Encourage Creativity: The 5 Best Apps for Kids


This post brought to you by Megan Gilligan and Katherine Sutton of AppCertain. Read our review of AppCertain! How can we use technology like iPad apps to stimulate kids’ creativity and encourage it? There are many apps that enlist a child’s creative thinking while they use them. Here are our top five picks for apps […]

Sewing Nightmares: Try Some Tips to Conquer Your Sewing Fears


AllFreeSewing asked you on Facebook what your biggest sewing nightmares were, and the answers were horrifying. What was really astounding was that most of you had actually realized your sewing nightmares. Reports of electricity outages, ill-fitted wedding attire, and even fingers caught in the sewing machine made us cringe. We thought we’d offer up some […]

Relaxation Secrets: Spa Day at Home


School is almost over, which means that the kids will be home for much longer periods of time. This can get stressful, unless you think of a brilliant idea (or AllFreeKidsCrafts does)… Relax with the kids at home by designating it spa day. I know that it’s rare to see “relax” and “kids” in the […]

Hot Glue Gun Tips

Here we are with some great new tips from bloggers! This week’s topic: Glue! Everything you could possibly want to know about how to make your hot glue gun strings go away or how to clean up those sticky messes! Hot Glue Gun Craft Tips from Whimseybox.com Crafting Tips from Dreamalittlebigger.com I know that when […]

Ask Maria: Candy Crafts = Bugs?


Question:  Crafting with candy seems very popular lately. What keeps the candy from attracting bugs? Answer: I think you are right that crafting with candy is very popular right now. Many “candy crafts” incorporate candy that remains in its original packaging, so that would not create a pest problem. But other crafts use candy out […]

Ask Maria: Bye-Bye Printed Books, Hello Digital?

Question:  Just recently, Encyclopedia Britannica announced it will no longer publish books, but go digital. Do you think art and craft books are headed in the same direction? Answer:  Radio was supposed to die when television was introduced and yet we still have plenty of radio stations broadcasting. Radio adapted, found niches, but like most […]

Ask Maria Ruffled Scarf Crazy

Reader Question: I’ve seen some beautiful ruffled scarves lately and would love to make one, but not sure what kind of yarn is being used. Any help? Answer: I have seen these scarves too and you are right–the scarves are fabulous, and amazingly easy to make. You’ll need what most are calling ruffling (also called […]

Ask Maria: Combine Crochet and Knit with The Knook

Reader Question: My friend said there is now a crochet hook that you can also knit with but I can’t find it anywhere. Have you heard of such a needle? The FaveCrafts.com team is just back from attending the 2012 Winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show and we did find the amazing tool […]