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Craft Tips and Techniques

Crafting 101: How to Clean and Oil Your Scissors

Crafting 101: How to Clean and Oil Your Scissors | The Zen of Making

How long has it been since you’ve shown your scissors some love? (Hint: If you can’t remember, it’s been way too long!)

Dirty, stiff, or dull scissors can lead to sore hands, imprecise cuts, and high replacement costs. Luckily, it’s actually really easy to keep your favorite shears and snips in good working order—all it takes is a soft cloth and a little bottle of oil! (I mean, why waste money on a good pair of scissors if you aren’t going to take care of them?) Still need convincing? Picture those lovely antique shears that your grandma has been using since the dawn of time, and behold the power of regular maintenance!

Note: This tutorial isn’t just for sewing enthusiasts. Whether you’re a paper crafter, yarn crafter, embroidery lover, quilter, seamstress, or mixed media artist, happy scissors make for much happier makers.

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Organize: Altoids Tin Hexie Template Storage

Organize: Altoids Tin Hexie Template Storage | The Zen of Making

Are you an English paper piecing junkie? Sew on the go without worrying about bent or lost templates—keep your hexie pieces (or any other shape) safe, organized, and at the ready in an old Altoids tin!

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Craft Social: Keeping Up with the Latest Trends and Techniques

Craft Social: Keeping Up with the Latest Trends and Techniques | The Zen of Making

Trying to keep up with the latest in crafting trends and techniques? Join me and co-host Barbara TODAY (Tuesday, 1/22) for this month’s Craft Social Twitter chat.

This afternoon, we’ll be talking about identifying new styles and techniques, staying unique while being on trend, and where to look for the best in DIY-inspiration. Come share some advice, pick up some trendy tips, and chat with your fellow crafters!

When: TUESDAY, January 22, 2-3PM EST
Topic: Gazing into the Future
Hashtag: #CraftSocial

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Sweet! How do I participate?
Join the conversation using TweetChat, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

You can also follow Craft Social on Twitter for the latest chat dates, topics, and questions!

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Social.

Craft Photography Tips: Take Better Tutorial Photos Blog Hop

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As you may have noticed from this week’s photo retouch tutorial, I’m participating in a week-long blog hop of craft photography tips featuring Sister Diane from CraftyPod, Megan from RadMegan, Stacey from FreshStitches, Michele from Michele Made Me, and Haley from The Zen of Making. (Hey, that’s me!)

A Blog Hop of Excellent Photography Tips for Crafters:

You’ve seen my tutorial, now go check out the rest of the series! (More links will be added throughout the week as the posts go up.)

Hooray for better craft photos!