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14 Oct

#STITCHITFORWARD: Join The Craft Yarn Council’s I Love Yarn Day on OCTOBER 17!

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The Craft Yarn Council: #STITCHITFORWARD #ILYD2015

SMPCRAFT loves I LOVE YARN DAY, which turns five this year on Saturday, October 17. To celebrate, The Craft Yarn Council is “calling all fiber fans to share their affection for yarn and ‘stitch it forward’ by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or bomb. Whatever craft it may be…if it involves yarn, we know we love it, we know you love it, and we know others will too!”

To join the fun, which includes ideas on how to stitch it forward, free patterns, contests, giveaways, and more, click the image above or visit www.craftyarncouncil.com!

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13 Oct

How-To Tuesday: Rock Chick Eyes from Simply Glamorous

If you’re too busy to knit yourself a proper Halloween costume this year, why not put the spooky spotlight on your soul-windows by bringing out your inner rock goddess? In celebrity make-up artist Gary Cockerill’s Simply Glamorous: Make-up Transformations to Make You Look & Feel Fabulous, you’ll find all the makeup tips you need–for day, night, work, happy hour, Halloween–and every time in between. And lucky you, it’s on sale today!

Photo by Vikki GrantWith Gary’s friendly, down-to-earth approach, he demystifies make-up and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. He begins by showing the power of make-up in creating an illusion, whether it’s to enhance the features you like or to draw the eye away from those you don’t. Gary then takes us step-by-step through a series of breathtaking makeovers on a range of “real” women of all ages, demonstrating the transformative power of cosmetics and explaining how to make up a look to suit any face shape, features, color, or age. Simply Glamorous is packed with useful tricks and practical tips by one of the industry’s leading experts.

To kick off the holiday spirit (mmmget it?), we’re giving away one of the book’s make-up projects so you can replicate this ultra-cool look at home. Click on the link below to download the PDF (and you might also want to brush up on your air guitar).

Download your free project!

For this and other cool make-up projects, buy your copy of Simply Glamorous today.

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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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15 Jan

Project of the Month: Little Lamb Coverall from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters

A very Happy New Year to you, crafters!

2015 is starting out swimmingly with Washi Style and More Monster Knits for Little Monsters now available in bookstores! In December, Michelle showed you how to use washi tape to add some pizzazz to gift bags. This month we’re sharing a project from Nuriya Khegay’s More Monster Knits for Little Monsters. When leafing through to pick January’s Project of the Month (a responsibility, I assure you, I don’t take lightly) I was overcome with “aw” page after page of these truly adorable hat and mitten combos. Nuriya has divided her book into five sections: Nursery Favorites, On Safari, Pet Loves, Bear Hugs, and my personal favorite: Fantasy Friends.

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Adorable, right? And January’s PROJECT OF THE MONTH is no exception. Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens. In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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If you’re a beginner when it comes to knitting, More Monster Knits for Little Monsters has a section on knitting basics. It covers tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. Each project also contains step-by-step instructions and suggestions for finishing touches to truly make your little monster’s winter outfit one-of-a-kind. Every project is a coverall hat that completely covers the head, ears, and neck of your little monster. Even better, with the pullover design your little one won’t be able to pull them off.

Buy your copy today!

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Missed the first one? Buy it today!

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Check out our new January and February books!

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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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New in December & January!

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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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