DIY Pompom Rugs

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Can’t really knit nor crochet? Then this is YOUR kind of ‘crochet’ rug. In pastels this might be a baby room rug or a bathroom rug. But in bold bright reds, this certainly is the kind of rug to cozy up at in front of the fireplace. And in tiny blue-white balls or even sisal […]

Crochet Pattern Books for 2013

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Include a review of the best the web has to offer by way of new crochet books in your Boxing Day shopping today. For crochet lovers, here are 10 brand new crochet books to love. The first five will be released in a few months but can be pre-ordered today. The second five are just […]

Craft Book Giveaway

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This craft book will be published in Fall, but its publisher, Lark, is offering readers a chance to win an advance copy of this professional standard jewelry book, signed by the author and all!  That’s 432 pages with photographs of top jewelry design, free. This jewelry book includes bead stringing, bead embroidery and bead weaving.  […]

Happy Home Decor Book

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Today, I thought to also share with you a home décor book recommendation,  This 176-page-hard cover was just published this April by Chronicle Books. Happy Home: Twenty Sewing and Craft Projects to Pretty Up Your Home Happy Home! Great title.   Creative Book Recommendation Included are projects like a duvet cover with piping, a pleated […]

Fortune Teller Beads Necklace

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Tons of Wonderful Free Jewelry Patterns

  : free project of a beautiful designer necklace with laced beads by world-renowned beadwork designer Diane Fitzgerald. While the beads remind her of fortunetellers and gypsies, the necklace is actually tasteful ‘bling’ that has never been more fun to make.   Pin It You can download this free project here, or sign up for […]

PS I Made This

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That’s the great title of a great book Part designer DIYPart fashion Part lifestyle inspiration guide. I counted 27 projects in this book. All are practical and with easy (obvious) to follow instructions.   Sample Trendy Fashion Project 1 How to Make a Fancy Ruffle Shirt (Upcycling a plain boring white t-shirt)   Sample Trendy […]

Book Review: MicroCrafts Teaches Tiny Treasures

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I It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, but this one is interesting. It just came out last week: ‘Microcrafts’ by  Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Friends. It is published by a wonderful publisher, Quirk Books, who only seem to feature titles that I like, love or that at least […]

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 […]

Granny Square Shawl w Halter Top, Free Crochet Pattern

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Canadian Living did it with this darling summer crochet set of a granny square Kaleidoscope shawl and a matching halter top finished with rosette flowers. Darling. Floral & bright, but not too floral nor not too bright. Attractive, but a bit modest also. Just right. How Canadian!!!         What do you think […]

Recycled Pallet Furniture

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Pallets are major recycling opportunities. Tons of pallets are being used, abused and then discarded all the time. This entails a great opportunity of us reclaimers, upcyclers and otherwise creative souls to transform old wooden pallets into glorious works of artsy home decoration and recycled wooden pallet furniture.   Here are three easy, but oh-so-functional […]

Native American Turquoise Jewelry: Bead Embroidery Earrings

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Fancy these earrings !!! I mean, fancy making these Native American glorious beauties ?!!! When I see jewelry like this I completely presume that they are ‘not make-able’ by me. Yet, as designer Sherry Serafini promises, I can do it too!Amazing.     Arizona Sunset Earrings Those who sign up for our newsletter (see sign-up […]

Digital Photography Business

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If you love taking photos wherever you go: in the supermarket, on the street, at fairs, on vacation, and just about everywhere else, you probably stand a great stance to actually making an income from your digital photographic art. I just read an old children’s book this morning, that explains how photography used to work…. […]

Create Cool Kids Furniture w Stencils (Tutorial)

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** How to Stencil Furniture. ** Lovely. Fun. Doable. Those are the three worlds … I mean words…  that come to mind when I saw this dresser make-over. You love it also?   Image source: Lena Corwin, via Etsy. Free Tutorial On Hand-Printing Your Cabinet This design & tutorial for this contemporary, whimsical dresser is […]

Book of the Month :: Kids Craft :: Klutz Kits

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Today, I don’t just want to promote just one book, but rather a whole slew of them: Klutz Kits. Their books are not normal books, but craft project books that often come with tools and materials to make the projects described within. My niece and I have come to look for their books at any […]

Craft Book of the Month: Re-Fashion-ed Bags

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We choose the hot-of-the-press book "Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags" by artist team Justina & Faith Blakeney as our book of the month, January 2010. And we can see it is going to be one of our favorite books. It’s the fourth book they’ve been writing together, and it seems to be their […]