@Home This Weekend: Doily Display

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This weekend, bring old doilies out of the closet and showcase them using vintage fabric and embroidery hoops. faemystique joined several together to create one large wall hanging. Lovely!

July 17, 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 kittykill. We hope you enjoy them!


The Horologium by cackle

Decorating tile coasters by underthemountain

Mini cactus garden by craftylittlemonkey

Completly hand sewn Flemish partlet. SCA garb by edelC

Little Stove Box Card for a Housewarming by TheMistressT

Vegas Wedding Quilt (pic heavy) by BigBangMomma

Reconstructed lake house guest journal by faemystique

Drinking All Day by rackycoo

Famous Libraries of the World Rubber Stamp Series by AlishaMisha

Daisies and Sweet Peas by Acadian Driftwood

Doll Summer Dress by Rosie1981

Sweater. by sweety28303

House Divided Carpenter Wheel in C2C by jellybean89

Floral Stripe Cake by redheadedblonde

Great British Bake Off Miniature by MissingWillow

Tute Tuesday: Salt Dough Ornament

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Slat Dough OrnamentLet’s face it, Christmas in July is here to stay. Hallmark Channel is playing their Christmas romance movies 24/7 this month which gets us in the mood to start planning for the holidays. Sure, Christmas is several months away, but you need to start crafting now. Sweets4ever shares her tutorial for Salt Dough Ornaments that can be displayed all year long. Salt dough is a timeless craft that everyone has done at some point in the life. In her tutorial, she takes it up a notch with beautiful stamping and ink. Seal the ornament with a clear varnish for a keepsake that will last for years.

Knock out those holiday crafty gifts early with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. From crochet scarves to creamy fudge; there is something for everyone on your list. Happy (early) holidays!

Three’s a Charm

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Some say bad luck comes in threes, but I say three’s a good thing, especially in those crafty cases where an idea is so big, it needs three panels. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about: triptychs!
cackle made this charming red triptych with a mysterious back story. Who’s that girl? And what’s going on there?
Your eye just naturally follows the branch in this lovely painted triptych by sheepBlue. And then, birds!
There’s so much mayhem surrounding Alice in Wonderland that lindyv321 needed three panels to try and contain it.
lunamadre made this gorgeous field of dandelions using charcoal and watercolors.
This Shrine of Two Sons triptych by Phizzychick began its life as a thrift store frame. Now it’s a lovely piece of altered art.

Why stop with one panel when three is thrice the fun! Click here to see more triptychs on Craftster.

Meatless Monday: Fruit Pizza

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Fruit PizzaAre you ready for all the awesome parties that are happening this summer? You have birthdays, family reunions, a Stranger Things viewing party…the list goes on and on. The problem is what to bring to each get together? Sure, you can bring a bag of chips and dip but that is SO not you. Let’s face it, you are a glittery rock star and the food you bring needs to reflect that. Lindyv321 has what you need to win over every guests. Her Fruit Pizza is so easy but so tasty. It is a colorful cookie that showcases summer fruit. Be adventurous and try this recipe with savory salty toppings (fake bacon on chocolate chip!).

Enjoy all that this season has to offer with recipes from our Cooking Board. Have a sweet Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Dish Soap Apron

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This weekend, put the kitsch in your kitchen by providing your dish soap with a tiny apron of its own. bethntim gave her soap an apple themed apron to match her kitchen. Now that’s just good clean fun!

Tute Tuesday: Daisy Purse

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Daisy HandbagHave you been wanting to try a new craft? Why not create something that is functional at the same time. Sewing a new handbag doesn’t have to cause a headache when you use Melsews67’s tutorial for a Daisy Purse. You can adjust the pattern to make a variety of sizes from a large purse to a small wristlet. Feeling inspired? Make an entire outfit, with accessories, using the same fabric. Follow Melsews67’s lead and upcycle hardware from an old purse to create a new accessory.

Whether you want to try something new, looking for a pattern or need a little advice, our Tutorial Cloud has just what you need. Check it out!

Mmm, Donuts!

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When it comes to breakfast treats, it’s hard to match the sweet goodness of donuts. How about some zero calorie donuts to start the day? Don’t worry, if you read all the way to the bottom, there is also an actual donut recipe featured. I didn’t want to get you all excited for a treat and leave you hanging…
It would be tempting to take a bite of this pink frosted donut that prettysoldier77 made. Better not though; this treat is actually made of soap!
Nodsu was obsessing about donuts, so she made this felted version of them. They look so real!
Oh my! Go big or go home! This giant crocheted donut is so cuddly. djonesgirl included a pattern in her post. I need one of these!
How about a chocolate donut? This one, by Julieko, is a toy for her toddler, but it would also be a fun pincushion.
OK, I’m sure you’re craving an actual donut by now. Don’t these look delicious? Click to get the recipe link provided by waggonswest.

