Tina Seward

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How to build a bookshelf

Oh where was this post when I was making a doll house for my daughter? The details would have taught me a thing or two about sizing and cutting wood …


Super Squishy Trivets

Crochet a few of these super squishy trivets to take to your next-get-together. Awesome for protecting surfaces and lots of fun too!<p>468<p>1710

Book Giveaway: Sewing for All Seasons

<i>“For everything, there is a season…”</i><p>I like Susan Beal’s new book, <i>Sewing for All Seasons</i>. The sections in the book are broken up into the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In each season’s section, you’ll find stylish and simple sewing projects: from cute spring headscarves and …

How to Read Like a Writer

Reading and writing are inextricably intertwined, and literature — like all cultural creation — is an endless labyrinth of influence. And while some have argued that writing well can be taught, our cultural narrative continues to perpetuate the myth of “God”-given, inborn talent, or what Charles …

The Freedom of the Press: George Orwell on the Media’s Toxic Self-Censorship

In 1937, George Orwell got the idea for his now-classic dystopian allegory exploring the ferocious dictatorship of Soviet Russia in a satirical tale eviscerating Stalin’s regime. In his 1946 essay <i>Why I Write</i>, Orwell remarked that this was his first conscious effort “to fuse political purpose and …

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

On July 16, 2001, <b>Elmore Leonard</b> (October 11, 1925–August 20, 2013) made his timeless contribution to the meta-literary canon in a short piece for <i>The New York Times</i>, outlining his ten rules of writing. The essay, which inspired the <i>Guardian</i> series that gave us similar lists of writing rules by Zadie …

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word

<b>Kurt Vonnegut</b> (November 11, 1922–April 11, 2007) has given us some of the most timeless advice on the art and craft of writing — from his 8 rules for a great story to his insights on the shapes of stories to his formidable daily routine. But hardly anything examines the subject with a more potent …

TARDIS Storage Box Might Send Your Possessions to Another Dimension - Technabob

If you are in the market for a storage solution for your home that looks great, why wouldn’t you choose a TARDIS? They are bigger on the inside after …

Knitting Tip: Knit the Sleeves First

In a recent knitting tip post, the Webs Yarn Store Blog laid out a pretty convincing argument for knitting the sleeves of a sweater first—especially if you hate swatching.<p>When knitting a sweater, where do <i>you</i> start? Are you strictly by-the-pattern, or do you use tips and tricks for making the …

How-To: Double Crochet

Make the stitches in your crochet projects stack up even faster! Learn how to work a double crochet stitch with this easy to follow photo tutorial from Fiber Flux.<p><b>More:</b><p>Crochet 101: Chain Stitch, Single, and Double Crochet<br>• The Purl Bee’s Crochet 101

How-To: Sew a Fitted Sheet

Put those awesome vintage sheets you’ve been hoarding to good use! Make your own custom-sized bedding with this fitted sheet sewing tutorial from Cintia at My Poppet.<p>Head over to My Poppet to see the full how-to.

How-To: Simple Knit Tote Bag

Tote bags are a way of life in NYC—I’ve always got at least one rolled up in my purse for shopping emergencies or a quick trip to the grocery store. For you fellow knitters out there, I’m loving this simple knit tote bag pattern from Laura’s Loop on the Purl Bee.<p>Such a great alternative to the …

DIY Necklace Length Guide

Stop guessing and start making with this fantastically useful necklace length guide infographic that Jonelle from Design Thrift shared as part of her DIY Basics series.<p>[Via Sulia]<p><b>More:</b><p>Sewing Machine Needle Anatomy Lesson<br>• Manual Photography Cheatsheet

Crocheted Storybook Landscapes

Artist Yanina Schenkel created some fantastic crocheted landscapes from a story called “Monona in the carrousel” by Ana Rascovsky.<p>[via mrs eviltedi]

How-To: Crocheted Hexagon Market Bag

Hit the farmer’s market in style this summer with this cute crocheted hexagon market bag pattern from Lion Brand Yarn!<p><b>More:</b><p>How-To: Farmer’s Market Carpet Bag<br>• How-To: Simple Knit Tote Bag<br>• How-To: Burlap Sack Apple Picking Tote

How-To: No-Slip Rugs

Have a hot glue gun? Give any rug a no-slip grip with this simple tutorial from Liz at Gimme Some Style!<p>Ready to keep your rugs in place? Check out the full how-to on Gimme Some Style!

How-To: Chiffon Cake with Fruit Topping Tissue Box Cozy

Quirky crochet designer Twinkie Chan created a sweet new tutorial for this amazing chiffon cake with fruit topping tissue box cozy.<p><b>More:</b><p>MAKE | Twinkie Chan’s Valentine’s Crochet Scarves<br>• MAKE | TMNT Coffee Cup Cozy<br>• MAKE | Dalek French Press Cozy

How-To: Recycled Wooden Shelf Headboard

Give your bedroom a makeover on the cheap with this recycled wooden shelf headboard tutorial from I Always Pick the Thimble!

How-To: Crocheted Pocket Change Pattern Weights

Our very own Haley has devised a solution to lost patterns and loose change with this great tutorial on making these clever crocheted pocket change pattern weights over at The Zen of Making.<p><b>More:</b><p>MAKE | How-To: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed<br>• MAKE | How-To: Crocheted Hexagon Market Bag<br>• MAKE | How-To: …

DIY Needle Book

Tumblr user yukonakamura posted an ingenious way to keep your sewing machine needles organized with this homemade needle book.<p>[via thread party]

Finding Bra-Making Supplies in NYC

Attention East Coast crafters: If you’ve been bitten by the DIY lingerie bug, you’ll definitely want to check out this fantastic NYC store roundup for buying bra-making supplies that my pal Norma from Orange Lingerie created after her most recent Garment District shopping trip!<p>Not near NYC? Check …

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How-To: Vintage-Inspired Tea Towels

Sew your own set of beautiful vintage-inspired tea towels with this tutorial from Corinne’s Thread on the Purl Bee!<p>Check out the stitches and get inspired! Head over to the Purl Bee to see the full how to.

How-To: Knitted Adventure Dog Backpack

Squirrels and Curls posted the pattern and instructions for making this clever adventure dog backpack, so that you can make one for the littlest hobo in your life.<p>[via knits and knacks]

NeedleLite Lighted Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks

Like to knit in bed/in the dark/in the car/around a bonfire? NeedleLite knitting needles are the needles for you! Not only do they light up, they also look like the crafty love children of a lightsaber and a knitting needle, so using them will up your geek cred by at least a magnitude of 10.<p>The …

How-To: Cardboard Office Supply Organizer

Keep your scissors, blades, and other crafty sharps orderly and secure with this smart, funky cardboard office supply organizer project from The Cardboard Collective.<p>Can you tell I’m on an organizing bend? Why shouldn’t MOM get a cardboard thing-a-ma-jig every now and then?Well, here’s my newest …

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