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21 Nov

#PARISJETAIME

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.

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#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

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Paris Cake with Eiffel Tower Icing via SimplyBakeCakes

Eiffel Tower topped Cupcakes via lifeisalullaby

NEW YORK PARIS via stealstylist

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10 Nov

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

YEAH BABY! as Austin Powers would say.

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@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.

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7 Nov

23 DIY PET CRAFTS: Happy National Pet Awareness Month!

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She’s working on it.

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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Upcycled Side Table Dog or Cat Bed via Better Homes and Gardens

Crocheted Cat Bed via Eilentein

Bird Cage Cover via Martha Stewart

Gumball Machine Fish Tank via Instructables

Styrofoam Turtle Dock via Instructables

DIY Pet Teepee via Barkpost

Diy two story cardboard cat climber

Cardboard Cat Castle via Hautenature

DIY Catscraper Scratching Post via maisonkuotidien

Fake Tree Branch for Your Reptile via Instructables

DIY Wood Hamster Swing via Petdiys

The Magic Cat Wand via designsponge

Paracord Braided Chew Toy for Heavy Chewer via lifehacker

Your sweater = Dog Sweater via voknits

Fleece Dog Boots via romprescue

Dog Bow Tie via Barkpost

Goose – Horse Hat via Nordic Mart

Bunny Basket via Martha Stewart

Sweet Potato Dog Treats via 17apart

Salmon Crunchies Cat Treats via mywoodenspoon

Dog Friendly Meatloaf via Cesar’s Way

Homemade dog treats

Apple Cinnamon Pupcakes for Dogs via diynetwork

Nutty Bacon Dog Treats via Dog Hill Kitchen

Vacation Pet Tag via Martha Stewart

Vacation Pet Tag via Martha Stewart

#Boom.

Time to start crafting and cooking for our favorite companions!

National Pet Awareness Month: we got this.

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15 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING #CARRYON

Thursday 10/15, Flatiron Building, Manhattan: Edible Craft! CARRY ON chocolate buttermilk olive oil cake with sour cherry filling baked by @sandwichsrprise. Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON hits #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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Tuesday 10/6, The Powerhouse Arena, DUMBO, Brooklyn, Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON Launch Party, Patchwork Sweater of Simon and Baz.

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8 Oct

Simple Sustainable Kitchen Crafts: Make a Wine Cork Trivet and a Monogrammed Kitchen Towel

There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!

My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.

9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.

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Tridon Hose Clamp and Natural Wine Bottle Corks

Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.

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Natural wine corks and a hose clamp = Wine Cork Trivet!

To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!

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SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs

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Iron-On Flower from SUKI

TA-DA!  Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!

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Iron-on Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Gift Wrapper

CHEERS!

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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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