Sunday, November 29, 2009

gifts to stencil

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

pic from the tutorial at link above

there's also a video at the link above plus a beet and leaf template pdf download

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ALL of their items are extraordinary but i especially want this ONE

(pic from the etsy listing )

Professor Alexander's Botanical Vasculum - Steamed 300 watt Moss Terrarium

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

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

vegetarian and vegan

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)


101 cookbooks


recipe zaar

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)

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simple simple simple

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

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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.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

very nifty eco-friendly

holiday gift ideas

oh yeah baby!

Lego hole-punch for paper-meets-Lego projects

Cory Doctorow
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.

LEGO for MUJI Paper and Block Sets (via Make)

these would make GREAT gifts

and the best part (well for someone like me) IS;

they're NO SEW place mats

they're lovely
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)

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Friday, November 20, 2009

tetris, tetris, tetris


the lamp is by aubrey kraft and it may just be a prototype

and yes, you can move the pieces about

ok, i have a bunch of roving

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

Handmade Holidays: Felted Acorn Ornaments

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!..................

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

i look good rockin' this bumbershoot

from dollar store crafts how to make a

ruffly umbrella (pic from the tutorial)
by Disney

this is cute

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


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Monday, November 16, 2009


Quiltris: The Tetris Inspired Quilt Top

By Alpheus
........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

Saturday, November 14, 2009

how cool is this?

and here is how she made her little fiber books

this is so charming. really.

pictures are from million little stitches

via craftzine

(you can rest assured i got the feed subscription for million little stitches)

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i LOVE this site

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)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

welburn gourd farm

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


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

it DOES involve sewing but i think

i could do this by hand.....

anyway, wicked cute

craft project: felt ornament

pic from the tutorial at zakkalife

i've not used spoonflower yet

i don't sew much. i don't LIKE sewing much. i think about sewing. i think about projects. i LOVE material and fabric and textiles. i just have to train myself to actually LIKE to sew



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Friday, November 6, 2009

my tv (if i had one)

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.

Screenings are part of the Independent Television Service's (ITVS) Community Cinema series, which are free, followed by discussion panels and access to resources............

independent lens, pbs, between the folds (times and listings and such like there as and is)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

lion brand has posted SIX (count 'em SIX)

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

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how to make vintage photo gift tags (they would look swell on all the christmas presents you're going to be getting me)


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