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How to. Love notes {easy note cards} This weekend I taught a lesson at church that focused on how our attitude can affect the overall feeling in our home.

love notes {easy note cards}

I encouraged the girls to leave little love notes for their parents and siblings to show love and appreciation and make their home a happy place. I wanted to give them each three cards to use, so I had to come up with about 24 cards. Yikes! I decided on this quick and easy design that is also a great paper stash-buster. They'd also make great last-minute Valentines and are perfect to have on hand for gifts!

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MAGAZINE ENVELOPES. 18K+ Well I got this idea from our friend Nina.

MAGAZINE ENVELOPES

She was making these super cute envelopes out of scrapbook paper and I really wanted to make some! So I came home and made some! They are so so SO simple and add a personal touch to your envelopes. Pop up flower. >How-To: Newsprint Manicure « A Pretty Penny. I saw this newsprint manicure over on The Daily Nail and thought it was adorable (especially for bookworms and word lovers like myself).

>How-To: Newsprint Manicure « A Pretty Penny

I did a little Google detective work to see how to recreate it, and was surprised at how easy it is! All of the tutorials I found called for vodka or other clear distilled spirits, but we were fresh out. I used isopropyl alcohol instead, and it seemed to get the job done. I tried a quick and dirty version this afternoon to share it with you: Like this:

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DIY Basics: Wire Word Accessories. For this week’s DIY basic, we’re getting wordy with it.

DIY Basics: Wire Word Accessories

Wordy accessories, that is. You’ve likely seen your share of personalized bracelets, rings, and necklaces a la the famous Carrie necklace from Sex and the City. Make Your Own Tree Swing. Our first house in Springfield had a huge Oak tree in our wild, rambling backyard so I made Sebastian a tree swing once he was big enough to enjoy it.

Make Your Own Tree Swing

We were so sad to leave it behind when we moved, especially since our second house had absolutely no trees large enough to support even a family of squirrels much less a toddler. Our new place came with a good-sized apple tree right in the middle so as soon as the weather warmed up I decided it was time for another swing. 1. Supplies needed: 1 - 2x4x8 piece of wood for the seat, 1 - 1x2x8 piece of wood for the top, rope long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight (just in case). 12 Days Of Wrapping: Pixel Weave. Speaking of nerding out, today’s DIY wrapping project combines two of our favorite things: pixels and crafts.

12 Days Of Wrapping: Pixel Weave

If you haven’t done a basic weave, trying it out around a gift box is the easiest way to start! We started out with a simple yarn wrapping weave, then used ribbon, rubber bands and embroidery floss, and finally construction paper for some pixelated goodness. Materials: - string for weaving (yarn, ribbon, embroidery floss and rubber bands) - construction paper - scissors - wrapped presents or gift boxes For the yarn wrap, start with a piece of yarn or string and wrap it in stripes around your package. Chalkboard-Painted Mugs. Gilded Moleskine JournalAdd some personality to your Moleskine by carving original gilded designs and pressing them against the journal.

Chalkboard-Painted Mugs

Head over to <a href=" target="_blank">Design Mom</a> for the full tutorial.Gold Leaf NotebookAdding gold leaf details to your journal adds a touch of style and sets it apart from others. Head over to <a href=" target="_blank">Hello Lucky</a> for the full tutorial.Button & String JournalThis clever button & string journal is a craft activity that you can using raw materials. How To Turn Your T-Shirts Into Nautical Necklaces.

So we might be stretching the definition of nautical, but we couldn’t help but dream of summers spent on the water while making our sweet braided t-shirt necklaces.

How To Turn Your T-Shirts Into Nautical Necklaces

And you know, they’d be pretty perfect for sporting if you happen to be hangin’ with T-Pain and the boys of Lonely Island. If you’re thinking to yourself, “all my t-shirts are way too awesome to get rid of or re-purpose” (that Bush t-shirt from the mid 90s is still awesome), stock up on a few of our favorite new t-shirts out there and get creative with some of your old ones. Materials: - t-shirts (we used men’s M-XL) - electrical tape (green, yellow, blue) - 2 pairs of scissors (1 for the tape, 1 for the fabric) Lesson one: If you’re an aspiring crafter, the first thing to know is that you always need a pair of scissors dedicated to fabric.

