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Studio DIY®: Inspire, Create, Celebrate

Studio DIY®: Inspire, Create, Celebrate
DIY Easter Bunny Lollipops By Kelly on Apr 16, 2014 I’ve mentioned it before, but I always remember my mom and I making ghost lollipops for Halloween and then Easter came around this year and I was like… BUNNIES!!! Lollipops and tissues sound like the perfect supplies for a last minute Easter DIY, don’t you agree!? So if you’ve already printed your last minute egg hunt banner, then get to dressing up these little dudes and you will be all set to impress on Sunday! Bunnies are probably the cutest animal to recreat.

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Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies Awhile back, I wrote a post about Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal that has been very popular with Yummy readers. (Thanks for all of the enthusiastic feedback!) Since then I've been experimenting with a smoothie version of that recipe. In today's post, I'm sharing my 6 favorite flavor varieties along with a formula you can follow for inventing your own smoothie flavor combos. 8 must-watch talks for any creative Every now and again I come across a talk that I find to be truly inspiring or informative. Over the years I’ve made sure to bookmark these talks for later reference and now, after recently revisiting my collection, I thought it would be a good time to share those that I believe all creatives should watch. Below is a collection of eight videos that cover everything from branding to education to user experience and client relationships.

Make it Yourself: Felt Knitting Needle Case I recently made simple felt cases for my double pointed needles. I was tired of the plastic packaging they came in and decided a little felt case was the answer, plus the needles look so happy and cozy! You’ll need: RulerCraft knifeFelt (18×18 inches)ScissorsFabric markerSewing threadSewing needleSnapsHot-glue gun 1. Measure the width of your needles and add on .5 inch. 2. { Ambrosia Creative } Sponsored Post: DIY Animal Magnets and Astrobrights Paper Giveaway April 2, 2014 This month, I’ve partnered up with Astrobrights paper to bring you a fun kids craft and an awesome giveaway! DIY Articulated Paper Dolls One of my absolute favorite crafters, Merrilee of Mer Mag, will be crafting for Handmade Charlotte this summer. Yay! This week she’ll be sharing her take on an old classic, paper dolls.

Summer Fun Jars I have to give full credit to my cousin Crystal for this summer fun idea. For the Mudpuppy giveaway she commented: "So this summer me and the kids made a summer fun jar so I don't have to be as creative everyday. Each week they pick out an outing, a food to make, and an activity to do at home and we make sure we do all three that week. 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Intern DIY: Lightbulb Vase I’m a living-on-the-edge kind of gal, so when I was looking for my entry for the intern DIY contest, I knew what to Google immediately: “what can I make that will allow me to stab at a glass object with scissors and potentially have said object shatter in my hands.” Some snooping led me to the perfect idea: a lightbulb vase! In all fairness, I didn’t impale myself once while making these adorable desk toppers, and that says a lot.

Yellow Dandy : DIY Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket So I mentioned in a couple of previous posts about how I was trying to teach myself to crochet. I really wanted to crochet a baby blanket. I love hand made crochet blankets, there is something so warm, fuzzy and homely about them, I guess you just can feel the effort than has gone into making it. I saw this blanket pattern whilst perusing Pinterest, and decided it's exactly what I wanted to try to for my first crochet project. 2 Super Simple Sangria Recipes If you've never had Sangria before you are in for a treat. I adore wine but it can be so fun to add seasonal fruits (plus a sweetener). I love how Sangria can be super informal, like fruit punch. This beverage conjures up images of laid back beach days or casual back yard cook outs. Here are are two super simple variations of Sangria that anybody can make and enjoy!

how to be creative: re-create what's broken The creative process is chock-full of hope. Because it is an ever revolving door, even in the direst of moments when we feel backed into that dank and dead end alley, it invites us to re-create our brokenness. In the broadest sense of things, the creative process allows us to believe in that old adage that is said to come from Nietzsche: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Because, really, what choice do we have but to make something out of our tragedy? In essence, there are no new projects. How-To 26th May 2013 I have to admit to having a slight (almost voyeuristic) addiction to seeing how my favourite designers go about their crafts behind the scenes – if I could be a fly on their walls I would be one happy lady. Failing that, I thought why not ask them to give us a glimpse of what happens in their creative minds and studios? Because a lot of you liked the DIY Macrame Necklace that Megan of Knots & Knits made for us a while back, I knew her process would be one you would love to know more about – how exactly does she create those knitted amazing bags?! Lucky for us Megan was happy to document how she creates a custom order – read on for a peek into her world!

DIY Neon hanger Why hang your clothes in boring hangers when you can brighten up your closet with hangers painted by you? An easy project in which the whole family can participate! You only need a few materials and a pinch of creativity … Do you dare? Materials: Hanger (not plastic)Spray paintMasking tapePermanent marker