October 20, 2011
by lanette

breast cancer awareness

pink ribbon

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%.”

Enough said…learn more about a breast self-exam at the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website.

On a related note, you can also help underserved women get free mammograms.

Free Breast Cancer Awareness Printables

For your next fundraising event, consider some of these beautiful free printables.

Breast Cancer Awareness Printable from chickabug.com

a generous 44 pages of all-you-could-ever-hope-for printables from from chickabug.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Printables from frogprincepaperie.com

hope sign, flags, water bottle wrappers, boxes and more from frogprincepaperie.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Party Circles from heylovedesigns.com

breast cancer awareness party circles from heylovedesigns.com

Pink Ribbon Party Circles Printable from thetomkatstudio.com

pink ribbon party circles printable from thetomkatstudio.com













Crochet for the Cause

I haven’t made any of these…yet.

Crochet Pink Ribbon Scarf from krazyawesome.com

pink ribbon scarf crochet pattern from krazyawesome.com

Prayer Shawl from Bernat.com

prayer shawl crochet pattern from bernat.com

Skinny Scarf from youcanmakethis.com

skinny scarf crochet pattern from youcanmakethis.com

Crocheted Ruffle Scarf from crochetspot.com

ruffle scarf crochet pattern from crochetspot.com

October 16, 2011
by lanette
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halloween printables

There are so many amazing free Halloween printables. Here are a few favorites.

Free Halloween cupcake wrapper printable from frugallifeproject.com


Free Halloween printable at family.com


Free Halloween cupcake toppers printable from papersquid


Free Halloween printable from blog.catchmyparty.com


Free Halloween girl dress up printable from babalisme.blogspot.com


Free Halloween boy dress up printable from babalisme.blogspot.com


Free Halloweeen printable from howdoesshe.com

















May 2, 2010
by lanette
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WrapagamiIf you love fabric, origami and clever ideas then you’re going to love Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Playford. This delightful book provides step-by-step illustrated instructions to wrap just about anything using fabric.

At the heart of this book is the furoshiki, a traditional Japanese  square cloth used for wrapping a carrying items, a practice which dates back to the 17th century. Along with easy-to-follow instructions that will inspire a whole new approach to gift presentation, Wrapagami includes a brief overview of the history of the furoshiki, directions for creating your own furoshiki, ideas for reusing furoshiki and resources for purchasing furoshiki.

Not only is fabric gift wrap a creative and eco-friendly way to present a gift (no paper, tape or scissors required) — the fabric is a gift in itself, especially for those of us who love fabric.

I recently tried my hand at creating my own furoshiki and wrapping a few handcrafted treasures for a friend — a set of crocheted trivets (more about that in a future post), a recycled gift card mini notepad and a duct tape wallet.

wrapagami (before)wrapagami (after)

Wrapagami is going to be a treasured item on my bookshelf that will get repeated use. I may even buy a few copies and wrap them wrapagami style to give as gifts.

Check out Jennifer Playford’s website for how-to videos or to purchase furoshiki with her original designs.

By the way, here is a close-up of the duct tape wallet for those who are curious. Crafted by Us has an amazing duct tape video podcast/tutorial if you’d like to make one.