Tute Tuesday: Mini Messenger Bag

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School is back in session for so many of our Craftster members. Head back to class in style with Ickl_1‘s Mini Messenger Bag. This purse may seem tiny but it can hold a lot of stuff. It makes the perfect lunchbox for older kids (including you!) or a small tote for the little brother or sister. Using scraps of leftover fabric, you can create a one of a kind bag that will be used for the entire school year. Add accessories like a key fob or a wallet to complete the ensemble. You can personalize the bag with an embroidered name. The best thing about the Mini Messenger Bag…it has pockets!

Whether your are going to school or work; carry your supplies in style with tutorials from our Purses, Bags and Wallet Board. Have fun and be creative!

Black and White and Red All Over

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What’s black and white and red all over? A newspaper? A penguin with sunburn? An embarrassed zebra? Not today: today it’s awesome projects that are black and white and red. I found some great ones, so buckle up!

Now, it’s possible I’m biased because one of my favorite Craftster projects was done by my daughter, BananaAmbush. This photo is from her exit show for her BFA. It’s part of an installation entitled “Christopher’s Room”.

I love a circus, and this sideshow is the perfect tiny interactive book. Even though it’s only 3 1/2″ tall, pottermouth managed to cram in all sorts of fun details, which is a trick unto itself.
Watch out for sky pirates! This zeppelin by Knickertwist is made mainly of paper (wow!), but has all sorts of fantastic Steampunk details.
Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you could hang it on a banner for all to see? Homerof2 made this beautiful quilted hanging for a lucky swap partner.
OK, I’ll admit I cheated a bit on this one. There’s no red in it, but it’s so black and white and fab that I had to include it with all these other great projects. This portrait of Horace Femm is actually needlework! I am totally in awe of this stitched masterpiece by Ludi.

So there you go: the best answer to “what’s black and white and red all over?” comes straight from the pages of Craftster. Who knew?


Meatless Monday: Summer Salad

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Whew! Can you believe how hot it is? C’mon sun! Give us a break! Cooking during a heatwave is not fun at all. Instead of spending hours over a hot stove, why not make a hearty salad that will leave you satisfied. Blupaisan has come up with a Summer Salad packed full of a variety of tasty ingredients. Using vegetables from her garden and from the grocery store, she creates a dish that is perfect any time of the day. Don’t be scared to try new veggies. Blupaisan used yellow beets and brussel sprouts in her salad which added an extra crunch.

Whether your are smooth or crunchy; our Cooking Board has recipes that will keep you satisfied. Have a tasty Monday!

@Home This Weekend: A Whale of an Idea

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This weekend, get creative not only with your art, but how you hang it. yzzilnoaj made some whales out of clay and mounted them on pallet wood. She then got extra clever and hung each piece with rope and a pulley. Wow! They look so great. I’m digging around in my stash for a pulley, stat!

August 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!

Somewhere over the rainbow by anderlance

Chairy Potter by pottermouth

Paint Wall / Art Wall by sweets4ever

Charm Bracelets by greybird

Assemblage Artist Palette by geekgirl1000100

Mythical Creatures Portraits by lindyv321

Necktie Christmas Tree Skirt by ceep

Oaken Ode – paper wreath by Onyxnox

Cutie Camper Cricut Project! by TheMistressT

little singing bottles by Mountains and Clouds

Quickie Graffiti Quilt by Amazon_warrior

Succulent Kissing Ball by yzzilnoaj

Blue Embroidered Mug Rug by Abbeeroad

Baby Otter by storerboughtcreations

Modern Quilted Table Square(ish) by Sonyazombiee

Tute Tuesday: 3 Ring Binder Pencil Case

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As much as we don’t want to admit it, summer is slowly winding down and we are gearing up for a new school year. Be the head of your class with a fresh and funky Pencil Case for your 3 ring binder from Craftster member LauPre. Using fabric scraps and just a few pieces of hardware, you can create a one of a kind case that will will be envy of all your classmates. Not only are these pouches great for school binders, but they also work for journals. Personalize the pencil case with embroidered images, patches and monograms.

Be cool for school with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. It’s fun to learn something new. Happy Tuesday!

Color My World

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In the darkest of days, it is still possible to find color in our world. Something about bright colors makes everything a little more cheery. Here are some bright and happy projects that caught my eye this week.

CrazyEyeGlass made this beautiful fused glass plate for a friend, using her favorite colors to make this explosion of poppies.

This rainbow colored “dream coat” by anderlance would be so fun to wear. Even the hood is ultra colorful.
Talk about a pop of color in your room – MyDesignStation channeled her love of pop art in choosing the colors for the fabric in this fun shoe-themed pillow.
Rainbow bangles bring the wearable joy to your wardrobe. craftylittlemonkey used every color of the rainbow, and then some, for this bright accessory.


This vibrant slumped glass cheese board by joby560 is also a work of art. If this were mine, I would definitely display it when not in use.

