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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Gelluminations Candlemaking Supplies

Here's a great supplier for soy candle and gel candle making. They also carry lots of scents and the supplies to make linen sprays. Gelluminations Added to Candlemaking

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Fabric Coil Baskets

Learn a traditional craft and make a lovely fabric coiled basket. Added to Basketmaking

Categories: Basketmaking
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Frankenstein Candy Dish

Make a Frankenstein candy dish from basic craft supplies and paint. Added to Halloween Crafts and Painting

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Painting
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Friday, October 20, 2006

Unique baby clothes ideas online

DragonTailBaby is a unique online Baby Clothes store. This one's for the parents who cringe at pink and blue and flowers and choo choo trains.

Here's an example of a baby onesie featuring a dramatic dragon image

Much of their clothing line features an Eastern influence, like this sleeping gown. The clothing seems practical and well-made. I like how the boy's gown has fold-over hems on the sleeves to cover the hands for warmth.

Their site also features a few hand-crocheted items that are quite cute.

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Leaf Print Tablecloth

Time to gather the fall leaves to make this lovely leaf tablecloth. Freshly fallen leaves are best for this project. Added to Nature Crafts.

Categories: Nature Crafts
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Wooden Toy Crane Plans

This toy crane woodoworking plan really works - the cab rotates and the boom lowers and lifts. Neat. Added to Woodworking

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Football Teams Logos for Plastic Canvas

Great selection of pro and college football teams to stitch on 7-count plastic canvas for a football fan. Added to Plastic Canvas

Categories: Plastic Canvas
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Skeleton Card

Craft this cute skeleton card with the kids or for you favorite little trick or treater. Added to Halloween Crafts and Card Making

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Paper Crafts
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Wedding Wedding Planning Site

I happened upon this weddings website today, and thought it was worth a mention to those of you planning your wedding. I had a great time planning my wedding and I still love finding new links for the Wedding Crafts page. Plus, my invitation is available on the website if you're planning on making your own.

Your wedding flowers create the mood for you ceremony and reception. There are several articles about flowers, and even flower alternatives here. I think that most couples opt for fresh flowers, though silk flowers are great if you're doing your own flowers. Flowers can be very symbolic and meaningful to the bride and groom. I chose tulips for my wedding. My wedding was in early spring and I've always loved tulips. They're not the most practical choice because they're fragile and do not preserve well, but I loved the look. I carried the them over into our wedding thank-you cards and my wedding scrapbooking, too.

Another opportunity for the bride and groom to show their unique style is in choosing their wedding vows. However, writing your own vows from scratch can be daunting, so I recommend consulting lots of different sources until you find ideas and wordings that resonate with both of you. There are some good ideas and ways to avoid pratfalls in this group of articles.

I enjoyed designing the decorations for my reception. Since my overall theme was early spring, I wanted to add that feeling of pastel colors and early spring flowers to my decorating theme. If you have a theme for your wedding, I think it's easier to make all the millions of decisions that seem to come up while planning your wedding. Of course, with any theme, your decorations can go in many directions, depending on your taste and budget. Decorations are a great area to do it yourself or with family help and save a little on your budget. I visited my reception site a few times to get ideas and take measurements. There are other tips and tricks listed on the Wedding Strategies website, too.

If you're planning your wedding, have fun! It will go by quickly and be remembered forever.

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Thanksgiving Thankfulness Kids Craft

Focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving with this open-ended kids craft. Added to Kids Crafts and Holiday Crafts

Categories: Holiday Crafts, Kids Crafts
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Thomas Kinkade Collectibles for Christmas Decorating

Now that Christmas Crafts is updated, I wish it was time to decorate the house. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, I received one of my favorite new decorations as a gift - the Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village Wreath. It's really lovely. I love the way it lights up and the houses are just beautiful on it.

At this site, they have Thomas Kinkade Christmas Gifts, Kinkade art collectibles, Music boxes. I really like the Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village. Every year, I set up several Christmas villages. I try to create new settings and accessories to coordinate with the houses every year. One year, I used real candy to make paths, archways and benches throughout a village.

