Tute Tuesday: Summer Dress

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Clothing037revised Yahoo! Summer is almost here! Whether you are going to a backyard BBQ, a pool party just dancing around your own house; you need a pretty dress twirl in. Pink Hickey shares her tutorial for a fun Summer Dress that can be super fancy or worn a bit more casual. Be the belle of the summer ball with a one of a kind dress that you made yourself. As an added bonus, you will be nice and cool while those other jokers are sweating it up.

Looking for new threads this season? Our Clothing Board has you covered with shirts, skirts, pants and shoes. You can create a unique wardrobe that is strictly you.

Wonderful Washi

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blog4 Have you joined in the fun with washi tape? In case you don’t know, washi tape is a paper tape that originated in Japan. It comes in all different colors and patterns, and be used to brighten up just about anything.

If you buy a roll or two, beware! Soon you’ll be craving more. Luckily, LovelyMiss shares how she made a great display and holder tray to store her collection. And yes, the tray itself is decorated with washi tape.

kittykill used some fun tapes to decorate this small fairy birdhouse. Even the bunting on the tree was made with washi tape. blog2
These decorated bud vases by teaandcraft are made from used medicine bottles. These would be so fun for a little spring centerpiece. blog3
alwaysinmyroom used her washi tapes to decorate a box that will be used to store some of her many supplies. blog1
All these washi tape projects inspired me this weekend to jazz up my iPad cover. Now it’s one of a kind! blog5

Want to see lots more washi tape projects? Click on the Craftster tag “washi tape” and get inspired. You’re not going to want to miss the fantastic game table on page two!

Meatless Monday: Aubergine, Tomato and Goat Cheese Bake

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80480_goats_cheese_aubergine_bake Have you tried Aubergine before? I bet you have! It is also known as eggplant. Now before you turn your nose up at this silly purple veggie, why not try Trekky‘s ridiculously easy, yet super tasty, recipe for Aubergine, Tomato and Goat Cheese Bake. If it is a little too warm to turn on the stove, why not try baking it on your grill in a tin foil pouch? As the summer progresses, visit your local farmer’s market for fresh ingredients like tomatoes and goat cheese. Serve this dish with a side salad and a nice piece of artisan bread.

Our Cooking Board is the place for culinary inspiration. Wow your friends with a new summer dish today.

@Home This Weekend: Reusable Dryer Sheets

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blog This weekend, make a vow to quit buying commercial dryer sheets and make your own reusable version. Because of sensitive skin, craftADDchick can’t use scented detergent or fabric softener on her laundry. In her post, she shares how to make scented dryer sheets to get that fresh laundry fragrance without harsh chemicals. Try it!

Tute Tuesday: Painted Background

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5658b561b18e526aea8316c7f6c938e4 Mixed Media projects can be a bit scary. I feel like there is always too much or not enough. I never really know when to stop adding elements to the design. Am I creating a masterpiece or a disaster? Craftster member Audio shares her tutorial for a Painted Background that is perfect for those of us who are mixed media challenged. Using items that are around the house, you can follow this simple tutorial and create one of kind pieces of art in no time at all. This is a great base tutorial to build up your painting and crafting skills.

Feel like branching out? Why not try a new craft with tutorials from our Papercrafts Board. Don’t forget the most important part of crafting….HAVE FUN!

Easy Summer Salads

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blog2 When the weather gets warmer, nothing beats a great salad for an easy, cool meal. Skip the bag of lettuce with bottled dressing; here are some delicious salad recipes you should try. (I’m not going to lie: looking at these photos and reading the ingredients for these salads is making my mouth water.)

doggy shared this recipe for a crisp cucumber salad with dill and shallots.

This shrimp, corn, and avocado salad is a complete meal! MissingWillow also added orange sections and a splash of hot sauce to give it a little kick. blog3
MareMare shared the recipe for this simple salad of spinach and grapefruit. So quick to put together, but so tasty! blog4
Do you crave carbs? This Southwest pasta salad that TroubleT shared should fix you up. Mmm. blog5
If you’re going to a barbecue, bring along this potato salad. LimeRiot reports that it’s a crowd favorite.



Do you crave a good salad when the weather gets warm? Click on the Craftster tag “salad” to find some yummy new salads that you’re sure to love.

Meatless Monday: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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68269_21May15_DSC05255 I am not even going to lie to you. If you put a plate of cookies in front of me, I turn into Cookie Monster. Cookies are my weakness and if you throw chocolate and peanut butter into the mix, well…it’s all over it. I am over the moon happy that I came across Onyxnox’s recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. These little beauties are easy to make and great for those who are leading a gluten free lifestyle. Make up a batch of cookies for picnics, graduations parties, father’s day or me! Don’t make me beg, people.

Looking for other tasty treats? Our Cooking Board has so many recipes that you can cook one for each day of the year!

Coffee, the nectar of life!

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Cold Brewed Coffee
The great thing about weekends in the spring is sitting out on the patio, sipping coffee and watching the dog manically run around the yard. But what am I going to do when it’s warm even in the morning? You can drink hot coffee even on a hot day, but… I hate being over-warm, so maybe I need to try this cold-brewed coffee Onyxnox is raving about?

Coffee Mugs
And wouldn’t it be cool, while it’s still cool out, to have my piping hot coffee in an awesome mug like the ones teaandcraft made for a friend? I don’t care that my cabinets are bursting, you can never have too many awesome coffee cups!

