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How to Decorate {For the DIY'er} Series - Home Stories A to Z

How to Decorate {For the DIY'er} Series - Home Stories A to Z
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Jot it down { handmade notebooks } Like many other creative people, I have developed a curious obsession with colourful notebooks. Not only does the cover appeal to me, but the pages inside must also have something special to it. Either the slight off-white coloured type of page or something with a delicate texture or a thin, smooth page with an almost transparent effect.We all love Moleskine notebooks, no doubt, but at the rate that I am going through these notebooks, buying a new one every time I run out of pages (although, I do waste a lot) will cost me quite a penny. Therefore, I present you with today’s DIY: how to make your own notebook that will still have a pretty cover and some nice paper inside. These little notebooks might not replace the lovely Moleskines, but it will definitely be a fun little book to jot down your inspirations and notes. They also make great gifts!

McLaughlin Designs | Create a Fashion Statement {knitting, photography, design} We are fully immersed in the “Do it Yourself Era.” The trend is fueled by nostalgia, this same nostalgia drives us back to fixie bikes, film cameras, and vinyls. My parents generation (the baby boomers) fled their roots to make a new life for themselves. They started businesses, created the current status quo for families (two kids, two cars, mid sized suburban home), and gave their children everything they didn’t have growing up. As a result the current generation of young people (20-30yr olds) and many others are trying to return to their roots and rediscover what makes things have emotional value. All of this rambling is the product of my experience as one who both creates and loves to teach. I recently got back into making jewelry. One easy way to make your own jewelry is to buy a chain (gold, brass, silver, or mixed metal) and then hunt for a pendant. Amethyst Druzy Necklace Another option is to search for a druzy pendant and buy a chain separately. Shops that sell druzy pendants:

Cleaning Products Keith and I have had our couch and arm chair for over eight years. To be honest, we bought these because we liked the way they looked. We didn't realize how durable microfiber is. This one cushion is Rocky's favorite place to sleep! I ws so excited when I stumbled onto Chris and Robin's Nest. You will need: * 99% Isopropyl Alcohol - I used 2 - 16 oz bottles* a clean, dry, spray bottle* new scrub sponges - one half a scouring pad and the other side a sponge. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area. First pour the alcohol into your spray bottle. Look how much dirt came off!!! Let the couch completely dry! Now for my results: This was Rocky's favorite spot...so gross!!! This was Rocky's favorite spot after washing!!! This was one of the seat cushions. After, the watermarks look better, but they are not completely gone. The arms were also really dirty from everyones hands toughing them. Ta-da! No sooner had I put the couch back together, when Rocky was right back in his favorite spot!

How to Design the Perfect Business Card In this post, we’ll discuss how a thoughtful, well-designed business card can help your company give a good first impression and send the right message. We’ll look at elements to include in your design and the different approaches to take. We often hear of the importance of first impressions in both our professional and personal lives. In business, the first impression we make on potential clients and other professionals can affect how much business we get. If we fail to dazzle in the first meeting, we might not be attending the follow-up meeting in which we could raise the bar. Also, we tend to forget that first impressions often begin with a business card. Blink Airbrushing Business Card by Katerina Vourgos Business cards convey the potential of all branded professionals-especially designers-and you should remember that when designing them. Personal Identity Package by Jordan Puopolo Now, what does that mean exactly: the “perfect” design? The Professional Elements to Include Colors to Use

7 Habits of Highly Organized People People tell me I am organized but the truth is that I have to try to be in order to deal with my adult ADD (lol, no seriously). My world quickly becomes messy and chaotic and unfocused. I struggle every day to achieve a sense of organization and I have 3 little boys that like to undo that sense of achievement daily. I am curious to know what someone else would consider 7 habits to be, but I had to consider why it is important to me to stay organized... 1. I hate looking for things I know I have. 2. 3. Then I thought to myself, I realize that everyone has their own methods so I thought I'd share with you 7 things. Spread the sanity! WAIT!!! 1. When I don't have my planner with me, I don't write things down and then that is when the doctors office calls to tell me I missed an appointment. 2. A few months ago I reorganized our filing cabinet and used these fabulous labels from BHG. 3. I almost roll laughing because while I believe this is true...this is where I struggle. 4. 5. 5. 6. 7.

