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Happy-Go-Lucky: Easy Candle Upcycle

Happy-Go-Lucky: Easy Candle Upcycle
How many of you have candles that look like this? I have an entire shelf of them hidden behind picture frames! So in an effort to declutter and get a little things organized before we decorate for the holidays I decided to take these ugly things and make brand new layered candles. This was such an easy project to do. I can’t believe I never did this before. All I needed to get were these wicks from Michael’s and one new glass container. Step 1: Melt your first candle down completely. Step 2: Place the new candle wick in your clean jar. Step 3: Pour melted wax into new jar. Step 4: Once the first layer of wax was completely hard, I melted the next candle down on the stove and poured it over the first layer. Step 5: Cut the wick. I tried to combined scents that complimented each other. Now I’m off to steal I mean collect old candles from my neighbors so I can make more!! Did I mention how nice your house will smell from melting the wax on the stove?

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

Necklace Holder I found this genius idea to get my necklaces organized from and I thought I'd give it a go. 1. You will need a flat board to attach your knobs unto. You can be creative with this. For my board I'm using a piece of driftwood that I found at this beach on this trip. I got 4 out of my 5 knobs from our local habitat for humanity store for less than $1.00. 2. 3. 4. and now my necklaces are officially organized! See how I organized my earrings here. xo Hair Tutorial: No Heat Curl So, my hair is SUPER stick straight. It hates holding a curl… hates it. So, I didn’t think this no heat curl headband thing would actually work… WELL: it did. BUT, with my hair it only lasted for about 3 hours. I only used hair spray… so, maybe if I put some product in my hair before-hand it will last longer? Hmm… Even though this curl didn’t hold all day like I had hoped… it does give my flat hair a ton of volume! I love the No Heat Curl! In case you’re curious… here’s what my hair looks like naturally (well… it seems a little more fluffy in this photo since I just had a shower. Have you tried this? - Chelsey This post is brought to you by,

Fire Pits You gotta love the internet.... How else would you know how to make your own personal fire pit? I feel like I should post some sort of disclaimer stating that if you try one of these, and it catches you or your house on fire, then it's not my fault. That being said, fire is cool and these DIY projects allow you to play with fire the adult way- with some amount of carefulness. Take a look.... We won't be needing any of this in So. DIY Drippy Nails We were immediately inspired the moment we saw bare nails with blood-like, drippy polish accompany Prabal Gurung‘s spring collection at New York Fashion Week. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and thus, the timing couldn’t have been better to recreate this deliciously daring DIY for our phalanges. Though a more vampy, burgundy color went down the runway, I went for more vibrant red . . . but the best part about this tutorial is that you can make it your own with just about any color, for any season! You’ll need: Dip the toothpick into the nail polish bottle so that the tip collects a round bead of polish. Place the bead of polish on a bare nail and drag it upwards, creating a tapered line. Create two to three more tapered lines, re-dipping the toothpick into the polish each time. Reload the toothpick with polish and drag a line across the tip of the nail. Repeat the steps on the other nine fingers and voila, you’re done!! (all images by HonestlyWTF)

Frame Key Holder Time for my first official DIY post ever. Let me start off by saying I do not consider myself to be a crafty person, though I aspire to be one, ha. I have a mom who can do about anything crafty there is to do. Growing up, she managed a fabrics and crafts store, taught craft classes, sewed tons of our outfits, fixes band suits in high school, took in and hemmed prom dresses, etc etc. If you don’t believe me, she has a quilting blog to prove it! That being said, I hope at least a little bit of that is in my blood, and that someday it will come forth. But we will start simple. Very, very simple with a frame key holder, inspired by Pinterest. DIY Frame Key Holder Things you will need: A frame. What to do: Take your frame and plan out where you’d like your hooks to be placed. Yes, it’s that easy! To some, they may not even be considered a DIY project due to it’s level of non difficulty, but it was a definite start for me. Now I need to get pinning and find my next project!

20 brilliant things to make in a jar Via: Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. Via: Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. Via: Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea. Via: For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: Super sweet. Via: Bread, cooked in a jar? Via: A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t be wowed by these: rainbow cupcakes baked in a jar. Via: Individual cheesecakes in a jar. Via:

Make-up Magnet Board We all know with craft blogs that original ideas are often hard to come by, we find ideas we love and make them our own but we didn't come up with the idea ourselves. I feel like I've finally done something original here and I'm excited about it. I'll show you the finished product and then explain. Behold my Make-up Magnet Board. I have a friend who is beautiful and stylish and has always loved make-up but recently took a course that intensified her love. The basket was a mess and I was overwhelmed with all my choices never knowing what to use, digging through to see what I had and find what I wanted was a pain. I painted it (The hard way, with a brush instead of spray paint. I went to the hardware store and picked up some metal and had them cut it to fit inside my frame. Here comes the brilliant part though. Here's the stash of eye shadows we're talking about (I've even added a couple since this picture). Next I wanted a place to store my brushes and liners though.

