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Growing up, I kept a daily journal. I always enjoyed looking back at previous entries to see what had changed over the course of a year. These days, I can’t seem to find the time to journal, but I do try to jot down a little note from each day on my perpetual calendar/journal. The idea is very simple — flip to the current date and at the end of the day, write down something that happened. Some days it is big things like “Annie took her first steps.”
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CL contributing editor Ryan McPhail reveals his method for creating a stealthy bar from a cast-off chest of drawers. Step 1: Measure the inside of a dresser drawer to determine its width (from side to side), depth (front to back), and height (base to top). Step 2: To create a middle divider, use a jigsaw to cut a piece of wood that measures the depth of the drawer and slightly less than its height. To create a shelf, cut another wood piece that measures slightly less than half the drawer's width and slightly less than its height.
What to do with all those grocery bags tucked under my sink?! I find that there is something quite endearing about brown kraft grocery bags and the up-cycling piece of my brain has been dancing around ideas for a while. I have been seeing a few variations of woven paper baskets around the web, so weaving and Easter basket from recycled paper bags seem to be a perfect solution! Here is what I came up with. ~Lia (INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROCERY BAG EASTER BASKET) 1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (•note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam.
Depending on your canvas size (I used 8x10), print out an outline of your desired state. I love my Mitten and placed the heart over Holland... were I currently live. Sorry upper peninsula... you didn't make the cut. Tape the printout securely over the canvas.
I was wondering about polymer clay substitutes and decided to experiment with homemade air-dry clays. This recipes is very fast and easy to make, not to mention inexpensive. There's no need to bake either. The things that can be modelled from cold porcelain clays are incredible. Its possible to sculpt finer details than polymer clays. Objects dry to a light-weight, stone like texture.
So this is a project that’s been in the back of my mind for months, but it took finding the perfect fabric to get motivated and get going on it. When I laid my eyes on Amy Butler’s LOVE flannels, I knew it was time. I chose this vibrant, yet soothing flannel and got busy.
I know I made this same tutorial last year but I improved it a bit by adding a button and elastic fastener to keep it together better. It is one of the first tutorials I created so it's is pretty dear to my heart. It is a simple... Not a case necessarily...
One of the easiest ways to spruce up the decor in a room is by bringing in small details with interest and impact. Decorative balls placed in a bowl or stacked in a large vase are an excellent choice for this and these thumbtack-covered balls are simple, inexpensive and visually striking. If you can’t find thumbtacks in a color you like, they can easily be painted, either before or after creating the ball. Things you’ll need: 4-inch styrofoam balls Flat topped thumbtacks – about 500 per ball Spray paint (optional) Things to do: 1.
Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case.
After finally tackling how to crochet rocks from a pattern, I got it in my brain that I wanted to create my own crochet motif for a rock. That way, I figured I could easily do an original tutorial for you all. Then, it occurred to me, like a lightbulb, that crocheting rocks is an awful lot like crocheting on top of an egg–how fun! and just in time for easter.
This post is dedicated to my dearest, life-long friend, Judy, and my mother-in-law, Shirley. These incredible women found out within a few weeks of each other that they have breast cancer - their courage amazes me every day and I love them both dearly! Clay Word Pendant Tutorial
Tat the first part of the chain in the normal way, to the point where you want the two shuttle threads to meet. Join the core thread to the base of the first ring with a lock join and leave enough thread to work the 5 stitches needed to complete the chain, back towards the last chain stitch worked. Always leave a little less thread, as this will stretch as you work the backward stitches. Using the core thread shuttle, pull a loop of thread, from the back, to the front, taking great care not to twist the loop. Thread the shuttle through the loop from the back to the front. Gently pull the shuttle thread until the loop is much smaller and then push the loop under the chain towards the back.
You can make Easter Eggs full of beautiful crystals with this a fun Easter craft that could double as a fun science project. clean eggshells water a variety of soluble solids: table salt, rock salt, sugar, baking soda, Epsom salts, sea salt, borax, or cream of tartar
Here’s a post I worked on with Yahoo Mail! about putting together a family tree. I love learning my family history and think a genealogy display is a fabulous addition to any house. Sometimes I daydream about commissioning one in the same style as Norman Rockwell’s above.