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Friday, September 29, 2006 All About Yarn Word Search

How's your yarn stash? See if you have all of these types of yarn! Print out our crafts word search puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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Cardmaking Updated with New Projects

Cardmaking is all-new! Here's some of the free projects added:
Cardmaking Techniques Any Shape Cut-Out Pop-up
Pop-up Greeting Cards
Embosssing Cards with Stencils
Customizable Recognition Certificate
Block Print Cards
Pocket Idea
A talking mouth pop-up card
Hidden Message Card
Watercolor Crayon Resist
How to Cut Foam Core
Pyramid Pop-up Cards
Stenciled Sunflower Stationery
Hinged Sketchbook Greeting Card
Smashed Petal Paper
Revolving Door Card
Silk Screen Christmas Cards
Hidden Message Card 2
Shaker Cards
Collage Cards
Kaleidoscope Card
Photo Flip Card
Poetic Prints Pleated Scroll Card
Shrink Plastic Card and Earrings
Shaving Cream Marbled Cards
Millefiore Embellished Greeting Cards
Spackling Compound Cards
Color Wash Card
Suitcase Card
Torn Paper Dog Card
One Stroke Painted Card
Fimo Clay Candy Card
Golfer Card
Instant Fake Tan Card
Christmas Cards
Gallery Glass Xmas Cards
Glitter Bead Xmas Cards
Christmas ornaments from greeting cards
Warm Winter Wishes
Beaded Star Card
Vellum Poinsettia Card
Stitched Holiday Cards
Christmas Village Card
Easy Candy Cane Card
Stamped Christmas Cards
Merry Ornament Card
Snowman Card & Bookmark
Christmas Ornaments Card
Snowman Tri-Fold Card
Ribbon Bow Tree Card
Cross-Stitch Bookmark Card
Printable Christmas Cards
Printable Valentine's Day Cards
Love Notes Card/Booklets
Calico Heart Cards
Handmade Valentine Cards
Lovely ribbon weaving card
Printable Valentine's Day Cards
Valentine Swans (pdf)
Beanie Valentines
Printable Valentines Cards
Winnie the Pooh printable Valentines cards
Beaded Valentine
Valentines Envelopes
Heart Potpourri Card
Printable Valentine Box
Ribbon Embroidery Rose Card (pdf)
St. Valentine's Day Card
Pop-up Valentine's Card
Printable Kids Valentines
Valentine Photo Card
Handmade Valentine Cards
Dancing Hearts Card
Valentine's Cupcake Cards
Scherenschnitte Heart
Embossed Rose Card
Stamped and Stitched Card
Hanging Valentine Card
Love Tags Card
Pom-Pom Heart Card
Print Valentine's Day Cards
Wedding Cards
Wedding Photo Thank You Card
Paper Mini-Rose Decoration
Stamped Wedding Shower Invitation
Printable Bridal Shower Invitations
Printable Wedding Cards
Wedding Cards to Print
Rubber Stamped Wedding Card
Wedding Bouquet Gift Card
Happy Wedding Day Card
Just Married Card
Wedding Invitations and Ceremony Programs
My Invitation
The Knot Complete Guide to Wedding Invitations
MS Publisher Wedding Invitation Template
Free Wedding Invitation Projects at
Save the Date Wedding Magnets Idea
Ribbon Tied Wedding Invitation Scrolls
Rose and Ribbon Wedding Set
Printable Cards
Printable Love Cards
Printable Wedding Cards
Printable Cards
Printable All Occasion Cards
Printable Cards & Stationery
Printable Winnie the Pooh Cards
Birthday Cards
Woven Ribbon Birthday Card
Happy Birthday Card
Spring Birthday Cards
Shadow Box Birthday Card
Birthday Candle Card
Printable Birthday Cards
Halloween Cards and Party Invitations
Halloween Party Invitation
Spook Much Halloween Card
Bewitching Invitation
Ghost Invitation
Halloween Party Invitation
Eyeball Invitation
Spooktacular Invitation
Beaded Halloween Card
Free Halloween Clip Art
Beaded Halloween Party Invitation
Printable 3D Jack O'Lantern
Printable Halloween Cards
Father's Day Card Making
Super Dad Card
3-D Fish Father's Day Card
Printable Father's Day Cards
Number One Dad
Gone Fishing Father's Day Card
Mother's Day Card Making
Flowers in a Vase Mother's Day Card
Pop-up Carnation Card for Mom
Pop-Up Mom's Day Card
Printable Mom & Grandma Cards
Mother's Day Printable Cards
Envelopes and others
Printing Sheets of Envelopes
Envelope Liners
Book-Style Card Storage Box
Vintage Envelopes
Printable Envelopes
Button Clasp Envelope pdf
Tissue Paper Envelopes
Beginner Quilling (PDF)
Quilling Gallery
How to Quill
Basic Quilling Shapes
Filigree Fancies
Quilled Lollipop Card
Flower Pot Quilling Card
Lavender Posy Quilled Card
Origami & Paper Folding
Printable Origami Paper
Printable Origami Turtle
Printable Origiami Goldfish
Printable Origami Cicada
Origami Rose
Iris Folding
Tea Bag Folding Lessons
Folded Crane Origami Card
Origami Boxes
Iris Folded Christmas Cards
3-D PaperCrafts Printables
Origami Diagram Search