Scallops Wrapped In… | Sew I Thought… ← Pinterest Come to Life – Rosette WreathWhere have you been all my life? → Scallops Wrapped In… Well my scallops aren’t wrapped in anything but I’m wrapped in them! After my previous post about my ill fitting bodice I had to practice my least favorite stitch – the frog. After all the work I am overwhelmingly pleased with my finished product. Here is how the back of the wrap dress looks. This boy and I rode our bikes over to a cute little historic square for these pics. After all that work sometimes I start to wonder if sewing is worth it but once you get the exact finished look you were dreaming of how could you ever want to stop? March 11, 2012AngieThis entry was posted in Finished Products and tagged 9480, dress, scallop, vintage, Wrap.

Modest Clothing | Modest Outfits | Modest Fashion Blog | Clothed Much Hey everyone, my name is Crystal from hey COOBABE. I blog about daily life with my husband and sweet baby girl with budget style and beauty thrown into the mix. I love a good deal but I don't like to sacrifice great style so I try to find trends for cheap or make it myself. Recently, I've been looking for a modest high-low skirt everywhere and finally refashioned an old dress to make one. What you'll need:oversized dresssewing machinematching threadscissorsrotary cuttermarking chalkmetal pins1" wide elastic (any color)seam ripperiron and ironing boardtwo safety pins Go get an oversized dress from a thrift store. Measure your waist and cut a strip of the 1" wide elastic in your waist length plus two more inches. Turn your skirt inside out and iron down a 1/4" hem around the waist. Iron an additional 1 1/2" hem. After it is all ironed and pinned, sew a straight stitch along the pinned hem. Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and feed it through the waistband.

Office Supply We Love: Washi Tape We love washi tape around here. It’s cute, it’s girly, it’s colorful, it’s fun…yep, it definitely meets all of our criteria for a loveable office supply! Some questions that we’re often asked are “what is washi tape?” What is washi tape? Washi tape is made from washi, a type of paper first made in Japan and made up of wood pulp. Keyboard || Envelope Seal || Mason Jar || Bike || Calendar Notes || Heart Treat Bag || Tea Lights What can I do with it? There are so many creative uses for washi tape and really the sky (and your imagination) is the limit! Where can I buy it? Washi tape can be found at several retailers and online shops. How can I store/display it? Whale || Squirrel Washi Organizer Acrylic Washi Storage Want more washi? Do you love washi tape as much as we do?! XO, Louisa

picture perfect - Literally Inspired *** I recently did an update post with a full photo tutorial as well as frequently asked questions. Please view this post for more information on the project. Thank you so much for all the love I have received on this post! remember the photo canvases i wanted to make awhile back? we have lived in our house for over five years and we finally have photos on our walls. besides the bits of clutter strategically placed around the house you wouldn’t know anyone lived here. until now… i love the way they turned out and they were so easy my two year old helped! after extensive pinteresting, err, research, i found this tutorial to be the most in line with the look i wanted to achieve. i followed it about 80%. i painted my edges black verses using paper and MOD podge. i also did not modge podge the top of my photo. i was scared of ruining the photos. i’m a total chicken. materials: photos acrylic paint ok, so be ready to be amazed at how simple this is. 2 use MOD podge and cover your entire canvas

Everything I've Ever Made (at a glance) Anonymous said... February 11, 2011 at 4:52 AM Kim said... It was great to see all these wonderful pictures! You are so super talented!!!!!! February 11, 2011 at 7:28 AM Tiffany said... Now that is what I would call "A damn fine" reference page!! February 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM Kim Etherington said... Man, you've made some amazingly awesome artist stuff over the years! February 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM Margie said... What a heck of a lot of work there Mel - a lot of it I recognize as things I've tried over the past few years. February 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM Mari said... Ugly? February 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM Michelle said... What a beautiful collection of work! February 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM Micki said... ok, I looked and looked and there are NO sm'uglies. February 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM Linda McClain said... Can I just say - I want to be you when I grow up. February 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM Holly Saveur said... I LOVED it!!! February 12, 2011 at 2:59 AM Terry said... Ahhhhh Mel ~ you rock Girl!!!!!!! February 12, 2011 at 6:52 AM