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9 Feb

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

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Monday night, F Subway Manhattan 57th Street Knitter: knitting a bright pink throw!

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5 Jan

Happy Pub Day: The Origami Garden, Made in Paracord! and 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet!

Happy New Year, indeed! We have not one, not two, but THREE amazing new craft books publishing today. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (like every year’s) is to read more books and make more things. So I would definitely recommend buying all three of these very different books for your collection!

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First up is The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian. This collection of 40 charming origami designs includes delightful flowers and foliage, cute animals, and other backyard critters that are sure to inspire you to get folding. Ideal for beginners and more experienced practitioners, each cleverly designed origami pattern is complete with detailed step-by-step artwork.

Learn how to fold traditional forms such as birds or butterflies, or try out some cute, contemporary designs such as a rabbit or a ladybug. Plus, there’s even 20 sheets of origami paper included, so you can get started right away!

Origami front coverBuy your copy today!

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The next addition to your TBR pile is the ridiculously fun Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne. If you haven’t heard of crafting with parachute cord before, prepare to have your mind blown with these 25 super-cute projects, all created in brightly colored paracord. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates! I mean, just look at these beauties.

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Buy your copy today! 

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Last but certainly not least is the latest from crocheter extraordinaire Leonie Morgan: 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors. Hexagons 1This is a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination. Complete with a wide variety of designs that range from simple to more advanced, each hexagon comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph of the crocheted piece. Hexagon 2

Simply pick your favorite pattern and get crocheting, or mix and match the blocks to create your own unique project!

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Buy your copy today!

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29 Sep

Happy Pub Day! FOUR SEASONS COLORING & SIMPLE COLOR KNITTING

Two very different books with a common theme are on sale today! Can you guess what the theme is? I’ll give you a hint: fabulous fall leaves.

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That’s right: the theme of the day is COLOR! Whether you’re holding a box of pencils or a pair of knitting needles, with these books in hand you’ve got the tools you need to bring beautiful, luxurious colorful pieces of art into your life.

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Adult coloring books are having a true moment this year, and they don’t seem to be losing momentum! Four Seasons: A Coloring Book by Japanese artist Aiko Fukawa is filled with beautifully detailed black-and-white illustrations that will inspire you to bring each scene to life through coloring. There are pages and pages of charming images for each season that promise to delight people of all ages–with rambling rose gardens and whimsical garden critters; wreaths and alphabets composed of fruits and flowers; butterflies and seashells; intricate falling leaves and cozy cat-occupied living rooms; and ribbons and Christmas trees just waiting for you and your colored pencils, gel pens, or markers to complete.

If you prefer something a bit more tactile (or wearable!) for your color fix, Simple Color Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit-with-Color Workshop with 20 Projects should fit the bill. Following the success of both Simple Knitting and Simple Crocheting, Erika Knight now shares her color expertise using the same workshop-based project format. As you work through the projects, you learn new techniques, allowing you to build up an essential repertoire of color-knitting skills, like working motifs in intarsia or creating Fair Isle patterns. When completed, you will have a stunning collection of colorful projects including multicolor throws, colorblock cushions, Fair Isle mittens, and striped scarves and sweaters. You’ll also learn the secrets to composing an enticing color palette, as Knight shares her knowledge of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; tints, shades, contrasts, and tones in practical terms that anyone can understand. With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the projects beautifully, and supported with clear colorwork charts and illustrations, Simple Color Knitting will take your knitting know-how to the next level.

Buy your copies today!

Four Seasons: A Coloring Book

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Powell’s Books

Simple Color Knitting

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3 Jul

11 DIY Outdoor Party Games

Got plans for 4th of July?

We heard this quite a bit this past week. And since we’re SMPCraft, as is often the case around a holiday, questions followed that mined us for solutions and ideas to decorate a deck, something to bring to a picnic in the park, give to a host throwing a barbecue, make for a beach party.

We offered some how-to tips and suggestions. But we also sent everyone off with a bigger idea: DIY OUTDOOR PARTY GAMES. Backyard, rooftop, park, beach games.

