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DIY Crafts: How to Make Crayon Covered Jars to Use as Fun Gifts, Party Favors, and Table Decorations
These colorful handmade jars make wonderful gifts, party favors, or table decorations for a variety of occasions and events. Easy to make, they are also a great way to repurpose and recycle old jars!
Pincushions are popular crafts to make, use, collect and enjoy. This tutorial includes easy directions for making a cupcake-style pincushion that can be decorated and embellished in a number of ways.
This colorful baby blanket and lap afghan knitting pattern looks complicated but is quite simple to make. Featuring a beautiful mosaic design, it is easy to adapt to match any room or nursery décor.
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Learn to make colorful bookmarks using simple watercolor techniques and materials! A fun project for artists of all ages, making bookmarks is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of reading!
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Create a charming pincushion and notions box out of an Altoids tin, or other small box. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to transform these items into a handy, yet pretty sewing accessory!
Make a lovely floral decoration for your home by adding paper leaves and tissue paper blossoms to a natural branch. Easy to adapt for various holidays, this flower project is great for children, too!
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This sweet charm can be used as a pendant for a necklace or bracelet, or as a keychain. This easy project makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary, or for a special friend.
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Painting your own beads is easy and a great way to design a colorful statement necklace that expresses your own personal style. This tutorial is a fun way to add a new accessory to your wardrobe!
This charming birds and heart image makes a lovely romantic piece of art for your own home or to give as a gift to that special couple. Perfect for Valentine's Day, a wedding, or for an anniversary!
Knitted cowls are the perfect accessory to keep you warm during cold weather. This easy knitting pattern creates a simple, yet interesting neckwarmer that men, women and children will enjoy wearing!
A double wreath is a charming sign to welcome people to your home. A wonderful way to span holidays when decorating, you can design one ring for a particular season, and the other wreath for the next!
Holiday crafts and decorating projects don't need to be fancy or expensive. This festive patchwork Christmas Tree is made from magazine photos, glue, some simple trimmings, and some holiday spirit!
This little box is made with polymer clay, an Altoids tin, and some creativity. Great for keeping small items, this would be perfect for a knitter but pretty enough to appeal to almost everyone.
Just in time for the holidays, here some are easy craft tutorials to make four different Christmas decorations using yarn. Each of these tutorials makes a charming and colorful ornament for your tree.
Inspired by the vintage look of the home accessories sold at Anthropologie and Pottery Barn, this charming tree is easy to make and uses basic craft supplies. Great for wedding or baby shower decor!
Using rolled paper, create colorful quilt blocks that are beautiful to look at but require no sewing! This project is a great way to recycle magazines, catalogs, and gift wrap. Fun for kids, too!
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This fun button necklace is a great way to incorporate the ombré fashion trend into your wardrobe with a new piece of jewelry. Easy to make and assemble, you'll wear this necklace all summer long!
It's easy to make a cheerful welcome wreath using a basic wreath form, some artificial flowers, and a few garden-themed accessories. This beautiful decoration is perfect for any season or decor!
You can turn garden accessories like small fences and trellises into charming wall decorations to use in your office, bedroom, or dorm room. All you need is a few materials and some imagination!
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Andy Warhol was one of the leading artists of the Pop Art movement from the 1960's through the 1980's. He was also an avid collector, finding weird and wonderful items that filled his 30-room home.
DIY Jewelry Craft: How to Make a Bib Necklace Using Recycled Beads Made From Magazines, Catalogs, and Maps
Your friends will never guess that this fun and colorful bib necklace is handmade with paper beads, created from recycled mail, maps, and magazines.
You can give an old tote bag a new look by adding a bunch of knitted flowers made from leftover yarn! Learn how to knit flowers of different sizes to fashion a new bag that you'll be proud to use.
Looking for that perfect song to play for your next romantic evening? Here is a list of some of the best love songs to create a great playlist for your special date, anniversary, or Valentine's Day!
This table runner features mock cables, some lace, and petal details in columns of different designs that will look great in any room, and at any occasion. This is a fun knit with beautiful results!
This button brooch or pendant is perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day that you are in the mood for romance. This jewelry project is easy and uses materials that you already have around the house!
Using a simple knitted i-cord, you can make unique statement necklaces that are tailored to your personal taste and style. Here are the directions for three different necklace designs using i-cords.
This wreath has a special folded ribbon detail that makes this decoration eye catching and unique. This design is easy and you can use any combination of ribbons to match your decor or the season.
When learning a new hobby, you always have to start at the beginning with knowing nothing. In 2010, I decided I wanted to learn how to knit. And trust me - it was not an easy or quick process.
