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Free Online Craft Classes


March is National Craft Month and what better way to celebrate than with free classes!

There are some great places online to learn different crafts and the ins and outs of the craft business. Here are a few of my favorite sites for free classes:

CreativeLive

This is hands down my new favorite website. As stated on the CreativeLive website,

CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.

CreativeLive offers both craft classes and craft business classes, and if you catch them at the right time they are 100% free. Each week, the Upcoming Classes list is updated to show which classes are being offered for free for the week and/or month. You can also check the On Air Now link to see what is being streamed for free right now.

I've watched so many of the classes. They are all really wonderful. Some of my favorite classes and instructors are:

How to Make a Living Selling What You Make - Megan Auman  *
How to Build a Business While Learning Your Craft - Megan Auman (Really any of her classes. She is a great teacher!)
Build A Successful Creative Blog -  April Bowles-Olin *
Start a Handmade Business - Kari Chapin
Monetize Your Craft - Vickie Howell *
Build a Stand-Out Business - Tara Gentile

I have also bought a few of the classes after watching the free classes. The classes with the * are the ones I own. The others are on my wish list. The advantage of buying the classes is you get free workbooks and downloads and you can watch the classes whenever you want. With work and life, it is pretty difficult to watch the entire free class at one time. Some of them are hours long.

The only downside is the classes can be quite pricey, but if you wait a bit you will most likely find the class you want is on sale. The site offers sales throughout the year.

Or, if you click on the link below both you and I will get a $15 credit to use on our next class. Win-win!


Craftsy

Craftsy is unique that it offers 100% craft classes. They have over 1,000 classes to choose from that range from crochet and knitting to sewing and embroidery to cooking and painting.

The majority of Craftsy's classes cost a fee ($9.99–$180.00), although they seem to always be offering some sort of sale. They also have plenty of free mini-classes.  Some of the topics for their free classes are:
  • Quilt
  • Knit
  • Crochet
  • Sew
  • Cook
  • Wood
  • Jewelry
  • Draw
  • Paper Craft

I'm looking at a few of the crochet classes. I especially want to learn how to crochet cables. I also want to learn to make pretzels. Weird? I know!

YouTube

YouTube is always a great resource for free craft classes.


I learned how to crochet a bobble stitch and weave on a loom thanks to YouTube videos. I am such a visual learner, so these online classes are so helpful for me.

I hope one or more of these classes has sparked your interest.

Happy Crafting!


Yarn Palette: Sweet Tooth


This month's yarn palette is from Design Seeds and is perfect for March. It is bright, springlike, and yummy (reminds me of Lucky Charms).

Lemon Ice: I Love This Yarn!
Lemon: Vanna's Choice
Aqua: Vanna's Choice
Perfect Pink: Red Heart Super Saver
Light Peach: I Love This Yarn!
Linen: Vanna's Choice

I used acrylic weight 4 (worsted) yarn for this palette. I chose a more yellow yarn for the first color, but you could substitute it with a bright green color like I Love This Yarn! in Pistache or Tiny Sprite from Caron Simply Baby.

These colors would work well with any child's project.


A granny blanket from Purl Soho or striped sweater from Yarnspirations would be super cute!

As always, if there is a color combo from Design Seeds that you’d like for me to match to yarn, just leave me a comment on this color palette post or shoot me an email.

You can also always find links to all of the yarn palette posts at the top of the blog or on my Pinterest board.

Green Eggs and Ham Tutorial

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

This simple green eggs and ham felt food tutorial will let you celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday 365 days a year!


Do you like
green eggs and ham?
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

Materials
Eco-fi felt: white, light green, dark green
DMC embroidery thread: white, light green, dark green
Embroidery needle
Polyfil


Directions
1. Cut felt food pieces similar to those below (2 dark green ovals, 1 light green oval, 2 small light green circles, 1 small white circle, 4 white egg shapes).



2. Place pieces on top of each other, making 2 green eggs and 1 slice of green ham.


3. Sew green yolk onto one piece of white egg, using a running stitch. Stuff yolk before sewing shut. Repeat for second egg.


4. Sew two pieces of white eggs together, using a running stitch. I did not stuff the white part of the egg, but you can if you'd like your egg to be fluffy. Repeat for second egg.


5. Sew white circle onto left hand side of light green oval, using running stitch. Sew light green oval onto one dark green oval, using running stitch.


6. Sew ham slice onto second dark green oval, using a blanket stitch. Stuff ham slice before seeing shut.


7. Enjoy your very own plate of green eggs and ham!


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First posted on March 2, 2012.

© 2012-2017 Melissa/Crafting with Cat Hair

Please remember that items made using my patterns and tutorials are for personal use only and can not be sold for profit. Thanks!

March is Here. Not Sure I'm Ready!

So it is March 1st. You know what that means. . . The no spend month is under way.

I've been prepping for this for over a week now and I am really concerned that I'm not going to make it. It is going to be really tough not buying anything except the necessities, but I'm in it to win it!

My main goal in making sure I am successful with this no spend month is to keep myself busy. I have a to-do list that is a mile long, so finding stuff to occupy my time isn't going to be that difficult.

The most important thing on my to-do list is still the purging of my house. I am smack dab in the middle of my house purge, which means my house is an absolute disaster! I have piles of junk to be thrown away, stuff to go to the Goodwill, and items I want to sell online. Unfortunately, it is making me and the girls very anxious.

One way to help me battle the piles of stuff all over the house is the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge


Swing on by whitehouseblackshutters.com to read about the challenge that starts today! The gist is to get rid of or donate one bag of stuff every day. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get rid of more than one bag of stuff every day. I have that much stuff in my house!

In other news, my little girl, Drusilla's health has been declining rapidly these last few months. I fear the junk all over the house is partly to blame. She gets stressed out pretty easily. I am really going to work hard to get a lot of it out of the house this weekend so she can relax a bit.

Unfortunately, the writing is on the wall and our time left together looks to be short. I don't want to spend this entire month purging and cleaning. I'd like to spend some time quality with her (and Daphne) too.

I'm also hoping to get some crafting in. My crafting has been lacking this year. Big Time! It is mostly due to the fact that I can't find any of my craft supplies. This past weekend, I spent almost an hour looking for my N crochet hook. I have NO idea where it is in the midst of my mess, so I went out and bought another one. Not very no spend like, but I did use a coupon and it wasn't March yet . . .

I will be super pleased with myself if I not only succeed at the no spend month but also get my entire house, with the exception of the attic, purged and organized. It is a gigantic task, but I think I'm up for the challenge!

Anyone else jumping in with either the no spend month or 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge?