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Throwback Thursday: Journal It!

August 28, 2014, 13:52 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Keeping a journal is an excellent way to explore ideas and express emotions. An exciting blend of book arts, writing, and collage, journaling provides an outlet for creative thinking and experimentation. But sometimes it can seem a bit daunting. Many never even begin for fear of making a mistake or not knowing where to start.

 

Through the journals of 19 mixed-media artists, Journal It! by Jenny Doh offers plenty of inspiration and ideas, as well as each artist’s favorite techniques, tips, and creativity boosters. The featured work ranges from lettering expert Jill K. Berry’s beautifully-calligraphied travel journals to Jeannette Sclar’s whimsical gardening books, and the techniques include everything from toner-based transfer and watercolor to textures with salt and stitching on fabric and paper.

 

Experienced journalers will learn a variety of new skills and techniques, while beginners, with over 200 photographs to guide them, can start making journals of their own right away.

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF JOURNAL IT!

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, September 3rd. Winners will be selected by Thursday, September 4th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Homemade Living

August 21, 2014, 14:45 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

We love the local foods movement, and now it’s time to take it one step further.  Make your own pickles!  Turn those beautiful berries into delicious jam!  They make great back to school gifts for your children’s teachers, and don’t forget – the holidays are just around the corner.

If you think you can’t do it, think again!  In Homemade Living: Canning and Preserving, Ashley English teaches us the tricks of the trade.  Even if you’re a beginner, this book will make it fun and simple.  English offers clear information to help you get started, how-to steps, invaluable trouble shooting tips, tons of inspiration, plus profiles of home canners.  She demystifies the science behind the process, so you’ll know what you’re doing is safe, and tells you what to look for when selecting ingredients.  Broken down by seasons, she shares delicious recipes from timeless canning classics – Strawberry Jam, Sweet Pickle Relish, Apple Butter – to modern twists – Curried Winter Squash Chutney, Peach and Lavender Butter, and Tomato Basil Sauce – that are sure to become favorites.

More in the Homemade Living series:

-          Homemade Living: Keeping Chickens

-          Homemade Living: Home Dairy

-          Homemade Living: Keeping Bees

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING:

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, August 27th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, August 28th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: French General

August 15, 2014, 18:05 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

This week for Fall Preview Friday, we take a sneak peek at Kaari Meng’s upcoming French General: A Year of Jewelry (January 2015; $24.95).

 

Always conjuring up images of romance, café society, haute design, France has—and continues—to be the country of love and beauty. And no one knows the French aesthetic better than author Kaari Meng, designer, home stylist, and founder of the French General store.

 

With a total of 36 French vintage-inspired jewelry designs, Kaari guides us on how to make a necklace, bracelet, and earring that is inspired by each season. If you don’t have the specific beads she used, don’t worry. There are helpful tips on replacements that will still give you that classic French feel. Below are some preview photos from my favorite month, August. So, start practicing your Oh-là-làs and get your beads out this Fall!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Flip Dolls & Other Toys

August 14, 2014, 16:01 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

It’s Throwback Thursday time! Let’s bring back the craft-stalgia with one of our old favorites: Flip Dolls & Other Toys that Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go.

Filled with wit, humor, and inventiveness, these delightful interactive playthings sometimes literally turn your expectations inside out. Page after page of clever projects include a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly, a vampire who becomes a bat, and ordinary dolls that transform into superheroes!

Laura Wilson is a designer and illustrator who lives between Memphis and Nashville, TN. Her creative work has been featured in many publications and websites, including CraftzineSew, Mama, Sew!Whip Up; and Kid’s Crafternoon Sewing. Find her online at WeWilsons.Blogspot.com.

 

Check out the Flip Dolls book trailer below:

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF FLIP DOLLS & OTHER TOYS:

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, August 20th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, August 21th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures

August 12, 2014, 14:16 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

I couldn’t wait to try my hand at a few of the projects in our new August title: Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures: 30 Projects to Copy, Cut, and Fold by Hiroshi Hayakawa.

 

The book contains an array of delightfully cute and spooky paper monsters and creatures that would make a perfect craft project for Halloween. I really enjoyed making the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects (picture below!) and look forward to making more to use as table decorations for Halloween parties this fall.

 

The project instructions and templates for the Baby Alien, Black Cat, and Trash Can Robot projects, plus a few others, are available on our FREE STUFF page. Try some out and share a picture of your projects with us in the comments section!

 


Get your copy of Paper Monsters and Curious Creatures today by ordering here, and get a jump start on your holiday decorating!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Chips

August 08, 2014, 14:09 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

This week we’re celebrating Fall Preview Friday with a delicious new twist on an old favorite: CHIPS: Reinventing a Favorite Food by Chris Bryant, coming out this October!

Everyone loves chips, the ultimate snack food and popular party treat! Now, with this beautifully photographed cookbook, you’ll have a variety of flavorful options for making many different types of chips.

Choose from over 60 delicious, savory or sweet varieties, including vegetables (potatoes, kale, beets), fruit (apples, plantain, pears), and other fun options (pitas, tortillas, wonton wrappers). Get a primer on potatoes, find out about tasty toppers and delectable drizzles, and try out some perfectly matched dips. Several top food bloggers are contributing their favorites, and the yummy photographs look good enough to eat.   In addition, you’ll find chapters that will familiarize you with the ingredients, techniques and tools you’ll need.

 

Check out some of these mouth-watering recipes from the book:

Fried rainbow beets.

