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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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8 Feb

TONIGHT! Night of Knitting, Hot Chocolate, and MORE at City Bakery NYC: February 8!

CITY BAKERY SMPCRAFT KNITTING AND HOT CHOCOLATE

NIGHT OF KNITTING AT THE CITY BAKERY FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Join the NYC Knitting Community for a special celebration of knitting and hot chocolate. Show off your own knit creations. Learn new techniques from special guests. Win patterns from local knitwear designers. Win a slew of knitting books from yours truly St. Martin’s Press. Bring your own needles and enjoy the expertise of some of New York’s best knitting shops with your fellow New York knitters. Admission provides all you can eat dinner plus City Bakery hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows. There’s even a custom “Hot Chocolate For Knitters” that City Bakery Hot Chocolate Maker Maury Rubin is creating for the evening.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45, at the door for $55, and provide entry to an evening of food, drink, teaching & demonstrations from:

Brooklyn Tweed
Downtown Yarns
Gauge + Tension
Knitty City
Lion Brand Yarn
Long Island Livestock
Kay Gardiner & A Coloring Book for Knitters
Purl Soho
String Yarns
The Yarn Company
Trisha Malcolm of Vogue Knitting

The City Bakery3 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues Monday, February 8. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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4 Oct

Shower Curtain Blues: A Crafty DIY Solution

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Listen to Blue Skies – Willie Nelson

The mind never ceases to amaze. While staring up at the clear blue sky littered with white cotton ball cumulus clouds, I found the solution to my bathroom annoyance. 

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Cotton Clothesline Rope

In my fantasy world, my bathroom would be a walk-in bath house with no curtains or doors. But in my reality, a rented NYC apartment with a small simple bathroom that houses a shower-tub combination, I (and I’m certainly not alone) do what I can with the space that I do have.

For some time, mimicking the open space of a bath house, I left the tub open and without a shower curtain. But even with a handheld shower head, water splattered everywhere. And so I bought a shower curtain and over time several others in different shades and patterns. But while I didn’t lose sleep over this, there was simply something about those shower curtains that I didn’t like. Maybe because they tended to block the light? Who knows.

What I do know is that when the solution came to me recently–a clear shower liner hung with clothesline rope as the ties!!!–I needed to execute it immediately.

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Clothesline Rope Knots

I think it turned out pretty darn cool. It feels right–probably because it’s the closest thing to nothing I could come to.

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Clear Bathroom Shower Curtain Liner Hung with Cotton Clothesline Rope Ties

Moreover, now my bathroom looks and feels more spacious!

“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see…”

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13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow

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2. SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS: S. Pres, Oh!

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3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence

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4. BOTTLE CAP CANDLES: Draft

BeercapCandles5. CLOCK: Apartment Therapy

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6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls

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7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green

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8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 

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9. WASHI TAPE SUMMER VASE: Sweet Paul

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10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge

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10 Feb

Happy Pub Day! THE UPHOLSTERER’S STEP-BY-STEP HANDBOOK

Greetings, crafters and DIYers! Today we’re proud to publish The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook: A Practical Reference by Alex Law! This is no ordinary handbook: It’s full of gorgeous full-color photography of finished upholstery projects, alongside easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations for re-creating them at home. Whether you’re re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the guidance and techniques you’ll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-use format. Precise and detailed information on upholstery tools and materials, furnishing fabrics, and trimmings will help you build up your workshop, and sections on simple woodworking techniques, repairs, and surface finishes ensure that this book is the ultimate one-stop reference for the aspiring or semi-professional upholsterer.


From assessing the work, to estimating your materials, to planning the order of work, you’ll learn how to follow a logical method to get the job done. What could you possibly be waiting for? That old afghan draped across your ancient easy chair isn’t gonna last forever.

Get your copy today! Click here to order.

Upholsterer's front cover

Check out our new February and March books!

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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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