Latest from Diane Gilleland


Bitters add a little depth and mystery to the flavor of cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks. You can buy one or two brands in most supermarkets, but why not make your own? It’s so easy, and you can experiment with all kinds of flavors. You can follow this bitters recipe, find... Read more »


Need to improve your hand-eye coordination? Take up juggling. And make it crafty by whipping up a set of these soft, colorful Japanese juggling toys. All you need are some fabric scraps and a handful of dried beans or rice. The Japanese word otedama refers to a variety of juggling... Read more »


A thrift store necktie is the perfect raw material for a carrying case: it’s elegant and comes with its own padding to protect your valuables. Plus, you need only a few minutes and a little hand-sewing to whip one up. Although this project shows you how to make a case... Read more »


Materials Knit or crochet piece for printing Digital artwork Computer graphics program Inkjet printer Inkjet transparency film, available at office supply & photo stores <a href=”…>Original cyanotype kit</a, sold at photo stores Measuring cup, plastic or glass Measuring tablespoon, plastic Plastic tray or small tub 2″ foam craft brush... Read more »


I love digging in my recycling bin for potential craft materials. A recent surplus of empty plastic soda bottles inspired this easy organizer, which is endlessly customizable. Use any size bottles you like, and arrange them in a configuration that fits on your desk or in a drawer. Materials Empty... Read more »


I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it forever – just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the nameplate! Materials Picture frame,... Read more »


If, like me, you tend to accumulate projects-in-progress, you might want to stitch up a bunch of these easy oilcloth holders. They keep all the needed supplies together, neat and tidy, and they’re structured so little things can’t easily fall out. They store easily on a shelf or in a... Read more »