Craft Bits — Worldwide Cookie Exchange, Embroidered Vogue Cover Art, Quilt Donations?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011

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Just when you thought that you’ve exhausted the usual means of getting a good cookies — Girl Scouts, office birthday parties and school bake sales — comes a delicious new website. It’s called Eat With Me and it connects like-minded bakers from all around the world. The catch? You have to equally participate, offering up your own home-baked goods. Sounds like a sweet deal to us!
Check out the food exchange Eat With Me and let us know what you’ll be sending.

needlework vogue cover
Haute Embroidery

We are absolutely in love with the work of Inge Jacobsen, an artist who primarily uses needle and thread as her medium. From Vogue covers to altered photos, we love her twist on a classic craft.
Find out more about Inge Jacobsen’s needlework art.
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Upcycled Awesome

Like Inge Jacobsen, artist Lauren Dicioccio has a more modern approach to needlework. In addition to stitched masterpieces, Dicioccio also upcycles magazines, plastic bags and slides into mini-masterpieces.
Check out Lauren Dicioccio’s upcycled art and be prepared to get inspired.
custom furniture artichoke table
Yes, They Have Artichoke Tables

In case you’ve ever looked at your living room and thought “I’d really love a table that looks like an artichoke,” you’re in luck. The new website Custom Made lets you indulge your bespoke-furnishing whims. From gorgeous industrial-chic tabletops to animal-motif chairs, you’ll be amazed by the craftsmanship of the artisans.
Find out how to get your own custom furnishings for any room of your home.
handmade shoes
Suddenly Popular: Handmade Shoes

Once the province of an older generation (and rich people), handmade shoes are becoming a little more popular in the everyday world, thanks to shoemakers like Allen Edmonds and Alden Shoes. Is it too late for us to sign up for cobbler classes?
Read more about the handmade shoe revival, though most of it is geared towards dudes, via the NY Times.
Quilters, Take Note

There’s a ton of fabulous charities that donate handmade quilts to veterans … but most of them are being asked to stop, for fear of bedbugs and other critters. Yikes.
Find out more about what you can and can’t donate to the troops.
peep craft
A New Use for Marshmallow Peeps

If you’re not of the marshmallow-loving persuasion, why not use the sweet little candy bunnies and chicks for crafting? (Or, just send them our way. Nomnom.)
Check out the gallery of Peep crafts from Mother Jones.

In Other News …

Graffiti meets Grandma in yarn bombing. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a public statue a little more friendly-looking, then bust out your crochet hooks and give it a new outfit.

Need a prom dress? Then head to your local supermarket … or at least that’s what one enterprising high schooler’s mom did. The resulting Starburst wrapper dress is a sight to behold.

Image credits from top: via,,,, Elizabeth Lippman for the New York Times,,

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