Thursday, June 23, 2011

A new toy, a new bee, and some crafty links

This week was awesome! First, I got an e-mail saying I'm going to be reviewing this, along with 3 dies of my choice! Could I be more excited? I'll be hosting a giveaway on Craft Buds first, then here. Mary is also going to be hosting on her blog, so that's three chances to win a fabric cutter coming up!

The same day, I was scrolling through Google Reader like normal realized that my reusable sandwich bags tutorial had been picked up by Craftzine. This led to the single-highest day of traffic since Mary and I lauched the Craft Buds in March. It has been so awesome to see the response to our tutorials and to read all the comments. This sewing and crafting community is really the greatest. Aww shucks. :)

Very excited about this bee as well . . . I've joined!

Gen X Quilters

Swap blocks with 5 people, 4 times a year. This, I can handle. Also, my local quilt guild is participating in the Jay McCarroll Habitat challenge. Should be fun to play with some new fabric and come up with an original quilt block design.

Habitat - Brights Colorway, Photo Courtesy of spoolsewing.com
I'll be back this weekend with my bottled rainbows progress. So close!

Some links from the crafty community:
Cross Stitch at About.com
You're the Designer! See what Irene did with Connie's Hummingbird Outline chart and try your own hand at designing and stitching too. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here are a couple of ways to make hybrid cards to match a gift. Gift baskets of all sorts make lovely eye-appealing gift packages. Coordinating the elements is easier than you may think.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has finished piecing and stitching her little bird quilt top, and now she needs advice on what to do with it! 

About Family Crafts
Learn how you can save money and enjoy quality family time by making your own fun craft supplies.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is Year of the Rabbit knit pattern based on the kanji of the Chinese zodiac, a tutorial on how to make a hollow lampwork glass bead along with a chance to win a copy of the book- The Glass Artist's Studio Handbook it's from, a call for entries and a free cute clip art crab perfect for summer art. 

Aileen's Musings
Aileen shows you how she made her old faded patio umbrella festive again!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy disovers some retro crochet items and has a brief moment of nostalgia. 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Computer key ATC card inspired by the book Inner Excavations. 

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has a new tutorial featuring the sweetest little elephants!





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