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ront cover of my journal by maryfrancesmain, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rexandsharkey/2933975007/

Crazy quilting seemed to fall out of fashion for a time, with the passion for precise geometric piecing, but you’ll still find many quilters of an artistic bent who love to experiment with this style of expression. Jude Hill is the guiding hand behind … [read more]

Woman in blue knitted shrug (bolero style) sweater

If you knit at all, or would like to know how, you’ll want to get in on Craftsy’s brand new free online knitting workshop, and make yourself a cute and cosy shrug. Shrug — you know — one of those little sweaters that forgot to grow past the shoulder blades? Don’t snort! Honestly, if you don’t own a shrug, you’re… [read more]

recycled plastic bottle flower

Have you seen those fantasy faux-glass flowers made from recycled pop bottles? I mean the delicate fragile-looking twisty looking ones, like those the US-based artist Laura Astor) used to make.  Like this. (Note: these aren’t the Anthropologie-style of flowers that use the ends of the bottles. But there’s a great tutorial from Sonia at Kosmic Chai, if you’re looking for… [read more]

Craft supplies to make a handkerchief bunny

Remember when hankies were made of fabric — for every day use, not just “for show” or for special occasions like weddings? When I discovered the handkerchief craft tutorials at Bumblebee Linens, it was an instant trip down Memory Lane… As a small child, I learned to iron (a skill I seldom practice these days!) on Dad’s big cotton handkerchiefs… [read more]

Gillie in the sock drawer - photo Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Drawers collect junk. Small junk gets messy. Before you know it, you can’t find a thing. Dresser drawers seem to be the worst for this (except maybe for those kitchen drawers that catch all the bits and pieces of your life), for many of us. Unless you divide and conquer the clutter, it’s a constant struggle to corral those socks… [read more]

Romantic Star Wars cross-stitch

Crafter whateverjames loves Star Wars. Loooooves it. He’s got the Star Wars requisite tattooes, sure — but we’re talking, like, name-your-kid-after-a-movie-character level of fandom. Yet, so great and earth-shaking is his love for his fiancee — James actually sold off most of his Star Wars action figures to buy her an engagement ring. That be T.R.U.E. L.O.V.E., right there, people… [read more]

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 The Cute Little Stars Twinkle twinkle little stars How colorful and adorable you are… I’ve always loved them, it’s my… [read more]