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Back To School Storage Containers

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Summer is almost over and it's time to start thinking about back to school.  Back to school can mean many things but most importantly it means new supplies!  In honor of back to school, here is a fun craft for kids of all ages to help them get organized for the new school year.  It's perfect for the student desk, dorm room or home office.MaterialsAll of the items below can be purchased at your local crafts store: Acrylic Paint (we used yellow, white, blue, and red) Chalkboard Paint – [Read More...]

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4th of July Wreath

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July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is a time when Americans get together for food, fun and fireworks. Many houses and buildings are covered with bunting and other decorations to show their national spirit.  We have a simple craft inspired by a craft on JoAnn.com that will help you decorate your house while still giving you time to enjoy yourself.Materials  * 16 inch foam wreath* Approximately 2 yards of contrasting patriotic fabrics (approx. 1.5 yards of one fabric and 1/2 yard of the [Read More...]

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What Inspires Debrah Block Krol - the Wearable Art Designer?

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Colors, textures, nature… These are just a few of the things that Debrah Block Krol loves. We were lucky enough to take a peek into the life of this amazing fabric artist and learn about the beautiful wearable art that she creates. How did you get into creating wearable art?With my training in painting and love of sewing and embroidery, combining textiles and paint was just a natural progression. I use the finest silks and softest hand painted wool for my felting work and each piece comes out [Read More...]

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What Inspires Lindsay English - The Yarn Dyer?

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With “a hank of wool and a couple of Kool-Aid® packets”, Lindsay began dyeing yarn back in 2012. Three years later, she’s graduated to environmentally friendly dyes, her own special blend of wool, has custom blended over 100 different colors and continues to dye alongside her husband, Jordan and their toddler, Reece. We were lucky enough to visit Lindsay and Jordan’s business, The Fiber Seed, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires them. How does the dying process work?There’s a lot of [Read More...]

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Bedazzled Graduation Cap

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 Here's a fun and easy craft to help you or your loved one make a big statement on their big day!It's crazy to think about how I have been in school my entire life and now it has suddenly come to a close.  I can hardly believe that I am finally graduating college and that it is time for me to start my career.  I always have to go out in style, so I decided to decorate my graduation cap with a little flair and a lot of bling. Materials:Graduation CapRibbon7 Packs of Self Adhesive Pearls (I only [Read More...]

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Have an Egg-cellent Easter!

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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up my favorite thing to do was run around the yard and gather up all of the Easter eggs.  Now as I am older, it is just as fun to hide them for others to find!This year I decided to make an Easter Egg Banner project that I discovered on Michael's website.  I may not be a craft guru, but I still had a blast making it... even though some of my eggs look more like squished blobs of yarn. Materials:Disposable CupsPaper PlateGlue GunGlue [Read More...]

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What inspires Brad Kohlbrecher- The Fly Tyer?

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We were lucky enough to connect with the fly tying extraordinaire, Brad Kohlbrecher. Brad belongs to the fly fishing group, Ozark Fly Fishers, who are based in Missouri. The club meets at least once a month to discuss topics related to fly fishing, fly tying, and the conservation of local waters. They host numerous events each year. Their latest one is an annual banquet and auction, where all proceeds will go towards funding guest speakers, conservation programs and educational programs for the [Read More...]

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Will you be my tweetheart? - DIY Valentine's Day Birdhouse!

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 Happy Valentine's Day to all of you love birds out there!  I found this super cute birdhouse project on Jo-ann's and just had to make it- or at least my version of it.I remember back when I was in school we used to bring in little Valentine cards and slip them into each others homemade shoe boxes, well I thought that it was time to step up my Valentine's game and use a birdhouse instead!  Materials:Wooden birdhouse2 wooden heartsPink beadsPink, red, white acrylic paintFlat brush and detail [Read More...]

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Happy New Year! Congrats to our winners...

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Thank you so much to everyone that participated in our recent giveaway by sharing your New Year's Resolutions with us.  We read each and everyone of yours and want to wish everyone luck on completing theirs!Congratulations to our 15 winners, chosen at random:  Rosella Johnson, Mike Spina, Jamie Shapiro, Lynette Kaufmann, Beckie Rhoads Boraten, Anne Haley, Angela Asbell, Pam Dickson, Rhonda Mason, Jerry Kosik, Lori Miller, Mariebeth Velasquez, Sandra Smith, Roger Wheaton and Shana Tentis.  Now, [Read More...]

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DIY Coasters make the perfect holiday gift!

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I recently went to the store to buy myself a new set of coasters...  However when I looked at the price on what I thought to be a cheap set, I quickly changed my mind.  What is the point of buying an overpriced unoriginal set, when you could just make your own fabulous ones?  So I did.I decided to make a cute set I found on Jo-ann's website, but of course, I modified the project and did it my way.  The final product turned out the same, I just forgot to buy some materials (like always) and was [Read More...]

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