Color Theory 101: Selecting Yarns That Go Together A lot of patterns going around at the moment feature stripes: two or three colors that go together perfectly. You could follow the colors suggested in the pattern sample… but you want to try something a little different. But how in the world do you pick a colors that go together? Color theory. That’s how! Most yarn lines contain a wide range of of colors. Whoa! But don’t fret. It’s not all of the yarns, of course! Most yarn companies design their colors of yarn with compatibility in mind. Fortunately, there’s a name for the art of picking colors that go together: color theory. There are three color schemes that, if followed, will create knock-your-socks-off color combos: analogous, complementary and split complementary. Analogous Analogous colors are the ones that are next to each other on the color wheel: This scheme can work with any number of colors… pick two that are next to each other, three or four! Complementary I love using complementary colors. Split Complementary Related
Picture Frame Hanging Tip This little tip may just change your life! Okay, maybe I’m being a little overdramatic. Maybe… But you WILL love this picture frame hanging tip! Where I learned this tip: While on maternity leave (which is sadly coming to an end soon), I had HGTV on in the background nearly every day. So I decided to make my version of this tool. Sabrina had a long piece of wood that looked like an extra thick paint stirrer, and to one end she had a screw screwed into it. I simply hammered a nail into a clothespin. And if you’re curious as to why I used a clothespin its because 1) I have a ton of them and 2) Because the one end can double as an extra thick piece of wood so my nail will stay nice and straight when I use it. To use my little contraption, I hung the nail in the hook on the back of the frame. Then I held the frame up on the wall and decided where I wanted it to go. When I knew where I wanted the frame to go I simply gave the top of the frame a light tap. inShare0
40+ Toilet Paper Roll Crafts Studio Quality Product Photos With A $12 Set Up Handmadeology’s resident product photography pro Mariano, has put together a $12 product photography set up that will help you achieve studio quality product photography . Anderson Soap Company is one of the most successful Etsy sellers with LOADS of sales! This photography demo uses his liquid soap as the photography example. Look at his Etsy shop to observe the consistency in picture styles that creates a cohesive photo theme of all his products. Learn from the best – browse his shop – and you might even find some soap you’ve gotta have! I took this picture in my kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need for this product photography set up. 1. 2. 3. 4. This is one of those times when bigger is indeed better. Cut a flat panel from the box that is much bigger than the thing you want to photograph. 1. 2. 3. 4. Now you will need to redecorate your home a bit, move a table as close to a window as you can. Is your furniture high enough? Don’t let the neighbors watch. Now you are ready to take a picture!
Installing Cable Wire For Hanging Curtains I had to bring in the big guns for this project as my own 'power tool' experience leans more towards sewing machines than drills. So, I asked my husband Bob (who is always a good sport and really tall) to bring his years of experience as a builder to the table to show you how to install this very cool cable wire system. It's a great option for hanging lightweight, decorative curtains, which add height and drama to our Pretty Prints Teen Room. The items shown here are a Dignitet system from Ikea. Human helper Note: This is NOT a one person project; you definitely will need a helper - and it would be best if your helper was 6'7" or taller .. cuts down on the step-stool-moving! Trim the other cable end at the adjustable post, and fasten cable.Note: I had already extended the post screw to its furthest position in order to be able to adjust and pull the cable tight. Attach the cable, and tighten it. Tags: Pretty Prints Please Section: Sewing Tips & Tricks Related Articles
Recycled Cardboard Hanging Organizer After tossing all the holiday wrapping and boxes and looking sadly at my overflowing recycle bin, I am not embarrassed to admit that I dumpster dove in my own trash. I had this idea to create a much more affordable version of Vitra’s Uten.Silo organizer using the boxes that had served their purpose and been so close to facing their fate in the recycling bin. Not so fast. My wall-mounted organizer sits above one of my worktables, keeping the tools I use most close at hand. Have a DIY project you’d like to share? Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials recycled boxespaper to cover boxeswhite glue or ModPodgepaintbrushscissors or X-Acto kniferulermarker or pencilhot glue gun and glue sticksscrap piece of wood or heavy cardboardtiny nails Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
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Circle Canopy beautiful pattern of circles to go to sleep under at night! This project is a good way to recycle an old leather skirt and pieces of corrugated cardboard that you might otherwise throw away. What You'll Need: Lots and lots of thin cardboard that has one flat side and the other side corrugated, I'd say measure out how big you want the canopy to be then have the same square footage of cardboard ready for the project. This one is 16 feet long by 8 feet across for a full bed 3 sqare feet of turquoise leather, I just added pops of it here are there besides a big dot in the middle 1 foot heavy canvas cloth 2 7 foot long pieces of .5x2 inch wide wood railing Drill with a 1/8" boring bit 26 gauge wire Stapler with lots and lots of staples China red Minwax wood stain 1 quart Ballroom Gold Ralph Lauren 1 quart 2 inch bristle paint brush 2.5 in circle shape, I used a spray paint can top pen (for outlining circles) scissors 4 c- cup ceiling hooks Directions: 1.
