All pulled from my Pinterest boards.
DIY wrap bracelet from Honestly WTF
DIY pop-up cards from Oh Happy Day
Long streamer decorations from Style Me Pretty, I like that these are fairly simple and very striking
Edible flower in a lollipop from Sprinkle Bakes
Put a marble in balloons to keep them hanging upside down, from Bayside Balloons (Website not available as of the moment I typed this.)
Hanging copper gutters as planters from Martha Stewart, we could use this one on our deck
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Amigurumi Patterns, a collection patterns that are free or available to purchase. I have yet to attempt crochet but that mustache might be a good place to start.
Big Stitch Knit Rug – the purl bee. So pretty and inviting looking. I wish my feet (and my wallet) liked alpaca yarn more.
Ombre Star Garland | Say Yes to Hoboken. This is really lovely! And making those stars can be addictive, I find it relaxing the way knitting can be.
Whit’s Knits: Big Cuddly Bunny – the purl bee. Also the Big Snowy Owl. I really want to make these for myself.
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I got a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnick and I think I swooned a little. I’ve been a fan of Colette Patterns and her tutorials for a long time. The book contains five principles (a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish) and five patterns (a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves). Each section of the book takes you through creating each garment, teaching you techniques as you work.
The book has my favorite spiral binding so it will stay open while you work, as well as a set of patterns in the back.
The book takes you through the basics, showing tools and techniques very clearly explaining the benefits and uses for each kind.
Each section of the book uses one of the patterns in the back and acts as a complete lesson in sewing a garment from start to finish. This is how I learn, I need a real project to work all the way through, so I adored how this book was arranged. You build your knowledge with each project.
She gives very basic and practical tips so you don’t have to struggle. Every step is clearly displayed and explained.
And of course all the items in the book are things you definitely want to wear. Easy enough to take on, with just enough clean detail to be super cool. Just look at this top, gorgeous. If you want to learn to sew your own clothes and need a set of lessons to start you off this book is perfect.
· comments  · 11-28-2011 · categories:books · sewing ·
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I’m so happy to let you know that my friend Kelly Wilkinson, Make Grow Gather has a new book out! Congratulations! It’s called Weekend Handmade it’s it’s full of useful and fun projects. Congratulations Kelly! And with her book tour stop here today she is sharing some thoughts on Saturday afternoons, enjoy:
Hi everyone! I’m so thrilled to be here at with Not Martha as part of the
blog tour for Weekend Handmade. Over the course of the tour, I¹m breaking my
ideal weekend into its different parts, and posting about each part on a
favorite blog of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a leisurely weekend
afternoon with Megan so it only feels natural to be here for the tour
An ideal Saturday afternoon for me is equal parts action and leisure. And
nothing embodies that more than being in the garden. There are plenty of
weekends that require errands or full days of work, but if I can being
completely indulgent and moving at my own pace, you¹ll find me in our little
vegetable patch in the fresh air, with dirt under my fingernails, planting
or weeding or harvesting.
I created a whole chapter of projects inspired by the outdoors, including
decorated planters and a tea towel apron that¹s equally at home in the
backyard as the kitchen. If I feel particularly ambitious, I¹ll even set up
some sunprint cloth to ³print² while I¹m out back. But inevitably, I get
thirsty. Megan and I both love a good shandy and I happen to think they
taste best sipped out of a big Mason jar. This requires some planning ahead
for me, because I live in a San Francisco apartment. Our garden access is
out the kitchen door, down two flights of stairs, and through a little
alley. My husband and I like to mix half ginger ale (or lemonade), half
beer, and a lot of freshly-squeezed lime while we¹re up in the kitchen, and
bring it downstairs. But if you like me don¹t regularly keep lemonade or
ginger ale, here¹s a quick little trick so you¹re never without shandy
Squeeze 1-2 lemons or limes into a Mason jar
Add a couple tablespoons of sugar, fill halfway with water, screw the lid
closed and shake to dissolve the sugar. Open back up, fill the rest of the
way with beer and you have yourself a homemade shady!
Photo credit: Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy.
· comments  · 10-6-2011 · categories:books · craft ·
Painted vessels – The Crafts Dept. How to make dipped or swirled painted vessels, and how to set the paint. So simple!
Tiny Animal Origami at Design For Mankind and Giant Origami at Design Mom.
How to Print DIY Patterned Fabric » Man Made DIY | Crafts for Men.
Crepe Paper Source at Oh Happy Day, including where she buys crepe in San Francisco and Paris.
Ballet Flats Tutorial @Craftzine.com.
MegAllanColeCrafts’s Channel – YouTube. I love Meg Allan Cole and her entire channel is great. Right now I especially love this video for Neon Colorblock Heels.
Modern Parents Messy Kids: Book Week: Preparing for Preschool with a Personalized Photo Book. This is so sweet! A book of what the new school room will look like to make it familiar place for your child.
A new Kraftwerk-inspired LED tie kit? – Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. “Now, if you’re anything like us, the most important question going through your head at this point is something along the lines of ‘why am I not wearing a tie like that right now?’” Exactly.
Butterfly Shrimp and Other Fun With Laser-Cut Nori – Seattle Restaurants and Dining – Voracious.
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Hi there! Today is a stop on the blog book tour for 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects—Bags, Accessories, Home Accents, and More written by Ellen of The Long Thread. The book is filled with happy and useful projects and has a whole section for organizers. If you head on over the the book’s page you can find a preview of some pages, and you can also see the book trailer on YouTube. It’s stop motion and I’m sort of in love with it.
There is also a free tutorial for the Market Tote which is completely adorable. I must make one.
Next up on the blog book tour is Modern Kiddo, and you can see the whole schedule right over here.
· comments  · 07-14-2011 · categories:books · craft ·
flower drinking straws – The Crafts Dept. Simple and lovely.
How-To: Hedge Maze Area Rug @Craftzine.com blog. I have a special litle spot in my heart for hedge mazes.
make grow gather – summercraft: picnic weights. These super easy polka dot rocks are so cute it hurts.
Rocket Candy Crackers – The Crafts Dept. I am Wish I’d Thought Of That level in love with this.
swissmiss | Woven Gift Toppers. Very cool.
· comments  · 07-1-2011 · categories:craft · links ·
Making the Sassy Pillowcase Dress: 20 Years Later | xoJane. Awesome. My mom actually sent me my old Sassy’s last year, I really need to spend an afternoon slightly drunk with friends going through them all.
Make Your Own Stationery: Pop-Up Cards | The Hairpin. More pop-up cards!
o l g a j a z z y :Cable Braided Necklace. A clever and simpler than it looks pattern to use up that little bit of good yarn you have floating around. Via Craftzine.
julies blog: Flower Hair Clip Tutorial. A nice and quick project to create some pretty folded-felt flower clips.
Sophie-World: Rubik’s Cube photo collage. This is really clever, let guests fill in their own photos with colored backgrounds to create a huge Rubik’s cube for the table.
· comments  · 06-20-2011 · categories:craft · links ·