Photo Op With Martha

by DIY Maven

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z

I just received a press release from Martha's peeps about an appearance she'll be making. She'll be at the Costco in Norwalk, CT on April 29, 2010 at 1pm promoting and signing her new book Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. The press release includes this little gem:

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Design Your Own Own Upholstery Fabric

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/16/2010

Photo Images: Spoonflower

If you're like me, and I've only heard of one other person who does this, you've imagined a fabric design in your head and you go out and try to track it down. Impossible, as well as a huge time waster. However, if you have some graphic art designing ability,  you can design, create and even sell your very own fabrics on etsy, or design and make your own curtains, bedding and even upholster with it.

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How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...

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The Secret to Etsy Success

by DIY Maven

 

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Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take better...

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Coffee Filter Wall Decor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-04-02

One thing leads to another when you travel through blogrolls and then you find coffee filter wall decor from Jennifer Jafarzadeh, a former lifestyle editor for Redbook Magazine.  As with the plate arrangement here, the trick with the filters is to tack them to the wall in a way that looks artistic and airy, not contrived. See

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The Obama Craft Project

by DIY Maven

Crafters are showing support for the candidate of their choice and Josh and Sarah at Sewer-Sewist are documenting it via their flickr group, The Obama Craft Project. Rather than being a commercial endeavor, their focus is to highlight ‘work created for personal use in support of the Obama campaign.’ For more information about the project, visit this page. Via.

Note: In the spirit of ‘equal time’, a search was made for such groups in support of...

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10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by DIY Maven

Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery patterns) and...

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