This easy Christmas card tutorial requires no special equipment or cutting machines. All you need to make this cheery holiday card is a pair of scissors, some basic materials, and the included poinsettia template. This holiday design can also be used to create gift tags or Christmas decorations.
Selling vintage comic books can be a fun hobby and business, but these items need special care when shipping to preserve their valuable condition. These detailed instructions show you how to package comic books for shipping. Proper packaging will help guarantee happy customers and positive feedback!
You can easily make rustic twig stars for decorating your home using sticks from your yard! These simple stars are the perfect decoration for your home, front door, or garden. These stars can also be embellished and used for wedding or party décor, or for decorations for the Christmas holiday.
Layered necklaces with multiple chains and charms are a popular fashion trend. These necklaces are surprisingly easy to make with the right tools and supplies. Learn how to make your own boho-style necklace with this tutorial!
Put an embroidery hoop to new use by creating a wall pocket wreath to display cheery flowers in your home! This wreath can be hung on the wall, displayed on the front door, or placed on a mantle. This is an easy project that just uses a hoop, some fabric, artificial flowers, and glue.
Turn a thrift-store find into a jewelry case using some paint, stencils, scrapbook paper, and vintage postcards! This tutorial is simple to follow and easy to customize to fit your style!
Your Christmas tree isn't complete without this cute cardinal ornament! This polymer clay bird is sitting in its nest a top a bell, waiting to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year.
It's wonderful to display photos of friends and family in your home, especially during the holidays. This cheery sign is a great way to incorporate your favorite photos into your Christmas decorating!
This cute cat ornament is a cheery addition to any Christmas tree and fun to personalize for gift-giving. My tutorial includes all the directions and templates for making your own festive ornament!
Twig reindeer are adorable additions to any holiday display or Christmas tree decorating. With a few craft supplies and twigs from your yard, learn how to make this cute reindeer pair for your home.
Bright pumpkins are a cheery way to decorate for the fall season and holidays. Here's how to make some festive candle holders using pumpkins and autumn trimmings to welcome guests to your home!
When searching for new craft supplies, look at your unused picture frames for inspiration! Learn how to use picture frames and some other basic materials to create this festive fall door decoration!
Want to feel like you're at the beach everyday? Make this bright and cheerful beach themed welcome sign for your home! This project is easy and uses a basic frame, some wood pieces, paint, and ribbon.
String art is a popular trend in crafts and home decor. Now you can use this technique to make unique personalized brooches and pendants, using shapes like a heart, your initial, or your home state!
Polymer clay is a fun material to use to make beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. This tutorial shows how to make a stained glass inspired pendant using polymer clay, stamps, and colored pencils.
This colorful wreath uses scrap fabric, ribbon, and other materials to create a unique decoration that reflects the changing seasons. This wreath will look great with any seasonal or holiday decor!
Celebrate Easter with this cute bunny! This project uses just basic materials and can be simplified to do with all ages. Or you can add a lot of detail to dress up your bunny for the Easter holiday!
You can make a beautiful new necklace by reusing and re-imagining an old bracelet. Add some strands of colorful beads and you'll have a new piece of jewelry that you'll be excited to wear every day!
This pretty dragonfly is the perfect spring decoration for your house or front door. With its textured wings and bright ribbon, this wreath-like design is a cheery way to welcome anyone to your home.
Professional framing can be expensive, especially if you want to frame a piece of art on a stretched canvas. However, you can easily frame an artist canvas yourself using wood lattice and a few tools.
Sock snowmen are fun and easy to make for Christmas and the winter season. This tutorial includes directions for making three different sock snowmen projects, with their cozy clothes and accessories.
This cute snowman and Santa figure are fun to make for the holidays. Using recycled salt and pepper shakers for the bodies, their costumes can be created from whatever materials you have on hand.
Ombré bleaching is a popular fashion trend created using bleach to alter the color dyes in fabric. These clothing items can be expensive to buy, but you can do it yourself using household supplies.