Lotus with red curry.

Peppery dill beets.

Strawberry chips for dessert!

During a long run as Senior Art Director of Lark Books, Chris Bryant became the in-house food authority. His knowledge of cooking and culinary trends helped guide Lark’s food titles, including Cake LadiesA Year of Pies, and the Homemade Living series. Chris is a professional food and photo stylist and recipe developer. He is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance, Slow Food USA, and Culinary Historians of Piedmont, NC. Chris is developing his own food blog, extraslaw.com, to go live September 2014. He lives in Asheville, NC.

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Decorating Cookies

August 07, 2014, 15:28 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

We’re super excited for October when cookie guru Bridget Edwards’s new book Decorating Cookies Party is finally released.  In anticipation of this, we’re throwing back to her first delicious book – Decorating Cookies!  In this tasty guide, Bridget takes you through more than 60 delicious cookie-decorating designs for every occasion and holiday – from luscious springtime daisies, to spooky spider webs, to personalized birthdays.

 

Cookie dough and royal icing recipes are included, and every iced design features easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos. Additionally, five guest-star baker-bloggers each share a special decorating technique.

 

Bridget Edwards’s blog, Bake at 350, celebrates cookies, cakes, and the creation of sweet things. In addition to Bake at 350, Bridget runs a blog called University of Cookie that features video tutorials on cookie decorating. She was one of 15 food bloggers selected to participate in a bake-off fundraiser with TLC’s Cake Boss and Kelly Ripa, and is a member of TLC’s 20-member “Cake Crew,” which participates in themed blog challenges. Bridget has worked with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, in hosting a cookie-decorating workshop, and her cookies have been featured on MarthaStewart.com, the popular blog Cake Spy, and more.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF DECORATING COOKIES:

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, August 13th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, August 14th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Fall Preview Friday: Crochet Boutique Hats

August 01, 2014, 14:31 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

How does that saying go? “You can never have too many [fill in the blank].” Friends? Shoes? I daresay that accessory loving stitchers everywhere would say HATS. Hats are the perfect instant gratification project to use up those single/double skeins in your stash and to practice a new-to-you technique.

Coming in September, Crochet Boutique: Hats will give you 25 more reasons to say “you can never have enough hats!” From berets and beanies to caps and hoods, designer Rachael Oglesby has created something for everyone. There are patterns for women and men, for beginner and adventurous stitchers, and for those who are new to crochet there’s a handy guide that illustrates basic stitches.

 

I love the look (and the name!) of the pineapple stitch and am already planning out my outfits for the Pineapple Beret.

 

 

Granny squares are a classic and the Granny Square Beanie is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary with its slouchy shape.

 

 

I think the Bear Cub Beanie speaks for itself. Cute overload?

 


Want more? Pre-order Crochet Boutique: Hats today!

 

Rachael Oglesby is the bestselling author of Crochet Boutique (Lark) and the talented designer and crocheter behind softspoken, the blog and popular Etsy shop (where she’s a recurring featured seller and has sold over 2,000 items). Rachael’s work has also been sold through Modcloth and boutiques both nationwide and globally. She lives in Columbia, SC. Learn more about Rachael at rachaeloglesby.com

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: A Year of Pies

July 31, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

This week we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with: A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies!

Pie, the country’s perennial favorite and savory delight is the perfect way to get your summer off to a delicious start. With expert baker, Ashley English, learn how to fashion, bake, and shape 60 mouthwatering treats for the hot summer months and for all year round.

By using the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, English provides traditional and delectable recipes, for classic summer favorites of Blueberry Pie and Peaches & Creme Pie. With the accompanying full paged photos of English’s heavenly baked goods included, this cookbook will keep you coming back for seconds. Treat yourself to your own copy of A Year of Pies by clicking here.

Ashley English, author of the homemade Living series, has had a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge and Taproot magazine and has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM and has been named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Food Books of 2012.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF A YEAR OF PIES:

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, August 6th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, August 7th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics

July 28, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by Jill Jarnow
 

Who better to guide us through the creation of stunning kiln-formed glass projects than Brenda Griffith? With over 25 years of experience and the dedication to keep exploring new techniques and materials, her newest book, Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics (July 2014, $35.00), is beautiful, clearly written and artistically inspiring.

The book begins with Brenda reviewing studio set ups, tools, materials, and best practices before moving into step-by-step instructions for creating dazzling dichroic glass jewelry, stenciled tiles, fused boxes, and other pieces of sparkling glass artwork made with molds and casts.

As an example of her on-going passion for working with kiln-formed glass, Brenda includes how-to’s for new techniques that she has developed such as marbling with glass enamels and making oil pastels that, painted on glass, become one with the glass surface.

By far the most amazing technique Brenda includes in her new book is manual 3-D printing with glass, which she warns is only for the type A personalities among us (and you know who you are). But for those of us without the call to obsessive-compulsive kiln-formed glassmaking, Brenda’s book holds a wealth of information and unique projects.

Kiln-Formed Glass: Beyond the Basics is out now and you can order your copy here. If you are already a kiln-formed glass artist, or if you have ever wanted to add a new skill to your tool kit of crafts, this book is sure to excite you, as it did me!

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In 1987, Brenda Griffith launched Siyeh Studio where she teaches a variety of class-making techniques. The author of A Beginner’s Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass (Lark, 2007), her work appears in galleries across the United States and Canada. Brenda lives in Atlanta, Georgia.