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Hand Embroidered Cards

Hand Embroidered Cards
Look what I found in my desk drawer! I made these embroidered cards so long ago and then just tucked them away in a drawer to be forgotten about. What a shame! I thought these cards would make a great DIY for the blog because they're easy and fun to make, and you probably have all the supplies on hand already. What you'll need: Pencil for drawing your designPiece of thick cardboardEmbroidery flossSheets of blank paperEmbroidery needle and a pin with a headBlank Card Start by drawing out your design on a piece of thin blank paper. When I made my fruit cards, I actually used an iron-on transfer from Sublime Stitching, which is a really great book that you should all run out and buy right this very second. Now you can start poking holes along the lines using the pin with a head. Now comes the fun part! I just used a back stitch for my whole design, but you could get really creative here with different stitches. Once you're done, admire your work! Related:  ssp142

Reusing Pillowcases: DIY Ideas Posted by ScrapHacker.com on tisdag, maj 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment Big stashes of bed linen are impractical, yet often we hang onto old sets for the love of a great print or a great memory…This post features ideas on how to inject new life into old pillowcases, instead of having them lurking around in a dark corner of the closet. If you happen to be leading a zen lifestyle (with no pillowcases around the house to hack) you could simply head to a local thrift store, where I guarantee you’ll find piles of graphic geometric or cute florals to choose from….What to make? Here are some ideas – Enjoy! Awesome cool pillowcase skirt from Kirsten of ‘Kojo Designs’, score the look by following this DIY TUTORIAL No-sew, printed pillowcase bag, one heck of a hack from Natalie of ‘Crème de la craft’, DIY TUTORIAL HERE Vintage Pillowcases made into napkins, by Diana of blog ‘Smiles go with Everything’, DIY TUTORIAL HERE! Upcycle a vintage pillowcase into a more contemporary looking pouf!

DIY: Make your own Halloween dinnerware So now you've seen my interpretation of a Raven themed dinner party, I wanted to show you how I made the dinnerware. If you are like me you probably oogle over the holiday themed dishes but quickly shy away since you don't want to shell out for a whole set just for one celebration. (I don't even have real china so I think its safe to say I won't be buying any themed kind either) So when this idea of making my own for next to nothing came to mind, I just had to try it. Obviously this interpretation is quite macabre but you could totally mix it up to make it your own - think nursery rhymes for baby showers, holiday song lyrics for christmas, bible passages for easter, dirty doodles for hen nights... Start off with plain white plates of your choosing (available cheaply everywhere), a porcelain 150 pen, some blue masking tape and a small stencil (optional). Cut a single piece of blue painters tape to use as a guide to keep straight and start copying the text across the rim of the plate.

22 Unique Flooring Ideas For Any Room | Articles & Advice from Service Central Rate article: · 5 ratings· Flooring doesn't need to be boring. Here are 22 unique twists on your traditional tile, timber and carpet flooring options. What's your favourite? 1. Fun for a kids room (or any room, for that matter), this example is cut from various types of plywood. Image Source 2. It's probably no secret that I'm a huge fan of plywood. Image Source 3. Look closer. Image Source 4. Love the warmth of timber flooring, but can't resist the bold patterns that tiles afford? Image Source 5. Sometimes the best flooring material is actually ceiling material. Image Source 6. This is a beautiful combination of ceramic tile and clay brick. Image Source 7. You would probably be arrested if you tried to export this many pennies from the US. Image Source 8. If you're handy on a sewing machine, you could whip yourself up one of these beautiful patchwork rugs. Image Source 9. When thinking about flooring it pays to think outside the box. Image Source 10. Image Source 11. Image Source 12. Image Source

Cake postcard tutorial Supplies Materials needed to make two cake postcards: 1 large sponge (yellow paints the best)Serrated knifeX-Acto or utility knifeSpray paint (brown, yellow, pink or white)1 tube acrylic latex caulk (brown, cream or white)Spray adhesive (3M Super 77 works great!)Cardboard, kraft paper or scrapbook paper Instructions Cut sponge into wedge shape With a serrated knife, using a sawing motion, cut a sponge into two, cake wedge shapes. Cut a center groove into sponge Using an X-Acto or utility knife, cut a section of foam from the center of the sponge. Paint the sponge wedges in desired color. Trace the slice of cake When the sponge wedges are dry, trace around them on a piece of cardboard, kraft paper or colorful scrapbook paper. Spray glue the postcards to the solid, flat sides of the sponge wedges. Using a caulking gun and your desired caulk, fill a plastic disposable piping bag with half of the caulk. Pipe the center of the cake Pipe the icing on the top Note from the editor This totally works!

