Gift Bag 1 Sometimes you need a sturdy gift bag for something heavy or you just want it to coordinate. Either way pop on over to the link Tamara sent in to the blog ETCetorize for a fun tutorial on how to make a recycled box sturdy gift bag.…

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knit a simple necklace of chain linksWant to knit a cute accessory that you can make from start to finish in an afternoon or so? Look no further than the Chain Scarf Necklace from La littérature gourmande.

Each of the links is a knit rectangle (work with whatever yarn and corresponding needles you like) that’s rolled up and sewn, making this version perfect for a beginner. …

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Creamed Honey

by Carolyn Bickford


creamed Honey

Occasionally, I have crystallized honey and now I know how to use it up. Creamed honey or kremasti med in Croatian!

The website starts off in Croatian, but has English version at the bottom.

Bite My Cake informs us on how to cream honey using equal parts of crystallized honey and regular(liquid) honey. It is a long process in the …

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Make Your Own Aged Metal

by Larissa Coleman


DIY Galvanized Rusty

Aging metal is not a new technique by any means, but this is one method you will want to check out.  With all of the different methods available, this great tutorial is written up using metal and a household cleaner that everyone most likely has sitting in their cupboards.  Head on over to the blog Carolyn’s Homework and read her …

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felt pot and pan padsAmy Christie hosts “This Heart of mine” and is sharing her brilliant idea for these “Felt Pot & Pan Pads”! Amy is a wife, mother of two and thinks of most bought items in her home are replaceable.  After the passing of her paternal grandmother, she was gifted a small amount of money which she used towards buying a quality …

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I think these “Blooming Monograms” would be an amazing gift to give as a desk accent or wall hanging. All you really need are paper mache letters, floral foam, and silk flowers!

Get the tutorial here- Project: Blooming Monogram.…

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Painter's Tape + Paint Name Art

While this project is made on painting canvas or poster board, I think this would be a fun way to personalize just about anything with just a few simple modifications! As the name of this project suggests, all you need to make it, besides a canvas or poster board, is some paint and painters tape. You can use the painters …

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DIY Doily Cones for Wedding Treats via Domestically Blissful

One of my favorite details in this charming backyard wedding at Domestically Blissful are the DIY Doily Cones! Perfect for an informal summer celebration, these pretty paper containers are easy to make, budget-friendly, and can hold a variety of treats for your guests. Get the tutorial and more here.…

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Tutorial: Monogrammed tote bag

Tutorial: Monogrammed tote bag

Jenn from Sweet T Makes Three shows how you can make this pretty monogrammed tote bag.  It’s a sturdy bag (made from two layers of duck fabric, plus interfacing), and roomy, too.  Based on her cutting dimensions, this should make a bag roughly 14″ wide x 12″ tall.  If you own an embroidery machine, you can …

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Freebie: Paper Garland

by Heather Holbrook


Freebie: Paper Garland

Down a free printable pattern to trace and cut for a lovely butterfly and flower paper garland over at the Pane, Amore e Creativita blog. (note blog is in Italian but no need to translate just to download the pattern :))

-Heather…

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Tutorial - Painting With Inks by heather Greenwood

Heather Greenwood shares a great way to add some color to plain prints. She painted her pre-printed design using spray mists from Heidi Swapp. Done in only three steps! You can also do this with images you stamp yourself, as long as you use waterproof ink.

Click here tutorial

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Polymer Clay Trivia

by Elaine Robitaille


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Isabel Krueger rounded up some of the good notes and (sourced them even) and popped them into a handy polymer clay basics document. You should have a peek and bookmark it. Everyone always has slightly different takes on the basics and the variety out there actually helps each clayer pick their way through to what works best for them.…

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Easy Summer Picnic Quilt

by Scarlett Burroughs


Summer Picnic Quilt Free Pattern Remona

Remona of The Stitching Scientist thinks summer quilting projects should be quick and easy to leave plenty of time for outdoor activities. I agree. With that in mind, she made this fun quilt out of a Jelly Roll and Charm Pack from the Little Apples fabric collection by Aneela Hoey. See her instructions for how to make your own Summer

