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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 joshglickman
 

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 joshglickman
 

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!

 

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Spring 2015 preview from Sixth & Spring!

November 19, 2014, 16:57 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Here’s a sneak peek at what our friends at Sixth & Spring are doing in 2015!

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Made of high-quality, hand-painted merino, Koigu’s signature yarn is cherished for its wearability, versatility, and stunning colors. The collection of 30 magnificent shawls in WRAPPED IN COLOR (March 2015), all knit with Koigu, will be a must-have for the company’s obsessively loyal following! With patterns in all weights, from ultra-luxe lace to popular bulky yarns, every knitter will find a perfect project!

 

Maie Landra is the founder of Koigu and the Creative Director of Koigu Magazine. Her gorgeous designs are regularly featured in Vogue Knitting and many other publications. She lives in Chatsworth, ON, Canada.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

Layout 1Thanks to its extraordinary hand-dyed colors and luxurious textures, even the simplest garments knit with Noro Yarns look gorgeous. The 30 striking lace designs in NORO LACE (March 2015), highlight the beauty of this cult favorite.  The designs are meant for intermediate-to-advanced knitters, and are all made with Noro.

 

The vivid, elegant projects include hats, cowls, shawlettes, blankets, and more. With this unrivaled yarn, satisfying results are practically guaranteed!

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon.com  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

Drawing Guide AnimeWith easy-to-follow instructions and inspiration from some of the best anime artists in the world, THE MASTER GUIDE TO DRAWING ANIME (March 2015) by Christopher Hart teaches aspiring artists the essential techniques of original character design – including how to create and draw unique anime personalities and develop their own signature looks.

 

Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart provides insight into the six most popular types of anime characters: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous characters, and fantasy characters.  He provides templates for each, as well as a wide array of “menus” of head types, body types, outfits, and accessories.  This is the guide every would-be anime artist has been looking for!

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

Layout 1Every baby needs these knits—and every knitter needs this 60 QUICK KNIT BABY ESSENTIALS (April 2015)!

 

This adorable collection in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series features easy, creative projects that range from blankets and booties to onesies, cardigans, hats, and toys. Each one is made in cuddly Cherub, a popular, well-priced, ultra-soft acrylic yarn.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 

 

 

 

Layout 1For anyone with manga mania, this guided sketchbook will be an endless source of instruction and inspiration. MANGA DRAWING CLASS (July 2015) by Christopher Hart includes easy-to-follow lessons interspersed with high-quality pages for hands-on practice.

 

Bestselling author Christopher Hart shows how to bring manga’s faeries, warriors, villains, sci-fi figures, and monsters to life! The pad encourages students to sketch right along with Hart, mastering the skills to draw characters’ heads, expressions, bodies, outfits, and dynamic action poses.

Preorder here:

Barnes & Noble  /  Amazon  /  Indiebound.com

 
 
 
 
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Spring Preview Saturday: Craft Camp

November 15, 2014, 13:00 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

Craft CampWelcome to camp, crafters! The only one rule that must be followed: To have fun!

 

In Spring, readers will find over 45 projects that are perfect for crafters of all ages in Craft Camp (May 2015). Whether making a multicolored piñata for a festive gathering, a tiara for a dress-up party,or a notebook to hide prized possessions, these family-fun projects are perfect for a weekend dedicated to family bonding.

 

Check out some of our favorite projects from the book below. And be sure to pre-order your copy of Craft Camp today!

 

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Spring Preview Saturday: Woolly Woofers

November 08, 2014, 14:00 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

As a knitter, I often find myself frantically working in the weeks leading up to the holidays—my evenings and weekends become panicked races as I attempt to clothe each member of my family with handmade gifts. I can turn to many sources for patterns to suit every member of my family, with one exception: My dog!

For the furry family members who – let’s face it—sometimes earn more attention than our blood relatives, there is finally a source for every adorable sweater, bandanna, and seasonal costume imaginable, from Sherlock ‘Bones’ to a busy bee. Debbie Bliss’s fantastically cute patterns have delighted the Lark staff for ages, and we’re so excited to give you a sneak-peek at some of our favorite designs from her upcoming book, Woolly Woofers.

Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

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