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Take a sneak-peek at BOUND by Erica Ekrem

September 30, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by John Foster
 

Bound coverEver have an inspiring observation or thought that you wish you wrote down? Ever have the urge to spontaneously sketch? Ever wish you quickly jotted down a funny quote you heard?

 

Well, now you can create your own unique journals with expert guidance by author Erica Ekrem in her fantastic book Bound out this January. Erica gives everything you need to create over 20 stunning and original paper-bound journals, diaries, and pamphlets.

 

Inspired by nature, create a shell-encased diary, a leaf-enclosed booklet, or a driftwood journal. Looking to cherish, try a memory-inspired scrapbook. Whether for personal use or used as a gift, let Erica un-bind your creativity and teach you how to get bound!

 

Pre-order your copy of today and get ready to make your own bound keepsakes.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Wee Felt Worlds

September 25, 2014, 17:07 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Wee Felt WorldsFor Throwback Thursday this week, we’re taking a look at the adorable Wee Felt Worlds. There’s something magical about things made in miniature—and now you can create whole wee worlds of them, with three-dimensional critters and scenery!

 

It’s easy to do with needle felting, an oh-so-simple process that requires very few tools!  Choose one of ten fun felted scenes with 50 individual items, including a prehistoric landscape with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and Paleolithic plants; a camping adventure featuring an adorable bear cub; a sweet sewing room, and even a galaxy far, far away with UFOs.

 

Along the way, readers get tons of techniques and tips from the designers—from basic felt shaping to creating joints—and lots of helpful step-by-step illustrations.

 

Author Amanda Carestio is the author of several Lark titles, including Fa la la la Felt, Never Been Stitched, Heart-Felt Holidays, and Felt-O-Ween (out now!).

 

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Throwback Thursday: Cake Ladies

September 18, 2014, 19:24 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Cake LadiesAlmost every town in the South, large or small, has its own cake lady, that one special person who shows her love for friends and families by providing delicious Southern baked goods for all of the community’s special occasions. In Cake Ladies by Jodi Rhoden, this southern tradition is celebrated with profiles of 17 different women who wear this title with pride.

 

These talented bakers don’t just share their personal story; each one also reveals their signature recipes, providing detailed instructions and mouthwatering photographs so bakers everywhere can enjoy delicious desserts with some southern charm. With a variety of traditional southern cakes, ranging from a caramel cake and a strawberry shortcake to a pineapple upside-down cake and Mississippi Mud, you’ll be eager to try them all. It won’t be long until you too are a cake lady, making your loved ones’ celebrations a bit sweeter with the perfect cake for their birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

 

Be sure to order your copy of Cake Ladies today and let the baking begin!

 

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ENTER TO WIN OUR SPECIAL CAKE LADIES GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, September 24th for your chance to win a copy of the book + a special Cake Ladies apron for your kitchen. Winners will be selected by Thursday, September 25th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Hand in Hand

September 11, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Hand in handThis week we’re celebrating Throwback Thursday with Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh! This imaginative book showcases DIY crafting ideas for kids from twenty top parenting bloggers.

 

From papier-mâché masks to keepsake pillows to family banners, these fun-filled projects that both parent and child can make together. With the flip of a page, these simple moments with your child will create lasting memories, inspire creativity and instill confidence in your child’s abilities.

 

Included are easy-to-follow instructions for children and family members of all ages, beautifully-illustrated pictures and creative designs, and personal antecedents from parenting superstars. Jenny Doh’s Hand in Hand is one family craft book will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and is the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as a keynote speaker across the nation delivering messages on creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication, and focused compassion. Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny’s previous books include Signature Styles and Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration. She lives in Santa Ana, California.

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF HAND IN HAND

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, September 17th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, September 18th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Throwback Thursday: Artful Halloween

September 04, 2014, 10:00 am  Posted by joshglickman
 

Artful HalloweenFriends, Halloween is right around the corner!  Interested in some spooky – but stylish – Halloween projects this year? Then be sure to grab Artful Halloween to get ready for October 31st with 31 beautiful costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas!

 

Give your house a spooky, sophisticated look with projects like black lace votives, a “blood-splattered” paper bouquet, monster cupcake toppers, glow-in-the-dark treat buckets, illustrated pumpkins and black doily spider webs.  Also included are guidelines for tools, materials, and techniques to get you started.

 

Author Susan Wasinger designs houses, products, books, and magazines.  She is the author of several books, including The Feisty Stitcher and Artful Christmas, which comes out in September!

 

You can get ready for the holiday season by ordering your copy of Artful Halloween here.

 

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF ARTFUL HALLOWEEN

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, September 10th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, September 11th. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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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!

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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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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:

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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!