rose-cane

Rose canes are one of those canes I make absolute scads of. I usually use a slight variation on the tru-leigh rose and it works well for me. This one is a more tightly wound rose that would look lovely with or without the leaves in it. I make my canes separately – the leaves and the rose – because …

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Free pattern: Simple baby bib

Free pattern: Simple baby bib

Barbara from Zakrpica made all of these bibs for her baby daughter, and she shares the pattern and tutorial on her blog.  They’re simple baby bibs, but bigger and wider on the shoulder to give good coverage against drools and dribbles.  An extra layer of fabric in the middle makes them absorbent.  They’re quick to …

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Mason Jar Lid Blueberry Pies

by Carolyn Bickford


Mason jar lid blueberry pie

Blueberries are in season here in New England! I was fortunate to get out picking yesterday before the rainstorms came in. Lots of highbush blueberries for this cute recipe, if my family doesn’t eat them all first.

Gina at She Knows has created these individual pies using the lid of the mason jar. She also uses already made pie crust …

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Tutorial: Make a new bag for a folding camp chair

Tutorial: Make a new bag for a folding camp chair

The bags that hold folding camp chairs get a lot of wear.  If you use your chair very  much at all, it won’t be long before the bag has rips and tears at the major stress points.  Jane from Maiden Jane shows how you can sew a new bag for …

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Inspiration: Shakespeare Banner

Andrea from the Snapping Monsters blog is a girl after my own heart. I love incorporating literary quotes and images in my art work, she stamped out quotes from Shakespeare onto inked, stencils and embellished die cut pennant shapes for a wonderful banner. See more photos over on her blog.

-Heather…

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Isabel is sharing a fused bead pattern tutorial on her blog, Craftosaurus (I love that blog name!). I think it is a fun project that lets anyone be creative and make something really cool, no matter what their craft skill level.

Not only are fused beads fun for kids, they are still fun for adults. They are great for a …

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Felt iPad  tablet caseAlice is the creative mind behind “Whisketeers” and blogs out of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Follow her directions on creating this hold it all “Felt iPad / tablet case”. Alice has a very excellent tutorial and I thank her for sharing.…

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twistedwaistbandOne thing I don’t like about elastic casing waistbands is the tendency for the elastic to twist.  Grrr…. Preethi from WIDI shares a fix for the ever annoying twisted elastic.  First she tells how to get it untwisted, and then what to do to keep it from ever getting twisted up again.  Go to WIDI to see what she does.…

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Tutorial: Hanging hand towel

Tutorial: Hanging hand towel

Fat Quarter Shop shares a tutorial on their blog, The Jolly Jabber, showing how you can make this hanging hand towel for your kitchen.  The towel has a topper that can be buttoned around a stove handle or other horizontal bar.  There’s also a bonus tutorial at the end of the post showing how to make …

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ice cream necklaces

Melanie of “Artzy Creations” is sharing her “Ice Cream and Popsicle Necklaces” tutorial with us.  She made them for kids, but I’ll bet that older teens would like them.  Melanie is a Seattle wife and mom who loves crafting and sharing her projects.  She has an excellent tutorial with a pattern template for us to download.  These are so cute …

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I absolutely love Hummingbirds. We have several types that visit our house.  Some even stick around throughout the entire year. They are amazing beautiful little birds that dash in and out for a little bit of nectar. It is such a funny experience to have one buzz around your head. Grilles-point-de-croix created this …

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I can’t help but to giggle every time I answer my friends with the expression, “totes.” I am instantly turned into a teenage girl and want to start talking about nail polish and boys.  Chris Carey along with the gang over at Tutsplus.com created this fab pattern and tutorial for you to make your own Totes Awesome Totebag. I …

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party food

If you’re trying to eat right, planning a party can be a bit of a challenge. But, Meatified has come to the rescue with a fabulous roundup of 50 Healthy Party Food Recipes for people who are eating paleo, primal, grain free, and/or real food diets. There are plenty of fab appetizer ideas here, ranging from marinated olives and spiced …

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Tutorial: Lace trimmed pencil skirt

Tutorial: Lace trimmed pencil skirt

Lisa from Mabey She Made It shares a tutorial at The Ribbon Retreat showing how to make this gorgeous lace trimmed pencil skirt. Stripes of stretch lace trim embellish the simple pencil skirt made from a stretch knit.  It’s a dressy skirt that’s also comfortable to wear. She also shows it worn with a simple t-shirt for a more casual look. …

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learn to knit love to knit giveawayRemember the other day when I said I was going to catch up on giveaways? It was a total lie.

I’m a few weeks behind on picking winners, and even longer behind on mailing things, so please be patient and I’ll get to it as I can, I promise. The last weeks before a book deadline are crazy, and it’s …

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curbappeal1

Upkeep on your home is a never-ending task.  One of the most important things to stay on top of when it comes to the beauty of your home is it’s initial curb appeal.  It is the first impression that people have of your home upon arriving, so why not make it (and keep it) the best it can be.   …

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Tutorial: Summery Bandana Bunting

Tutorial: Summery Bandana Bunting

Crafts Unleashed shows how you can make this Summery Bandana Bunting.  Flags made from the points of bandanas are sewn to a length of pom pom trim.  It’s quick and easy to make, and would be a cute decoration for an outdoor summer party.  5 bandanas will give you 15 flags for your bunting.  Get the tute

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metalcuffbraceletheader

This metal cuff is made using a soft pliable metal called Tooling Metal. It is a great medium to work with as it can be indented to create amazing texture to your pieces. For the full tutorial and info on where to get it from check out this blog Say Things With Color.

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caron united facebook contestI told you earlier this month about Caron’s new yarn United, which is a made in the United States yarn (though made of imported fibers), a small portion of the sale price of which goes to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

To further support charitable knitting and crochet, Caron is currently running a contest where people can share …

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How to Make a Duck Tape Pencil Case
This is such a fashionable pencil case, it is hard to believe it is so simple to make. Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial shared by Sarah, from While They Share, and you can make one too. All you need is some colorful duct tape, a fabric scrap, a piece of Velcro, and some scissors and a ruler. You can …

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