Creating a Finished Quilt Block (Beginners Workshop #5)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #5 : Tips for Beginners on Creating a Finished Block By Janeen van Niekerk.       Quilting Workshop Class 5 – Introduction In this free online quilting workshop for beginners, we dove right in! In class #1, we learned about fussy cutting. If you wished, you […]

Marbled Eggs Easter DIY + LINKY PARTY

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Hello guys! I am so excited to show of this week’s feature of a beautiful Spring vignette. It has a hint of Easter flowers – Spring bloom in mini trees, a fun bird cage, hand-marbled Easter eggs and hand-painted metallic birdies. It is all so adorable.   Feature Our featured party guest who made this […]

DIY Nautical Dresser

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:: How to paint seaside cottage with nautical colors :: nautical dresser DIY :: recycled furniture :: Nothing says summer so much as a nautical display in the house. I happened upon this nautical dresser DIY project by Denise, and thought to share it with you today before it is permanently removed from blog-world. Denise’s […]

Perfect Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

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:: Free sewing pattern for a perfect tote bag :: Many years ago for Mothers Day, I featured a free sewing pattern for what I considered to be the perfect tote bag. See picture on the right. Much to my dismay, that blog vanished/changed and the tote bag pattern is no where to be found!!! […]

Tissue Paper Decoupage Eggs

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:: Learn how to Make Tissue Paper Decoupage Eggs :: Cheer up a dozen of natural or Styrofoam eggs with shapes and patterns from decorative tissue paper and make them into unique Easter table decorations.       Introduction This is a cool crafts for kids as it does not require perfect cuttings. Just roughly […]

Easter Cookies Recipe w Icing

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Making Easter Cookies. That has to be a favorite activity for kids Easter breaks! Sugar cookies are fun to bake, decorate and eat!! And they are delicious too. This is a very simple recipe with just 4 ingredients: butter, sugar, flour and eggs. OK, 5: adding some vanilla extract will make your cookies taste a […]

How to Read a Quilt Pattern (Beginners Workshop #4)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #4 : Tips for Beginners on How-to Read a Quilt Pattern By Janeen van Niekerk. Quilting Workshop Class 4 – Introduction We have come a long way in a short time. We got our feet wet right away in class #1, learning about fussy cutting. If you […]

Ikea Poang Chair Slipcover Pattern

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:: Ikea Furniture Makeover ::  If you are the lucky owner of an Ikea Poang chair than today’s article is for you: it’s a free sewing pattern for an Ikea Poang chair slipcover.   At only $69, the Ikea Poang chair has to be one of Ikea’s most popular chairs. This chair has been around […]

Creative Stitches & Hobby Crafts Show 2014 London Review

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What made my world rock this week… I might make you jealous when I tell you that I went to the Creative Stitches & Hobby Crafts Show 2014 in London, UK, yesterday.  Even though it is a very popular show here, I had no idea how good it would be for me!! It turned out: […]

Pretty Baby Wipe Case :: Free Sewing Pattern :: DIY Baby Gift

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:: another handmade baby gifts idea :: baby wipe case cover :: Create a personalized, decorative baby wipe case cover with this handy tutorial, quilting/sewing pattern from Tam at  Sew Dang Cute Crafts. She made this pretty ‘jewel’-case out of that ugly plastic box that baby wipes typically come in.   Does it not look classy? […]

Quilting Fabric Howto :: Beginners Workshop #3

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #3 : Tips for Beginners on Choosing Fabrics for Quilts By Janeen van Niekerk.     How to Choose Quilting Fabric When you are just starting out with quilting, the selection of fabrics can sometimes be very overwhelming.  The objective of today’s quilting class is to take […]

Spring Mantel Howto + Linky Party

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How to Make a Spring Mantel that Pops! Hi ya all! Another week gone. Time just flies! I have been making a thousand things, and having my sister in law over… well, I’ve been busy. (Also: we’ve put on a free quilting course, by Janeen van Niekerk. Take advantage of this course, because I can […]

Tools :: Free Beginners Quilting Course, Class 2

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginner Quilters ~ with practical quilting tips you can do at home. By Janeen van Niekerk.   Beginners Quilting Workshops :: Class #2 Fundamentals :: Quilting Supplies & Quilting Tools   Last week we took a look at "fussy cutting" (How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Class) because […]

Party 98

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Whoohoo! Wednesday. Linky Party time. Thank you so much for your contributions last week. Loved every one of them. By faaaaavvvoorite link-up is this one… by SillyPearl.   Featured Linky Party Contributions This Week’s Featured Blogger Years ago now, we featured Silly Pearl- Steph’s other cool applique pillow with a teach-your-kids-useful-stuff theme. It was a […]

10 Pretty Easter Wreaths to DIY

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10 Pretty Easter Wreaths to DIY w flowers, eggs & happy colors. I’m getting ready to create some Easter wreaths, so I did my research. Today I want to share my inspiration with you. In another post I’ll show you what I ended up making myself. To say that I’m getting a bit wreath-obsessed is […]

