of July Photo Backdrop

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The 4th of July is right around the corner!  This week on our list of fireworkin' fun is a bit of beach camping on Assateague Island, crab parties and backyard barbeques.  Hopefully it doesn't rain too much this holiday, because we definitely are the type of family who loves to go into Washington, DC to watch the fireworks over the monument.  To get ready for some July 4th fun, we wanted to show you how to create an easy banner and backdrop for your Independence Day party.  We love these accordion paper circles and the overall vintage, "carnival" look of our banner. …
  • How to Make Scrapbook Paper Gift Bags

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Hello everyone!  If you follow our craft posts, you saw that Geneane created these cute party crackers out of toilet paper rolls and scrapbook paper; which sparked my idea to make party gift bags using similar supplies.  Using scrapbook paper and a little bit of glue, you can make favor or gift bags for your party in no time at all.  While you can make bags of basic copy paper, for this craft I recommend using a thicker cardstock, as it will hold up better- especially if you're putting heavier items inside.  I loved the simplicity of the textured cardstock used in this…
  • Toilet Paper Roll Party Crackers

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    Pop open some fun with party crackers made from toilet paper rolls! There are dozens of toiler paper roll crafts out there, but we wanted to do something that was feminine and festive. Though crackers are traditionally used in many countries during Christmas time, we thought we'd bring some of that party spirit to a summer party, like a birthday or bridal shower. SUPPLIES: Toilet paper rolls Tissue paper Cardstock paper Scissors Patterned Edge Punch Pattern Cut Scissors X-Acto knife Before you begin, you'll want to fill your cracker with fun goodies, like candy and confetti. However, if you…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • How To Make an Altered Magnetic Board

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Everyone can use a little encouragement now and again, right?  This beautiful magnetic board, designed by artist Marjolaine Walker, is the perfect way to display words of affirmation, favorite inspirational quotes and more.  This is a great idea and we give it two thumbs up. Hello Bella Crafts friends, Marjolaine here to show you a magnetic encouragement board that I made to give myself a daily boost . While I’m working on some creative goals it’s good to pick a card everyday and remind myself to keep going. The quotes I chose help me to remember to be myself, dream big, expect…
  • 5 Great Monogram Projects

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    One of the hot trends right now is monograms.  It seems like everywhere we look we see products and projects that are created with monograms on them.  From home decor to wearable art, monograms are being seen front and center.  When you look for monogrammed items for the home, you will see that pillows, bedding and throw blankets are very popular right now along with large letters for wall art. You want to keep in mind that if you do decide to use monogrammed items in your home decor to keep things simple by only using a few items.  Monogram pieces are perfect for home decor as long as…
  • How to Handle Craft Project Management

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    When we think about craft tips, often we think of something that is related to the act of crafting.  However, there are many crafters out there that not only craft for fun, but craft for business, too.  If you are working with clients, project management is extremely important.  Gina Karas, shares her advice on how to do just that.  This is a valuable post for anyone struggling with project management. I see you eyeing that pile of unfinished projects that you have piled up in your craft room. It’s been there for a while and it’s gone from inspiration to frustration. I know. I’ve…
  • Roses and Tea Shadow Box

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wanted to make a shadow box?  If you haven’t, we encourage you to give it a try.  They make wonderful display pieces for any home.  They are so versatile and can be created in any theme.  It is a fantastic way to commemorate an anniversary or a special vacation.  It’s a great gift idea as well. Carmen Whitehead shows us how easy it is to make this Roses and Tea Shadow Box.  We know you are going to love it… I have a love for flowers and teacups, so I thought I would combine them in this shadow box project.  The great thing about these little boxes is you…
  • 5 “Cre8time” Projects

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    We all love to craft but nowadays it seems like there is never enough time.  With work and busy households, we barely have time to breath let alone set aside some time to craft.  The Craft and Hobby Association recognized this problem and a little over a year and a half ago began a movement called Cre8time.  The idea behind Cre8time is to make people aware that you can take time out of your busy lives to be creative and create projects that can be completed in 8 minutes. Need some ideas for quick and easy crafts? #Cre8time for these!!Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule We absolutely…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • How To Make A Tulle Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s Thursday again…hooray, which means it is time for another incredibly awesome YouTube video tutorial brought to you by none other than the fabulous Shirley! I don’t know about you, but this summer is going crazy fast and the weeks are seriously flying by! Time sure flies when you are having a BLAST!!! And today, […]
  • Two Quick and Easy Fish Ribbon Sculptures