Mmm, donuts. If that’s not enough for you, click on the Craftster tag “donut” to see more.

Meatless Monday: Summer Vegetable Tian

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summer vegetable tianIt is time to enjoy the bounty of a carefully planted garden. Whether it comes from your backyard or a neighbor’s; fresh veggies are always welcome. The only problem is what do to with all those delicious treats. MareMare shares her recipe for Summer Vegetable Tian that will not only use up those veggies but will have your friends and family begging for more. What is Tian? It is two things. An earthen ware pot and a vegetable au graten. Technically you are supposed to prepare Tian in a tain. You can never go wrong with baked vegetables and cheese. Try a smoked cheese for a more woodsy taste.

Don’t let the summer pass you by without creating a fabulous meal with recipes from our Cooking Board. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Harvest Basket

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This weekend, make a flat decorative basket into a handy garden harvest basket by adding a handle! Acadian Driftwood threaded rope through the edges of the basket, and then stitched on coordinating fabric to make the handle sturdy and comfortable to carry. Now it’s ready for harvest!

July 3, 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!


Moe of Change Parasol by jellybean89

No Sew Minnie Ears by lindyv321

Steampunk Clutch by rhinoceroses

Our Lady of Perpetual Perfection by Abbeeroad

Waffle Punk – A Stranger Things Reversed Hoopla by EriChanHime

GBBO Spa Set – Macaron Soaps & Vanilla Sugar Scrub by Mistress Jennie

Collapsible Tier Tray Tutorial by patty_o_furniture

Day of The Dead Bride by bethntim

Tastes like freedom by redheadedblonde

Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley by Acadian Driftwood

So many cacti by craftylittlemonkey

Designed Hubs a man apron by faemystique

Cute Cacti Tea Towel by kittykill

Blue Bird Appliqued on Crocheted Pillow Cover by BigBangMomma

An unusual request by hat-and-bag-lady

Tute Tuesday: Eyeglass Case

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Eyeglass caseYou paid a lot for your sunglasses. Keep those shades safe and scratch-free with sewnikki’s tutorial for an Eyeglass Case. This project does not require a complicated pattern, making it great for beginners. Using scraps of fabric, you can create a one-of-a-kind case that represents your style. Personalized it even more with embroidery or beaded embellishments. Sewing an Eyeglass Case is a quick craft that will update your summer accessories without breaking the bank. No sunglasses, no problem! Use this pattern for reading glasses, cell phones or a small wallet. It is so versatile!

Create your own wardrobe with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. We have something for everyone!

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!

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Let’s celebrate the 4th of July!

Chaircat Mao, party cat extraordinare, is always ready to celebrate any occasion, with help from his owner and resident costume maker, pottermouth. Doesn’t she look grand with a mohawk?

Having a barbeque? Set a festive table making silverware pouches using a helpful tutorial by hillcitybride. Mixing and matching patterns adds to the fun.
Keep your drink cold with a crocheted cozy. HandmadeByAnnabelle added a patriotic patch to her cozy to celebrate the day.
What’s for dessert? RCKFELLA made this great flag cake. It’s sure to wow your guests!
Let’s not let that mohawk sporting cat have all the fun! TheMistressT made this red, white and blue collar to help her sweet girl Delia celebrate the day. Woof!

Happy 4th of July!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Beaded Wind Chimes

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diy wind chime sun catchers Add a burst of color to your backyard with beaded sun catcher wind chimes!

Making these wind chimes is a really fun, easy project. Make one for yourself, and make one to give as a gift. They make great classroom projects, too!

Meatless Monday: Summer Watermelon Mint Sorbet

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Watermelon sorbetWhew! Summertime has heated up! Cool off from that summer sun and feed your belly at the same time with cherry1123’s recipe for Summer Watermelon Mint Sorbet. Not only does this icy treat taste delicious but it is also easy to make. It is the perfect dessert for the 4th of July BBQ. This sorbet does have alcohol in it but you can take out the booze for a more kid friendly version. Experiment with different flavored vodka or rum for an adult beverage treat. Cherry1123 uses her ice cream maker for this recipe but you can also make it without one by letting the mixture set up in your freezer. It won’t be as creamy, but it will still be divine!

Whether you are throwing a pool party for 100 or a night on the deck for 2; our Cooking Board has amazing recipes that will heat up (or cool off) those summer nights.