Packaging Lights: Recycled Green Lighting by Anke Weiss Extraneous packaging and poor packaging design are a couple of TreeHugger's least favorite things, so we're always glad to see examples of better packaging and creative ways to reuse old packaging and keep it out of the landfill. Falling into the latter category is the green lighting from Amsterdam-based designer Anke Weiss; appropriately named "Packaging Lights," it takes typically disposable packaging -- cookies, juice, and soap, just to name a few -- and gives it new life as lighting. We've seen this kind of thing done before -- creative recycling is always welcome on these pages -- but we like the balance this strikes between looking like the original packaging and taking on its own identity as lighting. What packaging would you want to see reincarnated as lighting? Hit the jump for more pics. See also: ::lite2go by knoend: A Product that Knows No End and ::Light Bulb Packaging: The Package Becomes the Product
30 Great Places to Buy Fabric Online - The Humble Nest You can make the greatest stuff with your sewing skills but if you don’t have great fabric to work with your projects just won’t turn out as well. Finding fabric that is perfect for your needs can be a bit of a hassle and it’s often a task that’s best done in person so you can gauge weight and texture. Yet, some of the best deals on fabric, especially imported or designer fabric, can be found online. Here are a few sites that I’ve found to be particularly useful in finding and buying great fabrics. UPDATE: I appreciate all the comments and recommendations, but please check out my follow up post for additional sites. Many more suggestions appear there! Big Sites These sites offer wide selections suited to basic sewing needs. Joann Fabric and Crafts: You’ll find pretty much the same collection of fabrics on the Joann site as you would in the store. Budget Need to do some design on a dime? Fashion Fabrics Club: Lots of fabrics some nice and some, well, not so pretty. Specialty and Imports
How To Paint Paneling & Make Over A Room Back when I talked about our summer goals for 2009, I mentioned that I had found the time to paint the paneling in the kitchen. Apparently, I was unable to find the time to show you, as I painted the paneling in August, wrote about it in November, and am just now getting around to post the pictures. So hate me. Along with cork walls, carpeted ceilings and bricked bathrooms, we inherited a doozy of a kitchen when we bought our castle. I soon learned that a lot of that honey tone came from years and years of nicotine residue that had built up on the walls, ceiling and cabinets. Anyways. Fast forward about six months or so, and we spent a weekend rearranging some things in the kitchen. This setup worked really well for us for a few months while we debated whether or not to paint the paneling. By the way, I was totally stumped on what color to pick that would both go with and tone down that orange floor. Painting the paneling was simple enough. The after, from a slightly different angle.
Collages Crafted inside Of Toilet Paper Tubes Toil paper rolls … every home has them, but artist Anastassia Elias put in the time and effort to turn these ordinary, dull-brown & disposable cardboard tubes into delicate and precise works of creative recycled craft. But be careful of paper cuts! Each piece has to be carefully cut from inside so as not to disturb the exterior of the roll – an almost absurdly gentle approach to one of the most commonplace waste materials on the planet … yet somehow reminiscent of the ancient art of painting inside of blown-glass balls, which had only the smallest of openings on one side. The scenes are intentionally domestic, a subtle reference to the source material (itself of modest and simple origins).
Wet Sanding Drywall: Less Dust I’m finding it pretty hard to focus today. As I write this, looking out my window, it’s a beautiful autumn day. The leaves have just changed, it’s warm out, but has that feeling of fall. Birds and squirrels are in manic mode, running through the grass then shooting straight up through piles of leaves searching for the perfect hiding place for winter snacks. No wait, that’s me. Regardless of who is trying to hide their chocolate covered almonds, it’s a beautiful, beautiful day and I can’t concentrate on this website of mine. There’s a lot to do with any house renovation but a kitchen or bathroom is the be all and end all of misery. One of the first things I’ve had to do is remove the large pantry from my kitchen. While I was in the middle of starting to level the floor so I could lay my tiles someting came to me. Wet sanding is where you sand drywall compound with a damp cloth, as opposed to using sandpaper. I should have stuck with the pictures.