craftypod goodness & a book giveaway

Saturday, Diane posted the chat that we had a couple of weeks ago for her CraftyPod podcast. I loved finally getting a chance to talk to her.

Diane's podcast is one of my very favorites. My only complaint is that it's too short. I'm always wanting more because I learn something new every time I check in. It also happens to be the perfect thing to listen to when I'm in the middle of a crafty project. Visit her site to listen in on our conversation.

Thank you so much for having me Diane!

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The house was full of kids and parents yesterday afternoon because we hosted our son's cub scouts troop meeting. They were working on their art requirement. So, guess who lead the activities? The kids talked about paintings and constructions they'd made at home. I helped them make mobiles and they had fun making their parents' profile outlines. By the end we had a big mess of paper, scissors, and whatnot. After a quick clean up we finished off the meeting with juicy watermelon slices—perfect for the persistent afternoon heat.

The only crafty thing I've done (aside from yesterday) is covering my ugly, ugly mouse pad with a piece of my yellow mod-spoons fabric. Why, oh why hadn't I thought of doing this sooner?

:: Sunburst Wreath project found in Home, Paper, Scissors ::



What have you made recently? Let me know in the comments section below and you will qualify to win one of the two signed copies of Home, Paper, Scissors that I will be giving away. If you're like me and haven't had any crafty time share a good (easy!) recipe link with us all. I can always use some help expanding my culinary repertoire.

Please make sure to include your email so that I can contact you. The drawing will close tomorrow at midnight (ET) and I will announce the winners on Wednesday morning.

Good luck!

61 comments:

  1. I've been sewing up a storm (for me, anyway). As I type, I have the ironing board set up with a new table runner laying in pieces. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  2. fun! i'm dying to get my hands on your book. if i don't win here, off to the bookstore for me!!
    I've been making tons lately, all for shop orders tho, not for me ;) mainly i've made a lot of custom cloth baby blocks, which are fun to make + a great gift for new babes.
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  3. This week I've been learning how to make hardback journals covered in paper and book cloth. It's also so nice to learn something new!

    Fingers crossed! Although your book is on my birthday list too...

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  4. Your book has been on my Chapters wish list for a bit so this would be super cool!

    I actually have been sewing lately, I made this fishing set for my little one last week: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3430/3865901664_f7f3109bba_o.jpg

    And these bean bags the week prior: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3845429788_bdda854c88.jpg

    I think I am going to take a break from the felt fun though and try working with some vintage fabrics.

    :D

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  5. Work has been crazy-busy right now, so haven't had time for crafting. But I have a few zillion projects bookmarked that are waiting to be tried!

    In the meantime, here's a link for an easy, but delicious and elegant recipe from my food blog. It's for peaches and meringue -- a definite must-try during peach season, that only uses 4 ingredients! :D

    http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/peaches-and-meringue/

    Have been looking forward to seeing the new book!!

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  6. I made a 'Bubble Pouch' from a cute Keyka Lou sewing pattern.
    I would love to learn how to make some of the beautiful paper crafts from your book!

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  8. I would love to win your book! I wanted it for my birthday but didn't get it so if I don't win it here, I need to place an order from Amazon!
    I haven't had much crafty time lately and am starting to experience withdrawal symptoms. :) I do have a great link to a blog that posts wonderful recipes though: http://smittenkitchen.com/
    I especially loved her Mediterranean Pepper Salad: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/06/mediterranean-pepper-salad/
    It was yummy and super easy!
    Thanks for the give-away!

    legobird-at-gmail-dot-com

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  9. I've been working on some small projects for holiday gifts (coasters, fabric-covered file folders, camera cosy, and belts), but my best completion recently is the improvisational quilt I started in a Denyse Schmidt class in July. I totally love it!

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  10. We recently moved so I haven't set up my craft corner properly yet. But I pulled out some supplies two weeks ago to make a card for my parents' best friends' anniversary. This week I hope to make a card for my Mom who broke her shoulder recently. She's okay, but going a bit stir crazy because she can't to much.

    e-mail: neonfoxtongue[at]gmail[dot]com

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  11. I've been making a lot of little decorative accents for my daughter's room remodel. A pennant banner for a window valence. Some fabric covered tacks for her bulletin board. Some collage artwork. All little, but sweet things to make her room more personal!

    email: heypooks at gmail dot com

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  12. I just finished a doll for a 3 year old's birthday gift! You can see pictures on my most recent blog post.

