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1 Jan

Happy New Year!

By now, the sun has risen in at least every country in the world once and we are truly in 2015. Happy New Year, dear readers! Here’s to a magical 2015 full of happiness, success and more books!



Happy New Year from the SMP Craft team, readers!

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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!

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

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!



glue statue

      pour water  add glitter

glycerin       test if stay     put lid on     screw lid

final 2

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.

New in December & January!




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30 Nov


On Friday, we gave away the Confetti Glitter Cards as our Freebie Friday, and today you can enter our Goodreads Giveaway to win the fantastic Modern Calligraphy. I took lessons in middle school and high school and then as most teenagers are wont to, in college I let it fall to the wayside. I still write in script so sometimes, my handwriting takes on the flair that comes with practicing calligraphy for so long. Bonus, huh?

Modern Calligraphy is the first book to teach this bold new lettering style—all with a modern twist. This book breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and much more!


 Starting with an overview of the supplies, you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache or how to digitize your calligraphy.

Here’s your chance to win a copy of Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe

Modern Calligraphy

by Molly Suber Thorpe

Giveaway ends December 04, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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19 Nov

How-To Tuesday: Make a Wreath Out of Recycled Book Pages

Once upon a time, Courtney and Mitali decided they wanted to decorate the office for the upcoming holidays. A festive wreath seemed like just the thing!

But how to make one? They wondered.11.19Thinking

“We work at a publishing house,” said Courtney. “So we should make it out of book pages!”

Mitali was skeptical. “But we love books. Why would we want to destroy them?”

“Not destroy,” Courtney assured. “Recycle!”

The two were in luck: dozens of old galleys were lying around the office. Now that finished books had been published, they were completely useless.

Or were they?



“This is distressing,” said Mitali.

“Just think of it as the book’s afterlife!” Courtney chirped.











“No, not to me,” Mitali said. “I mean, this is distressing—the book pages!”


“Now we just roll them into cylinders and staple them to a piece of cardboard.”

 And an hour later . . .




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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!



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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