@Home This Weekend: Mermaid Tail Blanket

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blog This weekend, sport a mermaid tail! You’ll love lounging around with this clever fleece blanket. Suzie Penguin included instructions on how to make it. Best of all: it’s totally no sew, so you can do it in a day!


October 19, 2016 Featured Projects

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Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!

I’m the Sasquatch Kid! No wait, Burgerfoot. No! BEEEEFSQUAAAAAATCH! by TheMistressT

Vanilla Extract for Christmas Gifts by Mistress Jennie

Welcome to the Dark side by anderlance

Practice Towels by meleriffic

Ouija Board Shoes by phoenixfiredesigns

Buggy stumpwork and a few snarky words by sheepBlue

Dollhouse Pumpkins by Yaqulek

A Batty Blue Shrine by MissingWillow

Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse – Swoon Rosie by BenaeQuee

Uplifting? Art Quilt by Stifflersmom

my niece’s first Christmas present! by FoxyBlue

Scarecrow Hoop by lindyv321

Yarn bowl by tomhumf

Creature from the Black Lagoon sleep mask by calixita

Harry Potter art canvas by teaandcraft

Tute Tuesday: Vanilla Extract

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153888_12Oct16_IMG_2351 We are crafters. We plan ahead. Sure, it is only the middle of October, but we are busy thinking of crafts for the holidays. Do not roll you eyes! You need to start planning now so when the season actually does hit, you can sit back and relax while everyone else is going crazy. Even if you are not crafting for the holidays, it is a great idea to have presents on hand in case you need them for birthdays or other parties. It’s just a smart thing to do. Craftster member Mistress Jennie is one smart cookie! She got a jump start on her holiday crafting by whipping up a batch of Vanilla Extract. This gift is super easy to make and takes no time at all. It is a great present for coworkers, teachers and large groups.

Jump start your gift giving season with ideas, tutorials and tips from our Tutorial Tag Cloud. We have something for everyone!

Creeping You Out!

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blog4a As Halloween approaches, things tend to get a little dicey around Craftster. If you don’t care for scary things, WARNING! Turn back now.

This skully wreath that queenbruiser made is overly welcoming, but it does serve as a sign of things to come. Seriously, you have been warned!




Here’s a face that only a mother could love. cmarion3 purchased a sweet little doll at a garage sale, and transformed her in a very scary way. There are lots of in progress pictures, so you can see how this frightening change actually occurred.



Now this is something you don’t want to see when you’re walking down a dark hallway at night. This little creepster looks like it wants to grab you and drag you back into the underworld! alwaysinmyroom is the twisted Craftster responsible for this madness. blog3
What the heck? prettysoldier77 appears to be growing zombies instead of houseplants. Is nowhere safe? blog5
If you’ve made it this far through the creepiness, I’ve saved this next one just for you. This “abandoned toy” by lunke13 will eat you alive. I mean seriously, look at those teeth! Could you sleep with this teddy bear? Maybe, but not for long! blog2

This is just a small sample of some of the delightfully creepy crafts that are posted on Craftster. Check out the Halloween board. You’ll find everything you need to have a Very Scary Halloween.





Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Lasagna

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202255_09Feb10_lasagna_finished_piece Autumn is here and the nights are getting a little longer as the days get shorter. Those chilly nights can be a bit lonely so why not invite a few friends over for a casual dinner party. Craftster member throughthelooking shares their recipe for Pumpkin Lasagna that is a great autumn take on a comfort food classic. This dish is best served with an artisan bread and a nice side salad; but be warned, it is so delicious that your guests may not want to leave (or won’t be able to due to the food coma). If pumpkin isn’t your thing, try other fall and winter squashes.

Check out our Cooking Board for other comfort foods to warm your heart and belly. Let’s hear it for good friends, good food and happy hearts. Is there anything better?

@Home This Weekend: Adventure Time with Plastic Bags

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blog This weekend, enchant Adventure Time fans with this Jake the Dog plastic bag holder. teaandcraft now has the most excellent storage for all her plastic grocery bags. Jake delights in hanging around in her laundry room. Perfect.



