Cookie magazine offers this bright idea: a collection of mismatched dining chairs can be easily united with a simple can of paint and a weekend. Perfect for thrift store and garage sale finds...plus, it can make chairs you'd never consider putting in your dining room mouthwatering. And, it doesn't hurt that they're orange.
If the wood tones are similar enough, you can leave the bottom part of the legs unpainted for some… Continue Reading
Vane Becidyan, the Brooklyn Bride, in collaboration with Etsy's How-Tuesday, offers this video tutorial for making fabric drawstring bags for big impact for party/wedding/shower favors. And when they've pulled the string and discovered their goodies, the wrapping still remains part of the gift: a reusable, handmade, colorful gift.
Studio Beelden Bouwers thought it would be a good idea to re-use old sweaters by turning them into lampshades. They were right. For knitters or crocheters, customizing shapes for lampshade slipcovers would be a snap. Pieced together with a blanket stitch....hmm. From… Continue Reading
The dangling bright colors and shapes of Alexander Calder's mobiles have always fascinated me. I've never tried to make one but I've just found simple, yet roomy instructions to make your own interpretation of a Calder mobile for your own home. The newly rennovated Indianapolis Museum of Art has a fantastic heavy duty Calder mobile hanging above their atrium walkway that makes me want to get busy.
What you'll need:
- Needle-nose pliers Wire (hardware stores sell 200ft rolls of galvanized wire)
- Sheet of 1/2" ply wood for the weights or shapes at the end of the wires
- Drill and bit (same diameter as the wire)
- Clamp to hold the wood pieces when drilling
- Jig saw to… Continue Reading
Back in 2008, Hanna and Ashley finally saw their dream come to fruition. It’s called Hoopla, a little engine that could gift company that combines Hanna’s business acumen and Ashley’s mastery of doodling.
Promoting locally-based manufacturers and craftsmen, the majority of their mirth-inducing products are made in New England. The eco-friendly duo prefers to use recyclable materials whenever possible in creating their… Continue Reading
Kitchens.com has put together their forecast for color and it starts with always optimistic yellow. From greenish citron to buttercup and everything in between. But if that's a bit too happy for you, how about shades of violet? Here the choice is more subtle:
Blue is also on the horizon for '09. Although dark blues have fallen out of favor to purple, bright and light blues are staying in the forefront.
From warm to… Continue Reading
Who says you can’t find inspiration in a roll of toilet paper? Note that the tissue is pink as well. Since such ‘girly’ t.p. doesn’t appeal to everybody, the same idea against a more colorful background with a white and grey, blue, etcetera t.p. wave could look equally funky and fun as well.
(I've since lost the link to this pic, so my apologies to the originator. If anybody knows who that might be, please… Continue Reading
These apartment interiors by Ozhan Hazirlar are so perfect, they almost look fake. Which is probably why I like them. Bright, minimal, linear. Doesn’t get much better than that. Note the repeat of the curvy lozenge (and half-lozenge) shape from room to room.… Continue Reading
Grey and Brown, and occasionally white that instantly tuns to Grey-Brown. Those are the colors of winter in the city, and frankly... Blah. Which makes the idea of Color Therapy really appealing. The main idea is that the colors that you surround yourself with can change your emotional, spiritual, and even physical well-being. Which makes sense really, this time of year I am completely drawn to yellows and (eyewateringly bright) pinks, which according to Color Therapy is just what is needed to counteract the winter blahs.
So here's a breakdown of what colours mean and how they affect you:
Red is a powerful colour, it's associated with vitality and ambition and can help overcome negative thoughts. But it's also associated with anger, and too much… Continue Reading
Ring in '09 with a little noise with these homemade noise makers. Chances are you already have everything you need to make them--or, at least, most of them.
A bit 'kid-crafty' but sure to get the job done is the two paper bowls, popsicle stick and beads method.
Similar to the previous idea is this paper plates, popsicle stick and beans technique.
Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you're giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up… Continue Reading