October on CraftStylish

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This month, CraftStylish features Project Runway alumni Sweet P and visual artist Sage Vaughn in a special blog series highlighting the launch of their limited-edition fashion collection Ghosts in the Garden for Pulp Lab in Seattle.
Susan Beals charming pink bracelet project is perfectly timed for the CraftStylish October Challenge: Make It Pink. Keep an eye out this week for details!
CraftStylish is primed and ready to get you crafting for the holidays with fabulous projects and cool gifts to make like this awesome felt Buche de Noel by Erika Kern.
This month, CraftStylish features Project Runway alumni Sweet P and visual artist Sage Vaughn in a special blog series highlighting the launch of their limited-edition fashion collection Ghosts in the Garden for Pulp Lab in Seattle.

This month, CraftStylish features Project Runway alumni Sweet P and visual artist Sage Vaughn in a special blog series highlighting the launch of their limited-edition fashion collection "Ghosts in the Garden" for Pulp Lab in Seattle.

Photo: Courtesy of Pulp Lab

CraftStylish hit some gloriously high marks last week (5,000 members, 700 gallery projects, 1,000 posts!) and to that we say, "Wait until you see October—you haven't seen anything yet!" In fact, the enthusiasm and success of our site has spurred us on to serve you with even more of the very best in DIY projects, techniques, resources, and jaw-dropping inspiration. Here's a short list of October's highlights:

  • This month CraftStylish is proud to welcome Project Runway (season four) alumni Sweet P and visual artist Sage Vaughn as they chronicle their adventures in the creation of "Ghosts in the Garden," a limited-edition fashion collection for the ultra-swank and seriously-cool Pulp Lab in Seattle. This special blog series follows a celebrated designer and her imaginative collaborator as they take an inspired idea to its stunning realization and launch it to the world.
  • The great Flower Power Challenge comes to a close this week (September 30th), but there is still a bit of time left for any late bloomers to post their entries. Take a tour through our garden of crafty delights and wish us luck as we try to choose just four winners from this amazing selection. The four challenge winners will be announced right here in CraftStylish on October 8th.
  • Get ready for the next big CraftStylish challenge: Make It Pink, to be announced later this week. This rosy throw-down is designed to tickle your crafting fancy—pink while helping to raise money for breast cancer awareness. For the entire month of October, CraftStylish will feature tantilizing projects and "must-try" techniques for you to "make it pink" and craft toward a cure.
  • We are now right in the midst of the crafting high season, with Halloween quickly coming down the pike, Thanksgiving just around the corner, and Christmas, here before we know it. Crafters everywhere are making their lists and checking them twice. Mid-October, CraftStylish will announce an exciting holiday series to give you all of the support, encouragement, and expert how-to that you'll need to "make it" through the holidays. Including quick (or not so quick) gifts to make, DIY wrappings and bows, seasonal crafty table decor and hundreds of tried-and-true tips to help you to keep the season merry.

This first week of October is toasty with projects and tutorials from the CraftStylish team. Here's a glimpse of what's to come:

  • The self-proclaimed "Corporate Crafter" Jeffery Rudell serves up this nifty paper bouquet project for you to cheer up your office or present to one of your lucky coworkers.
  • Soothe your crafty hands with Jennifer Worick's luxurious homemade cuticle cream how-to. Whip up a batch to pass around at your next craft gathering, or create the perfect salve to give to the crafty pals on your gift list.
  • Shannon Dennis's pinking tutorial will give you the edge when it comes to sparing seams from unraveling. This handy post will show you some other finishing touches to save your seams.
  • Felting is all of the rage right now, but did you know that you can create cool textures, too? Linda Permann will show you how to give your woolens a fancy-feel with some rubber bands and pebbles.
  • Does it take you several minutes to find anything inside of that big, roomy bag that you carry around? You are going to love Cal Patch and her terrific customized pocket how-to, especially the next time your cell phone rings from the depths of your tote.
  • Keep your coffee piping hot in style with Kayte Terry's french press cozy how-to. Caffeine never looked so good.
  • Mary Ray's patchwork duvet how-to is a simply fabulous way to use up some choice selections from your fabric stash and give your bed an autumnal makeover.
  • Fans of Diane Gilleland's recycled necktie scarf are going to swoon when you see what she has created for you to make out the scraps from those ties: a necktie cuff! Super chic and exquisitely detailed, this wristlet does for arms what ties did for necks.
  • CraftStylish warmly welcomes blogger and omni-crafter Lee Meredith to the team! Just in time for the holidays, Lee's first post takes you step-by-step through the money-saving process of how to recycle yarn from a thrift store sweater.
  • Plus, Alex Sudalnik and his confessions from an FIT design student, and Wendy Sloneker offers a great hair accessory for a blushing bride.

Whew! That's just a smidgen of what's to come this week, right here on CraftStylish!

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