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SIMPLE SWEATER THROW PILLOWS

Last year, I made most of my Christmas decorations from thrifted plaid shirts.  This year I am adding to those plaid crafts with some cozy sweater pieces.  I used the same technique that I used to make plaid throw pillows to make some festive pillow covers from thrifted sweaters.         Just like with the shirt pillow covers, you will use the torso part of the sweater to create the pillow cover.  If possible, use the side seams of the … [Read More...]

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RUSTIC FIREPLACE HEARTH CRATE

This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated and given free product for my work, but the opinions are 100% my own. I have had fun decorating the mantel in The Mad House over the years we have lived in this house, but we have never done anything with the fireplace itself.  We haven’t gotten around to having the chimney inspected, and I am not sure it would even be safe to light a fire in there. I wanted a bit of that warm fire glow this Christmas though, so I made up a rustic crate … [Read More...]

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GERMAN PAPER STAR TUTORIAL

When I shared my plaid and fair isle mantel with you, I promised that I would show you how to make the German paper stars strung on the garland.  German paper stars, or Froebelstern, are a common sight in German Christmas decorations.  Instead of being flat stars, Froebel stars have 16 points total -- on the edges and on the front and back. The process of folding a German paper star does have quite a few steps, but once you learn the process you can bust through dozens of them … [Read More...]

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HANDMADE GIFT: SOAKING SALTS

Thank you Yahoo! for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Yahoo!, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. The wonderful thing about Christmas giving is that it gets everyone thinking about what their loved ones want and need.  Maybe you have someone on your list who spend her whole year thinking about others.  A nurse? A mom? A teacher, caregiver, or other thoughtful person?  Do you know what that caring person really needs this time of … [Read More...]

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CHRISTMAS CRACK: DO’S AND DON’T’S

The most popular recipe I have posted on Mad in Crafts is my Christmas Crack recipe.  It’s no wonder.  Once you have tried the Crack, you will understand.  Over the years since I first posted the recipe, I have received numerous questions about it.  I wanted to address those questions all in one place. Plus, my photography skills are markedly better now, and Christmas Crack deserves better than the “point & shoot with a flash” treatment I gave it back then! Can I use … [Read More...]

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MAD SKILLS PARTY #237

  WELCOME TO THE 237th MAD SKILLS PARTY!   For the Mad Skills party, you can link up a post, old or new, to share with other readers. The only rule for the party is that the post MUST BE A TUTORIAL. The tutorial can be written, pictorial, or a combination of the two, but it should be a project or a process that another crafter would be able to replicate. Any Mad Skill level, from novice to advanced, is welcome!   I like to be able to thank all of you for participating in the … [Read More...]

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GLITTERED PAPER MACHE DEER DECORATIONS

I own a lot of glitter.  And when I say a lot, I mean two entire shelves worth of glitter.  Part of the reason my craft room is brimming with the stuff is that sometimes I can’t quite get up the nerve to make a glitter mess.  If you have crafted with glitter before, you know the difference between a regular mess and a glitter mess.  The struggle is real. Doing glitter projects, even big projects, doesn’t have to propel you into a panic attack.  There are a few … [Read More...]