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New Projects in Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts is all-new! Here's the free projects added:

Christmas Ornaments Crafts
Christmas ornaments from greeting cards
Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments
Pine Cone Christmas Tree & Reindeer Candy Canes
Poinsettia Ornament
Unique Ornaments
Puzzle Wreath Christmas Decoration
Shades of Christmas - cross stitch
German Paper Stars
Hardanger Wintertide Ornament
Origami Ornament
Peter Penguin Ornament
Santa Ornament
3D Wreath Ornament
Santa Star
Gleaming Glass Christmas Ornaments
Make a Wish Tree Top Doll
Gingerbread Ornaments
American Flag Glass Ball Ornament
Wooden Christmas Ornaments
Angel Pot Ornament
Plastic Canvas Handprint Elf Ornament
Plastic Canvas Train Ornament
Plastic Canvas Tree Ornament
Crocheted Stocking
Crocheted Penguin Ornament
Crochet Gingerbread Man
Crochet Angel Wreath
Crochet Christmas Card Ornament
Ski Hat Ornament
Angel Bear Ornament
Knitted Striped Christmas Stocking
Candy Cane Knitted Ornament
Wreath Knitted Ornament
Starburst Ornaments
Santa Penguin Miniature Ornament
Clay Gingerbread House Ornaments
Beaded Tree Decoration
Beaded Star & Icicle
Baby's First Ornament
Chef & Nurse Ornament
Drinking Straw Ornaments
Vintage Postcard Ornaments
Beaded Ornament Hooks
Crystal Swirl Ornaments
Angel Doily Ornament
Pom Pom Bear
Sugar Ornaments
Jingle Bell Angel
Puppy Ornament
Christmas Kitty Ornament
Eyelet Angel
Golden Tree Top Angel
Patriotic Christmas Ornaments
Gingerbread Baby Ornament
Quilted 3-D Xmas Ornament
Crochet Christmas Ball
Birdhouse Ornament
12 Days of Christmas Ornaments
Crochet Popcorn Garland
Crochet Angel Ornament
Pleated Ribbon Poinsettias
Tassel Angels
Gathered Tulle Angel
Crocheted Santa Ornament
Santa Tree Skirt
Tulle Angel
Crochet Tapestry Angel
Christmas Wishes Ornaments
Crochet Christmas Glitter Tree Skirt
Elegant and Easy Christmas Tree Skirt
Wrapping and Cards Ideas
Christmas Village Card
Silk Screen Christmas Cards
Stamped Christmas Cards
Gallery Glass Cards
How to Wrap a Present
The Perfect Holiday Letter
Pop-up Tree Card
Beaded Star Card
Glitter Bead Cards
Pop-Up Xmas Card
Vellum Poinsettia Card
Warm Winter Wishes
Easy Candy Cane Card
Christmas Box Set
Merry Ornament Card
Stitched Holiday Cards
Snowman Card & Bookmark
Snowman Tri-Fold Card
Ribbon Bow Tree Card
Cross-Stitch Bookmark Card
Iris Folded Christmas Cards
Printable Christmas Cards
Snowman Christmas Card Display Clips
Christmas Tree Card Holder
Christmas Gifts Card
Dried Floral Package Toppers
Holiday Mini Scrapbook
Decorating and Gifts Crafts
Solo Cup Light Ball
Solo Cup Snowman
Christmas Tree Air Freshener
Advent Mural
Wooden Happy Lighted Snowman
Bargello Pine Trees Stocking - needlepoint
Rose Pomander
Quick Christmas Painting
Xmas Mystery Quilt
Christmas Angels 1986-2005 - x-stitch
Candy Cane Railroad Plastic Canvas
Holiday Decorating for Pennypinchers
Christmas Mystery Quilt
Melting Snowman
Pine Cone Napkin Rings
Creating a Holiday Card Archway
