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blog book tour: 1, 2, 3 Sew

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 [6] · 07-14-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

links: craft

flower drinking straws – The Crafts Dept. Simple and lovely.

How-To: Hedge Maze Area Rug 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 [2] · 07-1-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

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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 [4] · 06-20-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

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Grosgrain: Free Pattern Month Day 1 – The Sew Convert: The Sunny Resort Blouse Pattern. I like this blouse a lot! Via Craftzine.

How-To: Portal Sentry Turret Egg Cup blog. Oh, cool.

Crepe Paper Garland for Cinco de Mayo | Family Style. Via Jordan Ferney on Twitter.

Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: DIY Pop Up Cards. Simple and fantastic.

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets » Man Made DIY. These are great.

How to dye buttons | Rit Dye. This is a very good bit of knowledge to have if you sew or knit. Via Craftzine.

DIY Faux Enamel Necklace · Dismount Creative. Love this, so very simple. Via the awesome Design Crush.

· comments [4] · 06-6-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Embroidery Companion

Embroidery Companion

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m tickled to have a copy of Alicia Paulson’s second book Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living to give to one lucky winner. Alicia is one of those people I’ve known online for almost as long as I’ve had an internet connection, and whom I’m happy to say is just as awesome and warm in person, and I adore the love and care she puts into all her work. Her take on embroidery shows a fondness for the past but has a modern and cheerful way about it. She also has a delightful blog, Posie Gets Cozy where she talks about food, dogs, gardening and the joys of hammocks. And she produces patterns for sewing, crochet and embroidery as well as offering the occasional carefully compiled craft kits which sell out crazy fast, her latest was the Daisychain ABC Sampler, and I love her felt Christmas ornaments. You can find everything at her online shop Rosy Little Things.

If you’d like to win the copy of Embroidery Companion please leave a comment with this post and, if you’d like, answer this question: What is the first craft you remember doing? Though my mother has evidence of earlier creations the first thing I remember was using cut fruit as stamps to decorate t-shirts on a rainy afternoon during a vacation. Your turn, you’ve got until Friday, May 27th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you so much for entering!

· comments [349] · 05-26-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: a CSA share from Juniper Moon Farm

Juniper Moon Fiber Farm

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m thrilled to say that Juniper Moon Farm has offered a Yarn CSA for one lucky reader, the 2012 Spring Shearing worth $175 (that’s some serious yarn). The Yarn CSA works like a farm CSA but instead you get a yield of the scrumptious yarn that is produced from the sheep and goats they lovingly raise. Juniper Moon Farm is amazing run by a small group of people who are dedicated to what they do and are fantastic about sharing what is going on with share holders, visitors, and readers of their blog. The farm was started by Susan, whom I’ve followed since she started (back then it was the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm, which you might remember if you’ve been reading my site long enough) and I’m astounded and so pleased to watch how it’s grown. If you’re not already I encourage you to read the blog, follow along as lambs are born in the spring on the LambCams, see what the farm dogs are up to, you can attend shearing day and even stay at the farm for a week or long weekend. It’s really amazing to watch the farm work all year and then find yarn at your door that reflects all of the care and attention that they put into it. I just want to hug the whole farm. The blog isn’t just about the farm, I’ve loved all the Probably Something You Would Like links posts, her recent pictures from Preakness, her famous world’s greatest granola recipe and how she went paper towel free on the whole farm (it involves making a lot of your own cloth napkins, enough so you always have plenty of clean ones).

Would you like to win this amazing Yarn CSA? If so please leave a comment with this entry and let me know the following: Have you ever spent time on a farm? I spent a few summers on my uncle’s farm in Oklahoma, he had cattle, two greyhounds, a small lake with a rope swing, a tiny farmhouse and bales of hay that seemed to be piled taller than the house itself. I loved it there. Ok, you’ve got until Tuesday, May 24th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks so much for entering!

