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Wrist Factor. One of the best things about nippy weather is yarn, in my book.

Wrist Factor

I am all about walking around swathed in cozy knit and crocheted stitches, from my handmade hatted head down to my lovingly knit socked toes. For this week’s How-Tuesday, rock star crafter, designer, TV host, and writer, Vickie Howell, has created a pattern for knitting your own fingerless gloves. Once you get the hang of it, you might find yourself knitting up a pair for everyone on your gift list this season. I’m a huge fan of wrist warmers; they’re quick to knit, make great gifts (for guys and gals!) , and keep your hands warm without being cumbersome to wear.

My Wrist Factor version looks extra fancy, but aren’t difficult to make. Sizes: S/M (L/1X) Finished Measurements: Each wristlet measures approximately 11 (12)”/28 (30.5)cm long x 3 (4)”/7.5 (10)cm wide. Materials: Stitch.Rock.Love. One pair size US 8 (5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge Cable needle (cn) Yarn needle Special Terms:K: Knit. V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet.

I don't know what it is about this time of year that makes me just want to have my bare feet in the sand, be watching the sun setting into the ocean, and breathing in the warm salty air of the i get older, more and more i find myself missing that place i used to go to almost as a teen.

V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet

(my skin doesn't miss it. as a matter of fact, i now wish i listened more and DID put SPF on my face...hindsight is 20/20). my mom calls me from her walk on the beach almost every morning... *sigh*yeah, i get a little homesick around this time of the year. heck on my pinterest my "dreaming of summer" has the most pictures in it. ah yes. i miss my ocean. case in point. this bracelet, brought a flood of memories, not because i used to have one like it but because i can totally see me wearing it by the beach, not caring that it's gotten salty and wet, because i can totally make another one in like less than 5 minutes flat when i get home.

*sigh* okay... Cool paper toy. [VIDEO] The Brownie Project. Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & little guiding stars. Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self.

Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & little guiding stars

Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! » How to make a martingale dog collar - Green is Universal ReUser's Guide.

Sailor's Knot Bracelets. With fall days of colored leaves, chunky sweaters and spiced cider in our future, it’s just about time to pack up the beach gear until next year.

Sailor's Knot Bracelets

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be summer to rock these stylish (and easy to make) nautical bracelets. I’m Simone of Groundsel, and a member of Etsy New York Street Team team. I made the following sailor’s bracelet tutorial using a Turk’s Head Knot for you to share with your summer friends. Glass Painting With Yevgenia. The impending arrival of summer brings with it a steady diet of ice cream and ice tea in my world!

Glass Painting With Yevgenia

Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. By Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway.

Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. Organizational Fabruckets. In this tutorial, the lovely Kim Grassie (a.k.a. kgeeme) and Corinne Pavlovic (a.k.a. iamcorinne) from Etsy’s Support Team detail how to sew fabric buckets to help you sort out your disarray, all while beautifying your home decor.

Organizational Fabruckets

Are you crafty but a little unorganized? Do you have a playroom that has one thousand tiny toys everywhere? This is the project for you! Make Your Own Sandals. I’m Kathrin.

Make Your Own Sandals

I’ve always been inspired to make things, all kinds of things, using my personal interpretation of slow design. My material of choice is usually rescued or salvaged and then transformed into interesting, functional items and accessories. I love hand-sewing, but also enjoy developing unusual designs, which can be found on my blog,

However, I recently got side-tracked with an idea for summer sandals… Summer shoes are a challenge for me. I thought the soles of flip flops were quite useful and maybe, just maybe, I could figure a way to attach something to make them into wearable footwear. Eatsy: Plum & Ginger Natural Soda From Brooklyn Soda Works. Nowadays a lot of folks are popping up with alternatives to commercially available foods.

Eatsy: Plum & Ginger Natural Soda From Brooklyn Soda Works

One such newbie is Brooklyn Soda Works and we couldn’t be more glad they’re here. Their origins are humble enough: Caroline Mak and Antonio Ramos, an artist and a chemist by training, looked everywhere for a ginger-y “ginger beer” but came up empty. So they made their own, it was great, and they decided to make more. They filled out an application and started selling at a local hot spot, the Brooklyn Flea market. Soon, foodies took notice. Light Bulb Terrariums. Etsy Blog. What’s better than receiving a giant chocolate egg?

Etsy Blog

Receiving a giant chocolate egg with a surprise inside! This springtime treat is commonly found on European grocery store shelves wrapped in colorful foil paper or clear cellophane. Some eggs have toys and small gifts inside and others are strictly candy-filled. Making your own hollow chocolate egg is easier than you might think, and you can customize the surprise inside to suit the recipient. Chocolate almond bark (sometimes referred to as chocolate candy coating) is easy to use because it doesn’t require tempering and provides glossy, flawless results. How-To: Japanese Zōri Sandals. Make a Recycled Vase. Have April showers driven you inside to your craft nook? Follow the lead of artist and creative reuse whiz Lee Christopher Hughes and pluck a plastic bottle from the recycling bin, transforming it into a vase to hold May flowers.

Hughes is an artist and dad based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, who has found a way to transform plastic castoffs and hardware store treasures into elegant art objects and home decor. Page corner bookmarks. This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM. I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads.

But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks. Placeholders special enough for the books that are special enough to remain in your culled-out-of-spacial-necessity collection. Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world.* They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks. If you like this tutorial, here are a couple others that might be up your alley. For the monster-loving adults in the room, try some googly-eyed paper monster wine charms.


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