Felt Bat Pillow

October 19, 2010 - Filed under Felt, Halloween, How-to

More often than not Halloween decorations can be pretty tacky, or over the top, but I love this subtle tone-on-tone bat pillow from Ameroonie Designs. Check out the tutorial and make your own. While you’re at it, why not try a white one with ghosts, or an orange one with pumpkins!

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Halloween Mood Lighting

October 18, 2010 - Filed under Halloween

Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party more than lighting. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite lighting ideas to help you create a festive glow in your home.

Glam Goth Candle Holders | Dollar Store Candle | Tin Can Jack-O-Lanterns | Painted Jar Luminaries | Spooky Packing Tape Transfers | Silhouette Luminaries | Vellum Table Lanterns | PVC Flicker Flame Lights | Costumed Candle Holders

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DIY Pottery Barn Costume Replica

October 15, 2010 - Filed under Halloween

These adorable costumes from Pottery Barn have been making their way around the internet and I can definitely say I’m smitten! I don’t have a little one to dress up, but if I did I know I wouldn’t be spending upwards of $50 on a costume.

So I was delighted to find this DIY replica of the cupcake costume. This no-sew version came out to a mere $18.67 and is pretty darn cute. Patrice from Lemon Tree Creative, shows you the steps she took to recreate this, with no sewing involved!

– See the tutorial

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DIY – Cardboard Haunted House

October 14, 2010 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

Where does the time fly? I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just getting started on my Halloween posts! Ooops…. Well, hopefully to make up for it, I’ve got a great project to share with you from the fabulous people at Alpha Mom!

This Halloween Fun-House is perfect for those of you with little ones, but it also makes a great prop if you’re throwing a party or just want to decorate your lawn.

All you need are a couple of cardboard boxes, some paint, and your imagination! With the help of this tutorial, you can have your own spooky haunted house in no time!

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Congratulations Sarah!

October 13, 2010 - Filed under Books, Giveaways

Congrats Sarah, you are the winner of our Fall Book Review Giveaway!

#10 Sarah: “One book that I want but it isn’t out yet is Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger and also The Big Ass Book of Crafts.”

Thanks to everyone else who entered. Happy crafting, and thanks for reading!

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Crafty Books for Fall: A Giveaway!

October 1, 2010 - Filed under Books, Giveaways

To wrap up this week’s series on crafty books, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon! To enter simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite craft book, or one you’d like to buy if you win. I’ll randomly draw a winner next weekend.

Only one entry per person. No entries after midnight Pacific time, on Friday, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 4 – All-Round Craft Books

September 30, 2010 - Filed under Books

For those of you who like to dabble in it all, check out these great books for the all-round crafter.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts &
Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
by Martha Stewart

No crafter’s library would be complete with out Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, and now her new book Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. Both of these books are full of lessons, tips, step-by-step projects and even downloadable templates and patterns.

Buy these books: Crafts, or Sewing Crafts

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Handmade Home
by Amanda Blake Soule

This book is full of ideas for the whole family, projects for you, projects for your children, and projects for you to do together.

Buy this book

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Make It! Hardware Store Decor
By Curbly

Available in both full color print as well as downloadable PDF, this book shows you how to make amazing interior decor pieces from stuff you can buy at any big box hardware store. Twelve budget-friendly makeover projects, with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Buy this book

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The Gentle Art of Domesticity
by Jane Brocket

This is not your typical craft book with how-to’s and patters, but rather, a collection of essays, that read like a letters from a good friend, detailing moments of creative inspiration found through family, books, movies, art, baking, traveling, gardening, fabric, and yarn.

Buy this book

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 3 – Felt Craft Books

September 29, 2010 - Filed under Books, Felt

Today’s books are all about crafting with felt. This versatile material is so easy to work with it’s no wonder there are so many great books about felt!

Zombie Felties
by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate

What could be better than a book full of adorable creatures of the undead? This book includes a full-color photograph of the each of the finished project,s as well as an illustrated, instructional overviews, pattern diagrams, and a convenient list of everything needed to complete the projects. These 16 sinister projects make great Halloween decorations, party favors, and wonderfully original, offbeat gifts.

Buy this book

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Fa la la la Felt
By Amanda Carestio

It’s never to early to start crafting for Christmas… and well this book is full of wonderful ideas for the holidays! With more than 45 Christmas projects, from festive ornaments and stockings to home decorations, you’d better get started soon as I’m sure you’ll want to make most of these.

Buy this book

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Hand Stitched Felt
by Kata Golda’s

A cute little book full of simple projects, most of which can be completed in under an hour, ranging from children’s finger puppets and a tooth-fairy pillow to photo, brag books, messenger bags, and curtains and blankets.

Buy this book

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Tomorrow… books for the all-round crafter!

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 2 – Knittng Books

September 28, 2010 - Filed under Books, Kniting

If yesterday’s sewing books aren’t quite your thing… how about some knitting? Curl up in front of the tv, or a nice roaring fire with one of these books and you’ll soon forget about the yucky weather outside!

Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock
by Veronik Avery

Designed for the busy knitter, this book is full of small, simple patterns that are easily stopped and started so you can knit any time you have an extra five minutes.

Buy this book

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Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability
By Joanne Seiff

Learn how to recycle fabrics and garments into usable yarns – and then what to make with them! This non-preachy book shares some fresh projects and patters as well as teaching you aout using recycled, sustainable or fair trade produced yarns. Also available in E-book.

Buy this book

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Knitting Mochimochi
by Anna Hrachovec

Can you say cute? This book contains 20 patterns for cute and quirky knitted toys and includes tutorials and tips for beginners and intermediate knitters, plus a section on how to design your own knitted toy!

Buy this book

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Coming tomorrow… Books on Felt Crafts!

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 1 – Sewing Books

September 27, 2010 - Filed under Books

Now that school is back in full swing and it’s officially fall, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to some great craft books, full of wonderful projects, perfect for helping to pass the time, in the rainy days to come.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting some fabulous books sure to inspire, wether you’re a sewer, a knitter, or an all-round crafter, I’ve got something for you, so stay tuned all week.

Fist up Sewing Books:

Seams To Me
24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner

Full of beautiful photography, this book contains step-by-step instructions, patterns, basic terminology, and lots of great projects involving delicious color palettes and irresistible patterns.

Buy this book

Also from Anna Maria Horner: Handmade Beginnings – 24 sewing projects to welcome baby

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Sewing Clothes Kids Love
By Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn

A colorful book full of imaginative children’s clothing for both girls and boys. The book includes exclusive patterns, and step-by-step instructions, as well as tips for working with variety of fabric styles and decorative embellishment–including embroidery, patchwork, and trims.

Buy this book

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Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
By Hillary Lang

An adorable collection of lovable toys by popular blogger Hillary Lang. 24 beautiful designs, each with clear illustrations and pattern templates to ensure perfect results.

Buy this book

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Style Stitches
by Amy Butler

This new book from Amy Butler has 12 different handbag patterns that can be altered into over 26 different styles. Complete with instructions and patterns, not to mention beautiful photos, this book will definitely keep you busy for a while!

Buy this book

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Coming tomorrow… books for knitters!

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