Michaela Murphy, Seattle, WA, US

craft interests: knitting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 04/08/2008

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Book Giveaway: Backcountry Betty Crafting with Style

This week's giveaway is for a copy of Jennifer Worick's long-awaited second volume in her ingenious Backcountry Betty series. Leave a comment and win a copy of Backcountry Betty Crafting with Style, hot off the press!

Happy Earth Day, Crafters!!!

With every fiber of our beings, crafters are making the world a better place. CraftStylish celebrates Earth Day and honors the creative forces of the universe!

Book Review: Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

Craft challenges are going strong Web-wide. Not only is it fun to flex your crafty muscles, but your creativity could also help you to win BIG! This month, check out our own Crafty by Nature Challenge, and this week's craft book giveaway is for the first title in a new series devoted to Craft Challenges.

Book Giveaway: Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

The March Madness book giveaway has been extended through April! Leave your comment here to win a copy of the magnificent Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes.

This Month on CraftStylish

Get ready to call upon the elements and make the world a better place with a whole month of eco-friendly projects, the Crafty by Nature Challenge, and chances to win BIG! Naturally on CraftStylish!

Book Giveaway: Betz White's "Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials"

Leave a comment here and you could win a copy of Betz White's "Sewing Green" for your eco-friendly sewing pleasure.

The CraftStylish Crafty by Nature Contest

Announcing our next big challenge: Crafty by Nature! Celebrate our planet and make something wonderful that incorporates one of the elements of the earth, a natural object, or an eco-friendly product and you could win yourself a grand prize Yudu portable screen-printer or an Eco-prize package from Red Heart.

And the Winner of Sew Darn Cute is...

Find out who won a copy of Jenny Ryan's new book new book and enter to win week four of our March Book Giveaway.

Book Giveaway: Jenny Ryan's Sew Darn Cute!

Leave a comment on this post by 12:00am, Tuesday, March 24th, and enter to win a copy of Jenny Ryan's new book, Sew Darn Cute!

This Week on CraftStylish

Buttons and books abound this week on CraftStylish. Here's a preview of the week to come with more button-beautiful projects and another cool new craft title to give away!

Cathy of California Is on the Martha Show!

How does Martha Stewart celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lily Pulitzer? By asking Cathy of California to come on her show to give a flower loom how-to. Here's the skinny on a show you won't want to miss.

The Winner of the Button It Up Book Giveaway Is...

More than 70 comments were posted to our first March book giveaway. Find out who won a copy of their very own here and get ready for this week's giveaway of another new spring title!

Book Giveaway: The Bold and the Beautiful: Button It Up

You could win a copy of Button It Up, Susan Beal's new book, featuring 80 amazing vintage button projects!

This Week On CraftStylish

Button it Up March on CraftStylish continues with more smashing button projects, cool DIY button How-tos and super online treasure troves to up the ante in your button stash. Plus, more book giveaways on the season's newest craft titles.

Is The Craft Industry an Industry Divided?

Diane Gilleland posted a terrific podcast over at her blog Craftypod with Mike Hartnett of Creative Leisure News. Diane and Mike get right to the nitty-gritty of the craft biz and explore the divide between indie and traditional craft, online and off. What can you do? Plenty.

How to Embellish a Frame: Starring Kayte Terry on Etsy

It's How-to Tuesday on Etsy, and this week's awesome video stars CraftStylish blogger Kayte Terry and her terrific picture-perfect embellishment project. Check it out here.

Button It Up March on CraftStylish

CraftStylish rallies around the publication of blogger Susan Beal's awesome new book Button It Up, with daily projects and inspiration featuring that crown jewel of crafting: the button. Plus, enrich your craft library with fantastic book giveaways of new titles hot off the press.

Happy Fat Tuesday: Eat Pancakes!

As the world watches New Orleans in full Fat Tuesday mode, here's a quick way to bring a bit of Mardi Gras to your table.

Etsy Hearts Erika Kern: We Know the Feeling

If you are already a HUGE fan of Erika's, it will come as no surprise to hear that her awesome CraftStylish valentine is being featured this week on Etsy. Check it out and share the love.

An Alarming Day of Celebration at CHA

Today CHA took it to the streets with an evacuation, Jeffery Rudell held the crowd spellbound with his how to pretty up a party with paper demonstration, and we crafted into the night CraftStylish-style.

Celebrity Watch at CHA

It's still early in the show, but the craft stars are already shining brightly at CHA. Which CraftStylish staff member was struck dumb by the sight of Paris Hilton?

CraftStylish Handcrafts the Booth for CHA

It's CHA eve here in Anaheim, California, and yes, we should all be in bed, but we are too jazzed after a day of crafting our booth for the big show. Here's what happens when you bring great crafting talent together and give them 350 magazines, some Velcro, and a great pink wall...

This Week on CraftStylish

This month's focus on restyle, recycle, and reuse packs a great big crafting double whammy as we look into our closets, basements, and recycle bins with imagination and know-how to give new life to the discarded.

A Christmas Miracle: My Close-Knit Family

This is the post I never thought I'd find myself writing: about the Christmas when my family asked me to teach them to knit. Yes, Christmas 2008 produced FIVE newbies to the craft and all from the house of Murphy.

Lion Brand Yarns and Fiber Artist Robyn Love Get Cozy in a BIG Way with Crochet

What do you do with a 10,000-gallon water tank, 32 miles of Lion Brand Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick yarn, seven speed crocheters, and a worthy cause? Make a cozy! That's what Ms. Love and Lion Brand did. Watch this video and see for yourself.

This Month on CraftStylish

CraftStylish embraces 2009 with a host of restyle and recycle projects designed to inspire you to make the most out of the abundance of 2008. That's right, we're kicking off the new year by crafting from what we already have...perhaps right in the recycle bin?

Happy New Year from CraftStylish

2008 was an amazing first year for CraftStylish and we are ready to make 2009 a terrific second. Here's to a happy, healthy and very crafty year from all of us at CraftStylish.

CraftStylish RoundTable: Crafty Resolutions for 2009

Our last roundtable question for 2008 asks: What is your crafty resolve for 2009?

Happy Holidays From CraftStylish

We wish everyone in the CraftStylish community a very happy, healthy and crafty holiday!

CraftStylish Roundtable: What Do You Want from Crafty Claus?

As you madly rush to get everything made before the big-give, are you secretly dreaming of your own heart's desire? It's time to fess up: What are you hoping for this year?

Deck Your Halls with an Etsy How-To

CraftStylish hearts Etsy everyday--but this being Etsy's How-to Tuesday we are quite smitten. Check out this awesome holiday how-to video and get yourself a new crush.

CraftStylish Roundtable: The Glorious Triumphs and Agonizing Defeats of Craft, Part Two

More craft pride and groans as this week's roundtable discussion come to a close.

This Week on CraftStylish

It's crunch time, crafters, and if you're just getting started on your DIY gift list, you've come to the right place. This week we are featuring some crazy-cool gifts and snazzy projects to deck your halls and they are all super-quick to make.

Crafte's Inferno: Crafting for Christmas, a Lie in the Making

Oh, yes, I have certainly "Dared to Make It" for the holidays, but do I dare to tell the truth about it? I am currently crafting my way through the sixth circle of craft hell, but do I have to be honest about it?

CraftStylish RoundTable: The Glorious Triumphs and Agonizing Defeats of Craft

We imagine that the acceleration of craft activity this time of year has inspired some gorgeous creative breakthroughs and some craft disasters of a new order. This week the bloggers discuss their personal highs and lows of crafting. Join us and share your inspired ideas and things to avoid when crafting down to the wire and under pressure.

Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving: Teach Someone to Knit (or _____)

Give someone a handmade hat and they are warm for a while; teach them how to knit and they are warm forever! Here's how you can change someone's life and give them a gift they will treasure forever.

This Week on CraftStylish: Gifts for the Bill Murray in Your Life

Bill Murray personally asked us for Macho Crafts, and we accepted the challenge. Yes, for the next seven days it's all about the men. So get out your lists: this week, CraftStylish is coming at you with the very best DIY gifts for GUYS.

CraftStylish RoundTable: The Greatest Gift Ever Made--Part Two

Perhaps you'll find (and share) some gift-giving inspiration with the CraftStylish bloggers as they recall their DIY gift triumphs and greatest handmade gifts ever received.

The 'Happy Birthday Vicky' Scarf

This scarf is a version of the cable-knit-in-a-weekend scarf by Sally Bock. I made it for Vicky's birthday and it really did take just a few days.

CraftStylish RoundTable: The Greatest Gift Ever Made

This week we take a trip down DIY lane, with memories and remembrances of the greatest handmade gifts given and received.

This Month on CraftStylish

Craft your way to holiday bliss with fabulous gifts to make (or restyle) right here on CraftStylish. Here's a preview of what's to come so you can get your list in order and check it twice.

Happy Thanksgiving from CraftStylish

Our heartfelt wishes to everyone in the CraftStylish community for a happy, healthy, and yummy holiday!

A Dream Comes True: The Lion Brand Yarn Studio Opening in NYC

The hook-and-needle crowd raise a glass to fete the spanking-new and ultra-swank Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC...and oh, it's a sight to behold!

This Week On CraftStylish

It's time to deck out your home in style and then get to crossing your nearest and dearest off of your gift list. CraftStylish is here with merry DIY adornments for your home and beautiful quick-to-make gifts that'll make your season bright--and it's all free!

CraftStylish Roundtable: Gift-Giving Obstacles

What is the biggest challenge to your handmade holiday gift-giving? That's the question on the table for this week's online discussion: join in and tell us what's snagging your handmade gift-giving plans and we'll tell you about ours.

This Week On CraftStylish

Take the great Craftstylish dare and make all of your own holiday gifts this year! This week we've got a whole range of projects for every skill set and super-cool inspiration for the trickiest on your list.

In the Pink: Success for The Make It Pink Challenge!!!!

CraftStylish crafters got their craft on pink-time for our October challenge in support of breast cancer awareness and, wow, are we proud! The final stats have a rosy-glow--check them out!

And the Winner of the Caption Contest is...

Over one hundred and fifty members submitted entries to our first ever caption contest with some wickedly witty words to match our creepy photo..here is the caption that took the prize!

Rikki's Red Room

I want to win this room because it is red. it has a nice view, and a really nice couch. I could use the computer to design, dress up my mannequin, and do papercrafts at my desk

CraftStylish Roundtable: Crafting in the Current Economy--Part Three

Our online craft discussion continues around the table as our community of bloggers wrap up this week's question on crafting and the economy. Read what's on their minds and tell us what's on yours.

CraftStylish Roundtable: Crafting in the Current Economy--Part Two

The online discussion continues as our craft community shares their crafty experience, creative strength, and thoughts on the future of DIY. First query on the table: the economy and crafting. What do you think?

Seattle Hearts Sweet P, Sage and Ghosts in the Garden

Last night, Rain City style-watchers gathered to fete this dynamic husband and wife team and the launch of their first collaboration: Ghosts in the Garden.

Seattle Spotlight: Sweet P & Sage Debut Ghosts in The Garden

The northwest hub gets ready for the November 1st launch of Ghosts In The Garden: a collaborative fashion collection by Project Runway's Sweet P and visual artist Sage Vaughn. CraftStylish caught up with this married couple to talk about working with your significant other to make magic.

CraftStylish Roundtable: Crafting in the Current Economy

Join an online discussion with your craft community and share crafty experience, creative strength, and thoughts on the future of DIY. First query on the table: the economy and crafting. What do you think?

Who Are You? DIY Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! The holiday of re-invention is to crafting what the Superbowl is to football. What are you making yourself into?

Trick, Treat, and Make It Pink

There is only one more day left for you to post your pink project to the Make It Pink October Challenge and help support breast cancer awareness. Come on, Crafters: Make It Pink!

The CraftStylish Caption Contest: Knitwear Comes Back to Haunt Us

If this photo doesn't make you run screaming, perhaps you're brave enough to create a caption to go with this knit-fright photo. Your courage could win you a Threads magazine subscription.

This Week on CraftStylish

There are more reasons to craft this week than ever, with the final days of the Make It Pink Challenge, Halloween hauntings on the horizon, and fabulous projects to make your Dare to Make It dreams come true.

BurdaStyle Wants to Make Your Sewing Dreams Come True

Enter your wildest sewing machine fantasy at BurdaStyle by November 30th and you could win one hundred dollars!

CraftStylish Had It Made at Maker Faire Austin 2008

The Maker Faire DIY stars are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas! Last weekend CraftStylish met the makers and celebrated the Do-It-Yourself movement Austin-style, with future-forward techno wonders and cutting-edge traditional crafts.

This Week on CraftStylish

'Tis time to make those gift lists, check them twice, and deck those halls! CraftStylish is here with fun and fancy gifts to make, festive DIY decor, and a new holiday challenge to make the making merry!

Dare to Make It Holiday Challenge

Announcing the CraftStylish Holiday Challenge: Dare to Make It. Brave through the holiday season with crafty might and make everything. Deck your house with festive home décor projects and make merry with fantastic gift how-tos from CraftStylish. We challenge you to ‘make it’ through the holidays—do you dare?

CraftStylish Heads to Maker Faire, Austin This Weekend!

We are hitting the road and making tracks to Austin, Texas, for this amazing celebration of all things DIY! Come and meet us there!

Calling all Crafters! Make it Pink and Craft for the Cure!

CraftStylish just launched our new Challenge gallery making it easier than ever for you to post your projects and take a look at all of the beautiful creations posted so far. The Make it Pink Challenge runs through October and for every project posted CraftStylish is donating one dollar to Susan G.Komen for the Cure. Make a pink prayer shawl and Taunton books will donate ten dollars!

This Week On CraftStylish

When times are tough, it's time to get crafting! This week the Craftstylish team rallies around fantastic gifts-to-make projects, superb tutorials that'll swing your learning curve up, and beautiful recycle-restyle inspiration for you to make the most of what you already have.

Crafte's Inferno: Scary Crafty Excesses or How to Terrify the Opposite Sex

Crafting for Halloween can be a very slippery slope. The trick is to create a costume that treats your audience to a thrilling shiver, not send them screaming in abject fear. My first handmade costume landed me smack in the middle of the fifth circle of craft hell where creative impressions can leave scars.

Quilt the Vote!

American quilt artist Denyse Schmidt is raffling off one of her amazing creations to help raise funds for the Obama campaign. CraftStylish wants to know what you're crafting for this year's election.

Flower Power Challenge Winners!!!

The four CraftStylish challenge winners are hardly garden-variety crafters. These winning blooms are representative of the amazing talent, superb technique, and jaw-dropping inspiration that contribute to our craft community—and for this we are very proud!

Sweet P & Sage Swing Seattle Fashion Forward with Pulp Lab

Rain City fashionistas got a sneak peek of Project Runway designer Sweet P's elegant and ethereal new collection: Ghosts in the Garden, a collaboration with her husband, visual artist Sage Vaughn, presented by the uber-cool experience-marketplace, Pulp Lab.

This Week on CraftStylish

Dive into the fall crafting extravaganza with toasty-warm projects, fabulous holiday gifts to make, and super-cool October challenge inspiration for you to Make It Pink!

The Make It Pink Challenge

In honor and support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CraftStylish challenges you to make something—pink! And for every posted entry CraftStylish will donate one dollar to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

The Flower Power Challenge ends with a BANG!

Cue the virtual fireworks display: The CraftStylish September Challenge is officially over! Congratulations to everyone in the CraftStylish community who made this challenge such an enormous success by crafting us the most amazing DIY garden!

Crafte's Inferno: Crafting on the Fly and Under Pressure

My exploration into the dark side of crafting continues on through the fourth circle of craft hell, where an ambitious undertaking is threatened by a screaming two-year-old who wants what I have.

Last Day of The Flower Power Challenge!