Ornament wreaths are popular for the Christmas season, but can be a hassle to make. This tutorial creates a festive wreath that is easy to construct, uses less ornaments, and will shine in your home.
This cute clay gingerbread house tree ornament is festive and fun for the holidays! Bright colors and candy details make this sugary sweet abode a special decoration to cherish for years to come.
You can add colorful decoration to a plain sweater using the craft of needle felting. This tutorial shows the basic technique and tools of needle felting so you can create your own custom design.
Turn any gift box and lid into a festive holiday floral arrangement and a special Christmas tree decoration with just a few supplies, some creativity, and some holiday spirit!
Fall crafts are fun to make and this twine scarecrow decoration is perfect for autumn. With a big smile and an optional banner, this cute guy is a great addition to your seasonal mantle or table!
Christmas tree ornaments are fun projects to knit and wonderful gifts to give to friends or family. This quick knitting pattern creates a little rosy-cheeked snowman with a hat and optional scarf.
With some basic knitting and sewing stitches, you can make a cute little yarn ball bookmark to enjoy with your favorite book. This easy bookmark would make a great gift for any knitter or crocheter!
Knit these colorful accessories to add cheer and a bit of fun to any room or occasion! The directions for both the Confetti Fringe Pillow Cover and matching Cup Cozy are include in this free pattern.
You can make or repurpose a birdhouse into a beautiful planter or flower vase for your home or garden. With a few charming details, these birdhouses can add a decorative touch to any yard or home.
Necklaces made with many strands of beads may seem complicated, but are quite easy to make! This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to design and create your own beautiful beaded necklace.
These pretty clay birds are easy to make using clay and some household tools. These birds can be made in any size or color and used to decorate your home, garden, door wreaths, or your Christmas tree!
This pretty pincushion can be made with absolutely no sewing required. Once created, there are many ways to personalize and decorate this cushion using no-sew embellishment techniques and designs.
Why do people leave mean or negative comments about other people's art or crafts on social media? And what, if anything, should you do as the artist in response?
This special valentine features a ruffled heart made of recycled map pieces and a heart-felt message of love. This cheerful heart can be created as a framed piece of art or as a Valentine's Day card!
This free knitting pattern creates a decorative basket featuring a unique geometric shape. This basket is perfect for holding small items or a plant, or just to display as a beautiful handmade item.
Learn how to make a stunning necklace with an old key and some beads. An old skeleton key can become the perfect centerpiece to hang combinations of beads and trinkets to create a unique necklace.
Quick and easy ideas for reusing and repurposing your Christmas decorations around your home all year round. Stop packing away your favorite holiday ornaments and use them everyday!
Repurpose your favorite old sweaters by turning them into cute Christmas tree ornaments! This is a great way to recycle your clothing into unique holiday decorations for your Christmas tree and home.
This no-sew pillow project is an easy way to add some holiday cheer to your seasonal decorating. Using two pieces of fabric, all you need is some scissors, some acrylic paint, and some glitter glue!
These colorful angels are made from a paper plate and basic art supplies. A fun activity for any age, these crafty angels can decorate a mantle, hang on your Christmas tree or serve as a tree topper!
This circular knitting pattern makes a charming tree skirt or doily to accessorize a small table-top Christmas tree. Changing your yarn can tailor this pattern for the holidays or for every day use!
Love the color and design of an old wool sweater so much that you can't bear to throw it out? Turn it into a fun and fuzzy pumpkin to decorate your home for fall!
Craft shows can be a great place to make money selling your knitted goods and apparel. Unique, quality items always sell well, and here are some other popular items to make and sell at a craft fair.
This beautiful banner is a great way to decorate your mantle or entryway for fall. Using artificial leaves, this autumn banner requires no sewing, just a few materials and can be made over a weekend!
Holidays and the changing seasons are popular inspiration for crafting and decorating. Here is a collection of fun and festive craft and gift ideas, great for any crafter or creative decorator!
Make your own stacked pumpkin topiary to decorate for Halloween and the fall season! You can use real or fake pumpkins and putting these topiaries together is easier than you think!
