SMP Craft
5 Jan

Happy Pub Day: The Origami Garden, Made in Paracord! and 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet!

Happy New Year, indeed! We have not one, not two, but THREE amazing new craft books publishing today. If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (like every year’s) is to read more books and make more things. So I would definitely recommend buying all three of these very different books for your collection!

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First up is The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian. This collection of 40 charming origami designs includes delightful flowers and foliage, cute animals, and other backyard critters that are sure to inspire you to get folding. Ideal for beginners and more experienced practitioners, each cleverly designed origami pattern is complete with detailed step-by-step artwork.

Learn how to fold traditional forms such as birds or butterflies, or try out some cute, contemporary designs such as a rabbit or a ladybug. Plus, there’s even 20 sheets of origami paper included, so you can get started right away!

Origami front coverBuy your copy today!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

The next addition to your TBR pile is the ridiculously fun Made in Paracord: 25 Great Jewelry, Accessories, and Home Projects to Knot by Caitlin Wynne. If you haven’t heard of crafting with parachute cord before, prepare to have your mind blown with these 25 super-cute projects, all created in brightly colored paracord. There are no special skills required, and paracord is an easy, and easily available, material to work with, so you’ll be creating simple and stylish pieces in no time. You’ll find tons of accessories, including survival and other bracelets, key chains, bags, belts, and headbands, as well as homewares like wall hangings, hammocks, bowls and plates! I mean, just look at these beauties.

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Paracord cover

Buy your copy today! 

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

Last but certainly not least is the latest from crocheter extraordinaire Leonie Morgan: 75 Colorful Hexagons to Crochet: The Ultimate Mix-and-Match Patterns in Eye-Popping Colors. Hexagons 1This is a delightful collection of hexagons to crochet in bright and inspiring colorways. With 75 original designs to choose from, a further 50 vibrant color variations, and five eye-catching projects to try, there’s plenty here to spark the imagination. Complete with a wide variety of designs that range from simple to more advanced, each hexagon comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph of the crocheted piece. Hexagon 2

Simply pick your favorite pattern and get crocheting, or mix and match the blocks to create your own unique project!

Hexagon cover

Buy your copy today!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s Books

 

Tagged with: books, Crafts, crochet, crocheting, origami, Paper, paracord
3 Dec

Crafts, Cocktails, and Laughs at Industry City Distillery: 12/19!

SMPCraft just got the inside scoop on a Crafternoon event happening on Saturday, December 19, at Industry City Distillery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, complete with drink specials. And it’s followed by a comedy show. And they’re both FREE!

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Follow Industry City Distillery on Instagram @drinkicd

To join Crafternoon, please RSVP to Nina’s Facebook invite: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/.

Though don’t be deterred by the RSVP. It’s appreciated but not a prerequisite for entry if you’re able to come at the last minute.

WHEN: Saturday, December 19. 4pm – 8:30pm. All drinks are 1/2 off before 6pm. After 6pm, drinks are $1 off. There’s also a tasting menu if you get hungry. Comedy show starts at 9pm.

WHERE: City Industry Distillery’s Tasting Room and Bar, 33 35th Street, Fl 6, Brooklyn, NYC, 11232. (718) 305-6951. http://drinkicd.com

Industry City Distillery, part of the City Foundry Project, is one of the most innovative distilleries in New York. Their vodka, which is distilled from sugar beets, is the result of an onsite laboratory, full machine shop, and letterpress studio–all designed and built in Brooklyn by their collective of self proclaimed nerds!

For Crafternoon, you’re highly encouraged to bring your own materials for your projects. There will be a limited supply of various crafting materials and tools such as origami paper, yarn, a few craft books (origami, macrame, sewing, knitting and crochet). There may be a sewing machine. There’s also a Micro Center around the corner from the space where you can pick up makery/hackery type objects before you come.

While Nina will likely be crocheting or quilting (and playing with the distillery’s resident cat Ambassador Scratchy), Nina’s interpretation of “crafts” is intentionally loose. During Crafternoon, feel free to craft the next chapter of your novel, draw a portrait, even design a game! This is the perfect place and time to let your creative side loose. Finish knitting that neglected scarf! Make holiday presents! One thing, if your project has the potential to get messy, as in needing a tarp messy, contact Nina ahead of time so she can clear it with the distillery.

Ah. And if anyone can make the arduino board for/teach Nina to make this pulsing iNecklace, you’ll probably have a friend for life. Zac Bruner, the machinist at ICD has offered to make the casing, if only we can figure out the insides! For the full how-to, including source code and hardware, click the image (https://github.com/adafruit/iNecklace).

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iNecklace via adafruit

Last, anyone who’s interested in the backend of the distillery can sign up for the Saturday “Hard Hat” Distillery tour at 3pm. It lasts about an hour. Costs $5. Space is limited.

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Sign up for the “Hard Hat” Distillery Tour

For more on Crafternoon, go to the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1497817047186120/

And here’s more about the free Captains of Industry Comedy Show that starts at 9pm: http://heyevent.com/event/cjpoynbawllfia/captains-of-industry-free-comedy-night-at-industry-city-distillery

CHEERS!

Tagged with: craft and cocktails, craft and laughs, craft event, Crafternoon, holiday crafts, maker events
1 Dec

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

#SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING

Thursday afternoon, Manhattan: Crocheter using jumbo hooks!
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Tagged with: Caughtcrafting, crocheter, crocheting, handmade, holiday crafts, holiday gifts, how to crochet
21 Nov

#PARISJETAIME

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.

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#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

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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!

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Lunch for 8 at the Craft Table

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

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Wednesday morning, M Subway Knitter: knitting stylish gloves!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER #MAKEASNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE

December Make a Snowflake Challenge

We haven’t had a winter snowflurry in NYC yet and who knows with our recent spell of tepid weather if it’ll happen anytime soon or even before we bid farewell to 2015. Since SMPCRAFT prefers the process of making over waiting, starting today until the end of 2015, we challenge you to make a snowflake! Use paper, yarn, wood, beads, paracord, pencil, ink, paint, sharpies, clay, concrete, metal, cake flour, sugar, chocolate…to create a dazzling snowflake. Make one snowflake or an entire blizzard! #MAKEASNOWFLAKE

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