Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Announcing the Squidoo Book Club Quest Winner and Runners Up

Posted: 28 Aug 2013 05:54 AM PDT

book club logoThe Squidoo Book Club members have really outdone themselves this month. There were so many really great entries; it was hard to vote for just one winner but vote they did and the results have been tabulated.

We’re pleased to announce The Curse of the Ghost Ship created by lensmaster sierradawn has been selected as the winning lens. For her hard work, she’ll receive a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card and her lens has been featured as today’s Lens of the Day.

You can see all of the entries and find some terrific reading material by visiting Squidoo Book Club Quest: Happier Holidays through Reading

Thank you to all who participated either by submitting a lens…  or voting…  or both!

Here’s 3 of the runners-up lenses:

Murder For Christmas - Holiday Mysteries

1. Murder For Christmas – Holiday Mysteries

Do you love to read Christmas mysteries as much as I do? Each year I buy at least one new mystery and re- read the ones I already have. The holidays can be so hectic, it’s nice to sit down and read a cozy Christmas murder mystery. Mystery books make such n…

Petrol in my Blood - book review of a true story

2. Petrol in my Blood – book review of a true story

Have you ever read an autobiography and thought ‘yeah, right. I bet that tale has been embellished – that could never happen’? Well, here’s one which is full of adventure that I can really vouch for. Why? Because this book was written by Eric Jackson who,…

Last Chance to See: Travels Inside a Book

3. Last Chance to See: Travels Inside a Book

Some holidays aren’t about travelling to exotic locations or stacking up on expensive presents. Some are just about having a bit of time off work, time to relax, time to loll about in a comfy chair and just chill with one single present to yourself – a goo…

There’s still time to join the Book Club before the next quest goes out.  Learn how HERE.

Lens of the Day: The Curse of the Ghost Ship

Posted: 28 Aug 2013 05:26 AM PDT

Who got a Purple Star from Guest Questmaster Poetvix? Take a Look!

Posted: 28 Aug 2013 05:17 AM PDT

poetvixThe results are in from our very first Guest QuestMaster Quest created by lensmaster poetvix.  Here’s what she had to say followed by her 10 Purple Star lens choices.

Wow! There were so many awesome lenses sent in for this quest. I knew no one could stretch a dollar like a squid but I had no idea how right I was.

From DIY candles to book binding, jewelry to rockets, there's something for every interest and skill level.

Check out these awesome tutorials to make things for the home, the business and tons of fun for the kids.

 

Less than five dollars crafting quest highlight reel selections:

DIY Dragon Fruit Candles: A Green And Frugal Craft Idea

1. DIY Dragon Fruit Candles: A Green And Frugal Craft Idea

Make beautiful homemade dragon fruit candles from the bright pink outer shells of a fresh dragon fruit and a few old candles for a frugal and green decorating idea. I love buying exotic fruits when they become available in our grocery stores, and I was sup…

How To Make Jump Rings

2. How To Make Jump Rings

Jump rings play an important part when it comes to making your own jewelry. They are the glue that holds the project together; literally. These simple metal rings are what we use to add a clasp or pendant to a necklace or bracelet. And while they are very…

Glue Gun Earrings - Fun craft under $5!

3. Glue Gun Earrings – Fun craft under $5!

This is a very inexpensive project (with assumption you already have a glue gun – which also isn’t all that expensive) and a fun one as you can make many shapes and designs. I saw a beautiful pair of glue gun earrings on Pinterest and the idea was so brill…

boobag

4. DIY Boo boo bags for under five bucks!

I was going to begin this by saying, ‘If you have kids and/or pets, you need to know how to make boo boo bags! ‘, but in all honesty, even if you are a single college student, gramma, grandpa, newlywed – everybody should at least have two of these handy -…

Promote your art, design or photography effectively and inexpensively

5. Promote your art, design or photography effectively and inexpensively

My other half, as many of you know, is a photographer as well as a designer. We don’t have a great deal of money to promote his work so we were delighted when we discovered this system. It would have been wonderful to have full color brochures of his work…

How to Make Really Cool Art For Nothing

6. How to Make Really Cool Art For Nothing

Chances are that if you minimized your Internet browser right now you’d likely see one of three things. A classic desktop in a solid color, a picture of your kid (which is awesome) or art you got from the ‘Net. While this is great, how about your own art t…

How To Make A Wood Cutting Board

7. How To Make A Wood Cutting Board

Whale Cutting Board Plans: Making an unique cutting board from leftover bits of wood. The scrap bin in my shop is usually filled with a variety of types and sizes of wood, and I also salvage lumber from old furniture, remodeling jobs and renovations. Savin…

Playing with Fire: Making Match Rockets

8. Playing with Fire: Making Match Rockets

So, the Fourth of July is over. All the fireworks are have gone off in a blaze of glory. But you still have a bunch of match books lying about with nothing flammable to burn/fire off/explode. Are your fingers still intact? Time to chance fate once again. I…