The hours are dwindling, but there is still a bit of time left to enter your pretty petals into the CraftStylish September challenge!

October on CraftStylish

CraftStylish wants to tickle you pink! This month the site charges head on into the craft high season with an inspired new challenge, a "daring" holiday sweepstakes, and a surprise guest from Project Runway!

This Week on CraftStylish

CraftStylish welcomes the first week of autumn with a host of fab fall projects, seasonal gifts to make, and expert tutorials to get into the fall craft swing. Here's a peek at what's ahead this week on CraftSylish.

This Week On CraftStylish

Power to the petal all week long with gorgeous flower tutorials, pretty project blooms (two of them by surprise guest bloggers), and nifty how tos for crafting the ultimate floral flourish.

This Week On CraftStylish

More is more here on the site this week. More great projects, more excellent tutorials, and the Flower Power Challenge gives you more reason to get your craft on!

The Flower Power Challenge

Make a fabulous flower and enter the CraftStylish Challenge. You could be one of four winners!

September on CraftStylish

CraftStylish celebrates its five-month anniversary with a blast of super-cool projects and whip-smart tutorials (and, there's a challenge in the making...)

Head's Up: The Second CraftStylish Challenge is Coming Soon

If our first contest was any indication, this is a crowd that's up for a challenge and have we got something special for you.

This Week On CraftStylish

CraftStylish takes August out with a smashing roster of projects and tutorials to swing into the Fall.

This Week On CraftStylish

There is plenty to keep you happily creative this mid-month. If your looking for a cool project to make on vacation, or wish to learn something new and exciting right at home on your stay-cation, your quest is over: it's all right here on CraftStylish.

How To Make Resin Jewelry Video Tutorial Part 3

This absolutely fabulous video tutorial by CraftStylish member John W Golden will teach you to make smashing silver pendants and rings using your very own artwork.

How To Make Resin Jewelry Video Tutorial Part 2

This absolutely fabulous video tutorial by CraftStylish member John W Golden will teach you to make smashing silver pendants and rings using your very own artwork.

How To Make Resin Jewelry Video Tutorial

This absolutely fabulous video tutorial by CraftStylish member John W Golden will teach you to make smashing silver pendants and rings using your very own artwork.

You too can be Featured on CraftStylish

Join the CraftStylish Craftathlon and show off your personal best right here with a homepage headliner.

Crafte's Inferno: Crafting For The Family

My dark journey through craft hell continues through the third circle where my great ambition to create gifts for my nearest and dearest forces me to confront my own demons.

CraftStylish Craftathlon: The Crafting of Champions

While the world watches Beijing in breathless wonder for the next two weeks, we invite you to celebrate the glories of DIY achievement right here on CraftStylish! Join the 2008 CraftStylish Craftathlon and share your personal best.

This Week On CraftStylish

The Olympic games have begun, political conventions are gearing up, and the Burning Man Festival is just around the corner. Whether you are a participant or spectator CraftStylish plays host to the very best in DIY projects to keep you creative while you watch the world change.

Knit One for the Hometeam! Seattle Mariner's Stitch N' Pitch 2008

Ah, sweet victory was ours last night at Safeco Field! We shopped, ate, and row by row our knitting advanced towards the stadium floor..and oh, yes, the Mariner's won!

The Four Grand Prize Winners of The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge Are...

Wow and Whew! The challenge continued long after the deadline--it was extremely difficult to pick just four grand prize winners but we finally did and here they are...drum roll please

Crafte's Inferno: The Second Circle of Craft Hell

The next stop on my journey into the crafting netherworld is where heavenly aspirations meet up with hellish skills.

Onstage and Off: Marie Osmond Creatively Connects Through Her Craft

CraftStylish talks with Marie Osmond about her great passion for crafting and her exciting new partnership with Janome sewing machines.

The Stars Are Out This August on CraftStylish

This month sparkles with great projects to craft your way into all of these gorgeous starlit nights, terrific tutorials to boost your skill set and a guest appearance (and glittery projects) from one of the brightest DIY super-stars!

The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge is Tote-ally Over

That's it crafters, the first CraftStylish Challenge is now a part of crafting history. Now we all hold our breath and keep our fingers crossed until August 8th.

Last Day for Entries to The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Okay,crafters we are down to the wire, the last hours, and the glorious finish of the Tote Bag Challenge. If you haven't entered yet: chop, chop-the clock is ticking!

Crafte's Inferno

I recently discovered a brand new circle of crafting hell in the most unlikely of places: CraftStylish.com! In this Part One, of a nine part series, I will explore the prickly nuances of crafting's darkside and allow my Inner-Virgil to point the way towards paradise.

Knit a Homerun for the Hometeam: A Stitch 'N Pitch Update

Stitch'N Pitch sponsored by TNNA brings two great American pastimes into play: knitting and baseball. Here is some info on how you can get in on the action.

Tote Bag Challenge Alert

There are a number of terrific tote bags that are posted in the CraftStylish gallery that are not officially entered into the Challenge. Here is an easy way for you to be sure that your bag is entered correctly.

This Week On CraftStylish

We are taking out the month of July with a bang and making a splash into August with another great week of summer projects, how tos and crafty inspiration. Plus some down to the wire Tote Bag Challenge ideas to get your entry ready in time to win over $250 worth of craft goodies!

Can you Win Big When Challenged? Tote-ally

With four grand prize categories in our Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge--what have you got to lose?

Renegade Jewelry Artists Look to the Past for Inspiration

These incredible restyled artifacts will have you looking at discarded linens,old toys or the car up on blocks in the backyard with fresh eyes.

This Week on CraftStylish

A quick preview of the crafty delights to come.

Bacon Crafts to Celebrate Flitch Day

Today is Flitch Day and your quest for a tasty way to fete your favorite married couple is over with these awesome porcine treats!

Threadbanger Gets CraftStylish with a Tote

Threadbanger pal, Kira, whipped up this nifty tote out of a CraftStylish T-shirt at Renegade.

Strike up the Band for CraftStylish at Renegade San Francisco

Here are some highlights from our craft adventure at the first ever Renegade Craft Fair in the City of The Golden Gate.

The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Introducing the first CraftStylish challenge. Make your own tote bag and show us your crafty style. Post a picture of your creation to our gallery and you could win BIG!

This Week On CraftStylish

Monday starts with a bang: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge begins. Here's a preview of all of the crafty wonders to follow on CraftStylish.

This Free Bathing Suit Pattern is so Hot it's Cool

Check out this vintage style stunner from Burdastyle.

Woven Bias Tape Tutorial Makes for a Pretty Pillow

It was love at first sight when I bumped into this terrific how-to online from The Vintage Chica.

Make a Quilt and Find a Cure

Over 2,500 quilts have been made so far as part of this amazing initiative to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease.

Recycle, Adorn and Embellish Your Tote Bag with These Fab Ideas

More tote bag inspiration, how-tos, and free patterns from the worldwide web.

Four More Tote Bag Projects for the Hook and Needle Crowd

Get your hooks and needles ready for the challenge with these fabulous online how to projects and patterns.

Four Online Tote Bag Tutorials to Get You Ready For the Challenge

With only six days to go before the CraftStylish Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge it's time to make hay while the sun shines!

Artist Gives Weaving a Modern Twist

Artist Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette creates extraordinary pieces with her unique interplay of traditional craft and contemporary vision.

Craft with Translation: Japanese Craft Book Site

Here is a terrific resource to help you to make use of all of those gorgeous how-to books from Japan.

Totally Cute and Handmade with Love

Check out the adorable ensembles handmade and adorned by Madewithlovebyhannah.

San Francisco Hearts The Renegade Craft Fair

Hanging out on the west coast this weekend? Come on over to the first annual Renegade Craft Fair and say hi to Craftstylish.

More Tote Bag Inspiration from Don't Quilt Your Day Job

I am not kidding about whipping everyone into shape for our Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge. Take a look at this cool idea.

Learn to Sew and Get Ready to be Challenged

Fab designer Cal Patch can help you release your inner seamstress with this cool tote bag class at Etsy, Brooklyn.

