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Here are a few of the cool things I've found around the web lately:

A super awesome blog that is exactly what it sounds like.  It's recipes and drawings mixed together in lots of different styles.  So super fun!  One of my all time favorite art journal pages is an illustration of one of my favorite recipes, so this is so up my alley! I found "They Draw and Cook" via Tyggereye Art Designs.

Felted Brooches from Ro Bruhn

And she's got an etsy shop!  The felted pieces aren't there, but there are gorgeous necklaces and awesome stamps.  I really need to get my needle felting machine fixed!  This beautiful piece has me jonesing for some needle action!

Well, it's about time!

Ranger is (finally) offering a custom sized craft sheet!  The minimum size is 3x3 (it's a three foot bolt), but after that the sky is the limit!  I am going to cover my entire studio with these!

It's no secret that I love Crafter's Workshop templates.  I was delighted to discover that  you can use them to emboss!  Now I just have to figure out where to get that rubber mat thing....

ETA: I found something in the bottom of a drawer that I cut to fit my Cuttlebug and it works perfectly!  Wow!  The embossing with stencils is so so so so cool!

Love, love, love this easy-to-follow tutorial on making gift bags from newspaper.  I can see upcycling painted newsprint, paper scraps, fabric, magazines, and all sorts of stuff!

Okay, confession time: I have always dreamed of refinishing furniture.  I would love to have the space and such to be able to drag home junk yard furniture and fix it up.  Until that day, I admire before and afters from afar.

I think the main reason that I love, love, love this after is because of how they placed the circle of flowers.  Off-center makes all the difference!

I love this idea!  Leslie Oschmann takes old paintings and re-makes them into bags.  If you visit her website, she also has these awesome chairs covered in old paintings!  I so want to find an old painting and hack it up, don't you?

Kelly Rae Roberts is a wonderful mixed media artist.  She and a friend started an annual retreat for themselves and some other creative souls (some of whom she knew before starting and some of whom she did not).  From what I can see, they make art, talk, go shopping, cook meals, participate in some holistic approaches to creativity, and have a darn good time.  In the post linked above Kelly talks about how you can start a retreat like hers for the creative peeps in your life (or on your Google Reader).  I love the idea of checking in with some like minded creative souls once-a-year.

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree
How cute is this?  And the directions make it look like anybody can make one.  Hmmm...I may have to start stockpiling cupcake liners!

Alisa Burke's Creative Process


I love Alisa's blog and find that she and I often have a similar mental process.   I loved this post from her.  Click through to find out how a fountain became these doodles became some cool coffee mugs!

DCWV "Colorful Life" Collection

Colorful-life-24 did I miss this at CHA?  It's an amazing paper stack from artist Donna Estabrooks for DCWV.  They have an annoying website that doesn't let you direct link.  So if the link above the image doesn't take you there, click on "New Products" then "Colorful Life" then "Stacks" then "Colorful Life Paper Stack with Glitter/Gloss" and you will see some amazing and inspiring images!  This has moved to the top of my must have list!  ETA: And here are some examples of scrapbook pages using it on the DCWV blog.

Friendship Necklace DIY

Fantastic tutorial on how to make these very tribal looking necklaces.  I found it via A Beautiful Mess.  From the looks of the tutorial it seems super easy.  I can't wait to make my own!  I just have to get some rope....

How about you?  Have any click worthy links to share?

Thanks for stopping by!