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Friday Giveaway: “Mod Podge Rocks! Decoupage Your World” SIGNED by Amy Anderson

July 13, 2012

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Happy Friday, crafty peeps! Today I’ve got a fun giveaway for you! My pal Amy Anderson just published her first book, “Mod Podge Rocks Decoupage Your World” and I’ve got a copy just for one lucky reader! And the cool part? She’s going to SIGN it! (OH, and yes, there will also be a cool […]

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Jewelry Book Review: Beading with Gemstones by Valerie MacCarthy

July 5, 2012

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  I always love when I get new jewelry making books to review. Back when I lived in New Mexico I took a geology class and I’ve been fascinated with gemstones, fossils and other “rocks” ever since. When I saw Beading with Gemstones by Valérie MacCarthy I was excited for the chance to get to […]

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Craft Book Review: Creative Doodling and Beyond by Stephanie Corfee

June 13, 2012

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This may come as a surprise to you but… I’m not much of a doodler. I think I was, when I was younger, but somewhere along the line I lost my doodle. I’ve been thinking about how I might get it back. It seems that it would fit so well with some of the things […]

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Jewelry Book Review: Chains, Chains Chains by Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu

May 30, 2012

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Book Review: Chains, Chains Chains

I have to admit that “Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings” by Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu sat on my TO BE REVIEWED shelf for a little while. Basically because I was afraid that the projects might be too hard. I mean, I’d never MADE my own chain before. Now I just feel […]

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Book Review: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale

May 16, 2012

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Book Review: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale

Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams  Mixed-Media Projects in Epoxy Clay by Kerin Gale is a book that features Epoxy Clay, as you may have guessed. I have to tell you, when I received the Apoxie Sculpt Epoxy Clay (read the full review of that product by clicking the link) from Jenny along with the book. I […]

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Book Review: A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu

April 30, 2012

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Book Review: A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu

    A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu is full of 50 fun, fast jewelry projects. In the introduction Nathalie says that your face is the first thing people notice about you so why not dress it up with pretty earrings. Makes perfect sense to me! A Bounty of Bead and […]

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Book Review: More Fabric Art Collage by Rebekah Meier

April 18, 2012

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Book Review: More Fabric Art Collage by Rebekah Meier

I had a few minutes to chat with fellow CHA Designer Rebekah Meier this past January at the CHA Winter Show and found out that she had a new book coming out. When I found out it was about fabric collage I offered to review it for her here on CTD. How could I resist […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Original Sewing and Quilting Expo

April 2, 2012

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One of my favorite annual crafty field trips is to the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, held locally at the Cleveland I-X Center. Beside the fact that it’s held really close to my birthday each year, it gives me the opportunity to catch up with some sewing friends, check out trends, and maybe even try […]

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Book Review: Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects

March 27, 2012

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Book Review: Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects

  Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects from Lark Jewelry and Beading A few things you might want to know about this book: Hard cover – lays flat for easy reference 126 pages Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects includes 24 projects There is a project gallery at the end of the book for further inspiration The […]

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Book Review: Making Flowers from Wool by Nan Loncharich

March 6, 2012

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As a gal who started out in Floral Design I was really excited when I got this book to review. I. LOVE. FLOWERS!! AND as an extra bonus I’ve been collecting wool here and there when I’m out on my thrift store jaunts. I haven’t really done much with any of it so I was […]

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Book Review: The Impatient Beader Gets Inspired by Margot Potter

February 23, 2012

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The Impatient Beader by Margot Potter

Margot Potter is one of those crafty rock star personalities who are big on personality AND talent. I met her at the Summer CHA Show in July of last year (2010) when she was promoting her newest book (which I’m sure to be reviewing in the not to distant future!)   The Impatient Beader Gets […]

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Craft Book Review: Explore, Create, Resinate by Jen Cushman

January 12, 2012

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Last year  I became acquainted with Ice Resin 2-part epoxy resin, and met the wonderful Jen Cushman manning the booth at CHA. At the time I was unfamiliar with her impressive art and writing credentials- I just thought she was one of nicest, most welcoming people I’d ever met. Little did I know that she […]

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Book Review: Destination Creativity by Ricë Freeman-Zachery

December 16, 2011

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Book Review: Destination Creativity by Ricë Freeman-Zachery

  I’ve been an avid reader of nearly everything that Ricë Freeman-Zachery has written for several years simply because I like the way she writes. She writes like I think. She has a friendly “lets sit, talk and be friends” kind of voice. So I knew when I saw “Destination Creativity The Life-Altering Journey of […]

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Craft Book Review: Big Ass Book of Crafts 2 by Mark Montano

November 18, 2011

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Book Review: Big Ass Book of Crafts 2 by Mark Montano

When Jenny asked me if I wanted to review The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2 by Mark Montano I JUMPED at the chance. I have all of Marks other books and I always find lots of ideas and inspiration in them. I couldn’t wait to dig in! Stats: A hefty 383 crafty pages Chapters […]

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Craft Book Review: Crafting with Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya

November 17, 2011

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Reviewing the book Crafting With Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat resulted in, hands down, two of the most bizarre projects that I’ve ever made. Strangely enough, they also ended up being two of the cutest. Keep on reading and you’ll see what I mean! Crafting With Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to […]

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Craft Book Review: The Cloth Paper Scissors Book

