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About Mable Craftsalot

The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Wall Art

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

"Be Mine" Valentine's Day Glitter Art

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so don’t forget to decorate your house before it’s too late! My house is looking a little less romantic than I would like for the upcoming holiday. I decided to create a little decoration to brighten my space and add a little sparkle. I’ve always wanted to try out glitter painting, and I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect chance to break out my glitter and give it a whirl!

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Valentine Inspiration

It’s that time of the year again, when you’re allowed to be a little cheesy. We can hang hearts up everywhere and say cutesy puns like “Wool you be my Valentine?” and “You’re cute as a button” and no one can judge us. Let’s embrace Valentine’s day and celebrate homemade style with these lovely crafts!

Watercolor Treat Bags at ThinkCrafts.com

Watercolor Treat Bags

These treat bags make a great lasting gift that can be used again and again. They’re so pretty, they shouldn’t just be used on Valentine’s Day.’

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Winter Inspired Crafts

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

3D Winter Word Art

Winter Word Art

Winter after the holidays can be very depressing. All of the magic of the cold air, snow, and winter festivities is over, and all that is left to do is endure 4 more months. Use your crafting to get yourself out of that winter funk and celebrate the cold weather and sparkling snow with these DIY tutorials!

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Home Decor Roundup

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Mondrain Wall Art by Floracraft

Mondrian Wall Art by Floracraft

I don’t know about you, but after taking down my holiday decorations, my house always feels so bare. I have this need to fill up those empty spaces with something, and I love getting inspired by DIY projects like these!

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flowers

I already have a couple of Erin’s coffee filter flowers sprinkled throughout my house. They’re so fun and easy to make, though, I might just have to add a few more to some of my more barren surfaces.

Washi Paper Coffee Table

Book Page and Washi Paper Coffee Table

Maybe, just to add a little extra pop, I should consider adding something extra to a furniture piece I already have. I love the mixed patterns and colors of guest blogger Jessica’s book page and washi paper coffee table.

Paper Mosaic Sunflower

Paper Mosaic Sunflower 

Guest blogger Maria’s paper mosaic is made from paint chips, which means this is an almost free addition to your wall art.

Fabric and Glass Pencil Holder

Fabric Covered Jar

Dress up your desk and keep your supplies organized with this pretty jar. You can use scrap fabric or paper that you love to create this pretty one-of-a-kind piece.

Wood Sculpture

DIY Wood Sculpture

Jennifer’s wood sculpture is a really interesting piece that looks very high end but costs next to nothing to make. It’s perfect for the person with a designer taste, but limited budget.

There are so many great DIY decor ideas, there’s no excuse to ever feel like your home doesn’t suit your style!

New Year’s Craft Resolutions

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

New Years Craft Resolutions

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward on all that we can accomplish in 2014. While most New Year’s resolutions are a little difficult to really work on, and something we’ll only keep for about a month, there are plenty of resolutions you can actually look forward to accomplishing. Crafting is wonderful for relaxation and reflection, and there are lots of ways to get more out of your craft time. Here are some great craft resolutions you’ll be excited to try!

Learn a New Craft

How to Make Swimwear via Kollabora

{via How to Make Swimwear on Kollabora}

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try out, but didn’t know where to start, or were scared to take the plunge? Now is your chance. There are plenty of great resources available online so you’ll get started with expert knowledge. One of my favorites is the skill section of Kollaboraa DIY community. Experts give wonderful tips with beautiful photos to help you along every step of the way. You can also join the community to ask questions and share projects.

Dimensions Needle Felting Kit

{Dimensions Needle Felting Kit}

Another great way to start out is to grab a kit from CreateForLess. You’ll get everything you need to create something new without breaking the bank. If you enjoyed it, you’ll have some knowledge about what you will need and where to start.

