@Home This Weekend: Pom Pom Shades

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This weekend, add some fun to your window shades with big puffy pom poms! TheMistressT sewed some shades and added large yarn pom poms to the bottoms for a dash of whimsy. Speaking of whimsy, you’ll love what she used for the shade pulls, but you’ll have to click through to her post to find out what they are…

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February 21, 2018 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!


Fabric Scrap Memory Games by LovelyMiss

Teapot and Bowl by steiconi

Harry Potter Advent Calendar by MissingWillow

Ami Cat Transformation by StudioANF

Positive Affirmation spool by craftylittlemonkey

Painted paper strips sort of looks a little like washi & 2XL beaded paperclips. by BelleBeryl

Butterfly life stages and aspirations wall hanging by PerfectlyBohemian

Swoon Bonnie – Summery Watercolor Dragonflies by BenaeQuee

"Angel from Montgomery" mixed media book by calluna

The Shirt We Don’t Taco ‘Bout Rises From the Ashes by TheMistressT

Cupid�s arrows &Love Potion (Cranberry Juice) for Granddaughters by CubanMother

Doubleknit Dino Cowl/ neckwarmer by ChameleonHound

The Journey Home by AugustBell

Mixed Media Heart Art by Mlsocci74

Animal Heads (Practice) by TeenyBeasties

Tute Tuesday: Ribbon Scarf

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We are reaching that time of year where it is starting to warm up but still a little chilly. The weather is cramping our style! Look fashionable and have an extra layer of clothing with tinafish’s tutorial for a Ribbon Scarf. This project is excellent for stash busting. You can use scraps of fabric or leftover yarn to create a Ribbon Scarf. Make one for each day of the week or each weather pattern coming your way. The Ribbon Scarf makes a great keepsake gift. Sew one with ribbon from wedding, baby shower or birthday presents.

Looking for other ways to use up those last bits of scrap fabric? Check out our Clothing Board for tips and inspiration.

The Birds and The Bees

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Today, let’s talk about the birds and the bees. No, it’s not that kind of talk; we’re going to look at some of the birds and bees created by Craftster members!

vkvhawk used watercolors to create a set of one of a kind greeting cards,  including an inquisitive little birdie.

A mixed media canvas by Onyxnox reminds us all to “bee inspired”. Lots of texture and varied materials make this a special piece.
What a fab steampunk bluebird! artsycandice sculpted him out of clay, and added nails, gears, chains. and a windup key to create the steampunk look.
Here’s a beautiful appliqued bee pollinating a flower. Ludi plans to put this on the back cover of a small art journal.
Let’s wrap things up with this adorable blue-footed booby dottee by Acadian Driftwood. Funny bird, funny name, adorable dottee.

 

Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about the birds and the bees of Craftster. Click on the Craftster tags “bird” and “bee” to see more!

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Meatless Monday: Homemade Sauerkraut

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The process of fermenting foods is super trendy now. There are classes, books and videos about how to ferment any type of food you can imagine. Craftster member RaeRaggs shares her incredibly simple recipe and technique for making a classic Homemade Sauerkraut. While the entire process does take a bit of time, once you taste the difference in homemade and store-bought, you are more than willing to wait a little. RaeRaggs does use a specific type of crock, but you do not need to get that fancy. There are containers that will work as well (I’m looking at you food grade PVC bucket aka fermenter aka beer bucket). Once you have the technique down, try adding other spices to the cabbage for a unique flavor.

From old school techniques to new fusion recipes, our Cooking Board has something for everyone. Have fun playing with your food. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Stained Chairs

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This weekend, create some unique chairs for your dining table. Mistress Jennie found a lovely table inset with iridescent tiles, and just not any chair would do. She purchased some unfinished chairs and gave them a pop of purple color with stain. What a happy place to enjoy a meal!

Tute Tuesday: Box of Chocolates Wreath

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Did you just do a double take when looking at the fabulous Box of Chocolates Wreath? Don’t be fooled! It is one hundred percent fake! Craftster member patty-o-furniture created this easy tutorial for a Valentine’s wreath that looks sweet enough to eat. The candy pieces of this project are made with styrofoam which allows it to be light enough to hang on a door and displayed for future holidays.

Stressing over what to make your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. You still have time with quick and easy tutorials from our Tutorial Cloud. Spread that crafty love around!

Sweet Hearts

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Who’s ready for Valentine’s day? Just for you, a collection of really sweet hearts of all types. You’re gonna love them!

This frilly heart is actually pinata filled with yummy chocolates. This, of course, makes it sweet both inside and out. LovelyMiss provided a wonderful tutorial, so you, too, can make these at home.

