Sunday, November 30, 2008

you KNOW i'm going to be

all over this

3d stars from high hopes

lots and lots of good stuff on the site. check them out

(pic from there as well)

found via craftzine

ok, how cute are THESE?

little fabric trees???

they're from the small object a most WONDERFUL site (which i've linked to before)

she has done a tiny bit of sewing on these trees, but i'll bet one could make them completely sew-less (the one is ME, i don't sew)

pic from the small object as well

don't let it all unravel

(we all know how much i LOVE animated knitting vids)

found via extreme craft

i'm looking for all sorts

of wreath tutorials this season. i love wreaths. i've made some pretty nice ones over the years. i like out of the ordinary (in EVERYTHING not just wreaths). here's a cool one from

cathie filian (pic from her as well)

the snowflake and yarn wreath

Friday, November 28, 2008

it's pony up


times are tough

all over. we're all having a rough go of it. we're all cutting costs.

i'm sure you still have a couple of non-perishable items in your cupboards you could donate to a food bank. some old (but clean and in good condition) clothes you could donate to a shelter. a day a week (or even a month) you could volunteer your time helping out .....

think of others. not just at this time of the year, but all the time.

Craft Warmth for the Homeless this Winter

As the temps outside reach frigid lows, the issues faced by your local homeless population can be life-threatening, especially for those unable to find adequate shelter. This winter season, consider using your craftiness to help the homeless fight the cold with these simple projects. Hand them out in urban areas or in places you know where many homeless people reside, or call a local homeless shelter (homeless shelter directory or shelter listings) to find out if you can hand them out there. Keep in mind that shelters may require larger quantities of handmade goods, so you might consider finding or starting a group in your area that can do a project on a larger scale. Think the office, friends, social clubs, classes,, or for knitting projects, the charity knitting groups on ..............

love 'em!

tile coaster tutorial
picture from a bit of everything
they could be used for so much more than coasters too. think trivet at the very least

(found via craftzine)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


then swing on by here to hear the full version

then swing by here

Alice's Restaurant isn't around anymore. But, as the song says, Alice didn't live in a restaurant. She lived in the church nearby the restaurant... And the old Trinity Church, where Alice once lived and where the saga began has become home to The Guthrie Center and The Guthrie Foundation.

Arlo Guthrie providing a place to bring together individuals for spiritual service, as well as cultural and educational exchange founded the Guthrie Center, an Interfaith Church, in 1991. The Trinity Church where the song The Alice's Restaurant Massacree began and where the movie Alice's Restaurant was filmed, continues to service the local and international community.

Originally built as the St. James Chapel in 1829, the structure was enlarged in 1866 and renamed Trinity Church. Ray and Alice Brock purchased the property in 1964 and made it their home. The building has had several owners since the early 1970s…”

Source: The Guthrie Center........... (pic from there too)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

i love little handmade christmas trees

i've made quite a few (using the fake little trees and my trusty hot glue gun and whatever theme i choose. one of my favorites was the pig one i made. i used red lights on the little tree and hot glued a TON of little pink plastic pigs all over the tree. i found some ceramic pig and hot glued that to the top of the tree. it came out quite well i must say. of course this was years ago and i have NO pictures)

but i love the inspiration i'm getting

Thrifted Holiday Trees

from the long thread (picture from there as well)

found via whip up

i always have tons of whole cloves

one never knows when one is going to make a pomander ball

but this is something special, cool AND SIMPLE (and it would smell divine!)
clove necklace by
Author:cookiedough (pic from cookiedough as well)

inside a boy

My Brightest Diamond - Inside a Boy from My Brightest Diamond on Vimeo.

found via boing boing

Saturday, November 22, 2008

becuase i can't do this

and because i'm such a crappy line cutter (EVEN STRAIGHT ONES) i need to practice this over and over and over
from craftapple (pic from there as well) a

Tutorial: Cutting Curves with a Rotary Cutter

(found via craftzine)

one must know by now

how much i LOVE lego. this is a pretty darn amazing animation. check out the audience members too

JCDC Versus LEGO from Four H on Vimeo.

found via craftzine

don't be silly, it's because they CAN

Chair Arch: A film by The Glue Society for 42Below Vodka. from Glue Society on Vimeo.

hifructose has some great stuff on the glue society. many more videos. please do stop on by (hifructose is a kick ass publication any way)

(found via boing boing)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

go handmade for the holidays

from crafting in a green world

upcycled wrist cuffs (pic from crafting's website)

this is right up there

with the tater tot vest

vickie howell (who is having a book give away contest, deadline is this coming tuesday so rush over to her site) made a wicked kick ass burrito bag (from amy's burritos of course!)

pic is from the amy's website. don't know if they took it or vickie did

tutorial at the kick ass burrito bag link above. enjoy



i don't know what this is. it may have something to do with guitar hero. don't care, it's just a damn cool video

(found via wonderland)

theo jansen

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

if this isn't a good idea

i sure don't know WHAT is!

a tutorial on recycled envelope pocket books

picture and instructions from kristen at whip up

kristen's blog: meadowlark days

oh come on now

how CUTE is this?

