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I recently saw a marbleized nail technique on Pinterest and was so inspired to try it. After several attempts I finally got the nail technique down and decided to do something more unique with it. Taking the glass ornaments that I purchased from Michaels, I created a water marble ornament. You can check out my video tutorials on how to marbleize an ornament and how to water marble nails . I also created a monogrammed marbleized image by cutting out the letter A from a sticker (you could user painters tape, I just had this sticker on hand) with an Exacto knife.
One of the things I love about our internet sewing community is the plethora of free patterns and resources. I’ve compiled a gallery of the best free dress patterns I’ve found while pinning. Most of the patterns require that you join the site to download them (which, in my opinion, is well worth it). Some of these patterns were designed by yours truly, but most of them are my favorites from BurdaStyle and smaller blogs. Am I missing any great dress patterns? Leave a comment : )
UPDATE: I have completely re-written this tutorial with all new photos and better instructions and it is available as a licensed pattern in my pattern shop . The free tutorial for personal use is still available below! I use a little zippered pouch to carry around my earbuds since they are the fancy microphone ones and I don’t want them to break or get tangled. Some of you have commented that you are looking for some small, simple gift ideas.
I love the look of naturally curly hair! My sweet friend, Katie , told me about rag rolling. It's a quick and simple way to get natural looking curls without using a curling iron! I asked her to share her method here on A Beautiful Mess because I knew you'd be itching to learn like I was! Enjoy... You'll need some cut fabric strips, a comb and some water.
Ahoy there Hipster Homers! I’m Julie and I’m the very first guest blogger on this fine site. Today’s project involves breaking stuff, plants, found objects, and miniatures. Fun, right?
Did you know….According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use!? That’s a LOT of $$$ over the course of a winter! I’m pretty sure I’m losing even MORE than that in my home office which has both an inside door and a door that goes to the outside .
As the title states, this is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever made with felt. I LOVE it! I got the idea from the cover of this month’s Country Living , which has a felt sunflower pillow adorably displayed on a couch. When I got the magazine my eyes immediately went to the pillow and I said, “I’m going to make that”.
I added some extra juice to the swap. Currently I am short of 3 people to join, but I think I will send out my package real soon because I don't want sweet Anthea wait too long. So, these are illustrated plastic seal bag, drawn by me, using only black, red, and blue because those are my only color stock for permanent markers (mental note : go buy more colors).
If you’ve been around here for long you may have gathered that we have a thing for maps…and from what I can see they are popping up all over the home decor universe so I’m embracing it! I was cleaning out a drawer not too long ago and found some old maps from when my husband and I lived in Italy and thought they’d make perfect little coasters so I DIY’ed a few up. Super fast, super easy, and best of all-FREE since I had everything on hand! Maps, chipboard coasters, Mod Podge…check! I traced the coasters (which I bought literally 3 years ago for a craft project) onto the maps trying to line them up to get the “cool” spots. You can guess what comes next in this crazy complicated tutorial, yes, I cut them out.
Don't you just hate it when your expensive powder makeup breaks and inevitably spills out into your purse? Well, you're in luck! Follow these simple steps by Laura Russell, the creative mind behind Make Life Lovely and our first Reuse Design Contest winner, to reduce your beauty waste and revive those broken shadows in no time. In Russell's own words, here's a full tutorial so you can recreate the magic for yourself.
Alright, you nerds, it's time for another 'book'torial. The whole reason I created the first two 'book'torials ( here and here ) was so that I could create this nerdy chic book clutch. I'm completely smitten with how it turned out.
I really love flokati rugs. I have two that are safely tucked away in my parents basement awaiting our reunion. When I learned that I would be having a child and building a nursery for him, I wanted a flokati. A gray one. Being a flokati snob though, I knew that I couldn’t afford the price tag ( ), and I knew that I would be too precious about the rug ( ).
Isn't this just the cutest? This is the weaving my daughter has been working on using the scraps left over after I used a bunch of t-shirts to make some yarn. Now I'm no weaving expert, but this little project has definitely sparked an interest in weaving, so I have a feeling there's more in store!
Green...can mean more than one thing. There is green the color. And green, as in environmentally friendly. Today I am combining those two meanings into one with the: I made my reusable produce bag out of an old knit T-shirt.