@Home This Weekend: Welcome Pillow

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This weekend, make a welcoming pillow. The pineapple is often seen as a symbol of hospitality, so when endymion did a swap with a co-worker, she appliqued a cheery patterned pineapple on the front of the fun pillow she made.

Tute Tuesday: Washer Necklace

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Washer NecklaceAre you looking for an inexpensive way to update your accessories? Why not try onescrappinjohnson’s tutorial for a Washer Necklace. This piece of jewelry can be customized to match any outfit. You can design it for both everyday wear or a more elegant event. Don’t stop at making a necklace, use this tutorial to make earrings, a bracelet or a ring for each finger. This project is perfect for a craft night with friends. It will be fun to see what everyone designs.

There are so many ways to add pizzazz to your wardrobe. Check out our Jewelry Board for other sassy ideas. Happy crafting!

Can’t Fool Mother Nature

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Everybody knows you can’t fool Mother Nature, but you can at least craft with her natural objects and make her happy. Here’s some inspiration!
Knickertwist used natural items like acorns and lichen in this gorgeous shrine. The rich colors and her incredible paintings really make this a special piece.
This beautiful weaving by Trekky cleverly incorporates driftwood and slate into the composition.
The Raging Sloth collected things on her daily walk in the woods, and compiled them together to make this lovely shadowbox.
This small nature shrine by Acadian Driftwood comes complete with interchangeable inspirational quotes about finding beauty around us.
Wow, pinokeeo wove this basket out of pinestraw! It’s hard to believe, but this was her first attempt. It looks like it was made by a pro.

Remember that beauty is all around us. Take a look around and get inspired by nature. Be a good Craftster and make something beautiful using found objects.

Meatless Monday: Mexican Bean Salad

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Mexican Bean Salad In my neck of the woods when the sun comes out it is a time to rejoice. We celebrate that bright orb in the sky with picnics! There is no need to get fancy when you have an outdoor party. All you need are just a few ingredients for the perfect dish. Pinkleo shares her recipe for a Mexican Bean Salad that combines the two essential foods you need for a picnic, salad and chips. This recipe is easy yet tasty. It can be made it a matter of minutes which leaves more time for fun in the sun. Add other flavors, or hotter chips, for more spice to the salad.

You can see other seasonal recipes on our Cooking Board. Happy Spring!

@Home This Weekend: St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

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This weekend, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day! Mistress Jennie made this awesome wreath featuring a Celtic knot shamrock. All her neighbors will know she’s celebrating. Cheers!

March 13, 2019 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!


Butterfly birthday crown by thanate

1930’s Best Friends Vintage Pattern by kittykill

BFF Monogram by Acadian Driftwood

Volcano cake and paint your own cookies by redheadedblonde

Quick Port Protector- Seat Belt Cover by JS

Pi Day Watercolor Cityscape by sweets4ever

Hannibal “Teesha Moore”-style Bag by The Raging Sloth

Woven Whirly Octagon by PatriceJ

School Pride Zippered Pencil Pouch by BigBangMomma

Energy Bites! by craftylittlemonkey

Improbable Bird Lady Automaton by endymion

Cheese Date Hoopla by ChameleonHound

Stash-busting Gift Bag Mini Bonanza! by TheMistressT

Inspire Yourself Mixed Media Collage by audio

Moogle sleep sack by soulfiresgrace

Tute Tuesday: Wrap Front Top

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Yahoo! The sun is finally out! It is time to update your wardrobe. Put those bulky sweaters away and start sporting a fun short-sleeve shirt. Joanita shares her tutorial for a Wrap Front Top that is a sassy addition to your spring and summer attire. A Wrap Front Top may seem like a challenge to sew but you are up for it! You create the pattern so it can be adjusted for any size.

Celebrate the new season with tutorials from our Clothing Board. Your outfit will brighten not just your day but everyone around you too. Happy Tute Tuesday!

