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8 Dec

Happy National Brownie Day: 7 Ways to Make Reindeer Brownies!

Who needs an excuse to make brownies? Today’s your lucky day.

Make some brownies. Make some reindeer brownies. Eat some. Then spread holiday cheer and share with friends and coworkers. Do it! Do it! It’s National Brownie Day!

Brownie Reindeer Recipe via tastefullysimple

Rudolf Brownie Cupcakes via Pillsbury

Reindeer Brownies via Taste of Home

Christmas Reindeer Brownie Balls via chocoley

Reindeer Brownie Bites (No-Bake) via plainchicken

Christmas Cheer Reindeer Bite-Size Brownie via Wilton

Easy to Make Reindeer Brownies via eatingonadime

Easy to Make Reindeer Brownies via eatingonadime

Interested in continuing the edible creations adventure? Cookies? How about this gorgeous gift-worthy cookie “jewelry” box? The project is FREE TO DOWNLOAD (click here or the image) and comes from 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce.

CLICK to download for FREE the Cookie “Jewelry Box”

Find 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies at your favorite bookseller:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Walmart

 

HAPPY #EDIBLECRAFTING!

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3 Dec

Crafts, Cocktails, and Laughs at Industry City Distillery: 12/19!

SMPCraft just got the inside scoop on a Crafternoon event happening on Saturday, December 19, at Industry City Distillery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, complete with drink specials. And it’s followed by a comedy show. And they’re both FREE!

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Follow Industry City Distillery on Instagram @drinkicd

To join Crafternoon, please RSVP to Nina’s Facebook invite: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/.

Though don’t be deterred by the RSVP. It’s appreciated but not a prerequisite for entry if you’re able to come at the last minute.

WHEN: Saturday, December 19. 4pm – 8:30pm. All drinks are 1/2 off before 6pm. After 6pm, drinks are $1 off. There’s also a tasting menu if you get hungry. Comedy show starts at 9pm.

WHERE: City Industry Distillery’s Tasting Room and Bar, 33 35th Street, Fl 6, Brooklyn, NYC, 11232. (718) 305-6951. http://drinkicd.com

Industry City Distillery, part of the City Foundry Project, is one of the most innovative distilleries in New York. Their vodka, which is distilled from sugar beets, is the result of an onsite laboratory, full machine shop, and letterpress studio–all designed and built in Brooklyn by their collective of self proclaimed nerds!

For Crafternoon, you’re highly encouraged to bring your own materials for your projects. There will be a limited supply of various crafting materials and tools such as origami paper, yarn, a few craft books (origami, macrame, sewing, knitting and crochet). There may be a sewing machine. There’s also a Micro Center around the corner from the space where you can pick up makery/hackery type objects before you come.

While Nina will likely be crocheting or quilting (and playing with the distillery’s resident cat Ambassador Scratchy), Nina’s interpretation of “crafts” is intentionally loose. During Crafternoon, feel free to craft the next chapter of your novel, draw a portrait, even design a game! This is the perfect place and time to let your creative side loose. Finish knitting that neglected scarf! Make holiday presents! One thing, if your project has the potential to get messy, as in needing a tarp messy, contact Nina ahead of time so she can clear it with the distillery.

Ah. And if anyone can make the arduino board for/teach Nina to make this pulsing iNecklace, you’ll probably have a friend for life. Zac Bruner, the machinist at ICD has offered to make the casing, if only we can figure out the insides! For the full how-to, including source code and hardware, click the image (https://github.com/adafruit/iNecklace).

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iNecklace via adafruit

Last, anyone who’s interested in the backend of the distillery can sign up for the Saturday “Hard Hat” Distillery tour at 3pm. It lasts about an hour. Costs $5. Space is limited.

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Sign up for the “Hard Hat” Distillery Tour

For more on Crafternoon, go to the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/

And here’s more about the free Captains of Industry Comedy Show that starts at 9pm: http://heyevent.com/event/cjpoynbawllfia/captains-of-industry-free-comedy-night-at-industry-city-distillery

CHEERS!