· comments [631] · 05-23-2011 · categories:craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: World of Geekcraft

World of Geekcraft book cover

Today is a bit of synchronicity, my month of giveaways coincided with the blog book tour for World of Geekcraft, Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects. The author is Susan Beal, a super cool lady who writes for Craft, Stitch, ReadyMade, CraftStylish,, has her own site at West Coast Crafty and whose many books have appeared on my site before (most recently see Modern Log Cabin Quilting). But more importantly she is one of those people whom I’ve known online (and in person) forever, very close to a decade. To learn more about the World of Geekcraft book check out the blog and you can find PDF instructions and templates for the Pow! Zap! Magnets right here. The book tour is headed over to House on Hill Road and Public School tomorrow, go and visit.

If you’d like to win a copy of World of Geekcraft please leave a comment with this post. You’ve got until Friday, May 13th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like something to mention answer this question: What was your favorite geeky tv show or movie when you were a kid? Me? I’m gonna have to go with Buck Rogers. Alright, good luck! Closed! Thanks for entering!

· comments [300] · 05-12-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: Made By Moxie

examples of Moxies work

Today I have a wee finger puppet made by the amazing Moxie for one lucky person. Moxie is a fiber artist and needle felting wool by hand is her usual (but not only) medium. She creates breathtakingly amazing sculptures, both large and small, some are lifelike and some hilarious while at the same time a bit heartbreaking. You can see some of her most recent work on her site: icons & totems & pieces of the past, a recent show in NYC, and her sets Hungry and Hungry 2 are hilarious. If you’re interested in learning to needle felt keep an eye on her schedule, she teaches classes.

finger puppet from Moxie

If you’d like win this sweet bit of the genius please leave a comment with this post. If you don’t mind I’d love to know: Have you ever tried needle felting? I have, but I’m afraid it’ll take a lot more practice for it to become something that could be called presentable. You’ve got until 10 a.m. PST Friday, May 6th to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [203] · 05-5-2011 · categories:craft ·

May Birthday Giveaway: School House Craft

School House Craft

Welcome to Day #2 of my website’s birthday month of giveaways! There is a bit more information here.

I’m very pleased to have a One Day pass to the School House Craft conference happening here in Seattle Sept. 23rd to the 25th to give to a lucky somebody. School House Craft grew from the Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs that happened here last summer, and which was amazing and packed full of hard learned helpful information from small business owners. It’s happening in the Phinney Neighborhood Center here, a charming community space in an old school which happens to be a favorite spot for a lot of the locals. More about the conference:

School House Craft is a dynamic new three day conference for people wanting to gain the skills to run a successful creative small business.

Are you considering staring your own business or do you already own your own business that focuses on craft, art or design? Do you have a shop on etsy, sell to shops and galleries, sell at craft fairs or want to start a new venture turning your passion into a business? If the answer is yes this is the conference for you!

Do you have or want to set up a craft business and can you get yourself to Seattle in September? This is for you! To enter please leave a comment with this post, you have until Wednesday, May 4th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like please answer this question: If you could spend your days doing any craft at all what would it be? I’ll go first: After my recent work on the Papier-Mache Easter Eggs I think I would love to spend all day creating delicate pinatas while surrounded by colorful and cheerful tissue papers. OK, good luck everybody! Closed, thanks so much to all who entered! #48 is our winner and she’s been contacted.

· comments [74] · 05-3-2011 · categories:craft · seattle ·

links: craft

How To: Make A Wedding Bouquet « A Practical Wedding.

Science & Crafting – The Crafts Dept. I love the projects they’ve gathered here.

Tiny Baby Bunnies Knitting Pattern blog. Cute!

Shoe makeover, DIY – a set on Flickr. Such cute results!

Molly’s Sketchbook: Braided Handle Canvas Tote – the purl bee. I like how simple and calm this is, there is a link to the pattern at the bottom of this post.

versus: Sunburst Pillow Tutorial from Guest Anna of Noodlehead. I’m going to make some of these, simple and impressive. Via Capree Kimball on Pinterest.

say YES! to hoboken: DIY: Making a Beach Tote Bag. I like the size of this one, and of course I like the nice bright yellow and white stripes as well.

· comments [3] · 04-26-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

Papier-Mache Easter Eggs

papier-mache Easter eggs

For Easter I made papier-mache polka dotted eggs.

papier-mache Easter eggs

I made small pinatas using water balloons and tissue paper.

papier-mache Easter eggs

I filled them with candy, then sealed them shut.

papier-mache Easter eggs

You can also put toys or notes inside.

papier-mache Easter eggs

They have to be ripped to open them, which is way fun.

papier-mache Easter eggs

Click here: Papier-Mache Easter Eggs to find (much) more detailed instructions on how to make them.

