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Wild Mittens & Unruly Socks
We chat to Lumi, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to knit Merry Skull Socks.
I'm Lumi Karmitsa, a Finnish knitwear designer and an author of three knitting books. Since the publication of my first book in 2016 I've been living in a tiny old house in the Finnish countryside with my loyal companion Caleb the dog. My days consist of taking long walks with Caleb, reading, writing and doing all sorts of crazy crafts but mostly I just knit, knit, knit. I lead a quiet life and consider myself lucky for being able to do so.
Recreate the house of Buddy from the movie Elf in #DIYTheRoom with Cassie Fairy from My Thrifty Life.
When Buddy The Elf came to New York City and joined his new family in their apartment, he filled it with Christmas spirit (and countless decorations) overnight. Buddy is a skilled papercrafter and easily filled a whole apartment (and department store, for that matter!) with cut-out snowflakes and paperchains. I like to think that he would have made these quilled snowflakes too, if he’d had more than just one night to do all the decorating. And, like all good elves, I bet Buddy would be able to make these origami Christmas trees too. If he needed some baubles to decorate the Christmas tree, he’d be able to make these paper ones in no time at all. Buddy could only use the things that the family already had in the home to make his decorations, so I think he would have made some star decorations from the supplies in his Dad’s office, such as scissors and rulers. Even some of the books from the publishing house that his Dad works for would get a festive makeover – and be turned into a Christmas tree to sit alongside a glowing paper village! The bathroom was another source of craft supplies – the loo roll centre could be used to make a star for the top of the tree. And the jigsaw puzzles in the home would all be missing a few pieces after Buddy used them to make decorations for the tree that looked like North Pole snowflakes. A few paper bags and some pegs were all Buddy needed to make a DIY advent calendar to count down the days until Santa came to visit. This snowball tree decoration is the perfect centrepiece for the kitchen table (where buddy usually covers spaghetti with syrup and chocolate!) and brings some twinkling festiveness into the dining area. Buddy doesn’t like his morning cup of coffee, but enjoyed it a lot more after adding syrup to “the world’s best cup of coffee” so I think he’d like this gingerbread latte recipe too.
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We chat to Sarah, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to crochet an Echinocereus Schereri cactus.
Hello everybody, my name is Sarah. At work, I am a design-engineer. At home, I am a wife and a mother of 2 funny and lovely kids. Besides that, I am a complete crochet addict. I never leave the house without yarn and a crochet hook. I never waste time because I can crochet everywhere. At the train station, on the train, in the car (when I’m not driving :-P) and of course at home.
Come behind the scenes at Bird's Party for a #CraftRoomTour and see Bird's office & craft room in France.
I love that it's airy and functional!
Recreate Christine McConnell's creepy kitchen from Christine McConnell's Curious Creations in #DIYTheRoom with Pam.
Zap your kitchen back from the dead by joining together beautiful mid-century decor with slightly sinister accents. Christine McConnell's work space looks cookie-cutter perfect at first glance, but the longer you look around her kitchen the more macabre it turns. By mixing the clean pastels of the 1940's with a few darker eerie pieces you can quickly change the feel of your kitchen to get you in the mood to make some curious creations of your own.
Come behind the scenes at April Nicole Art for a #CraftRoomTour and see April's art studio in Portland, Oregon.
The freedom afforded to me by having my very own space. I own it, I painted it, and I deal with any messes I make.
Come behind the scenes at Willow & Clementine for a #CraftRoomTour and see Lydia's craft room.
I love how colorful the walls are and how adding pictures or wall art gives me inspiration.
DIY yourself a professional outfit in #DIYTheLook with Diver.
DIY Professional. Breakfast to get your morning started right, then make up and hair, nails and a DIY top and skirt. Plus with a little weekend prep, you can have a bath bomb to come home to as a reward for a job well done.
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Women Who Rock Cross-Stitch
We chat to Anna, give you a chance to win the book and learn how-to cross-stitch Amy Winehouse.
Hi everyone! My name is Anna Fleiss and I am the author of Women Who Rock and Feminist Icon Cross Stitch. Two books full of cross-stitch patterns that celebrate amazing women who have been trailblazers, paving the way for other women. I live in Los Angeles and work as a digital video producer for a media company and in my free time I am a DIY enthusiast. On the weekends you can find me cooking, hiking, or re-doing some piece of furniture I found on craigslist.
Recreate the look of Lorde with Mirjana Valentin in #MakeoverMonday and then create a pink summer meets red glamour makeover.
Lorde has a really great style that I think embraces natural beauty.