Get Organized

2013 Best Craft Room Finalist in the CreateForLess Craft Room Makeover Contest

{2013 Best Craft Room Finalist Jan P. in the CreateForLess Craft Room Makeover Contest}

While the actual cleaning process may be long and arduous, walking in to a well organized craft room that fits your personality will allow for inspiration and creativity to flow freely without having to deal with piles and searching for materials. Get creative with items you already have around your house, like recycled jars and cans, or find some organizers specifically made for your craft supplies to make the whole process painless.

Finish a Big Project

{via Giant Granny Square Blanket on the Purl Bee}

We all have those huge, time consuming projects looming over us, gathering dust somewhere in our houses. I’m completely guilty of this. I’ll go months without touching a project, get obsessive about it for about a week, and not touch it again. There is this wonderful feeling of accomplishment once you finish one of your big projects, though, and it’s totally worth all of the time spent. Try your hardest to complete one of those projects this year. Start a craft group with your friends to share the frustration and help the time go faster. Talk about the project with someone to get you excited about it again. Start enjoying the creating process instead of looking forward to when you finish. Basically, just remember why you started the project in the first place and have fun completing it.

Do you have any New Year’s Craft Resolutions? Share them with us, and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

It’s less than a week until Christmas, and we’re getting down to crunch time. Do you have gifts for everyone on your list? If you’re still looking for some last minute gifts, but want to show you care with something homemade, take a look at these quick and easy projects anyone would be happy to see under the tree.

DIY Faux Wood Coasters made from recycled catalogs. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Faux Wood Coasters

Not only is this project made from recycled materials you already have, but they’re so easy to create, you can have your little elves help out and make a bunch in an afternoon.

apron in a hurry

Apron in a Hurry

Creative shopping goes a long way with this gorgeous apron tutorial. Once you find the materials, it’s a matter of minutes until you have a beautiful homemade gift.

Fun Bath Bombs that color your water for kids! Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Bath Bombs

These little bath bombs make great homemade stocking stuffers for the kids. You can also alter the recipe and replace the food coloring with essential oils to make a thoughtful gift for an adult too.

All in One Christmas Card Treat Box

All in One Christmas Card Treat Box

Everyone loves receiving a thoughtful homemade card during the holiday season. Take it to the next level and include some candies.

Reindeer Gift Card Clip

Reindeer Gift Card Clip

If you’re completely at a lost, add a thoughtful homemade touch to a gift card. Everyone loves receiving them, and you can show you care with this easy tutorial.

Make a special hanger for a gift. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Beaded Hanger

Not only are these hangers pretty and easy to create, but they really grip onto clothes. They’re perfect for kids to help create and would be a great addition to a gift card to a favorite clothing store.

With this inspiration, hopefully you can stop worrying and start creating! You can make beautiful and thoughtful holiday gifts and still have time to enjoy the season with your family! Check out more DIY Gift Ideas.

Fall Crafts Roundup

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

It’s the first day of November, which means it’s time to take down your spooky decorations and celebrate the rich colors and cozy feel of autumn. You’ll want to curl up by a fire with a good cup of tea and maybe a cozy yarn or quilting project once your house is decorated with these wonderful fall crafts.

Acorn Cap Candles for Thanksgiving

Acorn Candles

This is such a fun and festive way to bring candles to your tablescape for Thanksgiving. They’re so beautiful, your guests will love to see these candles floating in a decorative bowl anywhere in your home.

Fall Leaves Wreath

Fall Leaves Wreath

This is an easy and inexpensive way to show your love of fall to anyone who comes to your door. It’s got such a rustic look and it fits perfectly with the fall season.

No-Sew Quilted Pumpkins

Use up some scrap fabric, or find some perfect fat quarters to create these decorative pumpkins. Decorate with them randomly placed throughout your house, use them as place holders, or collect a few for a centerpiece.

Wine glass charm

Wine Glass Charm

Keep wine glasses festive and easy to identify with an easy wine glass charm craft. You can either add names to the felt charms, or assign each person a different colored leaf. People can wander with their wine, and you won’t need to worry about extra dishes when someone loses their glass!

eco chic napkin rings

Eco Chic Napkin Rings

This recycled craft is very easy to make, and you can feel great about reusing something you would normally throw away. It’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving place setting.

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