After the Fair

Last year Anne-Marie wrote about attending local art fairs in Chicago and she shared where to find some of those artists after the fair season in a two part series here and here. This is one of many passions that Anne-Marie and I share....more

Why Handmade Matters to Our Kids (and, in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse)

I shared with readers the story about the gentleman in the fabric shop wondering aloud why anyone would sew anything these days when they could just buy it at Wal*Mart.  Readers were asked to chime in with their responses about why handmade matters. ...more

Quilt Historian Releases Web-site Identifying Quilt Kits

Rosie Werner has compiled pictures and information about 4,000 quilt kits. Her labor of love is behind the vast resource now available on the web. QuiltkitID is the site that allows you to find pictures and information about 20th century quilt kits. No business plan propelled it. Instead, an interest was ignited that became a passion....more

DIY Framed Artwork Tutorial

How to Create Unique Framed Wall Art with Paper StripsEarlier this week I showed you some wall art that I created using a variation of a paper craft technique known as Iris Folding. Now it's your turn to work your creative magic. I'm going to show you how to make a pretty picture out of paper strips....more
The support of a strong frame is essential to displaying such pieces without damage to the ...more

Handmade DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles - Great for Favors and Gifts

Despite the fact that I make handmade soaps for a living, I've always been a little intimidated about making candles. Not to mention with the increasing costs for raw materials for soapmaking ingredients and continuously rising shipping prices, I've been reluctant to invest in buying wax because of the high shipping costs due to the sheer weight of the product....more


So Its getting close to when i should start my kids Halloween costumes. Last year i made their costumes. Mind you i did NOT use a pattern so they were not perfect , I am one of the people in the world that does not understand how to use a pattern so everything I make I just kind of wing it and see where it takes me.                                                                       ...more

DIY: Makeup Magnet Board

[Editor's note: Now this is a fabulous and smart idea! One big framed magnet board filled with makeup! It's a great way to save space, time - and add some flair to your decor. - Kathy]...more
@Lindserella Thanks! Glad you like it :)more

Robot and Alien Jewelry

That's some gorgeous jewelry and a really well written post.

~Launie   ...more

DIY Natural Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

© Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen I sold an all natural foot cream down on the Roanoke City Market for years. It was highly popular year round, but I could only sell it during late fall to early spring because it would melt during the summer while I was vending outside....more

I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us. (Now I just have to find someone to make it ...more