DIY Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web August 2013

Welcome to another installment of my DIY Tutorial shares I come across online.  This is a monthly feature on the blog where I'm always on the lookout to share other blogger's DIY Tutorials. If you would like to be featured next month, drop me a note at

Lovely Sugar Scrub from The Laughing Medusa


Add some bold colors to your print designs with Spray Letters from Balzer Designs

How beautiful are these Clay Leaf Bowls? Make your own from Urban Comfort.  These would make a great addition to your Fall home decorating.

I hope you enjoyed my picks this month! 

DIY Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web - July 2013

Here are this month's DIY Tutorial finds to keep your Summer project-making schedule full.  :)

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Kool-Aid Dip Dye Tassel Wall Hanging from One Sheepish Knit.  I actually drank a lot of Kool-Aid when I was little now only to discover I've been drinking dye lol!


Wish you can make your flowers last longer? How about making Paper flowers like the ones featured on A Beautiful Mess.


Do you have extra pieces of scrap paper or fabric laying around? I'm loving these Decoupage Canvases from Milo and Molly.

And last is a little shout out to Hudson Valley Etsy for sharing this super cute leaf pin tutorial on the team blog.

I hope you enjoyed these, have a great weekend!

Meet PaperCrafter's Corner

Today I wanted to introduce you to one of my sponsors...

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You may have noticed their button there on the right as they have been a very good sponsor for the blog, so let's meet Stephanie who runs PaperCrafter's Corner.

StephPaperCrafter’s Corner is an information, inspiration and entertainment site for papercrafters from around the world. They offer their community members all the industry news that’s fit to print, online directories of papercrafting stores, events, retreat locations, classes, blogs, challenges, designers, kit clubs, design team and publication calls, etc., with more being added. "We are THE go-to source for all things papercrafting!"

I started papercrafting when my daughter was born…many years ago! However, I was not a “true” scrapper until 2002 (my sister in law introduced me to cardmaking prior to that). I have always been an artsy-craftsy girl, working with paper since I was a kid – origami was a favorite activity.

What are some of the other things you are passionate about? Travel! It’s my number-one passion outside of photography (which gets incorporated into my travels) and papercrafting. I also love running (although I haven’t done much of that since starting this business!), reading, learning languages and learning about different cultures and religion. Oh, and I love to cook!

What have you gained from writing this blog?  An amazing connection with people I might otherwise have never met. It’s so fun to engage with new people online, and even more fun when we get to meet in person!

Be sure to follow Papercrafter's Corner on Facebook: Twitter @papercrafters  and Pinterest @papercraftersc

DIY Handmade Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web - May 2013

Here are this month's DIY Tutorial finds to give you a head start on your Summer project-making time. :)

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Vintage Napkin String Flower Lights from Gretchen Gretchen (You totally want to do this in your backyard/porch this Summer am I right?)

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Homemade Treatment For Oily Sking& from Red Coat Studio. As the weather gets warmer, my face gets more oily and I just look dag nasty.  I took to Facebook with my dilema and got a pretty good response but then I saw this post from Red Coat Studio and couldn't believe at how simple these tips are and most of the items are already in my home so no extra shopping was needed!

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Free Pattern For Baby Booties from Knot by Gran'ma. A free pattern from Knot By Gran'Ma to make a pair of baby booties. Looks cozy! I want a pair in size 8 adults. :)

DIY Handmade Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web - April 2013

I continue to be inspired by the amount of talent and creativity I come across on the web, not just from people I know in my little blog community but while surfing the net. Here are some that stood out for me this month.  Enjoy!

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Garden and Plant Markers from Bubby & Bean

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Check out these Springtime Art Projects from sponsor Saturday's Child


Pompom Garland from Gypsybee (via Twitter)

How To Make Handmade Blog Elements from Adrienne Rose (via Twitter)



Book Review: Adventures In Pompom Land

My sqeekness level can get pretty high when I see anything cute. From the creatives at Lark Crafts comes the super fun instructional book Adventures in Pompom Land: 25 Cute Projects Made from Handmade Pompoms by Myko Diann Bocek.  This book has pushed my squeekness level through the roof. And holy moly! It's available at for only $6.01!

This how-to book included 25 Pompom projects with cute little creatures that would be fun to create and collect.  You must have 100% Wool Yarn and 100% Wool Roving Yarn as this won't work too well with other types of yarn (I tried). 

