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Crafters Guide Cover (3)This weekend, I’m hoping to finally start painting my new bedroom. It’s a task I’ve been putting off for a while, but I’ve finally resolved to get it done this weekend. Jessica Swift’s The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns has been supplying lots of inspiration for the decoration of my new space, and I’m looking forward to getting the painting done so I can start adding my own patterned and colorful accents to the room.

 

While I’ve decided to keep the room simple with plain white walls for an airy, open feel (there’s nothing like a crazy move to make you crave simple, clean, open spaces!), I’m hoping to add bursts of color and patterns through furnishings, home décor items, and artwork on the walls.

 

The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns includes a whole chapter on filling your home with your own patterns. There are tips for applying your patterns to walls and floors, a tutorial on stenciling a border on a wall, and printing on tiles for a floor or walls.

 

An “In the Home Gallery” offers tons of inspiration for applying patterns to food trays, vases, wallpaper, and fabrics.  Check out a few of the images from the “In the Home” section of the book below and buy your copy of The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift here.

 

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Lark News Links Roundup – April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015, 10:31 am  Posted by Josh Glickman
 

We’ve put together a roundup of the wonderful coverage our Lark Crafts books received recently across the web. This week, Animal Kingdom, Shed Décor, and Woolly Woofers were featured in glowing reviews. Take a look through some of the great links below…

 

Animal Kingdom on Buzzfeed:

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Buzzfeed included Animal Kingdom in their roundup of “16 Coloring Books That Are Perfect for Grown-Ups.” Check it out HERE.

 

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Shed Décor on Architectural Digest:

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Architectural Digest featured a slideshow of gorgeous images from Shed Décor for inspiration on transforming a simple shed into a lovely garden room this spring! Take a look HERE.

 

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Woolly Woofers on Martha Stewart:


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The editors at Martha Stewart Living interviewed Woolly Woofers author Debbie Bliss on her cute and cozy knitwear designed for pets. Read the interview HERE, and find instructions for a free project from the book HERE.

 

 
 
 
 
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Tis the Season coverI think many of us can agree that Christmas is like the Super Bowl for crafters—this is the pinnacle of our crafting season! Handmade gifts, ornaments, decorations, and cards, oh my!

If you love Fa la la la Felt and working with craft felt we’ve got the perfect book for you—‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y.

This adorable sequel to Fa la la la Felt has 42 brand new felt projects so you can deck your halls with holiday joy.

 

 

Can The Sweet Treat Ornaments by Mollie Johanson be any sweeter?

 

Sweet Treats

 

The Pretty in Pink Poinsettia Wreath by Suzie Millions is a statement piece to dress any door in holiday style.

 

Pretty Pink Pointsettia Wreath

 

The Snow Bunnies Miniature Tree Skirt by Kathy Sheldon adds charm to any tiny tree.

 

Snow Bunny Tree Skirt

 

The Caroling Bird Stocking by Laura Howard hits all the high notes.

 

Caroling Bird Stocking

 

Dress up any gift card with the Holly Gift Tags & Gift Card Sleeve by Jennifer Jessee.

 

Holly Gift Tag and Card

 

This is just a small preview of all the holiday whimsy you’ll find in ‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y. Pre-order your copy today!

 

Photos by Susan Wasinger

 
 
 
 
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Crafters Guide Cover (3)One of my favorite titles this season is The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift. I am a big fan of bold, colorful patterns, and this book is jam-packed with them.  Jessica’s comprehensive instructions and the beautiful photography will have you wanting to get started creating your own patterns right away.

 

The first section features information and tips on sourcing inspirations for patterns, creating mood boards, choosing colors, and developing motifs, patterns, and layouts. Section two is full of project tutorials for applying your own patterns to a variety of surfaces and objects, like tiles, gift wrap, stationary, and fabric.

 

The book also includes Jessica’s interviews with five inspiring designers. After the cold, gray winter we’ve had, I’m starving for color, and can’t wait to try my hand at some of the projects in this book.

 

Check out a few images of my favorite projects from the book below, and be sure to check out Jessica’s blog as well. In celebration of the book’s release, she’s giving away four copies! Simply leave a comment on her blog post by this Sunday, April 12th for a chance to win. You can also enter to win on Jessica’s Instagram account.

 

Packaging from CGTP

 

 

Patterned Floor CGTP

 

 

Printed Gift Wrap from CGTP

 

 

Printing on Tiles from CGTP

 

 
 
 
 
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Lark Crafts DIY: Latvian Easter eggs

April 03, 2015, 15:00 pm  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

My favorite Easter activity is coloring eggs. My father’s side of the family is Latvian, and every year I make traditional Latvian Easter eggs with my sister, great aunt, and grandmother. This year, I had a special kitchen buddy—Ernie. My sister’s 9-month-old Australian Shepherd is, like most dogs, very interested in any and all food prep, but Ernie seemed particularly fascinated by the Latvian Easter egg preparations.