This box of chocolates looks delicious, but don’t eat it! It’s a clever door decoration by patty_o_furniture, and those tempting chocolates are made from styrofoam and clay. Not so tasty after all.
These rustic heart ornaments can be used in so many ways: as individual gifts, strung together in a banner, or hung from a driftwood tree, like dharma_rebel chose to do.
Mistress Jennie used a variety of red buttons to create this lovely framed heart. If you look closely, you can see that the key to this heart is right there in its center.
Need a quick gift for your loved one? hanshotfirst shared how to make scratch off tickets. Every ticket is a winner; you could include anything from a back scratch to cooking a favorite meal. It’s so easy to tailor these to the recipient.

So hey, have a heart. And enjoy your Valentine’s day.

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Meatless Monday: Spicy BBQ Mock Duck (aka BBQ canned seitan)

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What’s for dinner tonight? Need a meal that is filling but also easy to make? Why not take a timeless classic and add your own veggie twist to it with Craftster member Kala’s recipe for Spicy BBQ Mock Duck. What is Mock Duck? It’s sounds a little scary! Don’t worry, it is just canned seitan. You can find seitan in many ways, so if you can’t find it canned or not a fan, you can try it in another form. Make this recipe as hot as you like with peppers and spices. It is any easy dish for any day of the week.

No matter how you like your meals; spicy or mild, our Cooking Board has a recipe for you. Try something new today.

February 8, 2018 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!


Hand Dyed, Hand Spun, Woven Wall Art by vtcoconutcream

A Tiny Glitter Village by MissingWillow

Past Valentines, old boyfriends, funny gravestone ATCs by blupaisan

Briar Rose Scarf by Mistress Jennie

Cozy Cat Bed from Worn Woolies by cmarion3

Coney Island Mermaid, acrylic on canvas by CraftyOctober

Snarky Valentine — Hot Bob by SonjaBoo

Oil paintings by Victoria Kamalova

Paper crown by luckydog

Velvet Stocking by roler

Be My Snarky Valentine by rackycoo

Sparkly Valentine Lips (Dollar Store Make Over) YAY PHOTOS! by Reel Crafty Girl

Silverware Pouch by hillcitybride

Happy Mail for the Littlist Mailman by LimeRiot

Horace Femm by Ludi

@Home This Weekend: Cheeseboard Markers

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This weekend, use this great tutorial by hillcitybride to make some creative cheeseboard markers. Be the hostess with the mostest; no longer will your guests have to guess what you are offering on your charcuterie tray!

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Colorful Quilts

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Blustery winter weather just makes me want to curl up with a warm blanket. Or better yet, a colorful quilt. These bright quilts will warm not only your body, but your heart as well.

This sweet baby quilt by cmarion3 has lots of patterned blocks in fun colors, with several panels including adorable little birds.

sloth003 used quilt blocks she received in a Craftster swap to create this “fallen rainbows” quilt.
Chickens! This quilt by quaggy features several brightly colored chickens with sweet little heart-shaped wings.
kajunmomx3 made a fun throw quilt that was inspired by the game of Tetris.
This diamond quilt took creator BattleAxe over five years to complete, but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait.

Cozy up with a bright quilt this winter. There are tons of quilts of all types posted on Craftster, including baby quilts, art quilts, mini quilts and more!

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Tute Tuesday: Polymer Clay Marbled Ring Dish

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Looking for an inexpensive way to stay organized and have stylish decor at the same time? Why not check out hillcitybride’s tutorial for a Polymer Clay Marbled Ring Dish. Does blending polymer clay make you nervous? Are you afraid it is going to end up as one weird colored clump of clay? Don’t stress about it, crafting is all about fun! Step-by-step instructions will help you become a marbled clay master. These little dishes are great gifts for anyone. Not into jewelry? They make excellent change or key bowls.

Is 2018 your year to try a new craft? Let us help you with tutorials from our Tutorial Cloud. Get out there and make this Tuesday AWE-SOME!

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Ramen Broth

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There is nothing better for a cold than a nice bowl of soup. It warms you up and fuels your body to fight off that nasty cough. Acadian Driftwood shares her recipe for a delicious Vegetarian Ramen Broth that makes an incredible meal. This broth is a great base to add other ingredients like tofu and meat substitutes. You can cook the broth up ahead of time, freeze it and use when you are ready. Got a stuffy nose? Add a little spice to the broth to clear those sinuses out. The best part about this recipe? You will stay away from those high sodium packets in the store-bought ramen. Less salt and more flavor…yes please!

Healthy isn’t boring with recipes, tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. Have a happy Monday!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Lip Balm

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DIY Lip Balm In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make homemade lip balm in adorable, decorated tins!

Whip up a batch of these for yourself or for gifts. They are SO cute, functional, and you can even flavor them! 🙂

Happy Crafting!