The Mystery of the Cool Evening Bag Is Solved

Years ago I couldn't put down a Nancy Drew book. Now I love the idea of binding up all of my little necessities in one of these hardcover totes to keep right by my side.

Awesome Indie Fashion Site Gets a Makeover

Today is your day fashionistas, for today is the relaunch of Smashingdarling V2. Dash on over and see why they are the toast of the web.

Crafting with a Passion: What is Yours?

We all share a love of making things and of sharing with each other the things that we make. What feeds your desire to create?

Fire up Your Crafting Passion: July on Craftstylish

Here's a monthly overview of just some of the superb crafting opportunities to ignite your imagination, indulge your DIY desires, and challenge your creativity.

Celebrate the Fourth Crafty Chica Style

Calling all DIY patriots, here are some eye-popping and awesome decor ideas from the great crafting goddess, Kathy Cano-Murillo

An Insider's Look at InsidersNY

From Fort Greene, Brooklyn, InsidersNY's Sigal de-Mayo and her crafty husband, Fabio Otalora, combine the dynamic forces of NYC imagery and crazy-cool fashion.

It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Super-Quilt from the Past

My boyfriend, Gregg, drew his favorite superheroes and thirty years later his mom made him this fantastic quilt.

Flower Power Turns 40 and Fashion Comes Full Circle

After four decades of hearing about the psychedelic experience that was Woodstock, and the groovy vibe that attracted thousands of hippies to the Haight, we have finally gained some perspective on what made '70s fashion great.

Crochet a Bikini and Make 'Em Sweat

Here's how to seriously upstage the girl from Ipanema: hook this hot, teal, two-piece and watch temperatures rise.

Awesome Craft Site Beckons From the Southern Hemisphere

New Zealand has more sheep than people and with all of that wool and talent a fabulous online D-I-Y resource makes perfect sense.

This Week on Craftstylish: 40 Years of Summer Love

It's the first lovely week of summer and there are officially eleven more for us to kick back and craft! Here are some of the coming attractions for the next seven days of inspiration and cool-cat crafting possibilities.

Break The Fashion Chains at Threadbanger

According to Threadbanger there is a fashion revolution waiting to break out right in your own closet. How do you storm the gates? D-I-Y!

Surf's Up at The Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Are you one of the thousand or so crafters pulling a Brooklyn all nighter to get your fins finished in time for tomorrow's Mermaid parade?

Handmade Summer

Happy Summer Solstice from Craft Stylish

Celebrate Juneteenth All Across America

By this June 19th, over 29 states will have passed legislation to grant Juneteenth, the anniversary of the official end of slavery, the status of a holiday or special observance.

The Vintage Paris Button Collection of Marcy Tilton Is Ooh La La

Find super-chic antique buttons, and incredible Parisian fabrics from 'merceries' (sewing notion depts) all over the French fashion capitol.

Summer Fashion Finds On Etsy

There is nothing like a web-cruise through Etsy for cute seasonal inspiration or to find some fantastic handmade must-haves.

Check out This Vintage Pattern Treasure Trove on Etsy

Don't you just love how fashion comes full circle? That's why you can't miss with cool retro pattern finds.

Become a Stitch N Pitch Fan

America's favorite past time just got a whole lot sweeter. With some cool new program features, this year's TNNA annual Stitch N Pitch season is getting ready to swing.

It's Reusable Bag Day In Austin,TX

You can participate in this eco-friendly event even if you don't live in Austin with these cool DIY tote ideas on Craftstylish.

Transform a Tee Shirt into a Daring DIY Bikini on Threadbanger

You are sure to be the main attraction at the beach in this itsy, bitsy, string-bikini.

Bloomsday Celebrates a Masterpiece

Here are some cool ways to join the international celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses.

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Craft the Ways

Today is Marriage Day, a day for the happily, soon to, or not ever-going-to-give-up-hope to someday be, married. Craft Stylish wants to hear about some creative ways to pop the big 'Q.'

Summer Sizzles this Week on Craft Stylish

Here is a preview of the hot summer projects, tips and ideas for this week on Craft Stylish

Happy Father's Day From Craft Stylish

Happy Father's Day. Craft Stylish wants to know: what does your father make you?

Beat The Clock with These Father's Day Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you find yourself in a panic as the Father's Day deadline looms. Relax, here are just a few easy-to-make last minute gift ideas and the perfect present for a crafty dad.

Portland, OR: Be Still My Crafting Heart

Well today I am basking in what I can only describe as total craft fulfillment. Yesterday, Sunday, I spent an absolutely fabulous day of craft in The City of Roses, home of Crafty Wonderland, and some of the hippest indie-crafters in the country.

Craft Alert for West Seattle

The bad news is that Hancock Fabrics of West Seattle is closing. The good news is that everything in the store is on sale for forty to sixty percent off.

HELLO, I'M: Crafty

Knitter's--identify yourselves! You know, sometimes you can never tell how the thing that you are trying to make is going to come out. I was happily surprised when the crafty name-tags that I knit for the Craftstylish staff were such a hit.

Making Tracks to Crafty Wonderland

For more than two years this awesome monthly crafting showcase has brought the coolest in Northwest homemade arts and crafts together for a dazzling Sunday afternoon experience.

Twisted Gives a Shout out to Craft Magazine

Craft Stylish hit the road last weekend to party with the Portland, OR, crafting crowd in celebration of Craft Magazine issue 7.

Copy-Cat in Prairie Girl Chic

I got a lot of bang for my buck when I used this overpriced skirt as a pattern and made copies.

A Ribbed, Seed-Stitch Muffler for My Rock-Star

This scarf is the first present that I ever made for my honey, Gregg.

My Meditation on Knitting with Color

This is my ongoing knitting experimentation with color and cool pattern possibilities.

Vintage Scarves Make for Snazzy Pillows

When I first spied these fabulous vintage satin scarves at a yard sale in Hattiesburg, MS I knew that I probably wouldn’t wear them—but I loved them! Then I hit upon the idea of making them into big pillows, so that’s what I did.

The Maker Faire Makes Way for New Friends, Fresh Ideas and Awesome Purchases

Personal highlights from last week’s trip the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California include the pleasure of meeting up with crafty friends, the awe-inspiring experience of seeing the very latest in crafting and technology, and the sweet satisfaction upon finding some unique treats to bring back home.

Strike One, Knit Two, Strike Two, Purl Three!

Stitch N’ Pitch has steadily grown since its debut in 2005 and as of this summer twenty five major league baseball teams are hosting the program with The National Needle Arts Association.

Renegade Craft Fair in Hipster Brooklyn

CraftStylish editors headed to McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn for the Renegade Craft Fair.

recent comments

Re: How to Crochet Bridal Jewelry

This is so beautiful Linda! It looks lovely on you too.

Re: The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper

Sublime Jeffrey, I have been reading the Times online for years now--but this makes me want to reconsider a subscription:)

Re: Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover

Wowza, J, I've spent the last few days visiting the sites here and what I had imagined to be a kind of drive through turned into several hours of wonder. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible work.

Re: And the Winner of Sewing Green Is...

You are all set Adele! A copy of Sewing Green is on its way to you. Enjoy!

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

I know that this one was a beast but what wonder in a monster, right? Super-genius Diane (you and Wile E.)

Re: Crochet-Along: How to Crochet a Baby Hoodie

Yay Grandmacrochet! Good luck and please post a picture of your hoodie once you've made it.

Re: Copy-Cat in Prairie Girl Chic

melimeoart, the under skirt is attached--but you could make one and use it as you would a slip. I attached this one at the waist by sewing the underskirt and topskirt to the elastic waistband. It was very easy and a very quick project.

Re: Make Your Own Buttons from Polymer Clay

Linda, when I saw these and then Erika's post I had an evil Sistine crafter thought: what if I made buttons out of polymer clay al la Linda and then made a pillow al la Erika? It would only take 1500 man hours! Right up my DIY alley. These are wonderful--thanks

Re: How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow

I've been staring at this post all day--stunned! I have finally stabilized to the point where I can comment. My comment is WOW. Erika, you blow me away. WHOOOSH. I'm gone.

