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A dose of color: What's crafty on Etsy this week

A dose of color: What's crafty on Etsy this week


If you love crafting, you likely have a bookmark for Etsy somewhere on your laptop, but if not, we must encourage that you make one, because the website is a fountain of creativity and always makes us feel inspired! That being said, if the whole Etsy experience is just too overwhelming or time consuming for you (too much stuff! takes too long to sort through! aah!), then perhaps we can assist you with our weekly Etsy roundup. Check out some of our favorite crafty picks below!


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These Japanese Owl Baby Booties easily are the cutest things I've seen in ages -- can you imagine the attention you'd get carrying your little one into Starbucks wearing something this snazzy? The kimono style is made with imported Japanese fabric, which would likely make for a great gift even if you don't have a cute set of plump feet in the house. Blowingkissesdesigns has much more where this came from too, and the same bootie style comes in many different vivid patterns and colors. Her antique rings are also a steal and inspired by blooming chrysanthemums.

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The Colors of Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson

The Colors of Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson


The soft transitions, textures and cascades in Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson's color use add a certain life to otherwise static landscapes. A selection of her paintings can be viewed below. Her other works includes drawings and embroideries. Hildur was introduced to us by Abigail Doan's blog.

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Weaving Into New Trends

Weaving Into New Trends


Tradiontal crafts have come a long way to make themselves a home in the contemporary art world. And while things like baskets may have held a tightly woven association to the weave, many artists are reinventing these techniques and creating intricately woven sculptures that wouldn't quite fit into the category of traditional woven crafts or, say, The Longaberger Company building. Here is a look at one artist weaving his own path, a recent exhibition, some items found on Etsy, and a few recent patterns from the library, all that embrace the intricacies and textures of the weave.

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"Basket has many attractive aspects. Form, Material, Pattern, Function, Images,,,. What charmed me most was structure itself. When I concentrated the way of weaving, my baskets lost the practical side."

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Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'

Making Giant Gummi Bears with 'Pimp That Snack'


Have you ever starred longingly at your (insert favorite snack food) and thought to yourself "man, I wish this was like 5 million times bigger." Yeah, I know you have. Well, lucky for us there's a place where all those giant snack dreams can be realized, and they even give you the recipe to do it. Pimp That Snack is a site where users post their attempts to create classic snack foods of hilarious proportions.

If your still hungry for some inspiration check out these confectionary inspired groups:  foodiefiles, Yummy Colours, Colour My Food, Confectioners Paradise, Candy ShopCANDY MACHINE, Candylovers. And these other colorful food posts: How to Make a Rainbow Cake & Confectionery Colors Creating Art With Food

Giant Gummie Bears

While browsing Craftzine's blog I came across this colorful snack project where honey bears are used as molds to create enormous gummi bears. Here's an excerpt from the entertaining recipe:

Soon enough (about 10 minutes on low) the gummis were all melted, and the magma turned clear. It's all shiny and uniform in color, but still vaguely menacing, and I was expecting it to leap out of the pan and attach itself to my face. My spatula was well and truly stuck to the stovetop at this time, thanks to the crazy-glue consistency of the magma. A word of warning: as anyone who's worked with molten sugar knows, getting this stuff on bare skin is horrifically uncomfortable to say the least. It's really, really hot, and it clings to your skin, so tread carefully when pouring.

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Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings & Other Lovely Layers

Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings & Other Lovely Layers


Tracey Melton's Tree Ring Paintings are made from dead red and white Elm trees and acrylic paint, adding a colorful twist to the natural beauty of the wood.

"My work is a expression of what I sees while hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains. It is based on how nature develops, grows, dies, then starts again."

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Creative and Colorful Crafts for Easter

Creative and Colorful Crafts for Easter


Whether you think of Easter as a time to dye eggs, bust out your pastel dresses or go hunting for candy, it can prove to be a really creative holiday. If all those lovely colors get you in a crafty mood, you can certainly find many ideas to create your own Easter project, or ask friends and family to help you and make something in the spirit of the the season together.

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Naturally we all think of dying eggs at Easter, but you don't have to be stuck using the same old Paas kit that your mom brought home every year. Why not try handpainting your eggs, or even better, dying them naturally? This handy guide will actually take you through the process of making your own dyes using beets, tumeric, cabbage and more. Also, don't miss the method of dying with onion skins -- it yields a truly beautiful result!

