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Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (6) You know how it goes, a friend calls you and invites you to dinner at the last minute. OMG! What gift can you take?! You scrabble around the cupboards trying to find a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine but find that most of the chocolates have been eaten and the wine has gone. Write a Thank You Note. Loading 350 Kindness Ideas...

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Eye on Fashion: DIY lab: to all my sweet readers. Open-ended paper heart box. Ah, Valentines’ Day.

open-ended paper heart box

The 24-hour span responsible for the greatest number of breakups in the year. A day that drips with soggy Hallmark declarations, bursts with the emotion of panicked last-minute lovers in flower shops, rings with the voices of a million untrustworthy women saying, “No, no, you don’t need to get me anything.” A day of nightmare. Are we all in a nice romantic mood now? For the past four Valentine’s Days I’ve been happily in a relationship, but have steadfastly refused to mark the holiday with anything more than a cursory acknowledgement.

But I’ll admit, the crafter in me does enjoy another chance to decorate, to wear outrageous amounts of red (my favourite colour) and to make cute stuff for people. An old roommate once came home furious at her boyfriend because he’d given her roses on Valentine’s Day. Or ignore everything I’ve said and just give them chocolate and a sappy note. What you’ll need: Putting it all together: 4) Fold (inward) along the dotted lines. Make an Easy Wine Bottle Scarf. Here's an easy way to decorate a wine bottle for a gift.

Make an Easy Wine Bottle Scarf

Cut a piece of felt to 12" by 3/8". Cut fringe at each end. Fold around neck and decide where the scarf will cross. Cut a slit where the scarf crosses. Fabric Valentine hearts garland. I have a big aversion to heart-shaped jewelry, but I don't mind me some Valentine decorations!

Fabric Valentine hearts garland

Using some pieces of stiffened fabric, I made these easy folded fabric hearts. Once the fabric is treated (see here for the how to), it folds beautifully and doesn't fray. Start by making a set of paper templates. I layered and cut four identical heart shapes, then progressively shaved more off the sides of each one. Trace the four heart shapes onto the back side of a piece of stiffened fabric and cut them out. Use these as Valentine package decorations or string them into a garland by running a thread through the bottom-most heart shape. How to make roses from maple leaves.

Make Sugar Mold. I should have “reserved” this “romantic” post until early next year just before valentines day, but I can’t wait…..

Make Sugar Mold

I can’t wait to show you how many colorful sweet heart sugar cubes I have made. These sugar cubes are just great for celebrating special occasion, or for everyday beverage, even superb as a gift to friends and families. I am thinking of Christmas with star shaped sugar cubes in basic red, green & white now I got the idea of making these sugar cubes after seeing this post. I have put it under my to-do list but later forgot about it as my list gets longer. These sugar cubes can be molded from cookie cutter or candy mold. Sweet Heart Sugar CubesIngredients: 1. Prepare Wet & Colored Sugar Get ready all the ingredients to make sweet heart sugar cubes.

Add 1/8 tea spoon of water into the sugar at a time and mix well every time you add. Mix well and evenly. Add 1 or 2 drops of food color into the sugar mixture and mix well. The texture of the colored wet sugar. Knitting Party Invitations. Why yes, those are toothpicks!

Knitting Party Invitations

And no, I’m not out of my mind. Let’s begin at the beginning. On the morning of Tuesday, January 20, 2009, my coworkers and I all crowded into the accountant’s office to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration on a tiny TV set. We listened to the speech about service and being better and making America better, and I spent the rest of the morning thinking about how I could improve the way I spend my free time.

The Shirt. As with all these designs, try to start with a relatively clean, crisp bill. It will make it much easier. All folds should be sharply creased. It helps to go over the fold with a fingernail on a flat, hard surface. Start by folding the bill precisely in half lengthwise. (I prefer to fold in toward the front of the bill. Fold the bill one quarter of the way in from each side lengthwise. Articles: DIY: Walnut Heart Necklace — By Johnie Gall — Foam Magazine Articles.

Erica and Lauren are a designer and stylist who always have our crafting fingers itching to recreate the fun and easy DIY projects posted on their blog, Honestly...WTF.

Articles: DIY: Walnut Heart Necklace — By Johnie Gall — Foam Magazine Articles

For Valentine's Day, they volunteered to show us how to make an organic DIY gift you can give to anyone (or stash away for yourself!) : Tea bag note in Crafts for home stationery and paper for birthdays, anniversaries or dinners. Heart shaped paper clips in Crafts for decorating and home decor. Message inside an egg in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents. Stuffed felt monster in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents. Heart page marker in Crafts for home stationery and paper for birthdays, anniversaries or dinners. Button book in Crafts for home stationery and paper for birthdays, anniversaries or dinners. Surprise balls in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents.

Thank you cookies in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents. Sock cupcakes in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents. Unraveling a letter in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents. Here’s a fun idea for sending a message to someone you love… stamp it: writing a letter that needs to be unraveled to be read.

Unraveling a letter in Craft ideas for original gifts and presents

This could work for any occasion... weddings, birthdays, just because... What do we need? Materials: fabric or ribbon (length will vary depending on length of message), wooden spool (from craft store or recycled), rubber letter stamps, stamp pad, craft glue. You can find the rubber letter stamps here, here and here. Click here for the complete instructions.