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Latvian Easter eggs are colored using dyes derived from all-natural materials—we color ours usingonion skins. It’s a really popular Latvian Easter egg-coloring method. The onion skins give the eggs a really beautiful earthy, rusty-red color and dried spices, herbs, leaves and/or flowers, wrapped or pressed around the egg and covered and held in place by the onion skins before boiling,  can result in really interesting shapes and patterns. You can also scratch the eggs after dying to create intricate designs.

 

What you’ll need:

Onion Skins

Nylon Stocking, Cheesecloth or, in a pinch, paper towels

Vinegar

Rubber bands (if using cheesecloth or paper towels)

Scissors

 

Optional:

Sharp tool for etching

Leaves, flowers, or other natural materials to create extra patterns on the egg

Vegetable oil or butter

 

First, collect a good amount of yellow onion skins. We bought a whole bag from the local grocery store, but some stores actually sell bags of just the skins.

 

Onion Skins

 

If you’d like to experiment with creating patterns using leaves and flowers on the egg, wrap them around the eggs first. (My sister and I dripped a little hot wax onto the egg to help keep the flowers and leaves in place before wrapping with the onion skins.)

 

Flower on Egg

 

Next, wrap the entire egg in onion skins (you can wet them first to make it easier to wrap them around each egg), then wrap each egg tightly with cheese cloth or paper towel and wrap each with a few rubber bands to keep everything in place while boiling. You can also use nylon stockings to create little bags for each covered egg. Simply cut pieces of the stocking big enough to cover each egg, place the egg in the stocking, pull the fabric tight around the egg to keep the onion in place and tie the stocking off at both ends.

 

Wrap onion skins around the egg

 

Place the eggs in a pot, add cold water and a little vinegar, and bring to a boil. Cook the eggs for 10-15 minutes. You’ll notice that the water will turn a red/orange color as the dye from the onion skins is extracted.

 

When the eggs are done, let them steep in the water for a few more minutes, then remove them from the water and let them cool. Use scissors to remove the rubber bands and the cheesecloth/paper towel/stocking and onion skins to reveal the color and patterns created by any plants. Peeling back the fabric and onions to reveal the color and patterns is the best part of the process. Use a sharp tool to scratch patterns into the egg if you like, then rub the eggs with vegetable oil or butter to give them a nice shine.

 

Dyed Eggs

 

Our eggs ended up with a lighter color (we could have used more onion skinsto make them darker) and a few of the leaves and flowers we added made interesting designs. We started to add a few etchings to the eggs with the point of some small scissors as well.

 

Ernie approved. Happy Easter!

 

Ernie with Eggs

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Lark Crafts DIY: Easter egg dying

April 02, 2015, 14:00 pm  Posted by Deborah Stack
 

Dying Easter eggs is a favorite tradition for many families, and one of my favorite techniques is one I was taught in college. My friends and I had a lot of fun experimenting in our kitchen with “tie-dyed” eggs.

 

Martha Stewart provides a great tutorial here teaching readers how to dye eggs using old silk ties. All you need to do is pick up some patterned ties (of 100% silk) from your local thrift shop, and soon enough you’ll have striped, spotted, and paisley eggs!

 

Take a look at some inspirational photos below:

 

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These awesome eggs were made by the folks at Dabbled.org. Follow this link for their tutorial.

 

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This beautiful egg was posted on Econesting.com. Learn more here.

 

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We love these gorgeous eggs dyed by Our Best Bites! Check out their tutorial here.

 

Here are the results of my silk-tie egg-dying experiment. Our eggs weren’t perfect, but we had a lot of fun making them!

 

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Get outdoors this spring with Shed Decor!

April 02, 2015, 09:49 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

coverSpring may be here technically, but the current weather in NYC definitely leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t wait until I can partake in sunny alfresco lunches, picnics in the parks and warm walks around the city.

 

In the meantime, before the nice, warm weather arrives, I’ve been perusing Shed Decor to get some ideas and plans ready for the rehabilitation of a garden shed at my dad’s house upstate. It’s in need of some serious refurbishment, and Shed Decor offers tons of ideas, tips, and inspiration for transforming any shed into a comfortable, organized space.

 

My favorite sheds profiled in the book are those that have been transformed into amazing studios and work spaces. Check out pictures of a few of them below, and order your copy of Shed Decor here.

 

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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.

 

shamrock kids

 

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

 

Shamrock Steps (3)

 

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!

 

Blue Shed

 

Swedish Shed

 

Tool Shed