Frugal Gift Ideas

9. Frugal Gift Ideas

I am always looking for a way to make something very unique and useful for a gift or just something for my own home. This gift also has to be very economical. I also do not want to take a lot of time to make it. I came up with the idea of candle holders, b…

Make Your Own Bulletin Board

10. Make Your Own Bulletin Board

When you think of a bulletin board, what comes to mind? Do you see elementary school classrooms with seasonal bulletin boards up? Educational boarders, and last years laminated letters as decoration? What if I used the term Memory Board instead? Or Inspira…

Announcing the So Crafty Club Quest Winner (and runners up)

Posted: 27 Aug 2013 01:08 PM PDT

We’re pleased to announce that the winning lens for this month’s So Crafty Club quest is How to Sew a Crayon Roll ~ The Perfect Back to School Gift for Children by lensmaster KyraB. Stop by the lens to congratulate her for a job well done and for taking home the $25.00 Amazon.com gift card prize.

And don’t miss all of the other terrific, fun and crafty project ideas that were submitted to us for this quest.

Visit the Squidoo Craft Club Quest: Back to School – Early Fall lens to see them all today.

Here’s the winning lens:

How to Sew a Crayon Roll ~ The Perfect Back to School Gift for Children

 How to Sew a Crayon Roll ~ The Perfect Back to School Gift for Children

One of the worst things that can happen to you when you are a child is to have just finished using your brand new crayons and having put them carefully away in their box you then pick the box up. and the bottom falls open and all those crayons tumble out a…

And here’s three of the runners-up lenses.

DIY Lemon & Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

1. DIY Lemon & Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

Summer’s slowly coming to an end and I am sure your lips enjoyed it much! But as fall and winter is drawing near your lips will be needing more attention and care than before and it’s better to start early than late. Sugar lip scrubs have become really pop…

How to Make and Wear a Knotted Scarf for Fall

2. How to Make and Wear a Knotted Scarf for Fall

One day, in a gift shop, I noticed a display of scarves that were made of strands and strands of different yarns that were knotted together. Interesting, I thought. Then, a friend on vacation sent me a picture of a display of scarves that were created with…

Make a Charging Station Drop Box - An Upcycling Bandana Box Project Demo

3. Make a Charging Station Drop Box – An Upcycling Bandana Box Project Demo

Here’s a simple idea for DIY organizational storage. The materials needed are common and most likely already laying around the house. I was scoping out charging stations at the mall recently. I like the charging mats, but I also like the idea of having all…

Big, BIG thanks to all who participated!

Are you a crafty lensmaster who’d like to join this fun club? Visit All about Squidoo Clubs to learn how!  We’d love to see your talent.

Check Out the GoodVeg Winner and Runners Up

Posted: 27 Aug 2013 09:40 AM PDT

It’s hard to believe that another one of our GoodVeg quests has come to a close. Where did the summer go?

We’d like to say congratulations to lensmaster tok2gman, who’s  Vegan Chickpea Ragout Recipe lens was chosen as this month’s winner.  For creating such an awesome-tastic lens tok2gman will receive a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card.

Here’s the winning lens followed by three honorable mentions.

Vegan Chickpea Ragout Recipe

 Vegan Chickpea Ragout Recipe

Once in a while, for various reasons, I have to amend my recipes. Someone has allergies, someone is a vegetarian or vegan, someone simply does not like one or another ingredient. Sometimes, I do the changes, just to test the results and, hopefully to add s…

Holy Parsnip Soup Batman!

1. Holy Parsnip Soup Batman!

Batman may know how to fight crime in Gotham City, but the parsnip helps you prevent many diseases that can invade your body. Late Summer brings about thoughts of the upcoming Fall Harvest season. Amongst the pumpkins, gourds, dry seed corn and other Autum…

Fig Jam Recipe - Beyond Delicious Marmelade

2. Fig Jam Recipe – Beyond Delicious Marmelade

We have just planted our fig tree a year ago so it’s still to small to bear enough figs to make anything! They are so delicious you just can’t help yourself not to eat them all! But that’s where good neighbours step in (with their super large fig tree) and…

Rachel's Absurdly Good Mexican Salad

3. Rachel’s Absurdly Good Mexican Salad

I can’t really pinpoint what makes my daughter’s version of Mexican salad so good. The ingredients are simple. Preparation is also simple (or you definitely wouldn’t catch me making it). Perhaps it’s that the textures play against each other so well – crun…

We’d also like to thank everyone who entered because all of the lenses were really great.  You’ll find all of the other delicious vegetarian recipe lenses that were sent in to us HERE.

With summer just about gone now, and everyone a little less busy, we’re hoping for a landslide of GoodVeg lenses next month.

Have you joined the GoodVeg Club yet?  This club,like all of our other clubs, is open to all lensmasters.

Visit All About Squidoo Clubs to learn how to join the fun before the next quest goes out.

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