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26 Apr

Happy Pubday! MOMMY DRINKS BECAUSE YOU CRY: A Sarcastic Coloring Book

The absolute perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Mommy Drinks Because You Cry is the adult coloring book for the delightfully impolite. This collection of beautiful designs and fun illustrations is paired with the very best of all our worst thoughts, from “I child-proofed the house, but they still get in,” to “Home is where the Vodka is.”

Each hilariously captioned design is printed on sturdy tear-out pages perfect for amusing decoration or passive-aggressive gift-giving. When you want to unwind with coloring but aren’t in the mood to embrace sunshine and daisies, Mommy Drinks Because You Cry is the perfect adult coloring book to let you speak your native sarcasm!

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8 Mar

Happy Pub Day! WATERLIFE A MINDFUL COLORING BOOK

The turtle has landed! Waterlife: A Mindful Coloring Book, Illustrated by Georgie Woolridge, is available NOW!

Waterlife includes 35 intricate drawings specifically to elicit creative meditation, allowing the colorist the freedom to create and color without pressure or judgement. There are a wide variety of species featured in waterlife–from the brightly colored Seahorse, Pufferfish, and Crown of Starfish to the Bottlenose Dolphin and Picasso Triggerfish–and each is paired with an informative text about the creature and its habitat. In addition, Georgie supplies helpful hints and tips about coloring and the effects that can be achieved with different media.

Pick up your coloring pens and pencils everybody, lose yourself in this underwater realm, where you’ll discover a host of mindful coloring projects inspired by a variety of underwater creatures from around the world.

Time to join the ever-growing worldwide movement of adult coloring book enthusiasts who’ve found their new stress-relieving creative outlet.

Buy your copy and DIVE RIGHT IN!

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16 Sep

Happy Pub Day!

How excited are you to be dusting off that old box of coats you stored in the back of your closet last April?? If you’re anything like me, the answer is NOT VERY. But mostly that’s because my coats are purely functional, designed simply to minimize my whining when the weather gets frigid. Maybe it has something to do with my childhood growing up in Phoenix, where it rarely gets cold enough to warrant a stockpile of cute outerwear. But maybe if I’d been transformed into a lion or a fox every time I put my coat on, I’d have been more enthusiastic! (Does everyone think this way?)

But guess what: Inspiration is at hand! We’re thrilled to publish Molly Goodall’s delightful Wild Things to Sew and Wear: 15 Animal-Themed Garments and Accessories for Your Little Critters, on sale today.

Everyone has a little wildness inside; now you can make these charming animal-inspired designs so your children can have the fun of wearing it proudly on the outside! This collection of 15 animal-themed garments and accessories includes easy-to-follow patterns to suit all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a range of sizes.

These are simple, bold, and playful clothes that your child won’t want to take off. Learn how to create adorable wearables in the shape of woodland animals, wild animals, and farm animals, including a lion or fox coat, an owl hat, a leopard skirt, kitten mittens, and more.

A comprehensive techniques section shows you how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, transfer markings, and cut with confidence. The combination of classic tailoring techniques mixed with contemporary styling makes for timeless garments sure to be treasured for years. As an added bonus, a pattern CD is also included!

Author Molly Goodall has a background in childrenswear, toy design, and fine art, and earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons the New School for Design. She began to design and sew animal coats to encourage her two-year-old to wear his hood in the cold. This led to the 2010 launch of her whimsical kids clothing range, Little Goodall, using classic tailoring techniques mixed with contemporary styling to craft unique garments.

With this fun book, it can be Halloween for your kiddos all year round. Now that’s definitely something to be excited about!

 

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5 Aug

How-To Tuesday: Needle-Felted Pig

I am not the craftiest of crafty individuals. My skills with a needle are typically limited to my ability to hold still during my annual blood donation. But once in a while a new craft comes along that challenges me to up my game. I present to you: needle felting!

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This technique involves sculpting shapes from unspun wool by manipulating the fibers with a special needle until they interlock and become dense. There’s really no limit to the cute little treats, animals, plants, and toys you can create by jab-jab-jabbing at some wool for less than an hour.

I decided to make a tiny pink pig with the materials I had on hand. It seemed like the easiest project for a beginner like me, since it only requires two colors of wool.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 felting needle (these are  sharp, barbed blades that you can find at a craft store)
  • 1 toothpick (for holding the wool in place to spare your fingers!)
  • 1 foam cushion (to use as a workspace and to absorb the needle jabs)
  • wool roving in various colors (pink and dark brown for my piglet)

What to do:

Tear off enough felt to make the pig’s body, and roll it into a loose ball with your hand. Then take your felting needle and poke at it repeatedly. You’ll notice that the longer you jab at it, the tighter the fibers become.

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Once you’ve needled the body, it’s time to make its little snout! Tear off a small piece of wool and press it against the larger piece using your toothpick. Jab at it until it sticks, and then needle it into a snout shape. photo 3photo 4

Next, make his eyes! Tear off the tiniest two pieces of dark brown or black wool, pin them to the body, and keep on jabbin’. (Definitely use your toothpick for this–your fingers will want to get in the way.)

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The ears can be a little challenging because you need two pieces of felt that are roughly the same size. So, rather than pulling off two pieces of felt, I just pulled off one piece and split it in half. Then I did the same thing I did for the eyes.

And voilà! What do you think of this little guy? He’s not the prettiest pig at the party, but he’s mine all mine.

That'll do, pig.

Want more felting ideas? Buy Carnival of Feltmaking by Gillian Harris at your favorite retailer.

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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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