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All You Need To Know About Buying And Using Vintage Needlework Kits

Being a lover of both vintage and crafting, I'm always on the hunt for vintage craft kits, especially needlework.  I am a SUCKER for crewel embroidery, like these pieces in my collection here: While I do buy completed pieces, nothing makes my day like finding a vintage, unused kit so I can make my own, like this squirrel pillowcase I made for my daughter from a 1950s embroidery transfer:...more
@crewellover  Hey Melinda! I've tried emailing you a couple times but I guess you're not getting ...more

Using Candid Photos to Document a Day in Your Life

We all have the "pretty" pictures of our kids, our families, those days we're supposed to document. They're framed, in albums, stuck on refrigerators and turned into computer screen savers. They're moments worth documenting and remembering, for sure....more
Feel weird replying to my own comment. In any case - I did it :) Harder than it seems. I think I ...more

What is Modern Quilting?

[Editor's Note: What is a modern quilt? What makes someone a modern quilter? Are bright colors alone enough to make a quilt modern? These are all questions Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew has been asking herself lately. What is modern to one person may seem traditional to another. - Jen]...more

Handmade Party Favors - Birthday Magnets

[Editor's Note: Have you seen the stuff in the party favor aisle recently? I know my toddler is never that impressed with some of the cheap plastic junk that she comes home from parties with. Elissa Lerma from Punk Rock Parents may have just solved the dilemma of what to put in the goodie bag that is cute, original and will help the guest remember the birthday boy or girl all year long. Picture magnets, but of course! - Jen]...more
Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!more

Unexpected Cabinet Hardware - Used Paintbrushes

[Editor's Note: Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl may have just won the award for most clever cabinet hardware. She retired her old paintbrushes (complete with old paint) and converted them into cabinet door handles. I love recycling items, especially in a craft/work space. I am already looking through my studio at what has door handles can be replaced. - Jen]...more
@jenniferperkins That's super cute!more

10 Tips for Creating a Fab Photo Book

[Editor's Note: I’m one of those people that hoards photos. I have old computers that I can’t let go because I have yet to print all the old pictures off of them. My cell phone and iPod Touch are crammed full of quickie pictures of the kids and Instagrams. I always have the best of intentions for printing these pictures up and putting them in an album or better yet scrapbooking them, but it never seems to happen. Emily from Joyful Abode has just convinced me that the best thing for me to do with my surplus of photos is have them printed into photo books. She has even shared 10 great tips to make sure my photo books are the best they can be. I can hardly wait to get printing. - Jen]...more
I do these for vacations but still scrapbook. MyPublisher is my favorite brand.more

Treat Yourself and Make a Batch of Lavender Mint Bath Salts

[Editor's Note: Mmmm lavender and mint bath salts – I feel relaxed just typing the words out. In 5 minutes and with just 5 ingredients Julie Blanner from Coordinately Yours whipped up a bath to remember. Not only are these bath salts quick, easy and relaxing they are also all natural. - Jen]...more
I have used those same canning jars for bath salts!!! That looks great!!!! I love making bath ...more

Hey, I Could Make That Necklace!

[Editor's Note: How many times have you seen an expensive piece of jewelry at the store and thought to yourself – “hey I could make that”. Apparently Kelly from Live, Laugh, Rowe had that exact same idea when she recently saw a necklace at Target. The difference is most people just think it, Kelly grabbed some embroidery floss and made her necklace happen. - Jen]...more
Love that! I do that too, especially with art. I think, why would I buy that when i can easily ...more

Creating Customized Father's Day Photo Gifts

[Editor's Note: It is far from too late to make dad an awesome Father’s Day gift. This card is so much more than something you run out to Target at the last minute to pick up. All you need are a few supplies and a sunny day. Blogger Danielle from My Sparkle also has a couple of other adorable Father’s Day photo gift ideas in the same post. - Jen]...more
What a great idea! more

Photography: Kids and Sports

Summertime invites outdoor activities. In our home, it beckons the triathlon. ...more