Editor’s note: I made a mistake when I published the winner of this contest.  This is always my worst fear when posting giveaway results!!  Luckily I also published a screen capture with the number that random.org selected and a reader very nicely pointed out my mistake.  (Thank  you, Jennie!!)  The screen capture clearly says that the winner is actually commenter

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If you’re a fan of the Mollie Makes books, you’ll want to scoop up a copy of Mollie Makes Weddings.  These are such sweet books.  This one has lots of ideas that could be interpreted in crochet but also two stellar crochet patterns for a wedding – a lovely crochet Posy hair accessory and a delicate wrap for the Posy …

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Book Review: Fabric Blooms

by Pam Pedersen










Want to snazz up that drab dress? Give yourself a new look without going overboard or maybe even just spruce up the house with a touch of spring flowers. Now you can with Megan Hunt’s new book, Fabric Blooms. You can create your own bouquet with step by step, easy to …

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Winner of Cloth by Cassandra Ellis

The winner of Cloth by Cassandra Ellis is…

Commenter #9, Gwen, who said her favorite fabric to work is:

 ”I think it would be silk, or maybe linen. It really depends on what I’m using it for.”

Congratulations!  You will love this book!  For those who haven’t read my review, you can find it here.…

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Read my review of At Home With Modern  June and enter the giveawayI have a review and giveaway of At Home With Modern June by Kelly McCants in our Giveaways section.  Go there to read my review and leave a comment on that post to get entered to win a copy of the book plus a small bundle of chalk cloth you can use to make two of the placemats featured in …

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Epic Rubber Band Crafts Book Review
If you have worked with a rubber band loom, you know that you can make some amazing bracelets with it, but have you tried making other things? If you want to take your loom creations to the next level, you should check out all of the unique projects in this book titled Epic Rubber Band Crafts.

The author, Colleen …

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This stunning book is full of amazing crochet projects, proving that crochet is far more than granny squares and afghans!  When taken into the ‘fine art’ category, there are a few crochet designers who elevate this craft to an art – a fine art.  Gwen Blakley Kinsler is both a crochet artist and the author who has gathered an array …

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Book Review – Living Color

by Shellie Wilson

In Living Color (STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book; March 2014; U.S.
$24.95 / Can. $27.95; ISBN: 978-1-61769-084-6)

This new book includes essays and interactive exercises
that allow readers to explore their creativity
Living Color speaks to aspiring artists and those who dream of
painting, writing and gaining confidence

Two decades ago, Natalie Goldberg was already an accomplished writer. …

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If you like to (or must) sew and you also crochet, you’ll be pleased with the scrumptious pincushions in this collection by Cat Thomas.  Many of them are like tiny works of art and would brighten a desk, table, or shelf evAnden without the needles they are intended to hold.  And, for a huge change, there are far more crocheted …

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Do NOT be fooled by this books cover!  It’s way better than the cheerful cover might lead you to believe.  Really!

Interweave Press author Sarah Hazell has gathered 200 stitches, some of which will be entirely new to you.  Each stitch has the requisite color picture and instructions but also a larger than average chart to aid in your ability …

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Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major Book Review via weddings.craftgossip.com

Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major! A charming read, this book is brimming over with 35 seashore-inspired projects made from simple materials with easy instructions anyone can follow. If you’re planning a beach or nautical themed wedding, you’ll want to add this book to your collection. Or you can enter …

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Today I’m stepping a bit away from stamping to bring you a magazine review for Belle Armoire Jewelry. Published 4 times a year from Stampington and Company this publication is filled with ideas, techniques and inspirations for making beautiful jewelry. Project tutorials include materials lists, detailed directions and many also have wonderful step by step photos to help you create …

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finishing schoolIt turns out I had a lot less to say about finishing than I thought I did, so if you have any questions or topics I didn’t cover let me know and I’ll get to them next week.

In the meantime I wanted to share with you the best book out there about finishing: Finishing School by Deborah Newton. This …

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Review: Stampin’ Up!

by Heather Holbrook

Review: Stampin' Up!


