Craft Bits — Passover and Easter Desserts, Royal Amigurumi Dolls, Vintage Envy

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011

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Put on your special occasion outfit and get ready to celebrate, because the crafty internet is abuzz with all things holiday. If you’re looking for certifiably delicious flour-free Passover dessert recipes or an Easter candy that won’t make your fillings sing, we’ve got options in spades. And if you’ve been longing for instructions on knitting your own personal royal wedding … buy a lotto ticket ’cause it’s your lucky day!
Find out how to knit amigurumi dolls (we love the corgis) that’ll go perfectly with all your royal wedding souvenirs.

vintage shopping tips
L.A.’s Queen of Vintage Reveals All

We were so envious of Los Angeles vintage boutique owner Shareen Mitchell until we heard the surprisingly dirty secrets of how she sources her timeless duds: “It’s physical labor, the buying. If I’m not in a Dumpster, I’m bending my body into a bin.” Need a visual? Then check out her show, "Dresscue Me," which debuts on Planet Green on Tuesday, April 19th.
Read more to find out Shareen Mitchell’s secrets for sourcing vintage clothes and how she started her boutique.
belgian flour-free brownies
Your New Favorite Brownie Recipe

What’s not to love about a brownie recipe that calls for 9 ounces of chocolate and 8 ounces of butter? Whether you celebrate Passover or just like chocolate, these flour-free brownies (inspired by Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien) need to be in your life now.
Get the recipe for Belgian flour-free brownies, then bake some for us, please.
chocolate matzah brickle
Snack on This: Matzah Brickle

Chances are, this delicious combination of caramel and chocolate layered over matzah will never make it out of your kitchen. (It’s also a great way to get over a fear of making caramel.) No one says you have to reserve it for Passover, either.
Get the recipe for matzah brickle and yes, please send this our way, too.
homemade marshmallow peeps and bunnies
DIY Marshmallow Peeps

Here’s something that none of us ever considered going the homemade route for: Marshmallow Peeps. Though at first we thought it would be a silly venture, the recipe (which calls for honey instead of super-duper-sweet corn syrup) admittedly convinced us to give it a whirl.
Check out how to make your own marshmallow chicks and bunnies via the NY Times, then let us know how they compare to store-bought Peeps.

What Else We’re Talkin’ About:

-Design expert Ellen Lupton gave a lecture at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts on the topic of DIY career paths. We wish there were video, but the write-up has some good advice tucked in about self-publishing books and such.

-HGTV is going to have a new show about DIY home makeovers called Room Crashers, hosted by Design Star alum Todd Davis. Look for it starting June 4 at 12p.

-Live in the Glendale, NY area? Then check out this fab GroupOn deal offering discounted crochet classes.

-Want to meet up with other crafty people, but don’t know where to find them? This handy national guide to DIY meet-ups is a fantastic start.

Image credits from top: ivypress, Yu Tsai / Planet Green,,, AP Photo/Matthew Mead, Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

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