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9781454708827_ccvr9781454708834_ccvrCome fall, the Don’t-Get-Caught Doodle Notebook and I’m-So-Bored Doodle Notebook will be available in paperback — just in time for the beginning of the school year! At a glance, these titles look like ordinary composition notebooks, but take a look inside and you’ll see that the pages are full of fun and games to entertain: doodles to color or complete, games to play, activity prompts, and more.

 

Don’t-Get-Caught even includes fake class notes and instructions for creating secret codes, and I’m-So-Bored features tons of doodles, funny caricatures, and silly multiple-choice quizzes. Even adults will find these notebooks entertaining and amusing.

The paperback editions of The Don’t-Get-Caught Doodle Notebook and I’m-So-Bored Doodle Notebook will be available in August. Pre-order your copies today!

 

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Lark Crafts DIY: St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2015, 12:05 pm  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you are Irish or an honorary Irish today, I hope everyone enjoys his or her green beer and shamrocks. Being half Irish, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has been a long-standing tradition in my family. Every year, we eat a big meal of corned beef and cabbage and my grandma’s famous soda bread. We then go to our favorite pub to watch step dancers and hear traditional Celtic music.

 

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It’s truly a celebration. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate with these two cuties! That picture was taken last year, but you can guarantee they will be wearing as much green and cable knits this time around.

 

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Incorporating some green into my outfit is extremely important today. Although I have on my green pants, it’s always nice to add another pop of color in the form of a broach, hairpin or jewelry. A fun and easy DIY to make is a felted shamrock pin. This is a great way to add some flair…and luck, even if you’re not Irish.

 

What you’ll need:

Green wool felt

Needle and thread

Broach pin

Hot glue gun

 

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To begin, cut 4 separate leaves like the ones shown above. These will be the shamrock’s petals. They don’t have to be perfect, just make two little “hills” as my nephew calls them.

 

Next sew the leaves together as shown, weaving in and out of the felt. Then, pull the threads together, joining the outermost leaves, and tie the threads tightly at the ends. This is your completed shamrock. You can play around with the leaves to bring the shape together as you like. Using the hot glue gun, glue the shamrock to the broach pin.  Wait to dry, and voila! You now have a lucky little charm help you cheers the day!

 
 
 
 
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coverWe’re so excited about the recent release of Sally Coulthard’s Shed Decor! The book is chock-full of beautiful photos of wonderful sheds around the world.

 

From a cozy “hunting hut” located in the middle of a forest in Sweden, a light and airy beach hut tucked among the white sand dunes of Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, or Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely’s colorful retro-inspired studio shed—you won’t be able to resist dreaming up ideas for your own dream shed as you peruse the stunning photographs included in this book.

 

The first part of the book profiles sheds around the world through shed “case studies” organized within six shed styles: Rustic, Vintage, Plain & Simple, Recycled, Retro, and Country, and the second part shows you how to decorate and furnish your shed to create each look. Visual lists of essentials show you which fabrics, textures, and furniture can help you achieve each shed style. Whether you already have a shed and are in need of inspiration and instruction for developing it into a usable and comfortable space, or you’re simply looking to feast your eyes on lush, inspirational photographs of sheds all over the world—this book is for you.

 

Check out a few images from the book below and order your copy of Shed Decor today!

 

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Lark Crafts DIY: Oscars Party Prep

February 20, 2015, 11:18 am  Posted by Diana Ventimiglia
 

The Oscars are two days away! Two. Days. For everyone who is as obsessed with the Oscars as I am, you can appreciate the excitement I’m feeling right now. What is Emma Stone going to wear? Who is going to trip going up the stairs to accept their award? Who will Benedict Cumberbatch photo bomb (hopefully everyone)?

 

Every year I have some people over and host an Oscars party to celebrate all those weird and amazing moments. Although the decorations and food may change, one thing that is a staple at these gatherings is Oscar Bingo.  I did this for the first time a few years ago and everyone went bananas over it.  It’s such a simple, fun game to get everyone involved…and the prize doesn’t hurt either. There’s lots of free printables on the Internet that have pre-made bingo sheets for you, but it’s easy enough to make your own.

 

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I pulled up a Word document, added a grid, and typed in my own fun squares.  Matthew McConaughey says “Alright, Alright, Alright”…my chips are on he does! I also printed my cards on a heavier card stock so they could hold up amongst all the cheers, boos, and party fouls. This year, I was also inspired by my copy of Washi Wonderful by Jenny Doh, and decided to fill in my free square using this versatile tape, as well as adding a few fun pops of color on the bingo card.

 

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The last thing I do to prepare for Sunday is to make sure my date is red-carpet ready. Phillip wears his penguin suit year-round, but that doesn’t take away from his dapperness. Add a tie, and this cat’s ready for his close-up.

 
 
 
 
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Hi guys! I’m Bridget from the blog, Bake at 350, and my latest book is called Decorating Cookies Party.

In the book, you’ll find several cut-out cookie recipes and a foolproof recipe for royal icing, perfect for decorating. We walk through cookie decorating techniques and step-by-step photo tutorials for over 50 cookies in ten themes.

