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17 Nov

Happy Pub Day! A VERY NEW YORK CHRISTMAS

Not everyone is lucky enough to live in the Big Apple all year round, but those of us who do will tell you there’s no better time to visit than during the holiday season. Lights are lit, bells get janglin’, and colorful decorations go up on all corners of the city–from the South Street Seaport to Central Park to Rockefeller Center, New York becomes a feast for anyone’s eyes, tourists and residents alike.

Today we’re proud to publish the second edition of A Very New York Christmas by Michael Storrings, award-winning designer, illustrator, and art director extraordinaire! This gorgeous, giftable collection captures the magical landscape and excitement of the holiday season in dozens of watercolors, including famous traditions like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Angel Tree, plus less well-known imagery like the Christmas lights in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Holiday Train show at The New York Botanical Garden. These unique illustrations are sure to inspire you, either to visit NYC during the magic of Christmastime, or to paint your very own version of it!

Now, this brand-new edition includes four pages of full-color removable ornaments you can hang anywhere you like to get into the Christmas spirit. Since 2003, Storrings’s watercolors have been turned into bestselling ornaments that have a worldwide fan base and sell out in stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Including a delightful foreword from actor Cynthia Nixon, this jewel-like book combines festive quotations from literature and popular culture with Storrings’s charming watercolors of forty cherished New York holiday scenes, making this a perfect gift and yuletide keepsake.

Order your copy today!

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3 Nov

Happy Pub Day! ZENDOODLE KEEP MERRY AND COLOR ON

It’s 72 degrees here in New York and it’s November! Decidedly un-Fall-like, to be sure, but that won’t stop us from ushering in the holiday season. And what better way to do it than with a brand-new Christmas-themed coloring book from our smash-hit Zendoodle series?!

Keep Merry and Color On: 75 Yuletide Designs is a joy-filled collection of Christmas designs, from beautiful winter collages and jingle bells, to Santas and festive holly. Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang-2 All 75 magical illustrations in this adult coloring book are printed on durable, perforated pages ideal for Christmas cards, decorations, gifts, and framing. Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang

There’s something in here for everyone: best friends, teachers, dog-walkers, baristas, grandmas–even your hipster niece who doesn’t like anything (she’ll love this stoic but well-dressed reindeer). Pages from KeepMerryColorOn_interior_Bang-4

Get in the spirit of the season through the relaxing pastime of coloring, and bring delight to others with this gift that keeps on giving!

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23 Dec

How to Tuesday: Mason Jar Snowglobe!

Before I head home for the holidays I have just enough time to share a quick last-minute DIY gift! I saw this online last year and I can’t believe I waited so long to make it. Today’s project is a snowglobe from a mason jar. And trust me when I say it could not be simpler!

Supplies
Mason jar
Water-proof glue (my hot glue gun worked well)
Paint (optional)
Small figurines
Water
Glitter
Glycerin

1. Choose a lightweight object for your snowglobe. You can find lots of small animal figurines and trees at your favorite crafts store. I went a different route and used a small Empire State Building statue I found in a shop.

2. This step is optional, but I’m glad I did it. To give your snowglobe an extra flair of fancy, paint your object gold or silver. I had some extra spraypain from the straw sunbursts and painted my Empire State Building gold. I suggest also painting the lid and the screw cap as well.

3. Once your painted figurines and lid are dry, glue them to the flat lid.

4. While your glue dries, fill the mason jar with water and add in glitter. (No such thing as too much glitter or “snow” in a snowglobe!)

5. Add in a few drops of glycerin to help the glitter fall slowly in the snowglobe. I recommend 2 or 3 drops. I used 5 and it was way too many.

6. Hold the lid upside down OUTSIDE of the jar and make sure the glue is dry and holding the figurines’ weight. Place lid on top and screw the cap back onto the jar.

7. Shake well, but gently!

 

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      pour water  add glitter

glycerin       test if stay     put lid on     screw lid

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It’s safe to say that a lot of people on my list next year will be getting these. But I’m keeping this one of Empy for myself.