Categories: Newsletter, Paper Crafts
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Homemade Halloween Costumes E-Book Review

Homemade Halloween Costumes Ebook
Growing up, I never wore a store-bought costume. Nor did I wear an elaborately-sewn homemade costume. My strongest Halloween memories are my mom brainstorming a creative costume out of next to nothing. Rarely did my sister and go out trick or treating as the latest trendy character. We were more likely to show up as a television set. My mom's inguenity and creativity had a big impact on who I am. I still love Halloween, and I was tickled by this Halloween Costumes ebook that I found recently.

I've seen many Halloween costumes books. Most have color photos and are sold in the big bookstores. This book is a homemade family affair, like I remember Halloween with my family. It is in pdf format to read or print from your computer. You can download it today. I print the pages that I'll need when I need them.

There aren't many color photos with the costumes, though some have simple diagrams. Some have links to websites to show you the idea. Since you'll be making most of the costumes from items you already have or can easily get, your costume will have its own unique flair. Reading these pages of costumes, I felt like I was listening to my mom and her sisters figure out my costume this year.

There are more than 90 different costumes listed in alphabetical order with a table of contents. They range from people to characters to objects, to plays on words and animals and occupations and more. Just read the table of contents to your kids and you'll be on your way to a happy Halloween.

The costumes are very child-friendly and safe. Many are based on a sweatshirt and pants or leggings. They use simple supplies like posterboard, cardboard boxes, and basic craft supplies like paint, pom-poms, and pipe cleaners. One high-tech innovation that I like is how they suggest taking a playing card to the copy center and having it blown up to blueprint size to make a Queen of Hearts costume. This technique is used in a few ideas and costs just a few dollars. If that's not available to you, they do suggest alternatives.

There are a few extra ideas in this book for last minute costumes, sibling costumes, face painting, papier-mache masks and Halloween treats. Plus, this e-book comes with two extra books. One is on face painting. It includes a few popular designs with step-by-step photos and instructions. The second bonus is Halloween Food for Kids, with recipes and party foods.

If you're looking for a great resource for making easy homemade costumes for your kids, you'll enjoy this book. The Halloween memories from making your own costumes are priceless, and this book makes it easy. Happy Halloween!

Find out more at their website.

They've also just released an entire book on face painting.

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Holiday Crafts at

Last issue, we updated Halloween Crafts. Christmas Crafts will be next issue. Did you know we have sections for other holidays? Visit Valentine's Day, Easter Crafts, and Holiday Crafts for lots of fun craft projects and ideas.

One of this years hottest trends is personalizing your children's rooms or nursery with Wooden Letters. offers unpainted or painted letters in over 1,700 fonts, dozens of colors and almost any size. These letters are perfect for your home, kids room or nursery.

Craftcuts also offers custom vinyl wall letters, cork boards, wall murals, and more to decorate any wall with your favorite theme.

