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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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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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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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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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Throwback Thursday: Crochet Love

July 24, 2014, 16:32 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!

While we love sharing all of our latest titles with you, sometimes it’s nice to take a look back at some of the other great Lark books now lining our shelves. With guides on everything from crocheting and knitting to beading and book-binding, we at Lark Books pride ourselves on having something for everyone, with books of projects and instruction to help crafters of every discipline progress from beginner to expert in their respective fields. So whether you missed hearing about these fantastic titles when they first came out or you could just use a fresh reminder, there’s no need to worry about missing out on all the fun.

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Whether you sew, embroider, scrapbook, or crochet, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the name Jenny Doh. The renowned craft author has made quite a name for herself within many different areas of the crafting world, and it’s no wonder why when her books are all so elegant, sweet, and fun. Well Crochet Love is no exception.

Inspired by the Japanese design style of Zakka, which is all about elevating the ordinary to imaginative levels that make people smile, Crochet Love offers 27 simple and stunning projects that include scarves, handbags, finger puppets, and more. With detailed instructions and photographs that illustrate each step of the process, as well as an informative “Basics” section, Crochet Love is perfect for beginners looking to jump right in and start creating fun and adorable crafts right away.

With a variety of small projects that are ideal for crocheting on the go (and finishing quickly), as well as projects that are not only decorative but useful too (like a seat cushion and a doorstop), Crochet Love is a wonderful tool for anyone looking to fill their house with handmade crafts or give make someone special a personalized gift.

 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF CROCHET LOVE:

Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, July 30th. Winners will be selected by Thursday, July 31st. Click here for the official rules. Show us your #TBT love, and we’ll return the favor!

 
 
 
 
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Starting next week: Throwback Thursdays!

July 17, 2014, 15:19 pm  Posted by joshglickman
 

Announcing a new feature segment on our Lark Crafts blog: Throwback Thursday, or as you might already call it, #TBT! Starting next week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite books from past seasons, every Thursday. With great crafting projects and ideas to share from our archives, this is a chance to revisit old favorites, and to discover something new you might’ve missed the first time.

 

To make Throwback Thursday even more fun, we’ll be offering book giveaways each week to our readers, so be sure not to miss out on the craft-stalgia! We can’t wait for next Thursday and hope you’ll join us for the #TBT fun.

 
 
 
 
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A Year of Pies – Autographed Copy GIVEAWAY

December 09, 2013, 11:09 am  Posted by Lark
 

Tis the season for baked goods! Whether you’re whipping up something special to share at an upcoming holiday gathering or simply feel the urge to warm up your kitchen with the comfort of something piping hot to balance out these cold days, we have the book for you. A Year of Pies offers up a full year of seasonal, natural recipes for pies and tarts both sweet and savory utilizing the best of what each season has to offer. A total of 60 recipes are included, 15 for each season. Classics are covered, but with Ashley English’s unique culinary spin. It would make a perfect holiday gift for that foodie friend on your list.

Learn much more about A Year of Pies in my earlier post here and view some of the great praise the book has garnered here.

To further celebrate the holiday season, we wanted to provide a chance to win an autographed copy of the book. Just leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 15. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us your favorite kind of pie or a fond pie memory. One lucky winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, December 16. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!

 
 
 
 
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Mod Podge Rocks! & Mod Podge Product Bundle GIVEAWAY

December 02, 2013, 14:13 pm  Posted by Lark
 

We’re feeling really generous around here lately, swept up by the holiday spirit. What a perfect opportunity for us to shed a light on one of our favorite books and product lines.

Written by dynamo Amy Anderson, Mod Podge Rocks! is a fun exploration of one of the world’s favorite craft brands and line of products. We know crafters absolutely love Mod Podge and embrace the opportunity to learn more about its vast creative potential.

To continue to celebrate the book we wanted to offer up an absolutely huge giveaway to one very lucky winner. Whether you’re looking to add to your own personal crafting arsenal, or you’re seeking to bestow the gift of Mod Podge to someone else, why not throw your name in the virtual hat?

Here’s what the package includes:

* a copy of the Mod Podge Rocks! book

* Mod Podge mini tote bag

* Essential Tool Kit (brayer and squeegee)

* Silicone Craft Mat

* Roller Applicator Kit

* Detail Tool Kit (pouch, ruler, distressing stick, squeegee, 3.5-inch scissors, 6.5-inch scissors, brush)

* Brush Applicator

* Glow-in-the-Dark with Brush

* One-Step Crackle Medium with Brush

* Dimensional Magic (original + silver glitter)

* Tracing Templates (alphabet + shapes)

* Podgeable Papers (six sets)

* Podgeable Shapes (three sets)

* 3D Adhesive Mounts

* Sampler Set (six mini .44 oz. pots)

How can you enter for a chance to win this amazing giveaway? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 10. Any comment will do, but why don’t you tell us how you like to use Mod Podge? One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, December 11. Click here for the official rules.This giveaway is now closed. We will be announcing the winner soon.

 
 
 
 
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Book Play: GIVEAWAY (THREE Winners!)

November 20, 2013, 13:13 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Lark Crafts Handmade Holidays Have you checked out Book Play yet? Accomplished book artist and teacher Margaret Couch Cogswell offers up more than 20 wildly creative interpretations of the handmade book in this beginner-friendly, illustration-rich resource. Looking for a great gift for that creative friend who loves to play with paper, mixed media, and more? We think this may very well fit the bill. Check out this preview post telling you more about the book. And try one of the two great free downloadable projects we’ve recently offered: The Happiness Ticket Book and The Matchbox Book.

The holidays are making all of us feel a little more generous than normal. And when you add books AND beautiful handmade items to the mix, well, there’s a whole lot of joy to go around. I’m offering up THREE giveaway packages. Yes, you read that correctly. Each set will include a copy of Book Play and an actual project from the book made by Margaret. The three projects are featured in the images below. We will randomly select which of the three projects each of the winners will get. Leave a comment on this post telling us which of the three you would prefer to have by midnight EST on Tuesday, November 26. We will choose three names at random from all the eligible comments  and will announce the winners on Wednesday, November 27. Please click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. We will post the winners soon.

REPURPOSED SURFACE NOTEBOOK

TRAVEL COMPANION

MARGARET’S JOURNAL / HALF FULL JOURNAL (without display box)

 
 
 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Craft Your Life & Needlearts Collection!

November 14, 2013, 06:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I’m supposed to be doing a sewing book collection giveaway, but when I went to choose the titles I simply couldn’t limit it to just the one subject! There are knitting, crocheting, sewing, doodling, crafting with kids, paper folding, quilting, and jewelry making titles. Keep the entire collection for yourself, or gift the titles that are already on your bookshelf.

We’re offering up the entire 16 title collection pictured below to one lucky person. To enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 19. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, November 20. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rene!

One + One Hats

One + One Scarves

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Aimee Ray’s Sweet & Simple Jewelry

Crochet Garden

Pretty in Patchwork Holidays

Adventures in Pompom Land

Crochet Boutique

Stitched Blooms

AmiguruME

Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go

Stuffed Animals

Crochet Love

Craft-a-Doodle

Hand in Hand

Paper Pups