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This is one of those projects that stands out for it’s usefulness – how to make matching decorator candle sticks for your home using polymer clay. In this case, Nicole uses copper and marble elements in her decorating and then uses clay for one of the accent projects. You could do a similar thing, making matching candle sticks or switch …

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A constant source of irritation in our family is what to have for dinner? The usual “I don’t know” is met with raised eyebrows and frustration. So, a freezer pantry full of yummy and delicious pre-cooked meals is a great way to banish those “I don’t know”‘s to “I will have one of these”. :)

Or at least I hope.

If

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Tutorial: Clipping curves and grading seams for a smoother finishClipping your seams correctly can be the difference between a bumpy, lumpy seam and a professional finish.  Pixie Faire shares a tutorial showing how to clip curves – both convex and concave – as well as how to grade a thick seam, like the kind you get when you attach a gathered skirt to a bodice.  Go to Pixie Faire

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manmanKataryna from Sew Chibi shows that a gender neutral outfit can still be all kinds of fabulous.  The inspiration for this outfit she made for her daughter came from a favorite indie rock band and a favorite blogger friend, Max California.  Shown here is the day-glo color block t-shirt with iron on decals.  There’s also a white t-shirt and …

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Tutorial: Quiet book page with chick and bunny finger puppetsJoy from Joy’s Jots, Shots, and Whatnots shows how she made this Easter page for a Quiet Book, with removable bunny and chick finger puppets.  The finger puppets store in a pocket stitched down to the page.  The slashed circles at the bottoms of the puppets are where fingers can fit through to make the legs.  She made the finger puppets on her embroidery …

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6a00e55007f593883401a5119bd7a7970c-320wi These guys just make me giggle and who doesn’t like making things that make them smile? Pop on over to Craftside for the fun tutorial on how to make little grassy garden gnomes out of recycled nylons and while you are there enter to win a whole Easter basket full of craft books including the one this tutorial is featured …

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Wool Poncho NO SEW

Elsie hosts “A Beautiful Mess” and Kinsey Mhire is a CONTRIBUTOR and they came up with this stunning tutorial for “Wool Poncho” that can be worn year round.  The best part about this project is that it requires absolutely no sewing and it can be done in 30 minutes! Thanks ladies for sharing you efforts and it is just too …

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Fluffy Yarn Easter NestDonni of The Magic Onions is mom to a daughter and son and blogs out of Southern California. Her son had made a yellow yarn chick and then her daughter wanted to make something.  When Donni asked her what she wanted to make her daughter replied: “a soft little brown nest with three speckled robins’ eggs in it”!  Donni had …

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Project: House Card

by Heather Holbrook


Project: House Card

Using die cuts, paints, embossing and stamps the Joyful Daisy blog will show you how to make this cute house card. This would be a great card for someone moving to a new home!

-Heather…

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chevron baby blanketI have a friend who just the other day was lamenting the fact that chevron is still a trend. I didn’t want to tell her that knitters and crocheters have always loved a good chevron, and we’re happy to see the form in popular rotation again.

If you like chevrons and need to knit something cute for a fashionable baby …

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flower knitting patternsTo continue the theme of flowers this week, I thought it would be fun to share some more knitting patterns so you can knit your own, whether you make a bouquet of knit flowers to display or a single flower to put on a headband or your coffee cozy.

The Pinwheel Flowers by Frankie Brown might not look quite like …

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Daffodil corsage1Daffodil corsage2I remember each year my older brother who was in the Army would send my mother and me Easter corsages and they were so pretty and Easter was not the same when he stopped :(  Well let’s give our children a similar tradition this Easter by making them “Daffodil corsages” designed and created by Jane of “buzzmills” following her complete …

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Sale: Impress Stamps!

by Heather Holbrook


Sale Impress Stamps! Just a quick note to say Impress Cards and Crafts is having a sale, use code: SALE! to receive 20%, hurry though, sale ends tomorrow April 16th! -Heather…

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03-13 WREATH FINISHED 10If I hadn’t written in the title what this pretty wreath is made from I bet you would never have guessed. Pop on over to Beth Watson’s blog to see her tutorial on how to make a pretty recycled dryer sheet wreath. Start saving those dryer sheets!…

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Dresden Plate with Butterfly

Dust off that sewing machine that’s been collecting dust this winter. Benita of Victoriana Quilt Designs shares a free pattern for this Spring-invoking quilt block. What you see here is a quilt made up of 20 of these blocks. Go get your free download of Dresden Plate with Butterflies and get to sewing up something pretty.

Editor’s Note: This pattern

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unionjackcosmeticcaseMarnie from Haberdashery Fun shares a tutorial showing how to make this Union Jack fabric cosmetic case.  The zippered top has tabs at either end to make it easy to pull the zipper open and closed.  The boxed bottom gives extra room to hold larger items.  It’s awesome out of the Union Jack panel by Riley Blake designs, but this would …

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felt flower crownYour “felt flower crown” is so stunning and you look amazing.  Meghan is the host of “Lionheart” blogs out of Los Angeles.  She made a commitment to use the supplies she had instead of making a trip to the craft store for every DIY idea that comes her way, she decided to use some leftover felt scraps to make little …

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Free pattern: T-shirt bunny softieMelissa from Blank Slate Patterns and Melly Sews shares a free pattern for making these cute t-shirt bunnies.  They look so soft and squishy!  She designed the pattern to use up the scraps of t-shirt she often has left over from t-shirt refashion projects.  If you don’t have any scraps, you could cut up a whole shirt or use purchased yardage.  Get the pattern

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Coconut Custard Easter Pie

by Carolyn Bickford


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Easy as Pie!

This really is an easy recipe. The Kitchen Magpie lets you know the ingredients needed to whip up the coconut mixture for the pie. You can do that while the pie crust is baking. The crust is the only item that has to bake.

She uses colored coconut shreds and mini chocolate eggs to decorate the top …

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This soap is scented with herbs and essential oils that leave you smelling divine. The lush oils will replenish your skin with natural oils. For the full recipe and instructions visit  Soaprecipes101.com

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Party Ideas – Bow-Tique

by Shellie Wilson


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This unique party idea was inspired by Minnie Mouse’s very own polka dot bow. This party “theme” just proves that you can create a theme out of anything. The key to making a successful theme is consistency of the design. You will notice that everything has a bow. Bow Party Ideas.

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jelly beansWho does not think of Jelly Beans when Easter nears?  I never think much about them other times of the year.  I like the jelly fruit red ones and then onto orange and then it is downhill and the black get tossed. Andie of American Felt and Craft has this darling “Jelly Beans & Package tutorial” along with a lot …

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Tutorial: Make a rolled hem on your sewing machineHeather from The Sewing Loft shows how to make a rolled hem on your sewing machine using a special rolled hem or narrow hemmer presser foot.  This foot has a twist of metal at the front that rolls the fabric over on to itself just before the needle stitches it down into a perfect narrow hem.  Get the how-to at The Sewing Loft

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Make Light Catchers

by Sherri Osborn


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This is such a creative experiment shared by Arianne from Still Parenting. She came up with this project to encourage her kids to explore nature during the winter months, but I am sharing it now because it is an amazing project that can be done year round. Different season’s will bring different specimens to explore!

The picture shown here …

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