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16 Dec

How To Tuesday: Washi Tape Gift Bags Stuffed with Homemade Candied Pecans

How is it already December 16th? Literally, I’ve done ZERO shopping. Not for family, not for friends, certainly not for that office Secret Santa I’m a part of tomorrow. I’m doomed. If you’re like me, then we’re both in luck as I have the perfect, easy, done-in-1-hour homemade holiday treat that’s great to give as a gift, or to enjoy just for yourself.

Candied Pecans are a go-to gift for me. They’re easy to whip up and everyone loves them. Cinnamon-sugared baked pecans will leave your kitchen smelling like one of those nut stands on the corner of New York City streets (aka the best smell in the world.) Then, using Washi tape and parchment bags, you can create festive one-of-a-kind gift bags to share with coworkers, the mailman, or anyone you need that last minute gift for.

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First, start by preparing the Candied Pecans. Once your pecans are in the oven baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags.

Candied Pecans (Adapted from Sinful Southern Sweets)

Makes four 3 oz. servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Candied Pecans ingredients

  • 12 oz. Pecan halves
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • ½ Cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ Cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg white and water. Using a whisk, or electric mixer, beat the two together until light and frothy, about 2 minutes. Add the pecans to the egg mixtures, and stir to coat evenly. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined. Add the sugar mixture to the pecans, and stir to coat evenly. On a foil-lined baking sheet, spread the pecans in a single layer. Bake for 1 hour; stirring every 15 minutes. After an hour, the pecans should smell delicious and have a hardened candy shell surrounding them. While your pecans are baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags. Using strips of Washi tape, decorate the bags in any design or pattern you like. Once your bags are ready and the pecans have cooled to the touch, fill up the gift bags and seal with a piece of tape.

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1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg white and water. Using a whisk, or electric mixer, beat the two together until light and frothy, about 2 minutes.

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2. Add the pecans to the egg mixtures, and stir to coat evenly.

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3. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined.

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4. Add the sugar mixture to the pecans, and stir to coat evenly.

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5. On a foil-lined baking sheet, spread the pecans in a single layer. Bake for 1 hour; stirring every 15 minutes.

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6. After an hour, the pecans should smell delicious and have a hardened candy shell surrounding them.

While your pecans are baking, you can start making your Washi tape gift bags.

Washi Tape Gift Bags

  • Parchment bags — you can also use paper bags, mason jars, or any receptacle of your choosing.
  • Washi tape

Washi Tape bags

Washi Bags

Using strips of Washi tape, decorate the bags in any design or pattern you like.

Washi bags filled with pecans

Once your bags are ready and the pecans have cooled to the touch, fill up the gift bags and seal with a piece of tape.

This will be the easiest and tastiest DIY gift you’ll make all season!

For more recipes, make sure to check out St. Martin’s Kitchen on Facebook and Pinterest and for more Washi inspired crafts, pick up your copy of Washi Style! by Marisa Edghill, available January 13, 2015, wherever books are sold.

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1 Dec

SMP Craft Sweepstakes: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

Enter HERE now for the chance to win Caitlin Sainio’s bestselling crochet books: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet and 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet.

…Tis the Season of giving after all!

100 Snowflakes to Crochet includes clear instructions for a wide range of designs–from simple snowflakes requiring only a few stitches to large, intricate ones–and gives you all the techniques you’ll need. It also includes a section on the basics of crochet, explaining all the stitches and patterns needed. Patterns are organized with the easiest first–allowing you to pick a project that matches your skill level, and work through the book improving your techniques as you go.

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Hang your snowflakes and flowers as ornaments!

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With 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet, you can re-create the beauty of a summer garden with this gorgeous selection of flowers, leaves, and plants to crochet. From lacy blossoms to delicate ferns, you’ll find patterns to suit any color, style or season. Small and quick to crochet, these flowers work wonderfully as accents for larger projects, as a creative use for leftover thread or a colorful introduction to thread crochet. Whether you’re new to thread crochet, or a longtime enthusiast, you’ll find clear instructions, along with all the basics needed.With the color and variety of their outdoor counterparts, these flowers can be used to embellish clothing and housewares, create decorative arrangements or wall hangings, make lovely and original cards, and more!

 Happy December!!!

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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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