    Amy

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  13. Hi Patricia! I feel like I've always got too many work in progress projects going on. Finding a clear flat surface in the house can be a challenge sometime. Lately I've overcome my irrational fear of sewing patterns and tackled two Cynthia Rowley by Simplicity patterns. Both turned out super cute and inspired me to sew more. In addition to that I've been drawing more, working on new illustrations. That and gardening. That's technically making something right? Squash, tomatoes, chard... galore! :)
    anne (at) annebryantcreative.com

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  14. I made some praliné-cream, soft and smooth, half black, half white - filled in a jar.
    My friends were delightet.
    My recipe: butter, milk, vanilla, nougat, salt, cacao.

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  15. I've been doing a ton of embroidery lately....I was trying to start projects using only what I have left in my craft bin and that meant lots of thick (but rather boring) paper, fabric scraps, and TONS of embroidery floss. So I've been stiching everything from greeting cards to buttons and I've now even moved onto my own sofa!

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  16. Hi Patricia!
    I am into recycling mode these days and making decor pieces out of used placemats of wicker kind of material,using mirrors and hemp chord. Also working on turning plain boring used glass vases into vibrant chic ones using hemp chord.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am keeping my finger crossed :)

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  17. I was just thinking a couple days ago that you really need to do a book giveaway because I will not be able to buy your book for a long time but I really want to!

    As far as crafting goes, I learned about Etching this weekend! I was great! I photoshopped some pictures of Marilyn Monroe and etched them onto some glasses (using some Armour Etch cream) for my sister. I was going to use them as part of a care package for her but the way they came out I think I'm going to hold off until Christmas to give them to her. AND I just joined the Craftster community so here is the post I made about them with pictures! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319385.msg3679294#msg3679294 I LOVE THEM and I AM PROUD OF MYSELF! I don't say that last one all that much so... you should be proud of me too.

    (Do I leave my email here? messy_mcspud@hotmail.com)

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  18. I've been working on bridesmaid gifts for my wedding. This weekend I was working on tote bags in each of their favorite colors. It's a lot of sewing, but so far they're turning out nicely!

    meghanwithers [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. Haven't been making a whole lot with my 15 month old running around, but I have been knitting a pair of socks that are all for me!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. I have been converting an old, ripped sheet to a dog bed cover and some dog chew toys. We are getting a dog soon and I can't wait!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  21. I have been using my vacation to prepare a first birthday party, to sew a bunny basquet as a gift to this birthday, to sew a small camera case, a camera strap ... to learn how to make paper cranes, paper pom poms and ... muchas cosas mas!! :)

    Me encanta tu blog y admiro mucho todas las cosas que haces!!

    ** besos

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  22. I've been sowing on a layout. I'm almost finished and it's really really beautiful, makes me so happy!

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  23. My craftiness has been channeled into updating, painting and upholstering furniture. I scour my local garage sales trying to find sweet, cheap and well made pieces of old furniture. First they sit in my garage and I think about it for awhile and then I find the perfect paint or perfect fabric to recover it and off I go. $1 piano bench is my latest find singing to me as I pass it by each day in the garage. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book!!

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  24. I can't wait to listen to the podcast!

    I've been sewing birds (in a surprise move!), but I can't show them to anyone and that is somewhat frustrating. But sewing them is pure joy!

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  25. I have been sewing, sewing, sewing....I am redoing a vintage little trailer in a 50's style, and we have cut and sewn over 15 yards of upholstery vinyl into custom cushions for it...oooh the sparkly tourquoise fabric! ooh the pretty blue fomica counters we're installing! That....and making costumes for the county fair. I am up-sizing a papercraft AT-AT walker pattern to fit my son's goat!!!!!! That, and my 6 year old is going to be Mr. Mcgregor with her bunny, and my twelve year old will be a scarecrow. Oh, yes, AND building "monster book of monster" crafts for a birthday party...I think this is *almost* worse than christmas crafting, what with fair, birthdays, and the first week of school all rolled up in 12 days. whew!!!! I"m tired already---7 days to go!

