Knots You May Need

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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?

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Rainy Day Craft: Rope and Glue Vases

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

rope vase

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...

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Design Your Own Own Upholstery Fabric

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/16/2010

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.

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How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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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...

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Coffee Filter Wall Decor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-04-02

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

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10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by DIY Maven

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.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery patterns) and...

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Sewing: Khaki Shorts Mend

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/13/08

created on: 06/13/08

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.

created on: 06/13/08

 

created on: 06/13/08

Supplies you need...

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10 cool things to make out of dish towels.

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/09/08

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...

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5 Very Good Things to Make Out of Seashells

by DIY Maven

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.

How about making seashell string lights?

Or perhaps seashell candles?

created on: 06/05/08

Keepsake place cards for a beach side wedding--or beach-themed party--couldn't be more appropriate!

Large shells would make fabulous bookends.

Super simple to...

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