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Unusually Colored Vinyl Records

Unusually Colored Vinyl Records


The black circular world of vinyl records took on a new spin with the introduction of the first picture discs in the 1940's and the widespread use of colored vinyl in the 1970's, setting off a trend of crafted vinyl; a trend that has reemerged in today's small batch record releases popular with DJs and collectors.

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While focus is usually on album cover art, working color & design into the actual record itself adds another layer of craftsmanship, and creates another outlet for special/limited edition records to catch the eye of collectors & enthusiasts.

Here is a selection of some of the colorful endeavors in crafted vinyl records.

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Derek Higgins

Vogue Picture Records: approximately seventy-four titles were produced by Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan from May 1946 through August 1947. They are highly prized by collectors for their colorful designs.

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Stitching by Hand: Etsy's Best Threads

Stitching by Hand: Etsy's Best Threads


Whether you like to embroider, knit or even sew by hand, there's always tons of projects waiting for you just around the corner. Or, if you're anything like me, you may find that you go browsing around Etsy for inspiration on what to make next. Some colorful solutions to stimulate the creative senses are always a good idea!

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We loved this unusually shaped clutch from makemeadress, which features prominent white stitching and buttons of a beautiful pink for contrast. Loving that organic shape too! There's also more where there that came from, such as ruffly party dresses and delicate feathered tiaras.

Perhaps you're not so into the whole going out on the town thing, but you'd rather make something for your little girl to wear and earn admiring stares. I'll bet a crocheted burst of color could be just the thing!

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The Colorful World of Designer Vinyl Customs

The Colorful World of Designer Vinyl Customs


We've already brought you a primer on the simplistic, brightly colored vinyl toys known as 'Designer Vinyl' in the collectible toy world, and if you aren't much of the make-it-yourself type, you can easily sate your hunger for bursts of color by placing these bits of toy art around your home. However, if you are the crafty type (and if you're hanging around in our craft channel, I suspect that you just might be), you may find it inspiring that these toys also come in fully customizable (or DIY -- do it yourself) forms.

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The basic white Munny form can be purchased from Kidrobot.com for as little as $4.95 for smaller sizes. However, a larger size is available (you can get these guys up to 18"!). Once you get your hands on that simple little form, the only thing holding you back is the limits of your imagination.

The emergence of these DIY toys has basically fired up an entire subculture of artists who have gotten their creative groove on by painting and modifying them into something altogether different, and often incredible.

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You can easily search the web and find all kinds of tutorials on how to make your own Designer Vinyl customs. Toy artists will also often show the creation process on their blogs. Even celeb Rosie O' Donnell has gotten into the custom world. You can start simply with something like markers or use products such as Sculpey to completely alter the shape of the figure itself.

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The Colorful History of Papercraft

The Colorful History of Papercraft


We've visited the world of colorful paper sculpture before, but previously we focused on larger scale projects meant to widen the eye and drop the jaw. We'd all like to be able to produce such stunning work, but let's face it -- not everyone has the time to pop out such paper miracles, especially when it comes to scope and grandeur. What if you'd like to enjoy some folding therapy on a simpler scale? Perhaps, projects that take less than ten minutes?

Well, we can share some of those with you, but first, let's look back at the history of papercraft for a moment. As you may already know, paper folding traces as far back as Europe  from the year 1440. Origami is a traditional folding art which focuses on the use of colorful paper, and while many people associate it with Japan, there is evidence that the art form popped up in China, Germany and Spain as well.

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Modern papercraft can range from simple three minutes projects to incredibly complex ones (Japanese fans in particular take the art form to crazy levels) , but if you prefer to keep your folding to small doses, we have quite a few solutions for you. Paperkraft is updated regularly and offers lots of simple projects that you can print out to decorate your desk with. Papercraft World also has a lot of options, ranging from simple to challenging. Another major favorite is Cubeecraft, which boasts over two hundred simple projects based on pop culture icons and more. Scroll down to enjoy even more links to great papercraft sites!

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Paper Foldables3eyedbear | Shin TanakaNintendo Papercraft | Papercraft ParadisePaper Museum

[Header photo via Warm n' Fuzzy]

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