Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Pincushion Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board



I just LOVE adorable pincushions and love making them. If you do, too here's a few pincushion tutorials, video's and how-to' that may be helpful..

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Thanksgiving Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board



I just love Thanksgiving as there are so many different crafts you can make to decorate your house. I hope you enjoy some of the Thanksgiving crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Halloween Craft Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board




I just love Halloween as there are so many different spooky creature crafts you can make to give as gifts or to decorate your house. You have ghosts, goblins, witches, skeletons, Frankenstein,vampires, tombstones, and so much more. I hope you enjoy some of the Halloween crafts tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's I have found.

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Fall Crafts Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board


Fall is my favorite season of the year. There's just something about the Fall that makes me want to create something. Maybe it's all the vivid colors or all the holidays and the decorations you can make for all of them.

Whatever it is I LOVE the Fall.  So, of course, I love creating dolls and crafts with all sorts of Fall themes, Fall colors, etc.

I hope you enjoy some of the Fall seasonal crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's Pinterest Board




It is no secret that everything and anything Victorian is my passion. I just can't get enough of Victorian dresses, Victorian crafts, Victorian history, and Victorian images. I absolutely LOVE it all. And, I absolutely want to make everything I find.

I look at the beautiful Victorian dresses display on all the museum websites and find myself wanting to make a miniature version for a doll of mine. There are so many beautiful Victorian dresses out there it would be nearly impossible to make them all. That doesn't stop me from dreaming about it.

I also love searching the web for all the wonderful tutorials, patterns, articles, how-to's and printables there are for making Victorian arts and crafts. Some I have tried to make. Some are on my wish list. But, they are all fabulous and I want to make them all.

Again, this is impossible but I can continue to collect them on my Pinterest board. When I dream of Victorian crafts and want to see beautiful Victorian eye candy I can always visit my boards.

I especially love watching video's, reading tutorials, patterns, articles, and how-to's on making Victorian dolls & crafts. I hope you like some of the ones I've found.

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Victorian Bride picture courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Images Pinterest Board



I love Victorian images and saving all the Victorian images that I find on different websites that are sharing images in the public domain on my Pinterest board. Here, too I find myself dreaming of beautiful mixed media crafts I could make with them. I wish I could use each and every one of them. Use them all - I can't. Collect them on Pinterest - that I can do.



I just LOVE Victorian images, ephemera and vintage pictures - especially Victorian images that I can use with my mixed media creations and pictures of flowers or little girls and their dolls. Here's a few of my favorites.

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Dress Form Tutorials, Video's and How-To's Pinterest Board




I just LOVE dress forms of every style, shape, and size and want to make so many of them. When I do I hope these tutorials, video's and how-to's will help me create beautiful dress forms.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Are You Ready To Try Your Hand At Self-Publishing?




I love to read and have loved visiting public libraries since I was a child. I just loved roaming through the stacks of books and magazines or sitting and reading for hours on end and always wanted to have a study or library of my own.

I tend to prefer hardcover books versus pocketbooks as I always had a hard time reading the little print and nowadays always buy hardcover. I also tend to prefer books and magazines with lots of illustrations, pictures, and step by step instructions. Truth be told I also love romance novels, but we won't get into that.

So when e-books and e-zines came into being I was intrigued. E-Books? E-Zines? What exactly were they and how would that work? For sure they weren't going to be hardcover books that you could hold and feel. They weren't going to be magazines you could just flip through.  Or would they? I wasn't sure I was going to like them or that they would ever replace books and magazines as we know them to be.

So, what exactly are they? Well, an e-book is basically the electronic version of a print book.  It can contain all the traditional sections of a regular print book and be quite lengthy. It is basically a book that can be transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-books.

An e-zine is basically the electronic version of a print magazine that is transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house thousands of e-zines.

E-Books and e-zines have become wonderful e-products for artists and crafters to either sell or give away for free. Most of the e-books and e-zines that are sold by the artists and crafters are in .PDF format that can be downloaded once they are paid for and then saved to your hard drive and read by Adobe Acrobat. Or, they can be downloaded to an e-reader (like the Kindle or Nook), or to a tablet, notebook, or pc and are usually in an .epub or.mobi/.prc format.

Over the last few years the self-publishing industry has basically exploded.  As a result there is a growing number of e-book and e-zine publishing websites where you can publish your own e-books and e-zines for sale and turn your craft tutorials, patterns, how-to's, projects and DIY's into a profitable business.

The good news with all of this is you don't have to be a professional writer to publish an e-book or e-zine on the web. You can be a small, independent crafter just trying to get your name out there or wanting to share your passion with the world.

So, I thought I'd put together a list of all the self-publishing websites and e-book & e-zine creation, selling & resource websites out there.  I hope you find my list useful. The links below are to the sign-up or FAQ pages:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift Baskets & Bags Tutorials, Gift Boxes Video's, Patterns, and How-To's Board on Pinterest



I've always liked adorning my presents with big bows and other accessories - silk florals, stuffed animals, and cute little decorations for kids like bendies, softies, etc. My grandchildren loved getting gifts with little creatures attached.


During the holidays one of my favorites things to do is decorate the presents. Hubby does all the wrapping. I do all the decorating and, when I doing this, I'm in my glory. Storing all the different accessories needed for decorating presents all year can be a bit of a challenge, but the end result is always worth it.


So, of course, I love it when I find beautiful, creative ways to decorate presents, gift baskets or gifts in a jar. If you love decorating as much as I do I hope you find the tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's on my Pinterest board helpful.

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