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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…
  • Custom Lighting for your Keyboard

    Jeremy Cook
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
      If you want the coolest custom keyboard on the block, be prepared to do some soldering. A lot of soldering. Even though this keyboard looks incredible, Imgur user “Prodigydoo” recommends just buying a keyboard rather than sinking about 40 hours of work into this project. I’ve tried to modify […]Read more on MAKE
  • 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…
  • Road Trip Pattern Club: Pattern #4

    Betz White
    Betz White
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Today we’ve reached our fourth “destination” of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the In a Clutch Cosmetic Case by Liesl Gibson of Straight Stitch Society and Oliver +S! Members of the club, check your inbox for the email with links to this new pattern! Yippee!     I love Liesl’s addition to the Road Trip patterns. What better way to corral your cosmetics for a get-away than a cute little zippered case? Just fill ‘er up and toss it onto your bag. Even better, the In a Clutch Case is so pretty, it can double as a clutch. I usually travel with a…
  • A new twist on spinning multi-colored yarns

    Ashland Bay
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    One of the most rewarding aspects of hand spinning is the ability to incorporate unique color combinations into yarns. There seems to be endless possibilities! My most recent color play was with multiple multi-colored merino tops.  I chose 6 different color ways and   paired them up to ply together. The six color ways are Bermuda, Amethyst, Sage, Baltic, Fiesta and Borealis. My goal was to spin a continuous yarn with three distinct color ways demonstrating the versatility of our multi-colored merino tops. I used one ounce of each color for this project.Below are the colors combinations I…
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  • I'm on the Outlier on Air podcast!

    claudine hellmuth
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    It was such a treat to be interviewed by Melinda Yeaman on the Outlier on Air podcast. We had a great time chatting and covered all sorts of topics including one of my favorite topics - how to generate passive income as an artist or maker! Click here to listen to the interview. Or subscribe on itunes or stitcher!
  • 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…
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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 app + new products = organized…

    tim holtz
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    thanks again for all of your comments this month about the newly released products for summer 2014.  i know many of you have expressed a “want” or “need” for some of these new items so i wanted to re-post this video reminding you about my FREE tim holtz app available for iPhone and android users (*note: if you want to install this on your iPad, you still need to search/download it in the iPhone app area of the iTunes store).  this app is the perfect way to stay organized, create those “wish lists” (since all of the new products are now on the app), and of…
  • 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!
  • 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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  • Silicon comes to Kickstarter

    Alasdair Allan
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Kickstarter is the incubator for the Internet of Things. But when even silicon designers are coming to Kickstarter to crowdfund their next project, anyone not taking the platform seriously are missing out.Read more on MAKE
  • VR Headset Made of Lego Pieces

    Krista Peryer
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    What started as a normal father/son Lego building competition ended in the conception of a virtual reality helmet made from the famous building blocks, and a 6-year-old son with the victory. Odd Arne Roll’s son, Theodore, may have won the battle, but it left Odd Arne with a working prototype of […]Read more on MAKE
  • Custom Lighting for your Keyboard

    Jeremy Cook
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
      If you want the coolest custom keyboard on the block, be prepared to do some soldering. A lot of soldering. Even though this keyboard looks incredible, Imgur user “Prodigydoo” recommends just buying a keyboard rather than sinking about 40 hours of work into this project. I’ve tried to modify […]Read more on MAKE
  • The Microsoft Sharks Cove — doomed before it ships?

    Alasdair Allan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    There is no shortage of hardware companies that are currently trying to emulate the success of the Raspberry Pi, and now Microsoft is one of them.Read more on MAKE
  • Most Interesting Makerspaces in America

    Craig Couden
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    What makes a makerspace interesting? Itʼs not just the size of the shop or the number of active members. Nor is it the selection of tools. Sure, those pieces count, but itʼs how a makerspace slots into its community — elevating and inspiring the makers — that makes it stand out.Read more on MAKE
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  • 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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  • berries

    Hillary Lang
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Summer is going too fast this year. Just typing that makes me panic. I don't want to think about it. Here's a lovely day we had last week. We spent a week in Michigan and had such a great time, mostly on the beach but on one of the cooler days we went blueberry picking. It was awesome. So calm and easy. No bouncy house or petting zoo or carnival rides, just us and 4 buckets.
  • 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.
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  • Make a Giant Yarn Spider Web in the Woods

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    One of my favorite activities to set up for the kids while we’re camping is a Giant Yarn Spider Web! It’s super simple to do and lasts the whole weekend of our camping trip! All you need is a ball of yarn! Nothing fancy needed. But I do love the variegated color yarn, making it easy to have fun rainbow colors with one ball of yarn. Instructions: Find a good section of camp where there are 5-7 trees grouped together. Make a loop around one tree trunk and tie a knot. Roll out your yarn and keep looping around nearby trees. Make a lot of criss-crosses around the trees. Once…
  • Pom Pom Bird Craft

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Add some bright colors to a room with these cute and silly pom pom birds from Michelle of MollyMoo! Don’t you think this is a perfect craft for you and your little ones to do together? Make one, two, or a whole flock to hang on a wall! These adorable little birds will brighten your day whenever you see them! Here are a couple more kid’s crafts for you and your kids to try: Paper Tube People Decorate a Mason Jar Bank Cute Bracelets and Wands with Scotch Duct Tape The post Pom Pom Bird Craft appeared first on 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.
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  • small books (by a young Brontë)

    amy k.
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    We are learning about the Brontë sisters right now and one of our favorite aspects of their lives are the imaginary worlds they created—complete with handmade books. Very, very small books. I jumped out of my chair when I happen to read, on the internet (but I don't remember where) that many of these books were scanned and are available to print. I printed them immediately. They were a hassle to print, they are enlarged, so you can read them, but to print them at the actual scale they were written (impossibly small) they need to be reduced. I fussed around for a long time wasting…
  • 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…
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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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  • hello!
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Man, time is flying by for me this summer! Before I know it it will be time to board a plane for class in Italy!!! Once the plane ticket is booked (it is! $711.00 and 65,000 frequent flyer I crazy that I felt like it was a good price?!?), the planning and dreaming about where to go and what to do is much more enjoyable. Of course, we'll be in class in Orvieto for a week, (still not too late to jump on board and come too!) it's the time before and after the class that is the variable. Kristin sent this video to all of us going, so we can better understand the language,…
  • 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…
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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

  • Star Wars Craft: DIY Ewok Hood

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    We recently re-viewed the Star Wars movies, and I was struck anew by the Ewoks, those bear-like creatures from the Forest Moon of Endor, seen in “Return of the Jedi.” More than just cute, they’re actually pretty tough little critters, instrumental in bringing down their share of stormtroopers and AT-ST walkers. Some fun Ewok trivia (courtesy IMDb and Wikipedia): Several Ewok lines are in the Filipino (Tagalog) language. Most Ewok lines, however, were inspired by the Kalmyk language, spoken by nomadic tribes living in Russia. The word Ewok is never spoken in the movie, nor…
  • Happy Birthday, Batman!

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Dark Knight has turned 75, and to celebrate DC Comics had a team of artists and celebrities paint over the classic black mask and cape at the Cape/Cowl/Create exhibition. The likes of Zack Snyder, Will Arnett, and Lego artist Nathan Sawaya used everything from melted neon plastic to black fur to make over the outfit, which was modeled on the one from the upcoming Arkham Knight game. This cowl was created by Warner Brothers creative director Derek Deal. Personally, it’s my favorite out of the bunch of 17, but the aptly named tattoo artist Mr Cartoon and NYC artist ZSO came up with…
  • Operation Crossbones Kickstarter

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Check out this Kickstarter campaign. Xander is raising capital to start a business making screen-printed nerdy pirate flags, and he has some great designs! not quite, entirely unlike tea From the site: “Pirates are cool! Aside from being covetous, rum-swigging, no-rules-having bad-asses, you know what makes them so freakin’ awesome? Their flags! Take the Jolly Roger—one of the most iconic symbols in recent history. It was flown by men and women of fortune to show the world that they would not be ruled—that they were free. I want to make the same statement. I’m opening a…
  • Knit Some Chewie Mittens

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    So there is a movie franchise that is getting more movies . Something about a long time ago in a galaxy far away. Or so I’ve heard.  Raverly Designer Therese Sharp has designed a pair of Chewie Mittens.  With SDCC happening right now and more cons approaching, what better then knitting some geek love? The pattern is available on Raverly. Chewie Mitts on Ravelry More Knitting  on Geek Crafts More Star Wars on 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…
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    house on hill road

  • Do you see it?

    Erin | house on hill road
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I spent a couple of hours yesterday sewing the improv blocks I made in 2008 at Denyse Schmidt's studio into a quilt top. It's mostly finished, just waiting for some "white" borders to make it a usable size. Only after I took some photos and looked at them on my phone did I see the best bit of improv. Do you see it? I seriously couldn't have made that happen any better if I had tried.
  • 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…
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    Design Mom

  • Living With Kids: Sharon Miller

    Design Mom
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. When Sharon‘s friend, Chedva, contacted me to inquire about a home tour for her pal, it was an easy, easy yes. All she had to do was mention Israel, the Maharal Valley, and Paper Bella. Then there were the photos of Sharon’s home. And then there was the view. I was hooked. And I was curious, especially, to see how Israel’s ever-changing and charged political climate affects the entire process. Turns out, that’s not even a factor – or, at least, not in the way I imagined. The view, however, is. Enjoy the tour! Q: Tell us all about this sweet family in…
  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #5: Grand Canyon

    Design Mom
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. This was an especially fun stop for me because I hadn’t been to The Grand Canyon since I was very small, and only had vague memories of it. As I write this, I can see my thoughts on The Grand Canyon are a bit scattered, so I’ll write things up in a list form. That way, I’m less likely to forget things — and I can skip from topic to topic freely. : ) - First, The Grand Canyon is BIG. So much bigger than it was in my head. In fact, while we were there, we read that you would have to rocket up into the Earth’s atmosphere several miles in…
  • Personalized Clothes for Back to School

    Design Mom
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. // This post is brought to you by Old Navy + P.S. I Made This. Dream big and customize your clothes in store on August 2nd and August 9th. ——- This is so fun! My friend Erica created P.S. I Made This — the popular blog full of DIY and craft ideas. I first met Erica when we were on a panel together at an American Made event. Then, we both worked on a holiday event last fall. And then, I invited her to come Alt Summit in January. Erica is talented and smart and brings the best kind of enthusiasm to everything she does. Her latest project? She teamed…
  • Epic Roadtrip Stop #4: Zion

    Design Mom
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Well now! We’ve done a bit of traveling since my last post. On Friday, we went to Zion. On Saturday we went to the Grand Canyon. And earlier today (Sunday), we went to Lake Powell. I’ll write about the Grand Canyon tomorrow, and I’ll write about Lake Powell on Tuesday. But today, I want to share a little report about Zion National Park. Since I grew up so near Zion, it’s the National Park I know best and I’ve visited most. I love getting to share it with my kids. Zion is the sort of place where you could spend a week or more, but…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. How was your week? We are in the middle of our #epicroadtrip. Today, we are headed to Zion, and tomorrow the plan is the Grand Canyon. Very exciting. Also, very hot! From growing up in St. George, I learned that I can handle dry desert heat pretty well if I have an ice water in my hand. But if I don’t remember to bring an ice water, and we’re hiking or getting into a car that’s been sitting in the sun, I am a total crab. It’s like I turn grumpy and hopeless instantly. So you can imagine, I have a cooler full of icy bottles…
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    weblog - Mayfly