Designer Christmas Tree
Christmas Cat Pillow
Gifts in a Jar
Styrofoam Snowman
Snowman Rock Salt Bucket
Gingerbread Candleholder
Angels Rejoice! Mobile
Beaded Christmas Tree Earrings
Basket of Lights
Striped Christmas Stocking
Candy Cane Covers
Block Snowman
"Hands" Christmas Wreath
Safety Pin Beaded Christmas Tree
3-D Stars
Special Sisters Christmas Page
How To Decorate a Christmas Tree
Christmas Pocket Advent Calendar
Wood Scrap Snowman
Christmas Whirligig
Bath Towel Santa
Santa Basket
Countdown to Christmas Wreath
Crochet Poinsettia Coasters
Christmas Card Placemats
Crochet Candle Candy Jar
Advent Tree
Dipped Spoons
Gingerbread Man Wreath
Plastic Canvas Reindeer Door Hanger
Xmas Tree Lights Sign
Crocheted Three Wise Men
Christmas Door Knob Cover
Embroidered Mantle Scarf (PDF)
Snowman Shelf Doll
Christmas Potholder
3-D Paper Christmas Tree
Printable Xmas Wreath
Wooden Melting Snowman
Alumninum Can Christmas Tree pdf
Wood Corner Hanger Santa
Candy Cane Lane Quilt
Wooden Waving Santa
Joyful Penguins
Drinking Straw Christmas Tree
Snowmen Topiary
Advent Mural
Pony Bead Santa
Pony Bead Snowman
Christmas Colored Popcorn
Snowman Nativity
Cinnamon-Apple Wreath
Candy Cane Planter
Lace Snowflakes
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree
Let It Snow Foam Hanger
Bleach Bottle Santa
Paper Mache Reindeer
Snowman "Poop"
Giant Candy Cane
Felt Holiday Calendar
Santa's Special Night Shadowbox
Crystal Snow Votives
Gingerbread Birdhouse
Snowman Banner
Jingle Bell Bracelet
Cinnamon Stick Angel
Snowman Bubble Ball
Paper Plate Snowman
Embroidery Floss Wreath Pins
Log Cabin Christmas Tree Quilt
Advent Paper Chain
Easy Wine & Gift Bags
Christmas Stocking Tree Stand
Holiday Pet Collars
Santa Hat Chair Back
Glass Block Lights
Reader's Digest Xmas Tree
Printable Holiday Church
Printable Advent Calendar
Christmas Elf Dolls
Holiday Accordian Banner
Painted SantaScape
The Stockings were Hung...
Chubby Snowman Stool
Ho Ho Ho Holiday Shelf
Christmas Cookie Jar
Stenciled Xmas Centerpiece
Christmas Gourds
Scented Pine Cones Basket
Vintage Santa Wallhanging
Crazy Quilt Stocking
American Christmas Ornament Cross Stitch
Crochet Cone Christmas Tree
Crochet Santa Boot
Easy Holiday Purse
Applique Holly Table Runner and Placemats
Poinsettia Wreath Quilt
Holiday Placemats and Napkins
Wool Felt Applique Christmas Stockings
Crochet Santa Mittens
Crochet Santa Hat
Triple Point Table Runner
Crochet Christmas Stocking Pin
Crochet Three Wise Men
X-stitch Christmas Cardinal Wreath
Felt Candy Pillow
Christmas Time Clock
3-D Cross Stitch Santa
Patchwork Felt Holiday Placemats
Jingle Bell Wreath
One Stroke Holly Days Box
Painted Snowman Welcome Sign
Yard Snowman
Yard Reindeer
Christmas Fun
The Annual NORAD Tracks Santa Claus Website
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
A Christmas Story
Printable Santa Hat
Santa's Candy Sleigh
Packaged Candy Sleigh
Christmas Crackers Categories: Christmas Crafts, Newsletter
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Pixifun Photo Key Ring Maker Set

