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Butterfly Garden

Posted by Autumn

It's not too late to lure beautiful butterflies to your backyard. If it's too hot to dig and plant an entire butterfly garden, you can create smaller gardens in large planter pots. The trick is to use a mix of perrenial and annual plants that attract butterflies. Here are just a few of the many types of plants that attract butterflies and feed the caterpillars.Annual Aster This lovely, hardy  plant flowers from late summer to early winter. The stalks are about 12 inches tall--perfect for garden [Read More...]

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Fourth of July Garland

Posted by Autumn

This patriotic decoration comes from Craft. Most of the materials can be found around the house or at your local craft store. Have fun and enjoy the holiday!Fourth of July GarlandHow-to photos available at Craft You Will NeedRed, white, and blue crepe paper streamersHeavy-duty glue stickWhite glueRed acrylic paintPaintbrushPainter's tapeScissorsPen or pencil18-20 cupcake liners18-20 4" x 6" index cardsSewing machineDirectionsStep 1: Prep your index cards by gluing them together in pairs, using [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Bill Buchman

Posted by Autumn

Bill Buchman is an artist, musician, and teacher whose art focuses on the contemporary nude figure and abstraction.  Besides exhibiting his work, Bill also demonstrates and teaches his concepts  in his instructional book, Expressive Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill),  on his five art instruction DVD’ s, and in workshops held around the US.  Bill also has his own special line of “Zen” Sumi brushes and reed pens.  To see more of Bill’s art and for more details visit his website. When did you start [Read More...]

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Magnifying Lamp

Posted by Marcea

If you are looking for the perfect lamp for reading and crafting, take a closer look at the OttLite Magnifying Lamp. This lamp is a must for the home or office environment, and our task table lamp allows you to direct healthy lighting just where you need it.OttLite has a large selection of floor, table and desk lamps, including our magnifying desk lamp, that make reading and working an easier and more pleasurable experience. We also carry a large variety of replacement bulbs.OttLite lamps, from [Read More...]

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A Seahorse Themed Thank You Card

Posted by Jennifer

Since buying my die cut machine I’ve been re-invigorated to keep creating cards. Knowing that I wanted one of my next cards to feature a seahorse theme, I headed out to take advantage of a great craft store sale and fill the gaps in my cache of materials. Having the seahorse in mind, I was excited when I came across a collection of colored jewels. The way they were arranged in the packaging, and the varying sizes and aquatic colors, were a natural inspiration for undersea bubbles.When creating [Read More...]

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Braided Friendship Bracelet

Posted by Autumn

It's day 12 of the 30 Days of Creativity, and according to the calendar today's inspiring item is "string." This instantly conjured up a summertime memory of making friendship bracelets. Here is a simple tutorial from Kaboose on how to make this classic craft. You can use embroidery floss, leftover yarn strands, or bits of string.Braided Friendship Braceletfrom KabooseWhat You'll Need2- 24” strands of embroidery floss, yarn or string, color A2- 24” strands of embroidery floss, yarn or string, [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Thom O'Hearn

Posted by Autumn

By day, Thom O'Hearn is a book editor for Lark Crafts. His books cover everything from printmaking and paper crafts to ceramics and letterpress. They have been featured in such places as The New York Times, the Tate Modern Museum, Dwell, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Urban Outfitters, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's bookstore. When he's done making books for the day, he's often found on the potter's wheel, brewing beer, or reading. He lives with his partner Heather in Asheville, NC.When [Read More...]

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30 Days of Creativity

Posted by Autumn

30 Days of Creativity is is an initiative for people to make something every day from June 1st to the 30th. This is the third year for the creativity initiative, and we think it's a great way to kick off a summer of inspiring arts and crafts!Participants can email, tweet, or pin projects to share, and get daily inspiration from the 30 DOC calendar. For more information and to join in on the fun, check out their website.And be sure to keep us posted on your craft-tastic June! [Read More...]

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Pool Noodle Flower Decorations

Posted by Autumn

Just in time for Memorial Day parties, we found this clever re-purpose project from Craftzine! These pretty decorations are perfect for a Memorial Day party. And they’re made from old pool noodles!Pool Noodle Flower DecorationsFrom CraftzineCreated by Jessica WilsonWhat You Need:Pool noodles (2 or more)Serrated knifeScissorsLong needleThread or fishing linePony beadsThimblePushpins, small nails, or extension curtain rodStep 1: With the serrated knife, cut through the pool noodle, making slices [Read More...]

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The Little Bookmark

Posted by Jennifer

It's been a few years since I last dabbled with polymer clay  (I made a set of Halloween miniatures that I bring out every year). I've been wanting to play with the clay again and had been looking for the right project when I came across instructions for a bookmark from polymer clay artist Donna Hiatt in the April 2012 issue of Polymer Cafe.This project was particularly appealing because it can be made by someone at any experience level. I adapted the construction a bit and used different sized [Read More...]

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