Tute Tuesday: Gather Ye Rosebuds Halloween Wreath

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153888_07Oct16_IMG_2350 It’s Halloween! Time to get your spook on! Welcome those little monsters with a boo-tiful Gather Ye Rosebuds Wreath from our very own awesome Craftster moderator, Mistress Jennie. Using items purchased at the Dollar Store, you can make your very own Halloween door decor for less than $20.00. That is something to scream about! This tutorial is easy to follow and the idea can be used for other holidays (well, maybe not the skulls, but hey, if they are you thing, then go for it!)

Have fun spreading holiday cheer to all the guys and ghouls on your block with spooktacular tutorials, ideas and tips from our Occasions and Holiday Board. Create a devilish good time for all! Happy Haunting!

Talking Heads, or What We Made at Art Camp

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blog2 Yesterday, cackle and I returned from the “Art Is…You” art retreat in Connecticut. We had such a great time learning all sorts of things. We took a book class where we learned a new binding technique, and a metal etching and cold connections class, among others. We agreed however, that our favorite class was “Talking Heads”, where we worked with polymer clay to create the most adorable figurines.

That’s mine on the left, and cackle’s on the right. The head and body of these figures was built on a ball of spun cotton. These girls stand about 6″ tall.

Here’s the fun thing about them: the body and head(s) are separate, so you can change them up at will. Each head has a hole at the base, so to change your mood, you just pop on a new head! aiy3
Tired of the bunny ears? Live with this little pig for a while! aiy4
Here’s cackle’s little bird. She’s got a headband so she can have bunny ears too. Check out those painted toenails! cackle made another head, but did not have time to paint it. I’m sure she’ll share it on Craftster when it’s done. blog3
Here are their backs. So girly, with their little bows. aiy1

If you ever get a chance to go to an Art Is…You retreat, or any other art retreat, GO! It’s such a great way to meet fun people, learn new techniques, and get your creativity recharged. cackle and I both highly recommend it.


Meatless Monday: Risotto

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219968_12Apr13_R0 It’s Monday, you had a hard day at work and you are so not into cooking dinner. Why not grab those leftovers and let MissingWillow show you how to prepare a quick and easy weekday meal. Risotto is a supper that you can whip up in no time. Add veggies or a meat substitute to create a one dish meal that will warm you up and fill your belly with goodness.

Our Cooking Board has recipes, tips and ideas for the perfect weekday meal that will get you out of the kitchen and allow you to spend more time with your loved ones. Happy Monday!

Meet the Mods: Alteredmommy

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One of the greatest things about our mods is that they can wear so many different hats. Take Alteredmommy for example. She is amazing at altered art and keeps everyone in the Craftster swap world in line. Let’s find out a little bit more about this extraordinary woman.

How did you find Craftster?
Through an article in ReadyMade magazine. This was the very first internet site that I participated on the boards in.

How long have you been on Craftster?
Coming up on my eleventh year in October, sevenish as a mod.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Northern Alberta Canada with my husband of 32 years, have 3 grown kids (who have all come back to the nest this year!), 2 dogs and a cat. I love to make-painting and mixed media assemblage (oh rusty crap how I love thee!), jewelry, knitting and felting and random stuff. As a survivor of leukemia (13 years and counting yay), I am very active in fundraising and volunteering for my local cancer group. Also currently the president of our local art society. Traveling is my number one love and I’m always up for an adventure somewhere!
Your favorite thing about Craftster:
I love the friendships I’ve made in this caring community where people will freely share their knowledge and encourage everyone’s creativity. and meetups which are my FAVOURITE!
Any advice for newbies?
If you don’t know something, just ask!

Favorite quote:
Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn….then always be a unicorn!


Alteredmommy has it going on! She is so talented, funny and strong. We are so glad that she is a part of the Craftster mod squad!

