This Month on CraftStylish

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Now that the holidays are finally over, heres something amazing that you can do with all of your cut-up credit cards: make a mosaic! This Thursday, Kayte Terry will give you all of the info you need to make that plastic give back.
Kayte Terry
On Wednesday, Linda Permann will show us how to make an ordinary hoodie into something frilly-special, and the best part is that itll only cost you a few dollars.
Erika Kern knows what to do with one of those Cosby-style sweaters—make some comfy cushions for the living room! Before you put that too-big sweater aside, be sure to check out this super-easy restyle project on Wednesday here on CraftStylish. 
Tina Hilton shows you how to transform sweater sleeves into the fashion must-make for winter 2009: leg warmers! This lacy pair is quick to make and will have you looking at seasonal discards with new eyes.
Now that the holidays are finally over, heres something amazing that you can do with all of your cut-up credit cards: make a mosaic! This Thursday, Kayte Terry will give you all of the info you need to make that plastic give back.
Kayte Terry

Now that the holidays are finally over, here's something amazing that you can do with all of your cut-up credit cards: make a mosaic! This Thursday, Kayte Terry will give you all of the info you need to make that plastic give back.

Kayte Terry

Photo: Kayte Terry

We hope that your holidays were happy, that all of your homemade gifts were well received, and that everyone has had some time to recover from any crafty burn-out!  In the spirit of recovery (and in the continued celebration of the holiday season's abundance), January is Recycle, Reuse, and Restyle month here on CraftStylish. Everyday for the entire month we will feature projects of transformational wonder: an expired subway fare card does double duty as material for mosaic tiles, an old frumpy sweater gets new life as a fashionable floor cushion or a pair of sexy leg warmers, or find out how you can upstyle any ordinary garment into something unique and very cool. The most exciting thing about this month's feature is that you probably already have everything that you'll need to make them. So, crafters, start looking around (in your closets, craft stashes, and recycle bins) and see what you can make new out of the old, refreshed out of the stale, and exciting out of the tired.

Another January big news item: CraftStylish is going to CHA (The Craft and Hobby Association Show) in Anaheim, CA. This is the big craft Kahuna eventwise, and everyone who is anyone (big, small, global, local) in the craft world will either be in attendance or have their eyes peeled on southern California to see what new products, projects, ideas, and people are hot and now in the craft scene. CraftStylish and Company will be there, natch and we are thrilled. The show dates are January 25th–28th and we are planing some extremely cool craft events featuring five of our CraftStylish bloggers. We'll be posting updates on CHA "live" from the CraftStylish booth, including opportunities for you to virtually be there, too. Stay tuned for more details as they develop. Guess what this year's theme for CHA is? "It's Easy Being Green"! Perfect, right?

 

 

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DownHomeDIY writes: I just posted a project about my "New Year, New Challenge of No Craft Stores for 60 Days". It is all about using what I have and not buying anything new. It will force me to get creative and is eco-friendly. You can view more about it on my blog too (http://www.downhomediy.blogspot.com/) but I will be posting projects as I make them. I thought it would be a good idea to throw it out there for others to join in the fun! I love your "cut up the credit cards" concept and using it to create something. It would be a good reminder everytime you looked at it to use what you have! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Posted: 9:28 am on January 10th
IggyJingles writes: I'll look forward to posting some of my upcycling this month. I'll especially look forward to getting my serger back from the shop. I went to use it and the presser foot attachement snapped off at the screw. Weird experience, especially as it was just back from the shop being realigned with a new presser foot. Elna. Doesn't exist as a company anymore and finding the increasingly rare parts is tough and costly. I hope to buy a new serger from a continuing company before the end of the year.

As cool as the CHA show sounds, I won't be attending. They don't allow minors under the age of 14, for reasons that I'm sure make a lot of sense. But my 9 year old daughter is a big part of my artisan business, a big part of my crafting practice, and is gearing up to open her own Etsy store selling handmade jewelry and doll fashion designs for collector dolls, like Tonner dolls, and AG. She is as fascinated with fabric, paper, tools and paints as I am. It would pretty much break her heart to be excluded while I went merrily along. The Bead Show in Pasadena has no such restriction - we had a ball there last time!
Posted: 12:44 pm on January 6th
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