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  26. Well, I would love a chance to win your beautiful book--and I have done nothing but make things for days and days, as I'm preparing for my first craft fair! Mostly, I'm making wool felt applique Christmas ornaments, though it seems awfully early.

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  27. Hi Patricia! The last crafty thing i did was make invites and a banner for my 11 year olds birthday party. It was a pool party and we made everything in the shape of flip-flops, it was so much fun for her and I to do together!

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  28. I´ve been cooking the whole weekend, some cakes to celebrate my moms bday, and sweing a few wallets and trying tutorials online, its rainning like crazy so its fun to do handmade things :D

    Thanks for the chance, the books looks amazing (i want i want) :D

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  29. havent done much lately.. would love to win your book!

    radiyas@gmail.com

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  30. I gathered up everything that needs a quick paint job and bought paint. now I just need to do it!
    maplesfamily@hotmail.com

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  31. I always try to give my kids something homemade when school starts up again. Just finished two pencil holders that they can snap into their 3-ring binders. Quite proud of myself and touched how much it means to them.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. gotta try for the book, right?
    not much crafty has been going on around here...

    but have you seen the 101 salad recipes? they are really good...
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=101%20simple%20salads&st=cse

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  33. I have been working on taking and making new photos for a craft show. Also, have been making some new pendants. Hope I win the book :)

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  34. I made a couple scrapbooking pages and 14 pieces for the Halloween banner swap that I am in.

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  35. I refinished a dresser I bought for $20. It now holds all my crafty stuff (tidy!) so I can be organized for crafting over the winter.

    I don't know what it is about summer - but I have a hard time getting crafty. Oh, maybe it's the garden, food preserving, sunshine, camping .... :)

    I'm excited for the seasons changing and would love a new book to explore this winter!

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  36. How about a recipe for Pasta E Fagioli? The future of crisp autumn nights are just begging for this warm soup! It is super simple to make and oh so good!

    http://moomama96.blogspot.com/2009/01/pasta-e-fagioli.html

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book!

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  37. I haven't had much opportunity to craft lately, but my last endeavor was to make a pottery barn-esque jute rug with brown trim. I love you work (though this is the first time I have commented)! It is so simple and elegant and completely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  38. I haven't been doing a lot of crafting - mostly because I'm a teacher and have lots of things to prepare for in my classroom! The closest was putting up some fun metal trim to have kid work from.

    Aside from that, I'm dying to try out this recipe - it looks luscious!

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/08/red-pepper-risotto/

    Rhina - rhinahime@gmail.com

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  39. i would LOVE to win your book! it's on my list for birthday wishes! well, i just posted about the pouch i made for fin for school this year. at the end of this post: http://paisleywallpaper.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-day.html

    nothing exciting, but he likes it!

    congrats on your book. i'm so excited for you!

    lori@marzipaninc.com

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  40. Your work is inspiring, what a generous give-away!
    Soaking up the summer with the kids at the beach and in the garden, so it has been hard to stay crafty. Things will pick up again as we get back into school schedule.

    We have been enjoying making Dutch Baby Pancakes and experimenting with different fillings/toppings: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11425

    prinsloo.chantelle@gmail.com

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  41. Hi Patricia:
    i wouyld like to win your book !!
    im working in a new bag for my cricut....and im designing a surf's party invitation for my nephew.. im a graphic designer too... Yhanks for the chance to win !!
    gisellamancheno@hotmail.com

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  42. Already posted but i forgot to leave my e-mail address.... I dont want to miss a chance to win the book! coleenbroderick@gmail.com

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  43. A delicious, easy recipe that i've been making is this:
    1.Roast beets (quartered or cubed) brushed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt.
    2. Make dressing: orange juice, champagne/white wine (or leave out), a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
    3. Make spinach or mixed green salad, topped with goat cheese and beets (still warm). Add walnuts if desired.

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  44. I'm crocheting a shawl for my grandmother...it's STILL not finished! http://serendipityhandmade.blogspot.com/2009/08/grannys-shawl.html

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  45. I've made a couple of purses and zipper pouches... also assembled a shelf unit, and canned 3 dozen jars of assorted fruit.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. So far this week I have painted a wooden box 3 times. I am making a mexican shrine and I keep changing my mind on what I want the base color to be. I have been putting rhinestones on some small metal charms to use as decorations for it also.

