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27 May

Crafting with Light Bulbs

A few weeks ago, one of our friends offered us a box of miniature pink light bulbs. Spring cleaning and she had no use for them. There’s no way we could refuse a box of cute pink bulbs! Oh so pretty!!!

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We honestly believed we’d come up with a dare we say it bright idea. Something fun, functional, and maybe even beautiful to make with them. Call it a DIY La Vie en Pink delusion. It didn’t happen. That bright idea.

So we started tooling around the web for inspiration where we found the coolest posts of light bulb creations.

Like this one on flavorwire: Myeongbeom Kim, Edison, 15″ X 15″ X 30″, branch, goldfish, glass, steel

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…and these two sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Shaheen

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And this interactive sculpture, CLOUD, made from 6000 lightbulbs by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garret. Watch here vimeo.com/49748983

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And this one posted on http://clarapixie.tumblr.com is really sweet.

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And this little moss necklace…

lightbulbmossplantThis one’s our favorite discovery. The Geodesic Terrarium by Score + Solder Light Bulb Terrarium Magic Mushroom …

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Alas, after all this, we still haven’t come up with a plan for the pink light bulbs. Seems a shame to close the lid and put the box away. But we don’t really like to leave useful things laying around. Do unused light bulbs have an expiration date? They must. Everything does.

According to The Guiness Book of World Records, the world’s longest lasting light bulb is the 110 year old Centennial Light located at 4550 East Avenue in Livermore, California, maintained by The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Anyhow, we’re hoping there’s a pink light at the end of the tunnel and that something comes to us soon. Better yet. One of you out there surely has an idea. Share please. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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24 Feb

Happy Pub Day! 100 PIN LOOM SQUARES & WINDOW TREATMENTS WITH STYLE

Hello again! We’ve got another double-whammy for you today. Two fantastic new craft books are now in stores and ready for you to get your hands-on crafty hands on! First up is a home decorator’s dream: Window Treatments with Style: Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Upstyling Your Windows by Hannah Stanton. Learn how to work with sheer fabrics to create a delicate look for your bedroom; master the art of covering a cornice board; and get tips on customizing store-bought shades to suit your unique style. 0093542.jpgwindows 4This comprehensive guide has all the instructions and inspiration you need to get stunning results, and also includes eight engaging case studies that provide valuable insight by other nonprofessionals: explaining the fabric and color choices, design challenges faced, and offer useful money and time-saving tips.0104858.jpgwindows 2

Beautifully illustrated tutorials and easy-to-follow instructions cover a wide range of techniques, arming you with the skills and confidence to tackle your own projects, whether you’re looking to make cute café curtains or stylish Roman shades.

Next up is a craft of a different color: 100 Pin Loom Squares: 100 Exciting Color Combinations to Try, Plus 15 Stylish Projects by Florencia Campos Correa. One of the first instructional full-color books showing actual weaving patterns and color combinations, this is a sourcebook of over 100 colorful patterns for making different styles of squares. pin looms 3 pin looms 2A techniques section covers the basics of weaving on the bias or straight and the various effects achieved by using different yarns, and the additional fifteen projects for scarves, jewelry, pillows, and more then show you how to use them. All the yarn used in the book is easily available so you can replicate the colors and styles. Once you get started you will think of all kinds of ideas for using these adorable little squares. Just look at this doggy sweater! pin looms 1

Get your copy today!

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10 Feb

Happy Pub Day! THE UPHOLSTERER’S STEP-BY-STEP HANDBOOK

Greetings, crafters and DIYers! Today we’re proud to publish The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook: A Practical Reference by Alex Law! This is no ordinary handbook: It’s full of gorgeous full-color photography of finished upholstery projects, alongside easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations for re-creating them at home. Whether you’re re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the guidance and techniques you’ll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-use format. Precise and detailed information on upholstery tools and materials, furnishing fabrics, and trimmings will help you build up your workshop, and sections on simple woodworking techniques, repairs, and surface finishes ensure that this book is the ultimate one-stop reference for the aspiring or semi-professional upholsterer.


From assessing the work, to estimating your materials, to planning the order of work, you’ll learn how to follow a logical method to get the job done. What could you possibly be waiting for? That old afghan draped across your ancient easy chair isn’t gonna last forever.

Get your copy today! Click here to order.

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19 Dec

Freebie Friday: Cobweb Shawl Knitted with Shetland Lace

Greetings from sunny Arizona! I’ve returned to my home state for the holidays, where it’s a couple dozen degrees warmer than NYC (not that I’m trying to rub it in!). Needless to say, my puffy winter coat and I are taking a much-needed “break.” But what am I to wear to protect myself from this chilly air-conditioning? (Okay, maybe now I’m rubbing it in, a little.)

The answer, of course, is something lovely, delicate, and handmade–like this gorgeous cobweb shawl knitted with Shetland Lace. shawl 2 shawl 1It’s our FREE PROJECT this week from Elizabeth Lovick’s The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More. This book is a useful guide aimed at helping all you knitters take your first steps in making a Shetland lace project. Included are all the traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions including Cat’s Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more, plus suggestions for how to work the different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls. Atmospheric photographs taken in the wild Scottish landscape and historical information about the development of Shetland lace are an added bonus!

If you attempt this shawl, we’d love to see it. Share your work in the comments, or pin in to your Pinterest board and tag us @SMPCraft.

Order your own copy of The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting today!

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9 Dec

HOW TO TUESDAY: Drop Cloth Tablecloth

Cue the Christmas music! ‘Tis the season to give and here’s a really simple and easy, quick-to-make, personal present idea. I was scouring Pinterest, admit it, you do it as well – you’re probably doing it right now! – and I came across this drop cloth table cloth idea from Blue Cricket Design and I had to make one. All you need is a drop cloth, size of your choosing – preferably one that fits the table you’re making it for, and some sharpies. Our How-To today is probably my favorite one ever!

Step 1: Acquire a drop cloth the size of your table. Cut and hem, if needed.

Step 2 (optional): If you’re like me you’ll want to iron out any creases or wrinkles.

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Step 3: If you’re being brave and want to start work on the table cloth on the table itself, you’ll need to put down some newspapers to avoid the ink from seeping onto the table. I chickened out and did it on the floor.

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Step 4: Begin writing the words on the cloth. There’s no method to it but I like to start in the middle and fan out. It’d also be helpful to make a list beforehand of all the words that you’d like to write out.

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Step 5: Voila! A few hours later you’ll have a table cloth full of words and phrases that mean something to you.

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Here are some of my favorites that I included above: I studied abroad in Florence, love Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Barbie is throwback to my childhood obsession with collecting the dolls and who doesn’t love pizza? Can you spot some of them?

I took a moment to look over and check for spelling errors and the almost blunders I avoided while making it and realized how fun it had been. All the words now had more meaning once I started associating them with the making of  this table cloth. It’s something you can make with anyone, friend, coworker, sibling or parents!

Happy Holidays, friends! Let us know what you’re looking forward to most this season. And don’t forget to check back for more including our Freebie Friday this week!

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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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