change of heart cowl knittyIt’s hard to believe these are the fall surprises when it’s not even August yet, but the two surprise patterns just released by Knitty are great to knit now and use later (or, in the case of the socks, to use now).

The Thisbe Sock by Nancy Green is a top-down, lace and cable design with a short row heel …

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Yes you can do it and it’s easier than you think.

No, you don’t need a degree in Melittology (scientific study of bees) or be an apiarist (although either of those can’t hurt).

All you really need to do is to learn it by following the step by step guide from the website remove and replace here: Beehive in a Jar

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knit a cute red jumper for a little girlI’m pretty sure I told you before about Red Heart’s Christmas in July pattern collection. A lot of these are crochet, but I saw a new one this week that caught my eye for knitters.

The Red Jumper is a really cute little red dress — though I’m sure it would be lovely in any color! — designed by Lorna …

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55 Great Cleaning Tips

by Larissa Coleman


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While the task of cleaning can be a tedious and overwhelming one, there can be ways to make it a little easier.  These 55 tips can give you a little extra push to get some of those tasks done that you may just have been putting off for a while.  Now, I understand that 55 tips seem like a lot, …

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Homemade Baby Shampoo

by Shellie Wilson


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Now I have your attention with the most adorable blue eyed baby. This tutorial is for a Homemade baby shampoo that’s gentle and effective. With a mop of hair like this gorgeous baby you are going to need to freshen the hair. Full tutorial here.

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Polar Ice Fishing Science Experiment
It may be summer time where I live, but I think this wintery science experiment would be perfect to do on a hot day. In fact, on a hot day, you might be able to think of even more fun stuff to do with these over-sized ice cubes.

Deirdre, from JDaniel4′s Mom, froze small toy animals in blocks of ice …

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Floating Moss Letters Tutorial via A Handcrafted Wedding

Moss letters floating in thrifted frames are the perfect decorative element for a rustic, woodland-inspired wedding!. Learn how to make them with a quick and easy tutorial from A Handcrafted Wedding.…

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Free pattern: Boys' reversible mesh shorts

Free pattern: Boys’ reversible mesh shorts

Emily from Nap Time Creations shares a free pattern for making these reversible mesh shorts for boys.  She made the ones you see here for her own boys, and they’ve worn them all summer long.  I’ll take that as their approval! Her free pattern comes in two sizes – size 4T and size 5/6T.  If …

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Rachel from Adventures in Making is sharing a tutorial on how to make these cute Flower Flip Flops! She shows how to make the fabric flowers, as well as painting the flip flops with nail polish!

Get the DIY here: Flower Flip Flops.…

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DIY Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow via Something Turquoise

Printed burlap has been catching my eye at craft and fabric stores lately, but leave it to the crafty geniuses at Something Turquoise to come up with a fun way to use it! In 30 minutes or less you can create a burlap ring bearer pillow with their instructions found here. And it’s no-sew!

For lots more burlap inspiration, visit …

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Here’s your sketch for today

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - July 25

Right click to save the image for your files.

Here are two pages using the sketch:

1. Vernell’s page

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - Vernell Clouden

2. Francine’s Page 

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - Francine Clouden

Follow our linked names to get more info and detail shots of our pages.

Leave a link to your layout if you use the sketch!…

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Tutorial: Twist back top

Tutorial: Twist back top

Gina Michele puts a twist on a basic boxy top.  Literally.  She gives the back of the shirt a twist before sewing it up so it has a drapey open back.  She shares a tutorial showing how to make it.  Use different fabrics (with similar weights) on the front and back for extra fun. Go to

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cro owl blanket 0714

I was browsing through Etsy to see what’s new there and ran across a few things I wanted to share with my readers.  These are patterns that cost money, but they certainly look worth a few bucks to me.  This very cute owl pattern can be found here.

 

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I love the dimensionality of this pretty afghan.  See the …

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mohave-stick-neckalce

Julie Picarello makes fantastic mokume gane and there’s a freebie tutorial on Sculpey.com with instructions for it. The tutorial uses Sculpey’s new Soufflé clay but I’m betting you can tweak the colours in the clay of your choice to make the great southwest colour scheme.…

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Free paper piece pattern typewriter Shape Moth

Joanna of Shape Moth created this inviting quilt block, a typewriter with paper in place. She shares on her blog a paper piece pattern, in two sizes. Get the PP typewriter tutorial and free downloadable pattern.

Image credit: Shape Moth

Via Darra Williamson

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Tutorial: Quilted file pouch

Tutorial: Quilted file pouch

Nicole from Modern Handcraft shares a tutorial at The Sewing Rabbit showing how to make a quilted file pouch that’s perfect for back to school.  The large zippered pouch will keep your papers and files organized, and the zip closure keeps papers from slipping out.  The outside is pieced from several fabrics, so have some fun mixing and …

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basket_lemonCamelot Fabrics shares a tutorial for making this play basket of fruit out of felt.  This would make a cute addition to a child’s play kitchen!  The felt basket is filled with nutritious felt fruit – an apple, a lemon, a pear, a banana, and a slice of watermelon.  They’re put together with simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine required for …

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Tutorial: Girl's Preppy Kitty Skirt

Tutorial: Girl’s Preppy Kitty Skirt

Bev from Flamingo Toes shows how to make her Preppy Kitty Skirt.  It’s a super cute girl’s pleated skirt, with a bow at the waist and a sweet kitty face applique.  She gives dimensions to make one in a girl’s size 6, but you can adjust the dimensions to fit any size.  Her tutorial is part of …

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Make Faux Succulents out of FeltThe DIY Mommy is hosted by Christina the mother of 3 girls and blogs out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 2009. Her blog is dedicated to crafty DIY and a lifestyle blog about making things for mommy, for baby and for home. Christina has the most dramatic “Faux Succulents out of Felt” with complete step-by-step pictorial instructions. Christina has many …

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yarnmarket sold to love knittingAccording to a notice on their website and an email sent to subscribers, Yarnmarket has closed its doors and its remaining stock has been sold to Love Knitting.

Yarnmarket was an online yarn, pattern and notions store that was in business for more than 10 years.

The email, sent as usual by Jan and the Yarnmarket Staff says in part:…

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