Wednesday, August 25, 2010

i'm diggin' THIS one too!

Crystal bead bracelet

Cyndi L

pic from the tutorial linked above

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i'm diggin' this bracelet

made by
pmc button bracelet project

(and what's REALLY great is she show US how to make it too!) i of course would make mine without the real leather.

lately i'm on a copper/brass with greens/blues patina kick.

pic from art bead scene tutorial linked above

this is kinda cool BUT

the only ingredient i have is the hydrogen peroxide. BUT it's fun to watch this dude do it


Sunday, August 22, 2010

for some reason or another

(i cannot explain it) i was looking for information on how to make straw hats. i found a most wonderful site indeed. it has a LOT of links to making hats (not all straw) but it's got a lot of links to OTHER sewing stuff as well. check it out! as an example: do you want to make sleeping gloves?. well there's a pattern an instructions!

(pics from vintage sewing linked above)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

sock monkey sock monkey sock monkey!!!

download via craftstylish from craft hope

Victoria North,

this is from the craft hope 'about' page

Craft Hope is a love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those who need them.  It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world.
Jade Sims is the founder of Craft Hope.  She is the mother of three and spends her days running Craft Hope from her laptop and making a mess with her children in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, Texas. You can contact her at
As the saying goes ‘it takes a village’ and Craft Hope is run by many talented crafters. There is no possible way that Jade can run this alone and her crafty friends step up just when she needs them. Always volunteering to run a project, reply to emails, and accept donations this community is ready and willing to step in and lend support!
Sarah Jackson stepped up just in the nick of time to run the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop. Relentlessly managing donations to benefit Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. She continues lend support. You can contact her at
Chris Carleton has been behind the scenes for some time now helping to manage Craft Hope operations in every capacity when called upon. You can contact her at
Miles Sims, our technical support and Jade’s husband, is responsible for all of the web design on the Craft Hope site. He’s a social networking genius that continues to expand Craft Hope’s reach.
Contact us for more information or to get involved:
Mailing Address:
Craft Hope
P.O. Box 341774
Austin, TX 78734

Friday, August 20, 2010

five paper

aging techniques (from crafting a green world (i have used tea to 'age' cloth for folk dolls. it works WONDERFULLY)
by Maria Dryden
pic from the above link

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

i'm NOT preaching

i'm gently nudging.....

Craft for Good, not Evil: Crafting as Volunteering


by Julie Finn



whip up directs us


New kid on the block: Nuno Magazine 


here's a link to elizabeth abernathy's blog. there you'll find the purchase/download link to nuno magazine

it's kick butt too. i d/l it and love it after 5 seconds. i can't wait to REALLY go over it

pic from the whipup link above, but of course the pic is from the nuno issue

Monday, August 16, 2010

serious serious serious want

felt wall planter tutorial by Martha McQuade's

Posted by Shari Altman

pic from the tutorial linked above

the FIRST time i saw a vertical garden i fell in love 

a multi-strand beaded necklace i'm working on

obviously i have a ways to go. there are still thread ends everywhere! i'm not going to trim them until i get to the very end. i am going to use copper findings. i think i'll use cone ends and a hook clasp. i'm going to be making a few more strands. when it's done (and all cleaned up nicely) i'll post the finished piece. using copper and brass and gold and brown beads with a few blue ones (want to go for that rusted patina look) here and there. i have some copper pieces i ordered on etsy i'll be using. i don't have them yet (she makes them to order so i may not even get them this week).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

eunny shows us how to: entrelac

from knitting daily

craftstylish hooks us up to a

wicked cute cross stitched berry pillow designed by: Alicia Paulson is the amazingly talented author of Embroidery Companion and the Posie Gets Cozy blog. Here we highlight the Berry Border Pillow project from her book.

Berry Border Pillow
Photo: Potter Craft 

craftstylish posting by: Nicole Smith, edito

Thursday, August 12, 2010

here are a bunch o' metal clay tutorials

from beading arts

pic from the beading arts link above (and i'm IN LOVE with this work of art necklace too!)

i want a sound suit!

i like making noises as i walk. i always have something on that does indeed make noise. jewelry usually. as a rule, i never sneak up on anyone. you can ALWAYS (well almost always let's say) hear me coming

found via

i want this



Sunday, August 8, 2010

look at this wicked cute denim beret

made from an old pair of jeans to boot! 

here's the craftzine posting (with links to the pattern AND the itunes podcast!)

pic from craftzine posting and pattern by Nancy Minsky

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

lovely (and cool too)


i think i'm going to start reviewing iphone/itouch apps

i'm going to start with one i just purchased YESTERDAY (you can play online free here) or buy it for $.99 (well worth it) here at the app store

it's simple or so you THINK............

you start with four elements and build on from there.  the screen shots are from the online game. the iphone app has 196 elements and 21 groups.I believe it was just updated (so far i have 115 out of 196 and 15 out of 21). you just start clicking and combining (or for the phone dragging/tapping and combining)

well i love it. it's addictive. there ARE hints but i try not to use them. the more elements you have, the harder it gets. and  yes, there is an underlying element (get it) of humor as well.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

whip up has a BUNCH of

knitting for baby links

really, a bunch o' links above

here is one i absolutely adore (reminds me of an ez pattern)
Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli (ravelry download)  (i'm a garter stitch babe. i love it. i love how it looks, i love how it feels. garter all the way)

Monday, August 2, 2010

number one

sarevil you are a fuckwad (believe it or not, i had a MUCH WORSE word here and changed it to this one)
number two, do you KNOW what cojones means?
number three, do  you KNOW what LANGUAGE that is you're speaking when you use that word?

Sarah Palin and cojones

also from

craftzine a wicked cool link to a cross stitch pattern (quote by adam 'mythbuster' savage)

pic (and pattern) from cross stitch ninja (damn, that name is already taken. i wanted it!!!)

there is NO excuse for you

to NOT know how to knit. NONE

and vickie howell shows you how to do it the continental way (i started the english way, and now i use both ways. it comes in WICKED HANDY when you're knitting with two colors at once. ez taught me that. if you don't know who ez is, start learning to knit.  you'll find out soon enough. i promise you).

any wayyyyyyyyyyyy at the craftzine link above, there are even MORE knitting instructions. PICK UP YOUR STICKS AND GET GOING!