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Road Trip Notebook

Posted by Autumn

Summer is fast approaching! Some of my dearest summer vacation memories are of the annual road trips my mother and I took together. We drove from Florida to Vermont to spend a week with my grandparents. We delighted in small towns, back roads, and all the adventures a good road trip can bring. I used to tape postcards of each state into my journal and kept a detailed log of what roads we took, where we ate and shopped, and what sights we saw.When I saw this project on Dollar Store Crafts, I  was [Read More...]

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Accordion-style Mother's Day Card

Posted by Jennifer

This accordion-style Mother's Day card was adapted from an article by Gretchen Goetz, Arts and Crafts Examiner for Examiner.com.Because I was creating this card for my mother, the butterflies and color scheme came easily. She was thrilled with the last card I gave her so I looked to it for inspiration. Like that card, the artwork in this card was primarily created with rubber stamps and colored pencil. I also die cut some custom shapes and used similar embellishments as before.The Examiner.com [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude

Posted by Autumn

Drew Emborsky is The Crochet Dude. He launched the wildly popular blog of the same name in 2005. He is the expert on the hit show Knit & Crochet Now! airing currently on PBS nationwide, and has been featured in national publications including BUST Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knit.1, Knit 'n Style, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today!, as well as international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph (in London). His mother first taught him to crochet, and we're honored to bring you his Living [Read More...]

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Clip Desk Lamp

Posted by Marcea

If you are looking for the perfect clip desk lamp, OttLite has the ideal lamps you need. Healthy lighting is a must for the home or office environment, and our clip on desk lamp allows you to direct healthy lighting just where you need it. OttLite has a large selection of floor, table and clip desk lamps that make reading and working an easier and more pleasurable experience. We also carry a large variety of replacement bulbs.OttLite office lamps, from our clip on reading lamp to our larger [Read More...]

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Polymer Clay Necklace

Posted by Autumn

Jewelry is practically a no-brainer Mother's Day gift, but what if the jewelry was handmade by you? Now that's something special! With a few tools and a few hours, you can make a gorgeous polymer clay necklace to give to the World's Best Mom--yours! To keep the pieces looking modern, choose contemporary colors and stick to graphic designs with geometric shapes.Polymer Clay Jewelryfrom MarthaStewart.com What You NeedPolymer clayClay conditioning machine*Alternatives: pasta machine NOT used for [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Posted by Autumn

Jolene Roehlkepartain is a writer and speaker on family, parenting children and teenagers, and spirituality. Jolene has written 32 books, including Doing Good Together, Parenting Preschoolers with a Purpose, and What Young Children Need to Succeed. Jolene is also an avid Phalaneopsis orchid grower. She shared with us how she came to love growing orchids and a few useful tips about keeping these beautiful plants happy and healthy indoors.When did you first start growing orchids?I started growing [Read More...]

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Glass Jar Terrarium

Posted by Autumn

Delight children--and grown-ups--with these easy-to-make terrariums. Making one can be a great Earth Day activity, and the lovely greenery will continue to please all year long. For best results, stop by your local garden center or florist shop to pick up the charcoal, moss, soil, and tiny plants.Glass Jar Terrariumfrom MarthaStewart.comWhat You Need:Glass jars (You can recycle glass jars from your kitchen goods.)Horticultural charcoalPotting soilClump MossOther tiny plants, like orchids or [Read More...]

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Soup Can Herb Garden

Posted by Autumn

Did you celebrate Earth Day this Sunday? If not, or if you just want to keep the celebration of our precious planet going a little longer, here is a fun gardening craft project! We liked this one because it involved recycling soup cans (or any tin can) and also growing plants indoors, which we know a thing or two about. Soup Can Herb GardenWhat you'll need:Empty aluminum canScrewdriver and hammerSmall rocks, marbles, or pebblesPotting soil (about 1-1/2 cups)Small potted herbHow to make it:1. [Read More...]

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My 1st Week with My New Die Cut Machine

Posted by Jennifer

Excited just barely describes how I felt while I waited for UPS to deliver my new die cutting machine. I had seen infomercials on TV and passed various machines in the craft stores. I thought they looked like a lot of fun but I didn't buy one for years. I finally bought one after I started seeing so many beautifully designed handmade cards that were elevated to a whole new level by the cleanness of their construction thanks to die cutting machines.Being an artist and a natural with computers and [Read More...]

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Upcycled Soda Can Jewelry

Posted by Autumn

In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), we wanted to find a fun upcycling craft project. Upcycling is the process of taking a recyclable item and turning it into something new and fabulous. This soda can jewelry project from Polwig.com fit the bill perfectly!Upcycled Soda Can Jewelryfrom polwig.comWhat You Need:aluminum soda canpaper puncher in fun shapepush-pincutting matbeading wire or fishing linefastener1. Cut the top and bottom from a washed aluminum can.2. Use a paper puncher to cut out fun [Read More...]

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