I’m so excited to bring you some projects made with products from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions mini catalog! This new catalog is chocked full of new stamps in wood and clear mount options, pretty Designer pattern papers, washi tapes, embossing folders, dies, embellishments and much more! With themes like Easter, baby, birthday, graduation, nautical, woodland animals, florals, Mother’s and Father’s Day along with trendy

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I just love this book!  It has so many fresh, creative projects to suit toddlers to tweens – designs I’ve not seen a gazillion times on the net or in other books.  There are 28 designs in this book by Shelby Allaho and Ellen Gormley, each with a good illustration and excellent photographs of the parts we need to see …

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If your little one is obsessed with Space (my kids are) then you are going to love this run down of the best books by BoyMamaTeacher Mama.

Being able to “teach” your kids whilst captivating their interest can take a lot of effort , especially for a parent. Print this list off and head to your local library for …

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Review & Giveaway - Rubber Band Jewelry at Craft Gossip-1Wow! Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response to this review and giveaway. It seems like this craze has really swept everyone away! I used random.org to pick a winner

Rainbow Loom Draw at RANDOM.ORG-Craft Gossip

The winning comment was from Duane!Winning Comment - Review_&_Giveaway_Totally_Awesome_Rubber_Band_Jewelry_Scrapbooking_CraftGossip.comDuane check your e-mail for instructions from me. Congrats!

Thanks again for all the entires. I had fun reading through them! If you wish to …

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Review & Giveaway - Rubber Band Jewelry at Craft Gossip-1

 This giveaway is now closed.


So I know that this isn’t scrapbooking, but when Design originals contacted me I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review the Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry by Colleen Dorsey. As well as give a copy away to one of you!


If one of your kids has a loom (Rainbow Loom, Cra-Z-Loom, or …

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Magazine Review: The Stampers' Sampler

The Stampers’ Sampler magazine has been around for many years and is one of the few magazine devoted completely to stamping. It’s also one of my favorites, I’ve been reading it for a very long time and was thrilled to even have one of my cards published in an issue! I find they are always on top of new stamping trends, …

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stamp it! by Jenny Doh I am a big fan of stamping and I have made some stamps in my day so I was super excited about Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps. I think my favorite part about Stamp It! are the projects. Whether you choose to make the stamps using the great tutorials and templates or use pre-mades the projects are …

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Review: Sew Classic Clothes for Girls

If you have a little girl that you sew for, there’s a book you need to add to your Christmas list.

It’s Sew Classic Clothes for Girls by Lindsay Wilkes.  If that name sounds familiar, she’s the sewing goddess behind The Cottage Mama patterns and blog.  She knows how to make beautiful girls’ clothes!

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls includes …

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Quilting Isn’t Funny Blog Tour!

by Scarlett Burroughs


Thank you Megan Dougherty for giving me the best laughs I’ve had since I read a copy of The Sweet Potato Queen’s Book of Love by Jill Connor. Like Jill, Megan’s brand of humor is equally irreverent, only Megan’s subject is quilting not amor. Quilting may seem a dry subject. Yet, she proves in her new book, Quilting Isn’t

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CraftChica shares this article/review on Mark Montana’s new book How to write and publish a craft book. Very insightful and what doesn’t scare you off will surely inspire you. The closest I have ever come to writing a craft book was for crafts with dyer lint. It came to me at the wrong time (Not sure I could …

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Nina Campbell Interiors Book Review and Giveaway via weddings.craftgossip.com

I’m delighted to a be part of the blog book tour for designer Nina Campbell’s new book Nina Campbell Interiors. As I leafed through the pages of this beautifully photographed book, luxurious is the word that kept coming to mind. The book chronicles 8 of Nina’s commissioned design projects, ranging from an 1860′s Brownstone in New York, to a …

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book-play-how-to-make-booksIf you think a book needs to be two rectangle covers filled with pages in between Book Play: Creative Adventures in Handmade Books will open your eyes to all the unusual and fabulous ways you can create a “book”.  Not only is this book filled with interesting ways to “bind” pages there are fun ways to contain and display the …

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