Create your own Matryoshka style dolls using polymer clay and a pull tab from your recycling bin! Your decorated dolls can then be used as jewelry charms, brooches, key chains, or cheerful figurines.
Celebrate the Fall season and Thanksgiving holiday by creating a colorful autumn display with these easy scrap fabric fall leaves. This tutorial makes a festive table decoration and napkin rings.
A collection of articles, tutorials, and links to answer some of your most fundamental and difficult knitting questions. A great source of information and resources to help with your knitting needs!
A collection of fun and creative jewelry tutorials for making pins, brooches, bracelets, necklaces, and jewelry-inspired crafts!
Handmade charms are a fun way to create and personalize jewelry like bracelets and necklaces. You can make your own colorful charms using recycled materials, decorative images and household items!
A collection of colorful knitting patterns for the beginner and experienced knitter. These patterns include baby blankets, cozy accessories, items for the home, jewelry projects and great gift ideas!
This woven paper craft is a great way to add creativity & personality to your journal or sketchbook. This technique can also be used to beautify and upcycle a diary, scrapbook, or family photo albums.
This crafty patriotic flag makes a cheerful decoration to honor our service people and celebrate the summer holidays. With the addition of floral blooms, this sign can welcome visitors all year long!
These colorful handmade jars make wonderful gifts, party favors, or table decorations for a variety of occasions and events. Easy to make, they are also a great way to repurpose and recycle old jars!
Pincushions are popular crafts to make, use, collect and enjoy. This tutorial includes easy directions for making a cupcake-style pincushion that can be decorated and embellished in a number of ways.
This colorful baby blanket and lap afghan knitting pattern looks complicated but is quite simple to make. Featuring a beautiful mosaic design, it is easy to adapt to match any room or nursery décor.
Learn to make colorful bookmarks using simple watercolor techniques and materials! A fun project for artists of all ages, making bookmarks is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of reading!
Create a charming pincushion and notions box out of an Altoids tin, or other small box. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to transform these items into a handy, yet pretty sewing accessory!
Make a lovely floral decoration for your home by adding paper leaves and tissue paper blossoms to a natural branch. Easy to adapt for various holidays, this flower project is great for children, too!
This sweet charm can be used as a pendant for a necklace or bracelet, or as a keychain. This easy project makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary, or for a special friend.
Painting your own beads is easy and a great way to design a colorful statement necklace that expresses your own personal style. This tutorial is a fun way to add a new accessory to your wardrobe!
This charming birds and heart image makes a lovely romantic piece of art for your own home or to give as a gift to that special couple. Perfect for Valentine's Day, a wedding, or for an anniversary!
Knitted cowls are the perfect accessory to keep you warm during cold weather. This easy knitting pattern creates a simple, yet interesting neckwarmer that men, women and children will enjoy wearing!
A double wreath is a charming sign to welcome people to your home. A wonderful way to span holidays when decorating, you can design one ring for a particular season, and the other wreath for the next!
Holiday crafts and decorating projects don't need to be fancy or expensive. This festive patchwork Christmas Tree is made from magazine photos, glue, some simple trimmings, and some holiday spirit!
This little box is made with polymer clay, an Altoids tin, and some creativity. Great for keeping small items, this would be perfect for a knitter but pretty enough to appeal to almost everyone.
Just in time for the holidays, here some are easy craft tutorials to make four different Christmas decorations using yarn. Each of these tutorials makes a charming and colorful ornament for your tree.
Inspired by the vintage look of the home accessories sold at Anthropologie and Pottery Barn, this charming tree is easy to make and uses basic craft supplies. Great for wedding or baby shower decor!
Using rolled paper, create colorful quilt blocks that are beautiful to look at but require no sewing! This project is a great way to recycle magazines, catalogs, and gift wrap. Fun for kids, too!
This fun button necklace is a great way to incorporate the ombré fashion trend into your wardrobe with a new piece of jewelry. Easy to make and assemble, you'll wear this necklace all summer long!
