This Week on CraftStylish

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Diane Gilleland shows us the amazing versatility of crafting with gourds. Make vases, lanterns, fruit bowls, or a centerpiece that just might upstage the turkey!
Festoon your home, trees, and cubicles with family and friends (literally) and surround yourself with love. Jennifer Woricks absolutely fabulous handmade garland lets you turn photo-strips into holiday decor!
Heres how to create a personalized game board that features your recipients favorite fictional characters. Lee Merediths creative how-to is very adaptable: how about crafting a one-of-a-kind game with nonfictional characters?
Machine-embroidery expert Jennifer Stern will show you how to embroider on a baseball cap without a cap hoop. The stitched message of this Make It Pink-inspired project is a wonderful reminder of the healing power of humor when faced with adversity.
Diane Gilleland shows us the amazing versatility of crafting with gourds. Make vases, lanterns, fruit bowls, or a centerpiece that just might upstage the turkey!

Diane Gilleland shows us the amazing versatility of crafting with gourds. Make vases, lanterns, fruit bowls, or a centerpiece that just might upstage the turkey!

Photo: Diane Gilleland

Ah, it's that time of year, crafters! 'Tis the season of crafting handmade wonders for our nearest and dearest, adorning our homes in holiday splendor, and, for some of us, creating a DIY frenzy of merry-making against the tick, tick, ticking of the holiday clock! There are nine weeks left until December 25, and with careful planning, that is still plenty of time to check everyone off your gift-making list and enjoy the experience! CraftStylish is here to give you everything you need in order to "make it" through the holidays: Take a look at what's coming your way this week on CraftStylish:

  • The Make It Pink Challenge is in high gear as we hit the mid-month mark. Craft for the cure and post your pink projects into the Make It Pink gallery and CraftStylish will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every project posted—up to $1,000! And for every pink prayer shawl uploaded to the Make It Pink gallery in October, Taunton Books will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, up to $1,000! Click here for some pretty, pink project inspiration.
  • CraftStylish announces the Dare to Make Holiday Challenge! Summon up your crafty powers and creative ingenuity and dare to make all of your gifts this hoiday season! For the next nine weeks, CraftStylish will feature awesome gifts to make for everyone on your list, beautiful home decor projects to fill your home with holiday spirit, and plenty of moral support from the CraftStylish team. This year, you can "make it" if you dare.
  • Jeffery Rudell shows us how we can "trick" paper into a delightful Halloween treat with this week's mask how-to. Whether you choose to make it simply or go for something a little more complex, Jeffery will guide you toward crafting a disguise that is extraordinary.
  • Get some Make It Pink inspiration from Shannon Dennis as she takes on traditional and reverse appliqué techniques this week. With Shannon's super-easy-to-follow directions, you'll be applying your new skill all season long.
  • Erika Kern teaches us how to turn family portraits into embroidery patterns in this part one of a two hander. This is an amazing how-to designed for those who are looking for a very special gift to make with handstitching.
  • It's week two of Linda Permann's Dare to Make It Crochet-along and it's not too late to join in. Crochet a Sweet Baby Hoodie with lots of support in this five-week crochet-along, and at the end you'll have one more gift to give.
  • Cal Patch has a crochet solution for mending pesky sweater holes that is so cute you just might find yourself snagging your knits on purpose.
  • Tina Hilton shows us how to make a beautiful hat with awesome Be Sweet Ribbon Ball yarn in hot pink. This easy project takes only one skein of yarn to knit up a fun hat in sizes from kids to adult.
  • Kayte Terry delves into her ribbon stash and offers up another pretty in pink project: a sweet and comfy pillow. This project is a darling gift to give or for keeps to add some dainty dash to your decor.
  • Discover the magic of trapunto with Mary Ray. Trapunto is a raised quilting that helps to accentuate your designs and adds even more texture to your projects. Mary will also include a great how-to idea for you to give trapunto a spin.
  • Does your Halloween to-do list have any wings on it? If so, be sure to check out Wendy Sloneker's homemade wing project. Make 'em spooky or floatingly beautiful; either way, this easy-to-make costume piece can save you a lot of pumpkin seeds.
  • Susan Beal celebrates the Day of the Dead with her totally fun how-to project. Who can resist a project that combines skeletons and lots of sparkle?
  • Pamela Jaye continues her adventures in DIY enterprise with this next installment about moving beyond the big idea and getting down to business.
  • Plus, confessions from FIT design student Alex Sudalnik, a CraftStylish Roundtable discussion with CraftStylish bloggers and members to share our common passion for crafting, and more daily homepage features from the great Flower Power Challenge.





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