Embroidered Rugs :: DIY Pattern

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Embroidery on rugs!! The new rage for flooring.   Get yourself an cross-stitch designer rug by simply embroidering your own or a new area rug. A coarsely woven cotton rug makes just a great embroidery canvas to add splendor to your floor. This rug is perfect for a sunroom, living room or bedroom.   Design yourself a […]

Free Embroidery Stitching Book

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Today I’d like to introduce you to Helen Dickson from Bustle & Sew, who offers unique and quirky patterns that are just a little different to other patterns you’ll find on-line. And best of all, today, they are offering a free embroidery stitches book, called Simple Stitchery. I just had a look at this free […]

Add Pompoms for a Hip Womens Top

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Got pompoms? Make this T-shirt. Ahh, this is so fun: Jazzing up a plain-Jane t-shirt by simply sewing on a bunch of felt pompoms of matching colors. Mandy, from ‘Making Nice in the Midwest’-blog choose black on black, but us color-crazed girls can imagine contrast colors as well …. How you make this is so […]

Free Valentine Cards + Font

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Digital card making and scrapbooking on the ease: here’s just the perfect Valentines font for you.  It’s loaded with hearts, without being frilly. Just what you need for your guy! Perfect. Designed this font specifically for Valentines Day. Jules’s a firm believer in making your own Valentines Cards, and so are we. She is highly […]

Calendar 2013 :: Free Embroidery Patterns

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What a fun idea! Embroider-along with this whimsical calendar pattern. Kelly from Craft Your Style offered a  hand drawn design for a January calendar page, complete with a tutorial for the various embroidery stitches used. photo credit | free embroidery pattern calendar 2013:  Craft your style   More Embroidery Patterns Calendars (free templates, downloads & […]

Peace Symbol Embroidery

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Peace Symbol Embroidery = Cool Refashioning = Stain Cover-Up. This extra-long, extra-fine cashmere cardigan by BCBG Maxazria (or was it Studio Max?!) has been my favorite top ever since I bought it. It is warm and looks great on. It’s neutral style and color means that it goes well with just about anything I own, […]

Kids Bedroom: Hot-air Balloon Mobile

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kids bedroom decoration: Still want to drift off a bit more even though you had a lovely vacation this summer?  How about creating a darling mobile for the kids bedroom and dream of where you’d be flying the next time you’ll have the chance…. Free nursery hot air balloon mobile tutorial Made from Assorted Colors […]

50+ Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts & Ideas

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Quick overview of St Patty’s Day decorations, party ideas & fun : Share / Celebrate the Day Vintage St. Patrick’s Day postcard with lucky fairy gal Vintage St. Patrick’s postcard with handsome lash iPhone and cellphone St. Patrick’s Day digital background   Party  Lucky Shamrock DIY Stamp (to create your own luck Shamrock cookies Shamrock […]

Best Home Decor and Creative DIY Ideas

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Featured: Best Submissions of Last Weeks Link Party. As promised, here are my Top Picks amongst many gorgeous, inventive submissions. Those with patterns & howto tutorials are marked as such. Be inspired.  Featured Top Entries 1. Chevron Wall Paint How-to(my all-time fav fab submission) 2. Toddler Boots Tutorial (also check out the bag she made […]

How to: Yin-Yang Friendship Bracelets

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This friendship bracelet video tutorial with Chinese Yin-yang symbols celebrates several holidays together, from Chinese New Year (January 23), to our North American Valentines Day (February 14), to Carnival (March) in Latin America, where friendship bracelets were originally invented. This is a very happy friendship bracelet with lots of Chinese red for good luck. Makes […]

Tassels, Fun Handmade Home Accessories

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: shabby chic tassels like these are handmade home accents that transform a house.   This tassel is 100% recycled, and made of remnants of a sheer curtain & a shirt sleeve; a tiny bit of pre-used ribbon; and a broken bead spacer for the top.  The white ribbon from which the tassel hangs from […]

Handmade Ruffle Rugs

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: easy rug-making technique that even kids can do. This handmade DIY ruffle rug offers a great way to blow new life into the mountain of unused or outgrown t-shirts in your family’s (and your neighbors’) closets. (Qui vedete come usarle per fare un tappeto da casa.) Fabulous and colorful, they would make hip and […]

