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Make It : Summer necklaces for (little) girls

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As a mother of 2 boys, I use any excuse to make something pretty for a sweet little girl (not that my boys aren’t sweet, but pretty isn’t exactly in their vocabulary, let alone their wardrobe). So for the 4th birthday of a little friend of mine, I wanted to make a necklace … the …

Make It : Silver Baskets

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Memorial Day is fast approaching. Are you going to the beach !? Do you have your summer accessories figured out yet ?! For an easy way to update last year’s tired pieces, all you need is a spray can (and an outside space to do this work). Take a look at these projects I did …

Make It : Dyed Cups

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For the May issue of Living I dyed paper cups, bowls and bamboo place mats using RIT Dye. I got the cups and bowls from Branch Home (they are compostable!). Simply fill a bucket or bin with four quarts of hot water and add 3-4 teaspoons of the dye. I tinted just the outside of …

Inspiration Board : cleaning up sticks and stumps, for in- and outdoors

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With the crazy snow storm back in October, we lost quite a few trees and have just done some major Spring cleaning to get all those logs and branches more organized. Some of the stumps are quite beautiful and it makes me sad to cut them up for firewood (which we have plenty of anyway, …

Inspiration Board : clean up with benefits

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Like probably most of you, I have many fabrics, and yarns, and beads and ribbons and pieces of paper … bits and pieces of all that I can never part with, because ‘you never know’ or, because it is simply a shame to throw them away. After a long Holiday season and two craft sales, …

Celebrate : Party in a box addition

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Remember the ‘Party in a box’ I sent for my mom’s 70th birthday back in November … well only just now did she finally have her celebration. Once it got closer to the event, she asked if I had any ideas for place cards she could get in Germany. I told her  I’d think about …

Inspiration Board : Alchemy Yarns

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The ultimate luxury of crafting to me is working with a material that was created with the finest ingredients, love and inspiration. A material that  inspires even just ‘as is’ … waiting to be transformed  and given your personal touch … Alchemy yarns are that kind of luxury. Each strand starts with the best of fibers, …

Make It : Valentine treats for the whole class

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After many  years of Valentines for school friends (see some here and here) , this is our last time of Valentine treats for the whole class … my son is in 5th grade and will be starting Middle school next year. I know from my older son that there you for sure do not hand out …