Re: Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study

When I was in college(theater) one of my teachers told me a great formula for trying to figure out what jobs to accept in order to best create a career that is artistically thrilling and can sustain you. I had to learn the hard way the wisdom of his words, but today I use them all of the time so I can do what I love and have it sustain me. They are:
To accept a job it must be at least one of these three things:
1. It is an artistic challenge
2. It will advance your career
3. It will make you money
It has taken me a long time to realize how uncomfortable I was with the third one. I used to think that making money doing something that I loved meant that I was selling out. In fact, it was when I began treating my work as something valuable (and own that it was to me) that I was able to make a living at it. I know, duh..but that really changed my life.
Thanks for this.

Re: Thurston Howl

Oh my! This made me laugh out loud for real. Thurston Howl!!! I love it and thanks for posting-- I am dying (pardon the pun) to see Lovey!

Re: Never Stop Learning: Take a Craft Class

Wow, this looks like fun! Thanks Cathy. I've been wanting to take a class or two here in Seattle and this post is just the kick I needed.

Re: Van Halen Flashback

He reminds me of Robert Plant.

Re: The Bear

Oh poor Bear! He is the first animal I have ever seen dressed who has successfully rejected the outfit that he is wearing to the point of objectification. That takes some doing. He's like the anti-Heidi Klum of cats.

Re: Airline Travel Info for Knitters

Hey Tina,
Thanks for this--I have never had a problem with taking my knitting on domestic flights and as for overseas--it has depended on the country. I do wish that I'd had a self addressed envelope a few years back when I lost my project to Heathrow security--ugh!

Re: CraftStylish-at-CHA Podcast #1: What's New?

Diane!! Congrats and a warm welcome to the podcasts here on CraftStylish. Even though I saw many of these products while I was there, it is great to hear about them in greater detail and dream about all of the cool possibilities coming down the pike.

Re: Create Note Cards Starring Your Pet

Jen, these are terrific! I love seeing the cross section of Mac Daddy and craft on the site. If there were only a way to add a MP3 player to add the Mac Daddy theme song...

Re: Handmade Hooray: A CPSIA Victory!

Thanks for the update Char50. I read the WSJ piece and it was very clear: the year long stay won't matter much if the law is not amended. So, there's time to take action.

Re: Make a Good Luck Rabbit Key Chain That Even a Rabbit Can Love

Haha! Brava Kayte! I remember those creepy rabbit's foot key-chains. My grandparents used to give them to us and when we would realize what it actually was they would hurry to reassure us that it was 'good luck.' But after years of hearing about what my Irish family considered to be 'good luck' (bird droppings, broken dishes, falling on your face) I consider myself lucky in general...

Re: Crafting Your Personality

I am definitely a take craftion kind of girl. Usually, I see something that I absolutely love and then I'll think, "I can make that"
Then I'll think, 'How hard can that be?" It has been when I discover for myself just how hard, or simple the creation of a certain something might be that I have accumulated my craft skills.
I'll take the craftion to make and then learn the actual how-to later. This has led to many spectacular failures and a few glorious successes--but that's just me.

Re: And the Winner Is...

Congrats!!! Please post pics of your dream space once you get it all the way you want. I am so psyched for you: what a win.

Re: Yudu Rocks at CHA

This caught my eye too, but I only had a few minutes to check it out. Thanks for all the info Ms D.

Re: A Christmas Miracle: My Close-Knit Family

Aww, thanks everyone. I just checked in on the Knitting Murphy Troupe and it seems to be sticking (if not with all) with most of the new knitters in my family. The stragglers told me that they are waiting for my next visit to get them back on needle--you know how the first few months are all about confidence. But when I do go back to R.I (most likely March) I will post some pics of the new knits by the new knitters. You should know that all of your comments and support are really helping them. They can't believe that they are an inspiration! Thank you all.

Re: So CraftStylish at CHA

Hi I Am Susan, What a great idea--duh! After working with over three hundred and fifty of them I can now call myself an expert:)
Let me gather my pics and whip up something--I will try and post it next week.
Thanks for the idea.

Re: So CraftStylish at CHA

Thanks Erika, it was a little sad taking the wall down after the show yesterday but seeing your pics make me re-proud!

Re: The Beginning!

Hi Sherri,
Happy to hear that you like the site. I've never been to Walla Walla but plan on visiting this year--we missed the holiday weather (back east for Christmas) if missed is the right word. Thanks for your contributions and support--looking forward to seeing more of what you make.

Re: The Beginning!

Nice, Sherrisews!

Re: How to Make a Woven Scrap Journal

Wow Diane, wow. Over Christmas I was teaching most of my family members how to knit (!) and my five-year-old niece wanted to try but it was too difficult for her to grasp the idea or the needles. That's when I thought of your cardboard loom post. The amazing thing was that because it was Christmas we had all of the things we needed right in the room (empty boxes, scissors, and the yarn from my knitting bag) within minutes we had a loom and Maeve was weaving right along with us. It was delightful to watch her first craft endeavor and she was thrilled to be able to make stuff with the grown-ups. This project will blow her mind--she can make herself a book! Thanks!

Re: necklaces

Wow, this is amazing work. Brava.

Re: At Long Last, the Obamarama Shawl

Yay Jen ! It looks great and great on you. How many stitches did you cast on for this beauty?

Re: How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

Hey Jen, Great video and an awesome project. I've got my eye on Gregg's old Grateful Dead tees (shhh...)

Re: Crafting through Grief

Oh Jen, I am so sorry to hear about Mac Daddy. He was such a sweet little guy and I am lucky to have experienced his craft companionship while sitting and knitting with you during the presidential debates. I'll come over and make a hat with you, watch TV and miss my yarn getting all entangled by Mac Daddy.

Re: Handmade Nation: West Coast Book Signing Dates!

Oh, Faythe! I am going to be out of town and will miss seeing you in Seattle. Good luck and boy, is Rain City in for a treat!

Re: I love my Ove Glove

These are awesome tips..thanks for posting.

Re: Crafted Out

Oh, I very much identify with this. Around five o'clock on Christmas Eve I finally finished my last hand knit scarf (and set a new personal record-- five hand knit scarves in one week!) and then I felt a little lost to have my hands empty for the first time in a while. I sat around the dinner table, Christmas tree, and fireplace thinking that maybe I should get my needles out and knit just to give my restless hands something to do. I decided that a little craft withdrawal was something that I could withstand--although it is hard to eat and entire tray of Christmas cookies while knitting. Happy Holidays Jen!

Re: Last-Minute Gift: How to Make Bath Bombs

Hmmm, I know what I'll be making when I get back to Seattle. I have some Kiehls cucumber oil that would be dreamy. Bombs Away and all that

Re: Living on Scraps: The CraftStylish Interview with Jeffery Rudell

Animal Husbandry is one of my faves and it was such a treat to hear it again. You are a marvel, J--love that mic too.

Re: What Crocheters Want for Christmas

Love Lulubeans yarn. I picked some up when you wrote about it earlier this year. I am a crochet newbie, but a slave to craft accessories nonetheless (hint, hint...)

Re: untitled

That is so cool how you incorporated the spoon--great job!

Re: Crafty Wonderland Round-Up!

OHHH, This looks like it was so much fun! We flew out on Sat night and I could not BELIEVE the snow!!! Looks like Northwesterners are intrepid when it comes to a cool craft fair though. Kudos to Crafty Wonderland. I will definitely be at the next great gathering!

Re: Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas Using a Flower Loom

Cathy! Beautiful work--always so nice to have you here--Happy Holidays!!!

Re: Prize-Ribbon Pins

Wow, I love how they all look together. Very cool.

Re: Autumn Leaves

Love it!

Re: New Hiking Dress with Corset but Comfy bodice

Wow, this is pretty fab and it looks great! Thanks for posting.

Re: Take a Minute to Get Some Holiday Perspective

That contemporary tree reminds me of Charlie Brown..Thanks for the reminder to take a break and experience the season.

