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Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle

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Update: Addition to rule #4 – Please include a link to the ModCloth item your project compliments.

It’s that time of year again, time to start checking off that holiday shopping list. It can be hard to find everyone on your list just the right gift, and we all know the best ones come straight from the heart. We’ve paired up with our good friends at ModCloth to challenge BurdaStyle members to make a handcrafted holiday gift for someone you love and score yourself a sweet $100 gift certificate to ModCloth!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 5 - Win a Jen Darling Garment Bag!

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Welcome to day five of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a stylish garment bag from Jen Darling Bags! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 6th to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 4 - Win a Selvedge Magazine 3 Year Subscription!

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Welcome to day four of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an 3 year subscription from Selvedge Magazine! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Sunday, December 5th to be entered to win!

What We Wore: Un-Bling Bling

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Bejeweled, Bedecked, Bedazzled!

Well… not really. While the BurdaStyle crew loves a little bling (I can’t believe I’m still saying that word in almost-2011), as usual we put our own unique spin to the standard diamond and silver variety. We opt for the crafty, the practical, the one-of-a-kind pieces that is a truer reflection of our personality than some grandiose idea of what wealth looks like…whatever that is.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest, slightly bling-less, accessories we’ve been wearing lately:

Congratulations to the Windows 7 Phone Winner!

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Thanks for telling us all the fantastic ways you do more with less! We are excited to announce that BurdaStyle member reneec386 was chosen by random selection to take home the brand new Windows 7 smartphone. Thanks again to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more awesome comment to win contests!

Weekend Project: Try a Turban

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To turban or not to turban? The trend that was kick-started by Miuccia Prada in 2007 is back with a vengeance for Spring 2011 and designers from Jason Wu to Vena Cava to Jean Paul Gaultier sent their models down the runway with heads swathed in yards of colorful fabric.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 3 - Win a Martha Stewart Prize Package!

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Welcome to day three of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an amazing prize package from The Martha Stewart Crafts Dept.! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 4th to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 2 - Win a Mettler Thread Organizer Box!

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Welcome to day two of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a thread organizer box from Mettler! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 3rd to be entered to win!

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Marimekko

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Hope, democracy, equality. No, it’s not Obama’s new re-election slogan. Those three words are commonly used in descriptions of this week’s vintage fabric: Marimekko.

Martha Stewart's Holiday Craft Sale

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If you’re in New York this Saturday, December 4th stop by the Martha Stewart offices in the Starrett-Lehigh building on 26th street between 11th and 13th avenues to get a start on your holiday shopping and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. From 12-6 pm come pick up one-of-a-kind, handmade items from amazing artisans and crafters, meet the Martha Stewart staffers and maybe get inspired to make some of your own gift projects for the holiday season!

Featured Member: Carolyn S

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I live in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a small city, and probably the most isolated capital city in the world! The term “only 6 degrees of separation” is so very true for Perth-ies. Both my husband and myself were born here, as well as all our three children.

2. What was the 1st thing you made?

My mother and both my grandmothers were both very creative and prolific seamstresses, so I was sewing from an early age. When I was little I made doll’s clothes, cushions, pencil-cases and pincushions and so on, one of which I still use today, lol!

Secrets of Neapolitan Tailoring

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Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary on Neapolitan tailoring by the creative group, Kid Dandy. I don’t know which is more beautiful: the stunning shots of Naples or the perfectly tailored suits!

Organizing Your Digital Life With Style - Sponsored Post

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Meet Stitch magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Tricia Waddell + Free Satin Clutch Tutorial Download

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Bringing a decidedly stylish and modern edge to traditional sewing and craft, Stitch Magazine has carved a niche for itself as one of the premier biannual publications for contemporary sewing. Full of projects, resources, tips and ideas, Stitch is a great guide for any sewer, no matter whether they’ve been at it for years or are just starting out. We sat down with Stitch Editor-in-Chief Tricia Waddell to get the scoop on her favorite crafts, inspirations and what’s next for the future of Stitch.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 1 - Win a Brother Sewing Machine!

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Welcome to day one of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a sewing machine from Brother! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Tuesday, December 7th to be entered to win!

Whether you’re new to fashion sewing or a skilled veteran of the fitting room, you’ll love the ‘Project Runway’ Limited Edition Innov-ís 40. Dream it, then do it with the Innov-ís 40’s wide array of decorative stitches and convenient machine features. With 40 built-in stitches including 5 one-step auto-size buttonhole styles, 7-point feed dogs, a built-in needle threading system, Quick-set™ bobbin and free-motion stitching, sewing is easy and enjoyable. Made by Brother International Corporation, the exclusive sewing and embroidery licensee of ‘Project Runway,’ and top rated by consumer research magazines, it’s a perfect gift idea this season.

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