9 Cool Things to Do With Old Books » Written Word Bibliophiles and bookworms, English majors and lovers of literature: is it possible to have too many books? They accumulate so quickly! Every member of your family getting you the same three books you requested for Christmas. We are up to our waists in books, some of which we hate (really Master Burns? Update: Do to the overwhelming support (HA!) 1. It brings a whole new meaning to “audio book.” Use your old books to showcase your artistic side. Good for hiding passwords and codes, the key to your safe, and family jewels. 2. Your choice of ribbon can transform this wreath so it is suitable for every holiday – or every day! 3. If you think floating books are mesmerizing, check out some other wacky bookshelves that will make your head spin (and your walls upgrade to awesome). 4. Book clocks are for everyone, young and old. 5. We recommend using a low-watt bulb, like 10 or 15 maximum. 6. For the fashionable bookworm in all of us. 7. You could also use the pages to make paper beads. 8. 9.
autumn leaf bouquet I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside here in Oakland, I sense it right away: Fall is in the air! I’m lucky enough to have a few turning trees on my street, so I don’t miss out entirely on the brilliant autumn colors I remember from growing up in NH. Speaking of brilliant autumn colors, I’m thrilled to share this stunning maple leaf rose bouquet DIY from a fellow Kate — clay, fiber and paper artist Kate Hust. Kate first learned how to make these a few years ago from a retired art teacher in her community, and now they’ve become an annual tradition when fall rolls around. Read the full how-to after the jump! The best part of living in Northern Michigan is the changing seasons. Materials 10 colorful maple leaves per flower in various sizes (they should be dry & freshly fallen, so they are pliable) short twigs scissorsfloral tape Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Chalk It Up Chalkboards aren’t just for classrooms. Don’t believe me? Well ladies, be prepared to snag a box of chalk because blackboards have graduated to bigger and chicer things… and they are headed straight for your home! Pretty cool, right? Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t think I want to paint an entire wall of my home like a chalkboard that will remind me of my 2nd grade classroom.” Grocery or shipping lists… A message board… Or, use it to label things! Other ideas for chalk paint: vasestabletops (Could be fun for guests!) The traditional in-store paints only come in classic shades of black or green. Here’s how to make your own chalkboard paint in just 10 simple steps courtesy of the only and only, Martha Stewart… Note: You will probably have to make a trip to your local home improvement store. What you need… flat-finish latex paint in any colorunsanded tile groutpaint stirrerpaint roller or sponge paintbrush150-grit sandpapersponge Instructions (as listed in Martha Stewart Living, January 2007)
- StumbleUpon Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. Transcribe. Perfect. Pour. Brush. Wipe. Wrap. Tape. Expose. Develop. Cut. Reveal. Wash. Enjoy. Drawer Shelves: After | Home Made May 13, 2011/Julie Remember my plans to add some new wall storage in the shop with some old dresser drawers? I was so excited about the drawer “shelving” that I had seen at Anthropologie in NYC that I was hoping to create a similar look in the Home Made shop. As I got into the project, I was forced to come to terms with the fact that my drawers would not look like Anthropologie’s because they just weren’t that interesting. No cool chipping paint or rustic wood. I had to open myself up to some other inspiration. I love this photo because the view is so serene, yet the building has these unexpected bright patterned shutters (the Swiss seem to love this pattern, too!). I love red but I went with a light gray for the herringbone/chevron pattern (what is this called, anyway?) My wall is now functional and I was able to open up some space elsewhere in the shop so I can prepare for the arrival of some more inventory next week!
Wall-Mounted Succulent Garden Yesterday I made this sweet little wall-mounted succulent garden. Today, I could not wait to share it with you. For the first time ever, I’ve put all of my craft instructions, materials needed and helpful step-by-step photos into a PDF for sale in my etsy shop. I’m selling each PDF for just a few dollars! You guys! A few low-cost materials, and a couple of hours, and you too could have this sitting on your table, hanging in your garden, or greeting neighbors at the front door.
Wedding Ideas: The Rustic and Vintage Wedding - StumbleUpon According to TheWeddingReport.com, 'Rustic Weddings' are the new trending wedding theme! It seems that brides-to-be are in love with the charm, vintage feel and simple elegance of barn yard venues and wildflower bouquets that embody this theme. Think natural elements mixed with a western vibe and bring that all together with fun DIY crafting sessions. And in true country style- bring in the entire fam to help you out! It might sound like a lot of work but we've made it easy for you with these eight suggestions you can try for your own rustic-themed wedding! 1. Mason Jars evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort. 2. Try scouring Etsy- the online shop for all things cute and homemade, for unique accessories. 3. Cute signs around the wedding venue add intimacy to a large event and of course, can be super helpful for directionally challenged folk. 4. 5. Go against the grain for your wedding; try using wildflowers instead of roses or orchids. 6. 7. 8. Caught the wedding fever?
DIY: Decoupage Don't you guys love Pinterest? That's where I found this idea. Here's a great way to save some money on your craft addictions; make you own Decoupage! And it really works plus it's easy to do. You need.... A jar Elmers Glue Water Empty the glue into a jar. Add Water. Shake shake shake And you are done!! I know it works because i used it to paste this paper label onto the jar :) It could make a great gift for your crafting buddies Do you have QUESTIONS about this? V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet - StumbleUpon i don't know what it is about this time of year that makes me just want to have my bare feet in the sand, be watching the sun setting into the ocean, and breathing in the warm salty air of the beach...as i get older, more and more i find myself missing that place i used to go to almost every.single.day. as a teen. (my skin doesn't miss it. as a matter of fact, i now wish i listened more and DID put SPF on my face...hindsight is 20/20). my mom calls me from her walk on the beach almost every morning...*sigh*yeah, i get a little homesick around this time of the year. heck on my pinterest my "dreaming of summer" has the most pictures in it. ah yes. i miss my ocean. case in point. this bracelet, brought a flood of memories, not because i used to have one like it but because i can totally see me wearing it by the beach, not caring that it's gotten salty and wet, because i can totally make another one in like less than 5 minutes flat when i get home. *sigh* okay... *cut off excess tails!
DIY projects for your home Things to make for your house, with instructions:Rectangle cutout bookcase, inspired by West Elm (above) at Knock Off WoodVintage deck of cards wall art by Cathe HoldenCollapsible storage boxes at Sew4HomeItems screenprinted using Mod Podge at DIY IdeasRetro room divider at RemodelaholicEco bath mat by Michelle Kaufmann at Pixei (Image from West Elm via Knock Off Wood)