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Philatelic Crafting with Lucy

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Philatelic Crafting with Lucy

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Painted Tree Blouse

Thanks to Alice for the pillowcases! The fabric markers are great paint markers from Tee Juice, it is very fluid paint in a marker form.

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Painted Tree Blouse

Thanks to Alice for the pillowcases! The fabric markers are great paint markers from Tee Juice, it is very fluid paint in a marker form.

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Holiday Card Factory

how to make envelopes, and a template

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Holiday Card Factory

how to make envelopes, and a template

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Fabric Book Covers: Make law school soft

I have three ugly law books in my life,  and Alice sent three boxes of strange and beautiful fabrics, so it was only natural to avoid two nights of homework to deploy some polka dots and felt according to this

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Fabric Book Covers: Make law school soft

I have three ugly law books in my life,  and Alice sent three boxes of strange and beautiful fabrics, so it was only natural to avoid two nights of homework to deploy some polka dots and felt according to this

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Loop Handle Purses: Masked Avengers and Happy Elephants

Loop Handle Purses!  They are simple & full of potential — reversible, closable and cute (somewhere in between a full blown purse and a wristlet pouch).  I like their aesthetic too, easy and inventive. I have a new crop up

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Loop Handle Purses: Masked Avengers and Happy Elephants

Loop Handle Purses!  They are simple & full of potential — reversible, closable and cute (somewhere in between a full blown purse and a wristlet pouch).  I like their aesthetic too, easy and inventive. I have a new crop up

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Felted Mason Jar

Ksenia reports that Philly hipsters have brought the Mason Jar back to the streets, them and the Amish, so why not?  A tutorial on felted mason jar insulating cover from Wee Folk Arts.

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Felted Mason Jar

Ksenia reports that Philly hipsters have brought the Mason Jar back to the streets, them and the Amish, so why not?  A tutorial on felted mason jar insulating cover from Wee Folk Arts.

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Scrap Jewelry

At the knitting festival in Pittsburgh a few months ago, they had free tutorials teaching us how to make long scrap necklaces from all the extra bits of yarn they had.  I made a few, I really love the colors,

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Scrap Jewelry

At the knitting festival in Pittsburgh a few months ago, they had free tutorials teaching us how to make long scrap necklaces from all the extra bits of yarn they had.  I made a few, I really love the colors,

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The Panda Doll : Make Your Own

After getting out Aranzi Aronzo’s “Fun Dolls” from the library, I’ve been going towards pandas.  I found this tutorial for Anna Panda from Lynn Roberts in the UK.  I improvised, putting the stitches on the inside, giving more of a

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The Panda Doll : Make Your Own

After getting out Aranzi Aronzo’s “Fun Dolls” from the library, I’ve been going towards pandas.  I found this tutorial for Anna Panda from Lynn Roberts in the UK.  I improvised, putting the stitches on the inside, giving more of a

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Aranzi Aronzo Dolls Make Aranzi Aronzo Dolls

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Aranzi Aronzo Dolls Make Aranzi Aronzo Dolls

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The Blue-Purple-Green Dress

With pockets!  I started on Friday night, finished it Sunday evening, with Saturday off.  The pattern, I used BurdaStyle’s free Coffee Date Dress pattern (by Elaine May) as a basic guide — for the skirt and part of the bodice. 

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The Blue-Purple-Green Dress

With pockets!  I started on Friday night, finished it Sunday evening, with Saturday off.  The pattern, I used BurdaStyle’s free Coffee Date Dress pattern (by Elaine May) as a basic guide — for the skirt and part of the bodice. 

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DIY Heart Projects

Only a few days left until boom boom boom Valentine’s Day, lots of reason to put hearts on everything.  Threadbanger has collected a bunch of tutorials for small projects, food to fabric, everything hearts.

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DIY Heart Projects

Only a few days left until boom boom boom Valentine’s Day, lots of reason to put hearts on everything.  Threadbanger has collected a bunch of tutorials for small projects, food to fabric, everything hearts.

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Make Your Own Elephant – A Tutorial

Here they are, detailed + illustrated instructions on how to make your very own Elephant!  Find out exactly what you need to do here, at this Make Your Own Elephant Tutorial.  And if you need the pattern, I put it

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Make Your Own Elephant – A Tutorial

Here they are, detailed + illustrated instructions on how to make your very own Elephant!  Find out exactly what you need to do here, at this Make Your Own Elephant Tutorial.  And if you need the pattern, I put it

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The Flower Ball, or The Kusudama

Eleven years ago, in Chicago, I discovered modular origami.  I made fourteen pointed stars, swan wreaths, loopy concoctions, and this — my favorite –The Flower Ball, or Kusudama: Ball Origami, from Japanese).  Here was my first one, crafted in room

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The Flower Ball, or The Kusudama

Eleven years ago, in Chicago, I discovered modular origami.  I made fourteen pointed stars, swan wreaths, loopy concoctions, and this — my favorite –The Flower Ball, or Kusudama: Ball Origami, from Japanese).  Here was my first one, crafted in room

