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Easy Crochet Dish Cloth Pattern

It seems I am always needing new dishcloths and towels for the kitchen! We go through them so quickly around here. Do you have that problem too?I …

Hobby Lobby

The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

Free Pattern! Quick Cable Slouch Hat//Hat constructions

This is a pattern I had made to teach my student how to make her first cabled hat, so I made sure it was not intimidating.

19 Cozy Crochet DIY Projects for Your Home

With only a month until it’s officially autumn, there’s no better time than now to prep for chilly weather with DIY crochet essentials for the home. Whether you want a cozy throw blanket for snuggling or knit coasters to pair with your PSL, this roundup of needlework goodies is seriously autumnal …

It's easier than you think! DIY all-purpose cleaner you can make in 5 minutes

Let’s keep cash in your pocket and chemicals out of your home, shall we?<p>Pinterest has declared DIY cleaners as one of the biggest home trends of 2015, and we can see why. They often cost less per use than store-bought products, and they skip out on harsh chemicals as well. So let us help you hop on …

Urban Farming - Hobby Farms

UF<p>Urban Farming<p>October 7, 2016<p>Planters for your container garden can weigh heavy on your pocketbook, but this DIY project offers an affordable—and …

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has two super cute Andean Bear cubs that are now frolicking and getting into things

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has two super cute Andean Bear cubs that are now frolicking and getting into things. Go behind the scenes with their caretakers.

Flashback CRAFT Pattern: That Girl! Knitted Tank

<b>By Nikol Lohr</b><p>With an empire waist, relaxed styling and seed-stitch details to match the summer jacket of the same name, this quick-knitting linen/cotton blend knitted tank is an excellent warm-weather project. Wide straps for bra coverage, extra increases, and short row shaping for bigger bustlines …

25 Camping Recipes to Blow Your Mind

Easy living should mean easy (and GOOD) cooking. Get ready to burn past the campfire staples of hot dogs and canned beans to some truly knockout …

Cooking

Luxe DIY Skincare Recipes from Organic Beauty Experts

Detoxifying Lavender Milk Bathtub Tea<p><i>from Sarah Tay of Tay Skincare</i><p><b>½ cup dried lavender buds</b><p><i>2-for-1 ingredient that helps to detoxify skin by removing bacteria and calms with aromatherapy.</i><p><b>5 green tea bags</b><p><i>Replace the eliminated toxins with anti-aging antioxidants.</i><p><b>½ cup of baking soda</b><p><i>Baking soda, as</i> …

17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.

Stitch It: Sewing Knits with or without a Serger

Does the idea of sewing knits make you nervous? Overcome your knit fabric anxiety and see how easy it can be to stitch with stretch with this helpful guide to sewing knits with or without a serger!<p>If you’re a knitwear novice, this beginner-friendly guide to sewing with knits that Lucinda at Sew …

Homemade Fig Newtons

Megan Scott of The Joy Kitchen was concerned that fig newtons wouldn’t taste as good as she remembered them being when she was a child. So, rather than risking the snack time heartbreak of discovering a false memory, she took it upon herself to create some homemade fig newtons that were just as …

Homemade

Stiching Flowers on Your Screen Door

Can’t wait for the flowers to start blooming? Take matters into your own hands, and stitch up your own floral display on your front screen door! Of course this can be done on any screen, and it may actually be easier to handle a window screen that pops out.<p>I sketched out some blossoms and a branch …

Cherry Blossom

Paint the Town with Homemade Sidewalk Paints

With hints of spring in the air in so many places across the country this week, it’s definitely a good time to start planning for those warm weather activities. The next time the sun shines, make a craft date with your creative kids and spend the afternoon whipping up a dazzling rainbow of …

Crafting

DIY Clay Wind Charm

Bring some classic outdoor decor into your home with this lovely DIY clay wind charm from Francesca Stone of Design Sponge.<p>The current decor trend to hang everything — from plants to your fruit bowl — has had me reminiscing over the decorative aspects of chimes. Hanging disks or tubes to create a …

