Meatless Monday: Summer Vegetable Tian

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Don’t be so quick to say goodbye to summer. There are still summer veggies waiting to be eaten up. Craftster member MareMare once again wows us with her delicious recipes. This time around she uses up the last of her bounty and serves up Summer Vegetable Tian. What is Tian? It is a dish of finely chopped vegetables cooked in olive oil and then baked au gratin. Are you drooling yet? You can make this tasty treat any time of the year and it can be served as a main or side dish.

Transitioning from summer to fall can be a mouthwatering adventure when you cook with recipes from our Cooking Board. Have a fabulous Monday!

Moonbeams and Sparkles Forever!

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You ever have that kind of say you just need something cute and sparkly and happy in your life? After reading a terribly depressing book for book club, I sure did, and unicorns came to mind. Craftster did not disappoint with the array of unicorn crafts! Check out the first example, and adorable, huggable, crocheted unicorn by Lotuspixie. I just want to squeeze the stuffing out of it!
On a smaller scale, this needle felted adorable little unicorn by Nodsu sure hits the mark! I love little needle-felted critters, and this one is just so cute! Check out the post to see the fox, as well!
And what cheers you up faster than humor and crafts combined? This very aptly named Unicorn Sh… uh, you get the idea…. yarn by jexxican really tickles my funny bone while making me drool over its cuteness at the same time. Can you imagine the amazing things you could make out of that yarn? I certainly can!
Speaking of funny, you might find it odd that i love both unicorns and zombies, but it’s true. And combining the two? spaceradish gives us this amazing example of a zombie unicorn! If that won’t lift you out of a funk, nothing will!

Whatever it takes to brighten your day, from zombies to unicorns to zombie unicorns, Craftster has it all!

@Home This Weekend: DIY Shelves

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This weekend, make your own set of shelves using cardboard and newpaper. In her post, edelC gives step by step instructions on how to make this unique shelf unit. This technique can be used to make shelves of any shape or size, making it perfect for collectibles!

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Craft Challenge #119: Flip Flop Fusion Winner

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This month’s Craft Challenge was Flip Flop Fusion! In this challenge Craftster members had to improve, revamp or upcycle a pair of flip flops. The end project had to include at least one flip flop. It could be anything from new footwear to stylish outdoor decor.

Our winning entry was created by jenleahlynn! Her entry titled, “Flip Flop Photos” celebrated summer memories by printing out photos and using flip flops for a frame. The end result is a creative way to look back at summer fun! Check out the winning entry here.

Congrats,
jenleahlynn!

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

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

September 6, 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!


Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies (lactose-free and almond-free!) by Mistress Jennie

Rainy Day Cardigan by storerboughtcreations

om nom nom by QueenHobo

cardboard shelving unit (with tute) cheap+easy by edelC

Disney World Custome T-shirts by Supermutts

What’s the buzz? by Onyxnox

Animals Gone Wild! (pic heavy) by sheepBlue

Little Witch’s Bed by pottermouth

Forgotten Fairy Lantern by amigurl55

Mantles of Resiliance in the Transformation of Eventualities by UnRuli

Recent work: Pillow and TM Patches by fatewineroses

August ATC quartet by Patraw

Zippered pouches for charity by bunny1kenobi

Ty Cyw, Ty Cyw, tum-ti tum-ti tum-ti something-something TY CYW! by Amazon_warrior

Wonder Woman plush by dfabbric

Tute Tuesday: Solid Perfume Locket

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Are you stressed out? Will a few whiffs of your favorite scent calm your nerves? Craftster member Missing Willow’s tutorial for a Solid Perfume Locket allows you to look fashionable and smell great at the same time. Make several for day, night and seasonal use. These lockets are a fun project for a make and take craft night. Allow each person to customize their locket with scent that is special to them.

Creating one of a kind pieces of jewelry just got a bit easier with tutorials from our Jewelry Board. Don’t forget to check out all of our craft boards for inspiration for your next project.

Bee Crafty

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What’s the buzz today? Bees! Bees are so important in pollinating the many plants that feed us. Bonus: crafts made with the images of bees are as sweet as honey.

For example, there’s this beautiful fused glass dish by fancybutch. The yellow background makes this bee silhouette pop!

