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Crafty contests


Okay, I’ll admit I’ve never entered a craft contest, but I’ve always wanted to. Here are a couple of interesting contests that you should enter!

Indie Home Decor Challenge – Send a picture of your DIY home decor project and have a chance to win some really cool indie craft prizes. This contest ends June 18th.

PEEPS on Film – Create a video telling your PEEPS story (how you met them, or whatever…), or create a video showing what you can make with PEEPS. The winner receives several things, including a year’s supply of PEEPS! and a video camera. Nice. The deadline has been extended until May 31st.

So go enter one of these contests and win some cool prizes.

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Book Review: The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet



I got this book, The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet, a while back for my birthday, and I have been meaning to share my thoughts about it. Overall, it’s a fun book.

The beginning of the book gives some basic tutorials on crocheting, which is helpful for anyone getting into crochet. I have heard some negative reviews on Amazon, stating that the book isn’t very good for someone brand new to crochet, so keep that in mind.

The book also has several crochet projects, and some of them are actually cool (Sometimes things that label themselves cool are actually quite the opposite. There’s a pattern for a beanie hat, a scarf, a couple of blankets, different purses, and some other fun items. The wide variety of projects makes it good for me, because I like to try new things.

As I said, on Amazon, there were several negative reviews, but overall for me, I love The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet.

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Mother’s Day gift ideas


Mother’s Day is coming up soon, so if you don’t have a gift picked out, consider making one of the following fun crafts.

Herbal Bath Tea – She says they’re easy to make, and they certainly look like nice gifts.

Cute Bag – If you’re a sewer, this bag is awesome!

Rice heat therapy bag – Wonderful for pampering and soothing aches and pains.

Bookmark with vintage fabric – For the reader mom.

Glass Terrariums – A fun project you can make together with your kids.

Tin can pin cushion – Cute, and easy.

Bottle cap magnets – Super cute, and what mom doesn’t like fridge magnets? (Or is that just my mom?)

Paper frames – Make your own paper frames inspired from a Japanese book. Perfect for framing a photo for mom.

*Photo courtesy of Kanko

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What Craft Projects are YOU Working On?

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To help inspire me (and maybe inspire you as well) I thought it would be fun to share the craft projects you are currently working on. I am still working on getting my craft area set up. That could take a while!

So what are you working on? Leave a comment and let us know what craft you’re working on these days. And if you have pictures of the craft, even better! Post a link so we can see.

Let’s inspire each other!

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Your Craft Space


I just moved from one apartment to another this weekend. Moving is stressful and difficult, to say the least. However, it’s gotten me to think about my craft space and how I want to organize it.

I wish I had a whole room to dedicate to crafting, but I’m lucky to get just a corner of a room. I want the space to be organized as well as creative, but that’s a tall order, especially with limited space. I’m inspired by some of the great ideas at Country Living’s Make a craft room photo gallery. Check it out and look at all the cool things you can do with your craft space.

What about your craft space? Do you have a whole room set aside for crafts, or just a desk or a closet? Does your space inspire you, and if not, what could you change in order to make it inspiring?

*Image courtesy of decor8

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Craft Funk

Have you ever been in a craft funk? That’s what I call it when I have projects I’m in the middle of but I don’t feel like doing them, or when I see all kinds of cute crafts around me but I still don’t feel inspired to craft.

If you’ve been in a craft funk, how do you cope with it? Here are some of the things I’m thinking about doing:

  • Waiting it out. This isn’t ideal, because I want to get crafting! But surely the funk will disappear sometime on its own, right?!
  • Trying something completely different. Maybe I just need a change of pace. I usually crochet or do paper crafts, so I may try my hand at sewing if I get brave enough. That just might push me out of the craft funk I’m in.
  • Make time for crafting. Sometimes I want to do something crafty but I just can’t find the time. So I’m going to make a special effort to designate some craft time for me.
  • Make something easy. Sometimes you just need a little push in the right direction to get your craft juices going. An easy project might get me on the path back to crafty goodness!

Those are my thoughts on getting rid of this nasty craft funk. Anyone else have some tips they’d like to share?

–Holli Jo

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Celebrate Earth Day – Craft & Recycle!


Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd). In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d highlight some of the crafts you can make from used material. Craft something that’s earth friendly today!


Tealight Decoration using recycled cardboard tubing.

Magazine Bowl – a bowl made of magazine pages. Amazing!

Make your own Paper – Use up your paper scraps and make new paper.

Handbag made from books – This is the coolest! Refashion an old book into a cool purse.


Peasant top – Cute shirt made from a thrift store muumuu.

T-shirt into Tube Top – It even has cute pockets.

Refashioned T-shirt – Make an oversized shirt fit you.

Field Bag – Use your old clothing to make this cool field bag.

Denim Potholder – Cute way to reuse your old jeans.

Knit Tea Cozy – Use up your leftover yarn stash!


Crocheted Plastic Bag Tote – Cute bag made from plastic bags.

Messenger Bag – Another crocheted bag using plastic bags.

Fusing plastic bags – This tutorial teaches you how to fuse plastic bags together, which can then be used to make all kinds of cool stuff!

VCR Tape Evening Bag – Have a bunch of old VHS tapes you don’t need? Crochet the tape into this fabulous bag!


Aluminum Can Jewelry – A beautiful way to reuse an aluminum can. And it’s wearable.

*Photo by aussiegall

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