Tute Tuesday: Manicure for Halloween

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134843_12Sep14_Halloween_manicure_by_isewcute_on_craftster EEEP! It is almost October and that means Halloween will be here soon. You don’t want to go to your favorite haunts looking shabby, so why not pretty up those nails with I Sew Cute’s super spooky Halloween Manicure. Don’t let your polish be dismal, just add a little sparkle and have those monsters under your spell. This tutorial will make your nails to die for.

Looking for other manicure ideas? Be sure to check out our Bath and Beauty Board.

“Z” is for Zombie!

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blog2 Now that September is nearing an end, we’re starting to move into the spookiest time of the year. We may be weeks away from Halloween, but you’ve got to keep your wits about you; zombies are everywhere.

These zombie dolls with handpainted faces are by lunamadre. I swear they look like they can see into your soul. They also look hungry, so you’d better steer clear.

This zombie embroidery by Ludi is only 3.5 inches! There is so much incredible detail for such a small piece. blog5
Do you know any zombies, or are you one yourself? If so, you will love this hilarious t-shirt. bunny1kenobi stenciled this for her nephew. blog3
If you’re not a zombie but would like to just look like one, you might need this hat, crocheted by hookinmouthcrochet. It comes complete with exposed brains, some snaggy teeth, and a dangling eyeball. blog4
spookygrrrly took a sweet little garden gnome and made it into a zombie gnome. Here he is, hanging out in the “Lawn of the Dead”. blog1

Do you love zombies? There are so many zombies on Craftster that it’s downright scary. Click on the zombie tag to view them all!

Meatless Monday: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

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parsnip1 UGH! I’ve caught the first cold of the season. Can I start whining and crying now? I need some warm and hearty soup STAT! Annoyinglittlegirl has answered my prayers with this delicious Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup. This soup will warm up my bones and make my throat feel a hundred times better. Add a good piece of bread with some butter on it and I am in heaven! This soup is perfect for those cold fall and winter nights and the best part is, it doesn’t require a lot of time and energy.

We have so many soup and stew recipes on our Cooking Board. Whip one up today.

@Home This Weekend: Bee Magnets

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blog This weekend, celebrate the last few days of National Honey Month by making adorable bee magnets out of small smooth stones. You don’t have to stop at bees, though; lexi_icedrink painted all sorts of fun designs on her stones. Gather up the kids and have a paint party!

Tute Tuesday: Rustic Fabric Pumpkins

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6038542755_1130422121_z Fall is here! I am so excited! Leaves falling, sweaters, and pumpkins! I love everything pumpkin and these Rustic Fabric Pumpkins by Phizzychick are no exception. This tutorial is easy to follow and would be a great project to do with kids. These little pumpkins are a perfect treat for school, church or Halloween parties. Instead of sugary sweets, why not give them something that last. As an extra bonus, you can pick out whatever fabric you want. Customize your pumpkin to fit your decor.

Get the fire going, invite some friends over and have a fall crafting party today with all the great tutorials from our Occasions and Holiday Board.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

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blog5 My favorite thing about the fall, besides the cooler weather, is college football. I love wearing my team colors and watching a good game on Saturdays with friends. I’m not the only Craftster who gets into the game; take a look!

Zelda.Suicide made a set of vinyl coasters featuring my favorite team, the Georgia Bulldogs. What a classy way to serve your drinks and protect your furniture. Go Dawgs!

Show your team spirit with a door hanging sporting their logo. sherrylee celebrates the St. Louis Rams with this burlap football. blog3
How adorable is this little amigurumi football player by hooked on amicute? He’s got a removable helmet, and because he represents Ohio State, he’s holding a tiny buckeye. blog2
If you’re heading out to the game, keep warm with a nice lap quilt. This cozy blanket by sbanks156 doesn’t have a specific logo on it, so it would be at home at any game. blog4
Dress your baby as a football! Keep them warm and start their love for the game early with an adorable bunting. This crocheted cutie is by Brandy2005. blog1

Go team! There are all sorts of ways to show you’re a fan. Who do you pull for?

Meatless Monday: Banana Pudding

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I have fond memories of my mother’s banana pudding. She would always claim that the one she made “this time” was better than the last. We would always have lasagna and banana pudding in the fall and winter. Afterwards, we would watch college football and take long cozy naps.

I Sew Cute has recreated on of my favorite childhood memories with her Banana Pudding. The best part of this recipe is that it is so quick and easy. I can make it up on a week night and still have energy to spend with my family and friends.

Looking for an easy dessert so you can spend more time out of the kitchen? Check out our Dessert Board…it’s pretty sweet!

@Home This Weekend: Seed Packet Gifts

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blog This weekend, I’m featuring these adorable bee-themed wild flower seed packets in honor of National Honey month. Simply stitch wild flower seeds into paper pockets and decorate! LimeRiot made hers to hang on her neighbor’s doorknobs in celebration of spring. She included a full tutorial with her post so you can make your own. Happy Honey month!

Cooking: Honey Month

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The month of September is known for many things. Back to school, football, Labor Day, International Square Dancing Month, etc. But did you know it is also Honey Month? Yep!

September is the month that marks when beekeepers in the U.S. complete collecting honey. So there is no better time to celebrate Honey Month than with some recipes using honey as the key ingredient.

Here is a healthy and easy recipe to make your own Crockpot Granola with Blueberries, by jungrrl.
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Healthy and delicious! Not to mention a money saver. Since granola in the store is pretty pricey.

