Where is my pet unicorn?

July 26, 2013, 15:54 pm  Posted by Lark

If you know me, you know I love unicorns. I can’t remember a time I didn’t love unicorns, and I’ve always wanted one of my very own to pet, braid their hair, and ride around in the backyard. Yes, I know they’re mythical, but a girl can dream, right? Well, since my dream hasn’t come true (yet) I’ve gone to the wonderful world of Etsy to find some fantastical pieces to fill in until my dream does come true. If you love unicorns, too, hopefully these will tide you over until yours finds you.

unicorns from Etsy

Credits from left to right: Blue Speckled Baby Unicorn from the Pudgies Collection by yayhookdcrochetTiny Polymer Clay Unicorn by AnimalitoClayUNICORNZZZ Pink and Silver Glitter Laser Cut Acrylic Unicorn Necklace by GlitterbombUKRainbow Unicorn Shooting Star Embroidery by MattybooUnicorn Adjustable Ring by cellsdividingUnicorn Sterling Silver Stud Earrings from the Mini Zoo Series by karrambaMounted Unicorn Head Wall Hanging by amandalynchsmithUnicorn by MissBajoCollectionGreen Fat Unicorn Glass Necklace and Cell Charm by BlingSquaredUnicorn Stuffed Taxidermy by MisfitMenageriePink Unicorn Earrings by SypriaTiny Unicorn for the Dollhouse by ginko305Childs Unicorn Hand Knitted Sweater by knitwit4everUnicorn Rainbow Double Brooch by otherworldsMiniature Crochet Unicorn Head Taxidermy by MyBackyardMonstersUnicorn Hoodie by SproutandSproutRainbow Chubby Unicorn Necklace by DorkyDinoCompleted Framed Cross Stitch Unicorn Picture by RishastitcheryUnicorn Shoes by CosmicUnicornzMinature Unicorn Feltie with Rainbow Mane by FeltiesGaloreWhite Unicorn Hat with Pink Horn by LittleShopOfLostArtsUnicorn Horn Felt Brow Band Attachment by RusticHorseShoeShelf Rocker Unicorn by Woodmaster1




Aimee Ray Book GIVEAWAY

July 26, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

We’re huge fans of Aimee Ray here at Lark. Her incredibly charming design aesthetic and vast creativity has birthed four amazing books: Doodle Stitching, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, and most recently Aimee Ray’s Sweet & Simple Jewelry. And here’s your chance to see what all the excitement is about. We’re offering up the entire collection to one lucky person. Comment on this post for a chance to win all four of Aimee Ray’s books. Simply leave a comment on this post by Thursday, August 1 at 9 pm EST. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Friday, August 2. Click here for official rules.

Read an interview we did with Aimee earlier this year here.

Follow more about Aimee at her site www.dreamfollow.com.


Sneak Peek: Flip Dolls & Other Toys…

July 24, 2013, 11:37 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Whether it’s a knight and a dragon, a caterpillar and a butterfly, or the secret superhero above, the fact remains: toys that flip inside-out to become something completely different are irresistible! Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab, and Go is full of inventive toys that capture the imagination.

Inside you’ll find page after page of clever projects, from stuffed watches that tell the time with string and beads and turtles that can change their shells to a whale with a hidden pouch for a stomach and cars that are ready to roll thanks to wheels that spin on button axles. Why sew an ordinary stuffed cat, when you could make a Cheshire cat with a variety of mouths or a fox with a zipper for a mouth instead? Take your softie sewing from ordinary to extraordinary!


Free Project: Sunburst Beret from Crochet Boutique

July 16, 2013, 11:44 am  Posted by Lark

This week, we’re celebrating all the lovely things that can be knit or crocheted and worn(!) in summer. I just learned to crochet this winter (the first New Years resolution I’ve kept in a long time!), and I’ve slowly been working my way through all the projects in Rachael Oglesby‘s Crochet Boutique. I’ve made the Boy Beanie six times (man, it’s fast!), the Cuddle Cowl, and now…the Sunburst Beret. This hat is perfect in so many ways! It stitches up quickly, it doesn’t use a heck of a lot of yarn, and it looks much more involved that it actually is. AND you can wear it in summer, especially if you make it in a bazillion colors….and I intend to. See for yourself:

