What The World Needs Now…

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…is love, sweet love. Love your neighbor. Be kind. We’re all in this together. Let’s all keep peace in our hearts.

This beautiful embroidered hoopla by kittykill shows a heart in hand. I love the bright red heart contrasting with the blackwork of the hand.

 

Here’s a detail from a shrine posted by craftylittlemonkey, who cleverly used a cookie cutter to frame a stone heart.
How pretty is this floral crocheted heart? The lacy look and the flowers make it oh, so sweet. This pretty doily was made by MyDearKnitting.
jaimeshive used black embroidery thread to create this lovely embellished heart, and then tinted it with bright colored pencils.
You can wear your heart on your sleeve if you make a little felt pin, like these, by Leslieshappyheart.

Do something nice today. Ain’t nobody got time for hate.

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Meatless Monday: German Pancake

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I love Sunday. Some people hate it. The dread of Monday making an appearance, rushing around trying to get everything done; it is enough to bring on a panic attack. Sunday is a day of rest for me. I get up, have coffee, fix a nice big breakfast and just relax. WitchCatXeen gets me. She shares her recipe for German Pancakes that, even though they take a bit of time, are easy to make and definitely satisfying. You can top them with seasonal fruit for an added treat. One pancake can feed a lot of people, so invite a few friends over for a Sunday morning get together; complete with mimosas and other tasty food to nibble on.

Don’t stress out! Our Cooking Board has recipes for every meal. Wow your family and friends with a new delicious dish. Happy Monday!

@Home This Weekend: Honeyduke’s Candy Cabinet

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This weekend, make your home magical with Honeyduke’s candy cabinet, inspired by the Harry Potter series. Using an old cabinet desk, patty_o_furniture reconfigured the inside and painted it in bright colors. The cabinet even lights up when you open the doors to reveal all the treats inside. The jars are full of candies, and the chalkboard fridge is stuffed with wizard-themed drinks. Simply enchanting!

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August 9, 2017 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!


Tale as Old as Time by Supermutts

Black Tea Jelly by Mistress Jennie

Needle felted hoops by Nodsu

Dog Photo Tote Bag by Reel Crafty Girl

honu bracelets by underthemountain

Aunt Tess’s Cupboard by pottermouth

Lucky Stars by rackycoo

Muff Diver. For Lovers of Warmth and Tenderness by crafterdark

Sirius Black handbound journal by rockingbearranch

Skulls, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flowers, and Halloween (too many pics) by amigurl55

Printed Plush!~ (x5!) by Noxika

Just My Type Dress, A Non-costume Costume? by TheMistressT

Dragon Platter by steiconi

July ATCs for the Swap + a remake by gozer

Brick Stitch necklaces fun by yael360

Tute Tuesday: Felt Jellyfish

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Under the sea! Under the sea! There are cute jelly fish that sting under the sea! While most jellyfish can be deadly, this adorable little guy is safe for hugging. NLJ shares her tutorial for a Felt Jellyfish that is can be used, not only as a learning tool, but also a cuddly toy. If pink isn’t your thing, try making them in a variety of colors. They make great favors for an ocean or beach themed party. Once you have the pattern down, you can make an entire family of jellyfish ranging from small to extra large.

Playtime is a great time when you check out tutorials from our Toys, Dolls and Playthings Board. Don’t forget to get messy this Tute Tuesday!

Duck, Duck, Goose. Dinosaur?

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Remember playing “Duck, duck, goose” as a child, sitting around in a circle and anticipating that pat on your head? f you were a duck, you’d stay seated, but if you were tapped a goose, you had to try to catch the person who tapped you before they were able to run around the circle and claim your spot in the circle. Why should ducks and geese have all the fun? Why not a dinosaur?!?

Duck! Our first duck is a felt Christmas ornament. downeastthunderfarm modeled the pattern after her own duck, Dilly.

Duck! These cute little amigurumi fellows were crocheted by runciblespoon.
Goose! This goose is a paper-pieced quilt by vkvhawk.
Dinosaur! Because why should our feathered friends have all the fun? How fun is it that OhNoJoJo painted this dino gold and made it a planter?

Sometimes themes for blog articles come from weird places. Today’s post was brought to you by a goofy kids’ game. You’re welcome.

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Bead Looming!

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I have a friend who has recently started using a bead loom, and she’s making pretty things. I have a bead loom, but it was a ways down my “need to try” list – UNTIL I saw her works and some of these amazing creations on Craftster. Now I may have to movie it up and dust off my bead loom and give some of these a try, because like this gorgeous dragonfly bracelet by gozer, I want! So pretty…
No wait ! Fox! I need a fox! Awwww, this bracelet by calixita is amazing. And that’s not the only thing calixita has made that is awesome, the board is full of pieces that I covet! Seriously, go look!
Or maybe I need something more deceptively simple looking, like this star bracelet by twistedbeader. I saw deceptively simple, because even a pattern like this take a lot of time to work up on a loom. It’s worth it, though!
And while I’m a fan of a lot of British television, I admit I’ve never watched Coronation Street, but I think the bracelet-come-bookmark by evilkitten25 is brilliant!