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Tutorial: Modern house placemats with flatware pockets

Tutorial: Modern house placemats with flatware pockets

Svetlana Sotak of s.o.t.a.k handmade guest blogs at Ellison Lane with a tutorial showing how to make these adorable house placemats.  They’re pieced in two fabrics – one for the main house shape, and one for the roof.  And look at the door – it’s also a flatware pocket!  I’m loving the gingham and …

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Tutorial: Simple summer skirt with pockets

Tutorial: Simple summer skirt with pockets

Emily from Nap Time Creations shows how you can make this breezy summer skirt.  It’s a simple gathered skirt with wide elastic for a waistband, and pockets set into the side seams.  Her tutorial includes a template for making the pockets.  Wear it with a t-shirt or loose fitting blouse and you’ll look dressed up for errand …

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Felt fox pillow1fox pillow

NICOLE is a South African living in Southern California and Hosts “THE FELTED FOX” where she likes to share her diverse Scandinavian minimalism, Californian modernism, and a little bit of a South African love for color and all things recycled.  She is showing us how to make her “Felt Fox Pillow DIY” and it is a cutie!  Use her free …

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Tutorial: Christmas bird ornament

Tutorial: Christmas bird ornament

Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios shows how you can make this handsome Christmas bird ornament. Made from white fabric, he looks like a dove. Or if made from a red, he could be a cardinal.  Or how about making a bunch out of different fabrics and covering your tree in a flock of birdies?  She uses a …

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Project: Neon Card

by Heather Holbrook


Project: Neon Card

Neon colors are really trendy right now! Use neon ink sprays, stencils and stamps for a bright and colorful greeting card. Hero Arts stamps has all the details.

-Heather…

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bridal shower themes

During the summer months, love is in the air! If you know a bride-to-be, Pop Sugar has a fabulous list of bridal shower themes that are sure to be a hit. My personal favorites are the neon circus and glitzy hearts themes pictured below, but there’s a great ’60s beach party shower idea that looks like fun if you’re not embarrassed …

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vintage lace hat free knitting patternThe free Sweater Babe pattern of the month this month is the Vintage Charm One Ball Hat, a cute little lace leaf patterned hat worked with one skein of a super soft chunky 100 percent baby alpaca yarn.

This would be a great one for gift giving or just to warm your head when it’s cold outside.

The pattern …

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Tutorial: Fairy dress-up wings

Tutorial: Fairy dress-up wings

Lainie from Maker*land shows how you can make a pair of fairy dress-up wings for a small child.  These are more substantial than a pair of wire & sheer fabric wings like you’d find at the store, and I think they’d stand up better to active play.  These are made from two layers of quilting cotton, with …

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summer wreathAmy from “Delineate Your Dwelling” has a guest post on “uncommon designs” sharing her design with a step-by-step tutorial for her lovely “Summer Fabric Wreath”!  This is a good way to use up your scraps of fabrics and is light and summery.…

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diy leash accessory This is brilliant! I bet anyone who fosters dogs for adoption would love to have one of these! So whether you are one of the great people who do foster dogs before their adoption of just like to craft for shelters pop on over to the link Erika sent in to the blog Sew Doggy Style for the 2 tutorials

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Beach-bag-main-1Marni from Haberdashery Fun shares a tutorial at Momtastic showing how to make this beach bag with cord straps.  It’s easy to make – just a simple rectangular tote with cording and jumbo eyelets for straps.  The size she shows makes  a cute beach bag, but you can adjust the dimensions to make it in any size you like.  You …

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10 Classroom Themes

by Kym Terranova


10 class room themes

 

August is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning classroom themes.  These ten whimsical themes will add fun and excitement to your learning space.  What child wouldn’t love to sit back and read a book while sitting by the ocean or in a cozy nook at Hogwarts?  Students will look forward to working under their favorite truffula tree or …

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