Never met anyone who does not like a good dessert. Well, desserts don’t get more tasty that Baklava. Here is a great recipe for Baklava by patty-o-furniture
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Drooling on my keyboard just looking at the pictures! And it does not seem to be hard to make.

Now for something we can all use once in awhile. Mead or as it is also called honey wine. With the whole process being shared by PerfectlyBohemian.
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That’s a lot of wine! Wonder how much crafting got done while sipping on a glass or two of that?

Celebrate Honey month with one of these or any of the other honey filled recipes on Craftster. Happy Honey Month! :)

September 19th – Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Pirate Ship Card It’s that time of year again! Are you ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day? You do have a party planned, right? And you’ve sent invitations? And the invitations are as awesome as this pirate card that by blupaisan made, yes? Okay, maybe it doesn’t have to be as great, because that’s a pretty detailed card, but hopefully you have the invitations out already.
Pirates of the Caribbean Chest And you have party favors, right? Something like this Pirates of the Caribbean replica chest that by <a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=93485#axzz3DJkkUePOphoenixfiredesigns made? You haven’t? Well, she gives you instructions on how to make it, so you might want to get crackin’!
Fruit Salad Pirate Ship And you have your food ready? Lots of creative food, like this fruit salad pirate ship? (though to be fair, I do spy carrots in there, and I think maybe sweets4ever is trying to sneak in some truly healthy options, but can you blame her? Carrots really do make great cannons!).

These are just a few of the amazing pirate crafts on Craftster, there is a ton of inspiration to make your Talk Like a Pirate Day party truly superb!

Winner of Craft Challenge #102 – Swap & Share 3

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219968_06Sep14_Ghastly1 This month’s Craft Challenge was Swap & Share 3! The challenge had nothing to do with crafting in the moment but with crafts that you made in the past for a swap and was never posted. The project could not be previously posted in a completed project thread.

Our winning entry was created by MissingWillow! Her entry titled, Wonky Gorey Quilt was created for Knickertwist in the Invite Your Partner Swap. MissingWillow knew that her partner loved Edward Gorey and decided that a quilt would be perfect for the swap. Check out the winning entry here.

Congrats, MissingWillow!

For winning, MissingWillow has won an item from one of Craftster’s online shops!


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September 17, 2014 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!


Wonky Gorey Quilt by MissingWillow

Every pirate wants a balloon on his birthday… by blupaisan

The Traveller by Phizzychick

Lounging Nook by kittykill

Harry Potter Silhouettes by HSG

TARDIS Soda Machine/Snack Cabinet by BadWolf314

Bearded-Dragon Dragon Sculpture (Including progress pics/Mini Tut) by NocturnalCreations

Oh Hello Deer – Whimsical Woodland Shrine by PerfectlyBohemian

Fun with Fabric Paper (Very pic heavy!!) by Smmarrt

Snarky free motion pillow by thisbirdsabsurd

Duck Hunt Blanket by azabuey

A study in Fungi by sheepBlue

Tropical Pitcher Plant Fiber Arts Wall Piece by artsycandice

Ironman Cutting Board by BadWolf314

Snarky Housewife Recipe Holder – Bring on the snark – Pic heavy by cmarion3

Tute Tuesday: Sandwich Wrap

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2014-09-13114118_zps04650d4f I take my lunch to work every day and every day I add more and more plastic to the landfills with those disposal plastic sandwich bags. Melladh feels my pain and created this very clever tutorial for reusable Sandwich Wraps. By using waterproof tablecloth fabric, she creates these one of a kind wraps for your sammy to stay nice a cozy until eating time. I love that you can customize your wrap to fit your style. Kids will love eating lunch when it is wrapped up in their favorite fabric and, cleaning them is a breeze.

Check out our Purses, Wallets, and Bags’ tutorials for a matching lunchbox or tote.

Falling Leaves

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blog1 Now that it’s September, I’m seeing signs that summer’s heat is waning, and fall is starting to move in. Hooray! Bring on those cooler nights and beautiful fall color! Here’s a preview of some beautiful fall crafts.

LimeRiot stitched up this beautiful hoopla, celebrating the rich colors of Autumn. I love her use of color, pattern, and design.

Decorate your mantle with a leaf banner! paperella shared her patterns and a tutorial for making this lovely fall felt banner. blog2
This polymer clay fall leaf necklace and earrings set by NocturnalCreations will look gorgeous once it’s truly sweater season. blog3
Knickertwist shows off her incredible paper craft skills with this amazing harvest shrine. blog4
Weather getting chilly? Cuddle up under a warm fall quilt, like this one, by cherry34. blog5

I love the change of seasons. Want more fall crafts? There are plenty to be found in the Craftster tag cloud. You’ll find all sorts of inspiration if you look under keywords “autumn”, “autumn decor”, “fall”, and “leaf”.

Meatless Monday: Provencal Inspired Quiche

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338064_13Sep14_fresh_from_the_oven There is nothing better than a nice Sunday brunch. It is a great way to spend some time with friends, maybe sip on a mimosa or two and enjoy a brunch staple, quiche. Margaret van Velthuyzen created this delicious dish, Provencal Inspired Quiche, after her trip to St. Paul de Vence, France. I love the ease of this recipe. You can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

You can find other breakfast, brunch and lunch entrees on our Cooking Board.