melanieabrantesYou’ve seen them in magazines and on blogs: an assemblage of beautifully crafted everyday items that when arranged just right, make for an exquisite display in a home. Personally, I’ve been considering starting a collection of wooden spoons, but I just haven’t come across the spoon to kick off my new collection.

Well, thanks to Melanie Abrantes spoon-carving kit, I can actually make that spoon myself. Which is kind of exciting to think about, and may be just the thing to get my collection going. The kit includes a hardwood spoon blank (you choose from poplar, cherry, walnut, or mahogany), a Japanese spoon gouge, a Mikikicha carving knife, handwritten instructions (charming!) … and even a band-aid (ha). Oakland-based Abrantes also sells individual blanks—perfect if you get hooked on the craft and want to make an entire collection. (That’s probably going to be me.)

I’m also super tempted to snap up one of Abrantes’ great designs, like her wood-and-cork candlesticks or cork bowl with rope handles.

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{ Images via Melanie Abrantes }


DIY Felted Cushions

by Kate on July 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-cushion-1Lately, it seems like I’ve been working a lot with materials that really take their physical toll. This is not to say I don’t love working in wood or concrete or plaster, but sometimes—after a long day of sweat, sawdust, and splinters—I feel the desire to switch gears to something softer. Felted wool is one of my favorite fiber forms. So when I find a project that requires a nice, quiet afternoon of knitting or sculpting wool, I’m ecstatic.

This simple DIY project from the German lifestyle blog Lebenlustiger is a great example of how luxurious and beautiful felted wool can look all on its own. With warm earthy tones and plush texture, these super-simple knit cushions can totally transform an ordinary chair or stool into an elegant sculptural object. The key is the large scale of the knit, so be sure to go chunky with the wool: For these cushions, 500 gr samples of un-spun wool roving was used; it can be found online and usually at specialty yarn shops as well. My fingers are rejoicing at the prospect of making these. Happy crafting!

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Stuffed Hipster Emblems

by Nancy on June 4, 2015

Anthology-magazine-blog-MimiOChun1I can’t remember how I found Mimi O Chun’s website, but I immediately saved her link in my special bookmarks folder after being on her site for almost an hour. Mimi received her MFA in Graphic Design at Yale University, and has worked as the design director at General Assembly. She is currently working on “Stuffed Hipster Emblems“—plush replicas of  iconic goods built around craft. (The above grouping references Saturday mornings at the popular San Francisco spot The Mill.)

As I clicked through each soft sculptured good, I was amazed by all of the detailed stitching and texture. Every photo left me wanting to know more about her process.

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La Casa Decotó

by Joanna on May 14, 2015


Ever on the lookout for pieces to finish my loft in Seattle, I practically comb Etsy on a daily basis. My latest discovery is perfect for adding a touch of the Mediterranean to your home, while also providing guests with extra seating.

La Casa Decotó was founded by maker Montse and specializes in just that: small-batch rugs, ottomans, pillows, and other textiles. Some pieces are hand-crocheted by Montse in her Barcelona studio, and exhibit a heavy influences from North African crafts. Other pieces in the shop are vintage and truly one of a kind, making this shop a go-to as I get settled into my new place.

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{ images via La Casa Decotó }


Project Roundup: DIY Cacti

by Kate on April 17, 2015


My love of trompe l’oeil objects runs deep. I cannot tell you how exciting it was for me as kid to visit the Boston Children’s Museum and peek in the cubby holes at little Colonial dioramas starring tiny costumed mice, and fake food, all fake food, was just the BEST thing I had ever seen. This is something all kids love I imagine, and sticks with us forever. Have you ever met an adult who didn’t delight, even just a tiny bit, in seeing objects recreated out of other materials?

Fake plants also hold a special place in my heart, right up there with fake food. Longtime readers of this blog may remember I wrote about indestructible plants a few years ago, but there have been so many amazing fake cacti projects as of late, I couldn’t resist sharing more. What I love most about these objects is that they are simple and inexpensive, and they reuse materials to create something fun and beautiful. Making these as gifts, or just as little pick-me-ups, would do the mind and body good. I’m going to try one this weekend. I hope you join me!

{ Image above: These adorable card cacti made by Catherine at Little Glowing Lights, using the tutorial in Beci Orpin’s book Home }


 { Colorful paper cacti you can make in a minute: The Port-a-Plant from Chronicle Books }


{ Learn how to make a clever abstract version of faux cacti on The Jungalow }


 { A painted rock garden would be a great version to make with kids, but is also a perfect solo craft. }


 { You can’t go wrong with a cushy cactus! I love this little pincushion version from Anna Evers }


{ Need a fun home project for spring? Cover your couch with these cactus pillows from Everything Emily. }