1. Download the instructions here: Sunburst Beret

2. Stitch it up quick…

3. Hold it up to the light and admire your handiwork…when you’re not wearing it, of course.



Sneak Peek: Showcase 500 Art Necklaces

July 11, 2013, 14:59 pm  Posted by Lark

The pyrotechnics of Independence Day may have passed, but there’s more sparkle in store this week thanks to our dazzling new release, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Offering both traditional and boundary-pushing examples of modern neckwear, this intriguing collection is full of surprises, including a necklace made of glass that glows, a rather regal collar composed entirely of shoe heels, and a piece that features teabags (and an apt title: “Drink Me, Alice!”). Uncommon elements—computer parts, porcupine quills, dental floss, LEDs—abound in the book, but so do tried-and-true treasured materials like gemstones, gold, copper, and sterling silver. And there are beads galore—of course!

Materials aside, the pieces in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces are unified by a boldness of vision that’s truly exciting. Chunghi Choo, a professor of jewelry and metal arts at the University of Iowa and an elected fellow of the American Craft Council, juried the collection, choosing from 3000 entries submitted by an international group of artists. Take a look at the images below, and you’ll see why Showcase 500 Art Necklaces is a summer standout.

Time Jewel by Krisztina Németh

Palpitation Series Necklace by Tia Kramer

Kay by Abigail Heuss

Untitled by Pilar Agueci

Blossom Neckpiece by Mariana Acosta Contreras

You can find Showcase 500 Art Necklaces at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.


As a creative person, you’ve most likely seen the gorgeous artwork and photography of Geninne Zlatkis over the years: you can’t miss her signature watercolor and ink designs, her photography that captures the dreamlike lighting and quietly beautiful details of her surrounding landscapes, and her innovative use of pattern throughout her artwork, hand-carved stamps, and all-around aesthetic. (If you’re like me, you’ve also fallen in love with her dog, who makes appearances from time to time in her photos.)


Geninne’s book, Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps, is a tangible extension of her style and talent, and it’s filled with everything you need to know about carving stamps and using them in uniquely brilliant ways. Today we’re sharing one of Geninne’s projects with you, Stamped Gift Tags, which is perfectly timed for summer birthdays, weddings, and all-around pretty gift giving.


Creating and using hand-carved stamps is a very accessible craft: once you learn the basic process of carving a stamp (safely!), you can create works of art ranging from petite embellishments to layered, repeating patterns designed for fabric, walls, and more.


The few tools and materials you need to create stamps are readily available and easily stored, which makes this a great project for popping in your on-the-go summer bag and working on while you have pockets of free time. The Hand-Stamped Gift Tags are designed to be made with blank tags of varying shapes and sizes, and we’ve included a template for the fish design at the end of the project instructions.

Download the free PDF of the Hand-Stamped Gift Tags from Making an Impression by Geninne Zlatkis, and continue reading to hear what Geninne has to say about her own introduction to stamping, her preference for stamping on paper, and tips about types of ink pads.

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Book Play: Free Project Download

July 09, 2013, 16:49 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Have you checked out Book Play? It’s been all-over the internet, from the Asheville Citizen-Times to the Huffington Post. And of course, here on our own blog.

In Book Play, author Margaret Couch Cogswell combines simple materials (paper, thread, wire, fabric, found objects, paint) and her own unique style to create a wide variety of books. Some projects are fairly traditional while others push the limits of what a “book” can be.

Today’s free project is somewhere in between. It’s a very small ticket book bound with a Japanese Stab Binding.

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July 01, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

Hey, didn’t we just post a giveaway for this book last week? Indeed, folks, we did. But we are just so thrilled about our new book Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick that we wanted to offer you a second giveaway.

This week we’re offering you a chance to win Katerina Ilieva’s elegant Filigree Pendant Necklace. Created by pressing epoxy clay through the holes in brass filigree and then embedding glittering crystal rhinestones into the resulting surface, this clever piece showcases the creative potential of this versatile medium. What could you make with a little epoxy clay and this great book as your guide?

Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Foxy Epoxy and the lovely Filigree Pendant Necklace project featured in the book. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 8, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, July 9. Click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Erin in Wisconsin!

Check out this sneak peek post to find out more about the book.