  • 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 small 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

  • Fishkill Farms

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Well schools been out for about a month now- the children are actually anxious for it to start back up in September if you can believe it! We are trying to get out and enjoy this amazing weather NYC is giving us, so today we went upstate to the Hudson Valley to pick some blueberries and visit the farm.  Theres a million pick-your-own farms around and I think we hit the jackpot with this one. It wasn't too crowded, it had a lovely store, animals and lots of room to run around. Oh and they had this:  a little outdoor stand where you could order burgers and dogs and the most delicious…
  • 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…
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  • minty, all year

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    (If you ignore the state of my legs, I promise to spare you the boring saga of the systemic, not-going-away poison ivy that is plaguing my body this summer. Deal? Good! It's a very boring tale.) Steve and I often...
  • bringing in the flowers

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    (Thanks to Papa for following us around with a camera! And because I know you well, dear readers, let me tell you that Adelaide is wearing this dress in liberty fabric, Annabel has a vintage one on, and mine is...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Kelbourne Woolens + The Fibre Company

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Kelbourne Woolens + The Fibre Company. In Courtney's words: "Kelbourne Woolens is the distributor and design arm of The Fibre Company yarns. We create custom spun yarns which are then hand-dyed...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Imagine Childhood

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Imagine Childhood. In Sarah's words: "Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the...
  • {this moment}

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Thank you

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Here I am. In less than 12 hours I’ll be awake, and getting ready to ride my bike down to Allen Gardens (That’s where our departure is from) and meeting up with a couple hundred other cyclists, and then at 9am, that’s it. At 9am we get on our bikes, and with a whoop and cry that sounds like fear and excitement all together, off we go.  More than a hundred kilometres later, we stop, put up our tents and camp for the first night.  We’ll be strangers, mostly, that first night. Jen and I have tried to get to know our team ahead of time, but there’s many people…
  • 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…
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    My Paper Crane

  • The Old Sled Works

    Heidi Kenney
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Earlier this month I talked about a little adventure we took into Pennsylvania. One of our stops was a place in Duncannon PA Called The Old Sled Works. It’s a antique shop, a vintage arcade, a soda shop, and more! They have a little yarn store tucked inside, an area that sells handmade crafts, and a little mini museum about the Sled Works, it was a lot of fun! Our favorite area was clearly the working arcade. Not only was it fun to play the games, there was so many beautiful old graphics and logos to look at. We found some treasure to bring home from the antique part. Not this vintage…
  • Kittyloaf

    Heidi Kenney
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    You know those hair brained ideas that just come to you, in the middle of the night, or while you’re driving you car on a long winding road? Well that is exactly how these kitty loaf cozies were born. One morning around 4am I woke up and the idea just came to me for a sewn bread cozy that looked like a cat…a kittyloaf. Kittyloaf The cat position referred to when a cat lays down with with all four paws tucked underneath the body; the position that resembles a loaf of bread. My husband woke up a little too as I was rolling over in bed with this new idea rattling around and I made sure…
  • 25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am

    Heidi Kenney
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    So what is the Plush Of The Month Club? For $30 a month ($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 or more advanced plush, but some months this may mean a few plush items. These plush will be limited to the club only, and will only be sold otherwise if I have extra back subscriptions to sell. These may be plush items I’ve made in the past, but were a bit more limited due to the time it takes to make each one. Your first month’s box will also include a welcome kit with membership card, and…
  • 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.
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    Betz White

  • Sew-long Summer! A Reversible Bucket Hat Sew-along

    Betz White
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    On a bit of a whim I’m starting a Sew-long Summer sew-along for my Reversible Bucket Hat! Starting today I’ll be sharing lots of great ideas, tips, techniques and variations of the tried and true bucket hat! This pattern is beginner level and is quick to make in an afternoon. It’s sized to fit babies, kids, women and men…so it’s great for anyone with a noggin to cover! What do you need to do to sew along with us? Get the pattern. If you don’t already own it, I’ve discounted the pattern to $6.50 (50% off!) in my Etsy shop from now until August 22,…
  • Road Trip Pattern Club: Pattern #4

    Betz White
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    Today we’ve reached our fourth “destination” of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the In a Clutch Cosmetic Case by Liesl Gibson of Straight Stitch Society and Oliver +S! Members of the club, check your inbox for the email with links to this new pattern! Yippee!     I love Liesl’s addition to the Road Trip patterns. What better way to corral your cosmetics for a get-away than a cute little zippered case? Just fill ‘er up and toss it onto your bag. Even better, the In a Clutch Case is so pretty, it can double as a clutch. I usually travel with a…
  • Present Perfect

    David White
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Available soon at bookstores near you or directly from OverviewDetailsProject List Beautiful handmade gifts for all occasions! In Present Perfect, you’ll discover gifts to sew for all of life’s major celebrations: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new homes, new babies, or simply “just because.” Betz White, known for her earth- and family-friendly designs, offers a new collection of sewing projects for you to stitch and give to those you love. Projects include cuddly toys for babies and toddlers, clever bags and accessories for women and men, and…
  • 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…
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    Illustration Friday

  • The Australian Graphic Supply Collective: Tuts and Type

    Rachel Frankel
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    In my journey towards becoming somewhat of a graphic designer, I’ve gone through many bouts of chocolate-fueled rage, cursing when I can’t figure out how to line up my beziers correctly, or how exactly to create a seamless repeat pattern. Although there are loads of tutorials online, the Australia Graphic Supply Company is set to become the “square one” learning source for budding designers and typographers of all types (pun not intended). Self-described “pixel-wranglers,” Dave and Laura Coleman are a husband-and-wife team working out of Sydney,…
  • Intriguing Book Illustrations by Gerard Dubois

    Thomas James
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
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  • Hint Mint Illustrations by Audrey Kawasaki

    Thomas James
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
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  • Artist: João Ruas

    Oli Rogers
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Article by Oli Rogers   Just as geologists observe minutiae within rock strata and so deduce the conditions extant during their formation, so too will future generations of illustrologists be able to sift through banks of images and draw conclusions from their compacted layers. And thusly it is that traces of naively-drawn bears, owls, and deer; nostalgia-addled mid-century aesthetics; characters bespattered with tattoos and sporting large volumes of facial hair; and a preponderance of stuff inside equilateral triangles is what will be seen to comprise the petrified illustrative sediment…
  • Pick of the Week for REPEAT and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Lucas P, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘REPEAT’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: GOLDEN Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc. Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your…
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  • Report from San Francisco

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I’m back and have been since mid-week. It takes a few days to recover and get back into the swing of things. It felt like a whirlwind trip- mostly work and a little fun times with wonderful creative people I have met though my online life. So good to see Sonya, Kathryn and Alice! Here are some booth photos- they are taken with my phone, so sorry about the quality. These are the all-around on first day. I always rearrange the 2nd day, hoping it actually makes a difference. Lots of things found new homes and lots came home too. I’ve listed the pieces that came home in the suitcases…
  • 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.
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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

  • Wild but not lost

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    I will be away from here, and Facebook and most everywhere through August.  In September I will be changing things up a bit.  Opening a new shop among other things.   For now just concentrating on Diaries, there is a link in the right sidebar for those of you subscribed. Everything dropped in the shop through the next month is in preview mode, that is marked coming soon.  That means September, in a new place. I am not taking reservations.  Just previewing.   Work on your own classes will be on sale in August.  If you purchased  101 with…
  • 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.
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    Wooster Collective

  • Flames and Crocodiles
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Our hearts are enflamed by Paolo Buggiani's wild outdoor sculptures.
  • Pavement Licker
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    New from our friend Josh Jones--the ninth issue of his killer zine, "Pavement Licker." This project has featured street art superstars from Banksy to Paul Insect. "Pavement Licker 9" definitely has lots of great new work, with drawings and photographs by more than 16 artists.  Below, skateboarder Chad Muska licks an copy of the zine.  Lick your own copy at:
  • 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. 
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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

  • Dinosaur Earrings

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I bought these mini dinosaurs in Georgia, at the Fernbank museum, though I'm sure you could buy similar ones elsewhere. Sorry about the crappy photos.
  • Skirt From A Bedskirt

    Rachel's Craft Channel
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    This is a simple project. I used two strips of fabric from the bedskirt, which was already gathered. I layered one over the other, the top one a little higher than the bottom. I used some more of the fabric to create a waistband and added a zipper. It was already hemmed on the bottom so that made things alot easier. Youtube Channel: Facebook Page:
  • Pink Polka Dot Jeans

    Rachel's Craft Channel
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    I must be obsessed with putting polka dot on things... Youtube Channel: Facebook Page:
  • Large White Button Up Shirt Into Dyed Purple Dress

    Rachel's Craft Channel
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    I made this by cutting the skirt part off and pleating it with box pleats. I trimmed the top into a more fitted option. I cut off the sleeves at the hem. I sewed it smaller, cut off the collar, and hemmed the neckline and sleeve holes. I attached the top and skirt together. Want to know what i did with the sleeves? Link: Youtube Channel: Facebook Page:
  • Vintage Inspired Floral Lace Half Sleeve Dress From Scratch

    Rachel's Craft Channel
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    This dress is one of my best creations. Youtube Channel: Facebook Page:
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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

  • Tute Tuesday: Art Pen Case

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Summer is in full swing but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start thinking about the upcoming school year. I know, I hate to be the bearer of bad news (or maybe good news for parents) that summer is getting closer to being over. Teag has just the thing that not only will make you [...]
  • Sock It To Me!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homemade socks. Nothing says love like hand-knit or crocheted socks. I don’t knit or crochet, so I especially love ‘em. Here are some beautiful and creative socks I found on Craftster. (I believe I’m experiencing sock envy.) Luckily for me though, I have received a few lovely pairs of socks from generous swap partners.   [...]
  • Meatless Monday: Kale and Edamame Salad

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    I am lucky enough to have a little garden, or “farmette” as I like to call it, in my backyard. I am able to grow yummy fruits and veggies for the summer. There is nothing better than just stepping out the backdoor and grabbing something fresh for dinner. I’m so glad that HSG shared this [...]
  • @Home This Weekend: Teacup Bird Feeder

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    This weekend, invite birds into your yard with an adorable birdfeeder made from a teacup and saucer. Mistress Jennie picked up a cup and saucer set at a thrift store for $1, and put together this fanciest of feeders. What a whimsical way to feed your feathered friends!
  • 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 [...]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Tutorial Tuesday: Beads, Buttons and Braids Bracelet Tutorial

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    I recently came across this delicious package of leather bracelets for braiding at Michaels and I couldn't resist.  I thought they would make a great topic for one of my Tutorial Tuesday posts.  So a few days ago I laid out the braided bracelets and began to think about the art beads that I had in my stash that would would work well with the leather.I was quite sure I wanted to use some of these beautifully colored polymer beads by Heather Powers and of course leather and ceramic beads always go well together.  So I put them together-- the round strings of beads being from…
  • Inside the Studio with Ema Kilroy

    Ema Kilroy
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Shaiha! You have won a $10 Gift Certificate from Tari at Creative Impressions in Clay. Please send Tari an e-mail with your…
  • 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…
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    CraftStylish - All featured posts

  • Book Giveaway: "Never Been Stitched"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Posted by AlexLombardi If you leave a comment, you could win this great collection of 45 low-sew/no-sew projects.
  • How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Posted by kaytet Buttons aren't just for sewing on fabric. Here they add dimension and originality to stationery!
  • How to Make a Coffee-Table-Worthy Scrapbook

