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  • News

    The Future of the Craftcore YouTube Channel #YouTubePartnerProgram

    I started my YouTube channel in November of 2016, posting craft tutorials, craft room tours, and sewing machine reviews.  I’ve loved having a way to show you guys even more sides of my crafty life.  Sometimes it’s easier to show you a tutorial in video format rather than in static images and text. Eligibility Changes for the YouTube Partner Program Like many content creators, I support this blog with advertising.  The advertising helps cover my server costs and costs of supplies.  It does not cover all my costs, but that’s okay.  This is my hobby, not a business (as much as I’d love for Craftcore to be a standalone business one day, I have…

  • Articles,  Community,  Crafty Q and A

    Meet the Craftcore Cats

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I share photos of my cats getting all up in my crafty business.  Regardless of whether they are resting on top of my ironing board, draping themselves over my quilting fabrics, or standing right in front of my computer monitor while I’m trying to type up a tutorial for Craftcore, these cute kitties are impossible to ignore.  I would love to formally introduce you to my my clowder: I’m bursting at the seams (har-har) with cats, with 5 total in my furry family. I get asked from time to time to share a little about such-and-such a cat, so I put together this little guide…

  • News

    Craftcore Has a New Look! Website Redesign

    If you’re like me, as soon as you’re able to open up the windows and let in the fresh spring air, a sudden urge to give the house a deep clean strikes.  Similarly, I’ve been itching to give my humble ‘ol blog a spring makeover.  I don’t think there was anything wrong with the old look, but sometimes I just want to experience something different. Yesterday, I gave Craftcore a fresh redesign that features larger images and an easier-to-browse navigation.   All blog posts from now on will feature larger, higher-quality pictures, meaning that you’ll be able to get up close and personal with all those crafty details.   Additionally, the…

  • Articles,  News

    Canvas Pouch Giveaway Winners Announcement

    I’m pleased as punch to announce that the two lucky winners of the Craftcore Canvas Pouch Giveaway.  Jenny H and Richard B will be receiving a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop.    Hooray! Jenny and Richard, I’ve sent you an email to arrange prizing.  Check your email! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and supported my new Etsy shop.  Be sure to check out my shop and take a look around at all my available designs. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep in the loop about future giveaways and all the activity going on at Craftcore!

  • Articles,  Community,  Reviews

    My Favourite Artisans at the One of a Kind Show (Spring 2017)

    Yesterday I attended the One of a Kind Show in Toronto.  This is my third time attending the show, and it always is a great time.  This season did not disappoint!  I always love seeing what other crafty people are making, and I absolutely love seeing how artisans create their customized booth setups. The Details Craft Show: One of a Kind Show ( Date: Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2, 2017 Location: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto Size: 500 artisans My One of a Kind Show Haul I was a spectator this season due to being on an extremely strict budget (maternity leave problems, ha!).  I didn’t expect to…

  • Articles,  News

    Craftcore Announcement & Canvas Pouch GIVEAWAY

    Hello everyone! Last week I soft-launched my Craftcore Etsy shop! I’m so excited to share my yoga leggings and canvas pouches with you, made from fabrics designed by me. After a successful first week (four sales), I feel confident enough to share this with you all here on the blog. To celebrate launching the shop, I wanted to host a giveaway.  I’m giving away a prize to two lucky winners. Each winner will receive a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop ($15 CAD value).  I currently have more than 45 designs available. I’m also celebrating 300 Facebook fans!  I’m aiming to reach 1000 Facebook followers next.  If…

  • News

    A Year in Review: 30 Crafty Projects Before 30

    365 days ago I decided to pick 30 crafty projects to complete before I turned 30. What a year!  30 projects was too aggressive, but I am happy with the projects that I was able to complete.  It’s always great to shoot for the moon – that way if you fail to reach the moon, you’ll still reach the stars. Out of the 30 projects I dreamed about, I completed 12 projects. 40% Completion. My biggest problem was that I kept on making things last year that were not on the list.  I can’t help it!  When the desire to make something hit, the 30-before-30 list inevitably was moved aside to make room.…

  • Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • News

    Grow Your Fabric Collection with Yard Sales

    I love having fabric on hand to choose from for impromptu projects.  Sometimes inspiration comes at unexpected times so having at least a few prints available in a rainbow of colours makes it easy to jump into a new project quickly without losing that motivated feeling. I originally grew my fabric stash by always buying “a little extra.”  Not only does this grow the stash, but it allows for cutting mistakes in desperate situations. Additionally, I went through a phase of online shopping a few years ago, waiting for the best deals to pick up off-season fabrics on the cheap.  I don’t do this as much now due to budgeting constraints. This…

