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1 Jun

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

How to DIY HAMMOCK Paracord

PARACORD HAMMOCK from Made in Paracord by Caitlin Wynne – Imagine dad relaxing in his very own handmade hammock.

Father’s Day is less than three weeks away — Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. — just enough time to come up with something that would make dear old pops feel loved. Of course, at the end of the day, like my father who has practically everything, all he really wants is a phone call or skype or facetime if you’re geographically challenged or maybe a hearty hug if you’re closer.

But still. What dad, what MAN (am I profiling?), wouldn’t want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?–hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports–Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father’s Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy!

EASY WALL BOTTLE OPENER via Curbly.com, photograph by Faith Towers

DIY BBQ, BACON, CHILI FLAVORED CHOCOLATE TOOLBOX via Brit + Co

ROSEMARY MINT SHAVING CREAM via foodformyfamily.com

From crock to comics, a DIY Star Trek flask via mydiyescape.com

PERSONALIZED BEER GROWLER via kristymurphy.com

CANDY BAR LETTER via bitsofeverything.com

PAINTED DIPPED GOLF TEES via designimprovised.com

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BEEF JERKY IN THE WORLD via ArtofManliness.com

REMOTE CONTROL COOKIE via somewhatsimple.com

DIY BACON GIFTS: BACON JAM, BACON SALT, BACON CANDY via snixykitchen.com

BLACK AND TAN BEER SOAP via soapqueen.com

Frozen Beer Slushie Maker by Kirin Ichiban

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15 Mar

Happy Pub Day! Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

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Crocheted mandalas are having a moment! And it’s no wonder the lovely mandala is in vogue: one evening is often enough to begin and finish something eye-catching. Many crocheters make mandalas as a meditative activity, while others love them simply for the wonderful opportunities they offer for mixing colors and stitch textures. A new take on traditional shapes, like granny squares or hexagons, these attractive crocheted circles are causing a real buzz in the crochet community.

m2That’s why today we’re proud to publish Mandalas to Crochet: 30 Great Patterns by Haafner Linssen! Included are complete written and charted directions for a variety of types of circular designs, plus a range of creative techniques and ideas to make yours stand out from the crowd. With full patterns and inspiring photos, a review of crochet techniques, a discussion of materials, colors, finishing techniques, and lots of project ideas including bags, shawls, blankets, and pillows, this book guarantees many hours of happy mandala-making.

 

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16 Feb

Happy Pub Day!

Is it spring yet?! Well, no. (I don’t care what the groundhog said; the last 48 hours spent in sub-zero-degree temperatures did not leave yours truly feeling quite so optimistic.) But even though many of us are still stuck indoors, we can still bring a little springtime joy into our lives, and what better way to do it than with our knitting/crocheting needles? We’re proud to publish two wonderful, colorful books today that give you all the info you need to learn or perfect the art of knitting and crocheting.

First up is Crochet Flowers Step-by-Step: 35 Delightful Blooms for Beginners by Tanya Shliazhko.

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Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flower patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Other books supply patterns, but only this one takes you through the process one step at a time, so absolutely no prior experience is required. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. You could even go flower crazy and create an entire herbaceous border! Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.

If knitting’s more your thing, you’re also in luck! On sale today is Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares: For Beginners and Up, a Unique Approach to Learning to Knit by Che Lam.

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Learn a new stitch by knitting a square, following a clear step-by-step tutorial and chart. By the time you’ve finished the square, you’ve practiced the new stitch, and you’re ready to move on to the next one–quick and easy! The squares are organized according to skill level, progressing from basic knit and purl stitches to more challenging techniques, such as cable and lace. And at the back of the book you’ll find a handful of inspirational projects that show you how to combine your blocks for unique and stylish results.

Snag a copy of each today!

Crochet Flowers front cover

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Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares front cover

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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!

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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.

Paracord 1 Paracord 2

Paracord cover

Buy your copy today! 

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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!

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1 Dec

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

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Thursday afternoon, Manhattan: Crocheter using jumbo hooks!
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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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