SMP Craft
25 Aug

Happy Pub Day!

We’ve got two new books today that will charm and exhilarate any knit & crochet fan! 500 Crochet Stitches and 750 Knitting Stitches are both a stitch guide and a how-to primer, all in one volume. 750 Knitting StitchesYou get all the information you need to get started, including how to choose yarn and needles, read patterns, work basic stitches, how to check gauge, increase and decrease, and how to join pieces and finish projects and care for your knitted or crocheted items.

The comprehensive pattern libraries include basic stitches and some new techniques to get the fabric you want for that special sweater or hat. Each project is fully explained with instructions and accompanied by a full-color photo of a sample swatch. 500 Crochet StitchesAll swatches are worked in updated yarns, beautifully photographed and accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, to provide a one-stop resource for knitters and crocheters.

Use one of the many motifs to create an heirloom blanket, or mix and match motifs to create a truly unique piece. Based on The Harmony Guides, these editions are updated with eye-catching photography and innovative new stitches. This is the first time in over five years that The Harmony Guides have released new material, so you can be among the first to get your hands on it!

Order your copies now!

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Knitting cover

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Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million

Indiebound

Walmart

Tagged with: books, crocheting, how to crochet, how to knit, knitting
5 Aug

10 DIY Sharpies Projects: It’s So Easy to Be Crafty, Stylish, and Thrifty with Sharpies!

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Waste not, want not. Life is messy. Accidents happen. Time takes its toll. Reuse and recycle. Make beautiful things.

Whether you agree with any or all of these age-old adages and modern prescriptions, we heartily believe you’ll want to try one or all of these small, gratifyingly simple and stylish DIY fixes and tricks to save time, money, and even our lovely planet with the classic permanent marker: Sharpies!

DIY SHARPIE OMBRE STYLE FOR YOUR HOME

1. DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins via Kirtsy

DIY project Sharpie Pen Ombre Napkins

DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins

2. DIY Sharpie Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

DIY Projects with Sharpie Pens

DIY Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

3. DIY Sharpie Shibori-inspired throw pillows via HotforHouses

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DIY Shibori-inspired Sharpie throw pillows via HotforHouses

4. Another option for a DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

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DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

5. DIY Sharpie Tabletop via Hometalk’s Janel Hutton

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DIY Sharpie Table Top

6. DIY Sharpie Lampshade via ALittleGlassBox

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DIY Sharpie Lampshade via aLittleGlassBox

7. No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

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No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog

DIY SHARPIE FASHION!

We’re huge fans of pampering ourselves–splurging once in a while makes for a balanced life. But sometimes we go a little overboard… or maybe we’re saving up for a big vacation. Or that wedding for which you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor creeps up on you… Times like these, Sharpies to the rescue!

8. DIY Superfine Sharpie Nail Art via TheBeautyDepartment

DIY Sharpie nail designs and art

DIY Superfine Sharpie Manicure

9. DIY Sharpie Galaxy print canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

10. And last but never least…. Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpies!!! Get inspired or commission the artist Vivian Xiao to deck out your instrument! via technabob

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Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpie permanent marker, artwork by Vivian Xiao

 

Tagged with: budget crafts, diycrafts, Fashion, home decor, homemade, ombre, permanent markers, sharpie markers, sharpie pens, sharpies, smp craft, smpcraft
21 Jul

Happy Pub Day!

No doubt you’ve already heard about the latest craze in books and crafts: adult coloring books are on everyone’s mind–and everyone’s bookshelf! Seriously, these beauties have got us picking up our crayons again–and markers, and colored pencils–and creating beautiful, personalized pieces of art for our homes, lockers, offices, and scrapbooks. from Inspiring Zendalasfrom Inspiring Zendalas And today we’re proud to publish two very special coloring books in the Zendoodle Coloring series: Enchanting Gardens: Captivating Florals to Color and Display by Nikolett Corley and Inspiring Zendalas: Mystical Circles to Color and Display by Julia Snegireva.
Zendoodles are a perfect way to both relieve stress and flex your creative muscles, and this series is the first to combine zendoodling and coloring.from Enchanting Gardensfrom Enchanting Gardens Both of these coloring books include more than 60 original designs on one-sided perforated pages, making them easy-as-pie to tear out and frame! Feel the stress melt away as you create one-of-a-kind artworks to display.

Pick up your copies today, and show us your artwork by tagging us @stmartinspress !

Buy from your favorite retailer:

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Tagged with: books, coloring, zendoodle, zentangle
3 Jul

11 DIY Outdoor Party Games

Got plans for 4th of July?

We heard this quite a bit this past week. And since we’re SMPCraft, as is often the case around a holiday, questions followed that mined us for solutions and ideas to decorate a deck, something to bring to a picnic in the park, give to a host throwing a barbecue, make for a beach party.

