Shopping Guide: 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

by Faith Provencher

SHOPPING GUIDE: My 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

As someone who crafts for both business and pleasure, I spend a lot of time at local art supply stores and on websites that sell craft goodies. But there are a handful of materials that I use all the time, so I make sure to always have them on hand. And I thought I'd share that list with you, so you can fill out your craft supply collection with all of the necessities.  

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How To: Phone Book Desk Organizer.

by Chris Gardner

You'd think they'd figure it out by now...but no, updated phone books still land on your porch, often in pairs, every few months.

So, instead of immediately tossing them in the recycle bin, since you're obviously not an idiot and have discovered online tools that are far superior, make something useful....

Chica and Jo offer this use: a desk organizer for office supplies.


  • 1 phone book (in good shape)
  • sharp utility knife
  • ...

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DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here's a list....

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A Knotty Pine Memory

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/20/08

The sewing studio is finally finished.  I've posted photos of different angles of the room.  This room  measures 12' x 20'.  I brought the rocker in for two of the sewing moms who have newborns. On the other side of the table on the left is a room where the heavy duty work gets done like painting, upholstering, photographing projects and light construction.  There is one more room to the right of the rocking chair which has more fabric...

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How to Make a Paper Clip Lampshade

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Paper Clip Lampshade

This is a simple and effective way to tart-up an inexpensive paper lampshade using office supplies.

The Materials

Paper lampshade

Decorative paper clips (I found these circle paper clips at Target; 50 for $2.99.)

Small paper punch (Or anything pointy will do.)

The Process

Mark shade with pencil at uniform intervals. I spaced my markings 1 inch apart.

Punch holes at markings.

Slip paper clips into holes.

For another office supply alternative, how about...

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