@Home This Weekend: WELCOME!

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This weekend, delight your guests with a welcome sign made from an old Scrabble board. blupaisan spelled out her welcome with game pieces, and then treated the board so it will be more weather-safe behind the screen door. Welcome! Let’s play!

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April 19, 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!


Adventurer kit by scaramouche

Little Miss Jennie Sat on Her Tuffet by Mistress Jennie

Recycled Daggar by rockingbearranch

The Mini Quilter’s Nook by pottermouth

Ghostbusters Altoid Tin by MissingWillow

Boot Trees from Bed Sheet! by alwaysinmyroom

Quaker Easter Egg by Helena Puck

Cubanitas Cascarones by CubanMother

The Little Book of Perfect Men by rackycoo

Baby Girl Full Moon Lagoon Quilt by MareMare

Custom Frankenstein Mickey and Bride of Frankenstein Minnie Tsum Tsums by audio

Cat From Cat Hair by Emu

My latest scrapghan for charity by mamarose22

Marmalade Kitty by Cherie

Mulan Hoop by roler

Tute Tuesday: Double Looped Dog Tug

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Pets are amazing. They bring us so much joy and happiness. Why not return the favor with a new toy? Craftster member Smeddley shares her tutorial for a Double Looped Dog Tug. Your precious pup doesn’t need to be monster size to enjoy this toy. You can make them smaller for the little guys. Don’t forget the kitties; they would love a new toy too. This dog tug is a great way to save your shoes, furniture and socks from being chewed and destroyed.

Looking for other ways to entertain your four legged friends? Check out our Home Sweet Home Board for inspiration. Our tutorials are doggone great!

Making Mushrooms

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In the spring, mushrooms sometimes pop up overnight. These mushrooms popped up on Craftster, and they have me wanting more. Let’s make mushrooms!

craftylittlemonkey wrote up a tutorial for these cute little felt mushrooms, and made them look easy enough to try!

How cool are these paper mushrooms by loukr? These would be a great centerpiece for a casual lunch or picnic. loukr included a tutorial on how to make these ‘shrooms using newspaper.
BethanyJoy made these woodsy mushrooms using sticks and acorn caps! She then glued them to a stone and added “moss” made from hemp.
Leave it to Knickertwist to make the teeniest mushrooms ever. Click on the link to see her tutorial on how to make these tiny mushrooms out of paperclay.
With great stamps like these, you can add mushrooms to just about anything! The Raging Sloth handcarved each mushroom, and then mounted them on little wooden disks.

Did this leave you wanting more? Click on the Craftster tag “mushroom” for all kinds of fungi, including recipes, amigurumi, embroidery, and even costumes! Gotta love a good mushroom, right?

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Meatless Monday: Vegetable Lasagna

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Wanna know what’s good? Cheese and veggies swimming around together in a deep dish of tomato sauce. It really doesn’t get any better. Craftster member Spaceradish agrees with me. Their recipe for Vegetable Lasagna is over the top tasty. This colorful dish uses fresh veggies like peppers, spinach, mushrooms and a variety of squash. Why not cook up a large pan of this lasagna and have leftovers for lunch later in the week.

Don’t get hangry! From breakfast to late night munchies; our Cooking Board is an excellent source for recipes. Go get your yum on!

@Home This Weekend: Terrific Tuffet

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This weekend, put your feet up. Mistress Jennie made the perfect tuffet in just one day! While this may be intimidating to some, even re-covering a simple square footstool will give your tooties a place to rest. Relax, you can do it!

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Tute Tuesday: Pipe Cleaner Mice

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Looking for the perfect pet? This little guy doesn’t eat much, he can fit in your pocket and can play an musical instrument. Pottermouth shares her tutorial for Pipe Cleaner Mice that is easy to follow. It is the perfect rainy day activity for kids of all ages. Watch out! Once you have the steps down, you can create an entire band of mice or other fuzzy creatures.

Making friends isn’t difficult with tutorials from our Toys, Dolls and Playthings Board. Happy Tute Tuesday!

Hopping Down The Bunny Trail

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Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! You’ll have a happy Easter indeed if one of these adorable bunnies stops at your house this weekend.

I swear, I’m in love with this little rabbit by evangelione. It has the sweetest face! Don’t you just want to give it a big hug?

How cute is this teeny polka dotted fellow by Nodsu? His little spots and the ribbon around his neck make him very fashionable.
Here’s a soft bunny that would be easy to cuddle. CarlieJoe made it from an old sweater, so you know it’s soft!

