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Guest post by Rachael at Talk 2 the Trees .
There is something special about the tricks and tips people come up with to turn old or useless objects into something fresh and useful. Turning an old gadget or piece of furniture into something completely new is a great way to extend its life, and here are some of our favorite conversions from the last year.
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I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more.
H ey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend! Since the weather has turned cool, I’ve been thinking a lot about scarves.
Here is a simple yet stylish photo frame that can accomodate quite many photos at once. The idea is very simple. Fasten twines on the empty frame and hang photos using clothes pins on them.
As many of you requested, Marie is sharing a little tutorial here on how she made her lampshades.
by Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway. You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat”
08.09.09 | by Erik Anderson Whether it’s product branding, package design or projects for ourselves, we’re pleased when we find a solution that’s very effective and creative, while keeping resources to a minimum.
Here’s a simple How-To on making those gorgeous Dahlia Flower Tissue Paper Pom Poms you see in magazines and on the Internet.
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Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast — but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that.
Here's another DIY project from our sweet friend, Sasha - from the The Gilded Bee . Be sure to check out her awesome shop full of handmade packaging lovelies.
Makes 100 applications 2 tbls. olive oil 1/2 tsp. honey 3/4 tsp. beeswax — grated 1/2 tsp. pure cocoa butter Flavored oil of your choice (like peppermint or vanilla) 1 vitamin E capsule > In a small saucepan, heat oil, honey, wax and butter over a low heat until just melted. > Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. > Stir in flavoring and contents of vitamin E capsule. > Pour into containers of your choice.
Let's keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see " Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't " for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn't. Over the years we have tried dozens of DIY beauty recipes to find ones we like—and that work.