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Introducing 500 Teapots Volume 2

August 30, 2013, 10:07 am  Posted by Lark
 

Here at Lark excitement is brewing (pardon the unavoidable pun) over the newly published 500 Teapots Volume 2, a book that’s something of a milestone. As the companion to 500 Teapots, our 2002 release, Volume 2 stands as a testament to the longevity of the 500 series, to the integrity of Lark’s ceramics books, and—most importantly—to the genius of ceramicists at work today.

“The teapot prompts an astonishing range of responses in artists,” juror Jim Lawton notes in the introduction to Volume 2. “Few objects are more inspiring of innovation.” Indeed, the new collection is filled with daring variations on the traditional teapot made by artists who clearly delight in upending convention. The standard anatomy of the teapot has been ingeniously reconfigured (or dispensed with altogether) by many of the book’s contributors. But there are plenty of pieces that will appeal to purists—gorgeous vessels made in a classic mode that serve as reminders of the teapot’s ancient origins and bring a sense of the past to this remarkable new collection.

For a preview of the visionary work featured in 500 Teapots Volume 2, check out the images below.

 

That’s That! Teapot by Fred Yokel

Outlined Faceted Teapot by Alec Wright Smith

Black Beautea by Red Weldon Sandlin

Stacked Teapot by Joe Molinaro

Look Ahead Teapot #12 by Barbara Frey

 

You can find 500 Teapots Volume 2 at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

 
 
 
 
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Giveaway of “Craft-a-Doodle” by Jenny Doh!

August 30, 2013, 08:31 am  Posted by Lark
 

 This month we celebrated the release of Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh, a new book featuring the work of 18 talented artists who share inventive prompts and how-to exercises to jump-start and expand your love of playful drawing.

Essentially, you walk out onto the diving board of Craft-a-Doodle, you happily wiggle your toes to the edge, and then you leap, carefree, into a pool of creative inspiration designed for the doodler inside all of us. Really, it’s that fun.

No matter how minutely detailed or expressively free form your doodling tends to be, you’ll find springboards galore among the book’s 75 exercises. From artful creations to clever uses of shape, pattern, color, line, and texture, Craft-a-Doodle has got you covered.

 

Feeling eager to find the giveaway info?

Scroll down, friend—it’s at the bottom of the post.

Take a peek inside for a mini-tour of Craft-a-Doodle!

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Let colors bloom in a spray of flowers from Cori Dantini

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Illustrate the events of your day with Gemma Correll

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Free Project from Marcia DeCoster’s Beads in Motion

August 29, 2013, 15:44 pm  Posted by Lark
 

You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without giving away a project from this book, did you?!

Today’s post features instructions for the Swing Dance Earrings from the just-released book Marcia DeCoster’s Beads in Motion.

This sparkly design has a cascade of chains that slide freely within the band connecting them to the ring above, so you can make one side longer if you want.

At the slightest movement, the chains bob around like they're doing a Lindy Hop below your lobes.

Click here for a free PDF of instructions for making these earrings.

And visit Marcia DeCoster’s website to see more images of her work, buy kits, link to her blog, view her workshop calendar and more.

 
 
 
 
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Stitched Blooms Sneak Peek!

August 27, 2013, 15:30 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Stitched BloomsRemember how, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you just couldn’t wait to unwrap your presents? And sometimes, your mom would let you open one gift ahead of time because you couldn’t stand to wait any longer?

That’s pretty close to how we’re feeling about Carina Envoldsen-Harris’s upcoming book, Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf & Border Motifs to Embroider. Stitched Blooms will be available online and in bookstores everywhere in early October, but we’re so excited about it, we’re giving you a sneak peek today!

Dala Horse

Dala Horse

Stitched Blooms offers 20 beautiful projects (including the adorable Dala Horse at right), plus 300 gorgeous motifs that you can use for embellishment. Carina’s flair for color combination is evident in each stunning bloom, and all the motifs are included on a handy CD, so you can mix and match them to suit your own projects.