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Posted by JenniferStern I love to make things and I especially love to mix it up craft wise—so this totally unique and totally stylish scrapbook cover caught my eye. By simply combining paper arts, fabric, and a huge selection of fab embellishments you can transform any three ring binder into the perfect handmade gift or styling scrapbook to keep your memories.
  • Make Beach Glass Earrings

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Posted by Jen_W Grab a Dremel tool and create a pair of summery dangles out of a few pieces of beach glass collected during your seashore holiday.
  • How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Posted by Tina_Hilton Embellish a handwoven basket with artisan yarns, insert a vase, and you have a beautiful way to display spring blooms!
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    Tip Junkie

  • Kiwi Crate ~ Fun for Kids & Educational Activities {coupon code}

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Kiwi Crate is awesome for overwhelmed and busy parents and fun for kids! New and educational activities magically arrive at your doorstep every month! There's never a better time to get creative with your kids than now, and Kiwi Crate makes it easy!  I'm all about celebrating my kids’ natural creativity and curiosity, and I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to the company that does this perfectly while affordably!   Kiwi Crate knows that parents want to make these creative explorations fun and easy for both parents and child, and that's just one [...]keep reading
  • 20 Recipes for Fabulous Fudge

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wondering how to make Fabulous Fudge Recipes perfect for gifting giving or just holiday baking? I've got your back with several recipes to take holiday fudge making to a whole new level!  The best thing about fudge is that you make add so many things for amazing variations.  Some of the tasty recipes include salted caramel fudge, gingerbread oreo fudge, pumpkin fudge, egg nog fudge, easy fudge recipes, low carb fudge recipes, plus recipes using candy bars!  There is nothing quite like fudge, and these recipes will give you tons of ideas on how to make it…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Pink First Birthday Inspiration Board

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Throw a pretty pink party that is just as precious as your little lady. Frilly decor and sweet pink details will bring the girly theme together. Featured Tiny Prints invitation: Precious One Images: Sugar Cookies, Ruffled Tablecloth, Cake Pops   a
  • Beach Themed Summer Party

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Alissa from 33 Shades of Green shares this beautiful beach themed summer party inspired by a Tiny Prints summer invitation! I’m really excited to be here today on the Tiny Prints Blog sharing a Summer Party that my family and I recently held. This was the first party at our new lake house, so I was thrilled when I discovered the ‘Swell Times’ invitation on the Tiny Prints site – it was the perfect fit for our theme! We ordered our invites and coordinating address labels and thank you cards (I love the anchors!) and got to work planning our party. Our invitation was the…
  • 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…
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • DIY Mosaic Picture Frame

    Renée Butcher
    29 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: DIY Mosaic Picture Frame by Renee from A Good Hearted Woman. Renee will show you how to save the memory of a precious […] Author information Renée Butcher The Good Hearted life is a journey, not a destination. Join me and my darlin' Mr. B for great food and good vibes - including events, music, books, and crafty arts - all from the…
  • Printable School Memories and Lunchbox Notes

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 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: Printable School Memories and Lunchbox Notes from inkhappi! Remember her fun and useful Summer Activities Calendar? Good stuff for mom’s found on inkhappi’s […] Author information Inkhappi Life is to be enjoyed…not just endured.” that’s my motto and inkhappi is my way of sharing this with the world. i love to be inspired and, in…
  • Baby Shoe Growth Chart

    Brandy Dunaway
    28 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: Baby Shoe Growth Chart by the sweet Brandy from BD Design. What a great idea!   Baby Shoe Growth Chart I have to start […] Author information Brandy Dunaway Hi! I'm Brandy. I'm a wife, a mom, and I paint furniture. This blog is where I share my work, crafts, DIY projects. You might also find some recipes here and there and my…
  • How To Make Ric Rac Flowers

    27 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: How to Make Ric Rac Flowers from guest blogger Jessi from Practically Functional will have you looking at ric rac in a whole […] Author information Jessi Hi, I'm Jessi! I blog at Practically Functional, a blog about simple, practical crafts, projects, tutorials, advice, and ideas to help you love your home, no matter where you live!
  • DIY Chapstick Key Chain Holder

    27 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: DIY Chapstick Key Chain Holder by Amber from Crazy Little Projects. I am a chapstick nut! I HAVE to put it on in the […] Author information Amber Hey there! I'm Amber, mom of 4 crazy boys, wife of 1 and non-stop, always busy, crazy project doer. (There's a reason why we call it *Crazy* Little Projects.) I love chocolate, reading, sewing and being…
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    house wren studio

  • blue love and vermont artists

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    ...the woven paper patch found a place to stay.Makes good use of little offcuts...(continued from last post)
  • Saturday...

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    "Everything that irritates us about otherscan lead us to an understanding of ourselves."(Carl Gustav Jung, born July 26, 1875)
  • 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
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    Try Handmade

  • Ande Cook of Chickory

    Erika Jurney
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Ande Cook: Once i saw a buck come out of the forest with vines trapped in his antlers. That was [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBar coded portraitsBill Guffey4th dimensional census 
  • Where the Wool Things Are

    Rebecca Hadfield
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    2009 is the International Year of Natural Fibres. One of the world’s most beloved natural fibres, wool, is also one [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesOh, my Guinness!My Mom RocksTea Time 
  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Red and White Heart Valentine Quilted Fabric Postcard This red and white Valentine from FabricGreetings is simplicity in itself. It [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesNew in the GalleryBottled UpOn Disregard of Tradition 
  • Handmade Seasonal Stock-Up

    Kristin Huston
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    [hKristin] Welcome to another Seasonal Handmade column. This week I am going to show you some great handmade ways to [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBottled UpMe&YuInterview with Carrie, SepiaLepus 
  • Bottled Up

    Liz Grotyohann
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    [hLiz] In our busy lives these days, we use a lot of disposable things without giving them much thought at [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesWhat’s in store – Mozy Rue ECO CollectiveJibriHandmade Seasonal Stock-Up 
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  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Eleanor Day

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Girl In The Yellow Dress ©2013 Eleanor Day, 36″x27″ oil on canvas This week’s Artist Interview is with painter Eleanor Day, whose piece Girl in the Yellow Dress is in the same area as Tether in the Art of the … Continue reading →
  • Sculpture Completed!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I spent today finishing up the table sculpture I’ve been working on. It was a fun process and I liked the unexpected twisting that happened. It helped me get it to be less symmetrical than it had originally been heading. … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Jul 27, dont know how to do a stitch

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am doing a pattern and it states yon (yarn over needle), then k1tbl (knit through back of loop) sorry just cannot understand this. Please help - thank
  • May 31, Cotton yarn for sweater pattern

    30 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Hello I have ten 50 gram balls of Bernat Handicrafter Ultra soft Cotton and I would like to use it to make a short sleeved top which call for a cotton
  • May 31, Medium Worsted - UK Equivalent

    30 May 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I have an American pattern for a short sleeved top, but it's says use a medium worsted and 3.75 needles with a a gauge of 22sts x 33rows. How can I achieve
  • May 31, Understanding pattern

    30 May 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Hi, I am knitting Cleakheaton pattern cb3333 3002. I have followed the pattern to the 12th row rib to last 13 sts, turn. It then says - cont in this
  • May 28, Juliet

    28 May 2014 | 5:37 am
    When a pattern says K2 tog.... I understand this On the next row do I separate those stitches or am I taking two strands ( loops from the left needle)
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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

  • 10-Minute Tricks: Summer Accents

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Add some summer magic to your layouts without encroaching on vacation time. Each of the accents below can be made in 10 minutes or less. Susan Weinroth created her Sun and Waves layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel with heat embossed goldfish, a felt sun, and stamped fish on canvas. Sun and Waves by Susan Weinroth from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel Create the look: Heat embossed goldfish To create glossy accents, cut out summer themed shapes from colored cardstock and heat emboss them using embossing powder in the same color. Hint: Tiny…
  • Scrapbook Sketch Download

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    This sketch from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2 has spots for seven photos, a title, and journaling. Becky Higgins created her The Folgmann Five Find Freedom layout using this sketch. She added additional journaling in several empty areas of the sketch. The great thing about this layout is it uses only cardstock for the background and accents so it’s easy to recreate and usable for any layout by switching up the cardstock colors. The Folgmann Five Find Freedom by Becky Higgins Sketch: Sketch 19 from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2 Download this sketch to use for your own layouts. If you’re…
  • 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…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Chic San Francisco Cafe Wedding

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We are head over heels for Lauren and Taylor’s chic blue-and-white San Francisco wedding! Lauren, a wedding planner herself, immediately began pulling together ideas after Taylor’s proposal, so that—with the help of Ryder Sloan Events—they could have an outdoor affair to remember. She started with the location, Stable Cafe. The urban garden space was a great backdrop for a collection of blue-and-white ginger jars filled with florals from Mandolin Flowers. Plumosa fern garlands and cafe lights added an air of sophistication, while classic arrangements of hydrangeas, anemones,…
  • Wedding Invitations + Ideas from Zazzle

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to one of the most fabulous places on the interwebs, Zazzle! With custom, one-of-a-kind wedding essentials such as invitations, postage stamps, programs, table numbers and more, Zazzle has everything you need to make your wedding perfect, start to finish. Each of their hundreds of complete wedding suites come with matching invitations, RSVP cards, postage, and more. I’m absolutely smitten with the muted colors of the Vintage Floral, the whimsical Confetti, and the glamorous Old Hollywood. I’ve personally used Zazzle to create custom…
  • Ethereal Seaside Wedding Ideas

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are just swooning over this romantic, ethereal beachy bridal inspiration from Sarah Park Events & Design and Esther Sun! From vintage-style stationery by Written Word Calligraphy + Design to the cream and green florals by Art With Nature that remind us of the watery colors of the landscape, this dreamy shoot is utter perfection. A stunning, flowy beaded Gossamer Vintage gown paired with a gold headpiece by Katie Burley Millinery are earthy yet sophisticated. The team behind this amazing imagery was inspired by the color of the sea in every single detail, including the ombre blue…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    From an undeniably elegant affair to this gorgeous orchard inspiration shoot, we are convinced that this week’s prettiness cannot be matched! We also fell in love with so many more fabulous and inspiring blogs this week, and we are beyond thrilled to share the links we adored most. xo and happy weekend! {Image by Kristen Booth via Bridal Musings} A few of our favorites from the week: 10 surprising facts about wedding traditions. We have the biggest crush on Smitten and their newest issue! Swoon over the pages here. The prettiest printable watercolor ceremony program. Obsessed with…
  • 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,…
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  • "Quick and Easy Decoupage" eBook from Plaid

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The upcycled projects in the "Quick and Easy Decoupage" eBook from Plaid will get you re-crafting in no time. In addition to learning how to use Mod Podge, the 12 projects and step-by-step basics in this FREE eBook provide Mod Podge tips and decoupage ideas.
  • 14 New Years Eve Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks & Decorations eBook

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ring in the new year right with this 14 New Years Ever Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks Decorations eBook. From wine charms to table decorations, we've got you covered. And don't forget the great recipes!
  • Mod Podge Basics

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Learn how to get a perfect decoupage project every time. If you're new to Mod Podge, read these instructions thoroughly for hassle-free Mod Podging.
  • Pink Flower for a Goddess

