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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!

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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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28 Dec

Goodreads Giveaway: Origami in Action by Robert J. Lang

We’re nearing the close of 2014… but we couldn’t end the year without just one more Goodreads Giveaway! Last Friday, we posted about our Free Project Download for The Strumming Guitarist — an origami project where the guitarist actually strums the guitar — from Origami in Action: Paper Toys that Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate!  by Robert J. Lang. You can read about Dr. Lang’s history with origami on his blog. Here’s a snippet from his biography:

In 1992 Dr. Lang became the first Westerner ever invited to address the Nippon Origami Association’s annual meeting; he has since been an invited guest at international origami conventions around the world. He lectures widely on origami and its connections to mathematics, science, and technology, and teaches workshops on both artistic techniques and applications of folding in industrial design.

Dr. Lang is one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics; he has been one of the few Western columnists for Origami Tanteidan Magazine, the journal of the Japan Origami Academic Society, and has presented refereed and invited technical papers on origami-math at mathematical and computer science professional meetings...

Now you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of Robert J. Lang’s Origami in Action during our Goodreads Giveaway. Enter before January 1st!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Origami In Action by Robert J. Lang

Origami In Action

by Robert J. Lang

Giveaway ends January 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Origami in Action is available at your favorite bookseller:

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New in December & January!

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26 Dec

Freebie Friday: Strumming Guitarist Origami

He strums! He really strums!

I’m pretty excited about this week’s Free Project Download: The Strumming Guitarist Origami from Origami in Action: Paper Toys that Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate! by Robert J. Lang, one of the most respected origami designers in the world and author of The Complete Book of Origami and Origami Zoo (written with Steven Weiss).

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Click to Download for FREE the Strumming Guitarist

All 39 projects in Origami in Action either move or are inflatable! You can make a sailboat that rocks, a sitting bunny, a dog that wags its tail, a wolf that moves its jaws to simulate barking, an otter that kicks… and so much more!!!

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The Rocking Sailboat

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Sitting Bunny

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Wagging Tail Dog

BarkingWolf

Barking Wolf

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Kicking Otter

 Want to try all 39 projects? Origami in Action is available wherever books are sold:

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 P.S. That gift wrapping paper you were about to toss? Cut the unwrinkled leftover pieces and use as origami paper!

New in December & January!

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2 Nov

Goodreads Giveaway: Origami to Astonish and Amuse

On Friday we shared with you exclusive instructions on how to make your own jack-o’-lantern from a t-shirt! We know Halloween is over but Origami to Astonish and Amuse has plenty other projects for all skill levels. This book can teach you how to make a wine glass (perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece) and even a present box for the upcoming holiday season. Origami to Astonish and Amuse teaches the basics of origami and then provides 89 original models to create, including a crane envelope and a magic cube. There are four sections: Origami Action, Symbols and Signs and Stunning Designs, Models from the Heart, and Origami for the Almost Deranged.

This book is too good to keep to ourselves so we’re giving away 20 copies on Goodreads. Enter any time today through Wednesday for a chance to win a copy. See below for details!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Origami to Astonish and Amuse by Jeremy Shafer

Origami to Astonish and Amuse

by Jeremy Shafer

Giveaway ends November 06, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Not a fan of Lady Luck? Buy your copy today!
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15 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Origami to Astonish and Amuse

Origami to Astonish and AmuseDid you know the Chinese were actually the first to do origami, but they did very little before passing it on to the Japanese. The Japanese developed origami and made it into an art. Ori means folding, and kami means paper. When translated into English, the ‘k’ in kami became a ‘g’.

Filled with entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative. In Origami to Astonish and Amuse, Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction.  With over 400 Original Models, including such “Classics” as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisible Duck, and Many More!

Here’s your a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Origami to Astonish and Amuse by Jeremy Shafer

Origami to Astonish and Amuse

by Jeremy Shafer

Giveaway ends June 19, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.

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Check out our new June and July releases:

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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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