DIY

How-To: Transfer a Photo onto a Slice of Wood

Tired of putting your photos into right angled frames? Give this ink to wood transfer technique a try.<p>You can find ready to use kiln dried wood slices at most large craft stores. If you want to use your own DIY slice of wood cut from a fallen tree, be aware that if not dried with the proper …

Moms Old Letters Pillow DIY

• By Joan<br>• August 25, 2014<br>• 15 Comments<p>Mom’s Letters Pillow<p>My mom and dad were originally from St Louis Missouri. Right after they got married they moved …

Beauty Basics: DIY Tea Tree and Activated Charcoal Soap

If you’re new to DIY beauty products, making your own soap can seem like a really intimidating process that’s probably best left up to the professionals. And, while some soap-making techniques can include complex recipes or require special safety equipment to handle tricky raw materials, you don’t …

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Crochet This Zippered Pouch For All Your “Junk”

Been indoors so long that you’ve already turned your yarn stash into hats and scarves for all your friends and neighbors? Why not give your junk some wooly love with this handy crocheted “junk” pouch hooked by crocheter extraordinaire Patricia of Pops de Milk!<p>Keys, wallet, and cell phone are pretty …

Wardrobe Basics: Sew a 3/4 Circle Skirt

Circle skirts are one of those rare, magical wardrobe staples that are both easy to sew and flattering on just about everyone. Because of the drape of the fabric and the fullness of the skirt, you don’t generally need to worry about pulling across the hips, stretching over backsides, or other …

DIY Body Lotion inspired by LUSH Dream Cream - The Makeup Dummy

Oh yes, this is my DIY Dream Cream recipe inspired by the famous body lotion from LUSH.<p>This DIY version is not that hard to make, with simple …

12 Ways to DIY With Essential Oils

Essential oils are definitely making a comeback and with all the health benefits they provide, it’s no wonder. Along with smelling great, there are so many different ways to sneak them into your daily life. If you’re looking to swap your beauty and cleaning products for natural ones, essential oils …

All-in-One Laundry Bombs

Laundry doesn't have to be a chore. Instead of lugging your detergent, stain stick, fabric softener, <i>and</i> your laundry to the washing machine, here's a homemade laundry bomb that does it all. You can pick up the basic ingredients at your local grocery store for a few dollars, making these little …

The Ultimate Organization Guide: 60 Hacks to Ban Clutter and Chaos

With the new year comes new resolutions for our health, our jobs and perhaps most difficult of all, staying organized. The daunting task of cleaning, giving away and storing is sometimes too big a project to tackle, which means another year of living in clutter and chaos.<p>We say, no more! So we’ve …

Weaving In Ends: Invisible vs. Visible Methods

Finishing up some knitted gifts? Make sure that you weave those ends in properly with this thorough tutorial by Jane Richmond for Very Shannon.<p>Not only does this tutorial show you how to use both invisible and visible methods of weaving in ends, it explains when it makes the most sense to use them!

Weaving

How-To: iPad Holder for Your Car’s Headrest

Planning a long drive to visit family and friends for the holidays? Keep the backseat entertained—and avoid who’s-going-to-hold-the-tablet fights—with this handy car headrest iPad holder tutorial from Beckie at Infarrantly Creative!<p>Such a great idea for road trips!<p>Ready to make an iPad holder for …

Road Trips

I tried out three DIY hair treatments, and here's what happened

Full disclosure: I have never been an advocate for DIY hair treatments. But this week, I’m diving head first into some of the most popular recipes …

How-To: Super-Bulky Knitted Hat

I love, love, love super-bulky yarn, the thicker the better. But, when comparing the sheer amount of it in my stash to the number of finished objects that I’ve actually made, you might notice a bit of a disparity. Because, no matter how much I adore bulky yarn, I can never seem to find patterns …