Re: Who's Who in Connecticut: A Wrap-Up of Etsy Crafters at the Show

Hey Peachy Cheek,
The link has been fixed--thanks for the head's up!

Re: How to Make the Perfect Hostess Gift

Hey J,
Two things: first I LOVE hearing about the mistakes and craft disasters of others-- it helps me to bear my own.
AND, while I can't help but sit here imagining what your 'belly-up' project was like, I am even more fascinated that you had a plan 'B' project as beautiful as this waiting in the wings. The fall and rise of a crafter in one fell post!

Re: How to Make a Cable-Knit Scarf in a Weekend

Awesome Sally. This is the scarf that I made for our web producer, Vicky for her birthday. The one I made is a little bit different--but I will post a picture of it. BTW, it really did take just a weekend. I made the long skinny version and only used up a skein and three quarters. I started on Saturday night and was finished by Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much for this!

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Hi Irey,
Thanks for your patience. The printing issue has been resolved and you should now be able to print up the pattern without incident. Let me know if you need anything else. Happy knitting.

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Hi Irey,
I have asked our tech dept to take a look and see what the problem might be--we will post an 'all clear' within a day or so. Sorry that you are having trouble.

Re: Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardi

Hey Tina,
I just picked up some Lion Brand Thick n Quick in Charcoal and Claret (for the trim) and tonight I'm casting on!

Re: Felt Club Recap: So Much Fun! So Many Crafts!

Oh, this looks like it was so much fun! I love the pics Erika--thanks! That bearded lady rocks...

Re: The Art of Productive Procraftination

You say procraftinate--I say multitask! How funny, I do all of these things too--but usually when I am doing something else (like watching TV, waiting on hold etc..)

Re: How to Make a Paper Chandelier

I can't even speak. Is this what is going on when I call you and ask what's up? You constantly blow my mind.

Re: Baby Hoodie Week 5 - Finished Product!

Very cool. I love kids clothes done in black--sweet!

Re: Sweet Baby Hoodie Crochet-Along: Week 5

I can imagine how you must feel--as I can hardly stand how cute this is--great job!

Re: Papercut Thistle Note

You did an amazing job--Jeffrey have you seen this?

Re: How to Compose a Beautiful Scarf from Scraps

Wow, Mary this is so beautiful. I am sitting here trying to imagine this technique being applied towards making a skirt--me and my big ideas!

Re: ScorpioPat's Sewing Room

I have craft room envy.

Re: My Sewing Room

Hi Indian Girl,
Think of the onscreen view as what you would be seeing as you stood in the doorway, so that the doorway is located where you are in the unseen 'fourth' wall.

Re: Craft the Vote...or Craft at the Vote?

Hey Jen! Your daughters are adorable. So, this was my first time voting in Washington State and I had no idea what to expect. I showed up with enough craft projects to keep me busy for weeks--only to find an extremely efficient crew of election volunteers who moved everyone along at a bright clip. I was out of there in twenty minutes! But, I did go prepared. Thanks for the idea!

Re: A Crafty Girl's Bachelorette Party

What a great idea for a bachelorette party. The cards came out terrific too!

Re: Ready for My Next Trip to Austin!

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowgirls...oh, I'm sorry... You look great Vicky, that Austin shirt rocks--nice boots too:)

Re: In Living Color: Brandon Mably's Multi-Hued Brain

Okay Tina, I give--which swatch is yours?

Re: Turn Photos into Embroidered Portraits

Holy Smokes Erika, these are amazing works of art-- I am simply blown away.

Re: Cat and The Hat Knit Socks

These are the ultimate footwarmers for Boston Red Sox fans--something to keep us fashionably forward til next year.

Re: Make a Quick and Easy Newborn Hat

Hi Jen1964, I knit on airplanes all of the time and I have never had a problem with security, or from having to abandon a project. For me, knitting is the perfect air travel activity and I get in a lot of uninterrupted knitting time--because of knitting I sometimes look forward to those long flights.

Re: Dare to Make It: Ready, Set, Craft!

Hey Jen,
These downloads are awesome and really pretty--thanks! I almost want to give Dare to Make it Journals to everyone this year!

Re: Shopping for Fuzzy Bear Hats with My New Friend Bill Murray

I want to watch you watch it

Re: CraftStylish Had It Made at Maker Faire Austin 2008

You're on. Gregg and I have over five hundred Maker Faire pics! It took me hours just to look at them all. Wow, last weekend was the longest month:)

Re: Shopping for Fuzzy Bear Hats with My New Friend Bill Murray

I have to say having witnessed (and photographed) this amazing experience that it felt like we were living in a remake of Lost In Translation starring Vicky and Bill Murray and instead of Tokyo it was the Maker Faire--fuzzy hat and all.

Re: Make a Photo-Strip Garland

I can't wait to decorate our tree this year with photos! We just took some amazing pics at Maker Faire Austin. Thanks for such a terrific project.

Re: Make It Pink! How to Embroider Your T-shirt

Oh Erika! I love your design--beautiful work!

Re: CraftStylish Heads to Maker Faire, Austin This Weekend!

I will definitely stop by Etsy Texas Crafters this weekend--sorry to miss you though, HandmadeWhimzy! Thanks for the head's up.

Re: CraftStylish Heads to Maker Faire, Austin This Weekend!

Yay SommerK! See you in Texas!

Re: How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Press

Hey Secretsugar, I love that you have made a pledge to make all of your presents. I wanted to give you a head's up that your comittment is also timely: CraftStylish is going to launch a special holiday series this week called Dare to Make it, featuring fantastic gifts to make and DIY holiday inspiration! See you around the site.

Re: Wedding Invitations

Once again--beautiful Danyelle!

Re: Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

Carolyninoz, I have forwarded your contact info to our distribution dept--someone will contact you about where to find this magazine in Australia. Thanks for your interest in this issue, we are very proud of it. Michaela

Re: How to Make a Pair of Silver Hoops

These are fab- I love the idea of making up a bunch for gal pals...

Re: Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

Kytravelrn, You can find the pattern for this bag in the CraftStylish Gifts to Make issue, Volume 2. Just click on the link under the title in the post and it will direct you to the Taunton Store where you can purchase the issue. We're so happy to hear that you like it!

Re: Make It Pink: Breast Cancer Prayer Shawl

Hi TipiLady, The shawl pattern above does not have any typos--I asked several of our resident knitting experts to take a closer look and we agree that the pattern is correct. Thanks for asking.

Re: Crafting in the Current Economy

Last night watching the debate with you I was struck by how soothing it was to be with someone who was making something beautiful that was intended to inspire others as we heard over, and over, and over, from both candidates, how we are smack in the middle of the worst economic crisis of our lives. It's hard for me not to get all wrapped up in an anxious-economic lather with the holidays approaching, bills to pay etc... yet I feel strongly that the solution is creative--not that I am going to resolve the nation's crisis--that I can certainly craft my way through. Making things, practical household essentials or gifts for those I love, allows me to be proactive, expressive and participatory instead of feeling isolated by financial constraints. I am especially inspired by craft materials that are recycled or repurposed--I don't need to go out and drop a bundle on supplies. The craft community helps me to see my world from a place of abundance and as the Dow plunges I am very grateful for this perspective.

Re: Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

Let me see what I can find out for you. I will post a response in the next day or two.

Re: Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

Sorry to have missed your query. You can order this, or any of our other magazines, right in the Taunton Press Bookstore. Up in the post, click directly on the link underlining the magazine title--this will take you right to the store. Or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the Taunton Store link (follow instructions to purchase.) If, for some reason, you have any problem--post another comment. I've got my eye on you now.

Re: The Make It Pink Challenge

Looks like your pink project posted Craes--thanks!

Re: How to Make a Cuticle Cream for Those Craftin' Mitts

Hmmm? Could my Kiehl's days be over? I propose our next crafternoon entails your teaching me about this. What do you say? My cuticles are begging you...

