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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
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
14 Nov

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting


Tuesday, N train, 14th St: Crocheter crocheting a hat!


Tagged with: Caughtcrafting, crochet hats, crocheting, how to crochet
12 Nov


I’ve yet to meet a Nerddom hobbyist who doesn’t make really cool stuff. There must be some scientific explanation for it.

Desirae May Friesen, Tor & Forge Books Associate Publicist, whose special guest post you’re about to read, is no exception.

Inspired by the visuals at New York Comic Con and compelled to cosplay, yet faced with the challenge of not being able to sew, she designed an amazing sewing-free painted costume!


New York Comic Con: the largest gathering of creators and fans of all forms of nerdy entertainment on the East Coast. I attended this last fall and quickly realized the highlight of the convention is all of the amazing and creative costumes–or “cosplay.”

Anachronistic Black Widow and Winter Soldier (WOW). Flickr Image by Steven Leung via

I was awed–and inspired. Here was something that could unite two of my biggest hobbies: nerddom and crafts!

And I immediately knew what costume I wanted to start with. Spider-Man has always been my favorite superhero. Recently Marvel created an alternate universe where Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, is the one who gets bit by the spider, gets powers–and becomes Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen).


Lowe, Hine & Latour Take Readers to the ‘Edge of Spider-Verse’: Dave Richards via

Now the question was, how? See, there’s one problem: I don’t know how to sew. I can sew on a button, but despite my mother’s patient tutelage (she’s a professional seamstress) I never really managed to finish any projects. But I would not be stopped!

I already had black leggings and I found a plain white hoodie for the top.

This is where it got tricky. Since cutting out the design and sewing it together was beyond my meager skills I decided to try creating the design with fabric paint. I have no experience with fabric paint. But I am nothing if not daring.

I outlined the pattern with masking tape, checking first that it would stick to the fabric and come off easily without leaving a mark. So far so good.

I read the directions for the paint and then used the entire bottle of black paint for the front. I started out using spray paint, which clearly worked better as a splatter design–it was challenging to get a thick, even layer. So for the rest of the design I switched to liquid fabric paint and painted it on with a foam brush, again outlining it with the masking tape to get the clean lines of the costume design.


Use LIQUID Fabric Paint

Once the black paint dried completely, I painted the inside of the hood with red paint. The red paint bled through the thin white fabric so I improvised a fix by buying a bottle of white paint to coat the outside of the hood (and fix a few mistakes in other places).


WHITE Fabric Paint Touch-Up

Now I had to figure out how to do the design on the inside of the hood. Once the red paint had dried, I used glow-in-the-dark blue raised paint to make the web pattern.


Use GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BLUE RAISED Paint for the webbing

I don’t recommend making a project up as you go along. It is definitely easier to do your research ahead of time and plan out your steps. But I DO encourage you to try out a project even if you’ve never done something like it before.



Figuring out how to create something new was a lot of fun, even if it didn’t always turn out the way I expected. And even if I have the worst costume at the next convention I go to, I know that I will have as much fun wearing it as I did making it!

Tagged with: Cosplay, costumes, DIY cosplay, How to cosplay, Marvel, Spider Woman, Superhero costume
10 Nov

EDIBLE CRAFTS: Star Chocolate Covered Black Velvet Cookies… Brushed with Edible Gold!!!

YEAH BABY! as Austin Powers would say.


@moni_o_matic Black Velvet Star-shaped Cut-out Cookie recipe from The Sweetapolita Bake Shop

We’re over the moon and stars about our Editorial Director, Monique’s, passion and ridiculous talent for creating beautiful homemade handcrafted sinfully delicious baked treats.

I asked Monique (on instagram as @moni_o_matic) how she made the star cookies. She used the Black Velvet star-shaped cut-out recipe from The Sweetapolita Bake Shop by Rosie Alyea. I did some quick digging and discovered that Rosie has, in addition to her book, a shop on Etsy where you can purchase colorful edible decorations to fancy-up your edible creations! Monique, of course, being the artisan that she is, added her Moni_O_Matic Mojo to Rosie’s recipe, covering the cookies with modeling chocolate and then brushing them with 100% edible gold powder.

#NOMNOM Perfection.

Tagged with: Baked goods, Ediblecrafts, Edibles, Food art, SMP Kitchen, smpkitchen, Sweet treats

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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