    The Ribbon Retreat
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have I ever mentioned that I am a HUGE fan of fishing? It is one of my most favorite hobbies. I love packing up the poles and the kids and those yucky slimy worms to head out for a great big catch, well…to be honest, any catch makes me thrilled. So…I am sure you can […]
  • Easy Lamp Re-Vamp Tutorial

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you love makeovers? Personal makeovers, room makeovers or decor makeovers? Whatever type of makeovers you love, I am sure you are going to love our lamp re-vamp that Havalah from Sisters, What! is sharing with us today. This simple yet stunning lamp makeover is awesome and can be done with a small piece of […]
  • Toddler Backpack Tutorial

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As many of you know, I am a true blue Bag Lady! I love bags of all shapes, colors and sizes and have had this love since I was a wee one! I would carry (some liked to call it “hide”) the TV remote, the TV Guide (do you remember those awesome little books) and […]
  • How To Make A Scrappy Braided Flower, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Happy Thursday! It’s video day…Hooooray! Are you ready to learn how to make a super fun and super cute flower that is also a scrap buster? This cute little flower is easy peasy to make and looks awesome in your hair atop a headband or a clip or even attached to a brooch pin adding […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Simple Watermelon Picture

    Sherri Osborn
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Sometimes, you just need a fast and easy craft project to help pass the time a little bit. This simple watermelon picture is perfect for those times! This is a project that is great for all ages and the supplies…Read more →
  • How to Make a Nature Collage

    Sherri Osborn
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The weather here was so beautiful this weekend, I couldn’t resist going on a couple of walks. My aging chihuahua was even happy to get out… That is, until the deer flies tried to carry him away! We passed by…Read more →
  • 18 Fabulous DIY Pencil Cases

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    While I was originally searching for DIY pencil case ideas to use for back-to-school inspiration, these could be made for any time. I realize I better start off by apologizing… There are so many fabulous DIY pencil case ideas here,…Read more →
  • How to Make Hairy Friends

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This project was inspired, in part, by my Margarine Tub Craft Challenge. Knowing my granddaughters were coming for a visit, I prepped the margarine tubs for them to have some fun with.! I showed them how to turn them into…Read more →
  • DIY Clothespin Poinsettia

    Sherri Osborn
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    What do you think of this DIY clothespin poinsettia? Initially, I was going to call this project a Christmas tree ornament, but then I figured it could actually be much more than that. Not only would this clothespin poinsettia make…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • DIY Book Covers

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The largest project my husband and I have done in our house is the built in entertainment center for our first floor. It took lots of brainstorming and planning to make this from scratch, but we are beyond thrilled with the results. After it went up, we quickly filled it with books and some baubles that went with our sailing/nautical-lite theme.  As the months went by, I found myself tinkering with the items on the shelves as well as the layout… I was just not pleased with how it looked. Here’s a close up of the shelves— they were too cluttered/a bit too full for my liking. We…
  • Painting Kitchen Cabinets Part 1

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For about as long as I have been nagging my husband to let me paint our kitchen cabinets, I have been researching everything there is to know about painting kitchen cabinets (read: pinning copious images on Pinterest. Seriously, what did I do before Pinterest?) There are a ton of options, and tons of opinions and supporters for each option. Lisa painted her kitchen cabinets with Rust-Oleum Transformation three summers ago. She enjoyed the finished product, but she said it took some time, which is not always something I have ample amounts of with two young whippersnappers running around the…
  • Bangin’ Banana Bread AKA Banana Breakfast Cake

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Here in this house, my boys like to and request to  eat “cake” for breakfast, and if you have a picky eater like my oldest, you would gladly oblige this request because the alternative is air (seriously, I do not know how he has energy). Before you start envisioning slabs of cake with mounds of buttercream icing served up to my kiddos at 7 am, let me clarify that I “healthy up” my “cakes” for breakfast and no one (read: my kids) is the wiser!   The recipe for my Bangin Banana Bread or “Banana Breakfast Cake”  as my boys…
  • Burlap Coffee Bag Tote