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Learning how to make a flower is a lot more simple than you might expect. With a bit of silk fabric, you can create a beautiful Pink Flower for a Goddess. To make this flower truly yours, you may use any type of fabric or color you desire. These flowers also make lovely DIY wedding centerpieces to create while you are waiting for the big day. This Pink Flower for a Goddess will brighten up any room or celebration. Show the world you rules with this beautiful flower craft.
  • Rosebud Hoodie

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    This precious Rosebud Hoodie will keep your baby warm all winter long. The delicate little roses look hard to create, but like other simple knitting patterns, it's actually so easy. Your work will look impressive without all the effort. The small details make this one of those free knitting patterns that you'll want to replicate over and over again. This is a great gift option for a baby shower or little girl's birthday. If you enjoy creating one-of-a-kind wearables and want to design something with a lot of character and heart, consider creating this adorable hoodie.
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  • "Quick and Easy Decoupage" eBook from Plaid

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The upcycled projects in the "Quick and Easy Decoupage" eBook from Plaid will get you re-crafting in no time. In addition to learning how to use Mod Podge, the 12 projects and step-by-step basics in this FREE eBook provide Mod Podge tips and decoupage ideas.
  • 14 New Years Eve Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks & Decorations eBook

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ring in the new year right with this 14 New Years Ever Party Ideas, Recipes, Drinks Decorations eBook. From wine charms to table decorations, we've got you covered. And don't forget the great recipes!
  • Mod Podge Basics

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Learn how to get a perfect decoupage project every time. If you're new to Mod Podge, read these instructions thoroughly for hassle-free Mod Podging.
  • Pink Flower for a Goddess

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Learning how to make a flower is a lot more simple than you might expect. With a bit of silk fabric, you can create a beautiful Pink Flower for a Goddess. To make this flower truly yours, you may use any type of fabric or color you desire. These flowers also make lovely DIY wedding centerpieces to create while you are waiting for the big day. This Pink Flower for a Goddess will brighten up any room or celebration. Show the world you rules with this beautiful flower craft.
  • Rosebud Hoodie

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    This precious Rosebud Hoodie will keep your baby warm all winter long. The delicate little roses look hard to create, but like other simple knitting patterns, it's actually so easy. Your work will look impressive without all the effort. The small details make this one of those free knitting patterns that you'll want to replicate over and over again. This is a great gift option for a baby shower or little girl's birthday. If you enjoy creating one-of-a-kind wearables and want to design something with a lot of character and heart, consider creating this adorable hoodie.
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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

  • DIY Floating Shelves

    Rachel Faucett
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    By Rachel Faucett We’re super pumped to introduce you to Juliana de Giacomi and her DIY Floating Shelves project! Juliana is a Franco-Brazilian interior decorator, designer, journalist, and mother of a beautiful little girl (who you’ll hear more about in a bit). Visit her website to see what else she is up to! I’m so excited to share this DIY shelving project I made for my sweet baby, Valentina. For me, creating a cute and happy baby space doesn’t mean you’ve got to go traditional. I was looking for a fun and original project to add some style and spice to her room, giving it into a…
  • DIY Summer Strawberry Cake

    Lyndsay Sung
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    By Lyndsay Sung I adore this fruity tutti super fun trend that’s popping up this year! Taking a cue from my own pineapple cake, I present to you an adorable and simple pink strawberry cake! This cake would be so much fun for a kid’s birthday party: string up some pink and green garlands, serve fresh strawberries and ice cream or berry popsicles, and light the candles on this truly easy-to-make strawberry cake. What You Need 1 recipe for a pink strawberry cake, OR a cake box mix and pink gel food color 1 heart shaped cake pan 4 cups of vanilla buttercream or 2 cans of frosting tinted pink…
  • DIY Lemonade Stands

    Si Mazouz
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    By Si Mazouz Lemonade stands are one of summer’s favorite activities for children. Setting up the stand, organizing and assigning each team member’s role, using math skills to process payments and giving change: there are so many valuable things a child can learn from selling lemonade! Get the instructions for the stand featured above from Oh Happy Day. DIY Lemonade Stand via Lolly Jane I remember my girls would spend days organizing their lemonade stand with their play friends, and we always made a point of choosing their favorite cause for cash proceeds. They were so proud of sending a…
  • 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…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Birthday Party!!

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Here are a few pictures of the little party we gave for Linda, during our quilting/sewing club. I love the butterfly on the cake!!
  • Vinyl Mesh Tote with 4 Pockets pdf Pattern

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The tote has 4 pockets, 2 pockets inside and 2 pockets outside of the tote. It would be great for the beach or for shopping. I use mine for crafting projects on the go. It is 14  ̎ high x 10  ̎ wide x 8  ̎ deep, nice size for just about anything. It is also, easy and fun to make.
  • 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.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Christmas in July Round Up

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Fabric stores are teeming with beautiful and festive Moda holiday fabric. Over the years our talented Chefs have whipped up some lovely holiday projects to help you get a jump start on Christmas sewing.Click through to view the links to the recipes.-Oda MayVIEW RECIPE >>
  • 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
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    How Does She

  • Creating Memories PLUS $100 Pinhole Press Giveaway!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Preserving memories is something that is important to me; however, I don’t have the time I’d like to create scrapbooks or elaborate books. Maybe some day, but not right now. I’m constantly on the look out for quality photo sites to create awesome gifts and find ways to preserve things for my family. When I was introduced to Pinhole Press, I was so excited to see unique photo gifts unlike anything I’d ever seen!First off, the setting up of these gifts was EASY. Nothing is worse than spending 50 hours on a photo book, moving templates, uploading photos, yadda yadda. You…
  • Pick a Prize…any Prize! GIVEAWAY!

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Get ready for an awesome giveaway! We are excited to let you pick your prize with this giveaway.►3 winners ◄ ►3 prizes ◄♥Canon Camera ♥IPad Mini  ♥Kitchen Aid Mixer…are all up for grabs! Enter away my friend(s). It’s going to be a great day! Pick a prize giveaway!
  • Back To School Bucket List For The Family

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Is it just me or did summer come and go so fast this year?I used to think I couldn’t wait for my kids to go back to school, but now I wish time would slow down and they would stop growing. It is so important to enjoy your children at every age.  It really does go by way too fast.As their summer vacation draws to an end, I try and remind my kids to make the best of their time away from school. Making and End of Summer Bucket List before school starts gets them focused on enjoying the summer. It also helps ease the transition from summer break to school classes and homework.But why…
  • 18 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Before!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Life is busy and every spare minute you can squeeze in the day is valuable.  These genius ideas will have you marveling, “Why didn’t I think of that before?”  Here are 18 handy tricks that will make life a lot easier when it comes to the one room we undeniably spend the most time in: the kitchen.1.  Use frozen sponges for cheap, convenient lunch box ice packs.Soak several sponges in water then seal them in separate Ziploc bags.  Freeze, then pack them in lunch boxes for a quick, and inexpensive ice pack.  The sponges will melt, soak up the water, and freeze over and…
  • Safe Sunscreen – Our Favorite 3 and your top recommendations!

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I made the switch last year away from chemical (bad ones) sunscreens but it left me with very few options to choose from… so we were sporting the white skin look all summer with our zinc oxide sunscreen. Luckily, some companies are now wising up and have some great products out that are mineral based and non-whitening! These all scored low hazard on Favorite…Honest CompanyI LOVE this stuff…all three of them. The face stick ($9.95) is awesome for sticking to your face…especially for the easily burned parts…(nose, ears, etc.). The tube ($13.95) is…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Quick Summer Craft for Kids

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Need a quick Summer craft for kids to do? These sandcastle notecards are so much fun to make! My kids love to play in the sand, and these notecards are a great way to celebrate a day at the beach, or an afternoon spent playing in the sandbox. Best of all, they can be mailed […]
  • 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 […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Tips and Patterns for Charity Knitting for the Elderly

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Knitting Nuggets reader Janet wrote recently with the following request: "I make things for elderly people living in my neighborhood, so knitted items for the elderly would be welcome."
  • Tackling Yarn Storage and Organization

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Let's talk yarn storage and organization! Many knitters find themselves with large yarn stashes. This may be because we just love the stuff and can't resist a good sale (raises hand), because we tend to overbuy for projects to make sure we have enough (raises hand), and/or because when people hear we're knitters, they think, "AH, now I have someone to give all my excess yarn to!" (raises hand again)
  • UK Knitting Charity the Newborn Appeal: Helping Babies Get a Strong Start in Life

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    We received the following information from Joan, a resident of one of the Canary Islands who is originally from the United Kingdom, and specifically Liverpool. The Liverpool Women's Hospital is the home of The Newborn Appeal, and its goal is to raise money for equipment required by the hospital, such as incubators.
  • Can a Diehard Knitter Really Learn Crochet?

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Can a diehard knitter really learn how to crochet?
  • Appeal for UK Knitting Charities Brings Fantastic Response

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I asked for UK knitting charities, and you answered in a big way! A United Kingdom knitter requested information about knitting charities in her corner of the world, and specifically, her region of Essex (near London).
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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

  • Tutorial: Butterfly Garden Art from a Whisk

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    As I've mentioned several times in other posts, I have been slowly putting together a "fantastical" garden area inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland.  My garden is made up of tea pot and tea cup creations, and I'm also filling it with whimsical DIY garden art. I made a dragonfly out of a whisk, and my daughter liked it so much that she wanted to make some.  I went to the thrift store and bought all the whisks they had.  Since I had a nice collection, I wanted to make some other winged critters to go with my dragonfly, and that's how the idea for this fun, whimsical…
  • Make DIY Leather Sandals

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Would you believe that these leather sandals started out as ordinary, inexpensive flip flops?  True story!  Caitlin from The Merry Thought transformed them with a little bit of leather, turning them into something far more fashionable.  It's a great project for using up scrap leather from other projects; if you don't have leather on hand, check thrift stores and yard sales for old leather garments, purses, or other leather items to cut up for crafty purposes.  [how to make DIY leather sandals] Project estimate: Flip flop sandals, on hand or $1 Leather, on hand or about $5 and up Leather…
  • Make Melted Bead Solar Light Covers

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Check out these fabulous flower solar lights from Instructables user Shomo09!  Plain path lights get a colorful makeover with the addition of a plastic cover - a cover made from melted pony beads.  You will definitely want to buy a pizza pan to use for this project - don't use your good one!  Once you've finished using it to melt the beads you should no longer use it for preparing food.  (But you can use it to create magnetic toy storage!)  It is also suggested that you do this project outdoors on a gas grill rather than in your oven to reduce your exposure to melting plastic fumes.
  • Decorate Baskets with Yarn

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Baskets, baskets, baskets.  There are shelves full of them at every dollar store and thrift store in which I've ever set foot, and a giant box full of them at most yard sales (likely located somewhere near the table full of flower vases and coffee mugs).  What can you do with all of those baskets?  Haeley from Design Improvised took a bit of yarn and turned a few plain ol' baskets into beautiful and functional decor pieces.  Heck, even if you don't have a place to use these to hold various odds and ends, you could make a few to hang up on the wall as art!  [how to decorate baskets with…
  • Make Leather Drawer Pulls

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Need some unique hardware for that furniture piece you've been working on?  Traditional hardware can be pricey - especially the more interesting pieces.  But it doesn't have to be!  Nicole from Visual Heart made these loop-style pulls out of an old belt - the perfect that is worn out or no longer fits!  If you don't have a belt laying around, check your local thrift stores, where you can usually find them by the handful for a very reasonable price.  [how to make leather door pulls] Project estimate: Old belt, on hand or $1 Chicago bolts, $1 and up Drill, on hand Total:  $1 and up
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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: Cherry tomatoes as they ripen.