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Here’s where even more fun comes in…use the cookies in the book as a jumping off point for your own ideas.

 

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In the book, there is a set of cookies for a Book Club Party. One of the cookies is a wine bottle because, um, you can’t have book club without wine. It’s a scientific fact.

 

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So, I used that idea to decorate some wine bottle cookies for Valentine’s Day. Same tutorial, same recipes, same techniques…switch out the colors and a few details, and you have cookies for another occasion altogether.

 

These cookies are super simple to decorate. Don’t worry about piping the wine labels with icing…all of the writing is done with a food coloring pen. Add your own wine varietal and vintage year. (I used this year and our wedding year.)

 

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[Note: always be sure the icing is completely dry before using a food coloring pen, allowing at least 6-8 hours of drying time.]

 

I’d love to see where the cookies in Decorating Cookies Party take your imagination. No doubt, the results will be delicious!

 

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Bridget Edwards is a highly visible baking expert who blogs at bake350.blogspot.com—named one of the top five baking blogs by Better Homes and Gardens in 2014—and tweets at @bakeat350tweets. She was one of 15 food bloggers selected to participate in a bake-off fundraiser with TLC’s Cake Boss and Kelly Ripa, has participated in themed blog challenges, and develops recipes for brands such as Imperial Sugar and Land O’ Lakes. Bridget’s recipes have appeared on DailyBuzz Food and her cookies have been featured on marthastewart.com, the hugely popular Pioneer Woman blog, the Today show blog, bonappetitit.com, Cake Spy, and and in Woman’s World magazine. Bridget lives near Houston, TX with her husband, son, and two kitties.

 
 
 
 
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Lark Crafts goes to CHA!

January 14, 2015, 15:21 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

This past weekend, Connie and I were thrilled to represent the Lark team at the annual Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in Anaheim, CA.

 

After two long days of ‘make-and-takes,’ fashion shows, and demonstrations, we came home more inspired than ever by the creativity of amazing crafters from across the country. Two days seemed only enough to scratch the surface! For our readers who weren’t able to attend CHA’s show this year, we’ve included a photo tour below to provide a glimpse into some of the beautiful, funky, and innovative products and crafts featured at the conference.

 

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Happy Holidays from Lark Crafts!

December 24, 2014, 09:31 am  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

Happy Holidays

 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lark Crafts!

Looking forward to many new crafting projects in 2015…

 
 
 
 
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Artful Christmas CoverThe elegant yet easy-to-make projects featured in Susan Wasinger’s Artful Christmas are all beautiful, but my favorite project from the book has to be the Pressed Clay Wreath (pictured below).

 

I was really surprised to see how such an ornate and elegant wreath could be made using widely available materials and in just 4 simple steps. Easy to make, yet sophisticated and beautiful, the projects included in Artful Christmas are perfect for those of us who are usually scrambling to pull everything together during the busy holiday season.

 

I’m currently in the midst of an apartment move, and with the usual hustle and bustle that inevitably accompanies the holidays, plus a new apartment full of unpacked boxes on my hands, I won’t be able to spend a lot of time and energy on decorations for the holidays. With this in mind, I definitely plan on scratching my creative itch and making a few of these projects to decorate my new place this Christmas.

 

Check out the Pressed Clay Wreath project from the book below and consider making your own to display as a table centerpiece or decorative wreath.

 

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Spring Preview Saturday: Shed Decor

November 22, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

coverI don’t have a shed, but after checking out our upcoming title, Shed Decor (March, 2015), I really wish I did. It’s hard to look at the amazing sheds from around the world that are featured in this book and not wish that you had your own to furnish and decorate. How great would it be to have a cozy space in your garden, away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, to design, furnish and use exactly as you choose?

 

Shed Decor is chock-full of wonderful full-color photographs and tips, tricks, and inspiration for decorating and furnishing the shed that best suits your vision. Whether you’d like a cozy, rustic studio shed, an urban den, or a chic, modern shed, Shed Decor will show you how with the right combinations of colors, fabrics, accessories, and furnishings, you can transform an outdoor building into the shed of your dreams.

 

Check out the awesome shed interior styles featured in the book below and pre-order your copy of Shed Decor today!

 

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Deck the halls with Artful Christmas

November 21, 2014, 15:37 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

Artful Christmas CoverDeck the halls with beautiful handmade Christmas decorations this holiday season!

 

Artful Christmas, by Susan Wasinger, offers 30 elegant DIY Christmas craft projects for the home. Handmade ornaments and decorations make beautiful keepsakes and gifts, and the projects included in Artful Christmas are sophisticated, festive and easy and affordable to make.

 

From a delicate lace Doily Snowflake Bowl, sparkly Marbled Ornaments and charming Lacy Stars for display in frosty windows, to sophisticated gift tags and colorful gift wrapping ideas, the projects included in Artful Christmas are sure to add extra sparkle and warmth to your home this holiday season.

 

Check out a few of the projects from Artful Christmas below and be sure to order your copy today!

 

Dolly Snowflake

 

 

Folded Star

 

 

 

Marbled Ornaments

 

 

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