wonder woman blockI just learned about this really cool knitalong, also known as a geekalong, that’s happening over at Lattes and Llamas. Each week the dynamic duo of Megan-Ann and Jac release a new double-knit block pattern that has some kind of geekery element to it.

This is week 14, and the latest block is a Wonder Woman inspired number. Previous …

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Tutorial: Half circle skirtRemona from The Stitching Scientist shares a tutorial showing how to make a half circle skirt.  A half circle skirt has less fullness than a full circle skirt and requires less fabric.  Hers comes just above the knee, with a gentle drape from the hips down.  You can make it from a woven or a knit, so long as it’s a …

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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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Tutorial: Kanzashi butterfly headbandMollie from Wild Olive shows how you can make this pretty kanazashi butterfly headband.  Each butterfly is made from 6 hexagons (2 large, 2 medium, and 2 small) folded and stitched to make layered wings.  You can charm squares or fabrics to make them.  They’re made entirely with  hand stitches and fabric glue, so it’s a good project to take along with …

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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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marshmallow bunny skirtAmanda of “dandelions and lace” has a skirt pattern for a “marshmallow bunny skirt + tutorial” and it is darling with the little multicolored peeps around the bottom of the skirt.  She has a pattern for her bunnies and she used fusible webbing and the bunnies could be ironed onto a readymade skirt if you don’t have the time to …

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Flamingo toes shares her Anthro knock off “Silk Bracelet”. There has been recent discussion amongst crafters as to wether copying the BIG guys is allowed? After all we all kick and scream when the BIG guys copy us. What do you think?  Are knock-off DIY projects acceptable? Meantime check out the tutorial above for a very easy project.…

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Did I ever tell you how much in awe I am of Mary Corbet at Needle n’ Thread. Not only is she an excellent embroiderer but she is an amazing historian. I love that she has such a passion for needlework. It makes me very happy that she is a keeper (and giver!) of such information. Today she posted …

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Tutorial: 1-hour easy fringed ponchoVintage Pattern Marketplace shares a tutorial for making a fringed poncho.  It’s a quick, easy project requiring only an hour of sewing time.  You’ll need a 45″ square of fabric plus some bias tape and fringe trim.  If you make it from vintage-y fabric it would make a great costume for 1960s or 1970s dress-up days.  Or, make it from a …

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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


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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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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


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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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