We offered some how-to tips and suggestions. But we also sent everyone off with a bigger idea: DIY OUTDOOR PARTY GAMES. Backyard, rooftop, park, beach games.

Several of these games can be put together in minutes with items most of us already have in our homes and enjoyed this weekend while others are a touch more involved. But remember, we have all summer to play!

1. DIY Giant Jenga Made By A Beautiful Mess

DIY Giant Jenga

1. DIY Giant Jenga

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss Made By Landeelu: There’s nothing like that first sip of a hard earned bottle of beer!

DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

3. DIY Ladder Money Bags Toss Made By Landeelu: Up the stakes. Make the levels monetary units of ridiculous sums. Top rung $1,000,000!

DIY Ladder Bean Bag Toss

3. DIY Ladder Bean Bag Toss

4. DIY Milk Crate Tug of War Via Women Daily Magazine: Try this on a full stomach. Not easy.

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4. DIY Tug of War

5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling Made By Moonfrye: You can also use black or blue masking tape in place of the paint to cut the prep time in half!

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5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling

6. DIY Tin Can Toss Via Inhabitots: Yes We Can recycle and repurpose!

6. DIY Tin Can Toss

7a. DIY Cornhole Toss Built By Homes.com: Prepare to get a workout playing this addicting game and waking up the next morning in need of an arm massage.

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7a. DIY Cornhole Toss

7b. Here’s another version by Brit + Co that uses canvas and cardboard!

DIY canvas and cardboard Cornhole game

7b. DIY Cornhole Board Version 2

8. Giant Outdoor Chess Found on The DIY Network: We can see this game being a huge hit at a fancy dress-up Black & White themed summer cocktail party! Alternative to grass for those in regions experiencing drought: astroturf!

8. Giant Outdoor Chess

9. DIY Lawn Scrabble Made By AJC.com: W. O. R. D.

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9. DIY Giant Lawn Scrabble

10. DIY Lawn Checkers Made By Lilyshop using paint lids!

DIY Lawn Checkers Made with Paint Lids

10. DIY Lawn Checkers

11. DIY Dunk Bucket Made By The Happy Housewife: Brilliant.

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11. DIY Dunk Bucket

Happy 4th of July! Happy Summer!

Tagged with: 4th of July, backyard bowling, Bean toss, cornhole game, Crafts, DIY, DIY Backyard Games, holiday crafts, Independence day, outdoor games, recycled bottles, smpcraft
26 Jun

DIY Hanging Plant Holder

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For those of us who live in the city, in “cozy” dwellings and with no access to a backyard, roof, deck, or balcony to grow plants or a vegetable garden, how do we bring nature and all the endless benefits that go with it into our small living space?

Where do we put it? We use the often forgotten area above our heads to maximize our space and find ways to hang things from the ceiling.

Like this DIY Hanging Plant Holder.

With just four leather shoelaces, a flat metal disk from a generic ceiling light, and the double overhand stopper knot, we’ve made a simple, stylish, minimalistic perch to showcase our plants without sacrificing limited square footage.

Total Cost: under $15. Assembly Time: 30 minutes

Currently, we’re hanging one of our favorite low-maintenence, no soil, drought-tolerant airplants. Earlier, we hung this medium sized terracotta potted aloe vera plant on it.

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Here’s what it looks like from the underside:

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Here’s how to assemble it:

1. Make sure the lengths of your laces are even.

2. Using a double overhand stopper knotstart with attaching each lace, equally spaced, onto the disk. Try to make the knots as similar as possible–same size and tightness–to ensure your disk hangs on a horizontal plane.

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3. Gather the loose ends of the laces and, using the double overhand stopper knot again, knot all of them together, making one big knot.

4. Hang the holder.

5. If your plant is hanging lopsided, adjust the knots on the disk.

We found the leather laces, 1/8 inch square, at a shoe repair shop, which had them in various colors and lengths–brown, black, blue, red, green, and gray. The metal disk was a surprise discovery and an impromptu purchase at our local hardware store. One of the employees said it was a standard disk used to mount a ceiling light and that you could probably find it at any hardware store or home improvement megastore like Ace, Home Depot or Lowe’s.

For something equally budget friendly though slightly more polished and elegant, try Vintage Revivals’ $15 DIY Brass and Leather Teardrop Planter.

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Whatever vessel you choose to make or buy for that matter, when you’re looking for ways to grow an indoor garden with limited space, remember to first look up. Ceilings the limit!

Oh, and that double overhand stopper knot? Well, it sparked a flame. We want to master all kinds of knots now.

Stay tuned!

Tagged with: airplants, Crafts, DIY, DIY Hanging Plant Holder, free project, gardening, hanging plant holders, how to knot, how to plant holder, indoor plants, interior decorating, Knots, overhand stopper knot, smp craft, smpcraft

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 omiyageblogs.ca.
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Marisa Edghill author of Washi Style

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