Don't know how to make pompoms? You don't have to worry about purchasing pre-made ones. The book starts with easy instructions on how to make your own that could even keep the kids busy.  Bocek was inspired to create these adorable creatures after watching a segment on Martha Stewart.


The instructions for each project are detailed and thorough.

They include cuties for different holidays to help bring a personal touch to your home decorating.  My favorite is this little devil guy. :)


Adventures in Pompom Land is a fun book to have handy. You can follow Myko Bocek Studios on Facebook.

Guest Post: Craft Room Organization Made Easy

Today's post is contributed by Eva Stephen who likes to write about home styling, organization and everything pretty about home. You may get in touch Eva by following her on twitter. Enjoy!

There has been a revolution in the workplace over the last five years or so which has resulted in more and more of us working from home doing something that we love. It may be writing, illustrating, making and decorating scrumptious cakes or creating unique and beautiful gifts, cards and other products. With the Internet bringing us all closer together people are losing their fear of ordering from further afield, so as to take advantage of talents from across the globe, a win-win situation for the happy customer, and the satisfied and economically viable crafter! Even if you do not make any money from your home, you can gain some benefit from a beautifully organised and carefully laid out crafting space.

Make sure you have enough space to work

When setting out your work studio try to over-estimate the amount of space you need to create your pieces, rather than try to work in confined, cramped and claustrophobic spaces. At first it will not be too bad, but before long you will start to dread working in there, and will begin to make excuses to not craft that day, week or even month. A roomy work area is vital for comfort and also goes a long way to helping you work safely and neatly.


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Giveaway! Win A Set Of Crochet Cuffs

Happy Monday everyone!  Time for a giveaway from yours truly.  It's a chance to win a set of three crochet cuff bracelets - you pick the color. Giveaway is open to everyone. 


Please understand that my yarn collection is still growing so the winner will choose three of the following (or maybe you want three of the same color, whatever you want!)


 1) Berry 2) Soft Baby Blue 3) Mid Blue 4) Lilac 5) Toast 6) Salmon 7) Black 8) Oxblood 9) Dark Teal 10) Aruba Sea 11) Sand 12) Gray Pearl 13) Seafoam 14) Winter Gray

I've been adding more sets to my Etsy shop.  They're so fun to wear and believe it or not, good for any type of weather.  Cozy in the cold but still open and airy when it's warmer.


HOW TO WIN (please leave an email with each entry): 

-REQUIRED: Leave a comment on which color(s) you'd like to wear.

-Bonus: Send out the following tweet and share the link here in the comments: I just entered to win a set of three colorful crochet cuff bracelets from @pulpsushi - check it out! 

-Bonus: Follow this blog on Twitter @pulpsushi or on Bloglovin

-Bonus: Pin this post on Pinterest and leave the link of your pin in the comments.

Giveaway ends on Monday April 15th.  The winner will be chosen at random through and will be announced here and notified.

How To Make A Ombre Purple Necklace - Guest Post

I'm so excited to share this guest tutorial from Aylah, one of my feature sponsors and previous guest blogger for Pulp Sushi. Time to make some jewelry! 

Hi I’m Ayla from Eyelah Blog and today I am going to share a tutorial on how to make a Ombre Purple Bead Necklace.


I really like the trend and it’s very simple to make your own necklace.

-Wooden beads. (You can find them at Michaels or any other craft shop)
-Acrylic Paint: white and then another color (I used purple but you can use any color)
-chain or cord (I used a leather cord)
-skewers or chopsticks
-spray paint clear gloss (optional)

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DIY Handmade Tutorials: Fun Finds From The Web - March 2013

I continue to be inspired by the amount of talent and creativity I come across, not just from people I know but while surfing the net.  Here are some that stood out for me this month.

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Scallop Borders from Everyday Is A Holiday


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Handmade Daisy Pin Cushion from Kitty & Buck (via Twitter)

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Handmade Pillar Votice Candles from Lovey Dovey 

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Crochet Scissor Grip Cover from One Sheepish Girl

I'm especially interested in working on those candles myself.  Chalk paint has become quite popular and I think I might want to play around with it.  I see myself picking up some jars and glass candle holders very soon. :)