Meatless Monday: Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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muffins003 My garden has exploded with berries! Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all. I love berry season, but I’m just not sure what to do with all of them. There is only so much jam I can eat! Instead of letting all those berries go to waste, I decided to try Raining Dream’s recipe for Vegan Blueberry Muffins. I love that these muffins have no sugar in them, and they really do not need it thanks to the sweetness of the berries. This recipe is not complicated at all and you probably have the majority of the ingredients in your pantry.

Don’t let those summer berries down, whip up a tasty treat from one of the many recipes on our Cooking Board.

@Home This Weekend: Gamer Wall Art

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blog This weekend, cut up some old magazines and make some colorful wall art! DearBluebird wanted to make some art for her sons’ room, so she gathered some old issues of Game Informer Magazine, punched out colorful circles, and then applied them to painted canvases. A little bit of stenciling really adds interest. What a clever idea!

June 10, 2015 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 kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!

Doctor Who Painted Baby Shoes by jillybeans

If I can’t have the Harley I want the damn blanket! by anderlance

Wet Felted Birdhouses by Harlan

Birds for Baby by fancybutch

Not-A-Flamingo by Jenxx

Wizard’s Bookshelf Pendant by Magpirate

Panda Bag by carolmb

The Kracken’s Revenge! by Smeddley

and the new day was a great big fish… by Onyxnox

Astrology painting- Birth chart of a double Virgo by kilgore_trout

This tree grows books by blupaisan

Ex Libris: Hand-carved Book Plate Stamp by TheMistressT

Christmas Cat Tags by gozer

Game Board Envelope Case by noodle-bug

Sewing Table Turned Planter by TandyB

Tute Tuesday: Rockin’ Earcuff

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il_fullxfull.203215826 I love going to outdoor concerts and festivals. My problem is how to look fashionable in the heat. I mean, sure shorts and a t-shirt are cute but I want to look a little like a rock star. AmeliaLune created the perfect tutorial for those of us who want to rock out but not go overboard. Her Earcuff tutorial is easy to follow and be customized to fit whatever style you like. You can go from country to goth with just a change of beads. This earcuff is the perfect accessory for music festivals, late night parties or just hanging with your friends.

Our Jewelry Board is packed with a lot of great ideas to rock out your wardrobe. Shake your booty on over there and check it out!

Watermelon, Watermelon

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blog3 In the heat of summer, there’s nothing is as refreshing as biting into an ice cold watermelon. How about some cool watermelon crafts to inspire you this week?

Gege is such a watermelon fan that she made a watermelon hat and scarf, and then felted this oh-so-cute bag to go along with them.

Eating watermelon can be messy business. Wipe your face with these fun picnic napkins, beautifully machine embroidered by Gardenofdaisies. blog2
Hang a slice of watermelon on your wall! dinkime created this hoopla by layering and stitching layers of bright felt. blog1
Handle your hot pots and pans with a potholder that looks just like a cool slice of watermelon. mitchell-b crocheted a set of these to brighten up her kitchen.
These watermelon “soapsicles”  by Addicted to Soap look good enough to eat. Better not take a bite, though; they may look and even smell like watermelon, but they’re actually soaps! blog5

I hope these crafts piqued your appetite for more. You can find more watermelon crafts, plus some delicious watermelon recipes, by clicking on the Craftster tag “watermelon“. Happy summer!

Meatless Monday: No Mayo Potato Salad

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182035_07Aug10_Misc_015 Well hello summertime! Sunshine, you are looking mighty fine! School is out, summer is in full swing and my backyard is calling to me. It is BBQ time and nothing goes better with a cookout than potato salad. Why not kick up your salad a notch with LimeRiot‘s very own No Mayo Potato Salad. This delish dish is excellent for those who want a bit more zing to their potatoes. Whip up this tasty treat and be the envy of your party guests.

Looking for other salads to bring to the backyard bash? Check out our Summer Salad Board on Pinterest.

@Home This Weekend: Painted Frames

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blog This weekend, see what a difference painted frames can make. noodle-bug inherited some of her great-aunt’s embroidery, but it really wasn’t her style, so she painted inexpensive frames bright colors and voila!~ everything looks fresh and modern. What a great way to showcase a loved one’s art.

Get Lost in a Book

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blog5 Are you an avid reader that just loves getting lost in a book? Show your love for books by crafting with them! Use old books as supplies for new crafts, or create new books to enjoy.

This brightly colored headboard could literally be a book lover’s dream! jessyratfink constructed it from covers of old books.

What an adorable birdhouse! It’s made from a Little Golden Book. baygirl69 covered a pre-made birdhouse with pages from the book, and then used the cover for the roof. A good coat of sealer should make this safe for outdoors. blog4
Here’s another great craft using a Little Golden Book: this Alice in Wonderland purse by appleshannon. It’s got great beaded handles and the perfect stripey fabric liner. Click on the link to see more! blog1
What’s the best way to hold your place in a book? A tiny book bookmark, of course. WideEyedLife included a wonderful tutorial in her post, so you can make your own. blog2
crazyalien8 really took a bite out of book cover design with this toothy inchie book cover she made using polymer clay. So unique! blog3

So get lost in a book, whether you create it, book mark it, or craft with it. To see more book related projects, click on the Craftster tag “book“.

