@Home This Weekend, DIY Kitchen Island

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This weekend, create a kitchen island out of an old cabinet. appledainty painted and papered this cabinet, and then used some clever ideas to maximize storage. Check it out!

Tute Tuesday: Crochet Rainbow Scarf

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It’s grey and cold. You need a little something to lift your spirits. Everkutz share their tutorial for this bright Crochet Rainbow Scarf that will bring a ray of sunshine to your winter day. No one can be down in the dumps when they are wrapped up in rainbow! Using simple stitches, the scarf is perfect for beginners. Customize your accessory by adding sequins or removing the clouds. This is your project, you can crochet it as long or short as you like. Make several for family and friends. It is a functional gift that brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Looking for an on the go craft? Why not try crochet? Our Tutorial Board has patterns, tips and inspiration for your next project. Have a totally awesome Tuesday!

Let it Snow!

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2 Brrrr. It’s so cold where I am that all I can think of is snow. One thing I love about these projects, though; they’re not cold at all. Each has all the beauty of a snowflake, without the threat of frostbite.

Smeddley embroidered this beautiful single snowflake in whites and cool blues. Framed, it makes a lovely accent in a cozy room.

These woodburned ornaments by ceemonster are like actual snowflakes, in that no two are alike.
Don’t you love a festive banner? This one’s made with pages from a Harry Potter book, so it’s got a hint of magic to it. Mistress Jennie cut all the pieces, including the snowflakes, on her Silhouette.
This snowflake stocking was made with wool sweaters. Acadian Driftwood stitched the sweaters together and then hand embroidered the snowflakes. Just lovely!
TheMistressT found a couple of coordinating snowflake fabrics and created a fun winter hand towel. It’s perfect for the season!

Is it cold where you are? If so, bundle up and stay warm. And make something! Snow days are perfect craft days.

Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Spinach Puree

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Winter is the perfect season for a party. It doesn’t matter if it is big game day, an award show or movie night; the viewing is always better with friends. Share the good times, and good food, with MareMare’s recipe for Cauliflower Spinach Puree. This dish is a tasty alternative to the normal spinach dip. Add peppers to spice it up or artichoke hearts for a more traditional dip. Cauliflower Spinach Puree also packs a punch as a side dish alternative to mashed potatoes. Melt smokey cheese over the top for a truly decadent treat. No matter how you serve it, this dish is versatile and easy to make. Cauliflower Spinach Puree for the win!

Chips, dips and sauces; we have them all on our fabulous Cooking Board! Put your own spin on a traditional recipe. Have a tasty Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Bowl Cozies

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This weekend, make a few bowl cozies and remove your hot bowl from the microwave without burning your hands. craftADDchick used such fun colors for her cozies; it makes me want to go heat up some soup!

January 16, 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!


… my true love gave to me… by Onyxnox

Tutorial: many ways to make a tassel by craftylittlemonkey

Girl With Bees by gozer

Life and the Library and the Forest: Altered book for my year in Yosemite by calluna

An Abundance of Bowl Cozies for the Microwave by craftADDchick

Pansy picture by suzanara

Pokemon/Dragon Beanies by amigurl55

Bride of Frankenstein by katiekutthroat

Wedding bouquet by bunny1kenobi

SwapDoodle Scribbles by Patraw

Resin Peony & Cherry Blossoms Kanzashi by appledainty

Oogie boogie sleep sack by soulfiresgrace

Treasure Keeper Pouch by Mistress Jennie

Saskia and Timothy Jones by Nodsu

Matrushka baboeshka dolls Alice in Wonderland by Lunique

Tute Tuesday: Recon Sweater into Socks

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There are two parts of my body that are always freezing; my hands and feet. I swear, I could be on the equator and my feet would be ice cold. Instead of sticking them on my husband and hearing him scream, I decided to try making my own socks with Sedrasmom’s tutorial for a Recon Sweater into Socks. There is no knitting or crochet involved. Simply take an old sweater and sew it into a beautiful pair of warm socks. Choose a bulky material for more slipper like socks or something lighter to wear with shoes. The best part-warm tootsies!

Get inspired to upcycle old material into something new with our Tutorial Cloud. Have a warm and toasty Tuesday!

Sassy Shawls

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Sometimes you just need a little extra warmth, and isn’t it true that a shawl is just like a yarny hug? There are so many beautiful shawls posted on Craftster, that it was hard for me to pick just five to feature. Here’s a little taste of what’s out there, though…

Padester shared a post with several shawls, all using the “virus” pattern. It’s amazing how different they look with just a change of colors.

