Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
tablecloths, runners, pillows, tea towels, guest towels, pillowcases, sheets, tees, use your imagination
Christmas gift DIY
Stencil printing an easy way to create fabric gifts, from totes to tablecloths
By Paula Rathpic from the tutorial at link above
there's also a video at the link above plus a beet and leaf template pdf download
ALL of their items are extraordinary but i especially want this ONE
(pic from the etsy listing )
from the etsy studio of the steamed glass studio. needless to say, i've made the shop one of my favorites.
i saw this on boing boing
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This is some crafty Tetris stuff that you should definitely take a look at, and I bet when you do, you would want these Tetris bricks Origami art for yourself! qiaochang has displayed colorful Tetris blocks as part of the origami collection, and they are absolutely gorgeous!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
how to: papercut portraits
(i have no qualms about saying i'm NOT capable of this, but that doesn't mean i won't try)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
thanksgiving meals and dishes and ideas
from martha her OWN darn self (of all peeps!!!)
the veggie table
couple of recipes from the nyt
veg web (vegan)
bryanna clark grogan (vegan)
and a bonus!!!
A rose is a rose’s famous baked stuffed squash (I’m making this RIGHT now for my pops and my sister)
½ c shredded carrots
2 stalks celery (including the leafy tops)
1 pk baby bella mushrooms
Chopped onion (as much or little as you want)
1 c cooked rice (white, brown, wild) or 1 c cooked couscous or cooked quinoa or cooked grain of your choice (barley would be nice I’ll bet)
Sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste
½ t or 1 t (to taste) herbs de provence or whatever herbs you like
½ c crumbled frozen then defrosted tofu
½ c frozen corn
1 to 2 c stale torn bread (or oyster crackers crushed)
1 t or so olive oil
1 t or so earth blend margarine
(any other vegetables you have laying about in the refrigerator)
1 large butternut squash
Water or vegetable stock (1/2 cup or so)
Cut squash in half and bake for approx 45-60 minutes in a 350 degree oven (I used a roasting pan and put a little water in the bottom. After about ½ hour I put tin foil over squash
Mix vegetables and herbs and spices and cook in a little olive oil and margarine in either a large skillet on the stove OR in a large microwave safe bowl.
Scoop out the squash being careful not to pierce the skins
Mix with the cooked vegetables, rice and bread. If it’s dry add water or stock
Stuff the squash (there’s sure to be leftover stuffing so mound into a mold or free hand on a baking sheet or tinfoil and cook along with the squash). And put in baking dish/roasting dish, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes. If you’re not vegan, top the mutha’ off with cheese and broil for about 1 minute (watch it, it WILL burn).
pic: my stuffed squash waiting to go in the oven
pic: stuffed squash done (on the plate)
but a group of them on a mantle or as a table centerpiece would be quite stunning i think
Easy Christmas Tree Craft for Kids
from cathie filian pic from her tutorial
pattern is: trilobite by Hannah Ingalls from knitty
the first one i thought was too small. i knit it very tightly. it DOES stretch though. the second one, i knit looser and knit a few more ribbed rows to start with. then i made the mistake of shortening it on the crown/top. i elimiated a few rows. i don't like how it lays. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i'm going to knit one more. the hats of course are wearable and they will be worn. i am making this for a gift so i wanted it perfect.
the yarn is noro kureyon. astounding colorways from noro. man.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Lego hole-punch for paper-meets-Lego projects
Muji's going to start selling hole-punches that knock out patterns that can be threaded between two Lego bricks. They go on sale in a week, and open up many possibilities for crafty Lego extensions.
and the best part (well for someone like me) IS;
they're NO SEW place mats
they're fairly inexpensive
they could be completed rather quickly
and once again THEY'RE NO SEW!!!
Nicole Smith, editor
(photo from the tutorial above at craftstylish)
Friday, November 20, 2009
and batts and i just got a bunch of new felting needles. i'm all set to make these haycorns (that's what tiggers like best you know)
(and if you're wondering if i've finished my felting circles project. NO i have not. i will post the outcome when i'm done)
lots of neat stuff in kim's etsy shop wildly woolly shop i especially love her felted nests (she calls them felted wool wall sculputures)
pic: from kim buchheit
Written by Becky Striepe
................In this video, Kim Buchheit of Wildly Wooly shows us how to make acorn ornaments out of felted wool and real acorn caps!..................