It's easy to make a cheerful welcome wreath using a basic wreath form, some artificial flowers, and a few garden-themed accessories. This beautiful decoration is perfect for any season or decor!
You can turn garden accessories like small fences and trellises into charming wall decorations to use in your office, bedroom, or dorm room. All you need is a few materials and some imagination!
Andy Warhol was one of the leading artists of the Pop Art movement from the 1960's through the 1980's. He was also an avid collector, finding weird and wonderful items that filled his 30-room home.
Your friends will never guess that this fun and colorful bib necklace is handmade with paper beads, created from recycled mail, maps, and magazines.
You can give an old tote bag a new look by adding a bunch of knitted flowers made from leftover yarn! Learn how to knit flowers of different sizes to fashion a new bag that you'll be proud to use.
Looking for that perfect song to play for your next romantic evening? Here is a list of some of the best love songs to create a great playlist for your special date, anniversary, or Valentine's Day!
This table runner features mock cables, some lace, and petal details in columns of different designs that will look great in any room, and at any occasion. This is a fun knit with beautiful results!
This button brooch or pendant is perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day that you are in the mood for romance. This jewelry project is easy and uses materials that you already have around the house!
Using a simple knitted i-cord, you can make unique statement necklaces that are tailored to your personal taste and style. Here are the directions for three different necklace designs using i-cords.
This wreath has a special folded ribbon detail that makes this decoration eye-catching and unique. This design is easy and you can use any combination of ribbons to match your décor or the season.
When learning a new hobby, you always have to start at the beginning with knowing nothing. In 2010, I decided I wanted to learn how to knit. And trust me - it was not an easy or quick process.
It's easy to make beautiful and festive Christmas tree decorations with oven-bake clay and some basic household tools! These ornaments are quick to make and a fun holiday project to do with kids!
This cozy baby blanket is a quick knit using bulky or chunky weight yarn. Designed with seven alternating cables and with just a hint of lace, this blanket will be a charming addition to any nursery.
This easy holiday ornament is a great way to recycle or reuse your favorite seasonal greetings into decorations that you can enjoy for years to come. This project is also a fun activity for kids!
This handmade tree project uses needle felting and basic embroidery to create a unique decoration for your home, but you can modify it to use other materials and make a piece that is special to you.
This wall hanging will add a festive sparkle to your holiday decor, featuring your own jewelry as ornaments for this easy Christmas decoration. And you don't have to ruin your jewelry to make it!
Sticks, hooks, books, and balls (of yarn) - nothing brings more joy to the hearts of knitters and crocheters than these words. Here a list of great gift ideas for the needle crafter in your life!
Fringe decoration or tassels are often added to scarves, shawls, pillows and other handmade items. Here are step-by-step directions for adding fringe to your knitting or crochet project.
This charming neckwarmer features a colorful design of falling leaves while displaying some of your favorite colors of yarn. This free knitting pattern includes directions to make a cowl or a scarf.
Hand knit linens can add a special touch to your home. This washcloth knitting pattern is easy, but special enough to bring a spa-like feeling to your bath. And these washcloths make a great gift!
With the growing popularity of knitting, it's not surprising that knitting-themed fiction books, or "knit lit", has become popular too. Here is an introduction to some of the best titles and authors.
Knitting is a popular craft that is shared by people in every city and town - and knitting groups can play a fun part in getting them together. Here's how to start a knitting group in your area!
The internet has become one of the main sources that knitters and crocheters can go to for ideas and information. Here is a list of some of the best FREE online resources for knitting and crocheting.
This beautiful shawl uses only basic knitting stitches. Warm enough to protect you from a chill and perfect to throw on with a top and jeans, this shawl can also add a special touch to dressy attire.
This warm chevron cowl is a fun way to add some bright color to any winter wardrobe. This easy free pattern is a great way to use up your stash yarn, or can also be knitted using your favorite colors.