Ludi stitched up this charming applique bee and flower piece, designed to be used on the back cover of a small art journal.
Onyxnox made this beautiful beaded peyote stitch pendant of a bee in its hive for a swap partner. She also included a matching pin.
How cute is this hive shaped zippered pouch by HugsAreFun? What a fun way to keep your change in hand.
In honor of a hive of bees that has taken up residence in the eves of her house, edelC created some lino-stamped bee fabric. Be sure to check out her post to see her stamp on several different fabrics! She also include a few projects she made with the fabrics she made.

Enjoy our friends the bees, and bee thankful for all they do. For more bee projects, click on the Craftster tag “bee“.

Craftster Quickies: How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

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Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins! In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill teaches you how to make fabulous fabric pumpkins!

Glam? Rustic? Halloween? What’s your fabric pumpkin style?

When you make some, be sure to post them, so we can feature you! 🙂

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Sizzurp Topped Kale Salad Recipe

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Just because summer is fading away doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to delicious salads and veggies. Craftster member Rockingbearranch shares her recipe for Raspberry Sizzurp Topped Kale Salad that can be eaten through the late days of summer and into the early winter. Even those who aren’t fans of kale will love this salad. The sweetness of the Raspberry Sizzurp, along with the flavor of the cheese, blend well with the distinct kale taste.

Meal time doesn’t have to be boring. Check out our Cooking Board for recipes that will spice up your dining experience. Have a tasty Monday!

Craft Challenge #120 Announced – What the World Needs Now!

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Craft Challenge #120 – What the World Needs Now, has been announced!

Your challenge this month is to craft something to gift or donate!

Entries are due October 2 – 8, 2017. Read all of the challenge details here. 😀

@Home This Weekend: Wastebasket Liner

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This weekend, reduce your use of plastic by making wastebasket liners out of newspaper flyers. craftADDchick was intrigued by the idea of using newspaper to line her trash cans, but was concerned that the trash would fall out. She came up with the clever idea of using her sewing machine to stitch up the sides for fool-proof trash containment. There’s a complete tutorial on her post, so be sure to check it out.

 

Tute Tuesday: Storage Jar Labels

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It’s the end of summer and for gardeners like myself that means canning season. Of course I make too much and I inevitably give the extra jars to family and friends. Being a crafter, I don’t want to just give them a plain jar. I need to add some flair. LesliesHappyHeart shares her tutorial for Storage Jar Labels that can be reused for years. If jam and pickles are your thing, why not repurpose those same jars for your craft supplies like: buttons, floss and beads. While this project was made with a sewing machine, you certainly can embroider and sew them by hand. This is an excellent craft for holiday group gifts.

Isn’t it time to try something new? Check out our Tutorial Tag Cloud for inspiration. What are you waiting for?

No Kill Taxidermy Trophies

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Love the look of taxidermy, but don’t want to hurt a living animal? Faux taxidermy is your answer! Get the chic look without making the kill. Here’s how.

artsycandice made this classy fox head out of plaster using an interesting technique. A nice strand of pearls sets off the beautiful face.

Aw, a little squirrel. So cute! Knickertwist needle-felted this little fellow.
Rowr! Watch out for polar bears. This one, by mezcraft, is plaster covered styrofoam.
Bright patterned fabric make this deer head by Abbeeroad extra whimsical and fun. You gotta love the wire antlers as well.
These crazy animal trophies really take the cake. sheepBlue created a back story for each one, and dressed them up accordingly. My favorite is the Christmas horse (top row, middle). What’s yours?

Change up your decor with some faux taxidermy today. Click here to see more!

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Meatless Monday: Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

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Whew! It is only Monday and I’m ready for the weekend. Mama needs a treat! Mistress Jennie is here to rescue me with her recipe for Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies. These little treats are packed full of flavor and will bring a smile to any face. She uses coconut milk not only for the brownies, but for the frosting and ganache. This recipe does call for butter, but you can use vegan alternatives and achieve the same richness. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, why not branch out and try other butters for a different taste.

Treat yourself to exciting and different recipes from our Cooking Board. Hope your Monday is shaping up to be the best, and tastiest, day of the week! Have a fantastic day!

@Home This Weekend: TP Caddy

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This weekend, foil both cats and kids who insist on unspooling your toilet paper for sport. vegbee made this clever caddy to protect the roll, while still having it convenient for the folks who need it. Smart mama! Her tutorial will show you how to make your own.

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