emerge_logo_bannerEvery other year Bullseye Glass celebrates the emerging glass artist with their competition, Emerge. People enter from all over the world…finalists are chosen…and the winners have been announced! Festivities are planned and a book will be published. It’s a huge honor to be one of the chosen finalists as well as a winner. Go over to the web site and …

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Art Deco at Patchwork Fun

by Scarlett Burroughs


DecoLampWallhangingThis Art Deco mini quilt was designed by Chris Jurd of Patchwork Fun Etsy. I just found her shop and quickly knew she would become a favorite. Won’t you join me for some window shopping, starting with Art Deco.

Image credit: Patchwork Fun

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Tutorial: Flouncy bubble skirt with a wide elastic waistbandAshley from Make It and Love It shows how you can make a flouncy bubble skirt with a wide elastic waistband.  Lightweight chiffon hangs beautifully and makes a full bubble at the hem.  You can make it in any size, from little girl to teen to adult.  Hemming chiffon makes me want to pull my hair out, but the construction of this skirt avoids …

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Tutorial: Polka dot and leather fold over clutchMelissa Mortenson from Polka Dot Chair shows how you can make this polka dot and leather fold over clutch.  It’s a smart little bag, chic and modern!  The gold polka dot pattern is made with a stencil and gold paint.  The lining is also a metallic geometric print, though one she was able to find in a purchased print.  Fusible fleece between the …

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1000kidsartCall for EntriesEXTDoes the little person in your life make masterpieces that make you smile? Why not share that art with the world in print (not just on your fridge)? Pop on over to http://www.quartous.com/entries.php for all the details on how to submit your kid’s art for consideration in this new 1000 series book from Quarry.…

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prom-dress-to-skirt-tutoiralIn general prom dresses only get worn once. Why not change that and take your scissors to that beautiful fabric and make a skirt you can wear a bunch. Angela sent in a link to the post at Fleece Fun on how to convert a prom dress into a skirt.…

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How to fold a Furoshiki Easter Basket tutorial

Jessica Okui creates original craft projects and tutorials every week on “Zakka Life”!  She is sharing her tutorial on “How to fold a Furoshiki Easter Basket” with a pictorial and she makes it look easy.  If you are wondering what a Furoshiki is? A furoshiki is a traditional Japanese cloth used for wrapping and transporting items. But you don’t need …

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Tutorial: No-sew doll-sized fabric Easter basketDoll It Up shows how you can make this doll-sized Easter basket.  Even though it’s made from fabric, there’s no sewing required.  Phoomph gives it body and it’s held together with hot glue.  I’m loving how she used a small scale border print to make the Easter stripes around the basket.  Go to Doll It Up for the tute.

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Felted Easter Eggs & ChicksMartha Stewart has tutorials for both the “Felted Easter Eggs & Chicks”!  The downy softness of baby chicks are so cute made with wool roving!  Cover Styrofoam eggs in a variety of colors with roving and a felting needle.…

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cat toyMartha Stewart has a “No-Sew Feather Cat Toy” with complete instructions with a feather template.  If you give your cat an Easter these should be it :)IY, Easy, No-Sew, Feather, Cat, Toy,…

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magnet fishing toyNess of “One Perfect Day” lives in Sydney, Australia with her hubby and little boy.  Ness has an adorable unisex “Magnetic Fishing Game” just in time to put in your Easter baskets.  This would also make a great kid’s party game. It is also a learning toy: For size sorting games, make the fish different sizes. To learn about colors …

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mitered shawl lion brandLion Brand Amazing yarn is a lot of fun, and I’m kind of in love with this Mitered Shawl knitting pattern that uses that pretty self-striping yarn.

Using mitered squares with multicolored yarn is an easy way to break up the colors and make a project look a lot more difficult than it is because it looks like you changed …

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fifteen love top knittyToday is Knitty surprise day, which means a couple more patterns have been released to get you stitching this season. (Note, if you are reading this on Wednesday, their servers may be a bit slow to load because the patterns are new, but be patient and you’ll get there.)

