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Jul 09

How to Choose Yarn for Your Next Project

How to choose yarn for your next project, whether for knitting or crocheting, can be an overwhelming task. Your local yarn shop has a vast array of colors and textures. There must be a logical way to narrow down the choices. Focus on your particular yarn project or pattern and its function. Yarn shop staff …

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Jul 07

Cross-Stitch – X Marks the Spot

I’m sure we have all heard of the saying X marks the spot. If you are wondering if that saying has anything to do with the embroidery style of cross-stitch or counted cross-stitch I’m quite sure it doesn’t. Cross-stitch is a form of counted thread embroidery in which the stitches are X-shaped to form a …

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Jul 04

Quilting – A Long History

Happy 4th of July! Quilting has played an interesting role in America’s history as well as ancient history.  Read on to find out where quilting started and how it played a major role in American history. Quilting – A Long History Quilting is an art that has been around for a very long time. It …

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Jul 03

What Is Macrame?

Macrame is a form of textile-making that does not involve the typical way of weaving or knitting, but rather by a series of knots. It is believed to have started as early as the 13th century in the Western Hemisphere with the Arab weavers. They would knot the excess yarn and threads on the ends …

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Jun 10

What Is Needlepoint?

Needlepoint is one of many types of crafts that you can do revolving around some type of fabric. Typically it is done with a stiffer open weave canvas that you stitch yarn or embroidery thread through to make your design. Although needlepoint uses embroidery thread and a fabric to create designs on it differs from …

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May 29

Uteki Swim Party: 5 Super Fun DIY Pool Party Crafts

Things are warming up and throwing a swim party is one of the best ways to celebrate the outdoors! Here are 5 super fun pool party ideas to help get things rolling: Find out how to make your own cute DIY Pool Party Float Invitations courtesy of Let’s Mingle. In a few simple steps you can …

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May 10

Origami Art

There are a lot of unique and interesting crafts and art forms for people to do and enjoy. One that I find truly amazing is origami. Imagine starting with a flat sheet of paper and with a few folds and sculpting, end up with a crane, star, bull or hundreds of other incredible creations. It’s …

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May 08

How To Make Easy Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

  Today I made a fresh batch of coconut oil body butter with coconut lime fragrance oil – my favorite bath & body scent!  And the best part is that it only took a few minutes! I love coconut oil, and in fact it’s the only moisturizing oil that I will use on my skin …

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Feb 06

Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

Gifts are great. But they’re incomplete without that all important Valentine’s Day card. Yet, sometimes, what you want to say just isn’t available in printed or electronic form. Don’t despair! Make your own. Sure, you’re not a poet. But you don’t have to invent your own rhymes to make your own card. You can freely …

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Jan 31

Three Oil Soap Recipe

This is one of my favorite soap recipes because it uses common oils that can be found in the grocery store, and it achieves an awesome balance of key soap qualities including INS (“a measure of the physical qualities of the soap based on the SAP and iodine value” according to SoapCalc, and which some soap makers …

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