Releasing Soon: Soutache, by Anneta Valious

May 13, 2013, 06:21 am  Posted by Lark

If you haven’t yet discovered jewelry made with soutache, you’re in for a treat. And if you have seen this type of jewelry before, you’ve probably been wondering how to make it. Mystery solved! Be on the lookout for the new book by Anneta Valious (the first ever covering this technique in the English language), releasing next month!

Soutache is a type of braid or trim that’s been around for centuries. For a long time, it was used to embellish garments, but check out this wee sneak peek of projects taught in Anneta’s book to see what beautiful things it can do for jewelry!

Pretty dazzling, huh?

Check Lark’s blog again on May 15, 2013, for a chance to win not only a copy of Soutache, but a project from it!


My five-year-old daughter is really into growing things. She loves digging in the dirt and watching as the seeds she planted sprout and mature into vegetables and flowers. This spring, she got her very own raised bed and was told she could plant anything she wanted:

Maisy in the garden

Yep. She promptly planted herself. I can’t say I blame her — there’s something about a sunny spring day that just makes you want to get as close as possible to the warm, fresh earth.Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection


To celebrate the joys of gardening, we’re giving away a bounty of garden-related motifs from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection! Use them to embellish your gardening totes or gloves, a kitchen towel, or a set of napkins. Click here to get a free PDF full of motifs of peas, asparagus, strawberries, a flower, and more!

And, by the way, my daughter didn’t stay planted in her bed for long — she’s now growing tarragon, tomatoes, and oregano in her little plot of earth!



The Lazy Person’s Guide to Tomatoes

May 07, 2013, 16:29 pm  Posted by Lark

In most of the US, Mother’s Day weekend is tomato-planting time. There is a lot of advice out there for growers, and it can get pretty involved. But I am here to tell you exactly how much negligence you can get away with (a lot more than you think)!


"Cuor di Bue Tomato," © 2005 Dominik Hundhammer, CC Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Free Sewing Projects…for the garden!

May 07, 2013, 09:52 am  Posted by Lark

Bring a bit of the homemade goodness outdoors! We’ve pulled together a pretty batch of garden-themed projects guaranteed to freshen up your outdoor entertaining space. Happy sewing!

From top left across:

Cozy up your deck chairs with this Siting Pretty Cushion (from 100 Pretty Little Projects).

Got a not-so-green thumb? Make a bouquet of repurposed Blooms (from Craft Challenge: Scarves).

Set the mood with a set of Flicker candle cozies (from Craft Challenge: Scarves).

Pull up a (quite fabulous) Obi Sling Chair (from Fabric Remix).

Create some colorful cottage charm with a set of Fresh & Shabby Pillow Houses (from Stash Happy: Applique).

Snuggle on the porch with this Wonky Cottage Lap Quilt (from Stash Happy: Patchwork).


Paper Pups: Inside Peek

May 06, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

Are you a Poodle person? Does your sweet Shih Tzu rule the roost? Do you love a Mutt pup with an endearingly mysterious pedigree? Paper Pups has you covered.

Learn how to use a combination of origami and kirigami techniques to create 35 paper dogs that are three-dimensional, freestanding, and full of expressive details, from a graceful Greyhound to a roly-poly Pug. With illustrated step-by-step instructions for every project and a Basics section that explores the tools and materials you’ll need, Hiroshi Hayakawa guides you through the processes of cutting, scoring, and folding paper to create these pups. Just photocopy any of the book’s full-size templates onto cardstock and follow the assembly instructions from start to finish, including the personalization of your pup with simple paint embellishments. In addition to 35 projects, Paper Pups offers readers eight dog accessories including a Best in Show ribbon, a sweater for the Chihuahua, a doghouse, and more. With Hiroshi’s guidance and only a few tools, you’ll find dozens of ways to turn paper into heartfelt, friendly pups, sure to get your tail wagging. Check out some of the canine craftiness below!


Today is the day for celebrating Star Wars! Well, every day is, but today is especially special, as it is May 4th. Today is “May the fourth be with you!” day! (For those not in the know, it is a play off “May the force be with you.” Come on, get with the geek times!)

Since we’re crafters here, we decided to share our love of Star Wars be scouring Etsy for some fabulous finds on our favorite subject. Who wouldn’t love an R2D2 quilt for cuddle times? Show which side you are on with some rebel or empire jewelry. We even found a fantastic Yoda stained glass panel!

Enjoy, and…

may the fourth be with you

Star Wars craftsFrom left to right:

Han & Leia Rings by SpiffingJewelry

Master Yoda Amigurumi by SoulSundries

Imperial Insignia Necklace by sudlow

R2D2 Pixel Art Quilt by GoodwinsCustomCrafts

Ewok Miniature Plush by wishwithme

Storm Trooper Vans by ShoesBySmiley

Boba Fett Amigurumi by MCraftCreations

Darth Vader Embroidery by OccasionallySubtle

Felted Mini AT-AT by famished

R2D2 Earrings by petiteVanilla

Chewbacca Plush by peludossa

Rebel Alliance Ring Sterling925Silver

LEGO Light Saber Earrings by emmadreamstar

Yoda Stained Glass Window by TerrazaStainedGlass

Star Wars Converse by ThoseInFavor

R2D2 and C-3PO Art 3D Pop Artwork by PopsicArt



What are You Going to Cook for Mom?

May 01, 2013, 17:04 pm  Posted by Lark

You’re a good kid. Or maybe not, but you do love your mother. Why else would you have gotten that tattoo? Now make her something nice for Mother’s Day, and tell her we say hi. Here are some recipes we think your mom might like:


This is me with my mom, and I was careful not to put any recipes in this post that she would not like. I might be 500 miles away, but my step dad's not! (Ahem. Hint.)



Moms have come to expect breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, and they should get it. Your mom has probably prepared at least 12,317 meals for you, approximately. If you are a grown-up and don’t live with your mom, and don’t want to break into her house early in the morning lest you get shot, then you might just have to plan the breakfast thing instead of surprising her with it. She’ll still appreciate it, I bet. Anyway, how about a momelette?! I am going to just give you some delicious ideas because I know you can figure out how to make an omelette.

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