Shawl pins are popular and used to hold a shawl in place or decorate a knitted sweater, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to make one out of polymer clay! My easy tutorial will show you how!
Stick pins can be used to fasten a scarf/shawl in place or to decorate a woman's hair when in a upswing style. I made this beautiful and handy pin using a decorative glass bead and some polymer clay.
A shawl pin is used to hold the ends of a shawl/scarf together, so it stays in place as you wear it. I created this simple shawl pin design that uses only a few materials and yet goes with everything.
Baby blankets are one of the easiest projects, especially for new or inexperienced knitters. This fun and colorful blanket design has no shaping and can be changed to match any nursery decor.
WYEP in Pittsburgh asked its listeners to submit their list of the 20 best road trip songs. This task got me searching through my memory and my cds to put together my top 20 list of favorites.
Singer/songwriter Ani Difranco has released over 40 albums, covered thousands of miles while touring, and built a loyal fan base. Despite her success, here are some things you may not know about her:
Ani Difranco's songs are a creative blend of thoughtful lyrics, beautiful vocals, and talented musicianship. This list of her classic songs might serve as an introduction to Ani Difranco's music.
Pittsburgh is a wonderful city with a rich history, diverse cultural amenities, and fun outdoor activities. The 'burgh is also a great place to visit! Here is a fun list of things to do, see, and eat.
Nicknamed "Vacationland," Maine offers a variety of activities to satisfy many interests. Artists and art lovers, in particular, will find some very interesting and impressive art locations to visit.
This necklace begins with a stitched pendant created from a knitted cord. Then the center is embellished with bright embroidery for a unique piece of jewelry that displays a variety of needle crafts.
Wreaths create a warm welcome for any holiday or season. To make a unique decoration, try tying strips of fabric around a wire frame and then add a bow, ornament, or some flowers for a pop of color.
Easy to make, fabric rosettes can be used to create jewelry or embellish accessories or clothing. I painted my rosettes for my funky necklace, but you can use any decorative fabric or ribbon.
This pattern for a cozy knitted scarflet is designed to be warm enough for winter, yet still displays the changing colors of fall or the fresh colors of spring.
This unique plexiglass bracelet certainly makes an artistic statement. Because the background is simple and clear, your design can create a bold image against your skin, like a removable tattoo.
Ribbon necklaces are a popular fashion trend and this beaded version is beautiful, easy to personalize, and quick to assemble. With the beads strung on a length of ribbon, this necklace has a romantic, yet relaxed look. This project is a fun way to update old necklaces to give them new life and a...
I love blueberry muffins, and there's two things I look for in a great blueberry muffin: lots of blueberries and a firm consistency to the muffin for spreading butter on. My husband and I came up with this recipe, and it's made to our specifications: this recipe is a little less sweet than others,...
Hanging artwork on your walls is one of the best and easiest ways to add color, personality, and life to any room. But many people make the mistake of hanging one piece of art over their sofa or above their fireplace and considering the job done. In fact, grouping smaller pieces of art often...
Over my years of knitting, I've discovered an easy and safe way to block most of my knitting projects. I hope these hints answer some of the questions that most people face when blocking, explain the different methods, and offer some suggestions on the best technique to finish your favorite...
When I was in college, my art professor told us that an artist should collect and save everything and anything that might inspire us. She pointed out that you never know from where your next creative idea might come. Over the years, I've definitely taken her advice. I've held on to piles of...
These knitted flowers are colorful accessories that are quick to knit and easy to assemble. They are a fun project, and you can use scrap yarn (yea!). They make great gifts, or even a wonderful little topper for a present. You can make them as sophisticated, romantic, or as funky as you want by...
For knitters, the world is a candy shop full of knitting patterns. Choosing the right knitting pattern is the first step in ensuring that you'll be happy with the finished result. But with so many to choose from, how can you make a decision? Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when...
Yarn stores and the internet are filled with such a kaleidoscope of fiber choices that it can be overwhelming. Here are some helpful hints for making the right decision for your knitting project.
