Aliens Among Us

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There are many who feel that we are not alone in this great wide universe, and that there is other intelligent life out there. If this is so, what might these “others” look like? Maybe something like this?

anderlance crocheted this somewhat intimidating pillow cover depicting a strange being. It’s so well done, if I were to roll over and see this staring me in the face in the morning, I’m not sure of what my reaction might be.

These two aliens are made with a polymer clay cane, designed and constructed by beadizzygrl. Her photos of the step by step process are fascinating.
This clay sculpture by Woodlyn looks so lifelike! Amazingly, it’s only a little over 2″ tall.

 

heini handpainted this scarf with three aliens that appear to be slowly approaching. Hopefully they come in peace!
Are you a believer? How fun are these alien earrings by SKerri13? They almost look like they glow in the dark.

Whether or not real aliens exist, aliens are definitely among us at Craftster. For more, click on the Craftster tag “alien“. You won’t be disappointed.

Meatless Monday: Rent Week Rice Dish

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Ugh! Rent week is upon us! The first of the month can be tough on our budgets but that doesn’t mean we need to miss eating a good meal. Craftster member Gravity shares their recipe for a tasty Rent Week Rice Dish that is full of flavor and easy on your wallet. If you are not crazy about avocado, try other veggies that are in season. Spice up your Rent Week Rice Dish with sriracha or other peppers for a more bold flavor. Make up a large batch for weekly lunches. This recipe is simple yet satisfying. The best part is that you still have a few dollars left over for craft supplies.

Eating well does not have to cost a fortune. Our Cooking Board has recipes, tips and inspiration for every budget.

@Home This Weekend: Gallery Wall

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This weekend, decorate your home with a custom gallery wall displaying things you love. This one, by lindyv321, is Disney themed. It includes photos, souvenir postcards, and photos of family trips. What a great way to remember the highlights of your life!

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April 25, 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!


A Rainbow to Follow the Rain by Mistress Jennie

Pee Wee’s Playhouse by MissingWillow

Use The Good Beads! Prayer flag collection by craftylittlemonkey

Crocheted Chicky and Ball by BeaG

Make Waves by lindyv321

Here are some of my Jewelry Projects made out of paper by Emmajayden

Have ears…will travel to Disney by kajunmomx3

Altered Paper Clip / Tag by Reel Crafty Girl

Paper Dress Form by kittykill

Random Acts of Kindness: Rock Painting for GYSD by underthemountain

Octopurse by gozer

Quilt of Eternal Shedding by amigurl55

Machine embroidery on paper! (img heavy!!) by thanate

Tiny Rainbow Tote by pottermouth

For sea lovers by Victoria Kamalova

Tute Tuesday: Scrappy Hearts

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There is no better time than right now to tell that special person you have a crush on them. What are you waiting for? A tutorial? Cmarion3 has you covered with her Scrappy Heart tutorial. This craft is perfect for stash busting those little scraps of fabric you have left over from past projects. No sweetheart to swoon over? No worries! Sew these hearts for you and your besties. Scrappy Hearts are great for sachets. Fill them with lavender, rose or other scents for a fresh smell around your house. You can also use these hearts in other projects such as patches or pins for clothing.

Have fun crafting one of a kind creations with inspiration from our Tutorial Cloud. It’s fun to learn something new!

It’s Pee-wee’s Playhouse!

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In the late 80’s nothing made my Saturday morning than watching Pee-wee’s Playhouse. It was so wacky, so crazy, and so full of joy. I don’t know about you, but back then, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

That’s why my little heart went pitter patter when I saw this amazing miniature Playhouse Playhouse that MissingWillow recently posted. So much Pee-wee goodness in such a small space: Chairry, Jambi, and Clockey are all there. C’mon in!

Pee-wee did love his Chairry. Here they are together in a set, crocheted by Alliecat30.
Alliecat30 is a big fan of the show, and also made this life sized, working Clockey. That is just too much fun!
gozer made this tiny shadowbox magnet depicting Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle at the Alamo, from his hit movie “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.
When catty needed a Halloween costume one year, she went dressed as Miss Yvonne. Of course she needed a date, so she made this Pee-wee doll to take along as her escort. He’s so debonair!

Come on in and pull yourself up a chair (Like Chairry)! Let the fun begin, it’s time to let down your hair. Pee-wee’s so excited (Uh-huh) ‘Cause his friends have been invited (That’s you!) To go wacky at Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

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Craft Challenge #123 Spring Color Winner: Mistress Jennie

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This month’s Craft Challenge was Spring Color Challenge! The challenge was all about the bright colors of spring. You could create any craft as long as it had lots of color!

Our winning entry was created by Mistress Jennie! Her entry titled, “A Rainbow to Follow the Rain is a crocheted masterpiece involving a granny spiral and appliques. The rain drops are made from glass beads. Check out the winning entry here.

Congrats, Mistress Jennie!

For winning, Mistress Jennie has won an item from one of Craftster’s online shops!

Shop Craftster
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CafePress
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Hope everyone had fun creating for the challenge this month! Happy crafting!

