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19 May

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: SMPCraft’s MAY Challenge: #REDWHITEBLUE

Okay, folks. Now through the end of the month, we challenge you to #CREATE #PAINT #CRAFT #MAKE anything with your hands that features these three colors: red, white, and blue. Rules? ZILCH. But there is a GOAL. Finish whatever you’re making by Memorial Day! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #REDWHITEBLUE!

Need inspiration or direction? Check out a few of our #REDWHITEBLUE DIY favorites culled from our crafting community!

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STARS AND STRIPES FOR SOCHI via AmateurManicure.com

EASY DIY RED WHITE AND BLUE CANDLE via SheWearsManyHats.com

Red, white and blue American flag fabric wreath via SheKnows.com

FESTIVE NAPKIN RINGS via MarthaStewart.com

Patty’s Patriotic Fringed Bandana Wreath via CraftsandCoffee.com

EASY JAR CANDLE CRAFT via fantasticfunandlearning.com

PATRIOTIC BANDANA TABLECLOTH via MeandMyInsanity.com

RED, WHITE AND BLUE VELVET MINI WHOOPIE PIES via IfYouGiveaBlondeaKitchen.com

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BARBECUE CUPCAKES via AMotherThing.com

Red, White and Blue Paper Flowers via PluckingDaisies.com

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10 Dec

DECEMBER: SMPCraft’s 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!

To get you started, we’re giving you TWO FREE SNOWFLAKE PATTERNS to download from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Cainio.

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Frost Snowflake Crochet

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Spring Snow Snowflake Crochet

We’re also sharing over 20 other snowflake making tutorials from our fellow crafters that we thought you might enjoy trying. Check them out here:

WATCH Giant Paper Snowflake via letslassothemoon

Made with Love: Doily Snowflake Garland via designsponge

Paper Snowflakes via Martha Stewart

Rainbow Snowflake Window Art via Toodaloo

Snowflake Suncatcher Garland via homegrownfriends

Snowflake Ballerinas for Crafty Moms via krokotak

Knitted Snowflake Star via Judy Gibson

Let It Snow: Snowflake Decoration via theballardbunch

Glittered Clothespin Snowflakes via 1825

Snowflake Window Cling via kidsactivitiesblog

Snowflake Window Clings via firstpalette

Borax Crystal Snowflakes via Adventures of a DIY Mom

Snowflake Nail Art via nailside

Super Easy Snowflake Stocking via purlsoho

Sweet Tortilla Snowflake via ourbestbites

Paula Deen’s Snowflake Cookies recipe via foodnetwork

Snowflake Cupcakes via gloriouseats

Marshmallow Snowflakes Recipe via Martha Stewart

Snowflake Cookie Recipe via tasteofhome

Peppermint Chocolate Snowflake Cookie via seriouseats

In case you missed this, go here and here to read about the incredible snowflake images captured by photographer Alexey Kljatov with a DIY camera set-up made of taped-together components.

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Alexey Kljatov ‘s DIY camera used to capture snowflakes

We can’t wait to see your snowflake creations. Share using the hashtag #MAKEASNOWFLAKE so we can spot you!

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8 Dec

Happy National Brownie Day: 7 Ways to Make Reindeer Brownies!

Who needs an excuse to make brownies? Today’s your lucky day.

Make some brownies. Make some reindeer brownies. Eat some. Then spread holiday cheer and share with friends and coworkers. Do it! Do it! It’s National Brownie Day!

Brownie Reindeer Recipe via tastefullysimple

Rudolf Brownie Cupcakes via Pillsbury

Reindeer Brownies via Taste of Home

Christmas Reindeer Brownie Balls via chocoley

Reindeer Brownie Bites (No-Bake) via plainchicken

Christmas Cheer Reindeer Bite-Size Brownie via Wilton

Easy to Make Reindeer Brownies via eatingonadime

Easy to Make Reindeer Brownies via eatingonadime

Interested in continuing the edible creations adventure? Cookies? How about this gorgeous gift-worthy cookie “jewelry” box? The project is FREE TO DOWNLOAD (click here or the image) and comes from 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce.

CLICK to download for FREE the Cookie “Jewelry Box”

Find 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies at your favorite bookseller:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Walmart

 

HAPPY #EDIBLECRAFTING!

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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!

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1 Dec

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

#SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING

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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