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever made/bought a gift for someone, but you had the hardest time giving it away because you loved it so much yourself? This Burlap Coffee Bag Tote I am about to show you was one of those gifts.  Remember when generously gifted us the motherload of burlap materials? No? Read about it here. Since our magical box of burlap has arrived, Rona, Lisa, and I have been busy with burlap, and if you know me/read my posts, I freakin’ love burlap. Anyway, in our shipment of burlap, we requested these awesome used (they are authentic, for I found some rogue coffee…
  • Drink Up-DIY Sharpie coffee mug

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I’m sure you’ve seen these DIY Sharpie coffee mugs on Pinterest. I’ve been dying to try it myself. I finally had the chance to tackle this DIY for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday last week. Materials: White mug Pencil Sharpies (fine and regular tip) Stencil/letter stickers (optional) Step 1: Thoroughly clean the mug and wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely. Step 2: Use a pencil, sketch or stencil on the design. I decided to use a pencil first to map out size and position. If you are brave, skip this step and go straight to Sharpie. Also double check…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

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

    Steve Reck
    21 May 2014 | 4:48 am
       This list shows tools and materials that you may require for this work, depending on the nature and location. You may not require all this material, but it’s better to keep things handy, rather than have a last-moment rush to get it from the store.  Material Required:• Drywall (one foot wide by two feet long)• Handsaw• Pencil• Hammer• Finishing nails• Newspaper• Fine wire, about one foot long• Wire cutters• Tape measure or ruler• Work gloves• Putty knife• Utility knife• Construction adhesive• Joint compound• Fine sandpaper• A paint…
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  • Sneak Peek 2 - Shaped Card using the new Tonic Studios Intrica Daisy Lace Square Dies

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Gosh, isn't this new Tonic Studios new Intrica Daisy Lace Square as pretty as a Daisy? Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Intrica Daisy Lace Square, Layering Scallop Circle Dies, Occasions Dies, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Textured Card, Bo BunnyEmbellishments: Bo Bunny Brads  To create this shapeed card, I trimmed a sheet of A4 to 15cm wide, then scored and folded it in half.  I then positioned the outer edge die so that the fold was below the top cutting edge of the die.  It took two passes (including 1 turn) through my Grand Calibur to cut…
  • Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios New Intrica Wild Vine Circle Dies and Border Punch

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Many of you will know that I do love a Wreath Card, so it's no surprise that this is what I immediately thought to make with Tonic Studios' new Intrica Wild Vine Circle Die and Punch.Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Intrica Wild Vine Circle Dies, Intrica Wild Vine Strip Punch, Layering Square Dies, Christmas Cracker Die, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Pearl, StardreamEmbellishments: Ribbon, Rhinestones I know that some people are slightly nervous about using intircate dies, I can assure you that I had no problems at all but here are my tips for creating…
  • Tutorial - Box Made Using the Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    This is a tutorial showing how you can use any of your Tonic Studios Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets to create a favour box.At the end of the tutorial, you will find a downloadable PDF file of these instructions.Project Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiments Dies, Super Trimmer, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: 1 sheet each of A4 and 30x30 card stockLet's start with the box lid.  Using the cutting blade on the Super Trimer, cut an 11cmx11cm square from the sheet of A4.  Switch to the scoring blade and score on the wrong-side of…
  • Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Keepsake Box Die - A squared + B squared = C squared!

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you were at school, did you ever think you would need to use a2 + b2 = c2 in conjunction with crafting?  Well that's what I did to work out how to turn the new Tonic Studios Keepsake Box die into a triangular favour box!Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Dies, Christmas Inserts Dies, Layering Rectangles Dies, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Textured, First EditionEmbellishments: Rhinestone ButtonAs you know, I always like to show you how to use your dies in different ways, so when you see this new die, don't just…
  • Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Keepsake Box Die - You Spoil Us, Ambassador!