Meatless Monday: Avocado Radish Goat Cheese Sandwich

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Stuck in a boring sandwich world? Is lunchtime bland? Spice up your midday meal with a delicious Avocado Radish Goat Cheese Sandwich from Craftster founder Leah. This sammy has everything that you will love; it’s super easy to make and avocado. Don’t turn your nose up at radishes! They offer just the right amount of bite to the sandwich and give it a distinct flavor. If you can’t do it, then try out other seasonal veggies that makes your stomach happy. Pair this sandwich with a fruit salad for a fresh and tasty meal. Because this sandwich is so easy to make, you can have it any time of the day. It is wonderful for those week night meals when you are exhausted but still need to eat.

It doesn’t matter if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner; our Cooking Board has the perfect recipe for any time of day. Enjoy the meal!

@Home This Weekend: Bright Spring Wreath

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This weekend, welcome Spring with a bright wreath! Using colorful pots and an assortment of faux succulents and other plants, Ednarb made this fun wreath that is sure to brighten up anyone’s day. Yay, Spring!

Tute Tuesday: Postage Stamp Cards

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Postage stamps are like mini works of art. They represent every aspect of life from pop culture to beautiful destinations. If you are like me, you love saving the this little slips of paper in hopes that you will use them in a craft project one day. Phizzychick’s tutorial for Postage Stamp Cards is a fun and easy way to display and share these small treasures. You can make gift tags using this technique. If you do not have a sewing machine, no worries! You can get the same effect using markers and glue. The important thing is to have fun and create something new out of used everyday items.

Be adventurous and try a new craft from out Tutorial Cloud. You might just find your crafty calling.

Crazy Cacti

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I love a nice cactus plant, but for some reason I have a hard time keeping them alive. Maybe I water them too much or maybe they don’t get enough sun, but in any case, I’m thinking that one of these great projects would be a better idea for someone like me who is cacti-challenged.

Gothicmisty was in need of a pincushion, and came up with the great idea to make it a cactus. This poor fellow looks like he’s a little startled to be stuck with all those pins.

Here’s another pincushion, this one a mini cactus by Opalgryphon.  I love the sweet little bloom.
Speaking of blooms, how cute are these little plants by fluffybunnies? Their spines are soft, not prickly, and they have the sweetest little smiles.
kwality570 works in a windowless space, and wanted an easy care plant, so she crocheted this entire cactus garden. I’ll bet her co-workers are jealous!
No room for an entire garden? Perhaps some smaller cacti in a pretty bowl will do. geekgirl1000100 crocheted this cute set for a friend.

Faux cacti not only look great, they require no care AND they won’t hurt you! If you’d like to see more, be sure to click on the Craftster tag “cactus“.

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Meatless Monday: Biryani Masala Spice Mix

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Who is extra spicy? You are! You are sassy, saucy and yes…very very spicy. You need food that shares the same amount of pizzazz that you do. Lucky for us, craftylittlemonkey is bringing the heat with her recipe for Biryani Masala Spice Mix. Add this mix to just about any food and take it from bland to BLAM! Biryani Masala is a very fragrant mix whose aroma will fill not only your kitchen, but your entire house with zesty goodness. It is excellent for a flavorful rice side dish. It also makes a great gift for the favorite foodie in your life.

Add more flavor to your meal with inspiration from our Cooking Board. Customize any recipe for a one of a kind taste sensation. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Woodburned Cutting Boards

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This weekend, grab a woodburning tool and make the cutest cutting boards ever! yzzilnoaj made a dachshund board (shown) and also a board with fish bones on it. What a great way to personalize your kitchen gear. Chop chop!

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April 11, 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!


Baby Disney amigurumi collection by suenhosblanditos

Dotted Skull Shirt by Acadian Driftwood

Fun Cutting Boards by yzzilnoaj

The Cobalt Reserve Reliquary by appledainty

Crystal Necklaces by gozer

Jeggings by Cherie

Fabric Traveler’s Notebook cover – HP Style! by fatewineroses

Creativity takes courage… by Onyxnox

Mixed Media Season Themed Series by mandykaye

A bit of Frida love by edelC

Water Color Lady by lindyv321

Kitschy Bunny Train by pottermouth

Unicorn Cascarones 2018 by CubanMother

Glam Cat Mini Quilt (plus bonus mini quilt) by amigurl55

Unicorn balloon animal hat! by patty_o_furniture

Tute Tuesday: Patchwork Drawstring Bag

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It’s time to say goodbye to snowy winter and hello to sunny spring. Put away those scarves and pull out those flip-flops. Grab your favorite on the go craft, a towel, those fabulous pair of shades because we are heading outside to the park. Carry your goodies around in your one of a kind Patchwork Drawstring Bag by MissingWillow. Sew this tote on a smaller scale for a stylish lunchbag. The Patchwork Drawstring Bag allows you to use up those small scraps of fabric that you have lying around your craftroom. Make one for each season or occasion.

From small coin purses to large overnight totes; our Purse, Bags and Wallets Board merge fashion and function. Think outside of the bag and create something new and unique. Happy Tuesday!