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DIY Doily&Lamp - StumbleUpon. Crafting Blogs. Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL - MORE ART, LESS CRAFT. Okay kids, for leaving me all those wonderful and inspiring comments, I give you: Watercolor Stencil Portraiting - The Tutorial!

Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL - MORE ART, LESS CRAFT

Bear with me, it's almost midnight and I am exhausted, and I leave for vacation tomorrow. Fusing Plastic Bags: A Tutorial from Etsy Lab. Are your plastic bags all dressed up with nowhere to go?

Fusing Plastic Bags: A Tutorial from Etsy Lab

Fear not, Etsy Lab teaches us the latest DIY trend. What you'll need. Craft Project: Russian Nesting Doll Card. Matryoshka Doll Card Opened Card Closed Today I felt like making a matryoshka doll card, for no particular reason.

Craft Project: Russian Nesting Doll Card

Sometimes it's nice to make something just for the fun of it. Craftster tutorial. 3 - Machine sewing Start sewing from one side of the opening, and follow the line all around the body.

Craftster tutorial

For straight corners, sew all the way to the corner, make sure the needle is down (so the fabric stays in place) then raise the foot of the sewing machine, pivot the fabric around, lower the foot and start sewing again. Do some backstitches at the beginning and the end of the line, to secure the thread. I usually leave the opening between the bottom legs, so it’s less noticeable if I mess it up. In this case, I felt very confident and left it open betweent the ears (and the legs were to close to each other, too). Surprise Balls. This article is also posted at Squidoo!

Surprise Balls

Inside this ball of yarn are all sorts of little goodies I chose for a friend. I wanted to send them to her in a way that’s entertaining, and since the gift will travel a long distance, I also had to come up with something that would take the abuse of going through the mail. My solution? Reusable snack bag tutorial. 50 Summer Crafts for Kids. Summer is here!

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Keep your kids busy with these crafts and ideas: 50 Ways to Get Children to Love Reading from Read-Aloud. Tie Dyed t-shirts from Kaboose. Crafts. Calming the senses with weighted blankets « Craft Nectar. Note from Weeks: Both my husband and daughter are restless sorts.

calming the senses with weighted blankets « Craft Nectar

When our daughter was little and we went to a restaurant, Bill would take her out to run up and down the sidewalk while I paid the bill so she wouldn’t start squirming at the table. Those kids who kick the back of your seat on planes have the same issue. Therapists refer to them as “sensory seeking.” LearnPysanky.com: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs (pysanky) Easter Eggs – Elegant Ideas For Your Easter Eggs! - A Storybook Life. Have Some Fun With Your Easter Eggs This Year!

Easter Eggs – Elegant Ideas For Your Easter Eggs! - A Storybook Life

I don’t know about you, but for me, there’s nothing like a pile of freshly boiled eggs and the smell of vinegar to bring back wonderful childhood memories of the day before Easter… around the table with my family! And… because eggs are so inexpensive this time of year, you should take a few minutes around the kitchen table, to create some memories… and a masterpiece with your little ones! The number of ways to decorate an egg are limitless, but I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you today.

Painted Eggs. The Handy Hausfrau: Oilcloth-Lined Bag Giveaway. Today at The Handy Hausfrau, I'm having a giveaway.

The Handy Hausfrau: Oilcloth-Lined Bag Giveaway

I've been busy sewing up a storm this week and thought this was the perfect time to share the goods with you, my readers. Let me give you a little background. I'm a sucker for bags and purses. Tiny things into which I can put tiny things make me happy. But since I had kids 5 years ago, I've noticed a problem.

Fat Quarter Handbag Tutorial. The Simple and Sleek Fat Quarter Handbag from Jennifer Sweet Trees Clutch Purse This simple and sleek fat quarter handbag is one of my favorite bags that I make.

Fat Quarter Handbag Tutorial

Circle Skirt From An Old Sheet. Water Balloon Luminaries. A fun and easy project with a beautiful payoff. Learn how to make these Balloon Luminaries. You will need: High-Melt Paraffin Wax (IGI 1260)Party BalloonsDouble BoilerCookie Sheet Instructions: DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars. The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night.

These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. Top 100 Tutorials of 2009. It was a good year in the online crafting world. Here’s a list of 100 craft and sewing tutorials of 2009, not ranked in a particular order.

I made a similar list last year that continues to be popular. This year I decided to include my own tutorials! Feel free to comment and link to your favorites, as I’m sure that I’ve left many off the list. It’s amazing how much creativity is out there. Repurposed Hardcover Book to Notebook Tutorial. I’ve told you before I’m a bit obsessed with books. I love all books where I intend to read them or not. A local library has a huge book sale every year where you can pick up a grocery bag of books for $3! How to Make Non-Obnoxious Alphabet Magnets. Okay, okay. Non-obnoxious isn’t a word. But neither is unobnoxious. Not really, anyway. I’ve come to embrace this part of my life where I have a baby and a toddler. Look to inspire - page 17. How to Make Leaf Skeletons | The Idea Room.