Goodreads Giveaway! 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

6 Apr

Gorgeous Sunday here in NYC: blue skies, sunny, temperate. Since the weather here has been unreliable, I’m taking every chance I can get to enjoy Spring in all its glory. What’s on my itinerary? A long joyous stroll and eventually, a visit to The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Gardens! If you’re lucky to be in NYC from now until April 21st, go go go!

And when the rain hits again, as it surely will in April, I’ve armed myself with indoor Spring at its best: crocheted blooms from Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetAvailable now at these retailers:

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Enter April 6 – April 9 for a chance to win 1 of 20 copies!

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Freebie Friday: 2 FOR 1 California Poppy and The Bachelor Button

4 Apr

TGIF. It’s been a rough week. Happy Hour 2 FOR 1, here we come…

But before we go, we’re passing along the 2 FOR 1 spirit to all of you. This Friday’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD includes TWO thread designs: The California Poppy and The Bachelor Button from 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.

100LaceFlowerstoCrochetBachelorButton“The flowers are light, lacy and oh so colorful. Flowers bring a warm feeling to a home. The real ones only last a week or two. With Caitlin’s book, you get to enjoy them for as long as you like” —Paula Moilver,

“Oh, are you going to love this book! I’ve read, reviewed, and used other crochet books that feature floral motifs—but this one is special…. This collection is stunning, extremely detailed, and beautifully displayed to entice emergency crocheting…. You’ll definitely find inspiration in this book—but you’ll also find exquisitely photographed samples, finely written patterns, and clear graphics so you can attain success with every stitch.  And, color everywhere!  Sainio has interpreted nature’s floral colors in her own fabulous way.” —
We guarantee TWO is never ever enough, so buy the book so you can spread the Spring bloom all year long!

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Cheers and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Short & Sweet Q & A with Notable Crafter Cat Thomas

5 Mar


We caught up with Cat Thomas, trained textile artist, who has a new book out, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade. For most of Cat’s career, she taught art and design. Now, she’s producing her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her Baban Cat blog.

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Cat, what’s your craft?

I knit, crochet and sew. I studied Textile Art so I’ve done a bit of everything in the past. When the children were young I made their dresses and knitwear.


What project would you consider an all-time best?



My all time best is an organic cotton blanket. It was crocheted using 80 sunburst motifs and finished with a lovely scalloped edging. I had intended to make it as a cushion cover but got carried away. It now has a lovely new home in Hong Kong.



What project would you consider an all-time worst?

We all have disasters. Most of mine have been undone and the yarn used for different projects. My first granny square blanket using white organic cotton had the rounds joined in the wrong place. Unnoticable when you’re working but the moment I held it up there was a distinct gap that ran diagonally up one side. Even after blocking it could still be seen. Live and learn!

What tool or material could you not live without?

Reading glasses! Such close work needs to be seen. I can’t do a thing without my glasses.


What’s your hidden talent?

It’s so well hidden I’m not sure it’s there. I’m good at gardening. I grafted a rose that was my father’s favourite so now I have the pleasure of the original and a back up in case anything happens to it.

Learn more about Cat Thomas, her craft, and process at Baban Cat. Her book, 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade is available now for purchase here:

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Hello, Torie Jayne!

14 Feb

This month, we wanted to share a little bit about Torie Jayne, popular blogger and former fashion designer. Torie’s house is currently featured in the March issue of Style at Home, which you can read all about on her blog. The article includes loads of interior styling tips, space organization secrets, and gorgeous photographic spreads. Style










And for crafters who want to take their craft to a new entrepreneurial level, Torie’s new hot off the presses book How to Show & Sell Your Crafts is the perfect guide.

How to Show & Sell Your CraftsUsing highly-visual, step-by-step tutorials, How to Show & Sell Your Crafts includes helpful branding, selling, and merchandising tips that no serious crafter should be without. Using the workspaces, shops, salons, and “through-the-keyhole” profiles of some of the world’s most successful crafters, readers will learn the best ways to merchandise and sell their items online, at craft fairs, markets, pop-up events, exhibitions, and in shops. Plus, you’ll learn how to build a personality-driven brand, create a memorable blog or website, improve your photography skills, and analyze your results to help move your business forward into the future.

You start by learning how to optimize your workspace to improve creativity and profitability, then how to build a strong brand name and online presence across multiple social media platforms. Lastly, learn how to get your work out into the marketplace, engage customers, and use the insider secrets offered in this book to set yourself up for success and grow your sales!

How to Show & Sell Your Crafts


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How-To Tuesday: Candy Filled Hearts

11 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day in a few days and we’re getting in the mood here at the office! Candy is everywhere and we decided to find simple and cute ways to give candy to our co-workers–of course, this will work for sharing with anyone!



  • Cardstock (in multiple colors of your choice)
  • Single hole punch
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Decorative paper, lace, etc. (optional)
  • Glue (if you use optional decorative paper above)
  • Candy


Fold a square piece of cardstock in half vertically and unfold. Then fold horizontally. Create strong creases in both instances.

         With the cardstock folded in half horizontally, cut the top of a heart on each side of the vertical fold line.

Step 2

Unfold and it should look like this:

Step 3

        Decorate as you see fit!

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         Grab opposite sides of the cardstock and pull together (one of the two major fold lines will naturally go together easier).


Where the cardstock meets, punch a hole completely through.

Insert ribbon or twine all the way through. Make the ribbon as long as you’d like and tie at the top. (You may need to wrap through twice for extra support depending on the strength of your paper and weight of the candy used.)


Hang on a door, add candy, and surprise a special someone!


Something else that makes this day so sweet? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) Torie Jayne’s How to Show & Sell Your Crafts hits the bookstores today!

How to Show & Sell Your Crafts

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