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:43 am
    I do like making little boxes and bon-bon holders, so as soon as I received the new Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Die from Tonic Studios, I was very happy.  But wait, I hear you say, the picture's of a tray not a box, just perfect for any Ambassador wanting to spoil his guests!Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Dies, Tonic Studios Doily Punch, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Textured, First EditionEmbellishments: Ferro Rocher (yum)! As you know, I always like to show you how to use your dies in different ways, so when you see…
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  • Beautiful Hydration :: Slimming Infused Water

    Adrianne Herold
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Stay hydrated this summer while slimming down with these super easy and beautiful infused water recipes! With just sliced fruit, some herbs, and water, you're set! No added sugar/sweeteners and each fruit has amazing benefits!To make any of these, just place the ingredients in a cup, muddle, add water, done!If you let it sit, the water will become more flavorful or you can drink it right away! Mango Mojito:Mint leavesMango cubesSliced limes RoseMelon:Rosemary sprigsWatermelon cubes Roseberry:Sliced lemonsRaspberriesRosemary sprigs Strawberry Kiwi:Sliced strawberriesSliced & skinned…
  • Obession Confession ➳ The Spirituality Shop

    Adrianne Herold
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The Spirituality Shop through Free People is so creative and inspiring. Including beauty products, home decor, and even astrology items; This shop is sure to bring some light to your life. I love everything it has to offer and can't wait for you to check it out for yourselves. Here are some of my favorite items they have up now. ~Catherine Smudge Sticks"Cleanse yourseld of bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits, or negative energy with these amazing smelling smudge sticks. Hand Tied." $28 ~Yarrow Botanical Facial SteamThis american made facial steam contains botanicals that help…
  • "The earth has music for those who listen"

    Adrianne Herold
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Meadowbrook Park is one of my favorite places, for so many reasons. Whether I need to clear my head, exercise, or find spots for photo-shoots; this is probably where you will find me. It's full of beauty and freedom. It's lined with trails and sculptures that never get old. I spent the day here snapping photos and jamming out to my newest favorite band That's No Moon. Here's some of the shots I got! ~ I was greeted by a doe and her 2 babies! That was a nice ending. ~
  • DIY All-Natural Bug Spray

    Adrianne Herold
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Everything in life has pros and cons; and unfortunately, we can't have bonfires or cookouts without the pesky mosquitoes! But thankfully, we can make bug spray right at home with all-natural ingredients!  Ingredients:Distilled WaterWitch HazelVegetable Glycerin20-25 drops of essential oils (from above)As for the essential oils; I used citronella, lime, rosemary, and lemongrass.You can pick any of the ones from this list:RosemaryThymeMintCedarLavenderCatnipCitronellaTea TreeLemongrassCitrus-y and Minty ones will work the best!  1} Fill a glass spray bottle roughly 1/4 of the way with…
  • ❧ Trends We Love: Tropical

    Adrianne Herold
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Palm trees, tropical fruits, and lots of sunshine; those are some of my favorite things. I really believe that I belong somewhere tropical with exotic people and even more exotic foods! I think this whole palm tree and pineapple trend coming about is pretty great! I love the way it all screams "summer"! With the sundresses, the flowers, and bright prints, it's definitely one of my favorites. Below are some great pieces I've found a I've even found some amazing home & decor items for a great tropical home or back patio. Scroll down to check it all out!Tropical Fashion by adriannexo…
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  • DIY Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    An elegant Coffee Filter Wreath made from brown coffee filters. They are fun to make in all different shapes for any room in your home.  Easy, inexpensive, and elegant to look at makes this a perfect wreath! This wreath is part of the ProFlowers Wreaths All Year project. All you need for this wreath is […] The post DIY Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • 25 Best Lemon Dessert Recipes

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Lemon Desserts are one of my favorite kind of desserts.  I’ve created a collection of drool worthy Lemon desserts that are to die for DELICIOUS! Come take a look!   HERE THEY ARE!  Lemon Curd Butter Cake  //  Sewlicious Home Decor Lemon Curd  //  Sewlicious Home Decor Lemon Pudding Cheesecake Cookies  //  Sewlicious Home Decor […] The post 25 Best Lemon Dessert Recipes appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Best Pasta Salad Dishes

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Pasta dishes are one of my favorite meals.  I found some great recipes by some great cooks that you’re going to love.  They will make you drool, I could eat them right off  my screen! Come check them out! HERE THEY ARE!  Chipotle Spinach Fettuccini  //  Kleinworth & Co. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta  //  Lemon Tree […] The post Best Pasta Salad Dishes appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Best Chicken Dinner Recipes