Humble Rosemary Wreath smells Wonderful & Promotes Health

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Learn how to make yourself a friendly & fresh smelling rosemary wreath, to give a 100% natural cheer to any place you wish to hang it. Ah, Easter wreaths, Spring wreaths, anytime of the year wreaths. I love them all! i JUST revised this post with 10 verrryyy pretty Easter Wreaths. And on that overview […]

5 Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns, Animals and Flowers

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:: Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns Animals and Flowers :: It was hard. Hard to pick just a handful favorite quilt blocks from the huge collection of art quilter Janeen van Niekerk’s paper piecing quilt patterns of animals, flowers, lovely woodland trees and more paper piecing goodliness. Saw that opportunity last week on the blog??!: you […]

How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Course, Class 1

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:: How to Make a Quilt for Beginner Quilters – Lesson 1: What is Fussy Cutting? :: This free quilt-making tutorial is the first of a series of free online quilting classes, that will teach the in’s and out’s of making a quilt. This series & techniques of  tips for beginner quilters will be given […]

Time for a Party :: Come Link Up!

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Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring and we’ve groomed the closets, making space for the new: a series of quilting for beginners.  Remember our featured blogger at last week’s linky party who make the unique quilted postcard pattern? Exactly. Janeen van Niekerk, who turns out is a published international quilter with  many years of […]

DIY Cake Stand with Dome :: Anthropologie-copycat

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DIY Cake Stand with Dome :: Anthropologie-copycat

A DIY cake stand with dome is perfect for displaying chocolates, cakes or afternoon tea. Give your baked creations the presentation they deserve. A cake dome set is great for presenting in formal settings, special occasions and family gatherings. The dome helps preserve your cakes while adding loads of style and class. So, let’s make […]

DIY Photo Pendant

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“Oahu, Anthropologie!!” you mind goes when you’ll see these DIY photo pendants.  You could easily find these fine handmade jewels at this designer shop. Yes. It is that sort of hip, unique ,and good-quality kind of necklace pendant. However, there are 2 differences here, that makes these pendants even MORE special than the Anthropologie variety: […]

Party 96

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It’s Wednesday!!! Time for a Party!!! The Featured Party Submission is … A Postcard Quilt. This miniature quilt by Janeen at her blog ‘Quilt art designs’ is mind-blowing. Look at this stunningly detailed postcard quilt!   I so absolutely love it.  It reminds me of Canada. Look at all that miniature detail. It is a real […]

Free Knitting Pattern :: Decorative Toy Balls

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Instant love for this 3-colored balls. Looks so sophisticated. But is so easy. Talk about a versatility: Make these hand-knit balls in raffia, hemp, or natural cotton as home décor.  Make them in baby yarn for easy, nearly-free baby gifts, or Use up scraps as a cool crafts for kids. I would think they would […]

DIY Bookmarks Competition for World Book Day

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The other day, we made a gazillion different designs for bookmarks for kids (and their moms, dads, grannies and friends). After an hour or two, our creative juices were really flowing and some awesome designs just popped out, some in a matter of minutes. Other bookmarks had more detailed designs.   Here’s the full story. […]

Party 95 is now over.

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At our Craft Party! Share with us what you have been working on! We can’t wait to see it. Any kind of Spring crafts, crafts for kids, Easter crafts, Spring clean and DIY project I can think of: all* welcome !!       This week’s Fabulous Feature The winning submission of last week’s party […]

Linky Party Time :: LINK UP your creative projects!

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UPDATED NOTE Mar 5: …. For 3 more hours you can link up at this party. Later today, we’ll start a fresh new party…., with new features of the week. Join now, and/or join later… In any case: Welcome back! Thank you so much for your contributions last week. I managed to visit almost all […]

DIY Garden Canopy

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The verdict is out: I  NEED to make my own canopy for the backyard. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here in the UK but it is still a tat early for sitting outside in the garden for any stretch of time. It’s not so much that it is too cold or that the […]

Romantic Easter Egg Bag Sewing Pattern

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  It is the hand embroidery that sets this bag sewing pattern apart. The small size of this Easter basket- bag is perfect to hold the eggs for Easter. Of course,  the chocolate eggs on your outdoor Easter coffee or brunch table in the garden will look glorious and luxurious in to as well.   […]

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers. We made about a thousand paper flowers around here. In every shape or form possible. In fact, we found that the more paper flowers you make, the more creative you get making them. My favorite one is a red crepe paper flower, which has a yellow heart from recycled […]

Runway-inspired, 4-year-Old Makes Own Incredible Paper Dresses

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Whether you want summer dresses, evening dresses, maxi dresses, or party dresses ~ leave it to this 4 year old. She’ll make you one fabulous dress, out of paper.  This little girl is amazing.  Inspired by local events such as trips to the zoo and after seeing some runway show photos, she has made an […]