The Fifteen Love Pullover by Brittany Wilson is a pretty three-color …

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There is no better way to embellish clothing than with some embroidery…okay, maybe rhinestones might be a better way but other than that, embroidery is the best way ever. This handmade September dress is simply perfect with the detailed embroidered flowers. What little girl wouldn’t love this dress? I want this dress! Jane at…

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Tutorial: Easter hen egg warmerBirgit from By Number 19 shares a tutorial showing how to make these sweet Easter hen egg warmers.  This would be a fun project for using up your cotton scraps.  You can mix and match pattern and print, and the pieces are all relatively small.  The egg warmers are lined to help keep the heat in.  The lining is super easy …

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This is a constant source of irritation at our house. The under kitchen sink area. It is a mess of cleaners, oddments, scrubbers that do not find a place anywhere else. In short, it is very unorganized.

So imagine my delight at finding this clever idea to manage this space better. You see, the major source of issue is that …

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Tutorial: Gardener's apron with lots of pocketsSpring is gardening season.  There’s a lot of work to do to prep your garden beds, plant your flowers or veggies, and tend them till they’re big healthy plants.  Cheryl from Sew Can Do shows how you can make a gardener’s apron to wear while working out in your beds.  It’s a simple half apron with two rows of pockets to hold diggers and trowels …

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Poppy Seed Easter Lamb

by Carolyn Bickford


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Are you still working on your Easter menu?

Here is a cute tradition brought over from Germany that would make a great start and conversation piece for Easter morning.

Regina at Leelicious shows us a sweet tradition of sweet rolls filled with poppy seed filling. She gives you the recipe for the rolls and the poppy seed filling. She suggests …

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DIY Real Flower Earrings

by Shellie Wilson


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These flower earrings are made from real flowers making them exquisitely beautiful but terribly fragile.  Perfect for wearing to a cool evening dinner party or night at the opera. Just make sure the person sitting next to you doesn’t get hay fever. Real Flower Earrings.…

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DIY Acrylic Tray Hack

by Shellie Wilson


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Acrylic is starting to move it’s way back out of our lives. Before you say goodbye to your acrylic collection how about revamping it with a little  color? This tutorial uses Alcohol inks and a sealer but I think you could give this one a go with some nail polish too. Full tutorial can be found here at Dreamalittlebigger.com. 

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upcycle t shirts

 

Now that warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to pull all those t-shirts out from the back of your closet and put them front and center.  There are probably a few shirts that you’re unsure whether to keep, so why not refashion them into something else?  If the shirt just seems a little boring, why not add a new …

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Free pattern: Casey the Crab softieAbby Glassenberg from While She Naps, and author of Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, shares a free pattern for making her Casey the Crab softie.  Isn’t he the cutest!!  He has a sweet smile on his face and soft fabric claws and pincers that won’t hurt anyone.  Go to While She Naps to get the free pattern and see how …

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DIY a Knitting Loom and Knit With It
I have seen knitting looms on sale at stores on occasion and have even considered buying one, however, anytime I looked at then I would think I bet I could make one of these. Of course, by the time I get home I never remember my plan to try to make one…  Now I don’t have an excuse!

Heidi, from …

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Tutorial: Flanged pillow shamDena from Hearts and Sharts shows how to make a flanged pillow sham.  The flange creates a subtle border around the pillow and lends a more formal air to your bedding ensemble.  It’s actually an easy detail to add in when making a pillow cover.  Go to Hearts and Sharts for a tutorial showing how to do it.

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Tutorial: Pocket Full of Posies skirt for girlsAngelina from JoJo and Eloise shares a tutorial at Riley Blake Designs showing how to make her Pocket Full of Posies skirt for girls.  It’s a gathered skirt that comes just below the knee and is pieced from panels of coordinating fabrics.  And on each panel is a big, beautiful pocket.  You can have fun giving each pocket it’s own personality.  …

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