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Make It : photo advent calendar

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My mother’s birthday is on November 25th, which is terribly close to Christmas. So for many many years now, I’ve embraced that part and given her an advent calendar that starts on her Birthday and ends on Christmas. There’s been many themes for the gifts, by color, the current favorite food, uplifting gifts, relaxing gifts …

Contests & Prizes : Congratulations Argelia!

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Argelia won the Glitter 24-piece set!  Enjoy glitterng those seating cards!…

Tools & Materials : Fabric Storage

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With holiday crafting in full effect, my room had become a fabric explosion.  The mess was really starting to get to me (and it’s so much easier to work in an organized space!) so I decided to employ one of Corinne’s fabric storage techniques. Muji’s simple and functional Makeup Box  provides an easy and affordable solution to my …

Tools & Materials : Knitwit Availability

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If you’re having trouble tracking down a KnitWit after reading our story in December’s issue, don’t you worry.  It’s available in a few places.  We’ve spoken with the folks at and their online store should be working later today.  If you can’t wait that long, try,, or Haven’t seen the story …

Marbleizing Supplies

Ask the Crafts Dept. : Marbleizing Supplies

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Angie asks: I want to make the marbleized paper, but I can’t find alum or methyl cellulose-any suggestions?  Will liquid starch work as well?  We are working our way through the Craft Encyclopedia! Wow, Angie, and you’re already at M for marbleizing!?  Marbleizing is fun and easy, but it really does require the right materials.  …

Luxury Crafting. Bottega Veneta.

Photo Galleries : Luxury Crafting. Bottega Veneta.

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When Tomas Maier, the creative director of Bottega Veneta, was scheduled to appear on the show in early October, I was quite thrilled to say the least. When it came to my attention that he would not only be showcasing a selection of Bottega handbags, but would also be accompanied by the actual Italian craftsmen …

Make It : A Thanksgiving Wreath

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This is a corn wreath I made for A Texas Thanksgiving. The secret to it’s construction is gluing wire into the base of the corn, it makes it easy to secure to the form and arrange once you are done. It takes some time to prep the corn but it is constructed very simply. Smaller corn …

Ask the Crafts Dept. : Sealing Glittered Projects

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Nicky Stokes asks: I loved the glitter cards and photo art in the November issue of Martha’s magazine.  I really want to try making a card, but I don’t want to send my friends a mess of glitter for Christmas.  How do I keep the glitter from falling off the card?  Is there a special …