@Home This Weekend: Rescued Rocker

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blog Usually for the “@Home This Weekend” article, I like to present a project that can be completed in a weekend.  Every now and then, though, I like to mix it up. This weekend, take a look at the fabulous rocking chair reconstruction that yofi accomplished with a roadside discard! This took quite a bit more time than just one weekend, but I think you’ll agree it was definitely worth the effort. Follow her progress with the many photos she took during the process, and then, this weekend, go scout around. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky and find a curbside treat just waiting for you to give it new life.



October 5, 2016 Featured Projects

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Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them!

Summer tops by yoopidou

Haida Darth *pics heavy* by anderlance

Crochet Sugar Skulls (with written pattern and photo sing-a-long) by bethntim

The Charnel House Book by pottermouth

Steampunk Style Ray Gun by audio

Giraffe attack! by vkvhawk

You can call me queen bee embroidered wall art by PromisedHeartbrk

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone by meleriffic

Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag by BenaeQuee

Blue and white inchies by Averia

Little skulls all in a row…with tut by cmarion3

Two quilts, lots of fun by jennlrc

Bumble bee fabric by edelC

Paper Mache skull by schizo319

Exploding TARDIS purse by fatewineroses

Tute Tuesday: Little Foam Skulls

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303012_01Oct16_Skull_1 What happens with an awesome crafty person like cmarion3 can’t find the perfect skull decoration for Halloween? Why she makes her own Little Foam Skulls, of course! No bones about it, this tutorial is wickedly easy to follow and you do not need to be an artist to create a fun skeleton face. Use your noggin’ to think of clever ways to display your foam skulls. You can hang them with lights or use them in shadow boxes or other displays. You are only limited by your imagination.

Looking for other ways to decorate for the Halloween season? Check out our Holiday and Occasions Board for fun spooky ideas! Make it boo-tiful!

Pumpkin All The Things!

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Spooky Little Pumpkins Yup, it’s October, so that means it is time to PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS! To get my creative juices flowing for PATT2016 (there are only so many pumpkin spice flavored products you can eat!) I’m browsing Craftster for pumpkin project and what do I find? Tons of awesome pumpkin-ness! Starting with these amazing little pumpkins embroidered by Ludi
Crocheted Pumpkin Witch And what about this amazing little crocheted pumpkin witch by La Chapa? If that doesn’t make you love pumpkin season, nothing will!
Pumpkin Octomonster Of course, it wouldn’t be Pumpkin All The Things if you didn’t find pumpkins in some unexpected places (I’m looking at you, Frosted Shredded Mini-Wheats!). loveandasandwich fused an octopus monster with a pumpkin, and I have to say, the result is darling!
Pumpkins And it just wouldn’t be Craftster if someone (in this case, the talented teag) didn’t take something ordinary and make it extraordinary! These started off as very plain foam pumpkins, but with some paper clay and mad sculpting skills, they turned out amazing!

So where ever you find pumpkin in your life over the next fun months, just remember, it’s a brief season, and soon the cold peppermint breeze shall blow, and Minter will be upon us!

Hooray for the Orange and Black

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blog1 It’s that time of year! Orange and black (perhaps with hints of purple and lime green) are the IN colors for October. Decorate your house with handmade Halloween fun! Need some inspiration? Well, say no more.

alwaysinmyroom crocheted a couple of black frames, and needed something to fill them. She wisely chose a pair of vintage Halloween images: this spooky cat, and a grinning pumpkin. Click through to her post to view that jack o’lantern.

Aw, look at this little baby bat. He looks like he’s comfy hanging there in his custom cage. That’s because pottermouth decorated it so nicely, with tinsel and bows and pom poms. blog5
SonjaBoo stacked up some spools and embellished them with buttons and trim to make the perfect base for this wee wistful pumpkin. blog2
This creepy faux taxidermy crow is holding a vintage key. calixita mounted him on an ouija board for extra spookiness. blog4
I’m such a lover of cheesy grinned Halloween cats that I had to try making one for a swap partner. I hope it’s holding court over her other Halloween decor this year. blog3

Nobody does Halloween decor like Craftsters! Heck, we’ve even got an entire board dedicated to Halloween. There you’ll find costumes, decor, and party ideas. C’mon, get spooky!