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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.

play craft contest The winners of our Play Craft Contest have been announced and we'd like to congratulate our winner Gracey for posting a how-to for Play Doh and our runner up, Roma for posting her Tetris Stomacher. Well done guys! If you didn't win this time don't worry, there will be lots more craft contests coming in the future. Check out the Jewelry Contest with Fifi's Secret which is running now.
Recipe Finds »

I'm a sushi-a-holic, but I'm not sure how keen I'd be on trying a piece of spam sushi.

If it sounds like your thing, check out the recipe on Zakka Life.

I absolutely love these Butterfly Paperclips from How About Orange. What a fantastic way to brighten up any dull document.

Check out the how-to to make some for your own paperwork »

Fancy a little indulgence for breakfast time? Try out this Nutella Strawberry Crepe recipe from Chocolate Chipped.


You may or may not have noticed this, but we've launched a brand new area on Cut Out + Keep called Crafty Superstars. Here we'll be showcasing how-to projects from crafty celebrities and some of the big names in craft.

Head over now, to find how-to's and crafty chat with Pink Ribbon Boutique's Sarah Rhian, Venus Zine craft editor and 99 ways author, Justina Blakeney and craft party hostess, Lady Wurlizter.

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