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The Art of ReUSE

Celebrate our resourceful planet with a handful of sustainable how-to projects, designed by some of Etsy’s finest MacGyvers.

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Heart Hearts Etsy: Style the Band Contest

Create a treasury inspired by sisters in song, Ann and Nancy Wilson, and win a special prize pack in celebration of their new album, Red Velvet Car.

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Something New…and Blue

Whether you want to satisfy that traditional wedding checklist, or just add an unexpected touch of color, blue in all its shades and incarnations fits the bill. While you’re at it, how about something unique? Our friends at the Glamour Weddings blog Save the Date (subtitled “For brides (and the people who have to put…

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Party Planners: Garden Swap with Food & Wine Magazine

As the proud cultivator of a tiny urban plot, my efforts have so far yielded a grand total of two tomatoes. Yes, two tomatoes. They were delicious, but a far cry from my garden fantasy, which goes something like this… After a full summer enjoying the bountiful fruits and veggies from my expansive garden retreat (complete…

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How-Tuesday: Zakka Pincushion Tutorial

Download the complete project instructions here, or follow along below, courtesy of Zakka Sewing by Therese Laskey and Chika Mori. Pretty wrist pincushions are the perfect accessory for sewing—the pins are always where you need them. This one looks like a flower corsage that you might have worn to your high school prom. To change…

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How-To: Do It Now!

Glue gun gathering dust? Re-upholstery project in a pile? Our friends at Apartment Therapy have just the thing: the February Jumpstart Project, “Do it Now!”  We’ve just rounded the half-way mark of the challenge. (Which means now is the time get involved!) Besides the group motivation and encouragement, there are Etsy shopping sprees to be had!…

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How-Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Round Up

Get inspired with this collection of love-themed how-to’s.

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How-Tuesday: Applique a Cameo Tote

Dress up an everyday outfit with this classic black and white carry all. Equestrian, Victorian?… Yes, please! Download the complete project instructions here, or follow along below, courtesy of The New Handmade by Cassie Barden. When damask, silhouettes, ruffles, and pearls all suddenly came back into fashion in the past couple of years, I admit…

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How-Tuesday: Spicy Coconut Soup

On a cold (or a hot) day, nothing makes me happier than some good spicy food! Add coconut milk or a little tofu and I’m in heaven. I’ve never met a Thai massaman curry or a steaming Korean soon du boo that I didn’t like… Mmm… Enjoy this recipe from The Asian Vegan Kitchen while…

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Jane Brocket: A Habit of Seeing

Between her blog, yarnstorm, and book, the Gentle Art of Domesticity, author Jane Brocket delights in the creative outlets and simple pleasures of the home. Whether it’s a basket full of textured yarn or a colorful collection of books, she finds inspiration close at hand and believes you can too… I used to assume inspiration…

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Featured Buyer: The Breeders’ Kelley Deal

You may know this week’s Featured Buyer, Kelley Deal, rocks… but did you know she also knits and crochets? It’s true! (Her new book, Bags that Rock, has 20 great purse patterns to prove it!) This long time musician and fan of all things handmade took a break from touring the world with the Breeders…

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How-To: Stitch an Apron

Nothing beats a cool, retro style apron to make you feel like the hostess with the most-est. So whether you’re holding a New Year’s brunch, or a tea for two, tie on a party-proof print and be ready to toast! Aprons are deceptively simple to make, requiring just a small amount of fabric and the…

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Featured Buyer: Jay McCarroll

This week’s Featured Buyer is Jay McCarroll, fashion designer and winner of the first season of Project Runway, and now, fabric designer. Read on to find out what inspired Jay to pursue a life of creating, and check out his Etsy Christmas list below! I was born in a little town in Pennsylvania in 1974….

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How-to: Knit Baby Legwarmers

That’s one happy baby! Indulge your precious bundle in cozy cashmere warmth with a pair of knitted legwarmers just her size. Designed by Patti Ghezzi for Storey Publishing’s Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, this project knits up quick – perfect for that last-minute gift! And, since it only requires one skein of yarn, it’s an inexpensive…

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How-To: Play with Your Food

Young people (of all ages) know food is fun. But before you turn your perfectly edible parfait into pulp, why not whip up a faux version in felt that looks good enough to eat?   Create your very own Blackcurrant Mousse, like the one shown here, or share one as a gift with someone you…

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Lena Corwin: Painted Furniture How-to and Favorites

I recently caught up with Lena Corwin, who’s got lots to share, including her many inspirations, Etsy favorites, and from her new book, this beautifully “dressed-up dresser”, just for you! Click here to download the complete instructions, or follow along below. Let’s get to it, shall we? Please introduce yourself and tell us what you…

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Recycled Glove How-to: Make a Chipmunk Softie

Gloves (like socks), while born to be part of a pair, often end their days in lonely solitude, separated from their mates by the forces of the universe that conspire at every turn to pull them apart. Alone, they sadly serve little purpose (aside from the occasional show biz appearance for only the most sparkling…

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DIY Halloween Contest ’08

Whether you’re a costume creator, spooky chef, decorating diva or gadget whiz… Halloween lovers: it’s time to show off your skills! Instructables has teamed up with Etsy, PopSci, MAKE, Craft, Core77, Threadbanger, IndyMogul, Hack n Mod, Toolmonger, Lion Brand Yarn, Plaid, Quirk Books, Singer, American Science & Surplus, Think Geek, and Ponoko to bring you…

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Fresh Shop: LuckyJackson

Bold lines and collaged elements are the hallmarks of this artist’s eye-catching work.

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Handmade Kids Sweepstakes: Winners Announced!

Congrats to the following 14 lucky Etsians, winners of the Handmade Kids Sweepstakes:   daisyfairside fishknitter WhimsyDots GigisDesigns whimsydesignworks AscendingPeculiarity McVilleCreations cutiepiecompany bmorenicky heatherevans SydneyAustinDesigns TwentysecondAvenue nonesuchgarden lifeonthefrontporch   Happy shopping! (Winners will be contacted directly with instructions for redeeming their prizes.) If you missed it, check out the Members Choice Award Winners and the…

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Fresh Shops: UnConventional

One of the most fun things about going back to school (besides the higher learning, of course) is the chance to reinvent yourself. It’s a fresh start, a time to take stock, and let’s be honest—a chance to update your look. Who do you want to be this season? My pick to elevate your threads…