silverware

It is pretty much a given that if you have a piece of silver in your collection, it will tarnish.  There is not a lot you can do to prevent it from happening, but there are things you can do to help clean it up.

These 10 great tips are just a drop in the bucket of options you can … Read More...

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Oven Cooked Steak

by Carolyn Bickford


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I’ve grilled steak in the rain and snow. The only time I don’t grill is if I can’t get through the snow or I run out of propane. I’ve tried cooking the steak in the oven before and it just isn’t the same. This could make the difference.

Reesa from MommaLew.com was a guest blogger for It’s Yummi and she … Read More...

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enchanted knits special issueThe latest special issue from Interweave, called Enchanted Knits, recently launched, and from the look of things it’s a lovely collection inspired by fairy tales and other fantastical stories.

The magazine offers 27 projects in four themes: Ordinary in the Extraordinary, Sinister, the Classics and Nature’s Magic. You can check them all out at the link above or get … Read More...

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Bugs on a Branch Craft

by Sherri Osborn


Bugs on a Branch Craft

I love these adorable bugs! Amanda, from Crafts By Amanda, explains how to turn an ordinary plastic spoon into a colorful bug sitting on a branch using just a few basic craft supplies. I think I will try making these for my grandkids who are afraid of bugs. These cuties just might help them conquer that fear.

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Awesome Etsy sales can turn your hobby into a business in weeks! Everything Etsy is such a great resource for those of us with etsy shops, or that want to sell our handmade goods.

 

Everything Etsy is sharing 5 tips for awesome etsy sales, which is a great read! -5 Tips for Awesome Etsy Sales – EverythingEtsy.com.… Read More...

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Tutorial: Lace insert t-shirt

Tutorial: Lace insert t-shirt

Gina Michele shows a fun t-shirt hack.  She slices it down the side and inserts a lace panel.  The lace is a fun detail and extra fabric at the side will also give a fitted t-shirt a looser fit.  (If you’re worried about the side of your bra showing through the lace insert, just layer a cami … Read More...

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Tutorial: 30-minute little girl summer dress

Tutorial: 30-minute little girl summer dress

Preethi at WIDI shows how to make this pretty summer dress for a little girl.  It has an empire waist bodice and thin shoulder straps that tie at the back.  It’s actually a variation of her Mela Summer Dress pattern she shared a couple of weeks ago.  Her Mela Summer Dress is a free pattern and … Read More...

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Tip: Vintage Sepia Tone Coloring

Learn how to get an old fashion sepia tone to your stamped images with alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir has all the details.

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Tutorial: Tiger Skin Cane

by Elaine Robitaille


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Here’s a picture tutorial for a tiger skin cane (what got used to make the nifty beads pictured above I’m betting). Animal skin patterns are often fairly straightforward canes to make and are forgiving of reducing and asymmetry. Tiger and zebra are similar layouts. Cheetah, leopard, and giraffe are made with dots or eyes instead of the stripes.… Read More...

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Free pattern: Wrapped crop top you can wear three ways

Free pattern: Wrapped crop top you can wear three ways

Nicole from The Felted Fox shares a free pattern for a wrapped crop top that you can wear three ways – tied in the front with long sashes, tied in the front with a bow, or (my favorite) crossed across the front and tied at the back.  You can make it from … Read More...

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Tutorial: Christmas gift card mini stockings

Tutorial: Christmas gift card mini stockings

Bev from Flamingo Toes shows how you can make these fun Christmas mini stockings.  They’re just the right size to hold a gift card or a bit of folded money. Add some hanging loops and they’d also make cute Christmas ornaments. Or, make a bunch of them to use for an Advent calendar.  Get the tutorial at … Read More...

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Video tutorial: Fabric wrapped bangle bracelets

Video tutorial: Fabric wrapped bangle bracelets

Sarah Hearts shares a video tutorial showing how you can make these fun fabric wrapped bangle bracelets.  They’re a great project for using up strips of fabric left over from previous projects.  Somehow my scrap bin seems to attract long skinny pieces of fabric. You could also pick up a jelly roll of precut fabric and have … Read More...

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Learn how to make these lovely flowers from coffee filters and dye using this tutorial from Adventures in Making! I think these hand dyed flowers are pretty perfect for Summer!

Get the DIY here- Hand-Dyed Paper Flowers.… Read More...

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Freebie: Funny Sharknado Digital Stamp

Are sharks the next trendy thing? The silly (and soon to be cult classic??) “Sharknado” movie is certainly trendy, I think a sequel is even on the way and Wonderstrange is paying tribute with a funny “shark ate my homework” free digital stamp to download. If you know a teen boy this would make a great card for him!… Read More...

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NEON & FELT VASE DIY

by Linda Lanese


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NICOLE over on “the felted fox” has a fun and lovely DIY for us on making one or many “NEON & FELT VASES”!  The colors she used are so stunning together; but you can go crazy with your colors.  What a fun and inexpensive project; and just think of all the ways you can use these pretty vases and thanks … Read More...

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Angry birds friendship bracelets dmc floss I made friendship bracelets by the hundreds back when I was a kid and now I love using the stitches in my current jewelry making incorporating upscale beads and findings. Well no matter what kind of friendship bracelet maker you are I bet you will want to get yourself in the running for a copy of the book Angry Birds Read More...

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Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams

Video tutorial: Sewing princess seams

Princess seams create shaping in a bodice, but the curved seams can also be challenging to a new sewist.  Professor Pincushion shares a video tutorial demonstrating how to sew a princess seam, and gives tips and tricks for making the curved seam.  Go to Professor Pincushion for the video showing tips and tricks for sewing princess seams.… Read More...

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summertime-sun-tea

My husband and I have been trying to kick the soda habit, which means we’ve upped our tea consumption considerably. The next time we have guests over, I want to try the summertime sun tea recipe from Thirsty for Tea. I love the colors of the fresh fruit in her tea-filled mason jars! In fact, I think these are … Read More...

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mosaic

Mosaic art is not a new craft concept by all means, but you can create new designs every time you make a piece.  These beautiful projects are made by using tiny pieces of old or broken pieces of glass, to create a new and updated piece.  The photos are beautiful, the tutorials are simple and easy to understand, and … Read More...

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Tutorial: Fold up needle holder

Tutorial: Fold up needle holder

This fold up needle holder is a much neater (and safer) way of carrying your sewing needles than my method, which is sadly just pinning the needles through the outside of my sewing bag.  Pick it up wrong and I poke myself in the armpit.  Lindsay from Diary of a Crafty Lady shares a tutorial … Read More...

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