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So you've wanted your own area to get creative for a long time. But you keep putting it off. You're busy, tired, there's just not enough time in the day.

Well the long weekend is coming and it's time to do something for yourself. It isn't going to be as hard as you think it is, and we're here to help.

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Need a quick gift for someone's birthday, or just misplaced your knitting needles? Weblog SimplyMaggie shows off a clever little method for knitting something outrageously fast, no needles required.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Apologies for the late announcement on these results; they got stuck somewhere behind the couch after an all-night crochet session. But we do have two lucky winners of free passes to the Etsy Success conference in Sydney on June 2.

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It's not unreasonable to suggest that if you spend hundreds on a tablet, you can spend more than a few dollars on a case. However, if you're the crafty type, this felt iPad case is effective, cheap, and looks sharp.

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Got a cool letter or invitation to send that could use some pizazz? Design blog Ragehaus has a great how-to for creating your own wooden wax seal, to give your snail mail letters an even more historical look than they already have.

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The much-maligned Snuggie is the sweatsock of the blanket world. They're functional but not much to look at, and you don't necessarily want the world seeing yours. Make your own Snuggie with cool fabric and this free pattern, and shun the disbelievers.

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You mightn't have a clue what a resistor or a capacitor does, but if you can find one in some old gear or pick some up at an electronics store, you can adapt them into fairly geeky jewellery.

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A little etching cream and some stickers is all it takes to create customised storage jars. At MarthaStewart.com, they have a simple guide to using glass etching cream for creating labels on glass storage jars. You'll likely need to make a trip to the craft store, but the materials they use are inexpensive. A bottle of glass etching cream will run you around $10, along with some stick-on vinyl letters to create the actual text on the label. Other than that, some masking tape and a very small paint brush get this project done, and leave you with some solid de-cluttering weapons. For detailed instructions and a caution or two—don't use etching cream near a porcelain sink!—check out the full tutorial below.

Etched Glass Storage Jars

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You can spend a lot of money buying a laptop bag (I got scared off when I priced them earlier this year), but for economy and uniqueness, why not try sewing your own? Craft blog Yoonie At Home walks through the steps to sewing a laptop bag from some fabric scraps and a few tea towels. I agree with the commenters who suggest that the magnetic clasp might be a bit risky, but if you're not scared of the needle, this could be an interesting project. Thanks Di!

My Laptop Bag: IKEA Fabrics