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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Wedding Fun 1 Crossword

Wedding season has begun. Weddings are so much fun, we have more wedding words next issue. Try our crafts crossword puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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New Projects in Floral Crafts

Floral Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

General Flower Craft and Arranging Learn to Make a Wreath
How To Create a Floral Display
Florist Bow
Easy Flower Arranging
The Language of Flowers
Christmas Wreaths
Free Floral Crafts at
Introduction to Floral Arranging
Long Stemmed Flower Stand
Bright Wreaths
Online Floral Design Classes
Floral Projects at Hobby Lobby
Wedding Flowers
Unity Candle Arrangement
Corsages and Boutonnieres
Rose Basket
Cascade Wedding Bouquet
Lilies & Roses Bridal Bouquet
Rosebud and Ivy Boutonniere
Floral Pew Bouquet
Floral Pew Bow
Rose Bridal Centerpiece
Crystal Romance Centerpiece
Flowered Flute Centerpiece
Round Rose Bouquet
Head Wreath
Orchid Bouquet
Corsage Making Techniques
Love Knot BouquetBrides Floral Bouquet
Wedding Flowers at
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Julep-Rose Centerpiece
Pew Decoration
Silk Flower Arranging
Coloring Silk Flowers
Halloween Centerpiece
Brilliant Bouquet
Springtime Patchwork Vase
Teacup Topiary
Double Heart Wreath
Pansy & Daffodil Wreath
Botanical Pots
Grapevine Chandelier
Sunflower Balls
Floral Flip-Flops
Flower Pens
Flowers in Oil
Daisy Crown
Berry Apple Wreath

Wreath Trees
White Roses Wreath
Pretty-as-a-Package Topiary
Easy Moss-Covered Wreath
Fresh Flower Arranging
Fresh Flower Wreath
Swagged Garland
Rose Pomander
Floral Wreath Centerpiece
Summer Flower Potpourri Bags
Flower Arranging at Ladies Home Journal
Tussie Mussie
Hanging Centerpiece
Pumpkin in Bloom
Keepsake Rose Hearts
Flower Pounding
Mom's Corsage Centerpiece
Floral Centerpiece Ideas
Formal Arrangements
Ikebana - Japanese Arranging
Dried and Pressed Flowers
Learn to Dry Flowers
Learn to Make Potpourri
Victorian Facial Scrub
Garden Basket
Ring of Roses
Flower and Leaf Press
Potpourri Lights
English Garden
Wreaths You Can Wear
Drying Fruit
Pressed Flower Lamp
Pressed Pansy Coasters
Rose Water
Rose Petal or Pine Cone Napkin Rings
Dried Flower 'Cake'
Floral Freshness Lamp
Hanging Garden
Sweet and Spicy Rose Potpourri
Easy Potpourri Pie
Lemon Leaf Swag
Sweetheart Wreath
Dried Flowers How-to
Pressed Flower Paperweight
Glowing Flowers
Decorated Soap
Lavender Crafts
Pressed Flower Suncatcher
Preserving Flowers

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The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts- Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery

Well, this is a big book! More than 300 pages of knitting, crochet and embroidery. Truly, it is three books in one.

Each section begins with a comprehensive set of instructions for that craft. Large drawings show the stitches and other details. The knitting section covered one of my pet peeves - what if I can't get the yarn they use in the pattern? An article gives tips and ideas to make good substitutions. Each pattern has a color photo and sometimes a few. The patterns have summary info at the beginning - skill level, sizes, supplies and tools needed. I have one quibble with the book - the table of contents is very short and doesn't provide a list of the patterns. The patterns are listed in an appendix at the back.

The knitting patterns are varied. All the standards are included- afghans, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters and vests. Other patterns include a dog sweater and collar, Ipod holder, purses, wire jewelry, and purses.

I think crochet has become a hot craft, and the authors seem to agree. The crochet patterns are interesting and modern. Even though the arm warmers done in a fuzzy yarn look like hairy arms. And the Santa's stocking is rainbow-striped and has individual toes... I liked all the rest very much. The baby clothes look cute and probably work up quickly. The patterns also include hats, ponchos, purses, sweaters, tops, a backpack, pillow, shawl, and a jacket to name a few. The beach cover-up was stylish, and the crochet trim for a store-bought top was different.

