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23 Oct

Free Friday Project: Color the Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls!

Once in a while, I check History.com to see what happened on this day in history–sometimes I do it for inspiration, more often, because of curiosity. On this day in history, October 23, back in 1958, it was announced that Boris Pasternak would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “an event which both humiliated and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union,” and which forced him to decline the prize, according to Wikipedia. 30 years later, in 1988, his descendants accepted the award in his name. 

I’m not sure why, out of all of the many things that happened on this day in history–from a hostage crisis in Moscow Theatre in 2002 to a World Series winning homerun by Toronto Blue Jays Joe Carter in 1993 to the births of Johnny Carson and Michael Crichton–that Boris and his short-term bittersweet win inspired this week’s free project download. Perhaps because I loved both Doctor Zhivago as a novel and a movie (seriously crushed on Omar Sharif), maybe because it’s the end of October and it’s getting chillier outside and there’s a thought-inducing hue blanketing the evening skies. I can’t know for sure.

Today, on this day in history October 23 2015, we’re paying homage to Boris Pasternak, his Russian heritage, and offering a downloadable spread of Matryoshka Dolls from Four Seasons: A Coloring Book by Aiko Fukawa.

Download the Free Friday Project by clicking on the image below:

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Free Coloring Project Download Pdf: Matryoshka Dolls from FOUR SEASONS A COLORING BOOK by Aiko Fukawa

Four Seasons A Coloring Book is available at your favorite bookseller:

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14 Oct

#STITCHITFORWARD: Join The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day on OCTOBER 17!

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The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015

SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”

To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit www.craftyarncouncil.com!

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13 Oct

How-To Tuesday: Rock Chick Eyes from Simply Glamorous

If you’re too busy to knit yourself a proper Halloween costume this year, why not put the spooky spotlight on your soul-windows by bringing out your inner rock goddess? In celebrity make-up artist Gary Cockerill’s Simply Glamorous: Make-up Transformations to Make You Look & Feel Fabulous, you’ll find all the makeup tips you need–for day, night, work, happy hour, Halloween–and every time in between. And lucky you, it’s on sale today!

Photo by Vikki GrantWith Gary’s friendly, down-to-earth approach, he demystifies make-up and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. He begins by showing the power of make-up in creating an illusion, whether it’s to enhance the features you like or to draw the eye away from those you don’t. Gary then takes us step-by-step through a series of breathtaking makeovers on a range of “real” women of all ages, demonstrating the transformative power of cosmetics and explaining how to make up a look to suit any face shape, features, color, or age. Simply Glamorous is packed with useful tricks and practical tips by one of the industry’s leading experts.

To kick off the holiday spirit (mmmget it?), we’re giving away one of the book’s make-up projects so you can replicate this ultra-cool look at home. Click on the link below to download the PDF (and you might also want to brush up on your air guitar).

Download your free project!

For this and other cool make-up projects, buy your copy of Simply Glamorous today.

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13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow

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2. SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS: S. Pres, Oh!

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3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence

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4. BOTTLE CAP CANDLES: Draft

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6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls

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7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green

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8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 

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9. WASHI TAPE SUMMER VASE: Sweet Paul

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10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge

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16 Jan

Freebie Friday: Tulip Beret (and fingerless gloves)

Matchy matchy! Back in May last year, we fell in love with Martin Storey’s Tulip Fingerless Gloves, one of 25 projects found in his delightful book, Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs. We gave you the pattern as a free download. We realized then and still believe now that these brilliant fingerless gloves are an all-season accessory, just as perfectly at home accompanying a bright camisole on a Spring day as they are providing an extra (albeit stylish, feminine, and flattering) layer of warmth during frostier times–like now, on this exceptionally windy and nippitty NYC Friday night. So we’re offering the matching Tulip Beret as this FRIDAY’S FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.

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And come back on Sunday–when we start our Sunday Goodreads Giveaway, and you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of Floral Knits! If you simply can’t wait, it’s available now at your favorite bookseller:

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Check out our new January and February books!

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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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