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Summer Garden Granny Square. I love making Granny Squares.

Summer Garden Granny Square

There's just something about creating little stacks of them that is hugely satisfying. They are versatile, and easy for beginners to learn because the basic stitches and method of working "in the round" are simple to get to grips with. It's how I first learnt to crochet 18 months ago, and I still get a huge amount of pleasure from making granny squares. This particular square, which I am calling my Summer Garden Granny Square, is my own pattern. It came about after I had an idea of making squares for a blanket, which when all assembled together would resemble a garden blooming with summer flowers. DIY – Le mobile Cloud and Bird (les moineaux ont la tête dans les nuages) - Carnets Parisiens. DIY - Bird Cage Lanterns. ~on a silhouette kick~ I made these, because.....

~on a silhouette kick~

I saw these and fell in love, and thought, "hey, I could make those! " And if you want to make your own, I am going to show you how. Start by having someone take a profile pic. of you. {please do not comment on my unwashed hair} Gather your supplies. You will need 2 canvas' {I got mine on sale for around $11.00 a piece} Tutorials. Mitsy from Artmind has a little tutorial she's offered to post here for us today.


A fun Sunday detour. Check below for a link to her blog as she'll be giving away some of them from there. Happy Hippity Hop! Handmade stencils and silhouettes. My new friend, Heika DeHart, shared these images of her daughter Aspen’s adorable bedroom.

Handmade stencils and silhouettes

Nearly every decoration in the room was created from scratch by Heika herself. My favorite project is the stunning dresser. I loved the result so much, I asked her to share her instructions. She tells how she made her own stencils, how she cut silhouettes of her daughter, and more. Thanks, Heika! Crafty Nest. Easter Egg BLING! MADE: TUTORIALS.

By Dana on July 2, 2008 Click an image below for step-by-step instructions and easy sewing projects.


Don’t worry…we won’t leave you hanging! We’ve got all the nitty gritty details. Something quick for the Easter Bunny. No you aren't seeing things this is a repost of my fabric carrots from last year .

Something quick for the Easter Bunny

I lot of blogs have added my carrots to their listings and included a link directly to me , thankyou ! A Quick Way to Make Everyday Bottles Display Worthy Canadian House and Home. A Super Easy Kitchen Backsplash Update. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy wednesdays: table lanterns. With the crazy heat wave we’re having in san francisco this week, all we can think about is spending as much time as possible outside. and since balmy evenings especially are a rarity in sf, we plan to take advantage of the warm weather and prepare a few dinners to eat up on the roof in the upcoming days. these paper lanterns are a snap to make, and will add a nice festive glow to our outdoor picnic table. click here for the full project or just click “read more” below. have fun!

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy wednesdays: table lanterns

Derek & lauren here’s what you’ll need: -cylindrical glasses or vases -colored cardstock -colored tissue paper -ruler -pencil -scissors -double-sided tape -tea light or votive candle 1. measure the height and circumference of your glass and cut a piece of tissue paper that is the same height and 1/4″ wider than your measurement. 2. put a strip of double-sided tape down the length of your glass and wrap the tissue paper around, securing both ends onto the tape.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: zippered case. It’s back-to-school time, and it’s hard not to have school supplies on the brain even if school days are nowhere in sight for some of us!

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: zippered case

Inspired by the good old-fashioned pencil case, I thought it would be fun to sew a lined, zippered pouch that you can use for pencils, makeup, electronics or anything else you need to organize and tuck away. The great thing about this bag is that once you understand the basic construction, you can easily make it any size you like. Try a short, long version with a wide base for knitting needles, or a flat bag for electronic cords. You can use oilcloth for the lining to create a waterproof makeup bag, or try stitching a label to the outside to indicate what’s hiding inside. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » paper scrap recycling. Today’s projects are ones that use up old bits of paper scraps I can’t bear to throw away.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » paper scrap recycling

I save these pieces of paper (gift wrap, envelope liners, art papers, origami papers, etc.) and then wonder what can I do with them? I have covered pencils and jar lids to brighten them up a bit here. The jars are ones I have salvaged from the recycling bin and the pencils are just plain ones you can buy at a dollar store. The pencils would make a lovely gift especially if given in a matching box or pencil bag. The jars are great for organizing or gift packaging. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: paper bag lanterns.

The bbbcraft sisters love parties!

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: paper bag lanterns

And what’s more important at a party than lighting? With a couple of photographers in our family, we have always had to focus on both indoor and outdoor lighting at parties, making it soft and cozy and above all, inviting. nothing captures this more than a little bit of diffused candle light. we wanted to create an inexpensive way of creating our own indoor and outdoor lighting and came up with these paper bag lanterns. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy wednesdays (part 1): felted nesting bowls. Before we get to our regular weekly post, we just wanted to share this awesome set of felted nesting bowls that lauren’s younger sister jessie made for us. the pattern for the medium-sized bowl came from a book called “oneskein” by leigh radford. jessie adapted the pattern to create the small and large versions, so the three bowls fit together perfectly. this is a great project for knitters of all level (especially those who are sick and tired of making scarves and hats!)

Putting what basically looks like a gigantic ski cap into a hot washing machine and pulling out a felted bowl is like magic! Click here for more info and photos or just click “read more” below. have fun! -derek and lauren ps- we’ve got knitting on the brain! Felted Nesting Bowls. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy idea: bird mobile. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: alexandra hedin’s family portraits. Alexandra hedin is a lifestyle and entertaining expert in the beautiful pacific northwest. her work is always so lovely and i was thrilled to hear from her about sharing one of her diy ideas. she came up with a quick and easy (and affordable!) Way to create modern silhouette “portraits” of your family (or pets) and was kind enough to share her project here today. you can click here for the full instructions or just click “read more” below. thanks again to andrea for sharing this with us. you can click here to see more of andrea’s geat ideas for cooking, decorating and parties (you can also catch her work in seattle’s 425 magazine) What You’ll Need: 1.

Camera 2. Printer (or have your pictures printed at a copy center) 3. 8.5″ x 11″ labels 4. How-To: Step 1: Take a picture in profile Step 2: Print profile picture on an 8.5” x 11” label (Available at office supply stores) Step 3: Cut out the profile using fine tip scissors. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy wednesdays: drawer divider. We’re always looking for ways to better organize our lives. and after years of starting each day with a visit to one of the most disappointingly disorganized spots in our home we’ve finally decided to do something about it. as shop owners constantly awash in packing materials, the cardboard and giftwrap needed for this project were right under our noses. this diy is a good example that even if no one else in the world (other than a couple bazillion design*sponge readers) is ever going to see it, the simplest of craft projects can make a big impact on your daily routine. have fun!

Lauren & derek. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: eco-friendly notebooks. This fun, eco-friendly project comes from meghan mcclain and jill thomas of potbelly sandwich works. meghan and jill got a green committee going at their office (fantastic!)