Mar 19

This week’s challenge was to create something based out of an item we saw in a catalog or online that made us say, “Why should I buy that, I could make it!” They were not encouraging exact copies (though those are welcome too). But they would love to see what drives our creative plans and how our inspirations take you to the path of DIY.

Button Bobby Pins My submission: Button Bobby Pins

Lately I’ve gotten into making cute bobby pins, and I saw some on Etsy that used plain buttons as decorations. I decided to step it up a notch and use some cool vintage buttons of my grandmother’s. The best part? All of these (and more) are available to buy in my Etsy shop!
[See all the fourth Iron Craft 2012 submissions

Did you participate in this Iron Craft 2012 challenge? Please share your craft in the comments!


Aug 26

Thanks to all my amazing Kickstarter pledgers for the Print CROQ #12 fund! One of the rewards for a certain level of pledge was that I post a thank you post with names of those who helped. I want to say thanks to ALL those who helped, whether financially or otherwise. And these are the special people who get their name in lights!

FREE HUGS in Paris – photo used with permission, by Aimee

I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be supported by friends. It is really awesome! I want to give you all a big hug!

Leah K.
Amy Cathcart
Dryden Driggers, Designated Dryden
Christine Bailey Claringbold, Eye Pop Art
Li Bruno
Kate McKean
Merritt Massuch
Adrienne Shaffer, Mmm…Fiber!
Sabrina Simon,
Daphne Dacquay,
Tiara the Merch Girl
Fanie, art vs. craft
yasuyuki tamaki
Phoebe Owens
Elizabeth Ann Grushkin
Wendy Bauer Piersall, Woo Jr
Marie Irshad
Breanna Newbill
Lisa Menou,
amy dame
thea starr, Thea Starr
Tracy Davis
Rachel Bartram
Vone Emerson, How to… do something
Christy Petterson, a bardis
Kelsey Smith
Annie Fisher
Alice Lovegrove
Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod
Trish Collins
katherine berkeley
Marja Huhta
Michelle Lichter, Mich L. in LA
lori r
Shannon Weidemann, PartyElf
Lydia Ondrusek
Kathryn Rose
Zette Spaghetti:
Sister Sheri at The Leaking Window
Cheryl of Sew Can Do
Heather Vasquez
Karen Linhart
Marie mrounsavell
Rachel Johnson, swap-bot
Brianna Roberts
Kelly Machande
Rachael Caballero, BelaKoiDesigns
Rosalie Gale, Unanimous Craft
Dayna Mankowski, The Crafty Scientist
Bazaar Bizarre Boston

Note: if you’re on this list and you want me to link to your site, just comment here or email me and I’ll add it.

Aug 22

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Nov 24

photo from here

I can totally get behind this contest from Scotch Tape: the National Tape Sculpture Contest. They aren’t paying me to say this: I love their tape. I used to work in college bookstores, and the only tape that was worth anything (to hold our sometimes 70 lb boxes together) was Scotch/3M’s clear packing tape. I use it to package up my CROQ orders, and I always have a bulk package of this tape on hand.

You can win up to $5000 and a year’s supply of tape.

About the contest:

From now through February they’re accepting photos of statuary and sculptures made from packaging tape, with the winners and runners-up receiving various cash prizes, and tape.

From Scotch: We’ve worked with tape artist Mark Jenkins ( to produce instructional videos on how to make sculptures out of tape which have been posted online – – as a primer to those who are new to DIY decorating with tape. Details of the contest, and photos of Mark’s own amazing sculptures, are also available online at, or,

Nov 15

Photo by Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod

If you have missed your print CROQ zine fix for the past two years (who hasn’t? I know I’ve been promising you another issue…), you should check out Craft Leftovers Monthly! Kristin Roach, the creator of CLM has a special deal for readers of CROQ:

I want to offer you 2 issues for your readers and a coupon code to all your readers for 20% off their entire order when they get the winter issue. 

Here are the details:
Craft is Grand Opening on Sunday and Monday, November 15th and 16th – everything will be 15% off for those two days and I’m giving away 2 gift certificates 

  • The Winter issue will be available for pre order starting November 15th for $7 (+s&h)

  • Box Sets of Volume 1 will be available November 15th for $59 (+s&h)

About the zine: Craft Leftovers Monthly is all about living life creatively. It’s full of resourceful projects, patterns, and ideas for using what’s on hand. It turned two years old in August and is 100% recycled and 100% handmade!