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Despite the unstable weather pattern here in Toronto, our balcony garden keeps growing nicely. Today I wanted to share a photo of the Cherry Tomato vine fruits as they ripen. Aren't they pretty? We have a rainy week ahead...I heard someone say that when this happens they ripe even faster. Let's see if this is actually true or just a myth. Welcome to my blog. I am a certified
  • Flower Preservation Tutorial: delicate Rose buds.

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have Roses in your garden? Have you thought about preserving some? They are among my favorite flowers. Above a small bunch from my florist that includes delicate pink buds. Those are the ones you can see on the photo above nicely preserved and adorned with glitter {optional}. Feel like preserving your own? Here is my Flower Preservation Tutorial. Try it and make yourself one like this right
  • 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
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Cómo hacer una pulsera tribal con bolas y colgantes

    Esther Lopez
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Bueno pues para empezar la semana, y para aprovechar que llegaron estos elefantitos tan monos, os propongo esta pulsera, ideal para el verano. El elefante combina perfectamente con el brillo de las bolas con baño de plata y el pompón metálico. A demás se dice que los elefantes con la trompa para arriba traen buena suerte, así que vamos a atraer la buena suerte con esta pulsera tan mona Materiales para hacer una pulsera tribal Cordón de cuero natural de 3mm (17cm aprox) 20 bolas aprox de 10mm taladro de 5mm 1 elefante de resina 1 disco esmaltado de 12mm amarillo o del color deseado 1…
  • Cómo hacer un llavero con calabrote y colgantes

    Esther Lopez
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Haciendo honor a Gucci, ya que fue la primera firma en usar el calabrote en sus piezas, hoy os propongo haceros el llavero para la casa de la playa, para la del pueblo o para la vuestra. Porque esta pieza se deteriora mucho con el uso y hay que renovar no? Pues vamos allá, el tutorial es bien sencillo, no tiene ninguna complicación hacer un llavero con calabrotes de colores y unos colgantitos. Materiales para hacer un llavero con calabrotes de colores 1 Calabrote del color que te guste 1Colgante llave 1 Colgante pez Anilla para llavero 3 anillas de 1mm plateado viejo Bola facetada de CCB…
  • 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…
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    Creative Mamma

  • 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you to those of you that have sent me such sweet emails about the calendars and printables… Your kind words are always appreciated! Keep up with our adventures via instagram: I hope you enjoy the calendar! Download Printable   More 2015 Calendars coming soon! 2014 One Page Calendar 2014…
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! There are two printables to choose from… Enjoy! Weekly Planner: Download Printable Daily Planner: Download Printable Wishing you a most wonderful new year! More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One Page Calendar 2014 Mini Kawaii Kokeshi Doll Calendar
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size: 4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to check out the other free printable calendars:  Doodle 2014 Write In Calendar and the 2014 One Page Calendar (in Four Different Colors). Download Printable   More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 One…
  • Free Printable: 2014 One Page Calendar in Four Different Colors

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:48 pm
    Is it mid-October already?!  I know many are preparing for the new year and I have been working on updating the calendars.  I should have the kawaii mini calendars ready super soon… But just in case you wanted a companion to your 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar, I have the new 2014 page calendar ready for you. This year, I have four different colors for you to choose from… Download and print your favorite. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more goodies! Download Printable - All four calendars (pictured above) More 2014 calendars: 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar 2014 Mini…
  • Free Printable: 2014 Doodle Write Calendar

    5 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    Hello!  The new 2014 Doodle Write In Calendar is here!  Things have been insane here lately between moving to a new house and getting settled in… Thank you all for your patience as I try to get the calendars done and published. Design work has been crazy busy! Here’s some of the work that I’ve been doing for Pink Light Design just in case you want to see… My work has been licensed to Keka, so if you are in need of a new device case, don’t forget to check their site out. Keep up with our adventures via instagram: I hope you enjoy the calendar!
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Creating Form with Creativity

    Vanessa Anstee
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s what we do as creatives, we take formless energy and make form. We weave, we shape, we mould, we nourish and then we put our sacred baby out into the world. But there’s a space between creativity and business, an edge and it’s where it can get really sticky. How do we cross our edge? The truth is we’ll do it in our own way when we’re ready.  It doesn’t matter how much someone pushes, pulls, cajoles or cheers you.   You will cross your edge when you’re either so sick of stalling that it feels like the longest gestation period ever and your baby…
  • Fill Your Spaces With the Right Content By Learning to Sit With the Unresolved

    Stephanie Guimond
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Content vs. space, action vs. rest, the finished vs. the unresolved – knowing when to yield to which is half the battle in creating the life we want to live. A few weeks ago I gave my piano to a friend. My first reaction when she picked it up was to fill the empty space left behind in the living room. No sooner than the U-Haul carrying the piano was out of the driveway, we were off to Ikea to pick up a bookshelf, yet, once I got there something told me to hold off on the purchase. A little voice inside urged me to sit with the unfinished, unresolved space for a while and wait and see…
  • Standing with Anne on the Prinsengracht

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last month, while on our annual summer trip to visit family in Spain, my husband and I jetted and rental car-ed off for a week touring Belgium and the Netherlands. I have SO much to share, which I will over the coming months, but today I want to start at the end, the last day of our trip. We spent three days in Amsterdam, the last of which was my favorite. We started our day at the Anne Frank Huis. We had tried to go the day before, but the queue was, without exaggeration, hours long. However, there was NO way I was leaving Amsterdam without visiting the Franks’ hiding place (like many…
  • 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…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Wooden Rainbow Candle Sticks

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    As you may remember, a few weeks ago the kids made hand dipped beeswax candles (you can read about how making the Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles here). They had to cure in the freezer for 3 weeks so that gave us some time to come up with an awesome way to display these special candles. Since there were 6 candles, I decided in true Wee Folk Art fashion, that we need a set of wooden rainbow candle sticks. I ordered a couple of different styles of wooden candle stick bases from one of our sponsors, Casey's Wood. I also picked up some brass ring inserts from them. To finish the wood, I used our soy…
  • Prairie Point Junction Give-Away :: $50 Gift Card

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Donna C and Jennifer Kosch! If you are one of the lucky winners, please email us to claim your prize. Don't forget about the awesome coupon PPJ is offering our readers this month. Use the code WEEFOLKFANS in the comment section of your order to save 20% off through August 30, 2014. Facebook Like Permalink Submitted by Donna C (not verified) on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 23:50 I have liked Prairie Point Junction on Facebook. There are so many wonderful Permalink Submitted by Jennifer Kosch (not verified) on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:01 There are so many wonderful…
  • The Art Pantry Give-Away :: Art Space Consultation

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations HHB. You are our lucky winner. Please email us your contact information. You have one week to claim your prize. My artSpace Permalink Submitted by HHB (not verified) on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:12 I really need help with organizing all my the piles and the constantly falling over cardboard boxes of the fun stuff!! Sponsor: The Art Pantry Give-Away Date: Saturday, July 26, 8am EST – Sunday, July 27, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!) Number of Winners: 1 Prize: Art Space Consultation (valued at $50) Description of Art Space Consultation: During our…
  • Gnome Cradle and Carving Tools

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    For the past week, we've been sharing tutorials for making our Forest Gnome family. You can find the tutorials for them HERE and HERE. To finish off this project, today I am sharing a tutorial on how the make the rustic Gnome Cradle. First, let me start by saying, I AM NO MASTER CARVER!  This is about the simplest wood carving around, but, it lends itself well to the forest gnomes! Before we get started, let's talk a little about equipment. I am not to trusted with sharp pointy things. One birthday Michelle bought me needle felting supplies and Tim bought me carving tools. For the next few…
  • 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…
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  • Review: ScoreBig

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Thanks to social media we can tell everyone as much or as little about our social outings and also thanks to social media we can sit at home wondering how do these people afford to seemingly go to every concert, sporting event and attraction in town? Like most people, if I don’t have to pay full for something, I won’t. Enter ScoreBig. As a listener of the Adam Carolla podcast, I was aware of the name but filed it away as site to buy sports tickets, which isn’t up my alley most nights. But when ScoreBig contacted me and asked me if I wanted to go to a concert on them in…
  • 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 offer mat rental, I recommend you invest 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 BeachBody family of workouts. Insanity was a TOUGH but fun workout. You know the kind when…
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    Mixed Media Artist

  • Time off

    Cyndi L
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rising Mist, my last quiltYou're probably wondering why there haven't been any new projects here for awhile.  Well, the problem is that I've got a pinched nerve in my neck, which is not only painful, but is also interfering with my shoulder and left hand through the nerve pathway.  I had to make a decision which blog to concentrate on, and Beading Arts won.  I'm sorry, but I had to hold on to my first love and let most everything else go. I am doing physical therapy and am working hard to heal, but it takes time.  It's also problematic, as many of you can probably relate,…
  • Quote of the week!

    Cyndi L
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Artsy blogging round-up!

    Cyndi L
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Art Bead SceneCheck out Ema's new favourite tool - her wood-forming block for making curved metal components!Beading ArtsCyndi has been experimenting with bead embroidery and metal mesh ribbon!Charlene SevierBook Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry (2nd Edition)Origami-Inspired Calling Card Holder Suits Gift or Credit CardsThis origami-inspired card holder had two large pockets on the inside and 2 "secret" pockets on the outside. It holds about 20 cards and fastens with an elastic ponytail holder.Resin CraftsWhat could be cooler than miniature people at the beach?Technorati…
  • 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…
  • Quote of the week!

    Cyndi L
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
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    Craft Stew

  • How To Sew A Flapper Dress

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Description: This is a project that is actually much easier than it looks. Craft Link: How To Sew A Flapper Dress Read More: Sewing or Home
  • 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…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Getting Unstuck from a Creative Rut

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently, the subject of creativity has been coming up a lot for me. I had several emails last week from readers asking where I find inspiration for DIY projects and how I get unstuck from creative lulls. For the most part, because it’s related to DIY projects mainly, I’ve been directing people to my Skillshare class, The How To on How-Tos, where I share four ways to find inspiration, get unstuck, and come up with creative solutions for DIY projects. But there is something new I’ve been doing more recently that I’ve found super helpful as well. So, I thought I would…
  • Make This: Sweet Peach Iced Tea Popsicles

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has been insanely hot here lately. So we’ve been taking plenty of pool breaks and munching on homemade popsicles, like these sweet peach iced tea pops. So, I thought I would share the (insanely simple) recipe. If you like iced tea, you will love these! They’re super easy and refreshing to boot. Want to make your own? Here’s how… Ingredients + Supplies: 1 medium to large peach // sweet tea (homemade or store bought) – depending on popsicle mold // popsicle sticks // popsicle mold (this is the one that I used) How-To: 1. Wash and slice one medium to large…
  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week was a good one for DIYs. I mean look at that leather envelope project and those painted fruit macarons! Lots of cool stuff to make over the weekend. Here are six DIYs to try this weekend… 1. the most amazing DIY fruit macarons from Sugar & Cloth 2. ice cream sandwich donuts from Studio DIY 3. the cutest mini DIY leather envelopes from Mamie Boude 4. textured clay drink stirrers project for summer entertaining that I made 5. DIY crowns made from recycled cereal boxes that I made for Momtastic 6. grapefruit guava and rum sorbet recipe from Artful Desperado P.S. I’m…
  • 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…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Colored Oats for Sensory Play

    Jessica Christman
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Rolled Oats make for a great addition to sensory play, being very unlike most grains or materials normally used, and these color oats have the added fun of bright and cheerful hues. Click here for... {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Flower Bower Fairy Garden Fence

    Jessica Christman
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    These tiny flower garland covered fences add a touch of whimsy and beauty to even the smallest and plainest of fairy gardens. 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 Coffee Bean Candle

    Jessica Christman
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    This coffee bean candle will fill your home with the sweet aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Outdoor Game Score Boards

    Jessica Christman
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Take your favorite family games outside with this fun and simple DIY score boards how-to tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Burlap Gingerbread Men

    Jessica Christman
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    These cute little gingerbread men make the perfect addition to gifts, food goodies or as holiday decorations! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    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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    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

  • Pick your Prize Giveaway 3 Winners 3 Prizes!