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Polymer Clay Tutorial

Alice sent along this series of 12 instructional videos on how to make Polymer Clay Designs.  It’s by Elena Samsonova, spoken in Russian, which if you’re not into, doesn’t matter — the hands explain it all.  All 12 videos can

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Polymer Clay Tutorial

Alice sent along this series of 12 instructional videos on how to make Polymer Clay Designs.  It’s by Elena Samsonova, spoken in Russian, which if you’re not into, doesn’t matter — the hands explain it all.  All 12 videos can

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How To Make a Framed Photo Collage

For my brother’s Christmas present, I made this framed square photo collage.  It only cost 15 dollars, but working out the planning and the photographs took me a few days.  So having learned from my mis-starts and experimenting, I’ve written

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How To Make a Framed Photo Collage

For my brother’s Christmas present, I made this framed square photo collage.  It only cost 15 dollars, but working out the planning and the photographs took me a few days.  So having learned from my mis-starts and experimenting, I’ve written

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How to Make A Monster

I’ve completed my online tutorial of How to Make a Monster — the pattern and instructions are still available for purchase as a PDF booklet at Etsy here — but this online tutorial goes through the instructions with step by

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How to Make A Monster

I’ve completed my online tutorial of How to Make a Monster — the pattern and instructions are still available for purchase as a PDF booklet at Etsy here — but this online tutorial goes through the instructions with step by

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To Do: DIY Fabric Printing

  In my quest to emblazon all fabric in my vicinity with my mind visions, I’ve compiled a small list of ways to transfer images — digital or otherwise — to clothing or even just sheets of fabric.  I have

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To Do: DIY Fabric Printing

  In my quest to emblazon all fabric in my vicinity with my mind visions, I’ve compiled a small list of ways to transfer images — digital or otherwise — to clothing or even just sheets of fabric.  I have

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To Do: Ribbon and Washers Necklace

I love household goods going incognito as jewelry, especially when they’re as discrete and cheap as this ribbon-and-washers necklace from the designer Annie Albers.  I am going to scout around the house later today for more objects I can string

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To Do: Ribbon and Washers Necklace

I love household goods going incognito as jewelry, especially when they’re as discrete and cheap as this ribbon-and-washers necklace from the designer Annie Albers.  I am going to scout around the house later today for more objects I can string

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To Do: Karen Carpenter Purse

Or any other face of my choosing!  I am going to make some bags out of LP casings.  There’s one over at Web Goddess that is more a hardware project than a sewing one, but I guess in the battle

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To Do: Karen Carpenter Purse

Or any other face of my choosing!  I am going to make some bags out of LP casings.  There’s one over at Web Goddess that is more a hardware project than a sewing one, but I guess in the battle

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To Do: Vinyl Record Bracelets

Since all of the 12 record players in my vicinity are officially deceased, maybe it is time to melt and wear all the LPs.  Or just take a few Gordon Lightfoots out of circulation, I’m sure no one will notice. 

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To Do: Vinyl Record Bracelets

Since all of the 12 record players in my vicinity are officially deceased, maybe it is time to melt and wear all the LPs.  Or just take a few Gordon Lightfoots out of circulation, I’m sure no one will notice. 

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To Do: Great Purse Ideas

I’ve got a whole backlog of upholstery fabric and felted wool (thank you Catholic Ladies Groups and Great Aunts, who love to give me things, and my basement for accepting it).  Now I’m trying to figure out some non-Tote Bag

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To Do: Great Purse Ideas

I’ve got a whole backlog of upholstery fabric and felted wool (thank you Catholic Ladies Groups and Great Aunts, who love to give me things, and my basement for accepting it).  Now I’m trying to figure out some non-Tote Bag

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To Do: Collage Board

I want to make some of these, but I’m not sure which pattern to go with: there’s this one from Totally Her, or this one on Sew Mama Sew, or from FreshVintage, or of course Apartment Therapy Chicago.  

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To Do: Collage Board

I want to make some of these, but I’m not sure which pattern to go with: there’s this one from Totally Her, or this one on Sew Mama Sew, or from FreshVintage, or of course Apartment Therapy Chicago.  

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To Do List: The Mutant Baby

This is not a Halloween specific craft.  It would go with any holiday, or any day of the year, really.  Baby mutants, so excellent and so necessary! Click here for the full blown Instructable instructions! Happy Mutant 3-Armed Baby Costume

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To Do List: The Mutant Baby

This is not a Halloween specific craft.  It would go with any holiday, or any day of the year, really.  Baby mutants, so excellent and so necessary! Click here for the full blown Instructable instructions! Happy Mutant 3-Armed Baby Costume

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Make Your Own Monster!

It is that time!  Time to walk out your door, find some clothes not put to much good use, and cut, cut cut — sew, sew sew!  A little stuffing, a little face, and there you go: A MONSTER.  The

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Make Your Own Monster!

It is that time!  Time to walk out your door, find some clothes not put to much good use, and cut, cut cut — sew, sew sew!  A little stuffing, a little face, and there you go: A MONSTER.  The

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