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Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet

I'm really loving all of the great looks in Melissa Leapman's Designer Crochet! Lots of lovely and modern crochet ideas to choose from, including hats, purses, scarves and even jewelry. I appreciated the illustrations of how to do different stitches, it helped me to...

Vintage Sparkle

I'm really enjoying making the little, modern geometric fold-it-yourself boxes in Vintage Sparkle! They come with gold strings for hanging on the holiday tree or they would also be perfect as tiny gift boxes, too. I think they could look really pretty as a party table...

Learn To Knit, Love To Knit

My tween daughter had been asking me if she could learn how to knit and even though I had learned at her age, I thought I needed some extra help in explaining the steps to start out. So, I got her a pair of medium sized needles and this book to get her going. I loved...

Stitched Blooms & Journal Your Way

I've been using embroidery to embellish all kinds of items since I was a child. Actually, my daughter has caught on to that idea, too, and like me, she loves to add little touches to pillow cases, bed sheets, t-shirts, fabric bags and more. It's so fun to have a...

DIY Cinnamon Yogurt Soap

This soap has it all, creamy soothing yogurt, amazing scents and exfoliating oatmeal! Cinnamon Yogurt Soap 12oz Distilled Water 7oz Lye 23oz Olive Oil 16oz Coconut Oil 7oz Sunflower Oil 4oz Castor Oil 1oz Lemon Essential Oil .3 oz Lavender Essential Oil .2 oz Cinnamon...

Free Sock Bunny Pattern

Get a free pattern to make this adorable lop eared sock bunny from Craft Passion! I love how she used a purple argyle sock, it turned out so cute! Sew | Sock Bunny Lop-Eared | Free Pattern & Tutorial at...

Mixed Media Art Books And More

Since getting an advanced degree in art several years ago, I've known that the direction of contemporary art has been leaning more and more into the interrelationships of the past and present, the high and the low, "fine" and "pop," in both collusion and collision --...

Whatever Is Lovely

I have many adult coloring books and find them relaxing and a comfort to me to sit and draw in. Whatever Is Lovely was particularly nice in that it has inspiring quotes from the Bible along with the lovely drawings that I can color in. I use colored pencils for the...

Harry And Meghan The Wedding Paper Dolls

I and my probably-too-old-for-paper-dolls daughters all really love paper dolls. We've delighted in modern re-imaginging versions of paper dolls, often with historical designs and clothing well beyond the grasp of most young girls. But I have to say none of us were...

Make It A Party With Sizzix

Make It a Party with Sizzix is an idea book, it focuses on bright, colorful photos of fun things you can create using your Sizzix machine. I personally found a lot of exciting and inspiring ideas. I loved how they strung some simple shapes on twine and hung them from...

Paper To Petal

I’m a huge fan of paper flowers, it’s been an obsession of mine for decades now. When I saw Paper to Petal, my mouth literally dropped open, it is just amazing. My daughter saw it and immediately claimed it for her own, and started making plans to cover her entire...

Halloween Bowling Set

Evite shared this awesome DIY Bowling Set with me and I hope you like it, too! Wood pieces are decorated with spray paint and markers and turn a bouncy ball into an eyeball to knock them all down with. Frankenstein, a pumpkin, a mummy, monsters and a ghost are all...

Make A Tiered Serving Tray

You can make your own double tiered serving tray just by gluing together inexpensive (and pretty!) melamine plates or bowls and candlesticks! These would look amazing with finger foods, cookies, petit fours or just about any small foods. Pinterest

Sketching And Origami Books

In today's digital design world, many of us have lost touch (literally and figuratively) with the actual tools we so often emulate in our designs, whether for print or digital display -- including myself. Over the years, I've lost track of the tips and points I'd once...

Once Upon A Knit

I really felt that Once Upon a Knit took the knitting craft to a whole new level! Looking through it made me feel like I was in a fairy tale! It is a gorgeous book, with lots of ornate design elements (and fun fairy tale facts), plus the projects are just fantastic!...

Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bag

What an adorable idea to make a tiny sleeping bag for a child's stuffed animals, so everyone gets to sleep at the same time! See the tutorial over at It's Always...

Fun And Fantastical Slippers To Knit

My daughter is learning to knit so I thought she would enjoy Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit. We both were delighted about the super creative ideas in the book. These are not your average knitted slippers in solids or stripes, these are slippers made to look like...