Meatless Monday: Banana-Pineberry Bread

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IMG_6003 I am forever buying more bananas than I need, then they go bad and I’ve wasted food and money. Lucky for me, and you, Patty-O-furniture came up with this great twist on the average banana bread, Banana PineBerry Bread. This recipe adds great summer fruit to the traditional bread for a tropical sensation. Bananas, raspberries and pineapple give it a sweet taste without going overboard. I bet you could even add some coconut or better yet make a basil butter to go on top. Oh man! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. If it is too hot to cook the bread in your kitchen, why not try out the solar oven she bakes with.

Our Cooking Board has great recipes that are a twist on traditions. Try one out today.

@Home This Weekend: Souvenir Tea Towel Pillow

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blog This weekend, use a tea towel to create a unique one of a kind accent pillow. TheMistressT created this nostalgic pillow with a vintage style tea towel featuring a map of Washington and Oregon. What a wonderful way to showcase your home state or favorite vacation spot!

Spotlight on: Making Toys

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Listen…Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of the school year coming to a close. Womp, womp. About one week after the last day of school the kids will be bored. And then looking at you to entertain them. Well, I am here to help.

Camp Mommy is in session! :)

Let’s keep those little munchkins occupied by letting them make their own toys! First they will be busy making, then busy playing. Dual duty!

First, we have this adorable yet easy sock bunny by, cute-anarchy.
This is good for almost any elementary age child, and earlier. Maybe your older kids can make for the little ones. Would be fun to make a whole family of bunnies, too. Cause where there is one, there is usually a whole lot of them.

This next toy is great for home, travel and even sleepovers.
Chess, checkers and even tic-tac-toe by, Ezri_B! This one can grow with your littlest to you and the hubby for date night.

Now for a game that will work inside on rainy days and outside on sunny ones.
It’s a bowling game by, felicitybaby. Decorating the box it is stored in could be a project all its own.

Since some of us have teenagers, thought it might be good to include something for the older ones. This is actually something I would love to try myself.
A scrappy woven stuffy by, noooitaremybirthday. This is a good project to use scraps, bits and pieces from other projects that are too big to throw out.

If you need more ideas for toy, dolls and other playthings for you or the kids to do, check out the Craftster Pinterest board and the toy section here.

Hope you and your kidlets have a great summer! 😀

May 27, 2015 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!

Stitcher’s Alphabet by elderflower

Rainbow Mobile by Mistress Jennie

Retro wrap dress by lidehtium

I don’t love you much, do I? Embroidered Hoop by PerfectlyBohemian

Sunshine wall quilt by quaggy

Baby loris "Lola" by petskin

Papier mache affirmation houses! by FoxyBlue

Crow Fly by petunya

Summer is nearly here, so why not make your own Hula Hoops? by I Sew Cute

The Book of Magical Things by Phizzychick

Asymmetric Cowl in the ‘Hunger Games’ style – now with pattern by elderflower

Steampunk Trek by Supermutts

Aviation Charts Turned Into A2 Envelopes and Gift Card Holders by flygirl88

Ankylosaurus with Tripawaurus in the background by Isididamentri

Lots of Doll Clothes by amigurl55

Tute Tuesday: Solar Light Garden Mushroom

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227148_11Aug12_Mushroom_5 When the weather is nice and summer is all in its glory, I spend the majority of my free time in my backyard. After a hard day’s work, I just want to relax and enjoy the serenity of my garden and yard. Having an inviting backyard is important to me and one way spruce it up is to add some light and color. Jenxx created a great tutorial for combining function and beauty with her tutorial for a Solar Light Garden Mushroom. Using mainly discarded items, she created a beautiful piece of lawn art. It is perfect for lighting the way on a warm summer night.

Need more inspiration for an outdoor project? Check out our Home Sweet Home Board.

Artsy Garden

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blog2 Spring is hands down my favorite season of the year; I love getting out and puttering in the garden. It’s fun to mix great plants with unique accents in the yard. Here are some great outdoor ideas that may inspire your unique garden.

Knickertwist and her son gathered rocks from around her yard and made this enchanting faerie spiral for the wee faeries that live nearby.

I’m really intrigued by this string garden idea. beth.wilson.norwood wrapped a ball of clay and soil with moss and string, and planted it with seeds. This is definitely on my garden to-do list this season. blog4
christina_e came up with a great idea to utilize vertical space. She took fabric scraps, lined them with plastic foil, and sewed up several garden bags, which are hung on her fence with s-hooks. blog1
Thenutmeg2000 upcycled her old smoker and is now using it as a raised bed for herbs. She calls this her “bbq garden”. Plants are easy to reach and safe from pesky little nibblers, like rabbits. blog3
illysook had her friends help her save up wine bottles for a year. Now she has a clever bottle garden border that sparkles in the sun. blog5

You’ll find these and other great garden ideas under the Craftster tag “garden“. There are also many other garden-related tags, like “gardening”, “garden art”, and “garden signs”, to name a few. Happy planting!

Meatless Monday: Falafel without Frying

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129980_17May15_Falafelinahurry Are you ready for summer? I know I am! Let the sun shine on my buns! It is time to get out and get your picnic on. Why not wow your picnic goers and tickle their tastebuds with Falafels…but with this delish dish, you won’t be heating up the ktichen, they are made without frying. Pottermouth has created this sandwich filler that is just perfect for a summer day. No cooking, not a lot of work, so you can get out and enjoy your guest and work on your tan.

Planning a picnic? Check out our Cooking Board for some great outdoor recipes.