· comments [34] · 04-18-2011 · categories:craft · holidays ·

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How to Make a Girl’s Emergency Clutch | TidyMom. So clever, and simple.

Homebrewing: How to Dry Hop Your Beer | Serious Eats: Drinks.

AURORA 430 « make something. This is the sewing machine that somebody who owns a sewing workshop buys to use at home, great recommendation.

Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: DIY Paper Flower Corsages.

· comments [2] · 04-8-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

giveaway: Modern Log Cabin Quilting

Modern Log Cabin Quilting book cover

I’m so pleased to be showing you Susan Beal’s latest book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, and offering a sweet giveaway today. You can read why Susan loves log cabin quilting and view projects from the book made by others at the Flickr group.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting how-to pages

This book introduces you to log cabin quilts, gives you all the information you need to sew your own, including tools and techniques, and offers a range of projects.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting bright furrows quilt

This is the Bright Furrows quilt, I like the cheerful colors. There are a whole range of quilts using both huge blocks and lots of small ones. There are a number of special quilt projects including a t-shirt quilt to save those worn out shirts that hold memories, an Anniversary quilt and the cozy Winter Woolens quilt.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting northwest modern quilt

Above is the Northwest Modern quilt, I like how it’s random. There is also a whole section on household items like tea towls, aprons, pillow cases and a pincushion.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting red cross handbag

I like the Red Cross bag which uses both corduroy and cotton fabrics. There are a nuber of bags, including a super simple drawstring bag, a zipper pouch, and a market tote. (A way to use up your fabric stash and make gifts at the same time!)

Modern Log Cabin Quilting charming camera case

This Charming Camera Case is easy (and uses some stealth velcro).

I’m thoroughly charmed by the quilts and projects in this book, they are fresh and inspiring. So I’m very happy to have both a copy of the book and a fabric kit to give away. If you’d like to enter please leave a comment with this post, and if you’d like please do take the time to share any quilting projects (or disasters) you’ve undertaken. I’ll go first: I’ve never quilted anything! Clearly I will have to change that very soon. You have until noon Pacific time on Thursday, April 7th to enter. The usual fine print applies. Good luck! The winner as chosen by the Random Number Generator is #45, Emily. Congrats! And thanks to everybody for entering!

· comments [469] · 04-4-2011 · categories:books · craft · sewing ·

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How-To: Photographic Quilt blog.

Decor Hacks | Quick, Cheap, and Stylish. A new DIY blog, via Craftzine.

V and Co.: V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet.

Customization: the jacket of the 16 buttons at Superziper. A simple modification for a boring cardigan, install a row of snaps instead. (Note: this is a Google translate page of an excellent Spanish Portuguese (my apologies!) language craft blog.)

ArtMind: How to make a scratch off lottery ticket? So clever, must use this some day.

Whit’s Knits: Joelle’s Favorite Vest – the purl bee. I like this, check out the pattern to see how very simple it is.

Tips for Felt Sewing Projects – ever kelly. Via Craftzine.

Splityarn » easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever. So nice!

· comments [10] · 03-30-2011 · categories:craft · links ·

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Pom-Pom Branches – The Crafts Dept. These are lovely, and easy.

Little Green Notebook: The Best Inexpensive and Heavy Duty Sewing Machine.

Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: Confetti Invitations + Template. Refashioning party poppers, really great idea.

How-To: Prop Glass Breakaway Bottles from Sugar blog.

How-To: Crepe Paper Flowers blog.

poppytalk: DIY : Print Your Own Fabric.

Freshly Picked: Taking in Jeans at the Side Seam Tutorial.

iPad Bag | Luxirare. Near the bottom of the post she shows how she layers, shaves, stitches and burnishes the leather straps for the bag. I love this invitation into how things are made.

Looking for great craft/DIY project resources! | Ask MetaFilter.

Made by Me. Shared with you.: Yoga Pants from T shirts. Made from a technique at Cut Out and Keep, I like the different colored waistband. Very clever and easy idea.

· comments [3] · 03-21-2011 · categories:craft · links ·