Several of these games can be put together in minutes with items most of us already have in our homes and enjoyed this weekend while others are a touch more involved. But remember, we have all summer to play!

1. DIY Giant Jenga Made By A Beautiful Mess

DIY Giant Jenga

1. DIY Giant Jenga

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss Made By Landeelu: There’s nothing like that first sip of a hard earned bottle of beer!

DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

3. DIY Ladder Money Bags Toss Made By Landeelu: Up the stakes. Make the levels monetary units of ridiculous sums. Top rung $1,000,000!

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3. DIY Ladder Bean Bag Toss

4. DIY Milk Crate Tug of War Via Women Daily Magazine: Try this on a full stomach. Not easy.

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4. DIY Tug of War

5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling Made By Moonfrye: You can also use black or blue masking tape in place of the paint to cut the prep time in half!

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5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling

6. DIY Tin Can Toss Via Inhabitots: Yes We Can recycle and repurpose!

6. DIY Tin Can Toss

7a. DIY Cornhole Toss Built By Homes.com: Prepare to get a workout playing this addicting game and waking up the next morning in need of an arm massage.

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7a. DIY Cornhole Toss

7b. Here’s another version by Brit + Co that uses canvas and cardboard!

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7b. DIY Cornhole Board Version 2

8. Giant Outdoor Chess Found on The DIY Network: We can see this game being a huge hit at a fancy dress-up Black & White themed summer cocktail party! Alternative to grass for those in regions experiencing drought: astroturf!

8. Giant Outdoor Chess

9. DIY Lawn Scrabble Made By AJC.com: W. O. R. D.

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9. DIY Giant Lawn Scrabble

10. DIY Lawn Checkers Made By Lilyshop using paint lids!

DIY Lawn Checkers Made with Paint Lids

10. DIY Lawn Checkers

11. DIY Dunk Bucket Made By The Happy Housewife: Brilliant.

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11. DIY Dunk Bucket

Happy 4th of July! Happy Summer!

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26 Jun

DIY Hanging Plant Holder

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For those of us who live in the city, in “cozy” dwellings and with no access to a backyard, roof, deck, or balcony to grow plants or a vegetable garden, how do we bring nature and all the endless benefits that go with it into our small living space?

Where do we put it? We use the often forgotten area above our heads to maximize our space and find ways to hang things from the ceiling.

Like this DIY Hanging Plant Holder.

With just four leather shoelaces, a flat metal disk from a generic ceiling light, and the double overhand stopper knot, we’ve made a simple, stylish, minimalistic perch to showcase our plants without sacrificing limited square footage.

Total Cost: under $15. Assembly Time: 30 minutes

Currently, we’re hanging one of our favorite low-maintenence, no soil, drought-tolerant airplants. Earlier, we hung this medium sized terracotta potted aloe vera plant on it.

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Here’s what it looks like from the underside:

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Here’s how to assemble it:

1. Make sure the lengths of your laces are even.

2. Using a double overhand stopper knotstart with attaching each lace, equally spaced, onto the disk. Try to make the knots as similar as possible–same size and tightness–to ensure your disk hangs on a horizontal plane.

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3. Gather the loose ends of the laces and, using the double overhand stopper knot again, knot all of them together, making one big knot.

4. Hang the holder.

5. If your plant is hanging lopsided, adjust the knots on the disk.

We found the leather laces, 1/8 inch square, at a shoe repair shop, which had them in various colors and lengths–brown, black, blue, red, green, and gray. The metal disk was a surprise discovery and an impromptu purchase at our local hardware store. One of the employees said it was a standard disk used to mount a ceiling light and that you could probably find it at any hardware store or home improvement megastore like Ace, Home Depot or Lowe’s.

For something equally budget friendly though slightly more polished and elegant, try Vintage Revivals’ $15 DIY Brass and Leather Teardrop Planter.

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Whatever vessel you choose to make or buy for that matter, when you’re looking for ways to grow an indoor garden with limited space, remember to first look up. Ceilings the limit!

Oh, and that double overhand stopper knot? Well, it sparked a flame. We want to master all kinds of knots now.

Stay tuned!

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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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