We Could Be Royals

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So, you weren’t born into a royal family, but that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear have a crown. You know you deserve it; you’re fabulous. Crown yourself, and show everyone you know your worth.
Nooo crowned herself a mermaid with this gorgeous crown beaded in the colors of the sea.
Can you believe this beautiful silver crown is made from duct tape? mtthao9 folded the tape into Kanzashi flowers to make this opulent headgear.
Perhaps you would not be a benevolent queen. You might enjoy sporting a “Queen of Mean” paper crown. luckydog made this crown for her friend, who was given the title by one of her students.
thanate stitched up a sweet butterfly crown for her little princess. What a special way to celebrate a 6th birthday!
One fun thing about Christmas crackers is that they always come with paper crowns. Unfortunately, those crowns often tear easily. Phizzychick solved this problem by making everyone in her family fabric crowns so they can be royal all season long!

Now, let’s all be royals. Let’s live that fantasy.

Meatless Monday: Spinach Feta Breakfast Quiche

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Have you heard the old expression that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that may be a myth, there is no way that you can resist a Spinach Feta Breakfast Quiche first thing in the morning. EerieNoodles shares their recipe for this dish that is both delicious and easy to make. Don’t stop at breakfast! This quiche can be eaten any time of the day. Add other veggies or meat substitutes for a more hearty meal. Make several at one time and freeze them for a quick dinner. Pair this quiche with seasonal fruit and a mimosa for your spring fling brunch.

Spring is the perfect time to let go of those old ways and try something new. Our Cooking Board will keep you well fed on your journey.

@Home This Weekend: Revamped Cabinet

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This weekend, change the look of a boring old cabinet. marlie2 totally transformed a thrift store reject into a beautiful piece with new legs and faux map drawers. Visit her post to see this amazing transformation!

Tute Tuesday: Steampunk Paper Top Hat

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It’s Mardi Gras time! Shake a tail feather to the second line and let the good times roll! Of course you are gonna need a fancy outfit to show off in the parade. Craftster member AngelProjekt shares her tutorial for a Steampunk Paper Top Hat that will not only stand out, but will make you the king or queen of the Mardi Gras. This hat can be done in other styles besides Steampunk. You can add accessories such as sequins, charms and colored paper to make it fit any occasion. A Steampunk Paper Top Hat is an economical way to look amazing and have fun. This is definitely an accessory to wear on a sunny day!

Let the party begin with projects from our Tutorial Cloud. It is a fun way to enjoy the day! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Vintage Cuties

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I’m so in love with this adorable stitched pillow that I had to dig in and see what other great vintage inspired work I could find this week.
These best friends, from a 1930’s pattern, make the cutest pillow ever! kittykill stitched them up and tinted them with crayons. So adorable.
Here’s a fun decor idea for your laundry room, courtesy of TheMistressT: framed vintage flashcards. Each card is matted with a fun coordinating paper.
I love the vintage colors and the pattern of this 1930’s quilt by humboldtcherry. It’s so bright and cheery!
Oh my, xperimentl made the cutest brooches with adorable vintage ornaments she found from thrift stores.
How cute is alvan in this adorable felted cloche hat? She would definitely fit right in at Downton Abbey. Visit her thread for a step by step tutorial for this snappy chapeau.

It’s important to live in the present, but it’s always fun to create vintage inspired crafts. For inspiration, click on the Craftster tag “vintage“.

Meatless Monday: Hearty Veg and Bean Soup

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How did your March start? Did it come in like a lion? For some of us the winter is still going strong. Craftylittlemonkey has a tasty remedy for the freezing cold days. Her recipe for Hearty Veg and Bean Soup will warm you up and keep your belly full. This soup uses what you have on hand so nothing goes to waste. Can you just imagine how wonderful this soup would be after spending the day out in the cold? Pair it with a thick piece of bread and nice winter citrus salad. Is your mouth watering yet? Add different spices and flavors to the soup to fit your taste. Don’t forget to make enough for leftovers

No matter what the weather is like our Cooking Board has a meal for every occasion. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner! 

 

 

Craftster Quickies: Craft Hacks & How to Make Decoupage Bottles

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diy decoupage bottles Spring is right around the corner (I promise!)! Does your home decor need a little pick me up? Need a little color in your life?

Check out kittykill’s video tutorial which not only teaches us how to make [gorgeous!] decoupage bottles, but she snuck in a few craft hacks as well!

@Home This Weekend: Furniture Facelift

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This weekend, give your studio some new life with color! steiconi gave her wicker chest a sexy new color, and added fabrics and tassels around the room to compliment it. Visit her post to see all the great new look!