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When I was 12 my family took a trip around Italy. Aside from the beautiful sights, it was the Italian cuisine that had the most impact on me. While in Florence, we dined at a quaint, family-owned restaurant called the Scoiattolo. My brother and I had a tasty, fun dessert there that inspired this recipe for frozen lemon cups. These adorable treats can be an easy, inexpensive addition to a dinner party, or a sweet ending to a romantic meal that just might seal the...

Crafty-cool website Cut Out + Keep hit the 30,000 member benchmark today, which is quite the feat. The website, which started out as a personal craft blog for journalist Cat Morley, has expended into a craft mecca, with oh so many craft and other DIY (beauty and food recipes, etc) tutorials posted by members. While browsing the website earlier, I found tutorials for a Spiderman Bento Box, a Strawberry Cheeze Cupcake, and a charming Envelope Bag with many possible uses. I can already see myself searching...

The 4th Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday on November 21st at the Majestic Theater!  You can also join The Detroit Urban Crafters  the night before, this Friday, in the Cafe for the DUCF Tweetup from 7 to 9 P.M.  Crafters say the trends in Detroit are driven by everything around them, politically and ecologically.  Everything from a slow economy to the desire for community, enjoyment of working with hands, desire to support local businesses, and a...

EEEEEKS! If you're just sitting around and wish you had something to do right now (and are in the NYC area), you can head down to Etsy Open Craft Night at Etsy Labs (55 Washington St., Suite 512, Brooklyn) to sew some reusable bags with Bags for the People and Katherine Bell, author of the new book, Quilting for Peace. If you can't make it to the event, which ends at 8 PM this evening, you can view an online tutorial right now! To take a look-see at the...

Last spring a screening of Handmade Nation made its way to Portland, OR, where I was living at the time. Because I was a little slow on the up-take, the screening at the Museum of Contemporary Craft sold the hell out and I was left a little bummed. Now how was I going to catch this documentary on the DIY craft movement that has made its way into every corner of America?! Well well, just in time for the holidays is the release of Handmade Nation...
Picture this: You're walking alone late at night, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize you're being followed. What do you do? How about turning the corner and  pulling your skirt over your head? That's exactly what an inventor in Japan thinks women should do if they find themselves in these circumstances. Designer Aya Tsukioka's skirt can be worn by day, then turned into a (realistic?) vending-machine disguise when needed, simply by flipping it over one's head. Of course, there are some limitations to this brilliant...

Thanks to a handful of new DIY-fabric companies, you can now take your handmade creations to a whole new level of customization. Are you obsessed with your pet bunny? Reupholster your favorite chair in fabric printed with her likeness. Can’t stand the holiday-inspired textiles at your local craft mart? Create your own neon plaid. The options are endless; all you need is an Internet connection and a little creativity. The following resources let you turn uploaded photos, scanned images, or Photoshop designs into patterned fabric...

The lady cop that is responsible for stopping the lunatic that shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood on Thursday is being recognized as a fearless, fast acting heroine. Sgt. Kimberly Denise Munley is a 34-year-old mom of a 3 year old daughter and lives with her husband in Kileen, TX. According to the New York Times, she ran head-on into a dangerous situation, even while being fired at by the suspect. Luckily she was not seriously injured. She has been...

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New Sites Make It Easy To Create Your Own Fab Fabric by Jen Ng Thanks to a handful of new DIY-fabric companies, you can now take your handmade creations to a whole new level of customization. Are you obsessed with your pet bunny? Reupholster your favorite chair in fabric printed with her likeness. Can’t stand the holiday-inspired textiles at your local craft mart? Create your own neon plaid. The options are endless; all you need is an Internet connection and...
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