You can see their entire catalog and picture gallery at


Categories: Holiday Crafts, Newsletter
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Beaded Wire Photo Holder

Great gift for moms, dads and grandparents, this beaded wire photo holder is creative and useful. Added to Jewelry-Making and Kids Crafts.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Kids Crafts
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Men's Crochet Pullover Sweater Pattern

A member of our message boards is looking for men's pullover sweater patterns. I found a fisherman's cable sweater pattern. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Paper Mini-Rose Decoration

If you like to create with paper, try this lovely paper rose decoration. Added to Paper Crafts and Wedding Crafts.

Categories: Paper Crafts, Wedding Crafts
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Black Cat Halloween Goodie Bag

Stitch up a few goody bags for your favorite trick or treaters. Added to Halloween Crafts and Sewing.

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Sewing
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Soothing Comfrey Salve Recipe

If you grow herbs, you may want to try this recipe for a healing "boo-boo" salve. Added to Soap-Making.

Categories: Soapmaking
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Sock Monkey Hat and Scarf

Knit a cute hat and scarf for your sock monkey. Added to Knitting and Crochet.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Beaded Snowflake Pendant

Here's a lovely Christmas present idea - a beaded snowflake pendant. Also nice for tying onto packages or as ornaments, too. Added to Jewelry-Making.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making
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Mother's Day Garden Rock

Here's a useful and pretty gift idea for Mom or any gardening friend. Paint a simple design and house numbers on a flat rock. Added to Holiday Crafts and Gardening Crafts.

Categories: Gardening, Holiday Crafts
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Extra Long French Bread Basket

At 22 inches long, this is a big basket! Perfect for a large family table. Added to Basketmaking.

Categories: Basketmaking
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Saturday, September 16, 2006 Crafts Books Titles Word Search

We've revamped the Crafts Book Reviews section on our website. Can you find words from the Crafts Books Reviews Titles at Print out our crafts word search puzzle. Categories: Crafts Crosswords, Newsletter
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New Projects in Halloween Crafts

