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Upcycling Project Featuring Martha Stewart Paints by Plaid Crafts

August 24, 2011

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Wow! What a week! This weekend I got my Martha Stewart Paints by Plaid (available exclusively at Michael’s, by the way) and I got to business testing them out. By now, I hope you’ve read my overview of the Martha Stewart Paints as well as the review of tools and accessories that I received. Now […]

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Recycle Craft: Suitcase Shrines

April 27, 2011

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This is the most amazing idea ever, and I can say that because it isn’t MINE.  Let this sink in a minute: Decoupaged Suitcase Shrines. Yeah. My friend E is a Roller Derby gal and is also the league historian- and she chose to commemorate the 5th anniversary by making a traveling exhibit out of […]

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Recycle Craft: Fabric Flowers from Dress Maker’s Scraps

April 25, 2011

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Here’s a tutorial I wrote from CraftsUnleashed.com as part of their design team- but since it’s Earth month, I thought I’d share it here as part of my #GoGreen theme. Most of the materials can be found on ConsumerCrafts.com. I love to be able to recycle- it means I can stretch my money and save […]

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Green Crafting: Recycled Aluminum Can Brooches

April 20, 2011

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It’s amazing to me what the right tool can do for you- and in this case, the tool is the Cuttlebug  This little hand-cranked gem can help you transform old aluminum soda cans into cool, kitchy blooms that you can wear as pins! For this craft, you will need: Aluminum can, rinsed well Craft Blade […]

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Recycle Craft: Cardboard Tube Drums

April 19, 2011

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In my previous career as a Music Therapist, I came up with a number of crafty projects, and making musical instruments was my favorite! We were always working on a super-tight budget, with an eye toward recycling when we could, and making instruments that adults wouldn’t be embarrassed to play. One year, I came up […]

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Recycle Craft: Fabric Corsage

April 13, 2011

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I loved reviewing the Clover Flower Frill Template, and it kind of got my creative juices flowing. I started thinking of all the ways I could use the template to upcycle and recycle fabric to make chic, fun hair pins and fabric corsages. I thought I’d share my technique with you, so you can try […]

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Craft Book Review: Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin

April 12, 2011

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This imaginative book by Terry Taylor totally got my juices flowing- and that’s just when I read the title on Amazon.com. When it arrived, Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin didn’t disappoint me. I consider myself a medium-to-advanced recycle crafter, in that I use about 50% recycled materials in a lot of the […]

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Craft Tool Review: G2 Generation Green Bottle Cutter

April 11, 2011

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Everything old is new again, and that goes for some of the “green” crafts of the 70′s including recycling bottles and glass. DiamondTech is right on top of the trend with the G2 Generation Green Bottle Cutter. It was up for a CHA Innovation Award at Winter CHA, and I was excited to try it […]

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Craft Product Review: Amazing EcoGlue Craft Adhesive

April 7, 2011

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In my quest to find products that are more “green”- that is, Earth and human friendly, I found a product by the makers of Amazing Goop, Eclectic Products. I love me some good glue, and if they had a “non-toxic” version of Goop, then I wanted to be the one to bring it to you. […]

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Vicki Howell Spins Newspaper into Yarn

April 5, 2011

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I love me some cool recycling crafts. And as an avid newspaper reader, I really have a LOT of paper to recycle at the end of the week! This week though, I’m going to pull some out and try this idea from Vicki Howell on making yarn. Don’t have a drop spindle? Don’t worry. Folks […]

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Hearts in Bloom Wall Decor

January 27, 2011

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This projects was something of a lark- Stacy made her fabulous Tower Of Hearts centerpiece, and she had all of these lids left over. I couldn’t let them go to waste, now, could I?? So I used up all of HER leftovers and made some cute wall hangings for next to nothing! Supply List: Lids […]

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How-To: Craft a Spring Kissing Ball

January 15, 2011

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Right about now I need a little spring- it’s still dark out and my world is shrouded in white. How about a little spring kissing ball to brighten things up? It’s easy, and your glue gun will be your best friend on this one! You’ll need: Styrofoam ball- 4″ is good Sheet moss Glue Gun […]

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Tin Work Ornaments featuring Bic Mark-its

December 17, 2010

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Happy Friday, friends! We’re in the homestretch of the Christmas holiday now, and I’m STILL making little gifts. Today I came up with this idea to make some metal-work ornaments. Wanna see? I made this with craft tin, but you could just as easily use recycled soda can aluminum. Start with a basic shape- I […]

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Craft Project: Creating Your Own Travel Journal

November 12, 2010

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I always have such big dreams for scrapbooking my travels…I really do…. but truth be told, I’m just inconsistent. My birthday trip to Dublin, Ireland from 2008 is still sitting in a suitcase, and my amazing trip to London is in a box….somewhere! So I realized a while ago that I do better if I […]

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Recycled Zipper Pulls and Luggage Tags