First thing to do is to cut out all the seams of the t-shirt. Make A Heart Dish Out Of Magazine Pages. Gilded Moleskine JournalAdd some personality to your Moleskine by carving original gilded designs and pressing them against the journal.

Make A Heart Dish Out Of Magazine Pages

Head over to <a href=" target="_blank">Design Mom</a> for the full tutorial.Gold Leaf NotebookAdding gold leaf details to your journal adds a touch of style and sets it apart from others. Head over to <a href=" target="_blank">Hello Lucky</a> for the full tutorial.Button & String JournalThis clever button & string journal is a craft activity that you can using raw materials. DIY Fishtail Hat Band. We were instantly inspired by this gorgeous rainbow fishtail braid in Free People‘s September catalog and decided to recreate it, adding our own little twist: making the braid into a wearable hat accessory.

DIY Fishtail Hat Band

Who said braids were limited to summer and hair? Cut about 40 strands of yarn about 3 feet long, knot at one end leaving a several inches of slack, and divide into two sections. Pull 4 strands of yard from the outside of the left section and add it to the right side. Do the same to the other side–pull 4 strands of yarn from the outside of the right section and add it to the left side.

Repeat the steps until the desired length is achieved and secure it with a knot, leaving at least 6″ of slack at the end. DIY Gucci Tassel Belt. When Erica and I spotted tassels, tassels, tassels and more tassels accessorizing the Spring 2011 collections, there was no doubt that we wanted to do a DIY incorporating this beloved fringe ornament.

Inspired by the tassels seen in Sonia Rykiel and Gucci‘s Spring Collections, we’ll teach you how to make a tassel belt with leather and a few items from the hardware store. You’ll start by first cutting fringe into the leather in order to make the tassels. Draw a line 1/4″ from the edge of the length of the leather, which will serve as a guideline. Using the ruler draw parallel lines about 1/8″ apart, along the width of the leather. Carefully cut along those lines, stopping at the guideline each time. Bundled. DIY Macrame Bracelet Growing up by the beach in Southern California, the ability to knot a macrame bracelet was practically a right of passage. Although those days are long behind us, we’ve never forgotten the ever-so-simple square knot […] DIY Gretchen Jones Necklace.

Easy Painted Tumblers. Thank you all so much for such amazing feedback and for helping this project circulate all over the internet! My cups have held up pretty well due to not being used too often (they are currently just holding bobby pins in my bathroom) but several readers said after a little wear and tear, the paint comes off. Other readers have found that using paint specifically for glass leads to a much longer life! In the comments, readers have specifically stated that Martha Stewart Paints and DecoArt paints have lasted the best. DIY Découpage Floral Bag.

When H&M asked us to DIY a boho-inspired item for their summer issue, découpage was the first thing that came to mind. Honestly, does it get any better than customizing a simple handbag with a brilliant floral print? However you create it, it’ll be satisfying to know that you’ve designed yourself a one of a kind bag! You’ll need:a handbagcotton fabric with a large floral patternpainter’s tapeMod Podgecraft paint2 small plastic dishes2 brushesscissors Start by taping off the edges and hardware of the handbag.

A New Use For Shower Curtain Rings. If your house has as many random nooks and crannies as mine has, you probably have shelves and cabinets that go unused or that aren’t being maximized to their ultimate potential. My home, in particular, has many cabinets that are very tall and do not have built-in shelves. To take advantage of the vertical height, I bought this 15”-24” tension rod and these curtain rings and decided to make a purse storage cabinet. There are all kinds of others uses for this contraption as well. Little guiding stars. Rosy Stationery - Martha Stewart Card-Making Center.

DIY Belted Boots. Packing Tape Image Transfers.