blue roof cabin guest blogger Here's another DIY project from our sweet friend, Sasha - from the The Gilded Bee. Be sure to check out her awesome shop full of handmade packaging lovelies. Thanks for being here with us Sasha! I'm delighted to share my book tutorial with you today: Supplies you’ll need to make this project: • One—8.5 x 5.5 sheet of cardstock • One---1/2 x 3 inch piece of cardstock or paper • Two---2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch pieces of cardboard, chipboard or matboard (not corrugated) • Hot glue gun and glue sticks • 25---3 x 5 inch ruled or blank index cards • Two---3 x 5 inch sheets cardstock • 2 rubber bands • Pencil • ¼ inch wide Ribbon: One-6 inch piece, plus two-1 inch pieces To make the page block: * 1. * 2. * 3. * 4. * 5. * 6. To make the cover: * 1. Make a little mark at the center of each side of your paper (4.25 inches on center). On each side of those center marks, draw three lines paralleling each other (6 lines total): 5/16”, 5/8”, 13/16” inch from the center mark. * 3. * 4. * 5. * 6. * 8. * 9. * 10.

Tutorial | The Ochre elephant The Bean bag Cube When your living area is 10 feet wide and to end and you have a sofa and no other place to sit, what do you do? Look for other options. But what ? After a lot of thought I found these beauties. This one is from Crate and Barrel ( No Longer available ) This Is from West Elm I am not sure how much each of them cost as they are not available . For making a square bean bag you will need to decide the measurements for the bean bag. These are the materials I used . The fabric used was thick upholstery material. I started with two pieces of 24 inches X 24 inches and four pieces of 24 inches X 12 inches. Take one 24 X 24 piece and place it correct side down on your work space. Turn the fabric around such that the correct sides face up. Now stitch the adjoining 12 inch sides. Stitch the remaining 24 X 24 inch piece on three sides of the bucket making sure that the wrong side is out. The structure is ready. The structure can be filled with the Styrofoam beans. Lounge on! Love Rashmi 1. 2.

The Quick Fix Fabric on Walls - Using fabric Instead of Wallpaper. If you want to add life to your white walls, try wallpapering your walls with fabric! Placing fabric on your walls is a simple process, as a matter of fact, it is just like wallpapering except you are using fabric and starch which allow you to easily remove and reuse as needed. Before we begin, decide which walls you would like to "fabric". If being budget conscious is necessary for you, understand that fabric prices vary and could actually run into quite a bit of money depending on your tastes - this can be easily remedied by discount fabric stores and clearance sales. The good news is when you remove the fabric from the wall, all you will need to do is wash it. Keeping all that in mind - let's get busy. Materials: LINIT® Starch OR LINIT® Starch-n-Crafts™ Stiffener Fabric Clean sponge or paint roller PanProcess: Wash the wall to remove any dirt or film.Lightweight fabrics, such as polished cottons, ginghams, and chintzes, are easiest to use.

DIY Envelope Liners Stationery has long been one of my truest and deepest loves. I’m pretty sure you all know that by now. But what you may not know is that I am straight up coocoo for Cocoa Puffs over great envelope liners. Supplies - Envelopes (in the color/size/shape to match your stationery)Patterned paper (gift wrap and scrapbook paper both work well)Metal straight edgeCutting mat or other cutting surfacePencilXyron adhesive and/or double-stick tapeCraft knife First up, carefully disassemble one of your envelopes along the glued seams. What you’re left with is the perfect template for your envelope liners! The final step in this simple little process is to take your Xyron (or double-stick tape) and run a line of adhesive along the underside edge of your liner. {Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G.

elm street life The Borrowed Abode - Apartment decorating ideas and small space organizing projects. 15 Chalkboard Inspired Products This post showcases creative and unusual chalkboard inspired products. Chalkboard Beverage Coasters Perfect for marking names of guests and beverages at parties. Chalkboard Kitchen Clock Features space to fill in your own numbers, messages, or drawings. Chalkboard Desk Workspace for making (then erasing) plans, doodles, and to-do lists. Chalkboard Helmet Cool helmet created by Tom Darracott for bikers who like to draw. Chalkboard Skateboard Unique skateboard decks made by Steve Olson and Harry Jumonji. Chalkboard Wall Calendar This amazing reusable calendar was made using chalkboard paint. Chalkboard iPad Case Write quick notes and doodle to change the look of your iPad case. Chalkboard Candles Awesome candles covered in chalkboard inspired writable surface. Chalkboard Ping Pong Table This unique ping pong table was designed by aruliden for PUMA. Chalkboard Globe Make changes to the world map. Chalkboard iPhone Case iBlackBoard lets you write messages on the back of your phone. Chalkboard Door

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