 

MistressJennie crocheted this Kaleidoscope shawl using beautiful fall colors.

This flower shawl by pollyprissypants was crocheted in individual squares and stitched together with a yarn needle. The delicate fringe is perfect for this lacy shawl.
Wonder Woman! You could not help but feel powerful wrapped in this bright shawl with the iconic logo on it. alwaysinmyroom knit this fantastic shawl.
Here’s another lacy shawl, this one by Maria Merlino, who includes a pattern link in her post. This pretty shawl includes a lovely butterfly pattern.

Whether knit or crocheted, it’s great to have a beautiful shawl to wrap up in during chilly weather. C’mon, cozy up!

Meatless Monday: Crockpot Granola

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No matter what modern kitchen gadget comes around, I will never get rid of my old crockpot. It allows me to throw everything in a pot and do what I love most…craft. Is it too much to say that I love you crockpot? I think not. Jungrrl shares my adoration of this ceramic dish with her recipe for Crockpot Granola. It is so easy to make. Add fruits or nuts for added flavor. Make it spicy or sweet by including various spices to the recipe. Is your life super busy? Use this recipe to make bars for an on the go snack.

Whether you like to cook slow and low or fast with gas, our Cooking Board has recipes, tips and inspiration for your next meal. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: PLAY

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This weekend, create a fun sign with and for your kids. Eliea used crayons, art supplies, puzzle pieces and toy cars to create this fun wall art. Go ahead, PLAY!

Putting Your Stamp On It

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Rubber stamps are so much fun to craft with. There are tons of designs out there, but what do you do when the perfect stamp can’t be found? Carve your own!

pinkfrizz is a carving master; her post contains several adorable stamps, including this “handmade” stamp. It’s amazing how fine her lines are. She definitely has some skills!

What better way to identify your books than with a personalized library stamp? Onyxnox carved this cozy reading room scene.
eruei carved these little cuties from white erasers. Look how great they look when they’re hand colored.
This sheep stamp looks amazing when stamped on old book pages. loves2experiment then cut out the image and mounted it on cardstock to make these adorable note cards.
Even simple stamps are fun to use. LimeRiot made an assortment of tiny houses in her first carving experience. What fun to make your own little neighborhood.

What will you carve today?

Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers!

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Are you ready to try something different this year? Why not a month of Meatless Mondays. Veggie Burgers from Oyhana are a tasty way to enjoy a vegetarian dinner. Even the pickiest eaters will gobble these little gems. You can dress these burgers up with extra spice. While they do freeze well, they taste best when they are made fresh. Be inventive and use this recipe for a “meat” loaf or faux meatballs. Don’t let the amount of ingredients in the mix scare you; Veggie Burgers are incredibly easy to make. No matter what time of year, a burger is a tasty dinner option.

From spicy to mild, our Cooking Board has a recipe that will tickle your tastebuds. Happy Monday!

Craftster Quickie: How to Make Felt Wine Coasters

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diy felt wine coasters Every party needs a little pizazz and these DIY felt wine glass coasters are just the ticket. This month’s DIY craft tutorial is SUPER quick & easy. Using just a few basic craft supplies, Kittykill shows you how to make unique, adorable, and functional wine glass coasters. Be sure to check out the little bow coaster — it’s THE sweetest!

Happy Crafting!

@Home: Tea Cozies!

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This weekend, make an awesome tea cozy like this warm little owl. craftylittlemonkey hosted a “Crafternoon” group of friends, and everyone made the cutest cozies! craftylittlemonkey was nice enough to include a tutorial in her post. It’s so easy to customize them to suit your style.

January 2, 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!


Snowflake Embossed Thank You Notes by TheMistressT

Shabby library bookmarks… by Onyxnox

Crafternoon group Tea Cosies! w tutorial 🙂 by craftylittlemonkey

Teal and brown quilt bock quilt by quaggy

Winter Shadowbox by rackycoo

Masks for the holidays by ErinAquaheart

Dog and Also Dragon Age Tarot Mini Hanging Art Quilts by The Raging Sloth

Rigid Heddle Infinity Scarf by Lothruin

Rainbow Applique Gecko Pillow! by BigBangMomma

Polaroid Print Gift Tags by sweets4ever

Gaming Junk Journal by geekgirl1000100

Chopstick Holders for my Bestie! by crafterdark

Two Portraits in Doll Form by tendstowardschaos

13th Doctor’s New Year’s Scarf by Mistress Jennie

100 days project by Dashynia