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Free Article Download: Metal-Stamped Book Bangles

Hey Everyone! My article from Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2015 is now available as a free download from Somerset Place. Just click the image below to download your free copy. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, free patterns, Jewelry, Uncategorized

5 Jewelry Making Projects

I have been creating jewelry for as long as I can remember. My first beading kit was the Pocahontas beading kit with glass beads and bits of leather. I was hooked. Most of the jewelry I wear today was handmade for some special occasion or other, which makes it all the more important to me.

The following projects were made by me for Stampington & Company. You can see the complete tutorials by clicking on the images below.

Believe in Magic Necklace

Believe in Magic Necklace by Sarah Donawerth | Free Jewelry Making Project Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Jewelry, Uncategorized

Free Mixed-Media Inspiration: Going Away Present – California Love Canvas

Free Mixed-Media Project Inspiration: California Love Canvas from

Recently, my sister-in-law and my brother moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a new life. As a going away present, I decided to make this mixed-media canvas. In this homage to California, she will be reminded of the family that loves her. I also incorporated her favorite color—teal—to make it personalized to her tastes.

Follow the instructions below to make a perfect house-warming, going-away, or just-because gift. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Mixed-Media Art, Uncategorized

May the 4th Be With You: Lightsaber-Inspired Case for Crochet Afghan Hooks and Knitting Needles + Plush Toy Free Crochet Pattern!

Crochet Light Saber Free PatternAs many of you probably know,  I am a bit of a nerd. I love Marvel superhero movies, Jane Austen, and especially Star Wars. I consider them all epic stories that are pure entertainment from start to finish (yes, that is what Jane Austen novels and superhero movies have in common). So, for Star Wars Day I knew I had to do something to celebrate my love of the movies. Last year, I did a knitting pattern for an ewok hoodie and I’ve also transformed little Casper into a Darth Vader-loving, sweater-wearing heartthrob, but this year it is all about the light sabers.

This light saber case can be used for anything, but I thought it would work well for crochet afghan hooks and knitting needles. I have also provided the details needed to adapt the pattern into a plush toy that can be stuffed. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, crochet, Fan girl, free patterns, Uncategorized

4 Mixed-Media Techniques to Try Now!

4 Mixed-Media Techniques to Try Now! from SarahDonawerth.comI am proud to announce my first-ever mixed-media post! I’ve been experimenting with mixed-media artwork for the last year and I love the process. Mixed-media art is all about layers. When creating a piece, you can scrape off a layer you don’t like, or just keep adding layers until it looks perfect. Most of these projects included at least one mistake, but I just kept working on them until I was pleased with the result.

I encourage you to try your hand at mixed-media. It is a very freeing experience and can be a great way to relieve stress and unwind at the end of the day. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Mixed-Media Art, Uncategorized

Top Tools for Your Knitting and Crochet Projects

Yarn Love imageI have been knitting and crocheting for a combined total of more than 27 years. Some years I worked harder on it than others, but I’ve always made time in life to sit down with a ball of yarn to create.

In that time, I’ve amassed quite a collection of yarn and tools. I have yarn under my bed, in three different storage ottomans, in boxes in the closet, and even hiding in a dresser drawer. Remnants get periodically cleaned out and made into my remnant beanies (post coming soon!) and the rest get neatly stacked and stored in every available container.

However, my tools are a different story. They are all stored in a clear, plastic toiletries case (yes, I said toiletries case) because it is easy to find items in a clear container and it has a nice zipper and handle for travel. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, crochet, knitting, Uncategorized

Why I Knit: Finding Magic in Every k2tog + A Giveaway!

Why I Knit: Finding Magic in Every k2tog

“I learned to knit, but I just never got into it.” I hear this countless times while teaching knitting classes, or discussing hobbies with friends, but I have never understood how it could happen. How could someone have knitting needles in their hands and not feel that surge of happiness like I do? Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Giveaway, knitting, Uncategorized

Enter to Win the Winter Issue of Jewelry Affaire!

Jewelry Affaire Winter 2016

Yep, I’ve been published again! It’s always exciting to see my name in print and I am very pleased to offer another giveaway courtesy of Stampington & Company. This time, enter to win a copy of Jewelry Affaire. Read More »

Crafts / DIY, Giveaway, Jewelry, Uncategorized

Behind-the-Scenes of My Blog Makeover + Big Plans for the Future

As you may have noticed, got a face lift. And by face lift, I mean I tore the whole thing apart, build it piece by piece, and tried to get it as perfect as possible for all of you. This is the big unveiling. Ta Da!

First, my header image is different. I figure, if the blog is named after me, I should probably share what I look like. I’m a pretty private person and I hate pictures of myself, so I opted for a very artistic version of a self portrait. Amazingly enough, I did the entire thing in PicMonkey! Read More »

Blogging, Crafts / DIY, Uncategorized

Introducing Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet!

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet crochet pattern

Introducing my newest crochet pattern–Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet! They are now available in my Etsy shop (you can find the link in the sidebar). And to celebrate this adorable pattern, I’m offering a special $2 off coupon code for blog readers.

Use code: BLOG2OFF

Travel to Regency England and the land of Pride and Prejudice with these crochet patterns for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

Elizabeth Bennet has beautiful curls and an empire-waisted gown, while Mr. Darcy has a removable jacket and ribbon ascot.

Supply list is provided within the pattern. Pattern is considered easy+.

Crafts / DIY, crochet, Fan girl, Literary Loves, Uncategorized