Way back when, I knew how to tie a few fancy knots. My weekend workshops reminded me that I need to brush up on knot tying for lots of crafty reasons. Here's a handy post on one of those know-it-all sites (20-20 Site) that has illustrated tied knots as well as the coordinating You Tube video to really drive the point home. Did someone say Visual Learner?
Gluing rope around glass cylinders is calming and therapeutic, especially when you're not being beckoned outside. Simple and fun, all you need are some leftover glass vases, a heap of 1/4" or 1/2" jute rope, a hot glue gun or other good, clear, heavy glue. Think of all the rope accents you could do. You could even paint them. See more...
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.
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.
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...
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.
When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done. DON'T discard just because of a little wear and tear. These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won't mess with that. The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts. The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses.
Supplies you need...
Dish towels aren't just for drying dishes anymore. Case in point, TipNut has put together a list of ten clever craft projects using the familiar rectangular cloths.
1. Dishtowel tote bags
2. Dishtowel bibs.
3. Dishtowel chair slip covers.
4. Dishtowl window Valance.
5. Dishtowel potholder.
6. Dishtowel teatime accessories.
7. Dishtowel picnic rolls.
8. Dishtowel Grocery bag holder.
9. Dishtowel dog rope toy.
10. Dishtowel sewing...
Seashell season is upon us. Instead of bringing them home from the beach and simply depositing them in a clear glass bowl, we might want to try a few of these really cool ideas from the Queen of Good Things.