About Rose, Touring through Blogland

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Hello everyone! Today, I’m participating in a tour through Blogland and hope you enjoy the tour with me.   I was invited by Tammy from OneMoreTimeEvents.com. I discovered Tammy and her wonderful home decorating style through our linky party.  She posted a simple little tutorial on how to make exquisite golden marbled eggs and use […]

5 Inspiring Art Journal Page Ideas

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Today I’m in a soulful mood and inspired to make some art. How about some art journal pages? Great idea, great start of the day, any day. Actually, I make mine throughout the day, rather than first thing. Great meditation on how to proceed with things that are a bit stuck during the day. You […]

Santa Nail Art

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It’s the simple things in life that make the difference. Like adding a Santa belt to your fire-red polished nails. A fun and festive manicure that is too cute and easy to do. Great to add some swing to your Christmas party. Image Credit: polish2times.com/2011/12/23/santas-belt/   How to Make Your Own Santa Nails Step 1: […]

Best Black Friday-Cyber Monday Deals for Craftsy Folks

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Paint pink polka dots onto your Black Friday/Cyber Monday-canvas. Got deals for ya! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I just want to mention the Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals on Craft Supplies, today, at the Start of the Holiday Season. The Length of time the deal is on varies: Some are for the […]

Voted 15 in TOP 100 Craft Blogs for 2013

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I’m grateful.  We’re voted in the top 15 of the top 100 Craft Blogs to follow in 2013.  Gotta love that.  Thank you, universe, for the award! “We have ranked blogs by looking at the quality of posts, UX of website etc.“ so the infographics team who works for CouponAudit told me.   It’s nice to […]

Cool Earrings in 2 Minutes

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Creativity comes in waves in my life. Like this morning. I had those ultra-long antiqued brass earring hooks laying around for a while with the intention to make something with them. Then, last night I was looking for my pliers which could not find, so I decided to tidy up my bead collection, in the […]

Leather Easter Eggs :: DiY Tutorial

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Absolutely magnificent Easter Eggs crafts tutorial for you today. Hello Fine Craft Guild Friends! This is Mette from MonstersCircus. I’m so excited to share this post with you today. Here in Denmark we celebrate Easter with bunnies and eggs and I like to decorate with long-lasting ornaments year after year. These eggs are easy peasy, […]

A New Blog Design for Fine Craft Guild

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Hip, hip, hurray: We have a new site design !!! The main benefits are all about you being able to find what’s there, and to enjoy it! We feature over 1000 tutorials, so chances are, we have exactly what you are looking for. Now we hope you can actually find it! Some of the New […]

Cool Marshmallow Toadstools.. Kids Can Make

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Here is a cool crafts for kids. For younger kids. In the kitchen! Something to do in the weekend. Or, during Spring break, for that sleep over party.   Festive fairy food. These marshmallow toadstools are almost too cute to eat. I can just imagine a funky fairy darting in between them, wondering on which […]

Crochet Skeleton ~ Cool Crafts for Kids, Biology University Students & Doctors

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Fancy this being featured in your high school anatomy class! I came across it and just had to share it on the blog! I know, bummer, no pattern for this project (yet), but leave me a comment if you think I should do at least an interview with the crochet artist, Shanell Papp, who gets […]

Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day Crafts : Pipecleaner Shamrock

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Shamrock. That quintessential symbol of Irish good luck. Hard to find, delicate to keep and lucky to have. Saint Patrick s Day seems to a ‘crafts for kids’-day and be celebrated mostly by preschooler kids and folks in their teens & tweens. So, for you, who love St Patrick’s Day, here is a 5-minute craft […]

Owl Birthday Party : Free Printables

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  Well, there’s no denying: besides sock monkeys, owls are very popular at the Fine Craft Guild (and the world at large). So, when I saw these stunning owl birthday party printables, I thought of you, and instantly thought to share ‘m.   Owl Birthday Party Here they are. Owl Invitations, Owl Gift Tags, Owl […]

In Remembrance

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In Remembrance Today’s post is suspended in solidarity with the great losses endured by the people in Newtown, Connecticut, as a result of last week’s tragic and incomprehensible massacre of 20 primary school children plus 6 adults.     Let me share President Obama’s speech to the community, at Newtown Connecticut Vigil For Families of […]

Frye Fringe Leather Bag

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Today I’m drooling over this bag. “Get a load of this!” (Australian cowboy language for ‘LOOK!’) It’s just a charmer, this fringe bag by Frye , and indeed it makes me think of the rugged Australian outdoors and/or America’s history.   This bag is made with  Nubuck leather which has a soft, velvety surface. Similar […]

DIY Exquisite Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas for free and in abundance! These wonderful plants are omnipresent in Italy and I totally adore them. They make me happy!! I have to say, flowers like the ones in the pictures below make Italy seem like paradise. So incredibly charming. Despite the fact that these flowers are not native to Italy, you can […]

