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Since 2008, around the time Necklush arrived on the Etsy scene, multi-strand necklaces made from upcycled T-shirts have been all the rage in hipster fashion. The big secret is: these grunge-chic accessories take all of 5-minutes (and little to no crafting skill) to make.
Using thrift store tees from the Goodwill Outlet and Garment District's Buck-a-Pound, we created this little 3-minute video tutorial showing how to make a unique, personalized, and totally eco-friendly necklace in exactly as much time.
Hello, easy (last-minute) Mother's Day present!FULL ENTRY
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Each year on Mother's Day, kids and spouses the world over decide to spoil Mom early in the morning with a good, old-fashioned, home-cooked breakfast in bed. And then, hearts full, those same moms get out of bed to face their special day…and the kitchen wreck left behind.
Spoil mom completely this Mother's Day with a delicious (100 calorie!) recipe that's not only fail-proof for kids of all ages and spouses of all culinary talent, it requires only the minimal cleanup of two muffin tins and a mixing bowl. (And no messy flour!)FULL ENTRY
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If your mom is truly your best bud, then there's no better Mother's Day gift than a trendy friendship bracelet (or three), made by you — just for her. In about the same amount of time it will take you to catch up on one of your favorite shows (Mad Men or Game of Thrones, anyone?) you could have a fabulous from-the-heart gift in her favorite colors (or other sentimental hues shared by you two).FULL ENTRY
You love it because they made it, but let's be honest: not all kiddo craft projects are destined for display. Though Mother's Day is often prime time for receiving masterpieces made of macaroni and popsicle sticks, here are 5 Pinterest projects for moms and kids to make together, with nary an elbow in sight.
Last year, the week before Cinco de Mayo, I decided it would be cool to try making a popular Pinterest project that had been circulating like wildfire, pinned and repinned by seemingly every user on the visual bookmarking site:
Pinata sugar cookies, originally created by SheKnows.com.
Now, I'm no baker, but I do love to cook and am pretty damn good in the kitchen, thank-you-very-much. Sure, the recipe looked like a lot of work and had a lot of steps, but I thought to myself: "No sweat, I got this."
Nope, I didn't have it. Like, at all.FULL ENTRY
In preparation for next weekend's Art of Craft, Cantabrigian crocheters and knitters are raising their needles to whip up flowers, leaves, and birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Their hope is that a garden of grandma graffiti will take over Concord Ave.
Mom deserves more than a sad supermarket bouquet. Here's your chance to pick her up something original: students and alumni of Massachusetts College of Art and Design are displaying their craft for the school's annual Spring Sale, starting this Sunday and running all week.
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As a hearty New Englander, Andrea Williams grew up learning the names of plants and animals native to the Maine shores. Her inlaid stone and metalwork jewelry is grounded and breathtaking, like that Atlantic coast. Her line, Bound Earth, is based in her belief that jewelry isn't just a status symbol to raise us up, but can instead bring us closer to nature, the place where the materials come from. Check it out in person at CraftBoston today and tomorrow.FULL ENTRY
Covered with bright colors, playful patterns, and images of fauna of all types, you can't help but feel happy when looking at Hannah Niswonger's pottery. Born into a family of printmakers, quilters, knitters, and painters, it's no wonder the joy of craft comes through in Hannah's work. We caught up with the Winchester resident for an interview before today's CraftBoston show opens:
Mass Art grad Lauren Passenti has a bit of a dark side. At least her jewelry does. Striking a balance between industrial decay and the natural world, Lauren's pieces are crafted of materials some might call strange, like coral, horse hair, and fur, and antlers. Even the jewel-like quartz is rough. Her pieces are tough yet elegant — you can check them out in person at CraftBoston this weekend:FULL ENTRY
Known by many a hip, young Boston fashion lover by her iconic upcycled silk neck tie creations, Massachusetts native and Mass Art alumna Nicole Deponte returns to Boston for her second spring to exhibit at the Craft Boston market this week — with a new couture line, new offerings for men, and an excitement about where the local maker movement is going.
In this second installment of our Maker Moment series with Massachusetts artists showing at Craft Boston this week, we caught up with this cool emerging designer amidst the madness of packing up her studio for the show.FULL ENTRY
Ever daydream about the days of yore and (what must have been, right?) the simplicity of life on an historic New England farm? Ah, the honest joys of waking at the break of dawn, gazing out on your wide expanse of land filled with a sense of pride, giving your adopted dog an actual job to do, growing your own food, making your own clothes, hammering out the frustrations of the world in a barn workshop...
This month, indulge those farm fantasies and see what rural life is really all about by spending the day at Gore Place in Waltham for the 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival. on April 27th.FULL ENTRY
If yesterdays's roundup of stitch-focused Saturday sessions has got your crafty fingers itching, here's a deal for you. DIY maven Vickie Howell's latest book, Step It Up Knits, is available on Kindle for only $1.99.FULL ENTRY
School vacation might be right around the corner, but this week it's time for the grownups to go back to class with six crafting events sure to help get your stitch on and shake the winter doldrums right out of your sewing machine.FULL ENTRY
If this "Hey Girl" meme with Ryan Gosling makes you laugh, chances are you're a crafter who's encountered the dreaded pair of dull scissors at least once in your life.
Luckily, Gather Here Stitch Lounge is hosting an event today to help you spring clean your sewing kits, craft closets, and kitchen drawers to get a new edge on projects with discounted sharpening (even pinking shears!) starting at 2 p.m. today in their Cambridge shop.
Patti Small of On the Edge Knife Sharpening will be on hand to revive your favorite pair or blades for just $8 each (normally $10).
Who knows? You might even run into actress Amy Adams, who was spotted in the craft shop just last week!
Gather Here Stitch Lounge, 370 Broadway Cambridge, MA. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check out GatherHereOnline.com
The jury is out over whether Pinterest has enhanced the holidays for hosts or just added to the seasonal stress of striving for perfection, but either way it's easier than ever to find inspiration (and a DIY tutorial) for any of your holiday planning needs — like these 18 Easter egg designs, all of which can be done in a day with simple tools and some leftover craft materials.FULL ENTRY
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|