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27 May

Crafting with Light Bulbs

A few weeks ago, a friend offered me a box of miniature pink light bulbs. Spring cleaning and she had no use for them. There’s no way I could refuse a box of cute pink bulbs! Oh so pretty!!!

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I honestly believed I’d come up with a dare I say it bright idea. Something fun, functional, and maybe even beautiful to make with them. Call it a DIY La Vie en Pink delusion. It didn’t happen. That bright idea. So I started tooling around the web for inspiration where I found the coolest posts of light bulb creations.

Like this on flavorwire: Myeongbeom Kim, Edison, 15″ X 15″ X 30″, branch, goldfish, glass, steel

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…and these two sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Shaheen

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And this interactive sculpture, CLOUD, made from 6000 lightbulbs by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garret. Watch here vimeo.com/49748983

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And this one posted on http://clarapixie.tumblr.com is really sweet.

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And this little moss necklace…

lightbulbmossplantI think this one’s my favorite discovery. The Geodesic Terrarium by Score + Solder Light Bulb Terrarium Magic Mushroom …

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Alas, after all this, I still haven’t come up with a plan for the pink light bulbs. Seems a shame to close the lid and put the box away. But I don’t really like to leave useful things laying around. Do unused light bulbs have an expiration date? I’m sure they do. Everything does. For sh*** and giggles, as my friend often says, according to The Guiness Book of World Records, the world’s longest lasting light bulb is the 110 year old Centennial Light located at 4550 East Avenue in Livermore, California, maintained by The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Anyhow, I’m hoping something comes to me soon. Better yet. I know one of you out there has an idea for them. For me. Share please if you do. I guess until then, peace out, lights out.

 

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5 May

Happy Pub Day!

April showers bring May flowers…and also two new craft books for your collection! Today we’re pleased as punch to publish Big Knits by Martin Storey and Draw Face in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer.

IMG_9988Looking for plus-size knitting patterns to suit your contemporary style? Big Knits: 20 Stylish Designer Knits in Generous Sizes Using Rowan Yarn is everything you’ve come to expect from acclaimed Rowan designer Martin Storey, and will appeal to women of all sizes. These beautiful designs are perfect for modern women who want practical yet chic knits that will serve the large figure well. Here are flattering looks for every occasion, including cardigans and sweaters, summery tops, and even some simple wraps and stoles, with an emphasis on softly wrapping shapes—ideal for fuller figures. IMG_9886

The book contains comprehensive size and measurement charts, clear step-by-step pattern directions, as well as helpful dos and don’ts and tons of advice on garment sizes and shapes, details, textures, and colors that will complement a curvaceous figure. These designs are for women everywhere looking to sport a comfortable, contemporary style that finally fits their shape.

And for something a little different from our usual needlework books, be sure to pick up a copy of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes by Jake Spicer! By the time you finish this book, you’ll have all the skills you need to achieve a striking likeness in a drawn portrait, using a proven method from a professional life-drawing teacher.  Draw Faces 1

Artist and life-drawing expert Jake Spicer, the principal teacher of the Brighton and London Life Drawing Sessions, takes you through a series of carefully crafted tutorials, from how to put together a basic portrait sketch to developing your portraits and then taking your drawings further. Draw Faces 2

From understanding and constructing the head and shaping the hair, to checking the relationships of the features and achieving a lifelike expression, every aspect of the portrait process is examined, along with advice on which materials to use and how to find a model. 

Inside you’ll find beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapters that make it easy for anyone to draw a face–maybe even your own! 

Order your copies now!

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Tagged with: books, drawing, faces, knitting, Martin Storey, plus size, sketching
30 Apr

SMP Craft Celebrates Earth Day!

Here at SMP Craft we are all about sustainability, and re-using products in order to make really cute and fun crafts. This craft takes advantage all of the left over books (sad, we know) and cardboard we have lying around. It is really simple, and can really personalize a room- or even your office!

Supplies
Cardboard
Small paper cups
Boxcutter
Hot glue gun
Tape
Sponge
Water
Scissors
ARC Pages, cut into strips (1.5-2” wide)
Mod Podge

Step 1. Trace your block letter onto cardboard. Make sure to make the letter as wide as a small paper cup. Make 2 for each letter.

Step 2. Carefully cut out the letters. Using a box cutter works best, but be careful!

Step 3. Place small paper cups (bottom side up) on one of your letters. Hot glue in place. Let dry. If you want to be extra sure the cup is stable, use thin strips of packing tape to secure it to the bottom letter.

Step 4. Hot glue your other letter cut-out to the top of the cups. Again, you can use small amounts of packing tape. Just be sure that it goes straight from the cup to the cardboard with no gaps.

(optional) Step 5.  This step you can skip if you’re short on cardboard, but we recommend it! Cut the cardboard into strips to close the gaps between the top and bottom letters. You can use packing tape for this as well. If you have a lot of curve to your letter, like a C or an S, use paper tape in small strips to tape your top letter and bottom letter together. Take small sponge and dip lightly into water; the tape needs water to adhere. Cover with two layers to add stability.

Step 6. Once dry, tear ARC pages into thick strips.

Step 7. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the back of a strip and on the letter’s surface. Place the strip on the Mod Podged surface. Using one strip at a time, wrap the letter in strips. Do first layer only.

Step 8. Wait 15 minutes for Mod Podge to dry.

Step 9. Add a second layer of ARC strips to your letter using Mod Podge.

Step 10. Let it dry.

Step 11. Add finishing touches such as some paint or even glitter!

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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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Check out our new February and March books!

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

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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