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

Halloween Crafts and Decorations Our Friendly Ghost

Halloween Candy Box

Halloween Garden Flags

Cheesecloth Ghosts

No-Sew Pumpkin Soft Sculpture

Taking Great Halloween Photos

Pumpkin Vases

Boo-ti-ful Bushes

Monster Spider and Web

Dracula Soap Dispenser

Quick Halloween Quilt


Crackle Pumpkins

Mummy Hands

Ghostly Halloween Windsock

Imogene Witch - cross stitch

Spooktacular Magnets - plastic canvas

Pumpkin Patch Craft Pumpkin

Bat and Pumpkin Mobile

Halloween Box

Glow in the Dark Spider Web

Halloween Wood Lawn Figures

Haunted Halloween Tombstones

Countdown to Halloween Banner

Witch Crash

Loom-Knit Pumpkins

Crochet Pumpkin Granny Square

Trick or Treat Pop-Out Puppet Pail

Front-Lawn Frank

Glow in the Dark Mural

Black Magic Cat

Halloween Lanterns

Velcome Hat

Creepy Crawlies

Jolly Jack-o-Lantern Wreath

Trick or Treat Bag

Free Halloween Clip Art

Mini Ghosts

Haunted Birdhouse

Dried Apple Shrunken Heads

Halloween Stamping

Paper Mache Pumpkin

Mini Halloween Quilt

Spook Much Halloween Card

Haunted Kreinik House

Eyeball Machine

Printable 3D Jack O'Lantern

Haunted Gingerbread House

Painted Wood Pumpkin

Pumpkin Placemat

Crochet Pumpkin Basket

Printable Halloween Cards

Balloon Spider

Gourd Candles

Halloween Garden Flags

Cat Patrol

Witches Brew Wreath

Friendly Scarecrow

Pumpkin Patch Teddy

Spider and Web Mobile

Painted Frankenstein Box

Painted Dunking for Apples

Giant Candy Corn

Glowing Crystal Ball

Halloween Centerpiece

Painted Tin Pumpkin

Pumpkin Votive Holder

Candy Corn Critters

Pumpkin Pinata

Ghoulies and Ghosties Quilt

Rattling Bones Wallhanging

Crochet Pumpkin Towel Ring

Candy Corn Faux Pumpkin

Fancy Glitter Faux Pumpkin

Candy Corn Place Setting

Creepy Chair Covers

Fimo Black Cat on Pumpkin

Black Cat Faux Pumpkin

Foam Halloween Garland

Beaded Halloween Card

Halloween Friends Cross Stitch

Halloween Friends Scrapbooking Layout

Crazy Bat Can Hug

Mummy Can Hug

Scarecrow Gourd

Pumpkin Harvest Birdhouse

Witch Doll

Halloween Soap Bars

Peekaboo Ghost Painting

Scarecrow Harvest Wreath

Frankenstein Lampshade

Pumpkin Magnetic Doll

Sculpey Candy Corn

Faux Caramel Apple

Spooky Cheesecloth Curtains

Craft Pumpkin House Numbers

Invisible Man Party Guest

Halloween Ornaments

Kids Halloween Crafts

Black Cat Banner

Pumpkin Lantern

Plastic Lid and Bag Ghost

Movable Mummies

Hairpin Ghost Necklace

Craft Sticks Haunted House

The Official Halloween Safety Game

Easy Halloween Wreath

Super Simple Halloween Crafts

Simple Halloween Spiders

Halloween Painted Rocks

Haunted House Treat Carrier

Mini Pumpkins

Halloween Batty Bats

Halloween Coloring Pages

Oatmeal Container Witch

Positive-Negative Pumpkin

Bobbity Bat

Ghost Necklaces

Halloween Witch Puppet

Spooky Pencil Tops

Spooky Fence Decoration

Halloween Pony Bead Projects

Spider Web Wall Hanging

Foam Mosaic Pumpkin

Sculpey Ghost

Felt Pumpkin People

Mini Broom Witch

Batty Witch Mobile

Candy Corn Keychain

Halloween for the Dolls

Pumpkin Patch Door Hanger

Strofoam Ball Pumpkin

Black Cat Pal

Bat Hand Puppet

Pumpkin Pins

Halloween Costumes

Printable Witch Hat

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Martian Mask

Face Paint Recipe

Halloween Spider Mask

Kids Domain Costume List

Lego Costume

Yellow Submarine Costume

Family Crafts Costumes

Dollar Stretcher's List of Frugal Halloween Costumes

Halloween Sewing

Masquerade Mask - Crochet

Homemade Halloween Make Up

Spooky Polymer Clay Bracelets

Quick Giant Bow-tie Pasta

Make Your Own Fairy or Butterfly Wings

Cardboard Box Costumes

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

Creative Costumes


Easy Animal Costumes for Infants+

3 Blind Mice & the Farmer's Wife

Trick Or Treat Bag Instructions

Spider on Web Crocheted Pin

Ballerina Costume

Play Microphone

Fleece Pumpkin Tote

Lobster Costume

Chicken Costume

Baseball Costume

Jack O'Lantern Costume

Bumble Bee Costume

Halloween Iron-ons

Halloween Bib

Uncle Sam Costume

Baby Lion Costume

Duct Tape Candy Corn Treat Bag

Carrot Costume

Alarm Clock Costume

Poodle Skirt Costume

Mum Jack o Lantern Pin

Tin Man Costume

Pig on a Platter Costume

Dice Costume

Hershey Kiss Costume

No-Sew Witch Costume

Face Painting - Cat

Robot Costume

Lion Mask

Magic Glitter Wand

Jack O'Lantern Mask

Fairy Princess Hat

Skeleton Costume

Popcorn Costume

Halloween Bib

Painted Alien Costume

Halloween Treats & Parties

Halloween Gift Bag

Trick or Treat for Unicef

Pumpkin Party Favor Bag

Halloween Party Invitation

Ghost Lollipops

Goodies for Goblins

Halloween Recipes

Halloween Party Games

Printable Halloween Party Supplies

Halloween Cookie Tree

Slime Punch

Halloween Party Decorating

Old-Fashioned Halloween Party

Bewitching Invitation

Ghost Invitation

Halloween Party Ideas

Monster in a Jar

Eyeball Invitation

Scary Party Decor

Spider Cupcakes

Halloween Sound Files

Halloween Party Games

Spooktacular Invitation

Halloween Treat Bag

Crow Placeholders

Beaded Halloween Party Invitation

Ghost Lollipops Centerpiece

Happy Halloween Doll Cake

Haunted House Tiered Cake

Pumpkin Wine Glass Tags

Floating Apple Votives

Dead Man's Parts Game

Pumpkin Treasure Hunt

Mummy Gift Game

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Newsletter
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Conquering Scrapbooking Procrastination