Bring some color into your world. For a look at more bright projects, click on the Craftster tags “colorful” and “rainbow“.


Meatless Monday: Szechuan Cucumbers

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Looking for a summer snack that will both cool you off and bring the heat? Check out MissingWillow’s recipe for Szechuan Cucumbers. These little gems are a spicy take on a common veggie. You can make them as hot or mild as you like. Toss a handful in your favorite salad or eat them right out of the bowl. Szechuan Cucumbers are an excellent side dish to pair with any summer time meal. Do you have tons of cucumbers from your garden? Share the wealth with your favorite neighbor or Craftster Moderator; they might just thank you with this delightful dish.

Add some spice to your life. Our Cooking Board has recipes that will tickle your tastebuds. Be adventurous!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Milk Crate Ottomans

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make milk crate ottomans!

Milk crate ottomans are great for decor and storage! Whip one up as a housewarming gift and fill it full of goodies for a friend. Send the kiddo off to college with one full of snacks and supplies. Keep one at home and make a variety of lids, so you can swap them out seasonally!

Happy Crafting!

@Home This Weekend: Art Wall

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This weekend, encourage creativity in your home with an art wall. Wishing for an extra large canvas, sweets4ever scouted out an available wall in the garage and painted it white. Now the entire family can paint to their heart’s delight. What fun!

Tute Tuesday: Mini Indoor Plant

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How are you at growing indoor plants? Is your thumb more brown than green? Never fear! Craftylittlemonkey has the solutions to your plant woes. Her tutorial for a Mini Indoor Plant is not only over the top cute, but it also allows you to enjoy greenery without all the hassle. This little guy is perfect for doll houses and fairy gardens. You can make several for your office desk or as little accents around your home. Once you have the technique down, you can create a wide variety of plants from a ficus to a fern.

From one inch to one hundred feet; we have fun tutorials in every size. Check out our Tutorial Cloud and create something special for your beautiful world.

Back To School Fun

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Tomorrow is the first day of school where I live. It seems so early! Maybe school’s in session where you are, too, or maybe you’ve got a while before summer’s end. Either way, how about some fun school supplies to help ease that sting of early back to school?

Upgrade last year’s backpack for a great start to the new school year. forestxedge used some tie dye fabric and a stuffed octopus to make this ultra fun tote. Make sure you stuff it with lots of other handcrafted school supplies, like these below.

It’s ok to bring your kitty to school if she’s  cute and quiet, and will hold your pens and pencils. elizascs crocheted this adorable and useful pencil holder.
It’s easy to stay organized in style with a fabric covered notebook. This one, by fatewineroses, holds four separate notebook sections. What a great way to keep track of everything important.
It’ll be easy to find your pen if it’s topped with a brightly colored flower. ghoulsnightout made these for her mother, but who wouldn’t be happy to write with a posy pen?
If you’ve got to pack your iPad, make sure it’s protected! wendiek used brightly colored fabric to make this cute fabric case for her sister.

Are you or your child headed back to school soon? If so, have a great school year!

Meatless Monday: Roasted Chickpea & Freekeh Salad with Creamy Lemon Sauce

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What the Freekeh? A delicious dish that is vegan? You betcha! This recipe by Mistress Jennie is full of flavor. Chickpea and Freekeh Salad with Creamy Lemon Sauce is a zesty dish that has a Moroccan taste to it. Even your friends who aren’t big on spices will love this salad. The dates add texture and a little bit of sweetness to the recipe. Don’t worry, it is not overpowering at all. This meal is colorful, packed with good ingredients and perfect for a weekday dinner. It also taste great the next day for lunch.

Explore different cultures with recipes, tips and inspiration from our Cooking Board. There is a spicy world out there just waiting for you to dive in.

@Home This Weekend: Ant Baffle

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This weekend, keep those pesky ants our of your hummingbird feeder with an easy to make ant baffle! Nobody wants ants floating in their sugar water, so Acadian Driftwood used a plastic food tub and some other simple supplies to create a mote that prevents the ants from invading the feeder. Now everyone (excluding the ants, of course!) is happy.

July 26, 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!

Upsizing Recons by gala_apples

Viking chair by schizo319

Stained Glass Quartz Lotus Blossoms by Phantome

Miniature room box scene with mini plant tutorial by craftylittlemonkey

Needle felted Airedale Terier by Cherie

Honeydukes Display Shelf by MissingWillow

Life Expectancy shrine by bunny1kenobi

Junk Journal by geekgirl1000100

Modern Foxes by BigBangMomma

Marshmallow Cake by patty_o_furniture

Tardis in space (and some more acrylic flow canvases) by edelC

Nephilim Rising – huge 3×4� acrylic on canvas by FoxyBlue

Barnacle "succulent" garden (picture heavy sorry) by yzzilnoaj

Star Wars Hoops – Enamel Pin Displays by tendstowardschaos

First Grandbaby�s Quilt by Homerof2