7-25: Community Thursday!

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
― Banksy

Oh hai, dear readers! It’s time for another Community Thursday, and this time around I’ve focused on things that made me smile or helped me with projects. I hope some of the links here do the same for you!

I love a good and useful fiber arts tutorial. Photo: Moogly.

I love a good and useful fiber arts tutorial. Photo: Moogly.

Re-learning crochet in this day and age has been awesome. Know why> Because the Internet is Full of useful tips! This one from Moogly really smooths out the look of your Double Crochet by getting rid of the chain-3 start. Useful indeed!
http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
― Scott Adams

A Beautiful Mess gives some useful instruction on how to make your photos vibrant! Photo: A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess gives some useful instruction on how to make your photos vibrant! Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Knowing these sorts of tweaks for your photography is super useful if you’re a seller of your fiber arts, but even if you just want to show off your finished objects on Ravelry or Facebook, you’ll find this instruction SUPER useful. Totally doable on platforms other than Photoshop too, by the way.
http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/07/how-to-create-vibrant-color-photographs.html

Just in time for the Summer harvest of veggies! Photo: Food In Jars

Just in time for the Summer harvest of veggies! Photo: Food In Jars

I don’t know about you, but my garden LOOKS terrible [the hot hot Baltimore weather has wreaked havoc on the foliage] but is producing just fine. We’ve had an abundance of tomatoes! That means that I really need to brush up on how to can, and Food In Jars is my go-to for that. This instructional post is super-helpful in explaining how to use these type of jars to store specific sorts of food, like high acid preserves. I *love* their look – perfect for foodie gifts!

http://foodinjars.com/2013/07/how-to-can-in-hex-jars-with-lug-lids/

Photo: ConsumerCrafts

Photo: ConsumerCrafts

I dig it. I think I’d dig it even more done with handspun yarn. But either way, I want some of these for the studio. Super easy, and how durable must it be, made from plastic canvas?
http://www.craftsunleashed.com/decor-home/diy-placemats-with-raffia/

Releve Design shows how to make continuous yarn from a t shirt – perfect for knitting or crocheting into pretty much anything you can dream up. It’s a great demonstration, easy to follow!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V3xJ_W6vYN4

So! Much! Bunting! A free downloadable from MeinLilaPark.

So! Much! Bunting! A free downloadable from MeinLilaPark.

I LOVE BUNTING! It’s so happily festive and fun – and this free downloadable from MeinLilaPark is perfect for wrapping, scrapbook backgrounds, or anywhere that needs a festive touch. There’s lots of other fun freebies on this site, too. Yay!
http://meinlilapark.blogspot.ch/2012/11/free-digital-colorful-scrapbooking.html

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

And thus we come to the end of another Community Thursday! As always, if there’s something you’d like to add, a comment to make, or something I should be writing about, let me know! I welcome your input – this is OUR community!