Apr 6

If you are a crafter, then you’re probably familiar with those times when the project you’re working on just doesn’t quite measure up. Blogging crafters will admit that when they have a craft fail, it usually doesn’t appear on the pages of their blog because it isn’t exactly something they want to shout from the rooftops about!

A few crafty friends and I were together on Saturday, and we thought it would be fun to have a blog where we could share our craft fails.

So, I started another blog yesterday called Craft Fail. Craft Fail is a community blog dedicated to sharing our not-so-successful crafting attempts. Anyone who has crafted and failed is invited to participate. More info about the site and how to join here.

I consider this part of my Make Something Cool Everyday project!

Mar 16

I couldn’t find these collected anywhere on the web, and I just fast-forwarded through FOTC to collect these slogans from the New Zealand posters on the “Flight of the Conchords” tv show:

  • New Zealand It’s Not Part of Australia
  • New Zealand – Don’t Expect Too Much and You Will Love It!
  • New Zealand, Bring Your Mum
  • New Zealand, Better Than Old Zealand
  • New Zealand…Rocks!!!
  • New Zealand Why Not?
  • New Zealand, Only 18 hours from New York
  • Woolcome to New Zealand
  • New Zealand: Ewe Should Come
  • New Zealand Like Scotland But Further
  • New Zealand Like Lord of the Rings
  • New Zealand Cool!
  • New Zealand Worth a Go
  • New Zealand Down Underer
Mar 8

I have been a regular contributor for Blissful Kids for a few months now! Today’s article is on Painting With Unusual Materials!

Jan 11

Red Robin Antiques has a huge page of very cool antique jewelry photos and descriptions, perfect for some jewelry or art inspiration. Since I can’t easily stumble the pieces I like or add them to my wists because of the sheer number of photos on the page, I’m posting some of them here. Enjoy if you want!

There are hundreds of photos on the one page, but here are some that I thought were interesting.

Victorian Applied Gold Japonaiserie Bird Locket
This is
a lovely example of a Victorian piece done in the Japanese style with
applied mixed-metals (yellow and rose gold) features two birds in a marsh
setting.   These pieces were very popular in the late 1870’s and
early 1880’s.

(I love the buckle motif!)

Victorian Buckle Sterling Locket and Chain This classic Victorian piece
features the very popular buckle motif.

(I love that this has the daisy in various stages of blooming)

Victorian Daisy Sterling Heart Locket This lovely Victorian locket features
a daisy in various stages of blooming. The back
has been engraved with the initials that are too faint to read.  The
first initial is definitely an R but the other two are too hard to make out.

(This necklace is awesome enlarged–click to see it! Plus it’s my birthstone.)

Victorian Garnet Gold Necklace Lovely circa 1870 Victorian necklace set with a
series of three garnet drops (a total of 17 drops) on a 14k gold foxtail
chain.   The garnets are a pinkish lavender color and the drops
measure 1/2 of an inch in diameter.

Victorian Etruscan Stone Cameo Gold Festoon This striking Victorian festoon
necklace features three carved stone cameos set in elaborate bloomed gold
Etruscan style frames.

I wouldn’t actually want to own this brooch, but I think it’s interesting to find out about popular motifs of the day, like Day and Night.

Victorian Day Night Shell Pearl 14k Brooch Pendant Beautiful example of a
very popular Victorian motif, Day and Night.
This elaborate shell cameo features “Day” with the suns rays
behind her head and an out stretched eagle while “Night” has
poppies in her hair (sleep), a quarter moon and an owl.  The
brooch/pendant has a very elaborate frame of leaves set with seed

Edwardian French Cut Steel Earrings Gorgeous all original large French cut steel
earrings with glass drops.

Jugendstil Plique Marcasite Pearl Silver Pendant This gorgeous Jugendstil
pendant features  plique-a- jour enamel in a beautiful shade of
turquoise set with with marcasites and garnet pastes and accented with a
Mabé pearl and a large freshwater pearl drop.  The pendant is most likely German in origin.
A nearly identical pendant is featured on a very well known English web site
and was made by the firm of Levinger and Bissinger.

Edwardian Citrine Sterling Necklace Striking
Edwardian citrine necklace set festoon style with silver chain.  I
have seen this style done with seed pearls but not done with sterling
chain which makes this piece much easier to wear and not as

There are LOTS more very cool pieces on the page, but these ones will get you started. Which ones caught your eye?

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