Beachside Buddies: Summer Crafts for Kids

Beachside Buddies: Summer Crafts for Kids

Don’t you just love going to the aquarium? When I’m at an aquarium, I often fantasize about climbing into the tanks with those beautiful fish and adorable turtles. Luckily, there’s a less dangerous way to get close to these stunning creatures–I can craft my own! The Pom Pom Sea Creatures pictured at left show how many […]

More Tees, Pretty Please! DIY T Shirts for the Family

More Tees Please! DIY T Shirts for the Family

Get ready for summer fun by stocking your drawers with a seasonal essential: t shirts! T shirts are lightweight, so they will keep you cool during outdoor activities. Plus, any color or design looks great with a pair of jeans. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a graphic tee that reflects […]

Citrus Sweet: Build Your Color Confidence

Citrus Sweet: Build Your Color Confidence

Freshly cut grass, saltwater, and sunscreen are just a few of the scents of summer. Even better than the scents, though, are tastes. When I’m on the beach, I like to enjoy a tall glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Even if you don’t have a chance to lounge around in the sun, you can get […]

Get In Shape! Geometric Patterns for Summer

Get In Shape! Geometric Patterns for Summer

When I sat down to review Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays, I was expecting 80 pages of red and green quilts. Instead, I was greeted by page after page of sewing projects that would look just as great in June as they would in December. The author, Cindy Lammon, is a […]

Seeing Spots: Ladybugs’ Picnic

Seeing Spots: Ladybugs' Picnic

Sesame Street has a history of teaching kids on the sly, and the song “The Ladybugs’ Picnic” is no exception. While children watched those cute bugs play games, tell jokes, and toast marshmallows, they learned how to count to twelve. In honor of Flashback Friday, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite ladybug crafts. […]

Meet the Authors: “The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas”


One of the perks that comes with being the editor of a crafting website is that designers will send their latest projects and publications right to you. When a new book from F+W Media arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to take a peek. The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for […]

Put a Ring on It: 5 DIY Ring Patterns

Put a Ring On It - 5 DIY Ring Patterns

Can it be true? Hollywood’s Eternal Bachelor, Mr. George Clooney, is engaged? Shocking! Word on the street is that he put a gorgeous (and enormous) ring on his girlfriend’s finger a few days ago. We’ll believe the marriage buzz when we get the invitation. In the meantime, all the hype about George settling down has […]

10 Mason Jar Crafts and Handmade Gifts in a Jar


Whether a glass jar once held peaches or pickles, there are tons of ways to make it new again. 10 Mason Jar Crafts: DIY Home Decor and Handmade Gifts in a Jar shows you how to raid your recycling bin and turn glass jars into great gifts or decorative accents for your home. No matter […]

Craft Your Own Zoo: 21 Animal Crafts

Craft Your Own Zoo: 21 Animal Crafts

Ever since I woke up at 3 am to watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton live on TV, I’ve been following their family more closely than a patriotic American probably should. It’s hard to resist this picture-perfect royal family, especially since Will and Kate have welcomed a bouncing baby boy into […]

The World is Your Oyster: 12 Precious Pearl Crafts

The World Is Your Oyster - 12 Precious Pearl Crafts

Just like lace and flowers, pearls add a dash of femininity to clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. But did you know that these delicate gemstones come from irritated mollusks? That’s right; if a parasite burrows its way into a mollusk, the mollusk grows a pearl around the affected area to prevent it from spreading. […]