The recipe is so, so easy and so, so quick that it can hardly be called a recipe. It's more like three ingredients put together and microwaved. In fact, IT IS three ingredients put together and microwaved :) And it's delicious!! This dip is perfect for parties, game nights, and family...
Learn about the fiber craft of needle felting and see a step-by-step tutorial on how to sculpt a needle-felted reindeer Christmas tree ornament!
Although A Stitch in Time, Volumes 1 & 2 are knitting books, they are also an archive of vintage fashion and a history lesson on the events and people who influenced fashion trends over the years.
It's easy to make art for any room by creating a collage from photos, cards, drawings or even magazine pages. Using an inexpensive poster frame and a few hours of your time, you can make a piece of art that you'll enjoy looking at and be proud to display!
I've found that frames are an easy and festive way to display your holiday decorations, particularly if you have a limited amount of space for decorations (like people living in apartments), or if you only have a small collection of decorations. By using basic frames, or by recycling/upcycling old...
This cozy cowl features yarn carried in front and knitted stitches moving up and down to look like reindeer tracks. A beautiful pattern to show off the colors of variegated yarn, this cowl also looks great in solid colors. This pattern is easy, but suggested for advanced beginners or experiences...
I made this knitted basket using Zoë Scheffy's FREE Pinwheel Coaster pattern as a base, then knitting up the sides in a diamond pattern. I love having baskets around the house to hold things and to use as decoration.
This meatball and pepperoni pasta bake recipe is one of my family's favorites. It's easy to make and can be put together earlier and then just heated up to be served. I use meatballs and pepperoni, but you could substitute your favorite sausage for one of the ingredients or use all three!
This free knitting pattern has a lace and cable design that continues around the neck and creates a cozy and comfy cowl. This pattern is fully charted with descriptions of the abbreviations at the bottom of the chart and is designed for experienced beginners or advanced knitters who are familiar...
This light, floaty top is based loosely on a wrap I saw on the Anthropologie website. I knew I could knit something similar, but I also wanted to make some changes to the design. Many people have asked how I made this, so I put together my notes. But this is not really a “pattern” - it's more...
This versatile necklace has a bit of a vintage look and can be worn with either the button fastening in the back as a necklace or in the front for more of a collar look. The necklace in the photos is about 27” long. You can add or omit repeats of the pattern to customize the length. I used DK...
Every year, thousands of yarn lovers, knitters, spinners, and fiber fans come to the Asheville, NC area for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). SAFF is a never-ending feast of yarn and fun for any knitter, crocheter, spinner, or felter.
I designed these textured fingerless mitts because I wanted a pair with an interesting design on the back of the hand, but fit snugly around the cuff and was comfortable to wear for everyday use. Perfect for showing off the different colors in variegated or handpainted yarns!
Connie Hayes’s paintings are often recognizable for her vibrant use of color and her loose painting style. Well-known as a painter of Maine landscapes, she uses color and composition to create unique views of small towns and unseen places in Maine. Her paintings beautifully depict the quiet...
This casserole recipe is flavorful and hardy, and a family favorite. Using really just 4 ingredients, this main dish can be made ahead of time and simply warmed up when you are ready to eat. I must admit, it is rather beige in its ingredients, but is great when served with some bright vegetables...
For these cozy and colorful fingerless mitts, I used an array of worsted weight (medium weight) yarn, along with some dk weight (light weight) and some bulky (heavy weight) yarn, from my ever-decreasing stash. I’m really happy with how these funky colors came together in these fun mitts.
This is our latest decorating project - a festive fall/winter wreath. I stole the inspiration from Lauralee at Yellow Mums. She creatively "borrowed" the idea from Delia at Delia Creates. I really loved how Lauralee mixed berries and fabric with the sticks to make a warm, rustic, and charming...
This warm dip is a little like eggplant parmesan in a bowl, only better. You can spread this dip on triscuit crackers, toasted french bread, or toasted pita bread triangles. I think this would also be good to top a Boboli pizza crust. Yummy!!