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love a good giveaway and this one is HUGE! Get ready for an awesome giveaway! We are excited to let you pick your prize with this giveaway. ►3 winners ◄ ►3 prizes ◄ ♥Canon Camera ♥IPad Mini ♥Kitchen Aid Mixer…are all up for grabs! Enter away my friend(s). It’s going to be a great day! Pick a prize giveaway!
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    28 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 Greeting Card Scrapbook

    crafty chica
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
      Making a  DIY Memory Keeping Craft is a easy way be creative and craft with kids this summer.   It is  a fun kids activity your children will love doing this 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 Egg Carton Caterpillar to a DIY Handprint Craft you will find fun creative ideas! Hi! Kathy from here, guest posting on Skip To My Lou! I’m super excited to be…
  • DIY Memory Keeping Craft

    pink when
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Making a  DIY Memory Keeping Craft is a easy way be creative and craft with kids this summer.   It is  a fun kids activity your children will love doing this 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 Egg Carton Caterpillar to a nature sun garland you will find fun creative ideas! I’m Jen from PinkWhen, and I am excited to be sharing this craft today with all of you Skip to my Lou fans!
  • You’re Invited: The Sewing Party Event and Giveaway

    Cindy Hopper
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)! Read below and you can learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event! I love to sew and I am passionate about teaching others to sew, I love this so much! The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history. On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Spotting your own Photo Themes

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last year I had a blog series of photo themes that I called Spotted Photo Theme. As I wrote about my summer photo project, The Pink Flower Mission, I started to think about past themes and decided to give the spotted-themes-idea a try again. Let’s geek out on photography! If you love photography, documenting and sharing what you create – then you are most welcome to join me as I post a photo theme spotted in my personal photo collection! Look through your own photos and come back to the newest photo theme here and post a link in the comments! I will be starting in the beginning of…
  • Quilted Computer Bag

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The fab fabrics I got in the Fabulous Fabric Swap became a bag! A quilt-as-you-go-bag! And QAYG is indeed an abbreviation to remember. A bit like crazy quilting, but with a more instant quilted look. I was inspired by Flutter Kat’s tutorial on How to make a Quilt As You Go anything. Seeing the pictures of her quilting process made me want to try this method at once, so I did. I sewed cut pieces of fabric directly to one big piece of fabric wadding that fit around my turquoise laptop + lid. I kept adding pieces until one side was totally covered, then quilted it and added some details…
  • 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…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • 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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  • 3 Critical Changes to Your Fan Page Timeline

    Timothy Adam
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    If you have not heard, Facebook is making changes to your fan page timeline once again.  The changes started to roll out back in March.  There are 3 critical changes that you can prepare for now before your page switches to the new layout. #1 Make Adjustments to Your Cover Image This is the biggest... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 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!
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  • Grumpy Yeti – what you get when you combine polymer clay and crochet

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    Grumpy Yeti is the result of No Nap Time‘s experimentation with polymer clay and crochet: I would say it’s a success! Thanks for sharing Angela! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • I wove LEDs in my wristers!

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    About a month ago I made a pair of wristers with Lion Brand’s Martha Stewart Glitter Ribbon and a slightly modified version of the Grace Cable Boot Cuffs pattern. Although I liked how they turned out, I felt they needed something more … buttons, beads, embroidery … something. Then one day it hit me, LEDs! So I hopped onto Amazon to research LEDs with small battery packs and found these “Fairy Moon Lights” and they turned out to be perfect! I showed them off all weekend at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH and they were a hit! Now I’m thinking…
  • everything you’ve been told about the vena amoris is wrong.

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    “I like it, but it’s yellow, and I’m like, I didn’t want yellow for my engagement ring.” Paris Hilton Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • superhero snails!

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    “I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.” I’m really digging these crochet superhero snails by FallenDesigns. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Skulls Scarf by Lilith Etih

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    I love how the placement of the skulls tapers off the edge … Hat tip to Carine Malhomme. Rating: 9.3/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Starry Night Owls Felt Baby Mobile Tutorial

    Wendy at
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Whoooo’s so cute? The lucky baby that gets this Starry Night Owls Felt Baby Mobile. The tutorial includes the pattern for the cute little owls which could really be used for a lots of other projects. Added to Baby Crafts and Owl Crafts You might also like: Crochet Owl Ring Baby Toy Pattern Floral Mobile Stripey Owl Baby Rattle Free Crochet Pattern 200+ Free Owl Crafts What’s a Group of Owls Called?
  • Wave Purse Organizer Sewing Tutorial

    Wendy at
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Get it together… at least inside your bag with this Wave Purse Organizer Sewing Tutorial. It teaches you how to design your own pattern, so it fits your purse and your stuff. Nifty! Added to Free Purse Sewing Patterns You might also like: Crossbody Purse Sewing Tutorial 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial The Bubbles Bag Free Sewing Pattern Urban Jungle Bag Sewing Tutorial
  • Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Make this useful Pencil Case Crochet Pattern. Great example of how to add a zipper to crochet. I think I’ll make a few of these to keep my purse organized! Added to Free Crochet Purse Patterns and Back to School Crafts You might also like: Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern Crocheted Flower Purse Pattern 200+ Free Owl Crafts Crochet Toys, Hats, Afghans and Sewing Purses Patterns Updated Felted Tomato Purse Crochet Pattern
  • Learn to Quilt – 100+ Tutorials

    Wendy at
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Have you tried quilting and are ready to learn more? There’s so many fun techniques and blocks on our page of 100+ Free Quilting Tutorials. I’m always looking to learn something new! You might also like: Free Tiffany Bluebird Quilt Pattern 100+ Free Quilting Tutorials Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Free Pattern Tiny Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern Mini Quilts Mania
  • Chain Maille Pearl Bracelet Tutorial

    Wendy at
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I love the technique used in this Chain Maille Pearl Bracelet Tutorial. It uses jump rings to encase each pearl, adding a nice modern vibe to the classic pearl bracelet. I can’t wait to try this as a choker! Find more great ideas on 50+ Free Bracelet Tutorials You might also like: Heart Pattern Friendship Bracelets Tutorial DIY Gold Tube Bracelets Beaded Stretch Cuff Bracelet Tutorial Mommy and Me First Day of School Bracelet Poem Crochet and Metal Charm Bracelet Tutorial
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    CraftStylish - Sewing category featured posts

  • How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Posted by kaytet Buttons aren't just for sewing on fabric. Here they add dimension and originality to stationery!
  • How to Make a Coffee-Table-Worthy Scrapbook

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Posted by JenniferStern I love to make things and I especially love to mix it up craft wise—so this totally unique and totally stylish scrapbook cover caught my eye. By simply combining paper arts, fabric, and a huge selection of fab embellishments you can transform any three ring binder into the perfect handmade gift or styling scrapbook to keep your memories.
  • How To Make Customized Occasion T's

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Posted by CalPatch Any DIY or green celebration can benefit from upcycled commemorative T-shirts, and making them can even be part of the festivities!
  • How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhat

    27 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Posted by CalPatch Don't let patternmaking intimidate you! It's simply drafting shapes based on your measurements. This simple sunhat project is a good introduction to the wonderful world of flat patterns.
  • Fabric Blooms Winners

    2 May 2014 | 10:10 am
    Posted by AlexLombardi The winners of this book have been revealed!
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Teaching bookmaking to children

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m totally addicted to Pinterest. I have over 200 boards. It’s a problem. Is it really? Yes. And no. Most of my boards are (surprise!) bookbinding-related. As a teaching artist, I have a strong interest in teaching bookmaking to children. I’ve been collecting my findings on a Pinterest board specific to the topic: While searching for online resources about teaching kids, I discovered Clare Seccombe, a teacher from England. She loves to use mini books in the classroom and has many tutorials listed on her website. She has done a great…
  • 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.
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  • Venta

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Michele Wang designed Venta for us for the debut of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in our custom color Susquehanna. We love Michele’s designs and knew we could count on her to create something special. So we sent her yarn and said, surprise us! A few months later, here is Venta. A shrug with a soft, relaxed fit and a geometric lace motif that spans from cuff to cuff. Wear it over a dress or with a t-shirt and jeans. Venta is simple, chic, and easy-to-throw on for a day’s – or night’s – adventures! Venta is knit in one piece. After blocking, the sides are seamed to create…
  • 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…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • 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…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams

    Anne Weaver
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams Princess seams create shaping in a bodice, but the curved seams can also be challenging to a new sewist.  Professor Pincushion shares a video tutorial demonstrating how to sew a princess seam, and gives tips and tricks for making the curved seam.  Go to Professor Pincushion for the video showing tips and tricks for sewing princess seams.…
  • DIY- Hand-Dyed Paper Flowers

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Learn how to make these lovely flowers from coffee filters and dye using this tutorial from Adventures in Making! I think these hand dyed flowers are pretty perfect for Summer! Get the DIY here- Hand-Dyed Paper Flowers.…
  • Freebie: Funny Sharknado Digital Stamp

    Heather Holbrook
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Are sharks the next trendy thing? The silly (and soon to be cult classic??) “Sharknado” movie is certainly trendy, I think a sequel is even on the way and Wonderstrange is paying tribute with a funny “shark ate my homework” free digital stamp to download. If you know a teen boy this would make a great card for him!…
  • Giveaway: Angry Birds Friendship Bracelets and DMC Floss

    Stefanie Girard
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I made friendship bracelets by the hundreds back when I was a kid and now I love using the stitches in my current jewelry making incorporating upscale beads and findings. Well no matter what kind of friendship bracelet maker you are I bet you will want to get yourself in the running for a copy of the book Angry Birds …
  • 6 Tutorials For Glass Mosaic Art

    Larissa Coleman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
      Mosaic art is not a new craft concept by all means, but you can create new designs every time you make a piece.  These beautiful projects are made by using tiny pieces of old or broken pieces of glass, to create a new and updated piece.  The photos are beautiful, the tutorials are simple and easy to understand, and …
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    Craft Gossip

  • Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams

    Anne Weaver
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams Princess seams create shaping in a bodice, but the curved seams can also be challenging to a new sewist.  Professor Pincushion shares a video tutorial demonstrating how to sew a princess seam, and gives tips and tricks for making the curved seam.  Go to Professor Pincushion for the video showing tips and tricks for sewing princess seams.…
  • DIY- Hand-Dyed Paper Flowers

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Learn how to make these lovely flowers from coffee filters and dye using this tutorial from Adventures in Making! I think these hand dyed flowers are pretty perfect for Summer! Get the DIY here- Hand-Dyed Paper Flowers.…
  • Freebie: Funny Sharknado Digital Stamp

