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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Felted Rings for Baby

When my baby was little I worried about all the plastic toys that came her way. One of the most beloved toys of a baby is the rings made of  - you guessed it – plastic! I wish I had thought to make this gorgeous hand knit and felted wool baby ring! Made by Babus Toys you can find it on their Etsy site.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 29, 2011 10:05 AM | 1 Comment

Good Finds: The Learning Tower

The Learning Tower is an adjustable height multi-level platform step stool which allows children to participate in activities at counter height safely. With the innovative design of the Learning Tower from Little Partners, a child is able to stand at counter height without the risk of the tower tipping over, twisting or collapsing. What was once an unsafe, desired task of a two-year old- for example, washing dishes or making a pizza- now becomes a shared activity that allows the child to participate in adult happenings free from the risk of injury.


The folks at Little Partners are offering a Learning Tower to one lucky Living Crafts post commenter!  To enter go over to Little Partners and check out the Learning Tower as well as their other products and pages of info. Then come back here and tell us something you learned about the Learning Tower or any other product (they have some great ones!), or about the mom who created the company and product. Deadline for leaving a comment to win:  Friday,  May 27th Midnight Pacific Time. Good luck!


And the Winner is…


Brandy Submitted on 2011/05/27 at 11:48 am

I have had my eye on this product for a bit. I love that there is also an easel attachment with a chalkboard for the learning tower. Great use of space! Thank you for this giveaway.



Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 02:31 PM | 563 Comments

Garden Stone with Leaf Impression

A cool pictorial tutorial at the sunsetgurldesign blog you can follow to make your own leaf-impressed garden stone.

Can you think of other leaves or something other than leaves to use as an impression?

Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 01:59 PM | 3 Comments

Peg Loom Rug

Peg loom setup on a tressle

fleece underblanket

Jacob fleece underblanket

Learn how to make your own peg loom, and make your own blankets and rugs.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 08:28 AM | 2 Comments

Knit Toy Face Embroidery

Do you struggle with putting the finishing touches on your hand-crafted toys? Here’s a great video tutorial on embroidering the face on a knit doll, courtesy of Susan B. Anderson of Spud & Chloe. Though the video shows how to embroider Spud’s face you can apply the technique for embroidering facial features on other knit toys.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 08:14 AM | No Comments

Sea Stones Alphabet

This has to be one of the most lovely things I have seen made from sea stones! This would make a wonderful gift for a child from an artsy mom; or you can make togetherl!  Check out Nadezhda Bokovikova’s blog post on creating this beautiful collection of stones.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 22, 2011 05:36 PM | 2 Comments

Book Review: Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knit One Knit All

I am so amazed at why Elizabeth Zimmermann’s publisher did not think it was such a hot idea to publish a book of patterns all with garter stitch, in 1972. Since her second book, Knitter’s Almanac, had many patterns with the Garter stitch, her publishers thought it best to put this idea “on ice”. Thirty nine years later, I am happy to receive a copy of this valuable book, which is a wealth of information, with beautiful designs for adults and children, and Elizabeth’s original journal entries, watercolors and drawings, and much more. The book includes a variety of easy and practical options for sweaters, coats, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, vests, slippers, baby garments, and so on. Some of my favorites are the ……

Spiral Hat

This spiral is the top piece of the hat on the cover, knitted in gray.

Panache Hat

Brimmed Hat – Panach: This hat looks a lot like Peter Pan’s hat and a feather would complete it! There is another photo in the book showing another angle.


There are several hats and bonnet patterns, including a sun hat.

Diamond Back Blue

Diamond-Back Bonnet, has a subtle design that makes it ultra unique, but is easy to knit for the beginner knitter.


Long Collared Jacket

Long Collared Jacket: If I ever make a long jacket, this pattern is all I need, for its fold-back collar and easy pockets. This is for me.

Ribbed Dirnal Top

Ribbed Dirnal Top: This tight-waisted cardigan is design of a geneous, which is my dream to make for my daughter one day (unless I find my waist again!). With its silver buttons and round wide neck it is the perfect item in a woman’s wardrobe.

On the whole, this book is a must-have for anyone who loves knitting, and appreciates the beauty in simplicity. Although many of the designs look complicated at the first glance, reading through the instructions and well thought of illustrations in this book makes it easy.

For more information on this book click here to read what Clara Parkes says on her Knitter’s Review website.


Knit One Knit All

Since I was not able to part with my copy of this book (death shall do us apart) the folks at Schoolhouse Press are offering a giveaway copy to the lucky winner. Please visit their website, and learn more about Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swanson, and all the talented designers of the Schoolhouse Press. Please leave a comment here to enter drawing for the book until Midnight PST, Monday, May 23rd and the winner will be announced on Tuesday.

And The Winner is…

Submitted on 2011/05/20 at 8:31 am
I would love to be entered for this giveaway. I love knitting and Zimmerman patterns are always the best!

Posted by Living Crafts on May 20, 2011 08:11 AM | 381 Comments

Mini Waitress Apron

This cute project by No Big Dill is quick and allows you to recycle those odds-and-ends hankies and napkins you’ve saved.  Click here for tutorial.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 17, 2011 07:56 AM | 1 Comment

Book Review: A Flower Wedding

A Flower Wedding

My love of books was stretched a notch when I received this book as a gift from my husband, who came back from London last week, just in time to celebrate the anniversary of our first meeting years ago (which he had me at hello, I might add). This small cloth-covered book is full of treasures in words and images. With gold lettering and rounded corners, it was first published in 1903 and is now reprinted with the same integrity and quality. If you love Elsa Beskow’s storybook, The Flower Festival for your children, you will love this book for just you! Following are a few images for peeking:

each page is filled with a new detail and wonderful surprise

A Flower Wedding Back Cover

the back cover is as lovely

inside A Flower Wedding


Inside A Flower Wedding

she has found her prince


The Flowers' Festival

Elsa Beskow’s book is a feast for the eye for children of all ages.


All I had asked him to bring me was tea and this poster from V&A museum, which was greatly needed.


This poster was designed by the British government during the war to encourage people, but is useful at any time of stress!


Our giveaway today is a copy of Elsa Beskow’s Flower Festival in the original size hard cover version, AND this delightful collection of three fairy dolls from Bella Luna Toys:


The value of this giveaway package which includes all three dolls and the book, is $78. To enter the drawing for a chance to receive them please leave a comment telling us what you love about Bella Luna Toys. Deadline for entering is Friday, May 20th at Midnight Pacific Time.

And the Winner is….


Megan Submitted on 2011/05/20 at 12:31 pm

What a sweet gift. My children have dedicated a shelf for Elsa Beskow and enjoy reading these books over and over. The fairies are delightful. My daughter is at an age where Barbie is seen at friends houses but she still comes back to our homemade and natural dolls. I hope to keep her inspired and fairies create that magic.



Posted by Living Crafts on May 17, 2011 07:32 AM | 575 Comments

Strega Nona Wooden Playset

Check out this beautiful wooden play set by Crunchy Family Rising, inspired by the Strega Nona story book.

If you want to make your own wooden play sets, please find complete instrusctions in the Living Crafts Winter 2011 issue.  It has instructions on how to make the play set for The Mitten story.

Winter 11 issue with complete instructions for making The Mitten story book wood figures

Posted by Living Crafts on May 15, 2011 08:26 AM | 4 Comments


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