Indie: Decorate with Antlers

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I am getting a taste for Indie Craft. How about a pair of hand-painted antlers to decorate the bathroom, living room, any room?  Pretty funky. I thought I’d share that with you. Quick 1,2,3 How-to: DIY Painted Antlers 1. Clean antlers from dust, etc., if you want to refashion real antlers. 2. Paint white and […]

Quote from Henry Thoreau Walden

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Today’s inspirational quote from Thoreau (free download) is for someone special, for a fellow blogger. I have been following her blog, and life, for 5 years, and she needed to hear some uplifting words on the topic of the ‘free to be authentic’ today.   The message in this poem is most important, and comes […]

Dr Seuss Quote Wall Decals : Not just for Kids Bedrooms

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I came across these wonderfully inspiring Dr. Seuss quote wall decals. In case you wonder what are ‘decals’? They are stencils without the work, i.e. stickers for the home. Easiest craft ever: just stick them on the wall. Aren’t they fun? I am thinking about this Dr. Seuss-quote from the book ‘Oh, the Places You’ll […]

Minty Water: Recipe for Happiness

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Not sure if this classifies as a food recipe, but it sure is a recipe for joy: add some freshly picked mint to bubbly water from the local well, drink and smile.   Mentuccia Romana I thought this was Mentuccia Romana (Roman Mint), a wild member of the mint family that’s used in some traditional […]

Blog Loving: New Blog Followers Tool

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Just alerting you to a new blog followers tool, called BlogLovin’. Right now, I’m just setting it all up. I developed a new widget for it, see right side bar, so you can Follow Fine Craft Guild with Bloglovin right away. What is nice about BlogLovin’ is that it, like Pinterest, has a graphic interface. […]

Kaleidoscope Crochet Scarf

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  Remember that freeform crochet bolero I received but which did not fit whatsoever? I modified it into a rather fun and happy scarf that sure stands out.    (I have a few crochet flowers / rosettes left over, one of which is going to be a crochet brooch, which I’ll show you another day.) […]

Martin Luther King Jr Craft: Dream Quilt

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Martin Luther King Day coming up again on Monday January 16. To me, Martin Luther King Jr. stands for following your heart, your soul desire, your dream, your conviction and for courage doing so. Therefore, every year, I like to orchestrate a creative project in his honor.  This dream quilt pattern featured today is a […]

Best Dinnerware at Orvieto’s New Year Umbria Jazz Festival

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Happy New Year from Italy!!! We were partying here on the first day of the New Year. Umbria Jazz Festival is held every year around this time in the gorgeous Italian city of Orvieto. As this year, New Year’s day fell on a Sunday we enjoyed the happy opportunity to actually go see it and […]

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DIY ZhuZhu Pet Food

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Pin It : What are Zhuzhu Pets? Do you know? Zhuzhu pets are delightful little furry animals, that can race around the floor, go in all directions, make funky sounds when they bump into something (like ‘ohoh’). In short, they are adorable.  They started out as being just hamsters, but there are raccoons and all […]

Blog Milestone: 600

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Yesterday we posted the 600th post on our craft blog http://www.FineCraftGuild.com. Wow. What a milestone. I am just amazed and grateful for how much I’ve learned in these past few years, writing all these articles. As well, the ’600 articles’-milestone means that we either handmade or studied nearly 600 DIY, craft and home decorating projects!!!! […]

Funky Coat Hangers

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These coat hangers caught my eye at Paris’ main Flee market.   While I personally have been designing crochet coat hangers, I was enamored by the thought of having these colorful wooden, felted and bead bejeweled coat hangers to cheer up my wardrobe.       Which ones are your favorite? I love the ones […]

French Cafes in Paris

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Many people in North America have a notion of ‘French Bistro’-style that actually does not really exist.  The real-life version is less manicured. Instead of gentle and refined, French cafes in reality are more ‘edgy’.   Come have a look. The famous cafe “Les Deux Magots” on Place Saint Germain des Pres, had once the reputation […]

French Patisserie

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May you find inspiration in the art of Paris’ world-famous patisserie house, Laduree, who creates refined chocolates, macarons and patisserie which taste exquisite and look  like beautiful jewels, and which make glamorous gifts.  Artists & artisans throughout time have been inspired by the colors and shapes of food.  While renaissance painters may have preferred fruit […]

What is a Fat Quarter

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What are Fat Quarters?

I just answered an online question, what’s a Fat Quarter, and thought I should respond to it on the blog instead, as you all might be interested also. Fat Quarters are typically used for quilting and patchwork. They are bundles of fabric that are pre-cut to size. ‘What size?’ you might ask? And this is […]

Art & Creativity :: Linky Party

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Doing anything creative? Show us: it’s Linky Party-time. My contribution to the linky party is today’s Jewelry Repair Workshop. Please do link up your contributions below.   Jewelry Repair Workshop – Lessons From Day 1 Today was Day #1 of the “jewelry repair workshop’” that has been desperately needed in our home.  I repaired this […]

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