Squash Candles

October 3, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Holidays, How-to, Thanksgiving

squash candles Squash Candles

Looking to add some decoration to your Thanksgiving or Halloween table? Martha Stewart has step-by-step instructions on making these candles from hollowed out squash shells. All you need is a couple of different sized squash, and some wax, you can even re-use the wax from old candles you have lying around.

And if you’re looking for more halloween ideas be sure to check out marthastewart.com for her Halloween Party workshop.

Posted by: kelly

Going Batty

October 2, 2009 - Filed under Children, Felt, Halloween, Holidays, How-to, Sewing

soto bat Going Batty

More Halloween goodness coming your way. Maritza from Soto Softies, has a fantastic bat pattern for sale on her Etsy store. A bunch of these strung from the ceiling would make fantastic Halloween decorations.

Not sure you’re ready to take on a whole softie? Why not take a start with Maritza’s free batty finger puppet pattern here.

Posted by: kelly

Cutest Frog Costume!

October 1, 2009 - Filed under Children, Clothing, Halloween, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

knit frog Cutest Frog Costume!

Ok so today is October first and you know what that means… Halloween is only a month away! In honor of that, and to get your creative juices flowing here is a super cute costume idea for all you knitters out there with little ones!

Frog not your style? Alison Jenkins’ book Wacky Baby Knits, has all kinds of projects, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Check out the frog tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

Fabric Checker Board

September 30, 2009 - Filed under Children, Fabric, How-to, Sewing

Fall is quickly approaching, and bringing with it thoughts of spending cold and rainy days by curled up in front of a roaring fire, playing games with friends and family. If that’s what comes to your mind as well, when you think of fall then this adorable fabric checker board is just what you need.

fabric checkers Fabric Checker Board

I heart linen has a great tutorial which was also just published in the fall issue of Sew News.

- Full tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

Back to School Lunch Bag

September 29, 2009 - Filed under Children, How-to, Sewing

Ok so I know I’m a little late for back-to-school. But now that all the rush is over, the school supplies are all bought and everyone’s settling back into routines, you might have a little more time on your hands. If so why not make a very cute reusable lunch bag.

purl lunch bag Back to School Lunch Bag

See the full tutorial here.

Or check out these other great ideas for lunch bags:

- Note Book Lunch Bag from design*sponge
- Fabric Lunch Bag from Etsy
- Sandwich Wrap from Craft Stylish

Posted by: kelly

wool and the gang

September 2, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Kniting, Yarn

First off, sorry for the long gap between posting, I’ve been traveling through Southeast Asia, and it’s been a little hard to motivate myself to search out new crafty and cool things, but don’t worry, I’m back and I’ve got a great new site for the knitter in you!

wool and the gang21 wool and the gang

With fall just around the corner, why not check out one of the DIY kits over at Wool And The Gang and knit yourself something fabulous. Each kit contains a pair of wooden knitting needles, the pattern, a knitter’s sewing needle, a croche hook, and all the yarn you’ll need to make it. Plus you can even choose your colors.

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If you need to brush up on your knitting skills there are loads of how-tow videos and sketch demos, which will teach you the basics as well as a few tips and tricks to get you knitting like a pro in no time.

Not really a knitter but still like the looks? You can purchase the ready made pieces, hand knit by Peruvian women.

Wool And The Gang

Posted by: kelly

lighted paper garland

July 9, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

paper garland1 lighted paper garland

Looking for a way to spruce up your next summer party? Check out this great DIY tutorial over at Once Wed. Yes, I know it’s a wedding site, but I think this project is perfect for any outdoor party, or indoor for that matter. Pick your favorite colors and punch out a design, then just string it up in some trees or across a table to add a little light to your night.

- See the whole tutorial and download the template

Posted by: kelly

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2009 - Filed under Events, Holidays, How-to

4th july Happy 4th of July!

What a great way to add a little fun to your 4th of July. This crafty idea comes from the very creative Kathleen over at Twig & Thistle. Not only is this great for the 4th of July, but for any picnic that needs a little sparkle! Wedding showers… baby showers… or even just a fun day out.

Check out the full tutorial, and download the templates over on Kathleen’s blog.

Posted by: kelly

Bitty Bug Pincushion

June 19, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Sewing

bug pincusion Bitty Bug Pincushion

Looking for a cute and easy spring project? Check out the tutorial for this adorable little bug pincushion over at goody-goody.These would also make cute toys for a little kid, or even a cat or small dog.

Check out the tutorial here

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Studio Perak, Bali – Jewelry Making Class

June 17, 2009 - Filed under Classes & Courses, How-to, Jewelry, Travel

studio perak4 Studio Perak, Bali   Jewelry Making Class

As I mentioned in the last post, we’re currently traveling around South East Asia, and I’ve been looking for crafty experiences wherever I can find them. While in Bali, I was introduced to Studio Perak, a family run jewelry shop, in the artistic community of Ubud. In addition to selling bohemian inspired silver jewelry, they also offer half day silversmithing classes, where you can create you’re very own piece. Read More…

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