The embroidery instructions are comprehensive. Many types of stitches along with bead embroidery, ribbon embroidery and hardanger are illustrated. Most of the projects are embellishments for pre-made items. They range from elegant to quirky and fun. Embroidered jeans and beaded tops are popular now and both are covered here. Many types of items go under the needle - mittens, napkins, pillows, purses, paper, sweaters, towels, and tote bags. A few of the purses are handmade, with the patterns included. The embroidered greeting card and scrapbook embellishments add dimension to your papercrafts.

The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts - Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery is a very solid and worthwhile book for your library. If you're already involved in one of the crafts, it's a great way to learn the others, while getting a good set of patterns.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Wedding Photo Thank You Card

Elegant thank you card that could be adapted to other occasions. Added to Wedding Crafts and Card-Making .

Categories: Paper Crafts, Wedding Crafts
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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Farm Animal Magnets

Make a puppy, pig, cow or chick from a cereal box and chenille stems. Too cute. Great for the kids, with supervision, since you need a glue gun. Added to Kids Crafts.

Categories: Kids Crafts
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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Fabric-Calc Calculator for Quilters

The Fabri-Calc is a hand-held calculator for quilters. It's great for figuring out so many quilting problems -

-how much fabric to buy, no matter the width

-how many squares can I cut from this piece of fabric?

-how much of each color fabric you'll need

-converts from metric to standard measurement.

Categories: Quilting
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Beaded Bow Brooch

Lovely retro-style pin made of seed beads. Great directions, too. Added to Jewelry-Making and Beading.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

American Girl Period Quilts

Great quilting site. The quilts are sized to American Dolls and the blocks correspond to the period of each doll. Very nice! Added to Quilting and Dolls. Categories: Doll-Making, Quilting
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Crossword Puzzle

Basic Craft Supplies Crossword
All the essentials for crafting fun. Try our crafts crossword puzzle.
Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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Computer Crafts is Updated

New Projects in Computer Crafts

Computer Crafts is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:

Printable Holiday Gift Boxes
All Occasion Printable Cards
Printable Crafts for Kids
Magnetic Accordian Address Book
Scavenger Party Kit
Microsoft Publisher Templates
Disposable Camera Skins
Pumpkin Party Favor Bag
Checkbook Cover
Graduation Party Kit
Printable Calendar
Printing Fortune Cookies
Printing Sheets of Envelopes
Printable Cards, Boxes & more
Printable Recipe Cards & more
Family Reunion Party Kit
Music Box Carousel
Make a Perpetual Calendar
Printable Holiday Church
Free Printable Stationery
Printable Advent Calendar
Printable Family Worksheets
Gift Box Templates
Printable Santa Hat
Printable Wine Bottle Labels
Print and Fold Dinosaurs
Printable Seed Packets
Electric Quilt
Freeware to Help Quilters
Free Sewing Software
Modern Sewing Online Customized Sewing Patterns
Fabric Calculator
Sock Knitting Calculator
Printing on Needlepoint Canvas
Print on Aida or Linen
Pixel to Stitch Charting Trick
How to Chart Hardanger
Bubble Jet Set Information
Printing on Fabric
HP Sewing & Quilting Projects
How to Print on Fabric
Baby Bib Birth Announcement
New Arrival Baby Pillow
Display Plates
Printable Barbie Doll Outfit
Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-on
Scrapbook Quilt
Printable Dollhouse Furniture Decorations
T-shirt Transfers for Moms
Christmas Potholder
T-shirt Transfers for Baby
Barbeque Apron Transfer
4th of July Iron-on
Thanksgiving Tshirt Iron-on