Death Before Decaf Hoop
And I need this hoop in my kitchen. I have friends that drink decaf, and I never understood it. I ascribe to the “useless, warm brown water” view of decaf, and while death might be an actual step to far, I agree with the feeling! Now I just need to convince jaimeshive to stitch another one up for me, because my embroidery skills leave a little something to be desired.

Mini Coffee Beans
And, finally, I have a love a miniatures as well as a love of coffee, so you can imagine how I feel about miniature coffee beans! So cute! I’m in awe of anyone who can make miniature scenes, as I have neither the patience or talent for it. There’s a lot more in this post by PerfectlyBohemian, so check out the rest of the mini bits!

So however you enjoy your coffee, there are plenty of inspiring posts by fellow coffee-lovers here on Craftster!

@Home This Weekend: Expecto Patronum Night Light!

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blog This weekend, create a magical Harry Potter inspired night light. Using slices of geodes she found online, Mistress Jennie created this Patronus which will bring light and magic into any room. Enchanting!

May 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 rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them!

Sunrise Shawl by meelee514

Dobby! by smileyyogini

Mr Steampunk Pirate Fox by ThreeLittleCats

Expecto Patronum Night Lights by Mistress Jennie

Black agate bracelet by Ratfinkz

Wheel of Fortune Book – PICTURE HEAVY by StudioANF

lion doodle by geekgirl1000100

The Walking Dead – painting by chek101

Literal copycats are the worst kind! by Patraw

More artjornal pages by Victoria Kamalova

You’re Oh So Clever – Whimsical Fox Woodland Shrine by PerfectlyBohemian

Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland by xMangoRose

Seashell Crystal Outdoor Ornament by kittykill

Mad March Hare – Abandoned Toys by lunke13

Vegan Chili Fries by dreadlocklove

Tute Tuesday: Charging Phone Holder

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017 If you are anything like me, you are really bad about charging your cell phone. I will forget about it, leave it on the table and ultimately either myself or the dogs will trip over the wire. I am in desperate need of some organization! Craftster member nilmerg comes to my rescue with her tutorial for a Charging Phone Holder. Not only is this holder functional but it is also very pretty. It is the perfect project for scrap busting. I love the idea of giving these as gifts because everyone can use one and you can customize them to fit any personality.

Got the itch to make something but not sure what? Why not check out our Miscellaneous Board for some fun ideas and inspiration. What’s holding you back? Get started today!

Awesome Altered Altoids Tins

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Altoids come in a great little tin, and as a Craftster, you know you’d feel bad throwing that empty tin away. So don’t do it! There are a million things you can do with an old tin, one being creating beautiful dioramas.

Ramona Q found some adorable tiny sewing notions and created this “blessing for sewers” tin. Have you ever seen such tiny spools of thread?

pottermouth posted three delightful tins in her post, including this Alice in Wonderland themed tin. She built up the base of the tin with Alice themed items: the White Rabbit’s stopwatch, a tart from the Queen of Hearts, and more. blog1
Sometimes all it takes is a single item to inspire you. Killam Creative found a wooden piper in an old toy store, and gave him a home in this patriotic altered tin. blog2
noooitaremybirthday created a Sci-Fi tin for a swap partner who loves tacky Sci-Fi movies. Watch out for that alien! blog5
Are you a fan of BBC’s “Sherlock”? If so, you’re not going to want to miss what’s just inside this door at 221B. Knickertwist decorated the outside of the tin to look like the entry way, but the inside is a tiny perfect apartment. Amazing! blog3

Once the Altoids are gone, save the tin and make something! To view these and more tins, click on the Craftster link “altered altoids tin“. You’ll be glad you did.

Meatless Monday: Edible Bouquets

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27621bouquets This time of year is filled with celebrations; graduation, Father’s Day, weddings, and of course, let’s not forget picnics and birthdays. It can be overwhelming and expensive to supply food for all the events. Why not take a tip out of Craftster member Fingerprick’s book and create your very own Edible Bouquets. Don’t spend your money on overpriced food bouquets, do it yourself! You can create one of a kind beautiful edible arrangements that will wow your guest and keep their bellies happy.

Our Cooking Board is a great source for your party food needs. Also, don’t forget to check out our Occasions Board for other party planning ideas. Create an event that is off the charts!

@Home This Weekend: Teaching Clock

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blog This weekend, teach your child to tell time with a brightly colored teaching clock. Pique their interest by letting them help decorate it! vogliounamelablu used colored pencils to create the face of this lightweight wooden clock. Tick tock, tick tock, what time is it?

Tute Tuesday: Bird Nest Supply Wreath

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181507_21Mar11_spring11_049 During springtime my backyard becomes a swingers apartment complex for birds. They are fluttering around, doing what birds and bees do; having some seeds, a little cocktail or two, going to discos. Okay…so they are just hanging out and eating seed, but they are also getting ready to lay their eggs and to do that they need nesting material. Lunamadre shares her tutorial for a great way to help out the birds and have an interesting art piece in your backyard. A Bird Nest Supply Wreath has everything mama bird needs to get her home ready. This is an excellent way to scrap bust, but read the tutorial for things you shouldn’t put on your wreath.

Our Home Sweet Home Board is the place for indoor and outdoor crafting inspiration. Spruce up your pad this spring.