Traditional Japanese Crafts: Silk Folded Flowers I run Atelier Kanawa (which means “studio to play Japanese harmony & peace”) and I would love to share my stories of my ancestors who were in Kimono business and how I am trying to keep these traditions alive. My great grandfather was an artisan who dyed Kimono designs, mainly Yukata, the Summer Kimono. My grandmother was a Kimono tailor, and both my mother and my aunt graduated from Kimono academy. Since January in 2005, I have been studying Kimono and dressing with them myself. I also study how to dye Kimono designs by Bingata Katazome, which is the traditional Japanese method of dyeing fabric in Okinawa (southern part of Japan), using a resist paste applied through stencil. I am also pursuing classical Japanese dance by Hanayagi-style, which includes Geisha dance, Noh, and Kabuki. Lastly, I passionately pursue Tsumami Kanzashi, a traditional Japanese long ornamental hairpin. Today, there are ONLY 15 acknowledged Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in the whole world. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim

Photoshop Effects: recreate the look of a medium format portrait When I first got in to photography, which wasn't quite 100 years ago, there were three reasonably clear groups of camera user. The happy snappers used compacts, the enthusiasts used SLRs and the professionals used medium, or large, format. If you were a really 'serious' amateur, and every club had at least one of these Yodas, you might have got yourself a medium format system, using 6x4.5cm, 6x6cm or even 6x7cm frames of 120 roll film. If you were a professional wedding or landscape photographer you wouldn't have dreamt of using a 35mm SLR, for credibility reasons as much as for quality, and a happy snapper wouldn't have known which end of a 35mm SLR or medium format camera to look through. Not much of that has meant a great deal in the last eight or so years, and the lines between what is professional equipment and what is amateur are exceedingly blurred. Old format, old hat In the meantime, many of us have forgotten what medium format means and what medium format can do.

V and Co how to: jersey knit bracelet 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!

Tutorial: More Texturing- Photoshopcontest.com By: ledirlo This tutorial demonstrates an effect that gets so photorealistic it led to some cheating controversies in the past. Aside from the interest of the created effect it also gives key layer technique information. The only material needed is these two photos, the crumpled paper and what we want printed on it. Let's start by opening the two photos and moving the grass photo above the paper's layer; you can turn the grass layer into multiply mode and transform it to get the correct placement. In this case I chose to avoid the darkest tree parts as they don't produce a great effect on the paper. Once finished, press CTRL+I so you invert the layer mask. The selection's edges have very little chance of being perfect already so I used the smudge tool with a large soft brush to push or draw the layer mask so it fits the paper edges perfectly. Now time for using the layer blending modes. You can now flatten all the texture layers to make a single object above the original background.

Sixty Years Of Memories For my dad's 60th birthday last week, I wanted to do something really fun. My dad and I talk a lot about the past---nostalgia runs in our blood, I think---and we both love to reminisce. Inspired by Jordan Ferney's Postcard Birthday Poster, I started batting around an idea: what if I could get everyone from my dad's past to contribute a memory they had of him? What if I had all those people send their memories to me, and then I put each one into an envelope---sixty total, of course---and had him open them, one by one, on his birthday? That would be a lot of memories, right? So I wrote an email. Hello everyone! If you're receiving this email, you probably know that our dad, Patrick Burns, is turning 60 next month (much as he would hate us to be reminding everyone, I'm sure.) And this is where you come in! If you have a spare moment in the next few days, we would be so grateful if you'd jot down a favorite memory you have of our dad and put it in the post. Thank you so much again.

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. Source: Prevent Disease Eddie (2133 Posts) Eddie L. is the founder and owner of WorldTruth.TV.

Make Your Own No-Sew Eco-Friendly T-Shirt Tissues : Fun In The Making Tissues made from old t-shirts work really well and they are soft on the nose. Kids will like the fun colorful fabrics and you will like the part about saving money and resources. Make Your Own T-Shirt Tissues I set aside some children’s t-shirts that were too worn or too stained to pass on. How to: Gather some old t-shirts. Alternatively, you can cut square pieces. Keep these eco-friendly tissues on bedside tables for use on little noses. Hankie Hamper: find something around the house or at the thrift store to be your hankie hamper. Recycle Worn-Out Shirts Into Handkerchiefs When choosing old shirts to be made into hankies; the softer the better. How to: Cut strips 7 inches wide (or your preference) with a pair of pinking shears. To take with you, fold in half then fold in thirds: it fits nicely in your purse or pocket. Hankies in a variety of fabrics: My husband’s favorite shirt (blue plaid cotton) was eventually turned into little hankies.

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