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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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Crochet Boutique: Hats — Free Pattern

August 20, 2014, 15:13 pm  Posted by Connie Santisteban
 

While I was walking through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Sunday I spotted it—the leaves are starting to turn here in NYC. Yes, it’s still mostly green everywhere, but once you see the first leaves you know that fall is not far behind. That means it’s time to pick up that crochet hook, prepare for the coming cold, and Crochet Boutique: Hats by Rachael Oglesby is the perfect book to restart your fall stitching.

 

I love a brisk fall day, but I don’t love an early sunset. The Neon Pom is the perfect antidote for those of us who will inevitably feel sun starved by winter. We can make our own sunshine, so download your free copy of this pattern here: Neon Pom pattern

 

 

Pre-order your copy of Crochet Boutique: Hats and keep your eyes on this space for a fun giveaway in the coming weeks. Hint: there’s Madelinetosh involved. Yes, I’m excited!

 
 
 
 
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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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Tune in this Monday, August 18 from 10am-noon EST to see Candie Cooper present projects from her new book, Earringology  (Lark Crafts, $24.95, June 2014) on JTV’s Jewel School. She’ll be presenting a variety of techniques from knotting to easy metalworking alongside trendy materials like leather and silk.

 

You can watch live online at Jewelry TV, or use their Channel Finder to tell you where you can view in your area.

 

About the book:

In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.

 

About the author:

Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for unique materials and color combinations, inspired by her extensive travel and years living in China. She is the author of several jewelry books with Lark, including Necklaceology and Metalworking 101 for Beaders. Candie hosts the public television series Hands On, has appeared as a featured guest on PBS’s popular Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, and teaches creative workshops nationally. She currently lives in Wabash, IN.

 

Check out some of Candie’s beautiful earring designs below:

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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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!