It's easy to make beautiful and festive Christmas tree decorations with oven bake clay and some basic household tools! These ornaments are quick to make and a fun holiday project to do with kids!
This cozy baby blanket is a quick knit using bulky or chunky weight yarn. Designed with seven alternating cables and with just a hint of lace, this blanket will be a charming addition to any nursery.
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This easy holiday ornament is a great way to recycle or reuse your favorite seasonal greetings into decorations that you can enjoy for years to come. This project is also a fun activity for kids!
This handmade tree project uses needle felting and basic embroidery to create a unique decoration for your home, but you can modify it to use other materials and make a piece that is special to you.
This wall hanging will add a festive sparkle to your holiday decor, featuring your own jewelry as ornaments for this easy Christmas decoration. And you don't have to ruin your jewelry to make it!
Sticks, hooks, books, and balls (of yarn) - nothing brings more joy to the hearts of knitters and crocheters than these words. Here a list of great gift ideas for the needle crafter in your life!
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Fringe decoration or tassels are often added to scarves, shawls, pillows and other handmade items. Here are step-by-step directions for adding fringe to your knitting or crochet project.
This charming neckwarmer features a colorful design of falling leaves while displaying some of your favorite colors of yarn. This free knitting pattern includes directions to make a cowl or a scarf.
Hand knit linens can add a special touch to your home. This washcloth knitting pattern is easy, but special enough to bring a spa-like feeling to your bath. And these washcloths make a great gift!
With the growing popularity of knitting, it's not surprising that knitting-themed fiction books, or "knit lit", has become popular too. Here is an introduction to some of the best titles and authors.
Knitting is a popular craft that is shared by people in every city and town - and knitting groups can play a fun part in getting them together. Here's how to start a knitting group in your area!
The internet has become one of the main sources that knitters and crocheters can go to for ideas and information. Here is a list of some of the best FREE online resources for knitting and crocheting.
This beautiful shawl uses only basic knitting stitches. Warm enough to protect you from a chill and perfect to throw on with a top and jeans, this shawl can also add a special touch to dressy attire.
This warm chevron cowl is a fun way to add some bright color to any winter wardrobe. This easy free pattern is a great way to use up your stash yarn, or can also be knitted using your favorite colors.
Shawl pins are popular and used to hold a shawl in place or decorate a knitted sweater, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to make one out of polymer clay! My easy tutorial will show you how!
Stick pins can be used to fasten a scarf/shawl in place or to decorate a woman's hair when in a upswing style. I made this beautiful and handy pin using a decorative glass bead and some polymer clay.
A shawl pin is used to hold the ends of a shawl/scarf together, so it stays in place as you wear it. I created this simple shawl pin design that uses only a few materials and yet goes with everything.
Baby blankets are one of the easiest projects, especially for new or inexperienced knitters. This fun and colorful blanket design has no shaping and can be changed to match any nursery decor.
WYEP in Pittsburgh asked its listeners to submit their list of the 20 best road trip songs. This task got me searching through my memory and my cds to put together my top 20 list of favorites.
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Singer/songwriter Ani Difranco has released over 40 albums, covered thousands of miles while touring, and built a loyal fan base. Despite her success, here are some things you may not know about her:
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Ani Difranco's songs are a creative blend of thoughtful lyrics, beautiful vocals, and talented musicianship. This list of her classic songs might serve as an introduction to Ani Difranco's music.
Pittsburgh is a wonderful city with a rich history, diverse cultural amenities, and fun outdoor activities. The 'burgh is also a great place to visit! Here is a fun list of things to do, see, and eat.
Nicknamed "Vacationland", Maine offers a variety of activities to satisfy many interests. Artists and art lovers in particular will find some very interesting and impressive art locations to visit.
This necklace begins with a stitched pendant created from a knitted cord. Then the center is embellished with bright embroidery for a unique piece of jewelry that displays a variety of needle crafts.
Wreaths create a warm welcome for any holiday or season. To make a unique decoration, try tying strips of fabric around a wire frame and then add a bow, ornament, or some flowers for a pop of color.
Easy to make, fabric rosettes can be used to create jewelry or embellish accessories or clothing. I painted my rosettes for my funky necklace, but you can use any decorative fabric or ribbon.
This pattern for a cozy knitted scarflet is designed to be warm enough for winter, yet still displays the changing colors of fall or the fresh colors of spring.
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This unique plexiglass bracelet certainly makes an artistic statement. Because the background is simple and clear, your design can create a bold image against your skin, like a removable tattoo.
