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DIY Crete Sweater

This Crete sweater with an oversized silhouette is a simple pattern. The body is worked in lace, and the sleeves are worked in stockinette stitch. Before beginning this project, make sure you’re familiar with the three-needle bind-off technique. Also, when measuring the lace while knitting, ...

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DIY U.S. Map Wall Hanging

If you’re looking for a fun way to mark out your latest road trip, or you simply want to show your patriotism, then this rustic wooden sign featuring the outline of the United States is the perfect decoration for your wall. You can keep it simple, as shown above, or you can personalize it ...

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DIY Embroidered Botanicals Project

This design features a soft woolen rose and a repeating pattern of small daisies. Feel free to change the colors as desired. This pattern makes a lovely addition to the edge of a tablecloth. Work satin stitch unless noted otherwise. Use 2 strands, unless noted otherwise. The ...

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Simple DIY Everyday Bag

This is my perfect everyday bag. It’s a comfortable, easy-to-wear backpack that’s a little bit smarter and more compact than most backpacks. I’ve kept this one simple, but you could add a front pocket or internal pockets to the lining to keep things organized, if you wanted. Be sure to ...

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DIY Apron and Potholder

While it’s great to select fat quarters for a project, sometimes you get your hands on a collection rather than random singles. If you’ve got a grouping of fat quarters with a common theme or color, then this is the perfect project for you. It should be noted that there’s a fine line ...

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DIY Garden Projects

Here are three do-it-yourself projects that’ll make it easier to sow seeds and label your plants, as well as add beauty to the garden. They’re crafted with items most people have on hand, and they’re so simple to make, you’ll want to make extras to share with friends and ...

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Gumdrop Wreath Project

When my daughter Anna Belle was 16 months old and just beginning to toddle around, we had a Christmas tree in our kitchen, which had twigs with real gumdrops on them sticking out randomly from the tree. I began to notice sticky spots on my kitchen floor, but didn’t think much of it. Then I ...

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Quilt Block Tablecloth

I’m what you might call a “random quilter,” meaning I don’t actually follow patterns, but instead just sort of sew on my own terms. I take pieces of fabric, squares and triangles mostly, start stitching them together, and see what happens. The scraps grow into larger squares, ...

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Ready for Change

While I’m not always eager for change, I realize that sometimes it’s necessary. Sometimes you just need to try something new, and oftentimes, it can be exciting and rewarding. For instance, I recently took over the reins of Capper’s Farmer, which I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part ...

DIY Hand Lotion

   About 15 years ago, my grandmother gave me a do it yourself recipe for making your own had lotion. Written in her own hand writing, I cherished that recipe card. The diy recipe had been giving to her by a friend who swore by it. I've made  it myself several times and loved it too.   ...

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Sew a Trio of Denim Baskets

My friends and family like to give me their worn-out clothes to upcycle into my crafts and sewing projects. These baskets are from the overalls of a friend’s father, who passed away. Instead of taking the overalls apart and adding them to my denim pile, I decided to use them to make my ...

Craft a Homemade Loom and Coasters

I've always appreciated the process of creating things with my own hands. A few years ago, I discovered the world of weaving. I was intrigued by the beauty of it, and almost immediately, I wanted to learn. I started teaching myself by reading tutorials in old magazines and vintage books.Over ...

Do-It-Yourself Pour Paintings

This acrylic painting technique is so easy and enjoyable, you’ll need to start buying your canvases in bulk! Utilizing pouring medium and gravity, this acrylic pouring method allows the paint to create stunning, organic results. Each pour painting is one of a kind, and captures the fun you ...

DIY Garden Projects

My mantra is "reuse, recycle, and recreate," so before I start a project of any kind, I take a good look around to see what I can use. This includes items from my garden, yard, and house. There are always opportunities to repurpose an item and creatively use it in another way. I encourage you ...

Cat Treats for Socks

 It was the last week of August when it happened. I was adopted by a gray tabby with four white paws. I don't know where he came from, he just happened to be there as I walked out the back door. He was a half grown kitten with the personality full of joy and love. He's such a charmer that he ...

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