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
of wire wrapped jewelry by Dev Khan
and she actually shows you how she made it in a craftzine article
so very cool
pic from the tutorial linked above by Dev Khan
Posted by Goli Mohammadi |
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
and i'm sure it's a quick crochet as well! you could make a few and give them to friends and family as holiday gifts.
laptop sleeve tutorial
don't you love the embellishments? i do!
by yoonie at home pic from her tutorial
Monday, November 16, 2009
........We have seen quite a few Tetris-inspired designs in recent times, and the Quiltris adds to the illustrious list and delivers in a remarkable way. Essentially a quilt top design, the Quiltris is 50 inches by 70 inches and has taken Spork Queen quite some effort, evident from the variety in fabric on display – red, orange, yellow, light blue, dark blue, green, and purple. photo: from the link above
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
and here is how she made her little fiber books
this is so charming. really.
pictures are from million little stitches
(you can rest assured i got the feed subscription for million little stitches)
and i visit it frequently. i don't do much stitching but you know what, i think i will in the future. (i'm not 'good' at this craft. several others YEAH, i can function, sewing, stitching, NO i'm not. but i will continue to try)
the site is chuck full o' wonderful info. tutorials. how to turn photos into cross stitch. LOTS of good stuff!
subversive cross stitch
via boing boing
oh, and while you're at it, here's yet ANOTHER wonderful site. this one has a bunch of free patterns too. GOOD ONES radical cross stitch
pic: women - free from radical cross stitch
pic: fuck cancer from subversive cross stitch (kit is VERY reasonably priced by the way. VERY)
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
is offering this WONDERFUL the beginners guide to gourd crafting pdf download FOR FREE
i have always wanted to work with gourds. i have now bookmarked welburn gourd farm and i'm going to get me some gourds!
pic: gourd lamp by pamela redhawk from the pdf download
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
refashion a men's hoodie (well you could do it with a woman's as well!)
pic from the tutorial above at happy together
while you're at it stop by jessica's cool etsy shop happy together by ohsohappytogether
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
with a lot of time and patience (well i'd need a LOT of both).
it's beautiful and lovely and amazing and i want it!
Making a floral necklace
pic from the beading arts posting above
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
would sure be tuned to this! i'll catch it somewhere so not to worry about me
The Intersection of Arts and Science: Between the Folds
For folks interested in the intersection of arts and science, the PBS series Independent Lens is presenting a fascinating in-depth look into origami titled Between the Folds. The film documents "a determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists who have abandoned their careers and scoffed at their graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders."
Featured in the film are MIT's youngest-ever tenured professor Dr. Erik Demaine; mathematician, sculptor, puzzle maker, and self-taught computer scientist Marty Demaine; master free-style folder Vincent Floderer; pioneering Israeli educator Miri Golan; mathematics professor Dr. Tom Hull; trained artist and instructor Paul Jackson; one of the most technically accomplished folders in the world, Eric Joisel; one of only a few handmade origami papermakers in the world, Michael LaFosse; origami "hyper-realist" and physicist Dr. Robert J. Lang (who was profiled in CRAFT Volume 05); material artist with a masterful understanding of patterns and geometry, Chris K. Palmer; and the father of modern origami, Akira Yoshizawa.
independent lens, pbs, between the folds (times and listings and such like there as and is)
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
here's a whole LOAD o' cephalopod craft patterns
pic: braided octopus from berroco
pic: emily and giant squid (from her tutorial on how to make it)
oh there are many more. just click the first link for 'em all!
any kind. i love 'em all! here is a most adorable one from craftapalooza (where the picture is from as well)
a button wreath tutorial
(via whip up)
and here's a link to craftapalooza's online shop (nice stuff, check it out!)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
videos to help us ALL learn to knit a pair of socks
(i've only made ONE pair in my life. time for another i think)
and here's a link to all of 'em
there's even a link to a free sock pattern (you just have to sign up to lion brand)
pic from the sock pattern at lion brand
here's vid #1