Fresh Picks for Friday 4.1.11

First off, Craft Buds is joining The Ultimate Blog Party (April 1-8), and you should too! Lots of prizes for linking up your blog in one of many categories (mom blogs, specialty blogs like crafting, business blogs, etc.).

For those of you visiting from the party, Craft Buds is a place with weekly craft and sewing tutorials, fresh ideas for promoting and running your handmade business, and (my favorite) a weekly linkup of craft supplies or handmade giveaways!

Each week, we also highlight some of the freshest handcrafted items and ideas from our blog hopping, and that’s what you’ll see here today. These “fresh picks” are selected by the editors, and you can submit your project for consideration. And without further ado, this week’s fresh picks!

Magazine Rack Transformation
What a Rack: A fresh coat of spray paint transformed this old-school magazine rack into something spectacular at Stop Staring and Start Sewing.

Spring Has Sprung: Celebrate April by getting your flower vases ready for fresh-cut blooms. Tutorial at Happy Clippings.

S’more, Please: Sometimes a recipe just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, you need to see the finished product. Thanks to Colleen at Freaked out ‘n Small for this delicious teaser and recipe review.

Online Quilting Class
Sis Boom Jamie Dress

Make This Dress:
Get ready for spring with Sara at Sew Sweetness, who is hosting a sew-along to make this cute dress! You can still join in, and even order the pattern at a discount if you visit her blog by today (April 1). There are even prizes for a few lucky participants.
Giveaways Roundup
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with 20 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.
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  19 comments for “Fresh Picks for Friday 4.1.11

  1. April 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Lindsey, thanks for dropping by from the party! I am finding so many great ideas on your new blog and I love the design! I also was over at Lindsey Sews and I’m quite sure I’ve been over there before from blog hopping, your header looks awfully familiar. That magazine rack is so cute!!! I have tried thrifting before but have yet to find something so awesome to upcycle. I just love it in pink! I’m excited to stop back frequently for inspiration!

  2. April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for stopping by {th}ink:

    I really enjoyed browsing through your site and will stop by often! Happy Partying!!

  3. April 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for featuring my blog for the dress sew along! I’m so excited you’re going to be doing it too!!

  4. April 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, thanks for stopping by.. loving your tutorials.. could not comment their so stopped by here.. wonderful blog.. following you back

  5. April 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    What a fantastic blog you have here … found you from the Ultimate Party and glad I stopped by! These ideas are right up my alley…Thanks!

  6. April 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for stopping by at Crissy’s crafts! I am now a follower! Have fun!

  7. April 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Stopping by from the ULTIMATE blog party! I have put your blog on a list of places to visit in detail over the weekend! Love your projects! Thanks for sharing!

  8. April 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Hello. I’m visiting from the UBP! Great blog you have here! I’m now a follower! I’m you can stop by my blog this week!

    Also, just to clarify, I’m a different Jerri from the Jerri above. lol.

  9. April 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Stopping by from the UBP. I have a good friend who is just starting a handmade business. I’m going to forward her your site! Thanks!


  10. April 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I am so happy I found this blog!!! I love craftin and tutorials. When I’m not crafting I’m writing about birth and babies at Come party with me for the UBP ’11!

  11. April 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Hello! over from UBP, love your site! going to have to follow! Love the cute bags you have made (really, I dont have an issue with bags…. honest!)

  12. April 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    What a lovely blog you have here! This is my first experience as a participant in the Ultimate Blog party–what a delightful way to meet new people of like interests.

    Have a lovely day!

  13. April 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Beautiful blog. I am excited to poke around a bit and bookmark some pages. I am visiting from the UBP11. Nice to find you here.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Long Wait For Isabella

  14. April 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hello! Love your blog and just hit “Follow” button. Find me at
    P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
    (it’s a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration – just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

  15. April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    So happy to find your site. Just submitted a page with some craft business advice. :-)

  16. April 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I absolutely love your site. I have a site that I am working on right now. It called and it will be published on April 15th. I would love for you to come by and check it out. Seeing what you have put together has really inspired me, so thank you.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts

  17. April 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the blog visit from UBP11. You’ve got an adorable blog over here & I’m looking forward to following along :)

  18. April 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Love the highlights here~ Stopping by from the UBP, and am your newest follower. I’m loving your site, and hope you’ll drop in at The Sweetest Pear!

  19. April 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm


    I SO love Smores!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow…please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And…Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

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