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Hope s Birds crochet pattern by Akua Lezli Hope

Akua Lezli Hope's dainty crocheted birds -- peace doves -- were inspired by the TikkunTree project , and she's giving away this original crochet pattern because she wants to encourage its use by crafters in other peace projects...

Colorful tiny stars folded from strips of paper

Allow me to introduce the lovely and talented Ching Ya, a dear friend and social media geek with a delightful creative streak. Today, she'll teach us how to fold our own paper stars in this photo tutorial. Enjoy! ~ Jen Twinkle twinkle little stars How colorful and adorable you are… I've always loved them, it's my dream to hold the… [read more]

Elvis theme decoupage russian nesting dolls

When I spotted this set of Elvis Presley Russian nesting dolls -- you know, where you open the wooden doll shape to reveal a smaller one; open it and there's a smaller one yet; and so on -- it sparked all sorts of ideas! Decoupage, my friends! See, I knew you could get blank (unpainted) sets of Russian nesting dolls… [read more]

Blue Paper Snowflake free printable

This year, the holidays are going to be especially tough for a lot of families - so what better time to rediscover the true meaning of the season, sitting down with the kids to create new traditions of creative crafts? Here's a round-up of wonderful ideas, free patterns, and tutorials for frugal holiday decorations that you can make yourself... [read more]

Elton John Sock Monkey in red striped suit and sunglasses

Only a soul that's devoid of joy can fail to love a good sock monkey, or to smile at that goofy knitted-primate face and gangling limbs. More fun yet, when the sock monkey gets celebrity status! This little guy, from the Sock Monkey Jungle of Lancashire, UK, channels Elton John at his most groovy, complete with over-sized sunglasses and a… [read more]

Baby's Knit Turkey Hat with Drumsticks

Sara knitted a Thanksgiving turkey hat (complete with drumsticks) for her newborn boy who was in NICU. "I may have been slightly unhinged at that point," she says. But what did she do the next year? Knitted another one sized for a 1-year-old baby! You secretly want to knit a turkey hat, too, don't you?... [read more]


Why send the kids out to collect Halloween treats in a tacky plastic pumpkin, when there are more attractive treat containers to be found -- like these cheerful reusable buckets in felt or painted metal? Reusable and durable items means that you won't be shelling out for new treat containers, year after year. And when the kids get too old… [read more]

Who says that dogs don't appreciate art? Bodhi’s homage to the art of Matisse -- the elegant Henri dog toy -- is crafted in toothsome polyester canvas-backed suede, a dog-pleasing texture for hours of playful pleasure. A durable noise-making squeaker inside will amuse the dog, while your more sophisticated friends can admire the elegant (and yet, oddly bone-shaped) form inspired… [read more]