Category Archives: Craft Trends

MT 2015 Washi Tape Spring & Summer Collection

Washi Tape CatalogFor all you washi tape fans, the 2015 MT washi tape summer & spring catalog is available to view online. There are hundreds of prints in the catalog; there’s something for everyone. You can purchase the tape on the MT online store.  I have noticed some of the tapes are not available in the English online store.  For those hard to find tapes, I usually turn to Etsy where I can find most prints.

Click here the Summer Spring Catalog

mintdesigns washi tapeImage from the catalog

Ed Emberly Washi TapeEd Emberley washi tape – we have some of his drawing books

wamon washi tapeWamon is a new series you’ll find in the catalog

Creating with The 3Doodler

3doodler art gobletGoblet and Vase made by David Roehl with a 3Doodler

Have you heard of the 3Doodler before?   It’s a pen that allows you to draw in 3-D.  The pen heats plastic filament and as you draw it cools.  In a lot of ways it reminds me of a glue gun but in pen form.  Just like a glue gun, the filament will trail off and make tails sometimes.

3doodler

About a year ago I gave one to my brother for Christmas.  Recently he started making more things with it and I thought some of you might be interested in learning about it.  Plus, it turns out that Wobble Works (creator of the 3Doodler) just came out with the 3Doodler 2.0 that they’re funding on Kickstarter.  The new version is smaller, quieter, and easier to use.

3doodler art ballBall by David Roehl

With any craft medium, there’s a learning curve.  The 3Doodler takes some time to get used to.  I’m still trying to master it.  I’ve discovered that it’s difficult to make items that look refined with the pen.

3doodler art chickenChicken & Egg by David Roehl

One of the benefits of the pen is that it’s easy to encase an item within another item.  I’m not sure if you can tell but the egg is suspended inside the chicken.  With other art mediums, making something like this would be more difficult to do.

Have you tried out the 3Doodler?  How do you like it?  What would you make with it?

Handmade Trend: Rough Gemstones

gemstone inpsired giftsBy now it’s no secret that rough gemstone inspired products are popular, especially in the handmade world.  A quick search on Etsy will turn up a plethora of gem inspired creations.  You’ll also find a lot of DIY gem projects on Pinterest. So today I put together a small round-up of my favorite handmade pieces.

1.  Watercolor Birthstone Cards by Squirrelly Minds Paper – I love the idea of sending out a birthstone birthday card. It’s a great personal touch.

2.  Raw Quartz Ring by Christina Rose – A great statement piece.

3.  Amethyst Quartz Soap by Rock Hound Soap – The first time I saw this I thought it was real amethyst.  I was totally fooled.  Were you fooled?

4.  Faceted Magnets by Pigeon Toe Ceramics – I wish I could replace all my mismatched magnets with these.

I Heart Mug Rugs

DIY Mug RugsFriends, I did something a little crazy a couple of weeks ago.  I purchased a marble table for our kitchen.   A table that my husband, children and I will eat on every day.  And the one thing I know about marble is that it stains very, very easily.  Even water will leave a mark, if not cleaned up quickly.  So to protect my precious table, I’ve been investing in a lot of placemats and planning on making some mug rugs.  Pictured above are a few of my favorites.  Below you’ll find links on where to get the patterns for them.

1.  Latte to Go Mug Rug by Sew Ichigo – this is a free tutorial and there’s also directions for a matching pouch

2.  Airmail Mug Rug by Amy Morinaka – this pattern can be found in Amy’s book Zakka Handmades

3.  Christmas Star II Mug Rug by Amanda – free tutorial (pop-tart not included)

4.  Cookies and Milk Mug Rug by Nana Company – free tutorial with directions on how to make plate pattern

P.S. If you’re curious about the table, there’s a picture of it on Instagram.

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