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17 Feb

MAKE, SHOW, and SELL Your Crafts: Open Call for The Renegade Craft Fair 2016 Tour!

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This year, The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) will host a variety of Fairs and Pop-Ups throughout the U.S. and the U.K.: nine Spring/Summer Fairs, two Wholesale Markets, eight Pop-Ups, and seven Holiday Fairs. We are also very excited about their announcement that they’ll be expanding their Summer Fairs to include Denver, Colorado! Check out their website RenegadeCraft.com for full details or jump right in and APPLY.

Here’s the list of locations and details. Applications for the upcoming Spring Fairs in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Austin are open from February 16 – March 11.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
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AUSTIN, TEXAS
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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
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Not quite ready to showcase to the world?

Or maybe you are but are challenged by geography, cash, and/or time? Check out How to Show & Sell Your Crafts: How to build your craft business at home, online, and in the marketplace by Torie Jayne the perfect guide for crafters who want to take their craft to a new entrepreneurial level. Using highly-visual, step-by-step tutorials, this book is packed with helpful branding, selling, and merchandising tips that no serious crafter should be without. Using the workspaces, shops, salons, and “through-the-keyhole” profiles of some of the world’s most successful crafters, readers will learn the best ways to merchandise and sell their items at craft fairs, onlines, markets, pop-up events, exhibitions, and in shops. Plus, you’ll learn how to build a personality-driven brand, create a memorable blog or website, improve your photography skills, and analyze your results to help move your business forward into the future.

Get How to Show & Sell Your Crafts at your favorite bookseller below

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

Share your new 2016 crafting adventures with us using #SMPCRAFT!

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8 Feb

TONIGHT! Night of Knitting, Hot Chocolate, and MORE at City Bakery NYC: February 8!

CITY BAKERY SMPCRAFT KNITTING AND HOT CHOCOLATE

NIGHT OF KNITTING AT THE CITY BAKERY FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Join the NYC Knitting Community for a special celebration of knitting and hot chocolate. Show off your own knit creations. Learn new techniques from special guests. Win patterns from local knitwear designers. Win a slew of knitting books from yours truly St. Martin’s Press. Bring your own needles and enjoy the expertise of some of New York’s best knitting shops with your fellow New York knitters. Admission provides all you can eat dinner plus City Bakery hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows. There’s even a custom “Hot Chocolate For Knitters” that City Bakery Hot Chocolate Maker Maury Rubin is creating for the evening.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45, at the door for $55, and provide entry to an evening of food, drink, teaching & demonstrations from:

Brooklyn Tweed
Downtown Yarns
Gauge + Tension
Knitty City
Lion Brand Yarn
Long Island Livestock
Kay Gardiner & A Coloring Book for Knitters
Purl Soho
String Yarns
The Yarn Company
Trisha Malcolm of Vogue Knitting

The City Bakery3 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues Monday, February 8. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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5 Feb

Upscale Downhome GAME DAY: Recipes and Party Ideas for your Super Bowl Party!

Last minute SUPER BOWL SUNDAY party?

Whether you’re hosting or a guest needing to bring something for the potluck…

YOU’RE IN BIG LUCK.

TODAY, February 5th, before 5pm EST, pre-order Rachel Hollis’ Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes All Gussied Up and you’ll get an exclusive digital copy of Upscale Downhome Gameday, which includes five recipes perfect for your Super Bowl party, as well as some great Super Bowl party planning ideas! Three of the recipes inside are from the cookbook, which goes on sale in October, which means you’re getting a sneak peek before anyone else. Two of them are totally new and not available anywhere but in this cool download!

Upscale Downhome features recipes that are “a mix of my down-home roots and the upscale presentation I’ve learned from living in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years,” Rachel reveals. “This book is a perfect testament to my life long love affair with food. It has the sugar cookie recipe my mom made me as a child, the chicken and dumplings I craved while pregnant. It has the turkey chili recipe which was the first dish I perfected as a newlywed. And the cocktail I drank in my early twenties… it’s the story of my life, as told in food. Upscale Downhome is filled with casseroles, slow cooker recipes, desserts, drinks and there’s even an entire section on dishes you can make with the leftovers from the recipes in other chapters!”

Remember, once you pre-order, go to this page to retrieve your Upscale Downhome Game Day mini-cookbook!

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Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound

Broncos? Panthers?

Whichever team you’re rooting for…

HAVE A WONDERFUL FUN WOOT WOOT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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19 Jan

DIY Tissue Box Car Crafts!

Winter has officially arrived on the east coast. And with it sniffly drippy noses. On the bright side, those empty tissue boxes? Loads of crafting potential!

Grab those boxes, some scissors, and colored tape and Voila! Transform them into convertible race cars. The perfect craft to do on a snowy or cold day with the kids.

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Start with decorating the box with tape

Check out the finished convertible cars made by my niece (seven) and nephew (10) for direction and inspiration. They used colored tape for headlights, tail lights and the grill. For the windshield and wheels they used scrap paper and taped them on. My nephew, particularly crafty and artistic, also drew a paper man to sit in his new green convertible.

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Finished Tissue Box Cars by Sienna and Liam

The possibilities are endless! VROOM VROOM happy crafting!

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20 Dec

The Force Awakens… a DARTH TRUMP PIÑATA!

 

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“May the Force be with you. Meditate.”

HA! Just when you thought you’d heard and seen it all. Then you get wind of this project: a Darth Trump Piñata filled with candy and crackers for a Star Wars-themed costume party.

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DARTH TRUMP or DONALD VADER (depending on your perspective.)

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Princess Leia versus Donald Vader

Full disclosure. My big sister made it. And she’s an artist. When I asked her to describe the process, “Tape, glue gun, and cardboard reinforcements–so easy!” was her semi-helpful answer.

Here’s how she did it:

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One half Darth Vader one half Donald Trump

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The fusing and construction with reinforced cardboard begins!

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Glue gunning the head(s).

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More reinforcing with cardboard strips.

Admittedly, I’m skeptical. Easy for seasoned artists and expert crafters perhaps.

But don’t stop yourself from trying to make your own mashup piñata… I’m already imagining a Winged Hillary or fairytale or fantasy creatures.

Here’s the finale… the pièce de résistance…the mash up getting mashed up by the kids at the party.

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Let the Darth Trump Piñata mashing and bashing begin!

May The Force awaken… more crafting in you.

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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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