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16 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Is it spring yet?! Well, no. (I don’t care what the groundhog said; the last 48 hours spent in sub-zero-degree temperatures did not leave yours truly feeling quite so optimistic.) But even though many of us are still stuck indoors, we can still bring a little springtime joy into our lives, and what better way to do it than with our knitting/crocheting needles? We’re proud to publish two wonderful, colorful books today that give you all the info you need to learn or perfect the art of knitting and crocheting.

First up is Crochet Flowers Step-by-Step: 35 Delightful Blooms for Beginners by Tanya Shliazhko.

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Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flower patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Other books supply patterns, but only this one takes you through the process one step at a time, so absolutely no prior experience is required. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. You could even go flower crazy and create an entire herbaceous border! Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.

If knitting’s more your thing, you’re also in luck! On sale today is Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares: For Beginners and Up, a Unique Approach to Learning to Knit by Che Lam.

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Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you’ve finished the square, you’ve practiced the new stitch, and you’re ready to move on to the next one–quick and easy! The squares are organized according to skill level, progressing from basic knit and purl stitches to more challenging techniques, such as cable and lace. And at the back of the book you’ll find a handful of inspirational projects that show you how to combine your blocks for unique and stylish results.

Snag a copy of each today!

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5 Jan

Happy Pub Day: The Origami Garden, Made in Paracord! and 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet!

Happy New Year, indeed! We have not one, not two, but THREE amazing new craft books publishing today. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (like every year’s) is to read more books and make more things. So I would definitely recommend buying all three of these very different books for your collection!

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First up is The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian. This collection of 40 charming origami designs includes delightful flowers and foliage, cute animals, and other backyard critters that are sure to inspire you to get folding. Ideal for beginners and more experienced practitioners, each cleverly designed origami pattern is complete with detailed step-by-step artwork.

Learn how to fold traditional forms such as birds or butterflies, or try out some cute, contemporary designs such as a rabbit or a ladybug. Plus, there’s even 20 sheets of origami paper included, so you can get started right away!

Origami front coverBuy your copy today!

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The next addition to your TBR pile is the ridiculously fun Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne. If you haven’t heard of crafting with parachute cord before, prepare to have your mind blown with these 25 super-cute projects, all created in brightly colored paracord. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates! I mean, just look at these beauties.

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Buy your copy today! 

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Last but certainly not least is the latest from crocheter extraordinaire Leonie Morgan: 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors. Hexagons 1This is a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination. Complete with a wide variety of designs that range from simple to more advanced, each hexagon comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph of the crocheted piece. Hexagon 2

Simply pick your favorite pattern and get crocheting, or mix and match the blocks to create your own unique project!

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Buy your copy today!

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17 Nov

Happy Pub Day! A VERY NEW YORK CHRISTMAS

Not everyone is lucky enough to live in the Big Apple all year round, but those of us who do will tell you there’s no better time to visit than during the holiday season. Lights are lit, bells get janglin’, and colorful decorations go up on all corners of the city–from the South Street Seaport to Central Park to Rockefeller Center, New York becomes a feast for anyone’s eyes, tourists and residents alike.

Today we’re proud to publish the second edition of A Very New York Christmas by Michael Storrings, award-winning designer, illustrator, and art director extraordinaire! This gorgeous, giftable collection captures the magical landscape and excitement of the holiday season in dozens of watercolors, including famous traditions like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Angel Tree, plus less well-known imagery like the Christmas lights in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Holiday Train show at The New York Botanical Garden. These unique illustrations are sure to inspire you, either to visit NYC during the magic of Christmastime, or to paint your very own version of it!

Now, this brand-new edition includes four pages of full-color removable ornaments you can hang anywhere you like to get into the Christmas spirit. Since 2003, Storrings’s watercolors have been turned into bestselling ornaments that have a worldwide fan base and sell out in stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Including a delightful foreword from actor Cynthia Nixon, this jewel-like book combines festive quotations from literature and popular culture with Storrings’s charming watercolors of forty cherished New York holiday scenes, making this a perfect gift and yuletide keepsake.

Order your copy today!

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3 Nov

Happy Pub Day! ZENDOODLE KEEP MERRY AND COLOR ON

It’s 72 degrees here in New York and it’s November! Decidedly un-Fall-like, to be sure, but that won’t stop us from ushering in the holiday season. And what better way to do it than with a brand-new Christmas-themed coloring book from our smash-hit Zendoodle series?!

Keep Merry and Color On: 75 Yuletide Designs is a joy-filled collection of Christmas designs, from beautiful winter collages and jingle bells, to Santas and festive holly. Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang-2 All 75 magical illustrations in this adult coloring book are printed on durable, perforated pages ideal for Christmas cards, decorations, gifts, and framing. Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang

There’s something in here for everyone: best friends, teachers, dog-walkers, baristas, grandmas–even your hipster niece who doesn’t like anything (she’ll love this stoic but well-dressed reindeer). Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang-4

Get in the spirit of the season through the relaxing pastime of coloring, and bring delight to others with this gift that keeps on giving!

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Buy your copy today!

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27 Oct

Happy Pub Day! BIRDS: A MINDFUL COLORING BOOK

Today we’re thrilled to publish Birds: A Mindful Coloring Book by Georgie Woolridge. No doubt you’ve seen countless coloring books on the bookshelves lately, but you’ve never seen one like this before. Birds presents a new kind of mindful coloring book, containing more than 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge’s travels in India and around the world. The cover image below doesn’t do this gorgeous book justice; you’ve got to see it up close and personal!

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Each stunningly intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

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Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the bird and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Just look at that turkey, all decked out for Thanksgiving!
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Buy your copy today, and go ahead and ruffle some feathers!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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