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1 Dec

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

#SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING

Thursday afternoon, Manhattan: Crocheter using jumbo hooks!
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24 Nov

9 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Make your home warm and welcoming this Thanksgiving with these super simple last minute DIY decorations.

3D Pumpkin Place Card via Martha Stewart

Thankful Tree via midwestliving

Falling Leaves Chandelier via designntrend

DIY Vegetables As Decor via remodelista

Sunny Foraged Leaves in a Vase via designskool

Acorn Decorated Soap Dispenser via pgeveryday

Seasonal Fruit and Air Plants in a Bowl Centerpiece via thekitchn

Artichokes on a Cake Stand via Smitten

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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12 Nov

NO-SEW COSPLAY CREATION: Spider-Woman!

I’ve yet to meet a Nerddom hobbyist who doesn’t make really cool stuff. There must be some scientific explanation for it.

Desirae May Friesen, Tor & Forge Books Associate Publicist, whose special guest post you’re about to read, is no exception.

Inspired by the visuals at New York Comic Con and compelled to cosplay, yet faced with the challenge of not being able to sew, she designed an amazing sewing-free painted costume!

TAKE IT AWAY, DESIRAE!

New York Comic Con: the largest gathering of creators and fans of all forms of nerdy entertainment on the East Coast. I attended this last fall and quickly realized the highlight of the convention is all of the amazing and creative costumes–or “cosplay.”

Anachronistic Black Widow and Winter Soldier (WOW). Flickr Image by Steven Leung via io9.com

I was awed–and inspired. Here was something that could unite two of my biggest hobbies: nerddom and crafts!

And I immediately knew what costume I wanted to start with. Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero. Recently Marvel created an alternate universe where Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, is the one who gets bit by the spider, gets powers–and becomes Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen).

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Lowe, Hine & Latour Take Readers to the ‘Edge of Spider-Verse’: Dave Richards via Comicbookresources.com

Now the question was, how? See, there’s one problem: I don’t know how to sew. I can sew on a button, but despite my mother’s patient tutelage (she’s a professional seamstress) I never really managed to finish any projects. But I would not be stopped!

I already had black leggings and I found a plain white hoodie for the top.

This is where it got tricky. Since cutting out the design and sewing it together was beyond my meager skills I decided to try creating the design with fabric paint. I have no experience with fabric paint. But I am nothing if not daring.

I outlined the pattern with masking tape, checking first that it would stick to the fabric and come off easily without leaving a mark. So far so good.

I read the directions for the paint and then used the entire bottle of black paint for the front. I started out using spray paint, which clearly worked better as a splatter design–it was challenging to get a thick, even layer. So for the rest of the design I switched to liquid fabric paint and painted it on with a foam brush, again outlining it with the masking tape to get the clean lines of the costume design.

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Use LIQUID Fabric Paint

Once the black paint dried completely, I painted the inside of the hood with red paint. The red paint bled through the thin white fabric so I improvised a fix by buying a bottle of white paint to coat the outside of the hood (and fix a few mistakes in other places).

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WHITE Fabric Paint Touch-Up

Now I had to figure out how to do the design on the inside of the hood. Once the red paint had dried, I used glow-in-the-dark blue raised paint to make the web pattern.

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Use GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BLUE RAISED Paint for the webbing

I don’t recommend making a project up as you go along. It is definitely easier to do your research ahead of time and plan out your steps. But I DO encourage you to try out a project even if you’ve never done something like it before.

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DESIRAE MAY FRIESEN: Marvel’s SPIDER-WOMAN aka SPIDER-GWEN

Figuring out how to create something new was a lot of fun, even if it didn’t always turn out the way I expected. And even if I have the worst costume at the next convention I go to, I know that I will have as much fun wearing it as I did making it!

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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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