Printable Ceramic Decals
Printable Mousepads
Photo Transfer Basics
Digital Scrapbooking
Create a Digital Layout
Software Tutorials
Digital Scrapbooking Movies
All About Scanning
Printing Layouts
Restoring Black & White Photos
Photoshop Tutorials
Paint Shop Pro Tutorials
Cutting Photos into Shapes
Cherish Scrapbook Kit
Digital Scrapbooking Freebies
Free Elements
Free Page Kits
Printable Beach & Summer Pages
Printable Scrapbook Paper
Printable Cut-out Letters
Scrapbooking Printables by Theme
Printable Scrapbook Graphic Sets
Escrappers Free Embellishments
Shabby Princess Free Scrapbook Kits
Spaceraven Downloads
Free Kits at E-Scrape and Scrap
Scrapkitchen Freebie
Heather Ann Designs Free Kits
The Daily Scrap Freebies
Gaucho Girl Freebies
The Friday Freebie
Scrapbook Lady Freebie
Simple Scrapbooks Magazine Free Downloads Scrapbooking at HP
Free Fonts
Download Free Fonts
Font Freak
1001 Fonts
Font Face
Downloadable Fonts for Scrapbooking
Fonts for Kids
Fonts for Teachers
Kat's Fun Fonts
Fonts by Theme
Free Scrap-e-dia Fonts
Cropper's Cottage Fonts
Free Fonts at Two Peas in a Bucket
Scrap Girls
Free Clip Art
Microsoft Clipart
Avery Clipart

Categories: Computer Crafts, Newsletter
Link to this Entry Crafts Review - Freestyle Cordless Glue Gun

FreeStyle Cordless Glue Gun by Cold Heat

I had a great time testing out this cordless glue gun. It has several handy features and works very well.

Cordless Glue Gun

I was skeptical about the cordless feature, as some in the past have not worked as well as my corded version. Let me explain how the cordless action works on this glue gun. It is very similar to our cordless drill. The battery snaps into the bottom of the handle. To charge, it fits into a small charger which can be kept anywhere near an outlet. The charger flashes a green light while charging and then a steady light once charged. The initial charge took just a couple of hours. The instructions say the battery has no "memory effect" - it can be put back on the charger even if it's not fully discharged.

With the battery, the glue gun weighs less than 12 ounces. It feels very comfortable to hold and use. The glue gun has a trigger so glue only comes out when you need it, and a work light at the tip that illuminates exactly where you are working. The light can be switched from high to low intensity.

There's a clear window on top so you can easily see when to add another glue stick. This gun takes mini-size low temperature or all-purpose glue sticks. Cold Heat also sells glue sticks just for this gun, that they say will maximize battery life.

Right by the opening for the glue sticks, there are two small lights. One is a low battery indicator and the other is the PowerSave indicator. If you do not move the glue gun for eight minutes, it switches to this mode and stops heating the glue. As soon as you move it, it heats up again.

The glue heating time was very quick. The gun is well-made and easy to use. It does not drip when resting, which keeps your workspace much cleaner. The FreeStyle Cordless Glue Gun is packed with features and works great.

The FreeStyle Cordless Glue Gun is available from Cold Heat.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Easter Placemats and Decorations

Use your computer to set a pretty custom table setting for Easter. Added to Easter Crafts.

Categories: Easter Crafts
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Monday, April 10, 2006

Animated Needlework Stitch Instructions

Great set of animated directions for various needlework stitches, including cross stitch, embroidery stitches, hardanger and drawn threads. Added to Needlework.

Categories: Needlework
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Sunday, April 09, 2006

"Snowflakes for Sale"

Here's a fun project to make for Christmas presents - a wooden snowman with "Snowflakes for Sale!" Added to Woodworking and Painting.

Categories: Painting, Woodworking
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Knifty Knitter Resources

Have you tried needle-less knitting? These round looms are very popular. See what you can make with these resources. Added to Knitting.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, April 03, 2006

Craft a Christmas Tree from Reader's Digest Magazine

File this under quirky. On a long winter day, make a Christmas tree from Reader's Digest with the kids. Added to Christmas Crafts.

Categories: Christmas Crafts
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Knitted Bunny Doll

Cute Bunny Doll is perfect for Easter or anytime. Added to Easter Crafts and Knitting . Categories: Easter Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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