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Magazine review: Crochet today

Since she has a column in it, I recently discovered Crochet Today via Jennifer from Craftsanity.

First off, I must say I really felt in love with the magazine’s overall design.
Most knit or crochet magazine’s design are usually a little bit too kitschy to my taste. But this one reminds me lot of Adorn’s look (Bless it’s crafty soul) and it’s got a web feeling to it.

The way they use their website as a complement to the magazine is very neat. Not only can you preview all the current projects, but there’s also a How to page where you can learn crochet and get you started. And, amazing enough, they have interesting posts on their blog!

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of my favorites projects in the current issue:

May I say it? ROBOTS! 😉 Not just one, but two, and it’s a couple! (For the Valentine’s day special, of course).

Seriously, what’s not to like about this? If I ever get married one day, I’ll seriously contemplate on making this ring box.

Theses mittens looks so comfortable and the design reminds me of some Europe winter wear look.

I dream of the day I’ll get good enough at crochet so I can make socks. I’d make a pair for him and I, of course. 😉

There is also many projects for babies and kids including this cool winter-themed amigurumi doll.


Since this is a difficult time for magazines, I think it’s important to subscribe to the ones we like best if we still want to have them on the market. And it’s even more important for magazines with a niche as they have a smaller audiences then, say, Oprah.

But it’s also important for them to understand how the web work and it’s importance in our daily crafty lives. They absolutely need to see the web as an allie rather than unfair competition.

Do you have a favorite magazine on a specific subject that you’d like to share with us? Feel free to do so in the comments. 🙂

Martha Stewart: Holiday Sweets review

I was looking for Matha Stewart’s special Holiday magazine with crafts, but I found this one about baking holiday treats, instead. I thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.

What I love about this issue is that they have a whole part of the magazine dedicated to Gingerbread houses making.

It’s very interesting for me because, in the Quebec culture, we don’t know much about Gingerbread houses other than this famous story and the general mainstream talk about it during the holidays.

What’s even more interesting, is that they show you different versions of the Gingerbread houses. This one is more cake-like and can be eaten.

If you’d like to know more about them, I strongly suggest you give a listen to Craftypod’s podcast about Gingerbread houses.

There’s also a big selection of different Yule log recipes. A great classic!
I’m planning on making the Gingerbread one on the far left. Yum!

Theses little cakes looks amazing! I love the pine effect it gives with the almonds. It must take some time, too. :-p

And, as usual, there is always some great recipes to please the little ones. The snowman’s hat was made with a rosted marshmallow!

I can’t wait for the kids to grow up, in my family, so they can start appreciating thoses things and build memories for the future. Come on, grow up, kids! 😉


I certainly won’t have time to make all theses recipes, but this is a great magazine to keep for future holiday baking. With all it’s new take on old christmas classics, it makes it a sure value.

If you’d like to get one, check out your local magazine retailer and Ebay‘s a great ressource to find recents or old issues.

Magazine review: Holiday cookies from Cuisine at home

I wanted to share my favorite cookie-recipe magazine, Holiday Cookies from Cuisine at home. I got it last year for the holiday and, of course, didn’t had the time to make *all* it’s great recipes.

Being a visual learner, I really appreciate all it’s very detailed “step-by-step” techniques.
And since english is not my first language, it makes me appreciate it even more! There are so many cooking terms that are extremely different that you can’t even “guess” what it is.

I am so looking forward to make theses cookies with Oli. 🙂 I convinced him to have a little “christmas cookie” making time with me during december.
I’m not sure if we’ll put all that much sugar on them, I may try something different.

Theses are Hawaian style cakes/cookies with coconut. They just look soooo good! Perhaps I’ll make them for the family.

You could give theses tea cookies along with a handmade cup and some tea next to it.
I’d make a great gift for coworkers. 🙂

I don’t know if I’d make theses ones as I am not too fond of the candy-cane kind. Too hard for the teeths, maybe? :-p
Thought they do have an amazing look!

Again, I think thoses would make another great gift for coworkers or friends.
Or maybe just some small bites at a Christmas party.

At the end of the magazine, they show you different ways and ideas on how to wrap the cookies for gift.
I love this one with a simple glass j and some ribbons! Voilà!

If it’s not available at your local magazine/book store, you can get it online straight from the Cuisine at Home store for 9.95$ (and free shipping! Woot!).

Oh, and I found it on Ebay as well.

Let the Christmas baking begin!

New Martha Stewart Halloween special 2009

I just found the latest issue of Martha Stewart Halloween special. Yes, already!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. In my opinion, it is one of best event to bring out your creativity!

And it seems that Morgane’s clone got a job at the Martha Stewart Headquarters. 😉 Oh, and the pumpkin is great too! It’s a mix of pumpkin cutting -and- painting. Awesome!

And the masks are back! For pumpkin decoration, that is. With a cat and a owl design, you can’t go wrong.

Speaking of owls, I love how they are all over in this year’s issue. For this craft, you just need to make sure you get the right pumpkins sizes & “look”.

Just like each year, they have fun and easy costume to make. I really wish Oli would dress up as a beekeeper, this year. Such a great idea!

And this is a candy dispenser, my friend. I thought it was a very un-martha-stewart craft as it is rather yucky. :-p But, personally, I love it!

And with every Martha magazine comes: comfort food!
What’s interesting is that not only you have some Halloween-inspired menue, but you also have some that are more autumn-oriented. Like rigatoni with roasted tomatoes or maple-walnut oatmeal cookie. Mmm…


My only disapointment for this issue is that, in the middle of the magazine, you have a 10-page advertisement by Grandin Road. The add has the same esthetic as the Martha Stewart magazines which makes you think it’s part of the magazine

I have nothing against advertissement, but I don’t like it when it’s made that way. It makes me feel as if I’ve been “fooled” and leave me with a  negative feeling.
Am I the only one feeling this?

And, was there a 2008 issue?? I have the 2007 one… do you know this?

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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