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3 Mar

Happy Pub Day!

Despite all evidence to the contrary, spring IS on its way, and before you know it you’ll be swapping those big ol’ snow boots for something a little more…presentable. But who says grown-ups are the only ones deserving of stylish footwear? super cute 3If you’ve ever dreamed of uniting your love for crochet with your love for chubby baby feet, you are in luck, my crafty friend. Today we’re proud to publish Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies by Vita Apala!

In this adorable book you’ll find 30 sweet and gorgeous patterns for crocheted sandals, shoes, and boots to fit babies and toddlers. super cute 2Discover mini versions of your favorite shoe styles, including classic Mary Janes, tiny work boots, basketball high-tops, and even chic peep-toe sandals! Over 160 illustrations guide you toward crocheting the mini shoe closet of your little one’s dreams.

super cute 4Patterns include step-by-step instructions accompanied by numbered photos, and are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. And helpful tips throughout offer alternative styles so you can customize your project even further. You’ve crocheted your little one about a dozen adorable hats—now it’s time to cover up those toes in style! Be sure to snap a pic and share your projects with us on social media. We love to see your handiwork! (Or toes-iwork, as the case may be.)


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Tagged with: babies, books, booties, crochet, kids, shoes
24 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Hello again! We’ve got another double-whammy for you today. Two fantastic new craft books are now in stores and ready for you to get your hands-on crafty hands on! First up is a home decorator’s dream: Window Treatments with Style: Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Upstyling Your Windows by Hannah Stanton. Learn how to work with sheer fabrics to create a delicate look for your bedroom; master the art of covering a cornice board; and get tips on customizing store-bought shades to suit your unique style. 0093542.jpgwindows 4This comprehensive guide has all the instructions and inspiration you need to get stunning results, and also includes eight engaging case studies that provide valuable insight by other nonprofessionals: explaining the fabric and color choices, design challenges faced, and offer useful money and time-saving tips.0104858.jpgwindows 2

Beautifully illustrated tutorials and easy-to-follow instructions cover a wide range of techniques, arming you with the skills and confidence to tackle your own projects, whether you’re looking to make cute café curtains or stylish Roman shades.

Next up is a craft of a different color: 100 Pin Loom Squares: 100 Exciting Color Combinations to Try, Plus 15 Stylish Projects by Florencia Campos Correa. One of the first instructional full-color books showing actual weaving patterns and color combinations, this is a sourcebook of over 100 colorful patterns for making different styles of squares. pin looms 3 pin looms 2A techniques section covers the basics of weaving on the bias or straight and the various effects achieved by using different yarns, and the additional fifteen projects for scarves, jewelry, pillows, and more then show you how to use them. All the yarn used in the book is easily available so you can replicate the colors and styles. Once you get started you will think of all kinds of ideas for using these adorable little squares. Just look at this doggy sweater! pin looms 1

Get your copy today!

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Tagged with: books, DIY, pin loom, Sewing, window treatments
14 Feb

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY: Nothing says “I love you” like crafts, cats, and classic rap.

Today’s guest post is written by St. Martin’s Press Assistant Editor, Caitlin Dareff.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and all those star-crossed lovers and friends out there, here’s a little story about showing love through cross stitch.

This one goes out to you, Linnie…

My best friend and soul sister, Linnie, recently moved to Oakland, putting thousands of miles between us, as well as temporarily between her and her three beloved cats and husband, who would be following her out there later in the year. I knew she was missing home and her cat-children, and that she and Mike would eventually have a California residence that needed to be decorated. So I decided that the only thing to do, as is often the case, is cross stitch.

Inspired by a Facebook post Linnie had shared weeks before her move (we Facebook stalk the ones we love, right?), I decided to stitch for her a cat-tastic take on the Wu Tang Clan song, “C.R.E.A.M” (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”). Because, after all, nothing says “I love you” like crafts, cats, and classic rap. Upon further research, I discovered that I would not be the first person to cross stitch this ode to Wu Tang and cats, but I went with my own take on it.

I chose a combination of all caps block lettering and all caps cursive to provide a balance of hard and soft. As I always do when starting a new project, I mapped it out on graph paper beforehand to determine spacing. I waited until I had finished stitching the lettering to decide what kind of cat pattern would best complement it. In my experience, when cross stitching a simple cat pattern, orange tabby and black come out best, so for this project I went with the tabbies for a pop of color.

One week later and I was ready to send Linnie her first housewarming present for her first west coast home, stitched with love.



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Tagged with: cats, Cross Stitch, crossstitch, love, music, rap, smpcraft, valentine's day, valentinesday, wu tang clan, wutangclan
10 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Greetings, crafters and DIYers! Today we’re proud to publish The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook: A Practical Reference by Alex Law! This is no ordinary handbook: It’s full of gorgeous full-color photography of finished upholstery projects, alongside easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations for re-creating them at home. Whether you’re re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the guidance and techniques you’ll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-use format. Precise and detailed information on upholstery tools and materials, furnishing fabrics, and trimmings will help you build up your workshop, and sections on simple woodworking techniques, repairs, and surface finishes ensure that this book is the ultimate one-stop reference for the aspiring or semi-professional upholsterer.

From assessing the work, to estimating your materials, to planning the order of work, you’ll learn how to follow a logical method to get the job done. What could you possibly be waiting for? That old afghan draped across your ancient easy chair isn’t gonna last forever.

Get your copy today! Click here to order.

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Tagged with: books, DIY, how to, upholster
18 Jan

Goodreads Giveaway: Floral Knits by Martin Storey

During winter on the east coast, admittedly, there are many mornings when I wish we could all run around perfectly warm and cozy wearing this all day:

snowsuit But, let’s face it, only babies and possibly Beyonce could get away with wearing this.

So today’s post and Goodreads Giveaway is an extension of our Freebie Friday post where we shared a FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD so you can knit an all-season matching set of very feminine, stylish, and pretty tulip-inspired beret and fingerless gloves from Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs by Martin Storey.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floral Knits by Martin Storey

Floral Knits

by Martin Storey

Giveaway ends January 22, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Floral Knits is a brilliant collection of colorful nature-themed knit designs to dress your body AND decorate your home–from vests, pull-overs, scarves, shrugs, cardigans, purses, to coasters, blankets, pillows, as well as flower petal accessories. Enter now for a chance to win one of 20 copies. If you miss the deadline, which is this Thursday, January 22, Floral Knits is available at your favorite bookseller. FloralKnits


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Tagged with: floral, flowers, how to knit, knit fashion, Knitters, knitting, Martin Storey, smpcraft, yarn

Author of the Month

This month, we sit down with Marisa Edghill, craft designer, washi tape aficionado, and author of Washi Style! Make it with paper tape. Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of craft. Which is to say her love of all things handmade started early! Well-known for her washi tape creations, Marisa blogs about her crafty adventures online at
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Marisa Edghill author of Washi Style

doilies and coasters

Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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