april showers mittensThis year I’ve been sharing Kat from Just Crafty Enough’s quest to knit a pair of mittens every month, and the April pair is really cute.

The April Showers mittens feature — what else? — umbrellas, and are a pretty easy way to get your feet wet (sorry) with color knitting if you’ve never tried it before.

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knitting health benefitsA couple of new stories have come out recently about how great knitting and other creative hobbies can be for our health and our life.

A study from San Fransisco State University found that creative hobbies of any sort caused people to be better problem solvers at work. Researchers said they thought the freedom of self-expression that creative hobbies …

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FlowerPot-11 I simply love finding new surfaces to stitch on and that is just what Maria sent in. Check out the blog Infinity Blend for a a great tutorial on how to stitch on a plastic flower pot. I can’t wait to try this with words!…

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Loving this floral bracelet that you can create yourself. Using silicone molds and epoxy resins, Nataly Grin writes a master class and shows you how you can do it yourself.

You can use flowers, leaves, anything can be pressed into the molds.

Get more details here: DIY Floral Bracelet.…

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Stunning String Bowl

by Vikram Goyal


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Tutsplus.com used to be a site for tutorials on programming. No more. They have now branched into making tutorials for crafts.

And one beautiful craft tutorial is the one on making a gorgeous string bowl for your home, that is practical and functional.

And in line with the regular tutorials on tutsplus, you get the whole tutorial with great …

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Free pattern: Bride and groom coffee sleevesStaci from Crafty Staci shares a free pattern for a pair of bride and groom coffee sleeves.  One sleeve is made like a tuxedo, and the other has lacing like you’d find on the back of a wedding dress.  A pair of these would make a fun little wedding gift, especially if given with a gift card so the happy …

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Shoe Cupcakes

by Carolyn Bickford


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I’m not a shoe person. Probably cause I have small feet and can’t find the fabulous shoes in my size.

These shoes cupcakes are perfect for any size. Little Delights Cakes shows you how she created these cute cupcakes using, cupcakes, royal icing, Piroutte cookies and what tips she used to decorate the cupcakes. She created these cupcakes for a …

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In case you hadn’t noticed Epsom Salts are the new “Coconut Oil” of the health world. Technically of course they are not new. Check out some of our older posts on Things to do with Epsom Salts. Meantime treat your face to a glowing Epsom Salt Facial with these basic but effective salt and honey scrub.…

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Video tutorial: Clean finish lined bodice with no hand sewingBelieve it or not, you can create a lined sleeveless bodice with no raw edges and a clean finish on the neck and arm holes, without having to resort to any hand sewing.  Colette Patterns shares a video tutorial on their blog, the Coletterie, showing how.  It’s actually a fairly easy technique though it’s complicated to show in photos.  They include a video with …

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On Monday I shared my review of Lauren Dahl’s course Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale.  I mentioned that in just one week I was able to take one of my own basic patterns, digitize it in Adobe Illustrator, and create a tiled PDF pattern from it.  Today I thought I’d share a little about the process.

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5 minute pillow coverThe tutorial comes from “Creature Comforts! The design and lifestyle blog”!  If you have some dated pillows on hand try this “No-Sew Decorative Pillow Cover” and add some sparkle to any room.  The founder and editor-in-chief, Ez Pudewa has been sharing her passion for home and personal style, artful inspiration, and the DIY lifestyle with a vibrant community of readers and …

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smalldreamfactorytankdressSmall Dreamfactory shares a free pattern for making a little girl’s spaghetti strap sundress.  It’s made from knit fabric, with ribbing to bind off the neck and arms and to create the thin straps.  The pattern comes in sizes 9 months to 4T.  Go to Small Dreamfactory to download the pattern and see how to put it together.

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Celebrate Home Run Day

by Sherri Osborn


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Do you know someone who is a huge baseball fan? If so, this time of year is the perfect time to let them make their own baseball themed charms that can be used on necklaces, keychains, or zipper pulls.

Check out this tutorial and make baseball charms using shrink plastic and these printable templates.

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summerbridalshowers

Staging the perfect bridal shower is no easy task.  There are so many details to plan, and so many options to consider that sometimes the task can be a little overwhelming.  Worry no more, because today we have brought you 5 ideas to have an amazing bridal shower just in time for the warm Summer months.  You are sure to …

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Tutorial: Embellished apron in a jarYou’ve probably seen mason jars used to package gift mixes, but you can also use mason jars to package other gift items – like this embellished apron.  Andy Knowlton shares a tutorial at Therm O Web showing how to make one.  They start with a plain apron purchased at a craft store, and then use fusible webbing to add fun …

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Technique: Faux Metal Card Accent

Heat embossing powders onto die cuts for a cool faux metal card embellishment. Hero Arts has a video tutorial to show you how.

-Heather…

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If you’re looking for a very special project to make for Spring, this may well be it.  It looks like a true labor of love to me.  I’m into pinks, so I love the colorway.  If you’ve ever seen cherry trees blossoming, you’ll see just how stunning this afghan is.  The crocheter too what would otherwise be a fairly humdrum …

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Tutorial - Mixed Media Background by Ashley Calder

Ashley Calder at Things That Shine made this mixed media background for her scrapbook page using old book pages, gesso, watercolor crayons and other scrapbooking supplies. In her video tutorial she shows you how she created this background, which only takes about five minutes! Click here to go to the tutorial.…

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Alison from Dream a Little Bigger shares both the free Silhouette cut files, and the instructions for making gift card giving cards with coordinating envelopes. if you have a stash of card stock and patterned paper waiting for a project, this is just the thing. Click here to see more.…

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Inspiration du Jour | Music

by Francine Clouden


Inspiration du Jour - Music by AnkeKramer

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Spring Flowers

by Elaine Robitaille


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I found lots of delicate floral colours in my flickr finds this week – the same sort of palette would be lovely for ice cream treats and lovely, soft coloured decor for weddings and Mother’s Day.

Sakura Blossoms by Kiki and her dolls | Cluster Necklace by Marianne Seiman | Polymer Clay Jewellery by D S | Small Tray by …

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Tutorial: Knotted bracelet made from t-shirt knit scrapsIf you sew with knits very much, you’re likely to have quite a pile of knit scraps.  Here’s a project that will use up some of those knits.  Morena at Dollar Store Crafts shows how you can use strips of scrap knit fabric to make this cute knotted bracelet.  She also shows a version made out of denim scraps.  Go

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Tutorial: Short flared skirtEllen from The Chilly Dog shows how to make this flared skirt.  It’s made from eight gores, or angled panels, which give it that lovely flared fit.  The one she made comes right to the knee, but you could lengthen this to a longer skirt if you like.   Her tutorial shows how to draft the pattern using your hip and waist measurements and then how …

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taggie-toy-titleLucy from The Things We Do shows how to make this super cute spotted horse taggie toy for a baby.  The small horse softie is packed with textures and colors for young fingers to explore.  He has a mane made from ribbon tags and a tail of knotted rope.  Brightly colored felt spots are appliqued on to his body.  Go to The Things

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Mother' Day gift wrap MELISSA of “Melissa Camara Wilkins” has the most adorable felt “mother’s day gift wrap” for you and the kids to make.  She has complete instructions for us to follow and these are so sweet.  Thanks Melissa for sharing this sweet project.…

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