Be sure to check back with us over the next couple of months for more on Stitched Blooms, including giveaways of project patterns and motifs from the book. And don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Stitched Blooms online at BN.com so you don’t have to wait any longer than necessary to get stitching!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Back to School: Lunch Bag Etsy Finds

August 20, 2013, 11:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

School is starting all around! Whether your child is starting kindergarten or their senior year, a lunch bag is very useful if taking lunch from home. You want something durable and they want something stylish, no brown paper bags!

The lunch bag finds below shows you just a small sample of styles, sizes, and patterns of what’s available on Etsy.

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Custom Insulated Bento Box Carrier / Lunch Tote / Lunch Bag - Reusable - Washable - Choose Your Fabric

Custom Insulated Bento Box Lunch Bag :: binskistudio

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Lunch Bag - Reusable, Recycled Cotton - yum yum bird

Yum Yum Bird Reusable, Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag :: doodlebirddesign

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Insulated Lunch Bag,Vinyl Bottom, Owls, nylon liner with inner zipper pocket.Insulated Lunch Bag – Owls :: bagitwithkfcreations

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Lunch Bag, Toddler Lunch Bag, School Lunch Bag, Eco Friendly, Girls Lunch Bag, Easter, Pink, Turtle, FrogEco Friendly Lunch Bag – Frog :: little packs

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Man Bento Bag, Man Lunch Bag

Man Bento Bag/ Man Lunch Bag :: homesteadcat

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Insulated Lunch Bag, Girls Lunch Bag, Lunch Tote, School Lunch Bag,Women Lunch Bag-Mint Green Pinwheel Lollipop
Mint Green Pinwheel Lollipop Lunch Bag :: LeLaStudio
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Girl's Lunch bag Mini tote bag Pink Light Blue Strawberry Cotton Japanese fabric

Blue Strawberry Girls Lunch Bag :: MasumiBoutique
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Insulated Lunch Bag Tote Large Construction Zone Boy Washable Lunch Bag by BonTonsGifts on Etsy
Construction Zone Boys Washable Lunch Bag :: BonTons
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Pretty in Pink Executive Lunch Bag, BPA Free moisture resistant lining, Bento Box Zippered, insulatedPretty in Pink Executive Lunch Bag :: AptosBeach

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Mustache Lunch Bag ToteMustache Lunch Bag Tote :: MyaCdesign

 
 
 
 
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“Sweet Booties” now in paperback–look inside!

August 14, 2013, 13:32 pm  Posted by Lark
 

One of our best-loved books about handmade crafts for babies, Sweet Booties, has just published in paperback, and we’re pretty dang excited about it.

 

Whether you’re celebrating your own wee one or looking for just the right source of petite gift-giving inspiration, Sweet Booties! And Blankets, Bonnets, Bibs & More has got you covered. Below are some of the projects you’ll find within its pages—it’s a cuteness overload, we know.

 

This new paperback edition also includes a cd containing 12 full-size patterns you can download and print, keeping things easy and do-able, no matter what you’re making.

Want to learn more? Find Sweet Booties on BN.com, Amazon.com, and in your local bookstore.

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Baby Janes

The apple of your eye will look like a peach in these mini Mary Janes. Wouldn’t you like a pair, too?

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Sprinkles Sunhat

Oh, Baby! Everyone will want to know where you got this sweet little hat. With the cute fabric and brim, you’ll be eating up the compliments and keeping out of the sun.

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Patchwork Bib

This bib (and its matching burp cloth) features fabric, rickrack, and ribbon in an assortment of colors and patterns, making perfect for a custom gift.

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Birdie Rattles

Curious babies, rejoice! These soft, squishy rattles are just for you. These tweet creatures rattle in a most engaging manner, and the beaks, wings, and tails are just the thing for pulling and chewing. Conveniently, the tie handles can also attach to strollers, high chairs, or play gyms.

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Yo-Yo Mobile

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a yo-yo mobile! Pick bold colors and fabrics to match a nursery theme and hang the mobile over the crib or changing table. Baby will be endlessly entertained.

