@Home This Weekend: For the Birds

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This weekend, give the birds a fancy place to eat! classy broad took a thrifted cup and saucer and adhered them together to make this classy birdfeeder. Filled with seeds, it’s sure to bring all the upperclass birds right to her backyard.

February 22, 2017 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!

High-Waisted Skirt, petticoat, and cuffs by TansysMaySigh

ASL Blanket by storerboughtcreations

Mousetrap pencil box and note organizer by rockingbearranch

"Key to My Heart" Beaded Key (video tutorial) by oespiritodasartes

Pussy hat from a beginner knitter by Acadian Driftwood

Miniature bureau by bunny1kenobi

My first oil paintings by Victoria Kamalova

Stranger Things Hoopla and TM Patch by fatewineroses

Recycled Valentines Butterflies by Jenxx

Honeydukes (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) by Reel Crafty Girl

zippered keying coin pouch (with tutorial) by bethntim

Feather mini quilt, paper pieced. by craftylittlemonkey

Love You Like No Otter by pottermouth

Beauty And The Beast Enchanted Rose by jac88

Crochet Unicorn by EmmaIrlamCrafts

Tute Tuesday: Ballet Flats

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You have the perfect outfit. The only thing missing are the shoes. You just can’t seem to find a style that fits. Don’t spend your day at the mall, instead spend it making Ballet Flats! Crafting shoes is much easier than you thought thanks to a tutorial from Craftster member iheartohmy. Using a few simple supplies, you can sew one of a kind ballet flats that will make that outfit look like a million bucks!

Putting together the perfect wardrobe is a piece of cake with tutorials, ideas and inspiration from our Clothing Board. You look marvelous!

Practically Perfect Paisley

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“Paisley” is the term for a design using the buta or boteh, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif originating from Persia. It’s been popular in the west since the 18th century, and it looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! Let’s check out some fun paisley designs using a variety of media.

ThéaOz presents this intricate Indian embroidery. There is so much detail and precision in this gorgeous piece.

Felt paisley Christmas ornaments? Why not? TechnicolorAquahearts made a set of brightly colored paisleys and enhanced them with beads and stitching.
calixita beaded this lovely blue paisley bracelet. The peacock color palette is just beautiful!
Who would have thought to make a wire paisley? rambunctious created this for a friend who had a paisley-themed birthday party. What fun!
And last, but certainly not least, there’s this incredible embroidered cuff by jemimah. It’s so beautifully made!

Have a wonderful paisley filled day! You can click on the Craftster tag “paisley” to see these and other projects, including many items made with paisley material.


Meatless Monday: Vegan Chili

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I am looking out my window at a very wet, cold, grey day. Why does winter have to be so mean? This kind of day makes me want to stay inside, curl up, do a little crafting and make a big pot of homemade Vegan Chili. Craftster member white_lilyblossom shares her recipe for a quick and easy chili that will knock your socks off. You can add more spices for a bit more heat or make it as is for a more mild taste. You can use the leftovers (if there are any) for burritos and salads.

Comfort food is always a good thing. Our Cooking Board is the place for recipes, tips and inspiration. Try a new dish today. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: DIY Organizer

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This weekend, store your socks where you can find them with an organizer made from reused cardboard. rockingbearranch made this one the exact size of her drawer, so she’ll never have to paw through a jumble of socks again. She covered her organizer with scrapbook paper, so it’s not only functional; it’s pretty as well.


Tute Tuesday: Coffee Filter Roses

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You just realized that it is Valentine’s Day. EEEK! How could you have spaced out the love fest? Instead of spending a ton of money on flowers that might last a week, why not shower your sweetie with Coffee Filter Roses. Craftster member SarahJSaturday shares her tutorial for these easy and inexpensive flowers that not only will last a long time, but can be customized to any color your little heart desired. Skip the crazed overcrowded stores and spend the afternoon crafting. Handmade will always bring happiness!

Need a card to go with those flowers? Check out our Paper Crafts Board for tutorials and inspiration. Happy Valentine’s Day! XXOXO

Love You Like No Otter

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This adorable stuffed otter by pottermouth practically wears its heart on its sleeve. What a perfect little valentine for her lucky kid.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about roses and boxed chocolates; there are other fun ways to show you care.

Here’s a fun valentine idea: a delicious pound cake with a surprise heart inside! This was kittykill‘s first attempt at making this sweet treat, and her post contains tips on how to make your cake come out just as well.
Chocolates are extra sweet if you make them yourself. Look how beautiful these truffles are! Odri shares the recipe in her post.
If you’re not really one for chocolate, here’s a great idea from TheMistressT: fill a heart shaped box or tin with mini bottles of whiskey! I know a few guys who would just love this clever gift.
It’s not to late to make a homemade card. This card by Leslieshappyheart is actually also a gift. The felt heart has a pin on the back, so the recipient can remove it for wear.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Craftster!