I need to get my bead loom out and try some of these projects! And if you’ve ever had an interest in bead looms, take a look at the beading board and see if a project strikes your fancy!

Meatless Monday: Pizza Pinwheels

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Pizza just got a new twist with Craftster member MyWitsAnd4’s recipe for Pizza Pinwheels. This pint size pizza pack a punch! Go crazy with a wide variety of toppings and sauces. These little nuggets are great for lunches, office parties or a late night snack. Pack a few in your lunchbox instead of the same boring sammy. You can also use this technique to make a dessert pizza (marshmallow and chocolate chips!). Save yourself some time and cook up a big batch and then freeze them individually. Grab one out of the freezer and pop it into a toaster oven for a quick bite.

From bite size snacks to full meal deals, our Cooking Board has a recipe for everyone. Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on a traditional recipe. Have a yummy Monday!

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Glitter Slime

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In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make ooey, gooey GLITTER SLIME!

@Home This Weekend: Floral Pens

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This weekend, take your pens from glum to GLAM. WonderlandsFinest adorned plain pens with Dollar Store flowers and floral tape. Not only are they beautiful, they’re hard to lose and fun to write with. Make writing fun again!

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Tute Tuesday: Mini Coin Purse

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Got a few coins jingling around in your pocket? Carry that mad cash in style with CraftCouturebyTC’s tutorial for a Mini Coin Purse. This tutorial is easy to follow with step by step photo instructions. It is an excellent way to stash bust those little bits of fabric you have laying around from your last project. Mini Coin Purses make excellent party favors or teacher gifts. Don’t forget to put a penny in the purse for good luck!

Do you need a totebag or pocketbook to go with that mini coin purse? Check out our Purses, Bags and Wallets Board for other amazing tutorials, tips and inspiration. Have a terrific Tute Tuesday!

Beach, Please!

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It’s already August; where has the summer gone? I think it’s high time we all hit the beach!

If you are heading to the shore, here’s the perfect tote bag to take along with you. classy broad embellished a plain tote with trim and the important message: “Beach, please”. Gotta love that sass.

lancmaltby is going to look great at the beach or by the pool with this coverup, and you can too. Her post includes a tutorial on how to make one just like it, using a towel!
If you don’t have time for a vacation now, this embroidered art by Onyxnox will still put you in the mood.
Show your love of the beach by wearing a lovely bracelet with the colors of the sea. Nicole_XD added silver sealife charms to complete the ocean look.
kittykill stitched up this bathing beauty hoopla. This gal is definitely enjoying her day in the sun.

We’ve got one more month of summer. Time to hit the beach!

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Meatless Monday: Blackberry Cobbler with Chantilly Cream

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Wanna know what is great about being an adult? You can eat cookie dough for breakfast if you want. It is one thing that balances out having to pay bills and work. Maybe cookie dough isn’t your thing. You want to enjoy the taste of the season. Craftster member Patty O Furniture has just what you need to make your stomach happy with her recipe for Blackberry Cobbler with Chantilly Cream. This delicious dish is easy to make and uses fresh fruit that is in season. You can eat it for breakfast and not feel as guilty as you would with a huge log of cookie dough. It also makes a great dessert for picnics and potlucks. If it is too hot to cook where you are, harness those sunrays with an outdoor stove or grill.

Being an adult can be fun when you try new things, like recipes from our Cooking Board. Give yourself a little happiness!

@Home This Weekend: Paint a Music Box!

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This weekend, get out your paints and embellish a plain wooden box. patty_o_furniture got extra creative and painted a Hogwarts scene reminiscent of Van Gogh’s masterpiece “Starry Night”, and then added workings that play Hedwig’s theme. I think you’ll agree that this was a truly magical transformation.

July 26, 2017 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!


Geeky bags by Kaoticat

Harry Potter Starry Night Music Box by patty_o_furniture

Bad Ass B!t@# Necklace by Mistress Jennie

Jockeys Up! by Jenxx

A watercolour portrait of my sleeping daughter by FoxyBlue

A Day at the Beach… by Onyxnox

Nelson Mandala is finished! by crafterdark

Not manly- Zombie Little Mermaid by Buddylove

Resistance TM Patches by cmarion3

Newspaper Purse by amigurl55

Pie! by craftylittlemonkey

Topsy Turvy Doll – Supergirl & Wonder Woman by LissyLou

Flow-ish Journal by Smmarrt

I Had a Tie Dye Party! by audio

I don’t follow the rules by kittykill