    Heather Holbrook
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Are sharks the next trendy thing? The silly (and soon to be cult classic??) “Sharknado” movie is certainly trendy, I think a sequel is even on the way and Wonderstrange is paying tribute with a funny “shark ate my homework” free digital stamp to download. If you know a teen boy this would make a great card for him!…
  • Giveaway: Angry Birds Friendship Bracelets and DMC Floss

    Stefanie Girard
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I made friendship bracelets by the hundreds back when I was a kid and now I love using the stitches in my current jewelry making incorporating upscale beads and findings. Well no matter what kind of friendship bracelet maker you are I bet you will want to get yourself in the running for a copy of the book Angry Birds …
  • 6 Tutorials For Glass Mosaic Art

    Larissa Coleman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
      Mosaic art is not a new craft concept by all means, but you can create new designs every time you make a piece.  These beautiful projects are made by using tiny pieces of old or broken pieces of glass, to create a new and updated piece.  The photos are beautiful, the tutorials are simple and easy to understand, and …
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • 10 Smoothie Ideas under 150 calories

    Jamie Sanders
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's 3pm... I don't know about you, but I've been working hard all day and its time for a snack!Are you someone who: 1. Reaches for that salty bag of chips? 2. Starts searching all your hubby's favorite hiding spots, trying to find the chocolate you asked him to hide- so you wouldn't eat it? Or 3. Are you someone who is able to able to dole themselves out just 15 almonds and not eat the rest of the bag? (I'm usually number 2. Lucky for me though, my hubby is an excellent hider....)I'm always trying to eat better/watch what I eat. ( And not always with success...)…
  • Easy Breezy Summer Swing Tank (with reversible applique tutorial)

    Jamie Sanders
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    I've been playing with the hemline and shape of my tank top pattern.  By widening the bottom and changing the shape of the hem, I've come up with a new and really cute version! I'm not exactly sure what this hemline is called, but I've been seeing it all over.  It turned out so cute, I think I'm going to try one in my size.Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • 8 Great Projects for Craft Night + Inspiration Monday and a Patio Lighting Set Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's an end of the month #InspirationMonday party! That means we have guest hosts AND a super fun giveaway! We're so happy you are joining us today. This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SEVEN blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.Let's get started with our fantastic giveaway>>>This week,Nostalgic Bulbsis sponsoring some summer fun! Win this beautiful {48 foot} set of vintage {commercial grade} patio lighting, valued at $125. This is perfection for those summer nights...and straight into the fall! (Enter to win…
  • Making Dinner Prep a Breeze with Frozen Food

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    This post is sponsored by the American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.Raise your hand, how many of you reading this post spend the day on the couch or out by the pool reading magazines and eating Bon-Bons?  (crickets...)  No one?  I'm not surprised... Between children, spouses, aging parents, keeping up with our homes and chores, jobs, long commutes and all the other activities involved in work and raising a family, I have a feeling that most of us are pretty busy.For me, not every single day is go, go go, but most of them…
  • Kids in the Kitchen: Baked Apples

    Jamie Sanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    When was the last time you had a baked apple?It's been a while for me, I remember my mom used to make us baked apples in the microwave when I was younger.  Such a special treat and the apples were always so yummy!I thought this would be a great little recipe that I could do with the kids.  (Yes, there is only one kid having all the fun today- back talking and bad attitudes is a guaranteed way to miss out on all the fun...  Don't worry though, he did get to help us eat the apples.)Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version…
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  • Dina Wakley art on checks...on sale this week!

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Click Here to see the check designs! I am the featured artist this week over at Check Advantage, and you can get $3 off. Coolio!
  • 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.
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  • Comfy Elastic Waistband Pants

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Learning how to make pants is one of the easiest skills for a beginner sewist to master. These Comfy Elastic Waistband Pants are adorable, simple, and perfect for the little ones in your life. This tutorial will teach you how to sew an elastic waistband for pants, which will keep your child comfortable and snug. You can make these DIY pants by using a pair that you already have as the pattern, which ensures that the new pants will fit well. Choose a fun, lightweight fabric for these loose, comfy pants that are great for a trip to the park or playing around the house.
  • Scented Christmas Sachets

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Giving presents around the holidays can be expensive, but making homemade Christmas gifts is a thoughtful way to show you care. These Scented Christmas Sachets are easy, affordable, and sure to bring holiday cheer to your loved ones. These pretty, fragrant sachets require no sewing, so they are perfect for crafters of all skill levels. The cloves and cinnamon will fill your home with heavenly holiday aromas. Add a festive fabric poinsettia that is eye-catching and beautiful. In no time, you can learn how to make a sachet for everyone you know. You can even make a couple to decorate your own…
  • Cute and Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It can be difficult to find easy Christmas crafts for kids that aren't too challenging. With a little teamwork and supervision, these Cute and Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments are perfect for holiday family fun. This tutorial includes free printable designs for over 40 adorable pictures that you can easily download and iron onto felt. You can make any ornaments you could ever want, from holiday animals to decorative baubles. These DIY Christmas ornaments require minimal sewing, making them quick, easy and perfect for children. Kids will love seeing their masterpieces displayed on the tree this…
  • Repair an Athletic Shirt

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The ripped athletic shirt can be heartbreaking. Now, when you tear your shirt during a mad work out you can learn how to Repair an Athletic Shirt. These instructions teach you the tricks to sewing a rip that has damaged a hem. By reading this tutorial, you'll get the insider scoop on mending clothes. Finally, spandex fabric can be conquered thanks to these excellent repair instructions. Undo your mistakes and hem that tear the proper way.
  • How to Take in a Sweater

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Sometimes you buy sweaters that don't exactly fit. By learning How to Take in a Sweater you can customize all your clothes so they fit nicely. Follow these guidelines and they turn those frumpy sweaters into your go-to tops.
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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 Initial Industrial Style Pendant

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This tutorial shows you how to take a rustic medium such as cement and turn it into an industrial style Initial pendant.
  • DIY Concrete Jungle Bead Necklace

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a concrete necklace using free formed concrete beads and leather strapping.
  • 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.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Cheap Thrills – My New Curtains

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When it comes to readymade curtains, I am often disappointed with the quality — they are either overpriced and cheap-looking or affordable and cheap-looking. So, these curtains from Target were too good to keep to myself. The quality is top drawer and the price is very reasonable… My new curtains from Target look great, feel great (they're 100% cotton) and they work so well with all that I have going on in our living room. I love the fine stripe – it adds pattern, but doesn't compete with my pillows and rug. The grommets at the top create the perfect folds. The…
  • Spicy Avocado & Marmalade Toast

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Happy to have stumbled upon my latest favorite breakfast — it’s healthy, tasty and filling… Mashed avocado with marmalade and crushed red pepper flakes on gluten-free toast. I love it with a piping hot cup of black Earl Grey tea. It may sound strange – but don't knock it – it's the best!
  • 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…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Crayon Resist On Sandpaper

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Visit Casa Maria's Creative Learning Zone to see how this gorgeous artwork was created using sandpaper, crayons, and watercolors. 
  • Accordion Fold Paper People

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Kids will love playing with accordion folded paper - squeezing it tight and stretching it out - and be surprised at how easy it is to make. Plastiquem shows you how to do it and make these funny people too!
  • Embroidered Styrofoam Trays

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Creative Jewish Mom shares a great use for styrofoam trays by using them for simple yarn stitchery. 
  • 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…
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  • Free Shipping - 2 Days Only

    Michelle (
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Check it out... Free shipping on hardware & notions (or anything that needs to be shipped through the mail, really) purchases of $12 or more at Use the discount code: freeship US only.  If you are outside the US, please see the international shipping section of this page. Ends Friday (7/31/14 Pick up some of these VERY nice slides and rectangle rings for making adjustable bag straps, make your favorite dog a sweet patchwork leash with these 1" swivel clips (find my free tutorial for this leash on IG by searching for the tag #patchworkleash), or order some of…
  • Sample Sale - Mini Pleated Pouch (Sold)

    Michelle (
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    This is the mini version from the Pleated Pouches pattern.  The mini size is perfect for business cards and will hold quite a lot of them.  It also makes a nice small wallet.  The flap fabric is Dainty Daisies from Joel Dewberry's Bungalow collection.  The pouch exterior is a pin stripe twill purchased at the Mill End Store 3 or 4 years ago.  It closes with a 14mm slim magnetic snap and the lining is patchwork: Sold Out
  • 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:
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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

  • Micro Macrame Bracelet With Rings

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    It’s no secret that I love making things with tiny knots. This method for making a macrame bracelet is a lot of fun because it uses rings to hold the ends and a hidden hem on the back to finish the strands. It’s a pretty piece of jewelry that’s easy to wear with lots of looks, and could be made in an endless range of colors to match anything. Supplies: - perle cotton N° 8 - 15mm rings (black) - jewelry chain - jump rings - jewelry clasp - cork panels - pins - measuring tape - jewelry pliers - fray check/seam sealer/clear fabric glue   I used 7 colors of perle cotton…
  • 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 -…
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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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  • Butter Coffee

    Sonja Foust
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I can’t remember where it was that I first heard about coffee with butter in it, but it’s one of those things you don’t forget easily, so the next time I was online, I Googled that shit. Turns out it’s called bulletproof coffee, there’s a whole cult around it, you can buy special coffee to make it with, and it replaces breakfast entirely. Bulletproof coffee: They’re not paying me to say any of this, but maybe I should ask. Now, guys, I know you’re thinking, “What are the chances that she’s actually going to use, you know, cult-y coffee and…
  • 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…
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  • Festive Holiday Gift Tags

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Your little ones can go the extra step when they are making Christmas gifts this holiday season by using these Festive Holiday Gift Tags. Free printable Christmas gift tags are perfect for adding a little extra holiday cheer to the presents. There are three fun free printables that your kids can choose from. Whether your kids are giving presents to teachers or just friends and family, these tags will definitely personalize the gifts. There is nothing like spreading the Christmas cheer with adorably fun gift tags.
  • Fabulous Tulle Advent Wreath

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Fabulous Tulle Advent Wreath is one of the best Christmas craft ideas for kids because this craft will constantly remind your little ones of the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes people forget that Christmas is really about the birth of Christ. Kids' Christmas crafts like this one will keep Christ the center of the holiday season, and your kids will learn all about the meaning of the advent wreath. Your little ones will enjoy making this neat craft and adding it to the other homemade Christmas decorations.
  • Cool Holiday Hanging Icicles

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Your kids can be cool this holiday season with fun winter activities for kids. Your little ones can make Cool Holiday Hanging Icicles to hang on the Christmas tree, the trees outside, the porch, or the mantle. These will definitely make decorating for Christmas a ton of fun for your kids. After turning the house into a winter wonderland, penguins may move in like in "Mr. Popper's Penguins!" That would be a pretty fun winter. Your home will be extra cool this winter with these shimmery, sparkling homemade Christmas decorations.
  • 66 Ho-ho-homemade Ornaments: Decorate Your Tree With Kids' Christmas Crafts

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    'Tis the season to be jolly, and crafting will help your kids be just that. They'll have an incredible time creating kids' adornments for the wonderful Christmas tree by glittering, painting, sculpting, coloring, and gluing. Here, you will find 66 ho-ho-homemade ornaments that kids will love to make. With the ornaments, your kids can decorate the tree with tons of kids' Christmas crafts. Since each one is unique and personal, there can never be enough kids' ornaments on the tree. All together, they tell the story of your family.
  • Cinnamon Gingerbread Men Ornaments