Meatless Monday: Zucchini Fettuccine with Spinach Sauce

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Looking for a new twist for your zucchini noodles? Tired of the same marinara sauce? Take those noodles to a new level with Craftster member Mantis’ recipe for Zucchini Fettuccine with Spinach Sauce. This dish is not only tasty but also good for you! You can serve it hot or cold and takes no time to whip up. If spinach isn’t your thing, try another leafy veggie. Add different spices for flavor and heat. This spinach sauce would also make an excellent dressing for your salad or carrots.

Try something new for dinner tonight with recipes and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Have a tasty Monday!

February 10, 2017 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!

Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats by BenaeQuee

V&A Museum Replica of Victorian dress 1880’s by TansysMaySigh

Scrap fabric rope by Acadian Driftwood

Pokemon: Cosmog by Oath Keeper

Teacup wreath by gigglygirl

Rendering of a pet gecko, collage by blupaisan

Unfurl – Unravel Series (Pics!) by StudioANF

Monster Mugshots Accordion Book by kwality570

I <3 Craftster by craftylittlemonkey

Many Have Eaten Here…. by kittykill

Tiny cottage needlebook by craftylittlemonkey

Valentine’s Mini Heart Pi�atas by LovelyMiss

Valentine’s Button Art by Mistress Jennie

Steampunk sniffle buster… by Onyxnox

A pair of cherries by teaandcraft

@Home This Weekend: Braided Tug Toy

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This weekend, make your best friend happy with a new tug toy that you can make yourself! In her post, Smeddley provides instructions with lots of photos. Your dog is gonna love you for this one.


Tute Tuesday: Valentine’s Mini Heart Piñatas

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Want to tell a large group that you think they rock this Valentine’s Day? Skip the store and make Valentine’s Mini Heart Piñatas. Craftster member LovelyMiss shares her clever tutorial for these little gems. You can stuff them with treats of your choosing; candy, tattoos or little toys. This project is also fun for wedding and birthday favors. You don’t have to stick with traditional Valentine colors. Craft the rainbow!

Check out other Valentine’s Day projects from our Occasions and Holiday Board. We have something for everyone, from sweet to saucy. Share the love! XOXOXO

I Heart You

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It’s almost Valentine’s day- have you made anything for the ones you love? Nothing is sweeter than a handmade gift. Here are several that you’ll love.

craftylittlemonkey used a stumpwork technique to make this unique cut out heart. It’s presented in a pink-wrapped embroidery hoop.

It would be easy to wear your heart on your sleeve if you had one of these cute little pins. Leslieshappyheart sewed buttons and beads on them and lightly stuffed them for maximum cuteness.
This embroidered mug cozy by kittykill will keep both your heart and your coffee warm.
Is this the key to your heart? Red and pink buttons form this sweet heart with its own key. Mistress Jennie created this for a lucky swap partner.
pottermouth made a sweet-as-can-be Valentine shrine. What’s inside may surprise you. Better check it out!

Make something special for your sweetie this year. Even a homemade card will say “I love you”. For lots of great ideas, be sure to visit the Valentine’s Day board.



Meatless Monday: Eggs in Purgatory

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These eggs must have done something really bad to end up in purgatory! I don’t even want to think of the crimes against humanity they committed. Craftster member MareMare shares her recipe for this delicious and spicy dish, Shakshuka aka Eggs in Purgatory. They are easy to make and go great with a nice bread or potatoes. This recipe is a new twist on a classic poached egg.

Add a little spice to your meals with recipes, tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Have a saucy Monday and watch out for those sneaky eggs!

Isn’t every day pamper your pooch day?

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Today is my pooch’s Adoptiversary, and I’ve spent the last few days making dogs toys for her. And I’m not alone in pampering my puppy, there are a ton of crafters that make a ton of fun pet-related projects on the pet crafts board. One I really need to make some of is this awesome paw balm by Onyxnox. While some dogs don’t love their paws being touched, they’ll love the soothing balm for a walk on cold (or hot) pavement!
Something pretty much all puppies love, though, is treats. Homemade dog treats are healthy and yummy, and in the case of the ones made by TheMistressT, supper adorably squirrel shaped! And bacon flavored… Yum!
Speaking of things dogs love, dinner is up there. And why not make their dining experience elegant, and, honestly, easier on them with a raised feeding platform? It’s healthier for big dogs, and is even easier on you (I like not having to lean down so far!). You could go the easy route and buy one, but that’s not the Craftster way! rackycoo even went the extra mile with a picnic themed tablecloth covering!
And, of course, what’s more needed for a pampered pooch than a deluxe pooch pillow? LittleLaura went the extra mile after finding a coordinating fabric and made her pooch a pillow with her likeness!

However you choose to pamper your pets, share it over on the pet crafts board!.