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  47. I really have been on holidays, so I have not done anything recently. I have a head full of projects...before holidays, I finished some brooches for two friends in leather and felt.

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  48. The podcast was fantastic and you are so right that it was too short! I wanted to hear more and learn more. Perhaps there can be a part II? Lately I've been dabbling in many projects, but finishing seems not to be my forte! Some pattern designs, painting and trying to rework some dresses that have holes in them! Thanks for the giveaway and you can check out my blog for updates on my projects.

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  49. doh - my email is tortagialla @ gmail.com

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  50. i made seven fabric flowers out of really beautiful gray silk. and i made a little fabric covering for an old pickle jar that is currently housing my rotary scissors and temporary fabric markers. :)

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  51. I was on holidays, so relaxing mostly :) Keep sharing your craft experiences!

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  52. I have really enjoyed your blog and look forward to seeing more crafts from you! You make everything look so easy and you are very inspiring.
    This weekend was the first time in a LONG time that I was able to be crafty - I painted some pottery with a friend and it ended up being one of the best days of my summer!

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  53. Right now I'm working on embroidering his/hers moleskine kraft journals for a wedding present. I'm excited to finish and take some photos!

    christina@notalocal.com

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  54. First, I love your blog!
    Second, I haven't had nearly as much crafty-time as I'd like, but most recently I painted a footstool for our friend's little boy's 2nd birthday:

    http://teaspooncreek.blogspot.com/2009/08/art-by-foot.html

    My email is teaspooncreek (at) gmail (dot) com. This is a great giveaway! I can't wait to read your book and try out some of the projects.

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  55. I actually have been working on a focus board. It's a large board that contains dreams & wishes and what my hubby and I want for our lives. I guess you would call it a collage of pictures, drawings, etc. It's been quite fun creating it and adding ideas to it. Really keeps you focused on your goals.

    markandsummer@gmail.com

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  56. This is my third try to post a comment! For some reason my Google account won't post it, or something.

    Anyway, what a great opportunity - I've been ogling your book for a while now.

    I'm new to crafting; but, I've made your tp roll hurricane cover (it came out a little abstract looking and a little cone shaped rather than cylindrical, I love it - it's like a miniature sculpture). Also, made some stamped wrapping paper, a card, and a wax paper envelope for a friend's wedding gift. Going to make these (without the MDF): http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/diy-painted-cork-coasters-075724.

    allison.korenek@gmail.com

    Hope this comment posts!

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  57. Most of my creative energy has been going into preserving our abundant local produce. I've made several kinds of jam: honey-lemon-fig, ginger-spiced raspberry, and strawberry-vanilla. Most recently I tried my hand at pickled beets; so easy and delicious! As the weather continues to cool off, I will move on to my long-neglected pile of sewing and knitting projects.

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and your book looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Courtney
    cskybak(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. Ooohhh--thanks for the chance to win one of your amazing books! I haven't had time to do much crafting (or cooking lately) but I am managing to get in some knitting. Just pulled 'Heroine' (a felted knitted jacket) out of the washer and just need to let it dry and put on some buttons! Next up is to finish the sleeves on 'Rogue'.

    I'll still add on a recipe though...I made this the other night with a friend (we doubled the recipe and did a pie size one) and it was delicious!
    http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com/blog/?p=1662

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  59. I just finished a digital scrabook layout that I really like (http://www.scrapartist.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=160436&ppuser=17707).

    I've been a long time admirer of your work, and having the opportunity to nab one of your books is so cool. ;)

    hi_c74 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  60. What an amazing giveaway! I love your blog...so thankful to be able to read it. My kids just went back to school today, so my MOST creative project is going to be reclaiming my art space. I have big plans! ;) xo corinne

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  61. I have been "stalking" your blog for some time now - I just love your fresh ideas!! The chance to win one of your books prompted my first comment ever!! Recently I designed a wedding shower invitation for a girlfriend of mine (an inaugural attempt at design) and due to the change in weather here, I crocheted a cute newsboy hat for my sister.

    Thanks for all your inspirational work and words!

    marsbars8412 @ gmail (dot) com

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