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Pheil: Free crafty classes on the Web

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Have you ever visited If not, and you love crafting, you should. (And when I say crafting, think knitting, home and garden, photography, food and cooking, paper crafts, jewelry, etc.)

Craftsy is a Denver-based (go Colorado!) instructional video company focused on providing truly wonderful do-it-yourself online classes and experiences.

Millions of people from across the world love Craftsy — they love everything from the instructors, the course topics, the quality of the videos offered. Craftsy even offers free mini-classes, which you can check out here:

Grab Bag: Your Five Links of the Week

1. – You know, sometimes it’s just time for a new start. Before you ditch your old laptop for a new one though, I highly recommend you wipe and reformat your old hard drive so your sensitive information stays out of the hands of whoever gets your throw-away computer. This article explains how to do this easily.

2. – Came across this video the other day and thought I’d share with all my dear readers. Instead of watching yet another laughing baby video today, consider taking a little trip down Americana memory lane instead and watch Richard Nixon talking to the Apollo 11 crew in 1969. Kittens are out there being adorable on a daily basis, but as far as I’m aware, presidents don’t phone the moon from the White House daily.

3. – Book technology at its finest, right here. Hide-And-Eek just made children’s bedtime way more fun. The book is aptly subtitled “A hold-up-to-the-light mystery book;” all kids have to do is turn out the lights, grab a flashlight, and reveal the surprises.

4. – This is truly beautiful, useful, accessible innovation. Say hello to PhoneSoap. There’s actually no water and no soap involved, just a beautiful phone charger that keeps your phone free of nasty germs. Instead of plugging your phone into the wall, you plug it into PhoneSoap. Your phone will charge until the battery is full (or you remove it, of course), but it’s actually sanitized in just a few minutes. Super cool.

5. – Each and every week I receive an absolutely overwhelming onslaught of requests asking me, “Erin, how can I make a realistic looking human head in a jar?” and “Erin, PLEASE tell me where I can go online to learn how to make a realistic human head in a jar!” Okay yes, that is a lie. But I promise I’m being truthful when I say that you if you go to this link you will learn how you can make a realistic human head in a jar. You know, the next time you feel so inclined.

Erin Pheil is the owner of TimeForCake Creative Media—the Web Design & Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit her company’s website at or email Erin at

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