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22 Mar

Happy Pub Day! Zendoodle Coloring: COZY CATS and Zendoodle Coloring: INTO THE FOREST

Unplug and de-stress with these two NEW Zendoodle Coloring Books! Cozy Cats: Fantastic Felines to Color and Display, illustrated by Nikolett Corley and Into the Forest: Woodland Creatures to Color and Display, Illustrated by Bonnie Lynn Demanche. In both books, each page is perforated, making it easy to frame and display the finished art. In addition, designs are printed on one side so colors don’t bleed through. Use colored pencils, crayons, pens, markers–there’s no right or wrong way to color!

Cat

CAT from Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

 

Cat and Dog

CAT AND DOG from Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

 

Rabbit

RABBIT from Zendoodle Coloring: Into the Forest by Bonnie Lynn Demanche

 

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SQUIRREL and MUSHROOM from Zendoodle Coloring: Into the Forest by Bonnie Lynn Demanche

Get a copy from your favorite bookseller!

Zendoodle Coloring: Cozy Cats, Illustrated by Nikolett Corley

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Barnes & Noble
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For information on our upcoming March 31 COLORING CITY BAKERY EVENT in NYC, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2522399

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14 Feb

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY: Nothing says “I love you” like crafts, cats, and classic rap.

Today’s guest post is written by St. Martin’s Press Assistant Editor, Caitlin Dareff.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and all those star-crossed lovers and friends out there, here’s a little story about showing love through cross stitch.

This one goes out to you, Linnie…

My best friend and soul sister, Linnie, recently moved to Oakland, putting thousands of miles between us, as well as temporarily between her and her three beloved cats and husband, who would be following her out there later in the year. I knew she was missing home and her cat-children, and that she and Mike would eventually have a California residence that needed to be decorated. So I decided that the only thing to do, as is often the case, is cross stitch.

Inspired by a Facebook post Linnie had shared weeks before her move (we Facebook stalk the ones we love, right?), I decided to stitch for her a cat-tastic take on the Wu Tang Clan song, “C.R.E.A.M” (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”). Because, after all, nothing says “I love you” like crafts, cats, and classic rap. Upon further research, I discovered that I would not be the first person to cross stitch this ode to Wu Tang and cats, but I went with my own take on it.

I chose a combination of all caps block lettering and all caps cursive to provide a balance of hard and soft. As I always do when starting a new project, I mapped it out on graph paper beforehand to determine spacing. I waited until I had finished stitching the lettering to decide what kind of cat pattern would best complement it. In my experience, when cross stitching a simple cat pattern, orange tabby and black come out best, so for this project I went with the tabbies for a pop of color.

One week later and I was ready to send Linnie her first housewarming present for her first west coast home, stitched with love.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Check out our new February and March 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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