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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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12 May

DIY Edible Nail Polish: Original Recipe or Hot & Spicy?

Thought you’d seen it all?

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Last week, KFC launched an experiential campaign developed by Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong. In partnership with the food technologists at McCormick, the company responsible for creating KFC’s secret recipe, the agency concocted an edible nail polish formulated from natural ingredients based on two of the restaurant’s prized flavors: Original and Hot & Spicy. Why? Allegedly an attempt to boost brand recognition in Asia. The polishes harden like any other nail polish would, but can be “lick[ed] – again and again and again,” KFC explained. It’s not available for purchase just yet but customers can cast a vote for which flavor they’d like to see make it into production on the KFC Hong Kong Facebook page.

More edible nail polish?

You can buy different edible nail polishes at KidlLicks.com

OR

MAKE YOUR OWN Edible Nail Polish!!!

WATCH Glitter Forever 17‘s YouTube tutorial!

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Happy Edible Crafting!

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10 May

Happy Pubday THE SWEAR WORD Coloring Book!

Color away the stress while creating works of profane art!

If you crave an outlet to express your inner foul-mouthed ruffian, look no further than The Swear Word Coloring Book, a hilarious collection of profanities and uncouth sayings, all paired with amusing illustrations to color and display. Each design is printed on sturdy, tear-out pages perfect for framing, gift-giving, and home decorating. With more than 60 pages of picturesque profanity, The Swear Word Coloring Book will sooth away the stress of the day, uncensored!

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Grab you copy now, available at your favorite bookseller!

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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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19 Feb

CRAFT FASHION ALERT: PARACORD Jewelry + Free Project Downloads!

Fashion Week in NYC officially ended yesterday and since paracord (aka parachute cord)–one of the most forgiving, fun, and affordable materials to design and craft with–was noticeably absent (Wha?) from the runways, we’re having our very own mini paracord design showcase here!

To kickstart the Friday fun, we’re giving you TWO (2) FREE PROJECT DOWNLOADS from Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne:

Download for free here, the SIMPLE NECKLACE and the BRACELET WITH BLING!

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Free Project Download: Simple Necklace from Made in Paracord

 

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Free Project Download: Bracelet with Bling from Made in Paracord

Want to make more with paracord? All of the projects in Made in Paracord are modern, fun, beautiful and require virtually no skills. Create your own pieces to keep or give as a handmade gift!

Maybe this plant holder?

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DIY Paracord Plant Holder

 What about this pot or pencil holder?

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DIY Paracord Pot or Pencil Holder

Or this chair… which I’m dying to make myself…

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DIY Paracord Chair

Look! A dog leash!

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DIY Paracord Dog Leash

 Find these fabulous, affordable, simple paracord craft projects and more in Made in Paracord–at your favorite bookseller:

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Amazon
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Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

Happy weekend crafting!

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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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