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8 Apr

Draw a Bird Day!

It’s sweet and inspiring the story behind the origins of Draw a Bird Day.

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As recounted on DabDay.com, in 1943, Dorie Cooper, a seven year old living in England, visited her uncle who was wounded in the war; he had lost his right leg to a land mine, and, in an attempt to cheer him up, Dori asked her uncle to draw a bird for her. Despite being unwell, her uncle looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin. After Dorie saw the drawing, she proclaimed that he wasn’t a very good artist but would still hang the picture in her room. Dorie’s honesty and acceptance of the drawing lifted her uncle’s spirits as well as several other wounded soldiers. In fact, every time Dorie visited the hospital, the soldiers held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.

Tragically, three years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses, and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.

While Draw a Bird Day was never declared an “official” holiday, today, it’s celebrated worldwide “as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering even if only for a short time.”

To celebrate Draw a Bird Day, simply draw a bird and share it with someone. If you don’t quite know how to start, follow Pen and Ink Birds from Gillian Johnson’s How to Draw Everything. And feel free to invent your own birds!

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Happy Draw a Bird Day everyone!

Interested in learning how to draw people? Faces? Animals? Flowers? Get your copy of How To Draw Everything now and get to drawing!

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5 Apr

Happy Pub Day! DIY Temporary Tattoos by Pepper Baldwin

DIY Temporary Tattoos-17Is it summertime yet?! I am 100% ready to pack up my coats and sweaters and give these bare arms the spotlight again–not just because they’re in dire need of some UV rays, but also because I’m dying to show off my new treasure trove of temporary tattoos!

Officially on sale today, DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin has everything you need to design and create your own personalized temporary tats. Thinking about trying a brand-new look, but without the commitment? Try out a design for a permanent tattoo, create a unique look for a special night out, or even design buzz-worthy wedding favors!DIY Temporary Tattoos-191

Comprehensive practical information explains how to draw patterns to express your individual style or adapt designs from the web, and shows you how to print your creation onto temporary tattoo paper.

Plus, inspirational galleries complete with QR codes cover a range of classic and contemporary tattoo themes, including Celtic symbols, animals and flowers, lettering, ships and mermaids, stars, and holiday motifs. This book has all the know-how you need to completely transform your look (even if it’s just for one night).DIY Temporary Tattoos-253DIY Temporary Tattoos-23

Get your copy now, available at your favorite online bookseller!

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25 Mar

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

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Thursday, Flatiron building. DIY Upcycler doing a “Blind Date with a Book” for Twitter! The wrapping paper is from an old Trader Joe’s paper bag, the ribbon from a ripped Victoria’s Secret bag, and the stickers are from her co-workers’s recent office re-org.

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What’s beneath the wrapping paper? Bet Me by NY Times best selling author Jennifer Crusie, which our Upcycler got at Free Book day and is one of her favorites!

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22 Mar

Happy Pub Day! Zendoodle Coloring: COZY CATS and Zendoodle Coloring: INTO THE FOREST

Unplug and de-stress with these two NEW Zendoodle Coloring Books! Cozy Cats: Fantastic Felines to Color and Display, illustrated by Nikolett Corley and Into the Forest: Woodland Creatures to Color and Display, Illustrated by Bonnie Lynn Demanche. In both books, each page is perforated, making it easy to frame and display the finished art. In addition, designs are printed on one side so colors don’t bleed through. Use colored pencils, crayons, pens, markers–there’s no right or wrong way to color!

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CAT from Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

 

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CAT AND DOG from Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

 

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RABBIT from Zendoodle Coloring: Into the Forest by Bonnie Lynn Demanche

 

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SQUIRREL and MUSHROOM from Zendoodle Coloring: Into the Forest by Bonnie Lynn Demanche

Get a copy from your favorite bookseller!

Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

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For information on our upcoming March 31 COLORING CITY BAKERY EVENT in NYC, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2522399

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18 Mar

COLORING CITY BAKERY! March 31, NYC – RESCHEDULED! STAY TUNED!

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SMP Craft is joining forces with The City Bakery to bring you the first

COLORING CITY BAKERY event in New York City! 

Thursday, March 31
8PM to 10PM
THE CITY BAKERY
3 W18th St (at 5th Ave) NYC 10011
Tickets can be purchased at Coloring City Bakery Brown Paper Tickets 

Seating is limited and going fast so we recommend purchasing tickets NOW!

Coloring. Coloring book giveaways. Dinner. Drinks. Dessert. A live string quartet.

LEGENDARY HOT CHOCOLATE.

And more!

We’ll provide your coloring needs on site–prints and coloring tools–though feel free to bring your favorite set of coloring pencils, pens, or markers. In addition, all participants will receive extra prints to take home and share.

The family style menu:

Roast Chicken with Kale, Corn & Lemon Dressing

Sautéed Broccoli

Baby Beets with Chives

City Bakery Kale Salad with Grana Cheese, Red Onion & Toasted Hazelnuts

Black Rice with Pea Shoots & Kaffir Lime

Classic Macaroni & Cheese

Miniature Pretzel Croissants

Japanese Hummus with Fried Tempeh Crackers

Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip with Cassava Crackers

Boozy Mulled Cider

City Bakery Hot Chocolate with a Homemade Marshmallow

Miniature City Bakery Cookies!

Tickets are $40, limited seating. Buy your tickets NOW: Coloring City Bakery Brown Paper Tickets 

Hope to see you there!

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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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