Re: How to Make Flowers Using a Vintage Flower Loom

I am so pleased to have purchased a kit at Renegade San Fran last summer! BTW, Jen Worick and I are headed to the Puyallup State Fair and I am going to wear my hair flower-she'll be so jealous. Thanks for this awesome how to!

Re: How to Make an Impression: Extraordinary Thank-You Notes

Wow, love, love, LOVE!

Re: Crafte's Inferno

Hi Sweet_Pea,
Thanks for your comment and story. I am a big believer in the power of shaking things out and starting fresh--I just have to be reminded about it all of the time. I just got back from traveling and have two new Crafte posts in the works, one will go up later this week.
BTW, love the embroidered place-mats that you have posted in the gallery--thanks for writing.

Re: Greeting Cards

Dany4bec, these are really beautiful. I love how conceptual they all are. Thanks for posting--and for your amazing painted shoes post!

Re: Hello, Craft Stylistas!

This portrait of Martha is killing me!

Re: The Flower Power Challenge

Hi Ambica,
Thanks for asking about international contributions/participation in the challenge. Yes, you are welcome to post a flower to the gallery, however due to our rules and eligibilty guidelines you are not eligible to win a prize (U.S residents only) But please do post your creation, we would love to see it.

Re: The Flower Power Challenge

Hmmm, Kittykat, I'm sorry that you are having trouble. Here are a couple of things to try; check the image size (our site can load images between 400-4000 pixels wide), check the image label (name) and remove any punctuation. For example, if you image says anything like lotus-flower.2.jpg Change it to lotusflower2.jpg The only punctuation should be the period before jpg. Hopefully one of these remedies will work, if not let us know and we can try something else.

Re: The Flower Power Challenge

Yes, you may enter more than once, but you are only eligible to win one prize.

Re: Filet Crochet Goes to the Bats

Love this, Linda

Re: Prairie Style Is Here to Stay

Hey Clotheshorsey,
You are right--Jennifer is an amazing writer and she is the author of over twenty different books. Click onto her profile and find out more.

Re: A Visit to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Wow, what a bummer. Thanks for the head's up.

Re: You too can be Featured on CraftStylish

Sorry, Swelldesigner, the link has been fixed.

Re: My creations

This is so pretty. I really like how you mixed up the colors. Nice job!

Re: How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Wow, Lilly, this is terrific! I agree with Diane, the framing really sets off the whole quilt very nicely. Thanks for all of your hard work this summer! Good luck at school, I'll miss you. M

Re: How to Finish the Trendy Tunic

Hi Thelazymilliner, The links to Jen's previous posts are in.

Re: Radical Recycks

Lampslumps, You're all set--I reset the tags for you.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Wow, you made several--I am impressed. It was fun watching you power-post them to the contest last night right down to the wire. They are all set.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi cndplus2,
I looked and found your bag-the tag needed to be reset. You 're all set and it should appear up in the tote-bag gallery sometime today. Thanks for the head's up.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Don't worry about the last minute posts not showing up yet, they will. I am keeping an eye on things here behind the scenes until the deadline passes.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi Lorien,
Don't worry if your bag isn't showing up yet. It is there (I just looked) Once the site updates you can see it up in the gallery.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

You're all set--the tag needed to be set to the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge. I set it for you and it will appear once the site updates (because the bag was already loaded) But I double checked and it is there.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi Sugarpaperpress,
Yes, apparently due to extremely high traffic to the site there have been some issues. I just checked though and your tote bag is there (twice, nice job too) I am sorry that the site gave you a hard time. We are working to batten down the hatches so that you can post with ease as usual.
Thanks for letting me know.

Re: A Taste of "My Fair Lady"

This is so fabulous--I love that you made the gores in a polka dot print!

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Where's my tote bag??
All of the tote bags that have been entered so far into the challenge will be listed here by the end of the day (Monday)
The site (so far) only lists the first twenty five entries. Happily we have thirty-five and the number is going up hourly! Keep an eye to see them all later today!

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Thanks for the existential inquiry:) Yes, you can enter a tote bag that you have made using other materials as the handles.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi Canadianwriter, You can view all of the entries right here in the post and you can click on each one for an up close view. How cool that you entered two!

Re: Victorian Skimmers

All of your shoes are so cool. What kind of glue did you use?

Re: Classy Comic Pumps

These are totally fabulous and I am so envious--especially as they also happen to be my size! Great idea!

Re: This Week On CraftStylish

Hi iHanna, Welcome and thanks for your question. This post is to preview what is to come this week on craftstylish and Diane's awesome how to will be posted on Friday, August first. Once you make the bracelet please post it in our gallery and help spread the inspiration!

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Yes, Eileen DC, as I understand your question, you may use a particular quilting technique and embellish as you wish. If you have any other questions I'll keep an eye out for them.

Re: Investing in Yarn?: Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm

Hey Linda, Thanks so much for posting this, I just watched the video and it made me cry:) What an amazing & inspiring story. I used to spend summers on the Vineyard and it really is one of the most beautiful places in the world, Susan is very lucky and she makes it seem so do-able. Wow, now I'm off to check out her blog...

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Of course you can post it on your myspace blog. You can even leave a URL here if you like.

Re: Vintage Finds on Ebay

These are simply smashing. It is so funny to look at these too. I have, right now, several new dresses that look exactly like a couple of these pages. Thanks for sharing these--they would make great coffee table books!

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi Pumpkiniki,
Yes, you can enter a different tote bag into a different category. I like the way you're thinking...
If you have any other questions about the site, please ask away. Oh.. and Good Luck!

Re: Tote Challenge - The Capri Bag!

Hi Jinkies,
Thanks for the cute capri bag post--and yes, I think I actually wore those pants:)
It looks like you are entering this into our Tote Bag Challenge? If so, all you have to do is go into your post (edit) and go to where the form says 'a Craftstylish design',click, and the menu will drop down and you can select the 'Tote Bag Challenge'. If you have any questions just post them here and I'll keep an eye out. Good Luck!

Re: Patchwork purse

Hey Katytron,
Nice job! Why don't you enter this bag, your new one, or both into the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge?

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Exactly, minimeg, all you need to do is enter images that show how fab your Tote creation is and you can keep it right by your side. Thanks for asking.

Re: The Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge

Hi MissBeadalot,
Unfortunately, entrants to the Tote Challenge must be eighteen years old. How cool that you are making such cool stuff at fifteen--and Happy Birthday to you next week. Thanks for asking. You can find details on rules and eligibility at the end of the challenge post where it says 'click here.'
Please keep posting your creations in our gallery, we love seeing what you're up to!

Re: Colorful drops for your ears

I just got them in the mail the other day and I LOVE them. The texture is so cool, they almost look edible. I love the copper fused ring too!

Re: 20 Minute Tote Bag

How funny--I remember you because I remember the bag! Check out the bag that Kira made out of one of our CraftStylish t-shirts (search for Threadbanger) Please enter our tote challenge--it looks like you are on a tote bag roll!

Re: New Drawstring Bag design!

Genius save! Is this the bag that you are going to enter into the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge? I hope so!

Re: A recent sewing endeavor!

I love the way that this tote showcases your awesome button collection--you should enter this tote into the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge. Just go to the homepage and click on the badge to enter.

Re: Girlie-girl Repurposed and Vintage Fabric Tote Bag

This is such a cute tote! Why don't you post it in the Tote-ally Crafty Bag Challenge? Just go to the homepage and click on the contest badge.

Re: Never a Girl Scout

Game on Vicky!!! I am going to hold you to the challenge.

Re: Table Runner Tote

Your bag is great. I have been working on our upcoming tote bag challenge and have tote bags on the brain! Thanks for posting and I hope you'll enter the challenge.

Re: PuRsE GaL Hand Knit Ruffled Tote

All of your bags are amazing and I especially like these. I am hoping that you are going to enter our tote bag challenge and set the bar way up there.

Re: Learn to Sew and Get Ready to be Challenged

Will do jeda21..stay tuned.

Re: Machine-Embroider a Tee with a Slogan: HTML Style!