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Need some new Chicken recipes?  These recipes are mouthwatering, drool worthy, and I want every one of them! Come take a look! Here They Are!    Chicken Waffle Salad  //  Life with The Crust Cut Off  BBQ Chicken on Ciabatta with Muenster and Hot Candied Bacon  //  Dixie Chik Cooks Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole  //  The Seasoned […] The post Best Chicken Dinner Recipes appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Fun Sewing Projects | Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party! LIVE

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome everyone to this weeks Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party. We are so glad to have you here with us! I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer vacations and time with your kids! Please share with us all your wonderful crafts, recipes, printables, and tips! If this is your first time here Welcome and feel free to jump right it! […] The post Fun Sewing Projects | Saturday Showlicious Craft and Recipe Party! LIVE appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug BlessingsCome link-up! Join the party! Linky open until 7/26.
  • Reuse and upcycle: pillow cases from a toddler bed sheet

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    I'm a huge fan of reusing and up-cycling things . It helps reduce clutter and saves money, and often all you need is a clever idea or a little inspiration to turn something you have stuck in your closets into a useful object once again. This week that something was a toddler bed sheet which had not been used in our house for over three years. It was the first sheet we bought when our son moved from his crib into a big boy bed. It never got much use because in the meantime his sister got the toddler bed and he moved again to a regular bed, but the fabric is super cute for a boy room, so I kept…
  • Weekend No Rules bloghop

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Sharing the Weekend No Rules bloghop @ a sorta fairytale  Linky is up and running until next Thursday (the 24th). Come link-up too! Join the fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxI'm already there. Come link-up too! Join the fun!
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug BlessingsCome link-up! Join the fun!
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  • 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…
  • Cross Stitching on Evenweave

    Zurainny Ismail
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    My Lucky Dip contained 6 pieces of evenweave/linen fabric All my life, I’ve stitched on Aida.  It has been my dream to try my hands on evenweave but since it’s not available in any craft stores in Malaysia, I turn to my favourite Ebay sellers for ideas. Honestly, there are so many types of evenweave fabrics out there that I simply don’t know how to choose.  Plus, with the high postage costs, I have to buy within my budget. After much researching, calculating, weighing and consideration, I decided to buy from one of my favourite Ebay Sellers, StitchetyWitchety at their Ebay…
  • How To Make Fabric Coasters With Crocheted Edging

    Zurainny Ismail
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Fabric Coaster with Crocheted Edging Coasters are wonderful to have at home and at the office not only to catch the condensation dripping out of cold glasses, but also as part of the decor.  There are many types of coasters sold nowadays, the most popular being the plastic ones but I like to make my own fabric coasters which I embellish with crochet edgings.  Crocheted coasters are also very pretty but they take more time to complete. I made dozens of these fabric coasters with crocheted edgings as a part of Teacher’s Day appreciation gifts last May.  This is one of those rare…
  • Counted Cross Stitch Kits and Craft Store in Tuaran

    Zurainny Ismail
    14 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    “All you need to get started is a needle, thread, fabric, pair of scissors, and an idea.  The correct equipment enhances the needlework experience and makes stitching much easier.”  Linda Wyszynski, The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework (2012) pg 9 Unlike 15 years before, nowadays cross stitching newbies can learn to do counted cross stitch by themselves in less than an hour.  The video below is just one of the many tutorials you can easily find online. Learn Counted Cross Stitch In Only 5 Minutes:   And it’s also quite easy to get wonderful charts online for free.  Even…
  • Cross Stitch Patterns Free Download

    Zurainny Ismail
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:31 am
    For those who are new to the wonderful world of cross stitching, welcome dear kindred spirit!  Why do I think cross stitching wonderful?  Because there are many, many, gracious and kind cross stitchers out there who are ever ready to share their experience, tips and patterns with everyone who are interested, especially with beginners. Cross stitch for beginners may be daunting, at first, but as we learn the tips and tricks, we will eventually have our own cross stitching tips, tricks and stash that we can also share with others.  And among the things that you can get for free are cross…
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