Looking for a memorable gift or party favor? Try this fun computer crafts set. Everything is included to make 6 high quality key rings from your images or photos. They're reasonably priced, and pretty easy to make.

Here's what the set includes:

  • 6 clear plastic key ring blanks
  • 18 printable sticker inserts
  • 2 printer test sheets
  • 1 alignment test sheet
  • Software on CD
  • Instruction manual

I was surprised at how nice my finished key rings looked. They looked store-bought, except they had pictures of my family in them. The photo area is a clear glossy plastic square, and the attached key ring is silver. They seem sturdy and well-made.

This craft kit is very straight-forward and includes step by step instructions. First, you install the software from the CD. This went smoothly for me. The computer requirements are modest and should work on older computers - Windows 95 or higher and 64 MB RAM.

The software is easy to use, for photo software. First, you pick the paper size. The included sticker inserts are on paper size A5, which can print six key rings at once. The paper can be cut in half to make size A6, but I didn't try that.

The software opens to a screen showing 6 blank spots, that can fit 2 photos each. Then you use the import feature to bring in your photos. There are many options to adjust your photos. You can add text and shapes to the images. The software includes 200 backgrounds and clipart images to further enhance your creations.

As with most computer crafts, you must take some time to work out how to do each of these things. The instruction manual covers each option, but you can try them all out to see how they work. There is a multiple-undo feature, so you can remove any changes that you've made.

If you are already comfortable using image software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, I would use that first. Size your photos to 40mm x 40 mm to fill the square with some overlap that will be trimmed off when you print. That worked great for me.

After you're happy with your photos on-screen, you can print a test page. The kit contains 2 printer test sheets. The software automatically sets your printer to the correct paper size. I put the small A5 test sheet in my printer paper tray and printed on their test sheet. The kit comes with a clear overlay to help you verify the alignment. If the boxes on the overlay match the photos underneath, then your printer should print correctly on the sticker inserts.

Everything looked great, so I put in the sticker paper and printed away. Now, the easy part - I peeled the sticker off the sheet and folded it in half. This created a flat double-sided mini-photo that fit inside the key ring. I clicked the cover into place, and, wow, it looked great!

Just like printing address labels, you do not have to print out all 6 sticker inserts at once. The software lets you pick which spots on the stickers to print. For my first try, I made just one key ring. For the next five key rings, I skipped the first box that I'd already printed. I put photos in the remaining five spots and it printed fine.

Like most computer crafts, getting the image just how and where you want it is the only tricky part. The rest was simple and fun. Personalized photo key rings would make memorable holiday gifts, party or wedding favors, and great promotions for your arts and crafts business.

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Arts and Crafts Coupons

Fabric Postcards for the Troops
There's still time to make a free fabric postcard to send to for the troops. They're using a Turkey in the Straw block to make fabric postcards to be sent to the Middle East. Each takes only an hour or two to finish, and will surely be appreciated. Deadline is November 7 to arrive in time for Thanksgiving.

Free* 8 Count Value Pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers™ DUO.
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Monday, October 09, 2006

Organized Scrapbooking Printables

Plan your albums and layouts beforehand and keep track of scrapbooking events with these handy scrapbooking printables. Added to Scrapbooking

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Need a new American flag?

Need a new American Flag? Get one free! will send you a new flag for the cost of shipping, just $5.99. Added to Patriotic Crafts Categories: Patriotic Crafts
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Sewing a Circular Tablecloth

Learn how to sew a circular tablecloth that will fit your table. Good directions with diagrams, too. Added to Sewing .

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Crochet Hoop Earrings

Several variations with this unique pattern to crochet onto hoop earrings. Use beads or not, plus a fuller version, too. Great way to use up bits of crochet thread. Added to Crochet and Jewelry-making.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Chocolate Photos

What a great favor idea! With a little patience, you can print photos on an edible layer for the top of a cake or for chocolates. I love the idea of Chocolate Photo Lollipops. Added to Wedding Crafts and Computer Crafts

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Learn Face Painting

Here's a cute e-book that teaches you how to face paint. It's great for kid's parties. It includes photos and instructions for 50+ designs. I also like the helpful tips and extras they include. See it here. Added to Kids Crafts

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Photograph Jewelry

Elegant keepsake jewelry charms and pendants made from a few craft store supplies and your photos. Nice. Added to Jewelry-making and Computer Crafts

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Knitted Baby Earflap Hat

Winter's coming and here's a cute way to keep their little head nice and cosy. This baby earflap hat looks like it will stay on their head, too. Added to Knitting and Baby Crafts.

Categories: Baby Crafts, Knitting and Crochet
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Cats and Bats Quilt Blocks

Add some Halloween country charm to your decor with these 2 quilt blocks - cats and bats. Scroll down for an alternate colorway for a cats and mice quilt. Added to Halloween Crafts and Quilting .

Categories: Halloween Crafts, Quilting
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