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You may have noticed that Crafterella has been a bit quiet here on Cut Out + Keep over the past few weeks. Well she's been very busy moving the whole Cut Out + Keep office down to London (and that's a very long way from Scotland!)

We have made it here safely and are settling in to our new home. We can't wait to give London some CO+K craft goodness but for now, we're asking any CO+K Londoners to enlighten us with tips for good places to go, craft shops and any craft groups they know of. CO+K is in the neighborhood!

As it's summertime, we're seeing lots of flower pots in the stores at the moment.

Well, here's a great idea from Maize Hutton for making canisters out of flower pots

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You may remember that we had Justina Blakeney as our Crafty Superstar several weeks ago, well here is a review of her sewing treo, Compai's latest book.

99 Ways To Cut, Sew, Tie & Rock Your Scarf is the third installment in the 99 Ways series and this book focuses on taking simple headscarves and transforming them in to trendy and fashionable garments and accessories.

You don't need to be a good sewer, or even sew at all, to use this book as several of the projects only require twisting and knotting. However, if you are willing to sew and cut the scarves, there are a heap of great projects to try. Some of the highlights include sewing a scoop-neck mini-dress, tying a shoulder tank top, knotting a knotted belt, stitching a satchel, sewing a pair of boxer shorts and wrapping a Frida Kahlo style hairdo. With nearly one hundred projects there's surely something for someone, for everyday and every mood.

This book scores highly with me and is going to be high on my recommendation list, so make sure to check it out. All you need to do is stock up on scarves. 

Check out the team, pick up the book and get fashion tips and tricks at Compai.com

To celebrate the release of the new movie, we're running a Sex And The City craft contest over in the projects section now. Enter your SATC inspired how-to projects for a chance of winning the new book of the movie.

Need some inspiration? Think New York, shoes, jewelery, fashion and all things SATC!

Enter your projects and check out the other entries now ->

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Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli is a charming book that teaches you to make the cutest of the cute amigurumi animals and other creatures. Even if you're not interested in picking up a hook and yarn, flipping through the pages still accounts for a pleasurable read.

Perfect for even crochet beginners, the book is filled with so many adorable patterns (Baby Lion & Daddy, Valentine's Bears, Baby Penguin & Mommy etc.), that it's sure to include everyones favorite animal, as well as some other inanimate favorites, such as Happy Eggs, Happy Snacks and Mr. & Mrs. Cactus.

My personal favorite is the Tiny Ami Turtle which is lovely. Whereas the toys would make great presents for children, the book acts as a great incentive for wannabe crocheters. Definitely one to add to your collection!

Check out Ana's blog to pick up a copy of her book, get free patterns and see many more of her wonderful creations.

Craft Finds »

I think that this Map Purse from Sonya Style is such a clever idea.

Not only does it look cool, but you'll always know your way around.


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