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Homemade Ornaments: Pinecone Gnomes

December 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I love making ornaments from found, natural materials. Cat-sitting for my crafty neighbor Jane last week, I spotted these little gnome ornaments she had made from the pinecones that fall on our neighborhood sidewalks, and asked if I could share them on The Tangled Nest. Jane’s gnomes were inspired by this this Better Homes and […]

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Tags: craft, DIY, holidays, seasons, sewing, simple gifts

Friday Links: Holiday Craft Projects

December 7th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I’ve written before on this blog about simple gifts and “The Sanctity of Giving.”  I love gifts, and I don’t believe opting out of holiday commercialism has to mean a moratorium on giving.  This week I’m sharing a few suggestions from the Tangled Nest archives: craft projects that can bring a handmade simplicity to your […]

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Tags: craft, DIY, Friday links, holidays

How to Make a Giant Magical Paper Flower Poppy Garden

July 1st, 2012 · 25 Comments

A Giant Magical Paper Poppy Garden?  I know–what a strange Tangled Nest post.  But somehow I volunteered to make the poppies for the set of Claire’s school production of The Magical Land of Oz.  Remember the poppies in service to the Wicked Witch (played by my daughter!) that lulled Dorothy and friends into a preternatural […]

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Tags: art, craft

Travel Knitting: Tiny Projects to Take Along

April 16th, 2012 · 9 Comments

We spent last week in New York City, and had a fabulous time.  While packing for the trip, I knew I wanted to take a little knitting project to keep my mind and hands busy during the in-betweens of airports and cafes–it had to be something I could carry easily, that would tuck into a […]

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Tags: craft, DIY, knitting

Create an Inspiring, Low-Budget Craft Room

March 17th, 2012 · 12 Comments

Ever since we moved into this house SEVEN years ago, I have intended to make a corner of the basement into a craft room, where I could keep all my supplies, spread out projects, and find inspiration.  But instead it turned into–well, if you have a basement you know exactly what it turned into–a Subterranean […]

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Tags: craft, inspiration, sewing

A Mending Morning: Set up Your Sewing Basket

May 31st, 2011 · 11 Comments

I love hand-sewing, and I always have–ever since I was a little girl.  I also love mending.  It makes such good sense, imparts calm, gives you a pleasant sense of accomplishment, and is something nice to do for your family.  That said, it’s been a mystery why, these past few months, the family “to-mend” pile […]

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Tags: craft, DIY, sewing

Knit Graffiti, Yarn Bombing, And Other Dangerous Hobbies

March 27th, 2011 · 18 Comments

And now, surprise surprise, a guest post from Tom about knitting! What is it about yarn bombing that’s so compelling? “Knit graffiti” — it brings a smile to my face just to think about it! Guerrilla crafters wrapping yarn creations around objects in the streetscape under the cover of darkness, adding a touch of whimsy […]

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Tags: art, craft, DIY

Pretty Patching: Giving Old Clothes New Life

February 28th, 2010 · 17 Comments

Even though I found them on the deep discount rack at REI, my Prana cargo pants were quite a splurge.  But in the spring of 2008 I was on my way to East Africa for two months, and the pants were so light weight, had a touch of spandex that made them perfect for everything […]

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Tags: craft, sewing

Cardboard Box Gingerbread House Gift Box: A Super-fun Upcycle

December 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Last night I was wrapping a present for Claire, and I don’t know what came over me.  The ugly old box ended up as a cardboard gingerbread house.  When Claire woke up this morning, she thought the box itself was her present.  Now we are plotting a whole upcycled cardboard box village, but I thought […]

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Tags: craft, holidays, simple gifts, upcycling

Homemade Knitting Needles, Knitting Evangelism, and a Pretty Scarf Pattern

December 20th, 2009 · 9 Comments

For my seventh birthday, my mom gave me a pair of light blue knitting needles and a ball of white yarn.  She didn’t know how to knit, but sent me across the backyard to our neighbor’s house, where the retired librarian Marion Milligan took me under her wing.  Marion taught me to knit and purl.  […]

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Tags: craft, knitting, simple gifts, Uncategorized