on bitter betty blogs tutorial tuesday she directs us on how to make bowling buddies

bitter betty industries etsy shop

pic from bitter betty as well

(she combined two free online patterns to come up with this wonderful idea! the links to the patterns are on her site)

i like the bun on the right with it's ears back. my kind o' bunny

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

if you go over to

mama to mama you'll find lots and lots of information on caps to cap haitien project

they're made out of tee shirts. you don't have to be a sewing genius to make one either. so, whip out a tee and some thread and GET GOING

and here's another posting with a pattern for a cap and a link to konbit sante

About Konbit Sante:

Konbit Sante is a Maine-based volunteer partnership working to save lives and improve health care in northern Haiti. In Haitian Creole, a konbit is a traditional method of working together to till your friends' and neighbors fields as well as your own - a cooperative effort. Sante means health. The name defines their commitment to address the staggering health problems in northern Haiti where most lack basic care and live without running water............

oh just stop by the site ok?

(i found it via her - amanda's - craft blog: soulemama)

i just discovered something i'd never heard of before!

grungeboard from tim holtz

i'm not really a scrapbooker. i USED to rubber stamp like mad. i still have a ton of stamps and embossing powders and the like. perhaps i'll get back into it. AFTER the holidays of course. i'm still working on other things. anyway, i was quite taken with all of this

and from margot potter; the impatient crafter

i actually saw THIS video FIRST and i knew i'd fallen in love with grungeboard

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

because i love her work

and her photography (of her crafts AND of nature itself) i want to continue to remind you to

stop by resurrection fern

amazing wonderful wondrous awe inspiring smile-making heart-warming

(pic from resurrection fern)

i really can't understand 90% of what he said

BUT this is one wicked cool yarn spinner as well as the works it produces

Thomas Traxler, Autonomous spinning wheel from robertanderson on Vimeo.

found via makezine

from all fiber arts

which is a site you should be visiting ALL of the time

comes this lichen died felted slipper pattern (made out of seven garter stitch squares)

photos from all fiber arts

i can't say it enough THIS is a great resource for knitting, yarns, weaving, basket making, dying, spinning, textiles, oh EVERYTHING under the sun

Thursday, November 13, 2008

oh wow

Exclusive Interview: Ana Serrano

Cartonlandia by Ana Serrano (62x48x54 inches)
picture from the website of reuben miller

please please please click the link above to see the ENTIRE sculpture. it's AMAZING

i can't stop staring at this

read all of the comments too. they're delightful!

Place setting by a five-year-old girl

My five-year-old daughter asked to set the table a couple of night ago. Here's how she set her place.

my thoughts? well three is my favorite number. it's perfectly zen. i think the kid is japanese

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

it's NOT too early to start

the holidays are RIGHT around the corner. i've always loved the idea of advent calendars. i found one today (tutorial) that looks easy AND is out of the ordinary. it's from jenny at allsorts (pic is from there as well)

it's her advent calendar pockets tutorial

i found this video over at

magpie and cake (love the name and i love bjork AND hedgehogs too!)
craft rock friday with bjork (well THEY posted it on a friday)

Monday, November 10, 2008

laughing purple goldfish designs shows us how to make a

beaded wire knit bracelet (laughing purple goldfish photo)

it's almost the holidays - get out your wire, beads and knitting needles and GET busy


giant crystal: (photos by Javier Trueba / Madrid Scientific Films, image via)

Ice Cave in Matanuska Glacier, Alaska - photo by George F. Mobley, National Geographic

stop by dark roasted blend to see spectacular
caves around the world

Saturday, November 8, 2008

because this is something

i would want (and i'd cry if someone made this for lil' ol' me) i'm posting it

how wonderful. a custom board game

from plavalaguna (her pics too)

Here's a project I've been working on for quite some time now. And it's finally ready for everyone to see. It's a gift for my fiance so I had to wait for his birthday to come to post it. <3
It's called "huggable".
The tiles are made of clay, they are baked, hand carved, painted and varnished on. all 100 of them! phew.
the board is felt. the docks are thin wood things i stole from an old wardrobe someone threw away....

i hope her fiance knows how lucky he is!!!

everyone knows

you cannot have enough felt flower tutorials

from april at felt o rama (her pics too)


are pretty cool

the basket building - Image via: addicted Eyes

the hole house - Image via: melinnis

mindhouse - Image via: angelocesare

please check them ALL out at village of joy - 50 strange buildings

(found via bifurcated rivets)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

let's look at what

resurrection fern is up too! (pic from resurrection fern)

just LOOK at the haycorns she's gone and made! and as we all know that's what tiggers like the best!

go ahead and make a TON of her crochet acorns (and some cool little felted pumpkin bowls too)

in all seriousness i DO have to say she has one of THE BEST craft blogs out there. her photographs are beyond the pale. her work is well out of the ordinary without being freakish. it is awe inspiring

Saturday, November 1, 2008

check out all the nifty knits

at dark roasted blend's strange knits

beet pic: (image credit: ngau83)

cord pic: (creation by Nguyen Le, via)
bunny pic: (images credit: Gelitin, via)

tobiah p. mundt

i saw the above video at craftzine

i've seen tobiah's work other places. it's not only fascinating but it's wonderful too. it's right up my creepy alley. she's da bomb!

her site is under the licorice tree (she has a couple of tutorials up too! check them out)

the photo is tobiah's too

her etsy shop - licoricetree