  • Community,  Pinterest

    Avoiding Pinterest Paralysis

    Not Every Idea is a Good Idea There are a lot of good ideas on Pinterest. There are also a lot of ideas that should either be left to the experts or that are altogether misleading. Sometimes the source material is not trustworthy, or sometimes someone has created a new description for a pin that is inaccurate or not representative of the content behind the link. Before pinning, check out the source website and read the comments on the original article to see if others have had issues replicating the project. Turn It Off Sometimes, it’s hard to stop. With Pinterest automatically loading more pins when you reach the bottom,…

  • Blog,  Community,  News

    Celebrating 100 Posts – A Year in Review

    Monday’s Christmas ornament tutorial marked Craftcore’s 100th article. Wow, 100 already! I thought this would be a good time to look at the stats and see what posts have received the most attention. Here are the highlights from 2013. We are looking forward to bringing you more posts as we shift into 2014! Easy To Make Lyric Wall Art by Michelle How to Make an Origami Box out of Scrapbook Paper by Angela Easy Bumblebee Gluing Activity for Toddler Children by Angela Sheep Cotton Ball Art by Angela Paper Roses by Michelle How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt by Angela How to Make a…

  • Articles,  Community

    Apply now for the Puces POP Fall Four Day Edition

      Puces POP was born in 2004 with the desire to bring together the extremely talented scene of designers, crafters and artists that Montreal harbours in one marketplace. Puces POP keeps growing! In response to the record number of shoppers who came out for last year’s fair during the festival (it was crazy!), we’ve decided to expand to 4 full days of crafty madness! Crafters, designers, artists, and makers of all types are welcomed to apply (it’s free!), whether you’ve applied a dozen times before, or it’s your first time ever! All applications will be carefully reviewed by the Puces POP jury to select the line-up for the fair, which changes for…

  • Blog,  Community

    Frequently Asked Questions Expanded

    There’s no reason to be afraid of submitting an article to Craftcore. Our content management system is powered by WordPress, a tried-and-true platform that’s easy to use for beginners and experts alike. I’ve added a new section called Writing Centre to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the site that covers formatting your articles, adding images, and much more. If you still have questions, please submit your questions by contacting us. If you don’t have an account yet, join up and get crafty!

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    What’s in That Fabric Stash?

    I’m guilty of not always remembering what fabrics I have in my collection. It’s wasteful, I know, to come home from the fabric store with an armful of white flannelette when I have almost a meter of it sitting on the top shelf of the craft room closet. If this is you too, it may just be the time to pull out the contents of your fabric stash and take stock of what you have. If you’ve read this Taming Craft Room Chaos column before, you may have seen my craft supply closet tour. I use clear plastic bins to organize the bulk of my fabrics, and while originally I…

  • Columns,  Community,  Featured Artists

    Vanessa from CUTIFULbaby & CUTIFULmemories

    1. Let us know a bit about yourself I’m a young mom to a 15 months old baby girl. I studied & work in fashion design. I’m not married but I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 10 years (already!!!) We have a dog & a rabbit (no, I’m not kidding!). I absolutely love cooking, crafting (of course!) and I think I’m a bit obsessed with my Iphone! Haha! That’s who I am!   2. What do you make? For CUTIFULbaby, I make baby toys & accessories:  soft baby cube, quiet book, headband, hair accessories, pacifier clips, toy strap, baby keepsake & nursery decor…and for CUTIFULmemories, I make custom digital…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Curtain Rod Ribbon Storage Idea

    In a previous Craft Room Chaos column, I reviewed a commercial ribbon storage solution. Before obtaining this system, I had created my own makeshift storage that is an inexpensive alternative. (Brace yourself for the terrible photo. I wasn’t expecting to be sharing it at the time it was taken!) The concept is similar to the ribbon shelf’s dowel system. I purchased the cheapest curtain rod that I could find from Fabricland. This thin metallic rod set me back $3.99. It uses small, utilitarian wall brackets, which is the biggest problem with this rod. There was only about half an inch clearance between the rod and the wall, meaning that I…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    Thread and Bobbin Storage Rack

    For years, I kept my wound bobbins in a clear plastic case and my thread spools in yet another case, and this was good enough. But when I began quilting, I started collecting both polyester and cotton threads. This was when the confusion started: Does this particular bobbin match my cotton spool or my polyester spool? Is this bobbin the exact shade of blue as the spool in my hand? It can be hard to tell at a glance! I purchased a thread rack earlier this year to store my threads on the wall instead of on a box on my desk. The pegs are meant just for threads, but…