This simply knocks my socks off Jen. I talked to you on Friday and twenty four hours later--this genius green tee! Expect a lot of orders from my geek friends in Seattle.

Re: Confessions of a Polygamist Crafter

Jennifer, you crack me up. I was so relieved to discover the moniker omnicrafter instead of thinking that I was just one of those who can't commit. See you soon Birthday girl!

Re: Take me out to the bag-game!

I LOVE this bag!

Re: Cupcakes On A Stick...Who Knew?

I am going to weigh in here as the happy taste tester of Caitlin's cupcake lollies and they are an equal delight- to the tastebuds as they are to the eye--absolutely yummy!

Re: An Insider's Look at InsidersNY

Yes, you can get those gloves at Insidersny.com--and they are available in several incredible styles. Have fun!

Re: It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Super-Quilt from the Past

Thanks, I am so pleased to hear that Jill's quilt has served as an inspiration. I encourage you to try your hand at it--and then I hope that you'll post your finished piece in our gallery!By the way, there are some great quilting starter projects and tips for newbies in the quilting section. Plus, Mary Ray has a beginner terrific project post there. Let me know if you have any questions.

Re: Celebrate Juneteenth All Across America

My pleasure. Did you do anything special for Juneteenth?

Re: DIY Paper Projects Perfect for Your Next Party

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!

Re: Become a Stitch N Pitch Fan

Oh, I forgot to ask--Please send me a picture of the knitted brain! I MUST see this. Or can I see it online???

Re: Become a Stitch N Pitch Fan

Hey! Greeting s from Red Sox Nation West. I was bummed to see that Fenway does not have a Stitch N Pitch game this season and I am finding out how to go about bringing one to a Major League team--I will post details as I get them.
Thanks for the heads up on the baseball exhibit--I am going tobe in that next of the woods later on this summer and I will definitely check it out.
BTW, I do have a terrific baseball story and it is going to go live on August 29th as part of The Moth podcast. If you'd like more details you can email me at [email protected]

Re: Check out This Vintage Pattern Treasure Trove on Etsy

Betcha, Hannah Gruen made all of Nancy's clothes!

Re: Become a Stitch N Pitch Fan

Married in Cooperstown? Oh, you're a girl after my own heart! I would suggest contacting TNNA and asking how to get one going in your area. I am going to make some inquiries of my own and I will get back to you in a day or two with some answers.

Re: My Fav Finds from the Renegade Craft Fair

Aww man! Those teacup lights are the bomb!

Re: Summer Sizzles this Week on Craft Stylish

Ahh, just wait until you see the rest!! Jeffery is a paper genius!

Re: Circles all around the Cocktail Party

Jen--This dress is incredible! I want to see you in it!

Re: Custom Rubber Stamps from Craft Pudding

I love 'em too. I really like the birdcage one.

Re: Wedding Cake

Ah...thanks for bigger pic. It is even better close up.

Re: Gocco Experimentation

I've been wondering about this technique--I like how it looks. What kind of ink did you use?

Re: Goose On The Loose Jewelry


Re: Goose On The Loose One Of A Kind Wearable Art

LOVE the pendant! I liked the image in Vicky's post too. I'm feeling an Esty splurge coming on...

Re: Original below 14th designs

Ever since I saw Vicky's post I've been jealous-- I am going to get one too!

Re: Scarves from ApartmentCat's House of Handiworks

Ooh..the pink one is so pretty. I live in Seattle and it was 45 degrees today, June 11th! I actually would have worn a scarf like this today...

Re: Hiking Dresses from T-Shirts

Okay, can I just say that these are AWESOME! I want them all. I just moved to Seattle from NYC and the style vibe here is very different. These dresses are the perfect snazzy casual. I would love to run in to you wearing one of these hiking--I'd be following you up the mountain asking how you did it:-)

Re: Crochet Fun

I agree with Linda. These are so cool to look at because of all of the fantastic detail. The wedding style cake pictures on the table is wild!

Re: Coldfeetquilter

These are amazing. Mary Ray just posted about long-arm quilt machines--how cool that you have one, and that it has a name! The trapunto in progress is extraordinary. What is the base fabric that you used for the Bubbles quilt?

Re: Tutorials I've written

What a cute project. These would be fun to make for the awesome seamstresses in my sewing circle. Thanks.


Hey! How'd you make out with your bags? They are terrific and I'm certain that they were a hit. Let us know...

Re: UpCycled mini-journals

These are really terrific and you've inspired me--my boyfriend is an uber-recycler (I do my best.) He is also a photographer and I know he will be into the idea of doing something cool and useful with discarded boxes. Thanks!

Re: hand knit crepe paper crown

I absolutely adore your project!

Re: Etsy CT Street Team Jewelry Spectacular

mskittyfantastico writes: Wow! What a great article on this show! Yes, unfortunately the heat did keep a lot of the expected turn out away. But it was still a great show with some beautiful work on display! Thanks Vicky, for stopping down and making it a little more bearable! Your enthusiasm for the show was very much so appreciated! Thanks so much Vicky! You rock!
Ms. Kitty Fantastico
CT Etsy Team

Re: Crafters Catch Bangle Bracelet Fever at the Indie Craft Experience

It looks like you had a lot of fun. I wish I could have been there making bangles too!

Re: My Meditation on Knitting with Color

Exactly...while sometimes I feel like I HAVE to know what it is that I am making, I really love to just wait and see what happens. The good news is that if I hate it--I can just unravel it and the better news is that more often than not I am amazed by discovering how certain color combos work, and how some random stitches can become a cool pattern that I may never have thought of otherwise.

Re: Lori V

It is gorgeous--I really like the piping detail on the belt.

Re: Falling leaves bag

I'm inspired--I just learned to crochet too. I can't tell from the pic, is this bag big enough to use for a laptop?

Re: Myraida

I actually wrote my last comment in response to the first dress and then I looked at the others-- I am completely impressed, they are all gorgeous and you wear each one well. Brava!

Re: Myraida

Va Va Voom! This dress looks amazing on you. Beautiful job.

Re: Scoop Neck Tank

What a totally cute top--I love the color.

Re: How to Reverse Applique a Tote Bag

Diane--fabulous! I am going to make one and post it. CAn't wait for your next one...

Re: Find Amazing Handmade Jewelry and Accessories at Renegade Brooklyn!

I am so bummed that I can't go this year. I had a blast there last June. Maybe next year, Susan?

Re: Twisted Gives a Shout out to Craft Magazine

Why don't you come to Crafty Wonderland this weekend at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland?

Re: Myers-Briggs Is to Blame

Uh oh, I think I have it too...
I love the post and I very much identified. I also LOVE the rings--they're awesome. I especially like the full hand ensemble look, very Zsa-Zsa. I can't wait to read more!

Re: Made It: My 19th-Century-Inspired Wedding Gown

Ohh, it's so beautiful. I'd love to see a pic of you wearing it.

Re: Tutorials on Fabric Basket and Camera Case

What an awesome project! Thanks for posting it.

Re: Copy-Cat in Prairie Girl Chic

Thanks! I can tell you how I did it, although, there might be a better way. I cut long strips of fabric on the bias (they were two inches wide.) I did't finish the edges because I kind of wanted to keep the fuzzy, unfussy look. I then sewed the strips together so that I had a very long continuous ribbon that I hoped would fit around the skirt once I ruffled it. I sewed a very loose basting stitch down the center of the strip (I used heavy duty thread for this) and pulled the ends to create the ruffle. Then I carefully pinned the ruffle where I wanted it on the skirt and sewed right over the original ruffle seam all the way around. It was so easy and I liked how it looked so I made another one a little higher up to create that tiered effect. The lines of stitching detail really add to the overall effect. For those I simply stitched (again with heavy duty thread) all around the skirt twelve times. I used the presser foot along the previous stitching line so that the rows were evenly spaced. I did the whole thing in an evening. Let me know if you try it--I love to hear how you make out.

Re: English Paper Piecing

I love the look of this technique--thanks for posting it! By the way I am a HUGE Sox fan and live in Seattle.