November 4, 2011

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Book Review: The Cloth Paper Scissors Book

The Cloth Paper Scissors Book  – Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Mixed-Media Art by Barbara Delaney   I was totally excited when I got this book in the mail a few weeks ago. I’ve been a subscriber of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine off and on (mostly on) for several years now. While the book is […]

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Craft Book Review: Crafty Chica’s Guide To Artful Sewing

September 30, 2011

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Book Review: Crafty Chica's Guide To Artful Sewing

I actually purchased this book a several months ago, brought it home and put it on a shelf to read later. Something about writing book reviews for Craft Test Dummies and National Sewing Month got me to pull it off the shelf to dig through it. Boy, I’m glad I did. Because I finally got […]

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Book Review: Sew Wild by Alisa Burke

September 16, 2011

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Blog Book Tour: Sew Wild by Alisa Burke

I’ve been a fan of Alisa Burke for a while now, her blog is in my daily feed and I have another of her books. I’m crazy about her messy graffiti style and the way she uses and layers color. In Sew Wild, Alisa still uses her messy layers, colors and even some lettering and […]

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Craft Book Review: Upcycled Accessories-25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic by Tracie Lampe

September 15, 2011

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Let me start by stating the obvious: I love recycling and making crafts out of objects that are headed for the trash. So when I heard of Tracie Lampe’s book “Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic” published by North Light BooksI was half sold before I even opened the cover. Let’s start with a […]

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Book Review: Signature Styles by Jenny Doh

September 2, 2011

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Have you ever wondered what inspires others to create their own signature styles? Or have you needed ideas or inspiration for creating your own? “Signature Styles” by Jenny Doh reveals how 20 women are influenced to develop their own unique looks. Women who are authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs and more share some of the events, people […]

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Craft Book Review: Steampunk Softies by Sarah Skeate and Nicola Tedman

August 19, 2011

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There are few things that crafters find quite as irresistible as a beautiful book filled with adorable, quirky plushies, and Steampunk Softies delivers just that! The cover boasts “Scientifically Minded Dolls From a Past That Never Was,” and the projects do not disappoint. Each doll has its own personality, with just the right amount of […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Maker Faire Detroit

August 4, 2011

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I’ve heard about Maker Faire for years now, but have never had the chance to attend. They were either too far away, I had another obligation, etc- but this weekend, the stars were in alignment so I packed up my kiddos and headed up to the Motor Maker City to go check out what all […]

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Crafty Book Review: Home Made Simple (& giveaway)

July 26, 2011

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I love a good crafty book- especially one that offers tips for organizing, decorating, entertaining, gardening and more. I was offered the chance to host a review and giveaway, and thought you all would love it! So let’s get started, shall we? Home Made Simpleis a book that came out of a new online community […]

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Craft Video Review: Cricut A-Z by Above Rubies Studio

July 13, 2011

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I now own FOUR Cricut machines, and even have demonstrated them for ProvoCraft- but who couldn’t use a little more help when it comes to learning to use a tool? Enter Megan Gravener of Above Rubies Studio. She came out with Cricut A to Z, and instructional DVD that helps even “advanced” Cricuteers get more […]

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Crafty Field Trip: WoolFest at the Lake County FarmPark

July 7, 2011

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Last weekend my 6 year old and I took a spontaneous field trip out to Lake County to visit the FarmPark. Only 30 minutes east of Cleveland, the FarmPark is a gem for city-slickers like myself! It’s a place where you can see a working farm in action, and learn about the almost-lost arts of […]

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UK Week, part 3: Six Craft Magazines to Review

June 29, 2011

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So, after my visit with the Bermondsey Craft Club (make sure you read about that part of my trip here) I was itching to get my hands on some crafty UK publications to see how perhaps the aesthetic or products were different than what I see in the US. Here are some of the magazines […]

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Craft Book Review: Polymer Clay 101 by Angela Mabray and Kim Otterbein

June 23, 2011

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I love polymer clay, and have played with it for quite a while. I even teach local classes on occasion. So I look at a book called “Polymer Clay 101″ and I wonder- is it really easy enough for beginners? Will it have anything to offer experienced clayers? After reviewing this book by Angela Mabray […]

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Craft Book Review & Blog Hop: Puppet Play by Diane Schoenbrun

May 14, 2011

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Remember a few months ago when I reviewed “Beasties” by Diane Schoenbrun? Well, I enjoyed that first book enough to join up for a craft-blog-hop for her new one, “Puppet Play.” Like Beasties, this book features creatures you can make from things you have on hand (mostly.) Dishcloths, socks, cans and even legwarmers (ok, I […]

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Craft Book Review: The Big Book Of Scrapbook Pages edited by Kelly Biscopink

May 4, 2011

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I used to scrapbook more than I do now. It seems to be such a HUGE task, and my time is short…so I constantly put off my scrapping. (For example, my 6-year-old still does not have a baby scrapbook. Sorry, BK!) So I was open to reviewing The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages: 500+ Designs […]

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Behind the Scenes at “Scrapbook Soup”

April 9, 2011

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I find it amusing and beyond coincidence that the majority of PBS craft shows are shot on the East side of Cleveland. Every week, my favorite crafty people fly in, shoot their segments, and fly away back to their busy lives. Imagine how thrilled I was when one of my new crafty friends, Julie McGuffee, […]

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