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Too-Too Fun Bib

With its simple template, sweet button clasp, and stash-busting patchwork pattern, this little bib is a breeze to whip up.

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Cuddle Quilt

Once upon a time, someone made a special quilt for the whole family to cherish. Let that someone be you. This is the blankie Baby will want to take along everywhere.

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Welcoming Baby: Homemade Must-Haves

August 13, 2013, 14:07 pm  Posted by Lark
 

When it comes to homemade, there’s nothing more special than making things for a new little person. And when it comes to baby gear, the choices are endless. As a new mom, I mostly kept things simple both in what I bought and what I made. If you’re welcoming a new person – or celebrating someone who is – here’s my list of must-have homemade items for baby:

Quilts & Blankets
I am on quilt three for miss Ruby. Naturally, they top my list of special homemade things for baby. Nothing says handmade hug more than a quilt – or six! The Cuddle Quilt in Sweet Booties is a great place to start if you’re new to quilting. 3-inch squares pieced together in sections and then rows….couldn’t be easier! Or more cuddle-able!

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Journal Your Way – Free Project

August 09, 2013, 14:32 pm  Posted by Lark
 

 

Earlier this week, Journal Your Way by the venerable Gwen Diehn published in paperback for the first time! In celebration, we would like to share a free project with you. This choose-your-own-adventure journaling book gives you the tools you need to pick the paper, binding, and cover that you like, and mix and match them to build a truly custom journal. I chose my favorite binding and cover techniques to share, which you’ll find below in separate pdfs.

First, here are the tools and materials, along with a guide for choosing paper.

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Dynamic Is the Word for Marcia DeCoster’s New Book

August 07, 2013, 12:00 pm  Posted by Lark
 

The latest title from Marcia DeCoster

 

What should you know about Marcia DeCoster’s latest book, Marcia DeCoster’s Beads in Motion? Well, she presents an array of beautiful jewelry projects that are lively, active, energetic, vibrant, full of life, pulsating, and animated. That’s because every one of the 24 beaded pieces in this book includes an element of movement.

Now available, Beads in Motion showcases distinctive rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that “spin, sway, swing, or slide.” Illustrating jewelry that is simultaneously playful and sophisticated, Marcia covers the fundamentals of stitching techniques and  clearly explains the steps for making all of these pieces, also allowing you the opportunity to add your own “twist” or creative vision by exploring these designs while using components or materials in different ways or colors.

Learn how to make this fun Gabriella Ring where the top twirls around its sparkling center.

 

Visit Marcia DeCoster’s website to learn more about her projects, workshops, and upcoming events.

 
 
 
 
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For the Dog Days of Summer: Free Paper Pups Project

August 01, 2013, 09:53 am  Posted by Lark
 

At Lark we require little cause to celebrate the canine. We’re a dog-loving lot. Since the steamiest part of summer known as the Dog Days* is well under way, some canine-related craftiness seems in order. Perfectly apropos: A free project from Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold by origami whiz Hiroshi Hayakawa. Easy-to-fold templates of nearly every breed imaginable are included in this delightful book: Boxer, Dachshund, Beagle, Lab, the list goes on. You can also make props for your pups—a fire hydrant, a house, or a Best-in-Show badge (undoubtedly deserved!). The projects in Paper Pups are simple and accompanied by illustrations that show you precisely where to cut and fold.

To make the free Mutt project shown below, all you need are a few basic tools (scissors, a ruler, a bone folder, and a craft knife) and some cardstock. If you want to customize your pup—give him a dappled coat or shaded tail—use acrylic paint, colored pencils, or pastels. Click here to design your own canine: Mutt project. Happy Dog Days! 

You can find Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold at Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

*This curiosity of the calendar can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who attributed the spike in temperatures to the pairing of Sirius, the Dog Star, and the sun, which, from July 24 to August 24, rose at about the same time. A dog date worth noting: August 16, the feast day of Saint Roch, patron saint of canines.