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.. is to use a drill.

No seriously.

Dutch chef Jasper van Ramshorst probably got too bored peeling apples the normal way, so he got a drill, put it through an apple core, put the peeler on top of it and let the drill go.

The result, as you can see, is the fastest way to peel an apple, or a bunch …

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7 Game of Thrones DIY

 

Winter may not be coming for a while, but that shouldn’t stop you from making some of these Game of Thrones inspired projects.  Fans of the show have created all kinds of interesting crafts, ranging from simple items to the most elaborate.  Why not have some friends over for a viewing party, complete with dragon egg cookies, themed coasters, …

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sampler baby blanketI love to knit baby blankets, and I like patterns that have fun details both for the knitter and the parents and child to enjoy.

This Easy Baby Blanket from The Things We Do is a lot of fun because it uses lots of different colors and different stitch patterns as you go along.

The blanket incorporates stripes of stockinette, …

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Easy Easter Recipes

by Carolyn Bickford


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Are you ready for Easter? I still have to do some shopping for the meals, but the Easter Bucket is ready.

Are you stuck for ideas or want to try something new? The Frugal Girls are here to rescue you with ideas from breakfast to the end of your dinner.

You can be healthy or forget about your waistline, slave …

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Globe Luminary

by Sherri Osborn


Globe Luminary
Why not show your kids how to make one of these luminaries in honor of Earth Day. All you need is blue and green tissue paper, Mod Podge, and a small round fish or ivy bowl. Maureen, from Twig and Toadstool, explains how to pull all of these supplies together to create a lovely candle holder that is perfect …

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Tutorial: April Showers ToteMeream from Bored and Crafty shares a tutorial at Tamagotchi Life showing how to make her April Showers Tote.  A simple tote bag has a pretty april shower appliqued on the front.  The finished size is approximately 11 x 13 – a good size to carry books home from the library or maybe a small snack to the park.  Go to Tamagotchi Life

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Free pattern: Mix and Match Bow TiesDelia from Delia Creates shares a free pattern for making her Mix and Match Bow Ties for boys.  They’re the real deal kind of bow tie, the ones that you actually tie.  They’re made in two parts, with a hook connecting them in the back, so you can mix and match to make two-tone bow ties.  She also suggests mixing prints on …

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I love the way cross stitch looks on linen. It just looks so soft and sweet to me. It reminds me of a spring day.  Sew Sweet Violet created a great tutorial on How to Cross Stitch on Linen. It is so wonderful that she gives easy to follow

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Tip: Adding a Shadow Background to Stamped Images

Adding shading and shadows behind, below and around your stamped images can really give them more dimension and help them pop off the paper. The C. C. Designs Stamp blog will show you how to make a pretty dotted background using Copic Markers.

-Heather…

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Who wouldn’t want to receive this adorable Easter Bunny with some yummy chocolate eggs? In this detailed tutorial at Crea Bea, you’ll learn how to sketch out and cut the pieces to make this cute bunny. he would be lovely on a scrapbook page too! Click here for all the instructions.…

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Tutorial - Easy Burlap Easter Cards from Burlap Bag Lady

Suzanne aka The Burlap Bag Lady shares a tutorial for making Easter Egg cards using burlap and trims. Pretty cute! Click here to see more.…

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Inspiration du Jour - Life is Good by sarahak

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Tutorial: Damask Pendants

by Elaine Robitaille


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These guys are nice examples of what you can do with a little clay, a texture sheet and paint. I usually skip paint so finding nice effects WITH paint is always a treat. The tutorial writer, Natalie, has also got good taste in her paint choices something that helps in putting together a good project.…

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Free printable: Hello Spring

by Scarlett Burroughs


Hello Spring Printable

After the winter we’ve endured, this printable – designed by Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe – is the perfect greeting for warmer days ahead. Visit her blog to see how she framed it, then download your own copy of Hello Spring (for personal use only).

Image credit: Live Laugh Rowe

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Looking for some quick last minute “Date Night” curls? Check out this quick tip. Simple curl two ends to get the look. Date Night Curls. Do you have a go -to quick look? Maybe it’s time to change that look and try something new. If you try this one come back and let us know just how easy it …

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Tutorial: Easy sew chopstick sleeve from scrap fabricMaria Merlino shows how you can quickly sew up fabric sleeves for your chopsticks.  They’re super easy to make, and you can use your fabric scraps.  Or, for a matched set you could purchase a fat quarter or a small bit of yardage.  Each sleeve has two pockets, one for each chopstick in a pair.  Make them for a pretty …

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recycled felt basketAma of “Ohoh blog” has two kids and a hubby! She is Belgian but they have live in Mexico for several years.  It appears that Ama writes in four languages and that is amazing!  She has this complete tutorial for her pretty “recycled felt basket” for us to follow.  By the way, her blog is called “Ohoh” becuase at one; …

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Tutorial: Hidden tab curtains tied in a bowMichaela from Covered in Mod Podge shares a tutorial at The Ribbon Retreat showing how to make these hidden tab curtains tied together in the center with a bow.  The hidden tabs are easily made from wide grosgrain ribbon stitched to the back of the curtain panel.  The rounded bow tie lends a sweet personality to the window dressing.  Get her tutorial

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Spring hen party quilt

by Scarlett Burroughs


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Full of whimsy with hens and eggs flying through the air, Hen’s Party is a lovely tribute to the energy of Spring. Did you know hens like to party in the Spring? That’s the inspired opinion of this quilt’s maker – Bozena Wojtaszek of The Textile Cuisine.

Image credit: Bozena Wojtaszek

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floating cloudsI could sure use these today getting ready for Easter and my Daughter’s Birthday and making special craft projects for the kids, plus shopping and planning dinner.  Laying down and looking up at some clouds sounds good right now.  Well, I could make this with the DIY from Victoria of “A Subtle Revelry” who is a mom to twins and …

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Tutorial: Reversible horse blanket for an American Girl horseOver at Arts and Crafts for your American Girl Doll, you can get a free pattern for making a reversible horse blanket for an American Girl horse.  It’s an easy project to make.  Her pattern will fit an American Girl brand horse, but you could adapt the size of the pattern to fit any brand of play horse.  Go to Arts and

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Jenn Erickson is the author of “Rook No. 17″ a place for inspired ideas for creative living.  Jenn reviewed and gave away Adventures in Pompom Land and shared the “Pompom Chick” DIY from the book.  She made the “Pompom Sheep” on her own and it is very sweet.  Both of these projects are just adorable and add a special touch …

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Technique: Faux Glass Stamping Technique

Sharon Jeffs has a video over on the Frantic Stamper Happenings blog showing how to use heat embossing powders to make a faux vintage glass look over stamped images.

-Heather…

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This too cute quickie is something you can still make for the kiddies to enjoy on Easter.  Kara has the pattern for us (see below).  However, bean bag tosses are popular with all ages all the time, so don’t limit yourself to Easter.  Just make a bunch with your scraps, set them in a basket, and see how people – …

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Here’s a fun Giveaway for you – and your chance to win one of my favorite new crochet books.  You can read my review of this book here.

So, the tax man/woman/uncle has visited all of us in the US this month.  Always a drag.  To cheer us all up, I have a chance for you to win …

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