@Home This Weekend: An Orb For Your Yard

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
  This weekend, adorn your garden with a unique cement orb that you create yourself. Balatong included a complete tutorial in her post. I definitely want one (or more!) of these in my yard.

 

Tute Tuesday: Bamboo Project Bag

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
That’s it! Reality has gotten to me. I need a break. A little vacation at the beach. I need to feel the sun on my face, the waves tickling me toes. Of course I am going to do a little crafting while relaxing on the shore. Nofury’s tutorial for a Bamboo Project Bag is the perfect accessory for my island getaway. I can go from fun in the sun to a night on the town with this great looking tote. The tutorial is easy to follow, so it is perfect for sewing impaired such as myself.

Fashion and function go together with tutorials from our Purses, Bags and Wallets Board.. Looking good was never so easy!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I can’t help but get outside and work in my garden. I’ve already planted in the herb garden, and freshened up all my pots. I love watching the yard fill in with color! Take a look at some great garden ideas, and maybe you’ll be inspired to go play in the dirt.

christina_e took advantage of the fence in her yard, and planted in hanging bags that she made from fabric scraps and upcycled mailers. I love this whimsical idea!

Is space an issue for you? Here’s another great way to go vertical: plant in a pallet. batgirl was able to add lots of color to her small patio using this great technique.

 

Raised beds are great for keeping a garden contained, not to how much easier they make it to weed. coocoosnest and her husband used cinder blocks to form the edges of this raised vegetable garden.
yofi also made a raised bed, only with notched landscape timbers. She took lots of photos in her post to show how it was done.
Now THIS is a garden! KandeeCorner created this space to resemble the kids’ game Candyland. It doesn’t get more fun than that!

Click on the Craftster tag “garden” to see pages and pages of garden themed projects, from tips on gardening, to actual gardens, to crafts and garden accessories. Make it beautiful out there!

Save

Save

Meatless Monday: Spicy Tempeh Salad on Toast

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
Tired of the same boring lunch day after day? Why not spice it up with Kala’s recipe for Spicy Tempeh Salad on Toast. This tasty treat is a perfect alternative to egg salad. It is packed full of flavor! Make it the night before and save yourself a little time in the morning. You can make a larger batch for parties and other occasions. Serve it with crackers or a sliced baguette. You can add or subtract spices for a mild or more bold flavor.

Lunch time is fun time with recipes from our Cooking Board. Have a delicious Monday!

Arrrghhh… braaaaains

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
I’ve been on (another) zombie kick lately. My latest foray into zombiedom is the book “Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?”, which is two neuroscientists discussing the actual (well, theoretical) anatomy of a zombie brain. It’s quite good so far, and full of pop culture references. No undead sheep yet, though. I guess I’ll just have to make due staring longingly at this amazing example made by the incomparable Ludi, though sadly not for me.
I’m also quite into watching iZombie, which has very… not only normal looking zombies (other than being a bit pale), but a lot of downright cute ones! Not as adorable as this little guy stitched up by the very talented lindyv321 (again, unfortunately not for me!), but cute.
I’m also reading “The Zen of Zombie”, which features more traditional, Night of the Living Dead style zombies, and advice on how to live happier by emulating some of their traits (though not all, the eating of brains is not advocated, only going after htings you want with the single-minded – ha! – determination shown by zombies going after brains. Those zombies are more on the creepy, rotting side, a lot like this amazing doll by the wonderful cmarion3. Seriously, go look at the before and after pics on this doll makeover!
And what zombie roundup would be complete without some Zombie art? Luckily, the very artistic Chr1stChan drew this amazing piece as part of the month-long Inktober project, so check out the link for even more spooky, creepy (and some downright adorable) fun!

Are you a zombie fan? If so, what’s your favorite zombie book, show, or movie? I have an entire list, there are so many good ones out there, all great for different reasons! But I think, push comes to shove, I have to give my number one spot to Shaun of the Dead.

@Home This Weekend: WELCOME!

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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!

Save

Save

April 19, 2017 Featured Projects

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 

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

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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?

Save

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Lasagna

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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!

Save

Save

Tute Tuesday: Pipe Cleaner Mice

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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!

Save

Meatless Monday: Salsa Verde

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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

Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
1+
 
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.

Save