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I love preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries so I decided I would pick up a boxwood shrub this summer to use for future projects. If you are lucky enough to already have a boxwood shrub in your yard why not try this easy project. In order to preserve boxwood you need glycerin, dye (if you want to keep the leaves green), and citric acid (the citric acid appears to be optional, as not all recipes include it).
Boxwood, which is referred to as box in the United Kingdom, is an evergreen shrub that is used as a decorative landscape element in many countries across the globe, and whose leaves are particularly popular as components of wreaths and other floral arrangements. To create floral or foliage arrangements that will last year round, or even longer, many people enjoy preserving boxwood cuttings by allowing them to soak up a dye and glycerin solution for 5 to 7 days and letting the cuttings dry to attain their final colors.
The other night I was bathing the Littles and began to look at the ingredients listed on the liquid body wash bottle and started to think about the fact that the majority of it is water, then I looked at the hand wash and same thing.... aqua . Because most people have turned to liquid soap rather than bar soap I figured there must be a way to convert the cheap bar soap into the expensive liquid soap we all know and love.
One of the projects at this Friday's Chicago Craft Social will be freezer paper stenciling.
Probably the most frequent question I get is "What program do you use to design plans?"
Take your original photos and scan them or make color copies for an album. Save the scans on a CD. Take the originals and keep them in a photo storage box or keep the photos in an archival sleeve.
To imprint monograms on velvet ribbon, you'll need an iron, rubber stamps, and velvet ribbon wide enough to accommodate the stamps (silk ribbons and silk-rayon blends work best).
Transform plain bookcloth- or linen-covered albums into one-of-a-kind keepsakes using iron-on transfer paper available from office-supply stores. Choose a favorite snapshot from your wedding (light, neutral-color fabrics work best with photos) or design a simple label yourself on the computer.
Our first guest nesters!
I’ve always hoarded my old jeans to reuse somehow.
I took a little trip to New York last month and just finished a mixed paper journal that holds all of my pictures, tickets, brochures, and other mementos. Here is the finished product:
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Oh, the tips I wish I’d known when I painted this wall in Jackbird’s room… it was a bigger project than it really needed to be and the lines aren’t as perfectly straight as I’d like. Recently I visited with a professional painter who gave me tips on how to paint lines crisp and straight, so I thought I’d pass that on along to you my friends…
I’m one of those people who aspires to being a ‘scarf wearer.’ I see people rockin them and I love the way it looks, but I can only figure out 2 ways to wear them… simple European style and tossed over my shoulder. not very impressive. Until now.