Thursday, March 29, 2012

Egg-cellent Easter Ideas!

Crochet Easter Egg
Easter is a week away and if you are like me, you are hunting for something besides candy to load those baskets with.  I do this every year with my sons.  I think, "this year, I am not filling their baskets with just candy (and chocolate)!"

Felt Easter Cookies
Okay, great.  Good idea there.  But now what?  What will I put in their baskets besides sugar and corn syrup?  What about something homemade?  (Insert aha moment here.)  I shall make something for their baskets!

Crochet Child Bunny Slippers
If you can hold a crochet hook or knitting needles you can replace the sugar high with something substantially more healthy.  Not to mention curtailing the sugar induced Easter coma so many of us experience on Easter afternoon.

Glitter Eggs
Use some of these clever Easter crafts to fill up your baskets, whether for kids or friends or something special for the neighbors.  Or hop over to our Easter Crafts page for a sweet list of non-edible treats!  The Easter bunny will thank you.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Is Marching Away Fast!

Antique Applique
With March headed right out the door, under our noses, and April almost will we get all our crochet projects done?  Simple!  One at a time.  Don't miss creating this Antique Applique to add to all of your vintage type projects or just as a whimsical accent!

Mini Hobby Bags
As the weather warms up and kids tumble out the door, send them with their very own Mini Hobby Bags to contain all the treasures they take with them and one for all the treasures they find outside!

Crochet Hook Travel Case
For the crochet man/woman on the go: a Crochet Hook Travel Case is the best organization tool to take along.  It keeps all those hooks in one place and looks pretty doing it!

Produce Bag
Since it is time to think about your garden, produce, and all things green...why not treat yourself or someone you love to a hand-made produce bag?  It's crocheted, lovely, and bright.  What's not to love?

And don't forget to enter our FREE monthly giveaway!  You could win your very own crocheted Produce Bag, courtesy of Craftown!

For more free crafts, patterns and ideas visit Craftown or follow us on Pinterest!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Is...Springing!

Spring Flower Pots
Are you ready for Spring!  We are gearing up for the Spring season with some fun crafts and lots of bright ideas!  These Spring Flower Pots are simple to make and gorgeous to display!

Spring Scarf
Spring can still be a little chilly in late March and early April.  Why not create yourself a Spring Scarf out of a recycled t-shirt?  It's a great way to create a practical and flattering accessory!

Quote Blocks
These Quote Blocks are adorable!  The sky is the limit with what you can create using some paint, wood scraps, and vinyl lettering...Unleash your creativity and create your very own Quote Blocks!

Pendant Necklace
Back to repurposing clothing, check out this Pendant Necklace made from a t-shirt and pretty pendant.  As "upcycling" becomes more popular, we'll do our best to keep the crafts coming to accommodate this frugal fun trend!

For more free crafts, patterns and ideas visit Craftown or follow us on Pinterest!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Luck O' the Irish Be With You!

Crocheted Shamrock
If you are wondering what to crochet for St. Patty's Day, here are just a few fun projects you can create in just a few fun minutes!  (Don't forget to make enough shamrock pins for everyone in your office: anti-pinch remedy!)

St. Patrick's Day Clover Applique
Appliques are great because they are so versatile!  This clover applique can be added to hair accessories, scarves, hats, purses, or home decor items.  Crochet a couple and share - the leprechauns won't mind!

Travel Pillow
How many times have I wished I had a pint-sized travel pillow for my little one who likes to fall asleep in the car?  (Now that he is in a big car-seat, the recline feature is gone by-by.)  This is perfect!  Crochet one in green for an Irishman or woman you love!

Produce Bag

The lovely citrus variegated yarn is gorgeous in the picture, and a produce bag created in variegated greens could be nice too!  Enjoy crocheting for St. Patrick's Day!

We love feed back and photos, so if you try one of our patterns or projects be sure to send us an email and picture and we'll feature it!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Give Cross Stitch a Chance!

Have you tried cross-stitch?  According to Wikipedia, Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth.  Visit Craftown for beginner instructions and free patterns!

Sleepy Girl
Here's the neat thing about cross-stitch (at least for me anyway): If you are new to needle crafts and would like to pick up a hobby in this genre, cross-stitch is by far the easiest to pick up and start "doing" today.  If you can make an "x" with needle and thread using the special aida cloth, you can cross-stitch!  Easy-peasy!  (Many fabric and hobby stores carry pre-packaged counted cross-stitch projects for ease of use.)

Once you really get going and comfortable with cross-stitch, you can begin to design your own unique patterns, pictures, motifs, and even duplicate photos.  Cross-stitch patterns can be added to just about any craft project, whether created on the aida cloth and then attached to another project, or cross-stitched directly onto another type of cloth or fabric.

Tooth Fairy
Oh yes, the other really nice thing about cross-stitch is: it is a highly portable hobby.  My grandmother used to do it in the car on road trips and while waiting at the doctor's office.  She always had a zip-lock baggie filled with a cross-stitch project in her purse, by her favorite chair and in her night stand.

Let's review! Cross-stitch: It's easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to take everywhere!  We love feedback and photos, so if you try one of our projects, we'd love to see it and we'll definitely feature it!

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