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Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Happy Post: Pretty Embroidery Floss + Fancy New Website Design

Whew! It’s been a crazy few days filled with a whole lot of PHP and CSS (and very little sleep), but TZoM has finally moved to a new and much faster server and has also gotten a much-needed makeover. (If you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet, hello! My new site layout was specifically designed to look great on screens of all sizes—I hope you’re enjoying the view!)

So, to celebrate the new look—and because my brain is a bit too fried from all that code to finish the review I was working on—I’m sharing a photo of pretty embroidery floss instead. (Hooray for happy posts!) Because, when your studio table is filled with supplies this pretty, does it really still count as work?

And, with that, I’m going to step away from the computer for at least eight blissfully consecutive hours!

The Craftys: Awards That Celebrate the Best in Craft

The Craftys: Awards That Celebrate the Best in Craft | The Zen of Making

Attention crafters, makers, and DIY-obsessed bloggers: Have you entered The Craftys?

If you don’t already know, The Craftys is an online event celebrating the many awesome people and projects in the world of crafting. And, as it happens, I’m one of the judges. (Hooray!) There are only a few days left to nominate and vote—both end on May 26th—so head on over to the site and get involved!

While you’re there, you can vote on your favorite entries and nominate your favorite crafters—or even yourself—in 10 categories, including the following:

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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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Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013

Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013 | The Zen of Making

Monday Snapshot: A Very Crafty Christmas 2013 | The Zen of Making

I think it’s safe to say that my incredibly generous Michigan family and friends know me pretty darn well, because there was a whole lot of crafty awesomeness with my name on it under the Christmas tree this year. (Okay, under several different Christmas trees.)

My holiday highlights include a Dremel workstation/drill press, a mitre box, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, by my friend Susan Beal, and a set of lovely Gingher pinking shears to round out my collection of fancy scissors. And, of course, we can’t forget Betty, my amazing new Singer Featherweight. (She decided to stay in Brooklyn for the holidays, so she wasn’t around when these photos were taken.)

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to jump back into the craft studio and get creative in the New Year!

Did you have a crafty Christmas too? I want to hear about your holiday favorites!