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1 Jun

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

How to DIY HAMMOCK Paracord

PARACORD HAMMOCK from Made in Paracord by Caitlin Wynne – Imagine dad relaxing in his very own handmade hammock.

Father’s Day is less than three weeks away — Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. — just enough time to come up with something that would make dear old pops feel loved. Of course, at the end of the day, like my father who has practically everything, all he really wants is a phone call or skype or facetime if you’re geographically challenged or maybe a hearty hug if you’re closer.

But still. What dad, what MAN (am I profiling?), 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!

EASY WALL BOTTLE OPENER via Curbly.com, photograph by Faith Towers

DIY BBQ, BACON, CHILI FLAVORED CHOCOLATE TOOLBOX via Brit + Co

ROSEMARY MINT SHAVING CREAM via foodformyfamily.com

From crock to comics, a DIY Star Trek flask via mydiyescape.com

PERSONALIZED BEER GROWLER via kristymurphy.com

CANDY BAR LETTER via bitsofeverything.com

PAINTED DIPPED GOLF TEES via designimprovised.com

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BEEF JERKY IN THE WORLD via ArtofManliness.com

REMOTE CONTROL COOKIE via somewhatsimple.com

DIY BACON GIFTS: BACON JAM, BACON SALT, BACON CANDY via snixykitchen.com

BLACK AND TAN BEER SOAP via soapqueen.com

Frozen Beer Slushie Maker by Kirin Ichiban

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30 Oct

SEW MAMA SEW! #HandmadeHolidays November 2015

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Get ready everyone! Grab your needles and spools of thread, plug in your sewing machines. Cross your fingers and throw some salt over your shoulder while you’re at it.

Starting November 1st, SEW MAMA SEW is running a month-long holiday sewing extravaganza with daily sewing books and swag to win, tutorials, recipes, and printables!

They’ve got a whole slew of our St. Martin’s Press books in the prize mix–books with easy to follow instructions, tips, and patterns that show novice and advanced sewers how to sew vintage lingerie pieces and corsets, bold and beautiful clothes, all kinds of hats, totally amazing bags, stylish window treatments, quilts, even how to upholster, and more!

Visit sewmamasew.com, share using #handmadeholidays, and get in on the action!

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31 Oct

Freebie Friday: Origami Jack-o’-lantern!

This Freebie Friday is brought to you by our wonderful marketing intern, Ana Perez!

Ready with only a square piece of paper, or in this case a t-shirt, and some tenacity leads to extraordinary things. Origami to Astonish and Amuse lives up to its name! Jeremy Shafer’s book is the perfect starting point for novices (like me) and origami masters alike. As a beginner, I started with the basic folding techniques illustrated in the book and gradually worked my way toward more challenging models. Aside from the paper crane, I tried my hand at one of the more unique models- the jack-o’-lantern. It bypasses paper and uses a t-shirt! It’s very simple and creates an instant celebratory feeling- perfect for fall. I accentuated the pumpkin shape by reinforcing the middle with cardboard and adding a more prominent stem. I also took some felt and just played with shapes to create a more complete look, but the basic pumpkin is just as fun! So on this Halloween Freebie Friday, I give you the treat of the jack-o’-lantern pattern from Origami to Astonish and Amuse.

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The book is really easy to understand, the illustrations are clear, and the results are so gratifying (a flapping paper crane is such a treat!) The book includes 89 original and classic models including:

A clapping and flapping T-Rex
A Swiss army knife complete with corkscrew
A wearable hat
And so many more!

Jeffery has been making origami pieces since he was ten, making him a great teacher and inspiration. His own style and personality comes out in his original designs, which is what makes them so unique and fun. This book is sure to surprise, and really furthers origami as an art form. Origami to Astonish and Amuse is divided into four sections: Origami Action, Symbols and Signs and Stunning Designs, Models from the Heart, and Origami for the Almost Deranged. Each section begins with models anyone can fold, and progresses to more complex projects. This is a perfect craft book for cold winter days spent indoors!

Try your hand at the jack-o’-lantern project and come back on Sunday to learn how to win your own copy of Origami to Astonish and Amuse.

Origami to Astonish and Amuse

Can’t wait? Buy your copy today!

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19 Oct

Goodreads Giveaway: Carnival of Feltmaking

On Friday we gave away a free project from Gillian Harris’s Carnival of Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 26 Colorful Projects for You and Your Home. Now you have a chance to win the whole book!

Layout 1Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful projects in author Gillian Harris’s new book Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range of twenty-six brilliant accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring a stunning swirling floral design
  • a luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case
  • variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Layout 1Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more. Layout 1

The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

Don’t wait–the giveaway ends Thursday!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Carnival of Feltmaking by Gillian Harris

Carnival of Feltmaking

by Gillian Harris

Giveaway ends October 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Or if you’re more of the immediate-gratification type, order your own copy now:

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Barnes & Noble
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Indiebound
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17 Oct

Freebie Friday: Cobwebby Scarf

BOO!

Did I scare you? No? Well, maybe the Internet isn’t the most effective place to give a Halloween startle. But you know what is truly scary? The fact that we’re giving away this FREE PROJECT and you haven’t started it yet!

scarf closeup This short yet luxurious cowl-like scarf can be made as cobwebby as you like and will still keep you toasty-warm when there’s a chill in the air. The swirling flowery design is the same on both sides, so no need to worry about a spooky breeze turning it inside out.

This project is one of many found in Carnival of Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 26 Colorful Projects for You and Your Home by Gillian Harris, inspiring you to capture the carnival atmosphere of bright colors and cheerful patterns with stylish felted projects. Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range of 26 brilliant accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case
  • variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Plus, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, and step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

And this isn’t the first time we’ve featured cool felting projects! Discover how to make Fabric Pumpkins , a Needle-Felted Pig, and a stylish Spectacle Glasses Case in case you missed these posts the first time around.

And be sure to check back here on Sunday, when we’ll be giving away 20 copies of Carnival of Feltmaking. Or if you just can’t wait, buy a copy now!

 Carnival of Felting

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

Check out our October and November titles!

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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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