My shade garden is an absolute oasis. The only way it could be better is if it could be softer and more 'room like'. Wait, I've made a number of interchangeable bench cushions, covered an old spool with a Morroccan inspired tablecloth, added some more cushy seating, what's missing?
I recently scrounged through all my original how-to's and thought I'd compile a roundup of all those appropriate for Mother's/Father's Day gifts...or gifts for yourself! Some would make great wedding/shower favors too.
A Designer Key Rack would be great for Dad.
I just received a press release from Martha's peeps about an appearance she'll be making. She'll be at the Costco in Norwalk, CT on April 29, 2010 at 1pm promoting and signing her new book Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. The press release includes this little gem:
Photo Images: Spoonflower
If you're like me, and I've only heard of one other person who does this, you've imagined a fabric design in your head and you go out and try to track it down. Impossible, as well as a huge time waster. However, if you have some graphic art designing ability, you can design, create and even sell your very own fabrics on etsy, or design and make your own curtains, bedding and even upholster with it.
Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.
From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...
When you think about selling crafts on-line, you probably think of Etsy. Etsy's great, but there are other outlets you might want to consider as well. Craftazaar got down to business and put together a list of no less than 84 places along with the sites'
This holiday season, go one step beyond giving handmade gifts. Give the gift of creativity and empower the recipients with these five DIY Gift Kits. It's like handmade-squared!
This festive felt ornament is of the best kind of crafty projects: the final product seems intricate and complex, but the actual design simply incorporates a few felt circles and a basic stitch.
Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy.
- Take better photos.
- Make something people actually want.
- Make something other people aren't making.
- Build a cohesive line.
- Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
- Take better...
Christian Ristow's Hand of Man
Photo by: Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
For all of you geeks or geek watchers out there, if you missed Maker Faire 2009 this past weekend in San Mateo, California, you missed something spectacular. Fortunately, Scott Beale has caught not only the best of the best, but just about everything that was anything at this year's gathering.
Mercy, how I do enjoy this lamp. Made of stuff procured from the Dollar Store, it cost a measly 5 bucks to complete. Here's your shopping list:
When a certain big Swedish apparel retailer decided to offer a home collection including a hand drawn looking button pillow, it started my wheels turning. It looked completely DIY-able and the collection isn't available in the United States so, what the heck. Here is a step-by-step
One thing leads to another when you travel through blogrolls and then you find coffee filter wall decor from Jennifer Jafarzadeh, a former lifestyle editor for Redbook Magazine. As with the plate arrangement here, the trick with the filters is to tack them to the wall in a way that looks artistic and airy, not contrived. See
With a handy drill bit/door lock bit, you can make your own cute-as-a-button button tray for about $1.99 (not including the drill bit). I was inspired by
Admit it: you haven't really cleaned up from New Year's Eve yet...which is a good thing, cause you don't have to go digging through the trash to grab those little wire thingys that keep your champagne cork under control to make one of these adorable chairs.
All you need is a bottle's leftovers and a pair of needlenose pliers. Have at it, and Happy New Year.
Holiday excitement has been replaced with the urge to purge, cleaning out cabinets and closets that is...
Crafters are showing support for the candidate of their choice and Josh and Sarah at Sewer-Sewist are documenting it via their flickr group, The Obama Craft Project. Rather than being a commercial endeavor, their focus is to highlight ‘work created for personal use in support of the Obama campaign.’ For more information about the project, visit this page. Via.
Note: In the spirit of ‘equal time’, a search was made for such groups in support of...
Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.
Tipnut’s Crafters Medley for July is replete with a variety of oh-so-clever projects, you’re sure to find something you just HAVE to try. Tops on my list are the cookbook apron, and the brown paper seed packet business cards tutorial.
Image courtesy of Tipnut.