August 31, 2010

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It’s a new school year and new backpacks and jackets have been purchased- but it’s only a matter of time before my kids yank the pulls right off of the zippers! So I’m getting the jump on repairs by making some fun, recycled ones that the kids can personalize. We’re building the base on an […]

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Crafting for a Cause: Little Lion Designs

August 26, 2010

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Last July when I was at the Cleveland Craft Coalition Show, I had the pleasure to meet Stephanie of Little Lion Designs. Her fabric collage pieces where colorful and delightful to behold, and when I found out that she uses her artwork to raise awareness, I knew I had to learn more about her and […]

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Winner of Artterro Wire and Bead Art Kit

August 18, 2010

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Thanks for all your comments and thoughts about this great kit from ArtTerro. (If you missed it, make sure you read my review.) I also have to make one caveat- I was told by the kit’s creators that there are NO plastic beads at ALL in the Wire and Bead kit. Actually, they are all […]

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Kid’s Craft Review: ArtTerro Wire and Bead Art Kit

August 16, 2010

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ArtTerro is a brand-new company to me, and I’m so pleased that they reached out and offered to send some kits for my family to “craft test.” Their tag line is “Art of the Earth”- and with a slogan like that, who wouldn’t be interested? Here’s some of what they say about their mission: We […]

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Projects and News from Eco Green Crafts- plus a coupon code!

May 16, 2010

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If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I’m a fan of Eco Green Crafts (read my first report of this new company here.) Subsequently, I did a review of their acrylic paints and found them sublime. So when I got an email from them offering to share some recycled crafts and […]

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Recycled Can Brooches on CraftsUnleashed!

April 16, 2010

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When it comes to recycled crafts, I really kinda can’t help myself. I’ve got a bit of the magpie in me- I’m attracted to shiny things and I’m always trying to figure out how to use the little bits and bobs that attract me and reuse them into something fabulous. So now I’m using my […]

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Recycled Coffee Filter Flowers

April 15, 2010

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Yeah, I know this one is kinda an “oldie-but-a-goodie,” but I had such a good time making them today that I thought I’d share it here, too…just to remind you how much fun you can have with the garbage you generate! My recycled objects were all collected after breakfast: 5 or 6 coffee filters (per […]

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Recycled Necktie Coffee Cozies

April 14, 2010

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Little known fact: my #1 search term that brings people to my blog is “Necktie Crafts.” Really. And I don’t know WHY I have such a fascination for old neckties…but well, I do. And here’s another craft to get you scouring your grandpa’s closet and thrift stores! These coffee cuffs are  also a NO-SEW project- […]

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Recycling Your Plastic Eggs

April 12, 2010

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Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla […]

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Recycled Domino Craft on CraftsUnleashed

April 9, 2010

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As many of you know, I’m the Editor over at www.CraftsUnleashed.com, the blog that ‘s sponsored by ConsumerCrafts. I got to post one of my favorite crafts over there, altered dominoes. I love reusing game pieces, and you only need a few supplies- some alcohol inks, a black ink pad, and stamps, plus some paper […]

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Craft Product Review: Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paint

March 24, 2010

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I  wrote about Eco Green Crafts and it’s fabulous founder, Julie Andrus during my coverage of CHA Winter for CraftCritique, and I was very excited to get these acrylic paints out and play a little! If Eco Green Crafts is a new company for you, you are about to be pleasantly surprised: it’s a company […]

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Make Your Own “Bendaroos”

February 24, 2010

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…or Wikki Stix, or whatever you call them. (I’m calling mine “Fake-aroos!”) You know, they are the wax-covered-yarn thingies that kids love to play with until they eventually become covered in dust. If you like the idea of crafting with your kids, you can make your own…and then when they get grotty and you need […]

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Crafting a Healthier World with Eco Green Crafts

February 3, 2010

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Being “green” is all the rage- we see a LOT of crafting with recycled elements, using less-toxic materials, and “using up” to decrease waste. How wonderful is it, then, to find a craft product company who is striving to do the same? Enter Eco Green Crafts. It’s a brand-spankin’ new company founded by Julia Andrus […]

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Altered Art- Crafting a New Purpose for Old Stuff

January 12, 2010

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In the past few days I’ve had fun working on some “altered art” items, and I realized that I’ve never done a post on altering! I know there are a few of you out there who may not be very familiar with altered crafting, so I thought I’d do a little primer for you. In […]

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Craft Product Review: Pardo Polymer Clay by Viva

January 7, 2010

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One of the things I picked up at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show last summer made me tingle with anticipation- Pardo Polymer Clay! Manufactured by Viva Decor, based in Germany, it’s the newest clay in the industry and has the distinction of being beeswax-based. It come is 70 yummy colors, and has […]

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Recycled Tissue Paper Crafts

December 23, 2009

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Here I am on the eve of Christmas Eve, planning out my New Year crafts! One of my resolutions is to use MORE of what I’d normally toss or recycle, and use up what I’ve got in my crafting studio before I run out and buy new. SO! With that in mind, I’m suggesting you […]

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