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24 Nov

9 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Make your home warm and welcoming this Thanksgiving with these super simple last minute DIY decorations.

3D Pumpkin Place Card via Martha Stewart

Thankful Tree via midwestliving

Falling Leaves Chandelier via designntrend

DIY Vegetables As Decor via remodelista

Sunny Foraged Leaves in a Vase via designskool

Acorn Decorated Soap Dispenser via pgeveryday

Seasonal Fruit and Air Plants in a Bowl Centerpiece via thekitchn

Artichokes on a Cake Stand via Smitten

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Tagged with: diy decorating, holiday crafts, holiday decorating, Simple crafts, Thanksgiving
22 Nov



Time to Unwind


Keep Calm and Color On

Last Saturday, I headed to Union Square to experience Barnes & Noble’s one-day event, which kicked off their recent promotion of adult coloring books and coloring supplies: The All-American Art Unwind.


The Coloring Table

For this free event, from noon to 5pm at every Barnes & Noble location, a cozy section of the store–in Union Square, the event was held on the fourth floor–was designated for coloring. A shelf stacked with pages from classic and recently published intricately designed adult coloring books on one side, and colored pencils, crayons and more on the other, were provided for anyone wanting to join in.


Free Coloring Pages. Stay or Take Away!


Coloring pencils, crayons, and more!

St. Martin’s Griffin contributed to the offerings with the Kingfisher page from our BIRDS: A Mindful Coloring Book by Georgie Woolridge.


That’s our Kingfisher! She likes it. She really likes it!


Hamsa / Hamesh vibrantly colored


Coloring quietly

I’m not surprised by the answer I received after asking the B&N employee manning the table how the event was going.

“Everyone loves this,” she said. “It’s fun. I hope we do a party with drinks!”

Yes, please.

If you missed this kick off event, no matter. You can color in the comfort of your home. Simply go online or walk in to your local Barnes & Noble and you’ll likely see a full display of coloring books and supplies.


A buffet of coloring books!

Happy coloring!

Tagged with: #bnartunwind, adult coloring books, adult coloring events, smp craft
21 Nov


New York City’s Flatiron Building Pays Tribute to Paris Attack Victims with Eiffel Tower Projections via AMNY

SMPCRAFT’s headquarters is in the Flatiron building, where, this past Wednesday through tonight, projections of the Eiffel Tower on its Broadway facing side, pay tribute to the Paris attack victims.

Compelled by these images and those posted by over half a million others sharing their thoughts and solidarity visually using #parisjetaime, PARIS, this post of handmade creations inspired by you, is for you, with love, from SMPCRAFT.


#PARISJETAIME via @blond_in_paris

Paris Je T’aime Postcard Pillow via Allwomenstalk

String Map of Paris via Babble

Eiffel Tower Smartphone Case via aspoonfulofsugardesigns

Pom Pom Poodle Dog Craft via lovethecountry

French Poodles Crochet Afghan via Allfreecrochetafganpatterns

3D Spellbinder Die cut Eiffel Tower via SamanthaLeeWalker

DIY Pin and Thread Eiffel Tower via thethingshemakes

Tissue Cover via aspoonfulofsugardesigns

Paris French Cookies with Royal Icing via Sweetopia


Paris Cake with Eiffel Tower Icing via SimplyBakeCakes

Eiffel Tower topped Cupcakes via lifeisalullaby

NEW YORK PARIS via stealstylist

Tagged with: #peaceforparis, DIY Eiffel Tower, Paris crafts, Parisjetaime, smp craft, SMP Kitchen, smpcraft, smpkitchen
20 Nov

Rained Out? Craft In!

Ruined umbrellas, soggy pants, make-up streaked faces. That was a common sight in NYC yesterday when we stepped outside. Mood dampening for some.

Not so for the crafty mind who sees a crummy weather day as a welcome opportunity (excuse) for happy craft time!


Lunch for 8 at the Craft Table

Tagged with: get hooked, Lunch and craft, Rainy day crafts
17 Nov


Not everyone is lucky enough to live in the Big Apple all year round, but those of us who do will tell you there’s no better time to visit than during the holiday season. Lights are lit, bells get janglin’, and colorful decorations go up on all corners of the city–from the South Street Seaport to Central Park to Rockefeller Center, New York becomes a feast for anyone’s eyes, tourists and residents alike.

Today we’re proud to publish the second edition of A Very New York Christmas by Michael Storrings, award-winning designer, illustrator, and art director extraordinaire! This gorgeous, giftable collection captures the magical landscape and excitement of the holiday season in dozens of watercolors, including famous traditions like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Angel Tree, plus less well-known imagery like the Christmas lights in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Holiday Train show at The New York Botanical Garden. These unique illustrations are sure to inspire you, either to visit NYC during the magic of Christmastime, or to paint your very own version of it!

Now, this brand-new edition includes four pages of full-color removable ornaments you can hang anywhere you like to get into the Christmas spirit. Since 2003, Storrings’s watercolors have been turned into bestselling ornaments that have a worldwide fan base and sell out in stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Bergdorf Goodman.

xmas 2

Including a delightful foreword from actor Cynthia Nixon, this jewel-like book combines festive quotations from literature and popular culture with Storrings’s charming watercolors of forty cherished New York holiday scenes, making this a perfect gift and yuletide keepsake.

Order your copy today!

NYXmas cover

Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

Tagged with: books, christmas, holiday

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Tuesday, N Train, Manhattan: She's crocheting a hat!

November National Pet Awareness Month

Time for this little poochie and all the pets of the world to milk this moment and let us bi-peds do a little more to show them just how much they’re appreciated. SMPCRAFT scoured the web to find DIY pet projects and crafts (cat, rabbit, and dog treats, too!) to honor our furry, feathered, scaled, and slithering loved ones.

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