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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Science, Tech, Engineering & Math (STEM) Toys for Kids

People give all manner of toys as gifts during the holidays. Some are big hits, others flop. I think the best ones are fun and stimulating while at the same time teaching a skill or concept. In that spirit, here are some toys that fall under the broad umbrella of STEM (science, technology, …

Infographic: Choose the Perfect Sewing Machine Needle

I love a good infographic—there’s something so wonderful about an image that can take a seemingly intimidating and complicated choice, like selecting the right sewing machine needle, and turn it into something that’s simple, logical, and clear. If you’re just getting acquainted with your sewing …

Sewing

Simple Christmas Food Gifts

Better Homes and Gardens shows a few fantastic ways to combine your love of food with your love of crafts and give the combo as gifts this holiday season. I know a few people on my list who would love to receive a ‘smores kit under the tree!

How-To: Hand Quilting

Now that you’ve tried your hand at piecing a quilt block with CRAFT’s Quilting 101 post, learn how to stitch like a pro with this wonderful hand quilting tutorial that Sarah from Hip to Piece Squares shared on Sew Mama Sew!<p>Ready to start sewing? Grab your thimble and head on over to Sew Mama Sew!

Quilting

Honeycomb Soap Tutorial

Sometimes you wonder which rock you live under when it comes to crafting ideas. If you are new to soap<p>making then you are going to want to keep …

Sufganiyot: The Best Thing About Hanukkah

The best thing about Hanukkah isn’t eight nights of gifts, it’s traditional sufganiyot—pillowy, deep-fried, jelly-filled doughnuts. Uri Scheft of Breads Bakery schools us<p>Latkes get the attention. But there's another fried favorite worthy of the Hanukkah table: <i>sufganiyot</i>. (If you haven't gotten the …

Baking

The Living Wall

Retaining walls are usually ugly stacks of cement blocks, but they don't have to be an eyesore - for example, take a look at the Living Wall at the …

Learn Math with LEGO

Teaching fractions can be easier if you start with something a child is familiar with, <b>like LEGO bricks</b>. This introductory lesson is only good for the …

How-To: Honeycomb Stamps

Make your own geometric hexagon prints with this honeycomb stamp tutorial from Becca at Ladyface Blog!<p>Ready to give it a try? Head over to Ladyface Blog to see the full how-to.

Tutorials

How-To: Needle Lace Skeleton Leaves

Take your autumn-inspired decor to the next level with this needle lace skeleton leaves tutorial from How Did You Make This? on Luxe DIY.<p>Give it a try this weekend! Head over to How Did You Make This? to see how it’s done.<p>[Via CraftGawker]

How-To: Shakeable Confetti Wrapping Paper

Make your own colorful shakeable confetti wrapping paper with this clever tutorial from MiniEco!<p>So fun!<p>Head on over to MiniEco to see the full how-to.

Crafting

Epic Wax Paper Back-Drop

This dreamy backdrop seen on Style Me Pretty was originally created by Katie M. Kulper for a gorgeous Portland wedding. The how-to breaks the epic install down to show us how we could take our DIY skills to the next level and create such a masterpiece.

Myriam Dion’s Lace Newspapers

Artist Myriam Dion has produced an incredible series of works called “Lace Newspapers,” in which she creates dazzling compositions by simply cutting away pieces of newspaper pages into ornate lace-like patterns whilst leaving some visual elements of the paper intact.<p>[via Colossal]

Colossal

Quilling 101: Learn the Basics of Quilling Paper

Quilling, the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design, has been around for years — hundreds, in fact. During the Renaissance, nuns and monks would roll gold-gilded paper remnants trimmed during the bookmaking process, and use them to decorate religious objects as an …

Knitted Macrame Jewelry

Tara St. James of Study combines knitting and macrame processes to create these unique pieces of jewelry from yarn.

Knitting

Centipede Sculpted from Sushi

If you like your sushi with a healthy serving of nightmarish terror, then you might enjoy this crab sushi roll, shared by Twitter user Takumi, that was constructed to look like a massive centipede!<p>[via Laughing Squid]

Japan

How-To: 8-foot Giant Squid Pillow

Add some giant squid to your abode with this excellent 8-foot Giant Squid Pillow tutorial from Philadelphia Weekly.<p>[via Laughing Squid]

Cosmology

How-To: Rock Candy Geode

For the intrepid kitchen explorers amongst us in search of the most dazzling of candy geodes, check out this impressive and challenging-looking Rock Candy Geode tutorial from Ann Reardon of How To Cook That.<p>[via Foodbeast]

Decorations

Crocheted Jeep spare tire cover

7 Reinvented Cornbreads

Everyone wants more cornbread. This holiday season, toss out those boring rolls that serve only as vehicles for swiping up remaining streaks of cranberry sauce from your plate. Instead, fill up your bread basket with fluffy, crumbly cornbread scented with fresh thyme. If you prefer a more …