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Cinnamon ornaments are a lot of fun for kids to make because they can take craft time to the kitchen. These Cinnamon Gingerbread Men Ornaments are simply adorable, and they will bring some extra cheer to the family tree. Your little ones will have a blast learning how to make Christmas ornaments when they get a hold of this fun craft idea. They will be able to get their hands a little messy while they make something that everyone will get to enjoy. These are so inexpensive to make that your kids can craft as many as they want.
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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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  • A new twist on spinning multi-colored yarns

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    One of the most rewarding aspects of hand spinning is the ability to incorporate unique color combinations into yarns. There seems to be endless possibilities! My most recent color play was with multiple multi-colored merino tops.  I chose 6 different color ways and   paired them up to ply together. The six color ways are Bermuda, Amethyst, Sage, Baltic, Fiesta and Borealis. My goal was to spin a continuous yarn with three distinct color ways demonstrating the versatility of our multi-colored merino tops. I used one ounce of each color for this project.Below are the colors combinations I…
  • Roving to knit product - how differences in color blends effect end products

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    There has been a visual change to some of our multi color blends. For some people, this is very exciting! For others, we have received a less than enthusiastic response… It is our goal to produce color-ways that are fresh and exciting and more important, irresistible. Our recent shipments of multi colored merino/tussah silk have arrived looking quite different from shipments in the past. But what we will show you here is that the color difference in the end knit product is much smaller than one would think from looking at the two rovings. Below is a picture of the Concord merino/tussah…
  • New Introduction: Rainier

    27 May 2014 | 10:02 am
    For those of you who loved Tahoe, we have a great new addition to our yarn line! Rainier is a 3-ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 100% product of the US! Rainier has a tight twist, great for stitch definition, but necessitates conditioning prior to use.  This yarn has next to skin comfort making it ideal to make garments for all ages.
  • Washing instructions for Lotus

    8 May 2014 | 11:39 am
    Even though the merino in our Lotus yarn is superwash treated, we recommend that you hand wash/lay flat to dry. In the picture below, I knit the swatch and blocked it to the size of the white outline. As an experiment, I washed it in the washing machine hot wash/warm rinse regular cycle. You can see the shrinkage in the photo. The swatch did not felt, just shrunk. You may want to try your own swatch in a gentle cycle with cold wash/cold rinse. Our washing experiment goes to show that just because the merino is superwash, does not mean it is a superwash product!
  • Falkland Island Sustainable Wool

    28 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Imagine an unpolluted environment with clear blue skies, seamless horizons and vast, unspoiled open spaces. That’s the Falkland Islands. This isolated archipelago, some 300 miles east of the Patagonian coastline in the Atlantic Ocean, just happens to be an ideal place to raise sheep. And for more than 160 years, the farmers on these remote, windswept islands have done so naturally, without harsh chemicals or callous practices. The result is an exceptional, sustainable wool – dazzling white and soft to the touch. While there are easier places to reach, Ashland Bay is proud to source pure…
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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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  • Garden Defenses: Making Large Covers for Your Garden – Part 1

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have always loved the pictures of English Country gardens, complete with the occasional cute little bunny, nibbling contentedly on some random grass or weed. A lovely vision, but unfortunately nothing like where I live. With drought even worse than … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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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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  • Us--a love note

    leslierahye strickland
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing with you a few more dies from the new release. I think they make the perfect anniversary or love note card. The large Us fits snugly inside the large Sentiment Frame #1.The wheels and the frame are blinged up with some black jewels.  A bit of lace doily and some handmade flowers finish of the card. Cheery Lynn Dies used*Us (Set of 2) - B503*Pumpkin Carriage with Mice - B471Circle Classic - Silver Stackers - L-4Ankara Lace Doily with angel Wing - DL232Sentiment Frame #1 - B189Circle - Scalloped LG…
  • A Holiday Card with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Greetings and happy Monday, it's Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.I created a holiday card featuring the Rustic Birdhouse die for my post today. The background includes the Card Maker Scalloped Rectangle, then the Horizon Coved Rectangle Boutique Stacker. I placed the Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker in a horizontal position, then took the doily that was cut from the center of our Dutch Scallop Square. This was cut in half and glued behind.  This layer was adhered with foam squares for dimension.A bit of cheese cloth was adhered behind the Rustic Birdhouse, then Branches were…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 143 - Hot Time in the Summer

    Sandy Hulsart
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week for our Silver and/or Gold challenge.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isHot Time in the Summer  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…
  • Silver and/or Gold Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using the winner of our Silver and/or Gold challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers: 19 Timestamp: 2014-07-27 14:05:19 UTC #19 Soma   Congratulations, Soma.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Hot Time in the Summer challenge.
  • A Royal Christmas by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello everyone and a warm welcome to our new followers. It's Julie here hosting the blog today. I have made another Christmas card to showcase the beautiful Snowflake Doily die from our new release. This die blends itself to Christmas and any other occasion depending on what shade of paper you choose. I decided to give it a regal theme so stuck mainly to reds and golds in my card.I cut my doily out in gold card and offset the angel wing behind in red card stock and added some diamantés around the circumference and mounted my poinsettia flower on the top with a dazzle in the centre.You will…
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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

  • Free Watercolor Clip Art

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today is my Shop's 3rd birthday!  Hooray!  I can't express in words how much happiness watercolor painting has brought me.  It's a gift that I will love till the day I die... and then probably after that too :)So in honor of taking that brave step to sell my work three whole years ago, I'm offering some Free Watercolor Clip Art!  These images are PNG's on white backgrounds.  Just click on an image below and save it to your computer for your own personal creative project use.Since this stuff is free and created by me............ PLEASE don't sell it or distribute it as…
  • Photos of the Week

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Enjoying the mountains,Summer skies,and my garden's first ripe tomatoes!
  • In the Works

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I started another crochet blanket.  This time it's a chevron pattern and I'm putting all of my yarn left-overs in it.  It may take me another year to finish, but it's going to be awesome!And then,I'm getting some digital watercolor freebies ready for next week...... so stay tuned!
  • 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…
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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 29 – Encouragement

    Sara Duggan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Encourage and Teach Another You are coming full circle in the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge. In the next three days you’ll give back to the community of crochet. Arts and Crafts like Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning and Quilting  have always been community oriented. Why not introduce someone to crochet today? Read More Are You Just Joining In? P.S. […]
  • #31CBBC Day 28 Socialize

    Sara Duggan
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Make and Use a Social Media Plan You learned a lot about marketing your crochet blog through social media platform like Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn. You don’t have to use them all but the ones you do choose need to be active accounts. Social media is where many people spend their time. Time is precious and we covet it. Many […]
  • #31CBBC Day 27 – Guest Blogging and Collaboration

    Sara Duggan
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    What is Guest Blogging? Guest blogging is simply  blogging on someone’s blog. Instead of writing a blog post for your blog you’ll be writing a post for another blog. Contact a crochet blogger to pitch a guest post. Remember guest blogging is not selling or promoting, it is about educating. Write a very good post, respect your host, […]
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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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    Serger Pepper

  • Linen Bloomer Shorts – FREE Pattern – Guest Post by Oly @ Needle and Ted

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Adorable Linen shorts with a side of FREE pattern. I love this combo! See what Olu @ NeedleAndTed shares with us. Bonus discount at the very end of the post! The post Linen Bloomer Shorts – FREE Pattern – Guest Post by Oly @ Needle and Ted appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • 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 fanciest 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
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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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    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

  • Inspiration for Your Materials

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We all need a little inspiration!  Today, guest artist Denise Losczyk, shares how she was recently inspired by a recent trip to Amana, Iowa.  She shows us how you can find inspiration everywhere…..even in the simplest of items: I recently traveled to Amana, Iowa with my husband for a family gathering. It was a nice visit, and we enjoyed staying overnight in a relaxing Bed & Breakfast and visiting some of the Amana businesses. I grew up in nearby Iowa City, Iowa and I have been to the Amana Colonies several times before. The Colonies were originally a German Communal Society,…
  • 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…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Tripod Tote Bag Tutorial

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the hobbies that I would love to have and would love to be really good at, would be that of a Photographer. I just think they are so cool and have the greatest job ever! I admire that they are able to capture life in a single shot that is full of excitement, […]
  • Tiered Skirt with a Tulle Surprise

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Close your eyes…I’ve got a big surprise! Who doesn’t love to hear those words? Surprises are fun and full of excitement and today, Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge is sharing a super adorable Tiered Skirt with a little surprise on one of the layers. This skirt is fun, fabulous and perfect for dancing, prancing, […]
  • Lovely Lace Knit Pencil Skirt

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes us ladies just need a moment to ourselves and read a good book, take a walk or get dressed up in our cutest clothes and look smokin’ hot! Whether you are a mama, sister, aunt or friend sometimes it just feels amazing to get dressed up in some cute duds and go hang out! […]
  • 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 […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • 30 Watermelon Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Being summer is a good enough excuse for me to want to make watermelon crafts; but, just in case you need another excuse to try one or more of these amazing watermelon crafts, how about making one or more of…Read more →
  • 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 →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Outfit Ideas: Mixing Patterns

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    To be honest, mixing patterns is a bit out of my comfort/style zone. At some point I even thought it was a bit tacky. Yes, I was a hater. After accidentally putting together a mixed pattern outfit in the dark one day, I am now a fan of this growing trend. I think the scale of the patterns is the key. Two large patterns together can make the pieces compete against each other and two small prints can result in an outfit that is too busy to focus. I’m sharing a few of my faves. Mixing two monotone patterns or patterns in a similar color scheme is an easy starting point if you are a novice…
  • Upcycled Baby Clothes

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Do you have clothes in your closet that you know you will never wear again but you just can’t seem to part with? I have a whole pile! It’s hard to let go a pretty pattern or quality material. Instead of letting these “maybe one day” pieces take up valuable real estate in my closet, I decided to upcycle them into clothes for L. I found that shirts to skirts is the easiest to refashion. Cut below the armpit to the desired length then fold 2 inches and sew a pocket to thread the elastic. You don’t even need to hem the bottom. A boxy shirt is easy to turn into a sheath dress. I…
  • 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…
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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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  • My Daughters Wedding!

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Hello everyone! I just got back from Minnesota where my daughter lives.  She got married yesterday!! It was my first trip ever to Minnesota.  We got to see downtown Minneapolis and try out some wonderful restaurants.  But most of all, attend my daughters beautiful wedding. More photo’s to come!! My precious Bride!     p.s….the […] The post My Daughters Wedding! appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • 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
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    Keeping it Real

  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug BlessingsJoin the fun!
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    28 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
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  • Lined crochet basket

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    A.k.a. right now as Furby's nest...Has the Furby mania already reached your house? My son got a Furby on his birthday and since we don't have a real life pet, Furby has become a sort of family mascot. He is a lively little character but sleeps peacefully if left on his own with low noise levels.Our Furby sleeping on the dining room tableWell, as with most dolls and soft toys around our house, it was unanimously decided that Furby needed a bed, or rather a nest, to sleep in. An so the crochet lined basket came to be:It is a very simple project that can be made any size you want or need and I…
  • Weekend blog hop

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxI'm already there. Come link-up too! Join the fun!
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    25 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Sharing the Weekend No Rules bloghop @ a sorta fairytale  Linky is up and running until next Friday (August 1st). Come link-up too! Join the fun!
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    Precious Crafts

  • 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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