Ribbon necklaces are a popular fashion trend and this beaded version is beautiful, easy to personalize, and quick to assemble. With the beads strung on a length of ribbon, this necklace has a romantic, yet relaxed look....
I love blueberry muffins, and there's two things I look for in a great blueberry muffin: lots of blueberries and a firm consistency to the muffin for spreading butter on. My husband and I came up with this recipe, and...
Hanging artwork on your walls is one of the best and easiest ways to add color, personality, and life to any room. But many people make the mistake of hanging one piece of art over their sofa or above their fireplace...
Over my years of knitting, I've discovered an easy and safe way to block most of my knitting projects. I hope these hints answer some of the questions that most people face when blocking, explain the different methods,...
When I was in college, my art professor told us that an artist should collect and save everything and anything that might inspire us. She pointed out that you never know from where your next creative idea might come. ...
These knitted flowers are colorful accessories that are quick to knit and easy to assemble. They are a fun project, and you can use scrap yarn (yea!). They make great gifts, or even a wonderful little topper for a...
For knitters, the world is a candy shop full of knitting patterns. Choosing the right knitting pattern is the first step in ensuring that you'll be happy with the finished result. But with so many to choose from, how...
Yarn stores and the internet are filled with such a kaleidoscope of fiber choices that it can be overwhelming. Here are some helpful hints for making the right decision for your knitting project.
The recipe is so, so easy and so, so quick that it can hardly be called a recipe. It's more like three ingredients put together and microwaved. In fact, IT IS three ingredients put together and microwaved :) And it's...
I'm always interested in trying new crafts, but I had no idea my next adventure would be needle felting. Then...I won a needle felting kit on CraftGossip.com to make a felted pony! Although I had never done needle...
Although A Stitch in Time, Volumes 1 & 2 are knitting books, they are also an archive of vintage fashion and a history lesson on the events and people who influenced fashion trends over the years.
It's easy to make art for any room by creating a collage from photos, cards, drawings or even magazine pages. Using an inexpensive poster frame and a few hours of your time, you can make a piece of art that you'll...
I've found that frames are an easy and festive way to display your holiday decorations, particularly if you have a limited amount of space for decorations (like people living in apartments), or if you only have a small...
This cozy cowl features yarn carried in front and knitted stitches moving up and down to look like reindeer tracks. A beautiful pattern to show off the colors of variegated yarn, this cowl also looks great in solid...
I made this knitted basket using Zoë Scheffy's FREE Pinwheel Coaster pattern as a base, then knitting up the sides in a diamond pattern. I love having baskets around the house to hold things and to use as...
This meatball and pepperoni pasta bake recipe is one of my family's favorites. It's easy to make and can be put together earlier and then just heated up to be served. I use meatballs and pepperoni, but you could...
This free knitting pattern has a lace and cable design that continues around the neck and creates a cozy and comfy cowl. This pattern is fully charted with descriptions of the abbreviations at the bottom of the chart...
This light, floaty top is based loosely on a wrap I saw on the Anthropologie website. I knew I could knit something similar, but I also wanted to make some changes to the design. Many people have asked how I made this,...
This versatile necklace has a bit of a vintage look and can be worn with either the button fastening in the back as a necklace or in the front for more of a collar look. The necklace in the photos is about 27”...
Every year, thousands of yarn lovers, knitters, spinners, and fiber fans come to the Asheville, NC area for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). SAFF is a never-ending feast of yarn and fun for any knitter,...
I designed these textured fingerless mitts because I wanted a pair with an interesting design on the back of the hand, but fit snugly around the cuff and was comfortable to wear for everyday use. Perfect for showing...
Connie Hayes’s paintings are often recognizable for her vibrant use of color and her loose painting style. Well-known as a painter of Maine landscapes, she uses of color and composition to create unique views of...
This casserole recipe is flavorful and hardy, and a family favorite. Using really just 4 ingredients, this main dish can be made ahead of time and simply warmed up when you are ready to eat. I must admit, it is rather...
For these cozy and colorful fingerless mitts, I used an array of worsted weight (medium weight) yarn, along with some dk weight (light weight) and some bulky (heavy weight) yarn, from my ever-decreasing stash. I’m...
This is our latest decorating project - a festive fall/winter wreath. I stole the inspiration from Lauralee at Yellow Mums. She creatively "borrowed" the idea from Delia at Delia Creates. I really loved how...
This warm dip is a little like eggplant parmesan in a bowl, only better. You can spread this dip on triscuit crackers, toasted french bread, or toasted pita bread triangles. I think this would also be good to top a...