Conquering Scrapbooking Procrastination

If you've been with us for awhile or if you've seen my wedding projects on the website, you might know that I was married in 2000, and that I made many of the items in my wedding. With help from family and friends, I made my invitations, shower and wedding thank you cards, centerpieces, bridal party gifts, quilt blocks for a guest book and more.

So it may come as a surprise that I've never finished, in fact, hardly started, my wedding scrapbook. I bought the album, covered in mulberry paper and pressed flowers, and picked up wedding theme papers, stickers and other stuff through the years. But, I never started. The photos sat in their folders from the developers and the photographers and the memorabilia was piled in a small shopping bag.

During this time, I've scrapbooked other events, from blizzards to birthdays. I just couldn't tackle the big wedding project!

Today, I can proudly say that I'm halfway done with my wedding scrapbook; it's looking great, and I'll be done in just a few more sessions.

Here's how to conquer the procrastination that scrapbooking a big event brings on. Let's take it in small steps.

  1. Gather all the photos in one place.
  2. Think about the sequence of events. Write down a chronological or groups list. I had events before the wedding, before the ceremony, the ceremony, the reception. I also had photos of family and friends that I split into mine and my husband's side.
  3. Buy a few photoboxes with the little dividers and scrapbooking or office files for the bigger photos. Whatever you find or buy, make sure you can divide the space into your categories.
  4. Sort your photos. This will give you a good idea of how you can tell the story of your event. You may need to split up large categories to make the idea or event clearer.
  5. Sort any memorabilia. If it doesn't fit in your storage box, jot a note on an index card and put it in the right category.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Darling Animal Cross Stitch Charts

From a popular children's book author, here's a charming group of cross-stitch patterns, including holiday patterns. Added to Needlework.

Categories: Needlework
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Magnetic Memories

Dress up your refrigerator with your favorite memories in this fun and easy computer photo craft. Added to Scrapbooking and Computer Crafts.

Categories: Computer Crafts, Scrapbooking
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Beaded Car Dangle

Show your creativity in the car with this lovely Car Dangle. Just don't get carried away - keep it to a safe size. Added to Jewelry-Making.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Crochet Purse Necklace

Easy enough to touch young girl to crochet, and sweet enough to make yourself as a quick gift. It's a cute necklace purse. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Candle Floral Arrangement Wedding Centerpiece

Here's an elegant wedding centerpiece. It's so nice to have both flower and candles in the center of each table. Added to Wedding Crafts and Floral Crafts .

Categories: Floral Crafts, Wedding Crafts
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Beaded Safety Pin Christmas Tree Pattern now at

The pattern for the perenially popular Safety Pin Beaded Christmas Tree seems to have disappeared off the Internet, so we've added this pattern to our website. Added to Christmas Crafts and Jewelry and Beading.

Categories: Beading and Jewelry-making, Christmas Crafts
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Friday, September 01, 2006

Knitting - Two Needle Cabled Cast On

Need a little help learning to cast on? Or a neat way to cast on many stitches? Try the 2 needle cabled cast on method. Added to Crochet and Knitting.

Categories: Knitting and Crochet
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Hospital Gown Pattern

Know someone who must be in the hospital for a long stay? Then a homemade hospital gown will brighten their day. Perhaps a nice flannel for the colder weather or a cheery gingham for the spring? Added to Sewing.

Categories: Sewing
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Old Glory Shower Curtain

Here's a cheery addition to a bathroom makeover. The flag is made of ribbon and fused on. I also like the ribbon-wrapped shower rings. Added to Patriotic Crafts.

Categories: Patriotic Crafts
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