Anthropologie’s Kitchen Decor (Santa Monica)

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Pin It I love wandering through Anthropologie. Do you?  The creative input of a visit is like flipping through 17 lifestyle magazines and half a dozen groovy design books, all at the same time.    Yes, I was lucky to spend quite a bit of time in the Anthropologie shop in Santa Monica, LA as […]

DIY Glamorous Fabric Beads

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Here’s the tutorial for this easy to make beads, these fabulous, glamorous beads are made with fabric strips wrapped around simple cotton balls. Stitch the fabric down and embellish with contrast-colored shiny glass seed beads in a free –form pattern. As simple as that. Don’t they look glorious? source photo & original design: Alma Stoller […]

What a Little Ribbon Can Do…

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So, you thought that ribbon were only to decorate the Christmas tree or making simple ribbons bows. Well, in contrast, ribbons have to be one of the more versatile craft materials around that can be used in scrapbooking, fashion sewing, or any other craft, DIY or home decorating project ranging from fun embellishments for handmade […]

Bag Pattern with Hand Embroidery Flowers

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Sew this adorable purse courtesy of Susan Cariello.   The pattern is excerpted from her book Bags in Bloom: Create 20 Unique Flower Purses with Simple Embroidery Stitches and Easy-to-Sew Patterns.   Blooming Bag This large bag is just the thing to accompany any outfit, either casual or smart, on a sizzling summer day. The […]

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 […]

Martin Luther King Craft

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:: Martin Luther King Craft :: Today’s Martin Luther King day and I thought to show you the crafts we’ve featured on the blog before that could be used to pay homage to this wonderful persona. The ‘I have a Dream’ post also tells a bit about why Martin Luther King was so special…. Enjoy […]

Paper Embroidery Greeting Cards for Baby

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How to create handmade greeting cards is easy. Here is one technique for you: embroidery. I bet you already have all that you need to make your own hand-stitched greeting cards. You will find that paper embroidery can be done in a mum of time, and it is a fun project to take along with […]

How to Make an Embellished Recycled Sweater Blanket

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Wow. That’s all that I could say. Now I’m excited about going to visit the recycled, vintage & samples clothing shop at the market.   For many of you, with partners who have way to many sweaters in that closet, many with worn elbows, here is your challenge! If you can create a more funky […]

Embellish Your Uggs

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Sometimes Martha Stewart’s craft tutorials are so good, that the best thing I can do is to simply link to it. Half of Amsterdam is wearing Uggs these days (yes, it’s already Fall here in September!!). So, I thought it would be a good time to feature a tutorial: How to Embellish Your Uggs with […]

Homemade Baby Gifts :: Toys Tutorial

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  Best Baby Gifts :: Nesting Cubes Here is a free pdf tutorial on how to make the most adorable set of nesting cubes, that is an educational baby toy and that would make an ideal baby shower gift. Soft blocks with big bold patterns have to be every new mom’s delight as blocks are […]

Free, Easy Recycled Sock Craft Idea

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Handmade Cell Phone Accessories. Just in time for Mother’s Day: recycle your old (baby/toddler) sock into a beautiful cell phone pouch. Do you think you can’t do anything with old, single socks other than making sock monkeys?   Well, think again!  Besides holding your (mom’s) cell phone, there is a side pocket for a key. […]

Tote Bag Monday: Inspired by Anthropologie New Arrivals

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I’m in love with Anthropologie’s current New Arrivals. Check out Anthropologie’s Javanica Tote Bag for Spring…! It is another clear example, that a tote bag does not have to be boring and boxy. Check out these pictures of it.     1. Swinging 2. Embroidered 3. Faux leather trim 4. Detailed Straps 5. Flower Ties […]

101 Free Green Craft Tutorials

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This page is currently (Sep/Oct 2013) being upgraded… stay tuned… daily improvements are made, incorporating many more recycled crafts and eco-friendly green DIY projects. This list of ‘101 Top Free and Green Craft Tutorials’ has inspired many of my current (or planned) WIP craft projects. I will promise not to show too much Amy Butler […]

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