 

One more felted cutie, this one by kmac. Look at his little carrot! He’s not going hungry today.
If these two bunnies look sweet to you, it’s because they’re actually delicious parfaits, whipped up by Emu. Mmmm!

You’ll find lots more bunnies if you click on the Craftster tags “rabbit” or “bunny“. Hop to it!

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Meatless Monday: Salsa Verde

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Sometimes you need a little snack to help you get through the day. Instead of plugging the vending machine with quarters, why not enjoy homemade Salsa Verde and Chips! Craftewoman shares her recipe for Salsa Verde that is made with fresh ingredients and can be eaten as a snack or added as a topping for your dinner entree’. This salsa is so good you will want to whip up a big batch and have it all week long.

Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to give you a rash. Check out our Cooking Board for simple snacks and tasty treats to keep your energy going from sun up to sundown.

@Home This Weekend: Whimsical Pom Pom Planter

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This weekend, put some spring in your planters with colorful ribbons and pom poms, like classy broad did! “Before”, this was just a plain plastic planter. “After”- look at it now! Plant yours with bright flowers, and your house will be whimsical and fun and full of spring color. What a great way to celebrate the season.

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April 5, 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!


Aye aye! by Nodsu

Strawberry Teacup & Bag Rest (adult language) by Mistress Jennie

Fabric moth by craftylittlemonkey

The Alchemical Basement Laboratory of Dr Morrison Hedwith – Eternal Pics by TheMistressT

Holding Space Shadow Box by custardfairy

The Meowniverse by loveandasandwich

Taco Bella by crafterdark

Hannah Cross Stitch by storerboughtcreations

Button holder hoopla by SonjaBoo

It’s a Circus, Just a Rich Pageant by kittykill

Minion Bob Easter Egg by rockingbearranch

Clowncat Mao by pottermouth

Doctor Who: Amy Pond "Curse of the Black Spot" Pirate Pond by BenaeQuee

My recent watercolour portraits (somewhat pic heavy) by FoxyBlue

18th Century Boy by Pleasantly Malformed

Tute Tuesday: Pixi Book Bag

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Whether you know them as Pixi or Little Golden Books, there is no doubt that you read them as a child. These books have stood the test of time and are past down from generation to generation. Craftster member KosmicGirl shares her tutorial for a Pixi Book Bag that can accommodate up to 10 books. This bag allows little ones to carry around their collection of these timeless classics. It is perfect for overnight trips to granny’s, the library or long car rides.

Looking for other ways to carry around your treasures? Check out our Purses, Bags and Wallets Board for easy to follow tutorials. Happy crafty Tuesday!

Getting Your Just Desserts

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You’ve been extra sweet lately, right? If yes, then you probably deserve a sweet treat as a reward. I pulled up five delicious looking desserts from the cooking board that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Give them a try!

Do you like peanut butter? Oh boy, then check out the size of this giant Reese’s peanut butter cup. It’s too big to even fit in this photo! patty_o_furniture made this for her daughter’s birthday, and was kind enough to include a link to the recipe in her post.

DreamChild556 made this yummy looking mint pie for St. Patrick’s Day, but I feel sure this would be a hit any day of the year.
Doesn’t a chocolate mousse cake sound tempting? Onyxnox added a little liqueur to give this treat a bit of a kick.
Mmm, Angel Food! This sort of light cake has always been a favorite of mine. patty_o_furniture baked this beautiful cake; it’s perfect!
If you’re tempted by all these confections but don’t have a lot of time, use Quantumphysica‘s recipe and try out this 7 minute chocolate cake, and bake it in a mug in the microwave. It’s a single serving of fun!

All of the above dessert posts include the recipe or a link to the recipe. Are you hungry now? Get your just desserts on the Craftster Dessert board, and satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Meatless Monday: Ricotta Biscuits with Fresh Herbs

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You have prepared the perfect meal but something is missing. You need a little side to kick the entree up a notch. Instead of serving the same boring roll, why not make up a batch up Ricotta Biscuits with Fresh Herbs. Craftster member Acadian Driftwood shares their recipe for these little gems that will compliment any salad, soup or main dish. Ricotta Biscuits are great for luncheons, picnics or an intimate dinner for two.

Our Cooking Board has recipes for every meal and occasion. Make your Monday happy and try something new.

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Faux Chocolate Easter Eggs

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make faux chocolate Easter eggs!

These not-so-tasty creations make great decor for Spring and gifts for holiday baskets, too!