Craft Bits — Slightly Naughty Candy, Extremely DIY, A New Yarn

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012

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Washington Post / Bill O'Leary


This week's craft news offers some Easter candy crafts for grown-ups (or maybe not-so-grown-ups) as well as an interesting exploration of how far is too far for DIY clothes.

easter candy craft
Hey Peeps!

Easter candy gets a little naughty, thanks to the Washington Post's annual Peeps Show. From Marilyn Monroe to Disney's "Up," readers use the innocent Easter marshmallows to create irreverant, stylish and whimsical dioramas. Interested in entering? The contest ends Monday. 
See the Best in Show from earlier contests or even learn how to enter via the Washington Post
vegan baker Doron Peterson
Sticky Fingers 

Keepin' on this naughty sweets track, vegan chef Doron Peterson, owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats, released her first animal-free dessert cookbook. The two-time "Cupcake Wars All-Stars" winner offers her favorite substitutions and recipes, including sticky buns, cheesecakes and the bakery's most popular treat, Little Devils. 
For Doron Peterson's tips on baking vegan in a world used to egg and butter batters, head to the Milwaukie-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Jenni Avins wears handmade fox vest
Free Range Fur? 

Jenni Avins is decidedly not a veganist, but she was interested in ethically obtaining animal pelts. From killing and skinning foxes she trapped herself to prepping and sewing the pelts, Jenni offers the Daily Mail her entire fox-fur journey. Worth it? You decide. 
For more on Jenni Avins' extreme DIY fox-vest, go to the Daily Mail.
craft-inspired children
Purls of Wisdom 

Children's books featuring knitting, baking and other crafts are one of our favorite new trends. Michigan Live explores the collaboration between author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen in new book "Extra Yarn," which features a villianous archduke casting a greedy eye upon a young girl's recently found box of bright yarns. 
Interested in creating your own craft-inspired children's book? Michigan Live has more on what worked for "Extra Yarn." 

Image credits (from top): Washington Post, Washington Post, Sticky Fingers Eats and Sweets and Jon Klassen

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