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Make It : Crochet Sea Creatures

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I had admired ¬†Wunderkammer before, but when my son told me about his teacher’s love for sea horses, I finally decided it was time to attempt one of Jessica Polka’s amazing crochet patterns. I learned how to crochet from my grandma, but I’m much more confident with knitting and have never followed a crochet pattern. …

Inspiration Board : Stripes of a Different Color

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While watching Blake and Steph develop their idea for the pillows featured in Good Things of the July ’11 issue of Martha Stewart Living, I got inspired. My mom had recently given me this scarf from¬†COS (an amazing store I wish was here in the US) and said how she wished they had had it …

Inspiration Board : Tassel Embellishments

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since I produced the Tassel story for the September 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living. It was such a rewarding experience and I had made a mental note that it would make for great gifts. Well, when my dear friend just redesigned her bathroom, I remembered the towels …

Inspiration Board : Happy Crafting Accidents

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Sometimes while crafting, things happen around (or below) us, that are by no means intended, but are yet so inspiring. When dipping baskets for last year’s summer story, I also dipped a hat in paint. The hat itself didn’t exactly look so great, but when I looked down, the drips of the paint on the …

Celebrate : Kids' Birthday Thank-You "Notes"

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The invites for our Spring Swim party were a huge success, as was the party…which inspired me to do more than just send a written thank-you note. When I came across these mini frisbees, I figured they fit with the summer theme. My son was thrilled. Using a 2 1/2″ punch, we cut circles out …

Celebrate : Kids Birthday Party Invitation (for any season)

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Everyone who knows me is aware how grumpy I am about having my birthday in the winter. I can’t recall how many times I’ve had to cancel birthday plans due to nasty weather. So when I found out that my son would be born in March, I was excited to have a spring baby, envisioning …

Inspiration Board : Carving Tool Holder

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My husband carved this “bird” out of a piece of driftwood we found during a trip to the San Juan Islands. He gave it to me for my birthday, with the disclaimer that it wasn’t quite finished yet. But I love how “not done” it looks, how it just embraces what nature has already carved …

Celebrate : Valentines for Monkeys and (Little) Boys

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Here we go again … another year of the excitement for Valentine’s Day, which will bring lots of sweets, but please nothing that involves hearts or the color pink, kisses or the word love. That would just be too cute, and don’t you know as a 9 year old boy you are no longer cute?! …